July 20, 2012
iPhone Live

iPhone Live is a year long performance by Johannes P Osterhoff which started on June 29th, 2012 and will end on June 29th, 2013.

Each time its home button is pressed an iPhone automatically takes a screenshot of the current app to display a zooming effect. For this performance, I installed two shell scripts on my jailbroken iPhone:

1 The first one duplicates each screenshot so that the files cannot be overwritten the next time the app is minimized.

2 The second one uploads these screens automatically to this site (http://www.iphone-live.net/) and publishes them.

These scripts are executed regularly in the background by means of launch demons.

The performance is an interesting example of how an intimate personal communication device, already used in ‘performative’ ways can essentially becomes public viewing and foreground that activity as performance. The artist retains some degree of control over what his audience see and when by deciding when to screencapture (press his home button) his activity.

All screenshots to date can be see in the archive.

Posted by: Garrett @ 11:05 am
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July 19, 2012
Me and My Shadow

Me and My Shadow, the MADE commission by Joseph Hyde, is a four site installation which ran from the 9th to 26th June 2012 connecting users in London, Paris, Mons and Istanbul.

These installations operate as online portals, connected in realtime. They give access to a 3D shared virtual environment and allow the simultaneous interaction of the public. Equally accessible, the ’5th space’ website follows and informs the project’s development.

The object of this work is to invite the user to interact and to communicate with both their own representation and with that of other users, in a visual and sound universe, immersive and progressive, combining motion capture (based on multiple Microsoft Kinects) and telepresence. The ‘shadows’ that users cast in the virtual space can at the same time sculpt three-dimensional objects and sound, while their movement also allows navigation and interaction with other users. Each user is encouraged in this way to experience in realtime a true physical and ubiquitous choreographic language but also to explore new connections between the geographical, social, physical and virtual universes of these 4 places.

Many thanks to Frédérique Santune for the link.

Posted by: Garrett @ 2:40 pm
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