Monday, November 29, 2010
For this exhibition we set up the parangonets and documentation at Sesc Pompéia in São Paulo - Brazil. The scenography was really cool.
Besides the exhibition we had 3 performances in various places. I made a small compilation with some moments.
From this experience I figured out that I want to do more performances. The performance's complexity triggered something in me that i really like. Something between dance, theater and visual arts...
Friday, November 26, 2010
The theme was flexible circuits and the idea was to introduce to the participants a bit about smart materials and the history of wearable computing. Something very basic but also inspiring.
After the theoretical introduction they did a flexible circuit using craft techniques. We did a simple push bottom that lights up a LED. It is very impressing to see how this simple circuit can raise nice ideas :-)
You can see more about the workshops I do at: www.popkalab.com/workshops.html
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
E-ansã is a dress reacts to the presence of cell phone frequency signals. The intention of the project is to transform an invisible phenomenon (electromagnetic radiation) into another invisible phenomenon (wind).
The wind can then be picked up by the human senses.
The name e-ansã comes from the name of an Orisha: Iansan. Iansan is a spirit entity of the Afro-Brazilian religious faith Candomblé. This entity is connected with the winds, hurricanes and tempests and has the power to control those natural forces.
The dress is composed by an aluminium structure where the fans are placed. Covering this structure there are hundresds or ribbons in red, orange and yellow in reference of the colors of Iansan.
Those ribbons are called “fitinhas do Senhor do Bonfim” and are used in a religious context in Brazil, mostly in the state of Bahia.
They appeared in 1809 as a sort of souvenir from the church. It was worn around the neck like a necklace, at the same place where saints and medallions were hung.
The ribbons worked as a type of currency: upon making good on a promise, the faithful use to give to the church a photo or a small sculpture of beeswax representing the part of the body which was cured with the help of the saint. As a souvenir of the favor, these ribbons would be acquired, symbolizing the church itself.
Nowadays it is common that people worn around the wrist with 3 knots that correspond to 3 wishes. These wrist ribbons come in all colors - each for a different saint - and bear the words "Lembrança do Senhor do Bonfim da Bahia" meaning "In remembrance of the Savior of Bahia." (Senhor do Bonfim refers to Jesus, "Our Lord of a Good End"). Measuring 47 cm/ 18.5 in, which is the length of the right arm on a Christ statue in Bahia's Senhor do Bonfim church, the ribbon is tied around the left wrist in three knots, each one signifying a wish. Once the string falls off naturally, your wishes will be granted.
No one knows when the transition occurred from the old style ribbon to the new one (worn around the wrist), although the new ribbon was popularized by the street vendors of Salvador around the 1960′s, when it was also adopted by the Bahian hippies as part of their style of dressing.
Religion, invisible forces, tradition and technology are mixed together in this dress that intends to aware people of electronic pollution especially with the increasing use of cell phones. Maybe the modern Iansan could also control the electronic fields.
The dress is composed of 110 computer fans, 4 antennas, batteries and a microcontroller. The detection system constantly checks and verifies whether there are any waves in the atmosphere that are put out by mobile phones. This live information is sent to a microcomputer. The microcomputer activates the fans that creates wind and blows this through the dress.
I would like to thank Jum Nakao for his advices and also Thiago Hersan for his great job helping me to develop this dress.
more info: www.popkalab.com/eansa.html
Friday, November 12, 2010
Essa escolha se deu pelo comportamento da fita que se ouriçou razoavelmente com o vento e também pela carga simbólica que carrega.
A fita original data de 1809 e era usada como uma espécie de ex-voto, uma lembrança da igreja após se ter a graça alcançada. O comprimento de 47cm se refere ao tamanho do braço da estátua do Cristo na igreja do Sr. do Bonfim na Bahia. Existem diversas cores de fita e cada uma corresponde a um orixá.
