Monday, December 14, 2009



O site Mapa das Artes (, do jornalista Celso Fioravante, acaba de lançar mais um projeto inovador: o 1° Salão dos Artistas Sem Galeria, direcionado a todos aqueles que lutam por um lugar ao sol no competitivo circuito das artes.

Para se inscrever, o artista precisa ter mais de 16 anos, ser brasileiro ou estrangeiro residente no Brasil e não pode ter galeria em São Paulo ou Rio de Janeiro. Deverá ainda pagar uma taxa de R$ 100,00.

Os inscritos serão avaliados por um júri altamente especializado composto por curadores, galeristas e artistas, e os portfólios selecionados serão apresentados a galerias do Rio de Janeiro e de São Paulo.

Os selecionados ganharão ainda uma mostra coletiva com pró-labore de R$ 600,00 por participação e, dentre eles, três sairão premiados. As inscrições vão até 30 de janeiro. Mais informações na seção Salões do site

As dúvidas devem ser encaminhadas para o e-mail

Sunday, December 6, 2009



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Budapest - residency

Kitchen Budapest now opens the call for 2010! We are offering guest researcher positions for dedicated professionals, artist, engineers, interested in the convergence of new media and actual spaces, cultural experiences, new communities, interaction design and are highly motivated to create such projects in teams.

Application deadline is 15 December 2009. (for the period of January - June 2010)

Positions are available from 1 month up to 3 months. More information about the application at

Check out our former residents from the past 2 years!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

C A L L F O R E N T R I E S: VIDEOEX International Experimentalfilm & Video Festival

VIDEOEX invites you to submit your work for the

international & swiss competition

(entry deadline 30 January 2010).

VIDEOEX International Experimentalfilm & Video Festival

22- 30 MAY 2010 Zurich Switzerland

We are looking for :

experimental films 8mm / 16mm / 35mm (screened in original format),

videos, (experimental, videoart, ...)

innovative animation,

experimental digital & graphic productions (to be screened),

experimental documentaries,

experimental music videos

Entry deadline 30 January 2010

For Details download entry form & rules

(PDF Files to open with acrobat reader)
or send a e-mail to

no entry fee

Send tapes & entry form & brief description to:

Postfach / Kanonengasse 20 ·
CH-8026 Zurich · Switzerland

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Check my twiiter about the ACE2009 conference!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bart Hess

I just found this amazing fashion designer. Thanks to Sabine ;-)

One of his most impressive work (at least for me) is this collection. I am wondering how to achieve the same visual effect in real. For sure I will try something in this direction!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Screem that produces sound

The Lumierophone is a screen equipped with fotoresistors that are connected to a synthesizer. According to the amount of the light it produces a different sound.

This is a cool idea and not expensive to produce.

Lumièrophone Demo from The Amazing Rolo on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The fun theory

"The fun theory" is a initiative of Volkswagen to estimulate and develop funny urban interventions that somehow change the social behaviour for the good.

In their website you can find some videos of public interactive installations developed by them. There is also a contest with the deadline is 15th November where you can send your idea of a urban funny installation. The Prize is 2500 euros, not bad.

More info:

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pra pensar....

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Nice installation for warm days ;-)


Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Hey people,

a guy from twitter sent me this link about an exhibition that I participated in Cairo last year. It seems to be from EFE TV Madrid. They say my name but do not show my work hehehe

Monday, September 14, 2009

HeadbangHero Tour

Hell0 friends,

I am glad to announce the next dates of HeadbagHero.

30,31 october at ACE 2009 in Athens, Greece

05 november at Musiques Volantes in Paris, France

If you are around show up!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Long story short.

Check my new work.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Call for a fashion designer for “Intimacy”

Artist Daan Roosegaarde and V2_Lab are looking for a fashion designer (M/F) to help realise “Intimacy”, a next step in wearable technology.

Daan Roosegaarde, known for his interactive artworks such as ‘Dune’ and ‘Sustainable Dance Floor’, is expanding his artistic and innovative horizon to include fashion. In close collaboration with V2_Lab he will be developing electronic fashion that becomes visually transparent according to the amount of personal intimacy involved.

The dress ‘Intimacy’ is made out of smart foil that becomes transparent when electrified. The distance to the dress determines the level of transparency; creating a sensual play of shared control.

Daan Roosegaarde says: ‘Technology is used here not merely functional but also as a tool to create intimacy as well as privacy on a direct, personal level ... which in our contemporary tech society is becoming increasingly important.’

In order to take this step from prototype to 'haute couture' V2_Lab and Daan Roosegaarde are looking for:

- a recently graduated or senior year fashion designer (M/F) with an affinity for hairstyling;
- he or she must be able to participate in thought process along the lines set out by V2_Lab and Studio Roosegaarde in the preliminary stages and therefore must be a good team player;
- the project starts on 1 November 2009; it is a full-time position for a period of 4 to 6 weeks.

What we offer:

- access to functioning new technology, an existing prototype and an artist's impression of the intended final product;
- a workplace at V2_Lab, Rotterdam;
- a trainee allowance;
- exhibition of the end result;
- name credit.

Please send your resume/portfolio and motivation before 1 October, preferably by e-mail, to:

Saturday, August 29, 2009

fabric sensors

In one parangonet I am using a fabric sensor. It was developed by Mika Satomi and Hannah.

For that you have to use conductive fabric, normal fabric and velostat.

After done you have to make a small circuit with a resistor.

I am conecting with an arduino board, but you can use any microcontroler you want.

It is simple to make and very sensible.

Friday, August 28, 2009


This is a work that I am doing right now. It began with a nice conversation between me and Jader Scalzareto who is the co-author. It is a small tribute to the great artist Helio Oiticica. The idea is to create a set of "parangolés" remotely connected. According the movements of each one some sound are triggered and modified. as it is still under development I will post here some pictures of the process.

First parangonet made with many pieces of fabrics from different parts of the world, representing various cultures.

Atferwards a curcuit will be attached to this parangonet.

The circuit is composed by: arduino lylipad, accelerometer, xbee, power supply.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Oslo Screen Festival

Oslo Screen Festival began in 2008 with the aim of bringing together young emerging artists working with video to present their work to Oslo audiences. The purpose of the festival is to focus on experimental video works and to emphasise emerging poetics of the medium.

We are now open for entries to the festival's second edition in March 2010 and would like to invite artists and filmmakers to send us their works. An award of €1000 will be given to the best video. Please find regulation & entry form on our website

The deadline for entries is October 15th.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hussein Chalayan for Puma Spring/Summer 2010 “Urban Mobility”

It was released the new work of Chalayan as a new creative director of PUMA called "urban mobility". Chalayan designed some clothes with extra functionality as a throuser with lots of pockets to make life in airport easier and a jacket that opens with a remote control.

keep your eyes open to what come next...

Monday, August 17, 2009

FILE Festival

Here more pictures of my work at FILE Festival...

Friday, August 14, 2009

when technnology meets krats

I can not put the video here but it deserves a watch if you like fashion and technology.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Suffering Machine

Escvrevo abaixo algumas reflexões que recebi sobre meu projeto Suffering Machine.

Sorry, only in portuguese.

Neste projeto, existe um conceito profundo e o seu entendimento é essencial para a nossa existencia, alias, as verdades grandes e profundas se incerem frequentemente no Simples.
O ser humano esta sempre em busca da felicidade eterna, concreta, aquela que nao depende de circunstancias, e isso é uma busca dolorosa, desgastante, pq a falta de entendimento de nos mesmos nos impede de chegar-mos a um concenso. Entao vivemos assim; na maioria das vezes na defensiva, sempre procurando justificar os nossos atos afim de ficarmos em paz com a nossa conciencia e.,.. nao conseguimos.

