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I’ve been discussing a score piece with my tutor Ed Kelly the last few tutorials. The scores were a very important part of Fluxus and I am interested in making a piece that builds on this tradition.

The idea is to make a simple website that prompts people with actions (scores) to do – and to make it truly social the scores should be added by users.

One way of doing it could be posting them through Twitter with a custom tag (like #SomeoneSays)

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A classic Fluxus score by George Brecht ‘Three Lamp Events’

and curating them on a custom mobile friendly website. Scores could show up in random order or as soon as they are posted and users might get an alert – push or sms if possible.

I wrote some test scores to examplify what I mean.

“Lay your head on the keyboard and roll it back and fourth. Post it as your next status message.”

 ”Read the tweets in your feed aloud. As if were a script for a play.”

 ”Slowly close the screen of your laptop down just so much that it is still on. Kneel on the floor and use the computer like you normally would.”

 ”USE CAPSLOCKS FOR AN INTIRE DAY.”

 ”Post ‘Charlie bit my finger ‘ to your Facebook status. Three times in a row.”

 ”Only post photographs of food that look dull and icky”

 ”Like everything in your newsfeed”

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I’ve been working with a colleague who a agreed to help me learn processing all day today and yesterday. Yesterday we covered many of the basics so today we decided to try to work on something relevant for my MA project.

I really want to do a project with Vine, but since the app doesn’t have an API yet we had to try and work around that. The idea was to let users create a score that would play tags from Vine. Each user could add a tag by writing it in the program. This turned out to be more difficult than we hoped. We kept getting stuck.

After 6 hours of trying we had to stop because it just wasn’t working. Instead I will look into doing this in HTML or using Vine another way with HTML (* more about that further down).

Instead, we ended up creating a processing app for the Iseefaces#Iseelegs project. The programme does pretty much the same as the website but it lets the two pictures use the full size of the screen and flips them sideways so I can use ONE flatscreen monitor instead of two and hang it sideways – this way I only use one computer and one screen! Also we programmed it so it will work very well with the PowerMate buttons.

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* My other idea for Vine is to take one of the following tags: secret, confession, song, shout or magic and let them load onto a HTML site like this one called VineViewer. If I choose #confession or #secret it could be nice to build a custom confession box and let the viewer act as a priest who sits on the other side listening. If I use  #magic I would simply let them play on a screen in an backward order with the most recents playing first. For #song or #shout the layout of VineViewer (which uses the custom Vine player) would be very effective because  it loads several videos at once and people may play the sound of many at a time creating a massive sound collage.

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I’ve decided on three pieces. A Score Piece that either gets video input from Vine or Instagram, a series of printed pictures (either #venusreborn or #iseefaces#iseelegs – can’t decide  and finally a box with two screens that get the feed from #iseefaces and #iseelegs website.

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For the three pieces I will need the following hardware:

#ISEEFACES#ISEELEGS

  1. Two screens
  2. One or two computers
  3. Arduino or Powermate button solutions.
  4. Internet access
  5. Build custom box

SCORE PIECE

  1. One screen
  2. One computer
  3. Internet Access
  4. Headphones
  5. (It might be a good idea to build a custom box for this piece also)

#VENUSREBORN (or more #iseefaces#iseelegs)

  1. Wall space
  2. 12 frames

 

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I might be old news that privacy is dead – especially in these Snowdon times. I did a quick search on Vine for videos tagged #secret and off course there were tons. I’m thinking about making a simple frame around a monitor with headphones connected and letting it run the most resent videos tagged #secret – it’s quite fun (and weird) to watch them. The website would work a bit like this one called Vpeaker that shows the most resent Vines.

Here are some public videos tagged #secret (Note: the Instagram imbedder doesn’t play sound automatically so you have to turn it up:

One “problem” could be that not many of the posters a using this as a serious outlet it’s most fun and games – which is natural since it’s now anonymous…

Tags like “smile” and “song” also turn up some great results.

A last thought is that I could use the tags to control the order the videos are played. I could take a sentence and post the the most resent videos that uses the words from the sentence and post them in the right order …

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I’m still not sure if I’ll be showing the #VENUSREBORN work at the final show – I still need to do a couple of second runs and it seems the midwife edition fell through. If I do show it, I will do it a a series of prints hanging together framed.

