Eternal September, the rise of amateur culture exhibition at Aksioma, curated by Valentina Tanni. From internet folklore to the deja vu “on the screen” an exploration of “amateur culture” quickly corroding certainties. http://www.aksioma.org/eternal.september/index.html
Nathaniel Stern – Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance
Gylphi Limited, ISBN-13: 978-1780240091, English, 304 pages, 2013, USA
Man/machine interfaces have involved the body in progressively more sophisticated ways, from the mechanical finger pressure on a keyboard to the intellectual challenge of voice-recognition-based software assistants. Media art has interpreted →
Guy Birkin – Tintinnabuli Mathematica Vol. I
CD – Runningonair
In recent evolutions of experimental music we have perceived a renewed interest in the “tintinnabuli style”, an approach to composition conceived by Arvo Pärt, an Estonian master of contemporary music. The term tintinnnabuli is intentionally onomatopoeic and →
The Sound Of The Earth by Lotte Geeven, audio frequencies at 9 Km deep.
In 2013 Dutch artist Lotte Geeven travelled to the deepest hole on the planet to make a set of recordings allowing her to make the sound of the Earth audible. Accompanied by a team of engineers, geophysicists and seismologists, she →
edited by Sean Cubitt, Paul Thomas – Relive: Media Art Histories
The MIT Press, ISBN-13: 978-0262019422, English, 400 pages, 2013, USA
Media Art Histories is a biennial international conference “on the histories of media art, science and technology” that began in 2005. The third conference was hosted in Melbourne in 2009 →
Situation Rooms by Rimini Protokoll, first-person collective shooting.
Situation Rooms is an artwork by the German collective Rimini Protokoll. It’s very hard to categorize as a performance or a theatre show or an experimental augmented reality film. It has a scenography: there is a maze of rooms that →
Bruce Gilbert And BAW – Diluvial
CD – Touch
Bruce Gilbert’s name is not new to those lovers of the punk-rock sounds that emanated from the English suburbs at the end of the 70s. It is impossible to forget Wire, one of the most surly and →
Kees Tazelaar – On The Threshold Of Beauty: Origins Of Electronic Music In The Netherlands, 1925-1965
V2_/nai010 Publishers, ISBN-13: 978-9462080652, English, 232 pages, 2014, The Netherlands
The field of media art is experiencing a shared need to write its own history through the contextualisation of seminal experiences in the past, something which may lead to an →
Clearing Out Four Months Of Internet Cache by Evan Roth, description.
We’re only slowly learning how to deal with our extended memories and the physical traces they leave in the world. Both hardware and software keep track of our behaviour in order to serve us better, thus acting as a kind →
Christoph Korn & Lasse-Marc Riek – Series Invisible / Collection 2
CD – Gruenrekorder
In almost twenty years of reviewing audio art and experimental music for Neural I have run into several extremely ‘tough’ projects that cross a broad range of styles, formats and media. In the newsroom was the prevailing →
Ethan Zuckerman – Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans In The Age Of Connection
W. W. Norton & Company, ISBN-13: 978-0393082838, English, 288 pages, 2013, USA
Pretending but failing to be “cosmopolitan” in the internet age seems to be nonsense. But that’s exactly what Zuckerman tries to prove. “Connecting”, in fact, doesn’t just mean →
The Computer Orchestra by Simon de Diesbach, Jonas Lacôte and Laura Perrenoud, musician-screen playing.
Using samples to “orchestrate” a melody has been attempted many different times in the past: from the YouTube remixes of voices/instruments to form a specific piece, to various games enabling the player to be an orchestra director, like the popular →
edited by Dietmar Offenhuber, Katja Schechtner – Accountability Technologies: Tools for Asking Hard Questions
Ambra, ISBN-13: 978-3990435397, English,, 112 pages, 2013, Austria
This book gathers the texts presented at the Sensing Place/Placing Sense symposium, hosted by the afo architekturforum oberösterreich during Ars Electronica 2012. The editors explain “Accountability Technologies” as visualisation, analysis and measurement →
Connect_icut – Crows & Kittiwakes Wheel & Come Again
CD – Aagoo/Rev. Lab
Behind the moniker “Connect_icut” hides Sam Macklin, an English artist now based in Vancouver. Since 2005 this experimenter has released five albums and several side-projects, equally divided between free-folk ensembles and electronic music. In Crows & →
Surveillance Spaulder by James Bridle, contemporary cuirassiers.
School books have never left room for doubt: the Middle Ages, sometimes still called the Dark Ages, was a period full of wars, famines, pestilences and a lack of cultural evolution. In recent years a large number of historians have →