Acredito que o uso das fitas do Sr. d Bonfim vem de encontro com a idéia do invisível. Assim como as ondas eletromagnéticas a religiosidade também é invisível e age de forma real na vida das pessoas. Assim, se abre uma nova possibilidade de leitura do trabalho, penso eu.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tivemos um trabalho danado para encontrar as ventoinhas. Precisamos das de funcionam com 5v e normalmente aqui só se vende 12v. O alumínio para a construção do vestido também chegou, o que me fez pensar sobre a estrutura de uma maneira mais prática. resolvi fazer diferente do que o modelo de papel para espalhar melhor as ventoinhas. Vamos ver...
Monday, September 27, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Uma das coisas mais complicadas para mim é dar nomes aos meus trabalhos. E agora que estou fazendo um vestido ficou mais complicado ainda. Que nome dar ao vestido? Vestido precisa de nome?
Incrive que como sempre uma conversa com amigos queridos é inspiradora. Entre um bolo de cenoura e um morango sem agrotóxico estava eu explicando como funciona o vestido que estou fazendo para Renata e Jader e Pepo. Esse último não estava muito interessado.
A metáfora principal desse meu trabalho é transformar ondas electromagnéticas em vento. Explicando isso a Renata prontamente diz: Uma coisa Iansã.
Claro! e para ficar ainda mais claro a conecção com o eletrônico resolvemos grafar como: "e-ansã"
Pra quem não conhece Iansã é uma entidade cultuada no Candomblé e está ligada aos ventos e tempestades.
Agora o projeto tem um nome. Falta agora chegar a estrutura de alumínio e as ventoinhas...
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Durante essa semana resolvi fazer um protótipo do vestido em tamanho real usando papel. Então começei a cortar e dobrar as ventuinhas de papel. Tiago,o engenheiro responsável pelo circuito, me lembrou de uma lenda japonesa onde quem dobrar 1000 aves terá muita sorte ou um desejo realizado. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand_origami_cranes
Como não preciso de 1000 ventuinhas de papel resolvemos adaptar essa lenda para apenas 100.
Espero que dê certo ;-)
Friday, August 13, 2010
Dandelion é um projeto dos designers mary Huang e Jennifer Kay que transforma vento em energia elétrica. Nesse acessório que você coloca no ombro estão fixados alguns cata-ventos que geram energia.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I found that Galliano designed a labeled lens. First I found very odd but actually is great. The idea of puting stamps in lens comes from before. I remember to saw lens in stars, balls and geometric shapes. But first time a logo ;-)
I am wondering how far we are to put electronics on it...
Friday, July 30, 2010
The collaborative project between Saskia and Stefan Diez amazed us with this amazing paper bag. It is made of Tyvek®, a synthetic paper that is extremely lightweight – 135g for the bigger and 115g for the smaller bag – but at the same time exceptionally robust, both water- and tear-proof. The material is completely recyclable.
It is always nice to see new materials around ;-)
you can buy from their website and also in Berlin.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
For the first time ever FIFA excuse itself for the mistakes of the judges and considered using technology to avoid such mistakes. However it did not say witch kind of technology they were talking about: cameras? Sensors? Microphones?
This also brings another question: How people inside the football field will deal with these new inputs? Technology could disturb instead of help?
During the competition were many complaining about the Jabulani ball. Adidas spent lots of money and research in wind tunnels and robots to test the new ball and afterwards the players were very unhappy with the result. The Brazilian goalkeeper Julio César compared it to a ball you could buy at a “grocery store”. David James of England said it is “dreadful.” It seems that in this case the technology used to develop Jabulani was not so efficient.
Intrigued with this question I start to look for projects that involve football and technology and I found a nice project that Senselab MIT  developed together with the Italian soccer team A. C. Milan. In this project the researchers from MIT tracked the movement of the players during a match in the field in order to analyse their movements and maybe improve their training. What they want is to identify and develop new real-time tracking systems and to interpret from a strategic point of view the data they provide. Many problems were found on the project but it points, in my opinion, a way that technology could be used in football.
