December 17, 2013
Two orchestra-like works

Two orchestra like projects, one highly polished and the other a work produced as part of a workshop but equally as interesting.

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The Computer Orchestra (images above, video below) by Simon de Diesbach, Jonas Lacôte and Laura Perrenoud, students at ECAL (Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne) is:

a crowdsourcing platform that allows users to create and conduct their own orchestra. They can choose to upload their own music or download samples to integrate into their formation. With a simple interface, they assign the chosen samples to each post. They can also arrange detection zones, that allow them to order the “musicians” to play, using various gestures. Once their orchestra is configured, they can direct it with the movements of their body.

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Neo-Aula (image above, video below) is a interactive sequencer consisting of 25 networked computers and a web based interface to interact with them. This work seems to have been the outcome of a workshop lead by mobilitylab as part of a digital week at the Universite of Vic in Spain.

What’s interesting about both of these projects is seeing a lab of computers within a university as a source of inspiration to create a work. This is most obvious in Neo-Aula which has been subtitled “hacking the classroom”.

Posted by: Garrett @ 3:32 pm
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December 1, 2013
How to make a Bomb by IOCOSE

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IOCOSE’s A Crowded Apocalypse uses crowdsourcing as a means of generating and developing tactics against conspiracy theories. The Italian artists’ group:

has commissioned a series of micro tasks, each of them being almost completely meaningless. However, when put together, the tasks collectively contributed to generate a series of potential paranoias. The results have been commissioned, collected, organised and exhibited by the artist group, showing the result of a process of mechanical and unemotional involvement of the participants in the process of writing and protesting against conspiratory narratives.

One of the works in this series of “micro tasks” or works is How to make a Bomb (view here on YouTube), a step-by-step guide on how to assemble a bomb. The guide is a playlist on YouTube, each step of the guide one of 28 videos hosted on different accounts. Viewed separately the content of each video is harmless or meaningless. Viewed together as the full playlist the videos give a set of lethal instructions that without a doubt would be in breach of YouTube policy (and almost any other online provider) yet as a distributed guide prove difficult to censor and delete.

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