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Watchlist: Bart Eysink Smeets

“Caution”, 2014

Bart Eysink Smeets, Künstler, Designer und Art Director bei Kesselskramer, hat ein paar Skulpturen in den niederländischen Städten Eindhoven und Boxtel (Local Heroes Boxtel) zurückgelassen. “”As a child I already had fantasies about roadsigns when I was riding my bicycle.” Now, part of the grown-up-world himself, Bart Eysink Smeets misses the free associating. The naive, objective thinking. “Caution” is trying to question the viewer to look at the every-day things in a new way, but now with a childisch objectivity.” Via: Mail, thx!

Mark Shepard: “The Sentient City Survival Kit”

Nicht so neu, aber richtig gut, und gerade erst entdeckt (danke Public-Art-Lab-Jazzmin!): “The Sentient City Survival Kit probes the social, cultural and political implications of ubiquitous computing for urban environments. The project consists of a collection of artifacts for survival in the near-future sentient city. As computing leaves the desktop and spills out onto the sidewalks, streets and public spaces of the city, information processing becomes embedded in and distributed throughout the material fabric of everyday urban space. Pervasive/ubiquitous computing evangelists herald a coming age of urban information systems capable of sensing and responding to the events and activities transpiring around them. Imbued with the capacity to remember, correlate and anticipate, this “sentient” city is envisioned as being capable of reflexively monitoring our behavior within it and becoming an active agent in the organization of our daily lives. Few may quibble about “smart” traffic light control systems that more efficiently manage the ebbs and flows of trucks, cars and busses on our city streets. Some may be irritated when discount coupons for their favorite espresso drink are beamed to their mobile phone as they pass by Starbucks. Many are likely to protest when they are denied passage through a subway turnstile because the system “senses” that their purchasing habits, mobility patterns and current galvanic skin response (GSR) reading happens to match the profile of a terrorist. The project aims to raise awareness of the implications for privacy, autonomy, trust and serendipity in this highly observant, ever-more efficient and over-coded city.” Das wäre auf alle Fälle noch ein Kandidat für meine Ausstellung “Round 2. The Future Of DIY Activism” in Moskau gewesen…

QR-Code-Hacking: “Liebe kennt keine Grenzen”

QR-Code der FDP-Wahlplakate gehackt: “Eigentlich sollen sich Wähler, die sich für die Arbeit von Alexandra Thein interessieren, über den QR-Code auf ihrem Wahlplakat über die Arbeit der FDP-Politikerin informieren können. Doch Unbekannte haben die Bilder überklebt – und die Wähler landeten auf einem Sex-Film mit dem Namen “Liebe kennt keine Grenzen”.” Via/Via

“Round 2. The Future Of DIY Activism” @ Delai Sam, 19./20. April 2014, Moskau

Adam Harvey: “CV Dazzle“: “CV Dazzle explores how fashion can be used as camouflage from face-detection technology, the first step in automated face recognition.”

Aram Bartholl: “Killyourphone” & “Dead Drops“. “Dead Drops” is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. / Killyourphone is an open workshop format. Participants are invited to make their own signal blocking phone pouch super fast for little money.

Dennis P Paul: “Nullstecker”. Nullstecker is a very simple hack consisting of 220 V power plugs modifed to trigger short circuits when plugged into the wall, shutting down all electricity.

Evan Roth: “Available Online For Free“. DIY: Download Russian Version.

Mitch Altman: “TV-B-Gone“. “You can use TV-B-Gone to control access to television for philosophical or practical reasons, or simply to have fun!”

Simone C. Niquille: “Realface Glamouflage“. Realface Glamouflage is a collection of Tshirts offering facial recognition dazzle.

James Bridle: “Drone Shadow Handbook”. A guide to drawing Drone Shadows.

Mr. Impact/Andreas Ullrich: “Defekt”. Diverse Sticker, u.a. “Liebe. Freiheit. Alles” & “Defekt”

U.R.A./FILOART : “I.-R.A.S.C. II F.C.P.“. Infra-red light against surveillance cameras II face care & protect.

::vtol: wird eine neue Arbeit für die Ausstellung bauen, eine Apparat, mit der man den Schmutzgehalt der Luft analysieren kann. “Having analyzed air content the algorithm forms a small 2D image taking the photos of the dirtiest cities and converting them to the abstract computer graphics. Pushing on the button it is possible to print a little digital image immediately. This instrument is to move in the city to search the dirtiest places for their virtual cleaning by means of converting pollution data into micro objects of digital art which are remained on any surface.”

