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Drawing Contemporaries

Opening reception: Thurs., May 21, 6PM – 8PM

Drawing Contemporaries, curated by Eyebeam senior fellow Michael Mandiberg, is an exhibition of works on paper made by a peer group of new media artists who all make drawings, either as a primary object, or as an experimental step in their process. The artists often use computers or algorithms as a logic structure or drawing aid in a way that is foregrounded in these works. Many of these artists are Eyebeam affiliated, but all are contemporaries whose influences upon each other can be traced in this exhibition.

Darren Kraft uses powdered graphite to photorealistically reproduce icons and logos associated with consumer and political culture; Eyebeam senior fellow Steve Lambert and Julia Schwadron write personal and poetic messages of hope which they leave taped up in public places; Michael Mandiberg uses the laser cutter to etch and carve works on paper that incorporate text, history and design; Marisa Olson performs Google image searches for obsolete technologies, and traces their contours directly off her laptop screen with a mechanical pencil; and Lee Walton creates elaborate indexes of possible graphic marks which are algorithmically used to document events as they occur. His subjects range from from pedestrian traffic to sports games.

Drawing Contemporaries will remain on view through June 9, 2009



MAKE was at the ITP Spring Show 2009 earlier this week. This is a compilation video of just some of the cool projects that were on display. Later in the week I will be writing about some of my favorite projects in more detail.



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In my other life, I am a teacher at Hunter College.  For the past 2 semesters I have been teaching a class called Tools & Techniques in the IMA program in the Film & Media department.  This semester, as my students’ final project, they have made a series of videos that we will be showing at Monkeytown on the 19th of this month.  I’ve been watching these films evolve and they look great, so I’m sure it will be a good time.

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If you are in the area next Wednesday at 8, stop by and watch a few of them.

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Resident artist Jon Cohrs has created a device for striking it rich by prospecting for oil in the city center. Using old metal detectors, hydrocarbon sensors, locative media, and hype, this project combines a DIY aesthetic, basic accessible electronics, and pop culture to re-invigorate urban exploration and prospecting. Riding on the coat tails of the current subculture of prospecting and the historical precedent of the Gold Rush, the aim is to encourage a tongue-in-cheek urban oil rush.

Instructions on how to make the device will be made available online, and news of oil strikes in cities around the world will be projected as a Twitter feed in the gallery space. The device is both a real technological accomplishment, and an artistic 'conceptual object' which challenges us to reassess our greed and dependence on oil. http://urbanprospecting.net is a featured project on Instructables.com

The project is a result of Cohr's winning a Futuresonic 2009 Art Award Commission.

If you've got big ideas, could use a little time and money, not to mention support and inspiration, to create a visionary project, then go apply to our Summer/Fall Residency.  This is the last week of the cycle!

Residents are granted a $5,000 stipend and 24/7 access to Eyebeam's state of the art digital design and fabrication studios at their Chelsea facility.  Come work with us!

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Opening reception: Thurs., May 21, 2009, 6PM – 8PM

Drawing Contemporaries, curated by Eyebeam senior fellow Michael Mandiberg, was an exhibition of work on paper made by a peer group of new media artists who all create drawings, both as a primary object and as an experimental process. For many of the artists, the use of computers and algorithms are the focus in their work. While a number of the artists are Eyebeam affiliated, all are contemporaries whose influences upon each other can be traced in this exhibition. Drawing Contemporaries was on exhibit May 21 - June 9, 2009.

Darren Kraft uses powdered graphite to photorealistically reproduce icons and logos associated with consumer and political culture; Eyebeam senior fellow Steve Lambert and Julia Schwadron write personal and poetic messages of hope, which they leave taped up in public places; Eyebeam senior fellow Michael Mandiberg uses the laser cutter to etch and carve works on paper that incorporate text, history, and design; Marisa Olson performs google image searches for obsolete technologies, and traces their contours directly off her laptop screen with a mechanical pencil; and Lee Walton creates elaborate indexes of possible graphic marks which are algorithmically used to document events as they occur. His subjects range from pedestrian traffic to sports games.

