Michael Arnold Mages
Since the beginning
Works in Erie, Colorado United States of America

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BIO
Michael Arnold Mages is an artist, designer and composer. He received a degree in Music Composition from the University of Arizona, Masters in Digital Media Studies at the University of Denver and currently teaches in the Digital Media program at the University of Denver, and in Interactive Media program at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

His works deal primarily with sound, economies of power, and perceptions of space. He is currently working on several projects, among them a digital archive of the photos and writings detailing the experiences of his Grandfather during World War II.
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Speaking in Blobjects: A Conversation with Katherine Isbister and Rainey Straus


You might take a look at the work of neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran. He has been doing work that parallels this project for many years.

DISCUSSION

April on -empyre-: Synaesthesia, with Amit Pitaru, James Paterson, and Joel Swanson


April 1-15th : Synaesthesia, with guest moderator Jennifer Gunther

Synaesthesia is, literally, the convergence of senses. From the Greek roots syn ("union") and aesthesis ("sensation"), synaesthesia describes a phenomena where sound corresponds to colors or tastes. Some people, known as synaesthetes, actually experience this involuntary convergence where touching something gives a taste, hearing something produces a color in the mind, and colors actually create sounds when seen. This is a condition for 1 in 2000 people, so it is not altogether uncommon. Though some have regarded the online experience as breathing new life into the mind/body problem, many artists are already working in a space that engages attention and sense in a convergence across a broader perceptual spectrum.

Three artists will anchor the discussion of synaesthetic aspects of on-line experience: Amit Pitaru, James Paterson, their collaborative work at insertsilence.com, and Joel Swanson at hippocrit.com.

---> James Paterson is a visual artist who also works as an illustrator, broadcast & web designer. James' synthesis of drawing, animation and programming has attracted the attention of a variety of galleries and clients worldwide. His work exists online at two primary sites: http://Presstube.com (his personal space) and http://InsertSilence.com (shared with Amit Pitaru). James was born in London, England in 1980 and currently lives in Montreal, Canada.

---> Amit Pitaru (b.1974) creates new tools to facilitate his work and work in audio-visual arts and interaction/usability design. Pitaru has exhibited and performed concerts worldwide. His personal and collaborative work with James Paterson has recently been shown at the London Design Museum, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Israel Museum, Paris Pompidou Center, Sundance Film festival, Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, and ICC Museum in Tokyo. As an educator, Pitaru develops curricula that focus on the coupling of computation-design and creative thought process. He regularly teaches at New York University's ITP and Cooper Union. Pitaru is a recipient of various prestigious awards, including two Ars Electronica Prix honorary awards and Tokyo Type Directors Club awards. Beyond his artwork, Pitaru is currently working on new gaming interfaces for children with special needs and the elderly. Born in Jerusalem, Pitaru currently resides in New York with his wife Makiko. <http://pitaru.com> <http://insertsilence.com>

---> Joel Swanson is an artist and writer who currently teaches courses on art, technology, and media theory at the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His work consists of articulated reading environments, both real and virtual. Thematically his installations interrogate relationships of power as they relates to space, discourse, language, meaning and subjectivity. He is also interested in the implications of the material specificity of discourse and its effects on both reader and writer. Swanson's work has been shown in various national and international venues. Joel's work is viewable at:
http://www.hippocrit.com

Also joining us for the first half of April, will be guest moderator Jennifer Gunther [http://auspiciousmotion.org]. Jennifer is a student in the University of Colorado's Digital Media program, and writes for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.

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DISCUSSION

April on -empyre-: Synaesthesia, with Amit Pitaru, James Paterson, and Joel Swanson


April 1-15th : Synaesthesia, with guest moderator Jennifer Gunther

Synaesthesia is, literally, the convergence of senses. From the Greek roots syn ("union") and aesthesis ("sensation"), synaesthesia describes a phenomena where sound corresponds to colors or tastes. Some people, known as synaesthetes, actually experience this involuntary convergence where touching something gives a taste, hearing something produces a color in the mind, and colors actually create sounds when seen. This is a condition for 1 in 2000 people, so it is not altogether uncommon. Though some have regarded the online experience as breathing new life into the mind/body problem, many artists are already working in a space that engages attention and sense in a convergence across a broader perceptual spectrum.

Three artists will anchor the discussion of synaesthetic aspects of on-line experience: Amit Pitaru, James Paterson, their collaborative work at insertsilence.com, and Joel Swanson at hippocrit.com.

---> James Paterson is a visual artist who also works as an illustrator, broadcast & web designer. James' synthesis of drawing, animation and programming has attracted the attention of a variety of galleries and clients worldwide. His work exists online at two primary sites: http://Presstube.com (his personal space) and http://InsertSilence.com (shared with Amit Pitaru). James was born in London, England in 1980 and currently lives in Montreal, Canada.

