Artifacts @ DAM Berlin & SSSTVHB @ Transmediale!

All right. So much has happened since last post, I will break it into chunks. Right now I am sitting in O’Hare Terminal 5 waiting to go to Berlin for my first solo show in Europe (I’ve done group shows, and collective shows with RTMark, The Yes Men, and Second Front.

However, this is the first one with just me.  Wolf Lieser has been generous enough to take me on as part of the DAM stable and grant me a show during Transmediale, one of Europe’s premier media art festivals.
What will I be showing? Tapestries, of course, and I will see if I can get them wired for AR. I will be showing tapestries from Allahyari/Unluata’s collective project I was part of, Your Day/My Night, 8 Bits or Less, and some work from Die Wunderkammer.  Also showing will be my engraving work based on my late 90’s figurative work.  Many videos, from Second Front, The Yes Men, and 8 Bits or Less, Suburban Meditation, and Second Front work.

What Wolf doesn’t know is that I also have about 40 prints in my suitcase from the Spire series, Second Front, and excerpts from historical works.

Earlier on Thursday, I will be showing my seminal work having to do with my resurrection of Slow Scan Television, Slow Scan Subterranean Homesick Blues.  Slow Scan Television is a HAM Radio technology used during the Apollo Program that converts a frame of video to audio and transmits that frame every seven seconds at very low resolution. Since one of my specialties is lo-fi, SSTV is perfect.  To make it even more lo-fi, I hid under a tapestry and videoed the piece with a Flip Mino to reference early video pioneers like Larry Cuba, shot shot film from a monitor.

The piece is a re-envisioning of the Bob Dylan piece, but re-edited so that every cue card gets 7 seconds so it scans.  That stretched it to about 9 seconds, and I used Paul’s Time Stretcher to resample the audio, and it has a great, ethereal quality. Turns out about 9 minutes.

So, for now, “Artifacts” at DAM (a double play on low resolution and the fact that the show is largely made up of artifacts of my exploration in media culture and fabrication), and SSSHSB earlier in the day at Transmediale.  I’m very excited, as I’ll see many friends there.

Errata/potential misinterpretation in”Translation of Art in Virtual Worlds”

It has been brought to my attention by the artist involved, T. S. Bathurst, AKA Sysperia Poppy, read a possible link between her work and the 2007 ageplay ban on page 4 of my essay, The Translation of Virtual Art, especially that in Leonardo Electronic Journal, Vol. 16, Issue 4-5.  In re-reading the essay, I could see this mis-perception being possible in my interpretation of her work dealing with innocent depictions of certain forms of avatars next to the previous paragraph talking about this controversy.  Secondly, I have to excuse myself in that in my research, I had unknowingly found erroneous sources, which led me to believe that others such as Zoe Harnell were collaborators instead of her being the sole creator.  This occasionally happens, this time to my chagrin.


My intention was to champion Bathurst as a courageous artist in a virtual world and one worthy of mention in my scholarly work.

I regret that my reference to improperly referenced primary sources (web pages now long gone) led to this misunderstanding, and I extend my profound apologies to Ms. Bathurst, her family and colleagues.  In the future, I will endeavor to offer a version that states corrected information.

Thank you for your attention and forbearance.

Cera/Kildall’s Duchamp Readymake Chess set (at least the Red side)

I knew about Scott’s obsession with Marcel Duchamp’s obsession with chess (Duchamp appeared to just go off and play chess for the 20 years he was making The Illuminating Gas).  The interesting thing is that he had a custom made chess set that was lost to antiquity.  Here is the original set.

Lost to history, this was Duchamp's favorite chess set.
Lost to history, this was Duchamp’s favorite chess set.

However, my friends Bryan Cera (Milwaukee) and Scott Kildall (SanFrancisco) reconstructed the set as a set of objects for downloads on the DIY 3D Printer site, Thingiverse,  This project was part of Scott’s residency at the Autodesk labs, and Tom Burtonwood, Pete Prodoehl, Patrick Lichty, Frankie Flood and Michael Ang printed them pout in a variety of materials, with Frankie recasting them in BRONZE (I wanted to, but he had better access to the foundry,)

Another interesting thing is that on a Replicator 2 with PLA, the 89-degree cuts did not “spaghettti/overshoot” too badly.  Thanks, guys for the opportunity to be part of this great project.  Here is my red set, hope you like it.

Made with PLA on a Replicator 2.
Made with PLA on a Replicator 2.

And a look at the spaghetti.
Chess Materiality

Here’s the link to the set, in case you want to print it.


Gemma Earring Project

This week, Michele Preysler and I finished our first collaboration, a variation on Becky Stern’s Gemma-based earrings from the site.  I modified the programming slightly to generate different patterns, and Michele did the metal and floral work.  Next thoughts are a possible fiber optic shawl or large neckpiece using the Adafruit large-scale Neopixel LED rings.

Gemma Earrings for Waldorf School Auction
Gemma Earrings for Waldorf School Auction