July 2004 Archives

Bonjour paresse

Hello indolence.

July 29, 2004 | 06:25 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)
The 30-second deja vu tool

Where have I seen these before?



July 27, 2004 | 01:48 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Reclaiming TV



July 26, 2004 | 11:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Become TV: things of news to come

Great article on the possibilities implict in P2P video distribution and its potential effect on network news and TV. The author brings a rare quality to this piece of writing by effectively bridging (clearly explained) technical considerations with socio-cultural implications:

"The tools suites (laptop video production and distribution suites) are appearing. But more than anything else, we need education. People have to learn that they can produce video comparable to professional broadcast quality using these inexpensive, open source tools. What can be more important to the future of democracy than giving citizens the ability to better communicate with each other?"

And further on:

"Web logs are another example of how people are shifting from passive media spectators to active media producers. Now that a rich media layer is being added to blogs -- with the appearance of video blogs -- it seems that a viable alternative to centralized TV networks is emerging. For example, consider what might happen through the joining together of video blogs, Real Simple Syndication (RSS), and BitTorrent. This is a very powerful combination"

Now, while Pantic's article is focused on news, these tools have the potential to re-invent the nature of TV in general. Will viewers really shift from spectators to makers of TV programmes? Will we witness DIY "reality shows"? Will we see more "intimate" forms of P2P broadcasting emerge to cater for one's friends and family? Or will these trends simply remain of the fringes? After all, the introduction of photocopiers didn't make everyone into fanzine editors. And ultimately, is that last comment valid in an age of video saturation and blog adoption by younger generations?

July 26, 2004 | 02:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Hell never can


(image found here - via)

July 23, 2004 | 10:50 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Bush a no-no


Who would Jesus torture? the religion of George W. Bush. (via)
Being Nothing: George W. Bush as Presidential Simulacrum:
Nobody likes to see dead people on their television screens (George W. Bush, April 13, 2004).
Drawing the lines.

July 23, 2004 | 10:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Ceci n'est pas un jeu

Avant game and asphalt games.


July 21, 2004 | 06:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Remembering Carlo Giuliani

Nothing is ever fixed. The fragile freedom conquered last century is a butterfly: so delicate and prone to flutter away.

Three years ago today, Carlo Giuliani was gunned down by the police in Genoa, during the G8 demonstrations. Dozens of other protestors were subjected to systematic violence by the authorities policing the event. The brutality in Bolzaneto anticipating Abu Ghraib, right in the heart of Europe. Dissent made to equate terror. A death-black page in Italy's recent history. So many questions that remain unanswered.

Those that have no memory have no future.

July 20, 2004 | 02:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Presidential concept art

Furtherfield brings us the works of George W. Bush:

"George W. Bush is arguably the most influential and controversial performance artist in the history of Western art... Since 9-11, he has been experimenting with religious metaphors in political art. In the 80s, he became fascinated with evangelical Christianity, and began appropriating Born-Again Christianity as a conceptual kitsch in many of his works. The terror of 9-11 has further inspired him to make it the primary theme of his work, as we can see in his highly controversial piece, “Faith-Based Initiative.” It vividly reminds us of the danger of religious fanaticism.... By far the best-known piece of his work in recent years is “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” which began as a social and historical critique of the ideology of his own father. It has since expanded its concerns to foreign diplomacy, sadomasochistic sexuality, and the psychology of lying. The principal medium of this piece was human life. He used it in such a massive scale that, next to it, Damien Hirst’s use of dead animals in formaldehyde appeared like kids play. In terms of originality, this piece is significant for several reasons. 1) It was the most expensive art ever made in history, realized entirely with public funding. 2) It was designed with no ending in mind. 3) It was viewed by the entire world in real time".

On a lateral note, advertiser drops Whoopi after Bush sex joke.

July 15, 2004 | 04:48 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Dios es argentino (an exhibition)

Dios es argentino: an IED exhibition featuring the work of young Argentinian graphic designers, centred around the popular saying God is Argentine.


July 15, 2004 | 01:50 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Dyke dolls



July 14, 2004 | 10:51 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
London's drowning

How did that song go?

"The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in / engines stop running and the wheat is growing thin / a nuclear error, but I have no fear / London is drowning - and I live by the river."

Just substitute nuclear with carbon dioxide.

July 14, 2004 | 04:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Biohackers and steroid kids

Will today's steroid kids grow into tomorrow's biohackers?

July 14, 2004 | 02:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
The body expanded

Isa Gordon's cyborg performance persona Psymbiote: Hybrid Apparatus for Social Interface (an evolution in progress).

"Adorned in titanium, latex, silicone, and electronic apparatus, isa/Psymbiote places herself in the eye of the storm: the conceptual terrain at the collision of bodies and machines, the mutation of her own identity through transformation of the body. Ultimately the project seeks to fully transform the artist into a seductively organic yet entirely unfamiliar hybrid organism, a human/machine chimera with fully integrated control systems. The costume is being animated with movement, sound, and light; activated by manual triggers, automatic body processes, and remote control. As her evolution progresses, Psymbiote appears in public spaces to stimulate dialogue regarding the future of technological enhancements to the human body. She has already been sighted at a number of universities, art shows, international conferences, and as host of the SIGGRAPH CyberFashion Show. The Psymbiote Project brings issues raised by the ongoing redefinition of our bodies into a public forum, highlighting some of the contemporary critical discourse surrounding cyborgs and all forms of human/technology integration."



July 14, 2004 | 12:11 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
The body extreme

Finnish Mad Max's 3D art and transdermal implants. Steve Haworth - body modification artist. Alan Falkner's modified and intense photo galleries. The Lizardman's body mods.

