March 29, 2011
Face to Facebook

Face to Facebook by Alessandro Ludovico and Paolo Cirio is a work which steals 1 million Facebook profiles to categorise them according to the profiles photograph and automatically populates a custom made dating site: http://www.lovely-faces.com/. The artists describe the work as follows:

In an attempt to free personal data as Facebook’s exclusive property we spent a few months downloading public information from one million profiles (including pictures). Immersing ourselves in the resulting database was a hallucinatory experience as we dove into hundreds of thousands of profile pictures and found ourselves intoxicated by the endless smiles, gazes and often leering expressions…All that people wanted was to attract new people, have more relationships, to express and receive love through their digital traits. But they were trapped by Facebook owning their data and restricting their actions with primitive privacy rules…Our mission was to give all these virtual identities a new shared place to expose themselves freely, breaking Facebook’s constraints and boring social rules. So we established a new website (lovely-faces.com) giving them justice and granting them the possibility of soon being face to face with anybody who is attracted by their facial expression and related data.

Above is a video explaining the work and below is a diagram explaining how the work was compilled and created.

Originally seen on Nettime Announce.

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March 27, 2011
Views From The Internet

Views From The Internet by Penelope Umbrico

is a project that investigates the views through windows on home improvement Internet sites. The windows in these places always present views of idyllic suburban or country landscapes. There, these views are an invitation: completing the fantasy of the space of the website, they invite retreat and the promise of escape.

This is an interesting work where the isolation of views, from interiors to exteriors, through windows highlights the virtualisation of the scenes. We realise that we, online, are peering though a window at a work which itself is from a window which looks out on a distant landscape. Evidence of buildings is removed however their presence is still visible as we see skylines cut out.

Originally seen on VVork.

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March 15, 2011
Sunny n shiiite

Sunny n shiiite (Ustream here) by Katja Novitskova is a one week long live stream on Ustream consisting of the artist making:

arrangements of found and created objects in a geographically unlocated and thus ‘virtual’ space. With irregular intervals I will be coming in and developing the setup further, about once a day. The breaks in the stream will only be caused by possible technical problems, and the scene will most of the time appear to be a static image.

The work finishes tomorrow the 16th of March 2011.

Originally Seen on VVork.

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March 7, 2011
Pulse

Pulse by Markus Kison is a real time visualisation of emotional expressions from posts in weblogs.

Weblog entries are compared to a list of emotions, which refers to Robert Plutchik’s seminal book Psychoevolutionary Theory of Emotion published in 1980. Plutchik describes eight basic human emotions in his book: joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, anger, and anticipation. He developed a diagram in which these eight emotions, together with their weakened and amplified counterparts, form a three dimensional cone, consisting of 24 areas. The cone is the basic form of pulse, which can enlarge in the 24 directions of the different emotions. Each time an emotion tag, or a synonym of it, is found in a recent blog entry, the shape-shifting object transforms itself in such a way that the new volume represents a piece of the overall current emotional condition of surfers on the Internet.

A photoset of the work can be seen here on Flickr.

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March 3, 2011
Junction

Junction by Micah Frank is a sound sculpture generated by thousands of New York City taxi cabs as they move through the city.

Through the use of publicly available live footage from New York’s Traffic Management Center, Junction tracks the movements of taxis in some of the city’s busiest intersections. It uses their position, velocity and overall density to synthesize sounds…A taxi’s position might control only one partial of a complex frequency spectrum, or a single frame of a granular cloud. Up to 40 taxis are tracked on the grid simultaneously. They are indexed and vectored every 50 milliseconds. Once a taxi leaves the scene, its index dies and a new taxi is tracked.

For more works by Micah Frank see Tectonic.

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