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Thu, 28 Sep 2006


I really like what I have seen coming from Eastern Europe. Ombea and their team are located in Prague. It seems like artists over there are less inhibited and generally having more fun.

This particular installation would be really creepy, maybe even terrifying if you did not know what was going on. Be sure to check out the videos on their website, there is some good footage of some unsuspecting girls trying to understand what is happening in the room.

From their announcement and website....

_ 4 speakers, 4 light sources and 2 cameras are placed within a space which is at least partially isolated from light and sound coming from outdoors and is provided with a lockable entrance; a computer is located outside the ombea space with max/msp/jitter patch which serves to direct the space reaction

_Ombea is a way of the space to express itself

_Ombea reacts to movement of a visitor within the space depending on: [movement = dark + noise] or [calm = light + silence] and that reaction takes place on various levels depending on the history of behavior of a visitor

_Visitor (or visitors) is „locked“ inside the ombea for 8 minutes the element of time being, therefore, also important part of ombea but anyone can leave sooner or later as he wants

_Pash*: head of project, concept, max/jitter programming
_Mash.64: max/msp sound programming
_Viktor Soukal: eletronics
_Jan Stehlik: eletronics assistant
_Robert Jansa: visual presentation
_professor Milos Vojtechovsky: patronage of the project at FAMU (Film Academy of Prague)

The Ombea website.

From rhizome raw.

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Wed, 27 Sep 2006

Imaginary Girlfriends
I would have fallen out of my chair if I had not been sitting in my recliner when I saw this one. At first I thought this might be a parody site that someone posted as a joke. Imaginary Girlfriends is actually not a parody site. You can really pay some girl to act like your girlfriend. Hah. This would be sad if it were not so funny.

Imaginary Girlfriends

From the front page of the site.....

What is an Imaginary Girlfriend?
An Imaginary Girlfriend is exactly that. This is a service provided by a real life girl where she will pretend to be your long distance girlfriend by sending you personalized love letters, emails, pictures, leave phone messages (if you want), and provide other girlfriend-like services. This relationship appears real to others that may see these things, but it is not. There will be no actual real life meetings or relationship between you and your Imaginary Girlfriend other than that specified in your order.

Is this for real?
Yes! The Imaginary Girlfriend service is a real service. The letters, photos and services provided by a real life girl that will act as your (imaginary) girlfriend and provide services detailed on this site. The romantic relationship is not real,of course, but can appear very authentic. Anyone who has difficulty distinguishing reality from fantasy should NOT use this service.

From rhizome raw.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2006

Generative Flowers II

Generative Flowers II, a new generative video project, was created, programmed and scored by Don Relyea. Mark Charneski photographed and scanned the original flowers.

Basically the program generates really colorful video art by running color fills through animated grayscale masks of flowers then applying video feedback. The color fills and certain portions of the animation are unpredictable. Some procedural processes are employed that sample the animation as it is being generated. In its pure state as a piece of software it is designed to never generate the same video twice or loop.

It was created for an upcoming outdoor installation at Victory Media Network in Dallas Texas. Victory Plaza has two 50x30 ft HD super screens and they intend to show works from an array of international video and new media artists.

I wrote an animation event manager to sync animation to the 120bpm tempo soundtrack. I used Werner Sharp's Image Export Extra for Director to render out the frames of video as png files in HD.

Be sure to check out the video on the project page!

Below are some rendered frames of the actual video.

Generative Flowers IIGenerative Flowers IIGenerative Flowers II
Generative Flowers IIGenerative Flowers IIGenerative Flowers II
Generative Flowers IIGenerative Flowers IIGenerative Flowers II
Generative Flowers IIGenerative Flowers IIGenerative Flowers II

Below is a web video preview of the video(4.6mb). If you would like to grab this video for your blog grab it here.

If you would like to preview a higher resolution mp4(13.5mb) you can download it here.

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Sun, 24 Sep 2006

Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow (1963)

Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow (1963) by Eva Schindling and Daniel J. Wilson

Be sure to check out the videos of the project on their website, very well done term project.

From their announcement and website....
Built as a term project by Eva Schindling (AUT) and Daniel Wilson (CAD) for the Art & Technology Master's program at the IT University in Gothenburg, Sweden, "Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow (1963)" is a dynamic system with magnetic interaction between its parts allowing users to experience a visual metaphor regarding the difficulty of predicting future events.

A large-scale hexagonal grid of rotating units demonstrates a number of phenomena, such as pattern formation, magnetic forces and the trajectories within a dynamical system. Magnetic forces in each of the rotating arms cause a chain reaction of movement affecting neighbour units and moving across the grid. Our physical model gives participants the means of a direct and intuitive interaction with a simple dynamic system, combined with an interesting aesthetic experience. Participants are invited to interact with the sculpture by turning the units, which produces movements along unpredictable lines. A projection on the wall shows the spreading of the movement in realtime, through the application of a motion detection filter a video feed that is taken of the installation from above.

From rhizome raw.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2006

Camera Toss Flags by Shane English
I was chatting with a colleague at work this week and we were discussing a certain glow trail effect that we have been seeing in advertisements recently. I was surprised that he had not heard of camera tossing. So I told him to hit up flickr and check it out.

