Girls on Fire team members work on constructing their robot.

Girls on Fire team members work on constructing their robot.

Sportsball: Girls on Fire engages in a sport for the mind

“Hundreds of people packed the stands and floor of UNCG’s Fleming Gymnasium back on March 10 and 11, while others watched anxiously from designated pit areas. Six teams took the court at a time, forming rival alliances of three teams each. The intense, two-and-a-half-minute matches marked the first contest of the season for Girls on Fire, and the competition was hard on everyone. Even the robots. […]”

Exhibit view of "Prove you're not a robot" at Salem College.

Exhibit view of "Prove you're not a robot" at Salem College.

Art Opening: "Prove You're Not A Robot," recent work by Eric Juth

“"Prove you're not a robot" is an ongoing series by intermedia artist Eric Juth that uses dataset images from a now defunct version of Google’s “reCAPTCHA” system as its source material. The artist arranges these lo-res images of street numbers into compositions that allude to abstract painting, modernist design, and collage. By extracting these once commonly encountered images (which, to this date, have all but vanished from the internet,) from their utilitarian context and presenting them as works of art, Juth’s collages prompt the viewer to consider the temporality and circulation of digital images, particularly those that are linked to machine learning, automation, and surveillance. […]”