What is the digital economy?

The OECD Forum in Paris last week brought together a large number of people interested in economic and social questions, many from a digital viewpoint. But I found myself wondering what exactly the ‘digital economy’ is. Luckily, the OECD publishes a biennial OECD Digital Economy Outlook, so I looked through the current (2015) version, to…

The costs of being an artist: Axismedia and a-n

Axisweb describes itself as a “community, where artists, makers, creators and art professionals showcase their ideas, talent, opportunities, develop new audiences and build networks. As a UK registered charity we exist to support and champion artists…. We’ve designed our membership services around artists. Our offerings support artists creativity and careers with tools to improve exposure,…

How to invest in new art.

This week’s ‘Moneyweek‘ has a column headed ‘How to spot the next big thing in art’ by Sarah Ryan of NewBloodArt. She gives five tips. These are: 1. Go to art school shows, where new artists exhibit their work 2. Find a student who has the dedication to carry on and make good as an…

Camels and other animals

I have no ability to understand camels. On the one hand they sit, submissive and still, waiting for tourists to come and ride them. They get up and get down on command, they walk patiently where they are led. Yet sometimes they make such angry noises that you wonder what is going on in those…

Big Bang Data

The Big Bang Data exhibition at Somerset House is both pedagogic and an art show. I went twice. Highlights include: thingful, a search engine and geographic display of the internet of things. The whacky world of open data. Some things available are genuinely useful (eg DEFRA air quality monitoring stations, river level gauges, weather stations).…

The Electronic Superhighway

The Electronic Superhighway exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery attempts to be “A major exhibition bringing together over 100 works to show the impact of computer and Internet technologies on artists from the mid-1960s to the present day.” There’s a lot in it. Some of the original pioneers: – Heath Bunting is represented by _readme.html. –…

Alion

Alions website describes it as “an employee-owned technology solutions company delivering technical expertise and operational support to the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and commercial customers.” It provides sevices and products such as: – wargames: “Alion designs and conduct wargames to evaluate future operational concepts and force transformation initiatives. We provide extensive management, analysis…