Chicago Architecture Biennial Addresses Surveillance, Segregation and More

The third edition of North America’s largest contemporary art, design and architecture survey, this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial focuses on the theme of  “….And Other Such Stories.” In congregating around this topic, the platform—and its curator Yesomi Umolu—has placed the biennial in conversations surrounding social justice, segregation, surveillance, land rights, gun violence and more. Architecture has long impacted political, personal and environmental issues, and the …

MUTEK MONTRÉAL 2019: Future Tense

Highlights from the festival's Forum_IMG, a symposium dedicated to the impact of creative digital technology

Though better known for its line-up of experimental musicians, MUTEK goes beyond the stage with Forum IMG, a symposium dedicated to the exploration of the practical and theoretical impacts of creative digital technology. It makes MUTEK a truly unique estuary of learning and experience, reformatting the festival concept from entertainment-only to a place for education. The program featured leading industry professionals and creatives presenting a …

Chinese Police Equipped With Facial Recognition Sunglasses

Police can’t recognize every face from the vast database of criminals, but facial recognition sunglasses can—much like the ones Chinese police in Zhengzhou have been employing recently. The glasses connect to an offline 10,000-person database on a connected tablet. According to Quartz (where you can read more) a more basic version (retailing for $630 each) has been sold to the US, Japan and other countries. …