"Vamos observar o " Projeto do Robozinho Imperfeito".-------------------
Observe o Robo: ao mesmo tempo que ele sente, ele desperta sentimentos.
-- Se ele fosse um ser humano, por causa da sua imperfeiçao, ele poderia sentir: - medo , odio , desprezo , revolta , tristeza , afliçao , desanimo , fraqueza , desespero , angustia , infelicidade , incapacidade......e poderiamos ainda enumerar varios outros sentimentos negativos.
Mas, ainda ele desperta em outros seres humanos, sentimentos dos mais variados, como por ex: piedade , compreensao , ternura , carinho , como tb,( dependendo da estoria de vida de cd ser humano,) podera,, observando este Robo ,ser despertado sentimentos de:raiva , agressividade , impaciencia , orgulho , vaidade , poder , soberba , desprezo , ...etc...etc.
à respeito de sentimentos, o nosso controle é tremendamente limitado, pq o "sentir" habita no coraçao, no mais profundo da Alma.

Através desta realidade, tao complexa e claramente verdadeira, podemos compreender que seres humanos podem se relacionar, se acrescentar uns aos outros, porem, a nivel de sentimentos é mais sutil, é delicado...e isto pq nao conhecemos a nos mesmos.
O sentimento que uma pessoa pode despertar em vc, (sentimento bom ou ruim), nem vc mesmo sabia que existia no seu coraçao.

Tremendo misterio é o Relacionamento.

Quando refletimos em todas estas coisas, começamos a observar a veracidade da Palavra de Deus (feliz daqueles que a conhecem e a praticam,pq caminham para o entendimento.

Voltemos ao Robozinho imperfeito.

-----Quem neste mundo pode afirmar que é perfeito?
------Quem neste mundo pode afirmar que é bom?
------Quem neste mundo pode afirmar que é justo?
-------Quem neste mundo pode afirmar que é a verdade?

Podemos afirmar,"se estiver-mos ligados à Jesus Cristo que temos "A Verdade", mas nunca que somos a verdade.

Somente Jesus afirmou isto: "EU SOU O CAMINHO, A VERDADE E A VIDA. NINGUEM VEM (e nao vai ) AO PAI SENAO POR MIM. Ele é o pp Deus.

O homem começa a se conhecer a partir do momento em que olha para o seu criador.
Deus é perfeito e criou o homem à sua imagem e semelhança e tb com o direito de Livre Arbitrio.(sem o qual ele nao seria livre).

Deus nos fez perfeitos mas, o pecado quebrou o relacionamento com ELE, e ficamos assim, como o Robozinho imperfeito, escravos do pecado,pecado este que brota de dentro da nossa alma e nao temos como controla-lo, a nao ser que deixemos JESUS agir.

As outras pessoas, como podemos observar, através deste Projeto, nao nos podem ajudar, simplesmente pq. elas tb sao imperfeitas. A felicidade entao, é momentanea,depende de circunstancias e nao existe um crescimento, mas sim, um circulo vicioso.

" Je veux vivre libre de moi-meme" quer dizer:(Eu desejo viver livre de mim mesmo) e isso, DEUS, o nosso criador, ELE mesmo, atraves DELE mesmo, JESUS CRISTO, nos libertou da maldiçao do circulo vicioso , do Pecado, e nos deu e nos da....pra todo aquele que quer, Vida em Abundancia e Eterna.

Gostei muito deste projeto.........para mim ele é significativo.....

Friday, August 7, 2009

MyCity: Residencies for artists from Turkey

European Residencies [MCER]

MCER, is a one-off programme to be realized between 2010 and 2011 for enabling visual artists from Turkey to develop their work in six prominent host institutions across Europe through residencies. It forms part of My City, a new cultural initiative funded through the European Commission’s Cultural Bridges Programme, designed and run by the British Council in Turkey. The programme’s aim is to establish partnerships between artists and institutions in Turkey and Europe.

The My City programme has two strands: MCER and a programme of activities in Turkey around the theme of art in public space, including seminars, conferences and new commissions. Starting in 2009, five artists from Europe will be invited to Turkey to develop a unique work of public art for a specific city in Turkey. The selected cities are Canakkale, Istanbul, Konya, Mardin and Trabzon. Each of these cities has a unique story to tell and this project will give the artists the opportunity to take part in residencies and show their work at some of Europe’s leading cultural venues. The names of all participants will be announced during the International Istanbul Biennale in September.

My City has been conceived by the British Council together with Anadolu Kultur and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center. The project is funded by the European Commission and the British Council.

The project goal is to enable visual artists to develop and reflect upon their work in a different European environment and culture. The residency also generates opportunities for making or extending contacts and for exploring and/or developing a new context as well as producing new work.

Who Can Apply?
My City European Residencies [MCER] grants are intended for visual artists. However, artists who are part of a collective or a multi-disciplinary team are also welcome to apply to the MCER.

In addition to work-related criteria, there are a number of conditions applicants must satisfy in order to qualify for a grant. All applicants must be resident in Turkey, and if they are not nationals of Turkey, they must have a valid residence permit. A good command of English and other relevant languages of the place of residence are required. Deadline for application is the 21st of August.

If you require more information please contact:

Selection Process
MCER Applications will be reviewed by a committee of six professionals, including but not limited to curators, who have the experience in international residencies. There will be one representative each from Platform Garanti and the British Council.

The committee will prepare a short-list of three candidates for each institution for which the application was made. The final selection will be made by the European host institutions in consultation with the committee.

Participating institutions:

- Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
- Frame, Finnish Fund for Art Exchange, Helsinki
- Gasworks International Residencies & Students, London
- DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service, Berlin
- The Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
- Hartware MedienKunstVerein & Künstlerhaus Dortmund

Application deadline:
21 August 2009

Please see the following document for further information about the host institutions and the application form.

Friday, July 31, 2009

FILE 2010

Some pic of FILE 2010 in São Paulo.

credit: fabiana Shizue


From 12.09 to 20.09 we have the opportunity to see some of the media art produced in japan at the MuseumsQuartier in Wien (Austria).

I am particulary proud to see the work of my god friend Kanejun (KANEBAKO Junichi). He is presenting his amazing "Mountain guitar" who was developed here in Linz at Interface culture department.

More information here:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

FILE festival

Dear friends and readers,

I want to invite you to visit my new exhibition at FILE festival in São Paulo - Brazil.


FILE 10 NURBS PROTO 4KT is the title of the FILE 09 exhibition, that will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, from July 28 to August 30, 2009. This year, we have the honor to present FILE 10 -- ten years of events accomplished in the city of São Paulo, ten years of discussion on art and technology in Brazil. NURBS (Non Uniform Rational Basis Spline) is a well-known 20th century computer graphic technique for representing smooth surfaces - which according to Lev Manovich, the author of the opening text in the catalog, can become a new tool for cultural theory in the 21 century, along with other computer graphics and visualization tools. Lev Manovich will also take part in FILE Symposium and FILE LABO Workshop. PROTO, from "Protomembrane", title of the performance by the Catalan artist Marcel.lí Antúnez Roca, which will happen during the event opening, at Teatro Popular do Sesi. 4KT, the first transcontinental high-definition broadcasting of a feature film: "While the Night Doesn't Come", by the Brazilian director Beto Souza, among the cities of São Paulo (Brazil), San Diego (United States), and Yokohama (Japan).

More info:

Friday, July 3, 2009

I am glad to announce my next presentation in Festival
Miden 2009 on Suturday 11/7 in Kalamata,GR

More info at:

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Interactivos Lima at

The technology of illusion

Jascha Hoffman1

-Interactivos? Lima '09: Magic and Technology
Escuelab, Lima, Peru. Sponsored by Medialab Prado.
Workshop held 13 April until 13 May 2009.


