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Did You Know? (Forward: Geeks & Artboys by William Gibson)


Thursday, Sep 03, 2015 - 07:43:51 am


I’ll be extracting interesting quotes and information from the book for my literature review, and share them here, so that you can decide if they are relevant to your undergraduate work.

On being an “artboy”:

Gibson felt it was imperative that he not know what he was speaking about, in order to be known “for some subrational”, “shamanistic function” that he Read more →

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Poet Jorge Luis Borges, “regarded the universe itself as a library, infinitely recombinant, infinitely recursive, in which a single text might exist in variorum editions beyond number” I like the sound of that! The universe is a library, and each individual is actually a book. You read a person by talking to them and knowing them inside out and by doing so, you learn about experiences that you might not went through but now you learn from their experiences! I see this as a relevant statement that might be useful in our university studies. There's too much mistakes in the world to be learn, we can't possibly make all those mistake but we learn from other people's mistakes!
You are absolutely right Kamarul! In fact, even in publishing, many researchers and reviewers are loathe to publish failed experiments, for obvious reasons. Often, only successful research projects are published, and failed research studies that have found blind alleys account for only 14% of published papers. This is unfortunate, as knowing what has failed, is just as important as knowing what has succeeded, because without access to these failed studies, we inadvertently waste limited resources exploring these same blind alleys already explored by others More about that here. Thus, I believe OSS provides artists and researchers with a clearer view of what succeeds and what fails, to facilitate curriculum planning, curriculum enactment, and evaluation, as teachers and learners work on their individual and group projects.
Alvin, I think your initial statement from Gibson about "not knowing what you are doing" is important to our use of OSS. By documenting our process, we are investigating in many cases the working out of things "unknowingly," venturing into "unknown" territory as an artist, which is as you say very fruitful. OSS encourages that kind of emphasis on the process of "unknowing."
Yes, and I therefore have to show that current LMSes such as Blackboard, do not facilitate sharing of the process of "unknowing" as well as OSS, to justify my study. I argue that (1) The closed nature of many LMSes creates a barrier preventing learners outside the tutorial group, access to this treasure trove of failures and successes. (2) LMS assessment formats such as MCQs, are more suited to formative (end of semester), than summative (ongoing) assessment requiring constant feedback to refine learners' thinking and work. (3) Given how class sites on LMSes like Blackboard are created and removed from user accounts every semester, it is likely that learners will short-circuit the process of unknowing, by demonstrating what they know within the limited time frame, rather than what they don't. The emphasis shifted from testing what learners know, rather than what they don't. Lev Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development requires teachers to ascertain gaps in learning, so that we can determine the appropriate level of assistance or curricular intervention---not too much support such learners are insufficiently challenged, and not too little such that learners are stuck. In contrast, the OSS account is life long, as the media arts curriculum is process-oriented, rather than primarily product-focussed. OSS facilitates life-long peer-to-peer interactions that last beyond the semester. (4) Unlike Adobe Connect, Blackboard is ill-suited host collaborative media performances such as "We are Now[here]", and other cutting edge work, involving simultaneous or synchronous user and spectator input and output across virtual and physical spaces. OSS thus facilitates the trialogical approach to knowledge creation.
"Trialogical learning refers to a novel approach on collaborative learning where the aim is to support participants’ sustained activities on developing knowledge artifacts (documents, models, design artifacts, etc.) and cultivating related knowledge practices."
(Paavola and Hakkarainen, 2014, p. 53) Reference Paavola, S., & Hakkarainen, K. (2014). Trialogical approach for knowledge creation. In S. C. Tan, H. J. So, & J. Yeo (Eds.), Knowledge Creation in Education (pp. 53-73). Singapore: Springer.

Research Critique: Bold3RRR by Jon Cates


Thursday, Sep 03, 2015 - 01:16:03 am

@ Art2Act

So after pestering my friend to watch this render by Jon Cates with me, she came up with a conclusion just past 15 minutes. The conclusion was simple: it was were weird and she couldn’t understand how this was art. She had more questions to laid out to me about this video in the next 5 minutes than a SAT Read more →

