You might call Henricus Martellus’s 1491 world map — which many believe Christopher Columbus consulted before setting out on his voyage — a symbol of the limits of human knowledge.
Using thermochromatic ink, a soft circuit, and Bluetooth, Social Textiles link items of clothing to their wearers’ smartphones and alerts them when other Social Textiles users with similar interests are in close proximity.
For all those who could never quite manage a straight line in Drawing 101, Saurabh Datta may have an answer.
The cyberpunk literary tradition anticipated a series of real-world technical developments in which the digital and the spatial converge.
In mid-December, 12 hackers, artists, coders, and activists gathered to tackle issues of privacy, surveillance, anonymity, and big data as they manifest in our society.
Anyone can visit Tate Britain without leaving her home thanks to Google Art Project, but how about doing so while its galleries are dark, and furthermore, with greater authority?
Art scholar Michio Hayashi theorized that the popular perception of “Japaneseness” in the West was cemented in the 1980s by triangulating “kitsch hybridity,” “primordial nature,” and “technological sophistication.”
Technologies that didn’t exist 10 years are opening up fresh possibilities for choreographers and their collaborators. Interactive designer Matt Romein’s recent collaborative presentation with choreographer Sophie Sotsky harnessed new developments in motion-capture technology, video programming language, and sound editing to create a truly contemporary dance performance.
It wasn’t quite as Earth-shaking as Marconi’s 1901 cross-Atlantic radio transmission or Alexander Graham Bell yapping at this assistant on the first telephone call in 1876, but this week the 21st century got its inaugural transatlantic scent message.
Another day, another art fair. There has been, in recent years, a massive influx of art fairs, to point where it seems like every major city (and some boutique-y destination cities) has their own. Thus was born Silicon Valley Contemporary, which took place April 10–13 at the San Jose McEnry Convention Center in downtown San Jose.
Earlier today @museumnerd tweeted out a link to a view of Michael Heizer’s land work “Double Negative” (1969) in Google Maps. Viewed in satellite, from high above, Heizer’s 1,500-foot-long trenches looks almost incidental, like cuts made with scissors into the skin of the earth.
If you’re a simple layperson who’s not yet had the chance to experience the magic that is Google Glass, you may want to visit the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, starting this Saturday.