I gouess the best thing would be to start a new edition the following days and see where it takes me.

 

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I’m trying to lock down how I should do the #ISEEFACES#ISEELEGS piece for our Final Show. As I want to exhibit several smaller pieces I’ve decided to go with a more simple installation design. This is both taking in count of the work load and the lighting of the space I end up getting.

The installation will consist of two monitors hanging or standing on top of each other, a wifi enabled computer and a plywood frame with 2-4 control buttons. The buttons will allow the viewer to navigate between the faces and legs on the website.

There are several different ways of connecting external buttons to a device:

  1. I can use Arduino to create a control center for four buttons I connect (this way I can use any button I like).
  2. I could use four simple USB buttons.
  3. I could two use Griffin PowerMate buttons which can be controlled both by pressing or turning back and fourth (nice because: fewer buttons, simple hardware and it gives me an opportunity to build in a refresh function).

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I’ve collected some relevant links for the different button solutions:

USB button

Griffin PowerMate button

Arduino Push button

Arduino button tutorial

Raster Web Arduino and homemade USB button tutorial

 

 

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I loved the Symposium 2 day – though it was hectic it was suddenly very obvious too me how different our course is to most other creative courses. Because the only thing that binds us is ‘digital’ we have ended up making more than 20 very different projects – I am very exited for the exhibition and seeing everything in one room!

I was quite happy that I managed to use so many of my findings from my research paper in the symposium video and I was overwhelmed by how positive the comments were. So, all in all  I think the symposium went very well – though being last is might also have had some influence ;)

Kiers, Jonathan and Harry recommended the Richard Dawkins Meme video - ironically enough I was in Cannes when it was shown at he New Directors Showcase but I had to attend a meeting and missed it live … I now wish I hadn’t… Here’s the link (if anyone is reading and doesn’t know it). Sadly, it might not be viral material but it is rather educational – and psychedelic.

Then I had some nice rations the pictures of lolcats I threw in the video to illustrate a point – which made me want to finish my personal project for the show but I’m afraid it’s to much work within the time I have left…

Luckily people also like the #ISEEFACESs#ISEELEGS project. This is important because I guess it will be a main piece of a sort.

The idea of getting people involved was also appreciated. Edward Kelly rightly pointed out that my main focus now should be on how I can engage people at the show – I will create a post in near future dedicated to this question!

Lionel thought I should exhibit some of the  #ISEEFACESs#ISEELEGS  work in selected prints. I think Jonathan has suggested this before and I’ve wanted to but I was afraid since I don’t own the work. We discussed that I might put the original participants name on the m instead an I really like that idea!

Lionel also had a good comment to the fact that I might end up editing the work on my website. He thought it wouldn’t be democratic and really I agree – but sadly it still might be necessary. Anyway, I think I will program it so I have the option and then  I might not use it in the end.

Thank you all on the course for your time and comments – AND thank you for showing your amazing projects!

 

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As mentioned before I would like to create at least one more project for the show. The projects I’ve been working on so far are solely focused on the act of participation and missing a deeper message. It was therefore great for me to see the Yoko Ono exhibition – a lot of her works were meant for active participation but had a lot of meaning even though they were only passively viewed. Refreshed by Ono’s Fluxus thinking I have these new ideas for a projects.

#1. Smile Collection Box. 

A website that lets users donate their smile to a site on the internet. All the smiles could be projected onto a wall or to separate screens. I could also hijack Vine for this project because it’s nice if they are ‘alive’.

#2. Tell.

A website version of a confession box where users can tell a secret anonymously. The idea feels a bit old right now but there’s something in it.

#3. Artist Roulette

Like chat roulette but it’s performance artists performing for users. I would probably only be able to make it live for the show – and even that would be a lot of work.

#4. The Never Ending Canon

Using a sort of karaoke system users should record a verse of a well known canon song. The verse is looped and layered on top of the previous version and in the end you should have a massive canon.

#5. Pass It Down (or pass anything down)

Creating a custom tag for Vine and participants make a Vine where they receive an object from the top of the picture and pass it down to the bottom. When you scroll through a feed it should look like the pictures are connected.

Right now I’m opting for #1 for it’s simplicity or #4. because of its playfulness.

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