Posts for July 2007

The octopulse



The Octopulse is a cute "alien bagpipe" that allows you to control analogue sound synthesis through unconventional means.
The 'tonetacles' of the Octopulse react to movement and light, transferring movements into information for an analogue synthesiser to convert into cacophonous noises.

The soundscape alters perceptions of what music could be and allows the electronic sounds of a synthesiser to be accessed by anyone.

A project by Brit Leissler who designed the fun and smart Soles on Ice.


Originally posted on ../mediateletipos))) by enrique tomás

Philip Ross, nature networks


Philip Ross was one of the artists featured in Rhizome’s Networked Nature exhibition earlier this year. His work consists of designed and constructed controlled environmental spaces which:

nurture, transform, and refine a variety of sculptural artifacts much as one might train the growth of a Bonsai tree.

Two works which look particularly spectacular on his website and employ ideas of networks are Junior Return and Jarred In.

Junior Return

Junior Return (image above) is:

a self-contained survival capsule for one living plant. Four blown glass enclosures provide a controlled hydroponic environment; one holds the plant, another the water reservoir for the plant, the third holds the electronics and pump that control the plant's resources, and the last for the rechargeable battery that gives the energy required to keep the plant alive in this container. An air pump goes off for a few seconds every minute, supplying air to the plant and to the water reservoir. A digital timer counts down from sixty to zero, displaying the time left until the pump will activate. Then, with little notice, a few bubbles appear in the water, the only indication that anything is actually going on.

The latest 'version' of Junior Return is titled Clone Army which consists of ighteen of the small hydroponic units networked together in different formations.

Jarred In

Jarred In (image above) is a sixteen feet tall and twelve feet wide hanging garden installation.

In this garden pairs of plants are housed in life support pods suspended from a chandelier like armature. The roots of the plants swim in illuminated, water filled boxes. Water is pumped up from tall Plexiglas reservoirs resting on the ground. The reservoirs are attached to a central pod on the ground, referred to by the folks at The Exploratorium as "mother ship" and housing six Dwarf ...


See photos of "Networked Nature" exhibitionhere.

Originally posted on Network Research by Rhizome



blog by artist rafael rozendaal


Originally posted on by lauren_cornell

Live Stage: Silophone [online]



Silophone by Lee Rosevere :: July 16, 2007 at 9:30pm EST :: The performance, which will last 35-40 minutes, will be an exclusive live internet event, where Lee will perform new original material from his home studio and stream it to the Silophone. Log on to Silophone to participate in the performance. (Real audio required to listen, Flash required to participate).

'Silophone makes use of the incredible acoustics of Silo #5 (an abandoned grain storage facility in the port of Montreal) by introducing sounds, collected from around the world using various communication technologies, into a physical space to create an instrument which blurs the boundaries between music, architecture and net art. Sounds arrive inside Silo #5 by telephone or internet. They are then broadcast into the vast concrete grain storage chambers inside the Silo. They are transformed, reverberated, and coloured by the remarkable acoustics of the structure, yielding a stunningly beautiful echo. This sound is captured by microphones and rebroadcast back to its sender, to other listeners and to a sound installation outside the building. Anyone may contribute material of their own, filling the instrument with increasingly varied sounds.'

Musicians have created pieces for the Silo in the past, but in this event, an exciting element that makes this even more unique is the fact that anyone who is at the Silophone website can contribute to the concert, either by playing recorded content provided by the websites users, or by phoning or uploading individual sounds. These sounds will be heard simultaneously with Lee's performance, making it a truly unique performance.

To call the Silophone from North America: 1.514.844.5555 From the rest of the world: 001.514.844. 5555. Wait until the second ring, then start talking.

The results of the show will be recorded and released via ...


Originally posted on Networked Music Review by jo

In-Sourcing Art


The new media organization Eyebeam is celebrating its tenth anniversary with three major exhibitions, the first of which is entitled Source Code. On view through August 11, at their massive Chelsea (NYC) space, are works by past and present fellowship holders, many of whom have given Eyebeam a name for blurring the lines between research and creativity, art-making and hacking. These include Cory Arcangel, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Carrie Dashow, Eteam, Alexander Galloway, Nina Katchadourian, Steve Lambert, Golan Levin, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, MediaShed, MTAA, Mark Napier, and neuroTransmitter. While each of these artists has enjoyed a certain level of celebrity within the new media community, Eyebeam supported many of them early in their careers, in an effort to bolster and explore the relationship between technology, our daily lives, and 'creative exploration.' - Marisa Olson


[from marisaolson] DJ Spooky: How a Tiny Caribbean Island Birthed the Mashup



Originally posted on by marisaolson

Open Call to Participate in Perry Bard's Global Remake of Vertov's "Man With A Movie Camera"


New York artist Perry Bard has a new project that requires participants!

via MWAMC website:

Dziga Vertov's 1929 film Man With A Movie Camera records the progression of one full day synthesizing footage shot in Moscow, Riga, and Kiev. The film begins with titles that declare it "an experiment in the cinematic communication of visible events without the aid of intertitles, without the aid of a scenario, without the aid of theater." It is often described as an urban documentary yet the subject of the film is also the film itself from the role of the cameraman to that of the editor to its projection in a theatre and the response of the audience. It is a film within a film made with a range of inventive effects - dissolves, split screen, slow motion, freeze frame-all of which are now embedded in digital editing software.


