Researchers Shrink High-Res Camera Down to the Size of a Grain of Salt “Researchers from the University of Princeton and the University of Washington have developed a high-resolution, full-color camera that is the size of a grain of salt that is the next generation of metasurface technology.”
Brutalist Architecture goes Artificial Intelligence “Moullinex, whose real name is Luís Clara Gomes, created two videos that use artificial intelligence (AI) to imagine a series of brutalist buildings. The first video, which the artist shared on his Facebook page, is based on 200 photographs of modernist, concrete buildings. These images acted as the dataset, which was used to train a generative network via the machine learning tool StyleGAN2, to create a string of entirely non-existent buildings with similar characteristics.”
Tim Cook May Have Just Ended Facebook “What happens when an unstoppable force hits an immovable object? In a recent speech at Brussels’ International Data Privacy Day, Apple CEO Tim Cook went on the offensive against Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Cook’s speech seems to be a direct response to Facebook’s recent attack on Apple, in which the world’s largest social network took out full-page ads in several newspapers attacking Apple’s new privacy changes.”
Hank Willis Thomas Reimagines Alfred H. Barr’s “Cubism and Abstract Art” Diagram “Alfred H. Barr Jr., MoMA’s founding director, made the initial version for an exhibition of the same name he organized in 1936, tracing what he perceived to be the roots of Cubism and abstraction. Hank Willis Thomas persuasively argues that this diagram (and the art-historical narratives it supports) fails to acknowledge the equally significant socioeconomic, cultural, and political circumstances that inform some of the most beloved and iconic works in MoMA’s collection, from Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) to Henri Rousseau’s The Dream (1910).” Download a PDF of Hank Willis Thomas’s Colonialism and Abstract Art.
First All-Sky X-Ray Map from eRosita “The eRosita space telescope, which launched in July 2019, has completed its first full sweep across the sky, mapping both hemispheres and cataloging more than 1 million X-ray sources. This is only the first all-sky map to be delivered: The mission plans to create seven more maps, combining them to achieve unprecedented sensitivity to the whole X-ray sky.”
What Artists Talk About When They Talk About Their Art. And why it’s hard to say anything truly meaningful By Christopher P. Jones. “When I was at art college – many years ago now – I learnt two things very quickly. The first was that, if you’re going to make it as a practicing artist, you must not only be passionate, but also sociable, canny, eclectic, pompous (but not too much), fierce, shrewd, barefaced and, hopefully as daring as possible. In short, I began to realise that a contemporary artist is measured by his or her mettle, as much as anything else. Well, that had me a little stumped.”
Images without Viewers: Selfie Communism By Jody Dean. “Selfies are a communist form of expression. The critical reflex is to dismiss selfies as yet another indication of a pervasive culture of narcissism. I disagree. The narcissism critique approaches the selfie as if it were analyzing a single photograph. It views the person in that photograph as the photograph’s subject. Selfies, though, should be understood as a common form, a form that, insofar as it is inseparable from the practice of sharing selfies, has a collective subject. The subject is the many participating in the common practice, the many imitating each other. The figure in the photo is incidental.”
Beware the Vanity Gallery – and why they should be avoided “Don’t be dazzled when somebody turns their attention to your art. Be aware, be smart and be astute – and don’t get scammed by a Vanity Gallery. The business model of a Vanity Gallery revolves around extracting money from artists rather than selling artwork to art lovers.”