Since 2008

jonCates makes, organizes and teaches experimental New Media Art. His projects have been presented internationally at various events in locations such as Beijing, Madrid and Mexico City; nationally in Chicago, New York and Boston and are widely distributed online. Art Games, experimental Machinima, Computer Witchcraft, digitalPunk and Noise music are some of the unstable categories that his work playfully moves through.
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Joe Hocking @ Upgrade! Chicago TONITE

Tue Sep 14, 2010 00:00 - Tue Sep 14, 2010

Joe Hocking @ Upgrade! Chicago Tuesday September 14th, 7 PM FREE!


Joseph Hocking presents his collaborative Augmented Reality project “”the leak in your home town” which he is developing w/Mark Skwarek, as part of the ongoing New Media Art series Upgrade! Chicago, @ The Nightingale on Tuesday September 14th, 7 PM. This event is FREE and open to anyone interested in New Media Art, Augmented Reality, hacking our corporate landscape and critical interventions in the form of iPhone applications.

“the leak in your home town — a work in progress by Mark Skwarek and Joseph Hocking — is an iPhone app that lets users see the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill whenever they see a BP logo. A user simply launches the app and aims their iPhone’s camera at the nearest BP logo. What the user sees is one of the broken BP pipes coming out of the BP logo, and out of the pipe comes the oil, pluming upward.

This work mixes computer generated 3d graphics with the iPhone’s video camera to create an augmented reality. The user is able to see the computer generated 3d objects at specific locations in the real world. The 3d graphics create the broken BP pipe which comes out of the BP logo.

A important component of the project is that it uses BP’s corporate logo as a marker, to orient the computer-generated 3-D graphics. Basically turning their own logo against them. This re-purposing of corporate icons will offer future artists and activists a powerful means of expression which will be easily accessible to the masses and at the same time will be safe and nondestructive.”



Upgrade! Chicago is the local Chicago-based node of the international Upgrade! network, an emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Its decentralized, non-hierarchical structure ensures that Upgrade! (i) operates according to local interests and their available resources; and (ii) reflects current creative engagement with cutting edge technologies. Upgrade! Chicago presents new media projects, engages in informal critique, and fosters dialogue and collaboration between individual artists. Upgrade! International functions as an online, global network that gathers annually in different cities to meet one another, showcase local art, and work on the agenda for the following


Upgrade! Chicago meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month @ The Nightingale 1084 N. Milwuakee, Chicago, IL 60642

The Nightingale is a rough and ready microcinema dedicated to screening emerging work across film, video, and new media genres and aims to support Chicago vibrant cinema community.



Jodie Mack @ dorkbot Chicago on Thursday July 29th 2010 @ 7pm!

Thu Jul 29, 2010 00:00 - Fri Jul 23, 2010


Jodie Mack @ dorkbot Chicago on Thursday July 29th 2010 @ 7pm!

Jodie Mack presents a DIY zoetrope workshop in which we will make zoetropes (both slit and strobe) with record players, motors, etc; a thaumatrope workshop where we will make the actual discs (using drills to make them spin instead of string); and then a digital thaumatrope excercise where we take two unrelated images and explore alternating them in rapid sequences until the viewer sees a combined image!

PLEASE BRING: old cds and dvds, things that have turning motors (record players, fans, drills, blenders, other automata) and strobe lights if you have them! Jodie will be bringing buckets, discs, one record player, one drill, and two motors (that may need rewiring)

Jodie Mack is a Chicago-based artist working in various forms of cut-out and stop-motion animation. She works with young filmmakers and spends her free time making pop-up cards and coordinating screenings and film festivals.


THURS JULY 29 2010


7 PM


Enemy Sound
1550 N. Milwaukee Ave 3rd Fl.
Chicago, IL 60622




What is a "dorkbot"?! The idea of the international dorkbot network is "people doing strange things with electricity" and meeting in informal, friendly environments to discuss their projects. These projects could include hardware hacks, New Media Art projects, creative code, circuit bent musical instruments or wild DIY garage science!



Twitter Art is Dead, Long Live Twitter Art!

thnx for yr reply Curt

yes, abs'ly unheimlich! && yes, i def'ly agree + i thin/feel you have deeply interconnected der roter Faden when you describe I Pretended as collectively schizo-analyzing contemporary human/digital culture

it is also Elliott's most recent Artware mashup machine/Algorithmic Art account in his series of projects, so i thin/feel it is also safe to say that he is refining the process as he moves from each concurrent experiment/lesson/project

// jonCates


Twitter Art is Dead, Long Live Twitter Art!

hi Curt + all

i have just written a new Furtherfield blog entry on Jake Elliott's (aka @jakevsrobots) Artware RSS projects in which i respond to this reply: http://bit.ly/9wDUrE

looking fwd to the continued conversations

// jonCates