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Turbulence Artists’ Studio: “Data_Sea” by Michael Takeo Magruder

Turbulence Artists’ Studios: “Data_Sea” by Michael Takeo Magruder,
with Drew Baker and David Steele
and at Thinktank Planetarium and Futures Gallery (Birmingham, UK)

The televised broadcast of the Berlin Olympics in 1936 was humanity’s first media transmission powerful enough to pass through Earth’s ionosphere and travel into deep space. From that point in time our signals have radiated into the universe, creating an ever-expanding globe referred to as Earth’s Radiosphere. In the 73 years since that defining moment, our communications have reached nearly two thousand other known star systems.

“Data_Sea” is a real-time virtual environment based upon this relationship between broadcast media and astronomy. The core geometry of the artwork is directly derived from the actual positions of all catalogued star systems residing within the Radiosphere. Obtained from current astronomical databases such as the Hipparcos star catalogue, these scientific measurements have been translated into a three-dimensional structure constructed in VRML (Virtual Reality Modelling Language).

Each star system’s basic properties affect its aesthetic manifestation within the virtual realm. Star type is represented by shape, with normal stars appearing as full spheres, ‘failed’ stars (brown dwarfs) as incomplete spheres and ‘dead’ stars (white dwarfs) as compressed crosses. The stellar nodes are connected to a central spherical body (representing our solar system) by line structures that are coloured according to spectral class of the individual stars. Systems that are known to contain exoplanets are surrounded by concentric ring structures.

Live media from the BBC world news service is streamed into the environment. The virtual elements are textured with images from today’s events, while layers of live audiocasts are blended into a persistent soundscape. These mediated reflections of the present are in constant flux, forever shifting as they drift into an endless sea of virtual space.

“Data_Sea” is a Thinktank production for the International Year of Astronomy 2009. The project was made possible with funds from Arts Council England and generous support from King’s Visualisation Lab, Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King’s College London and ParallelGraphics.


Michael Takeo Magruder is an artist and researcher in King’s Visualisation Lab, King’s College London. His work uses emerging technologies, including high-performance computing, mobile devices and virtual environments, blending Information Age technologies with modernist aesthetics to explore the formal structures and conceptual paradigms of the networked, digital world. His work has been showcased in over 200 exhibitions in 30 countries, including the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, EAST International 2005, Georges Pompidou Center, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau. His work also regularly appears in international New Media festivals such as Cybersonica, CYNETart, FILE, Filmwinter, Rencontres Internationales, SeNef, Siggraph, Split, VAD and WRO. His artistic practice has been funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Arts Council England, The National Endowment for the Arts, USA and public galleries in the UK and abroad, as well as by commissions from leading Internet Art portals and

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Open Call: ZER01’s Visual Design Competition

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ZER01 Announces “Build Your Own World” Visual Design Competition

ZER01 is inviting emerging designers from around the globe to interpret the theme for the 2010 01SJ Biennial, “Build Your Own World.” The competition kicks off today, April 1 and closes May 29. Winners will be announced June 30.

To find out more, visit ZER01’s new website, which officially launches today. Let us know what you think and while you’re at it, spread the word about the competition!

“Contemporary Scenography Festival: Crash!Boom!Bau!

From May 1st – 17th 2009, Theaterhaus Jena / Germany.
– a festival for the scenographical arts

in co-operation with the AA in London, the C3 in Budapest and the Stage Studio of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

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New! New! New! Crash! Boom! Bau!
At the Bauhaus, ?New? was the word of the hour. One wanted to change the world to the better, with all perfection: new cities, new tea pots, new man, and certainly also: a new theatre!

The stage workshop at the Bauhaus was an unique laboratory of the performative. With great complexity, Bauhaus-master L?szl? Moholy-Nagy described, what it was all about: ?The sensible demand for today is: a true organization of form and motion that is deemed equally important and on the same plane with the acoustic and optic (electric) phenomena we can currently produce, not one abusing motion as a medium for literary and emotional events.?
Quite complicated, but: new!

One experimented with space, with apparatuses, with machines, and mechanisms. Walter Gropius: ?Every art wants to shape space!? Oskar Schlemmer presented a ?Figural Cabinet?, Kurt Schmidt a ?Mechanic Ballet?, and Moholy-Nagy a ?Light-Space-Modulator? – for the first time in 1923 as a ?Mechanic Cabaret? at the theatre in Jena.