Vladimir Turner & Ondřej Mladý: “Safety First“. To denounce the inadequate number of bike lanes, one of the artists rides a bike through Prague night’s traffic, through parks and crowds, turning his path into a DIY bike lane, which was screened on the street in front of him through a small projector installed on the handle bars.

Where The Dogs Run: Gadget to switch off the russian “Shanson” Radio Station.

Das russische Kollektiv Partizaning organisiert mit zahlreichen anderen Mitstreitern in Moskau das jährliche DIY-Festival Delai Sam (Делай Сам). Ich bin vor Ort, halte einen Vortrag zum Thema “Subversion, Fake und Fun im öffentlichen Raum” und habe auch eine kleine DIY-Ausstellung kuratiert. Mit dabei sind Arbeiten von: Adam Harvey, Aram Bartholl, Dennis P Paul, Evan Roth, Mitch Altman, Simone C. Niquille, James Bridle, Mr. Impact/Andreas Ullrich, U.R.A./FILOART, ::vtol:, Vladimir Turner, Ondřej Mladý & Where The Dogs Run.

Da im letzten Jahr bei der Delai Sam-Ausstellung u.a. Guerilla Gardening, Adbusting und andere “90er”-Jahre-DIY-Techniken präsentiert wurden, wollte ich in diesem Jahr den Fokus auf “Digital/New Media Activism” legen und ein paar neue Projekte präsentieren, die sich an der Schnittstelle zwischen Medienkunst und Aktivismus bewegen. Das Besondere daran: Alle Werke sind reproduzierbar und können in bester DIY-Manier nachgebaut werden und inspirieren hoffentlich auch zu eigenen Hacks. Und damit das alles nicht zu politisch-dikatisch rüberkommt, wird das ganze am Ende in eine Finissage-Fashion-Show verwandelt. Der große Dank gilt allen Künstlern und Helfern, die bei dieser Ausstellung mitmachen, denn ist mal wieder eine 0-Budget-Herzblut-Ausstellung! #

Hier noch einmal ein Auszug aus dem Konzept in EN: “Activism is a continouus race. Every actions creates a counter-action. Guerilla Gardening, adbusting, temporary sculptures in urban space are nice tools, but in an contemporary and digital warfare seems already quite antiquate. The exhibition and fashion show “Round 2. The Future of DIY Activism” presents in a humorous and inspiring way art projects from new media, net.activism and hacktivism, that are questioning the new challenges of our digital environment, issues like mass surveillance, free (internet) culture, media manipulation – and what activist can do against it. The works show how a new generation of artists, designers and engineers are taking a highly critical approach to the development and use of the engineered systems and infrastructures that we increasingly rely on for daily life. And the particularity of the show is that all presented works can be reproduced, remixt, altered, improved, costumized. Because: After the industrial age and our digital age comes the maker age. More and more fab labs and hacker/maker spaces are popping up around the world competing with mass production and empowering people to create smart (activist) devices for themselves. We might have lost the first fight – but now comes round 2.”

Graffiti Research Lab France: “Throwie” & “Traffic Booster” & “Domestikaction”

“Throwie”: Throwie is a simple spray can add-on which allows you to use it like a “paint molotov cocktail”. Once it hits a wall, the spray can will leak and spread out paint all over.

The Traffic Booster’s purpose is to detect when the traffic lights switch to green and sound the horn like drivers in a hurry would do behind you. Built with Arduino, a car horn and a few electronic components (LDR, switches, relay).

Hacking various robots and tools to be used with painting or ink.

Drei neue Graffiti-Projekte aus dem französischen Graffiti Research Lab. Via: Mail, merci Jerome!

Watchlist: James Bridle

“Drone Shadows”. DIY Drone Shadow Handbook (PDF)

“1 Pixel Camera” is an iPhone application which allows the user to take a photograph, select a dominant colour from a photo, and save that colour to the camera roll for storage and sharing on social networks.

Robot André Breton“: HTML5 Canvas operations in the name of surrealism

Robot Flâneur” is an explorer for Google Street View, featuring nine cities around the world

“SHANK”, “CRØSS” & “STÖCK”: For Bookkake, a series of flat-pack furniture designs exploring the commodification of desire and the banality of sex. Based on the style of a well-known Swedish furniture company, the designs were created in Google Sketchup, traced in Adobe Illustrator and laid out in InDesign before being published via Lulu.

