Paul Kneale @ DRAF, Jun 27

26 June 2015

As part of their new +1 series, George Unsworth invites artist Paul Kneale to launch New Abject at DRAF this Saturday, June 27.

The +1 series is a new collaboration between DRAF and various London art spaces, collectives, and publications, inviting artists to present their latest projects in the DRAF library and engage in discussions about their practice with art world guests, like Unsworth.

For their third event, DRAF hosts Hackney-based gallery ANDOR, founded in 2010 by Unsworth, who in turn invites London-based artist Kneale to launch his new e-book, New Abject, done in collaboration with Swiss designer Dan Solbach. The book, which is one of the outcomes of ANDOR’s alternative publishing studio, Dreaming of Streaming, will be available for free at the launch and through Kneale’s one-day takeover of the DRAF website.

See the event page for details. **


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Dorine van Meel @ DRAF, Apr 25

23 April 2015

Hoxton project space Kunstraum has invited artist Dorine van Meel to discuss her work and practice with curator Thomas Cuckle at David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF) on April 25.

The conversation with van Meel comes as the second event in +1, a new series between DRAF and some of London’s exciting emerging spaces, collectives and publications. The first event, with Anne de Boer and Eloïse Bonneviot as guests of Jupiter Woods, took place at the beginning of March.

van Meel, working somewhere between moving image, sculpture and installation, will introduce her past work and present to the public, as well as her latest work-in-progress collaboration, building towards her solo exhibition at Kunstraum some time in late 2015.

See the event page for details. **


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31 March 2011

The first decade of this new millennium…ahhhh those were the days… when Facebook and Twitter didn’t exist. Microsoft was constantly being threatened by the European and U.S. antitrust regulations. And look now, big G  being sued by Msoft who ironically enough have accused Google of using technical tactics to keep their search & advertising European domination. (oh and Qwiki looks like the Wikipedia of the future, someone just found an embeddable +1 button… the world is going crazy)!

+1? Yep, that super secret and always experimental “social layer” that everyone was aware of, like Google’s music streaming service, their new status bar or those many other 1001 experiments just went live yesterday. And within less than 24 hours people are already cracking and embedding the “inexistent” button on their websites (without big G’s permission of course).

+1 will basically be “another”  social button just like Facebook’s “like” or Twitter’s “retweet” but Google are positioning it as a way to share your favorite search results with your friends, family and the broader web in general. Your benefit? When browsing and searching the web through Google you’ll get recommendations of similar searches from your social circle or other web users.

The benefit for big G? …. The ads they serve via their platforms will get even more accurate and here’s a new justification to convince ad networks, brands and advertisers to stick to adwords rather than using alternative ad platforms (facebook, twitter…).

The whole thing is (as usual) an experiment, but you can join it on their experiments page (although you should expect to wait for a while before you start seeing the +1 button in your search results).

What’s next big G?

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