Impatient with the hype that so often accompanies innovation, Vaclav Smil offers in this book a clear-eyed corrective to the overpromises that accompany everything from new cures for diseases to AI
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One would expect artists, designers, activists and thinkers who engage with issues related to pollution, global heating and loss of biodiversity to live a life that reflects their values. Few do. Hence my desire to exchange with Aljaž
With their bare interiors, desolate landscapes and their absence of human figures and actions, the photos reveal the legacies of conflicts, violent erasures and other collective traumas in Syria, Armenia and elsewhere around the world
The works explore the urgency of decolonising nature, of developing a deeper connection with non-human species and the emergence of new ecosystems where the artificial and the natural contaminate each other.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s installation explores the concept of atmospheric violence, offering a historical and political reflection on the use of noise as a tool for oppression and control
The performative installation overcomes vast distances to facilitate moments of human encounter between people at opposite ends of supply chains, making visceral the extraordinary scale, and underlying humanity, of the globalised economy
I discovered Éva Ostrowska‘s work while visiting SWIPE RIGHT!, a show that attempts to explore the many influences that digital technologies exert on contemporary romance.
Maxime Berthou’s cloud-seeding performance meant that he basically attempted to “steal” clouds heading to the US and make them rain over Canada. This artistic gesture hinted at the possibility of geopolitical disputes arising between neighbour countries over the ownership of water contained in clouds
The artists in the show challenge anthropocentrism by playing with machine learning, robotics and computer vision but also by challenging the idea of a presumed hierarchy that places our species over everything else. Be it organic or algorithmic
In Data Garden, the artist imagines how a plant endemic to the Acropolis hill could one day secretly host our digital data in its DNA. Counting Craters on the Moon sparks a collaboration between a 19th century astronomer and an AI to calculate how many craters cover the surface of the moon…
Interview with a multimedia artist, engineer, educator and designer whose practice focuses on the practical and experimental applications of sustainable energy technologies, particularly photovoltaic solar power
The authors explore emerging forms of algorithmic governance and AI-augmented apps that collect data about individuals and keep wages and worker representation under control. They also provide case studies of new and exciting form of resistance across the globe
The DAOWO Global Initiative asked groups of artists, curators and thinkers from Berlin, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and Minsk to design new prototypes to address key questions about the potential of blockchain to replace outmoded models, decentralise power structures and rewire the arts
Can the values that blockchain makes possible -such as transparency, sharing of resources and equal access to information- be applied to how the art world thinks and functions?
What make her works so compelling is that they go beyond confronting the audience with uncomfortable ethical questions about the history of museum collections. They also present new counter narratives and new strategies to examine issues of decolonisation
Examining the potential benefits and risks of using artificial intelligence to advance global sustainability
Hannah Fletcher is a photographer without a camera. She combines techniques from the past and experiments to innovate and improve photographic processes
From quantum entanglement to the mysteries of the jellyfish, the exhibition provides an overview of the oeuvre of the artist and musician Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto)
An installation exposes the unpalatable consequences of an AI-driven management of the environment
Within computer vision and AI systems, forms of measurement turn into moral judgments. Could these judgements in turn influence our own behaviour, our vision of the world and the individuals who inhabit it?
The cutting-edge research is given a human face and even if we don’t fully understand the processes at work, the pictures allow us to perceive how in this world of the tiniest particles the biggest connections are searched for
How local and transnational acts of resistance are making use of technologies (such as drones) in order to monitor the impacts of extractive industries and develop micropolitical strategies
The French artist challenges the architecture of our perceptions
In 2014, the designer compiled a Computer Virus Catalog. He’s telling me about about the malware exhibition he co-curated in Rotterdam
Windowless walls, masses of concrete, eroded hills, polluted water sources, etc. The photographer documents the impact that the economic boom is having on urban areas and on the fragile Amazonian ecosystem
This year’s edition of the STRP festival in Eindhoven decided to look at the future with an open, critical and -dare i say- hopeful eye. Their take on the future is not about being naive and resolutely utopian though
The Center for Technological Pain is a mock company that offers DIY and open source solutions to all sorts of physical ailments caused by our insouciant use of smartphones and laptops
A book written by a car, recipes collected from email hacks and documentaries on universal income. This must be the IDFA DocLab show
DocLab Expo: Humanoid Cookbook offered the usual menu of interactive documentaries, VR cinema, performances and interactive experiments but with an extra edge of AI creativity and a bit of culinary action
We’ve all been following the debates around the impact that AI is having on art and on the specificity of human creativity. But does art have a voice when it comes to understanding and shaping AI?
A sound work in which three anthropomorphised ‘trees’ personify the different kinds of work trees are required to do in contemporary society
The book “combines artistic explorations, biological theories and perspectives from the social realm” to investigate how the current economic model could be reshaped
Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon have investigated and condensed the schizophrenia of international airports in performances, research and more recently in a book
Artist Maria McKinney uses ‘semen straws’ to explore genetics in cattle breeding as well as the hidden systems beneath beef and milk production
For their “Forensic Fantasies” trilogy, KairUs (Linda Kronman and Andreas Zingerle) used data recovered from hard-drives dumped in Agbogbloshie, Ghana to develop works that investigate the issue of data breaches of private information and ask: What happens to our data when we send a computer, an hard disk or any kind of other storage device to the garbage?
“It is perhaps in the post-human space away from ‘the money’ that the blockchain and smart contracts have the most original things to offer.”
Artists and researchers explore, unpack and critque the blockchain
Looking beyond the modernist vision of a utopian nuclear age, contemporary artists are engaging with the lived experience of radiation through nuclear objects, architectures and landscapes
Trebor Scholz exposes the uncaring reality of contingent digital work, which is thriving at the expense of employment and worker rights. The book is meant to inspire readers to join the growing number of worker-owned“platform cooperatives,” rethink unions, and build a better future of work
Failed banks, quantified self and addiction to the infinite scroll. An interview with Michael Mandiberg
There are many reasons why i wanted to interview Mandiberg. He is an artist whose work i’ve admired for years, the co-founder of the brilliant Art+Feminism Wikipedia Editathon and a dedicated archivist of logos of failed U.S. banks
“Every day that I was there I didn’t see anything else but the wall, and I can tell you I couldn’t stand it longer than three weeks. I was so depressed that I needed to go away,” said Koudelka about Wall, a series that documents the wall erected by the state of Israel in the West Bank as well as around Israeli settlements
The artists and activists of Art the Arms Fair want to raise awareness about the London arms fair and the deadly consequences of selling arms. Hundreds of artists have submitted work, including Guerrilla Girls, Peter Kennard & Darren Cullen