August 30, 2009
Twilight

Twilight (image above, video below) by HeHe is another installation employing the users breath as physical interaction to trigger an event, in this case an audio-visual event. Users blow onto a paper propeller and this movement:

triggers a wave of light and sound across the otherwise dark space. The force of the propagated air dynamically determines the sound and light: a very soft blow will gently lead to one image change whilst a harder blow will carry a faster tide of images and light flow.

While the concept here is simpler than InfoBreath, the use of simple everyday materials e.g. paper cups as lanterns, is very effective in creating a reactive grid of ‘pixels’.

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August 26, 2009
InfoBreath

InfoBreath (image above, video below) by Christopher Robbins is one of many works (what have become known as clients) produced which use Carnivore to collect internet traffic data which is then visualised. While many other works fulfill this visualisation role in diverse and interesting ways, InfoBreath provides a scenario where the invisible effect of physical interaction, breathing causing the movement of air, provokes the appearance of what is usually invisible in the virtual, the flow of data.

the participant is presented with a cybernetic flower arcing from a frosted pane of glass. Rigged with a breath sensor and connected to Carnivore, an internet packet sniffer, the flower is cued in to the wireless network flowing in the space immediately surrounding it. Breathing on the plant triggers a flurry of text that makes visible the wireless internet traffic passing through the air around the viewer…This project imagines a world in which the carbon dioxide we exhale carries comprehensible information, and envisions the transfer of carbon dioxide to oxygen within a plant as a transfer of information: an information ecosystem. It imagines the plant, buffeted by streams of wireless data, sifting through those pings and packets for the few elements sent from one human to another, and reflecting those living packets of internet data back to us, in an elemental attempt at communication.

For related work see Circular Breathing, Wind and Éventée, POD (Wind Array Cascade Machine) and Invisible Networks.

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August 20, 2009
Less Than Three

Another minimalist networked installation is Less Than Three (images above and below) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The installation exists in two versions. The first, pictured above, uses white light emitting diode strips while the second smaller version, pictured below, uses red electro-luminiscent wires. The installation is:

a network between two intercoms. As a participant speaks into an intercom, his or her voice is translated into corresponding flashes of light and this light pattern is transmitted visually along one of the several possible pathways through the network. When it reaches the other side, the viewer’s phrase is once again released as sound. Several voices can be carried simultaneously and the short contributions travel fast through the network and the longer ones taje [sic] longer.

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August 8, 2009
Cablogramma

Cablogramma (image above, video below) is a minimalist networked installation of four identical modules each with a microcontroller driving a piezo speaker and three white leds.

The system is designed for autonomously generating simple variations emerging [sic] by a software – based on a cellular automaton – distributed on the four devices. Each modules is a voice capable of simple real time synthesis as well as communicating with other devices (through serial communication). The audio result is an evolving pattern sounding in the between of alarm signals and a micro-spatialized a quattro voci counterpoint.

For similar audio-based connected work see Crackle-canvas, Crash and Bloom and Distant Views but also similar(ish) due to the wiring/cabling/connected aesthetic Earphones, Dept. of Rhythmanalysis: Dupage, Computers in Conversation, Relay Works, Line and Vacuum Filaments.

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August 5, 2009
Research on Internet Art

August Gallery in Islington, London, England is hosting an online exhibition titled a Study on Internet Art. While reasonably simplistic it is reminesent of the ‘look’ and feel of much of early net.art and does provide a sort of reading room overview of some of the key issues and topics the practice deals with. The exhibition starts here and runs throughout the month of August.

The panel discussion Net-Art versus Web Art at the Online Symposium of the Web Biennial 2005, something I hadn’t read before, is one element which I found particularly interesting in it’s attempt to move net.art forward to a more open form of art dealing with networks.

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