Bringing the discussion a bit closer to fashion I was wondering it could be effective the use of sensors embedded on the players clothe. Maybe the sensors could catch information that helps to decide if a player committed a fault or not. And besides of the sensor in the players’ cloths the judge would need a “gadget” to collect and present this information in a useful way. Otherwise it is an over information witch could be a disinformation. Would be the development of such technology a good path to follow? Maybe yes. Maybe it is just too much and the old and traditional system is enough. All this technology would take part of the magic of football out? Maybe.
Technology is not always good. Going back to the South Africa world cup the U. S. goalie Mr. Hahnemann said during a news conference that technology is not everything. “ Scientists came up with the atom bomb, doesn’t mean we should have invented it.” Definitively he has a point.
Monday, May 31, 2010
The foundation is a quite impressive place. It reminded me a lot a place in Brazil called Inhotim. However, despite of the amazing work of its founder the place encounter some difficulties in maintaining its pieces and also providing infra structure for the residents artists.
I was there together with Javier Busturia, Jelle Decker, Jnigni Wang and Roel. We slept in a truck (!). The experience that could be interested was a bit challenging due to the arctic cold that was at night, not to mention the dust everywhere. Speaking with other artists I figured out that their living conditions at Verbeke foundation was not actually better.
Walking in the almost 6.000 m2 of the foundation you can find many sculptures, some of them in big size. Some really good, others not so much. I had the impression that the curatorial line is quite weak, not to say nonexistent. Also it is possible to perceive a fascination about dead animals on the place. Almost 60% o the installations has something to do with death or dead animals. Freak!
I would say that this time was good but not really totally enjoyable. I have to confess that I was in a really bad mood also. Despite of all of this I could see some nice artworks and had a good time with my friends. if you are in Antwerp a visit is high recommended, if you are an artist and look for a residence you might want to think twice. Unless you really like contact with nature at all cost ;-)
more info: www.verbekefoundation.com
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
There were presentations of some projects in a DIY craft style (very hype nowadays). I liked very much the presentation of Meg Grant, who did a very nice and simple top with leds called " See-thru-me.
Another presentation, not so exciting was the Dutch/American artist Annet Couwenberg. For almost 3 months she worked together with Marisol Trowbridge and students on an interactive (textile) art piece. Point of departure were conversations (sewing sessions) with Turkish migrant women. Via this special form of dialogue they talked about themes like fashion, politics, hope, beauty and cultural diversity. Though the theme is relevant, specially in Netherlands, She felt in lots of cliches concerning the duch and islam culture. The project was not clear and the output not so interesting. Well.... I admire her enthusiasm but maybe in the next time. This work did not touch me ;-(
Another presentation was a livingroom made by students that created several non convencional switches that turned on several strange electronic devices. Funny, but I again missed the point ;-(
Sunday, April 18, 2010
OPEN CALL CELLSBUTTON#04: INVISIBLE CELLS - YOGYAKARTA INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ART FESTIVAL, INDONESIA 27 JULY - 7 AUGUST 2010.
“That the modernist tradition of progress and ceaseless extension of the frontiers of innovation are now dead. Originality is dead. The avant-garde artistic tradition is dead. All religions and utopian visions are dead and resistance to the status quo is impossible because revolution too is now dead. Like it or not, we humans are stuck in a permanent crisis of meaning, a dark room from which we can never escape. Humans will not be visible, humans will be invisible. (Inspired by Kalle Lasn's Contemporary Society) - Irene Agrivina, 2010”
The House Of Natural Fiber (HONF) are proudly to present Cellsbutton#04: Invisible Cells - Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival. Cellsbutton#04 will take the theme of “Invisible” as part of Education Focus Program curriculum in 2010. Cellsbutton#04 will consist 12 days duration of the festival, focussing on educative artistic activities engaging local and global development and application in art, science and technology. As an annual international community-base festival, Cellsbutton#04 will be a cross-collaborative starting platform for international artists, communities, scientists, researchers, lecturers, inventors, theorists, activists practitioners, to exchange knowledge that beneficial for the society.