---> Amit Pitaru (b.1974) creates new tools to facilitate his work and work in audio-visual arts and interaction/usability design. Amit has exhibited and performed concerts worldwide. His personal and collaborative work with James Paterson has recently been shown at the London Design Museum, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Israel Museum, Paris Pompidou Center, Sundance Film festival, Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, and ICC Museum in Tokyo. As an educator, Pitaru develops curricula that focus on the coupling of computation-design and creative thought process. He regularly teaches at New York University's ITP and Cooper Union. Amit is a recipient of various prestigious awards, including two Ars Electronica Prix honorary awards and Tokyo Type Directors Club awards. Beyond his artwork, Amit is currently working on new gaming interfaces for children with special needs and the elderly. Born in Jerusalem, Amit currently resides in New York with his wife Makiko. <http://pitaru.com> <http://insertsilence.com>

---> Joel Swanson is an artist and writer who currently teaches courses on art, technology, and media theory at the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His work consists of articulated reading environments, both real and virtual. Thematically his installations interrogate relationships of power as they relates to space, discourse, language, meaning and subjectivity. He is also interested in the implications of the material specificity of discourse and its effects on both reader and writer. Joel's work is viewable at:
http://www.hippocrit.com

Also joining us for the first half of April, will be guest moderator Jennifer Gunther [http://auspiciousmotion.org]. Jennifer is a student in the University of Colorado's Digital Media program, and writes for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.

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February 2006 on -empyre- : Sedition


February 2006 on -empyre- soft-skinned space

Australia's rcently enacted Sedition Act undermines the right of free
speech, which has "ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of
any other right" --James Madison (Fourth President of the United States and
an author of the US Constitution)

This month on -empyre- , the discussion will focus on the legal term
sedition, and its political impact on global media and culture.
Our guests this month: Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) memobers Lucia Sommer
and Claire Pentecost (US), Nicholas Ruiz (US), and Ben Saul (AU)

Please join our guests for conversation on 'sedition' at
http://www.subtle.net/empyre

On an international scale, the prosecution of Steve Kurtz from Critical Art
Ensemble is a case in point. The ongoing court case with the US Justice
Department has demonstrated the effect that the "war on terror "has had on
limiting free speech, particularly in the arts.

In December 2005, the Anti-Terrorism Bill was pushed through the Australian
Parliament. This legislation has met with much concern from the cultural
sector and human rights and freedom of speech advocates. On 27 October 2005,
Chris Connolly from the University of New South Wales, in a Submission to
the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee, outlined many issues that
were raised in regard to Sedition. In his appendix regarding " Sedition in
the Arts" he makes the comment that the best known use of sedition laws was
during the period of McCarthyism in the USA in the 1950s.

Is this where we are headed? -empyre- in February asks the question. as
artists and cultural producers are we losing our right to express ourselves
and comment on the state of our society?

The discussion will also look at how sedition laws could affect online
activist networks like Indymedia and Znet. As such network operate as open
publishing systems, will there be limitations in the capacity to publish and
disseminate content?

guest bios:

----------------------->Lucia Sommer is an artist, writer, and activist
whose work is concerned with pleasure in everyday life and the creation of
critical ephemeral publics. Since 1994 she has taught art in various
settings from public school to museum, and her work has been shown
individually and as part of the cyberfeminist collective subRosa in Europe
and North America. Currently she is pursuing a PhD in Visual and Cultural
Studies at the University of Rochester, NY.

----------------------->Claire Pentecost is an artist and writer, engaging a
variety of media to interrogate the imaginative and institutional structures
that organize divisions of knowledge. Having spent years tinkering in a
conceptual laboratory for ideas about the natural and the artificial, her
most recent projects concentrate on industrial and bioengineered
agriculture, the alternatives and the trade regimes that force one over the
other. She has been an active member of the Critical Art Ensemble defense
fund (www.caedefensefund.org).

------------------------>Nicholas Ruiz III was born in New York City. His
work has appeared in Noema Tecnologie e Society, Rhizomes.net,
Media/Culture.org.au, The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies,
Reconstruction, Public Resistance and elsewhere. He is also the editor of
Kritikos: http://garnet.acns.fsu.edu/~nr03/

------------------------->Dr Ben Saul is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at
the University of New South Wales, the Director of the Bill of Rights
Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre for Public Law, and an Associate of
the Australian Human
Rights Centre.

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DISCUSSION

December 2005 on -empyre- soft-skinned space : Art and Cognition


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December 2005 on -empyre- soft-skinned space : Art and Cognition
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This month's topic will be art and cognition based on some premises
proposed by artist and researcher Louis Bec. Since the evolution of
cognitive sciences is progressively more marked by the use of
technological simulation, the similarities between art and cognition
are reinforced. According to Bec, the cognitive sciences cease to be
merely explicative and become a creative well-spring, a take off point
of imagination. The art/cognition interface is the source of an entire
range of new questions concerning the role of the living world, its
nature, its status and its future. These questions bear not only on
matters of redefinition, representation, behavioural modes and
perceptive, mental and imaginative functioning; not only on the
potential for learning, communication, expression, innovation and
creation; but also, and decisively, on modes of social and spatial
organization, on the management of the biosphere and of urban energies
and environments, on the creation of models of economic systems, on
the handling of the industries of knowledge, information and images.

