August Black

CV - DISSERTATION - PROJECTS/ACTIVITIES


all highlights
curator film exhibition performance radio production software/systems
2015Wave Farm Residency - Acra, NY
Highslide JS Week long residency at wavefarm to build a prototypical radio application that gives web participants the ability to stream direct (via webrtc) to the broadcast in 2 second overlapping intervals. See: https://wavefarm.org/ta/calendar/017hn5, https://github.com/augustblack/hearhere
2011
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Shapes in the Underweb are a collection of points (bezier or linear), a surface, and text. Surfaces may be defined by color, image, or procedure. Texts may be defined inline or loaded from a foreign server, and may be wrapped in a rectangular bounding box or within the bounds of the shape itself.
The "surface" of a shape is only a chunk of memory. It may be written to as an image file or alternatively procedurally generated.
The Underweb provides easy to use GUI widgets from the GTK+ toolkit.
Users may mix widgets and graphical components together. The background of the Underweb browser may also be transparent.
Shapes in the Underweb may provide their own drawing callback functions for animated displays.
Full audio video capabilities are included in the Underweb, including the ability to not only read audio and video, but encode and stream it as well. Above is a screen grab of an Underweb application document streaming live video to a server on the left and displaying the receiving stream on the right.
The Underweb has a very simple built-in audio api. More complex signal processing can be done by writing puredata patches and controlling them vie the Underweb. The Underweb uses libpd to enable this. The above shows the graphical display of an audio buffer while playing.
All shapes and media content are editable inline in the Undereweb.
Using the webkit and mozdev APIs, the Underweb can also view the old WWW content.
The Underweb is a prototype for a new and alternative World Wide Web.
2011LabSurLab - Medellín, Colombia
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Workshop on audio-video streaming using free software tools at the public university.

Photo:Alejandro Duque

Photo:Alejandro Duque

Photo:Alejandro Duque

Workshop on audio-video streaming using only free software tools. Part of the LabSurLab festival at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Medellín, Colombia
2010ESC space - Graz, Austria
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Video lecture contribution to Wolfgang Temmel's "Art Joke" exhibition.

Taking the Piss Out of Art Since 1917 from august black on Vimeo.

Video lecture contribution titled "Taking the Piss Out of Art Since 1912" to Wolfgang Temmel's "Art Joke" exhibition at the ESC space in Graz, Austria.
2010Isuma TV - Igloolik, Nunavut
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Workshop on free software and video production using FLOSS tools at Isuma TV, the production house that made Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner).

Photo:Mathew Biedermann

Photo:Mathew Biedermann

Photo:Mathew Biedermann

We also delivered a live video interview to the Canada House in London from out on the land using only solar power and military grade satellite uplinks.

Photo:Mathew Biedermann

Photo:Mathew Biedermann

Photo:Mathew Biedermann

Workshop on free software and video production using FLOSS tools at Isuma TV.
2009Futurism Documentary - Pallazolo, Sicily, Italy
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Cinematographer for a documentary on futurism; shot on location at the Festival of St. Paul in Palazzolo, Sicily.
Cinematographer for a documentary on futurism.
2009Red de los Medios Libres - Mexico City, MexicoLecture on free software and radio production.
2009Biblioteca Publica - San Miguel de Allende
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Lecture on free software title "Nerds & Politics" at the Bibloteca Pública of San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico. Part of a symposium by the Center for Global Justice.

Photo:Betsy Bowman

Lecture on free software titled "Nerds & Politics".
2009Centro Nacional de las Artes - Mexico City, Mexico3 day workshop on video production using free software video tools.
2009ITT InterCommunication Center [ICC] Gallery A - Tokyo, Japan
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The idea for DER GEDANKENPROJEKTOR comes from a - never realized - invention of Nikola Tesla: a camera with which you can photograph thoughts. In 1933, at the age of 78, Tesla said: "In 1893 [...] I became convinced that a definite image formed in thought, must by reflex action, produce a corresponding image on the retina, which might be read by a suitable apparatus. This brought me to my system of television which I announced at the time... My idea was to employ an artificial retina receiving and object of the image seen, an optic nerve and another retina at the place of reproduction...both being fashioned somewhat like a checkerboard, with the optic nerve being a part of the earth."

All images from the initial installation at Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria. Photo: farbraum.cc

A professional-grade fundus camera as used by ophthalmologists provides high-resolution images of the visitor's retina, interior surface of the eye and iris. These images are then transferred to a projection screen set up in the middle of the installation space. A computer then evaluates the images produced and reveals the hidden thoughts that have manifested themselves on the visitor's retina.
The results are then projected onto the left wall as a "Thought Frieze". The images from the eye and the interior surface of the eye as well as the thoughts that have melded into them are then streamed onto the internet. Online users, for their part, can comment on or attempt to interprete the images, and this material, in turn, is streamed back to the installation and projected onto the right wall.
The middle image displays the inside of the visitor's eye.
An trained lab assistant guides the visitors through the process.
The installation assistant presents each photographed visitor with a ticket that can be used to download and print out his/her own eye images.

