星期四, 9月 27, 2007

The Microwave television

From Gizmag (click title for link to this news)
September 4, 2007 One of the first kitchen appliances to have an integrated LCD was LG’s much celebrated refrigerator which began show appearances seven years ago and though it was a star in its day and is still around in a subsequent design, it still strikes us as something for people with more money than tech savvy. At IFA in Berlin, the Holland Electro Wave TV made its first appearance. The Wave is the work of a dutch designer Marcel Wanders who has designed a whole range of kitchen appliances for the Dutch consumer electronics company. While the product in the press handouts looks impressive, HE showed what appeared to be a prototype at IFA and quite frankly, they shouldn’t have because it looked like exactly what it is – two different consumer electronics products bolted together. Convergence is happening, but the only problem with fusing two quite different CE products together is that you’ll find one of them out of date before the other. Whatsmore, for EUR500 (US$680) you can buy two different products that aren’t joined at the hip and do the same jobs – and you’ll be able to take your portable media player a whole bunch of places other than the kitchen.

星期二, 9月 25, 2007

A romance in lower mathethics

I, the squibble, am left untouchable,helpless and imperfect all long.

A world without advertisement


The Department for Image Science is pleased to announce two scholarships

covering half-tuition for the course starting in Nov. 2007!

Goettweig Scholarship for MediaArtArchiving:
This scholarship supports artists and scientists, who are interested in
the field of media art history. Especially welcome are applicants, who want to deal with aesthetic and documentary aspects in relation with the phenomenon of interaction and its connection to media art and its history.

Closing date for submission: Oct 10th, 2007.

Rudolf Arnheim Scholarship:
The Department for Image Science considers this scholarship as possibility to deal as regards content with the scientific work of the recently deceased art historian and cognition psychologist Rudolf Arnheim and his meaning for Image Science.

Closing date for submission: Oct 10th, 2007.

Further Information:


(Low residency; English language)
The postgraduate program MediaArtHistories conveys the most important developments of contemporary art through a network of renowned international theorists, artists and curators like: Steve DIETZ, Erkki HUHTAMO, Lev MANOVICH, Christiane PAUL, Paul SERMON, Edward SHANKEN, Gerfried STOCKER, Jens HAUSER, Oliver GRAU and many others.

Artists and programmers give new insights into the latest and most controversial software, interface developments and their interdisciplinary and intercultural praxis. Keywords are: Strategies of Interaction & Interface Design, Social Software, Immersion & Emotion and Artistic Invention. Using online databases and other modern aids,knowledge of computer animation, net art, interactive, telematic and genetic art as well as the most recent reflections on nano art, CAVE installations, augmented reality and wearables are introduced.

Historical derivations that go far back into art and media history are tied in intriguing ways to digital art. Important approaches and methods from Image Science, Media Archaeology and the History of Science & Technology will be discussed.

=> DANUBE UNIVERSITY KREMS “ located in the UNESCO world heritage Wachau is the first public university in Europe which specializes in advanced continuing education offering low-residency degree programs for working professionals and lifelong learners.

With its new modular courses the DEPARTMENT FOR IMAGE SCIENCE at Danube University Krems offers an educational program unique in Europe. Without interrupting the career students have the opportunity to learn through direct, hands-on experience, social learning in small groups and contacts with labs and industry. They gain key qualifications for the contemporary art and media marketplace.

The Center in Monastery Göttweig, where most MediaArtHistories courses take place, is housed in a 14th century building, remodeled to fit the needs of modern research in singular surroundings. International experts analyze the image worlds of art, science, politics and economy and elucidate how they originated, became established and how they have stood the test of time. The innovative approach at the Department for Image Science is reinforced by praxis-oriented study.

Sabine Lindner
Department for Image Science
Danube University Krems
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Str. 30, A-3500 Krems
Tel: +43(0)2732 893-2569

HKPU Grad Show opens this friday


The book just launched. It is a visual account of examples of Urban Space as a laboratory for observing and experiencing the density of signs and their multiple frameworks : Signage, Giant Screens, signboards,Flags, Poster Displays, Architectural advertisements, surveillance Technologies, Tracking Devices etc.