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Moderator: Raquel Renno (BR)

+ Bios

-----> Raquel Renno (<http://www.influenza.etc.br>) is currently
developing a PhD thesis in Media and Urban Spaces for the
Communication and Semiotics programme at the Catholic University of
Sao Paulo (Brazil). Part of the research was presented in seminars at
Buenos Aires University, Plymouth University (Planetary Collegium) and
University of Sussex, among others. She's a member of the scientific
comitee of FILE Symposium and researcher at Medialab Madrid. Together
with Rafael Marchetti she develops projects at the digital art duo
Influenza. In 2005 some of Influenza's works were exhibited at Tohu
Bohu Gallery (individual exhibition at Marseille), Comafosca
(Influenza's retrospective exhibition at Barcelona), Nuevas Geografias
(Mexico), Soundtoys, Runme, FILE (Sao Paulo), Breal 2.3 (Ljubljiana),
404 (Rosario), VII Digital Art Salon in Havana, ARS Electronica
(Linz), among other places. Between 2004 and 2005 they've developed
the installation Non_sensor at Cypres institute directed by Louis Bec
in France sponsored by Unesco, Cypres and the Ministry of Culture of
Brazil.

-----> Luigi Pagliarini (Italy) is an artist, psychologist, multimedia
and software designer, expert in robotics, AI and artificial life. He
is currently Associate Professor at Maersk Institute, University of
Southern Denmark, Professor of Machine Psychology at the Academy of
Fine Arts of Rome, Italy, Director of the Pescara Electronic Artists
Meeting, President of the Cultural Association "artificialia", Art
Director of Ecoteca Cafe, Member of the International Committee
RoboCup Junior, Board Committee of "Rivista diPsicologia dell'Arte"
(Journal of Psychology of Art), Member of EvoNet and Executive Member
of EvoMusArt , Partner Consultant of Entertainment Robotics, Partner
Consultant of the Visual Emotion - Video Productions. He has
published in different international books, journals, congresses and
conferences proceedings and has been rewarded with international
prizes more than once. His work has often been reported on many
international newspapers, magazines and television.

-----> David Cuartielles (Spain) is a engineer and PhD student in
Interaction Design at the School of Arts and Communication, Malmo
University, Sweden. He is a lecturer at the School of Arts and
Communication, Malmo University, researcher at the Creative
Environments Studio, and founder of the laboratory in mechatronics at
the same institution. He was a co-developer with Massimo Banzi of
Arduino ( <http://arduino.berlios.de> ), an open-source physical
computing platform for artists and designers that after three months
of its creation was adopted by RCA in London, ITP in New York,
IDI-Domus in Milan and K3 in Malmo among other schools as a learning
tool. He's also a member of the Critical Design Collective aeswad and
the artistic group desearch and revelopment, curator of ExArTe and
member of E.A.T.

-----> Andy Gracie (UK) is an artist making multi-disciplinary art
work exploring relationships between technological and natural
systems, expressing a special interest in what takes place at the
point where the two are mediated through each other and what bridges
can be revealed or constructed. Current investigations involve the use
of Artificial Intelligence to allow spontaneous communications between
'machine' and 'animal', the devlopment of new language spaces and
emergent behaviours, and to create an epistemological landscape for
reflection, contemplation and discussion of the complex issues around
our changing relationships with the organic. He has shown work
internationally over the last few years and is currently developing a
new commission for AV06 to be shown in Sunderland, UK in March 2006.
<http://.www.hostprods.net>

-----> Monica Bello (Spain) is a freelance curator with a special
interest in the junctions between art, science and technology. She has
worked regularly with Art Futura <http://www.artfutura.org> in an
advisory and PR role, has been assistant project manager for hostprods
on international projects and represented the Mexican video art
collective TechMex <http://www.tech-mex.org> at the Off Loop video
festival <http://www.loop-barcelona.com> . She has curated the
exhibition 'Organismos', the first bio-art exhibition in Spain, at La
Casa Encendida and Espai Cultural de Caja Madrid, Barcelona. Currently
Monica is establishing the Capsula project, a framework for
conferences, exhibitions and workshops on various aspects of science,
art, technology and nature in Centre d'Art Santa Monica in Barcelona.
She is a researcher on the Resqualia portal, a web project focussed on
art, science and consciousness due to be launched early 2006 and has
lectured on the history of digital art at 9zeros school of animation
in Barcelona.


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