Posts for July 2006

Heavy Breathing Blog

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In their participatory project, Talking About the Weather, Australian media artists Maria Miranda and Norie Neumark collect human breath via individual contributions to a blog and their live performative encounters around the globe. The project is a dramatic, yet absurd attempt to save us from 'the terrifying spectre of global climate change.' Following in the footsteps of artists like Alfred Jarry, Eugene Ionesco, Joan Miro, and Marcel Duchamp, Miranda and Neumark seek 'an imaginary solution for an actual problem.' Asking us to save the breath we normally use to talk about the weather, they invite us to donate our exhalations to 'blow back global warming.' Since CO2 emissions are part of the problem, the artists' plan is futile: Taken literally, it's as desperate as the Sioux Buffalo Dance intended to magically restore the herds decimated by the white man's massive slaughter. But metaphorically, it's an urgent call to action: The more human breath expended in this cause, the more likely we are to reverse the lethal trend. The breath collections will be exhibited at New Zealand's Govett-Brewster Gallery, in mid-July. More contributions are invited. - Marcia Tanner

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Heavy Breathing Blog

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In their participatory project, Talking About the Weather, Australian media artists Maria Miranda and Norie Neumark collect human breath via individual contributions to a blog and their live performative encounters around the globe. The project is a dramatic, yet absurd attempt to save us from 'the terrifying spectre of global climate change.' Following in the footsteps of artists like Alfred Jarry, Eugene Ionesco, Joan Miro, and Marcel Duchamp, Miranda and Neumark seek 'an imaginary solution for an actual problem.' Asking us to save the breath we normally use to talk about the weather, they invite us to donate our exhalations to 'blow back global warming.' Since CO2 emissions are part of the problem, the artists' plan is futile: Taken literally, it's as desperate as the Sioux Buffalo Dance intended to magically restore the herds decimated by the white man's massive slaughter. But metaphorically, it's an urgent call to action: The more human breath expended in this cause, the more likely we are to reverse the lethal trend. The breath collections will be exhibited at New Zealand's Govett-Brewster Gallery, in mid-July. More contributions are invited. - Marcia Tanner

http://www.scanz.net.nz/weathertalk

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Originally posted on Rhizome News by Rhizome


Growing a Hidden Architecture - Christian Kerrigan

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Architect & Editor of "The Space Between" magazine, Christian Kerrigan investigates in his recent work, how man’s ability to control his surroundings is intimately linked with his advancing capabilities of using technology. Christian says "We have reached a point in our evolution where we are now capable of creating design criteria to manipulate natural growth and development." Here are a number of stunning award winning drawings he has produced to bring his futuristic visions to life.

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This project explores the possibilities of a symbiotic relationship between two different systems of organization, technology and nature. The technology is designed to theoretically alter newly planted trees in the last remaining Yew forest- Kingley Vale.

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By controlling the manipulation of refined armatures, calibrating devices and designed corsets; the system is capable of controlling the growth of a ship inside the forest. The ship will grow over a period of two hundred years and will exist as a hidden architecture inside the trees.

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The ship growing in the forest is the ship from the ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, a tale of man’s relationship to mortality. For the evolution to last without human intervention, the artificial system harvests resin from the trees to measure time passing. The hourglass is designed to a volume of two hundred years, as the resin passes from the tree the clock slowly fills.

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Ultimately the hourglass volume is filled, jamming the clock signally the completion of the system. The project demonstrates by creating this architecture within the trees the artificial system itself extends new possibilities into the relationship between technology and nature.

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1. Copse View: as the trees slowly evolve the "Amber clock" strapped to the tree registers the passing of time with a two hundred year hourglass.

2. Macresco: The corset strapped around the tree creates ...

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Originally posted on Interactive Architecture dot Org by Ruairi


Dictionary of War #2

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MANUFACTURING CONCEPTS

The second edition of DICTIONARY OF WAR July 22 and 23 in Munich, Muffathalle

http://dictionaryofwar.org

When it is about war the challenge nowadays seems to be to find the right words rather than to take the right side. In order not to leave this task to politicians, generals or their subordinated PR and propaganda agencies, the project DICTIONARY OF WAR has been started off a few weeks ago.

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Their own definition of themselves: "a collaborative platform for creating 100 concepts on the issue of war, to be invented, arranged and presented by scientists, artists, theorists and activists at four public, two-day events in Frankfurt, Munich, Graz and Berlin. The aim is to create key concepts that either play a significant role in current discussions of war, have so far been neglected, or have yet to be created."

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


Justin Strawhand - Desktop Portraits

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From Justin Strawhand's series Desktop Portraits. Screenshots of his desktop showing Tiananmen Square tanks made entirely of "shrink and enlarge" icons. (Other drawings include a self portrait, Popeye, and Bush Junior, made with other types of icons and desktop objects.) Sort of a new Internet-era cargo cult art. One thinks of the Afghan rugs depicting helicopters and Kalashnikov rifles.

