Ahead of the Google Pixel 2 public launch, Google partnered up with 032c to transform its Berlin Headquarters into a LED-lit tech workshop last week. Sipping on packaged survival water, the guests were guided through the new gadget’s features, equipped to adapt to your every moment, by specialists dressed in 032c’s Religious Services 3M Heather Sweatshirt. After their initiation, the crowd was stacked into a disco on wheels and sent to a celebratory dinner and tour of Francesco Dalla Rovere’s private art collection.
Edited fastidiously over a period of ten years, the catalogue raisonné of Francis Bacon – assembled by art historian Martin Harrison and published by HENI – is a strange and triumphant labor of love. It includes every work in the British artist’s oeuvre, of which are more than 100 never-before-seen paintings.More
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TEAR GAS BIENNIAL: Hannah Black, Ciarán Finlayson, and Tobi Haslett on Warren Kanders’ Whitney Biennial. “There should have been a boycott… but now the highest aspiration of avowedly radical work is its own display.” READ THE FULL STATEMENT AT ARTFORUM.
“By garbage I mean any or all of the following: corporate-speak, brand manifestos, NGO reports, think tank reports, letters from government agencies replying to American oil companies … and that vilest genre of all: the art text.”
Artist Dorothea Nold gets “an average of five calls a day” from international investors interested in buying into the new Berlin property developments advertised on posters and billboards in the city’s Kreuzberg and Treptow areas. What these would-be financiers don’t know is that the placards – which feature company names such as Desperate Development and absurd architectural renderings – are part of an art project-cum-awareness campaign satirizing the engorged real estate market in the German capital. “I have nothing against development,” says Nold, “but how and for whom people are building in Berlin at the moment really upsets me.” 🏗🏗
“AI minds differ radically from those evolved by nature. When the algorithms are taught to play video games, they invent ways to cheat that don’t occur to humans: exploiting bugs in the code that allow them to rack up points, for example, or goading their opponents into committing suicide. When Facebook taught two networks to communicate without specifying that the conversation be in English, the algorithms made up their own language.”
READ MEGHAN O’GIEBLYN’S PIECE ON DEEP LEARNING AND RELIGION IN BELIEVER MAG HERE 🙏