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resources, opportunities, and events for Sept 16 - 22

are u craving a good long read on the internets? I have had this essay by Kate Wagner bookmarked for a hot minute and finally made time for it. as someone on the older side of digital native myself (I think we got our first family computer with AOL when I was about 6 circa 1993??? idk, @wayhip, can u confirm?), this really hit home on what makes me most sad about what the internet has become: the erasure of that gritty, personalized interactivity that made it so exciting in the first place. as an actual child, I began to learn basically all the skills I now use to make art and make a living by tinkering around in fan communities, webrings, and pre-Facebook message boards.

tbh a lot of my motivation to start this community & newsletter was missing that kind of weird, slow, personalized curation. are any of y’all old enough to remember when your new favorite band was thanks to an .mp3 that someone from Makeoutclub sent to you?

I have been thinking and journaling a lot on this problem of sanitization and app-ification of the digital, and hope to explore these issues in some new projects to share w/ y’all in the coming months.

resource roundup!

did u miss yesterday’s special post about the global #climatestrike? well u can check it out here. 💕🖥 an artist’s guide to computation 🖥💕 is a posi vibes newsletter, but for me that also means being posi & active about real actual political things as a facet of a creative practice. get off Twitter and feel active in the world!

imo people are generally really terrible at explaining Git, especially in professional contexts. my own first experience with it was a jr backend dev basically being like, “idk just type this stuff or whatever” and then rushing off to Chipotle for lunch. so, here’s the first installment in a super friendly series designed to make the most important Git tasks super easy to grasp.

Other Orders is a new project by Sam Lavigne for sorting texts and tweets. it provides some clever and poetic contrast to the recommendation engines that power the feeds on sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. what does it look like when the text of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is sorted based on goth-ness or similarity to @dril? you can tinker with the tool via the link above or clone it from Github here to run it locally on your own texts.

I hate whiteboard interviews! I think they reinforce bad industry culture and also I just personally don’t wanna do one! eat my shorts!! this thread on surviving them is solid as hell and loosely applicable to application/interview situations in general:

I haven’t played with D3.js in a hot minute, but here’s a lovely & very visual introduction to the library by Amelia Wattenberger. I love the very meta d3 visualization of… d3 modules. I found it to be a good refresher as someone who is familiar with the library but hasn’t used it cohesively in over a year, and it feels like it would be friendly for a beginner as well.

this is a pretty particular and high-level breakdown of a clouds shader, but even if it’s a bit out of your wheelhouse I think it’s worth looking at stuff like this now and then to get a sense of how different people tinker their way through creative problems. it’s easy to feel intimidate by larger scale projects, but even the clouds have a person somewhere doing all the gritty work, step by step.

📅 upcoming events!

Thurs, Sept 19! MU! Eindhoven, Netherlands: MU presents Josephine & Data Bosma on Computer Grrrls:

Josephine has been a critical observer of and writer on digital culture for decades, while Data develops herself as a post-digital artist. For the first time, they will be together on stage, as they will discuss a selection of Computer Grrrls works from their perspectives and their personal experiences with digitality and cyber feminism.

this event will be in English and looks rad if you are in the area! you can learn more and get tix here.

Sat, Sept 21! Triangle Arts Association! Brooklyn, NY USA: the Tech Learning Collective will be debuting a new workshop to teach you how to run your own server! tix are $150, with a discounted rate of $99 for queer and femme folks. you can learn more here.

also Sat, Sept 21! School for Poetic Computation! NYC, NY USA: have you been watching Carol & Tuesday on Netflix? do you want to take your own stab at writing pop songs via computational techniques? SfPC is hosting a workshop presented by Jamie Brew and Todd Anderson on writing lyrics with algorithms. you can learn more and get tickets on Eventbrite here.

also also Sat, Sept 21! Alpha House Artist Co Operative! Sydney, Australia: 𝐸𝓁𝑒𝒸𝓉𝓇𝑜𝒞𝒾𝓉𝒾𝑒𝓈 is back with a special international edition presenting work by US-based practitioners Sharing Turtle™ and Evan Meaney. start your Saturday with coffee, turtle-themed yoga, and art! this looks worth checking out!!! you can learn more here.

opportunities!