星期一, 9月 24, 2007

Archives at Argos and you tube video selcted by INC

image taken from one of Ken Jacobs' Nervous Magic Lantern Performances

With the first edition of the bi-annual event OPEN ARCHIVE #1, Argos opens its collections, revealing the multiple correlations latent in the numerous audio-visual works comprising its archive. A series of curated programmes and specially grouped thematic sections highlight the new acquisitions and works selected by an international jury. A lively, diverse series of conferences, lectures, performances and screenings completes the project aiming to activate some of the key issues in audiovisual culture today. The long list of international guests includes Tony Conrad, Ken Jacobs, Eliane Radigue, Lev Manovich, Laura Mulvey, Keith Sanborn, Charles Curtis, David Toop, Steve Reinke, Philippe-Alain Michaud, among many others.

Parallely to OPEN ARCHIVE #1, Argos will continue its extra muros activities with a series of international events featuring works and artists from the Argos collections. In October and November the Ecran d'Art series at Cinéma Arenberg will bring to Brussels the work of Japanese artist Naomi Kawase and British avant-garde filmmaker John Smith. Another legendary avant-garde filmmaker, Kenneth Anger, will be the subject of a full retrospective programme and international seminar taking place in November at the Film Museum.

Fri 05.10.2007 11:00 - 19:00

Over the past years the moving image has claimed an increasingly prominent place on the Internet. Thanks to a wide range of technologies and web applications it has become possible, not only to record and distribute video, but to edit and remix it on-line as well. With this world of possibilities within reach of a multitude of social actors, the potential of video as a personal means of expression has arrived at a totally new dimension. How is this potential being used? How do artists and activists react to the popularity of YouTube and other 'user-generated-content' websites? What is the impact of the availability of massive on-line images and sound databases on aesthetics and narrativity? How is Cinema, as an art form and experience, influenced by the development of widely spreading internet practices? What does YouTube tell us about the state of art in visual culture? And how does the participation culture of video-sharing and vlogging reach some degree of autonomy and diversity, escaping the laws of the mass media and the strong grip of media conglomerates?

This Video Vortex conference is the first in a series of international events, aimed at critical research and reflection surrounding the production and distribution of on-line video content, at the instigation of the Institute of Network Cultures (INC).

Johan Grimonprez, Peter Horvath, Lev Manovich, Ana Kronschnabl & Tomas Rawlings, Adrian Miles, Simon Ruschmeyer, Keith Sanborn, Peter Westenberg

moderated by Geert Lovink
Co-production with Institute of Network Cultures

20:30 VIDEO VORTEX screenings: the Conference will be followed by a selection of exceptional, witty and provoking Internet videos, compiled for the occassion by international and local guests.

星期日, 9月 23, 2007

“Live in Your Own Future” (A conversation with Deborah Carter, PICNIC’s International Marketing Consultant & VP of Philips)

I know keep following Philips delvelopment since they have the same motto "Simplicity" as with John Medea:

Prof. Dr. Emile Aarts , Vice President and Scientific Program Director at Philips Research, will deliver a keynote presentation during the PICNIC conference on September 26th in the afternoon. In preparation for his talk, ‘New Ways to Feel, Make and Play’, he spoke to Deborah Carter about the creative process that makes Philips a world leader in designing and producing popular, everyday products and services.

What are some of the most interesting technologies that Philips is currently working on?

Emile: I’d have to say one of the most interesting technologies we’re working on is what we call PHOTONIC TEXTILES. We’ve developed a technology based on textiles emitting light which has the potential for all types of innovative uses: backpacks, furniture, walls, ceilings. We developed a proof of concept for it a few years ago and now Philips has launched a start-up company called Lumalive which will develop these products and bring them to the market.

The topic of your presentation is "New Ways to feel, make and play". How do Philips' scientists and designers create these new ways, through experimentation, refining existing technology, taskforces/work groups, etc.?