Der britische Autor und Künstler James Bridle malt Drohnenschatten, gestaltet absurde Apps und fantastische Netzkunst. Außerdem ist er ein absoluter Buchfetischist und hat so großartige Projekte wie Bookkake, artistsebooks.org oder invisiblebookclub.com ins Leben gerufen. Mehr zu seinen Projekten auch hier.

“Public Arena”: Neue Arbeiten von Elfo, Markus Butkereit, BR1, Fra.Biancoshock & Co.

BR1: “A lesson in democracy”, Cambridge (USA), 2013

Elfo + Markus Butkereit: “Electric Guitar”, Torino, 2013

Fra.Biancoshock: “La guerra dei cent’anni”, Milano, 2013

Markus Butkereit: “Anita Ekberg”, Torino, 2013 & “Poste e telecommunicazioni” (BR1, Fra.biancoshock, Markus Butkereit), Torino, 2013

Dottporkas: A fallin’ Country / Massafra (TA) 2009; Pane e amianto / Balangero (TO), 2010

Schöne Gruppenausstellung in Turin: “Public Arena” mit BR1, Markus Butkereit, Elfo, Fra.Biancoshock, Gec, dottporkas & The Wa. “The arena in which these artists choose to set up their “actions”, in accordance with each one’s practices and strategies, reveals a clear etymological and cultural drift of the term “Street Art”: the urban intervention opens up to experimentations on the edge between design, art photography, relational aesthetics and Net Art. The illegality, or rather the voluntary violation of forbidden areas, public or private, real or virtual, unites all the actions and determines their nature of opposition and denunciation. The focus of their works is headed for the inconsistencies of the global socio-political system, which becomes the subject of a creative and visual research that reveals the precarious balance and the misleading prophecies of the contemporary world.” Via: Mail

MEMEFEST 2013: “Food Democracy”! JETZT mitmachen!

Und es gibt auch wieder ein MEMEFEST in diesem Jahr! Das Thema ist diesmal: “Food Democracy!” “The friendly competition has three main divisions: Visual communication practice, Critical writing and Beyond…. It is open to anyone who wants to participate. Any artist, activist, writer, designer, malcontent, educator or media manipulator can enter. There is no age restriction. The only limit is your creativity and imagination. Visual communication practice and Critical writing are conceptualized around the same theme. This years theme is: FOOD DEMOCRACY.” Und es gibt einen Spezialpreis für “Imaginative Critical Intervention” – und die Gewinner bekommen einen Trip nach Australien, an das Queensland College of Arts. Also jetzt hier teilnehmen

Mey Lean Kronemann: “Lovepicking”

Fotos: Daniel Zipris

Die Berliner Künstlerin Mey Lean Kronemann knackt Liebesschlösser – ohne sie zu beschädigen und arrangiert sie danach neu. “Love Locks are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a bridge or similar public fixture by couples to symbolize their everlasting love. The couples then throw the keys into the river together. By lockpicking the Locks of Love, we question the idea of love or relationships being bolted and barred, closed like a prison or cage, which can only be opened by breaking it. So we held a live lockpicking workshop. After all, this place held loads of padlocks for practice. (And for some unknown reason couples seem to use particularly cheap locks for demonstrating their everlasting love.) Part of the ritual is that the couples throw the keys to their locks into the river, which means that they will not be able to put their lock back in its right place – unless they learn how to lockpick.” Via: Mail, thx Aram!

Paolo Cirio: “Loophole for All”

Das neue Projekt des italienischen Medienkünstlers Paolo Cirio: “Loophole for All“. Er hat (angeblich) die Identität von 200.000 Firmen, die ihren Sitz auf den Kaimaninseln (Steuerfluchtparadies und fünftgrößter Finanzplatz der Welt) haben, enthüllt und verkauft nun diese Identitäten. Außerdem soll so jeder die Möglichkeit haben selbst zum Steuerflüchtling zu werden: “Paolo Cirio, contemporary artist and pirate, hacked the governmental servers of the Cayman Islands and stole a list of all the companies incorporated in the country, making it public for the first time. Now on Loophole4All.com he is selling the identities of those companies at a low cost to democratize the privileges of offshore businesses. Paolo hijacks the identities of more than 200,000 companies registered in the Cayman Islands by moving their addresses to his Caymans mailbox and issuing counterfeited certificates of incorporation from the Caymans company registry. This massive corporate identity theft benefits from the anonymous nature of those companies since the real owners’ secrecy allows anybody to impersonate them. In short, this project turns the main feature of offshore centers into a vulnerability.
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