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.
Net Art Implant by Anthony Antonellis is a site-specific curatorial project which employs a NFC (Near Field Communication) chip implanted in the artists hand as a wireless space to store/exhibit work up to 1 Kilobyte in size. Currently the chip stores an animated gif by the artist however the intention is to source the space out to other artists.
As a form of micro-curation, the artwork will be rotated out to exhibit new artists and artworks on a regular basis. Future artworks may come in various file formats such as GIFs, JPGs, MIDI music, or ASCII art. An Android app in development allows for direct download of the GIF from the chip, displays extended information about the artwork, and contains an archive of previously exhibited works.
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.
Other works in the series include: Electrosmog S.J.s.R., Electrosmog 824-894 MHz, Electrosmog – Live and Electrosmog Tallinn.
Above: Electrosmog S.J.s.R. installation.
Above: Electrosmog – Live performance.
WiFi-SM by UNbEhAGEN.COM (Christophe Bruno and Valéry Grancher) is an internet connected wireless device that connects your body to current events based on keywords.
It automatically detects the information from approximately 4,500 news sources worldwide updated continuously and analyses them looking for specific keywords such as death, kill, murder, torture, rape, war, virus etc.. Each time the text of the news contains one of these keywords, your WiFi-SM device is activated through the Wi-Fi network and provides you with an electric impulse. This impulse is calibrated so that you can feel a certain amount of pain, but is completely safe.
It is ten years old and the device resembles a nicotine patch (way too small for the time) so quite obviously a parody. The work isn’t the device per se but the idea of the device and the way it’s presented online as a product (see also FuckU-FuckMe from 1999).
The Flood Helmet by Kian-Peng Ong:
is a mobile device that visualises possible future flood scenarios based on the user’s physical location. The flood level in the helmet is determined by the elevation height of the land that the user is standing through gps coordinates inputs and gives users a sensory and experiential exploration of their surrounding areas and the future it might hold.