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Tom Estlack is the President and C.E.O. of Estlack Sensory Products, a company that specializes in the propagation of vacuous fluff and the development of disjunctive media presentations. He was born in York, Pennsylvania, but currently lives and works in Pittsburgh. He studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenija. His work has been shown in the United States, the United Kingdom, Slovenija, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Germany, Italy, Romania and El Salvador. His current studio activities involve interactive and kinetic sculpture, animation, installation, digital/interactive multimedia, graphic design, music and sound design among other things.
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NFC Tags


The following text is pasted directly from http://estlack.com/studio-escape_plan_1

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The impetus for this work came from a prospectus. I wasn't interested in the concept at first. The idea is that the work has to fit in a shoe box. Rather boring. But then I started thinking about manufacturing and shoes, drawing obvious correlations to contemporary slavery. So now, I'm going down this road. Also attempting the inclusion of NFC chips as interactive elements, but iPhone users are in the lurch as far as this goes.

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2013.11.08 - Recently worked with John Buhagiar on writing to the NFC tag. Neither of us knew what we were getting into. He had an NFC enabled smartphone, so it was a bit of a discovery process. Working in close proximity with IT people can be a great learning experience. This company I have been looking at (flomio), is a startup. They started with an NFC reader/writer that operated via that audio jack in the iphone. The problem (as of September of this year) was that when iOs 7 came out, Apple changed how peripherals communicate with the OS. So, many peripherals, such as card swipers for Paypal business owners and in this case the Flojack, went kerplunk. Consequently, my order for a flojack is on hold, while they develop alternative solutions that access Apple's iBeacons. This is a technology that is purported have the same functions as the flojack, but will access the iPhones BLE chips (Bluetooth Low Energy). So, in the meantime I worked with my IT buddy to get the ball rolling on this overall concept. The interesting thing here, is that other companies have developed this technology, but Americans can't make purchases, unless they do it outside of the United States (iCarte seems to only be available in Canada or EU).

The idea of using information that is accessible to very specific audience members for an interactive piece via technology, speaks volumes about the various means of population control that are put in place by those who understand these technologies and what they are capable of. A very basic metaphor can be linked to the fact that RFID chips were used in livestock for years, before their use just started to appear in humans. What does that tell you.

EVENT

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 99th Annual


Dates:
Sun Nov 08, 2009 00:00 - Tue Jul 07, 2009

Location:
United States of America

Last Day - AAP Annual

Carnegie Museum of Art
http://cmoa.org/exhibitions/exhibit.asp
Founded by a loose-knit group of artists in 1910 to foster a love of the fine arts, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) is still an artist-run membership organization. In 1911, following its first exhibition in the lobby of the Grand Opera House, AAP began to show annually at Carnegie Museum of Art. Each year, the organization invites artists living within 150 miles of the city to submit work for this survey exhibition; the 2009 show is juried by curator Doryun Chong.
Reception: Friday August 28th, 2009 6 - 10 p.m.

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-622-3131


EVENT

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 99th Annual


Dates:
Fri Aug 28, 2009 00:00 - Tue Jul 07, 2009

Location:
United States of America

AAP Annual - Opening Reception

Carnegie Museum of Art
http://cmoa.org/exhibitions/upcoming.asp
Founded by a loose-knit group of artists in 1910 to foster a love of the fine arts, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) is still an artist-run membership organization. In 1911, following its first exhibition in the lobby of the Grand Opera House, AAP began to show annually at Carnegie Museum of Art. Each year, the organization invites artists living within 150 miles of the city to submit work for this survey exhibition; the 2009 show is juried by curator Doryun Chong.
Reception: Friday August 28th, 2009 6 - 10 p.m.

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-622-3131


EVENT

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 99th Annual


Dates:
Sat Aug 29, 2009 00:00 - Tue Jul 07, 2009

Location:
United States of America

Carnegie Museum of Art
http://cmoa.org/exhibitions/upcoming.asp
Founded by a loose-knit group of artists in 1910 to foster a love of the fine arts, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) is still an artist-run membership organization. In 1911, following its first exhibition in the lobby of the Grand Opera House, AAP began to show annually at Carnegie Museum of Art. Each year, the organization invites artists living within 150 miles of the city to submit work for this survey exhibition; the 2009 show is juried by curator Doryun Chong.
Reception: Friday August 28th, 2009 6 - 10 p.m.

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-622-3131


EVENT

In The Flesh Part II


Dates:
Sun Aug 30, 2009 00:00 - Tue Jul 07, 2009

Last Day for In the Flesh II.

July 22 - August 30, 2009
In The Flesh Part II
Target Gallery
http://www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/target.htm
This exhibition focuses on contemporary figurative art, and is juried by Andrea Pollan, founder and curator of the Curator's Office in Washington DC. Pollan has organized over 135 exhibitions of contemporary art both regionally and nationally and has written numerous catalogs and exhibition brochures.
Reception: Second Thursday Art Night, August 13, 6-8pm
Awards Ceremony: 7pm, during reception

The Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-838-4565