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Hi, I'm Vytas. I'm an artist and designer looking at domestic technologies, connected objects, their behaviours and aesthetics. I came back to Europe this year after 3 years in Shanghai where I ran a small lab for a new media art center (CAC). I'm currently in between Marseille, where I run a program on futures of social networks, and Geneva University of Art & Design (Head) where I teach and look after the Digital Pool (it does what it sounds like). I like swimming and appliances

My way of dealing with professional stress is indulging in Civilization (the game). Somehow simplified world domination makes other things appear simple too.

Have so much work tonight; thank god it's Missy Elliot running a show on NTS New York, and it's all about "keeping them men focused and not looking sideways".

Apparently police in Shanghai are forcing random people on the street to unlock their phones, looking for Instagram and Telegram specifically.

Immersive alienation, watching live streams of friends in Shanghai protesting, getting taken away by the police, against the backdrop of cheers and car klaxons of Moroccans on the French—Swiss border, having beaten Belgium in the World Cup.

Check out „Migratory Infrastructure of a Bird“ by @festal @gordan and the wonderful Vladan Joler. Since the bird in question, the Norther Bald Ibis, went extinct in Europe in the 17th century, the re-releases birds from a Moroccan colony instinctively migrate, but don’t know where to. That’s how I got this one. https://latentspaces.zhdk.ch/imb/

when you only remember your master password through muscle memory and you change country and face its keyboard layout

Places Journal (where I've been a contributing writer for a decade) has put together an amazing seven-part series on "design activism," featuring *81* international contributors issuing calls for transformation in design pedagogy and practice! https://placesjournal.org/article/field-notes-on-design-activism-7/

We heard you left Twitter for an open-source alternative? 

3D modelling software is a mini demo of systems thinking. You have to find all the various hidden tabs and tick checkboxes bearing titles you don't understand in order to achieve a physics that vaguely makes sense.

We're looking to hire a designer — teaching assistant for the programmes we're running in Marseille (fluent English and French required): docs.google.com/document/d/1pG One of our past programmes to get a feel: lab2.innovationlab.laplateform

Not sure how active I'll be here but got tired of seeing the man all over the feed and deactivated my Twitter finally. Not unexpected neither unprecedented but the the incarnated possibility of one man ruining it for millions of people by simply walking in waving a sink is still terrifying.

An Egyptian activist turned refugee I met the other day confirmed Telegram effectively sold the fiction of security in regime countries. Few know of the encryption option, even fewer opt in, yet it's so popular for organised action. I had experienced the same in China, where Telegram was easy to set up whilst for Signal you couldn't receive sign up sms confirmations to a Chinese number. Belarusians post-election were another case... Just boycott that app already.

That mild moody Monday feeling of mistrust towards people who still use hotmail

I missed the launch of this fantastic project a few months ago! "The Smart Forests Atlas is a living archive and virtual fieldsite exploring how digital technologies are transforming forests" https://atlas.smartforests.net/en/

Some threshold crossed, as my preferred indie web mindmapping tool (kinopio.club) now allows you to summon DALL-E images from within its interface.

I've been sitting on this for nearly two months as the idea of listening to my own voice absolutely filled me with dread, but my contribution to EASST2022 is now online, in podcast form! Listen to "'Tiny Tools' and 'Little Loops': software art as care-ful software practice" here: buzzsprout.com/1323889/1133067

Hi, I'm Vytas. I'm an artist and designer looking at domestic technologies, connected objects, their behaviours and aesthetics. I came back to Europe this year after 3 years in Shanghai where I ran a small lab for a new media art center (CAC). I'm currently in between Marseille, where I run a program on futures of social networks, and Geneva University of Art & Design (Head) where I teach and look after the Digital Pool (it does what it sounds like). I like swimming and appliances

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