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Man And Nature Collaborate To Create Crystalized Project

Man And Nature Collaborate To Create Crystalized Project | arslog | Scoop.it

"Last month, Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka was named Creator of 2012 by NOW! Design à Vivre, an award given to the most influential figures in design and architecture. The honor follows an exhibition at the Maision & Object in Paris, where Tokujin displayed his award-winning piece, Crystalized Project.

In 2007, Tokujin started researching crystalized objects, creating a process of chemical synthesis during which he is able to guide the development of crystals on a surface or within an enclosure. Essentially, he allows minerals to accumulate on the surface of the medium, which becomes coated in crystalline structures. Beyond that simple explanation, the specifics of the process remain a trade secret the artist holds close.

Tokujin sees Crystalized Project as a collaboration between the human artistic sense and the inadvertent beauty produced in nature..."

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The Taxidermy Sculptures of Les Deux Garcons

The Taxidermy Sculptures of Les Deux Garcons | arslog | Scoop.it

"No matter where you stand on the "taxidermy as art" debate, it is beyond question that some fascinating and dramatic work is being produced in the genre. Les Deux Garcons, the Netherlands based artist duo of Michel Vanderheijden van Tinteren and Roel Moonen, obtain ethically sourced (we checked) creatures from taxidermists and vets to craft their wondrous chimeras and fantastical siamese twins. Reveling in the whimsically absurd as well as providing subtle commentary on the role of animals in mankind's world, Les Deux Garcons fanciful beasts are shocking and compelling at the same time. - Kirsten Anderson"

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A Transmedia Look at the Biophilia Live Tour and Education Series

A Transmedia Look at the Biophilia Live Tour and Education Series | arslog | Scoop.it

"As part of Björk’s Biophilia project, Björk has released a music album, an app album, and a traditional music video. I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the live tour, the culmination of the project, and was lucky enough to see her performance Monday night, as well as the educational exhibit at the New York Hall of Science."

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Computational Culture

"Computational Culture is an online open-access peer-reviewed journal of inter-disciplinary enquiry into the nature of the culture of computational objects, practices, processes and structures.

The journal’s primary aim is to examine the ways in which software undergirds and formulates contemporary life. Computational processes and systems not only enable contemporary forms of work and play and the management of emotional life but also drive the unfolding of new events that constitute political, social and ontological domains. In order to understand digital objects such as corporate software, search engines, medical databases or to enquire into the use of mobile phones, social networks, dating, games, financial systems or political crises, a detailed analysis of software cannot be avoided.

A developing form of literacy is required that matches an understanding of computational processes with those traditionally bound within the arts, humanities, and social sciences but also in more informal or practical modes of knowledge such as hacking and art.

The journal welcomes contributions that address such topics and many others that may derive and mix methodologies from cultural studies, science and technology studies, philosophy of computing, metamathematics, computer science, critical theory, media art, human computer interaction, media theory, design, philosophy.

Computational Culture publishes peer-reviewed articles, special projects, interviews, and reviews of books, projects, events and software. The journal is also involved in developing a series of events and projects to generate special issues."

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Kristoffer Gansing Censors Augmented Reality Artist

Kristoffer Gansing Censors Augmented Reality Artist | arslog | Scoop.it

"On netbehaviour, Tamiko Thiel wrote: “Today at the Transmediale in Berlin, Germany’s most important media art festival, Transmediale director Kristoffer Gansing censored augmented reality artist Tamiko Thielin a discussion billed as an “open conversation.”During the panel discussion “25 years of transmediale / reSource Activism VIDEOMAKERS UNITE!,” Thiel was invited by a panelist to talk about Reign of Gold, her augmented reality artwork for the AR Occupy Wall Street project.

Gansing — who was not moderating but sat in the audience — literally shut her up, and demanded that her website be taken off the screen, saying he finds augmented reality art “offensive!”

Ironically Gansing themed his festival “in/compatible” and proclaimed that it would look at artistic movements that were not compatible with the existing order and systems..."

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A Tree is a Tree is a…Building?

A Tree is a Tree is a…Building? | arslog | Scoop.it
It is interesting to see the latest developments in neuroscience being used to justify an approach to design that has been around for a very long time. It short, this approach is to use natural forms as an inspiration for architectural forms.

