Keyword: Technology

Resources

Esoteric Codes / Daniel Temkin

„PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES AS EXPERIMENTS, JOKES, AND EXPERIENTIAL ART

esolangs, disruptive codes, weird hc/i, differential thought platforms, the digital ephemeral, null programs and deletions, unstable linguistics, structure as content, machine disobedience, new relationships between programmers and their primary progeny (bugs), useless machines (Shannon/Minksy), synthetic languages, circuitous systems, constraint sets for coders, paraconsistent calculi, and other platforms, systems, and languages that break from the norms of computing“

http://esoteric.codes

Dan Sandin explains the Image Processor

„This is an early video piece staring Dan Sandin in which he explains, in general terms, the functionality of the Sandin Analogue Image Processor (IP). This was the instructional video that accompanied the modules for constructing you own Sandin IP.

The video is processed through the IP „live“ so that the viewer is able to see the effect on video signals. Initially the video is B&W, at the end Sandin debuts the ‚Color IP‘.“

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qh6jRzjmcY

Melting Ice Video / Jesse England

https://vimeo.com/17445323

And similar „Video-Uhhh!“:
https://vimeo.com/13346270

And other projects:
Sincerity Machine: The Comic Sans typewriter
http://www.jesseengland.net

The Screenless Office / Brendan Howell, Mikhail Pogorzhelskiy

„The Screenless Office is a system for working with media and networks without using a pixel-based display. It is an artistic operating system.“

http://screenl.es

Objectifier / Bjørn Karmann

„Objectifier empowers people to train objects in their daily environment to respond to their unique behaviors. It gives an experience of training an artificial intelligence; a shift from a passive consumer to an active, playful director of domestic technology.“

https://bjoernkarmann.dk/objectifier

Grind the Gap / Plaatsmaken

http://www.plaatsmaken.nl/

CanonCat (1987) / Jef Raskin

A computer system with text-based interface and some ideosyncratic tweaks developed by Raskin aimed at high efficiency and convenience. He elaborates on his approach in his „Humane Interface“ book. Most notably the LEAP function, a way to quickly navigate around documents, that also introduced the dedicated LEAP buttons on the CanonCat’s keyboard.

CanonCat demo video
Promo video for the LEAP technology

Critical Atlas of Internet / Louise Drulhe

„The aim of the “Critical Atlas of Internet” is to use spatial analysis as a key to understanding social, political and economic issues on Internet.“

http://www.internet-atlas.net

Delirious Home / ECAL

„… a series of objects presenting a playful interpretation take on the concept of the smart home.“

http://www.ecal.ch/

Square vs. variably shaped pixels / Russell Kirsch

http://www.wired.com/2010/06/smoothing-square-pixels/
Russell Kirsch talks about the variable shaped pixel

Definitions / Bryan Ma

„It utilizes the ability of computers to comprehend semantic meaning via „common-sense networks“ to poetically represent the socio-cultural effects of natural language processing.“

http://www.bryan-ma.com/

Early Office Museum

http://www.earlyofficemuseum.com

Leonardo / Tara Kelton

„A portrait ‚drawing‘ machine at a shopping mall is made to create his own portrait by placing a mirror in the portrait booth.“
https://vimeo.com/

And other projects:
http://tarakelton.com

Lost Formats / Experimental Jetset

http://www.experimentaljetset.nl/
http://lostformats.tumblr.com

Of Instruments and Archetypes / Unfold

„Through this project, measuring becomes something without numbers, but with accurate precision; measuring becomes making.“

http://unfold.be/

Project Soli / Google ATAP

Project Soli

http://otticamedia.com/

People do smart things with dumb objects, and dumb things with smart objects / Natalie Jeremijenko

Live Wire (Dangling String)

http://museum.doorsofperception.com/

The Art of Google Books / Krissy Wilson

„The adversaria of Google Books: captured mark of the hand and digitization as rephotography.“

http://theartofgooglebooks.tumblr.com

Medieval Books / Erik Kwakkel

Nice blog about medieval book culture and reading practices. Especially interesting for example a post about bookmarking techniques.

http://medievalbooks.nl

Estimote Beacons

Wireless sensor stickers for context aware applications. Considering the fundamental messiness of infrastructures and the procedural simplicity of the functional programming I imagine some interesting side effects if these things move around unintentionally, become trash and create a messy hyper-context, where you loose sight of what reacts to what. Maybe a question of context-aware ubiquitous applications in general.

http://estimote.com

Every possible photograph / Jeff Thompson

„This project investigates the idea of using computation to “use up” a piece of technology, in this case a digital camera. Using custom-written software (and a very long period of time), every possible photograph is generated, one at a time and in numerical order.“

See also his other projects exploring ideas of technical images, algorithms, abstraction, and computational vision.

http://www.jeffreythompson.org/

TransparentTools / Jesse Howard

„A family of household appliances that presents a future scenario in which users are actively involved in producing, repairing, and modifying their own products.“

interface / Ralf Baecker

„… camera and monitor function as a mirror that links the images of the viewers. […] The software, which runs between camera and monitor, attempts to re-construct each face from image fragments of the other. The image of one face cannot be realised without the other and vice versa.

See also other works about materiality, aesthetics and potential of digital technologies:
http://www.rlfbckr.org/

Bicycle for Two Thousand / Aaron Koblin, Daniel Massey

…is comprised of over 2,000 voice recordings collected via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk web service.

http://www.bicyclebuiltfortwothousand.com/

Big Data

„The Petabyte Age is different because more is different. Kilobytes were stored on floppy disks. Megabytes were stored on hard disks. Terabytes were stored in disk arrays. Petabytes are stored in the cloud. As we moved along that progression, we went from the folder analogy to the file cabinet analogy to the library analogy to — well, at petabytes we ran out of organizational analogies.

This is a world where massive amounts of data and applied mathematics replace every other tool that might be brought to bear. Out with every theory of human behavior, from linguistics to sociology. Forget taxonomy, ontology, and psychology. Who knows why people do what they do? The point is they do it, and we can track and measure it with unprecedented fidelity. With enough data, the numbers speak for themselves.“

„The End of Theory“, Chris Anderson in WIRED (+ weitere Kurzartikel zum Thema)

http://www.wired.com/

Common Sense Computing / ConceptNet

MIT project to develop a collection (a „hypergraph“) of „Common Sense Knowledge“. „To improve computers‘ understanding of the world that people live in and talk about, we need to provide them with usable knowledge about the basic relationships between things that nearly every person knows.“ The data set is free to download and explorable online.

http://csc.media.mit.edu/
http://conceptnet5.media.mit.edu/

Descriptive Camera / Matt Richardson

The camera produces no image but a textual description of the motive, written by some strange user of Mechanical Turk web service.

http://mattrichardson.com/

Spike Solutions / Jacob Niedzwiecki

Generative compositing technique. Different moments in time composed in a video grid.

http://www.creativeapplications.net/
http://vimeo.com/26938422

Sitterwerk / Astrom/Zimmer

Workshop and symposium about alternative structures of order, especially in the context of the unique library in Sitterwerk. The books there are always located by RFID technology. Users have the freedom to create associative orders in the bookshelves while at the same time every item is digitally trackable. How can hidden relations made visible and other interactions with the material be enabled.

http://www.sitterwerk.ch/

Composite Photography / Francis Galton

Multiplied photographs used as a method to constitute „deviant“ social groups in the 19th century. Francis Galton for example tried to construct visual evidence of universal physiognomic characteristics of jewish or criminally accused people to argue for his problematic theory of inheritance. Visual methods are exploited to construct and affirm a social order.

http://www.medienkunstnetz.de/

R15N / Telekommunisten

Technological intervention to „disorder“ communication („Miscommunication Technologies“) to gain more quality of communication. The service randomly connects two registered members of a community by phone to successively spread a message in the group.

http://r15n.net/