Posts for May 2002

Clear Sights, Clear Sounds

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When you log on to "Clear" by UK-based digital music comoposer Martin Franklin, you'll realize that there are no "rules" for interacting with this collection of sounds and images, despite the work's title. Franklin describes the project as "immersive, layered soundfields and images with a hidden eroticism"...we're not sure about the eroticism, but the site's worth a look (er, a listen), as Franklin has worked with everyone from Ghanian drum troupes to underground Rap crews. He has a discography of many CD's released throughout the world on labels like Island and lesser-known but well respected Beyond and Planet Dog.

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\"Browser Gestures\"

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What is a browser, really? A site by LA digital artist Mark Daggett entitled \"Browser Gestures\" attempts to look at browsers in a new light. Daggett\'s applications reinterpret how browsers usually present and maneuver through information. Sometimes, the browser sends a requested site through a feedback loop. At other times, the browser adapts and reconfigures itself according to previous pages opened dating back to when the browser was first used.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Keep Your Phones On

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So maybe you didn\'t make it to Ars Electronica last September and you missed out on the hot ticket...Golan Levin\'s \"Dialtones (A Telesymphony).\" This piece is a full on concert featuring the rings of cell phones. Think of it: an auditorium full of people encouraged to keep their mobiles on for the entire performance! Now you can check out what it\'s all about online. Learn about how the whole thing was orchestrated, from the registration of phones, to seating arrangements, to the more philosophical reasons behind this elaborate performance.

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Morse Code meets software code

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Irish net artist Garrett Phelan has created \"friendlyghosts\" -- which serves as what he calls a \"text translator.\" Texts are loaded into a Flash Movie and are then transformed into fresh images and sounds. Each image is a pencil drawing associated with a letter, number or punctuation mark. The images are all accompanied by corresponding sounds. Is there a system involved? Phelan has actually used the once \"cutting edge,\" now-antiquated Morse code as a reference point.

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What (stereo)type of person are you?

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What \"type\" of person are you? Do you fall into a neat category? Or are you as unique as you believe you are? Checking out Milan-based artist and designer Nikola Tosic's \"Personality Stereotype\" might help you figure this out. While at first this net art work might seem to be a simple means of collecting random data, the site takes on more meaning when you really think about it. Is it possible to distill your character down to only a few words and phrases? And isn't it a little TOO easy to simply create a new identity for yourself which no one may question, once your new characteristics are in writing? Where does all of our personal information go, anyway

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Net Art and Memory Themes

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What is it about net art that makes it so conducive a medium for artists to explore issues of memory? Marcy Palmer\'s \"dis-house-jointed\" is another example of such a work of net art. The site deals with the themes of remembrance and location -- in what the artists describes as a very American sense (by incorporating distinctively American landscapes and interiors and other cultural references.) Palmer presents unusual juxtapositions of images and sounds and text which may or may not jog the user\'s memory. What will be conjured in your brain once you log on? Well, maybe a new memory will form from your experience logging on to this site. Palmer received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in May of 2001. Her exhibition record includes 'Net\_Working

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Information Prose

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Two times every week, the serial web narrative \"Imaginary Year\" is updated. The site represents what creator Jeremy Bushnell calls \"the media ecology\" of contemporary Chicago and its citizens. The project reads somewhat like a traditional storybook blended with random data files, complete with faux, stylized, caricature-like mugshots of characters and snippets of movie-script dialogue married with email-ish ramblings...to result in a style of literary entertainment that Bushnell calls \"information prose.\"

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Emotions and Interactivity

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Can our most complex emotions be expressed well via new media metaphors? This is a question that Barcelona-based artist Aureliano P

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Redrawing a Brazilian City

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Lucia Le

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Digital H@ppy Hour: Tonight

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In Manhattan tonight, right after work at 6pm? Might as well stop by The Kitchen in Chelsea for the latest installment of its Digital H@ppy Hour series, in which the second floor of the space is turned into a lounge complete with a giant screen for presentations. Tonight, the topic is \"The Edge of Art,\" hosted by Guggenheim curator and new media specialist Jon Ippolito and his collaborator Joline Blais. For a mere eight bucks you can hob nob with experts in the new media field and party (or at least profess) like it\'s 1999. Need the address? It\'s 512 West 19th Street.

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