“Beneath the Snow – Piovono Ombre” - Gothic Project

The Gothic Multimedia Project announce their latest multimedia opus project entitled “

Beneath the Snow – Piovono Ombre

(”meaning “It Rains Shadows” in Italian). It is an interactive movie featuring musical, artistic and lyrical contents and it's the fruit of the complex work of a team of 28 musicians, artists, actors, graphics, technicians who collaborated under the direction of James Maximilian Jason and David Bosch.

The film itself is partly comprised of musical-art tracks and partly of dialogues in Italian with English subtitles. The 32-page booklet, depicting the whole work as well as the single stories within the main story, is entirely in English. Here you can see the trailer. It is officially released on May 28, 2016:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKL9k5p_Hpw 

“Gothic” is a dark avant-garde multimedia project founded in 1989 in Genova, Italy, having released ten demos as a band (1989-2000) and four huge official multimedia works as a multimedia ensemble (2001-2016). Visit website at:

http://www.gothicdimension.com/

A Digital Choir - The Forty Part Motet

SFMOMA On the Go programming concludes with the California debut of Janet Cardiff ’s immersive sound installation The Forty Part Motet, co-presented with the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. November 14, 2015 – January 18, 2016

Exhibition entry - SFMOMA website

See: SFMOMA website: 

https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/janet-cardiff-forty-part-motet/

Article by

Sam Devine

on: "INCREDIBLE SOUND INSTALLATION VIA SFMOMA & FORT MASON CENTER" SFMOMA’s

"The digital choir swells and the room floods with relaxation. Male and female voices ring out in a swirling chord as loud as if the singers were standing where the speakers are placed. Then a sudden rest pierces the room with startling silence."

"The 40 Part Motet, currently on display at Fort Mason Center until January 18, is a rare mixture of musical performance and physical art installation. It straddles not just definition but also affect. Close your eyes and it’s virtual reality for the ears, revealing what it’s like to be in the midst of a choir. Or monitor the room visually and conduct a strange study in human behavior."

http://brokeassstuart.com/blog/2015/12/17/a-choir-dissected/

Interview by Derivative with Kinetic Lights Christopher Bauder

Derivative interviews Christopher Bauder of Kinetic Lights System.

https://www.derivative.ca/Events/2015/KineticLights/

Website screen-grab

"Brainchild of Christopher Bauder, the modular Kinetic Light System is an award-winning product embedding TouchDesigner which choreographs and moves not just light and pixels but actual physical objects, high above one’s head via steel wire and powered cable DMX winches to which large arrays of light elements are tethered."

Example Installation: 

The Vodafone stand at the CeBIT 2015

"The Vodafone stand at the CeBIT 2015 features a monumental light installation composed of 600 static Rod Lights arranged with our new Space Frame system and powered by Driver LED controllers. The complex 3D structure is complimented by 150 Pixel Line LED strips integrated in the floor."

The National Concert Hall, Dublin - RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and So Percussion: Lang - man made, John Luther Adams - Become Ocean. David Lang's Festival of Music

David Lang's Festival of Music.

The National Concert Hall, Dublin - RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and So Percussion: Lang - man made, John Luther Adams - Become Ocean.

David Lang's Festival of Music.

I am invited to this concert Friday 6th March, 2015.

Animation about: Edmund Burke and the sublime

History of Ideas Short animations to explain some big questions around freewill, beauty and good and evil. "A fresh take on the History of Ideas as big subjects like beauty, freedom, technology and morality get dissected by a team of thinkers. Philosophers, theologians, lawyers, Neuroscientists, historians and mathematicians join Melvyn Bragg to present a history in many voices."

See link to all animations in the series

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3vVjcY47k2p5Wsnj3ZFHV5W/a-history-of-ideas

Example Animation

Edmund Burke and the sublime

"Some things that move us are beautiful, others are sublime. But the sublime moves us more profoundly than the beautiful. See how Edmund Burke tied the experience of the sublime to the possibility of pain and how the idea went on to influence the artistic Romanticism movement. Voiced by Harry Shearer. Scripted by Nigel Warburton."

