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“We can’t yet confirm or deny our participation in Sony’s reveal.”
– A producer of Russian media and CGI artist
, in response to
’s inquiry about the striking similarities between the artist’s work and the slick graphics used in Sony’s
of the PlayStation 5
“Direct input from the public can also help infuse AI ecosystems with nuanced ideas, values and beliefs toward the equitable distribution of resources and mutually beneficial systems of governance.”
– Transmedia artist
on Afro-now-ism, and how infusing AI with a multiplicity of perspectives
offer emancipation from America’s “infinite loop of repression and oppositional thinking”
In announcing this year’s Golden Nica winners, the Prix Ars Electronica jury notes that, for the first time in the prize’s 33-year history, an anonymous citizens movement—that of Hong Kong protesters—has been awarded while all other winners—another first—are women. Among them are
Miwa Matreyek (Computer Animation), VALIE EXPORT (Visionary Pioneer), and Lauren Lee McCarthy (Interactive Art +), whose 2019 piece (image) had gallery visitors become human versions of smart home assistants. SOMEONE
“There are no supervillain tech bros in her account, no evil cabals of trolls launching denial-of-service strikes from the Dark Web, no innocent bots corrupted by the inherent evils of Twitter. There’s just prejudice and its pernicious adaptability.”
, on the sharpness of Ruha Benjamin’s
Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code
Rhizome announces that its free web archiving service Webrecorder.io, launched in 2015 as an R&D project, will fold into the organization’s digital preservation program as Conifer while Webrecorder’s software development continues independently.
Using 3D modelling, data mining, photogrammetry, and VR, London-based investigative group Forensic Architecture reveals that 2011 police shooting victim Mark Duggan was, contradictory to official reports, not holding a gun or posing a threat when he was shot. His death triggered the biggest riots in modern English history.
“If the court finds that Internet Archive ‘willfully’ infringed copyright, the library could be on the hook for up to $150,000 in damages—per
each of the 1.4 million titles.”
, on five major book publishers suing the non-profit for removing lending restrictions during the COVID-19 crisis
“I’ve heard horrifying anecdotes of audio speakers left unplugged for the duration of an exhibition, dimmed projector bulbs, and VR headsets in permanent Kiosk mode.”
“My work as a cultural connector and public programmer was being used to distract funders, donors, and constituents from seeing where the real issues lie in the museum: in its overwhelming white permanent collection, in its ongoing harmful colonial narratives, and worst, its tokenistic approach to community partnerships.”
– Rea McNamara, in an open letter to Toronto’s Gardiner Museum, where she worked for three years
“Limeflower Heterodoxy,” Sharona Franklin’s new exhibition opens at grunt gallery in Vancouver. Centred around the decomposition of one of her “bioshrine” gelatin sculptures, Franklin’s installation centres the experience of rural illness, and “embodies tensions and contradictions held for those whose treatments include both natural medicine and—sometimes ethically controversial—biopharmaceutical care.”
“This work was so timid and discreet I’m ashamed of its quietude today. We can do so much better. First, the statues, symbols, then the cultural heritage, then the actual wealth, in the form of reparations, together with education about our actual history. Nothing less will do.”
, on the anniversary of his Victoria and Albert Museum installation
(2015), a piece that “uses objects and archive files from the V&A’s collections to explore the nature of structural and institutional power”
Canadian artist and architect
Andrea S. Ling is awarded the 2020 STARTS prize for Artistic Exploration for her project Design by Decay, Decay by Design (2019). Acknowledging the inevitability of waste in her practice, she proposes to “design waste that I can live with, garbage that retains some desirability,” as yielded from a custom material palette of a biocomposites of chitin, cellulose, and pectin, derived from the exoskeletons of shrimp, tree pulp waste, and fruit skins.
The geolocation of Bristol’s statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston is changed to the Bristol Harbour mere minutes after protesters dumped it there.
A satellite image shared by Planet Labs Inc. reveals that the words “Black Lives Matter” that Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had painted in giant yellow letters along a street leading to the White House on June 5th are visible from space.
“I guess [they] were unaware or decided to ignore Dutch precedents like V2, Montevideo, The Waag, Steim, TodaysArt, and NMAI (NIMk). It’s dumb to continue to pretend that new media is new.”
– Mexican-Canadian media artist
The Art Newspaper
for heralding the forthcoming
in Amsterdam as the Netherland’s first venue for new media art
“Many bands have sought to confront the relationship between mankind and technology, but they have built on Kraftwerk’s pioneering accomplishments while placing emphasis on the human interaction inherent within both society and music rather than either celebrating or accepting as a given the subordination of man to machine.”
– Paul Bond, on the recent passing of Florian Schneider
“Blogging is akin to stand-up comedy—it’s not coherent drama, it’s a stream of wisecracks. It’s also like street art—just sort of there, stuck in the by-way, begging attention, then crumbling rapidly. A blog evaporates through bit-rot.”
– Bruce Sterling, on the closure of his long-running
WIRED blog “Beyond the Beyond”
Carrie Mae Weems, Christine Sun Kim, Duke Riley, Jenny Holzer, Pedro Reyes, and Xaviera Simmons are among three dozen artists producing digital billboards to thank New York City, Boston, and Chicago’s essential service workers.
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