Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Pics from tonite

Art opening and performance (live coding - what else?) at rum46

Performance by www.slub.org



Closing remarks... now onto the workshops

Soeren Pold closed the conference with a few remarks: "These days have shown that software art has gained some ground. It has gone from an avantgardistic thing to something more widespread."

And now: Let the workshops begin ...

Dorkbot Wiki

Remember to check out the Runme/Dorkbot Wiki: http://projects.dorkbot.org/rd04/wiki/ Everyone can participate by adding files, images, project descriptions etc.

User participation


Mirko Schaefer stated that "Computers are not meant to do something; they are rather meant to do anything that can be formulated as an algorithm.". Carrying this point further to the way certain individuals extend their game consoles' (and other computerbased units) functions by hacking into them and programming new ones, he showed examples of a hack of the Sony AIBO robot dog. These hacks were published on the website aibohack.com constituting an open source forum for shaping the AIBO toy. Sony did definitly not appreciate this new form of user interaction. Schaeffer comments in the Read_me proceedings: "Culture is too important to leave the definition of its values to monopolistic companies and their lobbies"

Statements: Trevor Batten


Asked what he thought the point of software art festivals are, Trevor Batten answered: "People like me to make points. I don't like to make points, I like to create spaces."

Algorithmic worldmapping


Douwe Osinga and Ernst Wit have created an algorithmic tool to generate different types of world maps. By seaching the net for relations between countries, the algorithm places the countries on the map according to size (how often are they mentioned) and relations (how often are two contries mentioned on the same page). The latter places the US quite close to Iraq on the map.
In the discussion afterwards, Fatima Lasay's comment received the first spontaneous applaus of the conference: " It is dangerous to see mapping of the web as reality".

The map project was done using Altavista, but the conference's bio reveals that Douwe works for Google ...

A conference of laptops!


No Future


An unforgettable line from Troels Degn Johanssons presentation (Mise en Abyme in software art): "After (Florian) Cramer, software art seems to have little to do but to repeat the point; to follow the straight line that they have drawn (into the abyss)". Among other comments Andreas Broeckman from Transmediale asked Troels about his relation to Cramer's position. Troels proceeded to characterize Cramer's program as "a terribly rigid no-future program". This point did not generate much protest. Read Florian Cramer's "Concepts, notations, software, art" (2002) for yourself: http://www.netzliteratur.net/cramer/concepts_notations_software_art.html

Dreamlogging


Christophe Bruno presented various examples of his Google Hacks. One of the older pieces was the AdWords happening (http://www.iterature.com/adwords/) from 2002. This piece exploits Google's advertising system by posting short poem-like texts (as ads) in connection to certain web searches. Bruno soon received a mail from Google stating that he was discrediting the economic dynamic of Google (!). Another one of the presented projects was the new piece Dreamlogs. In short: "...you start with an element of discourse, and little by little you perform search requests and let the propagation occur ... until you reach some other discursive position.". This results in a kind of imaginary blogs. Dreamlogs will also be presented at the Runme/Dorkbot camp. Can't wait to see this one in action.

What software does ...

Matthew Fuller asked:
"How can social software projects establish the conditions for other forms of knowledge to become manifest and active in the use of the digital objects they make available? To put it in another way, what happens to the special understanding the poppy farmer, the food manufacturer and the architect have about the object they take part in generating when you find an object that links them: say, a few wraps of heroin hidden from moisture in a crisp packet and from sight between loose bricks in a wall in the pub?"(from Read_me 2004 edition, p. 36)

He also introduced two types of social software: Nine: http://9.waag.org/ and
Opus Commons: http://opus.walkerart.org/


Electrohype is here!

Lars Midb√łe and Anna Kindvall of Malmoe-based Electrohype (www.electrohype.org) are here.


It ain't all theory


Chroma key djing and excellent food are also important factors. The Read_me crowd landed at CAVI (Centre for Advanced Visualization and Interaction) taking the vibe to another level.

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