NEWS & ARTICLES ABOUT ELECTRONIC ART

Urban parasites by Gilberto Esparza

MRN by Gilberto Esparza

Urban Parasites: MRN

Urban parasites is a work of art consisting of artificial objects / organisms that live in the urban space. They survive by collecting energy they can get in their surroundings.  Dblt and clgd, for instance, feed on the city’s power-lines.

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The Emergent City. A Life From Complexity to The City of Bits by Stanza

Installation view

An installation by Stanza

With different electronic parts Stanza has created a network, city-like, installation. The city seems to live its own life; light is blinking, objects are twirling. This does not occur randomly, but is controlled and connected with a network of sensors placed in the city, outside of the gallery space. Read more

Generation Z : ReNoise

Russian Pioneers of Sound Art and Musical Technology in the Early 20th Century

Evgeny Sholpo working with the first version of the Variophone, 1932.

Evgeny Sholpo working with the first version of the Variophone, 1932. Courtesy of Marina Sholpo. Photo: CTM

I recently visited Generation Z : ReNoise – Russian Pioneers of Sound Art and Musical Technology in the Early 20th Century. It’s an exhibition part of the CTM festival, Berlin and indeed a very important and interesting historical exhibition about sound pioneers.

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transmediale – afterglow

The Art Hack Day Berlin, LEAP

© Michelle O‘Brien | michelleobrien.net

The Art Hack Day Berlin, LEAP, exhibition is one of the main exhibitions of the transmediale festival this year. Over 70 artists and hackers will create new works for the exhibition within the festival theme afterglow. The starting point is Monday evening on the 27th of January and 48 hours later, on the 29th, the exhibition will be open for the public. Art Hack Day is a grassroots event/exhibit format/community for artists whose medium is tech and hackers whose medium is art.

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VIDA 15.0 Award

Rotes Rauschen by Kerstin Ergenzinger

Rotes Rauschen by Kerstin Ergenzinger, photo: Anna Kindvall

I have to say that this year’s VIDA 15.0 Awarded projects constitute a great selection of really interesting artists. The first prize went to Kerstin Ergenzinger for her work Rotes Rauschen, second to Agnes Meyer-Brandis for her Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility and third to Yunchul Kim for his work Effulge.

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Present by Alejandro Borsani

Present, artwork by Alejandro Borsani

Present is an artwork which simplicity makes it poetic. To me the work is about existence and time; about presence here and now and the non-lasting moment that has already past as it happens.

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Nandita Kumar

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eLEmeNT: EaRTh by Nandita Kumar

I recently stumbled on Nandita Kumar’s electronic works. Nandita Kumar is a young Indian artist who uses electronics in her very own particular way. It is quite common that artists who use electronics in their work keep them visual, as part of the esthetic expression. I’ve also seen many artists who make sculptures and installations of old electronic parts, then using only their esthetics.

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Microtonal Wall by Tristan Perich

Microtonal Wall by Tristan Perich at MoMA

Microtonal Wall by Tristan Perich

Microtonal Wall is a work by the sound artist Tristan Perich. The work consists of 1500 one-bit-speakers, each playing a specific tone, within a total span of 4 octaves. The speakers are mounted on an large aluminum plate. From a distance the collection of frequencies turns into white noise. However, as the visitor approaches the work, each tone can be singled out.

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I am back…

Artwork in Hericourt in France, unknown artist

Artwork in Hericourt in France, unknown artist

Due to a long, three month, hike I have been doing during the summer in the French and Italian alps,  Re-flexion have been silent for a while. Now I am back and I will soon post some new articles about electronic art.

Blinkenlight

Haus de Lehrer at the Alexanderplatz Berlin

Last week I spent a couple of days in Berlin, where I past by the Haus des Lehrers at Alexanderplatz. It made me think of Blinkenlight – a nice project in 2001 that transformed this building into a low-resolution monochrome interactive computer screen.