The images of inside and outside of the visitor's eye are collected and displayed in chronological order.

Thought Photography: A receiver is basically the same thing as a broadcaster. That is obviously what Nikola Tesla thought as he invented, so to say, a machine that, as a byproduct of television, continually projects thoughts inside people. At the other end of the scale, in the area of the paranormal and occult, a lot of "aura-photographers" tried with some success to record their thoughts onto photo paper without any kind of camera and just through concentration.

We live in an age of surveillance, where thousands of cameras are pointed at us daily in order to detect "abnormal" or "suspicious" behavior and anticipate the evil intentions of individuals. While the necessary image recognition mechanisms and software are already available for face recognitions and so forth, it would be even more alluring to those in charge as well as their orderlies, to read and record people's thoughts. While our behavior becomes more and more regulated by the camera technology of Bentham's Panopticon, our thoughts are supposedly still free. But, the questions still stands, for how long?

Der Gedankenprojektor (Thought Projector) is an installation based on an unrealised idea by Nokolai Tesla: a camera that can photograph thoughts.

Light InSight Dec. 6, 2008 - Feb. 28, 2009

2008Kyoto University of Art - Kyoto, JapanArtist Lecture with Alien Productions
2008Kunsthaus Vienna, Austria
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The idea for DER GEDANKENPROJEKTOR comes from a - never realized - invention of Nikola Tesla: a camera with which you can photograph thoughts. In 1933, at the age of 78, Tesla said: "In 1893 [...] I became convinced that a definite image formed in thought, must by reflex action, produce a corresponding image on the retina, which might be read by a suitable apparatus. This brought me to my system of television which I announced at the time... My idea was to employ an artificial retina receiving and object of the image seen, an optic nerve and another retina at the place of reproduction...both being fashioned somewhat like a checkerboard, with the optic nerve being a part of the earth."

All images from the initial installation at Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria. Photo: farbraum.cc

A professional-grade fundus camera as used by ophthalmologists provides high-resolution images of the visitor's retina, interior surface of the eye and iris. These images are then transferred to a projection screen set up in the middle of the installation space. A computer then evaluates the images produced and reveals the hidden thoughts that have manifested themselves on the visitor's retina.
The results are then projected onto the left wall as a "Thought Frieze". The images from the eye and the interior surface of the eye as well as the thoughts that have melded into them are then streamed onto the internet. Online users, for their part, can comment on or attempt to interprete the images, and this material, in turn, is streamed back to the installation and projected onto the right wall.
The middle image displays the inside of the visitor's eye.
An trained lab assistant guides the visitors through the process.
The installation assistant presents each photographed visitor with a ticket that can be used to download and print out his/her own eye images.

The images of inside and outside of the visitor's eye are collected and displayed in chronological order.

Thought Photography: A receiver is basically the same thing as a broadcaster. That is obviously what Nikola Tesla thought as he invented, so to say, a machine that, as a byproduct of television, continually projects thoughts inside people. At the other end of the scale, in the area of the paranormal and occult, a lot of "aura-photographers" tried with some success to record their thoughts onto photo paper without any kind of camera and just through concentration.

We live in an age of surveillance, where thousands of cameras are pointed at us daily in order to detect "abnormal" or "suspicious" behavior and anticipate the evil intentions of individuals. While the necessary image recognition mechanisms and software are already available for face recognitions and so forth, it would be even more alluring to those in charge as well as their orderlies, to read and record people's thoughts. While our behavior becomes more and more regulated by the camera technology of Bentham's Panopticon, our thoughts are supposedly still free. But, the questions still stands, for how long?

Der Gedankenprojektor (Thought Projector) is an installation based on an unrealised idea by Nokolai Tesla: a camera that can photograph thoughts.

ZEITRAUMZEIT Oct.5 - Nov.2, 2008

2008Ars Electronica Festival, Landesgalerie - Linz, Austria
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We live in an age of surveillance, where thousands of cameras are pointed at us daily in order to detect "abnormal" or "suspicious" behavior and anticipate the evil intentions of individuals. While the necessary image recognition mechanisms and software are already available for face recognitions and so forth, it would be even more alluring to those in charge as well as their orderlies, to read and record people's thoughts. While our behavior becomes more and more regulated by the camera technology of Bentham's Panopticon, our thoughts are supposedly still free. But, the questions still stands, for how long?

Der Gedankenprojektor (Thought Projector) is an installation based on an unrealised idea by Nokolai Tesla: a camera that can photograph thoughts.

