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The ShiftSpace Commissions Program


November 5, 2007
Turbulence Commission: "The ShiftSpace Commissions Program" by Dan Phiffer
and Mushon Zer-Aviv
http://turbulence.org/works/shiftspace

Turbulence has commissioned ShiftSpace and now ShiftSpace commissions you.

Ten development grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to individuals and
collectives using ShiftSpace as a platform to create new "Spaces" and
"Trails".

About ShiftSpace: While the Internet's design is widely understood to be
open and distributed, control over how users interact online has given us
largely centralized and closed systems. The web is undergoing a
transformation whose promise is user empowerment -- but who controls the
terms of this new read/write web? The web has followed the physical movement
of the city's social center from the (public) town square to the (private)
mall. ShiftSpace attempts to subvert this trend by providing a new public
space on the web.

By pressing the [Shift] + [Space] keys, a ShiftSpace user can invoke a new
meta layer above any web page to browse and create additional
interpretations, contextualizations and interventions -- which are called
"Shifts". Users can choose between several authoring tools -- called
"Spaces" -- that allow web users to annotate, modify and shift the content
of a page and through ShiftSpace, share that shift with the rest of the web.
"Trails" are maps of shifts (shiftspace content) that create meta-layer
navigation across websites. These trails might be used as a platform for
collaborative research, for curating net art exhibitions, or as a way to
facilitate a context-based public debate.

Go to the commissions site (http://turbulence.org/works/shiftspace), watch
the introductory video, apply for a grant and help us spread the word.

"The ShiftSpace Commissions Program" 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 New York City Department of Cultural
Affairs."

BIOGRAPHIES

Dan Phiffer is a new media hacker from California, interested in exploring
the cultural dimension of inexpensive communications networks such as voice
telephony and the Internet.

Mushon Zer-Aviv is a designer, teacher and a media activist from Tel-Aviv
whose work explores media in public space and public space in media. Mushon
is the co-founder of Shual.com, ShiftSpace.org, YouAreNotHere.org and the
Tel Aviv node of the Upgrade international network.

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.: http://new-radio.org
New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856
Turbulence: http://turbulence.org
Networked_Performance Blog: http://turbulence.org/blog
Networked_Music_Review: http://turbulence.org/networked_music_review
Upgrade! Boston: http://turbulence.org/upgrade
New American Radio: http://somewhere.org

DISCUSSION

Networked_Music_Review: Interview with Bill Fontana


Interview with Bill Fontana [excerpt]
by Peter Traub
Networked_Music_Review
http://turbulence.org/networked_music_review

Bill Fontana has been creating musical networks and making "sound
sculptures" since the early 1970s. His works are usually large in scale and
often involve the transmission of sounds from one 'listening' location with
a network of microphones and/or sensors to another location where the sounds
are overlayed onto the local sonic environment. Fontana's work focuses
strongly on the idea of listening as a compositional act - that is, it is
driven by the idea that music surrounds us constantly and that the patterns
of music are audible if we just take the time to listen...

Peter Traub: Natural sound is central to many of your pieces, especially the
use of natural sound transplanted or displaced (or "trans-placed" as Anthony
Moore termed it) into urban or man-made settings, such as your 1987 piece,
"Sound Sculptures through the Golden Gate". The displacement and
recontextualization of these sounds within new spaces is part of what makes
your work effective. In the process of displacing the natural sounds, how do
you treat them? That is, do you do any sort of processing on the sounds to
transform them, do you prefer that they speak for themselves?

Bill Fontana: There is no processing applied to the sounds except the
artistic choice of putting a microphone near it or to map it. All my editing
takes place before the recording or transmission is made. The transformation
occurs in the re-contextualization of the sound. "Sound Sculptures through
the Golden Gate", with its combination of vivid sea bird sounds and the deep
musical tones of the Golden Gate Bridge Fog Horns has a musical quality that
is almost Wagnerian. Many compositional details, such as how the placement
of 8 microphones on different parts and dimensions of the Bridge would
reveal natural acoustic delays was a type of acoustic processing that was
deliberately chosen..

Bill Fontana will be answering reader's questions in the comments section
until December 6, 2007. Read the complete interview here:
http://tinyurl.com/2m3du3

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.: http://new-radio.org
New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856
Turbulence: http://turbulence.org
Networked_Performance Blog: http://turbulence.org/blog
Networked_Music_Review: http://turbulence.org/networked_music_review
Upgrade! Boston: http://turbulence.org/upgrade
New American Radio: http://somewhere.org

DISCUSSION

Upgrade! Boston: Orkan Telhan


< Orkan Telhan >
<< Up Next >>
<<< About >>>

< Orkan Telhan >
http://turbulence.org/upgrade/archives/11_08_07OT.html

DATE: November 8, 2007
TIME: 7:00-9:00 pm
VENUE: North 181 - entrance on Evans Way
Massachusetts College of Art + Design
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts
Follow the signs posted on the outside of the Tower Building (black glass)
[Green Line "E"]

Orkan Telhan designs experimental media that explore the potential of
electronic landmarks, urban interfaces, and tangible interactive sculptures
to reflect on the socio-cultural aspects of environments. These interfaces
function as social catalysts that create a network of symbolic exchanges
between places and their inhabitants and respond to various social, cultural
and political conditions. Orkan will present a survey of recent urban
interventions that comment on mobility, location, borders, language, and
identity to explore an emerging collective formed around the social
catalyst.

