Science-themed art in the spotlight
A bacteria-inspired wifi network for protestors, and much more
Ars Electronica announced the winners of the annual STARTS Prize for science, technology and the arts as well as the winners of the Prix Ars Electronica for media arts. There were lots of science-themed projects in both awards, and here are some of my favourites:
Antarctic Resolution - a 1000-page book covering different aspects of Antarctica from scientific, political, sociological, artistic and other perspectives. It was one of the STARTS Grand Prize winners.
Avatar Robot Café- one of the honorary mentions of the STARTS Prize, this café uses robot servers, but each robot is controlled remotely by someone who can’t physically visit the restaurant, such as people with disabilities who are unable to leave their home. Through the robots they can interact with people in the café and feel included.
Bi0film.net - a decentralized wifi network booster for civil protests, inspired by the way that bacteria communicate with each other. This project won one of the Golden Nicas at the Prix Ars Electronica. You can read more about this project in my piece for Forbes.com
💡 Interesting links
The amazing story of Reggie, L.A.’s celebrity alligator. By Corinne Purtill for the LA Times.
NPR Shortwave covers agar art, a favourite crafty pastime of microbiologists and biochemists
The glass that offers Ukraine hope: Oksana Kondratyeva on the interface between art, science and architecture. By James Dacey for Physics World
X-ray imaging reveals why this 17th century painted yellow rose lost its luster. By Jennifer Ouellette for Ars Technica
Call for conference proposals: the VOICES conference on September 25th (online) covers the use of music to teach secondary or college-level STEM subjects, and is inviting people to submit videos or suggest presentations on this topic. Deadline is July 15.
🤷♀️ What I’ve been up to
The climate change board game article I wrote and shared last month was featured in the ABSW Monthly Showcase. The judges said “It was a great read, was sensitively written and showed the power of something seemingly simple, a board game, to help engage communities and assist in their real-life decision making.” Thank you!
I’ve been playing with Dall-E mini:
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