The Crash! Boom! Bau! Festival celebrates 90 years of the Bauhaus with a new and up-to-date theatre, guest performances and own productions, with artistic installations and workshops. All projects focus on the a special way of dealing with space, with the stage, with the relation between action and perception, and with interdisciplinary approaches between stage design, media art, and architecture. The festival as a laboratory!

And: we expand! In collaboration with the Architectural Association London, a temporary structure is created on the public square in front of the theatre building – a new place for play and encounter, to expand our theater. This addendum calls: come on in, here is something new!

New! New! New! Crash! Boom! Bau!

The festival Crash!Boom!Bau! is funded in context of the project “Scenography Now!” by the German Cultural Foundation and in the context of the project “bauhaus lab” by the EU culture program.

BOOK FEATURE: New Media in the White Cube and Beyond – Curatorial Models for Digital Art

New Media in the White Cube and Beyond
Curatorial Models for Digital Art
Edited by Christiane Paul

An Ahmanson-Murphy Fine Arts Book
University of California Press, December 2008

This anthology addresses the challenges of curating, presenting, and preserving new-media art˜artworks that use digital technologies as media and emphasize process over object. As an art form that is inherently time based, dynamic, interactive, collaborative, customizable, and variable, new media art challenges the traditional art world’s customary methods of presentation and documentation as well as its approach to collection and preservation. Featuring contributions by prominent practitioners˜institutional and independent curators, theorists, and conservators˜this volume addresses the conceptual, philosophical, and practical issues of both curating and presenting new-media art.

Editor’s Introduction

I. Positioning New Media Art and Curatorial Models
1 Charlie Gere, New Media Art and the Gallery in the Digital Age
2 Sarah Cook, Immateriality and its Discontents–An Overview of Main Models and Issues for Curating New Media

II. Interfacing New Media
3 Christiane Paul, Challenges for a Ubiquitous Museum: From the White Cube to the Black Box and Beyond
4 Steve Dietz, Curating Net Art: A Field Guide

III. From Object to Process and System
5 Joasia Krysa, Immaterial Production, Self-Replicating Systems, Re-Distributed Curating
6 Jon Ippolito, Death by Wall Label

IV. Autonomous Cultural Zones
7 Sara Diamond, Participation, Flow, and the Redistribution of Authorship: The Challenges of Collaborative Exchange and New Media Curatorial Practice
8 Patrick Lichty, Reconfiguring Curation: Non-Institutional New Media Curating and the Politics of Cultural Production

V. Case Studies
9 Beryl Graham, Serious Games
10 Patrick Lichty, (re)distributions: PDA, Information Appliance, and Nomadic Arts as Cultural Intervention
11 Caitlin Jones and Carol Stringari, Seeing Double: Emulation in Theory and Practice
12 Tilman Baumgärtel, Hans D. Christ, and Iris Dressler, games. Computerspiele von KünstlerInnen (games. computer games by artists)

Call for Submissions: Solo Mujeres 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition

“Future Landscapes Designed by Women”
“Paisajes del Futuro Diseñados por Mujeres”
Exhibition Dates: February 20 – March 27, 2009
Deadline: January 9, 2009
Juried by MCCLA gallery curator

Solo Mujeres Exhibition titled: “Future landscapes Designed by Women”, “Paisajes del Futuro Diseñados por Mujeres” is requesting women artists to submit artwork that some how expresses “How do you as a woman and a creator envision our times yet to come, what landscapes are you designing and how do you see yourself in these times of change? All media will be considered for jurying including but not limited to paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, fiber art, new media, conceptual art, video and artists’ books.

More Info
415 821 1155

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Oil Consumption to Drop for First Time in 25 Years | Wired Science from

The world’s population will use less oil this year than it did last year, according to a new forecast from highly-regarded International Energy Agency.

Global oil demand hasn’t dropped since 1983 when the world’s developed economies were struggling on the tail end of a recession. This time around, it’s not just the old, big economies that are struggling. China, which has experienced the greatest boom in history, appears to be in economic trouble.


Australia plans to test Web filter – International Herald Tribune

SYDNEY: The Australian government plans to test a nationwide Web filter that would require Internet service providers to block access to thousands of sites containing illegal content.

The proposed filter is part of a 125.8 million Australian dollar, or $82 million, “cyber-safety plan” begun in May with the goals of protecting children and stopping adults from downloading content whose possession is illegal in Australia, like child pornography or terrorist materials.


Major brands try to make friends on Facebook – International Herald Tribune

SAN JOSE, California: For some time, Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest advertiser, has been dipping its big toes into the vast pool of Facebook, now the world’s largest social network. I recently knocked on the doors of both companies to hear how the experiment was going. Neither was inclined to say much.

