Czech version of flyer for our project at the Prague Contemporary Art Festival
Howdy, it’s been awhile since I last shared news about recent and ongoing projects. Here goes.
1. You Never Close Your Eyes Anymore
You Never Close Your Eyes Anymore is an installation that projects moving US Geological Survey (USGS) satellite images using handmade kinetic projection devices.
Each device hangs from the ceiling and uses electronic components to rotate strips of satellite images on transparency in front of an LED light source. They are constructed with found materials like camera lenses and consumer by-products and mimic remote sensing devices, bomb sights, and cameras in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
The installation includes altered images from various forms of lens-based analysis on a micro and macro scale; land masses, ice sheets, and images of retinas, printed on reflective silver film.
On display now until July 31 at AC Institute 547 W. 27th St, 5th Floor
Hours: Wed., Fri. & Sat.: 1-6pm, Thurs.: 1-8pm
New video by Asa Gauen and images
2. Images and video documentation of You Never Close Your Eyes Anymore will also be included in an upcoming Routledge publication and website:
Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice
by Rebekah Modrak, Bill Anthes
Publish Date: November 16th 2010
3. Give Me My Data launch
Give Me My Data is a Facebook application designed to give users the ability to export their data out of Facebook for any purpose they see fit. This could include making artwork, archiving and deleting your account, or circumventing the interface Facebook provides. Data can be exported in CSV, XML, and other common formats. Give Me My Data is currently in public-beta.
4. Give Me My Data was also covered recently by the New York Times, BBC, TechCrunch, and others:
Facebook App Brings Back Data by Riva Richmond, New York Times, May 1, 2010
5. yourarthere.net launch
A major server and website upgrade to the yourarthere.net web-hosting co-op for artists and creatives. The new site allows members of the community to create profiles and post images, tags, biography, and events. In addition to the community aspect, yourarthere.net is still the best deal going for hosting your artist website.
6. The Americans
The Americans is currently on view at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, FL. It features a new work with the same title.
7. Your Art Here billboard hanger
I recently designed a new billboard hanging device and installed it in downtown Bloomington, IN with the help of my brother Reed, and wife Joelle Dietrick.
Stay tuned here for news about Your Art Here and the new billboard by Joelle Dietrick.
8. Finally, moving to Berlin for a year on a DAAD fellowship to work on some ongoing projects, including Automata.
I’ll be giving a paper about Automata at the upcoming ISEA2010 conference in Ruhr, Germany.
Many thanks to Chris Csikszentmihályi, Director of the Center for Future Civic Media http://civic.mit.edu/ , for inviting me to the MIT Media Lab last August to discuss the project with his Computing Culture Group: http://compcult.wordpress.com/
I am very much enjoying the video my friend, Asa Gauen, is working on for You Never Close Your Eyes Anymore, which is installed at AC Institute in New York until July 31.
BBC News reports on Give Me My Data. Their website and video player is pretty clunky, and while they avoid crediting the developer, its still a nice plug to wake up to.
“Open sourcing” the schematic for the electronic components for You Never Close Your Eyes Anymore.
RBBB boards (Arduino clone)
– female headers
– TIP31 transistor
– 6-wire Unipolar Stepper motor (48 step Nippon Electric Pulse Motor)
– ULN2803A Darlington Array
– hook-up wire
– various resistors
used camera lenses
aluminum “flat bar”
rubber wine corks
various mounting hardware
More photos from You Never Close Your Eyes Anymore production.