Recitation is a film by Kevin Logan about adolescence and coming of age. It’s an audiovisual piece examining spoken word/ oral traditions and their relationship with text based information and belief systems, in particular religious texts. Inspired by Jarmain Patrick’s recited poem ‘Terror-isn’t’
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In 1968 Andy Warhol stated that; ‘In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes’. Considering the mass popularity of reality TV shows such as Big Brother & The X Factor, and the ability to publish your own video content via media sharing sites such as YouTube; Warhol’s statement seems more pertinent today than ever.
Using Warhol’s statement as a premise, 15×15 advances the statement into the 21 st century: Utilising new media technologies; the web and mobile cameraphones, 15×15 offers the opportunity for anyone, anywhere, to be world famous……. for 15 seconds.
Anyone can contribute to the piece using a standard mobile camera phone that can capture video, and can send video clips directly from the camera phone using MMS (Multimedia Message Service) to +44 (0) 7968 573084, via email to me@15×15.org or upload from a personal computer to the online database www.15×15.org. For more info check www.15×15.org.
If you are not afraid of ‘art projects’ made as a marketing tool, check The World Is My Canvas and help Stavros to make some position art by using mobile phones. I guess preferably Nokia cells :).
Net_Dérive, by Atau Tanaka and Petra Gemeinboeck with the collaboration of Ali Momeni, is a location sensitive mobile media art piece that calls for an exchange between participants in the gallery and participants in the streets. Deployed on advanced mobile phones, the work seeks to create a kind of musical instrument, thinking of the city-as-instrument.Participants are given a kind of scarf with a mobile phone in each end and off they go to explore the neighborhood. One of the phones takes pictures every 20 secs and collects sounds, the other talks to the GPS (also in the scarf) and to the server inside the gallery space. On a radar they can see themselves pictured as dots but also the images they’re taking. The sounds and pictures collected in the streets are sampled and mapped to a 3D city map in the gallery. As users are walking they can hear some voice instructions through a pair of headphones. Those comments suggest paths to follow or turns to make, they are generated and heard in a musical fashion. The voice instructions are inspired by the old Situationist games and theory of the Dérive - now brought into the digital and mobile spheres. As the user chooses to heed or ignore these instructions, a trace of his/her path is carved out in the city.
The engine then generates an audiovisual amalgam based on this information, and feeds it back as a live stream to each mobile client. The simultaneity, history, and memory of the various users’ paths and images become an abstract narrative that is summed together and projected in the gallery space. A feedback mechanism is created as users’ actions generate the collective narrative that in turn directs them.
Presented in Paris during the IntensiveScience exhibition of Sony CSL Paris, 6, 7-october 2006
Photo by Walter Kim/ Dana Gordon. Images and information courtesy of Atau Tanaka.