Tonight in solidarity against the Muslim Ban
Projected with Laura Poitras tonight onto a very interesting building in Manhattan. Check out the full story here.
Today is the day. After 9 months, Launch a Banker has been released into the wild. The game is available to play on your laptop/computer, or on iPhone. Android users, however, are not able to play the game because Google banned it on account of it being too violent. Consider the fact that Torture the Guy in Yellow is freely downloadable on GooglePlay, a game that asks the player to torture a man in jail with various implements.
And of course for those who favor realistic depictions of violence, the classic Grand Theft Auto:
And so we are left to wonder about the society in which we live.
Tonight is the opening of Kilroy Was Here, a show that I curated as a capstone to our time as residents at Kilroy Metal Ceiling. We inherited a magical opportunity in January, to take over an 8,000 sq ft warehouse while its licensing is neither commercial nor residential. Many of us took it as an opportunity to pursue politically/community-engaged work, and in some ways this show is in service to that. The show will remain open through the end of the month, contact me for a tour.
Ars Technica made a great video about our game WURM: Escape from a Dying Star and our micro-residency at CultureHub.
In 2014 I traveled to Bluffdale, Utah during an artist residence in a nearby town. There, I visited the NSA Data Center to simply behold it with my own eyes. As Arendt could have predicted, the cluster of buildings were drab and scarcely visible from the perimeter fence adjacent to the highway. I gathered some ground samples to put under my digital microscope upon returning to New York City.
With the help of the Bio Base in Lower Manhattan, I was able to isolate two microbial organisms from the sample and allow them to multiply in designated containers. From my work on the NSA Game, I was aware of the list of sensitive search terms that the NSA and DHS use to monitor our online movements. I combined the list of terms with the view from the digital microscope and a computer vision technique which detects movement within live video. When the microbes swim by a term, it becomes ‘activated.’ When enough terms have been activated, a haiku is formed and live tweeted. In this way, the microbes themselves act as subversive agents, saturating the Internet with sensitive search terms and jamming the surveillance apparatus.
To see a list of the tweets, visit www.twitter.com/nsahaiku. Tweets are live every Saturday during the month of May for the exhibition “Emerging Ecologies” at Kilroy in Brooklyn.
Last night we (The Illuminator) teamed up with G.U.L.F. (Global Ultra Luxury Faction) to project on the Guggenheim and the homes of its trustees. The Guggenheim is currently using forced labor to construct a new museum in Abu Dhabi.
Read more about it at Hyperallergic