Visual artist Joanie Lemercier joins 3,000 activists near Neurath, Germany, to protest the Hambach surface mine, Europe’s largest coal extraction site. Organized by Ende Gelände, a German civil disobedience movement known to occupy coal mines in the name of climate justice, the protestors took over a coal bunker while Lemercier amplified the movement’s message with (stunning) laser projections.
Co-curated by Sean Sandusky and Dana Snow for Toronto’s InterAccess, “QUEERSPHERE” is an online exhibition inspired by Queer and Trans social media communities in the 2000s. A site where “imaginations, social groups, and worldbuilding are allowed to flourish outside of the pressures of corporatization and flat representation,” the show nostalgically evokes pre-NSFW content ban Tumblr and other platforms. Featured artists include Keiko Hart, Maxwell Lander, and Lucas LaRochelle (image: LaRochelle’s QT.Bot).
The link between new media art and knowledge work was writ large in Xerox Art. Kate Eichhorn’s 2016 book Adjusted Margin parsed the role the photocopier played in the 1970-90s NYC Art scene in meticulous detail. An excerpt published in the MIT Press Reader introduces the convergence of technological, economic, and aesthetic forces that shaped this under-documented niche genre (image: a page from David Wojnarowicz’s 1988 zine In the Shadow of Forward Motion).
After a 203-day journey traversing 472 million kilometers, NASA confirms the touchdown of its largest, most advanced rover on Mars. With a primary objective of astrobiology research, Perseverance will search for signs of ancient microbial life and collect Mars samples (to be returned to Earth in subsequent missions). Perseverance’s first image, sent shortly after touchdown, shows the view from one of its hazard cameras. “Hello, world. My first look at my forever home,” stated the rover’s (chatty) Twitter account.
What is the exchange rate between Ethereum and vintage memes? In 2011, Christopher Torres uploaded a video entitled Nyan Cat to YouTube and it became a viral sensation. In 2021 that pop tart rainbow-trailing space cat is a blast from the past—internet lore concentrate. An auction for a single edition “remastered” version of the 12-frame GIF is now live on the Foundation NFT (non-fungible token) marketplace. Bidding just opened, we’re about to see how much nostalgia is worth. Update: Nyan Cat sold for 300 ETH ($575,000 USD)