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Alpha-ville’s magazine of multimedia, interactive, digital and hybrid art.

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Beat Bricks

Pick of the week #58

By Superquadratic

Beat Bricks is a step sequencer that uses LEGO bricks, a webcam, python, Open CV and is connected to Ableton live. Created during the Advance Hackaton 2012 in Cologne, we love this hack cause it makes music making more creative and fun to play with and it’s open source!

You can get the python code from Github. Play fair.

Keywords: python, LEGO, postdigital, hack, opensource

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Fifth Wall by 2wice

Pick of the Week 57

An iPad App by 2WICE

Fifth Wall is very nice exploration of how dance performance can be transformed into an interactive format. The choreographer Jonah Bokaer is dressed in black inside a box and was filmed by Ben Nicholas. The user can interact with the performance by moving the tablet, flipping or changing the scene. It uses the accelerometer feature in the iPad.

The beauty of the app for us is that it transforms the iPad into a new performance space outside four walls, it’s the fifth wall.

2wice is the performing arts publication designed by Pentagram.

Keywords: interactive dance, a...

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Collider by Robert Hodgin

Pick of the week #56

By Robert Hodgin

Rober Hodgin is a San Francisco based artist/coder. His piece Collider presented here, has been developed for Eyeo Festival 2012 – a 4 day event that has brought together some of the most creative coders, designers and artists working today, and shaping tomorrow. Hodgin lists his primary interests as “theoretical physics, astronomy, particle engines, and audio visualizations.” He creates works exploring these concepts using Java, Processing, C++, Cinder, OpenGL, and GLSL. Collider is a work-in-progress, which will be the culmination of a 12 piece series Hodgin has been wo...

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TUTToNERo&PALLaROSSa | 小黑侠 & 红球球 |

Pick of the week #55

By Marco Puccini

A very nice and spontaneous animation by Marco Puccini with soundtrack by Raymond Scott. Marco was once in a band as a guitarist/vocalist and he now produces electronic music for children and soundtracks.

Keywords: stop motion, animation, Raymond Scott

More images on the artist Behance page.

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Alpha-podcast presents Unflesh by Gazelle Twin

UNFLESH – BY GAZELLE TWIN

For the 16th instalment of the Alpha-vlle podcast series we asked Elizabeth Walling, better known as Gazelle Twin, to let us into her strange and intriguing world.

An unsettling, deeply intense 44 minutes, Walling teases out similarities between a diverse group of tracks – from the psychedelic primitivism of Musicians of Bukkake to the avant garde performance piece ‘Sigh’ by Meredith Monk. It’s a piece of music which feeds into Walling’s ongoing interest in nature and the human body, a theme which she also tackled with her well-received 2011 debut The Entire City.

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BLA BLA

Pick of the week #54

an interactive film by Vincent Morrisset

Bla Bla is an interactive online film integrating illustration, film and interactivity. The director proposes a reflection on human communication and the challenges of storytelling when the audience becomes the participant. The project is very engaging and a solid example of how interactive film could reshape the way moving image is produced and consumed. This is a topic Alpha-ville is very interested in discussing in the next edition of the festival in the shape of works and talks. If you wish to submit an interactive film visit this page.

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Protocell Field by Philip Beesley

Pick of the Week #53

(photo: Ed Jansen)

For the occassion of the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival 2012, Philip Beesley’s work is part of the The Power of Things exhibition that will be open until 3rd June in Rotterdam.

Philip Beesley is an architect and arguably one of the most interesting new media artists that pushes the boundaries of artificial intelligence. He is also an academic whose research focuses on responsive architecture, geotextiles and interactive organisms.

Read more about his work here: http://www.philipbeesleyarchitect.com/

Keywords: responsive architecture, geotextile

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PHENOMENA

Pick of the week #52

By Baillat Cardell & Fils + Iregular

Montreal artists Jean-Sebastien Baillat and Guillaume Cardell join forces with designer Daniel Iregui for this online experience at the occasion of the BIAN (International Digital Arts Bienale) taking place from April 18th to June 13th in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Phenomena is an online interactive experience with 9 chapters released over the course of the BIAN. This is the first chapter and it has really captured our attention for it’s hypnotic aesthetic and of course the quote referenced: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is undistinguishable fr...

