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One of my first experiences upon moving to New York was as a volunteer at the 42nd St. Showpaper Gallery. A few blocks from Grand Central Station and across from a ritzy hotel, it was a strange location for a venue that showcased experimental music and video games. It felt like I’d found my secret […]

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ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, Lebanon-born Brooklyn-based artist Ramsey Nasser talks about his Arabic programming language artwork قلب . Arabic programming languages with the honest goal of bringing coding to a non-Latin culture have been attempted in the past, but have failed without […]

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In one room, there’s a quadcopter doing backflips, piloted by a guy who’s doing nothing but wiggling his Google Glass-adorned head. In another, a woman sitting with her head inside a hanging circular paper lantern, swiveling around on a rotating office chair. In a third, a group of students have festooned a drone with multicolored […]

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Do you have a dumbphone, but still want to access internet things? Welcome to The Dumb Store. A project by Allison Burtch and Ramsey Nasser, just premiered week at the ITP graduate program showcase in Tisch. “We think that information should be available to everyone, irrespective of the hardware or software they have,” Burtch tells ANIMAL. The Dumb Store is truly a platform for everyone: […]

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“I wanted to create a game that touched infinity,” Jonathan Minard explains. We’re in the dark lower level of 319 Scholes at the opening Art Hack Day: God Mode. To his right, bio-glitch artists in lab-coats explain How to be Anonymous in the Age of the DNA Surveillance. Behind him, visitors wave their arms, commanding mountains to morph […]

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