February 20, 2010
Urban Cursor

Urban Cursor (image above) by Sebastian Campion is a GPS enabled Apple cursor as public furniture designed to facilitate social interaction and play in public space. The work was first shown at the Festival Ingràvid Figueres, Catalunya/Spain in September 2009.

The object…was placed on a square in Figueres…Here, people could touch it, move it around and sit on it as an alternative to the benches. Despite being removed from its normal screen based environment, the cursor was still in touch with the digital world. Via an embedded GPS device, the cursor transmitted its geographic coordinates to a website. At the website, the coordinates were mapped in Google Maps thereby documenting the cursor’s movements in the physical world and making it possible for participants to see how they collectively helped move the object around. During the festival participants could also upload photos of the cursor at the website. The photos were automatically placed on the map by matching the photos’ digital time stamp with the GPS coordinates.

The image below shows the movements of the Urban Cursor on the 23rd of September.

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February 14, 2010
Ballettikka Internettikka @ the Thursday Club, Goldsmiths

Igor Stromajer, known for his guerrilla performance work with Brane Zorman as the Ballettikka Internettikka, Internet Ballet (image above), will present his work next Thursday (18/02/2010) at the Thursday Club, Goldsmiths. Ballettikka Internettikka is:

is a series of tactical art projects which began in 2001 with the exploration of Internet ballet. It explores wireless Internet ballet performances combined with guerrilla tactics and mobile live Internet broadcasting strategies.

Since 2001 twenty different Ballettikka Internettikka actions have been performed at various locations across the world, all broadcast online.

Ballettikka Internettikka uses impossible connections to develop the possible strategies of resistance and disobedience. The project participates in the already existing protocols of communication, yet without being servile to these protocols, it opens up links between emotionality and technology, production and ethics, desire and organization, imagination and institution. The distribution of politics and intimacy without any reason and purpose, with the use of limited, defined, and controlled protocols is a dystopia and an unsubmissive revolt to the world of capital, which can be disarmed only by the use of its own tactics.

Above is the latest performance by Ballettikka Internettikka in 2009, Nipponnikka, on the Japanese island Minami Torishima, 23 November 2009.

The event is being held at the Ben Pimlott lecture theatre, Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths, London. Location details can be found here.

Originally seen on the Sonic Arts Network (Sanlist) Mailing List.

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February 13, 2010
Sjansmachine (flirtmachine)

Sjansmachine (flirtmachine) (image above, video below) by Rolf van Gelder, Carmin Karasic and Olga Mink is an interactive photo installation which uses face recognition software to match users.

Like many social networking tools on the internet these days, Sjansmachine enables you to connect with other people. It plays with the idea that the virtual world is replacing our social life and therefore wants people to connect in the real world again…The custom software (written in Processing, including face detection and motion detection functionality) takes a picture of the face in the booth. The photo is immediately visible on the projections (one face per square). If the screens are filled with photos the oldest photo will be replaced by a new one. The images are constantly animated and every now and then two of the faces will be ‘matched’ by the software. During M.A.T.C.H mode the machine doesn’t upload any pictures, but displays its match in front of the live audience. When Sjansmachine is back in “chance-mode” you can step into the photobooth again.

Originally seen on the Network Research Vimeo Group.

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February 11, 2010
Aristotles Office

Aristotles Office (image above, video below) by Tom Keene and Kypros Kyprianou is a set of networked / connected office objects including an answer machine, bin, fan, filing cabinets, lamp, plant, telephone and watercooler ready for the internet of things. The works aim is:

to investigate potential relationships between everyday objects using simple universal rules. How will the office plant respond to the advances of the fan? Will the water-cooler shy away from the flashing office light? Throughout an increasingly wired and wireless world, objects are being embedded with communicating technologies, and are increasingly drawn into networked behavior where previously they were independent. Objects are no longer passive receivers of one-sided instruction. The machines talk amongst themselves but who knows what they are saying and how our relationships with them evolve as they slowly begin to talk.

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February 7, 2010
Contemporary Music Review, Volume 28 Issue 4 & 5

A colleague of mine lent me the August/October 2009 issue of Contemporary Music Review, (Volume 28 Issue 4 & 5 2009) as its theme is Network Performance. I’ve not managed to wade through it yet as almost everything in there looks interesting but a few things have caught my eye in particular; the article by by Jérôme Joy and Peter Sinclair, Networked Music & Soundart Timeline (NMSAT): A Panoramic View of Practices and Techniques Related to Sound Transmission and Distance Listening and the article by Chris Chafe, Tapping into the Internet as an Acoustical/Musical Medium, the initial stages of which he presented at Subtle Technologies: Networks last year.

Below is the full list of articles. The journal is impossible to get hold of in print by the way (and the pdf format is more expensive than the annual subscription) unless your subscribed to it, know somebody who is or happen to have a local library that stocks it so I’ve included links to a few online pdf versions from alternative sources where possible.

  • Networked Music & Soundart Timeline (NMSAT): A Panoramic View of Practices and Techniques Related to Sound Transmission and Distance Listening
    by Jérôme Joy; Peter Sinclair
  • Network Musics: Play, Engagement and the Democratization of Performance
    by David Kim-Boyle
  • Dramaturgy as a Model for Geographically Displaced Collaborations: Views from Within and Views from Without
    by Franziska Schroeder
  • Dramaturgy in the Network
    by Pedro Rebelo
  • On the Evolution of Music Notation in Network Music Environments
    by Georg Hajdu; Nick Didkovsky
  • Not Being There
    by Miller Puckette
  • Tapping into the Internet as an Acoustical/Musical Medium
    by Chris Chafe
  • The Telematic Music System: Affordances for a New Instrument to Shape the Music of Tomorrow
    by Jonas Braasch
  • Networked Music: Low and High Tech
    by Pauline Oliveros
  • Here Right Now
    by Monique Buzzarté
  • Long Distance Sitting #2: Untitled Sit for Multiple Virtual Bodies and You
    by Michelle Nagai
  • Now …and then? commissioned for Deep Listening Institute’s “Telemergence”– New works for the telematic medium
    by Kristin Norderval
  • Networked Music & Soundart Timeline (NMSAT) Excerpts of Part One: Ancient and Modern History, Anticipatory Literature, and Technical Developments References
    by Jérôme Joy
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