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“The Deep Sweep” by Critical Engineering

The Deep Sweep: High Altitude Signal Research by The Critical Engineering Working Group (Julian Oliver, Bengt Sjölen, Danja Vasiliev) is an aerospace probe scanning the otherwise out-of-reach signal space between land and stratosphere, with special interest placed in UAV/drone to satellite communication.

Taking the form of a high-altitude weather balloon, tiny embedded computer and RF equipment, The Deep Sweep project is being developed to function as a low-cost, aerial signal-intelligence (SIGINT) platform. Intended for assembly and deployment by public, it enables surveying and studying the vast and often secretive world of signal in our skies. Two launches have been performed so far, from sites in Germany, landing in Poland and Belarus respectively.

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Turbulence.org Commission: “besides,” 3 Networked Performances

Turbulence.org Commission: “besides,” 3 networked performances by Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam:

June 11, 12, & 13 online http://bram.org/besides at 19:00 (CET), 1:00 pm (EDT) (find your local time) Streaming by Ivan Chabanaud/mosaika.tv.

Annie and Martina will investigate the performative potential of real time computer-mediated communication. By listening to each other’s gestures (in a visual and acoustic sense) they will choreograph each other’s actions, despite Annie being in Montpellier, France and Martina in Berlin, Germany. Will they be able to create an intimate space within two webcam windows framed side-by-side on their screens? What will emerge when two vulnerable bodies, their silences, fragmented communication, a few mundane objects, and a lot of uncertainty collide?

June 11, 2015: “besides, the person I am becoming.”
Duration 20 minutes
The audience can interact via a chat window

June 12, 2015: “besides, moved by some thing.” An intimate conversation on death and illness.
Duration undetermined.
No interaction with the public.

June 13, 2015: “besides, Dear Body,”
Duration 3 minutes.
With public chat window, so we can discuss afterwards.

besides, is a 2015 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence.org website. It was made possible with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

BIOGRAPHIES

Annie Abrahams has a doctorate (M2) in biology from the University of Utrecht and a MA2 from the Academy of Fine Arts of Arnhem. She is known worldwide for her netart and collective writing experiments, and is an internationally regarded pioneer of networked performance art. From 2002-2005, she taught at the University of Montpellier in the Arts Department. Abrahams curated and organized “InstantS” (2006-2009) and the “Breaking Solitude” and “Double Bind” web performance series (2007-2009) for panoplie.org. In 2012 she co-organized “Cyposium,” an online symposium on cyberformance; and she published an article on webcam mediated communication and collaboration in JAR #2. In 2013 Abrahams and Emmanuel Guez started the “ReadingClub” project, an online venue for collaborative reading and writing performances. In 2014 she published two books: “from estranger to e¬stranger” with CONA and Aksioma, Ljubljana; and “CyPosium,” co-edited with Helen Varley Jamieson and published by LINK Editions.

Martina Ruhsam is a choreographer, performer and writer. From October 2008 to March 2009 she was (vicarious) head of the theorycentre in Tanzquartier Wien. In 2011 her book “Kollaborative Praxis: Choreographie” was published by Turia + Kant. Her artistic work and collaborations were presented at various venues and festivals, including: Wiener Festwochen, Tanzquartier Wien, brut, Kino Siska, Mladi Levi Festival, Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna, Museum of Contemporary Art, Metelkova. Ruhsam taught at Maska’s Seminar for Performing Arts (Ljubljana) and she has lectured internationally. She is also a member of the editorial board of Maska Performing Arts Journal, and she regularly contributes articles to the magazine. Currently she is completing a PhD at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen.

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“besides,” by Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam [online]

Turbulence.org Commission: besides, by Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam :: June 11, 12, 13; 19:00 (CET), 1:00 pm (EDT) (find your local time) :: ONLINE at http://bram.org/besides. Streaming Ivan Chabanaud / mosaika.tv

Three online experiments by Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam, who will investigate the performative potential of computer-mediated performance. By listening to each other’s gestures (in a visual and acoustic sense) they will choreograph each other despite being geographically far away from each other – Annie will be in Montpellier, Martina in Berlin.

besides, is a 2015 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence.org website. It was made possible with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thursday, June 11, 2015: besides, the person I am becoming.
Duration 20 minutes. The audience can interact via a chatwindow.

As an assemblage of text-fragments and daily objects this live-performance is a series of linkages and open relations between words and banal things.

What do words, a pencil and a stone have in common? Does the stone change when being confronted by a hammer? What changes if it is replaced by a pill? Does the image of a spoon change the thought or does the thought change the thing?

Images talk as much as words. A month long, Martina and Annie collected words and objects – overheard phrases, poetry, academic citations, a piece of concrete, foam, a photo, a scan. Who says what? What can we understand? What if?

Friday, June 12, 2015: besides, moved by some thing.
Duration undetermined. No interaction with the public.

When facing death or illness all the accumulated knowledge surrounding these issues is displaced by experiences that can hardly be shared. Can liminal experiences be communicated verbally?

Annie and Martina recently both had an intimate encounter with death and illness and noticed it is very difficult to talk about this experience to others. Some people flee, others need to be reassured. Most art only touches upon it in a symbolical way.
 Annie and Martina will try to exchange views on the subject. They prepared this meeting individually, and agreed upon only one rule: the performance will be over when both their webcams will be black for more than one minute.

