AI-Generated Andy Warhol

“Continuing a trend that has been controversial among filmmakers, a new Andy Warhol documentary series, coming to Netflix next month, will resurrect the Pop artist using artificial intelligence. In the show, Warhol can be heard reading from his diaries. That voice, however, is not the artist’s own but rather the product of AI made to sound like him.”

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The age of shitpost diplomacy

“We came of age on Twitter, Tumblr, and 4chan, and still see the world through their frames. We find it harder and harder to distinguish the actual from the image; we struggle to disentangle perception management from problem management. This is what it looks like when the terminally online ascend to positions of real responsibility. Welcome to the age of shitpost diplomacy.”

THOUGHTS ON SHITPOST DIPLOMACY

A Rain of Missiles

On February 24th, a report on the Italian television channel Rai2 showed “a rain of missiles” coming down on Ukraine. The video was actually a clip from the video game ‘War Thunder’.

Rarely has reality needed so much to be imagined” – Chris Marker

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Web3 Is A Mid-Life Crisis

“In many ways, Kickstarter’s weird crypto project — and the blockchain aspirations other aging web 2.0 companies are pushing on us right now — are kind of like watching a middle-aged man buy a boat. He doesn’t need to buy a boat. His life will be significantly more complicated, and likely worse, after he buys the boat. But he has somehow convinced himself that he needs to buy this boat because he has done the math and released he is going to die soon and he thinks the boat will fix this. Even though there are plenty of other easy and normal things he could do to feel better about this, he’s going to buy the boat. And we’re all going to have to watch and feel awkward about it.”

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Domestic Tension

For Domestic Tension (2007), a networked durational performance, Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal confined himself to a gallery space. He broadcasted over the internet 24/7, inviting viewers to watch and chat with him at all hours. The audience was also given the option of shooting Bilal with a robotically controlled paintball gun.

The Backrooms (Found Footage)

The Backrooms is my favorite creepypasta. Legend has it that if you’re not careful and accidentally “noclip out of reality,” you can end up in the Backrooms, an endless series of yellow rooms with musty carpeting, neon lights and a constant buzz in the background. A few weeks ago, Kane Parsons – a.k.a. Kane Pixels – a 16-year-old filmmaker, produced a short film inspired by this mythical place. Instant classic.

We Met in Virtual Reality

We Met in Virtual Reality is an enchanting portrait of social Virtual Reality (VR) app VRChat, composed of intimate and hilarious moments inside global VR communities. The film presents an emotive impression on this new virtual landscape through a poetic collage of stories, exploring how VR is affecting the way we socialise, love and express ourselves; told authentically by the users of VRChat through a warm heartfelt lens.”

Can’t wait to see this.