Posts for September 2006

GROW YOUR OWN MEDIA LAB

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FREE WORKSHOPS

IN BARROW, CUMBRIA - STARTS SEPTEMBER 9TH � PLACES STILL AVAILABLE :: Grow Your Own Media Lab is a trans-regional action research project that aims to investigate, improve and document a low cost, participatory, open source media lab model.

folly is delivering a series of 5 GYOML workshops throughout September-December at The Canteen Film Project, based in Northern Riviera in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. The workshops will give participants the opportunity to work in a variety of computer-based artistic disciplines under the guidance of some of the best-known and well-respected artists working in the field.

The Workshops will be led by 7 artists from the international collectives: Openlab, Goto10 and dyne.org.

Session One: The introduction to dyne11 and puredyne, 9th September 2006
Session Two: Realtime audiovisuals (Puredata/Gem), 30th September 2006
Session Three: Realtime animation workshop (Fluxus), 21st October 2006
Session Four: Building networked games with SVS, 11th November 2006
Session Five: Home Studio (jack, ardour, weq24, hydrogen, wired...), 2nd December 2006

All workshops will run from 11am to 4.30pm at The Canteen in Barrow, Cumbria.

How to Get Involved: The GYOML project is FREE to attend. For further information and to book your place - contact Jennifer Stoddart, programme assistant at E: mailto:jennifer.stoddart[at]folly.co.uk T: 01524 388550 V: http://www.folly.co.uk

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


Tuning Out the City

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Radio signals are as ubiquitous as the urbanity of the city, itself, for metropolitan dwellers. As much as we may love both, the intensity of their inescapability can be daunting. The Hamburg-based collective LIGNA, whose members are Ole Frahm, Michael Huners, and Torsten Michaelsen, have been collaborating since the early nineties to explore 'forgotten and remote possibilities of radio use in order to develop new forms of interactive practices.' This weekend they will present a new work in their series of well-received 'radio ballets,' entitled, 'I Am[not]sterdam,' commissioned by the Dutch agency, De Balie. The piece was developed as a collective radio broadcast performance in which members of the public, accessing the transmission in both physical and ethereal public spaces (the Leidsestraat and the ether), would enact responsive actions in which the listeners 'perform deviant gestures that no one would or could do alone.' The aim is to take audience members out of the city by extracting the city from their bodies. This kind of enstrangement results from LIGNE's efforts to assert disorder and a lack of control within highly-regulated public spheres. It's the kind of out-of-this-world experience the group describes as 'becom[ing] alien by public radio listening!' - Elizabeth Johnston

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PainStation Generations

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To celebrate the five year anniversary we have set up two versions of the PainStation at this year�s GamesConvention in Leipzig:


PainStation 1.0
For the first time in 3 years the very first model has been excavated from the transportation case and is now playable at the pong.mythos exhibition. The crappy looks, the biting whip and the awful slowdowns of the software give this machine a unique retro touch!


PainStation 2.5
If you prefer the high tech treatment with varying pain levels, blinding flashlights and a lot more gameplay variety, stick to our professionally build workhorse. On display is model 4/5, codename �Vaterland�.





More photos from the exhibition can be found here.
Photos of pong.mythos @ GC and other locations.


Update: I just got a call from Andreas Lange asking for replacement whips for PS2.5. The first set is already used up � more than 36 000 people visited the show yesterday!

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Art, Play and Community on Sept 8th

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If you're in NYC on September 8th, please join us at ³Art, Play, and Community² which will celebrate the release of Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito¹s At the Edge of Art and Alex Galloway¹s Gaming. The event will take place at the New Museum Store on September 8th from 6:30-8:30, and will include a brief dialogue with the authors at 7pm. This event is open to non-Members and there is no admission charge. All details can be found here:

http://rhizome.org/events/cnms/part3.rhiz

All best, Lauren

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Lauren Cornell


Concrete Stir Fry Poems by Marko Niemi

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CONCRETE STIR FRY POEMS by Marko Niemi http://vispo.com/StirFryTexts/marko

Marko Niemi (Finland) has written five "Concrete Stir Fry Poems" that extend the notion of the stir fry form into graphics. Of letters. He has also re-written the programming of the stir fry form in these concrete works. These five works play on relationship, stasis, and dynamism/transformation, among other things. For instance, "still-life" consists of the letters in the word LIFE discombobulatable into parts of each other via moving the mouse over the piece. "four musicians" consists of the letters in the word ECHO. These pieces are quite "concrete" in the Noigandrean sense concerning their simplicity and iconic nature; but they are also contemporary in their algorithmic, generative construction as things written in programming code and graphics of letters. The "Concrete Stir Fry Poems" extend the algorithmic exploration of language and other media implicit in the stir fry form and explores its relations with the earlier work of the concrete poets.

