omg so, this weekend I dove deep into my Twitch obsession and got myself setup for streaming! I did some test streams over the weekend, playing with live streaming some design work and a playthru of some indie games! I am still working out the kinks, and literally have zero viewers, but I’m planning on regularly streaming some of the projects I am working on, the games I am playing, etc. I’m super excited in particular to start streaming the process of a wearable I’m working on in the coming days.
over the next few weeks I’ll be continuing to update my setup and figure out what stream schedules and content work best. so if ur a Twitch person too, you can follow me here and see what’s going on in my studio!
here’s an interesting little web-based tool for generating QR codes for 3D printing. tbh I think QR codes are criminally underrated, especially in the US. sorry not sorry they’re really useful for initiating an interaction! this little write-up on Hackaday gets into some of the caveats of the tool - worth reading before you send to print!
love this feature on Sophy Wong’s wearables projects! check it out for some inspiration this week:
please write good commits! it’s for ur own good! u don’t even know how many times I have IRL SCREAMED bc someone pushed a commit message along the lines of “lol idk fixed it.” WHAT DID U FIX? WHY ARE YOU TORTURING ME??? anyway, this guide to writing good commit messages is a lot more measured and useful than any rant I would go on.
the latest episode of Ladybug Podcast features an interview with Arianna Rudawski discussing her career in game development. worth a listen if you’re interested in what game development is actually like, and want some advice for getting into the field, particularly from the perspective of someone who successfully pivoted from a totally different career!
what do knitting and programming have in common? patterns! this post by Jenn compares knitting to manipulating arrays, and even translates a typical knitting pattern into code. what a fun lil way to express how array methods work!
Science Gallery London is inviting expressions of interest for projects to become part of the forthcoming AI & Ethics season, including existing artworks, films, performances, etc. as well as projects which are still at a research and development stage:
As AI makes its way into our lives in the form of chatbots, virtual assistants, ‘smart’ appliances, software and intelligent infrastructures that promise to transform how we live and work, concerns about data privacy, implicit bias, transparency, and the limits of computational systems become ever more urgent to address. Within healthcare, these questions take on even greater importance – people’s lives and well-being are at stake. Can the tech industry’s mantra to “move fast and break things” be reconciled with medicine’s mandate to “do no harm”?
applications are due by February 23! learn more and apply here.
Museum of the Moving Image invites proposals for a site-specific commission of a new media artwork to be completed during a three week residency at the Museum, from emerging artists who are first or second generation immigrants, currently residing in the United States. this looks like a rad opportunity to work with a seriously underrated NYC museum. applications are due by February 15! you can learn more and apply here.
GAME ENGINES BEYOND GAMES is a one-day symposium that will bring together artists, curators and scholars to explore the expanded concept of game engines:
Game engines have been increasingly utilized in a variety of applications, from AI training, VR architectural simulations, to creating artworks. However, most of these uses only consider the game engine as a tool, rather than a medium…. How can artistic work illuminate these concerns? What does it mean for artistic practitioners and theorists to work with, build, and modify game engines today? What can creative works tell us about the nature of contemporary game engines?
they’re looking for 20-minute presentations from artists, scholars, and curators working on these themes. applications are due by February 24. learn more and submit here.
Phoenix, Leicester’s center for independent cinema, art, and digital culture, is seeking proposals for new web-based artworks exploring the theme of idleness in online space. they encourage an open interpretation of the theme so long as the work is primarily accessed via a website. submissions are due by February 20, so get cracking! you can learn more here.
the California State Arts Council recently released a new grant opportunity, Innovations & Intersections, which includes a category for Arts & Technology. applicants must either be a California-based nonprofit arts organization, arts-based unit of municipal or county government, or tribal government. applications are due by April 14! learn more here.
📅 upcoming events!
Tue Feb 11! remote: Tech Learning Collective are hosting an introductory cybersecurity workshop - learn why Signal, a free, secure, private message app is simple enough to schedule drinks with, yet secure enough to use for planning a protest:
If you’ve never heard of Signal before, now’s the time to switch. If you think you already know how to use Signal, let us show you some pro-tips (trusted third-party Safety Number verification, disappearing messages, registering Signal accounts with pseudonymous phone numbers, inactivity lock-outs, and Signal relay server IP address protection).
this is a remote workshop, but attendance is limited! learn more and get ur tix here.
Wed Feb 12! Gray Area! San Francisco, SF USA: as part of the The End of You, this workshop will provide an introduction to the Symbiosis Laboratory and an opportunity to address real-world needs of threatened organisms by co-designing new evolutionary protheses for symbiotic resilience. learn more and RSVP here.
Thu Feb 13! Babycastles! New York, NY USA: the CyPurr Collective are hosting another SUPER FUN SOCIAL! this month they’ll be watching The Matrix while raising some funds for the new body+, queer+ martial arts gym project, The People's Power House! you can learn more and donate to the event here.
Fri Feb 14! The Sherry Lansing Theater at Paramount Pictures Studio! Los Angeles, CA USA: artist and Rhizome editor and curator Aria Dean will be joined by Cory Arcangel and Brud founder Trevor McFedries to discuss the possibilities and constraints of online platforms as a patronage system. sounds like a bit of a mouthful, but Arcangel is good for a bit of levity amidst your art fair experience if you’re in LA this week for Frieze. you can learn more here.
Feb 13-16! Hanger! Barcelona, Spain: TOPLAP Barcelona is hosting the Viu Live Coding festival, including several days of workshops and an algorave this Saturday. you can learn more the 3-day festival here.
Thu Feb 27! Supplyframe/Hackaday SF! San Francisco, CA USA: the Hardware Didactic Galactic is back with a special event in collaboration with Hardware Happy Hour! this month they’ll be joined by Amy Qian with an emphasis on flexures. you’re also especially encouraged to bring whatever hardware you’re working on to share with the community. you can learn more and RSVP here.
Fri Mar 13! NYU School of Law! NYC, NY USA: this year is the 10th anniversary edition of the Open Hardware Summit, and friend-of-the-newsletter and all-around wonder woman Sophi Kravitz will give the keynote! you can learn more on the summit here and get your tickets here.
Mar 19-20! LIMA Amsterdam! Amsterdam, Netherlands: Transformation Digital Art 2020 aims to show and discuss excising and new strategies for the documentation, transmission, and preservation of digital art for and by artists, curators and conservators. you can learn more and register here.
Mar 27-29! Gray Area! San Francisco, CA USA: Algorithmic Art Assembly is back for a second year! this 2-day conference and music festival will showcase diverse artists using algorithmic tools and processes in their work. early bird passes are on sale now - you can learn more and get tix here.
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important internet history, preserved:
if you have anything in the works that you are excited about (an event, a workshop, a new project), please send me all the details. the next newsletter will cover the week of February 17 - 23, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.