Author: Greg J. Smith

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Drone Aviaries & Field Guides – A Conversation with Superflux

Superflux are a design and foresight consultancy and bespoke R&D lab based in London. Founded by Anab Jain and Jon Arden in 2009, the studio produces prototypes, research, and films that are simultaneously savvy, prescient, and playful—and now they can add ‘magazine publisher’ to that list of outputs. A few weeks ago the studio announced the first edition of Superflux, a Warren Ellis-edited periodical that would mutate in medium from issue-to-issue and archive and disseminate their research and aesthetic. The first issue is a handsome A1 poster expanding on their recent work with drones and—intrigued by both form and content—an email discussion ensued and the duo shared a PDF of the poster for CAN to inspect. To further contextualize the project, Jain and Arden have engaged in an interview about drones, their new publishing imprint, and foresight.

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Gray Area Festival – Discussing the Impact of Art and Technology on Culture

In two weeks the inaugural edition of the Gray Area Festival takes place in San Francisco. Fusing a conference, performances, workshops, and an exhibition, the event gathers artists and philanthropists to discuss the impact of art and technology on culture. Several weeks back CAN announced the homeward stretch of Gray Area’s #ReviveTheGrand  fundraising drive, now […]

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Rhythm Necklace

The latest instalment in a long tradition of compact and innovative iOS musical tools is Rhythm Necklace, a new app for generating and modulating melodies. Capitalizing on super legible circular step sequencing and a restrained interface, the app offers a tangible method for composing, iterating, and exporting audio. Rhythm necklaces are circular representations of repeating […]

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ELEKTRA 16 / POST-AUDIO

A yearly celebration of audiovisual possibilities, ELEKTRA’s upcoming edition promises a sustained exploration of life after audio. Running in mid-May and spilling out across a number of Montréal venues, the festival will showcase ten audiovisual performances, numerous installations, and the kickoff of a new sound art biennial. We’re excited to be joining in the fun […]

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MoMA’s Digital Art Vault

MoMA Digital Repository Manager Ben Fino-Radin has shared a gloriously detailed post on the museum’s blog that outlines how they are archiving digital works. In it, he describes their state-of-the-art ‘digital vault’ for these collections and its related workflows. Below, Fino-Radin explains ‘the packager’ (the first step in the workflow, which also includes the ‘the […]

Transmissions from the Technological Sublime, Highway to nowhere

32-bit Noir – Michael Trommer’s Transmissions from the Technological Sublime

Transmissions from the Technological Sublime is a panoramic multimedia installation that depicts a nocturnal landscape of non-place populated by infrastructure rather than people. Hatched as a MFA thesis project within OCAD University’s integrated media program by Toronto’s Michael Trommer, the audiovisual piece renders highways, shipping channels, airports, and office parks as uncanny interstitial zones of contemplation.

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Help Gray Area #ReviveTheGrand

San Francisco’s venerable Gray Area Foundation for the Arts are winding down a major fundraising campaign and they need your help. With just ten days remaining, they are attempting to hit a crucial $300,000 fundraising goal as they begin construction on their new space, which will transform the Mission District’s historical Grand Theater into a media arts centre and their […]

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A Wilderness Most Luminous – The Making of Micah Scott’s Forest

Forest invites kids and adults alike to engage with a giant tactile colour mixer, with ‘spinner’ controls distributed across a 7 x 2 grid of custom-fabricated MDF panels. Built in collaboration between Micah Scott and a team at Ryerson University’s New Media Program, the interactive installation is currently showing at TIFF Kid’s digiPlaySpace. CAN goes behind the scenes to get a glimpse into this ambitious project’s conception and fabrication.

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Rethinking Art & Machine – A Conversation with Marla Wasser

Toronto-based curator Marla Wasser is the mind behind “RAM: Rethinking Art & Machine”, a media art exhibition currently on display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia that contains work by media art heroes like Angela Bulloch, Jim Campbell, Manfred Mohr, Alan Rath, and Daniel Rozin. Wasser recently engaged in an extensive interview with CAN, in which she shares some behind-the-scenes details about her show .

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Deep Lab, Deep Dive – Book Sprint at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

This past December a dozen artists, activists, and researchers converged at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry for a book sprint. Led by Addie Wagenknecht, the all-women cadre convened under the collective moniker Deep Lab, and set out to examine how the themes of privacy, security, surveillance, anonymity, and large-scale data aggregation are problematized in the arts, culture and society.