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'it seemed like we were moving closer together' is a 2021 interactive art installation about contact, technology, transistors and critters.

Short video documentation:

tube.tchncs.de/w/jqC96Yxu3CnAE

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I make art.

Sometimes I write.

My work is about , including technology systems and complex more-than-human relationships.

I create interactive art installations using wood, paint, drawings, light, electronics, code, sensors, film & sound.

I always collaborate, including with animals, fungi, humans, trees, mould & birds.

I try to make my work accessible and with low environmental impact (please tell me if I fail).

My body is in Ireland.

I'm hopeful.

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Trans*feminist servers…

A wishlist that expands the feminisms of a document that became known as “The Feminist Server Manifesto”

🗎 pdf: transitional.anarchaserver.org
✐ pad: etherpad.mur.at/p/tfs (please edit)

#thfm #digitaldiscomfort #jararocha @ccl #karlmoubarak

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#constant #bruxelles #brussel

Call for Participation:
OPENCOIL workshop 🔋🔋🔋

"The pavements of many cities have been flooded by so-called 'dockless sharing vehicles'. This workshop explores the impact of such micro-mobility services on (public) urban space by re-appropriating their decentralised infrastructure as a space for experimentation, while also addressing the conditions and effects of this infrastructure."

Deadline: August 21
constantvzw.org/site/OPENCOIL-

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do not use fediverse instances for private confidential communication that you don't want to be seen by anyone else. despite the fact that your admin is a good person and took many precautions, none of this communication is end2end encrypted and can be intercepted and lawfully extracted / demanded.

use one of fully e2ee instant messengers or encrypted email like @Tutanota

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i shot a roll of film from a little point and shoot @liaizon found in a dumpster. there was b&w film already loaded- turns out the wrong iso, so most of the photos didn’t turn out. the ones that did have an almost mythic quality to them…
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developed by @obsolete_obsession_lab on ig / edited by me
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#35mm #lomography #blackandwhitefilm #filmisnotdead

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This has happened me before. For example, I once spent a long time writing very convoluted JavaScript to make a web-based artwork react only at moments of inactivity. This was so counter-intuitive to the language that it took many lines of code to do something that would have only taken one line if my goal had been to make it reactive to activity (such as a click or a hover).

This was also a lesson in the bias toward constant activity in-built into web programming.

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I am trying to make my CSS animations more jerky, like old paper-cut animations. I need to do this in CSS for a couple of reasons which are not important here. What is interesting is how I am looking for tips on doing this, typing things like "making CSS animations more jerky/choppy" into search engines. All of the results are queries on fora like "my animation is too choppy" or "how to make animations more smooth".

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It's amazing when you find those points when your search engine completely lets you down, because the thing you are trying to do seems to be diametrically opposed to the thing it is supposed to do.

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@vtel57@diasp.org:

What's the strangest thing you've ever found in a book?


Here's my story...

About 20 years ago or so, I was at a Salvation Army auction one morning. They were selling of tons (literally) of junk they'd had donated to them over the last few years or so; stuff that wasn't easily sold in their actual stores. A lot of it was good stuff, too.

One thing that immediately caught my eye was a pallet (6' high, 4' wide X 4' wide) of nothing but boxed up hardcover books. I looked through some of the books in the top boxes and realized that there were some very old, and often valuable, books in this boxes. I decided I'd bid on it a bit and see where it goes.

The auctioneer kept bringing up lot after lot, but not the pallet of books. I was getting impatient by the time the morning wore on. Finally, when he'd pretty much sold everything that was in the yard back there that morning, he brought up the pallet of books. There was only a small crowd of folks left by then (about 20 or so). He described the contents of the pallet briefly by saying, "Here you go, folks... a bunch of books".

He looked around at the faces in the crowd and said, "I'm opening the bidding at one dollar." I about shit myself. I bid the $1 immediately to get things rolling. Well, after I bid, he looked around and said, "Once, twice, sold that man there for $1." I just laughed... and wondered how the Hell I was going to get this pallet home and what I was going to do with all those books.

When I asked the auctioneer afterwards why he'd let it go so cheaply, he said, "Did you see anyone trampling you to get in a bid?" I said no, I didn't. His reply, with a smirk on his face, was, "Gotta' know your audience in this job."

Well, needless to say, I got the books home and spent a few years going through them and selling some, giving some away, etc. However, that's not the point of this story. The point was finding things in books. So, with that in mind...