Independent experts on Web advertising have been watching, however, and what they see is a myriad of difficulties in making brand advertising work on social networking sites. Members of social networks want to spend time with friends, not brands.


This holiday season, technology over trust – International Herald Tribune

NEW YORK: When the figurine of the baby Jesus disappeared last year from a Nativity scene on the lawn of the Wellington, Florida, community center, village officials did not follow a star to locate him.

A GPS device mounted inside the life-size ceramic figure led sheriff’s deputies to a nearby apartment, where it was found face down on the carpet. An 18-year-old woman was arrested in the theft.

Giving up on old-fashioned padlocks and trust, a number of churches, synagogues, governments and ordinary citizens in the United States are turning to technology to protect holiday displays from pranks or prejudice.


Le film d’un suicide assisté relance le débat sur l’euthanasie en Grande-Bretagne – Médias – Le

En Grande-Bretagne, l’affaire relance le débat sur la mort assistée. Peter Saunders, le directeur du groupe Care not killing, qui milite contre la légalisation du suicide assisté au Royaume-Uni, dénonce une “tentative cynique de faire grimper l’audience”. Cette émission “glorifie le suicide assisté alors qu’a lieu une campagne très active du lobby pro-suicide pour relancer le débat au Parlement”, dit-il. “En choisissant de diffuser ce film, Sky Television a franchi d’une façon irresponsable une nouvelle étape sur la pente glissante du voyeurisme de l’euthanasie”, estime l’association dans un communiqué.


Una manifestación P2P a las puertas de la sede del PSOE · ELPAÍ

Según Compartir es bueno, la página web desde donde se promueve la protesta, la elección del lugar no es casual: “Creemos que el Gobierno del PSOE está manipulando la opinión pública y criminalizando una herramienta como las redes P2P (eMule, Torrent) que, lejos de destruir la cultura como ellos sugieren, la expande y democratiza, creando una biblioteca pública y universal”.


Google quiere su propia web rápida · ELPAÍ

La apertura de un canal preferente resulta polémico, y más teniendo en cuenta que Google siempre ha defendido la igualdad en la Red, que queda recogida en una de las normativas de la Comisión Federal de las Comunicaciones, el organismo regulador de EE UU. De ahí que no se haya llegado a un acuerdo, puesto que podría verse incumplida la normativa del mercado estadounidense.


Interview with JooYoun Paek — Rhizome

JooYoun Paek builds small, object-based responses to urban life, transforming the aches and pains we customarily suffer, at the hands of the metropolis, into novel sites of reflection, social courtesy, and rest. The artist’s humorous, insightful approach bespeaks her familiarity with her subject; she was raised in Seoul, Korea, and moved to New York in 2005 to attend NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Fresh from her recent participation in “Untethered,” at Eyebeam, and “Design and the Elastic Mind,” at MoMA, JooYoun caught up with me at her LMCC Workspace Residency studio, on the twenty-ninth floor of the Equitable Building in Manhattan’s Financial District. – Tyler Coburn


São Paulo: Survival – we make money not art

I arrived yesterday in São Paulo and i still have to recover from the shock. This is the new Berlin, the new New York, the new ‘i’ve never seen such an exciting place before.’

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European Court rules against British policy on suspects database – International Herald Tribune

LONDON: The European Court of Human Rights ruled unanimously Thursday that Britain’s policy of gathering and storing the fingerprints and DNA of all criminal suspects – even those who turn out to be innocent – is a violation of the human right to privacy.

The ruling, handed down in Strasbourg, was a severe blow to the law-enforcement policies of the Labour government, which has led Europe in aggressively collecting and retaining personal information on its citizens. Using strong language, the court declared itself “struck by the blanket and indiscriminate nature” of the police’s policy of holding DNA material indefinitely in its database.

———- Takes Questions – The Caucus Blog –

You’ve got questions?

The Obama transition team might have an answer.

A new feature on President-elect Barack Obama’s transition Web site,, which allows users to submit questions and then vote on the ones they most want answered, went live on Wednesday.


Seen on Craigslist: The Online Market for Senate Seats – Economix Blog –

Ah, bribery in the age of the Internet. This sort of feels like a Shouts & Murmurs piece.

