Branching Morphogenesis

Made from 75,000 interconnected cable zip-ties, Branching Morphogenesis simulates the predicted network generated by human lung cells as they interact with an extracellular matrix in three-dimensional space and time. Designed by Jenny Sabin, this installation allows visitors to walk through a giant three-dimensional “datascape,” encapsulating the way in which human endothelial cells interact with their surrounding extracellular matrix, a type of connective tissue.



Drama in fünf Anrufbeantwortern

Ist es ein Hörspiel oder Rauminstallation?
There are five answering machines on separate tables with chairs and imagined scenes.
Secret messages concerning various nefarious plots amidst a fictitious government dictatorship
can be heard coming from each of the five stations.
This is Helmut Mittermaier‘s work
: am Dienstag um neun sind die Erdbeeren reif.


(thanks to Helmut Mittermaier)


Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray (Britta & Rebecca) reconsider urine as a rich source of nutrients instead of a waste product with their project drink.pee.drink.pee.drink.pee. Not in the sense of urine therapy or as in the Hindu practice of  Shivambu Kalpa, but as a urine-to-fertilizer transformation that removes the elements that are toxic to our waterways.

Participants begin by peeing in a jar and returning it to the desk. While your urine is going thru the necessary reaction, you are informed of what actually happens after you flush your home toilet. Not only do you realize that all of the world’s urine is creating harmful algae blooms, but you’re reminded too of the ever increasing number of people who are sold the pharmaceutical line that pills will cure your ills and that all of those chemicals have to go somewhere…and where they go, and ultimately stay, is inside our planet’s closed, cycling water system. Soon after the talk, you’re presented with a container of houseplant-ready fertilizer made from your urine.


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Relative Realities

Volkmar Klien‘s installation, Relative Realities presents a video screen
as pendulum bob and window, tracing beautiful, fleeting video elements in invisible space.
The first video below shows it in action and the second is more explanatory.


(thanks to Volkmar Klien)

rain music line and parade

The installation Rain Dance consists of falling streams of water modulated by audio signals.
Paul DeMarinis uses water to make familiar musical melodies audible
as a composition of drops and sound vibrations.
The umbrella becomes a resonant body for sound worlds made of fine streams of water.


(thanks to ejectthis)


Mission Eternity (M∞) is a project for extending the memories, electronically, of those who have left this mortal coil thru the use of what the folks at etoy refer to as Arcanum Capsules. These capsules contain digital fragments of a person’s life: visual, audio, and text – as much as possible – that define that particular person’s existence. The Capsules have to be set up before the death of the person – known as a M∞ Pilot after their death – thru a consultation with an etoy “agent.” The capsules are then given a specific, unique 16 digit alphanumeric identifier. The hosting of this information is achieved thru a network of M∞ Angels who provide a part of their digital storage space on their desktops and/or mobile devices to keep the content electronically alive. At death, the encapsulation process begins with the upload of the file’s info at the M∞ Gate which uploades the file names and distributes/publishes the data online. The file now has a new scrambled name which consists of the original 16 digit ID plus an added 32 digit attachment which is supposed to provide the utmost security from overwriting and provides an element of eletro-consecration. As for the physical remains, there is something known as a Terminus which is a cube-shaped plug that has molded the deceased one’s ashes with cement. During an elaborate ritual, the Terminus is installed in a Sarcophagus, which is a cargo container outfitted with 17,000 LEDs that displays the Arcanum Capsule contents of up to 1000 humans who have died. This is a sculpture that acts a bridge connecting human memory and electrical impulses with mortal remains functioning as a final resting place.


max neuhaus: medium into the domain

In the late ’60’s, I was introduced to the artistry of Max Neuhaus through one of his most well-known recordings called Electronics & Percussion: Five Realizations. On that LP, he created masterful versions, as a percussionist, of works by Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Karlheinz Stockhausen,
John Cage and Sylvano Bussotti.

When he died in February, we lost not only a fine percussionist, but a pioneer of sound art
(though this was a term that he eschewed), public art, and sound installation.

(thanks to the Max Neuhaus estate)

undetectable two-step lucifer

default to public: tweetscreen, created by Jens Wunderling, is an installation that shows tweets, which have been written near its own physical location, on a large projection screen. The twitter users, whose tweets have been chosen, receive a reply message, along with a photo taken by a webcam, saying that their tweet has been shown “in public” – at times causing great consternation.

(thanks to Jens Wunderling)


An old-fashioned typewriter is transformed by Christa Sommer & Laurent Mignonneau thru computer interface into a machine that creates the appearance of artificial life. The “paper” is a projection from above. As you type, each key first produces letters but they almost immediately transform into small lifeforms that scurry about the page. They are naturally in search of a food source which happens to be within the next line of text that you type. They eat and reproduce and the offspring search for letters too. There appeared to be a direct connection at times with certain creatures and a particular letter. You could type a whole string of “e’s”, for instance, and some of the creatures would avoid them. If I remember correctly, if a creature was born out of a certain letter, it appeared to avoid it later, thereby avoiding any kind of cannibalistic urge. All of the typewriter mechanics appear to be in place. You could scroll the “page” in order to shove the creatures off the far end or you could scroll towards you and the roller would just eat them up en masse. Writing text on Life Writer is watching your ideas scampering, evolving, regenerating, and sometimes, falling off the edge.



(thanks to itaú cultural)

Right down the street from the Miles Basie club…


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Rod Stasick is a composer in the broad sense of the term. He is interested in the creation of event-systems for various situations. Template scores are often created using a combination of graphic signs and symbols that usually suggests a syncretism of styles and methods of performance. Using these methods, he produces works in diverse disciplines (audio, video, text, mail art, conceptualism, etc.) utilizing assorted influences: Eastern Philosophy, Fluxus, The Situationist International, Oulipo, Semiotics, Discrete Event-Systems, random numbers to revamp Zen planning and forms of Information Theory.

  • Psychoacoustics
  • Generative Music
  • Composition
  • Sound Diffusion
  • Interactive Art
  • Installation
  • Sound Design
  • Radiophonic Art
  • Field Recording
  • Electroacoustics
  • Sound Art
  • Performance
  • Sound & Image

  • His studies with Karlheinz Stockhausen (2001-2007) have renewed his interest in various aspects of compositional integration.

    Extensive number of performances
    of experimental works.

    Archivist for the Jerry Hunt Estate

    Percussion studies:

  • Steve McCall
  • Dennis Charles
  • Charles Hammond
  • Gary Burton

  • Eternally grateful to these folks who had, in person, taken the time to encourage me in my compositional work (chronologically listed):

  • Alan Watts
  • John Cage
  • Joseph Beuys
  • Jerry Hunt
  • Alvin Lucier
  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Merce Cunningham
  • Buckminster Fuller
  • Nam June Paik
  • Charlotte Moorman
  • Anthony Braxton
  • David Tudor
  • Earle Brown
  • Pauline Oliveros
  • Ben Patterson
  • James Tenney
  • Christian Wolff
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen