Author: Greg J. Smith

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Specimen Box—Analyzing Botnet Activity

Following their incisive examinations of online advertising ecosystems and browser activity ad profiling, the Office for Creative Research recently completed an interactive touchscreen-based interactive work that visualizes (and sonifies) botnet activity based on data collected by Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit.

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Timeframing: The Art of Comics on Screens

Erik Loyer is a seasoned media artist and creative director who has spent the last several years thinking about the implications of screens on comics. Since 2008 he has been releasing innovative iOS experiments under the Opertoon imprint including the interactive comics Upgrade Soul and Ruben & Lullaby. Erik just launched Timeframing: The Art of Comics on […]

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Technology Gets Personal at FITC Wearables

Last week the prolific Toronto-based tech event organizer FITC hosted a daylong summit on wearable technology. With a lineup bookended by ‘the father of wearable computing’ Steve Mann and Social Body Lab founder Kate Hartman, the invited speakers offered a range of opinions on ‘what’s next for wearables?’ for an audience of curious developers.

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Superposition—5.84 Quintillion Facets of the Digital Sublime

This past Saturday Ryoji Ikeda presented the North American premiere of superposition to a crowd of several hundred at the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal (MAC). As would be expected, the sixty-five minute multiscreen performance played out as kind of a data aesthetics megamix that flashed through a series of precisely choreographed abstract visual vignettes that grappled with the digital sublime and pondered the agnosticism of network culture.

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HAPHEAD: a near-future videogame subculture webseries

From the team that brought you the excellent ‘lo-fi sci-fi’ short Ghost With Shit Jobs,  Haphead is a related in-development webseries that just launched on Kickstarter. The pitch: Ten years from now, videogames are so immersive that teenagers learn lethal skills just by playing. They’re called hapheads…. Through a minor miracle we got funding for production in […]

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Aerial Bold: A Planetary Search for Letterforms

As a follow-up to their ingenious The Big Atlas Of LA Pools, designers Benedikt Groß and Joey Lee have launched a Kickstarter to create “the first map and typeface of the earth” by searching satellite imagery for architectural and infrastructural letterforms. Beyond delivering a font, the project has a broader agenda: Aerial Bold is as […]