This gentleman’s projects really scratch an itch for me. The more Koblin makes seemingly arbitrary decisions in his projects the more he becomes more authorial. What I like most about his projects though are how his interfaces allow us to create our own stories or experiences.

http://www.ted.com/talks/aaron_koblin.html

I’ll be seeing Koblin this Summer at the following conference:

http://eyeofestival.com/

His Wilderness Downtown project reminds me of Sarah’s final presentation.

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Bill, I mentioned this during lunch. Though the demo here is quite primitive I still find it quite uncanny.

While this is not directly connected to either this week’s or last week’s readings, it seems worth a look for a few reasons.( watch the 3 minute video for an explanation of the project)

These recent events may be pertinent to our discussion on Wednesday.

http://blog.ted.com/2011/04/04/ai-weiwei-detained-here-is-his-ted-film/

during our discussion of space. Something about how we move blindly ( till lighting our path with paint) reminds me of what happens when we exit one side of the screen and enter another.

And this link is to the iPad app that extends computer screen real estate.
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-31747_7-20010646-243.html

Hasan Elahi

I am hoping to bring this gentleman to Whitman next Fall.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasan_M._Elahi

http://elahi.umd.edu/

I applied for a visiting educator grant right before Spring Break. We’ll see if it pans out. I’ve known Hasan for a few years. He’s a very interesting and charming guy. And I wish that my own research and art practice was even halfway as compelling as what he does.

The following 20 minute lecture is the real meat of what we might discuss next week.

http://poptech.org/popcasts/hasan_elahi_lives_in_public

Consider how data, computers, and networks are being used. What other creative possibilities might be opened when we use the database as a starting point? And what does this say about how space and time have been altered by computers?

The reading to supplement this video is “Surveilance and Capture by Philip Agee” in the New Media Reader ( Pages 737-760).

I also hope that you’ll find Hasan compelling enough to help me drum up an audience if and when he comes.

Poet. Performance Artist, Architect: Vito Acconci. A Computer makes a city seem almost unnecessary.
One minute 41 seconds.