Posts for July 2007

Emily Jacir - Generation 1.5 artist


Artist Emily Jacir was born in 1970, raised in Saudi Arabia and attended High School in Rome, Italy. In linz diary (2003), Jacir explores the complexities of surveillance by inserting herself into the frame of one of the Austrian city's multiple webcams. Thus, she asserts herself as a resident of both this space and the global network of images residing in unknown locations.

From the current exhibition Generation 1.5 at the Queens Museum of Art.


Originally posted on   by Rhizome

I tag you tag me: a folksonomy of internet art - invitation


Luis Silva just started a new project for TAGallery in Vienna, called 'I tag you tag me: a folksonomy of Internet Art' (, an ongoing colaboratively curated show/social experiment on folksonomy creation and he would like to invite you to be part of it.

I tag you tag me: a folksonomy of Internet art

Social bookmarking allows for users to easily store lists of resources (websites, for instance) and have them available to the public, allowing people with the same interests (or not) to share and have easy acess to relevant information on a specific subject. But the most important feature of social bookmarking lies in the categorization of these resources by the users themselves. Tagging is the word that comes to mind. Tagging consists basicly in the possibility these social bookmarking services have of allowing the users not only to bookmark something, but to informally assign tags (relevant keywords) to it, thus creating meta-data about the tagged resources in a collective way, rather than individually, something that can be seen as a second layer of meaning, but determined by the users rather than the original producer of the content. This is what is called folksonomy, a user-generated taxonomy used to retrieve and categorize web content.

The departure idea for this project is thinking of tagging as curating. If tagging creates meta-data about pre-existing content, it can be seen as the creation of a discourse about it. And if that content happens to be an online artwork, tagging both allows for a subjective juxtaposition of art works and the elaboration of a critical discourse about it. Curating then. But this isn't new. This is regular curating done in a schematic way, using a different tool to get the job done. But since tagging is ...


Originally posted on Raw by Luis Silva

Copy your Idols!


Periferiak 07. Special edition

Copy your idols!
Plunderphonia, appropriation and copy

From the 3rd to the 6th of July at Arteleku, Bilbao.
Coordinated by: Xabier Erkizia, Oier Etxeberria, Miren Jaio
Guests: John Oswald, Voluble, eRIKm & Rick Prelinger.

Periferiak 07 is a programme of projects developed around the idea of editing. As far as audio is concerned, editing emerges as the only possible working methodology. Copy your idols! is the second part of the symposium entitled under the same name, held from the 25th to the 30th of June 2007 in Bilbao. These meetings also aim to reflect on the concepts of appropriating, copying and manipulating sound, and to share the experience of international thinkers and creators who use these as creative tools in their work


Originally posted on by ana.otero

Free and Radical


Noema is the first Brazilian gallery within Second Life. Its managers are Sao Paulo-based scholar Abel Reis and artist and curator Giselle Beiguelman, whose show 'nowhere/anywhere/somewhere' inaugurated Noema's series of exhibitions last March. According to Beiguelman, Noema is a 'nomadic gallery,' existing mostly as a virtual entity but operating also in real spaces, as occurred with the public presentation of Marcus Bastos's short film 'Free Radicals.' The work was part of the cultural program of a party celebrating freedom that took place in April at the famous Sao Paulo club, Vegas. First scholar Lucia Santaella discussed the concept of freedom and then local VJs Spetto, Lucas Bambozzi, duVa, and Helga Stein performed live remixes of Bastus's piece, creating a new version of it that now stands side-by-side with the original. On view until July 15, 'Free Radicals' brings together the voice of different individuals, which meditate about free-will, today and in the past, with VJ-style sequences of images of the interviewees and urban landscapes. Bastos thus evokes the resistance to the Brazilian dictatorship that ended in the mid-1980s to examine the notion and practices of liberty in contemporary society, in general, and Brazil in particular. - Miguel Amado


Tracking Michael Jackson's Glove Online


A research project roped thousands of volunteers into some Michael Jackson-watching, with entertaining results.
Published by David F. Gallagher.

The White Glove Tracking project was created by Evan Roth and Ben Engebreth, with the backing of the art-and-technology groups Rhizome and Eyebeam. Web-surfing volunteers were invited to view frames of Michael Jackson's legendary performance of "Billie Jean" on a 1983 television special and pinpoint the location of Mr. Jackson's white glove.

The glove trackers tackled the job just for fun, finishing the job in 72 hours back in May thanks to a surge of traffic from Digg and other sites. The data they produced is now available online and has already been put to some highly creative uses. My favorite is this clip by Zach Lieberman, in which the "Billie Jean" video has been automatically cropped to focus obsessively on the glove. The result is something like watching "The Glove, Live on Stage, Wearing Michael Jackson." (Frames with no glove, like those at the beginning, are black.)



