"an SSL error has occurred" - W. Shakespeare

resources, opportunities, and events for Jan 20-26

omg sometimes u just need an IRL book! my fav creative tool this month is the copy of Miscelánea that I finally got around to picking up in a local bookstore. it’s basically a Busytown book of the downtown here, where you can look up just about anything you would want to buy in the index and find the exact shop where you can get it.

I have been working on a lot more sculptural/tactile/hardware-type projects, and I much prefer getting to see and touch my materials IRL before buying as well as enjoying having a kind of improvisational approach to fabrication. this is a dream come true! it feels like a buckwild shortcut to the kind of knowledge it took me about 10 years in NYC to acquire, while still encouraging a lot of legwork and real human interaction. My Saturday morning was coffee + this book, followed by a Saturday afternoon of hoofing it around town to buy all kinds of exciting materials.

what tools and resources are your unexpected delights this week??? and how are you bringing your practice into the meatspace?

resource roundup!

soft robotics are fascinating, but a little hard to delve into as a tinkerer, particularly because the materials aren’t as readily buyable as, say, Arduinos. as such it’s interesting to see Arnav Wagh’s various approaches via Hackaday, particularly his experiments using his home 3D printer!

while you’re at it, Instructables has some great tutorials on casting and mold-making that might be useful if you’re looking to go for a more analog approach to making silicone parts.

I feel like every time I dig back in to hardware I have to relearn how to read resistor values. so why do they even use those little colored stripes? this article is a nice lil history of the practice that will maybe help the logic of it to stick in your head a lil better as well.

did u resolve to submit to more conferences this year? I came across this post by Dormain Drewitz while preparing my own abstract for Theorizing the Web (😹) at the literal last minute yesterday and found it quite helpful. if you haven’t written an essay since undergrad/have never written a real talk abstract in your life, check it out! I also always recommend 750 Words if you’re trying to build more of a writing practice in general - it’s well worth the subscription price to just have a simple way to hold yourself accountable to a “morning pages” goal.

I bookmarked this shared doc by Alissa Chan ages ago, but finally took some time to poke thru. it’s a big ol’ list of typography and graphic design resources that are mostly free! if you’re looking to start tinkering with UI stuff or just want some new fonts or icons to use in a project, this is a nice place to start.

this Procreate for beginners tutorial by illustrator Olguioo is just too cute not to include:

opportunities!

Phoenix, Leicester’s center for independent cinema, art, and digital culture, is seeking proposals for new web-based artworks exploring the theme of idleness in online space:

What does it mean to be idle in this post-post-internet world?
How does our time occupy today’s digital space?
Are we being productive during screen time?

they encourage an open interpretation of the theme so long as the work is primarily accessed via a website. submissions are due by February 20, so get cracking! you can learn more here.

applications are open until January 31 for the Artificial Intelligence and Music PhD at Queen Mary University of London. this is a fully-funded program, and I hear consistently great things from friend-of-the-newsletter Lia Mice about her own experiences there. if this feels relevant to your practice, take some time to apply, and I’m happy to connect you with anyone I can as best as I can. you can learn more here.

speaking of Lia, she’s currently recruiting musicians to participate in a 1-hour study that involves performing a new musical instrument. if you’re London-based and musically-inclined, why not help out her research! you can sign up here.

The Strange’s Decelerator is back with a spring program centered around the theme of Earth 1.0:

For the Spring 2020 Decelerator, we seek applicants who are championing and protecting Earth 1.0 through direct action, awareness campaigns, journalism, entrepreneurial ventures, and other creative tactics. Priority will be given to those who can demonstrate the impact of their work, and whose projects would greatly benefit from what the Decelerator program offers: a week of uninterrupted alone time, clarifying mentorship, and an immersive natural setting.

past participants have raved about this program, so if this season’s theme feels relevant to your practice, take some time to apply by February 6. you can learn more here.

