pixel art Pusheens and Python for beginners…


I don’t personally throw down for a lot of Kickstarter campaigns, and I already have a pretty big gaming backlog, but this project by Nicholas O’Brien looks 100% worth it:

The Last Survey is an interactive narrative video game that explores a speculative future where the metals we use for electronics and green technology are in sudden short supply. You play as a contracted geologist who’s recently completed a survey for a global mining corporation and have returned to deliver the dire news of your research to the company’s CEO. The Last Survey asks players to make pivotal choices in order to steer the conversation toward progressive action, encouraging your employer to reconsider the ecological ramifications of depleting the earth’s minerals and metals.

you only have < 2 hrs left to pledge so get on it!

resource roundup!

creating pixel art with CSS! this link has been making the rounds with good reason. it’s a nice tutorial by Jacque Schrag that makes use of some tricky CSS. by the end, you’ll have made your own CSS Pusheen!

have you been meaning to finally finally FINALLY dig in on Python? here’s a good round up of resources for beginners, to give you the grounding you need to finally make it happen.

luv this interview with Brooklyn Zelenka, founder of Witchcraft, that draws particular attention to the intersection of her music background and her career as a programmer. she also digs in on the value of open source and of putting in the time to evangelize for your work.

another interdisciplinary approach – this article by Olivia Liddell digs into how language learning (like, actual human language) techniques can be applied to learning programming languages. useful stuff!

the new NODE Nano Server V2 is basically as small as you can get for a Raspberry Pi server. it’s designed to be plugged right int a USB wall charger, and has a pretty tiny profile. looks useful for projects where space mgmt is a must!

(cw: suicide/self-harm) h/t to friend-of-the-newsletter Sophi Kravitz for sending me this beautiful data vis project on the problem of suicide in the Netherlands. it’s a great illustration of how data vis can be poignant as well as informative.


opportunities have been stacking up, so I’m going to abbreviate some of the older ones! for more details, check the past few weeks’ newsletters.

Solitude & ZKM present an open call for web residencies on the theme of “Rigged Systems,” curated by Jonas Lund. submissions can be in just about any well-documented, shareable, open-source format, including text, performance, documentary video, 3D objects, apps, and more. applications are due on June 28 so get a move on! more info here.

NEoN Digital Arts Festival in Dundee, Scotland is hosting an open call for augmented reality works on the theme of “REACT,” exploring how artists use digital systems to effect change within our social and political realities. the deadline for proposals is July 31, so you have a nice chunk of time to get this one sent off. projects will be hosted for the festival this November, and artists will receive a fee of £2000 for the production/licensing of the work. you can learn more here.

~ * DEADLINE EXTENDED!  you now have until June 27 to apply to the School for Poetic Computation’s Fall 2019 Immersive. this is a ten-week intensive program in New York City, with classes range from programming, electronics, poetry and the history and theory of art and technology. there’s also an optional bootcamp week for beginning coders, to get you up to speed in time for the program. more details here.

~ * DEADLINE EXTENDED! * ~ LAST DAYS to apply to Experiential Space Research Lab before June 28, San Francisco CA USA, more info here.

Bartlett Creative Coding Summer School, London UK, happening Sept 9 – 20, apply here.

Toronto New Wave open call, Toronto ON Canada, deadline to apply is July 2, more info here.

DIGITAL SPRING open call, Salzburg Germany, deadline to apply is June 30, more info here.

Google Arts & Culture Artists + Machine Intelligence Grants, deadline to apply is July 15, more info here.

School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe has a fresh new l3wk, check out their web makeover and learn more about their programs here.

? upcoming events!

June 25 – 28! Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza! New York, NY USA: TRANSFER Download is an immersive exhibition format showcasing simulation artworks, including virtual reality, video games, algorithmic art, video and experimental media, in conjunction with Christie’s ART + TECH Summit on AI. the exhibition will feature works by LaTurbo Avedon, Lawrence Lek, Eva Papamargariti, Theo Triantafyllidis, Alan Warburton, and Pinar Yoldas, so you’ll seriously be missing out if your in the NYC area and don’t make time for this. you can learn more here.

Saturday July 13! Governor’s Island! New York, NY USA: as part of New York Electronic Arts Fest, Harvestworks presents a performance by sound artist Ben Manley.

Sounds will be brought together from far apart, with widely spaced outdoor microphones routed to indoor loudspeakers.  Michael Evans and Peter Zummo will add sounds to the ambient sounds of Nolan Park.  Outdoor sounds will be directed to Building 10a for re-broadcasting indoors with a quadraphonic loudspeaker array.  Ben Manley will mix and sometimes process the live sounds, exploring outdoor time delays and other audible artifacts that are possible with four microphones in a rough square of 100 feet.

more info here!

just for lulz!

sorry not sorry


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 July 1 to 7, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.

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