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Smart House/ Dumb Interactivity

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Object-Morph-Video

I started experimenting with morphing objects in 2002 as part of my video performance work Smart House/ Dumb Interactivity. Smart House/ Dumb Interactivity is the theme of my Masters’ Thesis which I recently completed at NYU. The thesis is in two parts; a 40 page theoretical paper and a video performance. The paper can be downloaded as a pdf from paper The video can be viewed via quicktime streaming here videoThe idea in part came from a notion that in the future a smart house would be self-cleaning. When the owner was not at home the house would begin a cleaning cycle where it would move the furniture around, dust, straighten and arrange all the objects, pictures etc. in the home and have the place spic and span when the owner returned. One of the oft repeated complaints of any homemaker is that their cleaning person tears through their home leaving everything askew or putting things back in places where they don’t belong. Assuming that a marketing person and an engineer would get together to solve this complaint for the self cleaning home, I thought about how one might teach a home to return the objects to their rightful place after cleaning. I imagined that a simple set of webcams and mapping software would accomplish this. All the Smart Home need do was take a snapshot before cleaning and moving the objects and furniture around and then later return the objects to their place using the snapshot and image map as a guide.


Institutional Critique and After

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The Southern California Consortium of Art Schools (SoCCAS) and LACMA present

Institutional Critique and After

Saturday, May 21, 10:30 am-5 pm

LACMA Bing Theater

Institutional Critique and After is an internationally focused program exploring the history and contemporary reassessment of the Institutional Critique movement launched in the late 1960s by artists including Michael Asher and Hans Haacke. A key aim of Institutional Critique was the exposure and ironization of the structures and logic of museums and art galleries. The movement was redeveloped in the 1980s and after by Andrea Fraser, Renée Green, Fred Wilson and others who engaged in more interactive and performative interventions; and has been vigorously reoriented in recent years to address issues such as globalization.


The international journal of surveillance studies

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The international journal of surveillance studies

http://www.surveillance-and-society.org

'Surveillance and Violent Conflict' - extended deadline

Although we have had a good response to our call for pieces on the theme of 'Surveillance and Violent Conflict', we would still like to encourage submissions in some areas, particularly the military origins of surveillance technologies and their translation into civil applications or vice versa, the intensification of surveillance in the context of "new wars" and sub-national conflicts, and resistance to militarised surveillance.


Contact

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Robbin Murphy
677 Lincoln Place #6
Brooklyn, NY 11226
(otherwise known as the first crackhouse on the left off Bedford)

cell: (347) 661-9811

robbin_murphy@yahoo.com


Art Show in LA closed by Police

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Check out

NCAC

National Coalition Against
Censorship

From Mark Vallen's weblog:

art-for-a-change.com/blog

Art Show in LA closed by Police
From Sunday, May 08, 2005

This past April I received an invite to attend an art opening at the
Transport Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.

The show, titled Mark of the Beast, was scheduled for one night only on April 23rd, 2005, at the small gallery space


Art Dirt redux -- 3 months out

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Art Dirt Redux – 3 months out

I had been toying with the idea of a podcast when Robbin Murphy came back into New York to start upgrading The Thing’s web portal http://post.thing.net. Rob & I and Adrianne Wortzel were doing Art Dirt in the 90’s out of Pseudo as a webcast. Rob & I thought it would be interesting to do an “on location” Art Dirt podcast. Thus the name Art Dirt Redux. The original Art Dirt was a round table talk show that began as one of the first audio webcasts and later was upgraded to streaming video. Pseudo’s head Josh Harris was a visionary and had the idea of setting up a media outlet using the internet that would compete with broadcast and cable TV. The programs on pseudo were structured like mass media programs with commercial breaks.


Gregory Crewdson at Luring Augustine

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Not just one but two "art ladies" and their art loving crews were encamped at the Gregory Crewdson show at Luring Augustine Gallery in Chelsea while I was there. The word "alienation" cropped up once or twice but I thought Twin Peaks meets Desperate Houswives. Several of the art lovers could have stepped out of the pictures, something Crewdson probably has in mind when he casts them.


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May 7, 2005: New Media Education Conference After-party

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Pictures from the after-party sponsored by The Thing at Postmasters Gallery in NYC for the New Media Art Education Conference last night. At right, new media hooligan John Klima after he was ticketed for drinking a beer on the sidewalk.

Fuzzy pictures are courtesy Motorola camera phone.


May 6, 2005: Jasper Johns at Matthew Marks

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Jasper Johns opened at Matthew Marks in Chelsea with his Catenary series.

"After completing the installation of his 1996 retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Jasper Johns retreated to his studio in Connecticut to wipe the slate clean, beginning a body of work that was a dramatic departure from anything he had made before. The first painting in this new series included a string hanging from upper right to lower left, generating a curve called a “catenary,” and this curve became the compositional backbone of the entire series."


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