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Please Standby

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Featured, Uncategorized |

The FRC is undergoing some changes. When I first began this project, a blog seemed like a good idea. Turns out it wasn’t. That’s ok, we still have a lot to say (to you and each other). We’ll be back. This blog will remain here as an archive (and who knows, maybe we’ll post to it again).

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A Genuine Authentic Reproduction Collectors Coin

A Genuine Authentic Reproduction Collectors Coin

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Featured, Secret History, Uncategorized |

I’m sitting on the floor of a popular hangout in Second Life  decorated like a fetish club. It’s the kind of place I might consider burning my shoes after visiting in real life, and I certainly wouldn’t sit on the floor, but virtual worlds are great for germaphobes. A friend I haven’t seen around in a long time appears. She manifests as a kind of overbuilt leather-winged dragon creature wrapped in a bikini with smoke trailing out of her ears. I ask what she’s been up to.   I’ve gotten obsessed with cryptocurrencies o.o; I’m making a few hundred bucks a month off it… new hardware on the way to pump that amount up to close to $1000 a month if my math is right 😀 I have a whole system set up and automated with a buncha shit I wrote that basically calculates the currently most profitable altcoin every few hours, mines that, then cashes it out based on 24hr trends every several hours, or holds it for awhile if there is a massive drop, then all those amounts are transferred automatically and pays me out every 24 hrs in [Bitcoin], which is then fed via another API and exchanged for Lindens [Secondlife currency]*. Then the only part not automated, I take the lindens and from SL -> paypal and the best part is, I’m doing it all with my server and currently, a single radeon 7950. But I have two 7970s and a 5870 on the way 😀 I wanna keep putting the money I make doing it into more hardware until I’m making the equivalent of 30k a year or so off it minus power costs, then just start dumping that sum into a roth IRA.   For the record I take major issue with the whole cryptocurrency thing (Note: If you have been under a rock and have no idea what any of this is about, you could do worse than this primer). Crypto currencies seem to me, more so than many recent things, to embody the worst of the neoliberal attitude my friend Deb succinctly defined as “fuck-you-I-got-mine.” Unsustainable and more than a bit awful; Charlie...

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Minimum Viable Artwork

Minimum Viable Artwork

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Featured, Uncategorized |

“The New Museum, New York, plans to transform a warehouse next to its Bowery home into an “incubator” for cutting-edge art, design and technology. Due to open in summer 2014, the centre will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will become the home of more than 60 start-ups and creative entrepreneurs.“ That established cultural institutions are having a hard time relating to art and culture made with contemporary technology is painfully apparent. That they want to remedy this by turning towards the incubator model only shows how desperately regressive they are. My trips to NYC usually include at least one visit to MoMA and the New Museum. I love museums and always have. I enjoy seeing what’s on, even if the work isn’t always inspiring, and I appreciate the historical retrospectives that only a good and well funded archive can support.  I also enjoy being surprised. I usually hate design exhibitions, but I thought MoMA’s Design and the Elastic Mind (2008) was well done, and the New Museum’s Ghosts in the Machine (2012), while not perfect, was an intriguing and much needed look at the roots of contemporary art and tech practice (although the List Center’s Stan VanDerBeek retrospective (2011) was better.) Some museums, like the Museum Tinguely in Basel which hosted METAMATIC Reloaded (2013), or the DeCordova which held a Pat Keck retrospective (2004),  are worth noting because they more than occasionally seek out and engage art practitioners who are working in the field of art and technology but, and this is key: probably don’t look like it. It is unlikely that any of the artists featured in the exhibitions I mentioned above will be found writing Python code over a cafe midnight at Ritual (unless it’s their day job) because, for the most part, in the ecosystem of the artists I admire who are chasing the meat of art and tech, there couldn’t be three institutions less relevant than New York’s major museums, startup culture and (since I’m barbecuing sacred cows): hacker spaces. This is not to say that these institutions are inherently evil or bad at what they do, it’s just to say that they...

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Too Many Turtles

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Uncategorized |

BLDGBLOG wrote a piece yesterday about feral turtles’ slow invasion of England’s Lake District 25 years after the comic’s heyday. An population of real unwanted creatures created through fans’ enthusiasm for a group of fantastical unwanted creatures. I want to take the real turtles and somehow make them fantastic...

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An Ode to Dumb

Posted by on Jul 27, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Kenneth Goldsmith praises the kind of dumb you get by going through smart (and a personal preemptive defense of all my upcoming posts): http://www.theawl.com/2013/07/being-dumb

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