22.01.16 by Staff

Machines Are Going to Take Over the World, Countdown To Singularity Tells Us How They Do It


The Singularity refers to the moment Artificial Intelligence will exceed that of Human Intelligence and our capacity to control it. Scientists believe this event will take place around the year 2045. Lucky for us, the artists behind Countdown To Singularity are taking this existential threat seriously. Bas van de Poel, the project’s founder and curator, asked contributors to explore the different ways AI could bring us down. The result is a series of scenarios ranging from the development of amoral mechanized weapons systems to the slightly more mundane idea that we could all eventually be turned into paperclips.

Click below for a selection of the submissions. You can also visit the project website or click here to join the likes of Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Steve Wozniak in signing the Future of Life Institute’s open letter calling for AI safety research.

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21.01.16 by Jeff

Designed on Surface: Mural Project


Our pal Jasper Wong (co-director of the arts festival, Pow! Wow!) recently worked with Microsoft’s art initative, Designed on Surface, to profile 17 artists as they painted murals in 12 different countries simultaneously. Have a look at the results here.

20.01.16 by Jeff

Sponsored: The Experimentalist Gallery Highlights Emerging Romanian Artists


Trojan Horse, installation by Alin Carpen


Romanian Creative Platform Experimentalist.RO recently held their first ever exhibition, featuring 30 emerging Romanian artists and over 100 works. Accompanying the work there were live drawing sessions with artists SeReBe and Robert Obert, and a sculpture crafted by Wood Be Nice. Have a look at more of the work below.

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19.01.16 by Jeff

Exclusive Deal for Booooooom Readers: 3 Months of Skillshare Premium Classes

skillshare x booooooom
skillshare x booooooom
skillshare x booooooom

Heads up for any illustrators and designers out there! Skillshare is currently offering a special deal for Booooooom readers! 3 months of Skillshare Premium for $1. This gives you access to over 2,500 premium classes, with excellent step by step video tutorials, taught by many artists we’ve featured on Booooooom.

Now I haven’t tried out all 2,500+ classes but I have been slowly making my way through a bunch of them to find some worth recommending to you guys. The stills above are from Jessica Hische’s Drop Cap Letterform class, one of the 8 classes I curated for our special Booooooom page. Other classes I’d recommend are Jon Burgerman’s doodling class, Julia Rothman’s class on how to create repeating patterns, and Meg Lewis’ Basics of Photoshop.

Full disclosure, if you sign up through our special landing page it does support us! No pressure whatsoever, though! Even if you don’t wanna use our link, their site is still worth checking out! Platforms like these are going to put a lot of schools out of business.

You can watch previews of the classes by Jon Burgerman, Julia Rothman, and Jessica Hische below!

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14.01.16 by Jeff

This is what 8 million Instagram followers does to your notifications (0:38)

This guy’s gonna need an extra battery (or five). Demy de Zeeuw, the guy behind the popular soccer-focused Instagram account @433, shows the push notifications he gets after sharing a photo with his 8 million followers. File this under first world problems. Via: Reddit

05.01.16 by Kimi Hamada

Bendik Kaltenborn Interview and Book Giveaway


You’ve probably seen Bendik Kaltenborn’s work in places like The New Yorker or Todd Terje’s album covers. Or perhaps you’re already an avid fan of his shenanigans with the Dongery comic collective. Either way you should be excited to know that Kaltenborn’s latest collection of random gags and comics, Adult Contemporary, is now available in English. Thanks to Drawn & Quarterly we have a copy to give away!

Kaltenborn was also nice enough to answer some questions about his process, the things he hates and those that keep him happy. Read the full interview below. And, in the spirit of the book’s title (inspired by the term for cheesy, ballad-heavy easy listening) leave your favourite dad joke in the comments section for your chance to win!

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24.12.15 by Jeff

The 20 Most Memorable Articles of 2015


Merry Christmas everyone, here are the top 20 posts from 2015! These were our most shared articles this year (and a few of my personal favourites mixed in). If you missed last year’s post: Top 15 of 2014.

The first article linked below, our Seb Lester video, was watched 60 MILLION TIMES on Facebook (see here). 60 million??? I still can’t believe it.



An Interview with Master Calligrapher Seb Lester



Mind-Melting Animated Gifs by Nicolas Fong



Drawings of Motorcycles Using Coffee Cup Stains by Artist Carter Asmann



Guy Hacks Turntable to Create Techno Music (The Hard Way)



The Artwork of Artist Jean-Pierre Roy



Stop-Motion Animator Dillon Markey Transforms Nintendo Power Glove into Something Actually Useful



A Really Satisfying Instagram: Unexpected Photo Pairings



Antoine Terrieux’s Incredible Hair Dryer Installations



A Video Portrait of Sculptor Beth Cavener



Empty Film Posters With the Movie Titles and Main Subjects Removed



How Technology is Taking Over Our Lives: Illustrations by Jean Jullien



The Artwork of Artist Kit King



Nicolas Jaar Re-Scores 1969 Armenian Avant-Garde Film (Watch Full Film)



Portraits of Japanese Kids with Fruit on their Shoulders by Photographer Osamu Yokonami



Hilarious Street Art by Michael Pederson



Jaw-Dropping Drone’s Eye View of Surfing Teahupo’o



Kaleidoscope BMX Video Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen



New York Rapper Secretly Records Entire Album Using Apple Store Computers



Huge Nerds Build Beautiful Scale Model of Solar System in the Desert



Photographer Creates Fungus to Destroy Photos With Spectacular Results



21.12.15 by Staff

“Keep Reinventing” Open Call for Genero x HP


Here’s an opportunity for filmmakers based in UK, France, and Germany! Genero has partnered up with HP to promote the new HP ZBook Studio Mobile Workstation by finding and commissioning three directors to create a 2-3 minute short film using the theme “Keep Reinventing”.

Each director will receive $20,000 USD to make their film, and will be invited to London to experience a day in a leading London Post Production Facility. They’re only accepting treatment submissions until January 10, 2016 so if you’re interested you don’t have much time.

Check out the full briefs here:

Brief for UK-based Filmmakers

Brief for France-based Filmmakers

Brief for Germany-based Filmmakers

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