With György Kepes, photographs as experiments – The Boston Globe

From the start, photography has been binary. First, it was a matter of metal (the daguerreotype) and paper (the calotype). Later there would be black-and-white and color. Now it’s analog and digital. In each case, one side decisively won out — a reminder that the medium was, and is, as much technology as art. “High Speed Photograph” (1948) – GYÖRGY KEPES Source: With György Kepes, photographs … Continue reading With György Kepes, photographs as experiments – The Boston Globe

Amazon Go: the technology behind the firm’s surveillance-heavy grocery store | WIRED UK

Amazon boasts it has “created the world’s most advanced shopping technology” to allow the system to work. It’s dubbed the tech ‘Just Walk Out’ and it says the systems work similarly to those in self-driving cars. To remove human cashiers Amazon has created a store that’s able to run a high-level of surveillance on the people inside it. The New York Times reports hundreds of … Continue reading Amazon Go: the technology behind the firm’s surveillance-heavy grocery store | WIRED UK

Envisioning Chemistry videos: Chemical reactions as things of beauty — Quartz

“A lot of people told me that if they’d seen these videos in high school, they might’ve done much better in chemistry, ” says Liang Yan, creator of the award-winning series Beautiful Chemistry and Envisioning Chemistry. The videos reveal stunning details that are sometimes not visible to human eyes. Under the microscope, we see metals “grow” like trees and “blossom” like flowers. A high-speed camera … Continue reading Envisioning Chemistry videos: Chemical reactions as things of beauty — Quartz

Consumption as common sense: Heteronormative hegemony and white wedding desire

The white wedding remains the most popular marriage ritual in the United States despite significant social change since its inception. Current research on this phenomenon focuses primarily on the influence of mass media, including advertising that socializes women and girls. I argue that while important, mass media alone cannot explain why many women want to have a white wedding. Drawing from data gathered primarily with … Continue reading Consumption as common sense: Heteronormative hegemony and white wedding desire

50 Smartest Companies 2017

Each year we identify 50 companies creating new opportunities by combining important technologies and business savvy. Some are large companies that seem to be growing ever larger, like Amazon and Apple. Others, like IBM, or General Electric are old-guard giants betting on technology renewal. And the list is full of ambitious startups like SpaceX, which is changing the economics of space travel with reusable rockets; Face ++, … Continue reading 50 Smartest Companies 2017

The World of Music: SDP layout of high dimensional data

The World of Music, by researchers at Standford, MIT and Yahoo!, intends to render the music space in an unprecedented way. This visualization shows 9,276 artists and how they are related to each other. The artist relation data is mined from user ratings of artists in the Yahoo! Music service. The researchers used a technique called semidefinite programming (which is sometimes called Semidefinite embedding) to … Continue reading The World of Music: SDP layout of high dimensional data

Iphoneography as an emergent art world

The iPhone has come to be one of the most popular and widely used cameras because of its ubiquity and the ease with which images can be uploaded directly to sites like Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter. The introduction of photography “apps,” like Hipstamatic or Instagram, adds layers of aesthetic capabilities not previously available within the camera. These capabilities have attracted artists seeking technologies for new … Continue reading Iphoneography as an emergent art world

Chibi Chip Starter Kit

Get started with coding now! The Chibi Chip Starter Kit is a fun, friendly and new way to engage with coding. This starter kit reinvents the book through paper electronics: craft functional circuits directly into the pages of the included storybook, Love to Code Volume 1, while learning how to bring images to life through code. With LTC, everyone can fall in love with coding! via Chibi … Continue reading Chibi Chip Starter Kit

The Zombie Diseases of Climate Change

Lately, as summers have lengthened and winters have warmed, this seasonal transformation has lost its symmetry. What biologists call the permafrost’s “active layer”—the part of the dirt where microbes and other forms of life can live—now reaches farther underground, and further north, than it has for tens of thousands of years. The newly active permafrost is packed with old stuff: dead plants, dead animals, mosses … Continue reading The Zombie Diseases of Climate Change

