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Data flows from wireless objects, sensors and processors all around us. And yet, this data may only be accessible to a select few. If knowledge is power, then the Internet of Things favours those able to easily collect, access and interpret information. The less data-savvy are being increasingly left behind.
Have you ever browsed a rack of clothes for under $15 at your local Zara, H&M or Topshop, and thought, ‘What a deal!’. Have you ever stopped on your way to the cashier to look at the tag and see where that piece of clothing was made? The clothes you buy may have been made by Cambodian garment workers who are a crucial part of the fast fashion supply chain. Is there a true human cost to getting a bargain?
The vast volume of video content available on the internet continues to grow every day. I have been caught out many times visiting YouTube to watch just one video, before quickly finding myself in a labyrinth of new content. While there may be plenty to watch online, how many of these videos do we find truly entertaining?
With Zelig-like serendipity I was in Stockholm when #lastnightinsweden went viral. While echoing the melancholic majesty of a classic ABBA song title, the hashtag #lastnightinsweden actually referred to yet another Donald Trump dump of alleged “fake news” on an increasingly exhausted world.
From February 20 till March 3, the QUT Creative Industries Precinct was the site of a number of public art installations. Passerby's were drawn to the ghostly white material hanging from street lights, the blue sculptures that stand in an oval shape and bamboo structure that has been woven into a crisscross formation.
Spanning more than 20 locations and featuring an extensive line up of artists, the 2017 Brisbane Street Arts Festival (BSAF) included workshops, public art installations and more. A particularly exciting aspect of the program was the QUT ReForm: Art in Public Spaces exhibition at the QUT Creative Industries Precinct.