Source:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02b8t1k

BOOK: A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

Read Book online

- Project Gutenberg

Investigate Further

The Enlightenment - 6 The Enlightenment on art, genius and the sublime

Open University 

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/history-art/the-enlightenment/content-section-8

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/burke_edmund.shtml

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/burke/

Theatre of Speaking Objects - Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Interesting exhibition taking place in the Project Arts Centre in Dublin, Ireland called "The Theatre of Speaking Objects", even the title is so evocative.

The Theatre of Speaking Objects by Czech artist Eva Kotátková 

"Theatre of Speaking Objects knits together extraordinary, poignant and personal accounts of complex relationships with language. Eva Koťátková has gathered stories and remembrances from around the world, and located them within a cast of used objects and therapeutic props, things that are used to speak for the subjects – subjects who sometimes cannot speak for themselves – becoming mediators and containers for human voices and personal stories."

You can check out some more information in relation to the project at the following url:

http://projectartscentre.ie/event/theatre-speaking-objects/

Links and Resources - September 2013

September 2013 has been a very busy month from personal to PhD work and more! Moving house and a protracted close of sale.  An amazing MOCAP workshop in Helsinki, Finland and a paper presentation in Tampere, Finland.  The 3rd DAH Institute in Derry, or should I say stroke city as locals there sometimes call Derry. A poetry book launch and reading by Catherine Culleni in the Trinity Long Room Hub, a screening programme of Synthesis 2 by Fractal music at the IFI, a one day visualisation workshop with Sarah Kenderdine in the Trinity Long Room Hub, negotitations re a lecture on the work of the CVM to be held in the ATRL, back teaching on MMT. A book to review by Nuno Correla (really looking forward to that). Birthdays and meet ups.. and lots of not returned emails, which I must do in October..it has been intense.  

In the middle of this, a kind of disinterested browsing of resources and sites I have come across and so to try to capture some of these browsing links so I can come back to them when I am less busy (but will I?) I am throwing them into this post to demarc my discovery of them.

 

Learning Resource

 

Virtual ANS (drawn sound)

Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS - photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineerEvgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention in honour of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin.
The instrument was used by Stanislav Kreichi, Alfred SchnittkeEdison DenisovSofia GubaidulinaEdward Artemiev and other Soviet composers.
You can hear the sound of the ANS in Andrei Tarkovsky's movies SolarisThe MirrorStalker.

http://warmplace.ru/soft/ans/

 

Youtube ANS

Virtual ANS: Sound to Image and Vice Versa

Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS - photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958.

The app is cross-platform and available for iOS, Android, Windows, Linux and OSX.
More info: http://warmplace.ru/soft/ans

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A6aYQUsQYMg&feature=share&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DA6aYQUsQYMg%26feature%3Dshare

 

Hackpad

hackpad.com

 

‘Full Turn’ draws third dimension using a flat screen rotating at high speed

http://www.creativeapplications.net/objects/full-turn-draws-third-dimension-using-a-flat-screen-rotating-at-high-speed/

 

Introduction to Computer Programming Languages - Video Lessons by Daniel Shiffman

https://vimeo.com/channels/introcompmedia/page:1

 

Produce a hand-drawn aesthetic in After Effects

http://m.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/produce-hand-drawn-aesthetic-after-effects

 

numbercult

http://numbercult.com

 

Articles and Papers and Books

 

Circle the Square: Film Performances by Iimura Takahiko in the 1960s By Julian Ross 

http://post.at.moma.org/content_items/290-circle-the-square-film-performances-by-iimura-takahiko-in-the-1960s

 

Open Journals - online resources

Film - Philosophy Vol. 7 - 14

http://oajournals.blogspot.ie/search/label/Film-Philosophy%20Vol.%207-14

Film - Philosophy Vol. 1 - 6

http://oajournals.blogspot.ie/search/label/Film-Philosophy%20Vol.%201-6

 

Audio-visuo-spatial mappings in real-time: how musical training shapes gestural cross-modal correspondences

http://www.academia.edu/4211472/Audio-visuo-spatial_mappings_in_real-time_how_musical_training_shapes_gestural_cross-modal_correspondences

 

The first release of Nodewebba software is now available from BatHatMedia.com, free and open source for Macintosh and Windows.

http://bathatmedia.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/nodewebba-generative-music-software-now.html

 

Phonology and CymaScope Reseach

http://www.cymascope.com/cyma_research/phonology.html

Really interesting Cymascope links to articles and research.  