ZEITRAUMZEIT Oct.5 - Nov.2, 2008

2008Transmediale Berlin,Germany
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Presentation of the film KAOS at the "Conspiracy" seminars of the 2008 Transmediale festival. Lecture on the relationship of free software and art.
2008Radio Oltranzista - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Radio artist and participant in a week-long radio experiment at the Melkweg in Amsterdam.
My Userradio was put to use as the main streaming and control software.
I performed a radio morning workout every morning at 11am.
Participant and software support in week long experimental radio from De Balie. Part of the Weerword poetry festival.
2008Reinventing Radio
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Two texts are published on my radio work.
Re-Inventing Radio: Aspects of Radio as Art Frankfurt/Main 2008, Revolver, 544 pages, 200 images, English ISBN 978-3-86588-453-4
2007Piksel Festival Bergen, Norway
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KAOS - a 20min film that was shot, edited, and projected in the span of one week using free software.
2007Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria
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The idea for DER GEDANKENPROJEKTOR comes from a - never realized - invention of Nikola Tesla: a camera with which you can photograph thoughts. In 1933, at the age of 78, Tesla said: "In 1913 [...] I became convinced that a definite image formed in thought, must by reflex action, produce a corresponding image on the retina, which might be read by a suitable apparatus. This brought me to my system of television which I announced at the time... My idea was to employ an artificial retina receiving and object of the image seen, an optic nerve and another retina at the place of reproduction...both being fashioned somewhat like a checkerboard, with the optic nerve being a part of the earth."

All images from the initial installation at Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria. Photo: farbraum.cc

A professional-grade fundus camera as used by ophthalmologists provides high-resolution images of the visitor's retina, interior surface of the eye and iris. These images are then transferred to a projection screen set up in the middle of the installation space. A computer then evaluates the images produced and reveals the hidden thoughts that have manifested themselves on the visitor's retina.
The results are then projected onto the left wall as a "Thought Frieze". The images from the eye and the interior surface of the eye as well as the thoughts that have melded into them are then streamed onto the internet. Online users, for their part, can comment on or attempt to interprete the images, and this material, in turn, is streamed back to the installation and projected onto the right wall.
The middle image displays the inside of the visitor's eye.
An trained lab assistant guides the visitors through the process.
The installation assistant presents each photographed visitor with a ticket that can be used to download and print out his/her own eye images.

The images of inside and outside of the visitor's eye are collected and displayed in chronological order.

Thought Photography: A receiver is basically the same thing as a broadcaster. That is obviously what Nikola Tesla thought as he invented, so to say, a machine that, as a byproduct of television, continually projects thoughts inside people. At the other end of the scale, in the area of the paranormal and occult, a lot of "aura-photographers" tried with some success to record their thoughts onto photo paper without any kind of camera and just through concentration.

We live in an age of surveillance, where thousands of cameras are pointed at us daily in order to detect "abnormal" or "suspicious" behavior and anticipate the evil intentions of individuals. While the necessary image recognition mechanisms and software are already available for face recognitions, it would be even more alluring to those in charge as well as their orderlies, to read and record people's thoughts. While our behavior becomes more and more regulated by the camera technology of Bentham's Panopticon, our thoughts are supposedly still free. But, the questions still stands, for how long?

First exhibition of "Der Gedankenprojektor". "The Thought Projector is an installation based on an unrealised idea by Nokolai Tesla: a camera that can photograph thoughts.

Künstlerhaus Graz Sept. 14 - Oct. 28, 2007

2007Radio Oltranzista - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Radio artist and participant in a week-long radio experiment at the Melkweg in Amsterdam.
Userradio was put to use as the main streaming and control software.
With a 24hr schedule many artist were invited and many guests interviewed - although interviews were more informal than informational. These guys walked in off the street and performed with their voices and a hang instrument - a new kind of metal drum. This poor guy was from Ireland. He drank too much and drowned in the canals a week after production ended.
It was organized and produced by Federico Bonelli, seen here
Here, a poetry slam with Majakowsky vs. Maronetti.
Breakfast with Hansko Visser aka Mislukte Zegeuner (the bad luck gypsie).
Participant and software support for Week long temporary FM radio station is set up and run from the street window at the Melkweg.
2007ORF Kunstradio - Santa Barbara, CA/ Vienna, Austria
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Live radio performance with John Hopkins is streamed live to Austrian National Radio from Santa Barbara California for the Art's Birthday event. An audio excerpt is below.

Live radio performance with John Hopkins is streamed live to Austrian National Radio from Santa Barbara California for the Art's Birthday event.
2007Fishbon - Santa Barbara, CA"This is not a presentation" was a short audio/video/text performance on the occasion of Baudrillard's death.
2007Interdisciplinary Humanities Center - Santa Barbara, CALecture on radio art, sound sculptures, and radio by artists.
2007BioImaging Lab - Santa Barbara, CA
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A software 3D viewer for digital microscopy. Our bio lab has an electron microscope that can take image slices of a cell tissue sample at irregularly spaced intervals.
I wrote custom software to take the 2D slices and put them in a 3D context using ray tracing and voxel techniques so that they can be rotated and viewed.
As the cells grow in a twisted manner that cannot be seen from the 2D images alone, this gives the scientist a better way to analyze and study the images.
A software 3D viewer for digital microscopy. I wrote custom software to take the 2D microscopy slices and put them in a 3D context using ray tracing and voxel techniques.
2006BioImaging Lab - Santa Barbara, CA
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The UCSB iWall provides a 8000x 4800 pixel display (38.4 Megapixels) for viewing every detail of even the largest image. My role was as systems designer. I researched, tested, and composed the system on linux from available free software and off-the-shelf hardware components.
Systems designer and software architect for the iWall, a 20 monitor tiled display for viewing high resolution biological images.
2006BioImaging Lab - Santa Barbara, CA
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Bisque - updated version of the Bio-Image Semantic Query User Environment. The system was re-written from the ground up to allow for new features: Elastic schema for dynamic meta-data, All services are web Restful interface, Web 2.0 client, Rapid analysis module prototyping. I worked on parts of the object-oriented database driven back-end written in python. I also developed the SVG viewer/annotator front-end written in javascript and python.
Bisquik - updated version of the Bio-Image Semantic Query User Environment. The system was re-written from the ground up providing new features.
2006TransdadaExpress - Swedish National Radio
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Userradio was up on Swedish National Radio Tuesday the 17th of January at 19:00 (GMT). The database was filled with fluxus audio - Yoko Ono, Robert Filliou, sound poetry, early dada, electronic and sound scapes from all over. Sound is projected over the web and at Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Userradio was set up on Swedish National Radio and the database was filled with fluxus works, sound poetry, early dada, electronic and sound scapes from all over.
2006Fishbon - Santa Barbara, CALecture on free software.
2005BioImaging Lab - Santa Barbara, CA
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Bisque - Bio-Image Semantic Query User Environment. A web application developed for the exchange and exploration of biological images. The Bisque system supports several areas useful for imaging researchers from image capture to image analysis and querying. The bisque system is centered around a database of images and metadata. Search and comparison of datasets by image data and content is supported. Novel semantic analyses are integrated into the system allowing high level semantic queries and comparison of image content. The original version was written in perl as extension modules to OME
Bisque - Bio-Image Semantic Query User Environment. A web application developed for the exchange and exploration of biological images by researchers in various institutions.
2005
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Experimental video made with Brian Springer. In this video, we re-contextualize the 1958 film, "The Fly", from darkest frame to lightest.

Here is a direct link in MP4 format: The Fly

Experimental video made with Brian Springer in which we re-contextualize the 1958 film, "The Fly", from darkest frame to lightest.

2005ORF Kunstradio - Austria"The Aaniradio Experience" - radio documentary on the Aaniradio festival including sound works and interviews with participating artists.
2005Pixelache Festival - Helsinki,Finland
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Lecture on radio art tools; Userradio at the Kiasma Museaum. Helsinki, Finland.
Lecture on radio art tools; Userradio at the Kiasma Museaum.
2005Aaniradio - Helsinki,Finland A week long temporary radio festival and FM broadcast for art radio. Userradio was used as the main interface. in Helsinki, Finland.
2005
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Each of the eight keys as well as the two rotary joints can deliver a control signal to the computer with 10-bit resolution. To do this, special sensors and joints were contstructed. The keys are made using magnets and hall effect sensors which measure the proximity of the south pole of the magnet to the sensor. The two rotarary joints were hand crafted from tubing, flange-mounted bearings and potentiometers. The joints needed to be solid enough to withstand the tension of movement and hollow to allow internal wiring to pass through.
Like many of the instruments in use for medical, mechanical or musical practices, both the keyboard and the mouse are driven by the hands. el lechero was built with two design guidelines: it should be aesthetically and functionally simple, and it should emphasize the ergonomics and "feel" of a physical instrument as it fits to the size and shape of the hands.
Original production sketch.
2x McMaster-Carr 6671K12 Flange-mount ball bearing
8x Analogue Devices AD22151 Linear Output Magnetic Field Sensor
2x 100k potentiometers
the CREATE USB interface using a PIC18F4550 microcontroller.
wires, nuts, bolts, poplur, oak and 1 led.
One of the main difficulties of this project was the two joints that connect the three blocks of wood together and rotate to allow el lechero to unfold accordian style. I decided ahead of time to try to contain all the wiring and electronics inside the instrument. To allow wiring to pass through the joint, it had to be hollow, but also strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of playing it. Additionally, it had to be constructed so that it could be taken apart and put back together again. Additionally, the join should conceal inside a rotatable potentiometer that delivers a reliable signal to the pic microcontroler.
After volleying through multiple ideas such as lazy susan swivels to garden hose joints, the solution was to purchase and use two flange-mounted ball bearings from McMaster-Carr. With help from Antonio Medrano, a hole was drilled through both the outer tube of the flange bearing and the extended knob of the potentiometer. A metal rod of the same diameter as the hole is place through both and is locked into place as it is clamped by the two outer pieces of wood. The potentiometer is held steady in the center block of wood and rotated through movement of the bearing.
The circuitry for the hall effect magnetic sensors was relatively simple. The anologue devices sensor was the only one I could find that was programmable to be omni-directional or bi-directional. An omni-directional hall effect sensor would provide the full 10-bit resolution for the set-up on el lechero, where the keys face the sensor from only one side. Additionally, one could design a circuit with this sensors to vary the offset and gain of the sensor's sensativity. A diagram is shown below. Info about the sensor can be found here. The rest of the circuitry is the basic CREATE USB interface which can be founda at http://www.create.ucsb.edu/~dano/CUI/.
The keys for el lechero are still in an experimental phase. Right now, the tension on the keys is made by rubber bands, which provide a delicate spring action. Future versions might investiage springs and or cusions.
El Lechero - is a custom computer controler made of wood, metal, and electronics. Connected to a computer through a single USB cable, it is an instrument for music and real-time digital control of audio/video synthesis.
2005Dorkbot - Santa Barbara, CAArtist Lecture
2005
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As assistant to Georg Legrady on his Pockets Full of Memories, I built a data storage and search software to allow collection of all data from this installation to be queried and viewed for research purposes.
As assistant to Georg Legrady on his Pockets Full of Memories, I built a data storage and search software to allow collection of all data from this installation to be queried and viewed for research purposes.
2005LA Freewaves - Los Angeles, CA Performance using live radio and television feeds with Marko Peljhan and Rx/Tx from Slovenia.
2004ACM Multimedia Conference - NYC, New York
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The ACM paper can be found here.
Poster presentation of Userradio at Columbia University, New York.
2004Seattle Public Library - Seattle, Washington
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SPL daily data for a Dewey category segmented by the 10's is used to draw this 3D image. The blob is formed by a single line split up into bezier line segments. Each line segment represents a single entry and can be seen as a black to white color transition on the line. The line starts at the center and rotates and grows outward. The radius is incremented based on the length of the books title (multiplied by some random variation). The angles in the y and z direction are based on whether the item is a book or CD or DVD
Time is plotted along the center axis. The peaks around the radius are the amount of books checked out in a Dewey category. There are 10 points around the centered axis, each for the 000's, 100's, 200's, etc. The more books checked out for a given hour in a given category, the more white it's peak will be.
A genetic algorithm was constructed to breed and mutate dots on screen that would eventually converge on a target point. The resulting images show a Xerox-like blur around dots representing amount of books. This image shows the Dewey categories split by the 10's (red dots) for one hour's worth of data. Hourly images can be layered or animated to show variation.
Histogram of amount of books checked out per hour over a week. Time is plotted in respect to Dewey categories. The lightness or darkness of a given unit represents the amount of books taken out in that category for that hour. With the default settings, black will represent a maximum value and white will represent a minimum value.
Radar splatter plot showing 7 days worth of data in the 000's and 300's. This plot allows one to view any number of days together in one leaf-like image. The relationship between the days is emphasized.
The daily data (log of all circulating books, circa 37,000) is interpreted. From this spiral shaped lines are created based on the characteristics of that Dewey category. Each line represents a single entry (book, CD, audio tape, etc.). The longer the line, the longer the book has been out in circulation. The incremental angle of the line segments is determined by the type of entry - books will have the largest angle increments. A bright blue line means that the call number of that book is closer to the minimum call number within that step size of Dewey call numbers. For example, if we take a Dewey category based on a step size of 10 ( ex 50->59 ), a call number of 50 would be bright blue. A call number of 59 would be bright red. And, a call number of 55 would be grey. All the lines are plotted one on top of the other.
Lines are drawn on the screen that are attracted to certain target areas represented by outgoing books in dewey groups. The image that is formed can be layered to build up a blackened smoky picture of daily, weekly or monthly data.
This shows a voronoi image (not a graph or diagram ) based on a distribution of points within the image bounds. The images are constructed using a simple function to compute the closest and next closest point out of our initial setup of points. It does this for each pixel in the image. The resulting pixel value is the distance of the closest point divided by the next closest multiplied by 255. The red points represent Dewey categories segmented by the 100's They are displaced from 1/2 \* (height of the image), based on the amount of books taken out in that Dewey category.
Using overlapping spherical shapes where size of the sphere is dictated by value for that unit, this "clotting" histogram builds a general abstract form of a day's worth of values for outgoing books. From left to right is time in hours from 9:00- 20:00. From bottom to top are the Dewey categories segmented by the 100's. At most times, the diagram will "bulge" around the 700's category.
Making Visible the Invisible Technical production and initial research into visualization techniques for George Legrady's installation at the newly renovated Library.
Funded by the National Science Foundation
2004Fadaiat - Tarifa,Spain / Tangiers, MorroccoProduction and technical assistant for the Slovenian art group Rx/Tx at the Fadaiat art festival. I built special software to record the radio signal traffic from boats at the straights of Gibralter.
2005Mbar - Helsinki,FinlandSlackford 'n Sun - live audio performance at the M-Bar and on FM 94 mhz in Helsinki, Finland.
2004ORF Kunstradio - Santa Barbara, CA / Vienna, Austria
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ReInventing Radio, Long Night of Radio Art: From the shoreline of the Pacific in Southern California, "ChannelSurfing" takes an extended look at the content and static of receivable radio waves in Santa Barbara; using only radios and the other available audio streams from RE-INVENTING RADIO as inputs; surfing the dial up and down the frequency spectrum of FM, middlewave, and shortwave; multiplying, adding, and delaying the signals for a seriously gnarly ride.

