Stephen Cady - UIC School of Art and Design

From the telegraph to modern live satellite feeds, a flattening of time and space has occurred via technologies concerned with communication and media. This occurrence prompted Paul Virilio to speculate upon the concept of chronoscopic time, a viewpoint based upon the speed of light as a replacement for prior conceptions of the passage of time chronologically. In his formulation, a new realization utilizing the photographic metaphor of underexposed - exposed - overexposed is substituted for the recognizable past - present - future structure.



TTSM*typewriter tracklog sewing machine
Alejandro Duque - European Graduate School, Switzerland

Tracing connections between our daily life activities and the technologies that surround us, both the analogic and the digital ones can make us understand and see the map and the thread connecting it all. Or, will that maybe make us even more confused?

So, one walks the city carrying a g.p.s unit. As usual, one records few places and events (sensible data) a derive of one day long that will generate a tracklog with few waypoints. If a laptop is taken to the trip and via the use of the cities open wireless networks one can send the data over the internet to a computer terminal. This way, the data will pass to an arduino board in charge of controlling an electrical typewriter machine and a sweing system (to be built). The goal will be to print and thread the events. Even though it can be done in some sort of real-timelyness, this is not the main issue, since the logs can be replayed and interpreted by the typewriter "ascii" and the needle afterwards. The print- threaded out material will resemble a long un-ending roll of paper (like those of the firts fax machines). It can be looped back into the system or left open ended. Often threading has been related to life, manual as mecanical threading is meditation and can help represent the rythm (speed, direction and even thoughts and feelings towards a place). The typewriter is the story teller that in conjunction with a needle will mark a timeline in an attemp to resemble those experiments that preceded many of the present "inventions".



A Thin Well Illuminated Specimen That is Close to You and Me
Jenny San Martin and Eric Crosby - University of Wisconsin, Madison

Using Flash Video a piece was creaed that documents a process of analysis.



Drawings by mail
Mike Godwin - University of California, Santa Barabara

The Drawings by Mail project began in March of 2006 when I invited my students to visit to request a drawing. They discovered a plainly designed page that read simply, Hello Mike, please send me a drawing of ________. A click of the submit button, a polite thank you and they would (eventually) receive their drawing, sent to whatever address they supplied. In the words of An Ear to the Ground one of the blogs that contributed to 1000 submissions in the first week of July the site is No hitches, no tricks, just good ole' fashioned drawing.

The page was quickly swept up in the strange currents of the internet as requests came in from India, China, England, and Canada. Patterns of requests began to emerge: zany animals, koan-like impossibilities, shaggy dog everything-and-the-kitchen-sink requests. As the drawings were sent out stories began to come back bringing with them more requests. I originally thought of this project as a collaboration with the requesters, and quickly realized that the internet itself is just as much a collaborator: affecting the frequency and distribution of the requests as well as the spirit and direction of the entire project.



The Bono Probability Positioning System version 2 : Google Bono
Conor Mcgarrigle - NCAD, Dublin

We know that for a visitor to Dublin an important attraction is the possibility that they may see U2 frontman and international celebrity Bono. The Bono Probability Positioning System version 2 Google Bono (beta) utilises Dublin's extensive surveillance camera network in conjunction with facial recognition software, Google Maps and advanced probabilty techniques to allow visitors to determine the probability of seeing Bono in any of the most probable locations in Dublin's city centre in real time.

Google Bono is a Google maps mashup incorporating live traffic camera imagery from Dublin's extensive network of surveillance cameras bringing together the ubiquity of urban surveillance with the cult of celebrity into another overhyped web2.0 application we didn't know we needed but now can't do without.



Vholoce: Weather Visualiser

Walter Nelson - Griffith University in Australia

Combining meteorological science, net technologies and digital artwork, Vholoce: Weather Visualiser uses real-time weather data to create a series of net art visualisations. The weather visualiser lets the user choose cities from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Each city¹s current weather conditions (numbers representing temperature, humidity, pressure, wind and weather description) are then loaded into five different visualisations ? Prose: Poetics, Animated, Molecular, Abstract: Noir, and Video. The visualisations are intended to artistically interpret weather conditions as well as creating new methods of understanding weather data, because artwork should be inspired by our surroundings. The site uses those surroundings in the form of live, real-time weather data, to create beautiful, kinetic and sometimes funny artworks that change with the weather.

All photos by Brian Sweeney, copyright 2006






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