Posts for March 2007



Aperture is a facade installation which functions as an interactive display. The display is created using iris diaphragms which together create an interactive matrix. Iris diaphragms are apertures with a variable opening diameter. The single apertures in the grid react to varying intensities of incoming light by altering their diameters correspondingly. This feature makes passers-by able to influence the opening diameter of the iris diaphragms by their movement in front of the facade, thus creating a display capable of depicting the people moving by, while at the same time being a new channel for communication between the inside and outside of a building.

Aperture is created by Frederic Eyl and Gunnar Green from the University of the Arts Berlin.

Check out the video of the functioning prototype built by Frederic Eyl and Gunnar Green.

The apertures react to varying intensities of incoming light by altering their diameters correspondingly.

This creates a display capable of depicting people moving by.


Originally posted on digitalexperience by lmailund

iMac night light


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Samantha writes -

I turned the shell of my dead iMac into a bedside lamp with an LED light from IKEA. Mmm, limelight!

Diary of a Necromancer - Little Miss Cleverpants - Link.


Originally posted on MAKE Magazine by Rhizome

Electrofringe call for proposals


Electrofringe (Newcastle, Australia) 2007 is now calling for proposals for this year’s festival from artists, media makers, curators, researchers, writers, producers, enthusiasts... anyone really. Also we are calling for submissions of both online works and screen works for inclusion in this year's festival.



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Electrofringe is a 5-day festival of electronic arts and culture featuring national and international artists and occurring as part of the ‘This Is Not Art’ festival in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. The festival is dedicated to unearthing emergent forms, presenting innovative work and encouraging participants to explore technology collaboratively through skills development and exchange.


Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome

Contemporary Home Computing


Just checking out Contemporary Home Computing, a webzine by Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied, with articles and blogs about our favorite appliance, its metaphors, and its place (or willed absence) in the culture at large. The perspective here is low-res and retro (in a good, non-Ludditic way). Sample article: Espenschied's Where did the computer go?, considering the drive to dematerialize hard drives and screens in the home and workplace, bringing us closer to the Platonic ideal of data as pure light and air. Kind of like factory farming, where meat magically appears in stores in shrink-wrapped cubes and the slaughter and biochemistry takes place somewhere else.


Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody

As the Web Turns


It's safe to assume that artist Seibren Versteeg, whose work deals with the overwhelming amount of information in our lives, was not swept up in the Web 2.0 frenzy that pulsed through the MSM and the blogosphere this past year. 'Nothing Was,' his solo exhibition at Max Protetch gallery in New York, takes a more critical approach to the increase of content online. 'Time Waits For No One' (2007) presents Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year issue with the phrase 'No. 1' written in black marker over the cover's reflective surface -- designed to honor the digital everyman or, officially, 'You.' The marker, which also selectively crosses out other text on the page, playfully inscribes the persistence of an ego-driven culture onto an issue that celebrates a new kind of 'digital democracy.' One of two generative videos in the show, 'As The World Turns' (2006) features the artist chain smoking at a small table and holding up cue cards onto which the daily synopsis of the American soap opera is live-fed. The large-scale print 'Something for Everyone' (2007) features 300,000 Google image results that appear like colorful specks in a landscape that seems to stretch on infinitely. In this piece, and throughout the show, the artist questions what is gained and also what is lost in a culture in which visual information is proliferating daily. - Lauren Cornell


Ambient Addition in Rio De Janeiro


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Opening March 19th, 2007, the FILE festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, will include a special version of Noah Vawter's Ambient Addition project. In this special incarnation, the project will be mounted inside a public bus, nicknamed Mavesonica, in order to present music synthesized from traffic noise to travelers.



Originally posted on Computing Culture by Rhizome

Time at Threshold artspace


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Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall, Horsecross, Mill Street, Perth
Preview 10am-7pm, Saturday 3 March
Exhibition 3 March-11 May
Open daily 10am-7pm
Curated by Iliyana Nedkova

How do we experience the course and pace of time - from the changes in the seasons, to the tick-tock of antique time devices or futuristic time machines. Lose your sense of time with our new group exhibition at the Threshold artspace. Rediscover more than 25 works from our permanent collection including a dozen new additions. It will take you about 2 hours in one visit or simply keep coming back for small helpings at a time!

