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2006-05-09

Architecture_39

Entry: Landscape
Focus: Harvard P-REX



P-REX, the Harvard GSD Project for Reclamation Excellence, a multi-disciplinary research effort focusing on the design and reuse of post-mined landscapes.
LINK>>>>>
http://projects.gsd.harvard.edu/prex/

Art_47

Entry: LEDs
Focus: Judith Fegerl



Judith Fegerl's 'White Light,' a triptych of installations executed in red, green, and blue that isolates frequently overlooked quirks of vision. The first section, 'Read Only Memory,' employs a series of lasers to read information left on a collection of Fegerl's used contact lenses. The imprint of her eyes refracts the beams into patterns that are usually invisible. The second installation, 'Teardrop Floaters,' algorithmically translates the eye movements of viewers into simulations of the particles that drift across the wet outer layer of one's eye, abstracting a banal phenomenon into a dizzying performance. The final installation, titled 'Will-of-the-Wisp,' is a pitch-dark room filled with sporadically flickering LEDs. When each one turns on, viewers' eyes adjust to the glow. When they go out, a faint trace remains on their retinas, exploiting a typically-ignored form of physical memory to draw elaborate patterns. Fegerl's attention to the biological systems that underpin visual media insists that the body is a necessary factor in any critique of contemporary Technologies.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.judithfegerl.net/

Design_23

Entry: Portal
Focus: Neural


Hacktivism E-music New Media Art.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.neural.it/

Design_22

Entry: Festival
Focus: Noise



NOISE is an arts and media festival for all young people. From now until 31st May 2006 you can submit your work for the Noise media showcase in October 2006.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.noisefestival.com/

Technology_37

Entry: Algorithmic
Focus: Complexification



Born in 1973 to William and Suzon Davis Tarbell in the high altitude desert city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, he was first introduced to personal computers in 1987. Jared's interest in computation has grown in direct relation to the processing power of these machines.
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http://www.complexification.net/

Book_19

Entry: Mediascape
Focus: Community Media



While transnational conglomerates consolidate their control of the global mediascape, local communities struggle to create democratic media systems. This groundbreaking study of community media combines original research with comparative and theoretical analysis in an engaging and accessible style. Kevin Howley explores the different ways in which local communities come to make use of various technologies such as radio, television, print and computer networks for purposes of community communication and considers the ways these technologies shape, and are shaped by, the everyday lived experience of local populations. He also addresses broader theoretical and philosophical issues surrounding the relationship between communication and community, media systems and the public sphere. Case studies illustrate the pivotal role community media play in promoting cultural production and communicative democracy within and between local communities. This book will make a significant contribution to existing scholarship in media and cultural studies on alternative, participatory and community-based media.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521796687

Technology_36

Entry: Algorithmic software installations
Focus: Shirley Shor



While nature often presents us with a balance between beauty and mathematical complexity, many artists spend their entire careers chasing after this formula. San Francisco-based Israeli artist Shirley Shor's work is as visually stimulating as it is conceptually nuanced. In her algorithmic software installations, videos, and photos, Shor demonstrates that the emergent trends of 'data visualization' and artistic number crunching need not be separated from emotional, historical, or cultural content. The artist generally begins a project by writing a code that metaphorizes concepts like conflict, identity, or language and uses it to program real-time generative 'behavior' on the part of pixels. The result is an ever-engaging conflation of modernism and Duchampian surrealism, in which hard lines, rotoscopes, and geometric anomolies coalesce in constantly evolving animations.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.shirleyshor.net/

Book_18

Entry: Analysis
Focus: Precedents in Architecture



A revision of the architectural classic on design analysis "Precedents in Architecture, Third Edition" provides a vocabulary for architectural analysis that illuminates the works of leading architects and aids architects and designers in creating their own designs. Thirty-one leading architects are represented in this updated "Third Edition" in examinations of more than 100 structures assessed through a diagrammatic technique that is applicable to any structure. This impressive collection includes sixteen new buildings and eight innovative architects distinguished by the strength, quality, and interest of their designs. Readers will find valuable guidance in analyzing architectural history as an evolutionary process by exploring the commonality of design ideas reflected in a broad range of structures by internationally renowned architects. Both novices and seasoned professionals will find "Precedents in Architecture, Third Edition" a very useful tool for enriching their design vocabulary and for the ongoing assessment of buildings found in today's evolving landscape.
LINK>>>>>
http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0471479748.html

