Weekend Reading List: On Collaborating with Machines; On Capturing El Chapo

What the frieze editors have been reading this week

Photograph and courtesy: Heike Geissler

Photograph and courtesy: Heike Geissler

  • ‘The dirty secret of AI is that it appears as this singular entity, but there are billions of humans behind the scenes who have made it possible.’ For The Creative Independent, Emily Yoshida talks to musician and artist Holly Herndon about collaborating with machines and fending off nostalgia
     
  • Following the US football team’s 13-0 victory over South Korea in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Lizzy Goodman reports on the players’ fights for equal pay, for the New York Times
     
  • ‘Sometimes, to be intimate with a piece of work is to find the logic behind its words.’ For frieze, Emily LaBarge profiles three new books – by T. Fleischmann, Kathryn Scanlan and Anne Walsh – that ask how might we process the self through art
     
  • ‘The end has probably already begun.’ For the New York Times, chef Dan Barber on the risks of seed oligarchies to food and the environment
     
  • ‘If you’re walking in Bloomfield, New Jersey, there’s a good chance you’re being recorded […] it’s likely a Ring doorbell made by Amazon.’ For Cnet, Alfred Ng unveils how Amazon is helping police build a surveillance network – with doorbells
     
  • Listen: At Vox, artist and author Jenny Odell talks to Ezra Klein about overstimulation and the difference between productivity and creativity
     
  • ‘All of My Bones Are Broken’: From the summer issue of frieze, author Heike Geissler writes about Christine Blasey Ford, religious devotion and surviving the present
     
  • ‘Doublethink is stronger than Orwell imagined’. For the Atlantic, George Packer asks what 1984 means today
     
  • ‘El Chapo’s capture did not have any impact on drug trafficking or consumption, and there is no reason to think his sentence will, either.’ For the Guardian, Jessica Loudis asks what the rise and fall of the kingpin reveals about the war on drugs
     
  • 19 years after the ‘Anthropocene’ was first proposed by Paul Crutzen, geologists have moved to make the epoch official. For the Guardian, Nicola Davison asks: have we entered a new phase of planetary history?
     
  • ‘I’d like to begin with the day my mother took me to brunch with Susan Miller, the famous astrologer.’ For Tank, Emily Segal on stars, astrology and times of crisis
     
  • Watch: ‘Who am I? Who do I represent? What do I represent?’ During the opening of the Venice Biennale, artist Laure Prouvost led frieze into the subterranean entrance of her French Pavilion, ‘Deep See Blue Surrounding You’

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