Artefact has an open call for their festival of experimental sound, Ten Acres of Sound. they’re looking for noise-makers of all kinds to produce centerpieces for their unusual mix of concert series, site-specific exhibition, and village fete. the 6 selected artists will receive £900 to produce and oversee the installation of the work. proposals ideally will explore locality and community, and should in some way be site-responsive. you can learn more and apply here by January 24.

early program and scholarship applications for School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe are open! the programming for 2020 is a mix of one-, two-, and four-week programs all thoughtfully designed around prioritizing human experience in technology. take some time this week to read more here and consider applying before January 26

Stochastic Labs in SF is accepting applications for their residency program! residents receive a private apartment, dedicated work space, shop access, a $1k monthly stipend, and a budget for materials. damn! projects can be in any medium, though for-profit ventures are preferred. you can learn more in their faq, and can apply here.

this is for all u code poets out there: if ur new years resolution is to finally finish that book you’ve been tinkering with, brokenenglish.lol has an open call for books longer than 20 pages. it’s worth checking out their site for a vibe check, as well as their current roster of books. send an email to envia@brokenenglish.lol by January 23 to be considered.

do you have a fresh game ur ready to share with the world?? do u have a WIP game that u can get out the door by Feb 2? submit your works for the A MAZE. / Berlin 2020 festival! you can learn more here.

📅 upcoming events!

Tues Jan 21! the Institute for Biotechnology/ Bioprocess Engineering! Berlin, Germany: how interested in mushrooms are you??? Mind the Fungi is a cooperation between the Institute for Biotechnology at the TU Berlin and Art Laboratory Berlin and is dedicated to the research of local fungi and lichens. this is an open lab night that will include some short presentations followed by an opportunity for hands-on experiences with production tools. super neat! you can learn more here.

also Tues Jan 21! Bao Hiroo! Los Angeles, CA USA: it’s the inaugural meetup for the Los Angeles Hardware Happy Hour! bring along a project to share, or just a curiosity to see what others are working on. Rheingold Heavy will be sponsoring the event with some giveaways, and you’re welcome to bring your own swag to share. learn more and RSVP here.

also also Tues Jan 21! Roter Salon, Volksbühne! Berlin, Germany: technology researcher and writer Maya Indira Ganesh and artist and researcher Sougwen Chung will be in conversation about their overlapping interests and work on human/nonhuman intra-actions, AI and much more! you can learn more here.

Weds Jan 22! The Lion & Lamb! London, UK: if u got as addicted to Netil Radio as I did last week, u can check out Introspective Electronics IRL in the first 2020 gathering of this platform for deep listening meditations and adventurous dance rituals. sounds like a sonic safe space to center your creative energy for the year ahead! learn more here.

Sat Feb 8! MotionLab.Berlin! Berlin, Germany: bring your pet projects, favorite electronics, equipment, microbial friends, specialist knowledge and imagination to this monthly hack lab from Berlin Science Hacking! all are welcome, especially beginners. the group is also seeking requests for specialized workshops, so if there’s something you’re hoping to learn in the new year, you can leave a comment in their discussion forum. learn more here.

just for lulz!

*~housekeeping~*

if you have anything in the works that you are excited about (an event, a workshop, a new project), please send me all the details. the next newsletter will cover the week of January 27 - February 2, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.

🔜 klaxon klaxon! rad remote event alert!

a special webinar from Tech Learning Collective!!!

hey y’all! here’s a special event update for a webinar happening TOMORROW from 5:30-7:30 EST hosted by friends-of-the-newsletter Tech Learning Collective!

this beginner-friendly introduction to digital safety is the soft launch of a new series of remote workshops from TLC! I just signed up myself - even if u think ur a 1337 h4x0r, it’s always worth brushing up on ur digital self-defense. it’s also 100% a good use of your time to use a well-taught workshop to reflect on how you can better share important knowledge with your own community. ok ok maybe you are already using a password manager, but how are you gonna go about getting ur friends and family to use one???

you can see read info & buy tix here at a special introductory price of $10. space is limited so get ur tix ASAP if you wanna join! and if u miss out on this one, more remote workshops are on the way!

you can read more of my thoughts and feels on a TLC workshop I attended in July here. tl;dr? the bottom line is that they’re a genuinely radical community teaching important stuff in an approachable way.

