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"Wikireuse" by Julia Christensen

Turbulence Commission: Wikireuse by Julia Christensen

For six years, Julia Christensen has been creating a body of work about how communities are reusing abandoned "big box" buildings -- the large, free-standing, warehouse-like buildings made prominent by one-stop-shopping corporations like Wal-Mart and Kmart. In 2004, she made a website about the project at bigboxreuse.com. Wikireuse both updates this website and invites users to participate in its development. Nodes on a map of the United States catalog big box reuse at geo-coded locations; users can add to the map by sending in information and/or documentation about a reused big box building near them. Articles about big box reuse are also cataloged on the website, so the user can read local accounts in local newspapers from across the country.

Wikireuse is a 2007 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.


Julia Christensen is an artist and writer whose work treads the fine line between art and research. She is the author of Big Box Reuse, forthcoming from the MIT Press in November 2008. The book is a product of her ongoing investigation of how communities are renovating and reusing abandoned big box buildings. Curated by Astria Suparak, Your Town Inc., a solo show of Christensen's work, is at the Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University until November 23, 2008. This fall, Christensen's photographs will also be on display at the Carnegie Museum of Fine Arts as a part of the show "Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes." Christensen also lectures widely. She holds the chair of Luce Visiting Professor of the Emerging Arts at Oberlin College, where she teaches in the Studio Arts and TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts) Departments.


"Lumens" by Matthew Belanger, Sean Riley and Ven Voisey

Turbulence Commission: "Lumens" by Matthew Belanger, Sean Riley and Ven Voisey
July 10 - October 31, 2008
Opening Reception: July 10, 6-9 pm
Venue: GREYLOCK ARTS, 93 Summer Street, Adams, Massachusetts; MCLA GALLERY51 ANNEX, 65 Main Street, North Adams, Massachusetts; and
(A shuttle bus will be available for transport between the two galleries).

Lumens is an installation of lamps networked across three spaces: Greylock Arts (Adams, MA), MCLA Gallery51 (North Adams, MA), and Turbulence.org. Scores of personal lamps that usually inhabit and illuminate the interiors of homes and shops have been borrowed from the residents of Adams and North Adams to fill the two gallery spaces. Their images and stories are represented on Turbulence.org, which also serves to connect the two locations telematically.

Clusters of lamps have been outfitted with proximity sensors and arduino microcontrollers. Lamps light up in response to a visitor’s presence and simultaneously illuminate lamps in the counterpart spaces. Thus, an individual in Adams can communicate his/her presence to an individual in North Adams, and vice versa. Additionally, as visitors investigate the history of a particular lamp online, the lamp will light in the physical gallery space.

Lumens re-connects North Adams and Adams -- originally a single community -- through an exploration of location, influence, history, and the present.

Lumens is a project of Networked Realities: (Re)Connecting the Adamses, a collaboration between Greylock Arts, MCLA Gallery51, and Turbulence.org. It was made possible through New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the LEF Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. http://turbulence.org/networkedrealities


MATTHEW BELANGER is a new media artist, programmer, and consultant. He is also the co-director and founder of Greylock Arts, a non-commercial arts space dedicated to non-traditional and electronic arts, located in the Northern Berkshires. His work includes documentary video, large-scale digital photography, interactive online applications and software development. His complete portfolio can be seen at http://matthewbelanger.com.

SEAN RILEY is an artist currently living and working in North Adams, MA. He holds his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania and has received several grants, most notably a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant in 2004, given to only 10 artists from across the country graduating from an MFA program. He has exhibited at the CUE Foundation in New York City, has gallery representation in Philadelphia, and exhibits frequently in North Adams. http://polaresolare.net/

V. V. (VEN VOISEY) is a sound artist and sculptor from Oakland, California, currently living in North Adams, MA. More can be found about his works, which include sound, installation, sculpture and actions at his website, http://www.v---v.net.

For more Turbulence Commissions, please visit http://turbulence.org


['til death do us a part]

<img src='http://transition.turbulence.org/networked_music_review/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/logo_300.jpg' alt='logo_300.jpg' />

Networked Music Review Commission:
<a href="http://turbulence.org/works/earos/"><strong>['til death do us a part]</strong></a>
by <em>Tobias c. van Veen</em> (aka saibotuk)
Live Performance in New York Tomorrow!
Part of <a href="http://csis.pace.edu/digitalgallery/ProgrammableMedia/2008.html">Programmable Media II: Networked Music Symposium</a>
Not in New York? Join us in <a href="http://slurl.com/secondlife/Emerson%20Island/193/12/36/?img=http%3A//institute.emerson.edu/vma/faculty/john_craig_freeman/imaging_place/imaging-placeSL/emerson/slurl.jpg&title=Bill%20Bordy%20Theatre%20and%20Auditorium,%20Emerson%20Island&msg=Bill%20Bordy%20Theatre%20and%20Auditorium">Second Life</a>.

