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Reblogged “Measuring Cup” by Mitchell Whitelaw

Posted on The Teeming Void by Mitchell Whitelaw: Measuring Cup is a little dataform project I’ve been working on this year. It’s currently showing in Inside Out, an exhibition of rapid-prototyped miniatures at Object gallery, Sydney.

This form presents 150 years of Sydney temperature data in a little cup-shaped object about 6cm high. The data comes from the UK Met Office’s HadCRUT subset, released earlier this year; for Sydney it contains monthly average temperatures back to 1859.

The structure of the form is pretty straightforward. Each horizontal layer of the form is a single year of data; these layers are stacked chronologically bottom to top – so 1859 is at the base, 2009 at the lip. Continue reading


Sep 26, 19:16
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Reblogged Performance, All Over the Map: On Chris Salter’s “Entangled”

Performance, All Over the Map: On Chris Salter’s “Entangled” by Maria Chatzichristodoulou [aka Maria X], Rhizome.org:

Chris Salter’s Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (MIT Press, March 2010) is a massive undertaking and a book long overdue. In this ambitious project, Salter sets out to provide a historical overview of the intersections between technology and artistic performance in order to demonstrate the profound entanglement in the historical trajectories of both sets of practices and developments. Entangled seeks to address how technological developments have altered our making and perception of artistic performance and the socio-political, cultural and economic contexts of such developments (p. xiii). Furthermore, Salter understands the histories of new media arts, theater, and other stage-based artforms as divided in a tension between the technophilic and technophobic, and his investigation is an attempt to fill this gap. Continue reading


Aug 2, 11:22
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Reblogged “The Old Spice Guy”: Presencing & Synthapticism In Action

mez breeze wrote: In 2008, several articles here at Augmentology examined the concepts of Synthetic Presencing and Synthapticism. Both concepts are part of a theoretical framework that attempts to explain developing cultural > augmentological patterns. Presencing embodies a rethink of conventional entertainment modes:

Fiction and non-fiction classifications are designed to map to boundaries of known forms [think: cinema, literature, television and music]. They are so designed to provoke audience responses introspectively and externally. Current synthetic practices are refashioning this entertainment base via the perpetuation of types of unintentional and deliberately augmented recreation. These recreation types are reliant on immediacy of response, play, and Pranksterism. Continue reading


Jul 18, 13:18
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Reblogged In-Game Chat with Jason Rohrer

Nicholas O’Brien wrote on Bad at Sports: I was very excited when Jason Rohrer agreed to conduct and interview with me within his newest game Sleep is Death. Continue reading


Jul 14, 19:57
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Reblogged Suzanne Lee “Grows” a Wardrobe From Bacteria

Designer Suzanne Lee “Grows” a Wardrobe From Bacteria by Diane Pham, 07/11/10, Inhabitat:

Being cutting edge in fashion means creating hot new looks that will get heads to turn. Here is one designer who’s taking this idea to a whole new level by branching out into a frontier you’d never expect to see a fashionista. With a little help of a microbial brew of yeast, bacteria, and several cups of sweetened green tea, U.K. designer Suzanne Lee is creating “fabric” from bacteria! Designed for life by life, this pulsating concoction brings forth fibers that will sprout and propagate, eventually resulting in thin, wet sheets of bacterial cellulose that can be molded into a dress form. What’s left is a canvas that can be bleached or even stained with fruit and vegetable dyes.

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Jul 11, 16:42
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Reblogged Makers: DIY Agents of Social Change

Makers: DIY Agents of Social Change by Alyce Santoro, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed:

Everyone Is an Artist

As our society collectively awakens to the realization that it must devise ways to stem the hemorrhaging caused by years of denial and excess and as the DIY (do-it-yourself) movement grows in popularity, Joseph Beuys’ words, “everyone is an artist” ring all the more true. Beuys, who referred to himself as a “social sculptor,” believed strongly not that everyone should make (so-called) fine art, but that everyone can live a richer and more meaningful life by infusing any vocation or action with his or her own personal creativity.

From the 1950s through the mid-1980s, Beuys expressed the notion that personal creativity could be cultivated and honed by connecting with nature and by developing a more intimate relationship with it. He believed that individuals as well as our entire society could be healed by returning to a simpler way of life and by becoming more attuned to the subtle, ineffable forces of the ecosystems we inhabit. Continue reading


Jul 4, 15:26
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Reblogged Autonomy and Control in the Era of Post-Privacy

Researcher Felix Stalder analyses the loss of the key role of the concept of privacy. Privacy long secured the balance between the control of institutions and the autonomy of the citizen. Today, with institutions aiming more and more to provide customized services and the autonomy of both citizens and institutions changing, this role is disappearing, making the danger of an increase in control and power a realistic one. To turn the tide, Stalder argues for a greater transparency of the back-end protocols, algorithms and procedures of the new, flexible bureaucracies.

Source: Open. Cahier on Art and the Public Domain. # 19: Beyond Privacy. New Notions of the Private and Public Domains

One way to characterize Western modernity, the period we are just leaving, is by its particular structure of control and autonomy. It emerged as the result of two historic developments – one leading to large, hierarchic bureaucracies as the dominant form of organization, the other to the (bourgeois, male) citizen as the main political subject. Continue reading


Jul 1, 21:27
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Reblogged Data Walks – A #Climatedata Proposal

Mitchell Whitelaw wrote: In response to the UK Met Office’s recent data release and Manuel Lima’s call for visualisations, there’s been a flurry of #climatedata activity in the last couple of days, including some revealing visualisations. Though I’m looking forward to playing with the data myself, this isn’t a post about visualisation. It’s a simpler proposal for a way to make the data tangible.

Global warming is ultimately a question about change in a single measurement – temperature – over time. One way or another, it can be boiled down to a line graph. How best to make that line tangible? Visualisation is great, but how else could we feel those changes, especially over time? One way would be to walk the data. We could make a kind of giant line graph, in the form of a path or road, then walk from 1850 to 2009. Continue reading


Jun 13, 21:32
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Reblogged Scanners, collectors and aggregators. On the ‘underground movement’ of (pirated) theory text sharing

ubuwebScanners, collectors and aggregators. On the ‘underground movement’ of (pirated) theory text sharing by Janneke Adema, posted on Open Reflections, September 20, 2009

“But as I say, let’s play a game of science fiction and imagine for a moment: what would it be like if it were possible to have an academic equivalent to the peer-to-peer file sharing practices associated with Napster, eMule, and BitTorrent, something dealing with written texts rather than music? What would the consequences be for the way in which scholarly research is conceived, communicated, acquired, exchanged, practiced, and understood?” — Gary Hall – Digitize this book! (2008)

Ubu web was founded in 1996 by poet Kenneth Goldsmith and has developed from ‘a repository for visual, concrete and (later) sound poetry, to a site that ‘embraced all forms of the avant-garde and beyond. Continue reading


Jun 5, 18:45
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Reblogged Bad at Sports: A Conversation with Jon Rafman


Nicholas O’Brien, Bad at Sports: A Conversation with Jon Rafman

Jon Rafman and I had a chance to catch up in Second Life last week and do a series of interviews that culminated in the above video (which contains NSFW graphic imagery near the end). We discuss his recent work and its relationship to cinema studies, as well as talk about how the work digests contemporary Modern experiences. Continue reading


May 12, 14:52
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