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Intelligent Architecture Comes To Life In The Kinetic Pavilion

Intelligent Architecture Comes To Life In The Kinetic Pavilion | arslog | Scoop.it

"The iMaL is a Belgian art center, artist shelter, community center, and hang out place for the most hardware-savvy European creators (those who’ll say “mono” and expect you to know they mean “motherboard"). Last winter, the non-profit team that runs iMal gathered the Dorkbot community in Brussels. A year later, they are trying to champion the notion of “intelligent architecture” with this stunning reactive installation designed by Elise Elsacker and Yannick Bontinckx.

Their Kinetic Pavilion is a sophisticated, lightweight structure that reacts to weather conditions, the motions of passersby, and social networks, as well as “people flows and human communication, environmental factors and ecological considerations.” The goal assigned to this architectural structure is “to redefine three-dimensional space by making it dependent on digital data...”

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Essay: Time Between Emergence and Design By CAROLINE NEVEJAN

Essay: Time Between Emergence and Design By CAROLINE NEVEJAN | arslog | Scoop.it

"Previously, experiences of time emerged from nature as given – offering seasons, the rhythm of humans, plants and animals. Nowadays, people integrate nature-time, body-time, inner-time, clock-time, and global 24/7 systems-time. Human beings, in past, current and next natures, have to deal with emergence and design of time in order to survive..."

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Mediated Location: Kessler, QR codes, and the new AR

Mediated Location: Kessler, QR codes, and the new AR | arslog | Scoop.it

"Where are you? Jon Kessler's The Blue Period involves surveillance cameras, cardboard figures, collaged portraits, and video monitors to answer that establishing question in different ways. In his exhibit, viewers are located via camera capture, then turn to find themselves on video screens. They become spectators and a part of the spectacle (Kessler has an acknowledged affinity for Debord), pinpointing their actual and metaphorical whereabouts by viewing themselves in a loop of mediated images...."

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The Whitney Artport: a series of commissioned internet based works

The Whitney Artport: a series of commissioned internet based works | arslog | Scoop.it

"The Whitney’s Sunrise/Sunset project consists of a series of commissioned internet based works that exist within the axis constraints of Earth’s orbit: New York City’s sunrise and sunset. Besides the entire website’s background transitioning from white to black each day representing this shift in time (white for day, black for night), each project is designated a net presence between ten to thirty seconds—that is, within this brief timeframe, each work gets to take over the entire Whitney site once only at sunrise and once at sunset; the exact times for each determined day to day by the weather among other environmental fluctuations.

Sunrise/Sunset is part of Whitney’s Artport—an online gallery space demonstrating the institution’s own internet awareness. First launched in 2002, Artport attempts to engage and archive internet and new media based practices through the commissioning of works specific to whitney.org as well as documenting all Whitney based net/new media exhibitions. Currently, Artport is featuring commissions from Ursula Endlicher and Scott Snibe..."

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Re-New: Cybernetics Revisited [Copenhagen] - Call for Papers and Artistic Works

"Re-New / Imac 2012: Cybernetics revisited – towards a third order? :: November 19-24, 2012 :: Copenhagen, Denmark :: Call for Papers and Artistic Works - Deadline: March 1.

 

The combined media art and conference event is a critical and inclusive project that addresses the use of interactive media in art and everyday use. It combines a reflective attitude with an active approach and it is transversal in that it goes across institution profiles, production formats and consumption segments. The scope includes conferences, workshops, featured keynotes, video programs, installations and performative works. re-new / IMAC is always looking for persons and projects that help steer and scrutinize the vast and ever-expanding realm of contemporary culture. The overall theme for re-new / IMAC 2012 will frame cybernetics in the un-controlled/-controllable organizations that penetrate and immerse contemporary mankind and society..."

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E-SCAPES: Artistic Explorations of Nature and Science, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Volume 18 Issue 1, Jan 2012

E-SCAPES: Artistic Explorations of Nature and Science, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Volume 18 Issue 1, Jan 2012 | arslog | Scoop.it

"LEA Volume 18 Issue 1 is the exhibition catalog of E-SCAPES: Artistic Explorations of Nature and Science featuring the works of Jane Prophet and Paul Catanese. Previously shown online at LEA’s Digital Media Exhibition Platform, the works are exhibited in the physical space of Kasa Gallery between February 1 - March 1, 2012..."

