Links for 2012-08-17 [del.icio.us] #art
- Culture Robotic installation toys with visitors in the Tate Modern's subterranean darkness
Glynn says that the robot is autonomous and has a personality of its own, so will react differently depending on the current circumstances. "It has something a little like a split personality. If you are there when it is quiet it can be playful and delicate and interact with people. But when there are many people it becomes nervous and tries to find quiet spaces or spaces where there aren't lots of people." As the glowing shape moves around, it reveals the scale and architecture of the extraordinary space.
- Matthew Herbert's album is entirely sampled from a Tesco shopping bag.
Matthew Herbert often makes music from samples that he’s made from things he’s bought. Now, 16 years on from turning the sound of a smashed portable radio into a clubtrack, and after spending an album following one pig from slaughterhouse to bacon butty, he’s confronted your weekly supermarket shop. Herbert said: “After all the questioning, controversy, head scratching, mud, straw and blood of the ONE PIG record, I felt like making some old-fashioned dance music. I ended up making this record in 4 days, a spontaneous crunch around the modern supermarket – a place of fantasy, trickery, wonder and horror.”
- Why sex could be history | Life and style | The Guardian
Here she describes the "ultimate solo parent" of the future. This woman can use her own stem cells and an artificial Y chromosome to produce healthy new eggs and sperm at any age, is capable of reproducing entirely alone by making one of her eggs behave like a pseudo-sperm that can be used to fertilise herself, and has no need to carry the embryo in her own body. Instead it gestates in an artificial womb, which acts as a highly evolved incubator. The same field of technology would enable gay couples to have children created from both their DNA, and make it just as easy for a man to become a single parent as a woman.