April 27, 2009
Dynamic Ribbon Device

The Dynamic Ribbon Device by Siebren Versteeg employs the visual style of Coca-Cola (and the companys name for the design detail) complete with undulating swathe of white that lives beneath the Coca-Cola logo / brand name on practically every piece of Coke-branded anything produced since 1969 (source here and here) to present and continually flow news feeds accross a screen. The works purpose is:

to visually present them (news / information) in the branding style of global corporations which mediate our consumer and info worlds.

Originally seen on Networked_Performance.

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April 21, 2009
Digital Remains

Digital Remains (images above of the works access keys) by Michele Gauler takes advantage of our networked world to allow us to remember the deceased through the interfaces of our personal electronic devices.

Access keys, when placed next to a mobile phone, MP3 player or computer, establish a bluetooth connection with the device and trigger a remote log-on to the digital remains of the deceased person they are linked to, allowing a person to access the dead person’s data…Based on data tags and meta data, search algorithms dig through a deceased person’s data, presenting us with content that is most likely relevant to us. For instance, a photograph from a holiday we spent with the person 10 years ago or the person’s favourite piece of music which they typically listened to while writing e-mails.

While the description of the work identifies bluetooth as the network technology employed the use of rfid is also suggested. Presentation of the work (images above) which employs a desktop screen and a down projection onto the table (both in sync) is particularly striking as a means of playing out scenarios.

For related work see Cemetery 2.0 by Elliott Malkin.

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April 17, 2009

Mir:ror (image above and video below), an rfid reader, has recently been released by Violet (who’s tag line is, Let All Things Be Connected) to join several several other rfid readers well within the budget of most artists. I won’t cover all of these here as there is a very good article listing all of these on the Touch website (seems to be down at the moment) along with their pros and cons.

I’ve started to become wary of rfid and Network Notebook #2: The Internet of Things which I read last year has compacted my concerns about how it is an invisible technology, sure that means no configuration for the user but it also means information is being passed between devices without them knowing. For this reason I still prefer visual tags / codes / markers as clicking on the tag and triggering it has to be initiated by the user. I guess time will tell whether information is all around us in a very visible way or not.

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April 12, 2009

PAM is some new work by Mark Napier. Reminiscent of his older net.art style work which source online content to employ within the art (e.g. FEED, Riot, Shredder), PAM retrieves photographic images of Pamela Anderson found online to reassemble her piece by piece. Coordinates of the image positions, arrows and visual evidence of how the images are reassembled in the 3D space (splines etc.) emphasise the reassembled / collaged nature of the work much like the actress / model’s approach to her own body and the use of plastic surgery.

For similar work see My Google Body.

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April 9, 2009
OSMO the Custom Social Network

OSMO the Custom Social Network (can’t find a site for this so I’ve gleaned information from a number of sites) allows participants of social networks to customise clothing created with smart, flex-image fabric.

It is ‘networked and alive’ and communicates with your iPhone applications, detects ‘friends’ from your Loopt profile and picks up and displays images from other participants in close proximity.

The material effectively allows its wearer/user to wear their social network, to use their personal page as material that reflects their personality and can change over time with them.

Originally seen at Talk2myshirt.

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