Cellsbutton is an annual community-base organized international media art festival in Yogyakarta, Indonesia initiated by HONF. Since it was started in August 2007, Cellsbutton became the first international media art festival in Indonesia that focus on education. Cellsbutton act as a platform that connect international artist with interdisciplinary people in Indonesia to expand limitless creations and innovations through media art. As part of HONF Education Focus Program [EFP], Cellsbutton is set to became HONF primary instrument to provide the proper dissemination of knowledge, information and networking in media art for the general public in Indonesia especially Yogyakarta; a special province that contain great deal potential of intellectuality from various disciplinal backgrounds and famous as a center for Indonesian higher education. The organizing of the festival was done through the collaboration with the support from local creative communities in Yogyakarta.
The House Of Natural Fiber
The House Of Natural Fiber (HONF) is a media art laboratory run by a community in Yogyakarta. They implemented a methodology called Open - Community which is mostly concerned to the needs of cross-collaborative actions responding to technology development and practical use in daily life. In the beginning, they started as a young community with various backgrounds and ideals. They want to do whatever they wish, but with a natural inclination to create by the spirit of togetherness. There is no ambition to work simply for personal profit. They create for themselves, their family, and their environment. This is the basis for the first actions and commitment between them. Since 1999, they concentrate on the principles of critique and innovation. Thinking forward, positive and creative is becoming a vision for HONF. In the implementation of this vision, in every program, they work towards the development of art with technology. This desire to contemplate the future of technology and art is an important endeavor for the technology itself.
Education Focus Program (EFP)
EFP is a curriculum that act as a guideline for every HONF activities that is innovated responding the global situations and conditions in Indonesia. EFP concentrate on interdisciplinary knowledge exchanges and collaborations in critical analysis towards local and global issues and creating innovative ideas to seek solutions toward it. EFP main objective is to build a modern mind and mentality of society by bridging art, science and technology that is useful in processing local potentials into beneficial outputs for the society based on human uses and urgent needs. In the implementation of EFP programs, HONF use Open-Community form, a methodology that invites local communities in Yogyakarta to take various roles accordingly to their ability and competency, which allows them to be involved in the activities with HONF acted as navigator. This method is chosen, as community is a primary working method that is used by the society in Indonesia at the present time. It is also enabling EFP to be a generic infrastructure that enhance and amplify the dissemination of knowledge to involving communities and wide range society. EFP programs are presented in informal educative platforms that are accessible by the society to overcome the current Infrastructures and curriculum of overall education system in Indonesia that is far from efficient.
Invisible seeks sustainable actions that were created to systematically expand or convert accessible technology and generic infrastructure to be used as multifunctional and cross-functional tools. Invisible will try to reveal innovation and creation that is developed in response to local and global situations and conditions. Invisible then will challenge the application and how art could function between artists and society in responding how it reaction could be achieve from suitable and crucial action rather than emphasizing the existence of the actor.
How to Apply
Please send an email to email@example.com before 25 May 2010 an A4 size pdf format files containing information of:
1. Applicant’s Name
2. Applicant’s Short Biography (100 words max)
3. Project Title to be presented in Cellsbutton
4. Project Description
5. Brief Explanation on how the project would be beneficial to local communities
Term and Condition
HONF will provide place to stay, 1 meal per day and local transportation for Cellsbutton#04 schedule of activities. For international transportation HONF could only provides a letter of invitation to support and letter of recommendation for the participants to get funding. As the Official Office and meeting point during the festival, HONF lab will be open for every participant as the gathering place, studio and meeting point.
1. openCELLS : opening act of Cellsbutton
2. cellSONIC : special audiovisual performance act of Cellsbutton
3. cellsDISCO : club party, VJ gathering/VJ School
4. cellsOUTING : meet the fibers!
