Posts for August 2006

E-volver

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E-volver is a software that invites an "image-breeding-machine" and a human "gardener" to collaborate together. While the machine has no notion of the aesthetic qualities of the evolved images, the human can barely understand what internal processes are taking place.

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It all begins with a an incoherent tangle of moving lines and points and colored planes, and on the basis of the user's personal preferences, this gradually evolves into a more coherent image.

The software generates artificial 'organisms' measuring one pixel. Each 'organism' is made up of genes that determine how the organism will 'behave' on the monitor. The genes read the properties of the surrounding pixels and, based on what they find, tell the organism what to do and where to move next.

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Each image is like a garden in which newly-cultivated plants are left to their own devices. The way images look is not only a result of the collective behavior of the organisms, but also the result of the users. By using touching the screen, visitors can influence the visual patterns displayed on the monitors. They can deactivate one of the four pixel gardens. Voting out the least exciting images devalues those particular genes and upgrades the genes of the three surviving pixel gardens. In other words a group of organisms evolves that contains properties that generate the most pleasing collective image. That is, until the computer 'resets', which happens when a predetermined number of votes has been cast. And then the whole process begins again.

E-volver monitors have been installed at the Leiden University Medical Center (NL). The work echoes the research that takes place in the LUMC. Whereas the scientists are mainly focused on biochemistry, genetics and the evolution of biological life, the installation shows how autonomous processes such as growth and evolution, which ...

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


new vidz

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I’ve got two new videos and I’ll be showing one in NY and both in Dallas this week. In NY I’ll have “New Vertiform City” in the Manic and Wasted show put on by Plush, which opens Saturday and includes Eric Doeringer, Teresa O’Conner, and most of the Plush crew.

And then at Road Agent in Dallas on Friday I’ll be showing “New Vertiform City” and its companion video “I didn’t kill just one Husnock, or a hundred, or a thousand … I killed them all … all Husnock … everywhere.”

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Originally posted on qotile/slocum by Pual


A table singing “hap hep hip hop”

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Spanish designer Guillermo Lorenzo created this interactive installation:

Interactive audio-visual intalation. where the players can modify sound by placing pucks on virtual tracks on two tables. One of the tables is singing “hap hep hip hop” while the other serves as a mixing table. The visitors move the pucks on the table, which is divided into square regions. Each square senses the amount of light that is left through the objects, the more objects the more sound can be heard.

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Originally posted on pasta and vinegar by Rhizome


World Wide Waves of Cyberfeminism(s)

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If it's true that the internet has experienced periods of transition and redefinition, moving from private to public, slow to fast, local to global, and so on, it can also be said that feminism has experienced similar shifts. Historians already refer to different 'waves' of feminism, and those undulations in audiences and attitudes have not been blind to advances in technology. The online archive entitled 'function:feminism' outlines the many important art works, public events, and essays produced from 1991 to the present. A scrolling timeline provides an abundance of valuable links that create a context for considering thoughts about gender, race, identity, embodiment, networks, and technology, and the way in which the ebbs flows of these theories and experiences developed simultaneously or influenced each other over time and internationally. One could spend a long time 'surfing' the waves referenced here. - Angela Moreno

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The Tank

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: New York Experimental Film + Video Series @ The Tank NYC

New York Experimental, The Tank's monthly film and video series, screens work from emerging filmmakers and video artists, as well as films and videos from more established independent moving image makers. The Tank is currently accepting submissions for the next New York Experimental screening on August 23, 2006 as well as for future New York Experimental screenings.

