Driven to create public artworks that occupy mobile space, I decided to use QR Codes as a gateway. A QR Code (Quick Response Code) is a two-dimensional bar code that can be decrypted by camera-phones equipped with a reader application such as Barcodes for the iPhone. I am interested in using cell phones and other mobile devices as a venue for exhibiting art. I view this venue as a virtual space. This concept is eloquently described by Jonathan Steuer in his article “Defining virtual realities: Dimensions determining telepresence”.
How can one explain the seemingly bizarre ability to speak to someone who is not present by means of talking into a piece of plastic? Of course, this process can be conceived in terms of senders, receivers, and messages. However, such an explanation fails to account for the odd experience of speaking to someone who is not actually there. Where does such a conversation take place? The most plausible conceptual model is that both parties, by means of the telephone, are electronically present in the same virtual reality created by the telephone system.
Toying with the idea of artworks as virtual goods within virtual space that are digitally decaying, disposable and somewhat fictional objects which contain “value” in their instant-gratification experience, I chose in contrast to create QR codes printed on aluminum as more permanent tangible objects acting as a bridge between real and virtual spaces. The QR Codes are installed on street sign posts.
Conceptually these public mobile art pieces range in topic from mixed-reality, simulations, consciousness, and presence to the technological singularity, feedback loops, and black holes.
The first piece I have created for this “space” entitled Recycled Spacetime is a sound based artwork. Using a camera-phone “viewers” can take a photograph of the QR Code and then using a reader application, the QR Code resolves to a webpage with instructions on how to interact with the work. To listen to and interact with the piece “viewers” can call a Google Voice phone number to listen to mixed/layered field recordings comprised from all of the locations where the QR Codes have been installed. After listening to the current piece they are able to leave their own recording which will then be mixed into the artwork. Over time the sound will become compressed into a chaotic aural documentation of time and space.
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GHAVA was commissioned by Wolff Olins to create a series of art and videos for AOL’s new brand identity which launched December 2009. I had the chance to get messy making art for few of these and shot stop-frame animations of the art being created. Check out more of the work GHAVA did for this project here.
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I did this a while ago an am just now getting around to posting about it. My thinking with this was that it was in such a high-traffic area and bound to be added too quickly, I never thought of the piece as being finished. Skulphone had previously put up a poster, “SMILE YOU’RE IN NYC”, that I ultimately worked around. You can see more photos here.
Derek LernerUnfinished & Skullphone SMILE YOU’RE IN NYC
mixed media on sheetrock 2009
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CAPTCHA codes are publicly available, and each is uniquely generated by a computer program which “knows” the correct response. Although current software is unable to accurately read and understand the codes most humans can. Getting up with CAPTCHA cracks me up. I’ve heard of graff writers flipping tags in reverse to add some confusion to the game, but bombing with a challenge-response test is a new one for sure. Abstract conceptual public art? I also find the reCAPTCHA project very interesting.
Aram Bartholl has been working in Berlin since 1995. In his art work he thematizes the relationships between net data space and every day life. “In which form does the network data world manifest itself in our everyday life? What returns from cyberspace into physical space? How do digital innovations influence our everyday actions?”
Creative Time is a nonprofit organization that commissions and presents public arts projects of all disciplines. They strive to commission, produce and present the most important, ground-breaking, challenging and exceptional art of our times; art that infiltrates the public realm and engages millions of people in NYC and across the globe.
Our submission was one of two runners-up and was featured on Creative Time’s YouTube Channel.
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Looks as if some 733t /b/tards are in it FTW! moot, 4chan founder, currently ranked #1 in TIME’s World’s Most Influential People of 2009.
via: Jimmy Ruska’s Blog
The methods, scripts and programs posted to upvote moot in most threads often didn’t include the ‘key’ query string variable which is some kind of md5 dependent on the score. It looks like voting without the key variable doesn’t work anymore even though it had before. They probably wiped out all the votes that didn’t have a key or that had an incorrect key. In the mean time people are randomly speculating they wiped votes that were exactly 100 or 1. Changing the number to something random without updating the authentication key just causes the query to fail. There’s also speculation you will be blocked for voting faster than every x seconds. It looks like it logs the votes and runs some kind of cron job every minute adding people who have voted too much to the blocked list. Within that span, you can vote as many times as you want. It also seems to have some kind of requirement, eg if the log has over 5000 votes flush it and check for repeats to block.