Camera tossing is exactly what it sounds like. You set the shutter speed really low and and toss it up in the air or to a friend who hopefully will catch it. Typically the best images come out in low light conditions and usually involve led lights, tvs or lcd monitors used to paint the streaks of light into the image.

I had not seen Shanes work before and I was very impressed. He built a custom light box with colored gels set up like flags to create these fantastic images.

Camera Toss Flags by Shane English on Flickr

Shane English aka offstage4 on Flickr
Flags the Camera Toss Way on Flickr
Shane English blog Film crew ramblings on Camera Tossing and how he made his photos.

Camera Toss Blog A showcase photo-blog for the best of camera tossing and general musings on this form of extreme kinetic photography.

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Mon, 18 Sep 2006

8 BIT by Marcin Ramocki and Justin Strawhand at MOMA

a documentary about art and video games
Premiering October 7th in New York at the Museum of Modern Art (8 pm)
(212) 708-9400 11 West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, New York, NY.
Second screening: Wednesday, Oct 11, 8.30pm

Marcin Ramocki Director/Original Concept

Justin Strawhand - Producer/Co-Director

organized by Barbara London

poster design by Eboy

Cory Arcangel, Isabelle Arvers, Bit Shifter, Bodenstandig 2000, Bubblyfish, Mary Flanagan, Alex Galloway, Gameboyzz Orchestra, GLOMAG, Rachel Green, Ed Halter, Paul Johnson, John Klima, Johan Kotlinski,Nullsleep, Joe McKay, Tom Moody, Christiane Paul, Akiko Sakaizumi, Eddo Stern, teamtendo,Treewave, Carlo Zanni + additional artwork by Chiaki, Jodi, John Simon, Velvet Strike and many more.

8 BIT is a hybrid documentary examining the influence of video games on contemporary culture. A mlange of a rocumentary, art expose and a culture-critical investigation, 8 BIT ties together seemingly disconnected phenomena like the 80s demo scene, chiptune music and contemporary artists using machinima and modified games. Produced in NYC, LA, Paris and Tokyo, 8 BIT brings a global perspective on the new artistic approaches of the DIY generation which grew up playing Atari and Commodore 64. Some of the artists featured in 8 BIT include Cory Arcangel, BIT SHIFTER, Bodenstandig 2000, Bubblyfish, Mary Flanagan, Alex Galloway, Glomag, Paul Johnson, John Klima, Johan Kotlinski, Nullsleep, Joe McKay, Tom Moody, Akiko Sakaizumi, Eddo Stern, TEAMTENDO, Treewave and Carlo Zanni. With the help of media critic Ed Halter and new media curator and writer Christiane Paul, these very recent artistic strategies are put in the historical context of modernist and postmodernist discourse and examined as potential examples of a transition into fresh, uncharted territory. 8 BIT insists that in the 21st century Game-Boy rock, machinima and game theory belong together and share a common root: the digital heritage of Generation X.

From rhizome raw.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2006

Bryan Leister

What we have here is some interesting thesis work by Bryan Leister. I saw his announcement on rhizome raw and checked it out via his blog. Being an old synth guy I was immediately attracted to his incorporation of a theremin as a motion sensor and interactive controller. Check out this movie of the installation. I would have liked to have checked this one out in person, but alas I am in Texas, looks like a fun installation.

Leister writes...
Through the use of sensors, projection, sound, a prehistoric lithic artifact and other media I will be focusing on the existence of the gallery space itself. I have spent the summer working on an interactive system that will detect and respond to the location of the viewer, allowing the audience to 'perform' the work even as they experience it.

Bryan Leister blog stranger than beauty

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Sun, 10 Sep 2006

Horvath reduced

Horvath table art created with The reductionizer by Don Relyea.

Horvath is an edited reduction of the image located in this post from April 2006 about a new generative video at 6168.ORG by Peter Horvath

BTW the new baby is doing really well. He is home now and thriving.

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Fri, 08 Sep 2006

New evilcomputergenius track -- It came from the sky
It came from the sky(3.5mb) Experimental electronica/breaks. Big lumbering distorted beats with odd synth noise and a sci fi sample.


I totally spaced on posting this track when I finished it a couple months ago, enjoy if you like this sort of thing. I finished a pretty dark heavy evilcomputergenius track a month ago too, just have not had time to upload it. I Will have to get around to it between baby feedings some time.

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Wed, 06 Sep 2006

leds are electronic eyes

A series of videos recorded and edited in mobile phones focusing on only leds.

leds are electronic eyes vlog from Rhizome RAW.

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Tue, 05 Sep 2006

More Baby pics
Ok I promise I am going to try hard not to post any more baby pics after these but he is so cute!

Little guy looking at dad.

Proud dad and big sis with new baby brother.

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Sat, 02 Sep 2006


untitled table art created with The reductionizer.

The new baby is doing really well. Hopefully he will get to come home soon. Keeping really busy with the kids right now. I will post a collection of new pictures soon when I get a chance.

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