‘Speak’ by Louisa Hall

A less artful title for “Speak,” Louisa Hall’s sidereal novel on artificial (and thus human) intelligence, might be “What We Talk About When We Talk About Computers.” This starfish of a book, five voices waving gracefully around a core of philosophical questions, wants to explore the nature of memory; the borders of personhood; how words can illumine and obscure and hoodwink and rescue. via ‘Speak,’ … Continue reading ‘Speak’ by Louisa Hall

Active Sight: Vija Celmins and Jackson Pollock from Pictorialism to Perception – Image Journal

ON MAY 16 of this year, Night Sky #2 by Vija Celmins, on view at the 2008 Carnegie International at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art, was vandalized by one of the museum’s own security guards, who used a key to cut a gouge down the painting’s middle, damaging it beyond repair. While this act was universally condemned in art-world news sources, the disclosure that the … Continue reading Active Sight: Vija Celmins and Jackson Pollock from Pictorialism to Perception – Image Journal

Camera Restricta — Philipp Schmitt

Algorithms are already looking through the viewfinder alongside with you: they adjust settings, scan faces and take a photo when you smile. What if your grin wasn’t the only thing they cared about? Camera Restricta is a speculative design of a new kind of camera. It locates itself via GPS and searches online for photos that have been geotagged nearby. If the camera decides that … Continue reading Camera Restricta — Philipp Schmitt

Mox Nox: The Cartoons of Joan Cornella | Graphics.com

From the publisher: “Spanish cartoonist Joan Cornellà’s viciously funny Mox Nox comic strips have struck such a nerve on social media that his Facebook page has garnered over one million fan followers. A quick glance indicates why. Each single page strip is a wordless, full-color, hand-painted marvel of the comic strip form. Today is Chinese single day – 双十一 via Mox Nox: The Cartoons of … Continue reading Mox Nox: The Cartoons of Joan Cornella | Graphics.com

No direct flight: new maps show the fragmented journeys of migrants and refugees to Europe

Politicians across Europe have talked about the arrival of refugees and migrants in 2015 and 2016 as if it were an unprecedented “event”, a single coherent flow of people “heading for Europe”. There is a focus on the beginning and end of peoples’ journeys – at the expense of almost everything in between. Our new research with 500 refugees and migrants in Italy, Greece, Turkey … Continue reading No direct flight: new maps show the fragmented journeys of migrants and refugees to Europe

How Trump Pushed the Election Map to the Right – The New York Times

Donald J. Trump made good on his strategy of stoking the enthusiasm of white voters, as rural and small-town America endorsed him emphatically, helping to defeat Hillary Clinton and her urban supporters. via How Trump Pushed the Election Map to the Right – The New York Times Continue reading How Trump Pushed the Election Map to the Right – The New York Times

Whether You’re a Democrat or Republican, Your Social Media Is an Echo Chamber

When I see a liberal writer’s description of Donald Trump, or a conservative writer’s views of Hillary Clinton, I am embarrassed for them both. I wouldn’t let a 5-year-old child make such impolite and obviously extreme statements—and yet, today, extreme views are often applauded. They are a sign of an increase in polarization and political fragmentation that is happening across the United States. The Pew … Continue reading Whether You’re a Democrat or Republican, Your Social Media Is an Echo Chamber

Barack Obama aces mock job interview with Stephen Colbert | Television & radio | The Guardian

President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance on last night’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert to undergo a mock job interview and urge millennials to vote in the upcoming election. ‘The lesser of four evils’: John Oliver is not a fan of Gary Johnson and Jill Stein Read more He sat down with the host to discuss his future job options after he leaves the … Continue reading Barack Obama aces mock job interview with Stephen Colbert | Television & radio | The Guardian

Hover Camera is a safe and foldable drone that follows you

“Follow me” is an up-and-coming feature on consumer drones, and then you’ve also got those that are foldable for the sake of portability. Very few devices carry both advantages, but Beijing startup Zero Zero Robotics has already gone further with its Hover Camera. As the name suggests, this drone is mainly for aerial photography and videography, but what makes it even cooler is the fact … Continue reading Hover Camera is a safe and foldable drone that follows you

