Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:00Trombe from Patrick Saint-Denis
Patrick Saint-Denis’ Trombe via triangulationblog.com
A work that evolves around a relationship between an object from the real world and a solo instrument, using live audiovisual processing and simple robotics. The interactions between the object and the instrument is oriented in order to have the multiple significations of the object “transfer” themselves on the music.
In this work, a special attention is given to the spatial qualities of the video projection by integrating the performer inside of it. Finally, a “trombe” in French is a very active storm carrying large amount of water.
See more at patricksaintdenis.com
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 11:00Chapuisat Brothers’ Métamorphose d’impact #2
Chapuisat Brothers’ Métamorphose d’impact #2 for Le LIFE at Le Grand Café Saint-Nazaire. France:
In LiFE, installation Metamorphosis impact # 2 turns slowly, lurking in the semi-darkness, dizzying. Strange transplant suspended loving object and stimulates analogies concretion pixelated, vessel weightless iceberg embedded, lost meteorite, volcano spilled … Cryptic, this body sculpture – a skull?
Invites the public to explore her intimacy when trying experience, the visitor discovers a golden crater, a sealed cell with a diffuse-bass throb. As if the Brothers had Chapuisat captured in this tiny space telluric energy treasure, and all the original light, timeless. – Eva Prouteau (translated from original)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 11:00Hong Kong’s Colossal Skyscrapers, Photographed
Michael Wolf’s Architecture of Density, in which he examines the size and patterns of Hong Kong’s massive skyscrapers, is on view at Flowers Gallery in London through February 22, from we heart.co.uk.
Land is a finite resource, and there are few places where the pressure is on so acutely than in Hong Kong. Restricted by its island geography, the city’s solution to a rising population has been to build upwards, and Hong Kong now has more skyscrapers over 150m tall than any other city in the world. Michael Wolf has lived there since 1994, and has seen the rapid growth in people and buildings first hand.
Architecture of Density is the photographer’s examination of the city and its buildings, one in which the context is largely removed and the scale is only understandable when viewed in relation to itself. Repeating patterns in the architecture overwhelm, while in others we see evidence of human interaction with their megalithic homes – clothes draped over balconies for example, as ingenuity maximises the potential of every surface. Flowers Gallery on Cork Street, London, is hosting the exhibition until 22 February, and there is a monograph being launched in conjunction with the show, called Hong Kong Trilogy, published by Peperoni Books.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 10:01TARDIS Alarm Doesn’t Go VWORRRRRP VWRORRRP VWORRRP
Motion sensors are pretty useful — but they’re just so darn ugly! Well — if you’re a Whovian — maybe this hack is for you. A 3D printed TARDIS Motion Sensor Alarm!
[Malcolm] has a home security system that uses a series of motion sensors to detect movement in the house. When movement is detected an indicator LED turns on, and a wireless signal is sent to the main control system. So after discovering a nice 3D model of the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) on Thingiverse, he decided to see if he could hack one of his motion sensors to fit inside of it instead.
As it turns out, it was as simple as removing the sensor’s external shell, 3D printing a few support pieces inside of the TARDIS, and soldering on a bright blue LED to replace the dinky indicator light. Simple, but effective!
Don’t forget to check out the following video. Allons-y!
Sadly, it doesn’t go vworrrrp. Fun fact though, the groaning, wheezy sound the TARDIS makes was originally achieved by dragging a house key down the bass strings of an upright piano. There was a bit of post-processing, but apparently the essence of it is still used today!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 10:00Neon Sculptures by Keith Sonnier
When the sculptor Keith Sonnier arrived in the late 1960s, he was identified with other young radicals like Richard Serra, Eva Hesse, Bruce Nauman and Lynda Benglis as “Post-Minimalist,” a catchall term that immediately wrote them into history books. The label was meant to distinguish them from their slightly older, Minimalist contemporaries, including Sol Lewitt, Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, all of whom used inflexible materials for impersonal, geometric objects manufactured by others.
“Elysian Plain + Early Works,” a buoyant show of his wall-mounted neon works (some new, some vintage) at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea, maps his trajectory from the ephemeral to the durable, a path elevated by the artist’s suggestive wit.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 09:00The ARK by Romain Tardy & Squeaky Lobster
The ARK by ANTIJV’s Romain Tardy and Squeaky Lobster, a site specific installation for Proyecta Oaxaca at the Ethnobotanical garden of Oaxaca, Mexico:
The Ark is a site specific installation, commissioned by and presented during Proyecta Oaxaca, festival de diseño y artes digitales.
The Ark is built around the cacti that line the Aljibe, at the heart of the Ethnobotanical Garden of Oaxaca.
Adopting a poetic approach, The Ark gives voice to the garden’s plants, participants in the work, the beating heart of the space and an unpredictable choir.
Telling their story, revealing their fantasised and fantastical character, The Ark is the mise-en-abîme of the trail. A three part audio-visual installation, it unfolds like a movie set in space, in which the wandering spectator plays the role of the camera.