Dead media unwinds time from its spools. Two electromagnetic machines capture the unfolding of an era in which memory encodes the loving caress of electron imprinted tape. Time out of joint falls in & out of tape sync; more inhuman than human loops the frequency.

“<em>I wanted my human experience with machinic love to have the intensity of a hands-on relationship.</em>”

Thus, van Veen turned to reel-to-reel (RTR) tape machines and <em>Konstantin Raudive’s</em> experiments with blank media in which he attempted to record the 'voices of the dead'. (Little did van Veen know that John Hudak was exploring similar terrain in <a href="http://turbulence.org/works/paradise">Voices from the Paradise Network</a>.)

"<em>This led to a series of investigations of the sonic realm arising between two networked R2R machines, a simple mixer and a DSP processor (to add spatialization and stereo channel manipulation to sometimes mono signals). These investigations revealed a performative realm, a space to improvise and to develop a capacity to 'play' the machines, or rather tweak & twiddle their hard knobs into spasms of ecstasy, cries of joy &, at times, moans of despair. The machines sang to me & each other, & I was drawn into the deadzone...</em>"

<strong>['til death do us a part]</strong> is a 2007 commission of <a href="http://new-radio.org">New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.</a>, for <em><a href="http://turbulence.org/networked_music_review/">Networked Music Review</a></em>. It was made possible with funding from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.


<a href="http://www.quadrantcrossing.org/blog">Tobias c. van Veen</a> is a renegade theorist and pirate, techno-turntablist and writer. Since 1993 he has directed conceptual and sound-art events, online interventions and radio broadcasts, working with STEIM, the New Forms Festival, the Banff Centre, Eyebeam, the Video-In, MUTEK, MDCN.ca, the Vancouver New Music Society and Hexagram. His work has appeared in CTheory, EBR, Bad Subjects, Leonardo, Locus Suspectus, FUSE (contributing editor), e/i, the Wire, HorizonZero and through Autonomedia, among others. He has sonic and mix releases on No Type's BricoLodge and the and/OAR labels. From 1993-2000 he was Direktor of the sonic performance Collective [shrumtribe.com] in Vancouver. He is co-founder of technoWest.org with Dave Bodrug, controltochaos.ca with DJ FISHEAD and thisistheonlyart.com with artist ssiess. From 2002-2007 Director of UpgradeMTL [upgrademtl.org] and Concept Engineer at the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT.qc.ca]. Tobias is doctoral candidate in Philosophy & Communication Studies at McGill University.


Imaging Beijing


Turbulence Commission:
<a href="http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/ImagingBeijing/"><strong>Imaging Beijing</strong></a>
by <em>John (Craig) Freeman</em>
Part of the <a href="http://turbulence.org/mixed_realities/turbulence.html">Mixed Realities</a> exhibition, on view until April 15, 2008

<strong>Imaging Beijing</strong> is the latest installment of <em>Imaging Place</em>, a place-based, virtual reality project that combines panoramic photography, digital video, and virtual worlds to investigate and document situations where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. When a denizen of Second Life first arrives at <strong>Imaging Beijing</strong>, he, she or it can walk over a satellite image of central Beijing where they will find a networks of nodes constructed of primitive spherical geometry with panoramic photographs texture mapped to the interior. The avatar can walk to the center of one of these nodes and use a first person perspective to view the image, giving the user the sensation of being immersed in the location. A web-cam captures live video of the user and transmits it to the head of an exhibition avatar. Dated links in the virtual space launch a browser, which opens a web journal of the <strong>Imaging Beijing</strong> field research.

<strong><a href="http://slurl.com/secondlife/Leodegrance/218/85/101/?img=http%3A//institute.emerson.edu/vma/faculty/john_craig_freeman/imaging_place/imaging-placeSL/mixed_realities/slurl.jpg&title=Imaging%20Beijing&msg=Imaging%20Beijing%2C%20by%20John%20Craig%20Freeman">Teleport</a></strong> to <strong>Imaging Beijing</strong> in <a href="http://secondlife.com">Second Life</a>.


<a href="http://pages.emerson.edu/Faculty/J/John_Craig_Freeman/" target="_blank">John Craig Freeman's</a> work has been exhibited internationally including at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, the Kunstraum Walcheturm in Zurich, Eyebeam in New York, City, the Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki (the national gallery of Warsaw), Kaliningrad Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts in Russia, Art Basel Miami, Ciberart Bilbao and the Girona Video and Digital Arts Festival in Spain, La Biblioteca National in Havana, the Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta, the Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary, the Center for Experimental and Perceptual Art (CEPA) in Buffalo, Art interactive, Mobius and Studio Soto in Boston, the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, Ambrosino Gallery in Miami, the Photographers Gallery in London, and the Friends of Photography's Ansel Adams Center in San Francisco.

