Extended Aurora, 2010
The Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard wallpaper, Aurora, with white area added to the sides of the image and then put through content-aware fill
Extended Bliss, 2010
The default Windows XP wallpaper, Bliss with area added to the sides, then put through content-aware fill
Extended Future Is Yours, 2010 The Windows 7 "Future is Yours" wallpaper, with white area added to the sides of the image and then put through content-aware fill
A series of images with white area added to the sides and then put through Content-Aware Fill (a Photoshop CS5 tool that automatically generates content based on the existing content of the image and fills in the surrounding blank space). The resulting image is an extended view as interpreted by the software.
The theme of Repair for this year’s Ars Electronica festival was apropos, as the festival moved to the Tabakfabrik, a former cigarette factory and sprawling complex of buildings that was churning out cartons of Marlboros as recently as last year. The smell of tobacco was still heavy in the air, and evidence of the factory’s work continued to linger: ear plugs still available in dispensers, pneumatic tube carriers still sitting in baskets, and boxes emblazoned with cigarette logos being used as exhibition design material. The factory, which is a protected historic landmark, is beautiful and perhaps deserved a Golden Nica of its own -- for best representation of the festival theme.
Form+Code: In Design, Art, and Architecture is an ambitious new text that investigates the creative
exploration of software across numerous disciplines. A collaborative venture
between artists Casey Reas, Chandler McWilliams and the graphic design
studio LUST, the book presents both a succinct
history of computational design and an indexed guidebook of strategies and
approaches. Form+Code fundamentally differs
from more traditional, tutorial-based books on creative coding by delving into
precise contextualizations of the origins of various tangents within software
art. The scope of these nuanced discussions is both sweeping and extensive. For
example, within the space of six pages, the authors examine the computer as a
drawing instrument starting with Ivan Sutherland’s Sketchpad proto-CAD workflow
(1963), then turn to advances within various proprietary applications, which opens
up into a discussion about digital representation and fabrication. Form+Code is full of these compact histories, and each is
tastefully illustrated with related contemporary projects and (sometimes
surprising) precedents and predecessors. Op-artist Bridget Riley’sPolarity (1964) sits in a spread beside
Martin Wattenberg’s music visualization The
Shape of Song (2001),
highlighting the similarities in the graphic language of luminaries from two
The above video is a milestone in consumer electronics history: it was the first recording to document the unwrapping of a new gadget that was titled as an unboxing. While individuals have been gleefully ripping open the packaging of their electronics for decades, unboxing is the relatively new practice of recording these moments and uploading them to video sharing services for public display. The 2006 video embedded above features veteran technology blogger Vincent Nguyen as he unpacks a new Nokia E61 smartphone and related accessories. Nguyen removes the device, displays it to the camera while commenting how thin it is, and then dryly lists off the remainder of the objects in the box. On completion he utters "Basically that's it… ummm, for now."
While Nguyen's removal of a smartphone from its original packaging was decidedly drab, unboxing has become a fixture in online consumer electronics coverage. Major players like Endgadget have entire streams of content populated with seasoned technology experts (almost always male) rifling through waybills, wielding box-cutters and carefully extracting shiny new netbooks, gaming consoles and cameras from their packaging. I've watched about three dozen of these videos over the past few days—scanning for signs of intelligent life—and they are remarkably ritualistic: styrofoam is carefully set aside, manuals are flipped through, battery packs are commented on. In doing this field research I've come up with two hypotheses of what unboxing represents:
1. A practice that has emerged as as extension of page view journalism whereby gadget blogs can get traffic without doing any actual 'reporting'.
2. Glib theatre where adults joylessly reenact moments from their childhood when they received and opened gifts.
While both of these readings of unboxing are equally applicable, I prefer the latter, where each of these tiny ceremonies is ...
Based on the idea of summer VACATION, BFFA3AE will program the 179 Canal website to reflect the discovery and unraveling of this season. Summer is an aberration in our year, a time where heat takes over our lives and a productive diligence is thrown to the wayside. An absence assumes our lives (absence from work, school, life) and instead we live in the ideal and fantasy of what Summer becomes. We anticipate this time of year with a child like earnestness and we willfully throw ourselves into a haze, from which we slowly find our way back into reality.
An image will be presented as the front page of the website of 179 Canal. Every day a new image will be uploaded to the main page, a slight alteration done to the image of the day before. Slowly, the image becomes more and more abstract, until the end of summer VACATION when only a blur remains, ushering us on to the next season of Fall.
Curated by Becky Koblick for Light and Wire Gallery
JULY 24 - SEPTEMBER 4, 2010
In this project Ciocci and Crouse have redesigned Light and Wire Gallery’s characteristic website
so that every time you visit a new page, a different layout or WordPress Theme is loaded behind
the gallery’s usual content. Crouse's code randomly loads 1 of 20 different Themes, while Ciocci
has visually modified each one. Fundamentally, the WordPress theme system is a way to “skin”
one’s website. Not only does this determine the look of the site but the WordPress themes can
provide control over the presentation of the material on a website. As one clicks through each
theme, this generic design platform that largely informs the aesthetics of the web is revealed for
its amateur quality.