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BREAKING NEWS: The Arts community in Second Life suddenly lost one of its most prized and established arts institutions late last night. The Bitfactory was the official rehearsal space for the performance art group, Second Front as well as serving as a location node for Intelligent Agent Magazine. The Bitfactory (formerly known as the Lichty-Michinaga Arts Center and Atelier Michinaga) had an equivalent reputation to the contemporary art museum, Ars Virtua. The Bitfactory’s founder and owner Man Michinaga of Second Front will now devote his time and energy towards performance art and other creative endeavors… [blogged by Jeremy O. Turner aka. Wirxli Flimflam] Continue reading

Feb 27, 10:08
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Eric Schuldenfrei



“In the world of surveillance, the architecture of systems has effectively replaced architecture.” Eric Schuldenfrei

I was introduced to the work of Eric Schuldenfrei recently by Eyebeam Resident Jennifer Broutin. Schuldenfrei’s work focuses on the evolving relationship between animation, architecture, and art and has a diverse portfolio of projects that I couldn’t hope to all cover. Instead I will just cover one of his video pieces ‘Reciprocity‘ because of my own personal interest in reciprocal environments which I explored with my installation ‘Reciprocal Space‘. To look at more of Eric’s work visit his portfolio website.

Eric describes how “Theories of reciprocity… are used to describe relationships, mutually beneficial actions, situations of give and take, influence, correspondence, cause and effects within social structures. In reciprocity a relationship forms between those who operate and develop surveillance systems and those under surveillance.” Continue reading

Feb 27, 10:04
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Charles Leadbeater + The Carr-Benkler Wager



“Google is paying close on £900m for Youtube, a profitless business little more than a year old. Wikipedia continues to draw more traffic than much more established media brands, employing hundreds more people. Open source programmes such as Linux insistently chip away at corporate providers of proprietary software. Immersive multi user computer games, such as Second Life, which depend on high levels of user participation and creativity are booming. Craigslist a self help approach to searching for jobs and other useful stuff is eating into the ad revenues of newspapers. Youth magazines such as Smash Hits have been overwhelmed by the rise of social networking sites such as MySpace and Bebo. What is going on?

We-Think: the power of mass creativity is about what the rise of the likes of Wikipedia and Youtube, Linux and Craigslist means for the way we organise ourselves, not just in digital businesses but in schools and hospitals, cities and mainstream corporations. My argument is that these new forms of mass, creative collaboration announce the arrival of a society in which participation will be the key organising idea rather than consumption and work. People want to be players not just spectators, part of the action, not on the sidelines.” Continue reading We-think. Continue reading

Feb 27, 09:36
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Translating 1st Life into 2nd Life

Speaking about 1st Life and 2nd Life connections, the Flavonoid project by Near-Future Laboratory colleague Julian Bleecker is of great interest. To put it shortly, it’s a mechanism for translating embodied, kinesthetic activity into 2nd Life actions.

A homebrew, Internet-enabled kinesthetic sensor, conceptually similar to a traditional pedometer, is being designed as a networked object that bridges the geophysical worlds (1st Life) and online digitally networked worlds (2nd Life). By providing data feeds about the kinesthetic activities of the person wearing Flavonoid, various embodiments representing that data can be created in 2nd Life, such as the appearance of online avatars, or that avatar’s wealth or capabilities. Continue reading

Feb 27, 09:29
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Neme: Erkki Huhtamo


On the Identity Crisis of Interactive Art

“I encountered – “hands-on” – an emerging phenomenon called “interactive art” on my first visit to the Ars Electronica festival (Linz, Austria) in 1989. One of the works on display was Deep Contact, a laserdisc installation by the American artist Lynn Hershman. Sitting in front of a display, the user was invited by (the image of) a seductive young lady to “reach through the screen” and touch her. By means of a touchscreen interface, the spectator-turned-into-interactor responded, entering various realms, including a kind of garden of earthly delights, where s/he chose forking paths and encountered erotically loaded incidents along the way. Another installation was The Legible City by Jeffrey Shaw. By means of a stationary bicycle, like the ones at gyms, the visitor entered a virtual city consisting of letters, words and sentences. Choosing one’s routes through the spatialized database, one engaged in simultaneous acts of reading and writing with the combined efforts of one’s eyes, hands, and feet. I still remember the intoxicating feeling of diving under a giant letter “A”, or the sensation of virtually crashing through entire words. These experiences raised questions in my mind: what does cruising between and under letters, and even penetrating them, mean? What is the ontology of such experiences? Am I inside language, or even beyond it? Or inside someone else’s mind? Confronted with such uncanny issues, I had a feeling that something “new”, perhaps even the “ontological rupture” touted by virtual reality enthusiasts, was in the making.” Continue reading On the Identity Crisis of Interactive Art by Erkki Huhtamo, Neme.