Yang Fudong – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yang Fudong (杨福东 born 1971 in Beijing)[1] Yang Fudong was born in Beijing, China, in 1971. He is considered one of China’s most well-known cinematographer and photographer. He is considered one of the brightest young stars in China and the greatest film writer to come out of China ever. Yang first started training to be a painter in the China Academy of Fine Arts in … Continue reading Yang Fudong – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It’s Nice That | Guy Billout’s brilliantly ironic illustrations make the ordinary extraordinary

Guy Billout’s topsy-turvy illustrations subvert our perception of the world with clever twists and ironic flourishes. French-born Guy came to New York in 1969 and has worked as an illustrator ever since, but it’s taken us until now to celebrate his magnificent work on the site. Offering a subtle but thought-provoking approach to editorial illustration, Guy’s work has been featured in publications including The New … Continue reading It’s Nice That | Guy Billout’s brilliantly ironic illustrations make the ordinary extraordinary

AN ANALYSIS OF DAVID LYNCH’S MULHOLLAND DRIVE

Like so many others, I thought the movie Mulholland Drive was an inspired work. The power of it does not just emanate from its eerie and mysterious atmosphere, its taste for conspiracy and intrigue, and its poignant love story which ends tragically in betrayal, murder and suicide. The force of the movie comes across in the way most scenes are able to communicate on many … Continue reading AN ANALYSIS OF DAVID LYNCH’S MULHOLLAND DRIVE

— Pokémon Go and the Need to Critically Consider Augmented Realities

Pokémon Go is currently taking the world by storm. The game uses smartphones to overlay the material world with digital elements, encouraging users to travel around to different places in order to progress in the game. via — Pokémon Go and the Need to Critically Consider Augmented Realities Continue reading — Pokémon Go and the Need to Critically Consider Augmented Realities

Jonas Mekas, Walden, 1969 (excerpt) on Vimeo

“Since 1950 I have been keeping a film diary. I have been walking around with my Bolex and reacting to the immediate reality: situations, friends, New York, seasons of the year. On some days I shoot ten frames, on others ten seconds, still on others ten minutes. Or I shoot nothing…. Walden contains material from the years 1964-1968 strung together in chronological order.” – Jonas … Continue reading Jonas Mekas, Walden, 1969 (excerpt) on Vimeo

A Mesmerizing Marathon of Robert Frank’s Movies – The New Yorker

“The life of Robert is an immense onion,” the filmmaker Laura Israel told me recently. “I kept finding things out. Most people, you reach a point, you have them. But with him things are always happening. He wants to change it up. He’s a drifter, flows to the next thing. It’s hard to edit that.” via A Mesmerizing Marathon of Robert Frank’s Movies – The … Continue reading A Mesmerizing Marathon of Robert Frank’s Movies – The New Yorker

Chris Burden, from shoot to kinetic metropolis

Chris Burden’s Metropolis II is an intense kinetic sculpture, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city. Steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadways, including one six lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks. Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense … Continue reading Chris Burden, from shoot to kinetic metropolis

When I am Pregnant, 1992, Anish Kapoor

When I am Pregnant, 1992, Anish Kapoor It is astonishing how Anish Kapoor manages to make the act of observation such an intense experience. Matter appears and disappears, and the distinctions between reality and illusion, being and not being, are obscured. In recent years Kapoor seems to be in the process of transforming his themes once again. Rather than working with materials that absorb light, … Continue reading When I am Pregnant, 1992, Anish Kapoor

Parlez-vous suisse romand? – Le Temps

Les helvétismes sont ces mots ou tournures d’expression ou qui n’existent qu’en Suisse – plusieurs centaines sont répertoriées – ou qui prennent un sens légèrement différent dans la Confédération de celui que leur donnent les dictionnaires: ainsi «bâcher» signifie recouvrir d’une bâche en français orthodoxe, tandis que tout Romand sait qu’il est en train de finir une corvée lorsqu’il la bâche… Pesées d’intérêts et autogoals, … Continue reading Parlez-vous suisse romand? – Le Temps