Saturday, June 13, 2015: besides, Dear Body,
Duration 3 minutes. With public chatwindow, so we can discuss afterwards.

A visual letter to (and from) two breathing bodies – exposing their fragility, vulnerability, mortality, strength, singularity and anonymity. Our Bodies are full of History. History is embodied – the skin being the imaginary boundary between a “you” and a “me”.

Dear body, dear body – dear aging body…

There is always something that escapes — some dimension of objects, bodies, events, and processes that withdraws despite all visual presence.

More information (motivation, preparations, intentions, context, tests, bios)

Cyposium – The Book

CyPosium - The Book :: Launch: December 12, 7:00 pm :: Platform, Munich and online.

CyPosium - The Book explores the field of cyberformance — live performance events that connect remote participants via the internet — offers a variety of perspectives on this multidisciplinary live art form.

CyPosium - The Book presents selected material from the CyPosium, a one-day online symposium organised in October 2012 to discuss cyberformance. Artists from a range of backgrounds have experimented in this field for as long as they have had access to the internet, and the CyPosium sought to remember and celebrate some of this ephemeral and pioneering work.

The 12-hour event consisted of online presentations and facilitated discussions, and attracted an audience from around the world who engaged in a lively, vibrant real-time conversation. CyPosium - the book continues and expands on this discussion by presenting texts, chat log excerpts, discussion transcripts, edited email conversations, creative chat excerpt essays and illustrations from the event, along with responses to the event.

This book will be of interest to practitioners, students and researchers of digital and online arts. While its focus is live performance, the contributors hail from a wide range of practice both online and offline, and their writing illustrates the hybrid nature of contemporary arts involving digital technologies. Music, dance, poetry, sound art and the visual arts all feature, as well as entertainment and social practices such as computer games, virtual worlds and online dating. Common themes that emerged during the CyPosium are also present in the book, such as the changing role of the audience; intimacy in the online environment; and mortality. This breadth of form and content reflects the ever-increasing ubiquity of the internet and digital technologies in our daily lives as well as our arts practices.

Edited by Annie Abrahams and Helen Varley Jamieson, the contributors are Adriene Jenik, Alan Sondheim, Alberto Vazquez, Annie Abrahams, Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn, Cherry Truluck, Clara Gomes, Helen Varley Jamieson, James Cunningham, Joseph DeLappe, Liz Bryce, Maria Chatzichristodoulou, Maja Delak and Luka Prinčič, Miljana Perić, Rob Myers, Roger Mills, Ruth Catlow, Stephen A. Schrum and Suzon Fuks.

CyPosium - the book is published by Link Editions, in partnership with La Panacée, Montpellier, as part of “Open”, a series of catalogues, essay collections and pamphlets co-published with partner institutions. It is available as a print-on-demand paperback, e-book and downloadable PDF.

Order your copy via Lulu or Amazon: linkeditions.tumblr.com/cyposium

Read the ebook: issuu.com/linkedition/docs/abrahams_jamieson_cyposium_the_book

Downloadable PDF: www.linkartcenter.eu/public/editions/Abrahams_Jamieson_Cyposium_the_book_Link_Editions_2014.pdf

For further information contact:
Helen Varley Jamieson ( helenatcreative-catalyst.com ) and / or Annie Abrahams ( bram.orgatgmail.com )

Turbulence.org Commission: “Global Direct” by Paolo Cirio

Turbulence.org Commission: Global Direct by Paolo Cirio: Promoting global, participatory democracy Global Direct is a political philosophy driven by information technology and the failure of current political systems to respond to the complexities, crises, and speed of contemporary life. Inspired by the tradition of utopian artistic visions, and informed by extensive research, Cirio’s fifteen organograms illustrate alternative protocols, procedures and policies for actualizing a global democratic system. On the website you will also find an invitation to “Suggest a Slogan,” video statements by prominent advocates of participatory politics, and more. The slogans and printed posters of the Global Direct campaign will be disseminated through social networks and in physical public spaces. Global Direct showcases how distributed networking technologies can be used for participatory decision-making, transparent accountability, and civil awareness.

Global Direct is a 2014 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence.org website. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation, now celebrating 50 years of the creative spirit of emerging artists. Additionally, Global Direct is supported by DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic; and Lunatici Cultural A.P.S Association through the Municipality of Parma, Italy.

BIOGRAPHY

Paolo Cirio is an Italian contemporary artist based in Manhattan. His projects have tampered with institutions such as Facebook (Face to Facebook, 2011), Amazon (Amazon Noir, 2006), Google (Google Will Eat Itself, 2005), Nato (Anti-Nato Day, 2002), and the financial industry of the Cayman Islands (Loophole For All, 2013). He renders his conceptual works through performances, photos, drawings, videos and installations. Cirio’s work has been presented and exhibited in major art institutions, including Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014; TENT, Rotterdam, 2014; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2013; ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2013; CCCB, Barcelona, 2013; CCC Strozzina, Florence, 2013; Museum of Contemporary Art of Denver, 2013; MAK, Vienna, 2013; and Architectural Association, London, 2013. Cirio has won a number of awards, most recently a Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica (2014). He has also curated panel discussions for The Kitchen (2012) and Eyebeam (2013) in New York City.

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