How to build an iPod dock out of Legos

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Lego fan Matt built a dock for his iPod with spare blocks and posted a Flickr set of his creation for all to enjoy.

I admit this is probably only fun and useful to the most hardcore Lego fans, but...

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Originally posted on Lifehacker by Rhizome


Thoughtful Transmissions

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There are a handful of digital art and culture journals currently accessible online. A few of them occasionally pair critical texts with thematic volumes of interactive projects. Since its launch in the Winter of 2005, the web-based academic journal Vectors has explored the possibilities of combining audio-visual interactivity and analytical writings. The publication's USC-based editorial/creative team, consisting of new media theorists and practitioners Tara McPherson, Steve Anderson, Raegan Kelly, Eric Loyer, and Craig Dietrich, have recently released their second issue, titled 'Mobility.' The journal provides a multifaceted look at this concept, from David Lloyd's projection of 19th Century Irish migrant workers, in 'Mobile Figures,' to Todd Presner's 'Hypermedia Berlin,' a layered mapping of the city through historical and subjective filters. Other contributions, such as Lisa Lynch and Elena Razlogova's 'The Guantanomobile Project' and Julian Bleeker's 'WiFi.Bedouin,' tackle mobility within the politicized contexts of global information access. But unlike many of its academic journal relatives, Vectors turns new media in on itself, where the critical potential of the form isn't left to mere descriptions. - Ryan Griffis

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Flux Smile Machine

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Smile Machines, the main exhibition at Transmediale presents a mix of --nearly-- vintage and very recent works which reflect on the relationship between art, humour and technology.

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One of my favourite (although since i left my boring work i don't feel the need to buy one anymore) is the Flux Smile Machine that George Maciunas (one of the original Fluxus artists) ideated in 1972. This kind of gag forces you to smile or rather to makes an awful grimace, "making it an atavistic and threatening gesture directed against bourgeois society."

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Friends in Memory of Nam June Paik - Yoko Ono

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Yoko Nam June Paik
Yoko on Nam June Paik (2006, 19.9MB, 3:44 min)

extract from a memorial service for Nam June Paik.
New York, Feb.3, 2006

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Originally posted on DVblog by doron


New website!!!

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I decided to get a domain and put my stuff there:


The name selection process was grueling and sweaty, and I was super ticked that KissMeYouFool.com was already being squatted on. First of all, I re-compressed all my videos so that they load much much better. Also, I started on two new (continuous) projects:

Trinkets - Trinkets is a text-less blog for my growing collection of Photoshop junk, found/stolen web pics and short video loops. All this stuff revolves around my ongoing obsession with gradients, loops, interpolation. Compiled in growing issues. (More on this later.)

Record Label - I'm starting a ton of bands that will exist only on Myspace. (More on this later.)

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Guthrie's definitely on my "One to Watch in 2006" list!

Originally posted on Guthrie by Rhizome


40 Winks December 10th

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Kevin Slagle, the proprietor of Oakland's Ego Park gallery, doesn't keep regular gallery hours. He has no curatorial assistants, no board of directors and no calendar beyond a couple months into the future. [....] But when Kevin is inspired with a good idea, Ego Park somehow manages to emerge from semi-obscurity to shine with surprising brilliance and present amazing shows and events. [....] It has been a while since Kevin has pulled out all the stops for an ambitious Ego Park show, but there have been the sound of elves tinkering during the night and the stars seem to be lining up for Ego Park's next show, opening Friday, December 10th to be a winner. The show, entitled "40 Winks / Mini-Theater" is a show of video work curated by San Francisco-based artist Sue Costabile. Sue is a musician and visual artist who is best known for her intricate and compelling video projections, which she usually shows live in collaboration with experimental electronic musicians. Having, as she says, "failed as a VJ", Sue uses a custom-made method of manipulating small objects on a light table, which is filmed from above with a firewire camera layered and composited live in software. Her exquisite visual manipulations have earned her invitations to perform all over the world at festivals such as Mutek, Sonar and Ars Electronica. [.....] If music and art are separate art forms, but as I propose, siblings, I see art and music as possessing a sort of Luke-and-Leah relationship: that of having been separated at birth, cultivating slightly different interests and skills, and finding themselves later in life hopelessly attracted to one another (and somewhat restrained by conventions) [....]

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Originally posted on Shotgun Review by Rhizome


Archigram archives to go public

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Some 4,000 drawings, models and audio tapes produced by Archigram is to be catalogued and digitised over three years and made available to the public on a special website.

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Archigram dominated the architectural avant garde in the 1960s and early 1970s with its pop-inspired visions of a technocratic future.

"A new generation of architecture must arise with forms and spaces which seems to reject the precepts of ‘Modern’ yet in fact retains those precepts. We have chosen to by pass the decaying Bauhaus image which is an insult to functionalism. You can roll out steel - any length. You can blow up a balloon - any size. You can mould plastic - any shape. Blokes that built the Forth Bridge - they didn’t worry," wrote David Greene in 1961.

Two of the group’s cult projects: the Walking City, in which a city of reptilian structures glided across the globe on enormous legs until its inhabitants found a place where they wanted to settle; and the crane-mounted living pods that could be plugged in wherever their inhabitants wished in Plug-in City.

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The group also imagined that miniature devices could fulfil the functions of traditional buildings: capsule homes like Gasket Homes and Living Pod, or the Cushicle mobile environment (image above) and wearable house, the Suitaloon. In 1968, the group proposed to transport all the entertainment and education resources of a metropolis in an Instant City airship (image below), which would fly from place to place and temporarily land in communites to enable the inhabitants to enjoy the buzz of life in a city.

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In 1969, the group opened an architectural practise after winning a competition to design a leisure centre in Monte-Carlo. The design was of an enormous circular dome buried underground by the Mediterranean.

The funding collapsed and the leisure centre ...

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


C.L.A.V.E

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Performance Collaboration through Virtual and Physical Space in max msp and jitter



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Collaborative Live Audio Virtual Environment via exiledsurfer, via del.icio.us/tag/unmediated
another nice image:

Originally posted on unmediated by Rhizome