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 →
Duo Enssle Lamprecht – jeuX
CD – Sumtone
The duo formed by Philipp Lamprecht and Anne-Suse Enﬂle, a combo accustomed to a dynamic mixture of contemporary and ancient music, is this time supported by two young Austrian composers – Marco Döttlinger (drums) and Jürgen Neuhofer →
Limor Shifman – Memes in Digital Culture
The MIT Press, ISBN-13: 978-0262525435, English, 216 pages, 2013, USA
After plenty of pontificating by marketing and advertisement “experts” about how information can become spontaneously adopted and duplicated in massive ways (usually roughly and instantly called “viral”), we finally have →
Emmanuel Allard – Nouvelles Upanishads Du Yoga
CD – Baskaru
In Nouvelles Upanishads Du Yoga Emmanuel Allard has played around with different sound sources and a modular system called Buchla 200e, a new generation synthesizer well known among lovers of experimental electronics. This unusual tool is highly →
Gender Sensitivity In World Of Warcraft by Angela Washko, feminism? WoW!
World of Warcraft (or WoW) is currently the most actively played massively multiplayer online game with about 10 millions subscribers. The dynamics that govern it are similar to the canonical rules of the online role-playing games: players, after creating a →