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Behold the automotive sacrificial crash dummies!

You might remember the deeply surreal novel by J.G. Ballard "Crash"
(1973) and the similarly haunting movie by David Cronenberg – but David
Karave of Crashing Art goes one step further… We know of no other
modern artist that uses the crash test dummy as a symbol or device in
such haunting and violent installations.

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2010/04/robotic-crash-test-dummies-as-art.html

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Art is Open Source interviews Dino Borri from Eataly Turin about the possible uses of Augmented Reality and other technologies to inform consumers and enact critical practices.

more info on Squatting Supermarkets here:

http://www.artisopensource.net/2009/10/27/squatting-supermarkets/

http://www.artisopensource.net/2009/10/25/squatting-supermarkets-italiano/

http://www.artisopensource.net/2009/11/13/squatting-supermarkets-reports-and-next-steps/

Just recovering from the enormous effort put in setting up, performing and taking down the Squatting Supermarkets at the Piemonte Share Festival 2009, “Market Forces”.

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Several thousands visitors, hundreds of customized food cans, hundreds of QRCodes printed to link products’ stories, dozens of hours of live Shoptivist TV, 3 workshops, a ShopDropping action in the city centre of Turin, an augmented reality tour at Eataly (a big shopping centre focused on organic foods), hundreds of questions and the relative answers.

These are the numbers. Read on for the details…

Equilibrium. Squatting Supermarkets focuses on the possibility to reinvent reality.

We are all immersed in complex dynamics: simple, daily gestures hide global effects, complex consequences, and we all are the target of planetary strategies that are never clear enough. Turn a light switch on, buy a can of tomatoes, watch TV, drive your car. We constantly are part of global interests producing information that is far from complete.

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Squatting Supermarkets enters the supermarket with this idea in mind. Shopping, buying, paying, choosing products are common tasks. When we enter supermarkets we instantly become the center of multiple interests: labels, signs, sounds, voices, aisles, shelves all tell messages suggesting our choices and hiding the whole story.

The Installation

Three experiences.

First.

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An iPhone is held in front of a package of coffee, its viewfinder framing its logo and showing a microdocumentary creating a 3 minute narrative on the global situation of coffee production. Percentages, stories of distribution, revenue, profit, communication, social responsibility, sustainability. Recipes for your eco-sustainable cup of coffee. This is just one of the informations that shoppers can experience while choosing their buys at the supermarket. The idea is centered around the iSee application by FakePress.

Take a picture of a logo using your mobile phone and, if it has already been added to the database, the logo gets recognized (about 80% accuracy for this operation, if you have a steady hand… and getting better): information sources are shown on the device’s screen, allowing you to choose from social responsibility, sustainability, ecology, finance.

Attention is towards producers, and to the global policies and strategies that are designed and enacted through the products filling our daily lives.The objective is to show the part of the story that is seldom told, and to tell it right there, just-in-time, when you are there, choosing your product.

Second.

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An Oracle. A big eye watches you, awaiting. Products sit on their shelves, ready to be bought.

The first experience told stories about manufacturers, distributors, marketers.

The second one tells the stories of people, of families, of individuals making choices, producing food, objects.

Grabbing products and placing them in the Oracle revealed stories that will never be written on the labels: an anonymous package of olives told the tale of a man from Palestine, cultivating olive trees under the bombs of Israeli warfare; a transparent bag of salt allowed you to enter a deep valley among the mountains of South America, where people dig, dry, carry enormous quantities of salt in the most incredible manners; a pack of multicoloured candy brought you to a peculiar assembly chain in Bangladesh, in an industrial complex that is barely more than a straw barrack, and people live their daily lives among flies, heat and humidity, wore-down machinery, hazards and a few coins in their pockets.

The other part of the story. Embedded into the products.

Third.

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First there were the companies, then it was the people. The third experience is all about the shoppers.

The supermarket is a process. Its architecture, its sound, its shape and volumes are designed for people to enter, choose their merchandise, proceed to the cashiers, pay and leave as fast as they can.