— M

grandmas are gamers too!

resources, opportunities, and events for Jan 13 - 19

my grandmother recently moved and used some of the money from the sale of her old house to upgrade her phone and home computer. she was devastated to find that her fav Flash games no longer worked! grandmas are gamers too! this 10th anniversary post by Pierre Corbinais of Oujevipo.fr digs into a similar sadness that many of the nearly 1,800 games he’s featured have fallen into disfunction or have disappeared. but it’s not just an elegy for the fallen, he’s actively working to find and archive all of the featured games for posterity. he’s managed to archive about 65%, but is asking for help! are you a creator whose game has been featured on the site? are you a tinkerer who might be able to help get some source code up and running? are you just a fan who might have your own downloaded copy of a lost game? check out his call for help and see what you can do!

resource roundup!

if you need a music for programming fix this week, I’d recommend this mix by Avsluta via Netil Radio. Introspective Electronics began as a monthly show on Netil Radio, but has since expanded into an event series. if ur London-based, the next event will be on January 22! more info below.

3DBuzz has shuttered but has left behind a torrent with their massive library of tutorials centering around creating modern computer games on topics like AI programming, ASP.net, Blender, iPhone and Android apps, C#, C++, Objective C, Python, OpenGL, HTML and JavaScript, Solidworks, Photoshop, GIMP, Unity, and several game engines like Unreal 4 and Doom 3. it’s a pretty massive collection (over 200 GB!!!!), so it’s worth looking through the torrent and picking and choosing what you’d like to download. you can learn more and get the torrent here. Hackaday also has a link here to a corrected torrent that seems to have a few files that are missing in the original link.

here’s a nice overview via Stack Overflow of some of the most popular tools for creating graphics on the web. if you’re wondering, say, whether Three.js or D3.js is right for your project, this is a good place to get grounded in your options.

here’s an interesting little design experiment: how do you design a website to be low-tech while still managing to be visually attractive and mobile friendly? this post by Low-tech Magazine details their efforts to practice what they preach with a new site design that runs 100% on solar power with a decreased average page size of a factor of 5! it’s an interesting deep dive into optimizing a site not just for user experience but for environmental impact. worth a read!

Daniel Santalla’s #under60sec tutorials keep trickling into my timeline, and they’re worth a look! sometimes it can feel totally overwhelming to set aside the time to plow through a long tutorial or online course. his bite-sized vids can get you going with something cute with minimal commitment! check out this zippy little illustration of a lazy but effective way to texture an object in Unity without unwrapping it:

opportunities!

submissions have been extended to January 15 for Commiserate Chicago 2020! you can, and should, apply to exhibit your artwork, run a workshop, propose a talk or panel, or participate in the Object-Oriented Orgasm Hackathon. you can learn more and apply here. if you need some extra motivation, they’ve been making daily announcements of the OOOHack mentors on Twitter:

Jas Brooks@jas_x_flowers
I'm co-organizing a media art festival (Commiserate Chicago), which'll have a hackathon related to sex tech @ UChicago! There's still time to apply for both the festival and the hackathon ;) Deadline: Jan 15, 2020
commiserate.life

Kyle Machulis@qDot

I'll be in Chicago mentoring OOOHack in late February! https://t.co/cUdoo6AbW2 https://t.co/LpjhVQ1zIu https://t.co/ukKSxJytzF

Artefact has an open call for their festival of experimental sound, Ten Acres of Sound. they’re looking for noise-makers of all kinds to produce centerpieces for their unusual mix of concert series, site-specific exhibition, and village fete. the 6 selected artists will receive £900 to produce and oversee the installation of the work. proposals ideally will explore locality and community, and should in some way be site-responsive. you can learn more and apply here by January 24.

early program and scholarship applications for School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe are open! the programming for 2020 is a mix of one-, two-, and four-week programs all thoughtfully designed around prioritizing human experience in technology. take some time this week to read more here and consider applying before January 26! if you need some extra motivation, check out this interview with founder Rachel Uwa.