More info at antivj.com
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 08:00OMG who stole my ads? by Etienne Lavie
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 07:00Introducing the SquareWear Mini, with its Chainable Color LED Matrix
[Ray] just tipped us about his latest project: the SquareWear Mini, which basically is an improved version of the SquareWear 2.0 that we featured a month ago. For our readers that may have missed it, the SquareWear is essentially a wearable Arduino platform running at 3.3V and 12MHz. Both versions are based on an ATMega328 microcontroller running the V-USB library to provide USB connectivity, put together with diverse onboard peripherals.
As you can see in the picture above, the Mini includes 2 N-MOSFETs, one temperature sensor, one light sensor, a 16KB EEPROM memory, one buzzer, a one cell LiPo battery connector together with one charging controller, and finally a power switch (USB/battery). It is supposed to be 25% smaller than the SquareWear 2.0 and is optimized to work with a WS2812B-based 5×7 RGB LED matrix that [Ray] also designed. The latter can easily be cascaded in X/Y directions with other LED matrices in order to expand the overall display.
At last, [Ray] created a software to design animations and upload them to the SquareWear . A presentation video of the complete system is embedded after the break and you can download all the design files on GitHub.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 07:00What Will You Leave Behind?
Nino Sarabutra’s WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE BEHIND?
Nino Sarabutra has filled the gallery floor with more than 100,000 miniature porcelain skulls and invites you to walk on them. Entering the gallery, every step you take you will be treading on the skulls, unavoidably. In truth, each step we take brings us one step closer to our own demise, yet we never know which will be our last.
Nino asked a range of people to help create the skulls – friends, family, neighbors, students, workers etc. While making them, they were asked to contemplate their life and think about what they will leave behind.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 07:00Elisa Kreisinger FRAMED! The attack on fair use and digital artists on the Internet #fairuse #mashups
Created by the first Eyebeam/Public Knowledge joint artist-in-residence! Elisa Kreisinger FRAMED! The attack on fair use and digital artists on the Internet:
Kianga Ellis Projects is pleased to present the first solo exhibition for Pop Culture Pirate, Elisa Kreisinger. Framed! The attack on fair use and digital artists on the Internet features Kreisinger’s videos Picasso Baby, I’m Feeling 22; Mad Men: Set Me Free (with Marc Faletti) and Mad Med: Don Loves Roger alongside her new Fair Use(r) series of paintings.
Provoked by her experience battling YouTube’s Content ID system, Framed! is a defiant gesture by Kreisinger to reassert her creative autonomy within a sympathetic art context. As conceptual artworks, the Fair Use(r) paintings point to how private agreements between copyright holders and hosting platforms undermine the safe guards for fair use built into the law and cripple creators’ rights to distribute digital art works online. The material physical presence of the paintings emphasizes the unique challenges facing artists working in the digital realm and presenting work on the Internet as compared to artists working in traditional media, such as oil on canvas, and presenting work in brick and mortar galleries.
Each of the paintings on view at the gallery, 1:18 Iconic TV, 0:01 Canal Plus, and 1:50 Lionsgate, depict the exact frame of the artist’s videos that triggered a potential copyright violation notice on YouTube. Once identified and flagged by YouTube, the work’s fate is in the hands of the claimants who are empowered to block, track or place ads over the artist’s original fair use art works.
Kreisinger recently examined fair use and artists’ rights online as an artist-in-residence at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center in partnership with Public Knowledge, the Washington, D.C.- based consumer rights organization involved in intellectual property law, choice in the digital marketplace, and an open Internet. She is a featured artist at the Eyebeam 2014 Annual Showcase from January 16 – February 1, 2014 on view at Eyebeam’s headquarters at 540 W. 21st Street, NY, NY 10011….
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 06:01El Claustro form Penique Productions
Penique productions EL CAUSTRO from Cut Out Fest at Museo de la Ciudad Querétaro, México, November 2011:
Penique productions travelled to México as guest of the Cut Out Fest animation festival in order to carry out an intervention in the city of Querétaro where the festival is held. The project took place at the Museo de la Ciudad, located in the former Convent of San José de Gracia, and consisted of completely covering the building’s cloister.
The light transformed the piece depending on the time of day. In strong sunlight, the installation was deep blue inside and the architecture that enveloped it was tinted a shade of sky blue. At night, the warm artificial light used in the gallery around the inflatable piece and the spot light installed in the central fountain outlined the volumes in darker shade of blue.
See more at peniqueproductions.com
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 04:01Cobalt RaQ Retrofit Help Geek Up Your Entertainment Center
Even network engineers who toil away in hot server rooms (which aren’t actually all that hot because they’re well climate controlled) deserve nice things. That’s why Cobalt came out with these gorgeous front bezels for their rack mounted equipment… around twenty years ago. [Geekmansworld] is reviving the look, but he’s not hiding it away in a server rack. He scrapped the guts and used the front bezel and controls as part of his media server.
His first new addition to the case was a pair of hard drives which connect to an eSATA hub also stored in the enclosure. He buttoned it up and gave it a test run. Everything worked smoothly and he hopes that it will continue that way without overheating when the summer rolls around again.