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Farming the Unconscious

Farming the Unconscious | arslog | Scoop.it

"The Architecture Department at the Royal College of Art had some thought-provoking projects at the work in progress show. Architectural Design Studio 1's exhibition was looking at how a dense and vertical architecture can bring back food production and consumption in the city.

One of the students of the course, André Ford, looked at the intensification of the broiler chicken industry. Each year, the UK raises and kills 800 million chickens or 'broilers' for their meat. Broiler rearing might be unethical and unsustainable but it is now the most intensified and automated type of livestock production.

Broiler chickens spend their 6-7week lives in windowless sheds, each containing around 40,000 birds. They are selectively bred to grow faster than they would naturally which often causes skeletal problems and lameness. Many die because their hearts and lungs cannot keep up with their rapid growth. Information about the atrocious conditions in which they are raised can be found online.

Philosopher Paul Thompson, of Purdue University is a proponent of The Blind Chicken Solution. Chickens blinded by "accident", he says, "don't mind being crowded together so much as normal chickens do." He adds that..."

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Robert J. Sawyer on Humanity 2.0

What will it mean to be human in the future? Uploading consciousness into virtual worlds and prolonging life through biotechnology are already being contemplated. Canada's leading science fiction writer, Robert J. Sawyer, offers his insights in a lecture entitled Humanity 2.0, produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.


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The Global Composition Conference on Sound, Media and the Environment Darmstadt/Media Campus Dieburg, July 25-28, 2012

"Sound is ubiquitous and permanent, and embraces us as an envelope. Therefore, the experience of the auditory can be considered an environmental experience par excellence. The term and concept of soundscape reflects this idea. It implies, that sounds do not exist in isolation, and have to be understood as being embedded in and interacting with other sounds and perceptions coining the perceptional abilities of individuals and societies and their social relations: soundscape is a system in which all elements are interdependent.

No sound exists on its own: The Global Composition

Considering the world’s objects as instruments, its inhabitants as their players and all sounds on the globe taking place simultaneously, leads to the imagination of a global composition. Any audible phenomenon is part of this huge ongoing concert which includes all living beings and unites them in - mostly unintentional and uncoordinated - collaboration. Soundmakers, listeners and those, requesting sounds as a commodity, are part of a system and often one and the same person..."

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Beyond Data Lab at Lift12 - Baltan Laboratories

Beyond Data Lab at Lift12 - Baltan Laboratories | arslog | Scoop.it

"We’re pleased to announce that Attila Bujdosó and Bálint Ferenczi from Kitchen Budapest will be leading a Beyond Data workshop at Lift12 in Geneva. Beyond Data Lab started as a collaboration between Baltan Laboratories and Kitchen Budapest. We brought our different working methodologies and networks together in a series of two workshops in 2011 in which Dutch and Hungarian artists and designers explored new ways of embodying digital data. Documentation of these workshops can be found here: http://beyondata.kibu.hu Beyond Data Lab at Lift12 aims to find new ways of understanding data..."

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Paris-based artist, Lou Giesen adorns the human body with, well, the human body

Paris-based artist, Lou Giesen adorns the human body with, well, the human body | arslog | Scoop.it

"Lou explains her work:I have worked on the anatomy theme for my diploma the passed year and this theme which fascinate me cause of the infinite choice of material, texture, forms…and I think there is something strange to expose and wear the organs out of the body. There is a contradiction between the vital aspect of the organ and the superficial aspect of the jewels…"

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The gene hunting device

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"The premise of Raphael Kim's project at Design Interactions' work in progress show --which closed a couple of days ago at the Royal College of Art-- contained all the ingredients to intrigue me: The falling cost and increase in speed of DNA sequencing has given rise to two extreme scientific worlds: giant pharmaceutical companies who trawl the Arctic Ocean in search of potent genes that would profit them in a lucrative cancer market; and DIY biologists who try to beat the system.

The designer imagined a gene hunting device that biohackers (who usually cannot afford to 'trawl' the oceans) would create to collect gene samples present in the air.

