2 February 2010 | by | In process

Rory and Marek are giving a talk at Dorkbot in New York at location One.

The Real and Virtual Association

10 January 2010 | by | In Uncategorized

We’ve been discussing the project and its extension. The workshops divide into three sets:
- Individuals drawing from their subjective experience, then as groups finding common elements.
- Analyzing and testing common elements, or shared ‘abstractions’.
- Creating tools, programmable architectures, for individuals to ‘express’ these common abstractions.

The workshops can take any space and any group of people and, using this toolkit, create various real and virtual installations. The installations can be in a public indoor space, or projected outside on buildings. People can access the data at home on their computer or collectively on monitors in public spaces.

We have created workshops in New York (with friends), in Seoul, Korea (with designers), and currently at Montalvo, California (with artists and cooks!). Future workshops will be in a small village in Sweden, in New York again, can be with teenagers, the retired, with a group from any agency or other organization.

In order to explain these contexts, we are creating “The Real and Virtual Association”, which takes the various components of [here][now] and extends them for use by others or to include others in the discussion.

This website will be transformed into a series of ‘Posters’. The idea here is to gather various data on a specific subject and collect them into one page. So for instance, one screen can show video from the Seoul, Korea, together with an introduction, screenshots, context, theories, links, installation shots, etc. Every subject we have discussed or location presented can become a ‘poster’ that is a ‘gestalt’, in one glance showing a range of theories and actions taken.

organizing electrons

29 July 2009 | by | In process

So most of the day yesterday I spent a lot of time doing a lot of really boring work. But it needed to be done. Essentially, I had to take all our server code (ie, the stuff that manages the database that we use to store data about avatar location and appearance) and install it on the server machine that we will be using for the installation. Unfortunately that server is now several years old and so this process was quite laborious and riddled with hoops that needed to be jumped through.

Continue reading organizing electrons…

Incheon Digital Art Festival

14 July 2009 | by | In process

[here][now] will be part of the Incheon Digital Art Festival in Korea. Opening on Friday 7th August 2009 and closing on September 20th 2009.

More information about the exhibition is here…

Process Log

11 May 2009 | by | In process

[here][now] is a traveling installation that sets up transient portals into a persistent online world.
Click “about” for a description of the project.
Below is a log of the project’s development. The newest entries are at the top.


11 May 2009 | by | In process

From May 17th to 29th Rory and Marek are going to Montalvo Art Center for a residency. The bulk of the code and the avatar generation will take place at that time.

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