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December 27, 2005

Google 2005 Zeitgeist

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Google released a 2005-year-in-review according to Google's search stats, with some really pretty charts.

http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/zeitgeist2005.html

Happy New Year!

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December 22, 2005

QUICK PARTY REPORT

Best attractions (in order of success):

1. Wine and food (any doubt?)
2. One Euro Store (I've seen people fighting...and blood...worse that shopping on Christmas Eve ...)
3. Fabrioke (Juan is the king of the world!)

Victims:

1. A box with stuff left from the shop
2. A Fab poster
3. Several Brains


Highlights:

Carlo’s Sucide
DISCO


Because of the expected crazyness due to prosecco and red wine:

Someone disappeared.
Someone skated in the cold.
Someone did handstands in the round square downstairs.
Someone fell asleep against a column.
Somone walked around using a bra as an hat.

Gossips:

Wait for pictures…


The day after:

Cleaning
HUNGOVER (AND SILENCE).

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December 20, 2005

SOUTHWESTNET: TECHNO

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The eighth project in SMoCA's “southwestNET” series, this exhibition highlights groundbreaking art using new technologies by Mark Amerika/ Rick Silva/ Nathaniel Wojtalik (Boulder, Colorado); David Birchfeild/ Loren Olsen (Tempe, Arizona); Natalie Jerimeijenko (La Jolla, California); Yves Amu Klein (Scottsdale, Arizona); Lucy Petrovich (Tucson, Arizona) and Tristan Shone (La Jolla, California).

To kick off the opening of the exhibition southwestNET: techno , on December 17th, 2005 , artist Rick Silva will be in Scottsdale for a 24 hour, international "blog jam" event called 24 Hour Count . Along with artistic collaborators Mark Amerika (in Sydney, Australia) and Nathaniel Wojtalik (in Boulder, Colorado), Silva will record, mix, interpret and respond to current events using technologies that include the mobile phones, digital video, mini-disk recorders, musical instruments and numerous computer software programs. As the artists record images, sounds and other information, they will send their findings in the form of digital messages and files back and forth to one another, continually mixing sound, images and text, like DJs. Hour by hour their mixes will be uploaded onto a blog, which will document live their intercontinental "jam session."

Founded in 1999, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art [SMoCA] is the only museum in Arizona devoted to the art, architecture and design of our time. Global in its focus, the Museum is a unique and vital cultural resource for the Southwest, serving local audiences as well as visitors from throughout the United States and abroad. Designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder, SMoCA's minimalist building (an ingenious renovation of a former movie theater) has five galleries for showcasing changing exhibitions and works from the Museum's growing permanent collection.


SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART - SCOTTSDALE 17 DECEMBER 2005 - 14 MAY 2006
www.smoca.org

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Passfaces, faces as passwords.

The IT security systems has become more and more important, as the computer has started to treat data that is really important for our lifes. But the data protection methods, mostly derived from the mutual identification between the machine and the user, often have been goverflow to the land of the centralized control, instead of really guaranteeing the expected access restrictions. Passfaces is a new method that substituted a sequence of faces to the passwords and the vain and hateful biometric techniques. Our good memory for faces is so able to tell the mind how to choose the appropriate set of faces during the authentication process. It is at least interesting to note that for once forefront security techniques don't come from the research on more of invasive methods of scanning the body, but from exploiting the mind's attitude. In this way security is combined with anonymity, and is freed from the possible user's booking. And at the same time it freed also the authentication from the mnemonic slavery and the physical identification. The use of this innate visual skill opens up a new scenario: security procedures that exploit the infallible computing power of our minds, giving us back the control on the virtual territories management.

Originally from Neural.it 07.12.05

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United We Stand: Europe has a mission

0100101110101101.ORG keeps their identity of band of media artists who use non conventional communication tactics to obtain the largest visibility with the minimal effort. Their last work, "United We Stand", shown at the Postmaster Gallery of NY, is a fake blockbuster in which a task force of european secret agents is going to save the world facing the menace of a war between USA and China. Thousand of posters mimicking the rhetoric of hollywood-style visual propaganda have been plastered on the walls of Barcelona, Brussels, Berlin and NY. The communication strategy has involved also magazines devoted to art and cinema which have spotted full page United We Stand ads. Proud supporters of net art as the only European art movement of the last 20 years, 01 are ready for their first solo show in the USA. The fact that the advertising campaign is simultaneously presented as an artwork reveals the mediated F for Fake. In addition to the lightboxes and all the materials of the campaign, Postmaster Gallery shows an installation with live images from a hidden webcam capturing the passerbys reactions to the posters. If the spectators in the gallery, aware of the trick, are passive voyeurs, the observer in the street is actually part of the artwork. Both are 'ideal readersÕ whenever they are interested in the topics connected, like European identity, cultural stereotypes, subliminal art and propaganda.