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iPhone Diorama

Pick of the week #51

Directed by Mike Ko

You probably have seen a diorama (a small-scale replica of a scene) before but this one is got to be amongst the cutest ones. Made as part of the graduation work of students at Otis College of Art and Design (California), the project took 3 months to film. The details are very impressive and the scene flows nicely.

One to watch: Mike Ko

Keywords: modelling, 3D, diorama

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Unnamed Soundsclupture

Pick of the week #50

By Daniel Franke & Cedric Kiefer

‘Unnamed Sculpture’ is a moving sculpture that reproduces the body data in the shape of a motion sculpture. Using 3 kinect cameras the artists have recorded the dancers movements and have created a multidimensional piece that plays very well with space and sound, with physicality and virtuality. As the editor says, ” with the complex quasi-static, inconsistent forms the body is painting, a new reality space emerges whose simulated aesthetics goes far beyond numerical codes”. Very nice work.

Read article in CAN.

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Pieces

Pick of the Week #49

Pieces | Chapter One | An installation by Romain Tardy (design) and Squeaky Lobster (music)

Nice new installation by AntiVj’s Romain Tardy. It’s the first of a series of 5 “versatile” installations. Looking forward to seeing the next ones.

Keywords: mapping, installation, antivj

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Matter (excerpt) by Quayola

Pick of the Week #48

Matter is a time-based digital sculpture; a celebration of matter itself, the substance of all physical things. It describes a continuous dynamic articulation of a solid, pure block of matter, from the simplest primitive forms to the highest details of geometric complexities, and vice versa… from the unpredictable grace of geological processes to the perfection, beauty and precision of man made crafts. The subject of this piece is Rodin’s sculpture Le Penseur (The Thinker), a masterpiece born as the avant-garde that has since become a universal classical icon, and now considered the bri...

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Alpha-podcast presents Roly Porter

We’re guessing that most of the people who follow Alpha-ville’s podcast series will know Roly Porter predominantly through his previous dubstep project Vex’d. As Vex’d, Porter and his creative partner, Jamie Teasdale forged brutalist, edificial bass music that, for a period, seemed to contain the essence of what dubstep would become. If it ultimately didn’t, the impression left by its sheer weight and rude power was still felt within the genre long after the project dissolved from the landscape. While Teasdale continued to make music as Kuedo post-Vex’d, Porter distanced himself from music altoget...

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Medium by Emptyset

Pick of the Week #47

Music: Emptyset Video by Clayton Welham and Sam Williams

Medium is stunning audio & visual piece by Emptyset and visual collaborators Clayton Welham and Sam Williams. The project created around the Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire. The Gothic Mansion was abandoned by its builders in the middle of construction, leaving behind a building that appears complete from the outside, but with floors, plaster and whole rooms missing inside. It has remained in this state since the mid-1870s.

Woodchester Mansion There were recordings with vintage mics and other analog machines then transforme...

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Resonate Festival Trailer

PICK OF THE WEEK #46

Producer: Maria Jelesijević Music: Nevena Glušica Video: Ivan Šijak

Resonate is a new platform for networking, knowledge sharing and education bringing together world class artists to drive a forward-looking debate on the position of technology in art and culture. The video teaser has been directed by Ivan Sijak.

Keywords: video teaser, moving image

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Hackney Hear App

Pick of the Week #45

The Hackney Hear app was demoed at the last festival has just launched for iPhone only for the moment. Testing the app today, it’s a very interesting experience, as you walk around it triggers different sounds using the geo-location functions on your phone and playing stories, soundscapes and audio treats. There are also walks (audio tours) to discover Hackney in a very unique way.

Congratulations Hackney Podcast and the Hackney Hear team!

Download Hackney Hear.

Keywords: soundart, audio tour, geolocated, hackney

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Alpha-podcast Presents Kassian Troyer

Sometimes a formal Academic background in your chosen field can be something of a hinderance. Having studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in his native Vienna, Kassian Troyer has gone on to forge a career as a sound engineer, mastering records for top tier producers such as Pantha du Prince, Pole and his old University buddy, Efdemin. However, making records in his own right has meant that he’s had to, in his own words, “‘forget’ everything I learned and then start to remember things again.”

His experience of working with sound installations and field recordings lends a roug...