Feb 27, 09:20
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Sound Garden


Telematic Environment for Musical Becoming

Sound Garden: asynchronous improvisation by Norbert Herber + others :: telematic environment for musical becoming & interaction :: Web stream (using iTunes, Real Player, WinAmp, or Windows Media Player) :: Installation: Radio-TV Center (WTIU, WFIU, Department of Telecommunications) IU Bloomington campus.

Sound Garden is the second work in a series of musical installations that explore the relationship of people, location, and audio relative to technology. Listeners use the online interface to tend their sonic environment and take an active role in its composition and care. Using a web browser to select from a menu, participants can contribute their own digital audio files (musical material, voice and environmental recordings, etc.) and become gardeners that help to form the overall sonic landscape of Sound Garden.

Help cultivate the garden with your own short recordings, samples, soundscapes, and found sonic objects. Visit and access the web interface to “plant” MP3 files you would like to hear, or “prune” the garden and uproot files planted by others. Continue reading

Feb 27, 09:13
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Call for Works: Composers and Sound Artists

Call for Works: Composers and Sound Artists :: Receipt Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2007 :: Composers and sound artists are invited to submit original works to TRANSreveLATION, the second annual audio concert curated by Jim Briggs and Melissa Grey. Your composition must interpret a work from another discipline, such as, painting, sculpture, architecture, literature / poetry, new media, film / video, mathematical / chemical processes, or political / economic systems, etc. Works that include live performance, real-time processing, or dance will receive special consideration.

Criteria: Work must have been composed after 2005 and must not have been performed or broadcast. There is no limit on duration; however, works that are under 5 minutes will stand a better chance at being accepted. To have your work considered, please provide the following on one page: Continue reading

Feb 27, 09:07
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The Art World Is Flat



The Art World is Flat: Globalism-Crisis and Oppportunity :: April 26-28, 2007 :: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago.

Presenters: Amy Balkin, Francesco Bonami, David Buckland, Stephen Burks, Anna Deavere Smith, Bruce Ferguson, Ed Gillespie, Stanley Hainsworth, Susan Harris, Lynne Hershman Leeson, Natalie Jeremijenko, Simone Aaberg Kærn, Ruby Lerner, Rick Lowe, Lu Jie, Ken Lum, Bruce Mau, Lucy Orta, Anne Pasternak, Dan Peterman, James Rondeau, Peter Sellars, Jennifer Siegal, Stephanie Smith, Lynne Sowder and Victoria Burns, Francesca von Habsburg, Lawrence Weschler, Mathew Wilson, Jon Winet, and iro Yamagata.

Globalism is radically transforming our world, creating new political instabilities, economic interdependencies, ecological stresses and cultural hybrids. The negative results of globalism have been widely discussed: the loss of cultural and ecological diversity; the consolidation of economic and media power; the rise of violent reactionary and fundamentalist movements. Continue reading

Feb 27, 08:59
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foodradio_network presents


“live_feed: Snack City” CALL IN

foodradio_network presents live_feed : Snack City from the MediaWala Festival as the culmination of a two day workshop with local / international / remote participants exploring the culture and politics of streetfood. CALL the SNACK CITY OPEN PHONE IN and talk to us about your favorite street food. Share the taste, smell and the sound of your favorite neighbourhood street snack joint live.

Turn your phone into a microphone! 1. CALL 9818977450 (DELHI) 2. Listen to the phone ring twice and go quiet 3. You are ON AIR! LISTEN LIVE :: 8pm-10pm IST – Thu, March 1st free103point9 Online Radio

foodradio_network is an open and variable network of broadcasters and foodsters exploring the culture, politics and creativity of food as a medium and a metaphor for experiments in participatory and collaborative live radio. They regularly dish up aural appetisers on their show live_feed which plays on free103point9 online radio. live_feed @ MediaWalaFestival includes participants from Australia, India, Finland, America… and possibly also You! Continue reading

Feb 27, 08:36
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The case for network neutrality


A strong video which provides an informative overview and suggestions for action can be found here. Included is code to copy and paste in your own blog to display the video. It seems very important to me that “we the digital media” act to keep the Internet open before there is only “they the digital media” as happened in the 20th century with analog. Via Lessig Blog [posted by Judy Breck on Smart Mobs] Continue reading

Feb 27, 07:42
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