In particular must download Harmonic Voice Mandala

http://www.cymascope.com/cyma_research/articles.html

CymaScope Musicology Notes - 12 Piano Notes made visible

http://www.cymascope.com/cyma_research/musicology.html

 

Hearing Rhythmic Gestures

http://www.people.carleton.edu/~jlondon/Keynote%20Webdocument.htm

 

Cinemazine

http://www.cinemazine.net/about/

Canyon cinemazine issue 3

http://www.expcinema.com/site/en/calls-for-entries/canyon-cinemazine-issue-3

 

Reciprocal Analogy, Baudelaire’s Imaginative Instinct

http://attentiveequations.com/2011/06/25/reciprocal-analogy-baudelaires-imaginative-instinct/

 

Poetry in the condition of music

http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~cavitch/pdf-library/McGann_Wagner.pdf

 

The Well Sequenced Synthesiser

http://www.creativeapplications.net/processing/the-well-sequenced-synthesizer-by-luisa-pereira/

 

BOOK: The Sound of Painting - Music in Modern Art

http://books.google.ie/books/about/The_sound_of_painting.html?id=AHJPAAAAMAAJ&redir_esc=y

 

Events

Elecktra - BEAF

Electronic Arts Festival

http://2013.elektramontreal.ca/downloads/FOCUS_QUEBEC_ELEKTRA.pdf

 

European Expanded Cinema

http://www.expcinema.com/site/en/events/european-expanded-cinema

 

Bozar 

http://focus.levif.be/culture/musique/bozar-electronic-arts-festival-le-quebec-a-l-honneur/article-normal-10535.html

 

Light House – Light and sound installation for Sonos by SoftLab

http://www.creativeapplications.net/maxmsp/light-house-light-and-sound-installation-for-sonos-by-softlab/

 

Works

Matthew Biederman - Event Horizon

https://vimeo.com/42405832

 

4youreye

http://visualmusicarchive.org/artists/a/4youreye.html

 

Craig Allan

http://visualmusicarchive.org/artists/a/allan.html

 

http://www.lightrhythmvisuals.com

 

audiovisual academy

http://audiovisualacademy.com/avin/en/?nr=1

modules history

http://audiovisualacademy.com/avin/en/modules/history/

all modules

http://audiovisualacademy.com/avin/en/modules/

 

Generative Design

http://www.generative-gestaltung.de/about

 

Swedish VJ Union

Learning and Links http://www.vjunion.se/learning/

 

vizzable

http://zealousy.com/2011/01/vizzable/

 

video circuits blog

http://videocircuits.blogspot.co.uk

 

BOOK Art in cinema

http://visualmusicarchive.org/reading/r/art-in-cinema.html

 

music and media course current work

http://musikundmedien.net/en/projects/current/visual-music/

 

Using visualizations for music discovery

http://scwn.net/2009/10/27/a-magnum-opus-of-music-visualization/

 

visualizing music

http://www.ethanhein.com/wp/2011/visualizing-music/

 

Music visualization technique of repetitive structure representation to support intuitive estimation of music affinity and lightness

http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2230820

 

REAL-TIME MUSIC VISUALIZATION USING RESPONSIVE IMAGERY 

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/228788711_REAL-TIME_MUSIC_VISUALIZATION_USING_RESPONSIVE_IMAGERY/file/79e4150b69ad28c884.pdf

 

Algorithmic Dimension: A Digital Arts Masterclass with Ernest Edmonds, Manfred Mohr, Frieder Nake and Roman Verostko

http://www.seanclark.me.uk/blogpost.html?itemid=56256&listingid=37079&feedid=37080

SYMPOSIUM ON CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

The Symposium on Creative Technologies was held at the Science Gallery, TCD, on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 14:00 - 19:00.  There were many strands of research teams at Trinity College who are involved in research re creative technologies.  The ATRL had a team there to present in relation to Digital Arts.  Matthew Causey, director of the ATRL invited some of us DAH (Digital Arts Humanities) PhD students to present our research in the Digital Arts slot.

I was one of the presenters as well as Neill O'Dwyer, Sharon Phelan, Aidan Delaney.

Cobi and Emma were providing moral support.

I presented on Visual Music!

There were some really interesting presentations, in particular those from Neil, Sharon and Aidan.

