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The Transfinite

Pick of the Week #16

Ryoji Ikeda

Ikeda creates a visual and sonic environment where visitors are submerged in an extreme illustration of projected and synchronized data. His work uses scale, light, shade, volume, shadow, electronic sounds, and rhythm to flood the senses. In choreographing vast amounts of digital information, Ikeda conjures up a transformative environment in which visitors confront data on a scale that defies comprehension, experiencing the infinite. Ikeda’s official bio describes him as “Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist, Ryoji Ikeda, focuses on the minutiae of ultrasoni...

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The Wilderness Downtown

Pick of the Week #15

Written and Directed by Chris Milk Google Tech Team: Aaron Koblin, George Brower, Michael Chang.

Enter your childhood street address at the beginning of this riveting interactive video for Arcade Fire’s song “We Used to Wait” and watch the elegiac single become your own coming-of-age story—complete with nifty HTML5 effects and images of your hood, courtesy of Google. (Time Magazine)

Editor’s Note: This work was created in 2010 and we got caught by it again at Future Everything last month. It’s about the future of web experience in HTML5, and an amazing showcase of Google Chrome as a fut...

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PARTITURA

Pick of the Week #14

Abstract Birds and Quayola (London, UK)

Partitura is a custom software built in VVVV to generate real-time graphics aimed at visualizing sound. The term “Partitura” (score) implies a connection with music and this metaphor is the main focus of the project. Partitura aims to create a new system for translating sound into visual forms. Inspired by the investigations of artists such as Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oscar Fischinger and Norman McLaren, the images generated by Partitura are based on a precise and coherent system of relationships between various types of geometries. The system is c...

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HARMONIUM – BREATHING LIGHT

Pick of the Week #13

Jason Krugman (NYC, US)

Harmonium is a part of the Jason Krugman’s Organic Electric series. The LED mesh structure visualizes organic forms and behaviors that were reproduced by anthropomorphic nature of responsive architectural experiments. The breathing lights seem to be breathing on a metaphorical but also actual dimension by its presence as a living thing. The attraction of Krugman’s work resides on the incredible liveliness of an artificial being embeded within strong mechanic bodies, which holds the attention of Ballardian interests.

Creators’ note: Organic Electric is a series of ...

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KONSTRUCT

Pick of the Week #12

Concept & Development: James Alliban (London, UK) Design & Illustration: Juliet Lall (London, UK)

We have watched many different trials for iphone generative art pieces. James Alliban’s Konstruct showed a great growth for the area and a nice composition of a mobile device using AR and sound reactive interaction. It’s a very attractive part of iphone art cause we can experience the piece at home, and it’s absolutely free. The only barrier for this piece is we need to print out the marker. But it’s worth trying, and it’s very playful!

Creators’ note: Konstruct is an investigation into Gene...

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Dark Cloud and the Long Goodbye

Pick of the Week #11

Projection Mapping, AR, Anamorphic Architecture, Maya by David Hall (aka Opiumblue : Seoul, Korea)

The artist firstly composed 3D low polygon data in Maya, and later the 3D form was flattened into a 2D planar figure image that was fitted to each surface of the animations. It was originally designed to teach a large-sized student participants’ group on how projection mapping procedures could be technically made. In relation to C.10 series, C.14 Dark Cloud was Opiumblue’s solo exhibition that added fog and lighting experiments to his original low polygon projection mapping set. The additio...

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Sword & Sworcery

PICK OF THE WEEK #10

By Superbrothers

AVERT YOUR EYES TO AVOID FOREKNOWLEDGE. You have been warned…

S:S&S EP (Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP) is a 21st century interpretation of the archetypical old school videogame adventure, designed exclusively for Apple’s touchtronic machinery. It is an unusual genre-bending effort with an emphasis on sound, music & audiovisual style that has been positioned as “a brave experiment in Input Output Cinema” and “an unlikely mix of Zelda and art house cinema.”

Sword & Sworcery is a collaborative project by Capy, Jim Guthrie & Superbrothers

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REFLEX

PICK OF THE WEEK #9

by rAndom International, UK

From April 2011, rAndom International’s Reflex Installation at the Wellcome Trust transforms the Darwin & Mendel windows in Euston Road into the habitat of an organism that represents itself in the form of light. By reacting to passers-by it invites a physical response to the building. The swarm behaviour of the installation is inspired by an algorithm developed to emulate the collective decision making process employed by creatures (such as birds flocking, ants, etc) in the natural world.

