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Hypertext’s limit exceeded

The emergence of location aware or physically located narrative works is the subject of Data and Narrative: Location Aware Fiction, a Trace article by Canadian writer and new media artist Kate Armstrong.

Earlier Turbulence blogs have described one of the works Armstrong addresses, 34 North 118 West by Los Angeles artists Naomi Spellman, Jeremy Hight and Jeff Knowlton. Its focus is on “narrative archaeology” and “the investigation of liminal city areas such as abandoned industrial zones, in which layers of time and story are unveiled to the wandering reader/user. As they move through the area, a GPS reading triggers audio fragments in the headphones, resulting in a dynamic fictional experience that follows the user’s unique path.” (Armstrong)
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Sep 25, 16:49
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Leaders or Followers?

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State of the Artists

“Do we drive technology or have we become just passengers? How do we navigate a reality where the lines between the virtual and real are blurred? What is our relationship to our environments, and each other, in an increasingly mediated world?

These questions have been at the heart of electronic art since its birth in the 1960s. It was then that Bell Laboratories Telephone engineer Billy Kluver collaborated with future-minded artists like John Cage and Jean Tinguely on groundbreaking works incorporating, and often critiquing, technology’s state-of-the-art. Of course, that tradition continued through the dawn of the digital age and the emergence of the Web. And now it’s rising in the vast spectrum of wireless telecommunications.” Continue reading David Pescovitz’s article at TheFeature.


Sep 25, 12:06
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New Venue for New Art

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This Old House

In the tradition of massive industrial spaces transforming into powerhouse exhibition venues for contemporary art, Ayers Island in Orono, Maine has taken a couple cues. However, so far, said transformation has skipped much of the white-boxing and preserved the majority of the 360,000 square foot former textile factory in all its dilapidated glory. These halls have been reanimated by the first annual Ayers Island Contemporary Arts Festival: ‘No Borders’, curated by the University of Maine’s Owen Smith. Antithetically, the location and history of Franco-Yankee Orono is situated relatively close to the Canadian border, perhaps encouraging the participation of new media students from Montreal, as well as London and Paris. Haunting installations like The Richards’ ‘Almost’, a Xmas-light reindeer nodding from some hundred feet into the creaky depths of the factory, prime the space for the eerie transmissions of more technologically driven projects, like Margaretha Haughwout’s .d.a.t.a.l.o.v.e.r., a beautiful game that mediates the playacted interactions of two entered ‘lovers’ who receive fictional identities from the computer, to reconcile face to face. The festival’s closing festivities are Saturday, September 25th from 12 noon to 6 PM. Afterwards, we’ll wait for next year, which will surely aid in confirming Orono as a much needed, spacious offline hub for new media bordered within the ever resource-friendly United States. – Kevin McGarry, Rhizome, Net Art News, September 24, 2004.


Sep 25, 12:05
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Tripartite Interaction

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Understanding Interaction in Ubiquitous Guerrilla Performances in Playful Arenas

“The inherent freedom of playful arenas with intimate ubiquitous technologies has led to a new breed of guerrilla performance. We draw on theory from computing, performance and club culture to illustrate the Performance Triad model, a method for the analysis, deconstruction and understanding of tripartite interaction in playful arenas. We then apply the Performance Triad to Schizophrenic Cyborg a part reversal of wearable computing technology where the user is outfitted with an electronic communication display and yet this display is visible to others not the cyborgs themselves. This ubiquitous performance investigates the shifting boundaries between performer, participant and observer and of technology-enhanced guerrilla performance.” Read the paper by Jennifer G. Sheridan, Alan Dix, Simon Lock & Alice Bayliss.


Sep 24, 18:15
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Julia Scher

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On Tuesday night we went to Rhode Island School of Art and Design (RISD) to listen to a lecture by Julia Scher. The lecture was the first in a series organized by Bill Seaman, head of the Digital Media MFA Program at RISD.

