December 23, 2009
Social Murmurs

Social Murmurs (image above, video below) by Kyle Philips is a socially-aware portable bench surface built using Processing and Arduino:

As visitors sit on the bench sounds are produced demonstrating, or sometimes dictating their emotions. This project developed out of an interest in reactions from others in varying degrees of personal space while in a public setting.

Originally seen on the Physical Computing group on Vimeo.

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December 19, 2009

Babelswarm (image above, video below) by Justin Clemens, Christopher Dodds, and Adam Nash is a Second Life real-time generating installation. The work bears visual similarity to the artists work Autoscopia currently showing in the Doppelgänger exhibition.

Babelswarm was exhibited:

simultaneously in-world and at the Lismore Regional Gallery in New South Wales, Australia…Activated by the voices of visitors in the realworld gallery and chat messaging from virtual visitors in Second Life, a swarm of letter cubes – programmed to seek out their original word position – slowly builds a morphing, virtual Tower of Babel. This tower is constructed from the utterances of visitors to it, constantly reconfiguring itself according to the artificial studpidity of the individual letter forms.

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December 16, 2009
The Gate

The Gate, a Second Life / real life installation produced by Yannick Antoine and Yves Bernard, is currently showing at the Broelmuseum, Kortrijk Gallery in Belgium (in RL) and at Odyssey (in SL), as part of the Fantastic Illusions exhibition which itself seems to be part of the Europalia International Arts Festival.

The Gate is essentially a:

junction point, a door between the two worlds and two representation spaces. Basically, it is a simple window between both worlds where Real Life (RL) users and SL users see each other, can meet and interact. A view of the SL Gate is permanently projected in the real life venue; when an SL user with his/her avatar comes in front of The Gate in SL, it is visible in the real public space; when one arrives physically in front of the door in the public space, he/she becomes visible in SL and can interact with the SL users currently in front.

The work is in many ways a reference to Telematic works, such as Hole in Space by Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz, from the late 70′s early 80′s which connected geographically distant places. Here the connection is between two different forms of ‘space’.

The exhibition will run until the 14th of February and during that time:

People, avatars and performance artists are kindly invited to come, perform and interact at The Gate, both in Real Life and in Second Life.

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December 13, 2009

The Doppelgänger exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia, which runs from 23 October 2009 to 23 March 2010 features the work of seven artists, Gazira Babeli, Andrew Burrell (image above of Temporary Self Portrait), Cao Fei, Patrick Lichty (image bottom of Code Portraits), Adam Nash, Christopher Dodds and Justin Clemens (image below of Autoscopia). The exhibition explores:

contemporary notions of portraiture in the online realm. Based in Second Life…exploring the concepts of constructed self, beauty and likeness, truth and illusion in self representation.

The curator of the show states the artists:

have produced artworks that break down the perceived line that occurs at the computer screen between real life and the digital realm. In a world dominated by Google, Facebook and Twitter, where the age-old adage ‘You are what you eat’ becomes ‘You are what you tweet’, the artists investigate and challenge the notion of data as a conduit of identity. While this might suggest the arrival of the ‘posthuman’, a humanity defined by digital connectedness, it is clear from the actions of those in Second Life that virtual culture is profoundly human: Make art, make love, lets dance. Indeed, the similarities between real life and virtual life prompt reconsideration – not of how real virtual interactions are in Second Life, but just how artificial our human connectedness is. Many of the works in doppelganger act as a mirror to our humanity, reflecting our insecurities, our search for beauty and sense of wonderment in creations and ultimately in ourselves. Explore this virtual world. Look in the mirror and a see brittle, elaborate and constructed identity.

To view the exhibition at the National Galleries Portrait Island in Second Life click on the Slurl here.

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December 7, 2009

A/V PERMUTATIONS (image above, video below) by the Art of Failure is a networked audio-visual installation which rather than use the network as a positive tool for collaboration/participation (hyped aspects of the web) uses it to degenerate and destroy information that is transmitted through it.

Images from the Rorschach test (also known as the Rorschach inkblot test or simply the Inkblot test), abstract chance forms which encourage us to ‘see’ or recognise familar foms, are progressively modified and abstracted through transmission errors testing the limits of our ability to see forms within the images.

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