There were quite a few books in this collection that had the name of a fellow in them. His name was Charles Lounsbury. He was evidently a well-educated man; many of his books were text books from Cornell University. Anyway, whilst thumbing through one of them one day, a small business card fell out into my lap. It was a dentist's appointment card for Mr. Lounsbury. It also had his address and phone number on it.

Just for grins and giggles, I called the number on the card. An older-sounding man answered on the first ring. I said "Hello" and gave my name. I then asked the fellow if he was Charles Lounsbury. He said he was indeed. I told him about all the books I'd bought and how I had found this dentist appointment card in one of them. He was BLOWN AWAY immediately upon hearing about the books.

He told me that his sister had possession of his personal library at the time of her death, but he had not spoken with her in many years. When she died, it seems that someone cleaning out her house had donated all her possessions, including Charles' books, to the Salvation Army. Mr Lounsbury was very interested in possibly seeing his books again. He was wanting to leave some of them to his grandchildren upon his demise.

I made a date for him to drive from Sarasota, FL up to my home in Tampa and take whichever of his books he wanted back. The following Saturday he showed up. He was absolutely amazed to find all his books in the middle of my living room (huge stack of books, here's a sampling):



Anyway, he picked out 10 of 15 of his prized books and asked if he could take them. I, of course, said yes... for sure. After that we sat and had some coffee and he told me his life story. It was a wonderful afternoon! Charles and I became pretty good friends after that for about 10 or so years, until his death at age 88.

It's amazing, sometimes, the things you find in books. :)

*This posting previously published on my blog:

Nocturnal Slacker v2.0 | Letters to the void…

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get ready for
soon degrowth
will be sold
back to us
in neat littly
artsy packages
at the international
chain of shops

#DegrowthCapitalism

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Let's start with "Morale is Mandatory (Algorithm Livery)".

Incorporating facial recognition hardware and a model provided by Google for schoolchildren in its “AIY Vision Kit,” which was sold at Target, this artwork scans for nearby faces. If each face is deemed sufficiently cheerful, they count towards a meter of “smiling faces.”

It hints at the potential for state or corporate monitoring of mood. Imagine a customer service job that mandates a percentage of joy.

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Hello hello!

So, first an #introduction

I'm Camilo, a visual artist and designer from Bogotá living in Rotterdam. Usually getting lost while learning and making. Drawing is my first impulse when thinking and very often I find myself making connections between things.

These days I´m one half of 'attempt', an intuitive and independent publishing project for written and visual language, and also I'm co-organizing Zine Camp Festival in Rotterdam, a free festival for making zines and sharing small publications.

Happy to be here to start sharing and circulating more processes! 🌱

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BTW: in case folks reading this have a cool FOSS project that needs funding, please be aware that we have a deadline for submitting these tomorrow (August 1st) noon.

Don't feel intimidated - it is really light-weight to submit something (you can do it in less than an hour if need be).

Have a look at nlnet.nl/propose -

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Some people might argue, that you can make “good use” of these so-called platforms and that there are a lot of examples. I don’t think that you can make “good use” of an Internet technology whose main functioning is to suck off data from every interaction.

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The usage thesis: “tech bias derives not from any essential trait of the underlying technology but from the social and historical uses of technology by human subjects. According to the usage thesis, code and software are essentially passive substrates that can be ‘embedded’ with values.” (Alexander Galloway, The Gender of Math read.dukeupress.edu/difference)

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Since nearly half of all carbon emissions in video conferencing happen on the network, self-hosting a video conferencing server like BBB as close to the users as possible can have a significant reduction in emissions.

njoseph.me/shaarli/shaare/yFvh

#computingWithinLimits #selfHosting #videoConferencing #climateCrisis

9) Lawrence Abu Hamdan – Walled Unwalled

I sat down in a strange timber room built inside a larger concrete room to experience this audio installation by Abu Hamdan. I was complete submerged in it in seconds.

His voice, the drum, the mysteriousness of how it is told...Physical borders between nations are growing in number, and this is their story.

Not quite the same without immersions in the space, but the full piece is online: yewtu.be/watch?v=RY4jU85o8pE

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8) Chen Chieh-Jen – Empire's Borders I

Spent a long time at this work when it was shown at Dublin Contemporary, 2011. It took a while for it to click, but when it did...

On one wall are four videos of reenacted interviews between Taiwanese women and US consular officers. A perpendicular wall had four videos of Chinese women married to Taiwanese, in conversation with Taiwan's National Immigration Agency. In both, power is used to discriminate, abuse, and refuse entry.

letterboxd.com/film/empires-bo

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