Summer in Paris -- you can't walk a block on Champs-Élysées without locking eyes with at least one camera-equipped tourist. But Steve Mann's shooter wasn't dangling from his shoulder and neck; it was mounted on his head, with a design strikingly similar to Google's Project Glass. Unlike that mainstream Mountain View product, however, Mann's version has reportedly been around in one form or another for 34 years, and was designed with the objective of aiding vision, rather than capturing stills and video or providing a bounty of database-aided readouts. It's also street-ready today. While on vacation with his family, the Ontario-based "father of wearable computing" was sporting his EyeTap as he walked down the aforementioned French avenue, eventually entering a McDonald's to refuel after a busy day of sightseeing. He left without his ranch wrap, but with seriously damaged hardware.
The images put the “art” in “smart”: Pink and green enzymes in a rat spinal cord form an ethereal butterfly; round blue muscle cells bubble out from green stem cell factories; long, thin blue fibers converge in a vortex-like optic nerve. These are just a few of the captivating, and informative, images that took top honors in the first annual Bio-Art competition, hosted by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). FASEB announced the 10 winning images, chosen from over 100 entries, on Monday, May 21.
This week we’re exploring the Digital Arts Market (or lack thereof). We’re asking the tough questions: What will take for a sustainable digital arts market to form? Is that even a possibility? Can the digital arts make money? And will they ever be incorporated into the contemporary arts dialogue? We invite you to participate in the discussion in the comments section, on your own blog (send us the link!), and on Facebook and Twitter (#DIGART).
"By locating piracy within histories of non-elite media practices, we have tried to avoid definitions of piracy as theft or crime and focus instead on how pirate practices weave into existing social relations while at the same time transforming them. ..."
Don't know your "Me Gusta" from your "Cereal Guy"? Once merely obscure inside jokes on the image board 4chan, the "rage face" comics that now appear widely on the Internet have have been toughened by natural selection as they evolved into a dominant species of Internet meme. The amateur cartoons, made using a recurring set of expressive characters, are used by a growing international community. Far from being insignificant doodles, the faces are now an accepted and standardized form of online communication used to tell stories that can be quick and funny or serious and deeply personal.
Les Fuyantes, spectacle de cirque s’articule autour de la perception du monde, de la mise en perspective et de la recherche du point de fuite dans les images du monde qu’il évoque. Dans un univers burlesque, Les Fuyantes se joue des perceptions visuelles et sensitives du spectateur pour l’emmener dans une dé-construction de ses repères, lui proposant un nouvel angle d’observation... La réalité n’est-elle pas qu’une construction ?
Two digital rights groups urged a federal court Wednesday not to shut down an upstart technology company that streams over-the-air broadcasts to New Yorkers.
Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, in a friend-of-the-court brief, said the courts should not shutter Aereo, as broadcasters are asking, simply because there is no federal licensing scheme yet for internet streaming of over-the-air broadcasts (one exists for cable companies).
Aereo’s New York customers basically rent two tiny antennas, each about the size of a dime. Tens of thousands of the antennas are housed in a Brooklyn data center. One antenna — unique to a customer — is used when a customer wants to watch a program in real time from a computer, tablet or mobile phone. The other works with a DVR service to record programs for later online viewing.
I can't remember having ever been disappointed by any of the exhibitions on show at Fotomuseum in Antwerp. The current shows are particularly worth the trip to the city (one of my favourite places in the world and it's a mere 30 minute ride from ugly Brussels.) The main exhibition is dedicated to photographers who capture the past, another one is about young Belgian photographers, a third show explores subjectivity through history and on the top floor is a fascinating installation by Zoe Beloff. The work took as its point of departure America's longest running comic strip to explore the influence of cinema on the movement of the body and the mind. I might come back to these exhibitions in the coming days.
Beloff's exhibition contains a number of historical documents. Some of them show chronocyclegraphs of sportsmen and factory workers. I had never heard of the chronocyclegraph before.
"Led by professor Roel Vertegaal, a research team at the Human Media Lab of Canada's Queen's University has created a fascinating 360-degree display called the Telepod. It consists of a human-being-sized acrylic cylinder, six Microsoft Kinect sensors and a 3D projector, and as you'll see in the video below, affords the viewer an experience similar to interacting with a hologram. The cylinder displays a live, three-dimensional image of the person with whom you're interacting, and you can circumnavigate the cylinder to get a completely wraparound view.
The research team foresees at least two applications of the technology. The first, called TeleHuman, is basic teleconferencing. The second application, called BodiPod, could revolutionize the medical industry. It provides..." - hipstomp
Paper.js is an open source vector graphics scripting framework that runs on top of the HTML5 Canvas. It offers a clean Scene Graph / Document Object Model and a lot of powerful functionality to create and work with vector graphics and bezier curves, all neatly wrapped up in a well designed, consistent and clean programming interface.
Trans-X Symposium: A Symposium About Transmission Art :: May 25-27, 2012 :: Call for Papers — Deadline March 16.
Rooted in the earliest experiments with radio, Transmission Art has continued to flourish with experiments with wireless communications technology over the past 100 years. The 21st Century is not excluded from this experimentation as artists have ventured into exploring a variety of mobile-based platforms and more lesser known forms of transmission such as VLF. The terrain of transmission art is dynamic and fluid, always open to redefinition.
Hack days aren't a cure-all for digital innovation in the arts, but they can change the dynamics of the arts-technology relationship (RT @Biennial: Make sure you're up to speed with culture hacks http://t.co/YwaP6KZQ...