Emile: Yes, yes and yes. [Laughing.] We do all of these things. We discovered that we have been pushing technology too much over the past 90 years so we’ve now adopted a user-centered design approach which we categorize as EXPERIENCE RESEARCH. This involves concept, laboratory and field research. We try to understand what people do in every-day life through their habits and usage patterns. Believe it or not, technology is not part of the question when we conduct our research and focus groups. Our starting point is ‘What basic needs do our customers have?’ and ‘How can we help them solve this need?’

In order for us to bring a new product to the market, we first start with a concept and prototype, using our ExperienceLab for usability and feasibility studies. ExperienceLab consists of four labs: HomeLab, CareLab (for solutions for the elderly), ShopLab (for retail solutions) and a hospitality lab (for hospitality-related services and products). In all of these labs, Philips researchers develop concepts and prototype solutions. Focus groups are then immediately invited in to help us improve and refine these solutions through testing and feedback. That way, when we launch a product commercially, it comes to the market mature.

Let me give you a concrete example. A few years ago, Philips launched Ambilight TV in which light is emitted from the back of the TV which correlates to the on-screen image. The TV light affects the color of the wall behind it and this can be used to create a mood in the room. Our researchers posed the question ‘What is the best lighting grid which matches what’s onscreen?’ We brought ordinary people into our HomeLab to help us determine the lighting grid.

The Ambilight TV was brought to the market within one and a half years and is one of the ‘killer applications’ which Philips has released via its consumer electronics division. We have already sold more than one million copies of this TV and hope to sell a total of two million within a year, generating approximately $1 billion in turnover. We launched Ambilight TV in a very competitive market saturated by TVs and displays manufactured by Asian companies. And at theInternational Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin, Germany, which is one of the world’s largest consumer electronics shows, we recently introduced Aurea, the next generation of Philips Ambilight TVs, which creates an even stronger immersive, ambient viewing experience.

I’ll give you another example. We are working in close collaboration with a Spanish hotel chain, NH Hotels, which is one of the most rapidly-expanding hotel chains in the world. NH Hotels is already considered a design innovator, introducing proprietary concepts such as NUBE, a tapas-based dining experience, in their restaurants and hotel rooms. Philips is working with NH Hotels on concepts to create a unique wake up experience for guests which will distinguish NH Hotels from its competitors. A possible concept could be to create a pillow which detects the stage of sleep that a guest is in and postpones a wake-up call until the guest is optimally-ready to be awakened. We intend to test these concepts in test rooms in Amsterdam and Barcelona.

How is the creative process managed at Philips? Who leads this process? What kind of people are included on development teams?

Emile: As part of our Philips Lifestyle Program, we go through a time-consuming process at a frantic pace, say 12 hours per day for two weeks. We bring in different people, scientists, researchers, managers, etc. and ask them to throw out random ideas. We then group similar ideas into clusters. We then filter out non-relevant ideas by asking ourselves questions such as ‘Does this idea mesh with the brand strategy of Philips? Does Philips have the possibility to bring this concept to market? How much market size can we capture with this product? How much profit can we generate?’ Most importantly, we ask ourselves ‘Can we control technological development and protect the concept or product from being appropriated, refined and sold by competitors?’ Our last session generated 700 ideas, resulting in 50 clusters. The ideas which make it through this filter are then chosen for further conceptualization.

We allow many of our researchers to devote 10% of their time to work on their own ideas. We call this ‘Friday afternoon research’ because in the Netherlands, people start preparing for their weekends on Friday afternoon and we find people to be particularly creative and free-thinking during this time. This time isn’t managed in a formal way. All we ask is that our researchers show us what they’ve been working on once a year, at Philips’ Eureka Fair, which is organized by our researchers for colleagues and managers. We often see that a good idea for a service or product concept comes out of this Eureka Fair, which can lead to a new commercial success for Philips.

What about the tricky issue of intellectual property, especially when Philips is facing increased global competition?

Emile: Our strategy is to create what we call IPR FORTRESSES (Intellectual Property Rights Fortresses). For example, take Philips’ commercial focus on solid-state lighting. With solid-state lighting, we can now extract light from a computer chip. We can change the color and intensity and we can generate many sources of light from one chip. Light can be controlled as if it is a series of pixels. We are witnessing the convergence of displays and lamps. This means that we can manipulate light to generate pictures and images, to follow a person, to create visual effects such as sunsets, forests, the sky.