2008: Man With a Movie Camera is a participatory video shot by people around the world who are invited to record video according to the original script of Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera and submit it to a website which will archive, sequence and deliver the submissions to The Big Screen ( in 2007-08. When the work streams your contribution becomes part of a worldwide montage, in Vertov's terms the "decoding of life as it is."

This website contains every shot in Vertov's 1929 film along with thumbnails representing the beginning middle and end of each shot.

You are invited to interpret Vertov and upload your footage to this site to become part of the database. See the Scene Index.

2008:Man With a Movie Camera will be streamed on four public screens in the UK beginning in October 2007 on the Big Screen Manchester ...


Website for project:

Originally posted on NEWSgrist - where spin is art by Rhizome

ETC Residency Deadline


Sherry Hocking:

The Experimental Television Center announces the next deadline for the Artists in Residency Program, July 15th, 2007, for residencies between September 2007 and January 2008.

The Residency supports contemporary electronic media art projects. The studio workshop environment offers access to an image processing system, intensive individualized instruction and time for exploration and personal creative growth. Artists have an opportunity to study the processes and techniques of analog and digital imaging and to then use the system independently in the creation of new works. Participating artists have complete aesthetic and technical control over all aspects of the making process.

The image processing system is a hybrid tool set which facilitates interactive relationships between older historically important analog instruments such as colorizers and keyers, and new digital technologies using a G5, several G4s, a customized Doepfer A-100 system with sonic and control modules, software including Max/MSP, Jitter and Pluggo, as well as DVD authoring and editing software, DVD Studio Pro and Flash. Recording is mini-DV/DV and DVD. Svhs and 3/4" decks are also available. This rich electronic environment encourages artists to explore boundaries and intersections within narrative, documentary and social issue traditions as well as more experimental forms.

A complete list is available by email and on the web in the News section.

The postmark deadline is July 15th. You are encouraged to email the written materials.


Read through for application procedures.

Originally posted on Raw by Sherry Hocking



Nick Hallett:

HOT! Festival at Dixon Place presents
“conversations in contemporary music”

An evening of original electroacoustic compositions by composer Mikael Karlsson and his collaborator Rob Stephenson, alongside vocalist Nick Hallett’s interpretation of Meredith Monk’s 1972 song cycle for voice and glass, Our Lady of Late. Projections completed at the Experimental Television Center by Brock Monroe add a touch of synesthesia. The works will be woven together to create a fluid journey between expressions of old/new, original/interpreted, poetic/prelinguistic, visual/sonic, and organic/mediated. Contributions from percussionist Sara Marcus and cellist Jason Wingate complete the bill.


HOT! Festival at Dixon Place presents
Nick Hallett and Mikael Karlsson
Thursday, July 19 at 8pm
Dixon Place, 258 Bowery below Houston, 2nd Floor
TIX: $10


Originally posted on Raw by Nick Hallett

Interview with Silicious


+Commissioned by Rhizome+

Interview with Silicious, by Petra Cortright

Berlin-based interdisciplinary artist Kathleen Daniel (aka Silicious) combines painting/ animation, music, costume design, and performance in her video art, which is as-yet still emerging in the fine art world, but has garnered her cult status online. Daniel was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and describes herself as eclectic. She has a humorous, imaginative vision that is evident in her voice, and she sites a challenging upbringing and youth fantasies as inspirations in her work. She says, "I sing for the poor souls closest to the street; the ones who suffer the most." Here she was interviewed by artist Petra Cortright, who incorporates questions posed by fellow fans Olia Lialina and Tom Moody.

PC: You are American, but now live in Germany. What was your motivation for moving abroad? How has it affected your work?

KD: Yes, I am an American, living in Germany. I came here because nothing was happening for me in my country (USA), which is too corporate, though not a problem if youre not relying on a 9 to 5. Living in Germany has not affected my work, because my mind trips 24/7 and living here is nothing but a meatball - nothing major is happening that would change my inner being. My goal is to hype my music and animation to the next level, then return to the States - or at least become international.

[Click-through for the remainder of the interview.]


Originally posted on Raw by Petra Cortright