Of course a dead front bezel is no fun so he cut off the portion of the original circuit board which hosts the buttons seen on the right. These buttons now connect to a U-HID board which turns the button presses into mouse or keyboard inputs using a USB connection. The original display was swapped out for a backlit character LCD. The LEDs to the left are a refit which turns the status indicators into a VU-Meter. See the entire thing at work after the break.
Filed under: home entertainment hacks
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 02:04Radically Cheap: The Story of Pat Delany, Open Source Machine Tools Advocate
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 01:18Drones Gone Mild: Introducing the Drone Social Innovation Award
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 01:00Python With Braces
If there’s one thing about Python that’s slightly disconcerting, it’s the complete lack of braces, or as they’re called in American English, suspenders. A feature of every variety of C, Java, PHP, Perl, and a whole bunch of other very powerful languages, braces make things more legible and don’t rely on precise indentation. [Ruby] and [Eran] have come up with a way to use these punctuation marks with Python in a project they call Python with Braces.
As its name implies, Python with Braces doesn’t care about indentation: you’re free to make you code extremely ugly, or write your code properly in K&R style. Each line is terminated in a semicolon, and blocks of code with only one statement don’t require curly braces, just like C and Java.
Right now [Ruby] and [Eran] have a Windows installer with an OS X package on its way. Executing a Python with Braces script only requires executing it with a ‘pythonb’ executable instead of the normal ‘python’ executable.
Filed under: Software Development
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 00:25Valentine LED Chaser
The object of your desire will not be able to resist this heart shaped kitsch-o-tron, lovingly hand-crafted on perfboard with a CD4017B decade counter and 555 astable. But you probably can't go wrong with flowers and chocolates as well. Just to be on the safe side.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 00:00House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s Women in Scientific Careers Report
New report from the UK on women in scientific careers.
Many attempts have been made to improve the under-representation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers in the UK. Yet currently only 17 per cent of STEM professors are women. It is astonishing that despite clear imperatives and multiple initiatives to improve diversity in STEM, women still remain under-represented at senior levels across every discipline. One compelling reason to tackle this problem is that the UK economy needs more STEM workers and we cannot meet the demand without increasing the numbers of women in STEM.
There is no single explanation for the lack of gender diversity in STEM; it is the result of perceptions and biases combined with the impracticalities of combining a career with family. Scientists often consider themselves to be objective and unbiased, yet studies have shown that scientists are susceptible to the same biases as the rest of the population.
Therefore we have recommended that diversity and equality training should be provided to all STEM undergraduate and postgraduate students. It should also be mandatory for all members of recruitment and promotion panels and line managers.
Early academic STEM careers are characterised by short term contracts, which are a barrier to job security and continuity of employment rights. This career stage coincides with the time when many women are considering starting families, and because women tend to be primary carers, they are more likely than men to end their STEM career at this stage. We call on the Government to work with the higher education sector to review the academic career structure and increase the number of longer-term positions for post-doctoral researchers. We have found that what benefits women benefits everyone in the STEM workplace.
Emphasis is often placed on inspiring young girls to choose science, which is commendable, but such efforts are wasted if women are subsequently disproportionately disadvantaged in scientific careers compared to men. The Government recognises the importance of gender diversity in STEM, but its efforts appeared to be largely focused on encouraging girls to study STEM, with little focus on enabling them to stay and progress in STEM careers. We were disappointed that BIS spending dedicated to improving diversity in STEM was virtually halved in the 2010 Spending Review and we recommend that the Government should monitor the effects of its policies on cutting and “mainstreaming” diversity funding.
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 23:30Dr. Brassy Wants to Keep an Eye on You
One of the defining tropes of the steampunk community is that the term is allowed to mean whatever you want it to mean. Steampunk is that strange place where costuming and subculture overlap and intermingle. Dr. Brassy Steamington, occasionally referred to as Kimberlee McDermott, has been a punk since the term was coined—long before it found footing in the American lexicon.
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 23:00Car-Crushing Mechanical Claw #robotics
Christian Ristow, winner of the Backyard Genius Award, uses his experience as an artist and animatronics designer for the movie industry to create a car crushing mechanical claw. via Popular Mechanics
Our top prizewinner spent years dreaming of the perfect way to crush cars by hand. In 2007 Christian Ristow, an artist and former animatronics designer for the movie industry, demonstrated his first working incarnation of the Hand of Man at a robotics festival in Amsterdam. Much of his time since then has been spent re-engineering and refining the design of the 27-foot-long hydraulically actuated appendage, exhibiting more and more capable crushers at a series of public venuesÂ. Ristow’s latest mechanical steel limb has 90-degree wrist rotation and improved mobility in the finger joints. It is powered by a 90-hp Perkins 1104C-44T four-cylinder diesel engine and is controlled through a glove worn by the operator. At demonstrations, that operator is usually a random member of the audience. “I’ve built other large-scale radio-control robots for shows over the years, but I always felt like I was the one having the most fun,” Ristow says. “This democratizes the crushing power.”
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 22:3810 Lovely DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas