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Mark Sladen on K-Hole and the nuance of 'normcore'

ArtReview | Wednesday, July 16th 2014

Speaking at the Rhizome ‘Seven on Seven’ conference in New York in May, the media theorist Kate Crawford went further, linking the idea of normcore to a larger fantasy of disappearance that, she said, “has become cool at the very historical moment when it has become impossible, because of Big Data”.

Monegraph's bid to authenticate digital objects to kick off

ZDNet | Thursday, July 10th 2014

Since the dawn of the internet, artist and media makers have grappled with the question of authenticity. I am not referring to "the authentic self," though there has been plenty of that too. I mean literally, how do we know who owns a piece of digital art? There is no way to verify who first uploaded it or see the history of its "transactions" — how it has traveled and multiplied across the Internet. Enter Monegraph.

Now You Can Play Cory Arcangel's Readymade "Bomb Iraq" From Your Desk

Killscreen | Tuesday, June 24th 2014

The digital art archivists at Rhizome have excavated and extracted files from the computer that contains Cory Arcangel’s 2005 "Bomb Iraq", so now you can experience a piece of art from the creator of "Super Mario Clouds" in your browser.

Law & Order: tech edition

NPR Marketplace | Thursday, May 29th 2014

Aside from maintaining a blog of screenshots of every computer that makes an appearance on the show, Thompson used the opportunity to track other technology-related data. For example, he maintained a list of every URL used throughout the series, as well as a chart that tracked the parallels between the drop off of computer useage on the show in tandem with the burst of the dot-com bubble. The chart below shows the number of computers used per season, while the following chart tracks the closing price of the Nasdaq (in light grey) over the same years.

What happens to the internet when your country disappears?

Dazed | Friday, May 23rd 2014

The film From yu to me is about the history of the internet in Yugoslavia, and opens questions about what happens to the internet when a country disappears. While it's easy to imagine that the internet is as accessible as air, an omnipresent cloud exempt from the confines of cables, in reality it exists in physical form – in a building somewhere there are metres of wires, leads and servers that can be disconnected. This concept is known as internet realism.

Getting to Know .Yu and .Me

Yahoo! Tech | Thursday, May 22nd 2014

First, let’s talk about .yu. The film offers a brief history of the intersection of technologies of connection and the politics of a nation-state coming apart. Even before the World Wide Web, the top-level domain was relevant to email, and one category was the country-specific top-level domain. Yugoslavian technologists saw to it that .yu was registered, in the late 1980s.

When Technology Meets Art: This Year's Seven on Seven

Vogue | Thursday, May 15th 2014

The amped-up crowd grew momentarily hushed with confusion when it came time for David Kravitz and artist Frances Stark to present their project—and the stage remained empty. The lights then dimmed and a chat session appeared on a screen; as it turned out, Stark and Kravitz decided not to make anything at all. Instead they staged an amusingly awkward online chat, in absentia, as the audience voyeuristically looked on. Viewers began tittering as the pair discussed everything from online sex (“We could start by opening the kimono,” suggested Stark) to middlemen and ghosts. At the conference’s after-party, Kravitz, a fan of Andy Kaufman, explained he’d been recently thinking about stand-up comedians who “deliberately attempt to evoke a wide variety of emotions, including laughter.”

This Creepy Gchat Clone Lets You Take Secret Webcam Photos of Your Chatting Partner

Fast Company | Wednesday, May 14th 2014

Creepy? Sure! But that's partly the point. According to its New York-based creators, Kate Ray (a developer) and Holly Hendon (an artist), it is largely a social experiment meant to raise questions about our chatting behavior--to make us conscious of things like body language and facial tics when we're gossiping about our pals or sharing embarrassing links to BuzzFeed. The duo unveiled the project this past weekend at the art and tech conference Seven on Seven.

Impossible Music, Black MIDI and Beyond

Public Radio Exchange | Monday, May 12th 2014

An in-depth exploration of the history and cultural implications of Impossible Music and Black MIDI. This audio documentary explores the concepts behind Impossible Music; a genre of music that exists primarily to challenge the specifications of the producers computer, with an interview of Rhizome curator Michael Connor.

Monegraph Uses Bitcoin Tech So Internet Artists Can Establish “Original” Copies Of Their Work

TechCrunch | Friday, May 9th 2014

When oil painters sell their work, the value proposition to the buyer is clear. They’re purchasing the expression itself. There is no other copy. Someone could photograph the painting, but the buyer owns the source. Ideally, Monegraph could equip digital artists with a similar value proposition. “Sure, people are copying and sharing my image all over the web, but you can own the original.”

Hug it out: can art and tech ever be friends?

The Verge | Thursday, May 8th 2014

As Raskin noted during the presentation, he sometimes feels as though "the best minds of our generation, through no fault of their own, are working on things that steal our attention." After 10 hours in a room, focusing intently on a single-serving collaboration with an artist he'd never met, it wasn't exactly like much of that changed. But for two industries often chained to the demands of a narrow world, Seven on Seven did provide some room to stretch out.

A Bitcoin for GIFs Aims to Make Digital Art Ownable

Motherboard/Vice | Thursday, May 8th 2014

At the Seven On Seven conference at the New Museum last Saturday, multimedia artist Kevin McCoy and entrepreneur Anil Dash suggested a way that a cryptographic block chain like the kind used to track bitcoin transactions could also be used to establish one-of-a-kind digital artworks, confirm their authors, and develop a market for online art.

GChat’s Creepier Cousin Lets You Take Candid Photos Of Your Chatting Partner Without Them Knowing

The Date Report | Thursday, May 8th 2014

For now, Spyke is just a prototype. But it poses an interesting question: Would our chatting behavior be different if the people we chat with could actually see us mid-typing? Considering all the carefully measured choices we make when deciding how to portray ourselves in the best possible Internet light, I’d have to say the answer is yes. Which means I should probably go buy some not-ratty underwear.

Art and Tech Worlds Collide in 5th Annual Seven on Seven Conference

Dwell | Thursday, May 8th 2014

In the keynote, Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, suggested that K-Hole's #normcore trend report, as well as the Snowden-leaked GCHQ Powerpoint, could be read as manifestations of the anxieties of an age of mass surveillance—those of the surveillers and those of the surveilled. "Data Art is pushing the edge of ethical behavior now and showing us the real challenges we will face in the future," she said.

A New Tool Lets You Create Fantastic Collages from Vine Videos

Yahoo! Tech | Monday, May 5th 2014

The new site is a collaboration between founder of the Flatiron School (a coding academy) Avi Flombaum and artist Hannah Sawtell. The two participated in digital conservator Rhizome.org’s annual Seven on Seven conference, in which seven technologists are paired with seven artists and each pair is given 24 hours to create and present a new technological tool or artifact.