VisitorsStudio

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VisitorsStudio is a real-time, multi-user, online arena for creative 'many to many' dialogue, interviews, networked performance and collaborative polemic. Through simple and accessible facilities, the VisitorsStudio web-based interface allows users to upload, manipulate and collage their own audio-visual files with others', to remix existing media. Providing a platform for the exploration of collective creativity for both emergent and established artists from a diverse array of geographical locations and social contexts. Designed so anyone in the world can access it from a 56k modem. Participants upload sound files and still/moving images (jpg, png, mp3, flv, swf) to a shared database, mixing and responding to each other's compositions in real-time. Individuals can also chat with each other and are located in the interface by their own dancing-cursors.



Congratulations to Furtherfield.org and Furtherstudio.org for winning the Grand Prize for netarts 2009 from the Machida City Museum of Graphic Art.

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General Web Content

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From the moment YouTube launched, viewers have developed ingenious ways to manipulate the unlimited store of videos contained on the site. See below for a few choice web-based tools-slash-art projects that allow you to do everything from crossfade to add a cascade of blood drops. Feel free to contribute additional links in the comments section.



YouCube by Aaron Meyers
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YooouuuTuuube by David Kraftsow
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TWOYOUTUBEVIDEOSANDAMOTHERFUCKINGCROSSFADER.COM by Jake Elliott
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cover this YouTube in blood by Guthrie Lonergan
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YouTube Doubler by Brian Kane
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Auto Keyboard Cat by Bobsworth Industries
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Greatest Hits (2008) - Pascual Sisto

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Edited and mixed ABBA's GOLD Greatest Hits with ORO Grandes Exitos, mixing the English and Spanish versions into an unintelligible new album. 2008.

-- FROM THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT

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Good Copy Bad Copy (2007) - Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen, Henrik Moltke

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a documentary about the current state of copyright and culture

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Kelly's Appolo (2006) - Joseph Bennett

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Picture Stories

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Image: Kristin Lucas, Travel Advisory, 2007

This year's Artefact festival is organized around the notion that "images inevitably show and hide at the same time." Given the theme of "Behind the Image/ The Image Behind," the fest will feature the usual assemblage of great performances, panels, lectures, and installations. From the 10th through the 15th of February, Leuven's STUK Museum will be headquarters for deep discussion of the semiotics of digital images, the cultural snapshots that looking at code provides, and the patterns by which both are circulated. These form vs. content questions are part of the event's goal of "covering and uncovering media," as a means of exploring the nuances of contemporary digital visual culture, and the politics of representation and sharing in this realm. The lineup of speakers attests to a continuum of modification practices ranging from secret messages encoded in images to remixing other people's images, and the organizers hint explicitly at the connection between these transitional forms of textuality and the ideological transitions in representational strategies that coincide with technological development. That's right--this is a no fluff conference! Smart practitioners Taryn Simon, Ines Schaber, Harun Farocki, Pia Linz, Kristin Lucas, Peter Weibel, and ShiftSpace will be among those present to crack into these deep discussions. Not to worry, the evening programs are full of fun events to stimulate your eyes and ears after days of thinktankery. - Marisa Olson

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General Web Content

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This is where we put stuff. And stuff.

As we come across web phenomenon like the Cheetah Lady, Rickrolling and Violet Flame meditation videos we must acknowledge that there is something -- call it artistic or uncanny or just plain wha? -- about this output which necessitates a second look. The title of this new series, General Web Content, is clearly tongue-in-cheek, and it is meant to be a self-mocking play on the distinction between the "General" web out there and the "Art" web in here. On a medium as dynamic as the internet, this line is often blurred.
- John Michael Boling and Ceci Moss

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"Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer's voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC's microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos."




Alice in chain - man in the box by SongSmith


Elvis: In The Ghetto [vocals] + Microsoft Songsmith [instruments]


Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 1st of The Month - MS Songsmith


Van Halen - The Microsoft Songsmith Sessions vol. 1

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Ramones with Lead Guitar (2008) - Guthrie Lonergan

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'ROAD TO RUINED' Remix Album (2009) - Jesse Hulcher

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1. I Just Want To Have Something To Do 12:03 (original release: 2:42) [listen]

2. I Don't Care 6:26 (original release: 1:39) [listen]

3. We're A Happy Family 12:46 (original release: 2:47) [listen]

4. I Wanna Be Sedated 12:14 (original release: 2:30) [listen]

5. Bad Brain 17:14 (original release: 2:25) [listen]

6. Teenage Lobotomy 10:46 (original release: 2:01) [listen]

7. Judy is a Punk 8:20 (original release: 1:33) [listen]

8. Beat on the Brat 10:59 (original release: 2:33) [listen]

9. I Wanted Everything 15:30 (original release: 1:33) [listen]

10. Pinhead 20:13 (original release: 2:46) [listen]

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Art From the Middle of Nowhere

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Image: Paul D. Miller, NORTH/SOUTH (loop), 2008

Paul D. Miller, the artist, remix theorist, and DJ parenthetically known as DJ Spooky, is among the latest flood of artists to take interest in Antarctica. Representing the world's highest, driest, and coldest desert, the often misunderstood continent lured some of the film medium's earliest documentarians who were in search of something new and continues to entice new media artists concerned about its disappearance. Those who are liberal in their use of the word "remix" might say that this long-contested territory is now being remixed. In a sad twist of irony, the continent with no permanent residents has fallen victim to the environmental effects of global human pollution. Paul Miller's work grows out of DJ culture and a love of music, but has in recent years been concerned with the evolving relationship between media and culture. In 2004 he remixed Birth of a Nation, D. W. Griffith's white supremacist feature film that nonetheless propelled cinema as an art form. In his new North/South installation, the artist responds to material ranging from filmic narratives about polar expeditions to John Cage's Imaginary Landscape #1 (1938)--which he cites as the first-ever turntable composition--to tell his own story about Antarctica. The work exhibited is presented as an acoustic interpretation of the continent's place in international politics, and the "Great Game" of national interests as states claim territory and define their identity. A timely topic, considering Russia planted a flag in the North Pole's seabed to claim the natural resources underneath it. The show opens tonight at New York's Robert Miller Gallery. - Marisa Olson

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