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 Video still from Coca-Cola's 1971 commercial "I want to teach the world to sing"

Still from Coca-Cola's 1971 commercial "I want to teach the world to sing"

In this month's column, Dean Kissick goes back to the Summer of Love to understand how we landed in our atomised present.

 Nobutaka Aozaki, Value Added 240950 (Del Monte whole kernel corn no salt added) , 2012 Canned corn and receipts

Nobutaka Aozaki, Value Added 240950 (Del Monte whole kernel corn no salt added), 2012
Canned corn and receipts

What if you can’t see an event? First of all, it doesn’t matter: anthropocentrism is out and it’s time we accepted that there are events that have nothing to do with humans being around to witness them. Benjamin H. Bratton talks about Google’s Nest, buying a can of corn in the supermarket, and the big question of scale.

 Photo by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff  

Photo by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff

 

In March this year I visited the artist Simon Denny in his Berlin studio. It was four weeks before his first US solo show (at MoMA P.S.1) and a few more weeks before the 56th Venice Biennale, where he was one of the youngest participants to represent New Zealand, with an exhibition in the Biblioteca Nazionale

The biggest news of the month is that Google has developed an Artificial Intelligence that is able to paint. The artist Daniel Keller tried it out. In the process, he discovered two things: a Post-Internet art of hallucinogens and an answer to the question of why visual memes can so quickly go from mindblowing to lame.