Posts for 2007

Evolutionary musical organism

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Bacterial Orchestra is a self-organizing evolutionary musical organism made of audio cells. Every cell -consisting of microphone and a loudspeaker- listens to its surroundings and picks up sounds trying to play them back in sync with what it hears. It can be the background noise, people talking or sound played by other cells. Every cell is simple, but together they create a complex whole.

Every cell is born with a unique set of characteristics (its DNA) that control the way it will react to sound. If it's not fit enough, the cell dies and is reborn with a new DNA (you can also adopt a cell, btw.)

The result is a musical organism adapting to its environment, evolving with neighbouring cells and spectators and becoming musically smarter and smarter.

The piece was developed by Olle Corneer, Christian Horgren and Martin Lubcke. I asked Olle a couple of questions about the Bacterial Orchestra:

What motivated you to make this installation?

We are really interested in systems that are self-organizing and has it's own life. You never know what would will be created in the end. The only thing you could do is to give birth to the creation. Then wait. I have been interested in sound installations for a while now, but I often think that they're more "sound" than "music". This is musical organism. It might sound a bit random, but it creates music. All sounds from the Bacterial Orchestra are played in interaction with the other cells and with sounds in the room. It's music.
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Any plan to show the installation at other venues or to keep on improving it?

Yes, we have just showed it one time. First we are interested in showing it in another environment - since it will react competely different. We ...

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Camp Campaign

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'How is it that a camp like Guantanamo Bay can exist in our time?,' ask artists Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri in their latest project, Camp Campaign, commissioned by New York's Art in General. Last summer Anastas and Gabri visited detention camps and other types of camps in the USA, meeting with fellow artists, scholars, and activists. They recorded these field trips, generating a set of documents examining the country's political landscape. They were particularly interested in the different manifestations of 'states of exception,' as in the case of the government's suspension of federal law in the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay camp. The artists built the website campcampaign.info to expand upon their project by regularly posting journalistic accounts of their activities and reference essays on the topic. Currently on view at Art in General, the Camp Campaign exhibition represents the culmination of this work. Anastas and Gabri have created an installation that masquerades as one made by two fictional artists, complete with a program for the gallery, formatted like a Hollywood movie script. This treatment brings a level of surrealism to the contemplation of what feels like an implausible political context. In this way, the show is not merely an archival display of their journey, but a step forward into their inquiry of governing principles created in the name of security. - Miguel Amado

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Ida Ekblad

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Ida Ekblad makes work based on Internet research. She was featured in the Copy and Paste Show, one of the online exhibitions in the Rhizome Time Shares series.

Originally posted on supercentral by cabbie


Jan 30: Loud Objects, Zach Layton, Sawako live at the Gershwin

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Tuesday, Jan 30: curated by Neke Carson, Loud Objects (Tristan Perich, Kunal Gupta, Katie Shima) will be joined by sine-wave sensualist Zach Layton at the Gershwin Hotel, a place that has been home to many artists in the past. The Loud Objects -- working with smoking soldering irons on an overhead projector -- wire up live musical circuits, manipulating electronic music. Zach Layton will accompany this dense soundtrack with an enveloping sonic fabric woven out of pure sinusoidal oscillations. Beautiful miss sound-scape Sawako will open the night, so please don't be late!

Jan 30, 2007, 8PM
Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th (between 5th Ave and Madison)
$10/$5 student

Links:
Loud Objects - http://www.loudobjects.com
Zach Layton - http://www.zachlaytonindustries.com
Sawako - http://www.troncolon.com
Gershwin Hotel - http://www.gershwinhotel.com

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Tristan Perich


Goodnight/Good-bye

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0troiooih.jpgAnother one of my favourite projects at the RCA Design Interactions show: Tuur Van Balen's Larry's Pillow - Goodnight/Good-bye.

