The Pirate Bay computers and servers have been seized by Swedish Police on a data center in Nacka (Greater Stockholm). It’s offline since December 9. http://torrentfreak.com/swedish-police-raid-the-pirate-bay-site-offline-141209/
“Art Post-Internet” was an exhibition curated by Karen Archey and Robin Peckham for the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing in spring 2014. This is the specially designed pdf catalogue whose with the front page is created each time with the IP and quite approximated location of the user. It includes tentatively definition of “post-internet” by Cory Arcangel, Simon Denny, and Bunny Rogers, art critics Ben Davis and Paddy Johnson, academics Mark Tribe and Esther Choi, and museum professionals Christiane Paul, Raffael Dörig, Jamillah James, Ben Vickers, Omar Kholeif and Gene McHugh.
Lady is a tramp by Dvein is an experimental animation testing the perception of an entity as human or human-like.
Matt Brailsford used a modified old tape player as interface to this Raspberry Pi + Spotify Media Server, so listener can use the player (and the cassettes) as physical interface to the different playlists.
Ryoji Ikeda’s “test pattern [times square]” will bring artist’s trademark flickering black and white patterns to one of the most touristic New York City places, noon to midnight during October 2014.
Artist Jim Dessicino put an Edward Snowden statue in Union Square Park, in New York City, as part of the festival Art In Odd Places. Passers-by had to face a tall paradoxical memorial to an US citizen that US Security forces would just like to forget.
“Coming Out Simulator 2014, a half-true game about half-truths” by Nicky Case is a game with minimal interface (sms chat) and background soundtrack loops. Structured through multiple choices selection it’s verbally constructing an engaging narrative. http://ncase.itch.io/coming-out-simulator-2014
Cyborg Unplug by Julian Oliver, Samim Winiger, and Stop The Cyborgs, a simple device able to detect and fight back surveillance devices obtrusively accessing wireless networks, in fact breaking their unauthorised uploads and streams.
Ping-Reset by Bart Koppe is an installation where 36 internet routers attached to the ceiling are rebooted when functioning, making an attached object to make a sound, creating an orchestrated symphony generated by ping and reset.
After the government started to cut major social network platforms access, Occupy Central, Hong Kong protesters turn to mesh networks to evade China’s censorship http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/191118-hong-kong-protesters-turn-to-mesh-networks-to-evade-chinas-censorship
Like Pearls by Morehshin Allahyari is an animated and interactive mash-up of the Farsi spam Allahyari receives in her mailbox.
Eternal September, the rise of amateur culture exhibition at Aksioma, curated by Valentina Tanni. From internet folklore to the deja vu “on the screen” an exploration of “amateur culture” quickly corroding certainties. http://www.aksioma.org/eternal.september/index.html
“If you publish this work on the Internet I will sue you” by Vigilante (FR/IT) is effectively placing itself on a billboard instantly evoking its digital transmission, in a classic conceptual art strategy (using the words to create an uncanny situation (and tension) in between two different dimensions.
noPhone by Ingmar Larsen is meant to give people the “phone feeling” without their actual phone. It’s a 3D printed mockup, resembling mostly an iPhone, which should reassure the addicted person to still be in control of its obsession. A slick website and an hilarious FAQ are completing the effort. http://www.nophone.eu