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Irregular Incurve: The Robot Ribcage Keytar Is Odd But Beautiful

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Irregular Incurve started as an attempt to design a new acoustic instrument puny humans couldn't wrap their hands or mouths around—the result is a robot dinosaur rib cage that plays music. It's mezmerizing:



It uses a MIDI input device and plays twelve different tones, though it can be tuned so it can play different kinds of music. [Irregular Incurve at ITP]

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Star Wars Soundboard

The official Star Wars website has released a web-based soundboard where you can combine a series of sounds and quotes from Star Wars on two channels. While simple for now, Star Wars promises many more features to come. Even without the features, I was able to put together a deep meaningful dialog between Princess Leia and Chewbacca that made my inner 12-year-old giggle (with the help of a timely “Nooo!” from Luke).

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Greek authorities ban Google Street View camera cars over fears of becoming a 'Big Brother' society

Highlighting a growing fear among Greeks of the threat posed by "creeping" new technologies, Athens's data protection agency has prohibited vehicles manned by Google's Street View drivers from the country.

The all-powerful watchdog said the search engine would have to provide "additional information" and concrete guarantees that the service was not an invasion of personal privacy before expanding the programme to Greece.

"We are not going to allow our country to become a Big Brother society," said one agency official, who asked not to be named.

Additional information would include telling the agency how long it planned to keep images taken by Street View vans and what steps it would take to alert residents of their rights if they were liable to be photographed.

Advance warnings by the drivers of camera-equipped Google cars were inadequate and not enough to fend off fears of intrusion of privacy, the authority said.

In part as a legacy of seven years of harsh military rule, Greece has draconian rules around protecting private data – edicts that for years have made it extremely hard for governments to install state-of-the-art monitoring technologies. The abolition of CCTV cameras – although a relative rarity in Greece compared with the UK and other EU states – was a major demand of protesters when violence erupted in the country last December.

Asked whether the clampdown on Google Street View was an extreme measure – given that it is legal to take photographs in public places across Greece – another watchdog official said: "Photographs are not normally made available globally, and therefore there is no risk of violation of personal data."

The Greek agency also prohibited a rival surveillance service operated by ISP Kapou, a Greek company, saying its images posed a similar threat.

Echoing a widespread view, Yannis Papadopoulos, a Greek leftist who agreed with the watchdog's precautionary stance, said: "Privacy as a concept or even word may not exist in our language but all this snooping is simply Orwellian. We won't let it pass."

Google insisted that protecting privacy was a priority for the street-mapping service it launched in the US two years ago and which is now operational in nine countries.

"Google takes privacy very seriously, and that's why we have put in place a number of features, including the blurring of faces and licence plates, to ensure that Street View will respect local norms when it launches in Greece," the company said.

A "dialogue" with the Hellenic Data Protection authority was ongoing, it said.

"We believe that launching in Greece will offer enormous benefits to both Greek users and the people elsewhere who are interested in taking a virtual tour of some of its many tourists attractions."

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In terms of gift ideas, this one really stinks (boys, don’t surprise your special ladies with this). But if you’re planning a few keggers this summer, this custom-printed toilet paper is sure to garner some laughs.

Available through Carlberg Design, your toilet paper can now capture everything from funny quotes to your company’s logo (probably not the greatest idea) to pics of your boss (how therapeutic) and even your ex-wife (wow, someone’s bitter).

Or just stick with the tried & true “World’s Crappiest…(you fill in the blank)” version.

Each custom roll of 1-color toilet paper is individually shrink-wrapped and costs a cool $12 if you order 4 or less. If you order more, it’s cheaper, but how many rolls of custom-printed toilet paper does a person really need? You can also mix & match designs.

This isn’t your crappy (sorry) commercial-grade TP either. Designs are printed on 2-ply, facial quality, biodegradable paper.

They even take rush orders. You know, for those crazy times when custom-printed toilet paper is a must.

via Liquid Shirts

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