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GAMMA

Pick of the week #44

by Factory Fifteen

Another dystopian story by the team at Factory Fifteen who you might remember from Robots of Brixton. With GAMMA they explore a city that was abandoned following a nuclear disaster and its efforts to regenerate the area. Some very amazing landscapes filmed on location during the Unknown FIelds Division visit to Chernobyl.

SYNOPSIS In a post-nuclear future, when the earth is riddled with radiation, a new urban developer proposes to regenerate the cities back into civilisation. GAMMA sets out to stabilise the atomic mistakes of yesteryear for the re-inhabitation of futur...

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The Existence of Time

Pick of the Week #43

Music by Robert Henke (Monolake) and visuals by Tarik Barri

Monolake Live Surround is a project by Robert Henke that started in 2009. Together with visual artist Tarik Barri, the research looks into the possibilities of multi-channel surround systems in a club/concert environment. For the occassion of his new album, Henke pushes the boundaries of live cinema with this new show, creating a unique atmosphere.

Catch Monolake Live Surround next week in Fabric, London.

Keywords: live cinema, surround

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MR HAPPY MAN

Pick of the week #42

a short film by Matt Morris This week we have been captured by the simple smile of this happy man, a little break from our busy London lives into the life of Johnny Barnes, happy day!
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ROBOT READABLE WORLD

Pick of the Week #41

BY TIMO ARNALL (UK, NO) 2012.

Timo Arnall who is creative director at BERG has created a short film experimenting with footage from machine-vision. Using footage from many sources, he explores the aesthetics of robotic vision that is mostly being used for traffic exercises and face recognition. The result is an interesting film with a pixelated theme and saturated colours. For us it opens questions about surveillance, privacy and of course robots.

Note from the author: “This is a short film, an experiment in machine-vision footage. It uses found-footage from computer vision research to e...

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TIMELESS

Pick of the week #40

A video essay / design fiction by KS12 Directed and Edited by Gabriel Shalom Designed by Patrizia Kommerell Produced by KS12 Producer: Karen Cifarelli Commissioned by MU, Eindhoven mu.nl Curated by Angelique Spaninks Production Assistant: Rob Versteeg ropski.nl

A video documentary that was commissioned by MU and was shot on location during STRP Festival 2011 and the Playful Post Digital Culture symposium. Timeless focuses on questions of identity and experience, time and place in a post-digital era. This video opens questions that sparkle our brain.

‘The digital settles in as background. ...

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Protect IP SOPA Breaks the Internet

Pick of the Week #39

by fightforthefuture.org/pipa IN SUPPORT FOR AN OPEN INTERNET

The pick of this week supports the free and open internet. We join the protest against SOPA & PIPA, two U.S. bills that threaten online security and freedom of expresion. Watch the video to learn more about the Internet censorship bills (SOPA/IPA)

Keywords: OPENWEB, SOPA, PIPA

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NETWORK

Pick of the week #38

by Michael Rigley

Information technology has become a ubiquitous presence. By visualizing the processes that underlie our interactions with this technology we can trace what happens to the information we feed into the network.

A fascinating data visualisation animation that illustrates how personal data is used in the web. We live in the era of information technology. Our digital identities are stored and used in the web by different third parties, but how much do we know about this? how could we gradually own more our own identities?

Keywords: information technology, motion graphics, da...

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CYMATICS

Pick of the week #37

by Suguru Goto

Cymatics is a kinetic sound sculpture that expresses the artist’s vision of nature, harmonising a series of symbolic elements in a technological context. Sound waves act on substances such as water and non-newtonian fluid, moving them to create balanced environments.

Water is used like a canvas on which a highly technological system designs and creates geometrical shapes through sound sequences generated by the artist. The non-newtonian fluid takes on different shapes in response to different musical frequencies, in a continuous shifting between solid and liquid states.

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GRID

Pick of the week #36

by Sahar Fikouhi

Grid is an Augmented Reality environment created by Sahar Fikouhi which provides a spatial configuration for real-time gaming at an architectural scale. This project showcases a prototype of the AR environment devised at one to one scale to test the possibilities of augmented reality in the built environment. The project uses a simple architectural maze which people can navigate through in real-time.

This project has really captured our attention as it opens the discussion about AR in the built environment and how we are going to interact with spaces using digital techno...

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