Welcome to 2019
Mind the Gap
Engels & Pizza Express
A circuit made from lemons, copper coins and galvanised nails. Lighting up a low-current LED.
The copper and zinc are electrodes, amd the lemon juice is an electrolyte. The acid in the lemon juice reacts chemically with the zinc and liberates electrons. These flow to the copper. Three of these electrochemical batteries in series is enough to light a low-current LED.
I mean this stuff is like woahhh. Absolutely fascinating!
A 9V battery, some test leads and croc clips, a resistor and an LED. I am way more excited about this LED lighting up than perhaps I would have expected to be. This is loads of fun.
I’m even enjoying measuring the resistance of resistors with the multimeter and cross-checking against the reading from the coloured bands.
Book launch of Make Rojava Green Again at SOAS. The social ecology aspects of the project there.
It’s a lovely looking book. Proceeds go to fund projects of the Internationalist Commune in Rojava.
What to make of this.
Always good to get away for a while to the Lakes.
Beattie Wolfe, bringing physical, tangible experiences back to digital music media.
Chance & Control. Art in the age of computers.
Evolving Gravity by Aaron Marcus, 1972-1974.
Early computer art by Auro Lecci. 1970.
I like the structure created from repetition and expansion of a simple shape.
The platform is not the territory.
Anatomy of an AI system. An anatomical case study of the Amazon echo as an artificial intelligence system made of human labour.
Great piece. Available online at anatomyof.ai.
Collecting a dataset to train a Feminist AI.
Vases computationally grown using cellular growth models. Then 3D printed.
Casey Reas Processing sketch on the walls of the V & A! Fascinating to see how far digital art has come.
FormLabs 3D printers. They have a market of printed objects. If the plastic used is recycled, I think the potential for 3D printing is huge.
5 minutes to regenerate the timber required for this exhibit. That’s pretty exciting. I wonder how such large scale forests for timber fit into a wider ecosystem, though.
MultiPly – timber as a versatile, carbon neutral construction material.
#fountainforlondon aiming to bring back public water fountains in London. To reduce plastic and to make water easily available for everyone. They said it costs around 0.01p for a litre of water, so the markup for bottled water is astonishing.
I feel like you could fairly easily replace ‘Amazon’ with ‘Skynet’ and most of the patents would still be applicable.
One of the more troubling patents (and they’re all reasonably troubling): A Patent to Monitor Workers Using High Resolution Video.
The Institute of Patent infringement. A tour through some of Amazon’s weird and somewhat dystopian patents.
Tapestry made from old hiking boot laces. Part of the PlasticScene exhibition at King’s Cross gasholders.
From a recent visit to friends in Newcastle. The area around the river Tyne is very nice. The Millenium Bridge and the Baltic Centre are in the background.
Fado in Lisbon