For more information, there is an archive link here:

http://www.sciencegallery.com/events/2012/04/symposium-creative-technologies

Emma Meehan took this photograph of my presentation, she also took several more, which can be viewed on the facebook page -

LINK

Music and the Body - Symposium - Sonorities Festival 2012

TheTwo Thousand + TWELVE <<< International symposium focusing on music and the body >>>  took place in SARC (the Sonic Arts Research Centre) at Queens University, Belfast on Saturday 24th March, 2012.  Running alongside the symposium was the annual week long Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, which again focused on the theme of music and the body.

Link: http://www.qub.ac.uk/sonorities/symposium.html

Music and the Body Symposium

I attended the symposium and attended some of the 'open fader' concerts that were held in the SARC center on the sat (23rd) and sun (24th) March.  It was an incredibly interesting and exciting two days, at the cutting edge of technology, performance, music and the body.  Perhaps it gave me a glimpse into the future.

The idea that the body can emanate music through technology and to then use that body and in particular its inner workings to create musical material in a performance setting, is wondrous.  For me, it brings a mysterious element to the whole performance.  The speakers at the symposium all presented their way of accessing the inner workings of the body, the devices they build to transfer that information into musical material.  Even though the intervention is really very technological, its the ideas that were most fascinating.

Ben Knapp - The Ecosystem of Biosignal Interaction

Ben Knapp works with ways to measure emotion and empathy and that the data generated from these measurements drive the musical material.  He explained the artistic, engineering and scientific underpinnings of "the concept of an Integral Music Controller (a generic class of controllers that use the direct measurement of motion and emotion to augment traditional methods of musical instrument control" (source)

One performance video example he demonstrated of his performance with his Integral Music Controller was really fascinating.  The piece is called Stem Cells, with the music composed by Eric Lyon and Interaction Design and Performance by Ben Knapp.

As he sat on the stage and visibly displayed emotions and agitation and states of calm, which affected the data that was displayed on a projection screen beside him and affected the musical material.  Fascinating that the mysterious inner world of thought and emotion could provide such a variety of reactions that could be measured and used to control a music performance.   It is for the audience, like the 'invisible' controls the music.

Youtube Excerpt of Stem Cells Performance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snPCnPxoJk4&feature=player_embedded

Ben Knapp on body, signals, and energy

http://vimeo.com/2510192

Ben Knapp on body, signals, and energy from STEIM Amsterdam on Vimeo.

All papers were really integrated and followed similar and related themes.

Link: http://www.qub.ac.uk/sonorities/symposium.html

Open Fader Concerts

I went to the two Open Fader Concerts in SARC on the sat 23rd and sun 24th March, 2012.  Each concert was fascinating.  However, the two highlights for me were two performances that took place at the sunday concert, The Biomuse Concert (full programme link: http://www.qub.ac.uk/sonorities/full-schedule.html )

BioMusic Concert (Sonic LAB: 1.10pm)

Miguel Ortiz - Dentro

Marco Donnarumma - Music for Flesh II

Conor Barry - BeatBack

Samson Young - I am thinking in a room

Miguel Ortiz - Dentro was an brilliant and exhilirating performance, but all he did was sit on the stage, with subtle controllers attached, a darkened room, and the odd interjection of a video projection of the inner body on his torso.  Fully dressed in black, eyes closed for the full performance.

Miguel emanated a presence, a kind of expectation and performance presence, and yet all he did was sit on a stool with hands on knees, nearly in a meditative pose.  From these poses he performed himself and his inner emotions and physical body into states of calm, repose to states of agitation where you could see his shoulders move up and down.  He was generating these states himself, for an audience the changes were subtle but very perceivable and from these states, he was able to gather the data to generate musical material and wow how powerful that muscial material was as his states moved from calm to agititation, greatly helped by the power of the mutliple speakers  in the auditorium and the sheer physicality of some of the low frequencies, at times, I thought the cage that holds the sarc auditorium together might come apart, so powerful were the sounds.  Yet, Miguel was in the same pose.  This was one of the most thrilling performances I have seen in a long time and the potential for this, is immense.  The idea that ones inner bodies workings can emanate such sounds.