Art_46

Entry: Video
Focus: Michael Bell-Smith



There is a lot of art out there that cobbles together timely social critique from classic video game and web imagery. But Michael Bell-Smith's videos, with their stylized colors, mini narratives, and figurative elements, have more in common with traditional painting than nostalgic digital bricolage. The artist's first solo show, entitled 'Focus Forward,' is now up at New York's Foxy Production Gallery, and the work on view typifies his painterly style. Displayed on an all-black version of a Pac-Man cocktail table, his figurative work, 'Birds Over the Whitehouse,' features colored blips circulating over a maze-like schematic of the famous home.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.foxyproduction.com/exhibition/view/475

Design_21

Entry: Publisher
Focus: Episode



Books on architecture & urbanism photography art design
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http://www.episode-publishers.nl/

Music_20

Entry: Festival
Focus: Maerzmusik



MaerzMusik, festival of contemporary music under the roof of Berliner Festspiele, has housed the richly contrasted dialogue between the different currents and positions within the worldwide spectrum of contemporary music for five years. Two complex and closely linked subjects will make up the thematic strands of its closely woven 2006 programme of 30 projects, including a number of first performances, commissioned works, German first performances, four new musical theatre productions, four orchestral works, chamber concerts, solo recitals, exhibitions, intermedia performances, and Sonic Arts Lounge.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.maerzmusik.de/

Music_19

Entry: Festival
Focus: Kill Your Timid Notion



Kill Your Timid Notion is a festival hewn from DCA´s collective passion for experimental music.
LINK>>>>>
www.killyourtimidnotion.org

Book_17

Entry: Cultural Production
Focus: Engineering Culture



A collection of essays and examples of contemporary cultural practices, the second in the DATA browser series. Social change does not result from simple resistance to the existing set of conditions, but from adapting and transforming the technical apparatus itself. Walter Benjamin in his essay, The Author as Producer (1934), recommends that cultural producers intervene in the production process in order to transform the apparatus—to act, in effect, as engineers. But can this method be applied today, when production, consumption and circulation operate through complex global networks served by information technologies’ Can the optimism of involvement be maintained when technology operates in the service of capital in ever more insidious ways’.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.autonomedia.org/node/view/39

Book_16

Entry: Cultural Production
Focus: Economising Culture



Great mix of contributors including Esther Leslie Cutting-edge critical theory - includes an analysis of the film 'The Yes Men' Explores how & why new technologies - like the internet - have changed the relationship between mass culture and high art Focuses on the economics of cultural production - the power relation between producers and consumers The interaction between culture and economy was famously explored by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer. They coined the term 'Kulturindustrie' (The Culture Industry) to describe the production of mass culture and power relations between capitalist producers and mass consumers. Their account is a bleak one, but one that continues to be relevant, despite being written in 1944. Today, the pervasiveness of network technologies has contributed to the further erosion of the rigid boundaries between high art, mass culture and the economy, resulting in new kinds of cultural production charged with contradictions. On the one hand, the culture industry appears to allow for resistant strategies using digital technologies, but on the other it operates in the service of capital in ever more complex ways. This book is the first in the new DATA browser series. The series presents critical texts that explore issues at the intersection of culture and technology. The editorial group are Geoff Cox, Joasia Krysa, Anya Lewin, Malcolm Miles, Mike Punt & Hugo de Rijke.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.autonomedia.org/economisingculture

Art_45

Entry: Platform
Focus: Interstices



‘Interstices’ combines a series of programmes within the ground floor, allowing general public, skaters, and artists to inhabit the space simultaneously. To achieve this synchronicity the various components must be able to be used for different purposes at different times and dates throughout their duration. The main concourse, which acts as a safe and accessible viewing platform and route through the objects, doubles as a stage during concert performances. This snaking walkway passes through around and over the main space objects, which act as both skating arena and public auditorium for the viewing of live music, DJ’s and artwork. This use of space is analogous with the way modern cities often function, and lead us to explore the left over spaces and areas between built form and public space; the interstices. It is these interstices that are often used by skateboarders, who subvert the programme. The edge of a stone step, the under croft of public buildings or a stainless steel handrail are reused to enable the activity of skateboarding to flourish. We were able to incorporate items and details of a city into the programme but manipulate scale, materials and form.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.interstices.co.uk/

Science_54

Entry: Human Endeavour
Focus: Institute of failure



Situated on the ungraspable border between deadpan irony and high seriousness, The Institute of Failure dedicates itself to the documentation, study, and theorisation of failure as it occurs in all aspects of human endeavour.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.institute-of-failure.com/

Art_44

Entry: Media
Focus: Stephen Vitiello



Stephen Vitiello is a sound and media artist. In his work, he is particularly interested in the physical aspect of sound and its potential to define the form and atmosphere of a spatial environment.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.stephenvitiello.com/