No space for expression, for sharing informations and points of view. Only the marketable survives.

We thought we could change that. We tried with the third experience.

Shoptivism TV is a digital TV channel designed to be recorded and viewed inside supermarkets. It is produced by the people. Grab your mobile phone, scan a product and start recording: happy people telling recipes, angry people telling unsatisfaction, informed people telling how things are, creative people telling stories.

Augmented Reality

Stepping aside frm the hype, Augmented Rality (AR) can mean many things. It can mean dinosaurs walking down your favourite street. But it can also mean to augment ordinary reality with new possibilities and opportunities.

We wanted to do just that: have a chance to reinvent the present, the real, adding new sensorial spaces, new sensibilities that can be achieved through digital media and contemporary devices.

Computer vision, location-based media, wearable and pocketable technologies, gestural and natural interfaces can turn complex tasks into simple ones.

Squatting Supermarkets is just that: augment ordinary reality with new possibilities; invade, squat, occupy time and space with expression and different voices; recontextualize, reappropriate, redesign strategies. Squatting Supermarkets’ intent is to recode the present.

Installation Setup

The three parts of the installation have been built with the fundamental help of many students from the Albertina Arts Academy of Turin and from the MultiDAMS. Arts, Crafts and scenographic support,  as well as an incredible deal of conceptual and dialogic exchange, were the key factors that brought to the definition of the final installation. Choosing materials, lighting, assemblage strategies and space design was really fun and it was a chance to dig into the themes of the installation. While our fingernails were breaking and our clothes getting dirtier, we had a chance to tell and discuss stories, bulding an augmented reality of our own.

On the technical side, the three experiences were built using software components implemented using multiple technologies.

The iSee iPhone application was built using Objective-C and Apple’s standard SDK. Some peculiar technologies were used as well, causing the application to be rejected from distribution on the Apple Store: this is the effect of an incredibly harassing strategy Apple is using against its international community of developers. But this is another story that will be told in just a few days.

The image recognition engine is built in two stages. Captured images of logos and products are first pre-processed on the iPhone (image colour adjustment, thresholding and basic feature recognition algorithms are applied in this phase) and the result is sent to a server for comparison with the items already added to the database (a feature comparison process is applied, where the presence of angles, straight lines, regular curves, areas of solid colors or juxtaposition of them all become parameters that are used to compare images coming from mobile phones with the ones of the stored logos and products). Once a logo is eventually recognized, standard SQL procedures allow for association of various information sources.

We currently are integrating:

Custom contents are also progressively being produced and used, such as microdocumentaries, interviews, researches.

The Oracle is completely done using Processing. Many parts of the processing framework have been used. Efficient and error-free functionalities could not have been achieved without the help of Rolf van Gelder whose enhancements to our little QRCode library for Processing were of fundamental importance.

Two pieces of software were used on the third part of the installation. The main one was a webTV application integrating the streams coming from the LiveStream account we created to distribute the contents live (well.. almost live :) ) to the audience of the Share Festival with the streams coming from the interviews and visitors interactions with the installation.

The second component of this part of the installation was, again, made using Processing. An infovisualization gathered in realtime the communications arising in social networks (on Twitter, FriendFeed and Facebook) about the products we used in the other parts of the installation. This visualization was used whenever nothing was going on in the Shoptivism TV channel.

All was coordinated through a simple software layer built using Processing that took care of the generation of the sound environment (featuring triggered hypnotic loops of pure supermarket sound-madness) and the automatic live direction of the various software components, handled through locally networked control messages.

Workshops

Three workshops were performed.

The first one was done with the students of the MultiDAMS in Turin. Here we explained the mechanisms running the Shoptivist TV: how is a TV channel made for supermarkets structured? What technologies can be used? What does it mean to direct, edit and manage a multi author, free access, distributed, ubiquitous TV channel? What are the legal implications of letting people freely record a TV channel inside commercial spaces?

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The students were wonderful and immediately activated, learning to use interfaces and grabbing visitors explaining them the wonders of free expression.