Stochastic Labs in SF is accepting applications for their residency program! residents receive a private apartment, dedicated work space, shop access, a $1k monthly stipend, and a budget for materials. damn! projects can be in any medium, though for-profit ventures are preferred. you can learn more in their faq, and can apply here.

this is for all u code poets out there: if ur new years resolution is to finally finish that book you’ve been tinkering with, brokenenglish.lol has an open call for books longer than 20 pages. it’s worth checking out their site for a vibe check, as well as their current roster of books. send an email to envia@brokenenglish.lol by January 23 to be considered.

do you have a fresh game ur ready to share with the world?? do u have a WIP game that u can get out the door by Feb 2? submit your works for the A MAZE. / Berlin 2020 festival! if you just wanna play some sweet games, you can also apply to become a member of the selection committee (and also get a 25% discount on festival tix if you review 5 or more games). you can learn more here.

FILE (Electronic Language International Festival) has an open call for its 2020 edition. artists and researchers can submit works into the categories of: Interactive Art, Digital Language, Electronic Sonority, Workshops, Symposium, and Led Show. the deadline is January 14, and you can learn more here.

Theorizing the Web 2020 has opened their call for papers! this is their 10th anniversary, so they’re looking for a bit of a more retrospective approach. the submission deadline is January 19, and the event will take place from April 17-18 in NYC.

📅 upcoming events!

Tues Jan 14! Gray Area! San Francisco, CA USA: NEO.LIFE is having a celebration and Kickstarter launch party for the new book: Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species. if you’re interested in biohacking/transhumanism/etc. learn more and get your tix here.

Jan 16 - 18! also Gray Area! San Francisco, CA USA: artist Refik Anadol is presenting two kinetic data sculptures, Bosphorus and Black Sea. you can learn more and get tickets here. Gray Area is also having a live A/V show by Belief Defect on the Friday, and you can get tix for that here.

Weds Jan 16! Westbeth Gallery! New York, NY: celebrate 7 years of School for Poetic Computation with an exhibition of projects from teachers and alumni, as well as material from the school’s archives! learn more here.

Fri Jan 17! Artechouse! Washington, DC USA: Artechouse is kicking off their Washington DC 2020 seasons with a collaboration with artist Zach Lieberman, co-creator of openFrameworks:

Future Sketches is the first solo exhibition of Lieberman’s work in Washington D.C., with an emphasis on his eclectic style of sketching with code for creative exploration. The installations presented draw on over a decade of work and research in the field of media art, exploring how the body, voice and gesture can be transformed in expressive ways.

the exhibition is open thru March 1 from 10am to 10pm, with 21+ After Hours Sessions starting at 5pm every day. learn more and get tix here.

Sat Jan 18! SFPC! New York, NY USA: Society for Poetic Computation is hosting a one-day event on mathematics as a transcendent reflection of culture. tix are available on Eventbrite.

also Sat Jan 18! co.up coworking! Berlin, Germany: the Creative Code Jam is back for January! this open and experimental gathering is a chance to connect with other artists, makers, designers, illustrators, coders, musicians, performers, learners and anyone interested in the use of computing skills for artistic expression. you can learn more and RSVP here.

