GIF and the City is a social sculpture built upon F.A.T's "Occupy the Internet" where citizens of Gwangju, South Korea were turned into GIFs to occupy a iconic landmark from the 1980's Democratization movement in South Korea. Occupy the Internet AFK!
The display creates a moving and evolving snapshot of visitors in the area and their personal expressions, celebrating city life and the power of communities, crowds and networks in a more personal and human way that the usual mappings of social networks and flows of the city.
The GIF file format creates a short loop from a sequence of images that can be embedded in websites. The format originates from the early days of the web where video was out of the question and saving file size and bandwidth was paramount. In recent years, the GIF has seen a resurgence of popularity together with a retro memes trend that turns its focus back to the early, innocent and playful web before the emergence of commercial social media and high definition pro content. This can for example be seen in the FAT project "Occupy the Internet". The popularity of GIFs shows that personal and creative expressions thrive in the limitations of low quality images and a simple frame animation looping forever.
Supported by Gwangju Media Festival 2013. Curated by Juhee Chung.
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Prism Break Barbie is a solution for girls who want to protect their data beyond just encryption.
The Barbie is equipped with a 3-inch and .6 ounces concealed spring-loaded spike which can be activated by hand or by sitting the doll on a USB or SSD drive. The spikes force when triggered will shatter hardware.
Capital rely on algorithms to manipulate markets, their effects are everywhere yet is hard to see them immediately, given the scale of time and fabricated complexity in which accumulation and exchange is performed at high frequency scale. The patterns produced by their activity are testimony of the behavior of financial markets, and unlike them, these patterns aren't sacred or untouchable. They can be used to generate other forms of wealth, like music.
Patterns of market crashes caused by high frequency trading were printed on transparency paper, put on a computer screen and drawn into music software. The waveforms transferred were used to create some music patterns and beats compiled in 3 different tracks included in a 10” vinyl record titled Wealth Transfer.
1. 010 Flash Crash
2. 012 The Knightmare
3. 013 The Tweet Crash
"Wealth Transfer" debut June 27th, 2013 at the Dataslöjd Summer Show in Kulturlagret, Gothenburg.
F.A.T. GOLD: Five Years of Free Art & Technology
Curated by Lindsay Howard
April 1–20, 2013
"The free software and arts communities are filled with people motivated not just by money but by the act of creation and a drive to make meaningful, or at least functional, contributions to society," writes F.A.T. Lab co-founder Evan Roth in his recent essay, Artist Hacker: From Free Software to Fine Art. Inspired by the philosophy put forth by Roth, Eyebeam hosted a panel on Thursday April 4 from 7:00pm–8:30pm called "Artists as Hackers". The discussion brought together Roth and F.A.T. Fellows Aram Bartholl, Tobias Leingruber, James Powderly, and Addie Wagenknecht, moderated by Christiane Paul, for a look at how hacker culture has influenced a new generation of artists.