Scher creates temporary and transitory web/installation/performance works that explore issues of power, control and seduction. She forces her ‘actors’ and ‘audience’ to question their roles in regulated space and each to “match the gaze” of the other. She facilitates the ‘return’ of a person’s captured image in the form of a video print, thus bringing into play issues of identity and the internal/external body. Most of the performances Scher discussed involved video cameras and security guards; today, surveillance methods are more sinister–as ACCESS attests–and pervasive than ever: Chicago has 2,000 cameras in place and plans to add an additional 250 in the coming year (see “Chicago Moving to ‘Smart’ Surveillance Cameras,” STEPHEN KINZER, New York Times, September 21, 2004).
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Sep 24, 17:35
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Art, Activism and Wireless Technology During the Republican Convention

Monday, September 27, 2004 @ 7:00 p.m. $8

Unexpectedly, the Republican National Convention…provide(d) a common focus and purpose to diverse and divergent initiatives and, in hindsight, enable(d) us to assess their efficiency. Wireless technology is one of the most exciting new developments for political activism. Relatively inexpensive, accessible, and packing tremendous punch with at times just one individual at its origin, it can be used as a tool of protest or opinion-making–the flip side of the near-pervasive electronic surveillance under which we now live.

This panel examines how artists employ wireless technology to reach unprecedented masses, to recast the concept of “collaboration,” to redefine and politicize the urban environment, and to achieve unparalleled levels of immediacy. Participants include: Yury Gitman (The Magic Bike ); Natalie Jeremijenko, The Bureau of Inverse Technology, and onetrees.org ( clean air?, antiterror line, sparrow line ); Joshua Kinberg (Bikes Against Bush ); neuroTransmitter and others to be announced. Organized by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, on occasion of Spectropolis: Mobile Media, Art, and the City, a wireless event organized by NYCwireless, Downtown Alliance, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Co-sponsored by the Design and Technology Department, Parsons School of Design, and the Department of Communication, The New School.


Sep 24, 15:49
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unsorted, SonicActsX

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Live Cinema

This year Sonic Acts presents a special Live Cinema programme, in association with www.live-cinema.org.

“Live Cinema is a form of performance art in which a human performer manipulates sound and image in synergy through movement, for an audience. In the rapidly advancing field of Live Cinema there are a number of distinct movements, e.g. abstract synthetic cinema, graphic cinema and camera-based cinema. We will present a number of renowned performers from these areas in the small hall in Paradiso in a three-evening packed programme. The performances will be interspersed with interviews with the artists, and with a film and video programme specially compiled for Live Cinema organised in association with Martijn van Boven. A Sonic Acts Live Cinema special will be broadcast on television during VPRO?s Nachtpodium on Wednesday 22 September.”
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Sep 24, 15:25
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ACCESS

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Undesired Spotlight

ACCESS is a public art installation by Marie Sester that applies web, computer, sound and lighting technologies in which web users track individuals in public spaces with a unique robotic spotlight and acoustic beam system. The robotic spotlight automatically follows the tracked individuals while the acoustic beam projects audio that only they can hear. The tracked individuals do not know who is tracking them or why they are being tracked, nor are they aware of being the only persons among the public hearing the sound. The web users do not know that their actions trigger sound towards the target. In effect, both the tracker and the tracked are in a paradoxical communication loop. The ACCESS spotlight system travels from one undisclosed public space to another. The exact location of the public space is revealed only after ACCESS moves to its next location. The ACCESS website, which contains the webcam view and spotlight control, keeps an updated list of the locations visited as well as a video archive. Click here to participate.

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Sep 23, 07:30
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Performing in Space

You can listen to the planet Jupitor and its interaction with its moons; hear radiation from the sun, the sound of activity from far-off pulsars or other astronomical phenomena.

radio astronomy is an art and science project which broadcasts sounds intercepted from space live on the internet and on the airwaves. The project is a collaboration between r a d i o q u a l i a, and radio telescopes located throughout the world. Together they create ‘radio astronomy’ in the literal sense – a radio station devoted to broadcasting audio from our cosmos.

Radio Astronomy has three parts: – a sound installation – a live on-air radio transmission – a live online radio broadcast – The content of the live transmission depends on the objects being observed at the time by partner telescopes . But whatever they may be, listening in guarantees you’ll no longer think of space as silent but rather as a rich acoustic environment prompting comparisons with avant-garde music and electronic sound art.

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Sep 22, 14:20
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Geo-Cinema

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Embedding GPS in Moving Images

“If we can send a picture of a place, why wouldn?t we want someone else to find exactly the same spot? The same angle? The same longitude and latitude? The same Place.” Being On Location: The beginnings of a Geo-Cinema & Location-aware video recording. See also: Get Carter 1971 Location List & Days in the Country & Photo recognition software gives location & RAW What happened in that minute before you took a picture? (=place) & this MDVR from March Networks & Data and Narrative: Location Aware Fiction.

originally posted by thomas, 04.11.04 on angermann2.


Sep 22, 11:21
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