Ben Valentine

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When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closed its public comment period on the issue of net neutrality earlier this week, the agency counted more than 3 million comments, the greatest volume of such input in its history.

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Articles

A New Media Artist Looks to Iranian Spam

by Ben Valentine on September 3, 2014

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Completed in June, “Like Pearls” in as an animated and interactive web-based collage inspired by Farsi spam from Morehshin Allahyari’s inbox.

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Ever since the invention of photography, we’ve been deeply fascinated by cameras and the images they produce.

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Artist Jesse England’s piece “E-Book Backup” (2014) is a literal copy — a photocopy, from cover to cover — of a Kindle version of George Orwell’s 1984.

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Interviews

Computers Watching Movies

by Ben Valentine on June 13, 2014

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Ben Grosser’s work is all about how software permeates and affects much of our lives. As we begin to realize the extent to which we rely on algorithms for major societal functions such as search engine results, stock trading, mass surveillance, and more, our focus remains on what the machines are doing for us humans.

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“As you look at the screen, it is possible to believe you are gazing into eternity,” says an absent, artificial female voice in the beginning of Jon Rafman’s NSFW “Still Life (Betamale)” (2013) video.

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Reactor

F*#!k Graffiti

by Ben Valentine on June 4, 2014

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As with many things in life, I made an animated GIF to help cope with an uninspired “fuck” graffiti epidemic.

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SAN FRANCISCO — “The rhino looks like it has a terrible skin disease,” said Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum (AAM), discussing a rhino vessel in the museum’s collection as part of a project by artist duo Hughen/Starkweather (Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather).

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SAN FRANCISCO — It seems like everyone is making artistic reactions to our increasingly surveilled world.

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The Google Street View photos of Mexican police and army forces gathered on “100 mts” are raw and menacing.

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