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"5000 Kilometres— It's Nothing."


Monday, Jan 29, 2018 - 06:06:53 pm

@ Farz

Telematic dreaming is an interactive piece created by Paul Sermon. What’s interesting about this piece is that it requires the audience’s efforts to make it work. Such a medium is unique as the outcome is determined by the public, instead of it being thoroughly carried out by the artist himself.

In this piece, two beds are far apart- by 5000 kilometres. Read more →

Categories: Research
Wonderful and detailed description of Paul Sermon's Telematic Dreaming. One way that you can expand on your research critique of the work is to also examine the implications. First, what is the third space? How do we define it? I discuss this in my essay and so you want to bring in some of what I have said to help illustrate your description of the work. Secondly, what is the artist trying to say? Think about how a work such as Telematic Dreaming investigates the quality of intimacy despite geographical separation. This kind of analysis reveals a lot about what we all experience each and every day as we communicate with people at a distance through social media, texting, phone calls, etc. This way we understand our world a little better through the critique of artistic works.

Second Front, Grand Theft Avatar (2008) Review


Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 - 03:11:49 pm

@ f e l ❍


Founded by Linden Lab who first launched Second Life in 2003, it has pioneered to become a virtual world where many transacted millions across this platform. Second Front (2006), a team of 7 live performers, were the first to perform in the online virtual world of Second Life. The main source of influence Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent piece and you captured the essence of the third space extremely well. Your writing is very poetic and evocative, conceptually well-tuned to the subject matter. One area for improvement: I would like to see more detail about the work itself, some specifics, incidents, etc., which help illustrate your strong conceptual thinking. In other words, blending concrete examples, such as when the members of Second Front fly far above the bank robbery site, defying the laws of gravity (magic) in the distributed space of Second Life. Otherwise, this is very well done.

[EI] Reading 2: The Big Kiss (2007) by Annie Abrahams


Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 - 01:18:43 am

@ Francesca

Research Critique on ‘The Big Kiss’ (2007) by Annie Abrahams

‘The Big Kiss’ (2007) is a performance installation by Annie Abrahams. Using webcam technology, two performers engaged in the act of kissing through a split screen. Annie Abrahams is intrigued by the ‘possibilities and limits of communication in general and more specifically investigates its modes under networked conditions’. Hence, her works Read more →

Categories: Research
I like the idea when you discussed about the feeling of intimacy through this interaction in the third space, it leaves me to question if people are actually able to find comfort despite not having any real world interaction.
Excellent! I had no idea about the Kissenger, that's a real find. Maybe someone could do a performance project and test it out! You touched on all the important points, particularly your critique of intimacy at a distance in the third space. I suspect from devices like the Kissenger, that increasingly we will have artificial, telematically stimulated points of contact on an increasing basis. But you bring up an important point about the ethical ramifications of intimacy at a distance, or should I say intimacy on demand. Great research!!

Grand Theft Avatar?


Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 - 11:24:45 pm

@ Jasmine

The moment I received this assignment, I went ahead to watch the video Grand Theft Avatar by Second Front. To be honest, I was completely lost in the video because I could not understand what was going on in the video. Upon researching and re-watching the video a couple of times, I think I am able to gain a better Read more →

Categories: Research
Considering you had some difficulty understanding the work, you did a great job describing it in all of its detail! And you made an important observation that the performers were in fact live in their various remote locations in order to interact together in Second Life. My only comment is to focus a little more on the topic of the week, in this case the third space, and explain why in fact, the third space might be less restrictive as you rightly point out. Good work!

Facetime in 1980

Nadiah Raman

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 - 01:16:24 am

@ ♡♡♡♡♡

Back in November 1980, artists named Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz (K&S) dabbled in the functionalities of satellite technology to create one of their many remarkable works. Hole-in-space was a 3-day project which involved the connection of people from across two distant areas. Two big screens were respectively set up in front of Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in NYC Read more →

Categories: Research
Very good! One comment: be sure to make your images larger, you can do that with the editor or when you import them. Yes, as you say, despite distance and separation, there is in fact "emotional bandwidth" and Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz point out, meaning: the quality of human emotion and intimacy despite being in separate locations. That is precisely at the heart of our study of the third space. What does the project reveal about the third space, what have you learned from it that you can apply to your own experience in the third space? These are some questions to ask your research critique. Very good!

From Proprietary to Open Source: Our Expanded Studio Space

Su Xian

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 - 10:34:04 pm

@ Shu

The Open Source model is one that gives everybody the right to be a content creator.

Before the advent of Open Source, the Proprietary media had limited our practice to our a selective pool of message senders, particularly those who were practiced media. Open Source gave anyone who had access to this system an opportunity to publish their messages through this Read more →

Categories: Research
Very good! I am just now reading it because it was turned in after our previous class, so please be sure to publish your essays on time so you can get quick feedback. You essentially covered all the important aspects of open source, the distinction from proprietary, and how it encourages sharing and collaboration.

Micro-Project 1-Tele-Stroll: Series of Acts

Daphne Tan

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 - 03:46:30 pm


Tele-Stroll: a walk, talk and sharing of two spaces in two disparate locations.

3, 2, 1 and we are live!

A social broadcasting project, Tele-stroll: Series of Acts shows two girls accompanying each other home through going live on Instagram and putting up a media performance for their viewers and for each other.

“See you on the other side”

The “third-space”, a virtual platform, brings people Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project
Tags: project
Very well organized and constructed piece! We'll discuss further today.

Reading Summary: Open Source

Tan Xiang Rei

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 - 02:45:54 pm


Before I start rambling on the readings here is a video summarizing the concept of open source:

Like the name suggests. open source is a open platform facilatating the exchange,appropriation, collaboration, contribution, amplify, information and methodology among artist and even with the audience.

Unlike the traditional proprietary of artist creation, where its a one way conversion Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent!! I am very impressed that you came up with Miriam Abramovic's Rhythm 0 as an example of open source, in which she invites members of the audience to interact with objects, including a gun! This piece is much like Yoko Ono's Cut Piece and we'll take a look at it today in class. You demonstrate an excellent understanding of open source thinking, very good work.

Open Source promotes DIWO (Do It With Others)

Daphne Tan

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 - 01:52:19 pm


Summary of the readings

Open Source is a platform where the community can access to shared information, utilizing the human capital to a greater extent. Stemming from the hacker culture, Open Source, liberated the otherwise restricting and inflexible means of creative production, promoting DIWO (Do It With Others).

Open Source allow for virtual sharing of content using the World Wide Web on Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent, and very thorough! I was very impressed with your understanding of open source thinking, it's history, and its application. Particularly impressive was the research you did about Richard Stallman and his open source initiatives. However, I wouldn't say that open source is a tool, I would call it a method, or better yet, a philosophy of sharing.  I very much liked the video you shared and in face, in the spirit of open source, I though I would share it with the rest of the class. Great work!!


Bella Dai

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 - 11:22:18 am

@ belladaiyunlang


Read this essay and reference in the writing assignment below:

(1) Vaidhyanathan, Sida (2005) “Open Source as Culture-Culture as Open Source,” The Social Media Reader. New York: New York University Press, 2012

(2) Packer, Randall, Open Source Studio, IEEE Spectrum, 2015


The tradition creation and production of art had transformed from physical space to cyberspace. The world we Read more →

Categories: Research
Very good assessment of OSS, although OSS was not created until 2012. I wish I had thought of it in the 1990s! I would advise that you consider discussing the many aspects of open source practices, the artistic use, etc., and go beyond your focus on OSS. While your discussion of OSS is very good, we will be discussing many other aspects of open source thinking and how it has impacted our study of the art of the social practice.