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Chloë Bass is an artist, curator and community organizer based in Brooklyn. She is the co-lead organizer for Arts in Bushwick (, which produces the ever-sprawling Bushwick Open Studios, BETA Spaces, and performance festival SITE Fest, which she founded. Recent artistic work has been seen at SCOPE Art Fair, CultureFix, the Bushwick Starr Theater, Figment, and The Last Supper Art Festival, as well as in and around the public spaces of New York City. She has guest lectured at Parsons, the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, and Brooklyn College. Other moments have found her co-cheffing Umami: People + Food, a 90 person private supper club; growing plants with Boswyck Farms (; and curating with architecture gallery SUPERFRONT ( Chloë holds a BA in Theater Studies from Yale University, and an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) from Brooklyn College.

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Last Saturday’s How to Destroy the Universe Part 6 at NIMBY was a smashing success. Rather than tell you all about it, here are some photos and video.

Chicken John flies and sings as he dodges bottle rockets! Who would have thunk it? In all seriousness, the dude was surprisingly nimble for his advanced age.

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Flame on (thank god for the proximity suits)!

Lit by a wall of flames

photo by Ed Rabbit

And a lovely video of our very own Slim putting up a noble effort to not get toasted while on the raver level of Dance Dance Immolation.

video by Ed Rabbit

And of an interview with Qarly of Corpus Callosum fame as I am getting suited up to be the next hunk of toast contestant.

video by Ed Rabbit

And a beautiful shot of the Life Size Mousetrap.

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University of Wisconsin School of Biomedical Engineering have developed a device that lets you tweet by the power of thought alone!!!. Putting aside the obvious jokes on “thinking before twittering” for the moment, this is exceptionally neat stuff.

The interface consists, essentially, of a keyboard displayed on a computer screen. “The way this works is that all the letters come up, and each one of them flashes individually,” says Williams. “And what your brain does is, if you’re looking at the ‘R’ on the screen and all the other letters are flashing, nothing happens. But when the ‘R’ flashes, your brain says, ‘Hey, wait a minute. Something’s different about what I was just paying attention to.’ And you see a momentary change in brain activity.”

Practically speaking, technology like this is exceptionally useful for persons with locked-in syndrome or spinal cord injuries. Between this and the Nerve-tapping Neckband, I look forward to not talking to any of you again.

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Here's Steven Johnson's TED Talk about The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic -- and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, "his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society."

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DNA 11 turns your unique genetic makeup into highly personalized art pieces. Now your DNA can be forever hung on mom’s wall with love. Sure beats that plaster handprint you made her in the second grade.

How it works:

The company sends you a collection kit so you can gather a sample of your DNA. Basically, you’ll need to swab the inside of your cheek and send it back to them. Sounds pretty simple, huh? The tough part is choosing from the wide array of options:

  • Single DNA portrait, or combine 2-4 people’s DNA in a single canvas
  • Variety of sizes and portrait types
  • 25 custom color combinations
  • Add your signature to your art piece
  • You can even download a digital copy of your art piece (use it as a screen saver, on your business cards, send it to friends, whatever) or choose the GenePak option that lets you identify specific genes on your portrait.

    Fingerprint and Kiss portraits are available too, as well as (get this) portraits made from your pet’s DNA. That’s right - dogs, cats, horses, even lizards and reptiles can get in on the action!

    If you’re a CSI:NY fanatic, you’ll be interested to know that a DNA 11 art piece was featured as a clue in one of their episodes.

    But what if you’re like me and paranoid about personal information? According to the company, all DNA samples are destroyed after processing and photography by their lab and an anonymous six-digit serial number/barcode (not your real name) is used to track your DNA sample, fingerprint or lip print. The image cannot be deciphered or reverse engineered and does not (and cannot) hold any forensic-level information.

    It’s not cheap, and the total process can take 4-6 weeks from the date they receive your sample, but at least now you can trade in that clichéd Ikea wall art for something with a bit more caché.

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    In a beautifully flawless prank, the Public Ad Campaign refaced over 120 illegal billboards in New York City. The billboards are illegal because the parent company never received permits and there are too many of them for the city to tear them all down. That means they are open game for public art!


    photo by unknown

    Bravo to all those fine folks in taking citizen action against the plight of illegal billboards. Now, here is a question for you all - are there illegal billboards in the Bay Area? If so where? Mail me at mastermind [at] thoughtpolice [dot] commercial.

    More Coverage: Barbara Celis, Wooster Collective, Gothamist, ANIMAL & Urban Prankster

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    San Francisco mint painted with 7 HD projectors

    Posted by Cory Doctorow, April 27, 2009 10:34 PM permalink

    Rhett sez, "This is what happens when you point 7 HD projectors on a building for advertising. Make the real world look like a video game."