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Hi Jaysee, I agree with your point on how we take things so granted now with fast internet. Behind every post on Facebook, there are someone who is doing all the codings and is wired in(reference from the movie Social Network). This act of coding might have glitches but we as user don't see it but as a coder, they might experience it more visually than us. I have the honour to meet Jon Cates and talk to him last year in NTU. He mention that he is not a purist when it comes to his art making but instead, uses different methods and ways to make his work. I can appreciate this and it seems to reflect life, on how things in life is not always one direction but instead, there are many pathways to go and live broadcasting is one of them.
Jaysee, this is a remarkable essay. I want to explore in class the nature of "live-specific" art, why the live adds a dimension that recorded media do not have, and how specifically, Jon Cates exploits the live and the intimacy of his desktop to render for us his process of making.
Hey Jaysee, I enjoyed your review a lot. When I first looked at this work, I found it confusing too, and like your friend, I thought about how it is an artwork. I also agree with your point on how we take fast connections for granted. Being used to such high-speed connection, things like white noise throws us off. But in live media performances, it is necessary to embrace these 'glitches'. I also like your perspective on how this work is not a conventional documentary of everyday life. That's one way of looking at the work. Our virtual life is rarely documented, and conventional ways of sharing our lives online often involves simply sharing a cleaned up, edited version of what really happened. I think sharing the process of how that came about should be rather interesting. The truth is, isn't it kind of creepy and weird to know what we really do on the computer? I once read an article somewhere about the 'clear search history' function on Facebook. It describes many users' disgruntled discoveries: how many times in a week (or day) one stalks his ex-girlfriend, etc. It definitely shows a different side of things than we are used to.

Camera Opera


Wednesday, Sep 02, 2015 - 10:12:24 pm

@ Art2Act

The camera becomes the protagonist! Fantastic inversion in the role played between the camera and the broadcaster. Though the music could have been more dramatic, I think the overall performance was great. It is indeed a different way of looking at broadcast – an alternative theatre. But once again, when we reflect back onto our watching habits these days through Read more →

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Wednesday, Sep 02, 2015 - 09:47:30 pm

@ Art2Act

This is one impressive project that I came across. Basically, its communication with light sequences around you and giving them a meaning to it. So it actually it how people try to send messages and narrate stories within this social community using morse code. But the morse code is interpreted  by the the light sequences that you come across their Read more →

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Research critique: BOLD3RRR… Realtime: Reflections and Render-times by Jon Cates (2012)


Wednesday, Sep 02, 2015 - 08:47:30 am

@ Real life

The purpose of this art piece was to show and explore what one can do by performing/streaming directly from the desktop. This work demonstrates the new possibilities of performances for the artists of the new media. The rise of the internet culture and technological advancements allowed for real-performances to happen.  It was also great that the work was unedited and raw.

In 2012, Read more →

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Research Critique: The Pirate Cinema, Nicolas Maigret


Wednesday, Sep 02, 2015 - 03:05:15 am

@ Esmond Heng

“In the context of omnipresent telecommunications surveillance, “The Pirate Cinema” makes the hidden activity and geography of Peer-to-Peer file sharing visible.” – The Pirate Cinema

This quote, taken from the abstract written on the website of the artwork, sums up pretty much exactly what we see in the work. It is truly an amazing piece of art, one which uncovers and Read more →

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Esmond, do you think the police might be using this website to catch those who are downloading illegally? and by showing people's IP address to the rest of the world, isn't that a invasion of privacy as well?
I like how evident your authorial voice is, in this work. Regarding your point about how torrent provides users with unfettered access but at the expense of the artists' intellectual (or creative) property, perhaps contemporary artists [like those of the Open Source Studio (you and I)] should therefore seek to "empower the spectator and deepen his or her experience" (Packer and Jordan, 2002, p. 96) as we learnt in the previous session, rather than seek to jealously guard it from potential torrent pirates amongst their passive, disengaged spectators. Ascott (cited in Packer and Jordan, 2002, p. 96) advocated the "spirit of cybernetics" to achieve a dialogue between artwork and audience. Artists who persist in adopting a "nineteenth-century structure of operations" (Ascott, 2002, p. 98), thus fail to include the viewers as active participants in the creative process, inadvertently encourage their "viewers" to pilfer their work, which they view a commodity that is to be transmitted by the artist and received or downloaded by the audience. Psst... hey, Es... your consummate work, will look even better if you embed the hyperlinks into the text, instead of pasting the entire URL after the quotes. Reference Ascott, R. (2002). Behaviourist Art and the Cybernetic Vision. In R. Packer & K. Jordan (Eds.), Multimedia : from Wagner to virtual reality (Expanded ed., pp. 333-344). New York: Norton.
Apparently, the process is complicated. As like with an email, the content is broken down into different parts and will go through so many different pathways. So the end destination becomes a problem to track. Instead, its easier and legally trackable to find out the source ( uploaders). The installation might be showing you uploaders who had downloaded it and are seeding. That's what I suspect but do correct if I am wrong.
Thanks for your reminder about the hyperlinks! That's a really good point about empowering the spectator, to avoid creating work they deem as a commodity. Thanks for pointing that out! I guess in a sense this work serves as a good example. Instead of simply sharing the video of the installation, the artist provided the online version which actively involves people due to its real-time format, thus empowering the spectator.
Yeah Kamarule I was actually thinking whether this data will help to catch people who are breaking the law. I guess it would be a simple, if not time-consuming, task to locate some or most of the bigger uploaders of torrents. However I'm not too sure of how the law works regarding these issues, maybe its difficult due to the cross-country nature of sharing files over the internet. Regarding the invasion of privacy issue, I noticed that the IP addresses were not complete; one of the numbers in the IP address is replaced with an 'x'. I should have mentioned this in my post but anyway, I suppose this avoids the issue of privacy.
Esmond, this is excellent work. Tonight in class, let's discuss how this form of collective narrative is different in the sense that the viewer-participant is probably not aware that they are even participating in a work. How is that different from a viewer action with real intent?
I found an interview where Nicolas says, "We saw it as a kind of game. Ever since the beginning of the project, we anticipated the operating modes of the system so that we could be presentable regardless of the different ongoing pieces of legislation. For example, an encrypted connection to Sweden (Ipredator / the Pirate Bay) is used to anonymize each machine used in the project. Fragments of the files are encoded and remain on our machine only temporarily."

