A Bestiary of the Anthropocene

Nicolas Nova & DISNOVATION.ORG (eds.), A Bestiary of Anthropocene, Onomatopee 2021

A BESTIARY OF THE ANTHROPOCENE seeks to capture this precise moment when the biosphere and technosphere merge and mesh into one new hybrid body. What happens when technologies and their unintended consequences become so ubiquitous that it is difficult to define what is “natural” or not? What does it mean to live in a hybrid environment made of organic and synthetic matter? What new specimens are currently populating our planet at the beginning of the 21st century?

True Fake

True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films. Programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux, from February 9 through April 20, 2021. With films and videos by Larry Achiampong and David BlandyPeggy AhweshEric BaudelaireFilipa César and Louis HendersonMicaela Durand and Daniel ChewHarun FarockiOmer FastJohan GrimonprezLouis HendersonChris KennedyManu LukschSara MagenheimerChris MarkerJesse McLeanAlison NguyenSondra PerryForensic Architecture and Praxis FilmsWalid RaadHito Steyerl, and Peter Watkins.

Anthropocene on Hold (catalogue)

Anthropocene On Hold is a bilingual catalogue (English-Greek) created on the occasion of the online exhibition under the same title, organized by Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative PCAI from May 14, 2020 to February 28, 2021 on PCAI’s YouTube Channel. The Anthropocene (/ænˈθrˈp.əˈsiˈn) was popularised as an environmental term in the dawn of the 21st century by Paul Crutzen, the Dutch Nobel laureate and pioneer on atmospheric chemistry; it constitutes a proposed geological epoch that starts with the beginning of the first important human impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems, including climate change caused by human activity.


Nye Thompson & UBERMORGEN, UNINVITED, 2020

An invisible networked super-organism oscillates between anxiety, lust, and horror. Described by the artists as ‘a radically new creature looking at the world and nothing makes sense,’ the synthetic organism apprehends the universe through millions of hallucinogenic virally abused (CCTV) sensors.
Thompson & UBERMORGEN’s life-form continually evolves by using human and machine learning. It defines its own existence and distributed agency through undergoing fear, instability, aggression, and vulnerability. UNINVITED can be experienced as a horror film, an online experience (web), and an installation (currently in the UK and Romania).

Parse Journal: Human

“How can we rethink the conditions for a political imaginary capable of structural transformation and justice for human and nonhuman alike? What is at the heart of current debates on the human? What political imaginaries have enabled the current wave of xenophobic and neo-colonial dehumanisation? How can the arts respond to what may be termed a crisis in humanity?” Parse Journal, Issue 12, Autumn 2020

Critical, Digital and Social Media Studies

The peer-reviewed book series CDSMS edited by Christian Fuchs publishes books that critically study the role of the Internet and digital and social media in society. Titles analyze how power structures, digital capitalism, ideology and social struggles shape and are shaped by digital and social media. They use and develop critical theory discussing the political relevance and implications of studied topics. The series is a theoretical forum for Internet and social media research for books using methods and theories that challenge digital positivism; it also seeks to explore digital media ethics grounded in critical social theories and philosophy.


“DANAE is a digital art network. We exist to expose and elevate computer-generated art and place it in historical context. We believe in fostering creativity, showcasing talent, and promoting the exchange of ideas. We work to connect artists, curators, institutions, avid collectors, and young collectors-to-be. We are a community.” More info

The Anne and Michael Spalter Digital Art Collection

The Anne and Michael Spalter Digital Art Collection (Spalter Digital), is one of the world’s largest private collections of early computer art, comprising over 750 works from the second half of the twentieth century. Spalter Digital, which focuses on plotter drawings but includes other 2D media as well as sculpture and 16mm film, is home to major and iconic examples from key artists in the field.

Weird Sensation Feels Good

WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD. An exhibition about ASMR (ArkDes, Stockholm, 8 April – 1 November 2020)

ASMR is a term that describes a physical sensation: euphoria or deep calm, sometimes a tingling in the body. In recent years an online audience of millions has grown, dedicated to watching the work of designers and content creators who try to trigger this feeling in their viewers. This is the first museum exhibition dedicated to this feeling and the emerging field of creativity that has grown up around it.