Archive for June, 2011

I found some pretty interesting images this week from the Crosswire – in search of the synesthetic effect Exhibition that took place at Amsterdam 5 Dyas Off Festival in 2008.

The exhibition, by Optofonica, derived from societal impulses to employ technology in artistic creation, which has proliferated in the direction of crossed and interactive media. Crosswire stems from a neurological notion of crossed connections wiring different areas in the brain.[i] Its primary aims were to present various abstract installations in which different media intermingle in both inner and outer spaces. These artworks use audio analysis and custom software processes to extract meaningful data from the sound signal, creating a mapping between audio and other media.

Maurizio Martinucci, Curator of Crosswire said of the exhibition:

These installations are indeed designed to achieve a distinct impact on the visitor’s physical and psychological system. They offer different points of access to sound and space experience. The sculptural and architectural elements characterizing these works give a clear indication about the artists’ desire to expand the audio-visual experience towards a more tangible and pluri-sensory form rather than fixing it in a more traditional cinematic medium.[ii]

More than 35 international artists contributed to the exhibition and these are some examples of their work below that was featured.

3-26 July 2008. Installations by Aernoudt Jacobs (BE), Sagi Groner (IL/NL), Kaffe Matthews (UK), Telcosystems (NL) and TeZ + Janis Ponisch (IT/DE).

Series of prints based on the music of Alexander Rishaug. Produced using a sound-responsive software developed for realtime audiovisual performace.

Series of prints based on the music of Alexander Rishaug. Produced using a sound-responsive software developed for realtime audiovisual performace.

Leander Herzog: Sound structure. Laser cut plastic structures based on sound analysis.

[i] Martinucci, M. 2008 Crosswire – in search of the synthetic effect, <http://www.montevideo.nl/en/nieuws/detailhome.php?id=173&archief=>

[ii] Martinucci, M. 2008 Crosswire – in search of the synthetic effect, <http://www.montevideo.nl/en/nieuws/detailhome.php?id=173&archief=>


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Social media and privacy…do these go hand in hand? My previous blog entries have discussed how media and technology has been tightly embedded within our cultural and social lives. I think now it will be interesting to note how these media and technologies have dramatically changed our lives into quite often unstable forms.  The Internet and the mobile phone was designed to make our lives easier, but recently privacy breaches and data leaks have meant convenience have come at a cost of privacy within our culture. The question now is; what level of control, if any, over your data do you really have?

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the social media network Facebook says the the age of privacy is over. When speaking to Mike Arrington from Tech Crunch TV (see video embedded below) Zuckerberg says, ” People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time. We view it as our role in the system to constantly be innovating and be updating what our system is to reflect what the current social norms are.”[i]

It appears Facebook’s goal is to push our culture away from privacy as this is becoming the norm.  On this social media your name, gender, current city, photos, friends, etc, is publicly available information. All your information is available to anyone on the World Wide Web.  Furthermore, Facebook allows you to “Check-In” to places for people to track your location

What level of control you have over the data on your smartphone is another key question. As the article, Taking control of your data into your own hands states, “Whenever you sign up to a website or install an app, you are potentially giving the company behind the service access to your personal data – even if you don’t realise it.”[ii]

The level of privacy users of the Internet and smartphones have remains questionable. It can be seen that personal data no longer remains personal and privacy is compromised. The structure of data flow in media therefore remains complex and is open to further research and discussion.

[i] Tech Crunch TV, 2010, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Tech Crunch Interview, 2.34- 5.40 mins <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoWKGBloMsU>

[ii] Aron, J 2011, Taking control of your data into your own hands, New Scientist, <http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21028126.700-taking-control-of-your-data-into-your-own-hands.html>

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