Website: http://www.miguel-ortiz.com/ I hope the Sonorities team put a video of this performance on the web soon and that this piece gets to have lots of performances, though Miguel looked visibily exhausted after the performance.

For details about the symposium, here is a link to follow:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/sonorities/symposium.html

Ben Knapp was the keynote speaker - and what a truly fascinating presentation he gave on his Music, Sensors, and Emotion research group work and performances.

http://www.qub.ac.uk/sonorities/ben-knapp.html

Music and the Body - Symposium - Sonorities Festival 2012

The 

Two Thousand + TWELVE

<<< International symposium focusing on music and the body >>>  took place in SARC (the Sonic Arts Research Centre) at Queens University, Belfast on Saturday 24th March, 2012.  Running alongside the symposium was the annual week long Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, which again focused on the theme of music and the body.

Link:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/sonorities/symposium.html

Music and the Body Symposium

I attended the symposium and attended some of the 'open fader' concerts that were held in the SARC center on the sat (23rd) and sun (24th) March.  It was an incredibly interesting and exciting two days, at the cutting edge of technology, performance, music and the body.  Perhaps it gave me a glimpse into the future. 

The idea that the body can emanate music through technology and to then use that body and in particular its inner workings to create musical material in a performance setting, is wondrous.  For me, it brings a mysterious element to the whole performance.  The speakers at the symposium all presented their way of accessing the inner workings of the body, the devices they build to transfer that information into musical material.  Even though the intervention is really very technological, its the ideas that were most fascinating.

Ben Knapp - The Ecosystem of Biosignal Interaction

Ben Knapp works with ways to measure emotion and empathy and that the data generated from these measurements drive the musical material.  He explained the artistic, engineering and scientific underpinnings of "the concept of an Integral Music Controller (a generic class of controllers that use the direct measurement of motion and emotion to augment traditional methods of musical instrument control" (

source

)

One performance video example he demonstrated of his performance with his Integral Music Controller was really fascinating.  The piece is called Stem Cells, with the music composed by Eric Lyon and Interaction Design and Performance by Ben Knapp.

As he sat on the stage and visibly displayed emotions and agitation and states of calm, which affected the data that was displayed on a projection screen beside him and affected the musical material.  Fascinating that the mysterious inner world of thought and emotion could provide such a variety of reactions that could be measured and used to control a music performance.   It is for the audience, like the 'invisible' controls the music.

Youtube Excerpt of Stem Cells Performance

Ben Knapp on body, signals, and energy

Ben Knapp on body, signals, and energy

from

STEIM Amsterdam

on

Vimeo

.

All papers were really integrated and followed similar and related themes.

Link:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/sonorities/symposium.html

Open Fader Concerts

I went to the two Open Fader Concerts in SARC on the sat 23rd and sun 24th March, 2012.  Each concert was fascinating.  However, the two highlights for me were two performances that took place at the sunday concert, 

The Biomuse Concert

(full programme link:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/sonorities/full-schedule.html

 )

BioMusic Concert (Sonic LAB: 1.10pm)

Miguel Ortiz - Dentro

Marco Donnarumma - Music for Flesh II

Conor Barry - BeatBack

Samson Young - I am thinking in a room

Miguel Ortiz - Dentro

was an brilliant and exhilirating performance, but all he did was sit on the stage, with subtle controllers attached, a darkened room, and the odd interjection of a video projection of the inner body on his torso.  Fully dressed in black, eyes closed for the full performance.

Miguel emanated a presence, a kind of expectation and performance presence, and yet all he did was sit on a stool with hands on knees, nearly in a meditative pose.  From these poses he performed himself and his inner emotions and physical body into states of calm, repose to states of agitation where you could see his shoulders move up and down.  He was generating these states himself, for an audience the changes were subtle but very perceivable and from these states, he was able to gather the data to generate musical material and wow how powerful that muscial material was as his states moved from calm to agititation, greatly helped by the power of the mutliple speakers  in the auditorium and the sheer physicality of some of the low frequencies, at times, I thought the cage that holds the sarc auditorium together might come apart, so powerful were the sounds.  Yet, Miguel was in the same pose.  This was one of the most thrilling performances I have seen in a long time and the potential for this, is immense.  The idea that ones inner bodies workings can emanate such sounds.