Solid-state lighting will become one of our IPR Fortresses. We have acquired a company called Lumileds because it has interesting patents which can be added to our portfolio to help us deliver unique and innovative lighting products.

What is your favorite saying/motto?

Emile: Inside Philips Research, anything is possible but you have to do it yourself. I also constantly say to our designers, ‘Live in your own future.’ Meaning that our designers should extend their labs into their homes so they can develop things based on their own everyday experiences.

星期六, 9月 22, 2007

Symposium –The Art of the True Illusion and The Cinematic Experience

What’s new this year is that we will be holding two conference days, with themes such as Immersion – The Art of the True Illusion and The Cinematic Experience, a conference organised in association with Interface (a new academic platform set up by KASK (Royal Academy for Fine Arts, Ghent), Ghent University, Free University of Brussels & Utrecht University), Sint-Lukas Brussels – Transmedia.

These conference days are aimed at everyone who wants to know more about the theory behind technology and cinema. Speakers from Belgium and other countries will familiarize you with these subjects.

Media art is the ultimate medium when it comes to immersing the spectator in a virtual world.
The viewer can fight this newly created reality, he can endure it or get carried away by it. Fact is that images, words or music rarely leave you unmoved and sometimes linger in your mind. This phenomenon, called immersion, will be the subject of lectures by a number of artists, art historians and philosophers.

With: Oliver Grau, Marnix De Nijs, Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, Eva Seela, Kurt Vanhoutte, Philippe Bekaert, Christel Stalpaert en Chiel Kattenbelt.

星期五, 9月 21, 2007

Publiclecture by Martin Vinik馬田.維歷公開演講

Publiclecture by Martin Vinik 馬田.維歷公開演講
Cultural District Planning and Public Policy:

Can We Serve Business and Art at the Same Time?"


Date日期: 4/10(Thurs星期四)

Time時間: 7:00 – 9:00pm

Venue場地:Agnes b. Cinema, Hong Kong Art Centre.


Admissionfree免費入場 Conducted in English英語講授

NOTCH07 Nordic Music Festival In Guangzhou

NOTCH07 is a music/ cultural platform with over 30 musicians, DJ, dedigners and artists... yayaya from 5 nordic countries (Norway/ Sweden/ Finland/ Iceland/ Denmark). The line-up would be: Islaja (Finland), Kira Kira (Iceland), Susanna & the Magical Orchestra (Norway), Supersilent (Norway), The Skull Defekts (Norway), The Thing (Sweden/ Norway), Jóhann Jóhannsson (Iceland), Hilmar Jensson (Iceland), Vladislav Delay (Finland), Punkt (Norway), Bugge Wesseltoft (Norway), Øyonn Groven Myhren (Norway), Mi Ni Ma (Finland) & many more...

NOTCH07将北欧当代文化场景中最鲜活,最新涌现的部分浓缩在北欧五国(挪威/瑞典/芬兰/冰岛/丹麦)30位集多重身份的文化达人的身上:作曲家,演奏家,声音艺术家,音响师,DJ,制作人,独立厂牌主持,俱乐部老板,策展人,平面设计师,新媒体艺术家,摄影师,插画师,VJ,空间设计师,诗人,作家,电影导演... ... 和大家广泛交流。媒体或个人询问请发信至notch07@gmail.com 寻找同去的朋友请加入豆瓣NOTCH07北欧音乐节小组。
已公布阵容:Islaja(芬兰),Kira Kira(冰岛),Susanna & the Magical Orchestra(挪威),Supersilent(挪威),The Skull Defekts(瑞典),The Thing(瑞典/挪威),Jóhann Jóhannsson(冰岛),Hilmar Jensson(冰岛),Vladislav Delay(芬兰),Punkt(挪威),Bugge Wesseltoft(挪威),Øyonn Groven Myhren(挪威),Mi Ni Ma(芬兰)。更多阵容公布中... ...