CICA Museum invites new media artists worldwide to participate in the 6th International Exhibition and Publication on New Media Art. the selected artists will be featured in the 6th International Exhibition on New Media Art at the CICA Museum and in the book “New Media Art 2021.” you can learn more and apply by October 11 here.

Olin College of Engineering is seeking applicants for its creative residency program, an initiative that’s part of Sketch Model, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bring artists and other creative practitioners to Olin’s campus to awaken the political and cultural contexts for technology for the 2020-2021 academic year. this looks pretty open in terms of who can & should apply, and the kind of support and personal flexibility you would have. you can learn more and apply by November 15 here.

applications for Meow Wolf’s DIY Fund 2019 are open until September 30! you can learn more and apply here.

Eyebeam is seeking a development intern to work with their Director of Operations on grant writing and research. you can apply via Facebook or via the rolling internship application here.

the European Media Art Platform has an open call for media artists in the fields of digital media with applications due by December 2. you can learn more here.

Rhizome has a rolling open call for their 2019-2020 microgrants! you can learn more & apply here!

Pioneer Works is holding their first-ever open call until September 30 for residencies for 2020-2021 for artists working in Visual Arts, Music, Technology, and/or Narrative Arts. you can check out the application portal here.

School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe is at it again with a 4-week course on designing spatial experiences for waiting and escape rooms. you can learn more and apply here.

Artengine is hosting a Digital Economies Lab, as a year-long exploration of “the wonders and anguish of making art and culture in the 21st century.” you can learn more and apply here.

POWRPLNT has an open call for volunteer teaching artists. check it out and consider applying here!

House of Electronic Arts Basel and the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology of the Zurich University of the Arts have an open call for artists for a residency and production program. submissions are due by September 22, and you can learn more here.

the Sundance Institute has an open call for their 2020 New Frontier Story Lab. the deadline is Oct 1, so get going! more info here.

just for lulz!

shameless plug alert!

holiday season is around the corner and that means you are probably gonna have your roster of parties with family and colleagues who you maybe feel kind of awkward about, idk! who among us hasn’t seen the office manager roll in a case of beers for mandated company holiday fun and been like please kill me.

some personal pals are rebooting their genuinely very fun card game Game of Phones via Kickstarter and you should check it out and consider it as a solution to all your problems. if you think you are the queen of being on your phone at a party, here’s your chance to shine. use your meme skills for social gain!!! you can sign up to support the campaign and get the game here.

*~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 September 23 - 29, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.

🌍 omg worst house warming ever 🌏

a special edition 💕🖥 an artist’s guide to computation 🖥💕 for a special week

hey! did you know that this Friday, Sept 20 is the start of the global climate strike? well now you do, nerd! so this week here’s a special edition of AGtC to get you ready before our regularly scheduled programming for the week.

if u wanna do something in the meatspace:

I am personally not that much of a crowd person, but every once in a while it is worth it. you can look up local protests on the Global Climate Strike site, Fridays for Future, or the websites/social media accounts of local Fridays for Future branches. don’t you want an excuse to get out of the office/studio for an afternoon? I’m gonna go to the CDMX event myself, I promise! if you’re having trouble finding something in your area, double check on Facebook - it’s a lot easier for a local group to just create an event there than to mess around with the international maps if they are pressed for time.

fyi I am that kind of person who believes in bringing safety goggles even to a grandma protest, and if you are too, this guide from Amnesty International covers the basics of staying safe pretty well.

if online is more ur thing:

if you have your own website, there’s an easy-to-add banner widget that you can drop in by including this script in your header:

<script src="https://assets.digitalclimatestrike.net/widget.js" async></script>

you can already see it in action on my site. there’s also a Wordpress plugin as well as a bunch of banner ads you can use on a blog or social media or whatever that are available here, and if you want to customize the widget you can check it out here on Github. it’s really easy! it literally took me the 2 seconds it takes to log into my server via FTP to add this to my site. even if you’re not an IRL protest person, you never know you’ll inspire with something as simple as a line of code.

if you wanna spend money:

there are lots of great orgs that you can donate to, and I always recommend picking something local where you can feel connected to what is happening with the money.

that said, basically the only thing to come out of the latest Y Combinator batch that actually caught my eye is Wren, a subscription service where you can offset your carbon footprint. you enter your email, answer a few questions about your lifestyle, and the site creates a personalized subscription rate to offset your emissions via accountable projects. filling out the questions has made me more conscious and conservative about my day-to-day choices, so the impact of this is already bigger in my own life than the donation itself. you can think you are doing all great biking “everywhere” but then when you actually count up those late night Ubers it’s almost as bad as owning a car.

they currently have a feature that allows companies to offer Wren as a benefit for employees, but I’d love to see some event and conference organizers stepping up to use something like this to consciously offset the carbon emissions of speakers and participants flying in to a given city. when I set up my own subscription my #1 issue was all the flights I have had for work in the past year! both the art world and the tech industry put a lot of pressure on people to BE THERE for events, conferences, residencies, etc. in order to BE RELEVANT. we should talk a little more about how that impacts the environment!

if u wanna make something:

SparkFun makes an environmental combo breakout that can provide readings for humidity, temperature, barometric pressure, and eCO2. why not grab one and tinker with some local data collection and visualization? you can check out their learning guide here. Adafruit also offers a sensor for temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and VOC gas, as well as a pretty affordable eCO2/TVOC sensor.

and if you’re feeling like tinkering with DIY hardware has too small a scope, well, here’s an off-the-shelf Raspberry Pi taking photos of the Earth from orbit as inspiration.

and, for this year’s Digital U micro-commission, Art Gene welcomes applications from artists and creatives to exhibit projects that explore the collision of art and the environment in the digital age. you can learn more and apply here by September 30.

ok stay tuned for a regular post tomorrow! talk soon!

captain, incoming message

resources, opportunities, and events for Sept 9 - 15

yesterday was Star Trek day, in honor of the first episode, which aired on September 8, 1966! I have been reading and digging Trekonomics, by economist Manu Saadia- a book about, well, the economics of Star Trek. amidst a sea of hasty hot takes on climate change & political unrest, it’s nice to read something long-form that attempts to puzzle out an optimism around reverse-engineering the things that make Star Trek an exciting future. I’m not finished yet but I recommend it, particularly if the news cycle is getting you down. I definitely feel way more energized and excited about trying to make new & good things after reading a few minutes of Trekonomics, vs. just feeling totally hopeless after a few minutes skimming Twitter.

if u want a lite introduction before shelling out for the book, I came across it myself via this interview with the author on The Greatest Discovery podcast.

ok, now to boldly go….

resource roundup!

being able to ask the right questions is a top 10 life skill in general, and being able to search online for what you need is a top 10 dev skill. I like this list of tips by Gift Egwenu for making the most of Google as an engineer, especially because it shares the author’s own Google history to give some actual examples of the kind of things that totally competent experienced engineers have to search for daily! no one knows everything!

tooltips are a pain in the ass! sorry not sorry! here’s a good rundown of some of the UX problems that tooltips cause, with suggestions for alternate solutions.

do any of y’all remember when Firefox had that 3D view that you could use to see how all ur divs were layered in a website? this CSS hack is maybe the next best thing for keeping all ur elements straight when working on a complicated layout.

and, here’s some nice CSS hacking by Ana Tudor around expanding a box while preserving border radius. this is the kind of wiggly stuff I feel like I always end up needing to do when I work on a frontend project, especially when a designer has really gone to town with a layout.

regex crossword! do you love/hate regex? do you need more puzzle challenges in your life? this little browser based game is a nice way to reinforce all those symbols & rules that you know you have to google every time you need to filter something….

I’m bookmarking this one for later - hand tracking interactions in the browser with tensorflow.js and handtrack.js. I’m always excited about anything that can be done with js in a web app, since it’s just so much easier to prototype for a wide audience, even with the limitations of browser-based work.

Julia Evans recently shared this very straightforward post about what it actually takes to get a simple HTML page live on the internet. if u never have, just give it a try!

opportunities!

KLAXON KLAXON! Factory Berlin + Sónar+D have an open call for international artists for the 2019 Artist Residency in the Creators Lab in Berlin.

The Residency supports artists exploring new lines of inquiry intersecting technology & society. 

The aim of this program is to facilitate dialog, partnership, and collaboration at the intersection of technology and exploratory arts. By focusing on this synthesis, the program aims to empower resident artists to create work which inspires shifts in perspective and cross-collaboration. 

applications close TOMORROW, SEPT 10, so hustle! I sent in one myself and it was a pretty quick form to crank out if you already have your portfolio handy- no excuses! you can learn more and apply here.

applications for Meow Wolf’s DIY Fund 2019 are open until September 30! this fund is for established community spaces in the US that have specific budgetary needs that could be supported by additional funding from Meow Wolf. you can learn more and apply here.

Eyebeam is seeking a development intern to work with their Director of Operations on grant writing and research. you can apply via Facebook or via the rolling internship application here.

the European Media Art Platform has an open call for media artists in the fields of digital media including Internet and computer-based artists, filmmakers, and those working in media based performance, sound or video as well as robotics or bio-art. artists with an EU passport or who are based in an EU member state can apply for a two-month residency for 2020 & 2021, with applications due by December 2. you can learn more here.

Rhizome has a rolling open call for their 2019-2020 microgrants! for the first open call for their new research-driven program, the topic is Info-Wars, on political radicalization and the internet. you can learn more & apply here!

Pioneer Works is holding their first-ever open call from September 2-30 for residencies for 2020-2021 for artists working in Visual Arts, Music, Technology, and/or Narrative Arts. you can check out the application portal here.

School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe is at it again with a 4-week course on designing spatial experiences for waiting and escape rooms. you can learn more and apply here.

Artengine is hosting a Digital Economies Lab, as a year-long exploration of “the wonders and anguish of making art and culture in the 21st century.” you can learn more and apply here.

POWRPLNT has an open call for volunteer teaching artists. check it out and consider applying here!

House of Electronic Arts Basel and the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology of the Zurich University of the Arts have an open call for artists for a residency and production program. submissions are due by September 22, and you can learn more here.

the Sundance Institute has an open call for their 2020 New Frontier Story Lab. the deadline is Oct 1, so get going! more info here.

📅 upcoming events!

Tues, Sept 10! ur inbox! the internet: subscribe on www.curatedbylolita.com asap to receive this show directly in your inbox tomorrow! curated by Doreen Rios of the consistently great ANTImateria, this work by Diego Ortega sounds wild:

CLEAR SAGA is a recollection of the body of work that Diego Ortega has been developing for the past years. This virtual entity, who identifies themselves as CLEAR, was born from a Final Fantasy's 3D model which the artist reworked and fused with a strong vibe that draws from Catholic imagery. CLEAR started out as a genderless superhero who, through a series of shortstories, gradually encountered themselves with questions of a distant future such as: if future beings don't reproduce themselves through sexual intercourse, how will sexual desire be activated? and what if the question isn't about how to inhabit safe spaces but how can we embody safe avatars? In this saga we can find diverse levels of evolution where CLEAR makes themselves visible through 2D images, gifs, video and 3D scenarios in which they immerse the viewer in questions far beyond the current obsolete binaries.

Weds, Sept 11! Covent Garden! London, UK: LDC and INTERLACED are teaming up for a panel discussion on the crossovers between fashion and gaming for London Fashion Week. get ur tix on Eventbrite.

Thurs, Sept 12! Datadog offices! Boston, MA USA: Out in Tech Boston is hosting a night on AI & Machine Learning. you can RSVP for this free event here on Eventbrite.

Sept 13-15! SSHH! New York, NY USA: Trumpcare IUD is an art installation where 500 IUD birth control devices shaped like Trump himself will be on view at SSHH, with a launch Friday night from 6-9pm, and gallery hours from 2-7pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Weds, Sept 14! Governors Island! NYC, NY, USA: Expanding Art, a group show of artists who use technology as a medium, opens to the public next week!

The exhibition will include an audience participatory work by Irene Mamiye, VR and data visualization by Margaret Schedel / Melissa F. Clarke, multi-channel sound installation by Richard Garet, works about the environment by Swiss artists StudioZ1 and Lillian Ball, a major work by the ground-breaking smell artist Josely Carvalho and other works by artists in our community..  

you can learn more here.