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Jim Andrews


Tuning Out the City

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Radio signals are as ubiquitous as the urbanity of the city, itself, for metropolitan dwellers. As much as we may love both, the intensity of their inescapability can be daunting. The Hamburg-based collective LIGNA, whose members are Ole Frahm, Michael Huners, and Torsten Michaelsen, have been collaborating since the early nineties to explore 'forgotten and remote possibilities of radio use in order to develop new forms of interactive practices.' This weekend they will present a new work in their series of well-received 'radio ballets,' entitled, 'I Am[not]sterdam,' commissioned by the Dutch agency, De Balie. The piece was developed as a collective radio broadcast performance in which members of the public, accessing the transmission in both physical and ethereal public spaces (the Leidsestraat and the ether), would enact responsive actions in which the listeners 'perform deviant gestures that no one would or could do alone.' The aim is to take audience members out of the city by extracting the city from their bodies. This kind of enstrangement results from LIGNE's efforts to assert disorder and a lack of control within highly-regulated public spheres. It's the kind of out-of-this-world experience the group describes as 'becom[ing] alien by public radio listening!' - Elizabeth Johnston

http://www.debalie.nl/artikel.jsp?podiumid=politiek&articleid;=62935

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org: Rhizome News by Rhizome


Rush Arts: Ghosts & Machines PICK

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PICK

<div><a href="http://www.artcal.net/location/view/1/794">Rush Arts</a></div>

526 West 26th Street, Suite 311

212 691 9552

Chelsea

August 7 - September 9, 2006

Opening: Thursday, September 7, 6:00PM - 8:00PM



Michael Bell-Smith - La Vaughn Belle - Jason Hackenwerth - Alejandra Villasmil

This mixed media exhibition focuses on four artists who explore the relationships between absence, fantasy, and technology in contemporary culture.

"By subtly manipulating and transforming the familiar iconography of childhood fantasies and adult fictions, the artists in this exhibition demonstrate the boundless potential of imagination. While imagination is the fount of the many forms of entertainment these artists appropriate, from the video game to the soap opera, its purpose is not limited to creating mere escapist flights of fancy; in the right hands these fantastic forms can be used to help us make sense of ourselves and the world." - Murtaza Vali, Guest Writer

Curator: Jaret Vadera

Image from Rush Arts.


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Originally posted on ArtCal by Rhizome


Smart Urban Intelligence

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S.U.I. stands for Smart Urban Intelligence and caricatures the growing tendency towards computer-controlled surveillance of public and private spheres. This project, by Japanese artist Ryota Kimura, is based on the SUICA, the RFID-equipped cards that are used in the Tokyo subway system. S.U.I. reads out the data from such cards and interprets them in an arbitrary, prejudiced way. I'd like to add immediately that i was very happy to find this work at ars electronica. I wish i could talk with Ryota Kimura more than i did yesterday but his english is not great and my japanese is inexistant. I keep hearing in talks about media art in Asia that Japanese artists do not have a critical approach to technology like we do in the West. It might be right for many case, but as this project shows we shouldn't generalize so easily.

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S.U.I. is a "fictive service in the very near future." Reading actual data in a real SUICA smartcard for a railway ticket, it displays on a screen the history in the card in the form of motion video and of visualized route map in real time. At the same time, a bot as "the agent of the service" automatically analyzes the data and interprets it in an arbitrary way. He makes extremely shortsighted presumptions, mixes fictive things with the real fact related to the card, and so on.

The bot speaks about the following things: Card holder's "living place;" his or her "favorite place" to visit, and the related intrusive recommendation; records of his/her "returning home," of "staying out overnight" etc; a very shortsighted assumed "profile," something not worth bothering about each station in the history, etc.

As the artist writes: I hope people become more aware ...

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Blogimpsest:

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A Blog that Dreams

Blogimpsest: My blog is a Janus head, a 2-faced web0.0 monster. On one side it does what you would expect from the barest of bare-bones blogging systems (no HTML-formatting, no RSS-feed) but on the other side it does have a mind and purpose of its own; it is a blogject. Both faces share the same memory-filled palimpsest-styled head. A head that as a whole is a little mind, a symbiotic alliance; these two faces need to help each other to make the most of the limitations of their common resource. It is an experiment in grassroots AI...

Current Map of Blogimpsest [above image]: Each cube represents a segment of a colour-coded memory. Each black dot represents a free segment. While the palimpsest has free segments entries are added from left to right and from top to bottom. When filled, dreaming commences (and the blogject will eject-text) to make space. This results in chains sharing a segment and releasing one in the process. The neat crystalline order inside the memory that exists in the beginning will slowly become chaotic. See history of growthof palimpsest.

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


Mobicapping: Mobile Image Capture in the New Century

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Scott Hall:

The international juried online art exhibition, "Mobicapping: Mobile Image Capture in the New Century" is open to view throughout September at

http://www.mobicapping.com

Definition: mobicapping is the new creative and technological practice borne of the instant capture and immediate international distribution potential of images, movies, and sounds via cell phones and other portable electronic devices.

--Scott F. Hall & E. Brady Robinson, Curators

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Scott Hall