Last Friday, the Internet Archive officially opened the Malware Museum. Organized by cybersecurity expert and curator Mikko Hypponen, the online museum contains malware programs from the 1980s and 1990s that home computer users would encounter when their desktops had been infected by a virus. Thanks to a DOS emulator, contemporary internet users can now safely experience computer virus infections from over 20 years ago sans the originally debilitating effects.
It’s been a long day here at AFC, so no art GIFs. Given all the ridiculous white people rage today over Beyonce’s new video and Super Bowl performance, we did however, think this GIF was an appropriate end to the day.
A spacecraft’s deep end splash is the new poolside entertainment. That’s the architecture fiction at play in Turkish artist Emre Hüner’s GIF, where the re-imaginings of spatial and architectural forms explore our notions of utopia, technology and modernity.
In treating the future as some sort of mundane present, clearly this ship went on a totally off-omnidirectional course and crashed into one of the few remaining country estates successfully landscaped with cloned deciduous and evergreen permaculture samples from twenty-first century earth.
The late afternoon earthenware tea service will likely resume within the next hour, at which point the humanoids will laugh over their artificial memories, which supplanted the trauma, decay and ruin that marked earth’s end.
I guess the say, “when in Rome” don’t apply to President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. Italy covered up nude statues in anticipation of his arrival. Statues in a corridor leading to the grand hall in Rome’s Capitoline Museum were in encased in what looks like pedestals ahead of a news conference slated for Rouhani and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy.
I have a cold. It’s not very fun and has prompted virus googling for viruses. The results weren’t exactly what I was looking, but predictable none the less: a whole slew of computer virus GIFs produced during the days of Windows XP. At least it’s indicative of some form of misery and suffering.
Madrid-based artist Claudia Maté created this character that seems to be a response to the “Girls Don’t Poop” meme. She’s exaggeratedly sexy, except she’s spewing diarrhea as she dances. It is amazing, and maybe serves as a reminder to avoid certain foods before heading to the club.
Angela Davis was born on this day in 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama. That’s probably one of the shittiest times and places for a black woman to have been born in the past 72 years. But despite the odds stacked against her, Davis definitely made the world a less shitty place for us all—even for a white-male-body-having person like myself.
It’s nearly impossible to list all of Davis’s accomplishments in academics and activism, but she’s been eloquently outspoken and proactive in everything from the antiwar movement to the Black Panther Party. She’s the godmother of Black Feminism; helped found the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism; connected the dots between environmental injustice, the prison-industrial-complex, and imperialism; and was one of the first champions of gay liberation and animal rights. She’s been to jail and a PhD program. She made hair a political statement. Angela Davis is 72 and still fucking badass.