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
The exhibition presents artistic responses that rethink and reject the constant drive towards exploitative productivity
NPCs are digital Sisyphus machines that have no perspective of breaking out of their activity loops. In the moments when the algorithm shows inconsistencies, the NPCs break out of the logic of total normality, and appear touchingly human
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
The exhibition presents artists who, at different times throughout the 20th and early 21st century, have investigated dematerialisation or whose works have echoed epochal changes in the perception of the material dimension and in the material culture itself
The essays collected investigate the relationship between capitalist accumulation and the photographic image, and ask whether photography might allow us to refuse capitalism’s violence—and if so, how?
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
Expanding upon early 20th-century techno-utopian visions, Heba Y. Amin’s project to sink the Mediterranean and relocate it within the African continent instigates a new vision for Africa and the Middle East by pinpointing what could be attained by and for those most affected by the wars waged for oil, resources and power
A sharp overview of artworks that respond to the Anthropocene and its detrimental impact on our world, from scenes of nature decimated by ongoing extinction events and landscapes turned to waste by extraction, to art from marginalised communities most affected by the injustice of climate change
The methodology adopted leaves space for risk-taking, error-making and deeper connections with science institutions while opening up the development process to other disciplines and, as the festival demonstrated, to the public
An analysis of the different contexts in which artists, museums and curators face restrictions today, investigating political censorship in China, Cuba and the Middle East; the suppression of LGBTQ+ artists in ‘illiberal democracies’; the algorithms policing art online; Western museums and ‘cancel culture’; and the narratives around ‘problematic’ monuments
We literally inhale and ingest our own anthropogenic indicators – for example, as the particulate exhalations of burning forests, as isotopes from nuclear testing, as metallic dust from global extractions
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.
Empowering artists to develop critical practices that explore the socio-political potential of NFT technology
It is not about B as an individual, nor is it about a society whose name starts with the first letter of the alphabet. It is neither about Jeff Bezos nor Amazon. B is no one in particular. A is a symptom
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
Being human “in a time when human life is becoming more and more integrated into – if not inseparable – from contexts and processes that are both other-than-human and larger-than-human”
Asking us to leave behind the darkness of daily news streams, the KIKK festival weaves “tales of togetherness” and spotlights the forces and fictions that bring us together as human beings
The book looks at art practices that do not conform to a Western concept of art and where the boundaries between art, design, research and activism dissolve
The exhibition illustrates the history of colonial and ecological exploitation hidden behind the beauty of tropical plants
“Wikifémia Révisions” proposes to update our knowledge of women who have shaped our understanding of gender but also to rectify that knowledge by pointing out biases in Wikipedia articles and making the necessary corrections or additions
The book takes our planetary state of emergency as an opportunity to imagine constructive change and new ideas. How can we survive in an age of constant environmental crises?
“With so many tears I started to wonder whether it is possible to cultivate some marine life in them,” the designer writes.
The curious afterlives of an obsolete disk storage through the words of those involved with the medium today
An investigation into the colonial logic at work in contemporary Russian warfare through the largely unknown history of Soviet military cybernetic research
“If you care about the future of life on the planet, you have several possibilities to continue working as an artist, doing work in relation to and in collaboration with protagonists of progressive social movements. And I’m afraid a classical studio practice is becoming more and more cynical and irrelevant…”
The artworks explore the many challenges of our contemporary condition and reflect on a reality punctured from all sides. Not to commiserate on the state of the world but to stimulate discussions about how we can build a new reality
By using AI to anonymise the Russian soldiers, the artist points the finger at the Russian government’s failure to take responsibility for these deaths
The book maps, critiques, celebrates and historicises cultural activism, from the dual perspective of a commentator (as scholar and writer) and insider (as activist artist)
The festival deploys art and technology to lead its audience beyond the usual clichés and binaries such as urban vs rural or traditional vs innovative
How do we narrate extreme violence without succumbing to its necropolitical impact? How do we make the unheard audible?
The book reflects on Lisboa Soa’s ongoing investigation into the spatial, visual but also social and ecological dimensions of sound
The show addresses a series of themes including: gravity as “the greatest designer”, extraterrestrial architecture, deep space mysteries, future body modifications and other matters that raise more questions than answers
Server Farms as Sites of Participatory Power
A collection of credible, collaborative tools that attempt to recalibrate the relationship between plants, fungi, microbes, humans and other animals
Joan Fontcuberta and Pilar Rosado give politicians an orgasm while Zane Cerpina and Stahl Stenslie expose their research on Ecopornography in Digital Arts
“I wanted to speak about the future of quantum computing which, through Bosch, I align with both heaven and hell.”
Using quantum computing as both medium and subject matter, Libbey Heaney explores parallel worlds, probing the futures of powerful new quantum computing systems
In the Black Fantastic celebrates the ways that Black artists draw inspiration from African-originated myths, beliefs and knowledge systems, confounding the Western dichotomy between the real and unreal, the scientific and the supernatural
In 1970, a group of Buddhist monks protested against industrial pollution by traveling to factories with the objective of cursing factory owners to death
Can you buy your way out of major chaos and catastrophe? Is salvation a question of self-reliance? Or is it about joining forces and expertises to face together an uncertain and probably unpleasant future? Should we rely on technology or on good old survival skills?