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A Well Regulated Milita

A Well Regulated Milita rough cut from Public Practice Studio on Vimeo.

Documentation of A Well Regulated Militia installation by Public Practice Studio at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, September 22-October 17 2015. The piece visualizes Instagram posts of AR-15 rifles.

The Public Practice Studio is a socially-engaged design lab comprised of faculty, students, and alumni at the University of Washington’s Division of Design. Our mission is to bring research and design to bear on pressing issues of local, national, and global concern. We work with academic, industry, and community-based partners on such topics as human trafficking, urban development, and environmental sustainability.

Turbulence.org Commission: “The Xanadu Hijack” by Curt Cloniger

Turbulence.org Commission: The Xanadu Hijack by Curt Cloniger:

Curt and Jason Cloniger have created a logo that will hijack the proper noun “Xanadu” in Google Images; so that a Google Images search for “Xanadu” returns a tiled collage of Xanadu Hijack logos. At the Xanadu Hijack website, various versions of the Xanadu logo are available for participants to download, manipulate, watermark, tag, and upload. Or, they can simply use the social media buttons to tag and repost the logos. Curt has also provided several pre-watermarked, Xanadu-related images – Olivia Newton John, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Ted Nelson, the New Jersey Mall – which can be reposted and tagged as well. If you want to hijack Cloniger’s hijack by associating the logo with cats or unicorns that would be wonderful. Participants who demonstrate a lot of network influence or just have clever ideas will be paid, until the money runs out.

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

BIOGRAPHY

Curt Cloninger is an artist, writer, and Assistant Professor of New Media at the University of North Carolina Asheville. His art undermines language as a system of meaning in order to reveal it as an embodied force in the world. By layering, restructuring, hashing, eroding, exhausting, and (dis)splaying language, he causes language to perform itself until its “meaning” has less to do with what it denotes and more to do with how it behaves. Cloniger’s work has been featured in the New York Times and at festivals and galleries from Korea to Brazil. Exhibition venues include Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Granoff Center for The Creative Arts (Brown University), Digital Art Museum [DAM] (Berlin), Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (Chicago), Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (Asheville), and the internet.

Curt has been published on a wide range of topics, including new media and internet art, installation and performance art, experimental graphic design, popular music, network culture, and continental philosophy. Recent topics have included glitch art, the “new aesthetic,” electronic voice phenomena, bodily affect, object oriented ontology, process philosophy, and artistic lying. His articles have appeared in Intelligent Agent, Mute, Paste, Tekka, Rhizome Digest, A List Apart, and on ABC World News. He is the author of four books, most recently a collection of his essays spanning 14-years, (aptly) titled One Per Year.

He maintains lab404.com, playdamage.org, and deepyoung.org in hopes of facilitating a more lively remote dialogue with the Sundry Contagions of Wonder.

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Turbulence.org Commission: “Making Love: Poetry In Motion” by OMTA

Turbulence.org Commission: Making Love: Poetry In Motion by OMTA (Omer and Tal Golan)

We cannot predict whom we will fall in love with, where s/he will be from, or in what language we will hear words that stir our emotions and excite us to our core. Poetry In Motion appropriates real time tweets about love from http://twitter.com and — by using semantic analysis algorithms — generates an endless, variable poem based on random choices made by each reader’s computer. Thus, Poetry In Motion relies on global telecommunications networks and social groups to crowdsource poetry and reveals all the love in the world at any given moment.

Making Love: Poetry In Motion is a 2015 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.

BIOGRAPHY

Founded in 2006, OMTA is the artistic collaboration of international new-media artists Omer and Tal Golan. OMTA has exhibited in many countries including continuous representation at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and active participation in London and New York art galleries and features. OMTA collaborators are associate members of the Leonardo/International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology; current contributors to university curricula internationally; and have worked in cooperation with Google, Art-Link, and other companies. As forerunners in innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary research, OMTA creates artistic displays that encourage viewer participation, in order to conduct studies regarding human interaction, digital mediation, body image, and social awareness.

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Radius: “Millionth” by James Chinneck

Radius Episode 60: Millionth by James Chinneck :: Duel-Site Broadcast: And Sometimes Gravity, Adds Donna, 88.9-FM, Chicago, US :: February 1, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 pm (CST) + radioCONA: Zima FM, 88.8MHz, Ljubljana, Slovenia :: February 19, 2015, 7:00 pm (CET).

Millionth was constructed by simply using a telephone and audio recording equipment. James Chinneck systematically recorded individuals saying the word “hello” when they first answered their telephone. Chinneck charted his telephonic journeys through 227 different countries, working on condensing the world’s population at a ratio of 1:1000000 to generate a total of 6348 people. Each individual “hello” has been edited into a sequence, which includes every country in descending order of population size, one after the other, resulting in a 43 minute audio track.

James Chinneck was born in Hertfordshire, England in 1973. He currently lives and works in West Yorkshire, England. He studied at Leeds Metropolitan University. His most recent work Tueri Terram has been shown at Tate Britain, London (2014), and solo exhibitions include Wish You Were Here?, Leeds City Art Gallery (West Yorkshire, England, 1997); Americanenglish, Joseph Gross Gallery (Tucson, Arizona USA, 1999); Rice Fall, Sculpture Space (Utica, New York, 2000); and Trust Me I’m An Artist, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, (West Yorkshire, 2003).