Artists include Assikainen + Macedo + Tavakol, John Butler, Susan Collins, Lei Cox, Dalziel + Scullion, Olle Essvik, Matt Green, David Hay, Beverley Hood, Nicolas Marechal, Chou Shengfang, Prema Murthy, Dan Perjovschi, Rafaël Rozendaal, Thomson + Craighead, Michael Windle, Windle + Cope, and

Masque - John Butler

Masque - John Butler
Threshold Wave

Time is money and horror suggests this 3D visualisation of an Occult Transaction Space. A story of the Prime Contractors who map out the rules of engorgement. In their own words: “We are best in breed and first in line. We do it all. No returns, no refunds, no kidding.” The rules may be made public but are typically only fully known to the force that intends to use them. An homage to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death and Lev Manovich’s ‘database narrative’.

Born in 1959 in Dublin, John lives and works in Glasgow. His works have been shown in various contexts including television, Internet and contemporary art galleries. Recently he has exhibited in Berlin, Utrecht, Linz and Madrid. This is his first exhibition in Perth.

Weather Gauge - Thomson & Craighead

Weather Gauge - Thomson+Craighead
Threshold Stage

Tune in to the live rhythm of time and space. Marvel at numerical data ...


Originally posted on Art Research Communication by chris

The Growing Phenomenon of “INTERNET”


A great document of the beginning of the “Internet” as a global phenomenon from the early 90s. Pretty hilarious to listen to how they talk about the Internet as this “other world” that is so different and unique from the “real world”.

“Computer communication is not much like most “human communication”" has to be one of my favorites lines in this. Def worth a watch for a hit of nostalgia.


Originally posted on coin-operated by jonah

Email Clock



A networked clock that reads email

Like every person who spends most of his day in front of a computer, Tom Igoe is obsessed by his email. Researcher and Teacher at NYU Interactive Teleccommunications Program (ITP), he can't stop checking his inbox constantly. Unfortunately the evolution of the email programs, that alert the users as soon as a message comes in, is Email Clock feeding this obsession. This is why Igoe decided to invent a device that hopefully will allow him to get rid of the anxiety generated by the email flow. It's called Email Clock, it's a work in progress and consists in an analogic clock that reads email. This Newtworked Sculpture, as its author refers to it, would run at a normal pace when there is no email waiting , but every new kilobyte of email would drive it hyperactively forward. A java application living on an application server would check Tom's email accounts, noting when new data arrived. With each new message, the application would send the number of bytes to a microcontroller attached to the internet. The microcontroller would then move the clock. If this device is going to be successful in allevieting anxiety over the inbox is not certain. However it is a good example of what Physical Computing is, that is an approach to learning how humans communicate through computers that starts by considering how humans express themselves physically. Taking the body as a given, physical computing researchers have to learn how a computer converts the changes in energy given off by our bodies, in the form of heat, light, sound, and so forth, into changing electronic signals that it can read interpret. In this case the computer will hopefully absorb the bad vibes produced by anxiety - The irony that hides ...


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

Visualizing the Blogosphere


TwinglyIt's old news (to some), but I finally got around to playing with the Twingly blog visualizer (via 3PointD). For those who can't tell from the picture to the right or from the video at the bottom of this post, Twingly is a downloadable application that displays a rotating 3D globe that includes plotted locations of blog posts as they occur in real-time. Basically, the longer you let it run, the more you'll see where blog activity is occurring around the globe. Statistics for each country are available in the big ring circumnavigating the globe. The application is available for download here and you can even turn it into your screensaver.

Google has something similar to this at their headquarters that plots geographic search volumes on a giant globe, also, although that isn't available for public consumption. Overall, the direct marketing applications of something like this are probably pretty low, but it may provide for interestingly analysis and it's certainly an excellent graphical representation of the blogosphere.

Another great example of this is the application (the link appears to be down at the moment), which allows you to plot data from any external database on a giant 3D globe.

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Originally posted on The Future of Media by Jeff Berg