Archived entries for Art

Rope in Space


During Ars Electronica, in the main square of Linz, was set up the isle of the 80+1, A Journey Around the World. Most of the works featured shared the same idea of connecting locations in the world in real time with unusual approaches; from virtual handshakes to aroma transportation.
One of the exhibited pieces that cleared attracted people attention was the Rope in Space, conceptualized by the Ars Electronica Futurelab, a simulation of the “rope pulling” game but with the participants in different locations. One of the units was set up in the isle and the other one in the Ars Electronica Center (it could be in any other place in the world).
Besides the confusing graphic interface, the machine was so simple and appealing that is was impossible to not have fun with it. One would hold the rope at one side, until a opponent appears on the other side and the game can start, usually gathering a small crowd around. Quite often a completely stranger, seeing one of the participants disadvantage, would stand out and join the game, creating a light and entertaining environment for everyone.
Rope in Space may be perceived by one as only a high tech super expensive version of a 3,000 years old game; and this judgment would be complete valid. Though when we think in very nature of it as a web based interface that allows physical interactions we can see the great value that the piece stands for; it makes us think in how poorly we explore the virtual connections, that the internet can be much more than an exchanging of visual data, and the hyper-world can have form, weight and be touched by our own hands.

Laurie Anderson – The Handphone Table (1978)

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This year at the Lentos Museum at Ars Electronica, there was a special exhibition dealing with sound art. The works were quite diverse, and it was an amazing collection – some of the artists included were Max Neuhaus, Brion Gyson, Ira Cohen, David Rokeby, John Baldessari, and the list goes on. One of my favorites was an installation of a table by Laurie Anderson called “The Handphone Table”. You sit at a table and music underneath of the table is conducted through your bones, as you hold your hands to your ears. The hollows within the table act as loudspeakers. It is an intimate way of hearing as well as feeling music.

when you’re strange…


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Buone vacanze pt. 2


Another by Faggotron: “Video for my track ‘Expialidocious’. The track is composed of a sine wave bass, custom drum sequences, and sounds recorded from the Disney film ‘Mary Poppins’. www.myspace.com/pogotracks”.

buone vacanze, tutti


This song was made using sound clips from the movie “Alice in Wonderland”.

Delaware – iphone albums


A Japanese super sonic group, designs music and musics design.

roman signer at kunsthalle


The work of Roman Signer is on display at the Hamburger Kunsthalle from 5 June – 27 September 2009.

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exhibit festival at san servolo

Yesterday was the first day of the three day event “exhibit: international exhibition of digital art”. As it was raining, it took a while for the artists to set the projects up, but eventually they did. In addition to the electronica DJ set, there were some interactive installations.
One was Chris Sugrue’s Delicate Boundaries, of which I’m a huge fan.
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Another was Memo Akten’s Body Paint, which was quite a bit of fun to play with, especially with techno and spritz.

encastrable

Encastrable is a collective of three guys (Antoine Lejolivet, Paul Souviron and Jean-François Barbie) who took up a temporary residency inside a hardware store. Quite brilliant. I should take up a residency inside a coffeeshop.

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three frames

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Threeframes.net is a weblog based upon three frame gif animations from films. Original variations on this motif can be found at fuckyoudraculas:
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