Dear Artforum Editors: Can you please explain what this means in your 50 Shades of Grey review? “James’s own voice and writing tics…suggest nothing so much as a non-lubed and nonconsensual fist fuck of the English language.” [Artforum]
Miss P, a 15-inch beagle from Canada, won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Show. [The New York Times]
What “real dogs” look like after a thorough brushing. [Imgur]
Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of Bitcoins go unused every day. Most Bitcoiners sit on their investments—like hens waiting for their money to hatch. [MIT Technology Review]
The Soap Factory, one of the largest non-profit spaces in Minneapolis, has been selected to create a work at this year’s Art Basel, in conjunction with Kickstarter and the Walker Art Center. That’s a quartet of names I never expected to hear mentioned together. [The Soap Factory]
I’m always amazed by the number of animals who donate works of art to auction every year. Seriously, Jett the Dolphin, Azy the orangutan, and Tomby the elephant all donated finger-paintings to benefit the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University. [Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis]
“My work isn’t your clip art dude.” First part of this story: Mega-famous DJ Diplo used artist Rebecca Mock’s GIF without properly attributing the work to her. Then, second part: sexism ensues! [Dazed via Canvas]
Not another article that claims, in 2015, that museums and galleries are finally “starting to take digital art seriously”! [Dezeen]
Ever since the advent of smart phones, hands have become the main conduit between ourselves and our technology. (Even Google Glass was designed to be activated by the tap of a finger.)
Yes, typing connected our fingers to our keyboards, but within the last several years, the entire motion of the hand has taken on a new role with swiping, shaking, or slicing our devices. Digital art has not ignored the potential of the hand—see “Digital Handwork” in Rhizome—and neither have tech start ups.
Aesthetic Interactive produced this GIF, and other animations, to demonstrate the Hovercraft, a demo app allowing your fingers to become a menu in virtual-reality simulations. Coming to a screen near you. h/t: Prosthetic Knowledge
Advertising has taken over the Internet. Artist Dave Greber, whose work we first saw in 2014 at Prospect in New Orleans, has added click-bait ad squares to the sides of his website. We approve the project for the simple pleasure of the remix. On the left: “5 Things You Should Never Do.” On the right: “Are E-Cigarettes really this good?”.