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16 Horsepower


Body Modification and the “Internet of Things”

16 Horsepower, by Meghan Trainor, is a performance piece in which Trainor scans pieces of ceramic and graphite embedded with RFID tags to trigger different sounds from an audio database culminating in a series of tracks triggered by a RFID chip in her arm. This piece aims to help the audience understand and imagine the coming “Internet of Things” as well as emerging capabilities to modify the human body.

Trainor collaborated with ceramicist Michelle Anderson and programmer Stephen Koch. Anderson created 16 ceramic plumb bobs that walk a line between handmade and mass-produced objects. Koch built an application in Flash that allows her to rapidly and easily create and manage audio dense RFID projects. This piece will be debuted at the upcoming Ask the Robot show on June 4th, 2006.

Previous RFID projects: With Hidden Numbers, 2005 [video], Radio Frequency Remix, 2005 [video], RFID Project, 2004 [video]. Continue reading

May 31, 16:26
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MUTEK Festival – Montreal


Epicenter of the World Electronic Scene

From May 31 to June 4 this year, the MUTEK Festival grabs hold of Montreal and ushers in the summer festival season by shaking up the city for its 7th consecutive year. Gathering more than 70 local and international artists, the programming for MUTEK 2006—as always—boasts several headliners and overflows with new discoveries…

With approximately 40 performances divided over 10 programs, along with its peripheral program (including panels, workshops and other diverse activities), the Festival is shaping up to be genuine whirlwind of sound, music and audiovisual creation where every event will reveal its own brand of awe-inspiring creativity. Let yourself be transported by this maelstrom of digital culture, making Montreal the epicenter of the world electronic scene for 5 full days and nights. Continue reading

May 31, 16:17
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Franziska Baumann + Matthew Ostrowski



VOICE SPHERE / ARCHITECTURE & DESIRE (for voice, glove, and live electronics)” Featuring Franziska Baumann, Matthew Ostrowski; Slought Foundation | Friday, June 02, 2006; 8:00-10:00pm; $10.00 at Door (Reservation not required)

Please join us for a special concert with Swiss artist Franziska Baumann (voice and sensorglove live electronics) and Matthew Ostrowski (laptop and P5 glove). Baumann and Ostrowski will each play solo, then in duo. The interactive technologies pioneered by these artists enable them to control articulations of their voices and computers in real time via gesture and movement. A variety of sensors connect their music to the real world of physical phenomena. Continue reading

May 31, 11:51
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Summary of the Mobile Studio Web Conference, May 26, 2006


The Challenges of Curating Net Art

Summary of the Mobile Studio The Challenges of Curating Net Art Web Conference, May 26, 2006: After several attempts to connect all four parties with the festoon video conferencing system, which seemed to run quite unstable as a beta version, we switched over to the skype audio conferencing module.

Helen Thorington from in Boston opened the discussion with a quote by Steve Dietz: “Internet art projects are art projects for which the net is both a sufficient and necessary condition of viewing/ expressing/ participating.” This brought the talk immediately into the question of what net art actually is, versus new media versus contemporary art and what it means to all of us to work with this terminology.

Ela Kagel from Mobile Studios thereafter added another quote, stated by Kit Galloway in 1999: “Net art is dead! (the jodi-shulgin-bunting-vuk) style was a product of a particular technical constraint: low bandwidth, net art is low bandwidth through and through.” Continue reading

May 31, 11:39
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The Exchange Project


Toronto Free Trade

Nancy Nisbet :: The Exchange Project:: Innis Town Hall – University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto. On Sunday June 4th at 4:30PM, artist Nancy Nisbet’s truck will pull up in front of Innis Townhall in Toronto where The Subtle Technologies Festival will host an Exchange event. Please bring items to trade!

Multidisciplinary artist Nancy Nisbet explores the boundaries of free trade, surveillance, and the politics of exchange from the back of a semi-transport truck. Over the next 6 months artist and professor Nancy Nisbet will drive a transport truck in excess of 30,000 km across Canada, the United States and Mexico as part of her Exchange project. The items available for trade will include all her worldly possessions, which have been catalogued and tagged with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology – a widely used, but invasive form of consumer tracking. Along the way she will stop in major cities and engage in “free trades” with people she encounters – exchanging a variety of goods based on the value and richness of their stories, rather than any sort of material currency. Continue reading

May 31, 11:28
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Music for Bodies


Sonically Mapping the Body to Architecture

Music for Bodies: terrestrial and virtual research into new ways of making and listening to music; directed by Kaffe Matthews.