http://www.unitedwestandmovie.com/

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December 19, 2005

Venice, an abandoned town, could be Benetton's new patron

Major Cacciari has suggested Benetton to act as Venice's new patron

"Venezia citt abbandonata Benetton, batti un colpo"

VENEZIA - «Dove sono i grandi mecenati, i Volpi, i Cini, gli Agnelli, o, almeno, per stare ad oggi, i Tronchetti Provera e i Benetton?»
Per il sindaco-filosofo Cacciari, il problema di Venezia è trovare un mecenate e il MoSE non serve ma sar fatto.

From La Repubblica 30.11.2005

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Addio, Dolce vita

For all its attractions, Italy is caught in a long, slow decline. Reversing it will take more courage than its present political leaders seem able to muster, says John Peet

(interviewed here http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displaystory.cfm?story_id=5164061)

From The Economist print edition
on 24th Nov 2005

Continue reading "Addio, Dolce vita"

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SPOTS INSTALLATION IN BERLIN

While Berlin may be the capital of Germany, it has surprisingly few outdoor billboards and public screens, compared to other megatropolises. Except for the (unfortunately) temporary 'Blinkenlights' project and the odd TV Tower laser show, Berlin is not looking forward to any hyper-illuminated Bladerunner-type landscape scenarios. While the city is generally 'dark,' the new SPOTS installation, situated on the historic Potsdamer Platz, is set to shift things and is being hailed as the largest media facade in the world. Created by realites:united and John deKron--who also designed the BIX facade for Peter Cook's Kunsthaus, in Graz--it is composed of 1800 fluorescent lights controlled by a central computer. SPOTS covers all 11 stories of a glass building and, over the next 18 months, the work of artists Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jim Campbell, and Carsten Nicolai will be presented on its massive walls. SPOTS has been curated by Andreas Broeckmann (curator of the Transmediale fe! stival) but the question remains as to what its function will be after the art has passed... Football World Cup tickets anyone? - Joni Taylor

http://www.spots-berlin.de/de/index.php?col=1&expo=80

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Blogging on Holidays

The main blog keepers (Ann and Juan) are away for holidays starting tomorrow (Tuesday, 20.12.2005), expect fewer updates for the end of the year, and in the mean time, enjoy your holidays!

We'll be back with more updates and new features next year. Stay tune and happy 2006, everyone!

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Software decodes Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile

IT'S official: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was 83 per cent happy, 9 per cent disgusted, 6 per cent fearful and 2 per cent angry.

Nicu Sebe at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands tested emotion-recognition software on the famous enigmatic smile. His algorithm, developed with researchers at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, examines key facial features such as the curvature of the lips and crinkles around the eyes, then scores each face with respect to six basic emotions. Sebe drew on a database of young female faces to derive an average "neutral" expression, which the software used as a standard to compare the painting against.

Software capable of recognising human emotions just by looking at photographs or videos could lead to PCs that adjust their response depending on the user's mood, as well as smarter surveillance systems.

From issue 2530 of New Scientist magazine, 17 December 2005, page 25
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D>Art.06 CALL FOR PROPOSALS!

D>Art.06 is the ninth edition of Australia’s premier screen and digital media arts festival. This year’s festival will feature new and experimental video and web art as well as works using mobile technologies presented in a month-long program of screenings, a forum and an exhibition at the Sydney Opera House Studio and Exhibition Hall in April 2006.

Under the theme Condition of Emergence, dLux media arts is now calling for works in the following categories of D>Art.06: D>Art.06 Screen: Experimental video works with a maximum duration of 15 minutes; D>Art.06 Web: Online works suitable for exhibition in a gallery environment; D>Art.06 Locative/Mobile: Artworks specifically made with or for mobile technologies. The nature of the artwork may range from video to games to locative and social networking applications.

