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.
The following are works by Amalia Pica whose practice focuses on communication, its forms and signals. The following quote is from the Guardian’s review of her work:
art and life are characterised by gaps and missed signals. What interests Pica is the distance between sender and receiver, the ways we misunderstand or misremember. She addresses the problem of art speaking to people – like the time she used Semaphore flag code to broadcast gobbledygook in the middle of nowhere.
a work of network-dependent Software Art that presents its own installation process as an artefact in itself.
The work uses a strategy employed in the media art world where the artists work is installed and setup without the artist being present or solely by assisting through email/videotelephony etc.
Distributed as a stripped down, customised GNU/Linux Operating System, the gallery merely needs to copy a single file onto a USB stick, plug it into a computer on site and boot it on the day of the opening. Remote Install then analyses its network context and the amount of space given to it – the free space on the USB stick. It then logs into the artist’s server and creates a file of random binary data to exactly fill this space and proceeds to download it over the course of the entire exhibition. An algorithm ensures the last byte is downloaded on the last second of the exhibition.
An elegant formalistic software work which plays on strategy and process and has much in common with conceptual art.
Some new work by one of the contributors (Ivani Santana) to Remote Encounters last April. Broadcast: dQ13 – Dancing Beyond Time is a networked dance performance conducted between Korea, Czech Republic, Spain and Brazil which occurred on the 21/08/2013.
I’ve posted about Jean-Pierre Aubé’s work before (Nocturne), this is equally stunning…
Electrosmog Montréal, 0.1 MHz – 144 MHz is a live generated video (made in Processing) which layers a video feed of the skyline of Montréal with a visualisation of the radio frequency spectrum. It is part of the artists Electrosmog series.
In his Electrosmog series, Jean-Pierre Aubé searches out ambient radio frequency activity in the urban landscape of Montréal, which for Aubé forms a singular territory, characterized by its density in the city and by the political and economic issues that accompany it. Equipped with a radio, an antenna, and home-made software, the artist sweeps the titular spectrum of radio frequencies. Every tenth of a second, the device takes a snapshot of its readings – a measure of electromagnetic activity on a specific frequency. This information is then paired with images of Montréal, digitally altered by these same measurements, to create a “documentary in sound” of the city’s spaces. Montréal, well-known to the artist after years of radiofrequency experiments here, is the eighth city in which Aubé has measured and visually presented this urban Electrosmog.
This is a QR Code, it's a printed link to this webpage on Network Research!
Using a web-enabled mobile phone with built-in camera and QR Code reader software you can photograph this printed page to display the original webpage. For more information on how to do this please see the short article here: