Posts for November 2005

maeda exhibition @ cartier


the brilliant John Maeda ("world-renowned graphic designer, artist, computer scientist & professor at the MIT Media Laboratory") recently opened a new exhibition at the fully glazed, modern Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris, France. the exhibition includes 'The Nature': a series of 7 motion paintings representing aesthetic & sensual abstract forms in movement that recall natural phenomena, & 'Eye'm Hungry': 6 interactive stations designed for children that uses basic interfaces (keyboard, microphone & mouse) to enable visitors to create different sorts of food.
anyone based in Paris willing to share some visuals? see also colorcalm ambient music visualization & maeda's simplicity weblog. [ &|via]


Originally posted on information aesthetics by infosthetics

My Most Personal Latitudes and Longitudes


Global positioning systems, historically providing real-time navigation and intelligence information for the military, are currently finding novel and diverse commercial uses that range from driving directions to local business locators. As should be expected, many artists have turned this technology for global surveillance in on themselves and the everyday world outside their doors. In GPS Diary, London-based Thorsten Knaub has combined an interest in tracking bodily movements through space with the traditional artist's practice of keeping a daily sketch book. Knaub produced web-based drawings by carrying a GPS device with him everyday for one year, creating a linear, doodle-like composition for each day that can now be viewed individually, or downloaded as compressed representations of a month or the entire year. Knaub's artist statement points to the dehumanizing effects such technologies can have on our understandings of being in the world, making one's daily movements little more than a series of plotted points, and the drawings revel in that process of abstraction. The GPS Diary site also promises to become a hub for future GPS-driven work, so you may want to make a return trip. - Ryan Griffis


All systems Crystallize!


It’s that time again for a Crystalpunk Workshop for Soft Architecture, and what a fine weekend it looks set to be in that disused office building in Utrecht. On Friday EZCT give a workshop on ‘genetic algorithms as a tactic for meandering through the possibility space of architectonic forms’. Saturday brings in the Arch-OS crew who will undoubtedly talk about their ‘Operating System’ for contemporary architecture which has been developed to provide artists and technologists with an environment for developing transdisciplinary work. Sunday looks like be a really exciting day with no fewer than 6 presentations - There’s Tom Carden, whose recent Openstreetmap poster has been a massive hit. OpenStreetMap put together all the GPS data it has in London (mainly via eCourier) and made a beautiful poster from it. Theres also a presentation by Christina Ray, co-founder of Glowlab and special agent in the proliferation of psycogeographic events in New York, notably the PsyGeo Con Flux conventions. Franziska Huebler and Jeremy Abbot, who I had the good fortune to meet two weeks ago at Crystalpunk, run TruthDareDoubleDare, a design studio working on physical computing projects. Other presentations come from the Hyperbody Research Group, Orkan Telhan and the anarchic C6 whose recent exhibition was a sell-out!


Originally posted on by Rhizome

New monochrom content // "Flowers" / Flower Curren...


New monochrom content // "Flowers" / Flower Currency MP3 online: We are proud to announce that Matthias Kertal finalized his musical adaptation of the "flower song", a song created for the "flower currency" project in spring 2005. The experiment was started to explore a value exchange system, created and owned by children, to enable artists to collaborate on the creation of interdisciplinary art works. Work in progress.



Silly picture, interesting concept, not an altogether terrible song...

Originally posted on monochrom by Rhizome

The sitting computer game


NEXT rocks. I heard two mind-blowing talks this afternoon [....] and the exhibtion is awesome. If you´re in Copenhagen, hurry up cuz tomorrow is the last day. [....]

I met the hilarious Falk Grieffenhagen and Thomas Stöckl from Sinua this afternoon.


Their midi-sofa allows you to interact with the game on the screen in front of you.

You control the movement of your avatar by changing the seating position on the sofa, bouncing on it or pressing harder the back of the furniture. The more physical action used the faster the ball gets. Both, the "strategy of power" and the "strategy of minimal movement" lead to success.

They also showed me a video of their musical performace on the Sensitive Carpet (it´s online, don´t miss it, you´re in for a good laugh)


When a person walks on this carpet switches are triggered everywhere a foot touches the ground. In total there are 48 switches integrated into the carpet. The information collected is digitised and fed into a computer which turns impulses into sound.


Originally posted on we make money not art by Regine

If hackers ruled the Earth photoshopping contest


Cory Doctorow:

Today on the Worth 1000 photoshopping contest: hackerish versions of everyday objects. I love the Vegas sign (pictured here) and especially the ASCII Bits cereal.



Originally posted on Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

The Googleberg Galaxy



The New York Public Library recently hosted a symposium on Google's Print Library Project, which is now available as a webcast.

The panel features Google's David Drummond, Wired's Chris Anderson and Lawrence Lessig, the initiator of Creative Commons. The occasionally pretty heated debate gives an interesting overview of intellectual property-issues related to the future of the written word (and possibly everything else).

Via David Byrne's Blog.


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

The Arcane Art of Tracking vs. the Amen Break


The Art of Tracking: Renoise

Art of Tracking: Renoise GUI

a digital breakbeat artist? Forget 303s, MIDI keyboards and software synths. If you want get down and dirty with sequenced music, tracking and MOD files is where it’s at. Often thought of as a hacker’s approach to music, tracking started in the Amiga demo scene as a barebones way of programming sound. It’s a bit like writing MIDI files by hand.

The arcane art of tracking takes what I like to think of as a hacker’s approach to making music. The interface is primarily numeric, notes are entered via the keyboard, length, parameters, effects are often entered in hexadecimal notation, and code flies across the screen as if you were looking at the opening credits of The Matrix. What’s not to like?

Kuro5hin has a good article and how-to on cutting up breakbeats with tracking. It lists possible software (such as Renoise) and gives a step-by-step breakdown of how to go about murdering the Amen Break (the biggest drum’n'bass break of all time…) For more insights into the origin of tracking culture, has an article called MOD Love.

The article points out that the analogy that tracking is to music what code is to software is a but of an overstatement. Tracking, which involves writing notes and effects in hexadecimal code, is still much like sequencing. Its true significance seems to stem from the fact that tracking started as a DIY culture, by kids who had no access to professional equipment (and frequently, no musical training). But tracking also allows a mechanical approach to music that makes it attractive to practicioners of drum’n'bass, breakcore, digital hardcore or plain old noise.

Go forth and track.

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In the nerdiest of ways, this post totally made my Friday. They just don't compose like they did in the Amiga demo scene, anymore...

Originally posted on Generator.x: Software and generative strategies in art and design by watz

CFP: LEF Exhibition @ CAA 2006


iconEddie Shanken:

Call for participation in the LEF exhibition concurrent with CAA in Boston, February 22-25:


Curated by Legier Biederman and Dave Burns/Leonardo Education Forum (LEF)


Works on video that convey and/or solicit embodied subjects and/or embodied responses, and thus potentially rupture and/or problematize the notion that acts of viewing cohere us as the discrete and transcendent origins of vision and knowledge.

The exhibition will be held at Art Interactive in Cambridge and includes screens curated by the New Media Caucus and by Art Technology Boston. A reception will be held on Thursday, Feb 23 from 6-9pm, so mark your calendars!

To download details and submission information, please see:

Entry is open to LEF members and non-members alike.

For more information on LEF: /Leonardo/isast/events/leonardocaa.html

Please address queries to Legier Beiderman: lbiederm at


Originally posted on Raw by Eddie Shanken

Douglas Irving Repetto at Location One


My photos from Douglas Irving Repetto's show at Location One, 26 Greene St., NYC; the exhibit will be open one more day (tomorrow, Saturday, November 26). Microphones at the bases of mylar cones pick up room sounds, which trigger sensors causing the wooden cams to turn, making twine move on pulleys stretched across the room (think Fred Sandback meets Cronenberg's Spider), which in turn jiggle vertical sheets of mylar, making abstract reflections on the wall shimmer ever so slightly. As the press release describes it, "the piece 'breathes' in sympathy with the ambient sounds in the gallery, rippling and reflecting light when there is a sound and resting, invisible, when there is silence. Because of the transparency of the mylar strips, the effect is subtle and eerie, a gossamer membrane that functions as acoustic barometer, making visible sonic phenomena that are often heard, but rarely seen." The effect is not as dramatic as we're used to in this age of pyrotechnic insanitaria, but I believe that's the point.

Repetto's site documenting the piece is here.


Bigger, more beautiful pix on Moody's blog...

Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody