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Steampunk Mask Fittings

Steampunk Mask Fittings | arslog | Scoop.it

"Designer Richard Symons is no stranger to the absurd. With a fascination of skulls, cyborgs, and steampunk culture, Symons brings some interesting handmade oddities.

The Techno Masks by Richard Symons, although peculiar, scream killer craftsmanship and attention to detail. Any huge fan of cyborgs and steampunk styling will love to own one of these pieces of art.

These are definitely some awesome creations, I just wouldn’t recommend wearing the Techno Masks by Richard Symons outside...."

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Undertaking Transmodern: At the Threshold of the Present Moment :: Call for Submissions — Deadline: April 1.

"The Transmodern Performance Festival cordially invites you to submit scores, ideas, images, essays, plays, poems, parlor games, recipes, instructions for a performance, etc. for a publication on the theme of TRANSmodern. This publication will work as a collection of musings on the state of being “trans” (as in transcendent, transgressive, translated, transmogrified, transgender, transient, etc.) in today’s cultural and political landscape. We are attempting to define and expand upon these concepts through variant media and disciplines. By approaching these fascinating and complex theories from an array of diverse fields and methods we will more adequately represent the multifarious nature of these theories. The Transmodern Performance Festival is constructing a publication which considers its topic not solely through authoritative textual statements but through the visual and the musical — the questioning and the suggesting..."

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Video: Urs Fischer "Skinny Sunrise" at KUNSTHALLE Vienna

"Urs Fischer has installed his show "Skinny Sunrise" at KUNSTHALLE Vienna. With his sculptures he is balancing between grand gestures and pop attitude, playing with light and shadow, gravity, or materiality. Abstract, representational, and figurative artworks made of materials such as styrofoam, mirror glass or wax memorialize the vanitas motif and transience of the world. Curated by Gerald Matt and Angela Stief. February 17th - May 28th, 2012"

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Woman, Art & Technology: Interview with Lynn Hershman Leeson

Woman, Art & Technology: Interview with Lynn Hershman Leeson | arslog | Scoop.it

"Woman, Art & Technology is a new series of interviews on Furtherfield. Over the next year Rachel Beth Egenhoefer will interview artists, designers, theorists, curators, and others; to explore different perspectives on the current voice of woman working in art and technology. I am honored to begin this series with an interview with Lynn Hershman Leeson, a true pioneer in the field who has recently produced !Women Art Revolution- A Secret History.

 

Over the last three decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her pioneering use of new technologies and her investigations of issues that are now recognized as key to the working of our society: identity in a time of consumerism, privacy in a era of surveillance, interfacing of humans and machines, and the relationship between real and virtual worlds. She has been honored by numerous prestigious awards including the 2010-2011 d.velop digital art and 2009 SIGGRAPH Lifetime Achievement Awards. Hershman also recently received the 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, an award which supported her latest documentary film !Women Art Revolution - A Secret History..." - Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

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Polynesian and Escher Inspired Tattoos

Polynesian and Escher Inspired Tattoos | arslog | Scoop.it

"Belgium artist Vincent Hocquet has an interesting tattoo technique that looks like pointillism and watercolor painting. His designs include three-dimensional and geometrical shapes, organic patterns, and optical illusions."

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Brian Eno - Composers As Gardeners

Brian Eno - Composers As Gardeners | arslog | Scoop.it

"My topic is the shift from 'architect' to 'gardener', where 'architect' stands for 'someone who carries a full picture of the work before it is made', to 'gardener' standing for 'someone who plants seeds and waits to see exactly what will come up'. I will argue that today's composer are more frequently 'gardeners' than 'architects' and, further, that the 'composer as architect' metaphor was a transitory historical blip..."

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Call for papers: Third International Conference on Virtual Worlds, July 3 / 5 2012, Paris (La Défense)

"A Virtual World can be defined as a computer-simulated environment with its own physical and biological laws, populated by dynamic interacting entities such as artificial creatures and human avatars. Whereas Virtual Reality largely focuses on the design of 3D immersive spaces, and Artificial Life on the modeling and study of life-like systems, Virtual Worlds embrace both dimensions by synthesizing an entire digital universe. Their design and realization requires competency in various fields from Virtual Reality and Physics to Artificial Life and Ecology, Computer Graphics, High Performance Computing, and more..."

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"Tape Recorders" - MCA Sydney (2011) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Subsculpture 14 motorised measuring tapes, kinect tracking systems, computers, cameras, thermal printer, custom-made hardware and software dimensions variable Rows of motorised measuring tapes record the amount of time that visitors stay in the the installation. As a computerised tracking system detects the presence of a person, the closest measuring tape starts to project upwards. When the tape reaches around 3m high it crashes and recoils back.

Each hour, the system prints the total number of minutes spent by the sum of all visitors. Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.


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Cybernetic Serendipity | Database of Digital Art

Cybernetic Serendipity | Database of Digital Art | arslog | Scoop.it

Cybernetic Serendipity was the first large international exhibition of electronic, cybernetic, and computer art. It took place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, UK, from 2 August to 20 October 1968.

There are reports saying that between 44,000 and 60,000 people visited the show during its more than two months duration. However, ICA did not take real counts.

Jasia Reichardt was the show’s chief curator. She headed a team also comprising Franciszka Themerson (exhibition and graphic design from Gaberbocchus Press, London); Mark Dowson (technological advisor from System Research Ltd., London); Peter Schmidt (music advisor, London).

The idea for the show had emerged when Max Bense visited the 1965 exhibition of concrete poetry at the ICA and responded to Reichardt’s question, “what should I do next?”, by suggesting, she should look into computers. (It should be noted that only shortly before, on 5 February 1965, Bense had opened the first ever show of computer generated art in his Studiengalerie at Technische Hochschule (later: University) Stuttgart.

Cybernetic Serendipity was the first exhibition to attempt to demonstrate all aspects of computer-aided creative activity: art, music, poetry, dance, sculpture, animation. The principal idea was to examine the role of cybernetics in contemporary arts. The exhibition included robots, poetry, music and painting machines, as well as all sorts of works where chance was an important ingredient.


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Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) - Award for Interdisciplinary Art and Science

"Art and science are moving towards one another, discovering common issues and working methods. The creative, imaginative processes in the arts and sciences are similar, whereas the concrete realisation of their results tends to differ. Repeatedly, this difference is the source of productive tension and areas of friction. In all disciplines of the arts and sciences, further developments over recent decades have been characterised by mutual influences and efforts at differentiation. Today, traditional dividing lines between the spheres can no longer be maintained; they are being newly defined and presented in their permeability.
This competition aims to give the impetus and opportunity to artists (fine art, media, architecture, design, music, theatre, visual communication etc.) and scientists to work between the priorities of the arts or between the arts and science..."

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Speaking in Blobjects: A Conversation with Katherine Isbister and Rainey Straus

Speaking in Blobjects: A Conversation with Katherine Isbister and Rainey Straus | arslog | Scoop.it

"In 2006, Katherine Isbister and Kia Höök developed the Sensual Evaluation Instrument (SEI), a tool that evaluates affect and aids in nonverbal communication. Created with artist Rainey Straus while the professors of human-machine interaction were working on a European Union project on emotion and technology, the ‘blobjects’ were tested with a goal of enabling conversations with designers and computer scientists about emotion.

The instruments provoked an unexpected outcome of universality during testing: subjects kindredly selected the same objects to express similar emotions (e.g., a spiky object to express anger or fear). We spoke with Katherine and Rainey over Skype about how these objects came into being, their emotional resonance, and how they’ve developed a life of their own over the years..."

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Nielsen, M.: Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science

Nielsen, M.: Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science | arslog | Scoop.it

"In Reinventing Discovery, Michael Nielsen argues that we are living at the dawn of the most dramatic change in science in more than 300 years. This change is being driven by powerful new cognitive tools, enabled by the internet, which are greatly accelerating scientific discovery. There are many books about how the internet is changing business or the workplace or government. But this is the first book about something much more fundamental: how the internet is transforming the nature of our collective intelligence and how we understand the world."


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OPEN CALL Paraflows .7 EXHIBITION - REVERSE ENGINEERING

"The topic of the seventh festival for digital arts and cultures in the city of Vienna is REVERSE ENGINEERING

 

To achieve a system from an existing thing, to reveal the theory using an example. To reconstruct processes arbitrarily, to employ and reproduce them variably, to make them ready to go into mass production. The word „engineering“ contains the words engine – motor – the drive, and also the word engineer – the technician tasked with the implementation – the driven. Being driven and motivated, eternally progressing in creation, immersing oneself in a project, submerging oneself in new subjects – a sensuos devotion. The artist, as an explorer, as a researcher, experiences a renaissance because of the renewed fusion of the disciplines. The high velocity of the industry,
however, causes artists to no longer be at the forefront of invention – they rather need to reinterpret, repurpose and augment existing technologies and make them accessible to cultural and sociocultural projects.

Art has in fact become a corrective for industry and science. Technology is not only analyzed and used, but also thematized, documented and criticized. Reverse engineering therefore not only signifies understanding and (re)constructing an existing system, but also implies the yearning for improvement or more applicability, also for adaption to changing requirements.

paraflows .7 - REVERSE ENGINEERING is not only a festival that concerns itself with the analysis of existing systems, but it will also use and adapt an existing system in its own formation and structure. The topic of paraflows .7 permeates content and system.

We are looking for artistic positions dealing with the issues as afore mentioned..."

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Any Sufficiently Advanced Civilization is Indistinguishable from Nature

Any Sufficiently Advanced Civilization is Indistinguishable from Nature | arslog | Scoop.it

"In Western cultures, nature is a cosmological, primal ordering force and a terrestrial condition that exists in the absence of human beings. Both meanings are freely implied in everyday conversation. We distinguish ourselves from the natural world by manipulating our environment through technology. In What Technology Wants, Kevin Kelly proposes that technology behaves as a form of meta-nature, which has greater potential for cultural change than the evolutionary powers of the organic world alone.

With the advent of ‘living technologies’ [2], which possess some of the properties of living systems but are not ‘truly’ alive, a new understanding of our relationship to the natural and designed world is imminent. This change in perspective is encapsulated in Koert Van Mensvoort’s term ‘next nature’, which implies thinking ‘ecologically’, rather than ‘mechanically’. The implications of next nature are profound, and will shape our appreciation of humanity and influence the world around us."

 


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Electric Landscapes

Electric Landscapes | arslog | Scoop.it

"Gardens might soon be power plants, scaled up to whole landscapes generating domestic electricity. "With a tangle of bright red cables spilling out from among the plants' roots, this grass is wired to the hilt and produces electricity day and night," New Scientist reports. After all, there is "potential in harvesting electrons released among plant roots" in damp, conductive soil, and this "could eventually generate a significant portion of our domestic electricity needs, making juice that will be even greener than power from solar panels or wind turbines."

Researchers in the Netherlands have narrowed in not on trees or other charismatic megaflora—not future forests sparkling with electrical storms between branches—but on any plant "with shallow roots that thrives in damp or waterlogged soil where oxygen is scarce." More specifically, this means marsh grasses and reeds (though we read that "the technology should have particular appeal in Asia, where it could be used to turn millions of hectares of rice paddies into power stations").

The techniques under study in Holland currently involve a specially designed electrode that can harvest excess electricity from otherwise organic plantlife..."

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Børre Sæthre: Untitled (Wardenclyffe Tower). Installation at Mudam Luxembourg

"The Norwegian artist Børre Sæthre is known for his art installations that remind the viewer of the settings of science-fiction films. His latest installation that has just opened at Mudam Luxembourg is called Untitled (Wardenclyffe Tower). The title is derived from the eponymous tower by the famous inventor Nikola Tesla. With the Wardenclyffe Tower, Tesla wanted to test the transmission of information and energy without connection cables. Tesla wasn’t able to complete his project because of financial problems and the tower was destroyed in 1917.

The installation at the Mudam is a black space that is dominated by a mirror dome and wall that reflect a stroboscobic light and an intense sound. The setting is completed by a head-like sculpture hanging from a rope and a table with monitor that shows a man hurling bolts.

The exhibition, curated by Clément Minighetti runs from February 11 to May 6, 2012..."

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ADA - analog interactive installation / kinetic sculpture by Karina Smigla-Bobinski

"Similiar to Tinguely's «Méta-Matics», is "ADA" an artwork with a soul. It acts itself. At Tinguely's it is sufficient to be an unwearily struggling mechanical being. He took it wryly: the machine produces nothing but its industrial self-destruction. Whereas «ADA» by Karina Smigla-Bobinski, is a post-industrial "creature", visitor animated, creatively acting artist-sculpture, self-forming artwork, resembling a molecular hybrid, such as a one from nano biotechnology. It developes the same rotating silicon-carbon-hybrids, midget tools, miniature machines able to generate simple structures.
«ADA» is much larger, esthetical much complexer, an interactive art-making machine. Filled up with helium, floating freely in room, atransparent, membrane-like globe, spiked with charcoals that leave marks on the walls, ceilings and floors. Marks which «ADA» produces quite autonomously, athough moved by a visitor. The globe obtains aura of liveliness and its black coal traces, the appearance of being a drawing..."

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Melting Bubble Pictorials

Melting Bubble Pictorials | arslog | Scoop.it

"The Lorenzo Oggiano ‘Quasi-Objects’ portrait series features highly conceptual photographs that are a part of the artist’s highly experimental process. A work in progress since its 2010 start, this project is based on a number of 3D generated videos and photographic prints.

Quasi-Objects takes inspiration from the production of biological organisms and ecosystems. Because they are so arbitrary and non-specific, these dynamic images aim to challenge the boundaries of human perception.

Representative of the uncertainty of life, these pieces are often difficult to describe at first glance. From melting bubble forms to organic cell-like captures, the Lorenzo Oggiano Quasi-Objects portrait series is visually intriguing with images that stand apart from the crowd while paving the way for inspiration and encouraging the use of unconventional materials when creating memorable art." - Jana Pijak

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Oron Catts | Brisbane Interview

"To mark the end of the first decade of this millennium, the Gallery presents '21st Century: Art in the First Decade' at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from 18 December 2010 -- 26 April 2011. © 2011 QAG|GoMA

Pioneers in the fields of biological arts, Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr established the Tissue Culture and Art Project (TC&A) in 1996 as an ongoing artistic research and development project into the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression. In December 2010, Catts and Zurr spoke with Naomi Evans, Assistant Curator, Contemporary International Art about the Tissue Culture and Art Project and their contribution to the '21st Century: Art in the First Decade' exhibition which explores the classification of specimens in a changing era of genetic engineering..."


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LPM 2012: Live Performers Meeting, May 31th / June 3rd, Rome, MACRO Contemporary Art Museum

LPM 2012: Live Performers Meeting, May 31th / June 3rd, Rome, MACRO Contemporary Art Museum | arslog | Scoop.it

"LPM XI international live video performers, visual artists and vj meeting May 31 June 3 2012 Macro Rome with 500 artists and 250 performance..."

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"Intuition and Ingenuity" at Lighthouse during Brighton Science Festival, 17–26 Feb 2012

"Intuition and Ingenuity" at Lighthouse during Brighton Science Festival, 17–26 Feb 2012 | arslog | Scoop.it

"Intuition and Ingenuity is a group exhibition that explores the enduring influence of Alan Turing – the father of modern computing - on art and contemporary culture. The exhibition features a group of outstanding artists, including boredomresearch and Roman Verostko, whose work responds to key themes within Turing’s life and work.

Complementing the exhibition are talks led by artists boredomresearch and Alex May, and co-curator of the exhibition Anna Dumitriu. For more information and to book: Artists’ talk: 21 February, 7pm

2012 will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, one of the greatest minds Britain has produced. Between inventing the digital computer and helping to decode the German Enigma machine, to founding the science of artificial intelligence, the world today would have been a very different place without his ideas.

His work on morphogenesis (what makes organisms grow in particular shapes) and the now famous “Turing Test” for machine intelligence have captured the imagination of artists for decades.

This exhibition, which takes its name from Turing’s own writing, brings together a number of important artists from digital art pioneers to emerging contemporary artists, including Roman Verostko, William Latham, Ernest Edmonds, Greg Garvey, Patrick Tresset, Anna Dumitriu and Alex May with newly commissioned work by boredomresearch and Paul Brown..."

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Animating Björk's Biophilia: Q&A With Stephen Malinowski

Animating Björk's Biophilia: Q&A With Stephen Malinowski | arslog | Scoop.it

"Back in the 1970s Stephen Malinowski came up with the Music Animation Machine, an animated graphical interface that represents a musical performance. Instead of traditional musical notation, Malinowski’s interface uses geometric shapes on a bar graph to visualize sounds, making the complexities of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” or Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” easier and more intrinsic to understand for those of us who aren’t versed in the intricacies of musical notation.

Initially conceived as an animation, he used his basic programming skills—honed on an Atari 800—and made the idea into a piece of software. Björk spotted his videos on YouTube and got him on board to provide the animations for the apps in her Biophilia project.

Even though Malinowski came up with the Music Animation Machine 40 years ago, he’s still bursting with ideas, releasing apps like Harmonizer, which is a pitch trainer for infants, and is currently working on a live performance version of his animation software. We chatted with him via Skye about the Music Animation Machine and how it came to be featured in Biophilia..."

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Conveying GE Machine Usage Data: Balancing Art and Visualization

Conveying GE Machine Usage Data: Balancing Art and Visualization | arslog | Scoop.it

"Ben Fry's Fathom Information Design has released the video documentation of 2 interactive visualization installations that are meant to appear on large touch screens in the lobby of GE's headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut. Due to its intended physical setting, the visualization had to work from a distance as well as close by, balancing artistic quality with the fact that the animations were informed by real data, generated by machines in the real world. Accordingly, order, shape, size, direction, and color all have some meaning, and emerging patterns can often be interpreted or evoke thoughts of the actual events and actions that the data signifies...."

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Lovebytes :: Digital Spring, Festival of art, science and technology, Sheffield, 22-24 March 2012

Lovebytes :: Digital Spring, Festival of art, science and technology, Sheffield, 22-24 March 2012 | arslog | Scoop.it

"Lovebytes presents Digital Spring - a festival of art, science and technology at venues across the city of Sheffield, 22-24 March 2012.

Join us for an exciting programme of interactive exhibitions, live art, performance, workshops and educational projects. All events are open to the public, and many are free of charge.

At the heart of this year's festival is Intuition and Ingenuity, an exhibition celebrating the life and influence of Alan Turing, one of the greatest minds Britain has ever produced. From inventing the digital computer and helping to decode the German Enigma machine to founding the science of artificial intelligence, the world today would have been a very different place without his ideas. Intuition and Ingenuity marks the centenary of Turing's birth, with new works by international digital art pioneers and emerging contemporary artists, including Roman Verostko, Ernest Edmonds, boredomresearch, Patrick Tresset, Anna Dumitriu and Alex May..."

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