DIGITAL DEATH RITUAL FOR THE INFORMATION AGE

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.

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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)

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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)

LIFE WRITER

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.

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(thanks to itaú cultural)

Right down the street from the Miles Basie club…

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In the Line of Sight

Light installation with 100 computer-controlled flashlights by Daniel Sauter & Fabian Winkler.

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AN OPERA FOR 100 SMART RABBITS

One hundred Nabaztags on stage with colorful blinking lights, choreographed ear movements,
and wi-fi transmitted composition could have come off as stomach-churning cuteness,
but actually, there were moments when Nabaz’mob – “an opera for 100 smart rabbits” –
was a bit creepy and unsettling, but only for just a bit. Most of the performance was a real showpiece
for the creative choreographic and compositional work of Antoine Schmitt & Jean-Jacques Birgé
who later thanked the audience by tossing carrots to us.

(thanks to our bunny friends)

DISSOCIATING MODULATOR

Osman Khan & Kim Beck bring Grahamesque minimal sculpture with more than a hint of consumerist culture to the city park with their installation when laughter trips at the threshold of the divine.

 

(thanks to Khan & Beck)

IRAQ WAR ENDS

On November 12 of last year there was a combination of elation and confusion spreading across the faces of those folks who picked up what they thought was that day’s New York Times.
Front page headline: IRAQ WAR ENDS
On closer inspection, you could see that it was dated July 4, 2009.

Steve Lambert, Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men, along with 30 writers, 50 advisors, and about
1000 volunteer distributors contributed to 14 pages of news for the hopeful that projected
an ideal world scenario almost 8 months in the future.

This project won the Award of Distinction in the Hybrid Art category.
Steve Lambert speaks on how the project came together.
Before you watch this, visit Steve‘s site – he’s a good guy.

(praise to The Yes Men)

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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
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