All works submitted must have been completed in 2005 or 2006.

The call for entries closes on February 18th 2006. Any entries not received by this date will not be accepted.

For more information, detailed entry conditions and to submit your work to D>Art.06, please visit http://www.dlux.org.au/dart06

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Do you live in Treviso?

If so, there's a big party happening at Fabrica tomorrow, 20 December. It's set to be an open house so the public and press can check out what goes on at Fabrica, but mostly it's an excuse to bring unlimited amount of wine into the facility. And of course, have fun at the end of the year because we just so deserve it. There's a lot of events being planned and people here are excited about it!

The event is opened to the public, so technically everybody is welcomed, just pretend like you're one of the cool kids. It should start around 6 pm.

Here's how to get to Fabrica

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December 16, 2005

Flipbook! wins!

Ok. Anne is not here, so i have to do it myself and this is gonna sound like big self promotion but here it goes.

Flipbook! just won a grand prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival!

The english version is not up yet on the Japan Media Arts Festival festival website.

But if you can read japanese click here!

YYYIIIPIIIIEEEEE!

Thanx to all Flipbook! users!

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XMAS FLIPBOOK OF THE WEEK!

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Well, it's that annoying xmas time again kids! In the spirit of the hollydays we declare this as the Flipbook! of the week

If you are into xmas, check this out too!

Some people that were pretty good this week as well:

Corey and Doodle(look forward to his upcoming movie)

ANNOUNCEMENT: Ill be on break for a couple of days, so no Flipbook! of the week next week

CIAO!

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Time.com's best pictures of 2005

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Vote. I guess.

What a crappy year indeed.

Best viewed while listening to "Wicked world" of Daniel Johnston

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December 15, 2005

"Godcasting" a Growing Trend

We noted the advent of religious podcasting last spring... and it appears that so-called "godcasting" is catching on, if it hasn't yet hit the mainstream.

According to one estimate, as many as 20% of all podcasts have a spiritual context. Listeners say they enjoy podcasts of their pastor's sermons when they travel, and on Sundays when they miss church. Instead of seeing it as a replacement for "live" worship, listeners see podcasts as an extension.

For churches, podcasting is a relatively inexpensive way to distribute sermons, music and other material to a wide audience -- especially if that audience consists of tech-savvy young people with hectic schedules. With podcasting, churches can promote themselves and increase their reach far beyond their physical radius.

No less a force than the Vatican itself is jumping on the godcasting trend. Vatican Radio has been streaming media for some time, and both popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have strongly endorsed the use of technology in support of the Catholic Church (indeed, Vatican Radio has been a major part of the Church's ministry since 1931). "The church should not pass up the opportunity to make liturgies and prayers available via podcast, as well as downloadable sermons by 'podpreachers,'" said the magazine La Civilta Cattolica recently.

RELATED: Japanese Buddhists can now "tele-pray" using a webcam and a remote control to manipulate a sacred artifact called a kin.

Source: ipod.pureosx.com

gotta love the term!

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Andy Rosen's punk photos on Flickr

David Pescovitz: Davidj Underground photographer Andy Rosen posted his stunning series "London Punks 1976-1984" to Flickr. Seen here, David J. of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets. Other photos include Johnny Rotten, Siouxsie Sioux, Paul Weller, and a slew of live shots of The Clash.
Link (via We Make Money Not Art)

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Chris Ware on NPR's Here & Now

David Pescovitz:  Artist Ware Ware Splash WBUR radio's Here & Now interviewed amazing comic artist Chris Ware. The conversation has been archived online. Fantagraphics just published Ware's Acme Novelty Library #16, the first issue of the groundbreaking comic in four years.
Link (via Flog!)

some of us are big fans of Chris Ware over here...

Via Boing Boing

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Tookie

Xeni Jardin: Writer and filmmaker Jasmina Tesanovic traveled to San Quentin to witness and protest the state's execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams last night. She wrote an account, and here is a snip:
They did him in, Tookie; it is my first capital punishment in California. They say, however, that Texas held the first place in executions while Bush was the governor.

Now Bush has the whole world to sample, to decree who deserves to live and who to die, who is a terrorist and who is a patriot, who can have scissors and who can have guns. Good and bad guys, it all looks like Hollywood and cowboy films. It not only looks like it, it is really is like it.