The second workshop saw me together with Luca Simeone and Federico Ruberti from FakePress detailing the multiples perspectives involved in Squatting Supermarkets. I introduced the artistic concept, Luca did a beautiful presentation of the anthropologic and interaction design strategies we are researching on to build FakePress and Federico thoroughly presented and explained impressive data collected with the collaboration of Cary Hendrickson on the economic, financial, social and ecological opportunities brought on by these practices.

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The third was a continuous state of workshopping we happily embraced with the groups of MultiDAMS students coming in with professor Giulio Lughi. He brought in wave after wave of students, providing us a wonderful and enthusiastic audience to deal with and also allowing us to face questions, doubts and unthought perspectives in a wonderful way (many thanks professor!).

A more peculiar form of workshop was also performed, but it deserves a specific section.

So here comes:

ShopDropping!

Possibly the most exciting and replenishing thing happening for us during the Share Festival, we got several students involved in a creatively subversive action.

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Starting from the concepts explained in the Squatting Supermarkets project, we decided that it would be of fundamental importance to get bodies involved in the critical assertions we were making: let bodies reclaim spaces and possibilites through creativity and action!

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On Friday morning we gathered the students in front of the Museo Regionale delle Scienze Naturali. After a short explanation we were off for the action.

Three supermarkets, the FNAC and La Rinascente stores in Turin city centre were invaded with narratives and detournments.

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The action included two parts.

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1) invasion

The cans coming from the Squatting Supermarkets installation were placed among regular supermarket products. These out-of-place products proved to be quite powerful: their aesthetics, together with the fact that they were not part of the shops’ information systems, created multiple bugs in the processes of the commercial premises. The unexpected and unaccounted for turned into a tool for breaking down the daily processes ruling our lives.

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2) free narratives

Microstories were distributed to the students under the form of stickers with urban haikus printed on them. They were to be attached on commercial products, over the barcode defining their prices and inventory identification. When people eventually bought the “processed” products none of them would pass the barcode reader, forcing both the clerk and the consumer into reading our little stories. Free form expressions telling tales of ecology, of carelessness, of reconsidering our lives, of applying critiques to our daily gestures.

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This was a fantastic experience, both for us and for the students. The possibility to create our own narrative spaces in the places where no such thing is usually allowed was a powerful experience. We had to actually pull students out of FNAC, as they were enjoying the process too much :)

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Connections

During the festival we leveraged the TV Channel to connect to other interesting events and people, further promoting the possibility for innovative forms of expression in symbolic spaces.

We first connected to San Francisco with Jonathon Keats. Jonathon told the audience the story of his incredible artworks, and in the clever ways in which the constantly manage to break down the schemes of markets and other complex global forces we are surrounded by. The audience particularily enjoyed the story of the Antimatter Bank Jonathon is bringing up in San Francisco: antimatter against global crisis!

We then connected with the inauguration party of the Hub in Rome. The Hub started in Egland and it turned out to be a really good idea: accessible spaces all over the world to start dialogues, actions, enterprises, between technology, culture, sustainability, social strategies. The Hub Roma just opened up its premises and, if the attitude and excitement they show in what they’re doing don’t lie, we’re set to see some truly interesting things going on over there.

Squatting Supermarkets @ Eataly

We’ll tell you more in the next post about this, so this is just a starter.

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We agreed with the management of Eataly to create an event in which the people from the Share festival could have enjoyed visiting the beautiful supermarket dedicated to organic, local, sustainable foods, using Augmented reality techniques. We had an incredible time doing it, and people were delighted to see stories coming directly out of the producst they bought daily. The experience has been both interesting and critical, as people were truly enlightened by the possibility to learn more about the things they eat and drink, in such a direct way.

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More on this and on its evolutions in the next post.

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The Prize

On the last day of the Share Festival we also had a truly nice surprise.

Squatting Supermarkets won the “Green Prize” offered by Turin’s Environment Park for the most ecologic approach.

Thanks to everyone!