Sun Jan 19! TRANSFER! Los Angeles, CA USA: TRANSFER will reopen with their current exhibition ‘Virtual Beings’ on the 4th, and will be holding a salon evening on the 19th with featured artists Stephanie Dinkins and Ryan Kuo in conversation with Nora Khan. you can RSVP for the event by emailing director@transfergallery.com. 

also Sun Jan 19! Bluestockings! New York, NY USA: CyPurr Collective is back with another session of Securitea, a conversation series centered around reducing cyber harassment harm from a feminist lens:

This social event from the CyPurr Collective hopes to build a system of support offline by creating a comfortable space to discuss issues, share experiences, ask questions, and build up our digital-agency. All while enjoying delicious tea and snacks, of course.

the event is free, with all donations going to support the venue.

Weds Jan 22! The Lion & Lamb! London, UK: if u can’t get enough of Introspective Electronics on mixcloud, u can check it out IRL in the first 2020 gathering of this platform for deep listening meditations and adventurous dance rituals. sounds like a sonic safe space to center your creative energy for the year ahead! learn more here.

just for lulz!

how is this NES art for Superman better than literally the entire DC universe film franchise??? ghost cat spin-off ASAP!

*~housekeeping~*

if you have anything in the works that you are excited about (an event, a workshop, a new project), please send me all the details. the next newsletter will cover the week of January 20 - 26, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.

a healing squirtle is needed

resources, opportunities, and events for Jan 6 - 12

ARE YOU ALREADY KILLING IT IN 2020?????

me neither lol! but I did come up with a really good sandwich recipe yesterday. I am already 1000% tired of people avowing to be harder/better/faster/stronger on social media because of the magical construct of a new calendar year (and decade). can we just admit that we are all kind of muddling along in a very muddy and difficult moment in time?

lately I have been journaling A Lot about how I feel tired of work, done with tech, pointless about design, etc. last year was a difficult mess of feeling very validated in my worst concerns about the industry. I don’t think the world needs another “wow Silicon Valley is gross!” essay, any more than we need another hot take on the Miami Basel banana, but I have been particularly disappointed by seeing people who should know better get caught up in the myth-making of “changing the world” and ultimately make it a nastier place. don’t you just want to opt out? but everyone still has bills to pay! Shakespeare got to get paid, son!

drewtoothpaste@drewtoothpaste
Exactly ten years ago today, my comic
marriedtothesea.com began, with this single image:

well, maybe we can carve out little spaces for community and thoughtful creation at least.

ok, now here’s a squirtle:

resource roundup!

art fair season is right around the corner, aka it’s a great time to sign up for TRANSFER’s tinyletter to stay up to date on their 2020 programming worldwide. if you can’t make it out to the artist salon below, you won’t want to miss out on their upcoming exhibitions for the year.

this thread from the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry‘s Golan Levin is a treasure trove of open source software development tools for the arts. bookmark it and take some time to find your OS inspiration for the new year! I already bookmarked this repo by L05 for multiplayer experiences in p5.js!

Three.js has a new release: r112! the update includes some new examples, including several for webxr. you can check out the whole changelog here, or you can just start playing with the examples!

here’s a list of 10 libraries for making your CSS animations next level. do you just need to make something shake in 11 different ways?? there’s a library for that! idk why you would but here you go! (tbh it is a bit spooky - maybe a nice little interactive effect for a haunted point and click adventure????)

here’s a fun talk from Angela Sheehan on her creative practice and how to get playful with your prototyping in your wearable projects:

I especially love “plan for your meltdowns,” and her pretty frank discussion of the emotional side of revisiting a project once the initial turmoil has passed.

Andrew ‘bunnie’ Huang has made his Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen free to download, since it’s now out of print. the maps are out of date, but Huang has opened up the project to contributions from anyone who cares to update it or make a new derivative work. you can read a bit more and download a pdf here.

opportunities!

early program and scholarship applications for School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe are open! the programming for 2020 is a mix of one-, two-, and four-week programs all thoughtfully designed around prioritizing human experience in technology. you can learn to work with drones, make generative art, and more while supported by an amazing community. take some time this week to read more here and consider applying before January 26!

