October 25, 2008
PEIR – Personal Environmental Impact Report

PEIR (image above) is a Personal Environmental Impact Report system which allows its user to leverage existing technology on their mobile phone to explore and share how they have an impact on the environment and how the environment impacts them, essentially revealing the network between us and our environment.

Below is a video explaining how PEIR works. PEIR was recently exhibited at Wired NestFest, at the bottom of this post is a video tour of PEIR by it’s creators for NextFest.

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October 24, 2008
The ‘Is our machines learning?’ machine

The ‘Is our machines learning?’ machine (image above) is a networked installation networking a user and a machine based on how the user answers questions in a test.

composed of real U.S. standardized test questions. The physical installation consists of a machine that is mechanically capable of making marks on a Scantron brand standardized test form with a pencil. In a separate online space, visitors coming to a website determine which multiple-choice answers the machine in the installation selects to fill in. The website consists of a testing interface which delivers standardized test questions written by a government agency called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). When visiting users answer each question, their response is sent to the remote machine. After each answer a user provides, she can watch the machine respond to her input in real-time via a streaming video feed from the installation. To provide incentive for interaction, the user can also explore dynamic statistics about fellow users’ answers as well as generate a student profile based upon how her answers align with actual NAEP statistics.

The test itself (image below) is no longer functioning however details of the project and a video (also below) are available on the site.

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October 20, 2008
Surveiller Punir “Double Contraintes Foucault” – images

Above is a screenshot of the performance Surveiller Punir “Double Contraintes Foucault” (for documentation) which I posted about a few days ago and has just finished on the Panoplie website.

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October 19, 2008
Twittgenerator & Net.art.box

Two works pointed out to me in a comment which are similar to Blogbot and Blog Bot Platform are Twittgenerator (images above of the generator and resulting Twitter account) which is granted very recent and Net.art.box (images below) which is now an amazing eight years old.

Both works are by Yann Le Guennec (Net.art.box is in collaboration with Grégoire Cliquet) and seem to fit nicely into the artists collection of network programming art intended to automate art or the role of the artist (see also). Yann also is one of surprisingly few artists who are using the longer running open source tools/environments making much of his work with php, mysql and associated libraries such as gd.

Net.art.box was a temporary installation which consisted of an open IRC channel to:

receive definitions of net.art. The IRC log is printed in real time and a webcam film [sic] this printed log and shows it on the net. The device is a feedback loop between real and virtual spaces.

As it says the installation was a feedback loop to the internet where text comments passed from the ‘virtual’ to be printed in the ‘real’ and were then streamed back to the virtual as an image in effect rendering users thought as visual art. This is not just a technical loop but also an artistic one of perception, interpretation and reaction (see Interactivity and MultiMedia Interfaces for notes on interactive feedback loops).

Twittgenerator, when entered by a user recovers users text searches from search.live.com. These are then rendered as potential twits by an imagined user, most probably the artist, which can then be logged on twitter or not.

Whats interesting about both of these works (and Blogbot) is that while automated to an extent they all need to be triggered by a user who may or may not be conscious of what is happening when they simply go to the works webpage. Blogbot Platform is the exception of the four in that it’s user, most probably a plant or animal, is not your typical network user and most definitely not conscious of the result of their ‘actions’.

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October 18, 2008
Surveiller Punir “Double Contraintes Foucault”

This Monday (20/10/08, 20:30 Paris time, GMT+1) Pascal Lièvre and Matthieu Delahausse will perform Surveiller Punir “Double Contraintes Foucault” as part of Panoplie.org’s Double Bind series of webcast performances. The performance will involve:

Pascal Lièvre and Matthieu Delahausse, at two different places in Paris, will read the same extract of “Discipline and Punish” by Michel Foucault, each of them being equipped with an SM accessory which will make the exercise of the reading difficult.

The concept for these curated performances, a Double Bind, is a fascinating one in relation to networked forms:

A dilemma in communication, in which a person receives two or more conflicting messages, and one message denies the other; a situation in which the person will be put in the wrong however they respond, and the person can’t comment on the conflict, or resolve it, or opt out of the situation.

To view the performance on Monday go to: http://2008.panoplie.org/DoubleBind.

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