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Consumption by Li Liao

Pick of the week #79

This week’s pick is ‘Consumption’, a performance by Li Liao.

Liao entered the work force at the Shenzhen Foxconn factory for a total of 45 days, before using his earnings to purchase the same iPad Mini he was assembling on the factory line. He exhibited the relics of his experience at UCCA’s ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice; his white coat and ID badges contrasting with the gadget he had worked to produce.

Born in 1982  in the Hubei province, China, Liao’s art is described as “based on experiments with social systems that use his own person as the key sub...

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Save Food From The Fridge by Jihyun Ryou

Pick of the week #78

“Observing the food and therefore changing the notion of food preservation, we could find the answer to current situations such as the overuse of energy and food wastage. My design is a tool to implement that knowledge in a tangible way and slowly it changes the bigger picture of society. I believe that once people are given a tool that triggers their minds and requires a mental effort to use it, new traditions and new rituals can be introduced into our culture.” - Jihyun Ryou

Jihyun Ryou’s design project ‘Save Food From the Fridge’ re-evaluates our relationship with what we eat, and pro...

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The Always-On Telephone Club

Pick of the week #77

Arcade is an an interdisciplinary design studio formed of William Coleman, Keiichi Matsuda and James Alliban. Arcade work at the intersection of physical and virtual, to expose new problems and opportunities from emerging technologies. They design apps, interactive installations and immersive environments.

Arcade met through Alpha-ville during the commission for CELL in 2011. The interactive installation brought designer and film maker Keiichi Matsuda together with artist and interaction designer James Alliban, who finally teamed up with William Coleman from Microsoft for their new de...

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DOWNLOADED BY ALEX WINTER

Pick of the Week #76

This week’s Pick is the upcoming documentary by Alex Winter, ’Downloaded’. Premiering at SXSW 2013, this documentary focusing on Napster and the advent of digital file sharing investigates the digital revolution; “the kids that created it, the bands and the businesses that were affected by it, and its impact on the world at large.”

Napster, founded in 1999, was originally a file sharing service and has more recently become an online music store. The introduction of peer-to-peer sharing and illegal downloads created a technology paradigm shift, upended the music business and changed th...

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aPITAGORAS BY ALBA CORRAL

Pick of the Week #75

This week’s pick is Alba Corral‘s ‘aPitagoras‘, a free Art App which creates concentric circles at the user’s touch. The interactive app allows the user to make their own wallpaper for their mobile device.

The app is an extension of Corral’s artistic practice which uses code to create visual tools in real time, giving life to abstract digital landscape. She also teaches visual programming.

“For a while people have been asking me to create wallpapers for their mobile devices from my artworks,” Corral says, “so I decided to give people the opportunity to create their own wallpapers from g...

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3D Printed Record by Amanda Ghassaei

Pick of the Week #74

We inaugurate the 2013 weekly selection with a project that takes inspiration in the past to build to the future. The 3D printed Record by Amanda Ghassaei is an exploration of the current possibilities and limitations of the 3D printing technology. Although the record doesn’t meet the audio quality standards yet, it opens many questions about the future of product making with new technologies and how we will be able to customise products to our likes and needs. Ghassaei is interested in developing physical interfaces for the manipulation of digital media. We believe that this is going to ...

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ACCIDENTAL INCEST

Pick of the week #73

Genetic Analysis Device

What role will genetic technology play in our future sexual and personal relationships?

‘Accidental Incest’, the work of korea-born, UK-based Jae Yeop Kim, shows and questions a future scenario where many more people are born using sperm or egg donors and accidental incest. Jae’s works examines how new biotechnologies, and the companies that develop them, might lead to new types of relationships between friends, families and lovers.

Tens of thousands of people are conceived every year using donated sperm. A single sperm donor can anonymously father multiple child...

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TOMTEN

Pick of the week #72

Graphset‘s Tomten is a 3D animation film and part of a new exhibition at Centre des arts d’Enghien-les-Bains, Projections video dans l’espace public (Video Projections in Public Space).

Graphset, aka Mikkael Doczekalski, designed the excellent Alpha-ville logo for us in 2009 and has designed most of the festival images. His Paris based design studio breaks the norm in prints, video trailers, web design, and live stage installations.

21 films were entered into the competition under the theme “The city of a thousand lights, a Christmas story.” Tomten is one of the final three up to wi...

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In Conversation with EMPTYSET

In Conversation is a series of video interviews with artists that have participated in Alpha-ville Festival. The first series presents British duo Emptyset, who are Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg. The interview was recorded at Alpha-ville 2011. Since then, their latest EP on Raster Noton, Collapsed has been selected one of Best of 2012 by Bleep. Last November, Emptyset travelled with Alpha-ville to Sonica Festival in Slovenia.

CREDITS Camera: Lyndon Ives, Angel Ansede Nin Editor: Omar Barchetta Interview by: Ben Romberg Emptyset: Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg Visuals: Clayton Welham and Sam Williams Music ...

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KILL YOUR DARLINGS

Pick of the week #71

Jeroen van Loon‘s ‘Kill Your Darlings’ is an installation artwork that takes online content out of its original context, creating discussion on the topics surrounding privacy, bullying and the use of real-time media.

Van Loon writes “Internet has given everybody his or her own channel to talk to the whole world. Who’s actually listening is not always important or even known. More importantly Twitter has made thoughts, opinions and in a bigger context, social relationships, freely available for everyone to enjoy.

‘Kill Your Darlings’ shows us the ‘private’ social circles of young teena...

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METHODKIT

Pick of the week #70

This week’s highlight is about bright ideas and innovative tools for personal and social development.

Methodkit is a tool designed to facilitate personal and project development by Swedish collective Idea Society. The tool can be used individually or in groups and it helps define, structure and analyse the most important bits and pieces to “make the diffuse concrete”.

In words of the designer Ola Möller “the two Methodkits were the answer to two of my own needs that I had identified: Personal direction – Understanding what to focus on and where to go. Developing ideas – To be able t...

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FraMEShift

Pick of the week #69

FraMEShift is an interactive dance performance directed and choreographed by Renata Sheppard, produced by VR&MMP and performed by dancers Lu-Kai Huang, Tzu-Ying Ho, Yin-Guan Huang and Vanessa Michielon. It was premiered in July 2012 in Turin during the Teatro a Corte Festival.

The project brings together several disciplines: dance, new media art, music and design to investigate of the relationship between humans and machines and how far it can go. Using two symbolic characters: a person and a robot, the piece raises questions about the never ending technological advances and what will be...

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Alpha-podcast presents Ghosting Season

Meeting at Leeds College of Music in 2005, Gavin Miller and Thomas Ragsdale broke through as Worriedaboutsatan, before transitioning to their current production mantle as Ghosting Season. Following on from two sought-after EPs last year, the Manchester-based duo released their debut long-player ‘The Very Last Of The Saints’ back in May via Sasha’s Last Night On Earth imprint. Contrasting the visceral edge of post-rock bands such as Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky against techno sensibilities, the album received a raft of positive reviews with comparisons made to early Aphex Twin and The Velvet Undergro...

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sketchPatch LiveCodeLab

Pick of the week #68

Last week we visited the sketchPatch coding lab a the Mozilla Festival: Livecodelab a the place where you can make 3D visuals and sound on the fly as you type simple instructions. Yes on the fly in your browser, pretty amazing. Have a play with it here, the tutorials are good to get started. Here is an example and a live session:

LiveCode_test from P&A LAB on Vimeo.

We would love to see more examples of Livecodelab sessions, share your best session!

sketchPad is a place to play with programming in an easy and fun way. You can write your own programmes, share them and collaborate with oth...

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Two Words for Tomorrow

Pick of the week #67

A digital art installation by FIELD.

The idea of this project was to ask Australian people to share in two words what they feel is the single biggest challenge that the nation is facing. Over 24,000 people have participated and the top 10 word combinations included ‘Government Leadership’, ‘Clean Environment’, ‘Strong Economy’ and ‘Cultural Harmony’. You can see the answers here.

FIELD and the artists collaborating turned those answers into a beautiful digital art installation where the people of Australia could see those challenges represented. The result is an elegant waterfall of digi...

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Sirens by Novi_sad & Ryoichi Kurokawa

Pick of the Week #66

Sirens is a project conceived in 2007 by Greek artist Novi_sad. The title refers to the Greek mythology of these creatures who were portrayed as femmes fatales. Novi_sad has worked with Japanese audiovisual artist Ryoichi Kurokawa to explore the aesthetics of data on complex sound project. The project used sound tracks by 5 musicians and sound artists that represented various stock market crashes including the Black Tuesday in 1929. In words of Novi_sad: “Sirens is an effort to ‘poison’ the ground and this vast pool of information in a world where almost everything equals with a digit...