The Big Lebowski | Film | The Guardian

Like a teenager who discovers Che Guevara T-shirts, there is nothing original or particularly inspired about liking The Big Lebowski. So predictable, you’ll say. Dear God, it’s not even the best film by the Coen brothers, have you not seen Barton Fink? Year after year, I watch films that make me cry, films that make me laugh, and films that keep reappearing in my head … Continue reading The Big Lebowski | Film | The Guardian

Small World: An Academic Romance – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Small World uses the main characters (Professors Philip Swallow and Morris Zapp and their wives) from Changing Places and adds many new ones. It follows them around the international circuit of academic literary conferences. It is highly, and self-reflexively, allusive to quests for the Holy Grail, especially to Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. Characters discuss the romance and aspects of that genre in a way … Continue reading Small World: An Academic Romance – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nostalgia for the Light – review | Film | The Guardian

It isn’t simply that Patricio Guzmán’s Chilean documentary Nostalgia for the Light is moving: it has a tragic grandeur that really is very remarkable. It is deeply intelligent, intensely and painfully political, and yet attempts, and succeeds, somehow to transcend politics and perhaps even history itself. The film found its starting point in the title of a 1987 book by the French scientist Michel Cassé: … Continue reading Nostalgia for the Light – review | Film | The Guardian

Film La Jetée, découvert à la nuit des images

La Jetée est un film français de science-fiction de Chris Marker, sorti en 1962 et d’une durée de 28 minutes. Ce film expérimental, considéré comme un chef-d’œuvre par nombre de critiques et de réalisateurs, est en fait, à l’exception d’un seul plan filmé, un diaporama de photographies en noir et blanc (un « photo-roman » selon le générique), commentées par un narrateur unique. Le film est accompagné … Continue reading Film La Jetée, découvert à la nuit des images

EU referendum full results – find out how your area voted | Politics | The Guardian

Britain has voted by a substantial margin to leave the European Union. The picture that is emerging is of a heavily polarised country, with remain areas coming in more strongly for remain than expected, and leave areas more strongly for leave. Geographically, Scotland and London have voted overwhelmingly for remain, but outside the capital, every English region had a majority for leave. via EU referendum … Continue reading EU referendum full results – find out how your area voted | Politics | The Guardian

What Is ‘Brexit’? A Look at the Debate and Its Wider Meaning

A portmanteau of the words “Britain” and “exit,” it is the nickname for a British exit of the European Union after the June 23 referendum asking voters: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” via What Is ‘Brexit’? A Look at the Debate and Its Wider Meaning – The New York Times Continue reading What Is ‘Brexit’? A Look at the Debate and Its Wider Meaning

Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of hardware – Trailer

Premiering next week, Future Cities is part of a new flagship documentary strand from WIRED Video that explores the technologies, trends and ideas that are changing our world. The first of these documentaries takes us inside Shenzhen, looking at how and why the city has evolved so rapidly. We examine the unique manufacturing eco-system that has emerged, gaining access to the world’s leading hardware prototyping … Continue reading Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of hardware – Trailer

Barack Obama slow jams the news with Jimmy Fallon, slams Trump (VIDEO).

With eight months left in his presidency, Barack Obama returned to The Tonight Show last night to tout his accomplishments over the past 7½ years—in the form of, naturally, a slow jam. Host Jimmy Fallon fights hard not to crack a smile as he refers to the most powerful man in the world as “Bareezus,” “Prez dispenser” and “Barack-y with the good hair,” while Obama … Continue reading Barack Obama slow jams the news with Jimmy Fallon, slams Trump (VIDEO).

