Posts for November 2005

Processing Vision / Toby Collett



"Processing Vision" / Toby Collett
OnLine & OnSite: Pioneer robot, video projections and web-based Flash stream

17 Nov - 10 Dec
Window OnSite
Foyer of the General Library Building
University of Auckland
Flash stream on Window website

With an eye for spatiality, a pioneer robot with sonar mounts from the Auckland Robot Group is presented by Toby Collett, a PhD Engineering student at the University of Auckland. The robot is the product of the Group's research into robotic vision and navigation, and for the duration of the exhibition has been set the task of roaming around inside Window OnSite generating visual data that is presented on the front of the Window structure via three projections. Glazing has been applied to the glass front of Window OnSite to partially obscure our view of the robot and prioritise the images it is creating, so as to play on a gulf between its means of processing vision and ours. In addition, Window's two spaces have been networked together with data being relayed to the Window website, where a feed of the robot's spatial awareness of its physical environment is mapped within segments of Window's website.

Essay "Processing the Robot" / by Luke Duncalfe:

Like the depressed Marvin from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Tony Oursler's screaming avatars, we recognise more of ourselves in the disorders of behaviour than in any representation of personality functioning as personality ought to. The pioneer robot by Toby Collett and the Robot Group is prone to error and lapses of judgment, and its perception is liable to exaggerate its position. Often the robot believes it has passed through a wall as its systems of response misfire ...


Originally posted on Raw by ld

Generative art Down Under


Two generative art events in Australia:

1. The Third Iteration conference will take place 30 Nov - 2 Dec, at Monashe University near Melbourne. There will be 3 packed days of art and theory on “generative systems in the electronic arts


Blast modern art


The recently released Curator Defense (also an IGF submission this year) puts the player in the role of a museum curator defending against rampaging hoards of modern art (it’s unclear whether this means modern art or contemporary art). Using a light, RTS-like tech tree, the player can set up various defenses, such as banisters, defense [...]


Originally posted on Grand Text Auto by michael

1:1 Track



a locative media project

1:1 Track, by Anna Scott & Brenda Cleniuk, is a performative research project in locative media. The project is process-based and open to audience interaction and will be realized in two parts; the second of which will take place in the spring of 2006. The work takes as its starting point, the geospatial architecture of the Hotel Vancouver as tracked by the global positioning system (GPS) in an attempt to uncover meaningful coincidences in the relationship between technology and the supernatural. The artists invite interested persons to join them in a demonstration of their protoscientific methodologies in obtaining data. Embarking on a walk through Greater Vancouver, the artists respond to spikes in the GPS readings allowing haptic or random visual clues to navigate and determine their movements throughout the City. Peripatetic walks will commence Friday November 18 at 11:00 am and Saturday November 19, at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm starting outside the main entrance of the Hotel Vancouver on Georgia Street.

Walks are from 1 - 2 hours in length and may involve short boat trips or excursions to public parks and other landscapes. Special Media Consultant: Jen Hamilton.


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

I.E.D. armband


The war in Iraq has suffered enormous casualties, the toll on civilian lives is vague and many times are unreported. The number of U.S. casualties is reported and monitored, many of which are the result of I.E.D.s (improvised explosive devices). SWAMP's I.E.D.* is a (rather sensationalist) project that aims to give a physical presence to the violence occurring in the Middle East, by creating direct physical pain from the event of killed soldiers.


A Custom software application continuously monitors a website that updates the details of slain U.S. soldiers. When new deaths are detected the data is sent wirelessly to the I.E.D. armband. The LCD readout displays the soldiers' name, rank, cause of death and location and then triggers an electric solenoid to drive a needle into the wearers arm, drawing blood and immediate attention to the reality that someone has just died in the Iraq war.

Opens this week at the 7th Biennial of video and new media, Santiago, Chile, Nov 19-27.

* Improvised explosive devices.


Originally posted on we make money not art by Regine

Music 100 years ago, today


The Cylinder Presservation and Digitization Project has placed online amazing collection of over 5000 recordings from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Unrestored digitizations available as large .wav files are in the public domain, while restored mp3s are licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial, as described in the project's note on copyright.

Browse the collection. Listen to a 1902 track by Geroge W. Johnson, the first African-American phonograph star, and one from 1914 by Henry Burr, the biggest Canadian star of the era. Needless to say there are some remix possibilities here.


This may not seem like new media, but it was once and it's still pretty interesting to me. I'm also intrigued by this licensing distinction between .wav's and mp3's....

Originally posted on Creative Commons Blog - rss by Mike Linksvayer

Weblogs of note


There are a number of weblogs that I have been following lately that I don't link to from here. Perhaps I should add them to my list. Here they are in reverse alphabetical order by last name, just to upset the dominant paradigm [More....]


A pretty nice list. I have to admit that I wasn't fully aware of the mass of useful, interesting info on active Rhizome member Rob Myers's site....

Originally posted on Look, See by chrisashley

Musicacoustica 2006: Language


Kenneth Fields:

The Electroacoustic Music Association of China (EMAC) and the China Electronic Music Center (CEMC) based at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in a special cooperation with the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network's (EMS) International Conference Series are pleased to announce their annual festival:

Musicacoustica 2006: Language
October 22nd through 29th
Beijing, China

The week-long MusicAcoustica 2006 festival (22-29 October) will be focused on the broad theme of Language. EMS06 papers, in more focused paper sessions (from the 23rd to 26th), will concentrate on a crucial aspect of language, namely terminology - see the full call for papers here:


Originally posted on Raw by Kenneth Fields

New Data exhibition, New York


jillian mcdonald:

Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center & 3-Legged Dog Media & Theater Group

New Data - a digital media arts exhibition
November 17, 2005  - January 7, 2006
Installation is open Tue - Sat 1-6pm

15 Nassau Street @ Pine St. NYC
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's new public programming venue

Using the internet, interactive installation, sound, film and video, the artists in New Data make art by collecting data - literally and metaphorically.

Robert B. Lisek
David Stout
Zoe Beloff
Jillian McDonald
Marc Lafia
Terry Nauheim.

In addition, these artists present their work on Nov 19 (Lisek/Stout), Dec 3 (Beloff/McDonald), and Dec 10 (Lafia/Nauheim).

info: Carol Parkinson, Harvestworks
Tel: 212-431-1130


Originally posted on Raw by jillian mcdonald

Mixing the Web


While the DJs and VJs of the world remain tethered to the remix of sound and image, WJs (web jockeys) have at their fingertips an infinite and diverse pool of material--sound, image, text, code, web cams, blogs, and more--all constantly changing and expanding. A new software development, WJ-s, offers artists a tool to create live multimedia performances from this digital soup. Last week at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, artists Agnès de Cayeux, Anne Laforet, and KRN used WJ-s to explore the erotic and heated atmosphere of video chat rooms, the world of artistic algorithms, and computer art in a live performance. WJ-s was conceived by Anne Roquigny and was launched in October with a workshop at Belgrade's Dis_Patch Festival. The group proposes to create 'a strong cybernetic experience, captivating, sensual, and shifted where [....] the flow and the extreme pleasure of surfing are moved into a performative framework.' You can go with the flow at their next performance, scheduled for December 15th at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. - Helen Varley Jamieson.