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Posted by Sebastian on Oct 03, 2010
For his graduate show at the Royal College of Art, Thomas Thwaites decided to build a toaster from scratch.
The project involved digging up the raw materials from abandoned mines around the UK, processing them at home, and forming them into a product.
The project turned out to be quite challenging and at the end of the process, Thomas Thwaites had spend 9 months and £ 1187.54 on an imperfect product, which he could have bought fully functional for just £ 3.94.
The Toaster Project was exhibited and awarded an honorary mention at this year's Ars Electronica Festival.
Videos documenting the hilariously absurd process are available at the project site.
TORTURE CLASSICS is a collection of music that has been used as instruments of torture by US government interrogators.
It includes Top 40 hits, Metal, Hard Rock, Country and Western, TV theme-songs and commercial jingles, as well as original “mash-ups” created by CIA agents, prison administrators, guards and interrogators.
According to the publishers: "Torture Music is the kind of music that’s perfect for sitting in the Afghan or Iraqi Desert, sharing a prisoner for a night, or relaxing in a military barrack or a CIA black site in some godforsaken country on a lazy afternoon. It's music thats just makes you feel free and drives others crazy. '
TORTURE CLASSICS is seemingly released by Time Life, one the world's largest entertainment companies. However, if you take a closer look, you will find that it is a project by notorious e-activists/artists UBERMORGEN feat. James Powderly.
Posted by Sebastian on Apr 26, 2010
Kunsthal Nikolaj in Copenhagen has kicked-off the upcoming football World Cup with an exhibition of works that in different ways are linked to the world of football.
In the spirit of the game most of the works are pretty playful. Team-shirts are remixed in Floor Wesseling's Blood in Blood out and the very template of the game is challenged in Asger Jorn's Three Sided Football (pictured). Asger Jorn developed the concept in the sixties and today the game is still occasionally played.
Other more political works in the exhibition include www.0100101110101101.orgs legendary culture hack Nike Ground.
The exhibition runs from April 22 through August 8 2010.
It is time for the Webby Awards again and no matter what you think of events like this, it is a great way of getting updated on new and interesting websites, trends etc. Just visit the site and browse through the different categories and nominees for inspiration.
And if you don't already know it, be sure not to miss - and vote for - POKE's Bakertweet! An intriguing way of using twitter to blend the physical and virtual world.
Posted by Sebastian on Mar 04, 2010
The Next Nature foundation calls upon designers, technologists and artists to submit speculative nanotech products for the upcoming NANO SUPERMARKET in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
The supermarket will be feature debate–provoking visions on possible products expected to hit the shelves between today and 2020.
Submission deadline: May 12, 2010.
Posted by Sebastian on Feb 28, 2010
Shady URL is an online tool, that can turn an innocent looking URL into a suspicious and frightening one.
For instance, the ShadyUrl engine turns www.twitter.com into http://5z8.info/illegal-guns-for-sale_f5v7f_launchexe and CNN.com into http://5z8.info/guns_u1t5v_murdervids.
You can also opt for shorter URL's, albeit making them a little less shady.
Posted by Sebastian on Feb 28, 2010
Ambo Dextro is a typewriter in which the keys have been rearranged so there is no correspondence between what you think you type and what you get on the paper. Characters, words and sentences are simply turned into abstract visual text as you type.
Ambo Dextro is on display in Copenhagen at the new gallery IMO projects until March 20. The piece is made by New York based artist Tauba Auerbach. Visit her website for other fabulous pieces - her website is basically a piece in itself.
Posted by Sebastian on Dec 09, 2009
A public event in which three poets created small pieces of climate inspired poetry based on various sources of text, such as the Danish Google translation of the Kyoto protocol.
The event took place in conjunction with the UN Climate Change Conference. For an overview of other related events taking place in Copenhagen these days, check out Hopenhagenlive.
• Via www.ibyen.dk
In 2008 the Danish Artnode foundation published the book 'Vi elsker din Computer' (We Love Your Computer), a 500 page anthology with no images on the phenomenon of net art.
Not exactly light material, but as if the format and perhaps subject itself wasn't already dry enough, the Artnode team subsequently transformed the publication into an audio book, which consists of a single audio track containing a 14 hour long, poorly recorded, reading.
When listening to the track you can't help feel sorry for the reader who on many occasions stumbles over some of the net.art references and URL's mentioned in the book - such as the numerous references to: http://0100101110101101.org.
The 200mb audio book is available for download at Artnode's website. Quite brilliant, but unfortunately only in Danish.
A blue line painted on the ground currently runs through Copenhagen's city center.
The line represents the capital's new waterfront if all the inland ice of Greenland were to melt, prompting water levels to rise by seven meters.
The line is a part of an art project called 'Water Knows No Walls' by the artists Haubitz + Zoche. The project takes part in the exhibition Rethink: Contemporary Art & Climate Change, which is one of many events taking place in Copenhagen these days as the city gets ready to host the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference.
If you want to know the potential consequences of rising sea levels in other parts of the world, you can use a map provided by Geology.com.