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Refarm the City are open tools of software and hardware for “urban farmers”. These tools are used to promote and amplify the dialogue between urban humans, nature, applied sciences and local resources. Started 2008 in hangar.org (Barcelona), open tools have been spread around the planet. Cities like, São Paulo, New York, Paris, Barcelona or Buenos Aires were the stages of our research and applied technologies.
Aufmerksamkeitsungeziefer - Intervention with vibration motors
The object itself looks like a big cockroach and consists of a small vibration motor, some electrical parts and a big battery. Many of these ”small animals“ (objects) are attached underneath various tables of restaurants, cafés, bars, etc. using double-faced adhesive tape. The „host of the parasite“, the table vibrates in pulsed form, similar to a cell phone ringing on the table. The visitors are alarmed: „Is it my phone or yours?“ After a few rings the vermin rests for half an hour.
Radio Convoy
Radio Convoy is an acoustic experiment, initiated by Johannes Kubin and Marianne Lang.
A pirate radio station will transmit artistic audio recordings of ten to twenty artists (most of them from fine arts) via radio. The whole setting is mobile, which means not only the pirate station will travel through Vienna but moreover the whole audience will try to track the station, in order not to lose the signal.
Site-Specific Video Installations: Glockengasse No9
#1: Glockengasse No 9: site-specific video animation, 3:4, Loop
#2: “Empty Rooms” in collaboration with Constantin Popp
In her exhibited video work, she extends the real space through “impossible dimensions”, using digital tools to duplicate and replicate single architectural elements, without considering the laws of physics or statics. A virtual room gets created, that outreaches the real and passes over into the imaginary domain seamlessly.
walks. discoursive city-walks with experts in science, arts and everyday life
The “protected” and well-known exhibition spaces are abandoned and the city as a whole is understood as a playing field - a place for projects, artistic interventions and urban new media arts. Discoursive city walks with experts in science, arts and everyday life” explores the venues and locations of the festival, as well as its surroundings with “walking as a method”.
Media Lab Prado Madrid
Medialab-Prado is a program of the Department of Arts of the City Council of Madrid, aimed at the production, research, and dissemination of digital culture and of the area where art, science, technology, and society intersect. Many workshops for the production of projects, conferences, seminars, encounters, project exhibition, concerts, presentations, etc. take place in its versatile space. All activities are free and open to the general public.
Potential Terrorist
If a person enters the interaction area, a flashing white light spot appears on the upper body of the person. If this person stops, a short animation is projected on its body, which simulates a scan sequence. Upon completion of this scan sequence, there are two different storylines: The software (random) adjudges the person suspicious > "POTENTIAL TERRORIST" or it (random) declares the person as not suspicious > "PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE" is briefly projected onto the torso of the person and then disappears.
Pecha Kucha Night Vienna
Pecha Kucha Night is a special presentation format from Japan, which was been developed by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham architecture) in 2003 – in order to limit endless powerpoint presentation and give young designers, architects and people with creative ideas a possibility to meet, network, and show their work in public.
§P¡NdLe (2009, 2010, ...)
§P¡NdLe is a [project|object] that [combines|confuses] skateboarding with music. The [movement/acceleration] of the skateboard is being transformed into sound synthesis. The sound engine is designed to be both, trivial and non-trivial. The [trivial|direct] translation acts as an additional channel to your mind-body coordination while the non-trivial aspect is there to provide the board with a [memory| internal states] of your ride. It will add up to a climax as long as the movement of the skateboard does not contain too much noise.
The Electromagnetic (EM) wave is a carrier medium. It provides us with long range communication and is the base transporting layer of modern communication. But it is also masqueraded: although we use it often, we access it using tools provided to us by the co- operation of our choice, which brings up another point of EM waves. I would describe it as a territory. Frequency ranges are licensed to "providers" and national borders are marked by messages informing us of the transition to one of their "roaming" partners.
Outsourcing is often either simply embraced as an economical necessity of the global economy or criticized as such on the basis of the uneven distribution of wealth, power and/or labor that it entails. This project will take the phenomenon of outsourcing and approach it as a site for the production of new hybrid subjectivities and economies.
Homo Sacher - friendly migrant usability
The issue of integration glaringly stays out-of-reach of politicians and authorities alones. Therefore, also the art-world and the scientific community are called on to help coping with the challenges of our time by actively supporting the governmental action (Mitwirkungspflicht! = duty to co-operate!).
Secret Orchestra
Secret Orchestra is an urban sound installation consisting of a group of small robots hidden in the street. The equipment enables the robot to deliver vibrations on the object where the robot is mounted on. During day time, each of these robots remains quiet in its hideout and analyses the sound of the surrounding city. At one point in the evening the robots start to communicate the so found musical patterns with each other and arrange a composition together.
“Toy-Kit-Architectures” are temporary sculptures built with modular systems. Often, those modules consist of parts from concrete shuttering (h-20 carriers) or mass-produced goods, such as inflatable objects. Those elements are modeled to “temporary sculptures” using lashing strips. The main characteristic of the sculptures is their flexibility, which allows to construct site-specific configurations on-the-fly and to ensure an architectural connection to buildings, areas and objects in public space nearby.