    The old mint in downtown SF painted by 7 perfectly mapped HD projectors.(Thanks, Rhett!)

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    Anyone who ever asked me what to do in Paris has heard me rave endlessly about the Palais de Tokyo. That place makes other contemporary art museums and galleries look 'ringard', outdated and out of touch. The Palais is open from noon to midnight. An entrance won't entitled you to a 2 euros discount on a hefty glossy catalog. No, Sir, when you buy your ticket you are handed out a magazine with all the info you need to visit the exhibition and go further in the discovery once you're back home.


    Roman Signer, Parapluie, 2007. Courtesy: Art Concept, Paris

    The ongoing exhibition, GAKONA, is set under the aegis of Nikola Tesla and its name refers to a village in Alaska. Little more than 200 inhabitants live in Gakona. There's a service station, a small school, a post office, a couple of diners and a scientific research base: the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program.



    The researchers at the HAARP are studying the transmission of electricity in the uppermost portion of the atmosphere. But because of its military funding and the fears associated with electromagnetism, HAARP is surrounded by a cloud of controversy. Its forest of antennas has been accused of beaming electromagnetic waves that are extremely hazardous to human health, of disrupting climate, of having all sorts of influence on human behaviour and of being weapons able to disrupt communications over large portions of the planet.

    Made up of 4 solo exhibition (but only 6 artworks) by Micol Assaël, Ceal Floyer, Laurent Grasso and Roman Signer, GAKONA oscillates between fact and rumors, science and imagination.


    Roman Signer, Parapluies, 2009. Photographie: André Morin

    The icon of the show is Parapluies (umbrellas) by Roman Signer. Two Tesla coils charge up, approx. 5 minutes later an alarm sounds and a blast of electricity spectacularly lights up between the extremities of the umbrellas. I'm not going to delve on this one, have a look at this video or this one instead.


    Laurent Grasso, Haarp. Image by dalbera

    Now Haarp, by Laurent Grasso, is a sculpture clearly inspired by the aforementioned program, not only does it look like its model but its potential effects are invisible as well: are there waves passing through the antennas? Are they harmful? Should we be worried? How real is this?


    Chizhevsky Lessons, by Micol Assaël, is a gigantic generator of static electricity. The name of the artwork refers to Alexander Chizhevsky, a scientist who explored the correlation between solar activity and historical events such as wars and revolutions.

    Right before being allowed to approach the installation, you are warned that people wearing pacemakers or hearing aid and pregnant women should not go any further, advised that you should "avoid touching other visitors' faces, especially the eyes" and promised that the work would "load the body with static electricity." Thank you very much!

    What visitors experience is the unpleasantness of static electricity re-created artificially with a cascade generator, a transformer, copper plates, and wires that fill the space with negatively charged ions. The discharge only occurs when touching an object or person oppositely charged. Although the installation is not dangerous it definitely invites visitors to step out of their safety zone and explore uncontrollable physical, emotional and psychological experiences.


    GAKONA is on view until May 3 at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

    Photos of the exhibition. Image on homepage: Micol Assaël Chizhevsky Lessons 2007 Courtesy Galleria Zero, Milan Photo André Morin (via Canadian Art.)

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    A quick app I put together this morning as a response to Todd Vanderlin’s AR scratching ( ). The app uses the accelerometer of the ipod touch to control the speed of a ‘vinyl record’ on the ipod screen. Slowing down the record and speeding it up is just a matter of controlling how fast you spin the device.

    Made with openFrameworks.

    Next up scratching!

    Track is Full Clip by Gang Starr.

    Thanks to Zach Gage’s excellent ofxALSoundPlayer class!

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    On the subway yesterday I saw an ad for The Future Beneath Us, an exhibit at the New York Transit Museum and The New York Public Library. The joint exhibition is billed as "an illuminating look at the vast mega-projects that will bring New York City's underground infrastructure into the 21st Century and beyond." For those unable to visit the two venues -- The Science, Industry and Business Library’s Healy Hall, at 188 Madison Avenue, and the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central Terminal -- the online coverage is exemplary.

    [8-project map | image source]

    The eight projects are: 1) East Side Access 2) Second Avenue Subway 3) Fulton Street Transit Center 4) 7 Line Extension 5) Croton Water Filtration Plant 6) City Water Tunnel #3 7) Trans-Hudson Express Tunnel 8) World Trade Center.


    Photos and text trace the history and provide a glimpse of the future via renderings of stations, for example. The most well known is surely City Water Tunnel #3, "the largest and longest running capital project in New York City’s history and among the largest engineering projects in the world," running for a total of 60 miles (96km) at a depth of 800 feet (244m), though the Second Avenue subway is probably a close second. All of the projects illustrate the importance of underground infrastructure in serving the people and buildings above ground, but they also show that infrastructure is always an incomplete project, dependent upon technology, the evolution of the city and financial constraints.

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