does blingee still exist? idk but you can still google image search “[literally anything] + blingee” and find some real gems:
now that I am properly nestled back in my beloved, temperate Mexico City for the rest of 2019, I’m super excited to announce a lil personal project for the end of the year! as thanks for all y’all’s support since I started this newsletter, and as an opportunity to just make something nice, I am gonna send out a non-denomination, non-problematic, seasonal interactive postcard to anyone who is interested this December!
I got some lovely new screen-printed business cards from a local print shop, and I’ve been dying for an excuse to order something else bc idk objects are nice sometimes! so here’s the plan: if you’re interested in receiving a card, no matter where you are in the world, fill out this form with your name and address by DECEMBER 8. I’ll send out the cards mid-December. it’s free art, as a thank you for keeping me inspired. so sign up plz! it might not be as good as that blingee, but I will do my best.
it’s been a minute since I’ve shouted out music for programming, one of my favorite art & coding resources. sometimes a resource isn’t a tutorial or library, it’s a series of mixes by a roster of rad musicians and producers designed to supplement that creative flow state. the latest mix by Hainbach is A+. I saved it for a trip to the Met last week to do some research and take some reference photos for an upcoming digital project and felt like I was in exactly the right mood the second I tapped play.
p5.js is about to have a big new 1.0 release for early 2020, and in anticipation of this milestone they are looking to make their documentation as complete and helpful as possible. so this is something of a reverse resource - if you’re interested in helping out the community you can check out some of their needs here. open an issue, contribute to the reference, make a tutorial, whatever floats ur boat to get p5.js looking really solid in time for release.
is it truly an issue of 💕🖥 an artist's guide to computation 🖥💕 without a CSS resource? background-blend-mode is a fun way to get fancy with image filters on the web without having to dip into image editing software. I am a HUGE fan of image filters as a neat, lo-fi trick for giving a project some aesthetic consistency even if your images are coming from a bunch of sources at different qualities. chain a bunch of blend modes and you can turn just about anything into a sick cyberpunk l3wk. check it out.
I always want to be playing more video games, and the greatest deterrent as an adult is a vague sense of “but shouldn’t I be doing something productive?” which is totally a capitalist scam and you should 1000% enjoy every drop of your leisure time, but you can also get yourself in the right mindset for coding and making with some gaming:
do you need more creative tech in your inbox? I am not the only newsletter in the game, and Unordered List is a one that is worth your time. Roberto Brambila puts a lot of love into curating a list of links that are always a meaningful click, along with writing a thoughtful spotlight on a creator you should know! you can check out the latest issue here.
Gifkoyaanisqatsi is a lil project that pairs random slo-mo gifs with a Phillip Glass soundtrack in something of a parody of Coppola’s tbh quite similarly trippy documentary. I am already on a Phillip Glass tip this week (I was lucky enough to check out Akhnaten at Lincoln Center last Fri and hoo boy), so I am fully in support of this little internet rabbithole. always nice to see a cute concept, well-executed!
ok if you still need more creative tech inspiration (and more trippy music) this week, here u go:
📅 upcoming events!
Nov 20 & 21! Grey Area Art + Technology! San Francisco, SF USA: Grey Area is having their biannual showcase this week! if you’ve been considering applying for Grey Area’s Education program, this is a great chance to check out the kind of work you could be making and people you could be meeting. tickets are sliding scale, and you have the reception on Weds and then a viewing on Thurs to check it out. learn more here.
Nov 29 & 30! NOWHERE! New York, NY USA: the Internet Yami-Ichi is back in NYC for the 3rd time! this event is always a blast, and maybe even a good way to do some holiday shopping for all ur tiktok crushes. learn more here.
Wednesday Dec 4! Eyebeam! Brooklyn, NY USA: artists Pelenakeke Brown and Yo-Yo Lin will share their practices in excavating, gathering, and investigating the archive of their living bodies - wild! this is also a celebration for the release of two new publications by the artists. you can RSVP for free, but you should probably do so ASAP because these Eyebeam events always fill up. learn more here.
Friday Dec 13! The Church for the Fellowship of All People! San Francisco, CA USA: tragedy + time = comedy but also like, idk how anyone could survive the tech world in SF without a sense of humor (and a morbid fascination with tragedy tbh). Ethics in Tech and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots have pulled together a night of punching up at Big Tech. if you need some catharsis (and some pizza) this event is for you. learn more here.
Dec 14 -15! Triangle Arts Association! Brooklyn, NY USA: this weekend conference, hosted by Tech Learning Collective via their semi-permanent residency with Triangle Arts Association, will feature New Yorkers fighting against invasive corporate and dragnet government surveillance alongside national technology law and policy watchdogs. the lineup is STACKED. I got to chat with the TLC crew last weekend and they are super excited to be hosting some conversations about really critical rights issues, ex. policing, that are worth your time and attention. you can learn more & get your tickets here.
School for Poetic Computation has a call for students for Code Societies! this is a 3-week session with a mix of critical theory and hands-on coding workshops, and a good alternative to the typical programming bootcamp for artists who want to create conceptually and interrogate with code, rather than crank out React apps. recommended! you can learn more here.
Data & Society is accepting applications for their 2020-21 Faculty Fellows until December 17. they’re looking for 2-3 Faculty Fellows whose research projects will contribute to existing research initiatives, explore one of their themes, and stretch the program with novel topics and questions. anyone at least 2 years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. is invited to apply, and they’re pretty open in terms of discipline. learn more here.
Georgia Institute of Technology has an opening for an assistant professor in digital media. this is a tenure-track position, with an emphasis on design and social justice, effective August 2020. this looks like a good fit for someone with a multidisciplinary practice who has a real focus on equity and inclusion. check it out here.
Instructables has a BUNCH of contests open right now with entries that close on December 2, so check out their listings page & see if anything works for your projects! some potential relevant topics include: robotics, multi-discipline, and made with math.
Electrofringe is looking to fill 3 positions in their Directorial Team: an Artistic Director, a General Manager, and a Marketing/Communications Manager. applications are due by November 24, and you can learn more here.
the European Media Art Platform has an open call for media artists in the fields of digital media with applications due by December 2. you can learn more here.
Rhizome has a rolling open call for their 2019-2020 microgrants! you can learn more & apply here!
just for lulz!
ok the second I click send on this email I am going back to my new love, Luigi’s Mansion 3. c u l8rrrrrrrrr.
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 November 25 - December 1, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.