James Bridle is a British artist and writer based in Athens, Greece.Read full Bio
Through Non-Human Eyes
The steadiness and endurance of the camera’s gaze produces the strong sense that the camera is something other than an extension of the eye: it is a sensor, a monitor, a machine for being with and in the world.
Paolo Cirio is a conceptual artist and an activist that engages with legal, economic and semiotic systems of the information society.Read full Bio
Photography of the Internet extends to unprecedented social fields and challenges of social norms for questioning cultural, economic and ethical values of photos circulating within the networks.
David Raymond Conroy (b. 1978 Reading) is an artist that lives and works in Brussels and London.Read full Bio
Where someone said they saw some smoke, there very well may be no fire.
For the (conspiracy) theorist, the beauty of images is that they have the power to become simultaneously a source of proof and doubt.
Look again, don’t you see that?
There it is.
Andrew Dewdney is a research professor at London South Bank University whose current research is focused upon the intersections of art, media and technology.Read full Bio
The University of YouTube: the medium, the user, photography and the search for really useful knowledge.
This short text is the result of an attempt to understand photographic theory by YouTube, which took the shape of an online errand of forking paths, full of interesting digressions, leading of course everywhere and nowhere.
Francis Gooding works with music, art and film.Read full Bio
Artifact Readers: pixelated revelations, glitch augury and low-res millenarianism in the age of conspiracy theory
These images, drawn from films made by members of the YouTube conspiracy theorist community, are presented as evidence for the radically heterodox alternate worldviews of their original creators.
Natalie Kane is a writer, curator and researcher working at the intersection of digital culture, futures and design.Read full Bio
Soft Power / Hard Meme
In early 2016, @RussianEmbassy, the verified Twitter account from the Russian Embassy in the UK, sent an image to the Russian Ministry of Defence via Twitter, warning that ‘Extremists near Aleppo received several truckloads of chemical ammo.' On further inspection, rather than a matter of urgency, it became immediately apparent that these were neither extremist trucks, nor was it in fact an actual photograph of real trucks at all.
Visual artist, computer programmer and data activist. Lives and works between Brussels and London.Read full Bio
“The cat sits on the bed”, Pedagogies of vision in human and machine learning.
Our shares and likes, our annotations and social metadata are training a generation of AI agents. Everyday, we are already all teaching bots and algorithms how to look at images. If we consider the extent of our relationship with algorithms, we realise the magnitude of the effort of teaching and learning that is taking place.
Professor Jussi Parikka is a Finnish media theorist who works at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.Read full Bio
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Steganographic Image
Who knows what went into an image, what it includes and what it hides? This is not merely a question of fine art historical importance of materials, or even media historical intrigue of chemistry but one of steganography - hiding another meaningful pattern, perhaps a message, in data; inside text or an image.
Alan Warburton is an artist, animator and researcher whose work critically reflects on CGI software culture.Read full Bio
Bursting The Filter Bubble of Photoshop Tutorials
As an artist using 3D animation software, much of my work comes in trying to introduce noise, dirt and detail into sterile, mathematically derived images. CGI wants to be photographic. Conversely, Adobe Photoshop is anchored to the photographic realm but strives to efface it.