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The DIY Guide to Becoming a (Real) Cyborg

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Getting a Futuristic Life Now

“A scientific duo at Tel-Aviv University discovered this past month that the injection of a chemical stimulant into an artificial culture of live neurons at crucial points in time could create an environment that can store multiple rudimentary memories. While many individuals might be disturbed about the fact that artificial intelligence has become a reality, advocates might applaud the scientists’ conclusion that chemical stimulation may be crucial to learning about memory formation in living organisms. Still other individuals might wonder if a middle ground in this debate about artificial intelligence is possible, or if any semblance of humor can be injected into a serious subject to lighten the atmosphere.

Individuals who resist the artificial intelligence development often believe that this technology bodes nothing but evil, especially if research falls into nefarious hands. Others are grateful for this research. Witness Jesse Sullivan, an electrician who accidentally touched an active cable that contained 7,000-7,500 volts of electricity in 2001 and, as a result, lost both arms at the shoulder. Since then, he’s become the recipient of a ‘bionic arm’ created by scientists at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. His experience, while truly unique, may help others lead active lives in the near future with these life-like prostheses…” Continue reading The DIY Guide to Becoming a (Real) Cyborg. Continue reading


Jun 25, 15:32
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The G-7 Stock Puppets

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An Internet-driven “Commodities” Trading Environment

The G-7 Stock Puppets are an Internet-driven kinetic installation that tracks the movements of global stock markets with seven larger-than-life marionette puppets. Using a real-time data stream, a network of PC laptops, and a complex electro-mechanical control system, the installation reanimates the abstract machinations of global financial markets as an absurdist carnival puppet show.

Unfortunately, the script for this puppet show remains a bit hazy. One moment, we might find the NASDAQ puppet soaring 20 feet into the air, consumed with the latest IPO elation. The next moment, without apparent reason or warning, the Nikkei puppet might fall to the ground, crumpling into a fetal posture of weakness and desperation. From the opening to the closing bell, the puppets continue to rise and fall in serendipitous synchronicity with the “arbitrary” movements of the G-7 market indices. Clearly, in this puppet show, the markets themselves are the “puppet masters”. But we may ask ourselves, “Who are the puppets?” Continue reading


Jun 25, 14:01
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Vernacular Video

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… a gift economy in an economy of abundance…

Vernacular Video by Tom Sherman: The technology of video is now as common as a pencil for the middle classes. People who never even considered working seriously in video find themselves with digital camcorders and non-linear video-editing software on their personal computers. They can set up their own “television stations” with video streaming via the Web without much trouble. The revolution in video-display technologies is creating massive, under-utilized screen space and time, as virtually all architecture and surfaces become potential screens. Video-phones will expand video’s ubiquity exponentially. These video tools are incredibly powerful and are nowhere near their zenith. If one wishes to be part of the twenty-first-century, media-saturated world and wants to communicate effectively with others or express one’s position on current affairs in considerable detail, with which technology would one chose to do so, digital video or a pencil? – NOEMA.


Jun 25, 11:38
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Art + Music of the Overhead Projector

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Call for Participation

ART AND MUSIC WITH THE OVERHEAD PROJECTOR – A one week experimental workshop around the overhead projector :: August 20-25, 2007 :: Moltkerei studio in Cologne / Germany :: Presentation and Performance August 25, 7pm – in the tradition of The Art of the Overhead- Festival.

The workshop is about a playful and artistic exploration with the overhead projector. It aims at everybody wanting to develop overhead projector based light/sound or performance works. In a final presentation the works created during the workshop will presented to the public. Overhead projectors, tools and materials will be supplied by the organisers. Simple accomodation can also be organised if needed. Travel expenses won’t probably be covered.

If you are interested or have questions send an e-mail to tageslichtprojektor[at]derstrudel.org. Organization: Christian Faubel, Ralf Schreiber, Tina Tonagel Continue reading


Jun 25, 09:10
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United Nations Plaza

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Inaugurates WUNP – 95.2 FM

The United Nations Plaza Radio Network, WUNP – 95.2 FM :: Inaugural Broadcast – LIVE INTERNET STREAM :: June 30, 9-11pm CEST (Berlin) :: unitednationsplaza, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 14a, Berlin 10249, Germany :: followed by a party at Salon Aleman.

WUNP is a radio station produced by neuroTransmitter [Valerie Tevere + Angel Nevarez] for United Nations Plaza. WUNP is a portal for broadcasting audio works and conceptual radio projects. Over the course of the summer and fall of 2007 WUNP will be on air across Berlin (95.2 FM) and beyond through internet stream. We will initiate our broadcast schedule with special in-studio contributions and conversations with: Fia Backström, Regine Basha and Julieta Aranda, Uta Meta Bauer and Piotr Nathan, Karl Holmqvist, Stefan Saffer, and Tirdad Zolghadr.