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Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody


Surreal Scania - Exploring Imaginary Geographies

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Surreal Scania
N55A 49.264 (2005, 8.35 MB, 1:06 min)

Surreal Scania
N55�° 43.685 (2005, 11.3 MB, 1:30 min)

How do different places become interesting?
Can a wet and dirty road running through a barren field be appealing?
What are the common denominators between a heavy industrial harbour
and a nature reserve? Surreal Scania examine these questions.
From Anders Weberg and Robert Willim.

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Originally posted on DVblog by doron golan


Guerrilla Net Ballet Performance: Ballettikka Internettikka:

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Guerrilla Net Ballet Performance: Ballettikka Internettikka: VolksNetBallet by Igor Stromajer & Brane Zorman :: People's Internet Ballet furtively performed at -- and secretly broadcasted (as six one-minute live streaming videos) from -- the Basement Toilet in Volksbane at Rosa-Luxemburg Square in Berlin, Germany; # Latitude: 52.31.36.84 N, Longitude: 13.24.43.02 E, Terrain Elevation: 41 m on Sunday, July 9th 2006 at 9 PM GMT+1 (Berlin/Paris local time). "Stromajer and Zorman manipulated a semi-automatic flying cow and eleven robots dancing an internet ballet, MC Brane conducted an MP3 orchestra!"

VolksNetBallet was broadcast in the form of six one-minute streaming videos, almost live, with only two minutes delay. It means that the visitors could see and hear in six steps what had just happened only two minutes earlier during the VolksNetBallet in Volksbahne Basement Toilet. All six videos were edited live in-camera, using only STOP and REC functions, then immediately converted to Real Media files using Real Producer, and finally, transferred to the server for viewing.

Ballettikka Internettikka is an ongoing artistic study of the internet guerrilla performance. After invading The Bolsh.oi Theatre in Moscow (March 2002), La S.cala in Milan (November 2004) and The National Theatre in Belgrade (October 2005), Stromajer and Zorman performed a new guerrilla net ballet, this time in the men's toilet in the basement of Volksbahne Berlin. The artists utilized low-tech mobile and wireless equipment for the invasion and live broadcast: a public unprotected wireless internet connection point (wLAN), available for free at the Rosa-Luxemburg Square in Berlin (ID: Helmut22; signal strength in the basement of Volksbahne: 2/5), free RealProducer (version 11.0) and Live LE software for streaming video and audio live manipulation. Ballettikka Internettikka: VolksNetBallet took place on the very same evening and at the very same time as another huge people's festivity -- the final match of the World Soccer Cup 2006, which also took place in Germany.

Dancing a wireless people's internet ballet in ...

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


Carnivore -- new Version 2.2 now available

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alex galloway:

Carnivore -- new Version 2.2 now available
http://r-s-g.org/carnivore

new features include the ability to log packets to a text file and

the ability to record and playback capture sessions.

questions/comments/suggestions always welcome..

[More....]

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by alex galloway


smoke signals communication

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a hybrid visualization system that explores the dynamic & spatial qualities of smoke & light in relation to contemporary mobile SMS messaging technologies. a real-time smoke & light setup was developed to create a typographic ambient communication environment. local & remote (online) participants are invited to communicate with the project by sending SMS messages to 1 of 2 smoke signals located at the event, which are then visualized via the responsive nature of "ephemeral memory clouds"
see also data smoke & infernoptix pyrotechnic matrix.
[minimaforms.com & flickr.com|thnkx Stephen]

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Originally posted on information aesthetics by infosthetics


GLOWLAB 09: july :: august 2006

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Networks, Mobility, Interventions

The projects in Glowlab 09 examine urban architecture by investigating the social spaces enabled by public networks, mobile communication devices and direct intervention. In viewing the work, one might re-imagine the city as space which is defined through the nature of the interactions that take place within it.

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Public Broadcast Cart by Ricardo Miranda Zuniga: Transforms a shopping cart into a mobile radio station, transmitting via miniFM and the Internet. The Public Broadcast Cart is designed to enable any pedestrian to become an active producer of a radio broadcast by reversing the usual role of the public from audience to producer.

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Hundekopf by Brian House and Sue Huang (Knifeandfork): A location-based narrative project utilizing SMS text-messaging to explore the experience of riding the Berlin Ringbahn.

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Relay: Toronto by Germaine Koh: An architectural intervention that turns a building into a sort of urban lighthouse, relaying text messages received on a mobile phone by flashing the building lights in Morse code.

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Lee Walton's Western Shift by Allard van Hoorn: An open-environment collaboration between researchers, architects, designers, artist, curators and all kind of cultural producers. Its aim is to stimulate fresh ways of looking at urban living and discover alternative solutions.

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SpeedWave by Otino Corsano: A photographic based performance piece inspired by the established location of a regularly monitored Toronto speed trap. A camera on a tripod replaces the laser gun to document waves of local traffic.

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Talking Cities [magazine review] by Krista Jenkins: A review of the recently published Talking Cities magazine, the print accompaniment to the exhibition of the same name, taking place at Zeche Zollverein in Essen, Germany.

Glowlab is an artist-run production and publishing lab engaging urban public space as the medium for contemporary art and technology projects. We track emerging approaches to psychogeography, the ...

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo