"a lineup of blinking Roland boxes becomes simply mesmerizing. It is technically acid techno, yes, but here those rhythms rotate gently in hypnotic harmony"
It’s important to remember the Roland TB303 ”Bassline” was originally designed as an auto accompaniment machine for guitarists and it was never intended that it should make the squelches and bleeps of Acid House. To me this video is a great example of somebody abusing technology to create something beautiful and full of character.
Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker, founder and director of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which runs in partnership with Jon Ardern. The studio consistently produces inventive and critical work exploring the limits of emerging technologies and their implications on society and culture. In her lecture at Fabrica, she explores the vision of their studio as a new kind of design practice — one that is responsive to the unique challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
"In the near future, no matter where you are, marketers, pollsters and infobots will be close at hand. Do you really need or want closer and more regular contact with these people? Think you have a choice?"
"Rihanna’s performance of "Diamonds" on Saturday Night Live this weekend took most people by surprise, mainly because she was singing in front of a green screen instead of the show’s usual stage for musical guests. A small number of Web artists were in for a bigger surprise, though, as their visual aesthetic was co-opted entirely by the singer without consultation or credit."