We really need to thank a lot of people. We couldn’t have made it without all of you. So here go the credits:

for the Squatting Supermarkets installation:
Concept, software and artistic direction: Salvatore Iaconesi (aka xDxD.vs.xDxD)
Arts, Crafts & Scenography: a fantastic group of students of the Accademia Albertina of Turin with the direction of Oriana Persico

the iSee application was produced by
Fake Press

for the “Squatting Supermarkets: introduzione pratica e teorica allo Shoptivism” workshop
Concept & Direction: Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico
The group of participants: Silvia Aimone, Roberto Brogi, Eleonora Cappai, Federico Manassero, Barbara Raimondi, Riccardo Rea, Federico Trovarelli, Salvatore Tuscolano.

for the “Complex Shopping Narratives” workshop
Artistic Statement: Salvatore Iaconesi
Antropological introduction & Interaction Design Theory: Luca Simeone
Strategic Marketing & Communication Research: Federico Ruberti
Eco-sustainability & Alternative Economic Models Research: Cary Hendrickson

for the Shopdropping action
Salvatore Iaconesi, Oriana Persico, an incredible group of students from Multi Damd and Accademia Albertina, Collettivo Aut Art (Milan), a student from Accademia of Venice

Photography & video:
Gianfranco Mura and Maya

Augmented Reality Tour @ Eataly
Concept & Direction: Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico
Contact & Coordination: Simona Milvo (Eataly)
Interview: Dino Burri (Eataly)

Special Thanks to
Tone and is dog, Maria, Davich, prof. Giulio Lughi, Massimo Melotti, Gadda, Lo|bo, Aut Art, Les Liens Invisibles, Maya, Gianfranco Mura, Stefan, Mirella, Marie, Franca Formenti, Dario Carrera, Conny Neri, Ivan Fadini, Jonaton Keats, Anna Masera, Dario Migliardi, Roberta Bosco, Alessio Oggioni, Filippo Giannetta, Kathryn Weir, Luca Giuliani, Pete Ippel, Stefano Sburlati, Rolf van Gelder, Silvia and the team of students of Multi D@MS and the all organisation of Piemonte Share Festival (Simona Lodi, Chiara Garibaldi, Luca Barbeni, Chiara Ciociola and the guest curator Andy Cameron) for the beautiful hospitality and work.

All the people that spent time with us during the Festival

We’re just back from the intense 4 days of the Live Performers Meeting 2009 where REFF (RomaEuropaFAKEFactory) held its new showcase.

LPM2009 really has been full of surprises, and we were more than happy to share the spaces of the Brancaleone with over 300 video artists from all over the world. From live video to electronic modding, up to incredible workshops and performances.

REFF curated the first day of the meeting, focused on “Digital Freedoms“.

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REFF.erence romaeuropa fake factory conference and launch party

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RomaeuropaFAKEFactory [REFF]

presents

[ REFF.erence ]

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st, March 2009 @ Rome

The international competition RomaEuropaFAKEFactory re-lauches in Rome on March 20th and 21st with two dense days dedicated to the theme “Freedom to Remix“: at the Italian Senate, at the Libreria Flexi and at the Neo Club, with a triple event crossing the borders between different spaces and contexts of the metropolis, from institutional ones to the night clubbing scene of via Libetta.

The Italian Senate, it its “ex Hotel Bologna” (via di S.Chiara 4), hosts, on March 20th, 10:00 to 14:00

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“Cultural politics and management of intellectual property in the contemporary era” (*)

a coference-debate in which the competition becomes the trigger to start up a dialogue on the meanings of art, culture and creativity, on the management of cultural politics, on the relationships between new business models and the law for what concerns copyright, patents and intellectual property, starring REFF promoters, featuring video interventions by Derrick de Kerckhove, Massimo Canevacci, Carlo Infante, with senator Vincenzo Vita summing up and drawing conclusions and perspectives.

