Sunday, 31 May 2009

bikini chip

the Supersonicos presents Uruguay Surf

with Cosmos General Carl Sagan in

scifi telekinesis animae genre

Reverberation Ultraman

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Lindsay Packer : two kinetic, light-based installations

"Using popular printed imagery, found objects, light, toys and text, I investigate the line between what we know and what we suspect about the things we see. Inspired by a year of study and travel in India, my most recent body of work (video) focuses on translation, communication and first encounters. Informed by fairy tales, science textbooks and language primers, my paintings, collages and light-based installations examine entry-level curiosity. Children, animals, and other ‘beginners’ attempt to understand the world, each other, difference. In my work, complex structures, simple mechanics and elementary linguistic, scientific and visual vocabularies help question the relationship between object and shadow, cause and effect, original and translation."

Friday, 29 May 2009

Solar-powered Trilobot meanders a variety of terrains

"Trilobot is a complex machine in the tradition of W. Grey Walter or Valentino Braitenberg. In construction philosophy it is inspired by the likes of Mark Tilden, David Hrynkiw and Robert Full, in aesthetic by Arthur Ganson and Theo Jansen. This robot is entirely solar powered so it's autonomous in control and energy acquisition (no batteries or remote)."

The image I posted here (from Endgadget) makes this solar-powered robot from Dan Roe appear rather menacing, but it is, however quite cute. Once you have seen it navigating a variety of terrains, you will probably wonder when you can get one !

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Panorama: Brian Eno Audio-light installation on Sydney Opera House sails

is part of Luminous light festival in Sydney. From May 27, the sails will be lit from 6pm - 1 am every night until June 13.

Luminous is a festival of music, ideas, light and performance presented at the Sydney Opera House curated by Brian Eno. Thie festival features a plethora of music acts, alongside public talks and spectacular light and art installations, and is presented in partnership with Sony as part of Vivid Sydney.

The projected slides are from a large audio-visual work 77 Million Paintings which uses 'self-generating software' to manipulate 300 of Eno's drawings. He says it aims to provoke 'visual ecstasy' and 'heightened calm'.

Here, Peter Murphy has provided us with a better than real life panoramic close up of Brian Eno's projection, viewing east across Sydney Cove.

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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Canarias (Canary Islands) Time lapse video

shows the 7 Canary Islands from the point of view of time, with slow and fast motion , throughout an entire year.

The video was completely captured in High Definition and 35 mm DSLR cameras, using time lapse and over-cranking modes.

Directed by Luis García de Armas and produced by Antonio de Nascimento with music by Antonio Hernández, is a slick but simply pleasurable video, was made possible with the sponsorship of the Government of the Canary Islands.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Hi, a real human interface. by Multitouch Barcelona

"Multitouch Barcelona is a recently born interaction design group that explores natural communication between people and technology. They design touch sensitive environments where real world interactions move to a digital context. Interfaces where people touch, play, move, feel...Where senses play their natural role, where everything just 'happens" as it does in the real world."

There seems to be an unbelievable amount of skill required in being this real human interface.

Whilst watching, just remember you still have the freedom to stand upright, anytime !

Monday, 25 May 2009

Towards Artificial Robotic Consciousness or Engineering Recognition of self

Dr. Takeno at Meiji University is researching Artificial consciousness and has built a robot that can recognize itself in a mirror nearly 100% of the time which he intends to use as the basis for the development of artificial limbs.

"We are making a recognition system in the robot so when the robot looks in the mirror it can recognize itself and the other robot and then checks to see if the other robot does the same movement as itself."

In the first experiment, different color LEDs are attached to the robots sensors to indicate when it sees itself and follows it own movements, sees a different robot moving around and when it sees a different robot while at the same time doing the same actions as the other robot. Here in this video the blue light means recognition that the test robot is seeing itself.

"My area of interest lies in the treatment method of patients who have lost consciousness due to disease or accidents. The model I made might be able to help locate where in the brain the damage occurs and how to stimulate those areas and possibly revive the patient."

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Frank Garvey's OmniCircus

"Frank Garvey is a San Francisco based artist using a mixture of music, animation, theater, and robotics to make a critique of late capitalism. Take a glimpse at the OmniCircus, the studio where it all takes form."