The device would rely on rotifers, tiny animals capable of absorbing environmental DNA, that have been genetically programmed to start glowing as soon as a target gene is spotted in their environment. The rotifers sit inside a chamber attached to the gene hunting device, and wait for the targets to come near..."

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A Light Projection That Blurs The Boundary Between Physical And Digital

A Light Projection That Blurs The Boundary Between Physical And Digital | arslog | Scoop.it
Made in collaboration by Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza, Nervous Structure (Field) is an installation piece designed to confuse and then illuminate the line between the physical and digital.

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Exploring Chaos And Order: Q&A With Kinetic Sculptor Balint Bolygo

Exploring Chaos And Order: Q&A With Kinetic Sculptor Balint Bolygo | arslog | Scoop.it

"Kinetica Art Fair starts this Thursday, February 9 in London, bringing with it a collection of art based around motion and all things mobile. Last week we spoke with boredomresearch, who will be exhibiting a generative piece there, and now we’re introducing you to another artist who’ll be exhibiting at the fair, Balint Bolygo...."

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Exhumation as Artistic Methodology

Exhumation as Artistic Methodology | arslog | Scoop.it

"This is the short intro/intervention, from my second Transmediale 2012-talk on the Search for a Method-panel, organized by Timothy Druckrey, involving in addition to me Inke Arns, Siegfried Zielinski and Wolfgang Ernst. The images are from the Crystal World workshop, also Transmediale 2012.

 

In order to kick off the panel and discussions, we were asked to pick examples of current media artistic practices, and proceed from there.

My thoughts were soon obviously on some themes and problems that I had been occupied with. More or less, such have included speculative materialities, work often dealing with the various spectra of hearing and seeing, of light and sound, of electromagnetism; works that map the non-solid based materialities that are increasingly important in order to understand how bodies react, and are governed, managed, experienced, in urban and technological settings..."

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Paris: Dan Flavin ‘An Installation’ at Galerie Perrotin through March 3, 2012

Paris: Dan Flavin ‘An Installation’ at Galerie Perrotin through March 3, 2012 | arslog | Scoop.it

"Galerie Perrotin is currently radiating with Dan Flavin’s fluorescent light sculptures. An Installation features eight sculptural works from the years 1963–89 and three schematic drawings. 1963 was a seminal year for Flavin, as he removed all other elements from his practice to work solely with commercially available fluorescent lights. With clarity and simplicity, his constructed arrangements explore the painterly possibilities of color and light while engaging with the architectural space..."

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Artaud Forum 2: Konnecting Gestures [London] - International Conference-Workshop on Performance and Sound Technologies

Artaud Forum 2: Konnecting Gestures [London] - International Conference-Workshop on Performance and Sound Technologies | arslog | Scoop.it

"Artaud Forum 2: Konnecting Gestures - International Conference-Workshop on Performance and Sound Technologies :: March 30 - April 1, 2012 :: Antonin Artaud Performance Centre,
Brunel University, Uxbridge, West London, UK.

 

This symposium and performance laboratory will bring together an invited group of international theatre, performance and sound artists, musicians, digital artists, art theorists and researchers engaged in creative practices that reflect on major innovative performance traditions of the past century and their impact on current performance knowledge and physical (or physical-digital) techniques.

The Artaud Forum promotes opening up the concept of performance research, and continuing last year’s intertwined approach to physical and conceptual exploration of practice, it emphasizes the relevance of experimental treatments of actuality — of forms of collaborative creation — that may take us beyond the perspectives and protocols of established academic or artistic inquiry. Even as we turn to technologies of performances this year, artistic and conceptual criteria will be significant, and we have chosen expressive inter/ relations — “konnecting gestures” as the focus of the 2012 workshop — gestures as practice that is at once aesthetic, corporeal, technical and political..."

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Furtherfield Gallery opens in the heart of Finsbury Park

"Furtherfield is opening a new public gallery for art, technology and social change with Being Social. This is the first in a series of exhibitions about network culture featuring emerging and internationally acclaimed artists: Annie Abrahams, Karen Blissett, Ele Carpenter, Emilie Giles, moddr_ , Liz Sterry and Thomson and Craighead.
Furtherfield has established an international reputation as London’s first gallery for networked media art, working in Haringey since 2004..."

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