Viewing your arm through this box of tricks (top) transformed it into the furry equivalent shown above.

Magic is not limited to the tricks performed at children's parties. It can refer to anything that resists explanation, from cognitive illusions to high-tech wizardry. This broader sense of magic was in the air in Lima, Peru, earlier this spring, when engineers and artists converged to explore the intersection of magic and technology, with awe-inspiring results.

"It's nuts, it's very ambitious," said Julian Oliver, an artist from New Zealand who helped to organize the workshop for Medialab Prado, based in Madrid, Spain. "People bring the skeletons of ideas and build them in just two weeks."

The workshop began with a digital nod to the time-honoured manipulation of playing cards and coins. Using a suitcase that folds out to become a digital overhead projector, a Spanish magician doctored a live video feed of his tabletop tricks using a pair of wireless shoes.

Other artists endowed spectators with unearthly powers. One Brazilian artist gave visitors a 'magic wand' to change the outline of their shadows. A Mexican inventor used a hidden theremin, the musical instrument that responds to the body's electrical fields, to activate a magnet that causes a pair of ghostly silver spoons to flip over when someone approached. "We had to reject a project that involved a flame you could control with your hands by way of gas injections," said Oliver.

The conception of magic in Peru was not always the art of deception seen in the West. Instead of Houdini-style illusions, "there is superstition and metaphysics" in Peru involving "rites, summoning and prognostication", said Oliver. Abracadabra Pata, a box in which visitors saw their own arms transformed into the legs of insects or lions, gave a taste of the spirit of witchcraft. A sense of the miraculous also pulsed through an installation that asked passers-by to synchronize their heartbeats to revive an image of a dead man projected onto the floor, in a sort of shamanistic healing- ritual-turned-video-game that took its inspiration from the Peruvian poet César Vallejo.

Magic could be defined as that which science has not yet made intelligible. But "even if science could explain everything, there would still be a place for magic," noted Kiko Mayorga, a Peruvian engineer and artist who co-founded the Escuelab centre that hosted the installations. This is because "magic is linked to surprise, and one's attention can never take in everything," he wrote.

Magic can comprise inventions that baffle us until we understand them. But this ignores a crucial fact: the best illusions rely not on advances in technology, but on permanent facts of psychology. "Magic, in the traditional sense, doesn't occur in the world, it occurs inside people," explains Oliver. "The magician merely helps people to trick themselves."

Monday, June 22, 2009


"There are 10 days left to enter a Live Media/audiovisual work in ‘Celeste Prize 2009’, submissions no later than 30 June !

6 Live Media sets will be invited to perform on 26 September 2009 at the Alte AEG Fabrik, the old Berlin city electricity generating plant, in Voltastrasse. All Celeste finalists artists themselves will vote the 8,000 euro which will go to the winning Live Media set.

Register on and upload your work for the Live Meida Prize, there is a 50 euro submission fee which also entitles you to full interactive functions onsite.

‘Celeste Prize 2009’ is an international contemporary arts prize
in which artists decide who wins the 40,000 euro prize money.


The 6 finalist Live Media sets will be chosen by:
Claudio Sinatti artist and teacher at IED (Italy)
and a team of selectors which includes
Justine Beaujouan, co-curator & organiser of Mapping Festival (Switzerland), Boris Edelstein & Ilan Katin, Modul8 software (Germany),
Lillevan, artist (Germany),
Bart van der Ploeg & Edwin de Koning, Resolume software (Netherlands),
Marius Watz, artist and curator (USA).

The other 40 Celeste finalist works are selected by a panel of international art critics which include: Mark Gisbourne, Adrienne Goehler, Victoria Lu.

terms & conditions of prize :

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Residence in Hong Kong

Videotage <> , the media art organization in Hong Kong is calling for artists to submit proposals for an artist residency program - FUSE. Please apply or forward to people you think will be interested. For details, please click the link below. Thanks.

enGage ludiCity


Los Angeles

enGage ludiCity
by REMAP for Photocartographies @ g727
a module of Remapping-LA

A situationist-inspired participative experience/performance
using mobile technology for collective exploration and dialogue
about Los Angeles, its psychogeography and its historicity.
June 15 to June 19 - personal disruptive ludic actions

Re-envision the city through playful actions.
Disrupt habitual patterns and generate significant situations.
Transform the common and obvious into extraordinary and interesting.
Create maps of the city based on creativity, play and discovery.
Re-label the city with a language of personal experience.
Have fun.
Participate by registering to use the Situationist Messaging System (SMS)
Based on your registration profile our Situationist Messaging System will
suggest (through SMS) periodic random ludic (playful) actions and request
The information sent about the participants' ludic actions will generate an
emergent experiential map of Los Angeles posted every couple of hours
June 20 - collective situationist ludic engagement
Daylight Engagement: 4pm to 6:30pm
Night Engagement: 9:30pm to 12midnight
at "Photocartographies/g727, 727 Spring Street, Downtown LA
Join participants to engage downtown LA through the maps and directions
created through playful actions (described above).
Explore color, texture, shape, and function in the urban geography.
Re-label physical space with the collective language of personal experience.
Re-define the city's purpose by turning it into an open library, archive, and stage.
Create trails of images, sounds and text for future reflexion.
Have lots of fun.
Participation in "personal disruptive ludic actions" is recommended but not
required to join the "collective situationist ludic engagements".
An mobile technology automatic documentation system will be used to
generate a multi-perspective representation of the experience.
June 20 - situationist D&D (dialogue and drinking)
7pm to 9pm at "Photocartographies/g727, 727 Spring Street, Downtown LA
A stimulating dialogue about the situationist frameworks, situationist action,
situationist technology and their relevance to Los Angeles.
Created by the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance
School of Theater, Film & Television and Henry Samueli School of Engineering
A Cultural Civic Computing System by
Fabian Wagmister & Jeff Burke
Photocartographies Curators
Adam Katz & Brian Rosa
g727 Co-Founders
Adrian Rivas & James Rojas

Curator Position at CiC - Cairo

The Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) is an independent non-profit arts initiative founded in Cairo, in 2004, by a group of visual artists and professional photographers.

CiC works to create a platform for production, exhibition, dissemination, research, education and exchange. CiC's mission evolves from an interest in the multifarious modes of image production and consumption, contemporary and historical, arising from within and without art practices, and the ways in which they reflect and deflect the present.

CiC has a special interest in the photographic image at large. Over the years, CiC has sought to engage a wide range of local and international cultural producers, in an attempt to enhance and augment local artistic production and discourse. CiC's interest in exploring, questioning and responding to local artistic needs and concerns qualifies its interest and engagement in international art production and discourse.

CiC is seeking a highly motivated individual to take on the role of curator. This is a key artistic and management position within the institution. The curator will work closely with the CiC director to further the depth and breadth of CiC's mission. It is a complex and demanding role, offering significant responsibility and a diverse, in depth engagement with the local, regional and international art fields. The curator should have a demonstrable knowledge of contemporary art practices and discourse, as well as an active interest in researching and engaging other paradigms of knowledge and practice.

The successful applicant will be expected to develop, fundraise for, and realize CiC's program, ranging from art projects, exhibitions, workshops and classes to various discursive activities. The curator must be able to realize their artistic program, from the stage of conceptualization to financial closure and reporting.

This program should be able to draw on, question and enrich local and regional cultural capital, as well as maintain an international awareness and interest. The program should be exciting, engaging and pertinent, and in its diversity of scope and fields of interest, should address a professional as well as a general public.