Sept 16-21! Berlin, Germany: Citizens of Evidence: Independent Investigations for Change is a conference of the Disruption Network Lab this September in Berlin. you can learn more here.

Sat, Sept 21! Triangle Arts Association! Brooklyn, NY USA: the Tech Learning Collective will be debuting a new workshop to teach you how to run your own server! tix are $150, with a discounted rate of $99 for queer and femme folks. you can learn more here.

just for lulz!

LUIGI’S MANSION 3 IS AN UNACCEPTABLE TITLE.

personally I’m team The Best Exotic (but Also Terrifying) Luigi Hotel.

*~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 September 16 - 22, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.

also, I am basically discontinuing the Facebook group! I just don’t have time/energy/any kind of desire to be on Facebook for the amount of time it takes to keep it active. so if you want to stay up to date, please subscribe & share the newsletter with friends & colleagues.

u probably aren't even reading ur email today!

resources, opportunities, and events for Sept 2 - 8

but who knows, maybe ur Labor Day is all about making some time to get ahead on ur personal projects! for all my US-based readers, I hope you are chilling and enjoying some time away from the grind to round out your summer. and if you’re not, you can at least escape for a moment with this lovely little clip:

resource roundup!

this twitter thread is has some interesting thoughts on teaching using P5.js along with example “real-world” projects. worth a look!

Bloomberg just put out this interactive exploration of the Periodic Table. if, like me, you haven’t really thought about chemistry and the elements since 11th grade, this is a really accessible and interesting array of articles. bookmark it and take some time to poke thru it!

here’s a nice lil tutorial from Adafruit on preparing images for e-ink displays with ImageMagick and Photoshop. if ur planning on hacking a Kindle, this might be a useful step for you!

Adafruit also has a Python on Microcontrollers newsletter that is worth checking out! you can sign up here for the Python newsletter or any of their other cool lists. I am obvi all about getting off of social media and spending more time on curated mailing lists and blogs.

here’s a big list of free tools for starting out in data visualization. it tends a bit towards stuff aimed at pretty straightforward purposes, so you might not have the flexibility or room for creativity you might have with other tools, but it’s a starting point for looking for trends or prototyping an idea.

are u old enough to miss Kid Pix? Electric Zine Maker by Nathalie Lawhead is in early beta but already looks like a fun lil thing with that same kind of wild energy. it’s freeware but as always consider donating to support all the work that goes into making joyful, silly things like this. you can learn more and download it here.

opportunities!

once again the stack of opportunities is getting pretty long for the fall! I’m condensing a few opportunities this week to make room for new ones!

Rhizome has a rolling open call for their 2019-2020 microgrants! their microgrants are kind of an ideal layup to put a little extra oomph into that project you’ve had on the back burner (I know from personal experience). for the first open call for their new research-driven program, the topic is Info-Wars, on political radicalization and the internet. you can learn more & apply here!

Pioneer Works will hold their first-ever open call from September 2-30 (sometime later today?????) for residencies for 2020-2021 for artists working in Visual Arts, Music, Technology, and/or Narrative Arts. the application portal opens next Monday, but you can learn more in the meantime here.

School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe is at it again with a 4-week course on designing spatial experiences for waiting and escape rooms:

To be alive is to be waiting for something. But what are we waiting for and why are we waiting for it? With the onslaught of new technologies, we find ourselves waiting even more, often for experiences (AR, VR, etc.), the likes of which are often less than ten minute encounters…. How can we begin to create meaningful designed experiences for waiting rooms that enhance the experience we are waiting for?

this looks fascinating and relevant for anyone working on interactive installations, VR, etc. you can learn more and apply here.

Artengine is hosting a Digital Economies Lab, as a year-long exploration of “the wonders and anguish of making art and culture in the 21st century.” how can artists make a place for themselves in the digital context of Canada or the world itself? if this sounds like a question that is up your alley & you can commit to being present in Ottawa for at least 3 workshop/development sessions (the program is open to both Canadian and US-based artists), you can learn more and apply here.

POWRPLNT has an open call for volunteer teaching artists. check it out and consider applying here!

as a part of Inter/setions 2019, Queen Mary University of London is hosting an Unuseless Music Design Hackathon from November 8-9, with applications due by September 8 - apply here!