Music for Bodies is a research project linking the sonic mapping of human bodies to architecture, through a practical study of bioresonance and interface building. Its aim is to discover new methods of experimental music making, as well as make new music more accessible to the wider community. It is doing this concentrating on making music to feel rather than just listen to. Currently it is making Sonic Beds around the world; it recently won an Award of Distinction for Digital Music at Prix Ars Electronica:

“Kaffe MatthewsÂ’ Sonic Bed_London installation consists of a bed equipped with built-in loudspeakers; when installation visitors lie down on it, an endless loop of sounds washes over them. Due to their frequency and intensity, these sounds are perceived not only with the ears but also with the entire body in what is a very pleasant experience. Continue reading

May 31, 11:06
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Drawn Words

You talk, and EtchASound makes your words into 3D sketches – “EtchASound is an installation inspired by the world famous toy Etch-A-Sketch. By interacting with EtchASound audiences can have the unique experience of drawing with their own voice. First the user creates a 2 dimensional image in real time with his or her voice, and after a few moments the computer converts this into a 3 dimensional drawing. Then when you wear anaglyph glasses (3d red and cyan glasses) users can see in real space the drawing that you have created.” [via] – Link. & process of EtchASound (photos). [Posted by Phillip Torrone on Make Blog]

“The user’s voice is input through four microphones. Volume controls the vertical and the horizontal variables. Pitch controls the depth. Therefore by using nothing but your voice you create a 3d drawing. Voice is one of our most defining characteristics, we can usually recognise a person just by his or her voice. In addition, in this project we aim to let people discover a new and creative application for their voice, namely drawing. The artist usually uses his hand to draw, but in EtchASound our voice plays the role of the hand.” Continue reading

May 30, 14:30
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Wading Compositions

Waves is a sound installation that uses buoys to connect wading pools in two different locations and create sound compositions generated by the energy of waves in a wading pool.

An accelerometer in each buoy measures the magnitude of waves through x- and y-axis position changes caused by the rocking back and forth of the buoy on the water’s surface. The accelerometer’s readings are converted into sound waves by a microcontroller connected to a SPEAKjet sound synthesizer IC. The SPEAKjet’s output is then amplified and sent to a speaker integrated into the buoy. Each buoy plays a electronically generated minimalistic tone that reflects the participant’s movements in the wading pool. Continue reading

May 30, 14:10
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perthDAC 2007: The Future of Digital Media Culture; 7th International Digital Arts and Culture Conference; 15 -18th September 2007, Perth, Australia.

KEYWORDS: computer games, hypertext theory and literature, new media narrative, streaming media, interactive and networked performance, digital aesthetics, interactive cinema, theory, art, bio-art, nano-art, augmented reality, cyberculture, electronic fiction, electronic music, electronic art, games culture, games system design, games theory, interactive architecture, cinema and video, MOOs, MUDs, RPG, virtual reality, virtual worlds.

ABOUT perthDAC: perthDAC is the seventh iteration of Digital Arts and Culture. DAC was the first conference to attract and present the work of researchers, practitioners and artists working across the field of digital arts, cultures, aesthetics and design. In September 2007, DAC will be hosted as the key international conference in the Public Program of the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) in Perth, Australia. BEAP celebrates and critiques new and novel technologies (digital, bio, nano, other) by showcasing artworks made with, or that are about, new technologies. perthDAC’s conference program will be closely inter-woven with BEAP’s exhibitions. Continue reading

May 30, 13:00
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Johannes Birringer



Johannes Birringer will direct an international workshop on DANCE AND NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES in Istanbul, Turkey, April 3 – 7, 16:00 – 21:00, each day at Çaty Dance Studio; There will be a final workshop demonstration / performance, Friday, April 7, 20:30. The Seminar: “Media Technologies” will be held on April 6, 11;00 – 13:00, Bilgi University, Dolapdere Kampüsü, Çizgi Atölje. This workshop is part of a larger series of events planned this year in Istanbul, involving practical laboratories, performances, and seminars with local artists and guest artists from the dance world and the dance and technology community.

Workshop and events organisation by: Vivian Saragosi, Dijan Albayrak, Ayse Orhon, Mekan Contemporary Dance Studio & (new) Contemporary Dance and Certificate Program (Bilgi University) in cooperation with Aylin Kalem, TECHNE Festival. Continue reading

May 30, 09:49
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