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Selfies. Good? Bad? Who can say. But here's 5000 words on the selfie, touching on various parallel threads: culture, technology, identity. Seeing how the selfie operates gives us a clue on how we see everything around us, including ourselves.
A conversation between Or Ettlinger and Pablo Garcia about the definition of virtual space on the occasion of Pablo Garcia’s exhibition at Aksioma, “Adventures in Virtuality”. Both Ettlinger and Garcia are academics, the former teaches Virtual Architecture and Media Theory in Ljubljana, the latter Contemporary Practices at the Art Institute of Chicago; they both share an interest in sci-fi, classical arts and both studied Architecture. Is “digital” a synonym for virtual? Are simulations virtual realities? Is the mental space a virtual space? These are the main questions discussed in this conversation and the answers are not so obvious. Virtual spaces are as ancient as the human need for and pleasure in creating images of the world. They can be analogic, as the work of Garcia shows. Virtual is related with reproducibility and is not about the physicality or non-physicality of the object – it is about what we see through the object.
"New Art/Science Affinities," which focuses on artists working at the intersection of art, science and technology, was produced by a collaborative authoring process known as a "book sprint." Derived from "code sprinting," a method in which software developers gather in a single room to work intensely on an open source project for a certain period of time, the term book sprint describes the quick, collective writing of a topical book.
The book includes meditations, interviews, diagrams, letters and manifestos on maker culture, hacking, artist research, distributed creativity, and technological and speculative design. Chapters include Program Art or Be Programmed, Subvert!, Citizen Science, Artists in White Coats and Latex Gloves, The Maker Moment and The Overview Effect.
In 2013, artists Rachel Binx and Sha Hwang launched gifpop!, an online service to convert your animated GIFs into physical animated lenticular sheets. As part of their Kickstarter campaign, they asked me to provide a little historical perspective to their lovely little project. The result is an essay about optical effects related to lenticular technologies.
As part of the NeoLucida Kickstarter Campaign, I included occasional art-historical essays for project backers. Usually, Kickstarter project creators use updates to inform about production progress, shipping details, or other project news. Since the NeoLucida was born out of a rich art history, backers were asking questions like "What is a camera lucida?" and "Is a camera lucida like a camera obscura?" So in between project updates, backers got these "Interludes", diving into camera lucida and art history topics.