February 21, 2012

In Paris last week and went to 2062, aller-retour vers le futur (2062, return towards the future), in particular to attend the conference Les fins des temps (The End of time) and see the festivals exhibition. The conference was interesting but no connection to network research there.

The exhibition was overall disapointing, poorly laid out / curated with works not having room to breadth, be seen or heard in isolation. One work in the exhibition that was network related was Netlag by Pleix (don’t judge it by my poor photos, click through to the site to see better ones). The work is a video installation using outdoor webcams where imagery has been sourced through:

a software called Picksucker to make a snapshot of 1600 webcams all over the world each 10 minutes.

Worth mentioning as there are some similarities to Hello World! seen and written about a few weeks ago. The work isn’t live which is disapointing (Hello World! isn’t live either) however the suggestion of a map of global webcams juxtaposed is interesting. A shame it doesn’t go further.

The festival runs until the 25th of March. The live events and conferences are worth a visit but don’t expect much from the exhibition.

Posted by: Garrett @ 7:45 pm
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February 11, 2012

As of yesterday the 10th of February, 2012 Puredyne, the “USB-bootable GNU/Linux operating system for creative multimedia” is no more. The announcement came about a week ago and yesterday the mailing list was shut down by Aymeric Mansoux.

It’s a real shame as this was an environment tailored for artists. No reason other than the time needed to keep it up to date was given but hopefully it will give rise to a new OS somewhere down the line.

Posted by: Garrett @ 2:22 pm
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February 5, 2012
Hello World!

I was in London last week and managed to get to the Saatchi Gallery to see Hello World! Or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise. The work is being shown just offsite in a space in Duke of York Square as part of Saatchi Screen, the Saatchi Gallery’s first ever screening room for film and video (which in this instance touches on new media as well). The work is:

a large-scale audio visual installation comprised of thousands of video diaries gathered from the internet. Each of the 5,000 videos that make up the video installation features a single individual speaking candidly to an imagined audience from a private space such as a bedroom, kitchen, or dorm room. The multi-channel sound composition glides between individuals and the group, allowing viewers to listen in on individual speakers or become immersed in the overall cacophony.

On the artists site the following statement says:

The project is a meditation on the contemporary plight of democratic, participative media and the fundamental human desire to be heard. On one hand, new media technologies like YouTube have enabled new speakers at an alarming rate. On the other hand, no new technologies have emerged that allow us to listen to all of these new public speakers.

Previous work by Christopher Baker includes Murmer Study. Hello World is showing until February 28th 2012.

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