Vibrate Space
6 musicians from different areas of electronic music develop one composition for the public space. The 8-channel sound installation will extend at the area of the centralgarden of over 400 square meters, which is used by passengers, neighbors, children etc. in many different ways. The piece of music varies over 12 hours and through 8 loud-speakers. The different sounds at different places of that area are in a permanent movement and are changing sound and space.
Sensory Regulation: Electrodermal activity of a hare. A fairy tale
Bernd Kraeftner and Shared Inc. (Research Centre For Shared Incompetence) report on a little experiment which was conducted within the research project "Pillow Research  - hidden talents and multiple diagnoses" (FWF L528). It shows the mundane interaction with a patient who is in a vegetative state (a comatose state). It raises (political) issues of methods of diagnosing and how these methods change our understanding of the research topic at hand.
eSeL´s Guided Tour
The tour analyses digital cultural practice as an ongoing process between medial publics and pragmatic realities: conditions of urban contexts are analysed and made accessible for individual forms and languages of art, to open up new (often only temporary) free zones in the meshwork of public interest, rules, and a subversive spirit of research.
A series of devices mounted on the windows of the eSeL RECEPTION pulse light in interlocking sequences. The devices seem to be communicating with one another: each individual speaks an endless stream of varying pulses, but when considered together, patterns of movement, synchronicity, and a kind of conversation arises, as though the devices are performing a continuous electronic commentary on some unseen, endlessly unfolding event.
The Dead Drops Manifesto
Dead Drops is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. Anyone can access a Dead Drop and everyone may install a Dead Drop in their neighborhood/city. A Dead Drop must be public accessible. A real Dead Drop mounts as  read and writeable mass storage drive without any custom software. Dead Drops don’t need to be synced or connected to each other. Each Dead Drop is singular in its existence.
Artistic Bokeh Research
The format of “documentation” is an essential part when reflecting, presenting and structuring knowledge. It is seen as experimental component: footage of the video-documentation of 5uper.net and Coded Cultures (previous and current events) is processed with experimental and aesthetic parameters and presented in a long-term site-specific installation at the MuseumsQuartier Vienna.
The work is a continuation of a process that started in 2009. A process that spans from de-contextualizations of paradigmatic forms of representations in electro-acoustic experimental and popular music genres, to modifications of the causalities in the field of space, time and sound in the context of audiovisual media, to the production of objects and assemblages.
Torture Classics
TORTURE CLASSICS (TC) combines the clandestine world of military torture and special sonic interrogation techniques (music torture) with the megalomania of the global music-business. The use of music torture has been confirmed by government officials, human rights organizations, prison guards and interrogators, as well as suspected terrorists who have been detained in military prisons and detention centers. The UN and the European Court of Human Rights have banned the use of loud music in interrogations.
The Artvertiser is a software and hardware platform for replacing billboard advertisements with art in real-time. It works by teaching a computer system to 'recognise' individual advertisements so they can be easily replaced with alternative content, like images and video. Rather than referring to it as a form of Augmented Reality technology, we consider The Artvertiser an example of Improved Reality, an instrument of conversion and reclamation.
The work “Lumograph” is a sculptural interface in public space, which is planned as artistic intervention and will be installed in the “Central Garden” on the Viennese Donaukanal. Though the term “network” is used in an inflationary sense these days, the related ideas are topical more than ever: the work presented is not planned as an allegorization but more as an experiment focusing on the changing dynamics of viewpoints on itself.
tagR.tv - Tagging Coded Cultures
Using the umbr.ella, a DSLR or just a mobile phone, whenever tagR. tv enters a festival, documentation as such becomes an experiment, or even an intervention. tagR.tv is not a common journalistic online medium, and it isn’t organized as a structured, permanent team, it is more of a platform on which media artists and students gather temporarily as a group, to document, to make a portrait and to comment, whatever appears interesting, inspiring or even disillusioning to us in the extended field of new media art.
VRMC - Beta - Vireal Rebel Mobilecycle Club / Urania / 22.09, 15:00
VRMC is a mobile artistic application (mobile app) which focuses on the blending of real and virtual space. Using digital media, data is deposited in local (real) space, creating new virtual contexts in the urban environment. VRMC playfully communicates new forms of applications for urban communication and enables new viewpoints on virtual and real space. In parallel, artistic methods are used to demonstrate the virtual information overflow.
Sound Tossing / This.Play Space / 29.09, 12:00 - 18:00
Sound Tossing is an alternative type of street art that uses sound as a medium of creative expression in a public space. As the streets belong to the people, the intention is to appeal to anyone who wants to shape their acoustic space. While street art has a rich history in terms of the formation of the urban landscape, mainly through the appropriation of wall space, Sound Tossing offers a way to play with urban aesthetics through filling space with unique acoustic input. It provides new ways of adding meaning to public spaces.
Reactable meets Theremin / PS ArtSpace / 01.10, 12:00 - 14:30
Martin Kaltenbrunner, one of the Reactable inventors, will perform on the original instrument together with the experimental thereminist Günther Gessert, playing one of the oldest electronic musical instruments. Within an electro-acoustic performance, the physical interface of the Reactable will contrast with the intangible interaction on the Theremin. Before the actual evening concert, participants will have the opportunity to try both instruments in an afternoon workshop.
Today 30.9.2011: 19h
Urania Wien
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