If you're one of the very few who actually listen to the security announcement made just before take off on a plane, then you know that in case of emergency you're supposed to adopt a "brace position." Apparently the only thing the brace position can do for you is preserve your dental records in case of a crash. It keeps your teeth close to your seat number and makes identification easier for the forensic team.

Larry's Pillow gives you back some of the control you crave for in a moment of flight danger. In case of emergency, it helps you to take the brace position and straps you up securely. If you then choose to pull the tag, the pillow will inflate and suffocate you. You're thus in control over your own life and death. As the sense of losing all control not only exists in aeroplanes, in development are pillows designed for the office and domestic environment. For stockbrokers, board-members, housewives and teenagers.

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Biojewelry

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Biojewelry developed by Tobie Kerridge and Nikki Stott, combines biotech and design to give a new emphasis to debates concerning genetics.
Biojewelry allows two persons to undergo a biopsy, in which each of them has a sample of their bone cells removed. The tissue is harvested in a lab, grown until a mass of bone has developed and used as a material for a ring. The rings can then be exchanged as a symbol of their relationship.

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Originally posted on Invisible Red by Rhizome


Come Tag a Tower in Rotterdam with the G.R.L.

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Calling all writers, street artists, prankster, bikers, protesters, citizens and untouchables! The Graffiti Research Lab will be in Rotterdam from February 7th through the 10th. We're taking control of the Renzo Piano KPN Telecom Building and turning the Kop Van Zuid into the People's Revolutionary Green Laser Light District. We are turning the 37 x 72 meter screen into a place to display your uncurated animations and graphics. The back-side of the KPN is becoming a giant open wall you can write on with a BFL (big fucking laser). And throughout the week, the G.R.L. will venture outside the green zone on sorties to laser tag and projection bomb the city of Rotterdam on the BORF riot bike. To find out how to join us click here.

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Originally posted on Eyebeam reBlog by powderly


Team Assignment

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Team Assignment; Fantastic New Image Blog.

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Originally posted on The Copyright Convention by mbs


I-MEDIA 07 Call for Papers

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Via: Arno Scharl
Call for Papers

I-MEDIA 07
FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGY
5-7 September 2007
Graz, Austria

http://www.i-media.tugraz.at

Media technologies are currently facing challenges and opportunities arising from a number of trends: Under the Web 2.0 umbrella, social aspects of software are gaining importance, and a new focus on simplicity in user interface design is taking hold. New display devices (e.g. e-paper) and client software (e.g. geo-browsers) revolutionize the production and consumption of media products such as newspapers.
At the same time, semantic technologies are maturing to the point where their broad adoption becomes almost inevitable. In conjunction with new media, semantic technologies and social software catalyze virtual communities by matching people of similar interests, browsing behavior, or geographic location.
Acknowledging these fundamental changes, I-MEDIA will bring together traditional media companies, new media start-ups and academics to shape the future of media technology, and to make the most of distributed text, audio and video resources.
Submission Deadlines and Authors Guidelines
http://www.i-media.tugraz.at/style_guide.html

02 Apr 2007: Full paper submission (4-8 pages)
21 May 2007: Notification of acceptance
25 Jun 2007: Final version (8 pages)
5-7 Sep 2007: I-MEDIA Conference

Paper Upload

http://www.i-media.tugraz.at/submission
File types: PDF (preferred), MS Word

Kind regards,

Frank Kappe, Arno Scharl, Werner Haas, Klaus Tochtermann
I-MEDIA Conference Chairs

(e) i-media@know-center.at
(w) http://www.i-media.tugraz.at

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Originally posted on Nettime-ann relay by nettime-ann


Mobile Persuasion, this week at Stanford

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On Friday, Stanford University is hosting the Mobile Persuasion conference, which "will bring together over 200 innovators, researchers, and companies creating mobile technologies that change people’s beliefs and behaviors. Applications include health, commerce, activism, social networking, advertising, conservation, and mobile gaming. This full-day event will feature expert talks and panels on how mobile technology can change attitudes and behaviors."

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Originally posted on Water Cooler Games by Rhizome