The Phillips Hydraulic Computer was an analog computer created in 1949 by Professor Bill Phillips to model the economic processes of the United Kingdom using water and transparent plastic tanks.' Inspired by this hubris of correlating human behavior to mechanical equations', Design Interactions student Neil Thomson is currently attempting to create a Phillips machine based on modern economic models continue
A.I.L - artists in laboratories. Episode 56: Antony Hall from Owl Project
The work of Owl Project goes from simple ironic devices such as the iLog which is a log that thinks it is a music player to large scale installations such as ~Flow which was a floating tidal waterwheel powered electro acoustic musical instrument responding to the river Tyne in Newcastle. Owl Project has also toured festivals and events with their rather ingenious Sound Lathe, a musical instrument based on a traditional green wood turning pole lathe that explores the relationship between the crafting of physical objects and the shaping of sound continue
Carscapes: How the Motor Car Reshaped England
Few people would associate the words "English heritage" with car showrooms, repair garages, filling stations, traffic lights, inner ring roads, multi-storey car parks, and drive-through restaurants. Yet, the exhibition at Wellington Arch shows that the car's impact on the physical environment needn't be reduced to ruthless out pours of concrete and "wayside eyesores" continue
From blackest black to universe hacking. An interview with Frederik de Wilde
Frederik de Wilde's investigations don't stop at nanotechnology and ultra black paintings, he also explores biotechnology, data networks, or any other scientific fields of research to uncover new frontiers of the intangible, inaudible, invisible. That might sound highly conceptual but as the interview with the artist demonstrates research into elusive energy measurements and other barely perceptible phenomena quickly gives rise to reflections about politics, art history, economic emergency, universe hacking and very practical innovations in 'clean' energy continue
#A.I.L - artists in laboratories, episode 55: Anab Jain and Jon Ardern from Superflux
Superflux is looking at the ways emerging technologies interface with the environment and everyday life and the result of their research is a rather extraordinary portfolio which explores deviant economies for India's elastic cities, climate change, political engagement, desertification, human enhancement, etc continue
Book Review. Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art
Tracing a history of the field through its most innovative shows, renowned curator Jens Hoffmann selects the fifty exhibitions that have most significantly shaped the practice of both artists and exhibition curators. The book's thematic sections focus on a huge variety of exhibitions, including those that have explored public space; reflected on globalization; engaged audiences in revolutionary ways; and brought into the gallery other disciplines such as theatre and architecture continue
Walden Note money - How would money function within a behaviorist society?
Designer Austin Houldsworth imagined a monetary system within the cultural context of Skinner's utopian novel Walden Two. The payment system would challenge the established monetary function of 'a store of value', creating a new method of exchange that encourages people to actively destroy their money during a transaction continue
#A.I.L - artists in laboratories, episode 54: Sam Meech
In this episode, we will be talking about knitting machines & digital images, punchcards, knitted Muybridge horse animation, and musical 'textiles experiment'. Open source Swan pedalo will make an appearance too.... continue
When Harmony Went to Hell. Congo Dialogues
When Harmony Went to Hell. Congo Dialogues at Rivington Place in London brings side by side archive photos shot by Alice Seeley Harris while Leopold II was still the sole owner of the land and new work from Sammy Baloji, a Congolese artist who has spent the past few years investigating the legacies of colonialism in his country continue
KOSMICA: Full moon politics
Space scientist Lucie Green gave a wonderful presentation about the Earth magnetic bubble and about how the moon is electrically charged, Dr Jill Stuart focused on space politics, Tomas Saraceno talked about cities that are lighter than the air, Kevin Fong asked us to reflect on how past expeditions might actually belong to the future. Finally, WE COLONISED THE MOON presented the largest Moon smelling session ever done on our planet continue
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