Stochastic Labs in SF is accepting applications for their residency program! residents receive a private apartment, dedicated work space, shop access, a $1k monthly stipend, and a budget for materials. damn! projects can be in any medium, though for profit ventures are preferred. you can learn more in their faq, and can apply here.

Espronceda in Barcelona has an open call for the development of VR, AR, and AI artistic projects! selected artists will spend 3 weeks in February working towards the creation of projects that will ultimately be presented at VHRHAM Festival in Hamburg in June. apply by January 10 to be considered! you can learn more here.

the Department of Art & Art History is seeking qualified candidates for a tenure-track position in Digital Media Art with an emphasis on Creative Coding/Web Based Media at San José State University! check out some recent student work here to get amped about the young artists you could be mentoring! you just gotta apply by 12 pm on January 9 to be considered for the position. you can learn more here.

this is for all u code poets out there: if ur new years resolution is to finally finish that book you’ve been tinkering with, brokenenglish.lol has an open call for books longer than 20 pages. it’s worth checking out their site for a vibe check, as well as their current roster of books. send an email to envia@brokenenglish.lol by January 23 to be considered.

do you have a fresh game ur ready to share with the world?? do u have a WIP game that u can get out the door by Feb 2? submit your works for the A MAZE. / Berlin 2020 festival! if you just wanna play some sweet games, you can also apply to become a member of the selection committee (and also get a 25% discount on festival tix if you review 5 or more games). you can learn more here.

FILE (Electronic Language International Festival) has an open call for its 2020 edition. artists and researchers can submit works into the categories of: Interactive Art, Digital Language, Electronic Sonority, Workshops, Symposium, and Led Show. the deadline is January 14, and you can learn more here.

El Centro de Cultura Digital in Mexico City just opened their call for workshop proposals for 2020. designers, artists, musicians, programmers, educators, developers, scientists, etc etc etc are invited to propose inclusive workshops of 6-12 hours that can serve their community. you can learn more & apply by January 6 here.

Theorizing the Web 2020 has opened their call for papers! this is their 10th anniversary, so they’re looking for a bit of a more retrospective approach. the submission deadline is January 19, and the event will take place from April 17-18 in NYC.

📅 upcoming events!

Thurs Jan 9! Babycastles! New York, NY USA: the CyPurr Collective is back with another SUPER FUN SOCIAL, a screening and discussion of Robocop. the screening will be subtitled in English, and the event is free to attend, tho any donations will help support the venue and the snack budget. you can learn more here.

Sun Jan 12! Brooklyn Public Library - Central Branch! Brooklyn, NY USA: did u no the Brooklyn Public Library holds free office hours every Sunday for coding help, for any programming language and any experience level? just show up with your laptop, hang out, and get pointed in the right direction if you’re struggling. sounds like a chill way to get out of the house and make some progress on that side project you’ve been neglecting. you can learn more here.

Tues Jan 14! Gray Area! San Francisco, CA USA: NEO.LIFE is having a celebration and Kickstarter launch party for the new book: Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species. if you’re interested in biohacking/transhumanism/etc. learn more and get your tix here.

Jan 16 - 18! also Gray Area! San Francisco, CA USA: artist Refik Anadol is presenting two kinetic data sculptures, Bosphorus and Black Sea:

The artist uses the data that flows around us as his primary material, creating dynamic visualizations that dramatically rethink the physical world. Using high frequency radar collections of the Black Sea, both audiovisual works aim to highlight the symbiotic interplay of technology, art, and nature in relation to humanity’s quest to push the limits of possibility.

the preview photos look stunning! you can learn more and get tickets here. Gray Area is also having a live A/V show by Belief Defect on the Friday, and you can get tix for that here.

