Posts Tagged Art

Another workshop and demo

The project was presented at this conference:

http://www.fieldworkconference.net/

last week, and an iPhone was available for loan from Inspace (The University’s very cool digital gallery)

the project was on show and delegates of the conference walked the vicinity around the gallery. Plus we reflected upon one of the walks with the aid of a data projector, and i used my macbook to record it - but its pretty awful…

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YouTube Edit 1.0

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This Happened - it happened even if I wasn’t quite ready for it

I was a little less than prepared (I blame last weeks knee injury) but I presented at This Happened last night.

We opted for a little bit of tech presentation and I tried to make it as accessible as possible but I did find myself rambling a little bit (during a 10 minute presentation is not a good idea).  The audience response was very kind and people asked some great questions.  So thank you everyone who attended and listened and for Chris for arranging.  Also I forget to thank Petra for all her hard work during the project but the timer was scarily ticking down to zero and I was really quite keen to get finished.

Michael Salmond - had some interesting links to ours in trying to view the city in different ways from a double decker bus and the juxtaposition of ideas of colonialism and cultural diversity.

Paul Rodgers and Ewan Winton -  might be of interest to some of our colleagues on the JISC RI funding programme, as it explores the connection between the tools of social media and the actual use in the creative industries.

Anab Jain - her talk was about a project see undertook with 8 people to explore the idea of the future and peoples desires, needs and expectations of the future.  It’s a really interesting project exploring the aspirations and consequences of a group designing for the future.

Sarah Drummond and Laurie Currie presented mypolice which is quite simply a really brilliant idea.  Allowing anyone  to engage with the police in both formal and informal ways using social media.  The idea being that people can celebrate interactions with the police where they have had positive experiences, to reinforce good work.  It also allows a dialogue when the service has been less than brilliant, allowing people to have a democratic voice to highlight flaws but also get some feedback to hopefully feel they are being listened too.  The work came out the Social Innovation Camp in Glasgow, which unites nerds and non nerds to produce interesting work in 48 hrs.  It’ll be really interesting to see how they bring the idea to market.

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Typographic Map

http://creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2009/july1/massive-printer - This is quite amazing and kind of related to our discussion about Tag Clouds and Mapping

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Phone Mock up

Might it, just might it look like this?!!!

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First iPhone App

Hi guyscomob150pxcol

this is a workshop i’m giving with Jen Southern at FutureSonic next week…

http://www.socialtechsummit.org/jenSouthernAndChrisSpeed

it uses a small iPhone App coded by Jochen from Informatics…

http://www.comob.org.uk

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Data visualisations in Time and Space

Just as a follow on from yesterdays post I came across this interesting project - Synchronous Objects via One Floor Up

The Cued Annontations view is really interesting, looking at how the dancers react to one another and how that is mapped using cue sheets and video.

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Situationists City

An interesting thought that springs to mind about the experience of walking a city but using a map that doesn’t ‘match’ the actual space, is Guy Debord and his writings upon the Situationists International.

A classic example might be Debord’s friend who walk Germany with a map of London…

“The production of psychogeographic maps, or even the introduction of alterations such as more or less arbitrarily transposing maps of two different regions, can contribute to clarifying certain wanderings that express not subordination to randomness but complete insubordination to habitual influences (influences generally categorized as tourism that popular drug as repugnant as sports or buying on credit). A friend recently told me that he had just wandered through the Harz region of Germany while blindly following the directions of a map of London This sort of game is obviously only a mediocre beginning in comparison to the complete construction of architecture and urbanism that will someday be within the power of everyone.”
Guy-Ernest Debord, Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography

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Shadows from another place

This online art piece by Paula Levine is an interesting take on GPS the origin of  surveillance technologies.

“Shadows from another place” is a series of hypothetical mappings, web-based and site specific, that use Global Positioning Systems to imagine the impact of political or cultural changes that take place in one location, upon another. The projects reflect ‘turns of force’ where sites of dispute become the templates mapped onto other locations. The idea builds on our growing cartographic imaginations, attenuated and fostered by new technologies that are remapping our understandings of space and place, borders and boundaries.

The first in the series, “San Francisco <- > Baghdad,” responds to witnessing the US invasion of Baghdad on March, 2003 through radio, web, TV— and the spatial dissonance that emerged from that experience. Baghdad sites of the bombs and missiles from the first U.S. invasion are transposed onto San Francisco. Each shadowed Baghdad site in San Francisco is documented by photographs, maps and GPS coordinates, this last being the same technology used by the military to target original sites in Baghdad.

http://shadowsfromanotherplace.net/

The implications of walking and immersing oneself in a historical context seems relevant here. The idea of taking on board more than just the sights that were originally around a place, but the way of life - good and bad.

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Jen Southern - Running Stitch

I’m working on a new piece for FutureSonic with Jen that explores collaborative Mapping.

Features an iPhone app that is development. In the meantime read about running stitch…

http://www.satellitebureau.net/p8.php

Running Stitch is a 5m x 5m tapestry map, created live during the exhibition by charting the journeys of participants through the city.

Visitors to the exhibition took a GPS-enabled mobile phone to track their journeys through the city centre. These walks resulted in individual GPS ‘drawings’ of the visitor’s movements that were then projected live in the exhibition to disclose hidden aspects of the city. Each individual route was sewn, as it happened, into a hanging canvas to form an evolving tapestry that revealed a sense of place and interconnection.

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