Here is a German blogger's account of Frank Garvey, his street theater and work. The English translation.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Thomas Traxler's The Idea of a Tree : : An Autonomous production device

is a solar-powered system that fabricates objects from epoxy, dye and string, by turning a spindle. Solar energy generates electrical energy, which drives the motor, draws the string through the dye and onto the spindle: a chain of analog transductions produce an object that manifests specific changes in its local environment.

"The installation is powered by a couple of solar cells which power the entire device, causing the process to move faster or slower depending on the amount of available light. The speed of the process determines the amount of saturation of the thread, giving a visual recording in the resulting object."

Its a kind of self styled 3D Printer depending on the armature or frame one chooses, but the finished product births the notion of locality, into the object, each day records the color intensity of the thread.

Thomas Traxler recently graduated from the IM Masters department of the Design Academy Eindhoven.

Friday, 22 May 2009

thelab003 Reel ! : : mixing for the best flavor !

Here is a very racy

"promo reel made for friends, by the keyframe lovers from The intro audio was extracted from transmissions from japanese forces at the 2nd world war. Clouds motion by, soulcity tags and vector graphics designed by animated in flash and postproduction by pbf + d76 from"

I doubt one could fit to many more "frames" into the duration of this video.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Bacterial Orchestra: Announcing New iphone Crow out happening

Created by Olle Cornéer and Martin Lübcke. Programming by Jens Berlips, Fredrik Andersson and Arne Wallander. Bacterial Orchestra is based on the concept of gathering half a dozen friends with iPhones and using software to make the phones create loops of music.

A huge musical organism that is not only self-organizing, but also evolving with the sound environment.

Exactly what roll human activity is playing in this gathering is unclear except for an isolated human sound sample, minimalist behavior looks to be the key. Nevertheless to get the most from this new "viral" video, turn your volume up .

"Every device works as an audio cell: listening and picking out sounds, then playing them back to create music This means trying to play in rhytym with what it hears, but also listening for phrases and melodies to complete. The one's that are fit enough musically survives. The other die and are reborn with new parameters - a new set of DNA The result is a self-organizing musical organism, constantly changing amd evolving together with the audience and the sound environment The cells only communicate through audio. The installation can be scaled to an unlimited number of devices."

This rhizome of collective collaboration conveys a historical association with Frippertronics, Loop Guru and more recently mass cell ringtone events.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Danger Seekers; Kap10Kurt by Scrapture,

is an entertaining little sci fi animae. I feel the music track drives the action and although a little momotonous at times, worked better at a lower volume.

Scrapture is a street fashion, music and culture online magazine that is published out of Fukuoka in Japan.

They seem to be inviting anyone to post their fashion snaps on their website !

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Robust multi-person tracking from a mobile platform

"Researchers at the Computer Vision Laboratory, ETH have been working on multi-object tracking which combines object detection and space-time trajectory estimation. The video shows fully automatic visual object detection and tracking results obtained by their approach in difficult real world settings. "

Sounds like robot vision estimation software maybe even a new iphone app ?

But what about some possibly surreal off the planet tracking

Monday, 18 May 2009

Hong Kong Streets : A Multi-screen installation

Andy Stokes is a Motion Graphics Designer/animator living and working in Hong Kong, was....

"commissioned to create this show opener for a Swarovski Fashion show in 2008. This clip shows the raw footage taken by the 3 camera's for the installation. The white grid lines represent the area projected from each projector in the venue."

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Yee Dor

presents an interactive website with a sound bed that conveys a sense of racy timelessness. The little white squares beside the picture enable more pictures, but mousing around the site may reveal more about the artist.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Aerial Panorama's of New York

The image seen here is of Downtown New York and captured by photographers Oleg Gaponyuk and Andrei Zubets for, Pixelcase Virtual Tours. The set of seven panoramas are accompanied by a smoothly gliding sound bed.

If you are new to panoramas you can navigate or steer these panorama's around with your depressed mouse and drag, zoom in and out with the shift and control keys, or use the on board tool set.

Of the seven panoramas I prefer the Governors Island panorama, which is your favorite ?

Honorable Mention

Friday, 15 May 2009

Uniquely French Object : : Chanel Mobile Art Container

The artistic director Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel together with Zaha Hadid created possibly the first and only ever, from the Architecturaly Designed ground up, mobile Art Museum.

