monochrom event at mercer union

Posted by: michael on 07.11.06 @ 09:16 AM CST
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"We're great together, the liberal society and it's enemies"

A lecture/event at Mercer Union, 8pm, Thursday July 13th, 2006

Free Admission

monochrom from Vienna is a collective, operating worldwide, that deals with technology, art, context hacking and philosophy and was founded in 1993. monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science and political activism. Their mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost in culture-archeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment.

monochrom has released a leftist retro-gaming project, established a 1 baud semaphore line through the streets of San Francisco, started an illegal space race through Los Angeles, buried people alive in Vancouver, and cracked the hierarchies of the art system with The Thomann Project. In Austria they ate blood sausages made from their own blood in order to criticize the grotesque neoliberal formation of the world economy. Sometimes they compose melancholic pop songs about dying media and hosted the first annual and inevitably leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics. At the moment they're planning a conference about pornography as one of the driving forces of technological innovation. Also they do international soul trade, propaganda camps, epic puppet theatre, aesthetic pregnancy counseling, food catering and -- sorry to mention -- modern dance.

monochrom's medley at Mercer Union is a little tour-de-farce about their projects and political motivation. The evening also features a teaser for the Blackwood Gallery's upcoming project "18:Beckett." Altogether, this evening will be a joyful bucket full of good clean fanaticism, crisis, language, culture, self-content, identity, utopia, mania and despair, condensed into the well known cultural technique of a gala show. Powernapping highly welcome.

Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art
37 Lisgar Street, Toronto ON M6J 3T3 CANADA
(west of Dovercourt, south of Queen)
416 536 1519 [email protected]


Transparent City

Posted by: michael on 07.10.06 @ 01:23 PM CST
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Inspired by the fact that mobile phone users are to be tracked to within 50 meters, as a result of the Federal Communications Commission's E911 mandate (allowing authorities to locate the position of mobile phones that make emergency calls), Derek Lomas plans to develop Transparent City, a city modeled in 3D using only the positions of small orbs, representing individual mobile phones. The functional forms of a city modeled entirely by human motion will emerge from the overall behavior of the data-points. Streets and highways will be identified through the collective action of orbs flying by at 50 miles an hour. Organic skyscrapers will be built by the thousands of stacked orbs, mostly motionless at their desks-- while some orbs show the subtle motions of humans walking through an office, or traveling up and down elevators. By speeding up the rate of time, one will observe these human towers rise and fall with the beginning and end of the work day. I found that the concept was already extremely compelling. But it gets better (or worse): Transparent City will seek to create an interface that allows for the integration of multiple databases of information. As an example, users of the "Transparent City" may be able to set the brightness of the orbs to be proportionate to personal income (darkening Harlem and illuminating the financial district). More disturbingly, users will be able to tap any on-going phone call in real-time. Furthermore, using tracked call-logs, users will be able to display the interconnected networks of callers, which represent the de-facto social network of a city. With this project Lomas seeks to show the future of surveillance and raise public consciousness at a time when we can still determine our own fate as a society. Another surveillance-related project by Lomas was the The Backpack Project. In 2002, he gave artists clear backpacks --mandated in many high schools in the post-Columbine era as a way to screen for weapons, drugs and other prohibited items-- and let them fill them as they wished. His aim was to encourage artists to "explore the flip side of privacy: transparency" and "discover honesty and personal expression."

Originally from we make money not art



Posted by: michael on 06.21.06 @ 09:01 AM CST
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PING GENIUS LOCI is built up from 300 radio networked, solar powered, self sustainable intelligent analogue pixels, that are placed on a 20 by 20 meters grid. These pixels function in the bright sunshine, and are interfacing the people walking in the grid.



vague terrain 03:generative art

Posted by: michael on 06.17.06 @ 08:59 PM CST
vague (51k image) the Toronto-based digital arts quarterly, has just launched its third issue: vague terrain 03:generative art. This issue is dedicated to an exploration of generative art through various texts and multimedia projects which document and illustrate the tools, techniques, and discourse surrounding "automated" production. This diverse body of work contains contributions across multiple mediums from: Ben Bogart, Mantissa, Marius Watz, Meta, Neil Wiernik, Paul Webb, Peter Nyboer, Philip Galanter, Rob Myers, William Farkas and also features an interview with Ben Fry and Casey Reas by Donna Marie Vakalis. To view the journal please visit


IN[ ]EX:Vancouver::: Launch & Schedule of Events

Posted by: michael on 06.14.06 @ 06:56 PM CST
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::::::::IN[ ]EX:::::::::

IN[ ]EX is a distributed audio sculpture in which thousands of wooden
blocks with embedded technology are released into the city to engage the
public as active agents.

The blocks are distributed through an array of interventions that reference
early models of instruction-based participatory works.

As the blocks circulate, they transmit data which is collected by mesh
networks and processed to create a constantly remixed sound environment in a
shipping container.

IN[ ]EX explores the migration of capital, goods, and people through the
ports and public spaces of Vancouver, Canada, and San José, California.
IN[ ]EX will launch at Centre A, Vancouver International Centre for
Contemporary Asian Art, on June 16, 2006 and will be part of ISEA 2006 in
San Jose, California August 7-13, 2006.


flickr image blending

Posted by: michael on 06.09.06 @ 09:52 AM CST
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several remarkable examples of blending tens of Flickr images which share the same tags (e.g. 'happy' versus 'sad', 'winter' versus 'summer', 'eye', 'circle', etc.). the result is then saved as a new image. the original photos are scaled to match the size of the average image. color levels are adjusted. similarly, favcol adapts its background color of its web page as flickr's favorite color.

see also Jason Salavon's playboy centerfold averaging.

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Mapping in the Digital Age

Posted by: michael on 06.07.06 @ 08:05 AM CST
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The blog ELSE/WHERE: MAPPING promotes the book of the same title. The book charts the ascendancy of mapping (in the digital age) as a fundamental design process--a powerful interdisciplinary strategy that links people and places, data and organizations, and physical and virtual environments.

The site outlines the contents of the book's four sections [networks, conversations, territories, mapping] juxtaposing archival maps and experimental prototypes to open a new dialogue among disciplines.

via: networked_performance