August 31, 2007
Electrical Circuits


Continuing some ideas about electrical circuits and their devices / systems of networking from the last post. 4-ever (image above) a work by Chris Henry Clarke is simply a modified plug extension where, presumably, the extension (indicating it’s on with its power light) is sustained by itself suggesting an infinite loop.

Short Circuit

This reminds me of an early work by Patrick Hughes entitled Short Circuit (image above), an image of which is in his book Pervespective, where again an infinite self-sustaining loop is suggested or more particularly the threat of its short-circuit.

4-ever originally seen in VVORK.

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August 28, 2007
Relay Works: networked sculptures

Relay Counter

Some more work by Thomas Roppelt, again the documentation is in German (but interestingly the works titles are in English) so I’m doing my best here but this one seems relatively straight forward.

He calls these sculptural mechanisms collectively Relay Works of which there is Relay Timer (link to video below), Relay Counter (image above), Relay Spin (image below) and RCB Neon. They are works constructed with electrical (I think) relays set up to trigger each other in timed configurations creating time based sculptural networks or feedback loops.

Relay Spin

I’m convinced I saw this on VVORK and there was a video on youtube however I’m having no luck finding ether posting or video now. if you find these let me know and I will post them here. There is a video to download here of Relay Timer in real format (the direct streaming version does not seem to work).

Other sculptural networks include, Line, Crash and Bloom, Vacuum Filaments, Circular Breathing, Blogged & Spamtrap, Dialogical Drawing, a_mirror, Distant Views, Volume, Bion and Live Wire.

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August 27, 2007
Hyper Loop


Hyper Loop is a laser sound installation by Thomas Roppelt which I can’t say a lot about since documentation is in German (you could try Babelfish as I have done but its not the best in this particular instance).

From what I understand of the translation, two lasers, controlled by a hypercard application are pulsed onto a captor which translates the pulses (or perhaps sound carried on the lasers like this?) into sound. The sound, beats, to correspond to the pulse of the laser presumably, are continuously sped up and slowed down.

The light of the lasers is essentially visual in the darkened room however the visual is also transformed into sound to create a synesthetic experience for the visitor to the installation. As such both visual and aural information are transmitted through a line of sight network similar to morse code however in real time and without the need for a translator.

Other line of sight networks include Video Networks #1: Dialogues.

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August 20, 2007
Line by Andrew Neuman


Andrew Neuman is an artist whose sculptural work:

deals with issues concerning the uses of technology, language, and transmission of power in both its various corporeal and elusive modes. These works, what I call “Constructures”, re-contextualize the technologically derived icons and place them in a new environment that allows one to question their original use and see the possibilities of organizing these icons/objects, into a new language with a completely re-defined hierarchy.

Not work that seems to have any particular focus on networks as such but using computer parts that look as if they have been stripped from rescued computers (can’t say whether they have or not), mostly creating sculptures which have elements which move horizontally or vertically to pan cameras across something these works seem to have a single purpose which render them beautiful. Line (image above and below) is particularly interesting employing multiple cameras and monitors in a networked configuration, five cameras mounted on slowly panning constructions, each videoing a different type of line are networked to five monitors placed side by side to compose a single new line from the original five.

Line videos

This is yet another work employing networks and lines in different ways, for more see the previous posts on and Liners.

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August 18, 2007
Social Tele–prescence

Social Tele-presence

Social Tele-presence is a research project by Auger–Loizeau (James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau) developing hardware. The hardware device:

consists of a small camera and a binaural microphone. The user views the camera’s image through a set of TV glasses. The head movements are monitored and translated directly to the remote camera in real time. The link between user and camera is wireless. The remote camera can be attached to any moving object

and this allows Auger–Loizeau to envisage solutions to particular problems or scenarios including a service where users can “rent the physical body of another person”, a interaction with a dog “to enable people to walk whilst remaining stationary” and “remote real-time tourism” where a camera is attached to a taxi in New York allowing the user to feel as if “he is literally sitting on top of it”.

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