Posts for May 2006

Perpetual Apocalypse

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End-of-the-world scenarios have always been big in cinema, but 'Em/bedded,' a large-scale, calculatedly chaotic multimedia installation by artists Alan Sondheim and Leslie Thornton, makes Hollywood's imaginings look tame. The project combines Sondheim’s videos of morphing cyborgian bodies dancing or engaged in orgiastic sex with Thornton’s bloody images of war and her video exploration of the effects of new technologies and violence on our lives. Both are juxtaposed with relics of the past--photographs, book, souvenirs, old prints--that anticipate the decline and fall of language and civilization via technology. Em/bedded assaults the viewer with the images and sounds of an ongoing battle between love and death. Its multi-sensory information overload conveys visions of a futuristic, endlessly mutating Armageddon. Sondheim's laptop performance on the show's opening night, May 27, will feature his real-time written commentary (think improvisatory poetry by an Allen Ginsberg/Leonard Cohen hybrid) overlaid upon a montage of video, audio, and text fragments. Em/bedded will be on view at Santa Monica, California's Track 16 Gallery through June 24. - Marcia Tanner

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Originally posted on Rhizome News by Rhizome


Embedded - Alan Sondheim in Santa Monica

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We’re Alan Sondheim fans here at dvblog.
When so much work on the web is banal & lacking in ambition
he is an antidote, a tonic, a reason to hope.
His restless energy & intelligence transmute everything
he engages with into art (remember Picasso & those handlebars?)
Those living in the Santa Monica area can see his installation
‘embedded’ (also including work by filmmaker Leslie Thornton)
at the Track 16 gallery from May 27th to June 24th.
This Saturday Sondheim will be performing live at the gallery
as part of the opening event, something not to be missed.

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I thought I'd also reblog this second post on Alan Sondheim to give you a sense of what his videos look like. ~mo

Originally posted on DVblog by editorial


The Instant Drawing Machine

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The Drawing Center will soon host an exhibition of wall drawings and scrolls made using the Instant Drawing Machine. Created by Oliver Halsman Rosenberg and Clint Taniguchi (also known collectively as Crust and Dirt), the project involved a roaming webcam that gave pedestrians the opportunity to intimate their wishes and dreams, which would then be drawn instantly by the duo using the IDM. The opening reception will take place on June 16th, followed by an artists’ talk on June 17th.

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Originally posted on Glowlab by Rhizome


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Yokomono consists of 10 small car-shaped record players, a corresponding set of FM radios and two mixing desks. The cars, known as “vinyl killers,” have been customised with wireless FM transmitters. As they spin around the vinyl, they transmit their signal to the FM radios tuned to a special Yokomono frequency. This transmission is then mixed, edited and manipulated in real-time by members of the Staalplaat Soundsystem.

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Further sound installations by Staalplat Soundsystem.

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Originally posted on VVORK by Rhizome


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Melter 02 by Takeshi Murata.

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Originally posted on VVORK by Rhizome


Video: Fijuu2 3D Sound Toy, in Action

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Fijuu2 is the kind of art that seems to have dropped in from a wormhole from the future. It’s tough to describe, a rotating three-dimensional world in which visitors can sculpt glitchy and resonating sounds, represented by fluid 3D models, all using a standard PlayStation2 controller. We got a chance to see some stills earlier this month, from London's Cybersonica show where the latest version of the work was installed. Now, the artist has shared a video, and you can really see what this is all about:


The best news is, thanks to the rapidly-expanding real-time 3D capabilities of consumer computers, this could be just the tip of an iceberg. A pulsating, glitchy, morphing iceberg. Further details at the project site. Thanks to Chris O’Shea, Cybersonica curator and sumo of pixels.

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Originally posted on createdigitalmusic.com by Peter Kirn


Art Interactive

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Urban Networks

Urban Networks--June 9-August 6, 2006--features five interactive art projects that examine social encounters and explorations in urban places. The works in this exhibition employ a range of technological devices that create urban community connections and offer insights into how emerging technologies might play an alternative role in our experience of everyday urban life.

Finishing School presents two projects Meet/Greet and Write/Send from the Public Interaction Objects (PIO) series. Engineered to create meaningful interaction with individuals in various public contexts, each object is informed by varying cultural customs, market economies, lifestyle, entertainment and commercial technologies.

Imaging Place by John (Craig) Freeman is a site-specific installation that consists of an interactive, location-based, virtual reality environment. The Imaging Place method uses a combination of panoramic photography, digital video, and three-dimensional technologies to investigate, document, and map locations.

Objects of Wonderment created by Urban Atmospheres is the first in a series of new public artifacts that are designed to expand our expectations of mobile phones as they transcend beyond personal connections and begin to interface directly with locations. Combining Bluetooth sensing technology with a newly fabricated public object, this work dynamically generates new urban sonic experiences.

Primarily operating outside of the gallery La rue c'est mise a nu par ses orielles, partout (the street is stripped bare by her ears, everywhere) by URBANtells, is comprised of numerous, micro am transmitters tuned to the same frequency and placed within the Central Square neighborhood.

Disembodied Voices by Jody Zellen is a multi-sensory interactive installation that explores the differences between public and private life and how the global phenomenon of public cell-phone conversations have become a ubiquitous irritant in contemporary society.

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


Drones and music charts at the bitforms gallery

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bitforms gallery has just opened an exhibition with works by Bjoern Schuelke and by R. Luke Dubois.

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Schuelke is showing 12 of his Solar Kinetic Objects, sculptures powered and adorned by solar cells, some which employ tiny red blinking lights and propellers.; Nervous a fluffy bright ball of fur that shakes, emits beeps and funny sounds as viewers move closer to it (video from Beap04); the Aerophon #4, a motorized pipe organ that responds to motion with bellows of sound and compression of the instrument's body.

R. Luke Dubois' works explore the constructions of pop-cultural ephemera and its temporal value structure.

Billboard, a 37-minute sound installation for iPod, uses all the songs that topped Bilboard's Hot 100 chart chronologically since August 1958. Each of the 857 songs plays for one second, representing each week the song stayed at #1.

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Billboard and Academy

His video installation Academy arrays algorithmically determined visual averages of all the past Academy Award "Best Picture" winners since 1927, smearing film sets and actors together in time. In a third installation, Play, the flickering faces of every Playboy Magazine centerfold from the publication's first 50 years (1953 to 2004) meld together, emerging with a collective portrait.

The exhibition runs until July 15, 2006, at the bitform gallery, New York.

Via see art/make art. Images courtesy of the gallery. PDF of the press release.

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Interchange

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Showing at the Cybersonica 06 Sonic Art Exhibition.

Created by Wojceich Kosma, Interchange is an audiovisual piece controlled by the Playstation Portable gaming device. The player performs some composed graph score consisting of 98 boxes. Each box represents a note and a shape. The number inside the box is a pitch/length of loop. The player is free to choose any box and make any rhythmical entrance. Dynamics are defined.

Interchange explores the relations between the sound and image on the primary level. The custom software was developed for PSP interface and audio visual unification.

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Originally posted on Pixelsumo by chris


Tools for Travelling Streamers

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The fact that tactical media artist Adam Hyde is a traveller manifests itself in his work in many ways. For example, he recently established a mobile low-res artist's residency in a campervan in New Zealand; the mobicast system he developed in collaboration with Luka Prinic was first used on the Tran-Siberian Express; and his latest production comes in a suitcase. The Streaming Suitcase is a portable box of tricks for Hyde's streaming workshops on free and open source software. The project's website makes these tools available to the greater public, along with blueprints creating a 'secondary economy' for information. Visitors will find manuals offering plain-language instructions for streaming audio and video over the internet, as well as a glossary of terms and a handy list of links. The suitcase can help one learn the basics of Linux and PureData, and even build their own mini FM transmitter. In the true spirit of open source, Hyde invites viewers to 'have a browse and take what you want.' - Helen Varley Jamieson

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