This Tookie, this black Californian, I don't care if he is guilty or not, I say when interviewed by a TV, as if my opinion mattered: the death penalty is barbarism and a crime against humanity, like torture.

How do you feel? the reporter asks me with tender feelings. What does that matter, I scream, it is not about feelings, it is about human rights.

Previous Boing Boing posts on Jasmina Tesanovic: Link.

Here's a related piece by Michael Krikorian in the LA Weekly: Link to "Tookie’s Mistaken Identity -- On the trail of the real founder of the Crips."

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Trashy vintage novels as iPod cases

Cory Doctorow: This site sells iPod cases made from hollowed-out trashy vintage novels, complete with library cards! Link (Thanks, Druidbros!)

Update: Chris sez, " my girls are making and selling iPod book cases along similar lines but with (1) compartments for all the bits & pieces, and (2) you can listen with the book closed (handy for cloaked listening). Got the idea from a ReadyMade magazine article, plus a few improvements."

Via Boing Boing

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Robotic drummer

Haile is robotic percussionist that uses computational power and numerical algorithms to listen to live players, analyze their music in real-time, and play with them in an improvisational manner.

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By Director of Music Technology Gil Weinberg and graduate student Scott Driscoll, Music Department, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Don't miss the video.

Related: P.E.A.R.T. - The Robotic Drum Machine.

oh-my-god

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December 12, 2005

Our Favorite New Artist of the Year - The CUTUP COLLECTIVE

It's almost that time of year when we ask artists all over the world their "Favorites of 2005" list. One of the questions we always ask is "Who is your favorite artist this year (that you didn't know about last year)?"

Here's a preview of our answer to that questions:

THE CUTUP COLLECTIVE in London.

To create the work billboard posters are taken down, sliced up into pieces, then reorder and put back up on the streets.

The original image for the posters below was NESCAFE "Lift your Cups"




that is some serious work, i\'d say. check out the post on Wooster\'s site for more pics.

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Yahoo Buys Del.icio.us

I'm a little worried about this.
Joshua Schachter, the founder of Del.icio.us, confirmed a posting on the New York-based start-up's site that the company had been acquired by Yahoo. A Yahoo representative confirmed that the agreement to buy Del.icio.us had closed on Friday.

Neither party disclosed financial terms.

"We are joining forces to build my vision of creating a way for people to remember things together," Schachter told Reuters in a phone interview. "It is a shared-memory site."

Del.icio.us provides a simple way for hundreds of thousands of Web users to share and categorize their favorite Web page bookmarks as Web pages.

Originally posted by Chris from Cynical-C Blog, ReBlogged by emma on Dec 11, 2005 at 04:03 PM

you might notice that here, on this blog, we use both Flickr and Del.icio.us. I don\'t know if it\'s because Yahoo! has a really good team of people, but it\'s still a bit strange regardless...

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European R&D falls behind rivals

EU spending on research and development is falling well behind that of the US and Japan according to new figures from the European Commission.

interesting...

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A World Without Snow

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One of the many troubling aspects of global warming is the possibility of feedback effects, where changes resulting from a warming atmosphere serve to further exacerbate the warming. An example of how this could work is the interaction between warming and snow cover. According to Stephan Vavrus at the Unversity of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Climate Research, if global warming manages to melt off the current snow cover in the far north -- a distinct possibility -- the result would be a further increase in temperature of close to another degree (which would, in turn, further accelerate other effects of temperature increases).

The snow itself does more than reflect the sun's heat; it also serves as insulation for the ground, so that snow-covered soil is warmer than it would be otherwise. As a result, regions now covered in snow would instead see an expansion of permafrost, with resulting damage to structures and roadways in places like Alaska. Of course, as temperatures continue to climb, even that permafrost won't be so permanent...

(Posted by Jamais Cascio in QuickChanges at 01:52 PM)

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How the World Works

Salon has just launched a new weblog on globalization, entitled "How the World Works." Written by Salon's Andrew Leonard (disclaimer: I've known Andrew for 7 or 8 years now), the blog will attempt to explore the manifestations and impact of globalization without hewing to the Tom Friedman "it's all wonderful" or the Battle in Seattle "it's all a disaster" lines. Given what we have seen over the years from Salon, as well as from Andrew Leonard (a major proponent of free/open source software), I expect that most WorldChanging readers will find his column to be worth reading, even if they don't agree with all of his conclusions.