Sat Jan 18! SFPC! New York, NY USA: Society for Poetic Computation is hosting a one-day event on mathematics as a transcendent reflection of culture:

...several artists will show work on related themes, with the main program consisting of a sermon bringing together the above topics and more: model and metaphor; music and visual art; physics and divination; the infinitely large, the infinitely small, and what it means to live our values in the world…. be prepared to expand your conception of the significance of mathematics to many areas of your life.

sounds like an enlightening way to spend a Saturday. tix are available on Eventbrite.

Sun Jan 19! TRANSFER! Los Angeles, CA USA: TRANSFER will reopen with their current exhibition ‘Virtual Beings’ on the 4th, and will be holding a salon evening on the 19th with featured artists Stephanie Dinkins and Ryan Kuo in conversation with Nora Khan. you can RSVP for the event by emailing director@transfergallery.com. based on this Artsy writeup, the show alone is worth checking out, and the artist salon will be well worth your time.

just for lulz!

this thread of what happens when you make a printer public is surprisingly wholesome:

*~housekeeping~*

if you have anything in the works that you are excited about (an event, a workshop, a new project), please send me all the details. the next newsletter will cover the week of January 13 - 19, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.

how can u resist a pug wearing clothes?

resources, opportunities, and events for Jan 2 - 5

happy new year!!

if you, like me, are already 1000% sick of everyone on your TL posting self-aggrandizing stuff about how they lived/laughed/loved in the past 10 years, fear not! there will be no such nonsense in this week’s newsletter! let’s just move on and start making new things in the new year.

THAT SAID, this year I am hoping to focus more time on community projects and creative work like this newsletter, and you can * ~ directly support ~ * that work by becoming a paying subscriber or making a 1-time donation. $5/mo (literally the lowest that Substack lets u charge) or $30/year (the year is half price!!!) lets me do less stuff idgaf about and more stuff that feels good and meaningful in these dark days. this newsletter will always be free, but, u know, we live in a society, etc.

and to all u donors and subscribers,

resource roundup!

happy Public Domain Day! a bunch of stuff fell into the public domain yesterday, aka you have lots of new stuff to play with in your work. here’s a project by Michael Weinberg that uses the Cleveland Museum of Art’s API to power a digital picture frame with a rotation of public domain works to get you inspired.

ok so I literally haven’t had time to play with all the lovely Adafruit stuff I bought the last time I was in the US, but who can resist coveting the soon-to-be-released Clue board. omg so cuteeeeeeeee- lots of sensors, a cute lil color display on the reverse, and sized to play nice with micro:bit robots. can’t wait til this one comes out properly! you can learn more here.

are u finally actually gonna learn React this year? this post lists out some solid resources, and the comments section actually lists out some good materials as well. useful comments! whodathunkit!

here’s an interesting way to use CSS variables to create a dark mode support for your website. I am now living that life of always wearing blue light blocking glasses when I work (pro-tip: if u get safety glasses that also block blue light u can kill 2 birds with 1 stone in ur studio practice), but I can also see this being a cute way to toggle between any 2 color palettes in a project. maybe a show/reveal interactive experience? idk, but I’m getting some ideas….

even if you have zero application for video scrubbing animations on the web, this post is worth at least a skim because it’s a pretty thorough exploration of a number of approaches to the desired result. it can get pretty easy when you’re vibing on a problem to tear through your failures without really documenting them, which is a pity - sharing your suboptimal attempts can be as enlightening to other creators as sharing the thing the finally worked best.

opportunities!

I’m making time this weekend to start reviewing the first wave of applications for the 💕🖥 an artist's guide to computation 🖥💕 residency program! if u sent something in, stay tuned for a reply over the next few days. if you’d like to submit something for later in the year, please email me at info@marthahipley.com with your name, a short description of the work you’d like to share, and any relevant links (website, social, etc.).

ok ok here is one new years post I am down with. I really like that every year CircuitPython makes space for feedback from their community - if your goal is to be an accessible tool, you’d better be listening to the voices in the community. they’re asking for things like videos, forum posts, blog posts, tweets, Github gists, etc. on any topic relating to CircuitPython to be tagged with #CircuitPython2020 and sent to circuitpython2020@adafruit.com by the middle of the month. you can learn more here.

