Ben Valentine

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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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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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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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Dancing with Drones

by Ben Valentine on May 20, 2014

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Eleven Play is a Japanese dance group that incorporates advanced technologies directly into their practice.

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SAN FRANCISCO — This year I finally made it to California College of the Arts’ (CCA) MFA Thesis Exhibition. CCA has one of the best graduate art programs in the Bay Area, and I was eager to see the work coming out of its studios.

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Ugandans Fight to Save the Miniskirt

by Ben Valentine on February 27, 2014

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Last week, Ugandan officials passed the 2011 Anti-Pornography Bill. Ugandans on Twitter (#UOT) were quick to join the fray with memes and a hashtag.

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