10月4日 19:30
时代倾城之美音乐会 Times Beauty From Fantasy Concert

10月5日 20:00
iDEAL完美留声音乐会 iDEAL Concert
广东星海音乐厅交响乐厅(广州市二沙岛晴波路33 号)

10月6日 20:00
触电音乐派对 Butterfry Party

10月4日 之门票:
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2) “佛山电台飞跃924”的听众可参加电台赠票活动获取门票。
3) 广州地区观众可写email至:notch07kingcity@gmail.com分享对电子爵士乐的心得,有机会获赠门票2张,送完即止。

10月5日 之门票:
票价:¥150/ 120/ 100/ 80(学生票)

10月6日 之门票:

星期三, 9月 19, 2007

Stan Douglas on show in Stuttgart

My favorite artist : Stan Douglas show in Stuttgart, Germany. From the 15th September, 2007 until the 6th January, 2008, the Württembergische Kunstverein and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart will be presenting within a space covering 4,000 sq. metres the first comprehensive exhibition of the works of Canadian artist Stan Douglas. The exhibition will encompass fourteen video and film installations, as well as numerous photographs.

Born in Vancouver, in 1960, Stan Douglas ranks among the most important of contemporary artists. He has participated in the Documenta three times (1992, 1997, 2002) as well as in the Venice Biennale (1990, 2001, 2005) and his works have been shown at numerous additional biennales. It is in Stuttgart that his principal works of the last twenty years will be shown and experienced for the first time in a large-scale show. Iris Dressler and Hans D. Christ (Directors of the Württembergischer Kunstverein) developed the large-scale show in close collaboration with Stan Douglas.

As no other artist, Douglas has been able to enlarge in both a sensual and intellectual way the experience of the cinematic and museum space. With recourse to the intellectual, cultural and ideological traditions of modernity, his works exemplify a critical revision of Western history, past and present. It is the failure of modern utopias and the “ghosts” they spawned which form some of the artist’s central themes. Behind almost all the works is an examination of a particular place – Potsdam, Vancouver, Cuba or Detroit –, the respective histories of which are reflected along the various literary, filmic or musical references the artist uses: as, for example, E.T.A. Hoffman’s “Der Sandmann” (Sandmann), Melville’s “The Confidence-Man” (Journey into Fear), the Grimm fairy tales or Marx’s “Capital” (both in Suspiria).

Both his most recent video installations, Klatsassin and Video, revolve around two fields of analysis which Douglas has reflected since the 1980s and that substantially shape his oeuvre: the emergence of Western empires in the “New World”, on the one hand and the work of Samuel Beckett on the other. For instance, Douglas already curated an exhibition on Beckett’s “Teleplays” in 1988. His recently produced video installation, Video, refers to Beckett’s film “Film” starring Buster Keaton, and to Franz Kafka’s novel “The Trial”.

Taking place at two locations, the exhibition is conceived as one project and is to be accompanied by a catalogue. A joint project of the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. Curators: Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler, in cooperation with Sean Rainbird, Gudrun Inboden

Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2007

Open call for Proposal on Project Room

Microwave Project Room is a new initiative to seek open submission from field artists as well as nominations from tertiary media-art institutions. It is our goal to encourage artists and students to make new attempts, and maintain a highly experimental spirit in art production via exchanges, discussion and exhibition.


An exploration on the relationship between sound and lighting
Application Requirements:

Proposals should fit in our Festival theme. We invite curator and artist to submit proposals as a unit --- each curator should pair up with an artist. Overseas applications are welcomed.

Selection Criteria:

- originality

- brilliance in artistic conceptual

- skillful use of programming

- excellence in execution

- dynamic in experimental approaches

- ability to material concepts into presentation

Application Guidelines:

Please send the following materials to Microwave by post or email:

1. Exhibition proposal explaining the content and form of the project

2. Curator CV

3. Artist's portfolio with visuals and short descriptions of works

4. Technical requirements

5. Budget Plan


Microwave International New Media Art Festival

11/F, Fu Tak Building

365 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Attn: Ms. Joel Kwong

Email: nora_ng@microwavefest.net

Deadline of application (postponed):

30th Sept, 2007

Announcement of Results:

Five finalists will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges that include artists, curators and industry leaders. Finalists will be given sponsorship to complete their works, which will be exhibited during the Microwave International New Media Arts Festival.