Website:

http://www.miguel-ortiz.com/

 I hope the Sonorities team put a video of this performance on the web soon and that this piece gets to have lots of performances, though Miguel looked visibily exhausted after the performance.

For details about the symposium, here is a link to follow:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/sonorities/symposium.html

Ben Knapp was the keynote speaker - and what a truly fascinating presentation he gave on his Music, Sensors, and Emotion research group work and performances. 

http://www.qub.ac.uk/sonorities/ben-knapp.html

Short Presentation on My PhD Research Topic - Visual Music

For the core module - History of Digital Arts, Matthew Causey and Rod Stoneman asked each of the Digital Arts PhD candidates on the DAH programme to prepare a short presentation on our PhD research topic, key ideas and influences presented on the 20th February 2012 in the ATRL, Trinity College, Dublin.  For this presentation, I prepared a powerpoint presentation on My Research is... Visual Music.

My Research is... Visual Music by Maura McDonnell, PhD candidate, Digital Arts and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin

Slideshow embed of powerpoint slide:

Maura McDonnell - Visual Music Research Topic

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Marcio Ambrosio - Oups

Marcio Ambrosio - Oups

Interactive Video Installation

2007

"Capturing and tracking camera, animated image integration and projectionCreated in 2007

Oups! was born from the wish to mix new technologies and classic animation in a playful and artistic way.  Each animated sequence has a script and the visitor interacts and transforms himself into an actor of this story.  When the visitor enters in a defined space, a camera records his image and projects it on a screen in front (like a mirror) in real size and time. The visitor sees himself integrated to an animation setting that follow his movements. He founds himself immersed in a creative universe of images and sounds.  The animation sequences that feed this universe are stored in a video library, new animations may be added to enrich the project. Oups! universe is playful and naive, accessible to all publics and ages."

Source: 

http://www.marcioambrosio.com/Oups

Video embed

Oups! Presentation Updated!

from

Marcio Ambrosio

on

Vimeo

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Architecture - SUBdv - Sonic Design Studio

"Designed as a rehearsal space for the Lee Konitz Nonet and Blue Seven Jazz ensembles, the design for the Sonic Studio rehearsal space was developed using the algorithmic digital modeling technique of geodetic sub-division. The configuration of ceiling acoustic panels produces multi-directional sound reflections from the variably sized and angled surfaces, creating a diffuse sound landscape within the room. These panels were fabricated using computer numerically controlled laser cutting technology. "

Source: 

http://www.subdv.com/architecture/?p=88

CREDITS subdv: Franklin Lee and Anne Save de Beaurecueil

Contractor: Garra Construcoes: Paulo Chang

Acoustic Engineer: Alberto Ranelluchi

Photograph: Rodrigo Schust

Website: 

http://www.subdv.com/architecture/?p=88

Internet Umbrella

SHO HASHIMOTO AND TAKASHI MATSUMOTO pileus: internet umbrella

This is so clever - what a wonderful idea to create an internet umbrella.

"Pileus is an umbrella connected to the Internet to make walking in rainy days fun. Pileus has a large screen on the top surface, a built-in camera, a motion sensor, GPS, and a digital compass. The current prototype has two main functions: photo-sharing and 3D map navigation.

The photo function is connected to a major web service: Flickr API. A user can take photo with a camera on the umbrella, and pictures are uploaded to Flickr in two minutes with context tags via a wireless Internet connection. User can also enjoy theirselves watching photo-streams downloaded from Flickr with simple operation of wrist snapping."

Source: 

http://www.pileus.net/

Vimeo Embed Demonstration

Pileus Internet Umbrella

from

Takashi Matsumoto

on

Vimeo

.

Pileus is the internet umbrella to make rainy days fun! Prod. by T. Matsumoto & S. Hashimoto. from Keio University.

pileus.net

Bruno Latour Talk - Science Gallery

I went to the Bruno Latour talk in the Science Gallery, TCD (Monday, 20th February, 2012). Thanks to Mathew Causey for telling us about it and it was Cobi's idea to drop by, we were both fired up from a very interesting DAH ARTS seminar in the ATRL.