this is for all u code poets out there: if ur new years resolution is to finally finish that book you’ve been tinkering with, brokenenglish.lol has an open call for books longer than 20 pages. it’s worth checking out their site for a vibe check, as well as their current roster of books. send an email to envia@brokenenglish.lol by January 23 to be considered.

do you have a fresh game ur ready to share with the world?? do u have a WIP game that u can get out the door by Feb 2??? submit your works for the A MAZE. / Berlin 2020 festival! the submission fee is €30 per entry, and submission gets you a 25% on festival tix, so if you’re planning on going anyway why not give it a shot? if you just wanna play some sweet games, you can also apply to become a member of the selection committee (and also get a 25% discount on festival tix if you review 5 or more games). you can learn more here.

FILE (Electronic Language International Festival) has an open call for its 2020 edition. artists and researchers can submit works into the categories of: Interactive Art, Digital Language, Electronic Sonority, Workshops, Symposium, and Led Show. the deadline is January 14, and you can learn more here.

El Centro de Cultura Digital in Mexico City just opened their call for workshop proposals for 2020. designers, artists, musicians, programmers, educators, developers, scientists, etc etc etc are invited to propose inclusive workshops of 6-12 hours that can serve their community. you can learn more & apply by January 6 here.

Theorizing the Web 2020 has opened their call for papers! this is their 10th anniversary, so they’re looking for a bit of a more retrospective approach. the submission deadline is January 19, and the event will take place from April 17-18 in NYC.

📅 upcoming events!

the other day I came across meetXR.de, a calendar for XR/AR/VR events in Germany. it’s primarily in German, so I can’t offer too much insight into individual events, but they have regular listings for events in Munich, Bremen, Hamburg, Berlin, etc. maybe worth checking out if you’re based in Germany! you can share your own events with the calendar by sending them an email at hello@meetXR.de.

today, Jan 2! Postdoc Brewing Company! Seattle, WA USA: Hardware Happy Hour is celebrating it’s 2nd birthday with their first meetup of 2020! I don’t know much about this crew, but it looks like a chill hang for talking about hardware, having a drink, and enjoying some Taiwanese food. they encourage both hobbyists and career hardware folks to attend, which might be a nice way to get some expert advice on your latest side project. why not! you can learn more and RSVP here on Meetup.

Thurs Jan 9! Babycastles! New York, NY USA: the CyPurr Collective is back with another SUPER FUN SOCIAL, a screening and discussion of Robocop:

Partnerships between states and corporations can be scary! Whether talking Amazon and Department of Homeland Security, Google and Department of Homeland Security, Palantir and....seemingly every government entity, come by to watch this (severely problematic) 80s imaging of what the future of policing and targeting the poor will look like.

the screening will be subtitled in English, and the event is free to attend, tho any donations will help support the venue and the snack budget. you can learn more here.

Tues Jan 14! Gray Area! San Francisco, CA USA: NEO.LIFE is having a celebration and Kickstarter launch party for the new book: Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species. if you’re interested in biohacking/transhumanism/etc. this looks like a cool chance to hang with some scientists and support an interesting project. learn more and get your tix here.

Sun Jan 19! TRANSFER! Los Angeles, CA USA: TRANSFER will reopen with their current exhibition ‘Virtual Beings’ on the 4th, and will be holding a salon evening on the 19th with featured artists Stephanie Dinkins and Ryan Kuo in conversation with Nora Khan. you can RSVP for the event by emailing director@transfergallery.com. based on this Artsy writeup, the show alone is worth checking out, and the artist salon will be well worth your time.

just for lulz!

this one goes out to everyone updating their websites for the new year:

*~housekeeping~*

if you have anything in the works that you are excited about (an event, a workshop, a new project), please send me all the details. the next newsletter will cover the week of January 6 - 12, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.

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