Disrupted Blockbuster stores meets up-cycling
Disrupted Blockbuster stores meets up-cycling
— MPACUK (@MPACUK)May 10, 2014
Anti Face-Rec art project by Leo Selvaggio where he offers his facial likeness as surveillant data disinformation - video embedded below:
URME represents artist-driven, anti-surveillance devices made for the public. Working as an artist in Chicago, the most widely surveilled city in the nation, and seeing how it has affect the way I behave and think about public space, I have an overwhelming urge to protect the public from such surveillance …
… I have researched several of the strategies out there and there are two major themes. You can either wear a ski mask and hide your face, which looks very suspicious or you can destroy private or public property vis-a-vis security cameras. URME offers a different way. With facial recognition technology being widely used now a days, rather try to hide or obscure one’s face from the camera, these devices allow you to present a different, alternative identity to the camera, my own. When you wear these devices the cameras will track me instead of you and your actions in public space will be attributed as mine because it will be me the cameras see. All URME devices have been tested for facial recognition and each properly identifies the wearer of me on facebook, which has some of the most sophisticated facial recognition software around.
More at Indiegogo here
We went to this burger place for lunch and the walls were papered with rolling stones covers and it just really becomes obvious when you see lots of magazine covers next to each other that men are treated as people and women are treated as objects.
"I discovered that when I wore sweats and lounging-around-at-home clothes in public, the gawks I got from non-disabled strangers were slightly more condescending than the gawks I got when I wore trendy, fashionable clothes. Over time, I realized that non-disabled folks re-inscribed my casual attire with a social meaning that rendered my body the personification of dishevelment and neglect. I think this is largely because, within the able normative imagination, a visibly disabled body clad in sweats and lounging-around-at-home clothing invokes a longstanding and recycled representation of Crips as the objects of deprivation and targets of charity. This reductive representation is made all the more stark by the fact that I am a Black Queer Crip of the African diaspora."
- read whole article by Eddie Ndopu
"It doesn’t mention the obvious fact: Google Glass is an eyewear technology, which necessarily and fundamentally creates a different experience of looking at artwork than any audio guide, iPad, or brochure. I don’t think that means Glass can’t or shouldn’t be used in museums, but I do think it means the New Museum has an ethical responsibility to artists to tread very carefully down this path. This isn’t the same as displaying an artwork that’s meant to be viewed with Google Glass. I worry that this decision represents the museum privileging tech over art, but I’m holding out hope that I’m wrong.”
Jillian Steinhauer at Hyperallergic, more
— Quinn Norton on May Day
"the metaphor of the cloud obliterates not just the Internet’s physical structure but also sedimented mean- ings of the word cloud." - The digital Cloud and the Micropolitics of Energy
WIRED: It seems you’re also responding to the idea that people in general are uneasy about how much information is on Facebook, and sharing that information with developers might give them pause.
ZUCKERBERG: When we were a smaller company, Facebook login was widely adopted, and the growth rate for it has been quite quick. But in order to get to the next level and become more ubiquitous, it needs to be trusted even more. We’re a bigger company now and people have more questions. We need to give people more control over their information so that everyone feels comfortable using these products.”
Turkey’s not the only country with such restrictive defamation laws which were already stifling before social media. It may be a new world but for governments and their opponents, but some things are not: jails are very much as old-fashioned as it gets.
Welcome to the 21st century, where you can go to jail for one letter, but also be heard by hundreds of thousands of people by typing into a little device in your phone. Hang on to your hats.”
Object in the News: The Face Privatizer
Rob Walker (aka murketing) dissects how a current newsworthy subject’s use of a sunvisor has unintentionally become a statement on panopticonic celebrity culture and technology - from Design Observer:
But let’s put aside the question of how this object came into existence. What I’m interested in is how Stiviano is using it: Not to protect herself from the sun’s glare, but rather from the media glare. In other words, she is misusing, but I’d say rather effectively. This is a pretty good object-use hack.
And the aesthetics are, in my view, amazing: Unlike the traditional coat draped over a bowed head, or whatever, this visor allows her to do more than thwart perp-walk aesthetics. Instead she rather brazenly defies paparazzi culture. And indeed she seems to know what she’s doing, as she pairs her weird Darth Vader headgear with overtly camera-ready outfits — from semi-blingy-business attire to ostentatiously “casual” combinations of silly T shirts and cutoffs.
… And interestingly, in almost every picture I’ve seen, she’s prominently clutching some kind of image-making device: either a smartphone with an attachment I don’t understand … or … an enormous camera.
It is as if her jarring, sci-fi look is not merely defensive (anybody who cares to can find a million pictures of her face online right now) but a blunt provocation — meshing a public presence, an absurdly privatized face, and gadgetry for documentation. (In the images I’ve seen, she’s never documenting anything, just brandishing some gizmo that could do so if she cared to.)Obviously it’s the privatized face, and the object privatizing it, that makes the resulting documentationof her so compelling …
"At first, I thought they were glitches, or errors in the algorithm, but looking closer, I realized the situation was actually more interesting — these images are not glitches. They are the absolute logical result of the system. They are an edge condition—an anomaly within the system, a nonstandard, an outlier, even, but not an error. These jarring moments expose how Google Earth works, focusing our attention on the software. They are seams which reveal a new model of seeing and of representing our world – as dynamic, ever-changing data from a myriad of different sources – endlessly combined, constantly updated, creating a seamless illusion."
“Universal Texture" Clement Valla
"Crucially, the masks are not just simple refusals of biometrics and surveillance; they are equally concerned with positive collective transformation, a process that exceeds the measurability of biometrics and other governmentalities of visuality, a process of collectivization that produces an illegible excess. I like to think of the masks as proposing and experimenting with ways of relating and being together that are not bound to norms of measuring, seeing and identifying. Ultimately, I chose the mask to work with because of its vital role in social movements and protest today, such as with the Zapatistas, Anonymous, Pussy Riot solidarity protests, black blocs, and general carnivalesque tendencies in protests and occupations today."