Reflex owns many aspects of a well-designed responsive architectural i...

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Be Your Own Souvenir!

PICK OF THE WEEK #8

by blablabLAB

This proposal aims to connect street users, arts and science. The installation was enjoyed during two weekends in January 2011 by tourists, people living close to Las Ramblas and general citizens of Barcelona. A technological ritual where the audience is released from established roles in a perspective exchange: spectator-performer, artist-tourist, observer-object.

Custom software has been developed using openFrameworks and openKinect in order to produce a tunable full 360 degree point cloud.

The public artwork “Be your own souvenir” has been combined by the Kinect and 3D pr...

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Dancing With Swarming Particles

PICK OF THE WEEK #7

by Rodrigo Carvalho (aka Visiophone) performer : Tamar Regev; coordinator : Anna Mura

Dancing With Swarming Particles is an interactive installation and performance that intends to explore the relationship between a physical user/performer and a virtual performer the “avatar” which has the physical characteristics of morphing flocking particles. The avatar’s body is composed by flocking particles that initially float in the virtual space without any apparent order. It is through the energy of the physical user/performer’s movements that the particles will start to morph into the av...

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Heart Chamber Orchestra

PICK OF THE WEEK #6

a performance by TERMINALBEACH

The Heart Chamber Orchestra is an audiovisual performance consisting of 12 classical trained musicians and the artist duo TERMINALBEACH. Using their heartbeats, the musicians control a computer composition and visualization environment. They read and play a real-time score from laptop screens placed in front of them.

Heart Chamber Orchestra web.

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AlphaSphere

PICK OF THE WEEK #5

by nu desine

The AlphaSphere is a cool new concept musical instrument. It enjoys a unique spherical design, which will optimise the experience of composing, producing and performing music. The range of sounds is infinitely programmable, up to four octaves could be mapped around the sphere.

nu desine is a new tech company rising out of the South-West of England founded in September 2010. Their expertise ranges from music technology, software development, electronic engineering and hardware design engineering. AlphaSphere is currently under development. If you wish to support this projec...

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Make the Line Dance

PICK OF THE WEEK #4

by 1024 Architecture

While using a Kinect to track the human skeleton, they are mapping a video layer over a moving body. Using : Kinect + QC + MadMapper + MaxForLive.

Augmented Dancing Experience

 

1024 architecture is a company created by Pierre SCHNEIDER and François WUNSCHEL, both co-founders of the EXYZT collective. 1024 architecture focuses on the interaction between body, space, sound, visual, low-tech and hi-tech, art and architecture… They make audio-visual installations, micro-architecture, urban intervention, performances, exhibitions and others…

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Lovely Bloodflow by Baths

PICK OF THE WEEK #3

Video by Alex Takacs and Joe Nankin ♥ Japan

Baths is Will Wiesenfeld, song ‘Lovely Bloodflow’ is from the debut album ‘Cerulean’ out on anticon.

Baths web. Alex Takacs and Joe Nankin web.

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Us

PICK OF THE WEEK #2

Nosaj Thing “Us (Jon Hopkins Remix)” Video by Anthony Ciannamea & Mark Wisniowski From Nosaj Thing “Drift Remixed” (Alpha Pup Records) Direction/Editing/Cinematography: Anthony Ciannamea & Mark Wisniowski Actor: Ryan Sievert Bare your senses… Scenic Studio is an artists’ collective – founded in Chicago by various agency creatives – with the mission of collaboratively producing new personal works. To express their ideas and enthusiasms within motion film, photographic and environmental channels. They are a group of highly attentive individuals who constantly daydream, concept, create, and...

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Audience Calibration Procedure

Pick of the Week #1

From now onwards, every week, we are going to share with you the videos, music or art we like the most. We hope you enjoy them! Our first pick is: Audience Calibration Procedure Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery

Description: Superbrothers has been busy preparing their latest psycho social audiovisual experiment, a meandering mythopoetic adventure known as S:S&S EP. Details: swordandsworcery.com facebook.com/sworcery

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Alpha-podcast Presents Nikka

NIKKA is a Spanish electronic producer that has a distinct style deriving from her fascination with dualities – she explores what it means to be human through entering a dialogue with machines. That very paradox is the crux of her art as evocative, cinematic melodies build and sustain while distorted rhythms course and buckle, reflecting the chaos of infinity and the beauty that comes from it. The Barcelona-based sound artist who originally studied to become a food industry engineer, her scientific background suggests she’s qualified for grasping the big issues better than most. Despite a decade working i...

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