House of Electronic Arts Basel and the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology of the Zurich University of the Arts have an open call for artists for a residency and production program. submissions are due by September 22, and you can learn more here.

the Sundance Institute has an open call for their 2020 New Frontier Story Lab. the deadline is Oct 1, so get going! more info here.

📅 upcoming events!

Weds, Sept 4! Platzi México! CDMX, México: Eventloop is back this Wednesday with presentations by Guillermo Siliceo, David Omar, and Paul Carleton. the David Omar talk in particular will touch on generative art (using P5.js!! see above!!!!). I hope to make it out to this one and hope to c u there! you can RSVP here.

Thurs, Sept 12! Datadog offices! Boston, MA USA: Out in Tech Boston is hosting a night on AI & Machine Learning:

What are the implications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for the LGBTQ+ communities? How do we make sure queer voices are heard in an increasingly data-driven world? How can we learn from existing research in computer and data science? How do we Queer the Future?

you can RSVP for this free event here on Eventbrite.

Sept 13-15! SSHH! New York, NY USA: Trumpcare IUD is an art installation where 500 IUD birth control devices shaped like Trump himself will be on view at SSHH, with a launch Friday night from 6-9pm, and gallery hours from 2-7pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Sept 9-13! School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe! Berlin, Germany: here’s a week-long workshop from School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe designed to get you working in VR with no prior experience necessary. all of the software that will be used is free, so you just need to bring a laptop. learn more and get tix (including a discounted rate for students) here.

Weds, Sept 11! Covent Garden! London, UK: LDC and INTERLACED are teaming up for a panel discussion on the crossovers between fashion and gaming for London Fashion Week. early bird tix are already sold out! but you can get regular admission on Eventbrite.

Sept 16-21! Berlin, Germany:Citizens of Evidence: Independent Investigations for Change is a conference of the Disruption Network Lab this September in Berlin. the conference itself is the 20-21, in conjunction with a workshop presented by School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe on using technology to investigate injustice. this looks really good, and I’m secretly trying to come up with excuses to attend. you can learn more here.

Sat, Sept 21! Triangle Arts Association! Brooklyn, NY USA: the Tech Learning Collective will be debuting a new workshop to teach you how to run your own server! it’s a 1-day intensive course particularly geared towards DIY spaces that might want to provide alternative infrastructures to their communities. tix are $150, with a discounted rate of $99 for queer and femme folks. you can learn more here.

just for lulz!

RATMAKER! make a rat! live ur best rat life!

*~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 September 9 to 15, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.

also, I am basically discontinuing the Facebook group! I just don’t have time/energy/any kind of desire to be on Facebook for the amount of time it takes to keep it active. so if you want to stay up to date, please subscribe & share the newsletter with friends & colleagues.

I did has many corms

resources, opportunities, and events for Aug 27 - Sept 1

yesterday was my last day of Materia Abierta, which concluded with a group trip out to Milpa Alta to meet with the organizers of Calpulli Tecalco, a family-run community space invested in preserving indigenous language practices (Nahuatl in particular, but other languages as well due to migration to the region) and traditional farming techniques. technology doesn’t just mean computers, and preserving pre-Hispanic seed varieties is a pretty radical act! they have regular workshops for the local community, but they also have an artist residency program and an “adopt a milpa” program if agricultural sovereignty or language preservation is relevant to your practice!

but anyway I am a bit ready to get back to regularly scheduled programming (aka just doing work and going to the gym lol).

resource roundup!

there’s a humble bundle up this week with a bunch of Python books! I’m probably gonna grab it myself just for the sake of a book called Impractical Python Projects - sometimes u just want to make something weird and impractical without some Stack Overflow bro asking u why! you can grab the bundle here.

here’s a cute lil concept: LEGO-compatible circuit kits! seems like an easy and fun way to prototype, especially once you throw in some nylon conductive tape. you can check out more on the project here.

