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“A female artist sits in the tradition of female labour in early computer history—women were often used in the early half of the twentieth century as ‘human computers,’ working out calculations manually.”
– Artist and researcher
, on her commitment to producing new “hand-crafted bespoke datasets” for AI-generated works like
The Fall of the House of Usher
After two years of extensive renovations, Brussel’s art and technology centre iMAL reopens with “Quantum: In Search of the Invisible,” an exhibition exploring the world of quantum physics. Featuring works by
Julieta Aranda, James Bridle ( A State of Sin, 2018, image), Yunchul Kim, Semiconductor, Suzanne Treister, Yu-Chen Wang, and others, the show assembles artist-scientist collaborations that emerged from the Arts at CERN residency program.
After 21 years, Berkeley’s SETI Research Center announced that it will shut down its distributed computing project SETI@home on March 31st, 2020. Launched in May 1999, the popular (screensaver) software allowed users to donate CPU time to analyzing data from the Arecibo radio telescope in search of alien life.
Another test of SpaceX’s next-generation rocket, Starship, ended in failure over the weekend, after a major test article imploded at the company’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
Beyond Scrolls & Screens is a new experiment by Christine Surgue and Google Arts. Using object recognition, it allows users to explore and jump back and forth between reoccuring visual elements in high-resolution scans of screens and scrolls from the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, and Tachibana Museum collections.
“We need to be very thoughtful about which parts of Korg’s tradition that we want to incorporate and take on.”
, on how to set up an R&D lab for an iconic Japanese synth manufacturer in Berlin—the global capital of electronic music experimentation
Lurking: How a Person Became a User
Erudite citizen of the internet
tracks the slow erosion of online community, from the early days of the internet to our current era of platform capitalism.
“Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI” opens at San Francisco’s de Young Museum, proposing “new ways of thinking about intelligence, nature, and artifice.” In showing works by
Zach Blas, Ian Cheng, Simon Denny, Stephanie Dinkins, Trevor Paglen (image), Hito Steyerl, Martine Syms, and others, curator Claudia Schmuckli brings together essential artistic positions that parse the strange and unsettling intricacies of human-machine relations.
“What makes her book such a fun read is that it’s not exactly the comprehensive survey its title implies. Instead, it’s as much memoir as exegesis, an idiosyncratic front-line report from a deeply informed, intrepid, and passionate pioneer who is still in the trenches.”
Eyal Weizman, the founder of the activist research studio
Forensic Architecture, has been barred entry into the United States. Informed by email that his right to travel to the U.S. had been revoked, he learned in a subsequent embassy visit that an algorithm had identified a security threat that “could be related to something he was involved in, people he had been in contact with, places he had visited, hotels at which he had stayed, or a pattern of relations among those.” These unsubstantiated claims have left him unable to attend his retrospective exhibition at Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design in Miami, that opens next week.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of Humanity’s most iconic (and existentially wrought) images, NASA releases a new version of the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ photo of Earth.
– Dutch web developer Danny van Kooten, reporting in detail on his efforts to reduce his carbon footprint on the web
Thanks to a grant from the American Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the
Asheville Art Museum will digitize more than 1,600 materials from its Black Mountain College Collection, giving the public access to previously unseen archival documents, literature, and works of art. Active from 1933 to 1957, the legendary experimental art school in North Carolina attracted and inspired artists like Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, John Cage, and Willem de Kooning.
“The Dead Web—The End” opens at the Ludwig Múzeum in Budapest, bleakly imagining the digital detritus after the internet’s collapse. Curators
Nathalie Bachand and Béla Tamás Kónya expand on previous iterations of the show with early web-based artworks from the C archive, and new Hungarian contributions from an open call. Brigitta Zics’ 3 Foundation (2020, image), for example, teleports vistors into a “busy waiting room” filled with post-collapse chatter. Semiosphere
Video/Art: The First Fifty Years
Founding curator of MoMA’s video-media exhibition and collection programs
tells video art’s origin story, and traces its growth into installation and interactive art.
“Artists are busy! They are working multiple jobs, side hustles, coordinating festivals, labs, writing research papers, applying for residencies, driving Uber. Meaning they have less time to work on solving these problems than being oppressed by them. They need our help!”
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