A performance for ReInventing Radio, Long Night of Radio Art using radio input and custom software.
2004Kunsthall - Bergen, NorwayArtist Lecture.
2004Piksel Festival Bergen, NorwayPerformance using the raw data from windows and linux installation disks as audio. Custom software was built in PureData and C to gain low-level access to harddrive.
2004Piksel Festival Bergen, NorwayUserRadio presentation
2004Aim Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaPropagandada - Word count from the LA and NY times front pages were analyzed over two months and visualized as eye's using a technique known as chernoff faces.
2004
Highslide JS Synthbilder is a program that transforms an audio signal into a sonogram image and vice versa. It allows one to study and examine the conversion of digital audio signals from the time domain into the frequency domain and back again.
2003Dutch Electronic Arts Festival - Rotterdam, the Netherlandsnetworked audio performance and lecture - Interfacing / Radiotopia / KeyWorx
2003Frued Museum St.Petersburg, Russia
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The Hard Drive Orchestra - An installation and instrument consisting of 8 hard drives from the early 1990's and a control interface for "playing" the disks: turning the heads, reading or writing to disk.
Each disk is mic'ed with a contact microphone. All audio comes from these 8 mics. With the HDO, we built an installation and performed an electronic audio set called "The Physical Mechanism of Forgetting" at St.Petersburg's tiny but famous Freud Museum.
The Hard Drive Orchestra - An installation and instrument consisting of 8 hard drives from the early 1990's and a control interface for "playing" the disks.
2003Graz03 - Graz, AustriaSinnlos was a project inside of the Graz03, where Graz was the cultural capital of Europe. Wolfgang Temmel initated and led this project. I assisted as designer and technical support.
2003Sinnlos - Graz, AustriaPasspoint - a web intervention for the Sinnlos festival with Heimo Ranzenbacher. A web site was built in which its main function was to be visited. Each additional visit to the page produced an addition audio and visual component to the page that was produced from the visitors IP address.
2003Sibelius Academy - Helsinki, FinlandArtist Lecture and 3 day workshop on streaming media and software art.
2003diplomacy - Custom text to speech software built for my voice. It would allow anyone to "speak" my voice on the radio by typing in text from a website.
2003scfront - Custom software that gave the supercollider audio programming language a graphical frontend on linux.
2003
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Datadada is an application that will turn the stored data on your hard drive into a movie complete with sound, image, and subtitles.
This application reads all the data on the disk (or, optionally, only specific directories), and writes the same data to your computer's sound card and video display. Additionally, it will display the name of the file being read as a human-understandable subtitle.
Datadada is an application that will turn the stored data on your hard drive into a movie complete with sound, image, and subtitles.
2002Art University of Linz, AustriaLecture on radio by artist.
2002
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Userradio mixes the new technologies of personal communication with "old" broadcast radio technology. It is a set of tools for collaborative networked audio production, where an unlimited number of individuals can mix multiple channels of audio simultaneously and together from anywhere on-line using a standard flash-capable browser.
The audio output of the application is broadcast on terrestrial FM radio and the users are ideally within the broadcast diameter.
UserRadio was initially programmed in 2002 for the fundamental radio show .
UserRadio was used in the radio and communication project, "Open Air: a radiotopia", to control the 4 sets of 100,000 watt speakers of the OMV klangpark in Linz. It has also been a part of the Radio Oltranzista and Aaniradio temporary FM stations.
Userradio mixes the new technologies of personal communication with "old" broadcast radio technology. It is a set of tools for collaborative networked audio production, where an unlimited number of individuals can mix multiple channels of audio simultaneously and together from anywhere on-line using a standard flash-capable browser.
2002
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The Cultural Broadcasting Archive is an open access database which provides a big collection of radio contributions for the easy and cheap exchange between free radio stations. Radio shows, interviews, etc. can be stored and published on the server and can be shared with other stations and journalists. Futhermore it's a big pool of alternative media coverage.
Cultural Broadcasting Archive - design and programming of an open audio archive for the free radio stations of Austria.
2002
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readanysf~ a puredata external written in C++ for reading multiple file formats. It has support for multiple channels, can upmix/downmix channel configurations, does pcm seeking, and has sample accurate looping.
readanysf~ a puredata external written in C++ for reading multiple file formats. Now an official package in the multimedia sections of the Debian and Ubuntu linux distributions.
2002FotoFluss Gallery, SchloßWolkersdorf, Austria
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The local "network" is connected to the internet and running through it are two image search engines, one looking for things of joy and peace and happiness, and the other searching for peoples and things of a darker nature.
Meanwhile, the sounds of the hard drive writing to disk are mic-ed and amplified in the room.
As the most successful modern democratic concepts have proven, all "good" things come in pairs.
"SimpleWorld" is an installation composed of 123 meters of black cat-5 network cable, one hub, two computers, two contact microphones, an amplifier and two loudspeakers.
2002Berliner Festspiele Maerzmusik - Berlin, Germanytechnical assistant for sophisticated soirée
2002Intermedium Bavarian Broadcasting Station + ZKM Karlsruhe, Germanytechnical assistant for sophisticated soirée
2002Radiotopia - Linz, AustriaRadiotopia - co-producer of a radio network with live performances for the Ars Electronica Festival in collaboration with ORF Kunstradio.
2002ORF Kunstradio - AustriaOut of Space - radio document from a 10 day art residency with 20 other international artist on an island with no electricity off of the coast of Tasmania.
2002Tasmanian Museum of Art - Hobart, Australia
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Fundamental Radio (August Black and Markus Seidl) was invited to a 10 day residency on a small island without electricity off of the coast of Hobart, Australia. With the other artists, we invented a new dada-esque language called "Ö" and performance live radio at the Tasmanian Museum of Art.
2001
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2001DomImBerg - Graz, Austria"48" - an artistic intervention at the network community congress festival about the bombings in afgahnistan.
2001Vstream media festival - Linz, Austria
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Can you see the light? - live television performance in which we "cleanse" a computer from the evil microsoft operating system.
video documentation.
2001Den Anden Opera, Copenhagen, Denmarkkopenhagen kanon - artistic and technical assistant to a networked audio-visual performance by BerlinerTheorie.
2001Hamburger Musikfest, Hamburg, GermanyAlien City, an audio-visual performance based on a virtual city. Artist and network support.
2001Musikprotokol, Graz,AustriaAlien City, an audio-visual performance based on a virtual city. Artist and network support.
2001Extended Radio - Riga,Latvia/Vienna,Austria"A retrospective of real events" - From the Kunstradio office in Vienna, August Black and Manfred Soellner contributed live on line to the final streaming-event of the Acoustic.Space.Lab symposium (August 12th)
2000BerlinerSophiensaal - Berlin, GermanyStreaming artist, designer, and technical assistant to BerlinerTheorie's "Ain't that a shame" performance.
2000Pro Musica Nova Festival - Bremen, GermanyStreaming artist, designer, and technical assistant to BerlinerTheorie's "Memoria" performance.
2000-2003Radio Orange FM94mhz - Vienna, Austria
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A monthly hour of radio art in collaboration with Rupert Huber on Radio Orange in Vienna (2000-2003).

The first three tracks below are cut together from various broadcasts:

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A monthly hour of radio art in collaboration with Rupert Huber on Radio Orange in Vienna (2000-2003).
2000University of Lapland - Rovaniemi, Finland
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Guest radio artists Sophea Lerner and Steve Bradley
Approx. 2am.
Many of the broadcasts were performed from the room of the University of Lapland.
Guest radio artists "A&E" from Quebec.
The last supper show.
Radio guest, Tapio Makela
Approx. midnight.
Sonnenübergang - Live radio every night under the midnight sun until 4am in Rovaniemi, Finnland at polar circuit 3.
2000Network Congestion - Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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Bier gegen inhalt (Beer for content) - live radio from the streets of Amsterdam for the net.congestion streaming media festial.
video documentation.
2000Standup Radio - Berlin, Germany
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Standup radio live from Berlin with guest artist Sam Auinger.
2000Fundamental Radio - Linz, Austria
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The Underwater Special - live radio on FM 105 in Linz, Austria (via cd quality streaming mp3) from a condom-covered microphone in the terrace swimming pool of an apartment in the altstadt part of town. All sounds were guaranteed to have been recorded live underwater.
The Underwater Special - live radio on FM in Linz, Austria from a condom-covered microphone in the terrace swimming pool of an apartment in the altstadt part of town.
video documentation.
2000Siebenbrunnenplatz - Vienna, AustriaI was production assistant and designer for Gateways, a topographical project dealing with space in which various cultures go through a change of location.
1999Ars Electronica Festival - Linz, AustriaI curated and organized the OpenX space of the 1999 Ars Electronica Festival. OpenX functioned as a walk-in space for visitors to directly interact with practitioners of net.art and streaming media.
1999ORF Kunstradio/Scwittradio - Vienna, AustriaSlowschwitt and country - a live audio/radio performance from the Ars Electronica Futurelab in honor of Kurt Scwitters and part of a network project call SchwittRadio.
1999Ars Electronica Museum - Linz, Austria
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This image was later used for various promotional material related to the Ars Electronica Center, including books, dvds, and tshirts.
It was lit from behind at night.
"Face the Future" - concept, design, and photo for the new facade of the Ars Electronica Museum. (that is me in the photo).
1999SynWorld - Vienna, AustriaPapermoon - a game level for the Unreal gaming environment. Part of the Synworld exhibit at Public Netbase in Vienna, Austria. With Robert Adrian X.
1998Kunst In der Stadt II - Linz/Bregenz, AustriaEntry Point a terrestrial network sculpture for "Kunst in der Stadt". Bregenz, Austria.
1998Ars Electronica Festival - Linz, AustriaFestival production assistant. Organized an open access space at the Brucknerhaus in Linz where over 20 artists were invited to come and present their work in informal fashion.
1998-2003Radio Fro FM105mhz - Linz, Austria
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What began as a weekly live radio show on FM 105 Mhz in Linz, Austria of raw sound and experimental chit-chat, quickly evolved into a concept band, producing works for television, gallery installations, workshops, and public intervention.
A main underlying theme was communication and networks. Many of the shows were produced live from locations outside the studio, streaming audio live to the broadcaster.
Often we would set up a show in a friends apartment at dinner time. However, on a number of occasions, we were invited to develop a larger framework and context for our streaming events, where the location at hand became the subject for conceptual play.
In Lapland, Finland we produced 5 shows over the course of a week 1am till 5am under the midnight sun.
In Amsterdam, we exchanged beer for 30 seconds of content from people on the streets at the Leidsplein.
In Hobart, Tasmania we developed our own dada-esque language with 12 other media artist from around the globe for a live spoken word radio event at the Tasmanian Museum of Art.
For live television, we exorcise the demons from a computer pre-loaded with the windows operating system.
At the Freud Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, we premiered our Hard Drive Orchestra.
Fundamental Radio was the name for a 5 year collaboration with Markus Seidl starting in 1997. What began as a weekly live radio show on FM 105 Mhz in Linz, Austria of raw sound and experimental chit-chat, quickly evolved into a concept band, producing works for television, gallery installations, workshops, and public intervention.
1998-2000Ars Electonica Futurelab - Linz, AustriaI worked at the Ars Electronica Futurelab for more than 2 years as lab member and director of artist in residence. In that time, I assisted a number of projects for industry and culture, working with a number of artists including Robert Adrian X, Wolfgang Temmel, JODI, Jack Ox, Radio TNC, Bruno Beusch, Tina Cassani, Isabella Bordoni, Rupert Huber, Roberto Paci Dalo, Sery C.
1997ORF Kunstradio - AustriaEmbedded Systems, the radio show. National Radio of Austria
1997Kaufhaus Kastner & Öhler- Graz, AustriaEmbedded Systems - Claiming to be "the first fully automated household", Embedded Systems was an installation at the top floor of the main shopping mall in Graz, Austria. Using household appliances that where sponsored by the stores, we programmed toasters, refrigerators, sewing machines to speak and play with the visitors.
1997Akademie der Kunst - Vienna, AustriaArtist Lecture on my video work.
1997ORF Funkhaus - Vienna, AustriaRecycling the Future - Production team, streaming support.
1997Radio Lada - Rimini, ItalyRecycling the Future - Production team, streaming support. Performance "all that space and nowhere to go"
1997Ars Electronica Festival - Linz, AustriaRecycling the Future at the 1997 Ars Electronica Festival - Production assistant and streaming support.
1997Documenta X - Kassel, GermanyWith the ORF Kunstradio, I participated in Recycling the Future at the Hybrid Workspace part of the Dokumenta that was organized by Pit Schultz and Geert Lovink - Production assistant, streaming media, and performance "Recycle this idea."
1996Rivers and Bridges - Vienna, AustriaProduction team and design assistant for the ORF Kunstradio participation and organization of "Rivers and Bridges", a world-wide project for radio and all communications media by the ARS ACUSTICA Experts Group of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
1996Syracuse University, Syracuse NY
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An undergraduate sculpture titled "Leap into the void" was to be placed in the Syracuse University Library, but was unfortunately damaged. These 2 photos remain as documentation.