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Ten Video Sharing Services Compared

“The number of video-sharing sites has shot through the roof recently, as dozens of companies try to become the Flickr of the online video world. To this end, many video services have started offering new features like editing and remixability in an attempt to snatch a piece of the ever-expanding online video pie. But for the average user–who just wants to post a video on the ‘net and share it with some friends–there are already too many options out there. All one really wants to know is, which site is going to work, with the least amount of hassle?

I took 10 of these sites [Eyespot, Google Video, Grouper, Jumpcut, Ourmedia, Revver, Videoegg, Vimeo, vSocial, YouTube] out for a test drive, and picked some winners. If you want to post, watch, share, or edit video online, this post’s for you. Continue reading


Apr 27, 08:00
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(A)Bugs

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Ceramic Sculpture meets Bluetooth Hacking

(A)Bugs is an interactive ceramic sculpture –at a time when working with ceramics is regarded as “totally lame, not hype at all you know!”– but also an ironic game on dogmas.

The piece uses the Bluetooth capabilities of visitors’ mobile phones to adress them individually as they wander around the exhibition space by using or perusing their electronic identity, and getting their attention towards what has now become a common practice – invisible surveillance. Surveillance has been a major theme of the XLRMX.ORG collective (ChaosCam is an amusing proof of that) which will be present there. The sculpture actually “talks” to the viewer with speech synthesis, engaging him/her in subjects depending on what it can gather on the viewer and where s/he is located (reach, away, stays close, etc.)
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Apr 27, 07:51
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Outrageous and Contagious

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Bore Me, why don’t ya

Running for just a week from next Monday 1 May 2006 at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts is, they claim, the World’s first exhibition of viral emails. Outrageous and Contagious will showcase the cream of what appears in your inbox, split into various, sometimes topical, categories like New Orleans and Kate Moss. This image of the supermodel and sometime boyfriend Pete Doherty, doctored to look like reviled British murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley is one of the more controversial examples. The show will also set-up the second viral Oscars, called Germ, which take place later in the year. If you would like a taste of what’s on offer, viral site Bore Me is one of the co-sponsors, and features a selection of movies and pictures that will be exhibited. [blogged by SummerSeventySix on Cool Hunting] Continue reading


Apr 26, 15:29
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Deep Wounds

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Healing and Reconciliation

Built between 1870 and 1878, Memorial Hall honors the Harvard graduates who died in the Civil War while fighting for the Union. Each of these menÂ’s year of graduation, name, date of death and battle of death are permanently inscribed in the marble walls of the transept that serves as the main entrance to the hall. Deep Wounds uses this space to explore unfinished healing and reconciliation.

Entering the transept, we see the Union men’s names, dates and battles on the walls; we see the beautiful stained glass windows and cathedral ceilings; and we see that the white marble floor has become luminous in certain central areas with hints of inscribed text. As we walk across these floor areas, the luminous skin blisters and opens to reveal descriptions of Harvard graduates who died while fighting for the Confederacy. Continue reading


Apr 26, 14:59
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Upgrade Lisbon #04

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May meeting featuring André Gonçalves

Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea welcomes next Wednesday, May 3rd @19:30, The Upgrade! Lisbon monthly gathering featuring André Gonçalves who will present his project Resonant Objects.

Resonant Objects was awarded with the Portuguese ‘Ernesto de Sousa Fellowship, for experimental intermedia art and was presented at Phill Niblock’s Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York in late March 2005. It started with the idea of creating micro-environments, computer controlled hermetic spaces where it is the artist’s intention to explore several physical phenomenons related with the hearing, exploring them from the point of view of their sonority but also leaving space for an user or an observer to interact with the process. This particular project aims at bringing together sound and space through a physical phenomenon, where sound is used as a medium to excite space to be heard, sound generating more sound through space. The sound we get to hear is strictly related to the object’s spatial characteristics, it’s shape, dimensions and material but also it’s relation with the site-specific architecture and again the spatial characteristics of the precise space that hosts all the objects. Continue reading


