Can You Be an NFT Artist and an Environmentalist?

Can You Be an NFT Artist and an Environmentalist?

The Bitcoin and Ethereum platforms operate on a principle called “proof of work” (PoW), in which computers solve complex puzzles to verify a transaction, for which that computer (or “miner”) is then rewarded with some amount of the cryptocurrency.

What Music Labels Learn When You Pre-Save Music

What Music Labels Learn When You Pre-Save Music

In a recent TikTok video, musician Clinton Kane riffs on the push by labels to get fans to pre-save music from artists, even before their songs are released.The benefits for the artists and labels are arguably greater: Pre-saving music requires direct access to your account on whatever music service you use.

What Makes an Artist in the Age of Algorithms?

What Makes an Artist in the Age of Algorithms?

Could ideas like GENESIS.JSON be the future of original music, where composers use AI and the blockchain to create entirely new art forms?

Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry

Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry

For decades, corporate concentration and the rise of streaming music platforms has shifted power to tech giants, and to a conglomerate that, through the staggering failures of US monopoly regulation, has come to dominate terrestrial and satellite radio, concert promotion, ticketing, artist management, and venue ownership, essentially every revenue-generating slice of the industry.

Artists Reimagine How Covid-19 Will Shape the Art World

Artists Reimagine How Covid-19 Will Shape the Art World

By having a version that lived in Minecraft Simon Denny’s Mine reached a lot more people than it would have if it just existed in a gallery space.

The US Used the Patriot Act to Justify Logging Website Visitors

The US Used the Patriot Act to Justify Logging Website Visitors

This week, three years later, Twitter finally took the step—a welcome change, if a belated one, given that attackers are more attuned than ever to the potential value of taking over a high-profile Twitter account .Hacker Defaces Spotify Pages of Celebrity MusiciansA hacker going by the name "Daniel" took control of prominent Spotify pages on Wednesday from artists like Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey, Future, and Pop Smoke.

The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020

The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020

From a couple thousand feet up in Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator 2020, real-world mapping data from Bing Maps unfurls from the horizon.Mapping tools like Bing’s and Google Earth have long offered enough fidelity that an artist can rely on them to capture far-flung city scenes.

Artist Rachel Cabitt Is Trapped In a Quarantine Horror Film

Artist Rachel Cabitt Is Trapped In a Quarantine Horror Film

Moments like these, along with flickers of inspiration from Cindy Sherman, the Italian horror film Suspiria, and the seductive glow of a neon sign, led photographer Rachel Cabitt to her latest project: drafting a storyboard for a suspense-laden tale about her lockdown experience in her New York City railroad apartment.

The 14 Best Shows to Stream Right Now

The 14 Best Shows to Stream Right Now

Though it features some of the same basic archetypes as its American adaptation—the lovesick paper salesman (Martin Freeman); the engaged secretary who wants to be an artist (Lucy Davis); and the authoritarian assistant to the manager with a host of bizarre hobbies (Mackenzie Crook)—the original version of The Office is largely David Brent’s show, and all the better because of it.

We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You

We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You

I had been invited to lead a conversation with a handful of artists about the climate crisis and their place in it.Something remarkable has happened to the climate conversation in the past two years.We Climate People are used to being a small group.

As Clubs Shut Down, Performers Must Find New Ways to Get By

As Clubs Shut Down, Performers Must Find New Ways to Get By

As clubs, bars, and event spaces have shuttered across the US due to the coronavirus pandemic, artists from disciplines ranging from comedy to drag are dealing with lost wages and uncertainty in their careers by taking their shows online.

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Simon Denny's “Amazon worker cage patent drawing as virtual King Island Brown Thornbill cage, US 9,280,157 B2: ‘System and method for transporting personnel within an active workspace,’ 2016.”Photograph: Jesse Hunniford/de Young MuseumDenny’s artwork now stands in San Francisco’s de Young Museum, part of a new show that examines humans’ changing role in a world saturated with intelligent machines.

Christina Koch and Jessica Weir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

Christina Koch and Jessica Weir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

Photograph: NASAThis accidental artistic photo shows two astronauts: Weir is working on battery replacement, and Koch, who took the photo, is captured in the shiny reflection on Weir’s visor.

Duuuuude. What Happens If the Earth Gains Consciousness?

Duuuuude. What Happens If the Earth Gains Consciousness?

By asking visitors to imagine what life would be like on an Earth that has attained consciousness, the show—a collaboration between all the artists involved—is inviting them to view the current environmental crisis through an oddball transhumanistic lens.

Pro-Trump Trolls Flooded the Iowa Caucus Phone Lines

Pro-Trump Trolls Flooded the Iowa Caucus Phone Lines

And flaws in a widely used Cisco protocol have put millions of workplace phones, routers, and network switches at risk .On the lighter side of hacking—well, it's all relative—artist Simon Weckert fooled Google Maps into thinking there was a traffic jam in Berlin by carting around 99 smartphones in little red wagon .

Taylor Swift's Miss Americana Is Pointless in the Instagram Era

Taylor Swift's Miss Americana Is Pointless in the Instagram Era

The latest of these, Netflix’s Miss Americana, trains its camera on Taylor Swift, an artist known for both her social media prowess and her skill in controlling what, exactly, the world knows about her.

An Artist Used 99 Phones to Fake a Google Maps Traffic Jam

An Artist Used 99 Phones to Fake a Google Maps Traffic Jam

Soon enough, Weckert realized that it was the mass of people, or more specifically their smartphones, that had inadvertently tricked Google into seeing gridlock on an empty street.

These Photos Bend Time and Space. Literally

These Photos Bend Time and Space. Literally

In 2005, multidisciplinary artist Jay Mark Johnson flew to Germany to purchase a very special, very expensive new gadget—a hand-made digital camera capable of capturing 360-degree panoramic images at resolutions as high as 500 megapixels.

Artist Refik Anadol Turns Data Into Art, With Help From AI

Artist Refik Anadol Turns Data Into Art, With Help From AI

Anadol creates mesmerizing art installations by seeking out interesting data sets and processing them into swirling visualizations of how computers capture the world and people in it.Anadol used machine learning to group photos and morph between them, creating flickering images of the city as recorded by many different people.

'1917' VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

'1917' VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

The task was made harder because the movie was produced in native Imax —a widescreen, incredibly high-resolution format, which meant the digital painting work of the VFX artists had to be even more precise and intricate.

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

Like a meteor rocketing toward Earth, Music Twitter had converged for its first real moment of the decade—a presaging of future times and trends.This decade, music streaming platforms merely archived culture; they didn’t shape it in the way that we like to believe.

An Artist Takes an Unflinching Look at Her Own Hysterectomy

An Artist Takes an Unflinching Look at Her Own Hysterectomy

Photograph: Elinor CarucciA third of American women undergo hysterectomies, most in their forties, like Carucci.In the book's afterward, she calls red “the color of an angry loss that I feel.”Photograph: Elinor CarucciCarucci—an Israeli American photographer whose award-winning editorial work has appeared in WIRED —isn't one to shut her eyes.

Generation Z Is Making Music With Anti-Radical Tones

Generation Z Is Making Music With Anti-Radical Tones

Recently, in the music video for "Keeping Tabs," the 21-year-old Chicano chillwave artist Omar Banos, who performs under the name Cuco, goes on a spiritual, mind-expanding journey.

These Hallucinatory Landscape Photographs Will Blow Your Mind

These Hallucinatory Landscape Photographs Will Blow Your Mind

Around a decade ago, Seattle-based 3D animation artist Cody Cobb began taking long solo camping trips through the American West, bringing along a camera and shooting what he saw.

IPad Artists, Don't Brush Off Adobe Fresco

IPad Artists, Don't Brush Off Adobe Fresco

It was purpose-built for the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to give digital artists a fully-featured desktop-grade art creation app nestled in with their existing desktop apps, with a couple tricks up its sleeve.

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

The highly ambiguous law is tailored to address conversations that inspire purchases or sway votes, but it fails to carefully define what constitutes “influenc[ing] a vote in an election.” Is sharing legitimate news stories or voting locations a form of “influence?” After all, not all online automated accounts are malign; some are simply news or information dissemination services, while others are created by artists.

This Artist Makes Kinetic 'Mirrors' That Echo Your Movements

This Artist Makes Kinetic 'Mirrors' That Echo Your Movements

Each piece is kinetic; a sensor picks up the image of the viewer, and the screen moves to "reflect" the form of the person standing in front.

Cloudflare’s Five-Year Project to Protect Nonprofits Online

Cloudflare’s Five-Year Project to Protect Nonprofits Online

So Al Shafei wrote to the internet infrastructure company Cloudflare and its initiative "Project Galileo," which offers free defense tools and technical support to human rights groups, activists, journalists, and artistic organizations around the world.

The Government Shutdown Killed an Artist's Space Sculpture

The Government Shutdown Killed an Artist's Space Sculpture

According to the release put out by the Nevada Museum of Art, after the satellite was deployed it successfully established communication with ground stations on Earth, but the sheer number of satellites being deployed meant the Air Force was “unable to distinguish between [the satellites] and could not assign tracking numbers to many of them.” Without a NORAD tracking ID, the FCC wouldn’t give the okay to Paglen’s team to deploy the reflective balloon contained in the satellite.

Harnessing creativity for change: The art of resilience

Harnessing creativity for change: The art of resilience

In an era of increasing natural hazards and climate change, art can also communicate the future risks we face. Last year, on the sidelines of FOSS4G and Understanding Risk Tanzania, a mural challenge brought together young Tanzanian artists to communicate visually about risk and resilience.

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