Excellent interpersonal skills and advanced organizational skills are necessary, as well as the ability to develop effective partnerships and work collaboratively with the other CiC staff and various other collaborators.

Interested applicants should apply with a detailed CV and a letter of motivation, explaining their interests in working in Cairo and with CiC, and giving a general proposition for their vision of a curatorial direction of CiC.

Applicants do not have to be currently residing in Egypt but must be willing to relocate upon accepting the position. A competitive local salary is offered.

Application deadline: 30th of June, 2009.

Applications should be sent to this email:
For an overview of CiC's activities, please check
More information provided upon request.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Taiknam Hat @ ORF

For those who are in Austria this weekend the channel ORF will broadcast an interview with Sabine Seymour where she talkes about fashionable technology. One of the presented projects is Taiknam hat that I did with Ebru Kurbak and Fabiana Shizue.


ORF Newton
saturday 18h45
ORF Channel

More info:

Friday, June 5, 2009


CALL for proposals:

August 13-16 in Aizpute (Latvia)

The 4-day symposium gathering together artists, activists, technologists, scientists and researchers, to share their ideas and explorations which deal with renewable energy resources, alternative ecological use of technologies, and other sustainability related issues.

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Environmental science and ecology - Ecosystem research - Permaculture and biosystem design - Biomass as renewable energy resource - Critical and alternative approaches to biotechnology

Sunlight as constant energy resource - Process of photosynthesis - Solar energy technologies

[open source]
Sustainability using open source/information approaches: in art and grassroots culture, ecology, architecture and environmental design

[myths & legends]
Historical traditions and modern alternative solutions - Speculations - Critical, utopian or scientific visions of future terrestrial energy

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The symposium will take place in artists residency center SERDE in Aizpute, a small town in Kurzeme region of Latvia. SERDE is located in old wooden historical building (that also will be used as a specific case for which alternative and ecological approach in developing sustainable systems and renewable energy technologies can be explored and applied).

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For this symposium, we invite those interested to send their proposals in relation to above mentioned themes,
to the following email address: <2009> (and/or )

!!!!!!! Deadline: June 8, 2009

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Travel and accommodation/subsistence will be covered for 10 participants from Baltic and Nordic countries, and for 2 participants from EU countries.

For others, participation costs include:
1) admission - free
2) travel (to Riga) - has to be covered by participants (local transportation from Riga to Aizpute will be provided by organisers)
3) accommodation - 10-25 eur per night

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The outcomes of the symposium - new projects, artworks, co-productions - will be presented during the international art and science conference ENERGY that will take place in the framework of Art+Communication festival in Riga, October 15-17, 2009.

Symposium is organised by RIXC, the center for new media culture
with the support of Nordic Culture Fund.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Hi from Multitouch Barcelona on Vimeo.


Dear friends,

i am glad to announce my upcoming exhibition.

My work "Authority" will be part of the New Media Meeting 2009 during 28 -30 Mat in Nooköping (Sweden)

more about the festival:

more about Authority:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

AEF 2009

They just released the theme of this year Ars Electronica Festival and it is.... Human nature...

Actually a quite wide term that could mean anything you want. But still a goo choice. Follow bellow the statment of Gerfried Stocker.

We are entering a new age here on Earth: the Anthropocene. An age definitively characterized by humankind’s massive and irreversible influences on our home planet. Population explosion, climate change, the poisoning of the environment and our venturing into outer space have been the most striking symbols of this development so far.
But to a much more enormous extent, the achievements of genetic engineering and biotechnology are the truly indicative markers of this transition to a new epoch. Now, we’re not only changing our environment; we’re revising the fundamentals of life itself—even our own human life.
Humankind has appropriated the mantle of Creator. Though we just barely understand how this functions, we’re already modifying entire genomes, constructing new organisms, cloning, creating and inventing new life.

We’re using innovative high-tech methods to observe the human brain while it thinks, so that we can now look behind the veil of our consciousness and see how our mechanisms of perception and decision-making capacities are reflected in our neurons. The long-established boundaries segregating nature and culture are breaking down, and we are once again confronted by the question of the essence of humanness and the nature of the human being.

Thirty years after its founding, this globally established festival’s mission remains the same—we are steadfastly dedicated to the pursuit of the curiosity that is so deeply rooted in humankind’s nature, and we continue to intrepidly peer far into the future. Our immediate objective: to once again foment a fruitful, fascinating dialog at the interface of art, technology and society.
The new Ars Electronica Center that debuted at the outset of this year plays a key role in this endeavor, in that its extraordinary exhibition concept is totally focused on the question of how scientific findings and methods are changing the way we see the world and our views of humankind.

Linz is Europe’s 2009 Capital of Culture. As a major contribution to our city’s big year, the festival’s first project is already being launched on June 17, the day the 80+1 Base Camp is being set up on Linz’s Main Square as the point of departure of a virtual ‘round-the-world journey that, following completion of its 81-day itinerary, returns to Linz just in time for the festival. There, 80+1 will culminate in a globally-networked symposium on cloud intelligence.

2009 also brings us to a joyous milestone: Ars Electronica’s 30th anniversary! As befitting this occasion, an intense retrospective look at the dynamic development of media art will be a key component of the festival program.

Led, curated and produced by artists and scientists—and inspired by their work—the festival’s jam-packed lineup of fascinating events constitutes, as ever, an expedition into hybrid reality and the future of our world.

So, just what is this going to be like, this new nature that human beings are going about engendering?

Friday, May 8, 2009

One more article about Interactivos? in Lima

TECNOLOGÍA | Nuevos proyectos
La tecnología se une al arte en la exposición Interactivos? Lima´09
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El arte y la tecnología son los protagonistas de las obras que componen la exposición 'Interactivos?, Lima'09', que se inagura hoy en la capital peruana con la participación de proyectos procedentes de distintas partes del mundo.

Estas 'instalaciones interactivas' son el resultado de un 'taller de producción colaborativa' que, bajo la tutela de Medialab-Prado (programa del Ayuntamiento de Madrid orientado a la producción, investigación y difusión del ámbito de confluencia entre arte, ciencia, tecnología ) ha reunido durante dos semanas en Lima a personas de países como Argentina, México, España, Estados Unidos, Austria, Chile, Brasil o Colombia.

"Se trata de un entorno de trabajo donde se busca juntar a gentes con conocimientos diferentes para producir proyectos", explicó Laura Fernández, la representante de 'Medialab-Prado' en el taller.

Cóctel de arte y tecnología

Con 'Interactivos? Lima'09: Magia y tecnología' se celebra ya la sexta edición de esta plataforma y es la continuación de la celebrada con el mismo título durante 2007 en Madrid, y anteriormente en ciudades como Nueva York o México DF. La oportunidad le ha llegado en esta ocasión a Lima gracias a 'Escuelalab', un espacio permanente creado en el centro histórico de la capital peruana con el objetivo de desarrollar proyectos que aúnen arte y tecnología.

El taller propone inspirarse en las estrategias de la magia para, utilizando recursos tecnológicos antiguos y nuevos, construir de manera colectiva piezas de 'software' e instalaciones interactivas que planteen una revisión del escenario habitual de sus números, a través de la exploración de los significados del concepto de magia en el contexto local de Perú.

Organizado gracias también al apoyo de la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, en el taller se juntaron desde artistas visuales a diseñadores industriales, pasando por magos, músicos e ingenieros, lo que dio como resultado ocho proyectos creados en colaboración tras una serie de sesiones dirigidas por los españoles Clara Boj y Diego Díaz, Julian Oliver y el peruano Kiko Mayorga.