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Darsha Hewitt

Feedback Babies is a kinetic sound installation consisting of three Nursery Monitors. The Nursery Monitors in the installation are from the 80’s which gives the installation some kind of retro look. The baby monitor and the receiver are placed in a close distance, about 20 cm, facing each other. This is much closer than you would usually place them and therefore an audio feedback is produced. The receiver makes a slow bowing-­like movement by help of a long string attached to a motor.

 

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Aram Bartholl

Anna Kindvall visiting Dead Drops in Malmö

Visiting Dead Drops in Malmö at Ängelholmsgatan 1.

I don’t know if Aram Bartholl refers to himself as a street artist, but at least some of his works fall into this genre.

Dead Drops is one of them and an offline peer to peer file-sharing project. It consists of a USB-memory stick mounted in outer walls in the public space. By connecting your computer to the memory-stick you can download and upload files of your choice and thereby share files with others without using the Internet.

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Pendulum Music On A Long Thin Wire

Pendulum Music On A Long Thin Wire, sound installation by Peter Flemming

In December 2012 at Objet Inusité at Eastern Bloc in Montreal, Canada, Peter Flemming presented a sound installation/performance, Pendulum Music On A Long Thin Wire.

The installation includes two machine performers, both with two long arm-like pendulums. A thin piano string, is attached above them. The string is vibrating electromagnetically and the vibration generates sound.

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Curating electronic art, part 2

Anna Kindvall holding an umbrella (part of RainDance is an interactive sound installation at Ars Electronica 2005 by Paul DeMarinis

RainDance, interactive sound installation, Paul DeMarinis, Ars Electronica 2005, Photo: Lars Gustav Midbøe/Electrohype

Finding interesting works takes time. The best and nicest way is to attend exhibitions and make studio visits. But this involves a lot of traveling as the artists working in this field –  as well as the exhibitions (that are still quite rare) – are spread all over the world.

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RAUCHWOLKEN UND LUFTSCHLÖSSER

LUNAR BIKE, Astronaut Training Method No. VII, Videostill, Moon Goose Colony © Agnes Meyer-Brandis, VG-Bildkunst 2012

LUNAR BIKE, Astronaut Training Method No. VII, Videostill, Moon Goose Colony © Agnes Meyer-Brandis, VG-Bildkunst 2012

Rauchwolken und luftschlösser (Smoke clouds and air castle) is the title and theme of the current exhibition at GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen, Germany.

The exhibition presents eight artists Ralf Baecker, Kerstin Ergenzinger, Hannes Hoelzl, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Mikael Mikael, Studio NAND, Lucas Odahara and Hannes Waldschütz. Read more

Curating electronic art – part 1

If you don't think this is art, call. An interactive paintball art installation by Christoph Ebener / Uli Winters

If you don´t think this is art, call…, an interactive paintball art installation by Christoph Ebener and Uli Winters, Ars Electronica Linz, 2001, photo: Lars Gustav Midbøe/Electrohype

This is the first post of a series of articles about curating electronic art, the aim is to share my thoughts, experiences, methods, ideas and to raise issues I found particularly interesting.

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Pit, pit, chirp, chirp, kvidevitt, kvidevitt

Pit, pit, chirp, chirp, kvidevitt, kvidevitt an interactive sound sculpture by Jean-Pierre Gauthier

Photo: Jean-Pierre Gauthier

Jean-Pierre Gauthier, the artist I wrote about last week, is currently presenting an interactive sound sculpture at Värnhemstorget in Malmö, Sweden. The two meter tall red sculpture has four wheels. By turning them you can generate four different bird-like sounds. Read more

Jean-Pierre Gauthier

Effondrements, kinetic installation by jean-Pierre Gauthier

Effondrements, photo: Jean-Pierre Gauthier

The first time I saw a work of Jean-Pierre Gauthier was at transmediale in Berlin 2006 at the Smile Machine exhibition. The very same year Electrohype had the opportunity to include his work Effondrements in the biennial 2006. It is an kinetic sound installation where he uses found everyday objects such as buckets, a laundry basket, electric cords and other things you can find in any home. Read more

Niklas Roy

My little piece of Privacy, interactive installation by Niklas Roy

My little piece of Privacy, an interactive installation by Niklas Roy

Niklas Roy describes himself as an inventor of useless things. He is an artist based in Berlin producing really great interesting artworks with electronics, which often have a humoristic absurdity and ironic twist. In this post I only highlight a couple of his projects. You can find more of his works on his website.

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I miss add art

illustration of add art

I miss add art, the nice FireFox add-on that replaced advertising on websites with curated art. I really like the idea of being fed with art rather than advertisement while browsing the web.

add art is a free and open source project developed by the artist Steve Lambert hosted at Eyebeam. It works as an extension for the popular FireFox add-on, AdBlock plus that replaces ads with blank spaces. A combination with AdBlock and add art turns your browser into an art gallery as it replaces the empty spaces with art.

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PIKSEL[X] – Kernel Panic! [22-25 November]

Piksel festival in Bergen, Norway is celebrating their 10th anniversary.
The festival features installations, performances, symposium, workshops and more.

I would have loved to attend the following two workshops:
Experimental Electromagnetism with Peter Fleming and Experimental Communication with Ryan Jordan, Jonathan Kemp & John Bowers.

More information and program here.

Real Snail Mail

Real Snail Mail by boredomresearch

Real Snail Mail by boredomresearch, Courtesy of [DAM]Berlin, photo: Crisxkcracker Films

The last decade has drastically changed our idea of availability. Before, we used to get no more than one mail delivery per day, and the only way to be reached by phone was through a wired one. The arrival of the Internet and mobile phones, providing faster and easier ways of communication, has definitely changed people’s expectations. Today your are expected to be reached anywhere and at any time.

An artwork that deals with these questions is the very sweet project Real Snail Mail™ by boredomresearch. The work will be exhibit at the Soft Control: Art,Science and the Technological Unconscious Exhibition from 15th Nov – 15th Dec 2012, Maribor, Slovenia.

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Net.Specific

Net.Specific is an exhibition website for Internetbased art

The 26th of October, I visited the symposium that was part of the launch of Net.Specific at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Denmark.

Net.Specific is an exhibition website for net-based art. The first exhibition, Communication Paths, is curated by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen (an announcement was posted here earlier).
The exhibition includes the artists:0100101110101101.ORG / Eva & Franco Mattes (I), JODI (B/NL),  Michelle Teran (CA), Jens Wunderling & Philipp Bosch (DE) and Anders Bojen & Kristoffer Ørum (DK).

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Upcoming event: CYNETART festival, Dresden

15-21 November 2012

Snail Trail, artwork by Philipp Artus (3D-Laser Animation)

Snail Trail by Philipp Artus (3D-Laser Animation), images source: Cynetart

CYNETART 2012 international festival for computer based art is taking place at Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden, Germany. The exhibition covers a wide range of different topics, such as biotechnology, activism, subversion, steampunk, data visualization, transformations, gender, social Darwinism and drones.

The exhibition includes the following artists: Kerstin Ergenzinger, Ricardo O’Nascimento, Nika Oblak & Primož Novak, Maja Smrekar, Verena Friedrich, Philipp Artus, Julius Stahl, Marcel Helmer, Dik Sum Man and Carolin Weinert.

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Knight of Infinite resignation by Diane Landry

Knight of Infinite resignation artwork by Diane Landry

This is my first post about a Canadian artist and I can assure you that many more will follow. My opinion is that Canada is one of the most interesting countries when it comes to electronic art. Canadian pioneers, such as Norman T. White, Doug Back and David Rokeby, have all had a significant impact on this particular art genre and been a great source of  inspiration for many of its artists.

Diane Landry lives and works in Quebec City. Her installation Knight of Infinite resignation is currently featured in the exhibition Oh, Canada at MASS MoCA. The exhibition runs through 8 of April , 2013.

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