As with most things Salon these days, this falls into the "premium content" category: you'll either have to subscribe at a modest fee, or sit through an advertisement, in order to read the site.

(Posted by Jamais Cascio in QuickChanges at 01:32 PM)

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Fabrica Jam at La Pausa

a picture and some videos from last Saturday evening, when Fabrica took over the bar...

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Diego on some weird blowing thingie
Rock'n'roll'n'saxophone
Jan jamming with a bass flute

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December 09, 2005

Flipbook! of the week 2005.12.09

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We at Flipbook! are big fans of anime, and as such we dedicate this week's Flipbook! of the week to all the people who tribute their favorite series on Flipbook!

Our personal favorite is this sample here, one of many Naruto tribute animations. It was the fist anime tribute we saw,

Naruto is not the only anime series to be "flipped". Other include "Full metal alchemist", "Sailor moon", "Dragon ball" and even my favorite all-time "Evangelion"

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Fabrica Branded

This is self-promotion, but blogging it here for historical purposes. :-D

Newly launched "Branded" features favorite Fab moments branded with Benetton logo -- because none of this could have happened w/o papa Benetton anyways...

I am accepting SUBMISSIONS (yes, those posters are for serious!), share your shots! It's a great way to make fun of ourselves. You can find me on Bon Jour (if you use a mac), come up to the interactive dept., or just email me.

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Senate bans Coke from NYU's campus

http://www.nyunews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/12/09/4399264e25c89

NYU will begin removing Coca-Cola products from campus today after enacting a campus-wide ban on the Atlanta-based company’s products yesterday because it failed to comply with university demands for an independent investigation into alleged labor violations at its Colombian bottling plant.

About time someone drew the line. Im sad Colombian students never did anything. But very glad to hear this. I hope it catches on 'til someone is forced to give some explanations.

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December 07, 2005

Buon Compleano Prima!

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Yesterday, Fabrica's Miss Thailand, Prima, turned 25... and this is what we do for Fabricante's birthday... bake cake, crowned them, and play loud music in celebration while other people are working...

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December 06, 2005

Biennale Art, International Symposium in Venice

Happening This Weekend: 9 - 12 December 2005

Where art worlds meet: multiple modernities and the global salon...

Four days of conferences, round tables and discussions will be held in Venice between 9th and 12th December 2005 at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti - Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti -, in line with the programme of an international symposium entitled Where Art Worlds Meet: Multiple Modernities and the Global Salon. It will be headed by Robert Storr, director of the 52nd International Art Exhibition to be held in 2007.

Over thirty speakers from various countries including university lecturers, critics, artists, museum directors and curators will contribute to a broad debate on the proliferation and transformation of a phenomenon which first appeared with the Venice Biennale. The directors of the Biennale International Art Exhibitions since 1988 will also take part and bring the contribution of their personal experience.

check out the schedule

more info: http://www.labiennale.org/en/news/art/en/37051.html

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LA DOLCE CRISI - CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ITALY

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Curated by F. Bonami and S. Cosulich Canarutto

11.12.2005 - 5.3.2006

Inauguration Saturday december 10 2005 6 p.m.

The first exhibition that looks at contemporary Italian art through photography, a medium which in Italy has often been marginalised and bound to its technical nature.

La Dolce Crisi aims to look, more than at traditional photography, at the use of photography in the visual arts. A fresh vision which seeks to overturn stereotypes in order to trigger new interpretations of approaches and images. It is for this reason that among the invited artists there are important interpreters of “classical” photography as well as artists who use photography as one of their manifold expressive media.

more info: http://www.villamanincontemporanea.it/html/eng/exhib.htm

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Amazing Train Takeover Video


From the terrific weblog Screenhead comes a link to a video on You Tube that shows a gang of graf artists completely taking over a train car as it pauses for a stop. You can check it out by clicking here.

whoa! yeah!

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One Pixel Camera

RGBy, by Shinya Matsuyama and Makoto Hirahara, is a cube-shaped lamp that senses color and glows with the sensed color. For example, when you find a nice color at a flower garden or a designer clothes store, you can use RGBy to capture the color to appreciate it. [video]

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[RGBy. don't miss the video]

It's like a "one-pixel camera" as Kuwakubo puts it. RGBy was recently featured in the recent Digital Stadium show, for which Kuwakubo served as a curator. In his comments, he suggested a possibility of a one-pixel video camera. Sounds very cool.

