Some photos by ARD Text of my Remote Control Music Studio, exhibited at the International Teletext Art Festival 2013. There’s also a video here, for those who missed it.
On August 28, Geraldine Juárez is showing her Wealth Transfer at Piracy Today – a London-exhibition by Hardcore Software. Geraldine made music based on the waveforms of stock market crashes, and I did a remix. It’s like finance disco pop with equal amounts of total power bass and paranoid statistics trance.
I was invited to this year’s International Teletext Art Festival (ITAF) and decided to make a music software called Remote Control Music Studio. If used properly, it allows the user to perform live and feed various TV- and radio-information into the software to use as audio waveforms, sync, modulations, etc.
For one month this will be shown on German, Swiss and Austrian teletext along with works by e.g Dragan Espenschied, Max Capacity, Raquel Meyers, Dan Farrimond, Ubermorgen, LIA, and several others. There are also some AFT (Away from TV) events, such as an exhibition at Ars Electronica later on.
> Read Teletext Art – An Overview at Chipflip
In June I made a performance called Dataslav at the Dataslöjd Summer Exhibition. In an abandoned police reception, full of important papers and secret telephone lines, I sat with my Amiga to receive orders from the guests. They filled in a form, and I set a timer to 5-15 minutes, depending on the complexity of it. When the clock rang, I stopped working and gave the song away on a floppy disk.
The idea was to turn “artistic composing” into “hard labour” or, since I didn’t get paid, “slave labour”. For music, video and info go to dataslojd.se. Also check the other works of the exhibition: Raquel Meyers’ Trevligt, Bra, Billigt and Geraldine Juárez’ Wealth Transfer.
Today I do the DATASLAV performance, where I make music on command. Visitors fill in a form to request the style, and I make it happen in like 15 minutes. On the Amiga. The results are given out on floppy disk.
So I sit an an old police reception on Hisingen Island in Sweden. It’s part of the Dataslöjd Summer Exhibition, together with Raquel Meyers and Geraldine Juárez.
More info here.
After being commissioned by Click Festival and awarded by F.A.T, my book Computer Rooms is finally available to order! It’s a collection of photos of people’s computer rooms. Both from geeks other people. From the book:
“This is what computer culture really looks like. A collection of photos that show the messy reality behind the shiny online facade. Where we make our living and spend our free time. And try to be creative. Or maybe even worse.”
The book has 36 pages of full colour photographs that the owners of the rooms have sent to me. The design was made by Raquel Meyers. So what did I do? Except for text, I collected photos like this for 4 years and sorted out the gems for you. So go and get it! It’s only 15 american dollarez.
Btw, don’t mind the bad picture at lulu. It looks a lot better printed (for once). Oh, and all the photos here were taked by Geraldine Juarez.
OMG I won an award for my book – and it hasn’t even been released yet! The book is called Computer Rooms and contains photos that people have taken of their computer rooms. If you want to see it as gear-pr0n you can, obviously, but it’s more about the context of it. The messy IRLity, that very few people get to see. The material context of computer culture, if you will.
And now, Geraldine Juarez of the fresh F.A.T. Lab gave me an award for the book. And what an award! It’s the F.A.T NIKA – “the fake Gucci of the fame economy” and “a 3D modelled object statuette, copied from Wikipedia images of the Greek Nike of Samothrace and Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica”. Hooray!
The book was released and exhibited at CLICK Festival last weekend, and it will be available to order in a few days. Some minor errors that need to be fixed first. E-mail me if you want to be reminded. In the meantime:
A story with pirates, sloths and sex told completely in text graphics and chipmusic. A blocky and brutal visual aesthetic synchronized with explosives, drunken funk and computer screams. All made in 44 kilobytes, to be executed by a Commodore 64 and its colourful ASCII-alternative called PETSCII.
Visuals by Raquel Meyers, audio by Goto80 and coding by Johan Kotlinski.
Datagården is a teletext cemetary with obituaries of people’s online lives. Some of the information is actually taken from the internet but some of it is fictional. As speculations about how auto-generated and unauthorized obituaries can look like in the future. (only without the ads!)
It was built (mostly) during Art Hack Day Stockholm at Bonniers Konsthall by me, Raquel Meyers and Possan. We used tools developed beforehand by Peter Kwan. Possan managed to stream video in real-time to teletext the so called DIYobituary. I did music, text and ideas.
We also added video feedback by filming the screen and sending the signal back to the TV, while showing teletext in transparent mode.
This connected to the theme Larger Than Life in several ways. Most obviously by the semi-fake use of the collective consciousness of the internet. But also by using an ambiguous medium like teletext. While often described as dead, it is in fact the largest single mass medium in Sweden with 2 million daily users (20% of the population).
And on a more philosophical note, teletext exists somewhere inbetween digital and analogue, text and graphics, video and data, screen and stream. You can’t record teletext because it’s inbetween everything. Just like death. Uh, or life?
Together with Raquel Meyers I will be at Art Hack Day in Stockholm this weekend. It’s an event for art/hacking where people work for a day and present it at Bonniers künsthall 13 april. Come on over!
It’s like a demoparty? Yes exactly but not at all. // We will probably make something about graveyards and teletext.
The 66-minute long ambient textmode piece 2SLEEP1 by me and Raquel Meyers is now showing at DECENTER in New York until 7 April. It’s a group exhibition with new forms of cubism, including people like Rafael Rozendaal, Cory Archangel, Alexander Peverett, Douglas Coupland, Marius Watz, Jeremy Bailey, Andrew Benson, Anthony Antonellis, Nicolas Sassoon, James Bridle, Ulrike Mohr and many more.