Orkan Telhan is a visiting scholar at the MIT Mobile Experience Lab. He
recently finished his studies at the MIT Media Lab, Sociable Media Group.
Prior to that, Orkan studied Media Arts at The State University of New York
at Buffalo..

<< Up Next >>

Kurt Ralske - December 4, 2007
http://turbulence.org/upgrade/archives/12_04_07KR.html

PLAN AHEAD: Calendar
http://turbulence.org/upgrade/calendar.html

<<< About Upgrade! Boston >>>
http://turbulence.org/upgrade

Upgrade! Boston is curated by Jo-Anne Green for Turbulence.org in
partnership with the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College
of Art + Design. It is one of 27 nodes currently active in Upgrade!
International, an emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art,
technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. If you would like
to present your work or get involved, please email jo at turbulence dot org.

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Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.: http://new-radio.org
New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856
Turbulence: http://turbulence.org
Networked_Performance Blog: http://turbulence.org/blog
Networked_Music_Review: http://turbulence.org/networked_music_review
Upgrade! Boston: http://turbulence.org/upgrade
New American Radio: http://somewhere.org

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.: http://new-radio.org
New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856
Turbulence: http://turbulence.org
Networked_Performance Blog: http://turbulence.org/blog
Networked_Music_Review: http://turbulence.org/networked_music_review
Upgrade! Boston: http://turbulence.org/upgrade
New American Radio: http://somewhere.org

DISCUSSION

Turbulence Commission: "Bonding Energy" by Douglas Repetto and LoVid


October 15, 2007
Turbulence Commission: "Bonding Energy" by Douglas Repetto and LoVid
http://turbulence.org/works/BondingEnergy/
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"Bonding Energy" consists of a set of "Sunsmile" devices that collect and
measure solar energy from seven geographically distributed sites around New
York State: Columbia University, NYC; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
Troy; University of Buffalo; Colgate University, Hamilton; free103point9's
Wave Farm, Acra; Experimental Television Center, Owego; and The Redhouse
Arts Center, Syracuse. The light energy reaching the Sunsmiles' solar panels
fuels a collaborative real-time data visualization on Turbulence.org.

Part of the larger "Cross Current Resonance Transducer (CCRT)" project in
which the artists are developing systems for monitoring, manipulating, and
interpreting natural signals such as tidal patterns and wind, "Bonding
Energy" is focused on solar energy. "Bonding Energy" is a model for
distributed microenergy generation, inspired by "SETI@home" -- which
harnesses the collective power of personal computers distributed worldwide
-- and "microcredit", a loan system that supports poor or unemployed people
in underdeveloped countries. Small contributions from many individuals can
produce significant results.

"Bonding Energy" 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 Murray G. and Beatrice H. Sherman Charitable Trust.

BIOGRAPHIES

Douglas Irving Repetto is an artist and teacher. His work, including
sculpture, installation, performance, recordings, and software is presented
internationally. He is the founder of a number of art/community-oriented
groups including "dorkbot: people doing strange things with electricity, "
"ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show, " "organism: making art with living
systems, " and the "music-dsp" mailing list and website. Douglas is Director
of Research at the Columbia University Computer Music Center and lives in
New York City.

LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) overwhelms the senses with new media in
their performances, videos, objects, and installations. LoVid has toured the
US and Europe extensively performing, exhibiting, and lecturing at PS1, The
Neuberger Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art , The Center for
Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, Exit Art, Evolution Festival (UK), The Kitchen,
RISD, Massachusetts College of Art, FACT, Kansas City Art Institute, Chicago
Art Institute, University of Wisconsin, Futuresonic Festival (UK), The New
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ocularis, and Institute of Contemporary Art
London, among many others. LoVid has been artist in residence at Eyebeam,
Harvestworks, iEAR, Alfred University, and Stevens Institute of Technology;
and has received grants and awards from Experimental TV Center, NYSCA,
Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The Greenwall Foundation. LoVid is
also a free103Point9 transmission artist.

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.: http://new-radio.org
New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856
Turbulence: http://turbulence.org
Networked_Performance Blog: http://turbulence.org/blog
Networked_Music_Review: http://turbulence.org/networked_music_review
Upgrade! Boston: http://turbulence.org/upgrade
New American Radio: http://somewhere.org

DISCUSSION

Visionary Landscapes: Call for Papers and Media Art


Visionary Landscapes: Electronic Literature Organization 2008 Conference
http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/programs/dtc/elo08/
May 29 - June 1, 2008 Vancouver, Washington

CALL FOR PAPERS
http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/programs/dtc/elo08/proposal.html
Deadline: November 30, 2007

CALL FOR MEDIA ART
http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/programs/dtc/elo08/media.html
Deadline: November 30, 2007

Sponsored by Washington State University Vancouver and The Electronic
Literature Organization.
Drs. Dene Grigar and John Barber, Co-Chairs.
Contact: Dene Grigar - grigar at vancouver.wsu.edu.

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.: http://new-radio.org
New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856
Turbulence: http://turbulence.org
Networked_Performance Blog: http://turbulence.org/blog
Networked_Music_Review: http://turbulence.org/networked_music_review
Upgrade! Boston: http://turbulence.org/upgrade
New American Radio: http://somewhere.org