Posts for November 2005

The Party at the Center of the Universe


Pall Thayer:

New work:

The Party at the Center of the Universe is an attempt at using data generated by the public to generate a spatial construct on the internet. This spatial construct takes into consideration the user's position in space, orientation in space and identity. Each of these factors will affect the way a person is represented in the constructed space. A user's position is determined by reading the strength of their wireless network connection. A user's orientation is determined by reading the values of the accelerometer (Sudden Motion Sensor) built in to their laptop. A user's identity is determined by reading the username of the user currently logged on to the laptop. The readings are made by a downloadable Dashboard widget and does not depend on the user's concious interaction. It runs in the background, transmitting the necessary information to the party at 5 second intervals. It does not interfere with normal use of the computer and the user is free to shutdown the widget at any time if they wish (but it's more fun to know that even though you're in the middle of an important board meeting or giving a presentation to people who hold your destiny in the palms of their wallets... er... hands, you're also the life of The Party at the Center of the Universe).



Originally posted on Raw by Pall Thayer

Open-source hardware: utopia or reality?


Arduino Workshop
London (Paddington Art)
25 November 2005

The idea of an open-source hardware might sound strange, but that is exactly the intention of Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles and David Mellis. The designers/programmers/mathemathicians (the list keeps going) wanted something simple but that could handle complex needs of new media creators and help in educational purposes. All of them where present in the London workshop, making it clear that the Arduino Klan was diverse, intense and, yes, fun.


Originally posted on MAzine - Exploring the potential of networked media by Rhizome

Celestial and terrestrial shown at Threshold artspace


Threshold Wave - detail

Iliyana Nedkova, in her capacity as Creative Director (New Media) at Horsecross - the organisation set up to manage Perth’s concert Hall and theatre - unveiled Threshold Christmas on 24 November, new celestial and terrestrial digital experiences for the festive season at Threshold artspace.

Threshold Christmas features two exclusive Horsecross commissions: From Our Own Correspondent, political cartoons from London, Paris, Venice, Istanbul, Athens and Perth by world-renowned artist Dan Perjovschi; and The Moon and the Oceans, capturing the lunar-tidal journey from crescent to crescent, by international artists trio Henna Asikainen, Silvana Macedo & Reza Tavakol.

Also featured are two Scottish premieres: Asteroids, one of four interactive titles by artists Simon Robertshaw, Onno Baudouin and Peter Appleton presented as a taster for the forthcoming exhibition Players - a season of computer games and sound toys by independent artists; and finally CosmicSky, a specially built hi-tech planetarium by Gill Russell, Francisco Diego and Brian Hill merging the languages of cinema, astronomy, art, poetry and philosophy.

Dan Perjovschi

Threshold is Scotland’s dedicated exhibition space for digital public art located at the forefront of the Perth Concert Hall, launched in September 2005 along with the opening of Scotland’s new music venue. Threshold gives a new context for concert, theatre, cinema and art gallery-going, as well as an excellent food experience. Fifteen new Horsecross commissions by internationally recognised and emerging artists have been premiered at Threshold since opening. New shows continue to be curated, produced and exhibited as part of the evolving Threshold collection of artists’ films, video, digital photography, visual poetry, interactive titles, sound toys, Internet art and computer games.

Threshold Wave


Originally posted on Art Research Communication by chris