In 1992 Freeman was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has been published in Leonardo, the Journal of Visual Culture, and Exposure, as well as a chapter in the book Electronic Collaboration in the Humanities. His work has been reviewed in Wired News, Artforum, Ten-8, Z Magazine, Afterimage, Photo Metro, New Art Examiner, Time, Harper's and Der Spiegel. Lucy Lippard cites Freeman's work in her book The Lure of the Local, as does Margot Lovejoy in her book Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age.

Freeman received a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. He is an Associate Professor of New Media at Emerson College in Boston. The focus of his academic activities throughout the last decade has been to integrate computer technology and theory of electronic culture into visual art curriculum and to explore interdisciplinary approaches to education and technology.

<strong>Imaging Beijing</strong> is a 2007 commission of <a href="http://www.turbulence.org/" target="_new">New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.,</a> (aka Ether-Ore) for its <a href="http://turbulence.org/mixed_realities/" target="_new">Mixed Realities</a> exhibition. It was made possible with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


The Vitruvian World


Turbulence Commission:
<a href="http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/vitruvianworld/"><strong>The Vitruvian World</strong></a>
by <em>Michael Takeo Magruder</em>, <em>Drew Baker</em> and <em>David Steele</em>
Part of the <a href="http://turbulence.org/mixed_realities/turbulence.html">Mixed Realities</a> exhibition, on view until April 15, 2008

In the 1st century BC, Roman writer, architect and engineer Vitruvius codified specific building formulae based on the guiding principles of strength, utility and beauty. He believed that architecture was intrinsically linked to nature and was a human imitation of cosmic order. The most well-known interpretation of this postulate is the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci in which the male form is depicted in unity with the square and circle - representing material and spiritual existence respectively. <strong>The Vitruvian World</strong> is a multi-nodal and recursive artwork that embodies the principles of Vitruvius within this context. Existing in three distinct yet interconnected spaces, the work simultaneously embraces the virtual, the physical, and the network connecting them.

<strong><a href="http://slurl.com/secondlife/Digital%20Humanities/128/128/701">Teleport</a></strong> to The Vitruvian World in <a href="http://secondlife.com">Second Life</a>.


<strong><a href="http://www.takeo.org/" target="_blank">Michael Takeo Magruder</a></strong> is an American artist based in the UK working with New and Technological Media within Contemporary Arts practice. His artworks have been showcased in over 180 exhibitions and 30 countries, including venues such as the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, EAST International 2005, Georges Pompidou Center, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau. His works are regular inclusions in international New Media festivals, such as Cybersonica, CYNETart, FILE, Filmwinter, SeNef, Siggraph, Split, VAD and WRO. His artistic practice has been funded directly by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England, The National Endowment for the Arts, USA and numerous public galleries both within the UK and abroad. Michael is also recognized for his on-line arts practice and has been commissioned by leading portals for Internet Art such as Turbulence.org and Soundtoys.net. His current interests concern the simultaneous utilization and dissection of new technology as a means to explore the formal structures and conceptual paradigms of the digital realm. He seeks to create artworks in which there are no divisions between technologies, aesthetics, and concepts.

<strong>Drew Baker</strong> is a Senior Research Fellow within the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King’s College London. One of the founding members of King's Visualisation Lab, he has worked in the field of archaeological 3D visualization and interpretation for over ten years. His specialization is in the area of 3D modeling - specifically interactive web-based environments and constructs. Drew’s primary interest in deploying 3D and advanced technologies within cultural practice is to transform spectators into active participants though the utilization of virtual worlds and artifacts. He is currently concluding a two year AHRC-funded project exploring the process of cognitive modeling in 3D environments and how visualization methodologies can be recorded and understood.

<strong>David Steele</strong> is a senior technical consultant based in Arlington, Virginia, USA working with advanced web technology and database architecture. He has been undertaking research and development in these fields since the middle nineties and was a pioneer in pairing cutting-edge clients to existing corporate infrastructures. David’s work has enabled a variety of high profile applications from global text messaging frameworks to re-entry systems for the space shuttle. He is currently interested in exploring the limits of what code can run in a browser in order to reduce server load and enhance the user experience. The ultimate goal is for users to forget that they are working in a browser as the web converges with native applications.

<strong>The Vitruvian World</strong> is a 2007 commission of <a href="http://www.turbulence.org/" target="_new">New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.,</a> (aka Ether-Ore) for its <a href="http://turbulence.org/mixed_realities/" target="_new">Mixed Realities</a> exhibition. It was made possible with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Thanks to <strong>King's Visualisation Lab</strong>, Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London for their generous support.