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Live Stage: Binary Waves [be Brussels]

binarywaves.jpgLAb[au] presents Binary Waves :: November 28 – 29, 2008; 2:00 – 10:00 pm :: Opening: November 27, 6:00 -9:00 pm :: Gesu Church, Rue Royale 165 Koningstraat, Brussels, Belgium.

Binary Waves is an urban and cybernetic installation based on the measuring of flows and their transposition into luminous, sonic and kinetic rules. The installation is constituted by a network of rotating and luminous panels of 3 meter-high and 60 centimetres wide, forming a kinetic wall. Their rotation is controlled by microprocessors, allowing to determine precisely the rotation speed and angle, while their networking allows to synchronise the movement of the panels. The microprocessors are connected to infrared sensors, capturing the movement of passer-by’s. Continue reading

Nov 19, 2008
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Bjørn Melhus’ “Screensavers” [de Münich]

7screens.jpgOSRAM Art Projects presents SEVEN SCREENSBjørn Melhus’ Screensavers – an Interactive Multimedia Installation on LED Screens :: until April 22, 2009 :: OSRAM Haus, Hellabrunner Straße 1, 81543 München, Germany.

Screensavers is the name the internationally acclaimed media artist Bjørn Melhus has given his digital clones. With his sound reactive computer animations, whose images and texts are generated from an actual radio program, the artist renders the everyday language of mass media visible. Continue reading

Nov 19, 2008
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Live Stage: Sound Tactics for Urban Public Space [us Providence, RI]

ms_0.jpgRe-circuiting the Social: Sound Tactics for Urban Public Space – Tactical Sound Garden [TSG] Toolkit by Mark Shepard :: October 22, 2008; 11 am :: Rhode Island School of Design, CIT / Mason Building 413, 169 Weybosset Street, Providence, R.I.

The Tactical Sound Garden [TSG] Toolkit is an open source software platform for cultivating public “sound gardens” within contemporary cities. It draws on the culture of urban community gardening to posit a participatory environment where new spatial practices for social interaction within technologically mediated environments can be explored and evaluated. Addressing the impact of mobile audio devices like the iPod, the project examines gradations of privacy and publicity within contemporary public space. Continue reading

Oct 21, 2008
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Performing Sonic City: Situated Creativity In Mobile Music Making

soniccity.jpgSonic City is a wearable system that turns the city into an interface for real time electronic music making. It enables its user to create a personal soundscape of live electronic music by walking through and interacting with urban environments. The prototype consists of a small laptop computer, a microphone, headphones, a micro-controller, a MIDI interface, and a number of sensors (sensing light, metal, movement, proximity, sound level, etc). The system gathers information about the user’s actions and surrounding context with sensors worn on the body and a layer of context and action recognition. This data controls the audio processing of live urban sounds collected by the microphone. Resulting music is output through headphones in real time and in the context in which it is created, as the user is walking. Mobility through shifting urban context becomes a large-scale musical gesture… Continue reading

Sep 25, 2008
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Reblogged Noise Awareness Billboards

noise_awareness.jpgA set of giant posters located in Madrid, London, Berlin, Brussels & Milan that monitor the noise level on a high-traffic roads. ambient noise levels are displayed via decibel meters connected to LED screens embedded in billboards, in homage to Noise Awareness Day (April 16). The posters were part of AEG-Electrolux’s advertising campaign supporting its new silent washing machine. The accompanying Web site also compares decibel levels of the major urban areas on line graphs to learn more about the detriments of noise pollution.

“Local school kids are taking it a step further and are deliberately shouting at the sign in unison in order to make the numbers change. The Manager of the night club is finding the poster helpful too – he is taking photos of the sign in the early hours of the morning to show the local council that he is not making too much noise.” [From information aesthetics]

Jul 22, 2008
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In This Place of Safety [uk London]

40e34aeefd47453f9e40c082126d51c2_r.jpgIn This Place of Safety is a new large-scale outdoor audiovisual installation by artist Larisa Blazic, looking into how safe do we feel and why. The installation can be heard each day and seen each night at Novas Contemporary Urban Centre from July 14 – 20, 2008.

In This Place Of Safety (ITPOS) uses a building as a projection screen to explore intersections between temporary video interventions, architecture and art. It combines images of empty playgrounds projected across NOVAS gallery building facade and sound of children’s voices on a playground. Continue reading

Jul 2, 2008
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Situated Technologies Pamphlets 2

urb1.jpgSituated Technologies Pamphlets 2: Urban Versioning System 1.0 :: Matthew Fuller and Usman Haque with illustrations by David Cuesta :: now available from

The second volume of the Situated Technologies Pamphlet Series asks the question: what lessons can architecture learn from software development, and more specifically, from the Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) movement? Written in the form of a quasi-license, Urban Versioning System 1.0 posits seven constraints that, if followed, will contribute to an open source urbanism that radically challenges the conventional ways in which cities are constructed. Continue reading

Jun 25, 2008
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Transition Soundings

prelim_wall.jpgTransition Soundings — an interactive public sound art sculpture by David Birchfield, David Lorig, Kelly Phillips, and Assegid Kidané — is a free standing, fully self contained outdoor installation. Located at a bus stop in Tempe, Arizona, the structure has the appearance of a large transit map with hubs and paths connecting locations across its surface. However, this stylized ‘map’ is actually a large network of sensors and speakers that trace paths in sound across the surface of the wall. As users move and gesture in front of the piece, a network of proximity sensors initiates sonic events that wash across the surface in a fashion that references ripples across the surface of water. Sound events propagate through the network in a way that mimics movement of traffic, ideas, currents, and connections in the networks of our lives. Continue reading

Apr 18, 2008
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Tuned City: Call for Performance Proposals

tunedcity.jpgCall for Performance Proposals: Tuned City – Between Sound and Space Speculation :: Garage, Kastanienallee 73, 10435 Berlin.

Tuned City is seeking proposals for short performances and artist presentations addressing issues of sound and architecture. These proposals should relate to one or more of the topics listed below, and should include links to online documentation of the proposed performance/presentation, or to similar work by the same artist / author. The deadline for proposals is April 30, 2008, but proposals will be considered as they are received. Please submit proposals in English. Continue reading

Mar 20, 2008
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“Soundpockets” by HC Gilje

soundpocket3.jpgSoundpockets is a series of intimate sound interventions in public spaces. By using FM radiowaves, soundbeams and miniature speakers to create local pockets of sound, the different projects create private listening rooms, change the soundtracks of locations, and/or displace time and space.

Soundpocket 1 — created for Urban Interface, Oslo (2007) — was installed in a narrow passageway connecting two parts of the city. The soundbeam, which can be as narrow as 50 cm in diameter, was mounted on a pan/tilt head which made it possible to place the sounds very precisely in the passageway. Continue reading

Mar 14, 2008
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