August 29, 2010
Hallucinations (and the real)

Hallucinations (and the real) (image above, video below) by JD Walsh is audio-visual work which composes itself as a result of search engine query results based on key phrases from a text taken from Albert Hoffman’s recollections of early experiments with LSD. A database cinema of sorts.

The result is a dual-channel projection of the software’s output – the text on one screen and the image on the other. Sound is projected into the room. Because of the random elements in the software, the perception of the images are always changing. Each image seems to take on a new meaning depending on which text is next to it and which sound accompanies it.

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August 23, 2010

Vibrator by Prokop Bartonicek is another work I stumbled across via the Cycling74 Projects page a little over a month ago. The work:

is connected to the world’s most frequented porn video server. Vibrator pulses and shines based on the growth and decline of the top video’s ratings (views per second). A small button on the end of object [sic] can be pressed and held. This function will activate the previous vibration and light settings for comparison. The vibrator is controlled by a personal computer via wireless technology Bluetooth, and is powered with a chargeable battery supply.

It is a result of an investigation on:

“beauty” in networks [sic] of networks – the internet. I looked at how the widest audience today is seeing beauty in digital space. The beauty of feelings, ideas, curves of bodies. Global, anonymous and mass interest in pornography on the network led me to concentrate in my work on the pleasure and beauty for one person…The anonymous interest of the mass of users from the entire world is thus concentrated into an object for one.

The work bears a striking resemblance to FuckU-FuckMe, a product with its own website which (to my knowledge) has never actually been available to buy.

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August 22, 2010
A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter

A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter (image above) by Caleb Larsen is a work which perpetually auctions itself on eBay accumulating (or not) value as art markets and the perceived value of the artists work rises.

This sculpture exists in eternal transactional flux. It is a physical sculpture that is perptually attempting to auction itself on eBay. Every ten minutes the black box pings a server on the internet via the ethernet connection to check if it is for sale on the eBay. If its auction has ended or it has sold, it automatically creates a new auction of itself. If a person buys it on eBay, the current owner is required to send it to the new owner. The new owner must then plug it into ethernet, and the cycle repeats itself.

To view the current auction of the work (image above) visit its eBay page here.

The work will be showing at the Lighthouse in Brighton from the 28 August – 5 September 2010 as part of the digital design conference, dConstruct.

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August 20, 2010
Alan Sondheim @ 2010 Odyssey Performance Art Festival

The 2010 Odyssey Performance Art Festival finished last Saturday, August 14 with a performance by Alan Dojoji/Alan Sondheim and Sandy Baldwin, Flesh Meat – With Coastal Avatars (images below).

The performance was totally immersive, a hard feat in Second Life, and immense in scale but apart from that difficult to describe. These are a few lines from Alan about the work:

I’m still looking at being-avatar in terms of sexuality, flesh, language; I do this through the lone avatar who goes nowhere, gets nowhere. There’s no plot, nothing to reveal, nothing you don’t already know, getting up in the morning, looking in the period. What’s staring back at you has a name.

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August 12, 2010
2010 Odyssey Performance Art Festival

The 2010 Odyssey Performance Art Festival ran officially from the 31/07/10 until last Tuesday the 10/08/10. This has however been extended with a few more events today (12/08/10) including Ceci n est pas une voiture by Ze Moo at 2 PM SLT (10pm GMT), the performance takes place here, and on Saturday (14/08/10) at 3 PM SLT (11pm GMT) with Flesh Meat – With Coastal Avatars by Alan Dojoji/Alan Sondheim and Sandy Baldwin (exact location on Odyssey to be announced).

The last ten days have seen some really interesting performances including the following.

Night Gardening (images above) by lizsolo Mathilde/Liz Solo and Fau Ferdinand/Yael Gilks was a mixed reality performance happening in Second Life (first image) and at Liz’s east coast backyard (second image) where several other artists joined her to contribute. I quite liked the two windowed online approach to this which required spectators to use the Second Life viewer and have open at the same time to see the ‘real’ garden. Lots to be explored in this type of combination but I left wanting to ask the artists about it.

Piano Drop (image above) by Man Michinaga/Patrick Lichty was without a doubt the conceptual performance of the festival. Stripped right down to just the essential, pianos, the thumping noise and the resulting chaos amount the in world audience, the performance consisted of numerous pianos falling from the sky over Odyssey.

Leap of Doom! (image above) by DanCoyote Antonelli was hilariously enjoyable. The audience arrived to an Evil Knievel style event, a bus jump on motorbikes, but rather than simply watch the artist do it were themselves invited to jump in a provided motorbike or any vehicle of their choice. This of course played irreverently with the idea of a daredevil stunt and it emptyness when you risk no physical harm in a virtual space.

A Space to Chat (images above) by Selavy Oh was the work (so far) which I was the most impressed by. The work was interactive in a very clever way which took advantage of how audiences talk at performance events in Second Life. The artist introduced the event explaining it lasted as long as we, the audience, participated, started the performance and then watched it unfold. As the audience chatted wondering what was going to happen we noticed that constructed letters were being created overhead in a series of archs. Zooming out from this the letters were clearly legible as parts of the discussion that was taking place so this was a performance which only occurred a) if there was an audience and b) if the audience participated – risky but spectacularly rewarding. At the end of the performance the letters floated away and this allowed the audience the possibility to hop on and fly above Odyssey.

There is a good video of this work online here.

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