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Nora Ng at

More information on Microwave International New Media Arts Festival,
please visit http://www.microwavefest.net

星期六, 9月 15, 2007

HK Art History Roundtable on 29 Sep


繼外籍作者Petra Hinterthuer於1985年寫成其 “Modern Art in Hong Kong” 後,內地學者朱琦也於2005年底出版了其《香港美術史》。前後二十年間,一英一中的香港藝術通史論著,(湊巧地?)同樣非出自香港人的手筆。



藝術史作為一門學科,除了要就其對象的社會現實變遷作出反應,如祈大衛(David Clarke)般引入「去殖」的課題,還不得不處理藝術史書寫和當代藝術的關係,置身其中的本地文化機構、組織、及文化藝術工作者又可以怎樣去面對如「藝術史之終結」、「視覺文化」種種理論的挑戰?


「歷史 – 城 ― 香港藝術史書寫」圓桌座談會

日期:2007年9月29日 (星期六)
地點:香港九龍尖沙咀梳士巴利道10號香港藝術館演講廳 (地庫)


第一節 ENGLISH ROUNDTABLE(以英語及普通話進行):

張頌仁 (漢雅軒總監)
呂澎 (藝術史學家、藝評人,現居於成都)
萬青屴 (香港浸會大學視覺藝術學院總監)
朱錦鸞 (香港藝術館前總館長)
官綺雲 (香港大學藝術系助理教授)
Pamela Kember (香港藝術學院藝術史及理論講師)
Frank Vigneron (香港中文大學藝術系教授)


李世莊 (香港藝術歷史研究會代表)
林漢堅 (環境現代藝術館總監)
梁寶山 (文化工作者)
黎肖嫺 (香港城市大學創意媒體學院助理教授)
黎明海 (香港教育學院體藝學系副教授)

魂游 (亞洲藝術文獻庫香港研究員)、劉建華 (mMK策劃人)



傳媒查詢:亞洲藝術文獻庫陳靜昕 (電話:2815 1112或電郵:janet@aaa.org.hk) 或劉建華 (手提電話: 9418 8184 或電郵:jaspar@ctimail3.com)。

計劃詳情,可上網誌http://mmkprojecthkah.blogspot.com/ 或亞洲藝術文獻庫網頁http://www.aaa.org.hk/newsletter.html

Very Hong Kong: Design 1997-2007

Very Hong Kong: Design 1997-2007 Exhibition at InnoCentre
12-25 September 2007 (Daily) 10:00am-7:00pm

Very Hong Kong: Design 1997-2007 Public Forum at InnoCentre
20-24 September 2007 (for schedule and online-registration)

Very Hong Kong: Design 1997-2007 Exhibition at Times Square
25 September-5 October 2007 (Daily) 10:00am-7:00pm

星期三, 9月 12, 2007


自由軟件日是一個世界性宣揚及推廣自由軟件的慶祝日。世界各地都會在同一天, 二零零七年九月十五日, 透過不同的方法來教育大眾關於高質素自由軟件在政府、教育、商業各界的好處。

今年香港區的籌委會邀請了不同界別的人士來作演講嘉賓, 講座內容精彩絕倫。出席的講者有香港警務處-商業罪案調查科, 科技罪案組(電腦法理鑑證) 警察電腦法證專家-黃景祥先生; 香港理工大學電子計算機學系副教授-梁金能博士;香港生產力促進局, 資訊科技業發展部首席顧問-老少聰先生; 商界方面則有聯科系統有限公司總經理-甘文佳先生。

開源業界的團體則有Debian - 香港, Debian 及Linux 開發者-蘇建中先生來; 香港Linux用家協會主席-陳曉陽先生及開放系統研用協會會長-凌志聰先生。


日期: 二零零七年九月十五日
地點: 香港九龍紅磡理工大學平台 TU 201 張安德演講廳
時間: 下午二時半至五時半
語言: 以廣東話講解,輔以英文名詞
講座人數: 120人

機會難逢, 萬勿錯過! 請即登記留座!!

>> 詳情及登記網址:http://sfd.swpearl.com/2007/

自由軟件日 - 國際網址:http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/
自由軟件日 - 香港區網址:http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/teams/asiaandmiddleeast/HongKong/chinese
查詢: hongkong.sfd@gmail.com

星期二, 9月 11, 2007

Masterclass Live A/V

Cimatics is looking for 10 'stateoftheart' participants for a masterclass Live A/V.

Teachers are:
Marius Watz, (from Generator X) Billy Roisz, Mark Amerika, VJ Theory, Jerry Galle, Boris Debackere, Eavesdropper, LAb[au] and Floris Van Hoof.

Each participant get's a working-budget of 1000 €.

Visit the Masterclass-blog for all information.

星期一, 9月 10, 2007

Two missed event s in DiY culture

HACKING_Couture:: Chanel + Polo + YSL: REMIXED
Hacking Couture focuses on the documentation of established fashion identities in order to create a shared library that allows democratic access to its findings and contributions. The open source movement took its peak during the 1990's and ever since, the software revolution has allowed for the exploration resulting on endless advancement in diverse fields, giving an improvement of the industry.

This advancement has been the result of opening the dialogue among computer programmers and by allowing public access and contribution, by the sharing of existing computer code and allowing its use for other applications. In addition to the sharing aspect, documention of these computer code is an importnat part of the open source cullture. More recently, the open source movement has been applied to hardware [physical aspect of computers, the circuit and all the other physical components that make a computer*]. People have started to document how they hack into electronic devices [brake into a system and modify it in order for it to execute the desired task].

Hacking Couture's ongoing research and documentation focuses on the documentation of the design code of established identities in order to derive new and evolving fashion aesthetics, serving also as a platform for self-expression and nest for new ideas.
*When we refer to computers, we refer to any device that incorporates a micro-controller of chip. Some examples these devices are mp3 players, microwaves, printers, etc.

Once the code has been documented Hacking Couture publishes an example of a design hack based on the identity studied, in order to share and enhance the fashion dialogue between remote users, and participants of the Hacking Couture workshops.
Culture is inherently infectious and often oblivious to the artificial boundaries established by formal disciplines. New ideas and ways of thinking infiltrate societies in strange and wonderful ways, which are hard to control, forecast, or map. Information travels at a speed faster than sound, and technology increasingly shapes that informational content more than ever.

viral:CULTURE symposium
Culture, which normally spreads spontaneously and organically, now moves faster and farther than ever before, creating emergent phenonemna similar to that found in the biological world.

viral:CULTURE is the term we are using to explore a slice of this phenomenon- the creative activities of art and design.


Viral by definition is anything related to or caused by a virus, but its real significance for us is metaphorical because of its replicating capacity both internally and externally. We live in dread of bio-viruses because we can't see them and have trouble controlling them. Still we are all very much engaged in the transmission of viruses both biologically and socially. The reckless sneeze or passionate kiss; the buzz and excitement of the new; or simply juicy gossip spread by word..... All of these are viral. The cultural viruses are energized by virtual tools via the web for mass emails, blogs, list serves, and social websites help spread their effects.


Anything can be viral so long as it grows and replicates through transmission. Ideas are the oldest forms of non-biological viruses. A good idea unleashes not only a persuasive power, but real information that others can use for their own purposes. The virus enters the body politic in curious ways: through ideas captured in the language of a book, by objects in a gallery or museum, via acts of courage or daring, through new building structures, and by new consumer products which force us to act and interact differently. Technology, social needs/desires, political will, etc. all help transmit viral ideas.


Viral activity works because we are constantly crunching information (in every form) to better understand things and integrate them into our environment. The impact of viral activity is potentially most profound when it disregards disciplinary boundaries: for example when a designer or artist utilizes knowledge from outside his/her own field, or merges knowledge within different fields felt to be more closely aligned. Bio-mimicry is a current area of investigation rich in viral possibilities: people trying to better understand the way in which nature operates so as to harness that particular power. Music, because of its aural nature, has always encouraged experimentation: music morphs constantly as musician's embrace music from around the world and incorporate it into their own.

