Hackathon installation Transmediale 2014. “In every Transmediale festival shit just get wacked. Stuff is used so often so damn much people don’t even know what’s going on.” This year I my participation in Transmdiale took place via the Art Hack Day; a 48 hours (but in reality more like 24 hours) hackathon in which a selected group of artists and programmers set out to create all the works that will later be featured in the main exhibition. I proposed a couple of works but finally I made “In the Highest in the Best: Welcome To Post Digital Afterglow”. The work is a Transmediale B/Lingo. consists of 6 bingo cards that expose the (evolving) vernaculars of the Transmediale website between 2009-2014. The keywords are derived from scraping and subsequently frequency organizing its terms. On the floor lies the interpretation of this years (2014) three most used keywords: post, digital and afterglow.
LUNAR STORM BY ROSA MENKMAN 4’15” COLOUR The surface of the Moon seems static. Though it orbits the Earth every 27.3 days, with areas of it becoming invisible during this rotation, it is always (visibly or invisibly) above us, reassuringly familiar. The Moon is the best known celestial body in the sky and the only one besides the Earth that humans have ever set foot on. The Seas of the Moon (Lunar Maria), consisting not of water but of volcanic dust and impact craters, appear motionless to the naked eye. Here, volcanic dust forms a thick blanket of less reflec- tive, disintegrated micro particles. But on rare occasions, beyond the gorges of these Lunar Maria, and only when the lunar termi- nator passes (the division between the dark and the light side of the moon) a mysterious glow appears. This obscure phenomenon, also known as lunar horizon glow, is hardly ever seen from Earth. Beyond the gorges of the Lunar Maria, the Moon is covered with lunar dust, a remnant of lunar rock. Pummelled by meteors and bombarded by interstellar, charged atomic particles, the molecules of these shattered rocks contain dangling bonds and unsatisfied electric connections. At dawn, when the first sunlight is about to illuminate the Moon, the energy inherent to solar ultraviolet and X-ray radiation bumps electrons out of the unstable lunar dust; the opposite process occurs at dusk (lunar sunset). These electrostatic changes cause lunar storms directly on the lunar terminator that levitate lunar dust into the otherwise static exosphere of the Moon and result in ‘glowing dust fountains’. —— Vertical Cinema is a series of ten newly commissioned large-scale, site-specific works by internationally renowned experimental filmmakers and audiovisual artists, which will be presented on 35 mm celluloid and projected vertically with a custom-built projector in vertical cinemascope. It is a 90-minute programme made solely for projection on a monumental vertical screen that was upended on Saturday, 12 October 2013, at 9 pm, in Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche at the Kontraste Festival.
Desktop BAM is a performance piece entailing controlling a mouse cursor to play on desktops. It’s a direct homage to turntablism, born from using turntables in unconventional ways. The title BAM is taken from Afrika Bambaataa, a pioneer of early hip hop. The dynamism of the piece is created by the mouse cursor, which moves faster and more accurately than is possible by mere humans. The movements trigger the audience’s physicality, while at the same time suggesting “the physicality of computers” controlled by humans.
This is episode 1 of the 14 episode series ‘Programming Curators’ which will premiere as OFFline installation during Click Festival 2014 in Denmark: clickfestival.dk the pl41t3xt pavilion can be found at pl41nt3xt.com The Wrong, ‘the first New Digital Art Biennale’ that opened in 2013, is maybe best described as ‘the tower of Babel for digital art’. The event displayed a vast collection of digital esthetics, politics, technologies and cultures that was too rich and overwhelming to get a hold off; in fact the Biennale reports to have featured 30 pavilions with over 500 artworks. By appropriating jargon and specific organizational features, the Wrongs attempted to create a bridge into the institutionalized art world. However, when in January 2013 the event closed and its index page was taken offline, what was left was a feeling of ‘implosion’; orphaned pavilions ended up as little Islands of treasure but missing any kind of map to guide surfers. ‘Programming Curators’ attempts to give an insight into the meta stories of the curators behind the pavilions and the work they curated for the Wrong. The installation is accessible on the special wifi network named accordingly, to emphasize its meta-function. // Rosa Menkman // http://thewrong.org/
Video: Rosa Menkman
The video-images are constructed out of nothing but the image created by feedback (I turned a high-end camera on a screen that was showing, in real time, what I was filming, creating a feedback loop). Then I glitched the video by changing its format and subsequently exporting it into animated gifs. I (minimalistically) edited the video in Quicktime. Then I sent the file to Extraboy, who composed music for the video. The composing process started with a hand held world radio. Extraboy scanned through frequencies and experimented with holding the radio in different parts of the room while touching different objects. Eventually he got the radio to oscillate noise in the tempo that he perceived in the video. The added synthesizer sounds were played live to further build on the non-digital sound and rhythm. This was later contrasted with drums which were digitally synthesized and processed through effects with a very digital sound to them. Just like with the video, the digital and analogue media and aesthetics of sound are mixed into one coherent whole.
Interactive Glitch Art experience by Rosa Menkman developed with the gaming platform Unity.
Below is a video on the background of the work: anyone familiar with Rosa’s work or Glitch Art in general will recognize many of her pieces:
You can download for Windows, Mac and Linux at the project’s website here
Thank you rich : )