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| |   / ____ \   | || |   |  __ /    | || |     | |      | |
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ART is a Python library for converting text into fancypants ASCII art by Sepand Haghighi. it includes some preloaded artwork as well as a bunch of fonts for text art. it can also be used online in interactive Jupyter Notebooks! maybe you want to spice up that text-based adventure you’ve been working on? or maybe you just want to fart around in the console at work? you do you! you can learn more here.

have you been working on something great & want to get the word out there? this guide to getting press for your creative work from The Creative Independent has some solid strategies for writing a good pitch and finding the right outlets.

here’s a big set of color schemes for most terminals, including iTerm2, Terminal, Konsole, PuTTY, Xresources, XRDB, Remina, Termite, XFCE, Tilda, FreeBSD VT, Terminator, Kitty, MobaXterm, LXTerminal, and Microsoft's Windows Terminal. my personal fav is cyberpunk, but the Arthur theme is pretty lol tbh.

and, last but not least, here’s a guide to making a low-cost flex & pressure sensor that uses conductive velostat. you can get big ol sheets of velostat on Adafruit for about $5, so this looks like an affordable way to make a sensor that is exactly sized for your needs.

opportunities!

Pioneer Works will hold their first-ever open call from September 2-30 for residencies for 2020-2021 for artists working in Visual Arts, Music, Technology, and/or Narrative Arts. the application portal opens next Monday, but you can learn more in the meantime here.

POWRPLNT has an open call for volunteer teaching artists. this is as much of an opportunity for you to connect with a great community and strengthen your teaching experience as it is to share your skills. check it out and consider applying here!

as a part of Inter/setions 2019, Queen Mary University of London is hosting an Unuseless Music Design Hackathon from November 8-9, with applications due by September 8. does spending 2 days trying to make the silliest and most subversive musical design sound fun to you? you can learn more here!

House of Electronic Arts Basel and the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology of the Zurich University of the Arts have an open call for artists for a residency and production program. they’re looking for a European artist or artists who are interested in learning how to work with their Immersive Lab, a unique sound and video space, and produce a new work for it. submissions are due by September 22, and you can learn more here.

the Sundance Institute has an open call for their 2020 New Frontier Story Lab. they’re looking for artists who are developing interactive, immersive, or experimental projects that aim to create rich and resonant experiences for audiences. the deadline is Oct 1, so get going! more info here.

📅 upcoming events!

Sept 13-15! SSHH! New York, NY USA: Trumpcare IUD is an art installation where 500 IUD birth control devices shaped like Trump himself will be on view at SSHH, with a launch Friday night from 6-9pm, and gallery hours from 2-7pm on Saturday and Sunday. if, like the author of this review of the Whitney Biennial, you’re feeling like artists “have not responded profoundly… to the social and political crisis that has increasingly gripped the US, particularly since the 2016 Trump election,” this exhibition sounds worth a visit.

Sept 9-13! School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe! Berlin, Germany: here’s a week-long workshop from School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe designed to get you working in VR with no prior experience necessary. all of the software that will be used is free, so you just need to bring a laptop. learn more and get tix (including a discounted rate for students) here.

Weds, Sept 11! Covent Garden! London, UK: LDC and INTERLACED are teaming up for a panel discussion on the crossovers between fashion and gaming for London Fashion Week. early bird tix are already sold out! but you can get regular admission on Eventbrite.

Sept 16-21! Berlin, Germany: Citizens of Evidence: Independent Investigations for Change is a conference of the Disruption Network Lab this September in Berlin. the conference itself is the 20-21, in conjunction with a workshop presented by School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe on using technology to investigate injustice. this looks really good, and I’m secretly trying to come up with excuses to attend. you can learn more here.

Sat, Sept 21! Triangle Arts Association! Brooklyn, NY USA: the Tech Learning Collective will be debuting a new workshop to teach you how to run your own server! it’s a 1-day intensive course particularly geared towards DIY spaces that might want to provide alternative infrastructures to their communities. tix are $150, with a discounted rate of $99 for queer and femme folks. you can learn more here.

just for lulz!

if ur feeling a bit middle school this week, here’s a nicely documented generative study in “that s thing” (u no what it is). the project lives on glitch so it’s super easily forked and remixed if u feel like tinkering urself.

*~housekeeping~*

as always, submit to the open artist call if you have anything in the works that you are excited about! I swear I’m actually going to read through them and start pinging people (lol). and if you have an event or opportunity to promote (anywhere), please send me all the details. the next newsletter will cover the week of September 2 to 8, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.

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