“Seen” Points Out Words Prone to Surveillance

The idea of data surveillance can sometimes feel distant, as if it’s not actually affecting you directly. But in a new project called Seen, communications designer Emil Kozole points out how our everyday language can become prone to secret surveillance. Seen is a typeface that comes preloaded with a set of trigger words that organizations like the NSA or GCHQ often scan for when sifting …

Holly Herndon: Home

The electronic musician questions the intimate relationship with her laptop

As an electronic musician, Holly Herndon spends more time than most with her laptop. And, though this relationship is serious, she’s indignant about the possibility of a threesome with an unknown surveillor—a sentiment felt by many after Edward Snowden triggered the ever-growing snowball of NSA spying revelations in 2013. The issue of being anonymously joined is directly addressed in her new single “Home,” released today. …

The Wonderment of Perez Art Museum Miami

Reuters' 2013 in photos, Time's person of the year, Miami's new museum and more in our weekly look at the web

A beautiful, low-lying structure, boasting art inside and out, the Perez Art Museum Miami is not only the art hub of the future, but also the art museum the Floridian city has deserved for a long time, according to Art News. With a strong permanent collection and valuable works on loan, storytelling defines the work. Representing all of the Americas, the Caribbean included—from Duchamp and …