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Marina Vishmidt & Anthony Iles

Here is a best-of digital objects list that aims to be useful, entertaining and unsettling, if perhaps as haphazard as any 10 things pulled off the internet would be. We have combined both the substantial or regular — books, series, other websites — as well as reflexive digital objects, textured and justified by their milieu. These all viscerally object to the idea that digitality entails any meaningful shift in capitalist power dynamics; the question of property may be reconfigured by the digital, but is, as yet, far from resolved. So these objects, each in some way, enact an antagonistic relationship to the limited sensorium of capitalist property relations. We have: an application that consumes and regurgitates all others, a teen noise rant, pyrotechnic materialism, a dictionary of the negative, a militant exercise of the right to be forgotten, and a pretty decent meme, among a few other forms and strategies. Despite apparent seriousness or frivolity, they each smuggle a secret cargo of critical humor…

Transformers

Author(s) Howie Chen

This artist book began at the equity derivatives desk of Lehman Brothers before the collapse of the company in 2008, where curator and artist Howie Chen worked as an analyst before entering the art field. “Transformers” is in essence a record of boredom during the ‘irrational exuberance’ of the late ‘90s, before the ‘new normal’ of crisis capitalism, and the Great Recession of 2008 which led to Lehman’s downfall. While at work between tasks, Chen photocopied a dollar bill everyday on the office copier, taking the previous day’s copy and feeding it back into the machine. Over months, the image of the dollar bill became distorted with each generation. Shrinking and blistering, the image started to escape the page and soon disappeared into abstraction. “Transformers” presents these images in serial digital form and is accompanied by a text tracing the different transits and experiences for this material and its form as a publication. Chen’s “Transformers” is remarkable snapshot of one of the greatest aesthetic movements of the early 21st century—Financialism.

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The Sandy Cat

Author(s) Rachel Rose

“No one thought of the sandy cat; it sat alone and hungry.”

In Rachel Rose’s reimagining of the short Victorian tale The Sandy Cat, a family’s neglected cat’s desire for milk takes over the course of a day. Pages from children’s books are stretched, cut, layered, and contorted to create a contemporary fable.

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Addendum

Curator Joseph del Pesco
REPLACE WEB ADS WITH VISUAL ESSAYS BY ARTISTS. What is this art, visual essay thing? What is Addendum?

Addendum is a series of visual essays curated by the Kadist Art Foundation. The essays are created by artists using images from archives they’re researching.

How do I learn more about the art?

A wonderful question. Check out Addendum.

Why does the image look cropped?

If the image doesn’t fit into a standard advertising banner size, it is cropped automatically by Add-Art. You’ll see a variety of details or whole images, depending on the page and ad size.

Why am I seeing some ads?

Add-Art works well, but it’s not perfect because of the disturbingly complex ways ads are delivered (through iframes, delayed loading, scripts, and more). You can contribute code and help improve this. You don’t have to see these ads. Add-Art works with other blockers like AdBlock Plus and ublock as well as privacy plugins likeGhostery and AdNauseam,

Can I make a visual essay?

Yes. Once your images are online, you can fill out this form. You’ll receive a unique url for your show. Open the Addendum/Add-Art interface and hit the + symbol next to the word “ESSAYS”. Paste in your unique URL, and hit the + at the right side of the text field to submit it. Your show will be added to the interface. Share your Add-Art URL with with friends and they’ll see your show too!

Will this slow down my browsing at all?

Not really. The images should be cached locally once you download them all.

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Bad Corgi

Author(s) Ian Cheng

Bad Corgi is a little mindfulness app about refusing to eradicate stress and anxiety, and instead learning to exercise those bad feeling feelings.

You are Bad Corgi, a dwarfish demon pup sometimes possessed by You.

– Undertake impossible herding exercises
– Wreck local biomes
– Lose control of Bad Corgi and learn to love this feeling
– Contemplate both the vulgar and the joyful dimensions of corgi herding life with equanimity
– New exercises added every sometimes

Features:
– 3 one-minute exercises to amplify your distressed mood, and more coming
– amazing dynamic herd simulation
– simple touch controls
– dynamic loss of control
– secret characters to herd
– secret behaviors to complexify your herding
– 360 degree pause mode for setting up the perfect snapshots of that special hell breaker moment

Bad Corgi is designed for iPhone 5 and up.

Commissioned by Serpentine Galleries
Supported by Rolls-Royce
Published by Metis Suns

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