WUNP radio programs will be available for continuing use in cassette form and are accompanied by a script or blurb to radio broadcasters. Continue reading


Jun 25, 08:53
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re:place 2007

replace2007_logo.pngre:place 2007: The Second International Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science and Technology :: Date: November 15-18, 2007 :: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

This conference is a sequel to ‘Refresh!’, the first in this series, chaired by Oliver Grau and produced by the Database of Virtual Art, Leonardo, and Banff New Media Institute, and held at the Banff Center in Canada in September 2005, which brought together several hundred artists, scientists, researchers, curators and theoreticians of different disciplines. Continue reading


Jun 25, 08:32
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The Spam Oracle

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When you cut into the present, the future leaks out.

In 1959 Brion Gysin said that writing is 50 years behind painting, and applied the montage technique to words on a page … Brion copied out phrases from newspapers and magazines, then took his scissors and cut these selections into pieces and re-arranged the fragments at random.” – William Burroughs, Naropa Institute, 1976

In the late 1950s Beat writers William Burroughs and Brion Gysin discovered that “when you experiment with cut-ups over a period of time, you find that some of the cut-ups and re-arranged texts seem to refer to future events.” The Spam Oracle brings the cut-up technique forward another 50 years, applying it not to the coherent world of linear, conventional texts, but to the increasingly bizarre universe of filter-dodging spam emails. What happens when these emails – already works of cultural pastiche in and of themselves – are cut up and randomly remixed? In what ways does the evolution of spam as an adaptive mash-up medium reflect who we are and where we’re headed?

Ask The Spam Oracle a question, or tell it what’s on your mind, and discover what secrets lurk between the lines. An ongoing piece by multimedia artist Jess Kilby, University of Salford Creative Technology program. Continue reading


Jun 23, 11:35
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OurSpace

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Resisting the Corporate Control of Culture

OurSpace: Resisting the Corporate Control of Culture by Christine Harold: When reporters asked about the Bush administrationÂ’s timing in making their case for the Iraq war, then Chief of Staff Andrew Card responded that “from an marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August.” While surprising only in its candor, this statement signified the extent to which consumer culture has pervaded every aspect of life. For those troubled by the long reach of the marketplace, resistance can seem futile. However, a new generation of progressive activists has begun to combat the media supremacy of multinational corporations by using the very tools and techniques employed by their adversaries.

In OurSpace, Christine Harold examines the deployment and limitations of “culture jamming” by activists. These techniques defy repressive corporate culture through parodies, hoaxes, and pranks. Among the examples of sabotage she analyzes are the magazine Adbusters’ spoofs of familiar ads and the Yes Men’s impersonations of company spokespersons. Continue reading


Jun 23, 11:28
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RADICAL JESTERS

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Artists Engaged in Social Critique

RADICAL JESTERS; A Film by Tim Jackson :: Screening at Studio Soto, 63 Melcher St. Boston, MA 02210 :: June 28; 8 pm :: Admission is free with a $5-$10 suggested donation.

Recently completed, the film RADICAL JESTERS explores the work and ideas of a diverse group of performers and artists engaging in social critique. These are provocateurs and ‘interventionists’ who engage in media hoaxes, culture jamming, and imaginative art practices. Their art is not about commercial exchange but about increasing awareness and creating balance in a culture where ideas and values are often fashioned by the media.

I felt there was too little effective protest, or at least effective in terms of the media’s willingness to cover events and to evaluate itself. The work of the Situationists in France in the 1960’s and their interrogation of the “Society of the Spectacle” helped provide perspective. The work of well-known artists such as Barbara Kruger, The Bread and Puppet Theater, and others provided inspiration. I wanted to begin to look at new breed of individuals working outside the commercial system attempting to re-engage the public mind with amusing and compelling activities and to tie this work to older practices and traditions. I think the audience will get a good laugh, but that the subject will encourage discussion. Continue reading


Jun 23, 09:46
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Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art

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Has “activist” art exited the building for good?

“[…] This evolving hybridization has invited visual art out of the gallery and museum, and into public and unconventional spaces. Most of the art we talk about is not only critical, but also usually situated outside of traditional art venues and often in site-specific circumstances. Does that mean that “activist” art has exited the building for good, leaving only “inactive” works inside? Can socially-engaged, participatory and interventionist art retain its impact within the walls of a museum?

Stephanie Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smart Museum of Art, has proven that indeed, this work still does have a place in a museum setting. Smith is the curator of Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art, a traveling exhibition of contemporary artists who address sustainability, activism and the future through their work. The exhibition has also been turned into a book by the same name, which showcases the works, essays and artists’ statements of the thirteen artists and artists’ groups in the show. In her introduction, Smith describes the multiple cultural phenomena and developments in design and art theory that have led to “this holistic, ethical, pragmatic and wildly inventive” artistic practice, and she explores the changing relationship between traditional exhibition spaces and non-traditional art…” From Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art by Sarah Rich, WorldChanging. Continue reading


Jun 22, 17:01
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