Hydro-solar Graffiti

Continuing in the vein of high-tech “graffiti”, is this interesting and quirky video on hydro-solar, or “water-light” graffiti by Antonin Fourneau and Digitalarti Artlab. The process uses LEDs illuminated by water contact.

Water Light Graffiti by Antonin Fourneau, created in the Digitalarti Artlab from Digitalarti on Vimeo.

Invisible Video Graffiti

Like a magic trick, this kind of graffiti is totally mind-boggling without an explanation.

First watch the video, then read the an excerpt from the story by The Atlantic below, and visit The Atlantic for the full read.

SWEATSHOPPE Video Painting Europe from SWEATSHOPPE on Vimeo.


From The Atlantic:

“Art collective Sweatshoppe uses infrared tracking inside concrete rollers to ‘smear’ digital video over concrete surfaces with paint rollers.

They say: “As a new media artist I work with a lot of new emerging technologies, a lot of times just toying around with different things and putting them together to see what fits. When you’re creating art in this way you’re constantly faced with questions about art history and how different movements came about — in many ways the history and evolution of modern art has been dependent on the emergence of new technologies from the invention of oil paint to electronic sound and video and so on.

“The explosion in the popularity of street art proved how much painting on walls could be a powerful way to communicate ideas, so painting combined with projection and interactivity became an obvious choice.

“I work a lot with what is called computer vision software, algorithms that identify objects and track them with a live video feed. The software I wrote tracks the position of infrared LEDs inside the paint roller when they are turned on by the user, and tells the projector where to reveal the image. Essentially we have to line up the webcam with the video projection, and where ever the painter decides to stroke the image will appear, allowing you to paint with videos. Additionally we can paint layers of video to develop a narrative within the performance and create video collages.” (Interview with The Atlantic)


For the full story, visit The Atlantic

Man-Made Cycles

Obsolescence (noun)

This is the word you are looking for if you want to describe a very real phenomenon you’ve observed about our world: the tendency for products to break down over a certain, almost determined, period of time.

Obsolescence, you see, is not just a coincidence. It’s intentional- a sly manufacturing policy so common that there is a term for it: planned obsolescence. It means designing a product with a limited useful life. Examples abound, as this trend is clearly visible in today’s manufacturing, whether cars, computers, batteries, or shoes. For industry, planned obsolescence encourages purchasers to buy again and buy sooner if they want to retain a functioning product.

Obsolescence doesn’t stop with actual physical breakdowns. Consumers are further manipulated by schemes run by everyone from Apple to Wal*Mart to Gucci to Ford Motors in which perceived obsolescence (older products being deemed less desirable [uncool] and in need of replacing with newer, cooler ones) rules advertising. Old is taboo, laughable. NEW is required, reasonable. NEW is the hook that draws the fish in. It’s why tens of thousands line up for hours to get the new iPhone on the day it comes out, as if they had been waiting on this moment all their life, desperate to find their long-gone fulfilment, to climb another makeshift step on the social ladder.

If you see through obsolescence it will probably piss you off. If you’ve identified it for what it really is, a grand marketing ploy that manipulates the beliefs and emotions of society to deepen the pockets of manufacturers and sellers, you’re not alone. You may no longer necessarily want to replace everything in your house from your phone to your car to your TV to your fridge. You may think yourself embarrassingly old fashioned to wonder if could just find something that lasts? Something that’s dependable?

Some manufacturers shun obsolescence more than others. One good example is this: It seems so archaic, today, but Moulton Bicycle Company still creates its bicycles by hand. I don’t know what the average life of one of their bicycles is, but the fact that they spend some 30 hours producing an average bicycle hints to me that obsolescence isn’t the name of their game. In true old English fashion, their pride lies in the quality and durability of their product. Some of their employees have been creating and assembling bicycles for decades. Working alongside them would be pretty inspiring, like apprenticing, alongside a master blacksmith, which is the image that came to mind when I watched this film. The film speaks for itself, and demonstrates the pride and love that can go into the creating of something another person is going to use, and for a long time, at that. Does it make a difference to you?


// HACKPACT // Gráfica Sonora

This is an incredible display of high-quality creativity by realitat, using code to explore the interplay between sound and graphics. To the layman, writing code may sound stale, dull, and geeky, burgeoning images of nocturnal basement dwellers ingesting pizza while memorizing Elvish. Far from it, these projects make code look, sound, and feel alive, correlating sound and image in an absolutely mystifying way.

// HACKPACT // Gráfica Sonora from realitat on Vimeo.

define( “HACKPACT” ) =
“1. Write some code each day for one month
// 2. Document your work
// 3. Share it” ;

Showcase of 20 brief experiments (sound machines) we coded during november (MMXI).

All of them explore the sound/graphic co-relation.

Built with Processing and almost all of the audio with SuperCollider

More info/detail about our codes here: realitat.com/HACKPACT

Or, if you want to check other coders’ work during the same hackpact go here: artegenerativo.laad.com.mx/artgen.html

Sight [Short Film]

or, “How Augmented Reality Vision Will Ruin Your Love Life”

A short futuristic film (based loosely on the development of Google Glasses and similar technology) by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo, their graduation project from Bezaleal Academy of Arts.

Sight from Sight Systems on Vimeo.

Just Beam It

When Megaupload went down in that crazy month of internet warfare, it left us with less options to send files. Here’s a cool one an educator friend tweeted earlier today: www.justbeamit.com.

It’s super simple, and that’s why I like it. The only shortfall is that you need to keep your browser window open until the recipient receives the beam. So if you’re sending something to someone, say, in the same room as you, or is online currently, that’s not a problem. But if you want to send something to someone and it may be a few hours or even days before that happens, you may want to go with www.yousendit.com, www.dropbox.com, or another file sharing service.

Remember to follow copyright protocol…