April 29, 2007
Free Network, Visible Network

Free Network, Visible Network

Free Network, Visible Network by the Mixed Reality Lab at the National University of Singapore:

is a project that combines different tools and processes to visualize, floating in the space, the interchanged information between users of a network. The people are able to experience in a new exciting way about how colorful virtual objects, representing the digital data, are flying around. These virtual objects will change their shape, size and color in relation with the different characteristics of the information that is circulating in the network.

The project intends to reclaim and redefine the definition of public space, how this can be mixed with data spaces and how these otherwise invisible ‘virtual’ elements of urbanism can be made highly visual and active in the constructed environment.

For more information about the project a movie is available to view here but beware it is HUGE!

Originally seen at infosthetics.com.

Posted by: Garrett @ 12:48 pm
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April 24, 2007
Peter Baldes: Hypertemporality Animations

Peter Baldes

It’s rare I post on straight net.art, art for web browsers, as thats not what my research is about but then again it’s rare I stumble accross something as beautifully simple as Peter Baldes work and the advantages that can give.

Using only animated gifs, simple html and the browsers feature of progressive downloading (downloading content from top to bottom, left to right, see image above left) Peter manages to create some work which is without a doubt net.art but the type that a painter might create. He seems to have quite a few references, obvious ones such as post Abstract Expressionism painting, Mark Rothko (colour field), Sol LeWitt, Frank Stella (image below right) etc. but also references within web culture, use of webcams, codecs, digital video and the visual result they give, surveillance etc.

Here are a selection of works on Peter’s site which I particularily liked:
newer circles (image above), 123005_1, 123005_2 (image below left), #14 (image below right), Table Experiment, prosthetic leg, once around the block 3 (image bottom left), Motion Studies 2 (image bottom right) and websitesasgraphs.

The images here don’t do the works justice so do click through to watch them. Once the works have fully loaded in your browser don’t forget to reload them to see them animate completely differently (second time around they are cached so will play almost in sync).

Peter Baldes

Peter Baldes

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April 23, 2007
Rainbow Technology

Rainbow Technology

At the end of last year there was an article in Arab News concerning the invention of a printed code by Sainul Abideen (image above and closer view of the code below) which could store information with potentially a capacity of up to 450GB. This article got bounced around other news and technology sites (such as here) and even generated discussion about whether it was true / possible. Whether it is true or not the idea is certainly worth exploring and in its synchronicity to developments elsewhere prove this.

Rainbow Technology detail

So far most of the emphasis on printed codes such as data matrix codes has been on the image encoding / decoding process and the recognition software used, not the amount of data space available. The thinking for codes such as data matrix is to allow for a link in the code and as long as that can store up to the maximum url length you can link to the multimedia file online. This of course requires three technologies working in tandem, the printed code, the reader (usually a mobile phone) and a connection to the internet. The Rainbow Technology is more concerned with being a storage medium and containing the multimedia. As such it gets us closer to truely pervasive and invisible digital media. For ideas of how a technology like this could be used see the research at variable environment seem to be doing.

If anyone has seen a high resolution image of this code, I’d be very grateful if you could pass me along a link or email it to me: garrett [at] this domain dot org.

Posted by: Garrett @ 11:56 am
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April 20, 2007
TV Poetry by Gebhard Sengmüller

TV Poetry

TV Poetry (image above and explanation diagram below) by Gebhard Sengmüller, is an installation which scans television channels within its area for text passages which it extracts and uses to create an endless work of poetry displayed accross a series of screens. The installation, depending on location and reception, is in many ways a site-specific one which adjusts itself to the local environment, culture and language by employing broadcast media. This combined with:

imponderability, inaccuracy, video noise and misinterpretation within the system

allows the source text to be radically transformed from it broadcast communication form, giving rise to new meanings.

TV Poetry flowchart

To view a video of the installation see the Real Video here.

Posted by: Garrett @ 1:08 pm
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April 19, 2007
Two video works by Julien Lassort

Some more work by artist Julian Lassort (again not documented in any way on his website, this comes from his Revver profile) which uses ideas of connecting / linking and networks, primarily mobile phone networks, expressed through video.

The installation Video Pong 1+1=3 (video below) shows a conversation of direct questions and responses between two individuals at a time, continually being remixed. Half of each participants face, the left or right, is displayed on screen and placed side by side creating a third ‘virtual’ person generated through the conversation and media which mixes it.

The video 1+1=3G (video below) is very similar to Video Pong 1+1=3 and uses the same audio-visual technique to a slightly different end. Here the artist himself is shown on screen twice in two different times collapsed as one video creating an interpretation of a conversation that never occurred. Half of the artists face, shown on the left, videophones the half of the artists face shown on the right and a conversation concerning the creation of a video for entry into the Pocketfilm Festival (this very video which is being created) takes place.

Posted by: Garrett @ 1:11 pm
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