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Originally posted on Calling Marcel by Rhizome


World Wide Waves of Cyberfeminism(s)

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If it's true that the internet has experienced periods of transition and redefinition, moving from private to public, slow to fast, local to global, and so on, it can also be said that feminism has experienced similar shifts. Historians already refer to different 'waves' of feminism, and those undulations in audiences and attitudes have not been blind to advances in technology. The online archive entitled 'function:feminism' outlines the many important art works, public events, and essays produced from 1991 to the present. A scrolling timeline provides an abundance of valuable links that create a context for considering thoughts about gender, race, identity, embodiment, networks, and technology, and the way in which the ebbs flows of these theories and experiences developed simultaneously or influenced each other over time and internationally. One could spend a long time 'surfing' the waves referenced here. - Angela Moreno

http://www.functionfeminism.com/

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Originally posted on Rhizome News by Rhizome


Acclair

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A Neurocapital Service

Acclair--by Luther Thie and Eyal Fried--is a security and neuromarketing service that points to a new form of discrimination: Acclairism, a discrimination based on the individual's bio-data and membership in an "acclaired" elite. Through Acclair, a company providing brain-testing services as part of an exclusive security clearance for air-travelers, we explore a situation wherein people freely accept a highly invasive, highly authoritative manipulation in return for financial, tangible rewards and an upgraded social status. We illustrate the financial and social benefits of such a system through its Neurocapital and Amnesty programs that offer alternatives to racial profiling.

Acclairian / Ac-clair-i-an Pronunciation: ukle ree en *adjective (of service): Biometrically-evaluated; one whose social status reflects his bio-data appraisal, requiring complete subservience to a biometric system and corporate values in return for financial and social rewards. *noun: a person advocating such a system. DERIVATIVES: *noun: acclairism Pronunciation: ukler izum.

Let us assume that the state of crisis emerging today calling for invasive security systems, is here to stay, and the linking of brain, computer and data history is inevitable - how can we be protected from abuse that impairs or destroys our reputation, credit or worse? More importantly, do we want to be protected from it? If the terms are right, could we grow to like it? We use the contemporary airport setting as a relevant stage to manifest our system in. However, we endeavor to import the concept as well as the system to everyday, urban spaces, wherein the Acclair service can be as common and accessible as pulling money out of the ATM or taking a photo in an instant photo booth.

Part of Edgy Products at ISEA2006

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


Machinima at the Edinburgh International Film Fest

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The EIFF wrote to SP to let us know of their strong representation of Machinima in this year's festival. A surprising inclusion in the programme is Ken Perlin, the man behind the CG of Tron and the infamous Perlin Noise. From the press release:

Machinima, the making of short movies using video games, will be taking centre stage at the fourth Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival (EIEF06) in August with three of the movement’s biggest names.

‘Machinima –the triumph of hybrid authorship’ will be an exploration of the new amateur art form that is taking the media world by storm and has seen companies such as MTV and Lionhead embracing its modus operandi.

Pioneers in the field Rooster Teeth Productions will be unveiling an exclusive Scottish themed episode of their long-running series Red vs Blue. Written especially for the festival, the episode will be performed live on 22nd August during the industry conference.

Based in the world of Halo, Red vs Blue is downloaded by over half a million people each week and the conference organisers are giving a local Edinburgh resident the exclusive chance to star in this hugely successful series.

Also participating in the session is industry luminary Ken Perlin, who will be premiering his unique exploration of the inextricable relationship between music and movement for the first time outside of the US.


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Originally posted on selectparks by Rhizome


Earworm Assault Devices

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Finally found the time to upload information about some gadgets we developed last year, the Earworm Assault Devices (EAD). The devices were developed under the umbrella of the Earworm Farm project for the CyNetArt Desden with generous support by the Ministry of Science and Arts, Saxony. They were presented at CyNetArt 05 � fragile in the Hygiene Museum Dresden together with Roman Kirschner�s EarwormCollider.


See the gadgets: Earworm Assault Devices

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Review of Convergence Culture, by Henry Jenkins

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I read Henry Jenkins's new book Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide this weekend. The book is a short, smart, buttery read on a hot topic, and it is sure to draw both popular and academic interest. Jenkins is a multifaceted media scholar, a critic of vaudeville, fan fiction, comics, film, games, and more. He is also the founder of the Education Arcade, an MIT group interested in the intersection of videogames and learning. And so, even though the book addresses games as a minority subject, I offer this review to alert our readers to Jenkins's current thinking. In a future post, I will attempt to address what convergence might mean for videogames with an agenda.

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Originally posted on Water Cooler Games by Rhizome