May 31, 2012
Emily Roysdon’s I am a Helicopter, Camera, Queen @ BMW Tate Live

The third performance from the BMW Tate Live series at Tate Modern happened tonight with Emily Roysdon’s choreographed performance, I am a Helicopter, Camera, Queen. The performance used untrained performers who moved through the performance room and outside into a larger space at the Tate for the finale. The following is the artists statement from her website about the work:

Roysdon thinks of the helicopter, camera, and queen as representations of territory and seeing – regimes of viewing and ways of understanding space.

For this project Roysdon will be working with 100 volunteers who identify as queer and/or feminists. Taking the precise confines of the room itself as the score, and thinking about scale, resources and units of measure, the choreography will ‘make room,’ reconstituting and queering a previously defined space. The participants will attempt to be exactly in the space, to be audience and performer, to be in time and to create a stage within their collectivity. The room will be full and the participants will be guided by a room size score below their feet, that once the live action is complete will remain as a document of the event.

While the performance had its moments, overall it lacked conceptual clarity and seemed to be attempting too much for what are scheduled as ten minute performances. For me, the ‘site’ of it being an online live performance and the relationship of a global spectatorship with the white space of the room seemed to not be considered as a factor. This was a real shame as these were clearly a key factor in Pablo Bronstein’s performance, Constantinople Kaleidoscope, last month and I had hoped were a sign of a well considered selection by the Tate curators. This seems to have not been the case, credit for consideration of the online space lies solely with Pablo Bronstein who took up that challenge, and it makes me wonder on what basis are artists being selected for these performances? All work with performance but to date they seem to have little if any experience of networked performance or indeed embrace the new technologies that it represents. Why do we not see at least one artist from this area who would, given the chance, be able to explore the full potential and scope of the online?

Note that the video of the performance above seems to have been poorly trimmed and the performance itself starts 36 minutes 40 seconds into the video. The next Tate Live event will be on Thursday the 28th of June at 20:00 BST (GMT +1) by artist Harrell Fletcher.

Posted by: Garrett @ 10:34 pm
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May 23, 2012
Social Firefly


Social Firefly by Jason McDermott, Liam Ryan and Frank Maguire is:

a community of friendly intelligent lights that influence one another. The fireflies are programmed to respond to light from their neighbours, popular fireflies become highly influential, whilst isolated fireflies must work harder to reach their friends. By shining lights on to the fireflies, audience members speak the same language and influence the interaction between community members.

Inspiration came from lateral and cellular communication systems such as those used by fireflies in synchronizing their rhythms and slime molds in movements through caves, which collided with network theories and cascading relationships between the parts and the whole.


Originally seen on the Creative Applications Network.

Posted by: Garrett @ 8:19 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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September 7, 2011
Artreview: Important message regarding (the censorship of) user content

In response to Artreviews community announcement of user content censorship on the 6th of September I have created an online petition to gauge interest in how the community (and generally artists who use the internet) feel about this. To read the full details of the announcement email and sign the petition point your browser to:

Please forward this announcement to lists, family, friends, colleagues etc.

A protest forum thread has also started on the Artreview site called AUTHORIZED NAKED where users are being encouraged to add images of their own art which includes nakedness. Ownership of the work and it’s rights is crucial authorising artists to be naked as personal choice and effectively giving Artreview more content to censor.

Posted by: Garrett @ 10:04 pm
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July 17, 2011
Urban Echo

Urban Echo (to my knowledge nothing to do with Urban Echo) by LUSTlab is a work for urban environments which uses common place European publicity boards as windows to vistas of other urban environments. Urban inhabitants see in real time inhabitants from other urban spaces which may be in other cities, countries or even continents.

Urban Echo brings some of (the physicality of our interaction) back to real locations, connecting public places and therefore people, cities and cultures. It extends space beyond our once concrete parameters. Webcams allow you to see into another space, mirrors allow you to see your own space. Using billboard screens and cameras, Urban Echo creates a hybrid of these two things, allowing not only see into another city but maybe see yourself transported into another city or culture. A mid point between transparency and reflection, introspection and extrospection. Placed in public areas, the screens have a variety of modes. Sometimes they create a recursive loop allowing interaction between people in multiple cities and sometimes they are just a window to another place, that might intrigue a passer by. They can connect regardless of distance, folding locations together and rearranging our perspective of public space.

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