C5: Theory as product
C5: Theory as product is a progressive group out of California making use of extreme adventure sports and mountaineering synthesized with GIS type software. Their current project, C5 Landscape Initiative, takes the group to the heights of California (14,491 ft) and Japan (12,395 ft) while mapping the climbs with the technology they with which they are fluent.
The project is graphically easy to understand allowing C5 to use advanced technology without losing their audience. Their expeditions, while acknowledging they are following already taken paths, are investigating present and past, reminiscent of another California mapping project, California Coastal Records Project. The mapping, while three dimensionally interesting, becomes a mapping of time, which some might refer to as a fourth dimension.
I have played around with an older project of C5 in the past two days, as well. SubSoft virtually maps a users hard drive as if it were a geological form. The mapping is smart and simple, allowing the layering that occurs to be a positive attribute to the project. 1:1 is their project for the 2002 Whitney Biennial, a virtual mapping of the internet. You See That You Don't See performed at New Langton Arts in San Francisco is C5s only theatrical performance. I see red cubes in the images... oh cubes and galleries.
C5 is currently making positive progression out of the art spin about art spin cycle. Engagment with the great out doors is something technology artists tend to steer clear of, remaining in the urban environment. Blending the performance of Tony Craigg with the NASA capable mapping allows for art to be accessible to adventurers who go on derives everyday, but never think of it as a psychogeographic event.
creating a biography of the city by SMS
STADSchromosomen (CityChromosomes) asked inhabitants and visitors of Antwerp to text in their impressions on several locations throughout the city. The results are published on the website and in a book (released under a creative commons license).
YellowArrow launch party
YellowArrow was first presented at the 2004 psy.geo.CONFLUX. After some site updates and the printing of many arrow stickers, the project is ready for its official launch this Thursday, August 26 at the Lotus Club. Click on the flyer for details.
we made ourselves a little moblog...
"NYWiki.com is a collaborative community that's writing the ultimate reference of every person, place, and thing in New York City. The idea is to allow you to add your own writing and photos to the site about whatever facet of New York interests you. Whether you are an expert in the history of the city, want to document one particular building or restaurant, or are obsessed with cataloging every shwarma stand in the five boroughs, you can use NYWiki as you please. The only catch is that other people can edit anything you write..."
made for walking [and talking]
We need a pair of these....
SEVEN MILE BOOTS. SIEBEN MEILEN STIEFEL . SEITSEMN MAILIN SAAPPAAT
"Seven mile boots, the magical footwear known from folk tales, enables its owner to travel seven miles with one step. With little effort one can cross the countries, to be present wherever it seems suitable and to become a cosmopolitan flaneur with the world as the street."
The project SEVEN MILE BOOTS is a pair of interactive shoes with audio. One can wear the boots, walk around as a flaneur simultaneousy in the physical world and in the literal world of the internet. By walking in the physical world one may suddenly encounter a group of people chatting in real time in the virtual world. The chats are heard as a spoken text coming from the boots. Wherever you are with the boots, the physical and the virtual worlds will merge together.
Glowlab friend Michelle Kasprzak is currently featured on The Chemistry Project where she shares her secret love for Power Point, and on CBC Marketplace for a segment called "Wireless World", which focuses on Wi-Fi and related phenomena. You can meet Michelle at the 2004 Psy.Geo.Conflux in May, where she will offer a presentation on her work.
Secret of homing pigeons revealed
British scientists learn the secret of homing pigeons.
'"It is striking to see the pigeons fly straight down the A34 Oxford bypass, and then sharply curve off at the traffic lights before curving off again at the roundabout'"...
[Thanks to Doug from Anchorage for sending us the article.]
G.P.S. Drawing, one of the projects presented at Glowlab's 2003 Psy.Geo.Conflux, makes the New York Times:
"Now come Jeremy Wood and Hugh Pryor, a young British duo who use the Global Positioning System's network of 24 satellites, which can track a person's location on the planet to within a few yards, to produce virtual art on the Internet."
Read the NT Times article >>