Favorite Posts

Thumbnail
Nina Katchadourian's The Recovery Channels consists of footage from loose video tape collected off the streets of New York starting in 1998. The video tape is often found hanging in ribbons from trees, wrapped around lampposts, around fire escapes, on traffic islands etc. After being meticulously cleaned, restored and wound back into cassette shells, the footage is digitized and each "find" of tape becomes one of the "recovery channels." The viewer then uses a remote control to channel surf this television which contains cast off, unwanted, or perhaps shamefully thrown away material. The Recovery Channels comprises over 14 hours of footage on 38 different channels. The diverse material includes a Chinese action movie, hip hop videos, a ballet, an educational video on geriatric depression, an episode of Barney, and professional as well as amateur pornography. Videotape is gradually disappearing as VHS players become exinct in favor of digital technologies, and so The Recovery Channels also serves as a kind of local urban archeology.
Television, laptop, remote control, 16 hours of footage transferred from collected videotape, 2005.
Thumbnail

Jordan Crandall is an artist, theorist, and performer based in Los Angeles.  He is Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego.  His video installations, presented in numerous exhibitions worldwide, combine formats and genres deriving from traditional cinema as well as military and surveillance culture, exploring new regimes of power and their effects on subjectivity, sociality, embodiment, and desire.  His most recent video installation, HOTEL (2010), produced in advanced, 4K high definition technology, probes into the realms of extreme intimacy, where techniques of control combine with techniques of the self.  He is the 2011 winner of the Vilem Flusser Theory Award, given by the Transmediale, Berlin, and the Vilem Flusser Archive.  He is also the founding editor of the new journal VERSION.  He is currently developing a new body of work that blends performance art, political theater, philosophical speculation, and intimate reverie.  The work, entitled UNMANNED, explores new ontologies of distributed systems  -- a performative event-philosophy in the form of a book and a theatrical production.  

Thumbnail

UNDER FIRE is an ongoing art and research project that explores militarization and political violence. It delves into the structural, symbolic, and affective dimensions of armed conflicts: the organization, representation, and materialization of war.

Thumbnail

Synaptic Bliss: Villette is a 4 channel video/audio installation that presents a re-composed techno garden that evokes the seasons and the cycles of life. It is a world halfway between organic and digital, where the subtle play on scale blurs the boundaries between the microscopic and the microscopic, as well as between interior and exterior.

 

 

Thumbnail

Anthony Aziz and Sammy Cucher have been collaborating on and exhibiting digital photography, sculpture, video and architectural installation works since 1991. They live and work in New York City.

Considered pioneers in the field of digital imaging, Aziz + Cucher have exhibited their work in major museums and institutions both in the US and abroad.

They are both members of the Faculty at Parsons School of Design, New York.

For more information on Anthony Aziz and Sammy Cucher visit:

http://www.azizcucher.net

guest post by Burstein!

how to destroy the universe

photo by Audrey Penven

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.

how to destroy the universe

photo by Audrey Penven

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.

how to destroy the universe

photo by Audrey Penven

This is a blog post from Laughing Squid.



For more content like this, subscribe to the RSS feed, Twitter & FriendFeed.

Photos & Video of How to Destroy the Universe Part 6 at NIMBY

Related posts:

How to Destroy the Universe: Part 6 - Featured Artist: Interpretive Arson

Chicken John Survives Bottle Rocket Attack at How To Destroy the Universe #6

How to Destroy the Universe: Part 2

How to Destroy the Universe: Part IV

How To Destroy The Universe: Part 5

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.

    DNA 11

    ---
    Related Articles at GadgetGrid:


    guest post by Burstein!

    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.

    via Wired Science & New Scientist

    This is a blog post from Laughing Squid.



    For more content like this, subscribe to the RSS feed, Twitter & FriendFeed.

    Researchers Create a Device Allows You to Post To Twitter Using Thoughts

    Related posts:

    Tweetburner, Helping You Shorten, Post and Track URL’s on Twitter

    Kindle, A Wireless Reading Device From Amazon That Uses EVDO

    Device Art Forum

    Pomegranate NS08 Phone, The Ultimate All-In-One Device

    Mooninite Device Installers Apologize For Scaring Boston


    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."






    guest post by Burstein!

    public-ad-campaign

    art by Ji Lee, photo by unknown

    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!

    public-ad-campaign

    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

    via Urban Prankster

    This is a blog post from Laughing Squid.



    For more content like this, subscribe to the RSS feed, Twitter & FriendFeed.

    Public Ad Campaign Takes Over Illegal Billboards in New York City Streets

    Related posts:

    Dueling Billboards, Responding to the God Billboards

    Wil Wheaton Takes His Son & Friends Through D&D Campaign

    Reverend Billy Is Running For Mayor of New York City

    The Lost Tribes of New York City, Inanimate Objects Find Their Voice

    Illegal Soapbox Derby 2007 on Bernal Heights Hill