Posts for October 2005

Review of the Generator.x exhibition - Jørgen Larsson


This is the review posted by Jørgen Larsson on the art criticism web site Since it is a very critical review which addresses the works of individual artists I have chosen to take the trouble to translate it and re-publish it with Jørgen’s consent. Kunstkritikk functions as a debate space, responses can be posted to the original Kunstkritikk article or as comments here.

Generative processes in shrinkwrapped design 29.09.05

�� Art from code, Atelier Nord, Hausmania and the National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, Oslo.

23 September - 16 October, 2005

By Jørgen Larsson
Translated by Marius Watz

As the exhibition Generator.x opens at the National Museum it is only natural that expectations in the electronic art scene run high. We who have followed recent developments in “generative art


Down Under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges (Overpasses?)


MTAA is showing a new video installation in Brooklyn called “Infinite Smile


Originally posted on MTAA Reference Resource by M.River

I, Piano


When I saw this "hand roll piano" with a MIDI interface at King's Idea Shop in Shinjuku earlier this year, I just thought it was a neat idea.

[hand roll piano available for purchase from here]

But, Professor Tsukamoto of Kobe University and his team had a much wilder idea than me. They came up with this idea of wearable piano, showed it off at a wearable computing fashion show in Japan last year, and presented a paper about it at a conference last month.

piano1.gif piano2.gif piano3.gif
[wearable piano]

Someone says a next spep of this could be a wearable orchestra with many other wearable musical instruments. I'd think of it more like a tool for participative improvisation jam sessions.

Paper Piano
Wearable Halfkeyboard



Wow. If dresses like these existed way back when, I might have actually attended my prom...

Originally posted on we make money not art by manekineko

For The Politically Impaired


For anyone who has sat in airports, where televisions are unfailingly tuned to some 24-hour news broadcast, the blocks of text that allow you to read what you cannot hear should be pretty familiar. Closed Captioning (CC) translates television audio into readable text and has been in wide use in the United States since the mid-1990s, when the Federal Communications Commission began requiring broadcasters to support it. CC was designed to provide better access for the hearing impaired, but the crafty folks at Conglomco, a collective of artists and programmers, sees in it potential for disrupting the authority of broadcast media as well. Their hack, named 'Meta[CC],' made its debut during the 2004 US Presidential election, providing alternative information to the official news coverage. Building on the DIY ethic of information dissemination endemic to the blogging community, 'Meta[CC]' uses keywords and RSS feeds selected by registered users to match broadcast information with online sources, in real time. While the project is still in progress, it recently garnered the financial support of the Franklin Furnace Future of the Present Grant for 2006, so look for it to be coming to a television near you. - Ryan Griffis


Random Magazine gets (a little) bilingual


RANDOM MAGAZINE - new media art /e-culture

Random Magazine is an italian webzine about new media art. In the last months we realized that our readers are becoming more and more international. For this reason, from now on, the website gets (a little) bilingual. For every italian article we will also provide a short english

summary. Users can now post in italian and in english as well!

RANDOM MAGAZINE daily explores the intersections between art, technology and society. It features news, critical writings, reviews and call for artists.

We are interested in lots of different topics, aiming to offer a 360 view on digital creativity: videoart, electronic music, net art, webdesign, videogames, hacktivism, software art, videoclip and much more.

RANDOM MAGAZINE invites all artists, scholars, critics and fans of new media art to visit the website and join the community. So that the webzine can become a collective platform for dialog, information exchange and research.

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Members can access to all areas, post their own content, join the forum, receive the weekly newsletter. They can also communicate directly in real

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RANDOM MAGAZINE - new media art /e-culture curated by Valentina Tanni


Originally posted on Raw by Valentina Tanni

video_dumbo, October 14 - 16, 2005


Image: Swamp by Megan Cump

October 14 - 16, 2005
Curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy

FRIDAY - October 14th, 2005
7:30 NEW YORK WATER TAXI - Live Film by Owen O’Toole, and Bradley Eros
9:00 Opening Party: “TAUCHBECKEN!


Originally posted on - A lean, mean, media machine. by Rhizome


(0) is a new community social action website, developed in part by our own Micki Krimmel. is now up and running, and it's well-worth checking out. A project of Participant Productions, the social-action film company, showcases activist projects directly related to current Participant releases, including the new George Clooney-directed Good Night, and Good Luck. Beyond its specific projects, brings together an active community to address major social issues. [More....]


Originally posted on unmediated by WorldChanging: Another World Is Here::Jamais Cascio

Computer/Turntable hybrid


TurntablistPC is an electronic and mechanical hybrid of turntable (gramophone) and an old pc.


Several versions of TurntablistPC have been assembled. All of them use servomotors or step motors for revolving the record. These embedded motors are algorithmically controlled by the computer component.

In the CounterTurn, version the TurntablistPC is a server which third-party websites can use as a web-counter. A hit on the subscribing websites spins the record in real-time. The location of the website controls the direction of the spin. The location of the visiting user determines the amount of spin.

CounterTurn will be shown at the File festival in São Paulo during November 2005.
For this installation , Morgens Jacobsen needs data-inputs from websites. To participate, simply place an "invisible" image (a small transparent GIF-image) on your website during the required periode with a snippet of HTML-code (see his page for details).

Via artnode.

See also Jonah Brucker-Cohen's Alerting Infrastructure, a physical hit counter that translated hits to a website into interior damage of a physical building.


Originally posted on we make money not art by Regine

punk vs. disco



Originally posted on save target as.. by Rhizome

The Power of the Mind 2



I Hear Denmark Singing

The Power of the Mind 2/I Hear Denmark Singing--by Mogens Jacobsen--takes a song by the Danish Minister for Refugee, Immigration and Integration, Bertel Haarder, as the point of departure for a political comment. An unstable online version of the song is connected to the physical installation that consists of a web server with a transcription of the interview and an electric network of a couple of hundred potatoes (the Danish national food). When the potatoes begin dry out or sprout his stupid song gradually disappears as a sign of fading memory and the text is replaced by heart shaped symbols. See Power of Mind/Memory and TURNTABLISTPC.


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo