Mozfest 2014: Call for Artists, Technologists and Curators

Announcement for participation in ‘Art & Culture of the Web' organized by codekatblog and Paula Le Dieu for a Mozilla event in London. Based around the idea of ‘networked art’, I’m sure there is something the Tumblr community could contribute:

As the Internet becomes increasingly ubiquitous around the world, more and more web users are making the transition from consumers to creators, merging art, technology and networks to build new and surprising digital art forms with unprecedented results.

What might the combination of these experiments in theory, code and creativity — a practice we refer to as "networked art" — mean for cultural heritage organizations, artists, technologists and curators? And how might creative works inform our understandings of the open web’s key challenges, from privacy to ownership, and from identity to governance?

You can find out more at codekatblog here or at the mozfestartoftheweb Tumblr here


Orange Piano Tour, Stefan Aaron [ pianist ]

Pianist Stefan Aaron is taking the art of concert piano to new heights—the kind of heights only achievable with a helicopter. The fourth stop in his worldwide Orange Piano Tour—in which he travels with the eponymous orange piano and plays it in increasingly bizarre locations—was the Munich Airport in Germany, where he premiered the song Munich Airport Soca. His helicopter-powered entrance was the most appropriate way possible to kick off an airfield show, besides riding atop an actual jet.

His Orange Piano Tour has taken him to the top a glacier of the Alphubel mountain in Switzerland, the Great Wall of China, and the Preikestolen in Norway.

Some work in progress screenshots for my parents’ b&b website.
Coding this has required a certain amount of delusional perseverance and a copious amount of copying. Somewhere between the hours of 3-5AM my brain achieves temporary codehisattva levels and I do many things that my puny normal mind has no capability of comprehending.

Gravity Stools (sculptures)Jolan Van der Wiel

The Creator’s Project documents:

The last time we checked in with experimental designer Jólan van der Wiel, he was making exquisite furniture with basins full of metallic clay, a few super-powerful electromagnets, and Earth’s gravity. His latest project is a stunning progression of the concepts he experimented with in Gravity Stools, using an extrusion process possibly influenced by 3D printing to magnetically transform the material into towering abstract structures.

After pouring the liquid clay through a slim nozzle, van der Wiel implements a giant, hanging electromagnet to shape the substance by drawing it up along the path of the specialized clay’s magnetic field. The clay builds on itself, held in place by the invisible force until it solidifies into uncanny (and awesome) shapes. The teeth-like forms almost look too alien to be crafted by human hands, and the series title Dragonstone feels totally on point, given the works’ fantastical qualities.

With this project, van der Wiel is exploring ways to use natural forces for human creation. “I see future potential in the joined cooperative forces of combining technology with natural phenomena,” he says on his website. “It is my belief that developing new ‘tools’ is an important means of inspiration and allows new forms to take shape.”

According to an interview with Wired, he sees a future in which magnets are a normal construction tool, just like cranes or even hammers. Instead of building a chair or a table, in the 22nd Century father-son bonding time might revolve around crafting one of these wild magnetic stalagmites instead.

Watch a video of the process called Magnetism Meets Architecture.