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Sonora Boards

Pick of the Week #65

Creativity isn’t lacking in Southern Spain as proven by this week’s pick: Sonora Boards, a creative project that brings together electronic engineering processes, the design of musical instruments and music composition. The main idea of the project is to transform everyday objects into MIDI musical instruments that have a unique personality and sound, designed with a personal style.

Sonora Boards was born in Southern Spain, Andalucia and is lead by Oscar Carrero (Embedded Designs) on the engineering and systems design side and Lucio Calderon on the music composition side. They kicked star...

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Rain Room by Random International

PICK OF THE WEEK #64

Random International create works that explore behaviour and interaction. For the latest work, Rain Room they present a room with falling water controlled by several 3D cameras that track people’s movements in the room. As you walk through the rain a path opens to allow people to navigate through the room without getting wet. With music by Max Richter, this installation located at Barbican’s Curve gallery is worth a visit.

Rain Room at the Barbican from rAndom International on Vimeo.

Random International’s website Barbican’s website

Keywords: #interactive #architecture #rain

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Alpha-podcast presents Murcof

As Murcof, Fernando Corona has been crafting compositions on the margins of electronic music for over a decade. From this vantage point he has been able to cross into many disciplines and experiment with many forms – soundtrack, art installation, site-specific compositions as well as the traditional album format – without feeling tied to any. Perhaps high tendency to occupy this privileged space comes from living and working in Tijuana, Mexico, a city on the border of the US, but seemingly in thrall to neither country; a place he describes as having “certain cultural freedom there, or cultural void”. How...

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Alpha-podcast presents K.atou

K.atou plays at the Alpha-ville after party on Saturday 6th October. Read more >>

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Streetpong

Pick of the Week #63

STREETPONG is a concept for an urban game by Sandro Engel and Holger Michel. It has been developed at the HAWK Hildesheim, Faculty of Art and Digital Media, in Germany. Using the traffic lights as the device for the interaction, the video made shows a simulation of the game. They’ve used mapped images to make the video, using a green screen and then editing the game interface.

The game proposes al alternative form of interaction with people in the street. While you are waiting for the red lights you would be able to play a Streetpong match with your opponent who sits on the other side o...

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Stone Spray

Pick of the Week #62

Stone Spray is a research project by Petr Novikov, Inder Shergill and Anna Kulik of the University of Advanced Architecture in Catalonia, Spain. Inspired in previous projects such as Solar Sinter, that was one of the highlights of 3D printing in 2011, the project wants to push the boundaries of digital manufacturing and explore the possibilities of onsite manufacturing machines. In this case the design uses a robotic arm, a jet spray system and soil as the main component.

The creators have written an ebook explaining the concept, challenges and process. You can check it here.

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Alpha-podcast presents Rumpistol

The 17th installment of the Alpha-ville podcast series presents Danish electronic musician Jens B. Christiansen (a.k.a Rumpistol). [Note: We met Jens on our trip back from Mutek (Montreal) where he played a very nice live set with Red Baron and we invited him to create a mix for Alpha-ville, thanks Jens!]

Rumpistol may not be a name that you’re familiar with, but you really ought to be. He is Danish electronic musician Jens B. Christiansen, and makes fractured soul music that pivots upon shifting slats of abstract beats that has echoes of Brainfeeder’s beat music or James Blake if he fetishised Warp’s 90s out...

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The Bravest Man

Pick of the week #61

A Chrome Experiment by Daniel Savage

Another fanstastic web experiment using Chrome this time for the mainstream and featuring a song by musician Bobby Womack named The Bravest Man in the Universe. The project can be enjoyed in Android and iPhone/iPad devices. There is a nice level of interaction using simple gestures like tap, pinch or drag that allows you to play while listening to the song.

In words of the art director ” from a technical standpoint, the project was a great learning process. Our challenges included breaking down what tasks were processor intensive and how we could optim...

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Sight

Pick of the week #60

a short film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo

Sight is a film about the future of human communication and interaction using AR vision. As tech companies continue developing their AR vision devices, such as the Google Project Glass, at the Alpha-ville team we are both concerned and excited about the possible impacts of this new technology in society. Some of the key questions were raised by Keiichi Matsuda back in 2010 with his Augmented Hyper(Reality) film that was winner of our moving image awards that year. Matsuda raised the challenge of exposing our personas in a physical form and how ...

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Not Over

Pick of the Week #59

By Toru Hayai Not Over.. till is over is the breathtaking story of a fluffy teddy bear. Brilliantly done using 3D animation software. Keywords: animation, short film, teddybear Tools: 3Dsmax vray, VUE xstream Links: http://www.taiyokikaku.com/
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