Les espèces d’espaces d’Internet selon Louise Drulhe : Makery

« Nous construisons nos outils puis ce sont eux qui nous construisent » écrivait Marshall McLuhan. Nous avons construit l’Internet comme un outil a-centré et pourtant nous voilà dominés par les Gafa… C’est ce constat que Louise Drulhe, 25 ans, a tiré de deux ans d’immersion dans un espace qui n’en est pas un, l’Internet, envisagé sous l’angle de l’architecture du contrôle et de la représentation graphique de … Continue reading Les espèces d’espaces d’Internet selon Louise Drulhe : Makery

L’Abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze

Composé de huit heures d’entretien avec le philosophe français Gilles Deleuze, l’Abécédaire est le seul film consacré à ce penseur qui a toujours refusé d’apparaître à la télévision. Il accepta pour cette unique fois une entrevue avec une équipe de télévision, à condition que ce film prenne la forme de conversations entre lui et son ancienne élève et amie Claire Parnet et qu’il soit diffusé … Continue reading L’Abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze

The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts by Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind | LSE Review of Books

We’ve grown accustomed to the decaying hulls of factories and abandoned shopping centres. We’ve begun to see the hollowing out of suburban office parks and we can even envision being transported by fleets of robot taxis. Yet we are working, studying and legislating as though our schools, courts and hospitals will continue as hubs of economic activity abuzz with an app-enabled but largely unchanged cadre … Continue reading The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts by Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind | LSE Review of Books

The American Psyche on Display: Roger Minick’s ‘Sightseer’ | #ASX

I devised my own way of working.  With a flash-mounted medium-format camera around my neck, I  would spend long hours staked out at overlooks, looking to match up just the right person or couple or group with just the right background––always searching for that particular elusive “something” that constitutes a compelling image. via The American Psyche on Display: Roger Minick’s ‘Sightseer’ | #ASX Continue reading The American Psyche on Display: Roger Minick’s ‘Sightseer’ | #ASX

Fred Lyon photographs San Francisco in his book, San Francisco: Portrait of a City 1940-60.

At 90, Fred Lyon is a legendary San Franciscan photographer. He is now known for capturing the ethereal feel of the city and its people, but in the 1940s and ’50s, Lyon was scrabbling to gain a footing in the magazine industry. Luckily, it was a good time to do so: San Francisco was entering a new golden age, consumed by a post–World War II … Continue reading Fred Lyon photographs San Francisco in his book, San Francisco: Portrait of a City 1940-60.

Bubbling Up the Good Ideas: A Two-Mode Network Analysis of an Intra-Organizational Idea Challenge

Organizations have been experimenting with intraorganizational crowdsourcing (IOC), yet the mechanisms of IOC production remain an underresearched topic. Drawing on a 2-mode ERGM, we examine structural mechanisms and individual-level factors that shape the network structure of idea generation and selection yielded by an IOC idea challenge in a global IT corporation. Results show a Matthew effect leading to 1) highly centralized employee participation around a … Continue reading Bubbling Up the Good Ideas: A Two-Mode Network Analysis of an Intra-Organizational Idea Challenge

Un Chien Andalou – Wikipedia

Un Chien Andalou (French pronunciation: [œ̃ ʃjɛ̃ ɑ̃dalu], An Andalusian Dog) is a 1929 silentsurrealistshort film by the Spanish directorLuis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí.[1] It was Buñuel’s first film and was initially released in 1929 with a limited showing at Studio des Ursulines in Paris, but became popular and ran for eight months.[2] The film has no plot in the conventional sense of the word. The chronology of the film is disjointed, jumping from the initial “once … Continue reading Un Chien Andalou – Wikipedia

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939) | Books | The Guardian

The Grapes of Wrath grew out of a series of newspaper articles on the California migrant workers entitled The Harvest Gypsies that Steinbeck published in the San Francisco News (illustrated with photographs by Dorothea Lange) from 5 to 12 October, 1936. Writing at the height of the Depression, Steinbeck was on fire with his subject. Like some of the greatest novels in this series, the … Continue reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939) | Books | The Guardian