It was quite amazing, after hearing about all the really interesting and exciting DAH Arts projects and the discussion on Castell and Slavoj Žižek texts that Mathew and Rod had set us to suddenly be sitting listing to Bruno Latour's talk and all the concepts and ideas he was discussing in relation to Gaia - (earth?). I was not familiar with his work but I was really fascinated and interested in all he said - much of the terms he used were new for me, and to be even listening to a talk about the cosmos, was new - but it was brilliant. The title of his talk was - Re-enacting Science.  Of course, the amazing collection of images of art works that explored the idea of cosmos and Gaia was brilliant.

http://www.sciencegallery.com/events/2012/02/bruno-latour-reenacting-science

A book he mentioned in the talk:

A Vast Machine - Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming by Paul N. Edwards http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=12080 

Mixed Media Page http://www.bruno-latour.fr/mixed_media

Articles Page http://www.bruno-latour.fr/article

Audio Palimpsest

"Audio palimpsest is an interactive sound-based installation which explores applications of indeterminacy and randomness in an interactive platform. Based on a reconfigured cassette recorder, Audio Palimpsest is meant to be viewed indoors, where upon interaction, it will start recording ambient sounds in the space and playing it back simultaneously. Over time and after multiple interactions, content of the magnetic tape builds up, layering previous recordings thus creating a palimpsest of sound."

source:

http://youtu.be/cxU-EA4sWO4

 Youtube embed

Futurism – Movement and Sensation

FUTURISM - MOVEMENT AND SENSATION
by Maura McDonnell

Futurism praised and glorified the energy, speed and danger of machines in art.  The futurists had disgust for and rebelled against the 'relics of the past' (interestingly these relics in museums were ok for the old, the disabled and prisoners - people with no future?).  The new beauty was not the old art of the past, such as the sculptor piece 'Victory of Samothrace', but the beauty of speed.

Victory of Samothrace

How was something so ephemeral and invisible to the eye as speed to be rendered in painting?
Something invisible but felt?

In the two painting manifestos and in particular the Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting, added to the futurist list of statements is the celebration of science - 'victorious science'.  Science could reveal what was hidden in nature and to our vision, x-rays had penetrated the 'opacity' and materiality of the body.  Chronophotography and the time-lapse photography of Eadweard Muybridge and Étienne-Jules Marey had provided a means of analysing and seeing movement via  an image by breaking down movement into a sequence of superimposed images, emulated then in futurist painting.

Giacomo Balla, Speed of a Motorcycle, 1913, Oil on Canvas
Invisible phenomenon to the eye such as motion, speed, movement could be revealed through photography and painting and therefore simulated in painting creating a sensation of movement.

Science also provided artists with new knowledge at the time about colour theory and how our eye mixed light.  These related to how the eye responded to light and vibrancy, in particular Michel Chevreul's theory of simultaneous contrast which influenced the divisionist technique in painting and as such divisionism was promoted by the futurists.  Divisionism a form of additive colour mixing, was considered to assist in creating vibrancy and luminosity in a painting.  Here, contrasting colours laid side by side create a new colour and one that is more vibrant than traditional colour mixing.

With such ephemeral, vibrant sensation sought in their paintings, more statements from their manifesto sum up their ideas.  'Movement and light destroy the materiality of bodies' and 'Our bodies penetrate the sofas upon which we sit, and the sofas penetrate our bodies. The motor bus rushes into the houses which it passes, and in their turn the houses throw themselves upon the motor bus and are blended with it'. It is then to this incredible painting that I end my presentation -  The Street Enters The House by Umberto Boccioni.




This very short writing on Futurism was prepared for a presentation on the History and Theory of Digital Arts Seminar on Thursday 8th February 2012, where Mathew Causey asked us to prepare a short presentation on one of a number of topics.  I chose Futurism as I have always been fascinated with the emphasis painters put on motion and sensation in their works.  This short presentation is based on three pieces of art work and based on reading the following futurist manifestos. The Futurist Manifesto by F. T. Marinetti, 1909 http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/T4PM/futurist-manifesto.html Manifesto of the Futurist Painters by Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini http://www.unknown.nu/futurism/painters.html Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting by Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini http://www.unknown.nu/futurism/techpaint.html

source images from:
http://musee.louvre.fr/oal/victoiredesamothrace/victoiredesamothrace_acc_en.html
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0e/Umberto_Boccioni_-_A_strada_entra_nella_casa.jpg/574px-Umberto_Boccioni_-_A_strada_entra_nella_casa.jpg