Proyectos internacionales y en colaboración

"Tiempo maleable", por ejemplo, es una instalación que juega con la percepción del espectador para permitirle controlar el flujo de una gota usando solo el poder de las manos, y parte de una idea original del argentino Francisco Castro, desarrollada en el taller con la colaboración de gentes de otras nacionalidades.

La experiencia del español Carles Gutiérrez es similar, ya que presentó su proyecto tras desarrollarlo durante algunos meses para, después de ser seleccionado y viajar al taller de Lima, volver a cambiarlo con la colaboración de sus compañeros.

"La obra ha ido creciendo entre todos y ha tomado su cauce final aquí", aseguró Gutiérrez. Su obra final es una caja con una apertura por la que el asistente puede introducir su mano, convirtiéndose entonces en la pata de un animal, como puede comprobarse a través de un visor.

Una gota que parece detenerse a un gesto de la mano, sombras que se liberan de los objetos que las producen para viajar por una pared o fotografías que desaparecen para siempre tras convertirse en arco iris, son solo algunas de las ilusiones que los limeños podrán experimentar hasta el próximo 13 de mayo.

Article about Interactivos? in Lima

lunes, 27 de abril de 2009
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Lima, (PRESSPERU).- La magia y el ilusionismo siempre han ido de la mano con la tecnología. Desde la mecánica, los engranajes y los juegos ópticos y de espejos, pasando por la incorporación de la electricidad y la imagen cinematográfica, hasta llegar en la actualidad a las más avanzadas tecnologías como la realidad aumentada, reality hacking, objetos reactivos, entornos inmersivos, etc.

A partir de ello, Medialab-Prado en España y el Centro Cultural de España en Lima, inauguran la exposición Interactivos?'09: Magia y tecnología. El resultado de una serie de sesiones dirigidas por los españoles Clara Boj y Diego Díaz, Julian Oliver (Nueva Zelanda/España) y el peruano Kiko Mayorga, donde se desarrollaron ochos piezas de software e instalaciones interactivas que planteen una revisión del escenario habitual de los números de magia.

Una alucinante serie de instalaciones que podrá ser vista a partir del martes 28 de abril en la Galería [e]star (Jr. de la Unión 1044, Centro de Lima). En el horario de lunes a sábado de 12.m. a 8:00 p.m. y domingos de 11 a.m. a 4 p.m. Hasta el 13 de mayo.

Con un programa de actividades de reflexión y producción, Interactivos?09 Magia y tecnología, propone inspirarse en las estrategias de la magia utilizando recursos tecnológicos antiguos y nuevos, para ello se seleccionarán ocho proyectos para el desarrollo posterior de piezas de software e instalaciones interactivas que planteen una revisión del escenario habitual de los números de magia, marcados por una marcada separación entre el mago y los espectadores.

Es así que Katya Álvarez de México nos presenta “La fuerza en tus manos”, un artefacto musical que registra el movimiento de las manos en el aire, es así que el participante sentirá que está moviendo objetos sin necesidad de tocar nada. En “abracadabra pata” de Carles Gutiérrez (España) el participante verá cómo su brazo se transforma en una pata virtual al introducirlo en una caja mágica; es así que los movimientos, imágenes y sonidos que se hagan corresponderán con las pezuñas y con la pata de animales o insectos.

Julián Pérez y Julio Lucio de España son los responsables de “Mesa Juliana”, una maleta/mesa que se convierte en una mesa ideal para hacer magia e implementar nuevos juegos que permitan interactuar también con las proyecciones en una pantalla. “Rainbows de Kyd Campbell” (Canadá - Alemania) se propone recopilar y transformar imágenes digitales, para luego transformarlas en un fenómeno natural: un arco iris por ejemplo; Rainbows es una acción práctica para metamorfosear nuestra basura digital.

En “Frame Seductions Summary” de Pierre Proske (Australia - Austria) vemos una pantalla que proyecta la imagen de una escena de la vida cotidiana. A medida que el visitante se mueve de izquierda a derecha, el fotograma se moverá siguiendo el recorrido de su mirada, incluso más allá de los límites del propio marco, revelando así nuevas escenas "ocultas". Ricardo Nascimento (Brasil - Austria) nos presenta “Mestre de Sombras”, donde el usuario podrá manipular la apariencia de las sombras gracias a una varita mágica, modificando la forma, tamaño, color, y hasta produciendo en ellas efectos de distorsión.

“Tiempo Maleable” de José Castro (Argentina) es un proyecto que explora la percepción del paso del tiempo: El espectador, extendiendo su mano hacia una fuente, modificará ilusoriamente el comportamiento de las gotas, que avanzarán o retrocederán a distintas velocidades o se detendrán en el aire; lo que permite explorar la percepción del paso del tiempo.

Finalmente tenemos a Andrea Sosa y Rolando Sánchez (Argentina- Perú) quienes nos presentan “MASA”, obra inspirada en el poema “Masa”, del poeta peruano César Vallejo, en donde múltiples usuarios, al sincronizar sus ritmos cardíacos, podrán revivir a un hombre que yace “muerto” en el centro del recinto. Así, mediante el esfuerzo colectivo y la sincronía de voluntades se produce un instante mágico: la vuelta a la vida.

“Medialab-Prado”, es un programa del área de Las Artes del Ayuntamiento de Madrid orientado a la producción, investigación y difusión de la cultura digital y del ámbito de confluencia entre arte, ciencia, tecnología y sociedad. Los responsables de esta iniciativa son Laura Fernández y Marcos García quienes se encuentran en lima asesorando a los participantes junto a los profesores del taller.

Con INTERACTIVOS? LIMA'09: Magia y tecnología se celebra la sexta edición de esta plataforma que ha realizado talleres en Madrid, Nueva York y México DF.

Wearables @ ITP

AUTRMX @ transferatv

In spite of the crisis, of the lack of sponsors and other well known obstacles, we want to communicate you that Transfera TV have not left to emit weekly the better current video art creations.

Transfer TV is audio-visual art, not spectacle or industry.

By this reason, Transfera TV propose you for next Friday 8 and Wednesday 13 of May at 21:00 the following program:


1. NEIL HOWE (AUSTRALIA) – “GENESIS” (2006: 10' 34)

You can access to all the information at :

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"Smart Textiles Salon"

we would like to focus your attention to the workshop called "Smart Textiles Salon" which is organized within the 80th anniversary of the Department of Textiles at Ghent University, Belgium (

This event will take place in Gent on September 25th, 2009. Further information can be found in the attached “Call for Prototypes” and under

We are currently searching for prototypes!

We would appreciate your support by submitting an abstract of about 200 words not later than May 15th, 2009 to make this workshop a successful event.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Interactivos? lima 2009: magic and technology

I was not blogging this time because I spent 2 weeks in Lima (Peru) at the interactivos? workshop.

It was the best experience ever! Amazing people, amazing place.

I developed the work called: "mestre das sombras"

You can see this piece and 7 more at Galeria [e]Star that is at Calle Jiron de la Union 1044 piso 3 Centro de Lima (Peru) from 28 April until 13 May.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

THe Flying Grass Carpet

The Flying Grass Carpet is a mobile park that travels the world. Last year the Flying Grass Carpet started its journey in Amsterdam, went to Aachen and lay in full size in Rotterdam. This year the flight continues.

And we would like you to participate in our adventure.

Everyone with a great idea for a game or gadget that can be played on or is inspired by the Flying Grass Carpet is invited to enter our competition. The winning designs will travel with us. The Flying Grass Carpet is going to exciting cities and art/design festivals all over the world.

Send an A3 in pdf with your idea or design before the 30th of April to and maybe your design will be played with by thousands of people around the world.

