It’s been a really tough year, but what’s next for media art UK?

Senster drawing by Edward Ihnatowicz (1969-1970)

On the Saturday of FutureEverything 11, I tripped over an interesting discussion organised by CODA, about the state of media art UK. As well as talking about the impact of recent funding cuts and the concerning number of media art organisations that had lost out, the group also talked proactively about how people and organisations … Continue reading

What happens when geeks go camping?

iPad Portrait of Howard Rheingold at Work in His Garden: "Welcome to My World" by David Newman

In her session at FutureEverthing 2011, Professor Sue Thomas talked to us about her fascinating paper, When geeks go camping – finding California in cyberspace, which explores the relationship between nature, the outdoors and technological development. So, before you read any further, pack away that image of the speccy young geek, hiding away in his … Continue reading

Transparency and open data is great, but is it enough?

A Planetary Order by Martin John Callanan (2009)

Liz Turner from iconomical has been involved in some really quite good public service open data projects in the last few years, including Where does my money go?, Research funding explorer and the London Gazette. Each of these projects ticks the boxes of a good open data project. They make non-personal public information more accessible … Continue reading

The train to FutureEverything 2011

Train by MichelKuik on Flickr

So, it must be that time of year again. I’m on the train up to Manchester to get my annual dose of all things art-tech at FutureEverything 2011. The countryside is whizzing past the window, Talking Heads are on the ipod and I’m attempting to catch up with the gazillion emails in my in-box from … Continue reading

World’s oldest computer recreated in Lego

The Antikythera mechanism (pronounced /ˌæntɨkɨˈθɪərə/ ANT-i-ki-THEER-ə or pronounced /ˌæntɨˈkɪθərə/ ANT-i-KITH-ə-rə), is an ancient mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical positions.

I came across this wonderful news story over the festive period via the New Scientist blogs, and thought I’d share it here. It’s about the oldest known computer, a relic dating back 2000 years and rediscovered at the bottom of the ocean. Now designer Andrew Carol has brought it back to life – using Lego. … Continue reading