ok ok, I’ve seen someone make a computer inside of Minecraft, but this is next-level:

the Embroidered Computer, by Irene Posch, is an exploration into using historic embroidery materials and techniques to craft a programmable 8 bit computer! you can learn more about the project on her website.

resource roundup!

ur media studies moment this week is this article on Peter Jackson’s WWI documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” which makes use of his SFX powerhouse to modernize contemporary footage and audio. it’s some good food for thought w/r/t how our perception and understanding of events is shaped by the technology of our times. I’m gonna try and check out the film IRL next week, I hear it is intense.

in this video from THIRTEEN, Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, talks about facial recognition bias and ethical standards for AI. it’s a great introduction to her work and worth a viewing! if you’re making use of these technologies, it’s important to consider how you can use any project as an opportunity to push back against bias.

here’s a good new post in the “I wondered if I could do this in CSS” genre: how to slice and dice a disc. author Ana Tudor methodically explores the process and gets some interesting results! worth bookmarking for the next time you want to impress someone with a pure CSS solution to an unusual layout design.

are you hoping to finally, actually dig in on Javascript? here’s a collection of online courses, books, newsletters, and more to get you started.

opportunities:

the deadline for Theorizing the Web is right around the corner! if you want to submit a paper, hustle on it and submit by January 20. they especially want submissions that engage with issues of social justice, power, inequality, and vulnerability from a diverse range of perspectives. if you feel like your work just doesn’t make sense for most tech conferences, this is probably a great opportunity for you.

Pioneer Works is accepting applications for their 2019-2020 Technology Residency. this is a 12 week residency that supports creatives through access to advanced tools, practiced engineers, and connection to a larger multidisciplinary community. the deadline is February 15 so get cracking!

📅 upcoming events!

Friday January 18! arebyte Gallery! London UK: RE-FIGURE-GROUND is a group exhibition curated by Kelani Nichole, with works by Morehshin Allahyari, LaTurbo Avedon, Snow Yunxue Fu, Carla Gannis, Claudia Hart, Lorna Mills, Eva Papamargariti, Pussykrew, Sabrina Ratté, Amina Ross, and Alan Warburton. it explores myth, identity, and the body through an alternative view to the ideologies of Silicon Valley. the exhibition runs until March 16, with an opening reception on January 18 from 6-9pm.

Wednesday February 13! Whitney Museum of American Art! NYC USA: artists Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Katherine Moriwaki, and Tamiko Thiel along with media historian and theorist Erkki Huhtamo will explore the evolution of virtual and algorithmic practices in a panel discussion in conjunction with Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art (which you should also check out if you are in the area!!!). the event is free with RSVP.

just for lulz:

“Could you show us a little bit of your town?”

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as always, submit to the open artist call if you have anything in the works that you are excited about! 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 January 21 to 27, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.