Next destination of the Flying Grass Carpet is the international designfestival DMY Berlin 3-7 June 2009.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Chalayan X Trouvé

In my research about wearable art I found a nice example of what was done around the second half of 1800 by a “designer” called Monsieur Trouvé.

He did a battery-powered ‘flash jewellery’, in the form of kinetic or illuminated hatpins, brooches and diadems, became a fashion fad in France and England during the late 1870s and 1880s. The journals La Nature and Scientific American documented the designs of Monsieur Trouvé in Paris, labeled Electric Jewels, to be worn in the costumes of dancers and stage performers. They were powered by 2-4 volt hidden batteries and operated by a switch carried in a pocket. Glass gemstones placed over tiny bulbs accented the sparkling electric magic so that, as Electric World commented, à dashing demi-mondaine can thus make a pennyworth of glass eclipse a duchess’s diamonds or rubies.

This is Monsieur Trouvé (1880)

This is Husein Chalayan (2006)

Recently I was astonish by the always-great Husein Chalayan. He did a dress using moving laser points. Much like Trouvé did 2 centuries before. However still impressing. You can see the dress clicking here. Yes… nothing is new…

Thursday, April 2, 2009

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A little bit of press

Monday, March 16, 2009


As I posted before i was at the FAD festival in Belo Horizonte. It was in a subway station. check the video!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Interactivos? Lima 09: magic and technology

I am glad to announce that I had a project selected for the Interactivos? in Lima (Peru). Now the open call for collaborator in open. If you wanna go click here!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

2019 by Microsoft

There is a nice video produced by microsoft where they explore some possibilities for the near future. 2019 to be exact. Many of these technologies are already developed but unfortunately only for prototypes.

Check it out clicking here!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Job Vacancy at folly: AND Festival Producer

folly, FACT and Cornerhouse are embarking on an exciting joint venture to deliver a collaborative programme across the region; AND (Abandon Normal Devices) is an annual festival of new cinema and digital culture in the North West, taking place in Liverpool and Manchester on alternate years, with a distributed programme in Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire. AND is part of the region's WE PLAY offer for audiences which will enable people to be involved in high-profile quality events in the lead up to the Olympics and have a positive legacy beyond 2012.

folly is excited to advertise the key role of the AND Festival Producer, a new position based in Lancaster, working out of the folly offices. The principle purpose of the role is to develop and deliver the annual distributed offer of the festival. The post will require travel around the North West region.

The distributed offer of AND is currently being developed by folly and will carve out a new vision of what a festival might be.

AND Festival Producer (folly) - Freelance
£20,029 - £21,484 pro rata. Salaries are reviewed annually from April.

For further information, job description and person specification go to

Deadline for applications - 30th March 2009

Applications by e-mail only to wendy.rogerson 'at'

Application should include:

* Current CV
* Letter of application outlining individual strengths, relevant work experience, online links to existing work, references
* A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, available from folly's website.

All applicants will need to provide evidence of right to work if shortlisted for interview.

folly is committed to Equal Opportunities in our employment, programme and services and has Investors In People status.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

VIDA 11.0 Awards

Once more Fundacion Telefonica rocks and presents the 2009 winners of Vida artficial.

The great winner was "hylozoic soil" by Philip Bessley and Rob Gorbet, witch I had the pleasure to join the montage here in Linz for the new AEC.

I also want to point out the work "Dialética" by Fernando Velzquez and Julia Carboneras and the bealtiful "Poetics cubes" by Patricio Garcia and Juan Manuel Moreno Aróstegui.

Check the websote to see the winners and, if you can, go to the exhibition.

VIDA 11.0 Awards
11th - 12th February 2009

Matadero Madrid
Paseo de la Chopera, 14
28045, Madrid

Opening hours
Monday to Friday,
from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday,
from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Laboral searchs for a chief curator

LABoral announces the position of Chief Curator

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial is a multidisciplinary space founded to foster artistic exchange and encourage relationships between society, art, science, technology and creative industries. It is furthermore a centre for artistic and technical research, education and production, as well as for the projection of new forms of art and industrial creation.

Directly reporting to the Director, the Chief Curator will lead a small team and will be in charge of researching LABoral's various programmes, significantly contributing to the development of a theoretical and practical discourse within the framework of the LABoral management and direction project and the conceptual posits deriving from it.

When it comes to developing the LABoral programming policies, the Chief Curator will grant utmost importance to the creation of audiences. She/He will help in the development of networks of relationships among the various art systems in order to decisively contribute to the excellence of LABoral as an exhibition, research and production centre with an international status. He/She will actively involve him/herself in the local art scene in Asturias and will look for formulas for its projection, creation, integration and other opportunities within the global context.

Together with the Director and the General Coordinator, the Chief Curator will also explore opportunities for subsidies and sponsorships, proactively contributing to secure funding.

The Chief Curator shall have a university degree or equivalent; demonstrate a minimum experience of three years in the interdisciplinary field of visual arts, technology, science and industrial creation. She/He shall also demonstrate a profound knowledge of the art systems; to have a network of contacts in Spain and abroad in the fields of visual arts, technology and contemporary industrial creation so as to be able to contribute to the continuation of LABoral as an international point of reference, capable of developing a policy of activities with excellence.

The candidate shall have a full command of Spanish and English, and demonstrate his/her skill in communicating knowledge; shall involve and engage a variety of audiences; and demonstrate a capacity for communication and teamwork.

Deadline for applications: March 23rd 2009

Applications should be sent to José Pedreira, Secretary of Fundación, via email to: or by registered post in a sealed tender (not including sender's name) visibly indicating "ANNOUNCEMENT CHIEF CURATOR" to:
LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial
Los Prados, 121
33394 Gijón

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial is a space for artistic exchange. It is set up with the purpose of establishing an effective alliance between art, design, culture, industry and economic progress and the goal of becoming a space for interaction and dialogue between art, new technologies and industrial creation. It throws a special spotlight on production, creation and research into art concepts still being defined.

Friday, February 13, 2009


I am pleased to announce that I will present my work Authority at FAD in Belo Horizonte - Brazil.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Design Shop

Here it is a nice place to buy trendy design and clothes in São Paulo!

If you are around the opening is this Saturday.

A Cachalote será um espaço para venda de roupas, publicações, pôsteres, originais e muito mais.
Além da Base-V, fazem parte deste empreendimento Rita Vidal, Manueladeombreiras, Nanquim, Oitomilhertz, Rafael Coutinho e editora Hedra.
Gostaríamos de contar com a sua presença na inauguração que será neste sábado dia 14 a partir das 14h.

R. Ministro Ferreira Alves, 48 - Pompéia (continuação da rua Bartira).
Tel. (11) 3676 0796

SpectraSonic Jim im AEC Linz

SpectraSonic Jim im AEC Linz
audiovisuelle Interaktivität

Improvisierte instrumentale Musik und Echtzeit-Computerprozesse - Premiere des neuen Machine Musicianship Computersystems
mit Studierenden des Instituts JIM - Jazz und Improvisierte Musik

Musik/Kunst - Konzert
Freitag, 13. Februar 2009, 19:30 - 22:00
Ars Electronica Centre
Linz, Austria
veranstaltet von ABPU Institut Jim in Zusammenarbeit mit Jazzzeit und AEC

mit dabei: Think Bigger Orchestra und New Vocal Music Ensemble

im Rahmen der Jazz-Nite
12. Februar 2009, ABPU Göllerichsaal, Linz,
13. Februar 2009, AEC Sky Media Loft

Dorkbot Linz

My friend Mika is organizing a Dorkbot meeting in Linz on 26th February at Rotter Krebs 1st floor from 20:00-.
Dorkbot is a meeting that lets "people doing strange things with electricity" meet each other.
(The Dorkbot Linz website is not renewed yet, but will be coming up soon.)

