A blog by Aalborg medialab, label and publisher block 4 http://www.block4.com Amongst the block 4 artists are Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen and Malte Steiner, whose work ranges from visual art, performance to sound and experimental music. The electronic music goes from Industrial via IDM to Noise, including projects like Notstandskomitee, TMS, Elektronengehirn, codepage, Akustikkoppler and Das Kombinat. This blog also bring news about synthesizers, media art,3D, free open source software and more.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
pd hacklab 2.August Hamburg
pd lab#1 is free and all operating systems are allowed. Bring some refreshments because its an unfunded venture so there is only limited support.
Its essential that you bring your own laptop and save your place via email to
pdlab AT block4 DOT com
Optionally bring more like :
- Midi- and other inputdevices
- Soundcards, cable, headphones, speakers, mixers
- Arduino, DIY electronics
About Unlimited Liability:
An extension of the target: autonopop exhibition/workshop/concert/debate series, "unlimited liability" is a store which sells artists multiples for 30 euros and less—stickers, DVDs, CDs, posters, zines, t-shirts, buttons, food, services, and works whose form is to be determined in the course of exchange with the purchaser.
The only media excluded are painting and drawing.
What makes the project different from multiples-shops and "affordable art" fairs is that it attempts to take the democratization-of-art project into as-yet untested waters. The DIY approach of alternative production/distribution is protected by a firewall against cooptation.
This is done by a legal contract which stipulates that no purchaser may have more than 50,000 euros in assets, subject to penalty in case of false disclosure. The art-gallery world partition of audiences—those who merely "appropriate symbolically" on the one side, "real buyers" on the other—is thereby inverted. Those able to buy at "unlimited liability" belong to social groups excluded (due to their insufficient ressouces) from buying on the art market.
This state of affairs is "shown" as much as the works on sale.
instead of art-commodities.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Hamburg and creativity
Hamburg just dont get it what creativity really means and what an active art funding could bring for the city. For instance there is no idea what media art is, it isn't teached at the artschools here. Creative city means for them cheap interns for TV.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Mackie C4 to OSC and back
The Mackie C4, featureing 32 knobs with LED rings and 4 displays, is at the moment with 400.- euros rather cheap. Unfortunally not much software supports it so I decided to create contrOSC which will make it easy to integrate it for instance in Pure Date or Csound patches via OSC commands which are going to be well documented.
Not so well is the developer documentation for that device, nothing is available appart from Apple Logic docs about the Universal Control but it was easy to midisniff the communication. Expect a release soon...
Augmented Reality with ARToolkit
When you start it on Linux you might got a error saying that the palette is wrong. ARToolkit expects per default a RGB image from your camera but more often they return a YUV format.
Solution was to export the following environment variable:
Custom markers can be created with the help of this site:
CityGenerator multitouch installation
Interactive multitouch installation I developed in 2009 and showed from 12. till 21. June 2009 in Hamburg at Linda on the exhibition SUB/OB I done with my group Urban Units. Several participants can make architectural picture rearranging themselves by touching them. The gestures are processed with the help of the openCV library.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Hamburg gets a policemuseum
Monday, July 6, 2009
pd running on 64bit Linux
On August the 2. I will do a pd lab in Hamburg and if you like you can have a peek at this unfinished side with a german description. It will be announced officially in the next couple of days.
Till then you can read this tutorial or find some more at the usual tutorial space.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Firefox 3.5 is amazing
This release reminds me on the 90s when we discoverd feature for feature from Netscape Navigator, creating all sorts of crazy things.