Videofreex, The Pioneer.


Tuesday, Sep 01, 2015 - 12:18:07 pm

@ The Anatomy Of Life & Death

I took videos during my trip in Vancouver, edit it on my phone, uploaded on Instagram and now it’s on the net for everyone in the world to see. But back in the 70s, it was another different ball game.

Reading up on Videofreex’s history online, I realise their story is worth mentioning and actually worth doing a documentary about. Actually, Read more →

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I totally agree with you. More to say, with technology evolving and the introduction of gadgets like GoPro Cameras, people are finding reasons to record segments of their life and sharing it with the whole world. That I appreciate. But there's always two sides to the coin. As much as seeing people talking to themselves, technology has also given opportunities to record people making love. Believe it or not, sex tapes have become the trend and have actually created a new neighbourhood within pornography. I mean look at what happened to Kim Kardashian. She is star! So what do you think about this side of the coin? Is being open and freely broadcasting really an advantage these days?
Yes I agree with the idea of the sex tapes. It's like an express ticket to stardom! I believe there must be a line where we don't cross when we are broadcasting ourself. Even reality shows in America, they show their daily life however, I always believe there are certain things or topic they omit out from the final cut before showing it on Television, that's what editing are for. But what if we have nothing to hide in life, does that give our right for people to watch us 24/7?
Kamarul, I am really pleased to see you connected with the Freex. I thought you would! Now, your conclusion about broadcasting with google glass is a great idea for a project. Your eyes become our surrogate eyes. Now just imagine if you had done this at ISEA, we could have all "been there." You just reminded me of Steve Mann, who I should have included in this lecture. Google him and it will blow your mind. A true Videofreek! He has been doing for thirty years what you are talking about.

Research Critique 3: Good Morning Mr Orwell


Monday, Aug 31, 2015 - 11:00:59 pm

@ beverley

The NetArtizens Project is described as an initiative to investigate the role of live broadcasted media as a medium for artists in the context of the networked arts. The term live broadcasted media had expanded broadly ever since it was used to describe the television: what used to be the primary form of visual broadcast media. Similarly, ‘networked arts’ no longer Read more →

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Yes, the keyword here is the "artist as mediator," a term I have been using for many years to describe artist who engages media as a form of mediation, inserting themselves into situations to spark dialogue, to illuminate issues, to challenge the status quo. Let's talk about this idea of mediation further in the context of live artist-driven broadcasting.
You know I actually see this as the prototype for the modern youtube. Just that the technological medium is different. However, I do feel that its not as spontaneous as I expect it to be but rather staged. If it wasn't staged, then I think it already is at a whole new level of broadcasting.



Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 - 07:28:30 pm

@ beverley

I don’t have a strange story to tell, sadly. I think. There isn’t really anything I’ve ever considered strange. Perhaps it is because I am a careful person. I think I live in my world too much. And I also think I make quite a bad storyteller too. But I will give it a try… A lot of people raise Read more →

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Research Critique: A Hole in Space


Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 - 02:16:35 pm

@ Nichole

Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz’s A Hole in Space is hailed as the mother of all video chats. They connected a live audience from Los Angeles to a live audience in New York through life sized screens which feed through to each other using satellites.

I found this fascinating as it shows how the virtual space allows users to transcend human Read more →

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I think this was awesome for its time - 1980s! But the best part of this is the emotions displayed from the participants. The flow of emotions and their reaction was amazing to watch. It truly gave hope for the future with this as the spark!