Now we are seeking for people who wants to present their "strange things with electricity" projects at the meeting.
The presentation will be for 10 min, and if possible, will be also nice to let people touch/try/demonstrate it.

So, if you have a project, cool hacking tricks, or something to show, please join us!
prototypes are also welcomed!

contact her at

And also if you do not have a project to show now, but interested in others, join us for the meeting at Rotter Krebs on 26th!

Sunday, February 8, 2009


This is the first complete prototype of Headbang Hero, an interactive project by Tiago Martins, Andreas Zingerle and Ricardo Nascimento. It's a kind of tribute to the popular Guitar Hero game and headbangers all around the world.

The hardware is based on the Arduino platform; the software is based on the Processing environment and the Minim library. Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

MURAKAMI at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

• The most ambitious retrospective to date of the work of internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.

• More than 90 artworks in various media including painting, sculpture, industrial design, animation and fashion, in a solo overview of his artistic career that offers an in-depth assessment of the relationship between art and mass culture.

• His personal creative universe draws from traditional Japanese art, contemporary Japanese trends such as anime (animation) and manga (comics) and artistic movements such as American Pop Art and European Surrealism.

From February 17 through May 31 2009, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao will present the most important retrospective to date of the work of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami (b. Tokyo, 1962), one of the most celebrated contemporary artists to have emerged from Asia in the last century.

Sponsored by Fundación Jesús Serra and Seguros Bilbao, and organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), this exhibition, which takes up the entire third floor of the museum, offers us a fresh new vision of this Japanese artist's groundbreaking project.

With a complete selection of over 90 works in different media such as painting, industrial design, animation and fashion, the exhibition, curated by MOCA Chief Curator Paul Schimmel, reveals this artist's personal universe: from his early works in the 1990s, in which he explored his own identity, to his large-scale sculptures created after 2000, veritable icons of this artist, and ending with his gallery of manufactured objects, his animation projects, his connection to the world of fashion, and his compelling works of recent years.

The relationship with anime (animation) and manga (comics) is central to the aesthetic conception of the artist, who made his debut in the early 1990s. Both genres are, in his own words, "representative of modern everyday life in Japan" and stem from the otaku subculture (a word used to refer to the young and reclusive, obsessed fans of such genres as anime and manga). His work is also influenced by pop culture and by certain European and American artistic movements. Consequently, Murakami's praxis brilliantly blends the bright palette of pop, the flatness of traditional Japanese art and certain elements of the Surrealist movement, where dreams played a fundamental role in the creative process.

"Throughout his career, Murakami has made his personal and artistic legacy an amalgamation of Japanese, European and American traditions that he has been able to combine in order to develop a unique aesthetic, which has generated a proliferation of distinctive images and icons," states curator Paul Schimmel.

In a space of 2,000 square meters on the museum's third floor, sculpture, painting, fashion, animation and merchandising intermingle to sketch an outline of Murakami's career laid out in a chronological overview, his work takes on a new dimension in the context of the sinuous and luminous spaces of Gehry's building.

via: e-flux

Friday, January 30, 2009

New outstanding products

A firm based in Chicago made a research about what could be the technologies or products that you might see in the near future. One is this magnectic ink that has particles of iron in its composition that is responsible to magnets and also able to conduct electricity.

You can find the others amazing products on this website:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Call for Participation at The Kumasi Symposium

'The Reversalist: Collected North Texas, Probably 20th Century, Artists Unknown', 9 ft x 10 x 1 ft, wood shavings, wood objects, Barthosa Nkurumeh, 2005.

The Kumasi Curio Kiosk Project

Tapping Local Resources For Sustainable Education Through Art
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)/AfriCOAE
Department of General Art Studies, College of Arts and Social Sciences,
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana
Phone: Nana Afia Opoku-Asare-KNUST: 233 (0)20 8
Contact: Barthosa Nkurumeh,

July 31-August 14, 2009
All submissions will be reviewed until available space is filled.
CALL FOR ARTS PRACTITIONERS - The Kumasi Curio Kiosk Project

One means of Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable Education through Art is by bringing together specialists form diverse parts of the world in a trans-national platform for inter-trading of cultural and knowledge capital in evidence-based society. In the Kumasi Curio Kiosks Project, the trade of intellectual capital from the specialist to the generalist requires both the sharing of existing and onward replication of the modules of knowledge that may accrue. Interestingly, the specialist participant will create a Curio Kiosk of 6 x 6ft for a temporary exhibition/stock of works by the specialist, and relevant other national cultural/intellectual capital for trading with the locals. The 6 x 6ft kiosk can be conceived as a mental space or a constructed physical space with any material, constructed on site or pre-fabricated, and as an individual enterprise or a collaborative one.

In the Kumasi case, we refer to the cluster of curio kiosks as a Trade Commune; a historical allusion be made subtly but we use the term 'curio kiosks' in anticipation that the outward design will invoke curiosity or content will bear special attraction to the locals. The setting for a Trade Commune may be a Kumasi city street, university campus, or a village within the Kumasi metro, as appropriate to the design of the arts participant. The mode of exchange is open in manners of traditional lectures, demonstrations, workshops, dialogical methods, and direct exchanges of material culture; or the post-modernist modalities in the way of performances, slide/new media/film screenings, and a hundred others. A trade may be by barter, cash, gift to the local or what ever is simpler and mutual. The trade is not just an inventory of arts data, cross-cultural process of negotiation and sharing of evidence creation; it is an engagement in a particular kind of commercial enterprise through use of the arts. Relying on collaboration, and free exercise of the arts, we therefore seek to stimulate for intellectual freedom and renewed vision of the arts as economic-cultural capital in the city. Because the process and structure encourages integration/assertion of the participant's institutional knowledge and national cultural capital, the supposition is that the individual or group would attract sponsorship for own costs from home institution or country.

The Kumasi Curio Kiosks Project is a project session of 'The Kumasi Symposium: Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable Education through Art'. The arts-based social experiment is designed to provide a context that will stimulate the artist, scholar and activist participants to place themselves and their practice into question and possibly resolutions through collaboration and cultural/artistic interchange. The pre-symposium session will run from July 31-August 8 2009 and the symposium from July 11-14 2009. About 30 local artists will be selected to work alongside some invited international colleagues.

If interested in participating in the project, send an introductory material on you, and a statement of interest with sketches/description of your proposed 6 x 6 ft Curio Kiosk that should be set up at Kumasi between July 31-August 7 2009 to, -indicate if any local needs will be required (max. one page). Space is limited; all submissions will be reviewed until space is filled. We are also accepting nominations for the Project Co-Curator, Convener, Provocateur and Roundtable Discussants.


A call is made for contributions addressing one or more of the symposium strands and topics: Art Education Practice, Studio Practice, Curatorial/Museum/Community Arts Practice, Art History/Criticism, Arts Administration/Management/Marketing Practice, and Open Session. The aim of this symposium will be to map a multiplicity of perspectives and initiate conversations which seek to help us navigate and understand our position as individuals and communities in dealing with the issue of sustainability in the 21st century to enable fresh vistas to visual arts education developments in Ghana and perhaps similar settings. Submissions are, therefore, invited from people who would like to present in the symposium plenary sessions or support activities such as demonstrations/workshops, exhibitions/interventions, and site-specific tours of local national resources. Expression of interest and proposals for panels and Exhibitions/Practical Workshops will be reviews until January 17, 2009. We expect about 200 participants from around the world. The working language of the conference will be English. Applications for individual paper presentation and participation will be reviewed until the space is filled. All abstracts and brief biographies should be submitted to More at


(1) Barthosa Nkurumeh, AfriCOAE General Secretary, Instructional Leadership & Academic Curriculum Dept, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73070, USA. E-mail:

(2) Nana Afia Opoku-Asare, Head of Department, Department of General Art Studies, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana. E-mail:, Tel: 233 (0)20 816-8598/233 (0)51 634 83.