July 13, 2004 | 08:36 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
The perfect toy for the DIY auteur


July 13, 2004 | 08:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Mexican Attorney General has microchip fitted in arm

The Mexican attorney general has had a microchip inserted under the skin of one of his arms to give him access to a high-security database and to enable him to be traced if he is kidnapped.

According to the attorney general, the chip cannot be removed. But isn't he forgetting that body parts can...

July 13, 2004 | 06:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)
Nouvelle vague (a musical project)

The Nouvelle vague project takes post-punk and new wave tracks and filters them through jazzy lounge, sixties pop and bossa nova beats, with a new generation of singers providing the vocals. Take time to check out the re-interpretation of the Clash's Guns of Brixton: totally sexy!


July 13, 2004 | 04:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Faux-vintage TVs

Retro-kitsch-post-modern TV sets.



July 11, 2004 | 09:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)
Mashin' up Bush (Dick is a killer)

Dick is a killer, the war on drugs, the French connection: George W. Bush and his politics get mashed up here (in mp3).


July 11, 2004 | 02:11 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Glittering Garcia

The artwork of Rene Garcia Jr.


(Paratrooper, glitter on plywood, 2004)

July 11, 2004 | 02:06 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Filming films

Jon Routson shoots bootleg cinema film screenings as videoart:

"For the past five years, in the suburban sprawl surrounding Baltimore, Routson has been recording movies with regularity -- his first straight bootleg was The Phantom Menace. Armed with a digital video camera, he simply goes to the pictures and records what he sees on screen. In so doing, he also captures something of the aura of the particular screening. Routson's bootlegs also inadvertently capture the wasteland that separates film and video technologies, a space one might refer to as a gap of failure. With their flicker effects, poor enframement, diminished acoustics, and radically inconsistent focusing, Routson's home-made films are, in some ways, throw backs to the cinephilia of the late 1960s. Routson's exhibition gets at the heart of the desire for the cinematic within contemporary fine art practice with alarming directness."


July 10, 2004 | 10:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Illustrated skin


(digitally manipulated, unauthorized copy, of an image by Philippe Brault found here)

July 09, 2004 | 10:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Pirate flags and utopias

This collection of pirate flags reminded me of a delicious history book: Pirate Utopias. An article by the same title, which offers a good introduction to the subject, can be found here.



July 09, 2004 | 03:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Long black hair & back (a triptych)


From top:
Before a mirror Robert Barrett Browning (1846-1912)
Moorish bath Jean-Léon Gerôme (1824-1904)
The toilette John William Godward (1861-1922)

July 09, 2004 | 12:48 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
The fire ant, globalisation and me

I feel the sharp bite of insect globalisation and the mini-aliens who exploit mass air, sea and land transportation cross my back and stab me with fire. I jump up in the dark silent night of an in-between-season cabin. Hand up my T-shirt something small and slightly hard has snapped and feels soft. Mari! qualcosa m'ha pizzicato!. There is a half-squashed insect that looks very much like an ant on the floor, a hole in my fresh new grey T-shirt, and a burning feeling on my back.

Later, back online, I discover I was attacked by a fire ant, a pioneer pushing at the boundaries as (s)he crossed the Nevada state line into northern California.

Of Latin American ancestry, that's the fire ant's origins. The Fruit of the Loom T-shirt the formicone bit through was made in Guatemala.


July 08, 2004 | 11:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
RFID tag the school kid

This kind of thing has been in the air for some time now, but reading about it at pilot stage sets my emotional frequency ID to sad:

"Osaka - A primary school in Wakayama Prefecture will provide electronic tags on students' belongings that will help parents and teachers monitor their safety on the way to and from school, a local bureau of the telecommunications ministry said Wednesday.

The tags - similar to those used for merchandise at retailers and wholesalers for inventory control - will be attached to students' school bags or nameplates, while tag readers will be installed at the school gate and locations the parents and teachers think could be dangerous"


July 08, 2004 | 09:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Where have all the typewriters gone?

Back in the late eighties I used to write on an old Imperial typewriter that had belonged to my grandfather. It was a lovely object, all shiny black and circle whites that made your fingers exercise - tactile interaction aurally underlined by the rhythm of black letters hammered onto organic white. A crumpled pack of Lucky Strikes by its side (hey! it was the 20th century. I used to smoke!) and piles of second-hand paperbacks were accessories to a pulp cult feel.

And this type of object wasn't confined to my student bedroom in a terraced house in west yorkshire (most probably once occupied by a textile-mill worker). For over a century these writing machines were everywhere. In offices, homes and typing schools across continents.

Business transactions were spelt out, novels were created and declared dead on typewriters. Until the early nineties they featured heavily in film. They even went electric, like a guitar.

And then they disappeared. Just like that. And the question, in actual, pratical terms, is: where have all the typewriters gone?


(image source)

July 07, 2004 | 09:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)
Touch and temperature (an exhibition)

Touch and temperature: art in the age of cybernetic totalism.



July 06, 2004 | 09:41 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

OUT: Operation Urban Terrain - a live action wireless gaming urban intervention. To be enacted on August 30, during the republican national convention in NYC.



July 06, 2004 | 04:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
BangoSpots & body mod

As I looked at BangoSpots today I couldn't help but be reminded of tribal tattoos, and then I thought: will the near-future see people tattooed with ornate barcode hyperlinks to their sites?


Developed by High Energy Magic.

July 05, 2004 | 03:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
The chili pepper in the age of brand reproduction

Mexican chili farmers request pepper protection.


July 05, 2004 | 12:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Hammock and chair


Furniture design by Ayala S. Serfaty.

July 04, 2004 | 09:09 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Off to B.


(for provenance click on each image)

July 02, 2004 | 09:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Big muscles, lovely gun


(image found here)

July 02, 2004 | 09:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)