There is a switch and red, blue, and green LEDs on the bottom surface of the cube. When the switch is pressed, the LEDs emit light sequencially and the device detects the strength of reflected light to determine the color. If put on a multi-colored surface, it avarages the colors.

RGBy will be presented at DAF Tokyo soon.

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Stuffed objects

Ontwerpbureau Vier takes orders for textile imitaions of any product you canimagine: red peppers, framed pictures, newspaper reports, fax machines, tea cups, etc.

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Have a look at their gallery of images.
For her project "Sew me" Hella Jongerius asked Ontwerpbureau Vier to reproduce 14 products from her oeuvre in fabric.

Images.

cool

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Snack-bowl made from re-shaped LP

Cory Doctorow:
These chip-dishes are made from melted, reformed vinyl LPs. When I was a smoker, I used to covet an old neighbor's ashtray made from a Neil Diamond record, but this is miles cooler. Link

Via Boing Boing

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Italian Engrish on gas pump

Mark Frauenfelder: Picture 3-34 Want to fill your car's fuel tank in Italy? No problem -- just make sure you "out to the spy of the select bomb, to take the supplier." That's what I always do.
Link

i don\'t know where in italy this is from...

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Q-Unit: Queen and 50-Cent mashup

Cory Doctorow: Q-Unit is a delightful mashup album combining 50-Cent and Queen -- with tracks like "This is How We Bite the Dust," "Bohemian Wanksta" and "We Will Rock You in Da Club."

Now, two questions about this album:

1. Will people who download this decide that they don't need to buy Queen albums or 50 Cent albums because this album gives them everything they'd need from both?

2. Will Queen or 50 Cent's label go after the people who host this anyway? Link (Thanks, Mark and Scim!)

let\'s get this up on the iTunes share, eh?

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Slashdot | The Letter That Won US Internet Control

via slashdot: K-boy writes "Pushing my own scoop, but I think it's a valuable piece of Net history, I have come into possession of the vital letter sent by Condoleezza Rice to the EU over Internet governance. And posted it on the Web.

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Via Eyebeam reBlog

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December 02, 2005

Staff's pick - Flipbook! of the week

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Russian based "Yakushina" has made quite an impression on us this week with his surreal and playfull Flipbook! animations where everything is always floating and morphing.

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Gskinner's incomplet

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Gskinner just released a series of his "incomplet" flash experiments. The most interesting ones have to do with live color tracking from a webcam, not a exactly a new concept but always an interesting one for us here in the interactive department. Web deployed webcam-motion detection toys were exclusive of java style apps such as processing. Now to the delight of flash guys all over the world, similar things are easily acomplished with their favorite tool, even thou processing power is still an issue.

if only more people actually had webcams.

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December 01, 2005

Hurricane Poster Project

This might interest some of you designer types (and I know you ALL are)...

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The Hurrican Poster Project is a collective effort by the design community (in the U.S.) to help raise money for the Red Cross in order to aid the rebuilding of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.

They're taking donations of limited edition posters from designers and are selling (auctioning, sort of) through their website... The more the poster sells, the higher the prices. The highest price is $300. It looks like you'll have to design the posters, print them out, then ship them to the organization... they take care of raising the money using your work. Could be a nice donation if you want to help but don't have the means.

On the other hand, I think the Red Cross by now had already raised more than a billion dollars in private donations alone during the media frenzy Katrina devastation... but hey, any donation is good money, right? You totally know for sure it's going to be in good hands, right?

And the good news, the Atlantic Hurricane season officially ended yesterday (Nov. 30th).

(thanks filter for the tip on the project)

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PANDORA

hey this is cool

Good if you are a bit tired of your playlist and you think there's nothin' else good out there.

For almost six years now, we have been hard at work on the Music Genome Project. It's the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. Together our team of thirty musician-analysts have been listening to music, one song at a time, studying and collecting literally hundreds of musical details on every song. It takes 20-30 minutes per song to capture all of the little details that give each recording its magical sound - melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics ... and more - close to 400 attributes! We continue this work every day to keep up with the incredible flow of great new music coming from studios, stadiums and garages around the country.

We've now created an interface to make this available to music lovers so they could use this musical 'connective-tissue' to discover new music based on songs or artists they already know.

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