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Photography and its ghostly footprints

Photography and its ghostly footprints

The combination of the qualities of the positive photographic paper and the impossibility to fully control the oddly staged happenings evokes 19th century’s attempts to photographically capture
Activestills. Photography as Protest in Palestine/Israel

Activestills. Photography as Protest in Palestine/Israel

In 2005, a group of photographers took a stand alongside the people of the small town of Bil’in, and documented their fight to stop the Israeli government building the infamous West Bank Barrier.

Watching You Watching Me. A Photographic Response to Surveillance

An exhibition at BOZAR in Brussels explores the intersection between photography and surveillance. Employing a dynamic range of approaches—from documentary to conceptual practice, from appropriation

Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest

The exhibition gathers contemporary artworks as well as zoological and botanical objects to explore the changes in the tropical regions that Wallace once traveled and to shed light on the ecological

Palm oil, peatfires, Nutella and the anthropocene

Disappearing Legacies: The World as a Forest, an exhibition currently open at the Zoological Museum in Hamburg, “confronts the destruction of tropical habitats in the context of the Anthropocene and
Artists explore the ethical aspects of commercial DNA ancestry testing

Artists explore the ethical aspects of commercial DNA ancestry testing

Ancestry DNA testing has been widely embraced as a new way to understand our identity. But how does this removal of identity from its narrative and social dimension impact on understandings of race
Inside Private Prisons. An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Inside Private Prisons. An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Based on Lauren-Brooke Eisen’s work as a prosecutor, journalist, and attorney at policy think tanks, Inside Private Prisons blends investigative reportage and quantitative and historical research to
Artissima 2017: Butts, superheroes and flaccid guns

Artissima 2017: Butts, superheroes and flaccid guns

Part 2 of my cursory review of the Artissima art fair which took place in Turin back in early November. Yesterday, i talked photos, today will be a rapid fire of paintings, drawings, installations,

Artissima 2017: A quick run through some of my favourite photo works

I don’t normally write about art fairs but Artissima usually introduces me to so many new ideas, artists and way of representing the world that i can’t resist sharing some of the images of the event

SOS Brutalism. A Global Survey

Some 100 contributors document around 120 key buildings from this period, including many previously unpublished discoveries that are in acute danger of loss through neglect of intended demolition.

Lyon Biennale. Floating Worlds: an ambivalent review

I was expecting the curator's ideas of transience, instability and uncertainties to be translated into powerful works that directly engage with some of today’s most pressing and depressing concerns. I
Gambiologia magazine: “The gambiarra movement”

Gambiologia magazine: “The gambiarra movement”

Gambiologia is the Brazilian art and science of kludging. Someone with gambiarrá displays a cunning ability to improvise, kludge, hack and make do with whatever is available. Gambiologia, however, is
Public Space? Lost and Found

Public Space? Lost and Found

Public Space? Lost and Found considers the role of aesthetic practices within the construction, identification, and critique of shared territories, and how artists or architects—the “antennae of the

Exploitation Forensics. Interview with Vladan Joler

Exploitation Forensics is a collection of maps and documents created as a result of investigations conducted in the last few years by the SHARE Lab. The maps will help visitors explore the invisible
Using respiration to mine crypto-currencies

Using respiration to mine crypto-currencies

Breath (BRH) explores how the body can perform the computational process of mining crypto-currencies by converting lung exhalation into a computer’s hashing rate. The velocity of human exhalation
IDFA DocLab: my favourite interactive documentaries

IDFA DocLab: my favourite interactive documentaries

As usual, this year’s program was packed with dramatic commissions and entertaining debates but it was also anchored in today’s most pressing concerns: the plight of refugees in Europe, the legacies
Smart guide for connected objects, activism on the dance floor, cooking with phones, a human Alexa. Just another edition of the DocLab conference

Smart guide for connected objects, activism on the dance floor, cooking with phones, a human Alexa. Just another edition of the DocLab conference

The conference brought together leading artists and thinkers from the world of art, technology, science and documentary. The food was a bit revolting. Everything else was amazing
DocLab exhibition asks “Are robots imitating us or are we imitating robots?”

DocLab exhibition asks “Are robots imitating us or are we imitating robots?”

Robots and computers are acting more and more like people. They’re driving around in cars, hooking us up with new lovers and talking to us out of the blue. But is the opposite also true— are people
Proper and Improper Names: Identity in the Information Society

Proper and Improper Names: Identity in the Information Society

What aesthetic and political strategies may counter the quest for collecting data and measuring and predicting human behaviour, characteristic of informational capitalism?
Pazugoo, the 3D printed evil spirits of nuclear waste storage

Pazugoo, the 3D printed evil spirits of nuclear waste storage

Pazugoo, a gooey, collectively modifiable uranium glow-stick waving Pazuzu, the Sumero-Asyrrian demon of contagion, epidemic and dust, is proposed as a marker for the presence of nuclear waste