Found on the Washington classified ads site:

Slightly used Senate Seat – $500000 (WDC)
Reply to: [?]
Date: 2008-12-09, 9:58PM EST


Student Who Created Facebook Group Critical of Teacher Sues High School Over Suspension | Threat Level from

A former Florida high school student who was disciplined for “cyberbullying” a teacher on Facebook is suing the school principal on allegations of violating her free speech rights.

The case highlights the legal challenges facing courts and school administrators as they grapple with campus civil order and free expression in an online world.


MIT: Your Meteorologist Needs an Army of Drones | Wired Science from

Flying drones aren’t just for firing rockets at unsuspecting enemies anymore.

By using swarms of sensor-laden flying robots, a team of MIT scientists says they can improve weather predictions — extending the accuracy of forecasts to as many as five days.


Le Figaro – High-Tech : Un virus menace 120 millions d’utilisateurs de Facebook

Koobface ne touche pour le moment qu’un infime pourcentage d’utilisateurs de Facebook, martèlent les responsables du réseau social, comme pour rassurer les quelque 120 millions d’internautes possédant un profil. Mais les sociétés de solutions anti-virus sont formelles : le pourcentage est en augmentation et le virus se propage rapidement.


La Nintendo DS da otro paso al convertirse en libro electrónico · ELPAÍ

La DS ya había explorado nuevos públicos con sus títulos de ejercicios intelectuales, de cocina o cursos de idiomas. Ahora se lanza a por la lectura. El programa que se ofrece incluye exclusivamente títulos libres de derechos, la mayoría clásicos de la literatura inglesa de autores como Shakespeare, Dickens o Wilde, así como algunas traducciones de Víctor Hugo o Verne. Existían ya programas no oficiales que permiten utilizar la DS (que cuesta alrededor de 150 euros) como una modesta agenda, y leer textos en formatos sencillos como el .txt, pero sólo funcionaban a través de las tarjetas que permiten acumular contenidos en la pequeña consola, de legalidad un tanto dudosa.


Lanzan el primer navegador ‘web’ para afroamericanos · ELPAÍ

¿Tiene sentido crear aplicaciones exclusivas para un determinado grupo social? La respuesta podría ser que sí y ejemplos hay unos cuantos: no es lo mismo Keteke, que Facebook, que Tuenti o que MySpace… En cada una de estas redes sociales se mueve un tipo de internauta distinto y, quienes usan varias, suelen adoptar roles distintos en cada una.

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Wired News – AP News

BOSTON (AP) — The music industry’s courtroom campaign against people who share songs online is coming under counterattack.

A Harvard Law School professor has launched a constitutional assault against a federal copyright law at the heart of the industry’s aggressive strategy, which has wrung payments from thousands of song-swappers since 2003.


Five Gadgets That Were Killed by the Cellphone | Gadget Lab from

Next: The Notebook

It will take some time, but it’s easy to imagine the cellphone completely replacing the laptop for mobile use. Sure, we might keep one at home for work, but the cellphone already does most of what our notebooks do. We can listen to music, play movies and use the internet. One day, those big old, battery-sucking computers will be an amusing relic.

Ironically, these future phones might be lacking the one thing that gave them their name — a phone. When fast data connections are ubiquitous, voice traffic will inevitably be sent over the internet.


Critic’s Choice – New DVDs – D. W. Griffith –

A few decades ago Griffith was most famous — or perhaps most notorious — for having made “The Birth of a Nation.” This 1915 Civil War film did much to convince the world that motion pictures were an exciting, articulate new form of expression, but at the same time perpetrated hateful stereotypes of blacks and celebrated the Ku Klux Klan as a heroic force.

More recent scholarship has concentrated on Griffith as one of the great form-givers of early cinema. His work — particularly in the years 1908-9, as documented in Tom Gunning’s essential book “D. W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film” — contributed several major elements to the evolving capacity of movies to tell a story.


How hackers were thwarted at the Beijing Olympics | Tech News on ZDNet

The security team behind the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games has revealed how it found the real risks hidden within the millions of alerts received every day.

Faced with 12 million alerts per day, the team at the Games’ worldwide IT partner, Atos Origin, used in-house risk-management technology to reduce the alerts to just 90 critical alarms, focusing on the most serious risks.


2,800-Year-Old Monument to the Soul Is Discovered in Turkey –

In a mountainous kingdom in what is now southeastern Turkey, there lived in the eighth century B.C. a royal official, Kuttamuwa, who oversaw the completion of an inscribed stone monument, or stele, to be erected upon his death. The words instructed mourners to commemorate his life and afterlife with feasts “for my soul that is in this stele.”



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