June 28, 2006
Crash and Bloom

Crash and Bloom

Douglas Irving Repetto’s (founder of Dorkbot) works include sculpture, installation, performance, recordings, and software with an emphasis on audio / music. One work which particularily caught my eye on his site is Crash and Bloom which emulates a behaviour (called Crash and Bloom) occuring in many biological systems.

Crash and Bloom is an electronic sculpture that exhibits emergent behavior similar to the “crash and bloom” cycles experienced by many biological systems. The sculpture is a set of forty-two small plastic boxes that are connected to one another via short cables. The behavior of each box is very simple: if the box receives a “ping” on its input, it turns on an internal light and plays a short tone. The box then passes the ping on to whichever boxes are connected to its output. However, if a box receives a second ping before it is finished responding to the first one, it will “die” and will not pass either ping along. Each time a box receives a ping, the length of its response gets a bit shorter, until it gets so short that it resets and becomes long again.

For more projects by Douglas Irving Repetto see the artists website.

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June 26, 2006
More on eco-related networks

Network Research: “What about for example a web spider which relies on a garden to produce energy to run its server so that it can research information on the web concerning simbiotic relationships. The more or less successful it is decides the gardens amount of water / light?”

Some interesting work on organism explores some of the sorts of relationships discussed in the previous post (on the biological front) quite often with new media based work.

Pieces for Plants

Of particular note is the work by Miya Masaoka entitled Pieces for Plants

Life Support Systems - Vanda

and Life Support Systems – Vanda by Mateusz Herczka. I have my hesitations about the work BioPong being very bio!!

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Eco-related networks

Something I have been thinking more and more about has been how to discuss networks in art works in a more out of the computer domain way i.e. not just discuss the internet or other computer enabled networks in isolation because of the technical barriers they (still) create to the wider public but to relate these networks or connect them to ‘real’ world networks whether those be physical / social / biological etc.

Light on the Net

Obvious examples of this are Masaki Fujihata’s Light on the Net (physical, image above, a similar project can be viewed here)


and Ken Goldberg’s Telegarden (biological, image above) which both discuss the use of the network / virtual world to affect the ‘real’ world. It seems this connection is almost always one way from the virtual to the ‘real’ yet it seems to me a simbiotic or maybe parasitic relationship between the two should be established. What about for example a web spider which relies on a garden to produce energy to run its server so that it can research information on the web concerning simbiotic relationships. The more or less successful it is decides the gardens amount of water / light?

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June 23, 2006
Networked Publics

Networked Publics

A useful resource concerning networks Networked Publics, a research group at the The University of Southern California

explores the roles of audiences, activists, citizens, and producers in maturing networked media ecologies.

Focused on the effect users have on networks and viceversa, the most interesting aspect of this group is that they are looking beyond the internet as the only network (a shortsight in many artists practice) creating a fuller and richer picture of the pervasiveness of networks in society.

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Two Cities

Two Cities

Furthernoise.org are supporting a series of live events this month with one this Sunday (25/06/06) by artists John Kannenberg and Glenn Bach which employs the internet as a means to collaborate live from different locations at a ‘real’ event. A classic theme in networked arts (net.art particularily) it’s only in the last few years high bandwidth content and reliable OS’s have allowed this to happen in a far more engaging way to effectively become live cinema. More information about the event at the eventnetwork website.

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