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Kiosk Correspondence

We’d like to invite you all to receive exclusive reports of GilbertandGrape’s whereabouts at the Rogaland Kunstsenter, Norway and the Vlepo Gallery, NY. The performance can also be partly viewed online. GilbertandGrape will be staked out in a red phone kiosk by the pier on the west coast of Norway between 5pm and 7pm on October 25th, 2004. GilbertandGrape will call the Rogaland Kunstsenter from the phone kiosk every 15 minutes and upload a photograph from this moment to their website.

Kiosk Correspondance is a sub plot of the GilbertandGrape performance Lone Ranging Romance. Between 2004 and 2008 GilbertandGrape and their lone ranger, a 20 kilo stuffed moose head, will travel the coasts of England and Norway in a Volvo Amazon to search out and collect stories from people with an interest in nostalgia, document vague memories, exchange taped music that has romantic significance, and at the end of the day watch the sun set together with the people we’ve met. For more information on Lone Ranging Romance see our website. Love and Scandal, GilbertandGrape

Oct 22, 15:53
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Guest Blogger: Michelle Kasprzak

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Welcome to Michelle Kasprzak, who joins us as guest blogger today. Michelle is an award-winning artist, writer and lecturer. On the faculty of the Canadian Film Centre’s new media programmes, she designs and delivers curricula that address the most recent creative applications of new technologies. Michelle is also currently a member of the Mobile Digital Commons Network, a cross-disciplinary research group funded by Heritage Canada for the purpose of investigating the transformation of public space through the development and deployment of location-specific content. [see this article/interview about warchalking]

And thanks to Nathaniel Stern for his wonderful contribution.

Oct 22, 10:14
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“In psychoanalysis the word psychogeography is used in relation to phenomena of location based hysteria: you are perfectly sane, you enter a particular room and within a split second you are stark raving mad. Only when this response is universally shared and not dependent on a random individual neurosis, this power of a room can be called psychogeographic… In the end psychogeography is not about intervening through constructing (or demolishing) physical objects but about constructing narrative structures on top of what already exists.”

From “Do-It-Yourself Urbanism: Psychogeography, Generosity, Serendipity and Turriphilia” by Wilfried Hou Je Bek/

Oct 21, 18:12
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Come Closer


The Edges of Personal Space

Continuing squidsoup?s explorations into immersive intuitive media and the boundaries between virtual and physical space, Come Closer uses wearable technology, wireless networking and stereo vision to explore and expand on our sense of personal space and proximity to others. The closer two people get to each other, the more acutely aware of each other?s presence they become. This sensation may be comforting or disquieting, but participants are encouraged to transcend the normal barriers of personal space and explore the meaning of closeness in both virtual and physical terms. The space between people is filled with sound that is affected by their movement and position. With more people in a room, complex harmonies begin to appear and disappear, allowing scope for cooperation and confrontation, intimacy and rejection.

Oct 21, 17:45
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Malleable Music


Social tech is performative

“…Malleable Mobile Music system is my idea of truly social (i.e. performative) mobile tech.

“‘Historically, music was never meant to exist in isolation,’ Tanaka says. ‘There was always a physical, acoustical, and even social context. These kinds of technologies can add some of those elements back in to the listening experience’…As one participant naturally sways to the groove, the PDA’s motion sensor detects his motion and shifts the tempo of the song. With the song’s intensity building, another listener subconsciously grips her PDA tighter, introducing echo effects into the mix. The closer that listening partners move to each other, the more prominent their part in the song becomes. Meanwhile, the software applies various ‘error correction’ techniques to prevent an onslaught of arrhythmic noise, unless of course that’s the goal. As they listen to it, the mobile music orchestra transforms the tune into a dubby, spacey version of the familiar Bjork song…Someday, malleable music may even become an art form in its own right, leading to a duet between the artist and the audience.”

Check out the Ubicomp 2004 paper for more detail. Originally posted by Anne Galloway on purse lips square jaw.