5. cellsKIT : DIY workshops, researches and presentations
6. cellsPICNIC : “even God take a day off...”
7. Indonesia Bricolabs : international global network focussing on local and global development generic infrastructure incrementally develop by communities
8. cellsKID : children workshop. Simple art - simple technology - fun learning and nourishing activity
9. breakcore_LABS : open platform for experimental music and audiovisual performance
10. The fibers : platform for collaboration and researches between media labs and creative communities
11. EA Channel Meeting : exchanging informations on global and local networking
12. cellsLIVING : pre-Cells and post-Cells residency program. Collaborating with local creative communities
13. cellsRADIO : sharing information & knowledges through radio frequency
14. offBUTTON : off - file not found (closing party)
Now and then...
“We’re looking for the invisible! And with togetherness we’ll overcome the invisible and become one! With this start, we see Cellsbutton#04 – Invisible Cells as our destination in presenting beneficial outputs in both directions to outer our communities and inside. Learning and progressing as our curriculum of Education Focus Program (EFP) have helped us in evolving and adjusting our role to accommodate the local communities for the last 10 years. We have reached a milestone more than we have expected, but thousands waits in our path. We realized that we are small, but from those small things we have evolved. For a new step and beginning of The House of Natural Fiber in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, we devoted ourselves think the unthinkable, to touch the untouchable and to see the invisible. One minor step we take in 2010 for our remaining long and distant path.” (/microCELLS - A Prelude To Cellsbutton#04: Invisible Cells - Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival 2010)
Welcome to the invisible cells!!!
the house of natural fiber [HONF]
yogyakarta new media art laboratory
jl. wora wari a 80/6 baciro 55252
Monday, April 12, 2010
The day I arrive from Mexico I started to work with the recycle-x team and Gilberto on an interactive sound sculpture or something like this.
It was a week of production and last saturday was the oppening.
You can check the recycle-X HERE.
more about Gilberto Esparza HERE.
more about plantas parlantes SOON.
more about the exhibition: HERE.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Bellow some information in spanish and link:
Imparte: Ricardo Nascimento
La intención del curso es que los participantes podrán crear un circuito sencillo, utilizando materiales flexibles. A manera de contextualización, serán presentados algunos proyectos en wearable art, posteriormente se presentarán trabajos que se valen de circuitos flexibles (fashion technology) y se hará una introducción en cuanto a materiales conductivos, así como a algunos conceptos básicos de electrónica, también se creará un prototipo de circuito con LED y sensores, por último se analizarán sus posibles aplicaciones.
El taller está dirigido a artistas, diseñadores y personas interesadas en la creación artística con medios tecnológicos (no es necesario conocimiento previo en electrónica).
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
check the post about Rambler at:
Jan. 16, 2010 - deadline for summer 2010 residence for fine artists. 8
week residence in July-August 2010.
Feb. 1, 2010 – deadline for June 2010 residence for writers
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Where: Chianti, Tuscany Italy
Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 at La Macina di San Cresci
We are located above Greve in Chianti in the heart of Tuscany, between two great cities of the Renaissance: Florence & Siena.
The artist residency program provides the ideal combination of living and working in a setting of truly inspirational beauty.
Artist residency consist of sojourning from 7 to 90 days, with a possible time extension subject to availability.
This period covers a program based on the personal project proposal presented.
As an archive of activities is scheduled to publish a yearbook representative of the various experiences hosted and produced using photos and texts of artists and events.
The artists with a special interesting project have a public event that offer a venue to test their ideas in a dialog with other artists, and the general public.
Help will be given from La Macina di San Cresci staff to organize a local exhibition on a theme related to their Residency project.
Residencies are available between 1st January and 31th December 2010. Please see www.chianticom.com for details and an application form.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I am happy to announce my brand new project done with Tiago Martins.
Rambler is a pair of sneakers that senses every step you take and , due to an embedded sensing system, post its status on a twitter account.
More information at: http://www.popkalab.com/ramblershoes.html