The container is made of gleaming-white fiberglass with a ring of interactive exhibition spaces inside which closely resembles an open woman's parfait case.

The Mobile Art Container, which was to roam the world from 2008 to 2010 bearing installations by 18 international artists, is now over. Nevertheless this video link enables you to view all facets of the museum's conception, fabrication and planning. The web portal also offers you the opportunity to take virtual tour of the interiors with a smorgasbord of art installations among them a live tattooed pig in a cage plus grunts !

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Color flOw by brian Iannone

A cheeky name in the light of Apple's Cover Flow, nevertheless please excuse the sudden link to my initial engagement with Fine art and Literature....... once upon a time I was completely absorbed in studying the works of Savador Dali, the images in those books used to keep my mind and body absorbed for hours at a time. This led me into reading Aldous Huxley's Doors to Perception and Herman Hesse's Glass Bead Game.

Similarly I think this young man's video of Food coloring being dropped into water, could help you find the faces I found in the cloud of Cover fLOw.

Although the soundtrack Recurring by Bonobo might be less of a concern if it weren't for the rather abrupt ending to an otherwise rather enlightening yet simple idea.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Firefly 870 LED

is a L.E.D. light prototype, which pairs 870 wind switches with 870 super-bright white LEDs to form an 8'x8' grid. Jason Krugman connected the 870 LEDs to wind switches he constructed by hand.

Looking at this piece in motionless-form resembles a close-up view of sequins as the base of each wind switch is a clear, round disc. As the wind blows over the piece, the wind switches trigger each LED individually, creating a stunning sparking effect in response to wind achieved in this video by fanning the air across the curtains.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

musicvideo by Olga Mink

This simply delightful "tree+text" piece simply sources an image of a tree and some words.

Olga Mink works as a media-artist and filmmaker in the Netherlands. Her work ranges from new media art, to audiovisual performance, live cinema, (interactive) installations and experimental music-video and animation. She also curates audiovisual art and new media events in the Netherlands.

I am truly enamored by her website.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Yooouuutuuube : : absolutely delightful Web Toy

that turns a single YouTube video into a surreal grid made of copies of itself. The rows of the grid are slightly out of sync with one another, creating a ripple effect.

Mouse over the bottom of your open window to control the options which include the frame size of the grid squares and the size of the rows and columns. While you're watching, there are pan, track and zoom controls that let you move over the whole bizarre like it was one screen.

I made this one with Checkersplitter by Degenerate Art Ensemble

One of the best demonstrations of how much fun Yooouuutuuube can be is this amazing Alice in Wonderland, or you may fancy the Dramatic Chipmunk.

Have a go, make your yooouuutuuube, then paste your yooouuutuuube video links in the Comments below.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Tenori-on Meets Kyma by Nomad Cinema

"Tenori-on is an electronic musical instrument, designed and created by Japanese artist, Toshio Iwai and Yu Nishibori of the Music and Human Interface Group, Yamaha Center for Advanced Sound Technology. It consists of a screen, held in the hands, of a sixteen by sixteen grid of LED switches, any of which can be activated in a number of ways to create an evolving musical soundscape. The LED switches are held within a aluminum frame, which has two built-in speakers located on the top of frame, as well as a dial and buttons that control the type of sound and beats per minute produced. There is also an LCD screen on the bottom edge of the frame. Using the connection function, it is possible to play a synchronized session, or to send and receive songs between two of the devices."

"In order to tap the real power of Yamaha's new Tenori-on, it helps to pair it with external equipment capable of producing more satisfying sounds than the somewhat lackluster soundset included with the Tenori-on itself. In this video, no internal Tenori-on sounds were used whatsoever. Tenori-on is functioning purely as a sequencer with external equipment, including advanced sound-shaping from Kyma and analog synthesis from Alesis Andromeda and Dave Smith's Prophet '08. Sequencer data coming from Tenori-on is processed in Ableton Live (utilizing midi scale and chord filters, as well as injecting some generative randomness) before reaching Kyma, Andromeda, and Prophet '08."

m31 inspired tonight's post

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Casual Profanity presents : : Fluid Sculpture

This is a small prototype of what Charlie Bucket

will be showing at the 2009 Maker Faire, May 30-31st in San Mateo. The ultimate goal of the project is to translate this idea into a complete wearable outfit, so hopefully I can finish that and get it into a real, live fashion show."

