Last Wednesday’s DIVA 200 class notes

September 17, 2008

DIVA 200 – last Wednesday’s class notes – yes I know I am late getting these on the blog!!!

Subvert Cultural Phenomenons – do not look down on sub-cultures

Gilligan’s Island = Lost of the 1960’s
Christian Metz – watch youtube videos

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PAINSTATION – Volker Morawe and Tilman Reiff
http://www.painstation.de/
http://www.khm.de/~morawe/painstation/painstation_photos/pages/DSC00013.htm

First Painstation game ever

The concept was based on the scene in the James Bond movie, “Never say Never Again” with Sean Connery

– instead of the game being Global Thermonuclear Dominance, the game is Pong!
– players use one hand to navigate the game itself, with the other hand on the “Pain Dispenser”
– if a player misses a ball, they receive either an electric shock,
– relevant today with entertainment such as Gladiator, Jackass, Rollerball/Roller Derby
– commentary on Totalitarian sanctioned violence to pacify/subdue/desensitize the populace

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RUN MOTHERFUCKER RUN
http://www.runmotherfuckerrun.nl/
http://www.runmotherfuckerrun.nl/downld.htm

– installed at Tesla For Transmediale exhibition
– treadmill in the gallery with motion detectors = running inside a virtual world
– what happens when you actually get to the wall at the end?
– boundary between reality / virtual – also shows limits
– the treadmill only goes in a linear direction (forwards and reverse)
– can’t strafe from side to side or turn around

homage to Cave Automatic Virtual Environment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_Automatic_Virtual_Environment
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/CAVE_Crayoland.jpg

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CHITRA KARAHANA – Shaina Arnand
http://chitrakarkhana.net/

chitrakarkhana n, hindi

1.[chitra+karkhana]- Image workshop

or picture factory. A fully independent, small scale unit for experimental media.

2. [chitrakar+khana]- Artist food.

– TV broadcasting experiment in India
– what constitutes the viewer / performer – web cam vs. audience
– constitutes narrow casting (ie: youtube channel with only 10 subscribers)
– relevance – London CCTV = Big Brother
– London Underground Terrorist bombings – without the CCTV, the police would not have cracked the case

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CORY ARCANGEL
http://www.beigerecords.com/cory/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_Arcangel

A couple of thousand short films about Glen Gould

– meticulously constructed from youtube samples of individual notes played by amateurs – friese.com
– bricolage

Super Mario Bros. Movie

“Two unattended computers send endlessly bouncing out-of-office auto-responses to each other”

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GAVIN BAILY / TOM CORBY – Cyclone S.O.C.
http://www.reconnoitre.net/

Perimeters, Boundaries and Border
RSS Newsreel – Good news = Hot weather front / Bad news = Cold weather front
Merging weather information and digital displayed information

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WEARABLE ART – R.F.I.D. experiments – Leah Bueckley
http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~buechley/

L.E.D. tank tops – used conductive thread for wireless communication
(reminds me of “Minority Report” advertisements within the movie)

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JIM CAMPBELL – Church on Fifth Avenue
http://jimcampbell.tv/

Church On Fifth Avenue, 2001
Custom electronics

A matrix of 32 x 24 (768) pixels made out of red LEDs displaying a pedestrian and auto traffic scene in NY from an off street perspective. There is a sheet of diffusing plexiglass angled in front of the grid. As the pedestrians move from left to right the figures gradually go from a discrete representation to a continuous one (or metaphorically from a digital representation to an analog one).

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JANET CARDIFF – The Telephone Call
http://www.cardiffmiller.com/

– audio/video walk through the San Francisco M.O.M.A.
– commentary from artist for audio tour but it;s for shock value
– record mp3 file and walk around museum and do podcast
– brings up concept of located media – text 55555 to hot babe

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MISC. DISTRACTIONS:
Super Mario Theme – RC Car with bottles

Super Mario Theme – Zack Kim

Chacarron

Japanese TV Pranks

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HEAVY INDUSTRIES – Young-Hae Chang – CUNNILINGUS_IN_NORTH_KOREA
http://www.yhchang.com/

– reality vs. representation
– deliver best product for the platform
– open taboo subject discussions within a totalitarian state

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TROIKA – SMS Guerilla Projector
http://www.troika.uk.com

The SMS Guerilla Projector is a home made, fully functioning device that enables the user to project text based SMS messages in public spaces, in streets, onto people, inside cinemas, shops, houses…

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