Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Santa’s Secret Tombola

December 19, 2006

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Attention Credits ID S7T267692552006X was bought at Santa’s Secret Tombola

Mulled wine, decorations, Christmas trees, lights, nibbles and art all under one roof. What more could could an art-lover want on the penultimate shopping weekend before Christmas?

Check it out on Art Cornwall to see all the works that was exhibited.

Read more on BBC Where I Live

Attention Credits… coming soon

December 18, 2006

Awaiting the sucess of the £10 Secret Santa Tombola in Cornwall, more details about Attention Credits coming soon…

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Value Your Attention
Your attention is important and should be valued, the purpose of having the card allows you the freedom to use your attention with intent, be pro-active not passive.
Be present.
Your Attention Card contains a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) transponder. You may be aware of this technology, it is used to track parcels, inside Oyster cards and becoming closer to being inside our mobile phones.
What Attention Credits aims to do is give YOU the power to control YOUR presence and to be aware of YOUR presence.
The original project Attention Please! An experiment aimed to test an audience and was held in a contained environment, Attention Credits aims to widen our awareness. To find out more investigate this blog.

Attention tips:
Use your credits wisely.
Be a repeat giver.
To be awarded more credits pay more attention.

Research proves that you will be rewarded when you give more Attention.

If you would like to identify yourself as a participant then please leave a comment here!

ID S7T267692552006X

Who’s been talking been talking about us

June 26, 2006

money not art

So over the course of the project various people have been talking about us, now I thought it was about time I told you all about it!

We were on the front page of We Make Money Not Art for a while (that was very exciting).

rhizome newsletter

We were in rhizome e-newsletter and posted on Rhizome.org where a full discussion insued about the merits of RFID art projects.

We were on Upcoming

“The best British Art blog” The Times Oct 1st 2005 Art in Liverpool blog wrote a post on the project and a review.

Katie wrote about the project on here blog.

Networked-Performance, a research blog about network-enabled performance, [NetBehaviour] and Mobile Audiences talked about us.

And the Attention Trust

Loop Video Fair

May 22, 2006

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This weekend I was lucky enough to visit the Loop Video Fair in Barcelona, it was a truly wonderful experience. Firstly it was my first art fair, which was an experience in itself – it really opened my eye's to the world of the art market, people buying art, thats not a painting or a photograph or a sculpture, a regular commodity for the wealthy.
I met lots of interesting and fun people, saw hours and hours of videos, listened to some thought provoking debate, ate some delicious food and still had the chance to do some dancin!!!
Ok so the fair takes place in a hotel, the invited galleries get a hotel room to display the work, using projections straight on to the walls (after they had removed any pictures), monitors and tv's on the fixed furniture, the floor and in the bathroom (and the gallerist's get to stay in the same room for the weekend too). Its a very different context to any other I've ever seen video displayed in, and because of this context most of the work is displayed as single channel pieces.

One highlight was the talk I went to:
"Round Table: Competing developments in video and film distribution – the market and festivals in dialogue…
The debate will focus on the subject of the latest productions and new directions in video, the parallel development of markets for limited edition video works and mass-distribution "video" cinema, and the growing number of festivals dedicated to video and digital art."

So there was discussion on the issues of technical installation and developments in display methods; the potential of video art that goes beyond single channel works; the challenges that the media has on the market (you can buy an edition of a work but you then need the technical equipment to view the work) and the reasons for buying video art being less about the commodity and more about a passion and love of the media, work and the aspiration to develop artists.
Where do you draw the line between video art or experimental/short film, do you need to, is the difference just the context in which the work is being viewed? Does duration and narrative influence the context, if you pay money to see a screening programme are you more devoted/committed to all the films.

But just as inspiring was the quality dancing that was to be had at La Paloma, what an amazing venue, with some interesting performances!

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It’s not over yet!

May 7, 2006

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What a week! From software install and test on Monday, installing the kit in the space on Tuesday, with Wednesday and Thursday spent watching, helping, coercing and reacting to an attention paying audience; we've had quite a week. Now the actual research days are completed, there's a lot to think about.

We learned how people feel when offered a chance to react to art in a gallery space; we learned how simple technology can be an empowering force for an audience. We learned a lot from our participants; and much of it is here on this blog – the call for feedback post currently has 24 comments! Over the next few weeks we will be digesting and displaying this as the final phase of the project.

There is more to come!

Hanging Screens

May 2, 2006

Sara on MEWP
The screens that Sara will be using for the video are double sided 2 meter square rear projection screens hand made using Screen Goo at FACT.  Sara and Nick are hanging them right now.  Sara's riding around on a MEWP – a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (a TM 12 to be precise).  After the screens are up and aligned, there's just the projectors to align, & speakers to hang. Then there's the computers to hook up, and then to make it all look pretty.

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Things we’ve been talking about

April 17, 2006

While I was visiting Kisky we did a lot of talking about our project and what we had to do and other ideas that could be possible now we have done the first stage of our research.