Oct 21, 11:43
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1 year performance video

Help 1 year performance video

MTAA?s web art project 1 year performance video is a victim of it?s own success. The piece lives on and it?s causing bandwidth overages. It?s a commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. They are a not-for-profit arts organization that has been commissioning web and net art projects since the early days of the medium and they simply can?t afford the overage charges.

If you have resources to help us continue to serve this piece on the web please contact T.Whid using the email link on (near bottom of the left nav). If you are considering helping out, check out the piece: 1 year performance video.

mriver adds:

Please, please, please. We?ll behave for once AND we?ll give you a real live MTAA drawing. (9 x 12, ink on Arches watercolor paper) Ooo- la-la.

Originally posted by twhid at MTAA on October 20, 2004.

Oct 20, 15:15
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Public Displays of Affection


Affect and its Exhibition in Public

Public Displays of Affection
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Visual and Cultural Studies Program
University of Rochester
Friday, April 8 & Saturday, April 9, 2005

Civility can be viewed as a series of performances that generate a range of emotions, including the patriotism of war, the joys of shopping, and the fear of urban crime. The public display of affection constitutes a contest of meaning in which various appeals are made to organize the emotional life of the individual and the rules of decorum. To be convinced of this idea one only has to turn on the television. From the not-so carefully scripted emotions of the recent Presidential debates, to the ongoing pageantry of heteronormative romance, to the proscribed images of mourning for war casualties, it appears that the politics of putting your heart into the public sphere are by no means certain, but certainly meaningful.
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Oct 20, 14:39
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A map larger than the territory


Mapping Flow, Crossed Paths

A Map Larger Than the Territory is a Web application that enables participants to represent their paths across the city using images, texts and sounds. Territory here is not a piece of land enclosed within borders but an interlocking network of lines or ways through. The map materialises and connects individual trajectories.

How does it work? Choose a city and a language. The map shows other people’s paths in that city. A button at the right sends you to a blind map where you can add an itinerary of your own. To do so, you must first give it a name, a date and a color. Use the tools provided to locate places on the map and define points on your path. Each time you mark a location, a dialog box opens up for you to identify and describe it. When you have finished marking up your path, you can view the itinerary you have made.

Oct 20, 10:42
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Hide, Seek, Act

Geostash is a public art project that uses the city of Toronto as its inspiration and utilises Global Positioning Technology (GPS) and the web as a means to achieve its creative goals. Geostash takes its cues from the practice of Geocaching (blogged here) – a sort of high-tech treasure hunt that was originally conceived in 2000, and has spread worldwide through websites promoting this activity. Each artist will hide a “stash” somewhere in the city and post the GPS co-ordinates of where the stash is hidden on the Geostash website. The stash may contain a set of instructions requesting an in-situ performance, or could contain objects, materials and a manual to create temporary public art. Once the stashes have all been placed in the city, each participating artist will be randomly assigned another artists’ stash to find using a GPS receiver. Once found, the artist will transform the contents of the stash into a performance or ephemeral work of public art.
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Oct 20, 09:35
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step inside


I swing, therefore I am

step inside, by Nathaniel Stern, is an immersive, multi-sensory environment that provokes us to re-think our selves as “collage[s] in motion,” and challenges Cartesian notions of consciousness. step inside implies multiplicity and movement as intrinsic to our being; it asks viewers to explore the noise and stillness attendant on the performance of self. “I swing, therefore I am” (Elizabeth Ermarth, Sequel to History).

When ‘stepping inside’ the 3 x 3 x 3 meter interaction space, viewer-participants are immediately confronted with an amplified and echoed trail of noise. This, they’ll soon discover, is the sound of each footstep they take, of all the footwork in the room. A video camera, opposite them and connected to the step inside software, reads their bodies, and separates them out from the background. However, instead of a video mirror, they see only a profile, and are disallowed a frontal reflection. This left-hand ‘projection’ fills their 2-D forms with white noise. The amplitude of the echoed footsteps controls the video’s opacity. The ‘result’ becomes a variable wave of embodied noise. step inside is part of Stern’s non-aggressive narrative.

Oct 19, 10:44
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