Those who embrace viral:CULTURE do not differentiate the quality of ideas by who or what field generated them. They simply see power and variety and natural connections that others don't necessarily see. Such powerful ideas eventually become mainstream. Viral is not necessarily about trends as much as it is about possibilities-- being naturally inspired regardless of the source and incorporating it into one's own practice. Boundaries are broken and new ground cleared for collaboration or expansion of one's activities. Especially now in the age of virtual information (code, open-source, blogging, hacking, and the like) people are beginning to view ideas as containing a code which can be freely interpreted once it is deciphered or interpreted. Software enables more sharing and merges than ever before and provides people with visualization tools to express themselves more easily.


Event InfoName:
Education - Workshop
Time and PlaceStart Time:
Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 2:30pm
End Time:
Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 5:00pm
Hong Kong
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日期:2007年10月20、27、11月3、10、17、24日 (星期六)


邀請資深藝評家主持工作坊,藉此培育新晉的藝評人,提升他們的藝術欣賞和評論的技巧。透過藝術欣賞、作品及評論寫作技巧分析,工作坊提供一個基本的藝評認識課程予學員。工作坊包括四個不同範疇:(1) 戲劇、(2) 電影、(3) 媒體、(4) 文化研究。工作坊包含六節共十五小時的課程,為期六星期。每位學員須於完成後提交一篇評論。





Fritzing -a new initiative for physical computing

This is a new initiative, not much there right now but worth keeping an eye on if you are interested in physical computing.

Fritzing is an open-source initiative to support designers and artists to take the step from physical prototyping to actual product. We are aiming to create a software in the spirit of Processing and Arduino, that allows the designer/artist/researcher/hobbyist to document their Arduino-based prototype and create a PCB layout for manufacturing. The complimenting website helps to share and discuss drafts and experiences as well as to reduce manufacturing costs.

Fritzing will essentially be an Electronic Design Automation software with a low entry barrier, suited for the needs of designers and artists. It will use the metaphor of the breadboard, so that it will be easy to transfer your hardware sketch to the software. From there it will be possible to export CAD files ready to be sent to a PCB manufacturer”.

They have started a review of existing PCB design software, and how the new software could be developed.

On 17th September they are running a workshop in Potsdam (near Berlin) to bring like minded experts together to discuss the future for this platform (full agenda).

星期三, 9月 05, 2007

Conflux : September 13 — 16, 2007

Conflux is the annual New York festival for contemporary psychogeography, the investigation of everyday urban life through emerging artistic, technological and social practice.

The Village Voice describes Conflux as a “network of maverick artists and unorthodox urban investigators… making fresh, if underground, contributions to pedestrian life in New York City, and upping the ante on today’s fight for the soul of high-density metropolises.”

Participants in Conflux share an interest in psychogeography. Projects presented range from interpretations of the classical approach developed by the Situationists to new methods being developed today in cities throughout the world.

At Conflux, participants, along with attendees and the public, put their investigations into action on the city streets. The city becomes a playground, a laboratory and a space for the development of new networks and communities.

Conflux is produced by Glowlab.
Event Information
Thursday September 13, 2007
10am — 6pm

The Change You Want to See
84 Havemeyer Street
NY 11211

星期二, 9月 04, 2007

LED Party Ball - Interactive Zygote

Here’s a unique way to really engage a crowd! Tangible, an interactive design agency, invented this lightweight inflatable orb they’re calling the “Zygote.” Inside the blow-up ball are LED lights that change colour when people come in contact with it, whether they’re hitting it, bouncing it around, or bumping it around to others. Check out the video to see an Italian crowd go wild for the fun spheres in Florence this July.

星期日, 9月 02, 2007

Tenori-On- Visual music interface

The reason they are this price is because they are almost hand made at the moment in Japan, they will be available in limited numbers over the next few months from www.tenori-on.co.uk and selected record shops around the UK. The price will eventually go down when the TENORI-ON goes into full production, probably next year.”

Not only that, but he has posted some fantastic behind the scenes making of photos. A rare glimpse into the world of Toshio Iwai 岩井俊雄 and Yamaha, showing technical diagrams, pcb layouts, workshop photos, rgb leds.