Among the others: councillor Giulia Rodano, councillor Cecilia D’Elia, Luca Neri, casaluce/geiger synusy@cyborg, Simona Lodi, Arturo Di Corinto, Francesco Monico, Stefano Coletto, Francesco “Warbear” Macarone Palmieri, Gianluca del Gobbo, Valeria “Jemma Temp” Guarcini, Alex Giordano, Davide D’Atri, Guido Scorza, Marco Scialdone, Valerio Mattioli, OtherehtO, Marco Fagotti, Rosella Ongaretto, Francesco Magnocavallo.

On March 21st starting at 18:00 let’s meet for a

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at the Flexi Cafè Library, in the heart of Rione Monti, for the presentation of the book “Assalto al Copyright” (Assaulting Copyright) (Edizioni Cooper), introduced by Arturo di Corinto; after that the author, Luca Neri, will meet the guests and host a meeting-debate. The evocative ex factory will be animated with the “Flight SynEp” new media art installation by OtherehtO.

Following up, starting at 23:00 and into the night,

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RomaEuropaFAKEFactory Launch Party

In the invisible space of the Neo Club, Rejected invites its rejects to the continuous pirate remix of identities, playing on the concept of inclusion/exclusion and on musical remix, digital, human, experiential, in a series of performances, installations, live VJ sets and DJ sets.

in the Red Room:

Empty Mirror“, live performance by Global Groove, a couple of visionary unfair artists that have been working on the idea of the noise of fragments for 20 years;

“Remixing People” by xDxD.vs.xDxD, the inventor of [A]rt is [O]pen [S]ource and creator of cyber bodies and robotic and software arts, and Kevin Pistone, historical figure of Rome’s independent photohraphy scene and founder of the MyJemmaTemp workshop, joining forces with an installation and a photographic set challenging each other disassembling and reassembling people’s bodies.

All in the frame of ATOMIC, the new qeer party that will instantiate its imaginaries built on indie disco and obscene pop with Bebop on the controls, the exhibits and performances by Martin Dee vs Industria Indipendente.

In the Caveau:

an environmental interzone running from Zanzibar to William Burroughs, with a 4 DJ squad, 3 VJs and a videoart installation:

Opening set with the tech house by Jason K, Neo Resident and promoter of the Bootleg and Fonia parties.

Following up, a part of the history to come of the subversive Rome penetrating the world thrugh the paths of D.I.Y. , party culture and the Queer imaginaries of the Phag Off project. Warbear connects plots and configures libertarian dancefloors with a set of Incredibly Strange Techno, mashing up spoken words and vocal samples to 4-quarters narrative structures.

Then Bit_Repeat, Rejected resident Djs, with a techno and minimal set.

The video setup is curated by LPM, the global meeting of live video performances, providing the best performers from the roster of Flyer Visual Agency.

Infidel (Phag Off, L-ektrika,Loaded, Anarchy in the Club), Nikky (Phag Off, Sick Marylin) and Aira (L-ektrika, Kitchen) will alternate at the video controls creating umoral un-pop visions.

The BEAT-ify installation will allow you to loose yourself in the extasy of the synesthesia created between berzerk generative cut-ups and the beats of the dancefloor, under the cures of the FLxER team and xDxD.vs.xDxD

Kanu, party shooter and Rejected promoter, will be the witness of the party.

And the news are not yet over.

RomaeuropaFAKEFactory adds two new sections and a new deadline (May 15th 2009)

100Flash, dedicated to GIF art

and

100Spaces, dedicated to design, architecture and landscape

Starting from March 20th, the new web site will be available: a brand new Open Source platform to manage competitions and a social network. By using it artists will be able to register their remix artworks to the literary (100Quotes), music (100Samples), video (100Cuts), LawArt (legal remix of legislative texts on copyright and patents), and to the two new sections: 100Flash and 100Spaces.