White Glove Tracking is a 2007 Rhizome Commission.

Originally posted on Bits by Rhizome

The Future of Geotagged Audio


geotagging example

For my inaugural post to this blog, I’d like to write about something I’ve been thinking about lately, and hopefully begin a discussion on it. Namely, what to make of geotagged audio samples and recordings. In case you’re not familiar with the term, geotagging is the practice of assigning geographic coordinates to a piece of media like a recording or photo as a form of metadata. In one incarnation, such as on the Freesound project, geotagged samples are layered over Google maps, allowing one to zoom in on any spot on the planet and potentially find samples tagged to specific geographic locations. As numerous startups and one very large corporation (beginning with a ‘G’ and ending with ‘oogle’) have realized, the commercial potential of geotagging is huge. But we hear less about its scientific potential and, of importance here, its aesthetic potential.

Scientifically, geotagged audio has potential in areas such as the environmental sciences. As one example, imagine taking annual recordings of a section of forest over many years, studying the variations or declines in population of certain bird species via their prominence in the recordings. This has likely already been done, but then imagine putting those incremental recordings into the public sphere via an application like Google Earth.

Of course, as an artist, I am primarily interested in the aesthetic potential of this technology. Currently on Freesound (and hopefully soon on Google Earth too), one can navigate around a map of the world, looking for and listening to geotagged samples, downloading them if one is interested in using them further. However, once the geotagged sample is downloaded and separated from its coordinates, it becomes just another field recording without any accompanying data. For a geotagged sample or recording to be of value compositionally � as a ...


Originally posted on Networked Music Review by peter

Piksel07 deadline extended!



The deadline for project submissions to Piksel07 has been extended to july 31. 2007!

Please see the open call for submission guidelines:

and use the submission form for project proposals:

Piksel is an international event for artists and developers working with open source audiovisual software, hardware & art. Part workshop, part festival, it is organised in Bergen, Norway, by the Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts (BEK) and involves participants from more than a dozen countries exchanging ideas, coding, presenting art and software projects, doing workshops, performances and discussions on the aesthetics and politics of FLOSS + art.

More info:



Originally posted on Raw by 220hex

IDPS (IDentity Protection System)



Bonjour les enfants, here's another project seen at the RCA's Great Exhibition in London.

With IDPS (IDentity Protection System), interaction designer Miquel Mora is proposing a new way to protect our visual identity from the invasion of ubiquitous surveillance cameras. He had a heap of green stickers that could stick to your jacket. Or anywhere else. The sticker blurred your image on the video screen.

"With the IDPS project I wanted to sparkle debate about all the issues related to identity privacy," explains Miquel. "Make people think about how our society has become a complete surveillance machine. Our identities have already been stored as data in many servers ready to be tracked. And our self image is our last resort. So we really need tools to protect our privacy. We need tools that can allow us to hide or reveal our visual image. We must have the control over it."

0alalaomo.jpg"For example in one scenario a girl is wearing a tooth jewellery with IDPS technology embedded. So when she smiles she reveals it and it triggers the camera to protect her. With IDPS users can always feel comfortable, knowing that with a simple gesture like smiling, they are in control. The IDPS technology could be embedded in all kind of items, from simple badges to clothes or jewellery. For the working prototype I'm using Processing to track the stickers and pixelate the image around when it founds one."

Couldn't help but ask Miquel how visitors of the exhibition reacted to his project, are they still bothered by surveillance cameras these days?

"I think people like it first because it's fun to play with but then everyone says that yes, we should have tools like that to protect our privacy. And although everyone is used to ...


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

VJam Theory - Our Third Small Project


VJam Theory - Our Third Small Project

This small project aims at extending the discussions, started with the Let’s Chat sessions, in time and depth. Instead of a chat room, where conversations happen in the moment and at a quick pace, this time we are using blogs to let the discussion flow more reflectively.

With these Small Projects we aim at experimenting, with ways of writing as community, using the available tools online. For this project, a group of moderators, by posting to the blog as a single user, build a collective text.

We would like to invite you to join the blog as visitor by commenting on each post. Comments require registration.

Themes for each blog:
July: The performer
August: The performance
September: Interactors, audiences and participators

Any media supported by the blog is allowed. You should reference, in your comments, all information including your own work as rigorously as possible.

At the end of the project, three collective texts will be made by distinct groups of collaborators. The blogs will be closed and the resultant texts (main body and comments) compiled and available online at the VJ Theory website. We are also looking at ways to publish the finished texts elsewhere.


Originally posted on Raw by VJ Theory

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"Box" (2006) is a multimedia boxing performance by Paul Litherland. Using gloves hooked into wireless gameboy controllers, two boxers control videos via programs written using MAX/MSP/Jitter by Patrice Coulombe.


Originally posted on VVORK by mail