Apr 26, 12:05
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Sense of the City

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Observe Live Tracings

Launched last friday, Sense of the City involves ten civilians wandering in/around the Dutch city of Eindhoven with mobile phones and GPS; they’re making traces with on-the-spot media and are being followed in real-time (in Dutch, best viewed with Firefox). The intention is to make their personal experience of the city visible. The project is by GeoTracing: contact Just van den Broecke at jus[at]justobjects.nl.
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Apr 26, 10:27
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RIP Jane Jacobs

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The Death and Life of a Great American Woman

Jane Jacobs, whose 1961 book, ”The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” transformed the practice as well as theory of urban renewal in this country, helping to provide the rationale for Quincy Market and other urban restoration projects, died yesterday morning at Toronto Western Hospital, according to her publisher, Random House. She was 89.

Mrs. Jacobs had entered the hospital Saturday, after suffering an apparent stroke.

”She inspired a kind of quiet revolution,” her longtime editor, Jacob Epstein, told the Associated Press. ”Every time you see people rise up and oppose a developer, you think of Jane Jacobs.” Continue reading


Apr 26, 10:05
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polymorphic [d(eoxyribo)n(ucleic) a(cid)]:

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DNA in Love

polymorphic [d(eoxyribo)n(ucleic) a(cid)]: a love story–by Marta Lwin–is an installation of a DNA driven conversation between two people in love. Featuring actual personal DNA sequences mapped to generative language revealing the inner secrets of genetic compatibility. It is on exhibit at the ITP Spring Show 2006, Tuesday, May 9 from 5 to 9pm and to Wednesday, May 10 from 6 to 9pm.

The DNA sequenced are derived from an collaboration between Lwin and scientists at NYU Medical Center, Study of Human Genomics, and the American Museum of Natural History, Center for Comparative Genomics. The are visualized by using two video monitors (with audio), and computers running custom software written in Java. A synergistic interaction exists between the DNA sequence and the custom software to trigger video. The video depicts lips speaking the DNA sequence a mapped to the Roman alphabet. The disembodied lips take turns speaking the code to one another, at times interrupting at other times remaining silent.
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Apr 26, 09:52
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Anticipating the Past: Artists : Archive : Film

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Symposium Exploring Use of Archival and ‘Found’ Film and Video

Friday 12 May 2006, 18.30 – 20.00, Saturday 13 May 2006, 10.00 – 18.30; Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG; Book tickets online or call 020 7887 8888.

The experience of viewing projected archival or ‘found’ film and video can have a seductive, even spellbinding effect on the viewer. The moving image’s material and aesthetic qualities can act as a trigger to memories true or false, sharply evoke a sense of time and nostalgia, or conjure fantasies of history.

This international symposium draws together a collection of voices and perspectives to examine the work of artists and filmmakers who have purposefully manipulated these materials. In doing so, these practitioners have explored the archive and its inherent qualities, dislocated archival material from its original purpose and intention, and thereby revealed new readings, meanings and questions.
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Apr 26, 09:38
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The Kitchen’s Eighth Annual Sidney Kahn Summer Institute

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Come Together

The Kitchen’s Eighth Annual Sidney Kahn Summer Institute presents Come Together, Artistic Director Harrell Fletcher, July 17 – August 4, 2006. Come Together is a three-week, intensive program, fully accredited by Sarah Lawrence College (3 credits), focusing on expanded ideas of art-making and creativity in relation to collaboration, community involvement, and activism. Throughout the program, artists will explore a wide range of socially-responsive and community-based art practices as they go out into The KitchenÂ’s Chelsea neighborhood to research and develop site-related projects.

APPLICATION DEADLINE MAY 8, 2006 TUITION $2,600 (includes meal plan). A limited number of partial scholarships is available. Financial aid applicants are strongly urged to apply early. For application and complete program information, contact the Summer Institute Coordinator at rachael[at]thekitchen.org or (212) 255 5793 ext. 14. Click here to view the application. Continue reading


Apr 26, 07:52
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