More information on the official website of the project

www.romaeuropa.org

RomaeuropaFAKEFactory is a project by

[A]rt is [O]pen [S]ource

in collaboration with

Torino Share Festival – DegradArte – Istituto per le Politiche dell’Innovazione – BeatPick – ComputerLaw 2.0 – LPM, Flyer Communication – PerformngMedia – FLxER – ShockArt.net – NeRVi – Digicult – Associazione Partito Pirata – Nephogram.net – Les Liens Invisible – A.H.A. – Francesco “Warbear” Macarone Palmieri – Superfluo – Deliriouniversale – My Jemma Temp – ArtsBlog.it – CodiceBinario – PEAM – Artificialia – Biodoll – Ninja Marketing – Arturo di Corinto – Linux-Club – Guido Vetere – The National Cynical Network – NoemaLab – Free Hardware Foundation – Collettivo Nove – Yesmoke – IPJustice – Rejected – casaluce/geiger synusy@cyborg – Fake – Liber Liber – Domenico Quaranta – ESpace paRtout – creActive commUnity – Metromorfosi – Descentro – Anomolo – Giovanni Ziccardi – Wilfied Agricola de Cologne – Isotype – aStronza – Ramallah Underground – Uqbar – Luisa Valeriani – SIFIR – m-node – muvideo – E32 – Leo Sorge – myMedia – Derrick de Kerckhove – OtherethO – netBehaviour – Milano in Digitale…

(*) to attend the coference write to:

info@romaeuropa.org

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Program Detail

.: Friday March 20th, 2009

REFF.erence – 10:00-14:30

conference-debate – Ex Hotel Bologna , Senato della Repubblica via di S. Chiara 4

“Freedom to Remix”. Cultural politics and intellectual property management in the contemporary era: presentation of the international competition RomaEuropaFAKEFactory

[ ore 10:00 – 10:30 ]

REFF Opening: “origins of RomaEuropaFAKEFactory”

Salvatore Iaconesi (aka xDxD) Art is Open Source

[ ore 10:20 – 11:20 ]

Panel 1 “art, culture and creativity in the contemporary era”

moderator: Rossella Ongaretto

video-intervention by Massimo Canevacci

introduction: Francesco “Warbear” Macarone Palmieri

roundtable: casaluce-geiger synusi@cyborg, OtherethO, Gennaro Francione, Valerio Mattioli

[ ore 11:20 – 12:40 ]

Panel 2 “the management of the politics of culture, art and creativity”

moderator: Valeria “Jemma Temp” Guarcini

introduction: Simona Lodi

roundtable: Francesco Monico, Gianluca del Gobbo, Stefano Coletto, Arturo Di Corinto, Ass. Giulia Rodano, ass. Cecilia D’Elia

Video-intevention by Carlo Infante

[ ore 12:40 – 13:00 ] coffee break

[ ore 13:00 – 14:00 ]

Panel 3 “economic models and innovation: business and management models for contemporary intellectualproperty”

moderator: Luca Neri

introduction: Alex Giordano

roundtable: Davide D’Atri, Guido Scorza, Marco Scialdone, Marco Fagotti, Francesco Magnocavallo

[ore 14:00 – 14:15 ]

REFF Perspectives

Oriana Persico (NeRVi)

video-intervention by Derrick De Kerkove

[ ore 14:15 – 14:30 ]

Conclusions/greetings

sen. Vincenzo Vita (vice president of the Cultural Commission of the Italian Senate)

.: Saturday March 21st, 2009

[ ore 18:00-21:00 ]

REFF.ternoon

Aperitif , presentations, installations

Flexi Libreria Caffè – via Clementina 9 Roma

presentation of the book “Assalto al Copyright” (Assaulting Copyright)

introduces: Arturo di Corinto

following up, meeting and debate with Luca Neri, author of the book

video-installation “Flight SynEp” by OtherehtO

[ Ore 23:00-4:30 ]

Rejected & Neo Club present REFF.jected Launch Party

Via degli Argonauti 18 (corner with Via di Libetta)

Red Room Live:

Live: Global Groove presenting “Empty Mirror”

Djs, Perfos & Exhibit : ATOMIC – Mashing the waste (bootlegs/Mash Ups/Nu Disco) – BeBop/Martin Dee/Sabine Jay & The Atomic Kids

Media Art: “Remixing People” by xDxD + Kevin Pistone

Foto: Kanu

Caveau:

Djs: Jason K – Phonia/Bootleg (Tech House) – WARBEAR (Incredibly Strange Techno) Bit_repeat (Minimal Techno)

Vjs: Infidel (FLxER/LPM) Nikky (FLxER/LPM) Aira (FLxER/LPM)

Media Art: “BEAT-ify” xDxD.vs.xDxD + FLxER Team

Foto: Kanu

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Art & Love VI at Villa Capriglio

Art & Love VI at Villa Capriglio

While keeping busy with the launch and communication of the RomaEuropaFAKEFactory and keeping the interviews on the international crisis going with Interviewing the Crisis we will get relaxed a bit at the Art & Love VI that will be held at Villa Capriglio on February 14th

more news soon…

rel:attiva presenza

November 8th, 2008

while in Mexico we did quite a few things.

possibly the most difficult one was the creation of an architectural installation called rel:attiva presenza.

attiva presenza in Mexico City

rel:attiva presenza in Mexico City

the installation constituted a practical example of the theories we exposed at this congress and it was created in the beautiful cloister of the Italian Cultural Institute in Mexico City, in the colonia Coyoacan.

The concept behind the installation was a contextualization of an architectural intervention we designed by the same name, transforming a public square into an interactive location for mixed-media urban dialogue.

The installation show/performance took place together with the inauguration of the exhibit “El viaje en la mirada: dibujos italianos de dos arquitectos mexicanos” from which some drawings were taken and virtually re-interpreted for the installation’s components.

The installation was built using the openframeworks programming libraries, and it featured 2 network synchronized computers handling the sides of the visuals and the spatialized sound.

A narrative was created by juxtaposing 7 scenes projected on a cylindrical artefact hanging on top of teh cloister’s fountain.

Each of the 7 stages featured a methodology for layering virtual and physical domaind of reality.

The sounds from other spaces/times that were recreated in spatialized form in the environment.

The images from various locations of Mexico that were morphed into each other together with their localized sounds, to form new, virtual places.

The drawings exhibited, taht were used to create narrative voyages that superimposed the palces that inpired teh drawings with fantastic, non-existing ones.

Virtual architectures that were projected onto real ones, creating hybrids.

Interaction was assured by means of teh environental sound and by a simple cloister-wide motion capture system that used people’s movement to generate sounds and parameter values for the various algorithms involved in the software.

A special thanks must be given to the people at the Italian Cultural Institute, especially to Franco Avicolli, the institute’s cultural expert and responsible for inter-universities relationships, appointed by Italy’s Ministry for Foreign Relations, and to his assistant Valeria Ricci Apiròz: their enthusiasm was probably the most enabling technology that we used for this installation. :)

An enormous “thank you” goes to the Institute and to its director, prof. Marco Bellingeri, and to Felice Scauso, the Italian Embassador in Mexico, who gave us an incredibly warm hospitality.

check out the review on ArtsBlog

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an article explaining how emotional approaches to technology can access socio-political dialogue dimensions

we just published the article presented at the (re)Actor3 / HCI2008 conference/event in Liverpool.

you can find it here:

http://www.artisopensource.net/2008/09/24/dpsdc-degradazione-per-sovrapposizione-di-corpi-the-theory/

Abstract:
“Degradazione per Sovrapposizione di Corpi (DpSdC) investigates on interaction mechanisms created using low cost DIY technologies, aiming at the creation of emotional environments that can be used to break the users’ inhibitory barriers to narratively access dialogue on socio-political issues.”

– (re)Actor3
http://www.digitalliveart.com/

– HCI2008
http://hci2008.org/

– Degradazione per Sovrapposizione di Corpi
http://www.artisopensource.net/2008/05/29/dpsdc-degradazione-per-sovrapposizione-di-corpi/

– some videos and a report
http://www.artisopensource.net/DegradazionePerSovrapposizioneDiCorpi/index_liverpool.html