Metavid is a free-software site that hosts United States public domain legislative footage. Through closed-captioning text from a “simple Linux box”that records “everything C-SPAN shoots,” Metavid can provide “brief searchable clips” of legislative footage. Online communities can engage with the audio and video media archives which are not usually viewed by the public but told second hand through other media outlets. Metavid captures a non-bias recording of legislative meetings so that the people can draw their own opinions and ideas. The close-captioned text allows users to quickly and easily search through the thousands of hours of archived footage so that all the related media appears in the search results.
In art critic Pau Waelder's ebook, titled $8,793 Worth of [Digital] Art, he pairs each of the 159 images of works of art lifted directly from the online art marketplace S[edition]'s storefront with either an authentic or unauthentic "certificate of authenticity," which is intended to only be given upon the official purchase of each copy of an art piece by an individual. However, a simple flaw in the website presentation allowed Waelder to reproduce the certificate – a blank example copy for each art piece is shown on the website proper, which Waelder copied and used to forge some of the certificates in his collection while the rest he officially purchased. These copies are indistinguishable from the real deal, forcing the reader to distrust what they see on the page as fact – an obvious metaphor for what debatably constitutes as "owning an official piece of art" in the contemporary digital landscape.
Indeed, if one were to compare this certificate with any featured on S[edition]'s website, can any difference be found? (Save for the art and artists' names, of course.)
Random Screen is a mechanical thermodynamic screen that the user can’t control and that functions without any electricity. Conventional tea candles illuminate and generate the changes on the 5×5 pixel screen. (early version 4×4) This work is one of a series of low-tech screen projects that was originally inspired by the Blinkenlights media façade of […]
[video src=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NneEvC18cs align:right]Miao Xiachun’s recent work transforms paintings from the canon of Western art history into photographic and animated computer models. Microcosm is based on Hieronymus Bosch’s 15th century masterpiece The Garden of Earthly Delights.
The linked .pdf file is a printer-friendly version of the complete text of Rokeby's essay, "Transforming Mirrors: Subjectivity and Control in Interactive Media". It is derived from the HTML version on the artist's website: http://www.davidrokeby.com/mirrorsart.html Originally published in Simon Penny, ed. Critical Issues in Interactive Media. SUNY Press, 1995.
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Sheng High is the creation of kinetic sculptor, sound artist, musician and composer Trimpin (1951).
[video src=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biKfLio3rWU height:210 align:left] In 2009, Brian Eno projected 77 Million Paintings onto the distinctive white sails of the the Sydney Opera House (1973), the architectural landmark designed by architect Jorn Utzon and designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 2007. Through the use of self-generating software, 300 images hand-drawn by renowned artist/composer Brian Eno were randomly cut-up, the pieces rearranged and realigned in an endless variety of ways, hence the title of the trancelike projection. Interwoven with the projected images was a soundtrack, creating “mesmerizing soundscape.” As Eno says, “by allowing ourselves to let go of the world that we have to be part of every day, and to surrender to another kind of world, we’re allowing imaginative processes to take place.”
Bicycle Built For 2,000 is a collaborative artwork in the form of a song comprised of 2,088 voice recordings collected via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk web service. Workers were prompted to listen to a short sound clip, then record themselves imitating what they heard. The recorded sound clips were collected and organized into the original pattern.
[video src=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mmb5aSscck] Aaron Koblin’s The Sheep Market is a web-based artwork that uses the ‘Amazon Mechanical Turk’ system to get thousands of workers involved in the creation of a massive database of drawings. The artist’s inspiration for ‘The Sheep Market’ was to try to exploit human creativity, while at the same time shedding light on the insignificant role each worker plays as part of a whole. But Koblin was mostly curious how workers would respond to his absurd task: “When I saw the first sheep come through the system I knew I had made the right decision. As I had hoped each sheep truly reflected the individual and humanity behind it.”
Your Destiny is an immersive, interactive installation based on tarot cards.
Have you ever played the game hearsay with some friends on the schoolyard? You start a story, or maybe a sentence, and whisper it in the ear of the person who stands next to you.
“Life Writer consist of an old-style type writer that evokes the area of analogue text processing.
“This sculpture displays the names of artists and indicates how fast they are rising or falling in the media.
[video src=http://vimeo.com/11140136 height:220 align:left]Camera Lucida is an interactive “sonic observatory” that directly converts sound waves into light by employing a phenomenon called sonoluminescence. The project was conceived both as an artwork and as a musical instrument that allows its player to see and shape sounds while moving through space….
The project began as a speculative reverie on observing sound waves with the naked eye. The idea of using a gas that would luminesce when irradiated by sound converted into voltage was very appealing to us. However, as soon as we came upon the phenomenon of sonoluminescence, it became quite clear that we had struck virgin soil.