The music is Imperials by Ratatat from their album LP3

Friday, 8 May 2009

WindCube : : Innovative and Cost effective Wind Turbine

Green Energy Technologies has unveiled a new wind power generator. The device is capable of generating 60kW of rooftop power for commercial and industrial applications. The turbine captures and amplifies wind and can be installed in single 60kW or dual 120kW configurations.

The WindCube measures 22 x 22 x 12 feet and uses the Bernoulli Principal to generate electricity from the wind by concentrating the wind using a shroud, allowing the generator to make power with wind speeds as low as 5 mph.

This conveniently compacted smart energy unit simplifies the transport and installation as well as doubling the power generation capacity over a conventional wind tower whilst reducing the physical footprint and cost by half.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Trompe-L'oeil Drawing of Disappearing Car

A design Art student Sara Watson made a battered old Skoda 'vanish' by painting it to merge with the surrounding car park. Sara who is studying drawing at the University of Central Lancashire, took three weeks to transform the car's appearance.

"I was experimenting with the whole concept of illusion but needed something a bit more physical to make a real impact."

She created the illusion in the car park outside her studio at Uclan's Hanover Building in Preston. The car is now being used for advertising by the local recycling firm that donated the vehicle.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

LightBox, a polyphonic theremin emulator

This Theremin-vox patch v01 ia s Modular controller sensitive to touch and motion device.
It uses capacitance and IR range sensors.

LightBox is a physically and functionally modular, multi-input controllers with visual feedback and dynamic sensor data output. Manipulating video, sound, or anything digital is possible with LightBox, and when using more than one simultaneously, group interaction and collaboration is possible, as the controllers themselves are wirelessly networked.

This is one of the first performance patches i've made for LightBox, a polyphonic theremin emulator. ( j saavedra)

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson

Atz119 in collaboration Laurent Antonczak produced this quaint animation or

"music video with a specific aesthetic and narrative for displaying on small screens, mainly aimed at the iPHONE. This experimental and new visual approach explores a new narrative structure while dealing with screen limitations and new parameters. "Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson" aims to engage with its audience with simplicity and humour."

Monday, 4 May 2009

Drifters of the deep

This tantalizing video was shot with a Canon HV20 by Eugenia Loli-Queru, a former software developer, turned tech journalist, turned videographer.

"The most amazing creatures nature has ever created, drifting in our oceans. From the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. ............. Shot with a Canon HV20 in PF24/Cinemode. Pulldown removed with Cineform NeoHD. Edited with Vegas Pro 8, graded with Magic Bullet. Music and video are licensed separately under the Creative Commons "BY" 3.0 license."

Should you get stung by one of these drifters of the deep, apparently urine helps, see this video.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Visual reel by Vj Matrona

Here Paula Guastella aka Vj Matrona presents;

"Visual reel of sessions based on the theme of man as a mass. Consists of animations, illustrations, excerpts from the film Metropolis by Fritz Lang (1927) and worked in 3D graphics. And then live performances of Creamfields, Trimarchi DG, Mutek, Zizek, Niceto, Reverse, Montag, Voodoo and Kika Club Motel."

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Noteboek : Profoundly Cool, paper illusions animation

Here I am, looking at a screen, showing a small video...of a fake screen, showing a small video.

Evelien Lohbeck has created this paper wireless notebook animation illusion.

"Noteboek (English title: Notebook) consists of 4 short experimental films where I try to confuse the reality. In these films, illusions and expectations are challenged."

Perhaps it goes without saying, but as any website designer well tell you, the best way to design a website, is on a sheet of paper.

But hey, no respectable user using a paper netbook would use internet explorer ?

Friday, 1 May 2009

The Mystery of Time: Scott Tibbs version

This video is a remix of Hans-Jörg Scheffler's other version of The Mystery of time, featuring Scott Tibbs on the Roland V-Piano.

There are a number of interesting quotes by famous people about Time that occasionally fade in and out throughout the duration of the video:

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so." Douglas Adams

"Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it." Leonardo Da Vinci

The video maker is a professional sounddesigner and works for companies like Apple, Roland, Access, Native Instruments, Ninevoltaudio and Spectrasonics, and music is his passion.

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