I’ve been out of the NYC loop for about 6 mos now, so I’ve sadly missed The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics, presented by Rhizome at the New Museum. but if you’re pining from afar like I am, this second season of Art + Technology gives you a nice look (and will make you pine even harder).
do any of y’all remember Firefox 3D view? well in lieu of that (I think it’s retired???), here’s an article by Jessica Chan on diagnosing some common z-index problems. bookmark this one for the next time you’re banging your head against a wall because z-index: -999999 just isn’t fixing it.
Tornis is a minimal library by Robb Owen that watches your browser’s viewport. it tracks mouse position, cursor velocity, viewport size, and scroll position and velocity - aka it’s probably super useful for creating subtle interactions. I’m gonna give it a try myself for a new project I’m tinkering with this week!
need a transparent pattern for something? check out this library with dozens of lovely ones maintained by Mike Hearn. there’s even a generator so that you can select a pattern and a background color and have CSS ready to copy and paste into your project.
I am a sucker for any kind of pure CSS solution for anything, and love farting around with SVGs in the DOM. here’s an actually useful use-case for both - an animated loading spinner.
h/t to friend-of-the-newsletter Reed Spool for sending me this article on marker-less AR with OpenCV and OpenGL. it’s been a long minute since I’ve been able to tinker with anything fun like this, and I’m looking forward to really diving in on this methodology.
Eyebeam’s 2020 Residency is now open for submissions!
When ideals of capitalist progress become the driver of societal value, a position of refusal can be a political and necessary act. Eyebeam’s 2020 Residency Open Call asks applicants to consider refusal as it relates to technology and its impact on society. How do acts of refusal manifest in one’s life and work poetically or directly?
apply by June 21 to be considered for this 6 month research and experimentation-focused program for creative practitioners. for this program, Eyebeam is shifting its focus to be more responsive to artist needs and the larger community. check out their FAQ for more details.
Toronto New Wave has an open call for interactive, VR, AR, XR and new media works for the 2019 program! the submission deadline is July 2, so you still have some time to put in some work on this one. they’re prioritizing new works completed after January 1, 2018 and projects intending to premier at the festival. get on it! you can fill out a submission here.
from March 18-22, 2020, the third edition of festival DIGITAL SPRING will take place in Salzburg, Germany. this year’s theme is STAND BY. there’s an open call for non-commercial media arts projects as well as a four-week residency from the end of February through the end of the festival. the deadline is June 30, 2019 so get on it if this sounds up your alley! more details here.
Google Arts & Culture and Google AI present Artists + Machine Intelligence Grants - the grants will support six artists with technical mentorship, core Google research, and funding. I always feel a lil wobbly about big corporate grant opportunities, but if it fits your practice, go for it. in this case, you get to keep ownership of your IP, which is always the biggest risk. apply by Monday July 15!
do you want your own project to be featured in this newsletter? I’ve set up a new open call submission form so you can send your work my way. WIPs are welcome!
📅 upcoming events!
everyone seems to be in a post #mfba19 haze (or at least, that’s all I’ve been seeing in my feeds for a week)! but there are still a few rad things on my radar. don’t forget to send me anything you have in the works!
Thursday May 23! secret upstate NY location! NY USA: debuting this weekend at a secret, upstate NY location called Country Club: Sophi Kravitz's immersive experience "Granny's House" takes place after Little Red Riding Hood has slaughtered the Big Bad Wolf. Sophi’s experience is part of an entire weekend of camping, music, interactive art, and creative technology. tix are selling out but there are some left on Eventbrite - get urs here!
Saturday June 15! Wonderville! Brooklyn, NY USA: Wonderville NYC in collaboration with the Tech Learning Collective presents: A Dark Web workshop by and for Femmes and Allies! this digital safety workshop is open to all and is facilitated by the Tech Learning Collective’s femme-identified cybersecurity instructors. it’s a two-hour mini-intensive focused on the Tor Project. don’t worry if you’re new to cybersecurity - this will be a safe and welcoming environment for learning how to make the most of Tor, a free digital safety tool. this crew is legit, and I highly recommend this event if you’re in the NYC area! tix are $45, or $30 for queer and femme-identified folx. u can learn more here.
Tuesday, June 18! Wythe Hotel! Brooklyn, NY USA: Eyebeam is turning 20 with a “Fête of the Future” benefit at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn this June. it’s definitely a splurge, but the event includes visuals created by THE FAMILY with art direction by Eyebeam resident Yo-Yo Lin, artist-led experiences up for auction from alumni Zach Lieberman, Lauren McCarthy, and Taeyoon Choi, as well as a live performance from Jasminfire. tix are available on Eventbrite.
just for lulz!
this is a stretch for this newsletter (ok but faux patch notes is kind of relevant) but my body is so flippin’ ready for Game of Thrones to be gone from my brain!!!!! I am banking this newsletter on Sunday afternoon knowing full well that the internet is gonna care about nothin’ but complaining about the show for at least the first half of the week.
as always, submit to the open artist call if you have anything in the works that you are excited about! I swear I’m actually going to read through them and start pinging people (lol). and if you have an event or opportunity to promote (anywhere), please send me all the details. the next newsletter will cover the week of May 27 to June 2, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.
we also now have a Discord channel! right now it’s just a few of us, but feel free to drop in and share a gif. I’m starting to experiment with new tools for building community and moving off of Facebook, and this is just one attempt! if you have recommendations for other tools and platforms that you enjoy, please let me know.