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OpenLab 5 : Cafe OTO, 25th April 2009

OpenLab 5 : Cafe OTO, 25th April 2009

Openlab are providing a day of workshops & presentations about
opensource software, and performances in the evening at Cafe OTO,
Dalston. There is a venerable lineup of OpenLab members providing some
in depth knowledge during the day and some great performances at
night. The preliminary line up goes like this:


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Tools to Fight Boredom

Tools to Fight Boredom: FLOSS and GNU/Linux for Artists Working in the Field of Generative Music and Software Art. New Article by Marloes de Valk.

This article takes a look at the impact the operating system, programming languages and software, as a whole, have on the practice of artists working in the field of generative music and software art.
Proprietary operating systems lack the openness needed to create an environment that fulfills the specific needs of artists and musicians who program and programmers who produce art and music. “Hackability”,
the possibility to take things apart, modify, adjust, and improve, is an ever more important aspect that software artists and electronic musicians seek to include in their production environment. GNU/Linux and Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) possess this feature, and many more, providing artists with a truly creative and open environment, free of unnecessary technical limitations, predetermined interaction, lack of control over the work environment and dependence on software companies.

The article has been published in Volume 28, Issue 1, 2009 of the Contemporary Music Review journal. This issue, “Generative Music”, has been edited by Nick Collins and Andrew R. Brown. It features other articles from Karen Collins, Andrew R. Brown, Andrew Sorensen, Robert Rowe, Palle Dahlstedt, Margaret Schedel, Alison Rootberg , Paul Berg and Nick Collins.

You can purchase the journal here:
or preview the article online on Marloes’ website:

Call for participation: LIWOLI09

Liwoli 2009
hacklab for art and open source
23 – 25 April 2009 – Kunstuniversität Linz

Liwoli 2009 is a three day long Hacklab and an open invitation to all who would like to participate in an active process of learning, producing and sharing around the areas of Free/Libre Open Source Software and Art.  FLOSS developers, artists and programmers such as the collective GOTO10 or activists from HAIP (Hack Act Interact Progress) and many others form the basis for the event and share their knowledge in the form of workshops, hacklabs, presentations, installations and performances.

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good news! Almost all APO33 radios are back!!

You could listen it now with great players such as VLC, Mplayer, xmms…etc (Ogg Vorbis audio streaming)

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AROUGATE @ Piksel07


Arougate is an installation that involves the environnement of the space he is invited to hunt in.

Arougate is a digital beast who hunts information, tracks it, feeds on it, and generally reacts to it. Arougate behaves like a wolf when he eats his ‘preys’ ; no one can disturb him without consequence; the combination of a machinic system with the poetic-modelisation of animal reactions creates an uncontrollable noise activity in a specific place.

Arougate is composed of audio, video, data sensor extensions which enable him to hunt in any situation; the bestial mechanism operates fast interactions on the hunted information which is then divided into two layers: the digestive mechanism of the beast’s digital belly and his swift reaction to hunting in a dangerous steppe. The outcome of these interactions is redistributed in space with the help of video & audio signals, spatialized by different devices (speakers, TV radios, wall projection…etc).

When people invade the digital den, they enter simultaneously the beast’s belly and mind, or rather, a strong chaotic mixture of wires (electrical, networked, metal…etc), speakers, machines (nuxbox), radios and others unexpected objects, where vibrations (light and air) come to crash!



Pall Thayer’s Microcodes are short code art pieces written in Perl and presented on a website for viewers to read, download, and execute. Each code piece encapsulates tasks performed by artworks such as portraiture or memento mori. They follow on from Thayer’s earlier “”, which allegorized life, death and being using running Perl code.

This is a Romantic use of code, a projection of human experience onto mere material existence. Processes become lives or individuals, network sockets become voices or eyes. And in a Nietschean twist some of the code can be genuinely destructive for data. But it works the other way round as well, demonstrating that meaning can be found in or recovered from mere processes.

The program listings are presented on a modern, neutrally styled, website for download and execution. The code is licensed under the GNU GPL version 3 (or later), so everyone is free to use, study, modify and redistribute it. The use of the GPL should be a given for code art, but far too many artists are happy to take the freedom that they are given by other hackers and not pass it on. Thayer deserves credit for doing the right thing.

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Kaos -aka- Rosencrantz & Guildenstern in Hell

Kaos -aka- Rosencrantz & Guildenstern in Hell from Federico Bonelli on Vimeo.

No budget short film, shot in less than a week -from casting to viewing- in Bergen Norway during piksel 2007 festival by August Black and Federico Bonelli.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern seems to have a trip downward to Hell and they have to deal with various tests: a strange mixture of visual riddles, masked quotes from Discordian texts and viking sagas, bureaucratic definition of chaos… and nothing you see is there without a reason!

Is a proof of concept because is conceived to be shot, edited and post-produced only with free software and recycled hardware. The camera, an old Sony mini DV was bought for 50 euros from someone that thought was broken…

The local cast of actors is amazing and the atmosphere dark and tense with surreal tones. Dialogues are in norwegian and you can find subtitles in english, spanish and italian free to download from

The film is released under creative commons licence

Documentation of Dreaming Machine

Ben Bogart has made a nice video documentation of his installation Dreaming Machine shown at Lydgalleriet during Piksel08. The video includes some spectacular views of the gallery and surrounding areas and subtitles explaining the details of the installation.

Telemegaphone Dale

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Telemegaphone Dale is a a seven-metres tall loudspeaker sculpture on top of the Bergskletten mountain overlooking the idyllic Dalsfjord in Western Norway created by MagnusTorstensson and Erik Sandelin of Unsworn Industries. Dial the Telemegaphone’s phone number and your voice will be projected out across the fjord, the valley and the village of Dale.

The Digital Artists Handbook

The Digital Artists Handbook is an up to date, reliable and accessible source of information that introduces you to different tools, resources and ways of working related to digital art.

The goal of the Handbook is to be a signpost, a source of practical information and content that bridges the gap between new users and the platforms and resources that are available, but not always very accessible. The Handbook will be slowly filled with articles written by invited artists and specialists, talking about their tools and ways of working. Some articles are introductions to tools, others are descriptions of methodologies, concepts and technologies.

When discussing software, the focus of this Handbook is on Free/Libre Open Source Software. The Handbook aims to give artists information about the available tools but also about the practicalities related to Free Software and Open Content, such as collaborative development and licenses. All this to facilitate exchange between artists, to take away some of the fears when it comes to open content licenses, sharing code, and to give a perspective on various ways of working and collaborating.

From August 2007 until January 2008, the editors of the Handbook were Marloes de Valk and Aymeric Mansoux of GOTO10.

Modding consumer electronics devices into DJ tools with Gijs Gieskes

In the illustrious world of case-mods and console hacking, artists and makers are re-inventing the design and function of these ubiquitous consumer electronics devices by creating hybrid systems and creative artifacts that challenge the corporate status quo. Taking this credo to an extreme with his inventive hardware projects is Dutch artist and maker, Gijs Gieskes. From casting a Nintendo Gameboy in concrete in order to build a garden path with “GameBoy Bricks” to creating an analog version of the hated spinning cursor in the Mac OSX operating system with “Spinning Beach Ball of Death”, Gieskes’ work and live performances are an inventive look at how closely entrenched we’ve become in the world of glitchy hardware and scrambled noise producing machines. MAKE recently caught up with Gieskes to discuss his practice, philosophy, and exactly how important the current crop of hackable consumer electronics might be to future generations.

Read the full interview in the MAKE blog.

Open source copyright doc wants you to remix footage

Jonathan sez, “Open Source Cinema is trying to put together a collaborative documentary about copyright in the digital age.

They’ve travelled the world and have loads of raw footage available under creative commons which anybody can download, remix, and upload again! The script is also completely editable by users.

The finished documentary is to be screened on the documentary channel and in many theaters.

They need help, however: people, get editing!”


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