June 29, 2013
Wooldrip and Tenth

Two projects by Quit, an artistic group (consisting of musicians, video artists, web designers, graphic designers and architects) based in Cagliari, Sardinia, which have a similar linearity in how they are visualised. Documentation for both is on the installation page of their website.

wooldrip

Wooldrip is a web based installation which scans Twitter in search of pre-determined terms. Different terms pull the wool mounted on the spindle differing amounts until the end is reached.

tenth

Tenth, another web based installation searchs for a particular topic by scanning all major social networks and the most important news sites. When it find the topic, a Super 8 projector makes a step forward a tenth of frame and light pulses for a third of a second. Depending on the topic searched for, the film can last from several hours to several years.

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June 28, 2013
I am here

i-am-here

I am here by Wen Zhu is an installation work using a live video feed between two back-to-back wall-mounted works. You approach one of the works and trigger the video on the other work. You wait until somebody approaches the other work to trigger yours.

The work is about seeing the other person and simultanously their presence affirming your existence but unlike what you would expect with technologies such as Skype or Facetime, you don’t see the other (and their face) through their camera, you see them through yours. Since the works are placed back to back this means you only see their back, over your shoulder, creating a sense of mystery about them and thwarting what you would expect the technology to do. The artists statement about the work is short:

we see yourself because others who behind us, but we can not see each other.

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June 27, 2013
0,1

0-1

0,1 by Michal Kohut is a pair of glasses that controls the lights in the gallery they are show in:

The lights in the gallery are temporarily turned off whenever the person wearing the glasses blinks. It all happens so fast that the person wearing the glasses does not even notice the change.

An elegantly simple conceptual work.

In a similar vein, Randy Sarafan has posted a tutorial on Instructables, the Energy-Saving Light (below).

energy-saving-light

O, 1 originally seen on Triangulation.

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June 24, 2013
Vanity Ring

Vanity Ring by Markus Kison transposes the status given through wearing a jewel such as a diamond to status understood as Google hits.

Rings are well known status symbols, and the included jewel’s weight in carat is a comparable value for the personal ranking of its owner (the largest two diamonds are in the British crown jewels). The Vanity Ring doesn’t have a jewel, instead it shows the number of hits one gets, when he searches Google for the name of the person who wears it, a more adequate value in our time. It is personalized using a custom software, and after the name is typed the ring will change its display to show the personal attention carats, while every night, when it is inserted into its docking station the ring is reloaded and updated. Vanity Ring is a closed medial circuit project, where the ring has influence on the mass media and the other way round.

Originally seen at Goollery (now offline).

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June 7, 2013
Roy Ascott: The Analogues

Posted a few hours ago through e-flux, the announcement of an exhibition by Roy Ascott titled Roy Ascott: The Analogues at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art Winnipeg, Canada.

Roy Ascott: The Analogues explores a small but crucial body of work by English inter-media artist and theorist Roy Ascott…The works in the exhibition were largely created in England between 1963 and 1970. They form a small but crucial part of the artist’s Analogue works—non-digital, two-dimensional and non-representational wall works that pre-figure his later artwork and theories relating to computer networks, viewer interaction, and telematics. Ascott was the first to coin the term “telematic art” to describe the use of online computer networks as an art medium.

The Analogues were stored near Toronto since Ascott departed that city in 1972, after a brief and tempestuous tenure as the President of the then Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University). Hired in 1971 by OCA, Ascott was poised to overhaul the college’s programs. His forward-looking ideas anticipated later developments in art pedagogy, but polarized the community, precipitating his hasty departure…The Analogues were created during the period between his initial contact with cybernetic theory and his first digitally networked experiences online. Consequently, The Analogues form an indexical moment through which we may better understand Ascott’s impact on art, new media theory and education. As we can see in these works, Ascott anticipated the concept of “interactivity” in art, and his radical Groundcourse in art education positioned the importance of education in artistic practice, especially notable in relation to the educational turn in contemporary art.

The exhibition runs from July 5th to September 29, 2013. There will also be a talk by Roy Ascott on July 4th to open the show. A publication Roy Ascott: The Analogues will be published by Plug In Editions, with an essay by Anthony Kiendl and an interview with Ascott by Dr. Melentie Pandilovski, Director of Video Pool Media Arts Centre, Winnipeg.

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