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Tagging your tag (transponder)

Following on from the idea of being able to write to your tag, our minds started to wander and the ideas began to flow. What if you could tag your tag, Katie rolled off the tags she would write, and what does that leave you with, a tag that has tags on it. What can you do with this information?
They could be used like Playing flickr, where some software was developed that could receive an sms message, questions the flickr database and pulls out images tagged with the tag that was written in the message. So we could develop something similar – when the card is read it reads off the tags and pulls off photographs from flickr. Then these images could build up a montage of the installation and its users, the images could be displayed similar to the million dollar homepage or as a series of stills that create a slideshow.

The Notion of Tags

We have the ability to tag your tag (transponder) "A tag (From wikipedia) is a keyword which acts like a subject or category. A keyword is used to organize webpages and objects on the Internet. Each user "tags" a webpage or image using his/her own unique tag. An image or webpage may have multiple tags that identify it. Webpages and images with identical tags are then linked together and users may use the tag to search for similar webpages and images."

The physical (transponder) and the personal – the ability to combine them is interesting and it becomes more empowering rather than controlling.

Attention economy

My notion of the audience having an important and valuable role in experiencing art (video, performance, theater, interaction) brought us to the term attention, as it belongs to the audience and its in their control where they give it, which has a real effect. It appears we're not the only people who think attention is important, and we want to reward it!

From wikipedia "Attention economics is an approach to the management of information that treats human attention as a scarce commodity, and applies economic theory to solve various information management problems."

Also check out this on Attention economy and the Net, there's an interesting bit on the effect of the audience!

Mediamatic meet and the secret Symbolic Table

April 17, 2006

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Mediamatic live in the Post CS Building, Amsterdam, they have been running workshops on RFID since July 2005 (there next workshop is coming up in early May see Katie's pervious post RFID & the Internet of Things). We wanted to say "Hi" tell them about our project and see if any thing interesting came up. We explained our project, the ITEM brief and our progress with the technology.

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My first realisation was that our project RFID DIY, and we are finding out what the technology can do and including building drivers where needed ourselves, and our first and may other peoples first conclusion is that the tags are essentially keyboard, they print out their unique ID number.The second conclusion was that to do anything really exciting with the technology your talking about the ultra high frequency readers, and several of them with is mega bucks!

They have been investigating the new Nokia phones that have RFID readers in them, for near field communication (NFC) they only work with specific tags, but its an interesting switch of the use of the technology as the user has the reader not tagged with a transponder! (more…)

junXion from STEIM

April 8, 2006

STEIM

steim (the studio for electro-instrumental music) is the only independent live electronic music centre in the world that is exclusively dedicated to the performing arts.  I have recently been reading their site and looking at their products with interest.  They also run workshops and give performances using their technology.

From their site: "The foundation's artistic and technical departments supports an international community of performers and musicians, and a growing group of visual artists, to develop unique instruments for their work. steim invites these people for residencies and provides them with an artistic and technical environment in which concepts can be given concrete form. It catalyzes their ideas by providing critical feedback grounded in professional experience. These new creations are then exposed to a receptive responsive niche public at steim before being groomed for a larger audience."

junXion is a software application for audio/music performers, art installation makers, theatre makers etc. 

junXion is a Mac OS X data routing application that allows the connection of any USB game controller and defines, in an easy user interface, the translation of each key or joystick action into a specific MIDI event. The resulting MIDI data is then available to any audio/music software that runs on that Mac or can be send to external MIDI interfaces.

We could use steim's junXion software to output MIDI commands that allow us to manipulate video.  It may be that we use this in conjunction with Isadora.  Even if we don't use junXion this time – it is well worth taking a look at it.

RFID & the Internet of Things

April 8, 2006

Ant with RFID dust

Mediamatic is hosting another workshop on RFID. “RFID & the Internet of Things” is taking place 9th – 11th May 2006.

From their website: “RFID will play a pivotal role in fusing the physical world with the digital. RFID allows for the unique identification of objects, and any kind of online data can be linked to these unique ID’s.
Here is where the real world and the internet become two faces of the same reality. Things go online.”

It’s a pitty it wil be after our experiment has taken place – but for others working the RFID it’s a must do event!

Call for Proposals at SPACE Media Arts, London

April 7, 2006

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Tagged: Electronic tagging and RFID commissions

SPACE Media Arts invites proposals for a series of four artist commissions that explore creative use and context of electronic tagging technology, in particular RFID.

In keeping with SPACE Media Arts core objective to engage diversify access to emergent technology, proposals that have a public art focus or that show an understanding of the communities in which they will be presented are particularly encouraged.

Deadline for proposals: Friday, April 28, 2006

Please leave a comment….

April 4, 2006

Clive

So this week, we're at the Diffraction conference at FACT. As an ITEM project person it is fascinating to hear the experiences of other previous ITEM artists and technology partners. We'll be briefly discussing Attention Please tomorrow and we do hope that other Diffraction delegates will participate in our conversation and project via this blog.  So far, we're getting readers, but no one's talking to us!!