Solvatten: how to purify water with sunpower.

Maybe one of the biggest issues nowadays is the access to clean water around the globe. This is really a problem! In some parts of Brazil people have to walk like 2 r 3 hours to reach a good place to collect water to drink and it goes without mention Africa or India.
However e new device called Solvatten hopes to provide a solution for this.

It promises to purify 10 liters of waters in 3-4 hours in a sunny day. Similar to a standard jerrycan, the Solvatten can hold 10 liters of water, divided into two 5 liter compartments, each with a clear face. When you open the device and place it in the sun, exposing the two chambers to sunlight. This heats the water to 50-60°C, killing any pathogens which are present in a few hours. An indicator signals when the water is safe to drink (it changes from red to green). The whole process takes 3-4 hours in sunny conditions and 5-6 hours if it is cloudy.

Bellow a video about it using Nepal as case study.

Saturday, January 3, 2009



Hacking At Random,
International Technology & Security Conference August 13-16, 2009,
near Vierhouten, The Netherlands

(please circulate, pdf version at

From the ancient days long before the first wayback-machine snapshot,
hackers have a track record for appropriating technology that was meant
for something completely different and putting it to alternative uses.
And every four years since 1989, the international hacker community has
descended upon The Netherlands in great numbers for a conference that
focuses on contemporary and future issues surrounding technology and its
social and political consequences. One reason that these conferences
have been successful is the wide range of participants: from students,
amateurs and aficionados to researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs
who are recognized as some of the best in their respective fields.

The atmosphere is open, friendly and relaxed, the scope of subjects
insanely wide, the average level of knowledge high. The venue is always
buzzing with energy, ideas and projects. The New York Times described
the 1997 edition as 'Woodstock for Hackers'. We will gladly honor that

This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this event with a new
installment: 'Hacking at Random'. HAR wants to offer presentations that
feature the joy of hacking. That means hardcore hacking and science for
its own sake. HAR is soliciting abstracts from anybody who is interested
in giving a talk, in doing a workshop or in otherwise presenting their

When this series of conferences started twenty years ago, the net was
new and unexplored terrain where only the bold dared to tread, and where
legislation and regulation were absent. That has changed. Today, virtually
every household in the Western world has access and many analogue services
are being relocated to the internet, reinventing themselves while doing
so, and thereby simultaneously making internet even more of a commodity
and an indispensable part of our daily lives. Internet has become
ubiquitous, all pervasive, huge and crowded. Because of this, new questions
are becoming increasingly important: questions about governance,
sustainability, dying analogue media, ownership of data and content,
shortage of IP space and energy, censorship, filtering, data trails,
data breaches, security, surveillance - to mention but a few.

As the world is more and more defined in terms of the technology of the
internet, the once obscure political freedom-fights that hackers were
involved in, have truly reached center stage. The next few years are
about defending fundamental freedoms, and we better step to it, because
nobody is going to do it for us.


We have chosen three main tracks for HAR: subjects that we think are of
prime (future) importance. Of course, not all talks and workshops can
be fitted within these tracks, nor is that our intention. If you have
an unrelated but interesting project, don't hesitate to propose it.
Actually, the only thing we'll really be strict in is that _all_ talks
and workshops should definitely be interesting and knowledgeable, hopefully
be groundbreaking, and possibly, fun. We want to broaden your and our
own horizons, so not many restrictions apply - not even our own. And it
goes without saying that any other smart weird stuff is fine, provided
it makes us go 'wow!' That having been said, the three tracks that we
have chosen are:

1. Dealing with data (DD)

We live in a society that gorges itself on data. We check and intercept
more data and retain them for a longer period, we base individual
interventions on statistics, we amass data in centralized, national
databases, and more and more, we 'mislay' these data and create data
breaches. Often, data is used outside its original scope: the 11 million
files that the Brits have by now amassed on their children in order to
'assist' child welfare, will be open to the police looking for 'evidence'.

Some courts are however getting fed up. Germany has decided that home
computers are indeed private and that the EU data retention law is far
too wide in its scope: only when there's actual suspicion against a
person his or her traffic data may be retained. The European court has
ruled that the Brits - and hence, other EU countries - cannot keep
people's DNA in a database unless they have been convicted.

In this track, we will discuss cutting edge security aspects as well as
their political implications: whose property is a digital trace, should
data have a built-in expiry date, how to counteract identity theft, ideas
about 'data hygiene' and how we can make governmental and company data
mining more transparent or more restrained. This track ranges from
computer security to hacking 'safe' chip cards, from data mining to data
breaches, from lawful to unlawful interception, from amassing data to
data retention, from freakonomics to numerati.

2. Decentralization (DeCent)

Since the dawn of the industrial revolution, most technologies have been
moving towards centralization using economies of scale to create profits.
The result of large centralized technologies has been concentrated power
in the hands of fewer individuals with control over large amounts of
cash to pay for expensive factories and infrastructure. Modern organizations
like nation-states and multinationals mimic this centralization trend.

Many new technologies however are moving in the opposite direction. Cheap
home computers and affordable connectivity to a global (but decentralized)
network have made individuals and communities the center of creativity
again. Other fields of technology that are decentralizing are energy and
manufacturing (think solar and 3d-printing). We'd like to hear cool ideas
about what this could mean for all of us and for the societies that we
live in. Are 200 euro laptops, wifi and 3d-printers the beginning of the
end of multinationals and the nation state? Does the spreading of
technology give power to the people, atom bombs to the terrorists, or
both? We don't know what will happen but maybe you do. If so, we'd like
to hear from you.

If you have a 3d-printer, a solar powered vehicle or a fusion-powered
coffee machine, we'd like you to show your stuff and tell your tale. You
will however be asked to leave your nuclear weapons at the entrance.

3. People and politics (PNP)

We live in the proverbial 'interesting times' the world is running out
of oil, the climate's all weird, geopolitical power is shifting and
decentralization has taken off the gloves. We'd like to think our community
holds some small part of the clues needed to understand today's world.
Hackers have traditionally used these events to help others to become
better equipped to go out and make some changes in the way the world

This event has in the past had a large number of presentations that
bridged between technology, activism, digital rights, privacy, politics
and citizenship, and this edition will be no different. If your presentation
can help others to become more aware or (better) more equipped and more
effective in these fields, please tell us.

Again, these ideas are by no means restrictive. If you have a fantastic
story to share about agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, about nanocomputing
or about biotechnology, please submit your paper. Bear in mind that those
attending HAR are technophiles and love talks in which technology - or
the politics of technology - is key. Also, if you know of someone whom
you think should be present at HAR2009, ask them to submit an abstract,
or inform us of their name and subject.


Abstracts should be submitted to our paper submission system on and are due May 1st,

We will inform you about our acceptance or rejection of your abstract
before June 1st, 2009.

General information about HAR2009 can be found on

If you have further questions regarding your talk submissions; the
speakerdesk can be reached at

With kind regards,

The Hacking At Random 2009 Program Committee,

Thomas Dullien
Rop Gonggrijp
Menso Heus
Alex Le Heux
Peter Honeyman
Arjen Kamphuis
Karin Spaink
Stephanie Wehner
Jasper van Woudenberg