The Recognition Amplifier (Famous Machine). A machine capable of increasing the fame of of a human being placed inside it. Research abandoned due to physical danger.
"Last winter I came back to New York City after living five years abroad. I rented an apartment in Brooklyn and took the subway often. Everyone is in transit, except the officers. I approached one and asked him to search me. I began to accompany this officer on many of his nighttime posts. He was not sure if he could trust me, and I was not sure if I should trust him. We continued to meet despite this.
I kept record of our meetings and logged them in different forms." Jill Magid
"Urban Attractors and Private Distractors" will explore custom and behavior in relation to culturally determined understandings and distinctions between concepts of public/private and inside/outside in physical space/cyberspace. Eng’s project will include local workshops and online collaborations with groups of young people in NYC.
From 2001-2002, the Environmental Protection Agency collected extensive environmental data from the World Trade Center site and nearby areas in Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey. The EPA no longer publishes daily summaries. For their Social Sculpture Commission, Preemptive Media, a collective of artists, activists, and technologists, will develop portable AIR (Area’s Immediate Reading) kits designed to measure and record exposure to pollutants over the course of a day. These kits will collect data on major pollutants in the area such as carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen dioxide, lead and noise. The resulting data and creative visualizations will be accessible and free to the public through a website and visitor center in Lower Manhattan. Preemptive Media’s AIR kits, and resulting website and visitor center, will be an alternative and self-monitoring system created to be maintained and used by the people who live, work and visit the area.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and Eyebeam announce the arts collaborative Preemptive Media as recipients of the 2005 Social Sculpture Commission (SSC). Through the upcoming year, Preemptive Media will prototype portable air quality measurement kits and work with the community to build and deploy the kits, monitor various air pollutants in Lower Manhattan, as well as create data visualizations of their findings. This project and the SSC are intended to develop a new process oriented, socially based artwork that integrates the community into the creation and presentation of the work and affects the world around them. This is the inaugural Social Sculpture Commission, offered jointly by LMCC and Eyebeam.
The Social Sculpture Commission
The Social Sculpture Commission was created to support interdisciplinary, socially engaged art works that feature creative practitioners working collaboratively with the community. The concept of Social Sculpture was coined in the 1970's by Joseph Beuys to refer to creative acts that engage with the community and respond to the world around them. Thinking of the artistic practice as participatory, these ideas were rooted in the belief in the collective versus the individual and the engagement of a larger community into the creation and presentation of the work. Eyebeam and LMCC conceived of this commission to explore how contemporary artists/ collectives are exploring and translating this concept through contemporary technologies and means of communication.
¨There was much climbing over and under various obstructions, but the line felt amazingly serene. It was like a secret world above all the traffic and the noise… The next time you are walking down in Chelsea, think about the secret world above your head. It's worth keeping the line just so people can dream about it.¨
--Jake Dobkin, 2002 (comments from one of many grass-routes websites documenting the High Line in words and images)
Liisa Roberts, a recipient of the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Commission, will work with Eyebeam's Production Studios to create a series of short films based on individual New Yorkers' experiences and visions of the long abandoned, elevated, west-side railroad line, known as the High Line. The films will attempt to document the unique personal significance the High Line has held for many residents as a kind of secret garden, at a time when the High Line's identity and physical structure are being transformed into that of a public venue.
In previous projects such as the sound installation 'Sidewalk,' created for ArtPace in San Antonio, TX in 1999, and in the community based multi-media project 'What’s the Time in Vyborg?' initiated in 2000, Roberts has worked with the representation of subjective factors which shape a community's perception of urban monuments.
In this project, Roberts would like to help preserve private histories of those who have encountered the High Line in the past, to create a living archaeology that will allow visitors to the renovated Line to experience the site in uniquely personal ways. Her collaborators will be selected from people who attend High Line community meetings. The short films they create will give form to a fleeting sense of connection to place, which is part memory, part fiction and part wishful projection, to give public expression to the undocumented history of a New York City landmark.
Aperture focuses on the ways sound and light affect spatial perception. Multi-channel sonic textures, generated from recordings of existing spaces, encircle the space of the installation. A low-hung rear-projected ceiling is used not as a display, but as a light source, describing arcs of motion, intensity and color. Transitions between audiovisual textures echo transitional places in architecture, places that deal with changes in scale, use, material and motion. By contextualizing these changes of sound and light in physical space, Aperture enables visitors to gain a greater awareness of the composition of their individual perceptions of space.
Flatland; Seminal Events, More Or Less is a found-footage video assembled from clips culled from Rick Prelinger's online archive of ephemeral film. In addition to traditional montage-editing techniques, the piece will be assembled through extensive compositing and rotoscoping work in the pursuit of creating a fluid narrative. The Prelinger Archives contain a vast number of educational, corporate, commercial, amateur, and military films from a bygone era. The piece is an attempt to demonstrate the potential of alternative media outlets, such as open-source media, sampling, and the spread of intellectual property through the internet.
FORWARD is a whimsical 3D animated piece about life. A single figure is projected onto the four walls of a room, running in a continuous loop. He moves forward as we do through time. He walks and skips along at an easy pace until suddenly pummeled by a meteor. At first dismay and fear prevent him from moving forward, but he gathers courage and faces into a storm of meteors, at times struggling to move at all. When the storm lightens, he is able to move forward again. This same cycle repeats itself, mirroring the ups and downs we face in our own lives.
PleaseSpam.Us (PSU) is a web 2.0 based collaborative filtering project and voting system that encourages people to submit email addresses and vote on whether those addresses are worthy of attracting spammers. If an address receives enough "votes", it is then placed on the front page of the website which is built with the intention of attracting "SpamBots" that will eventually deliver messages to those implicated. The project attempts to critically re-examine the proliferation of electronic communications systems such as email that are built to facilitate instantaneous communication between people as well as to question the advent of collaborative filtering (used by sites like DIGG and all of the "DIGG copycat sites" and "Reputation Systems") as found on many commercial and community oriented sites. The ultimate intention with the project is to explore the tensions of utilizing spam as a cultural and social tool to encourage the debate of how these social systems often work to polarize opinions and pigeonhole debate into specified channels. Instead of voting on general topics of interest which is the focus of these types of sites, PSU is focused on giving a collaborative voice to bringing the abuse of email as a mass broadcasting system into public attention and discussions. The project is also meant to expose the methods and ways Spammers are using to find people's email addresses for spamming and implicate ways of stopping this from happening.
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Audio Apace, 2005