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  1. Randall Packer

    OSS Exhibition

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    Thursday, December 13th • 11 AM - 10 PM
    Reception: 6 - 8 PM

    CalArts graduate students of the Open Source Studio present an exhibition of installation and performance works that instigate new ways of thinking about and challenging our 24/7, socially-mediated immersion in communications and mobile interactions.

    Artists: Kay Adams, Daniel Charon, Dylan Fergus, Conor Fields, Bram Glik, Colin Honigman, Andrew Jordan, Jessica Li, Abraham Osuna, Diego Robles, Peiyi Wong

 

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Project Hyperessays

  1. Jessica Li

    Our Favorites: Items of Interest

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    Think of the infinity of possibilities in Jorge Luis Borge's The Library of Babel, or the expanse of overwhelming sign-making in "A Sign in Space," part of Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino. In the act of ever outstretching the arm of the internet to connect to others we share, like, vote, star, +1, reblog, repin, retweet, repost, pin, link, embed, submit, post. With respect to Guy Debord's Society of the Spectacle, it seems like he was quite on target when he said that growing use of technology would transform relationships between people by “mediated ... images." Furthermore, these relationships “express…the total practice of one particular economic and social formation." These simple acts, byproducts of relationships, distinguish content from the masses of content and favorites arise. Sometimes the internet feels like a global popularity contest with all the viral-wannabes, -achievers, and -come-backs.

  2. Bram Glik

    CollaborationSoundLocation (CSL)

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     In this project, I am playing the role of the artist as an improviser of the land, so to speak. I am simply taking the sounds of pre-existing landscapes/locations, and improvising, or adapting to to them through performances on musical instruments.  The instrument of choice will very, but will most certainly be a woodwind instrument, such as the saxophone, flute or clarinet. Each performance, or series of performances will be accessible by a unique map, created specifically for CSL, with google maps.

  3. Diego Robles

    The Resuscitation Machine

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    This piece is an installation that bridges together, or rather embeds, the art form of Cinema with the emergent art form of New Media. The concept is to bend the essence of cinema – that is, it’s specificity traditionally as an art form that is about the exhibition of a film after it’s been shot and edited. This concept of bending is intended to explore just how elastic the essence of cinema can be, and whether there is a breaking point – or threshold – before it transforms or mutates into new media (or not). Said in other words, this project attempts to use the aesthetics of new media technology, like embedding, linking, simultaneity, non-linear systems of information and organization, and streaming, in a material and non-material form. Let me elaborate.

  4. Peiyi Wong

    Tel-e-Tea

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    Tel-e-Tea is an interactive installation piece designed to extend the casual yet intimate setting of a table in a small coffee shop or café into a coffee shop or café located at an entirely distant geographic location. For this piece, I will use a combination of telematics and installation design to create an interactive environment that attempts to provide an opportunity for the same quality of social engagement one might experience if he/she was sitting at a café or coffee shop with artistic collaborators, friends, or a new acquaintance.

  5. Abraham Gerardo Osuna

    Cross-Town Reflections

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    Cross-Town Reflections is a video web installation that unifies near, yet distant, communities in the greater Los Angeles area. Two wooden framed electronic mirrors hang in their respective demographically distinct coffee houses. Each reflects the patrons and environment before it. When a patron in each location is near the electronic mirror, the divices stop reflecting their environments and instead link the geographically separate patrons to each other via video link. Suddenly, two strangers, distinct in age, culture, ethnicity, and/or class face each other. What they choose to do will depend on each pair dynamic.

  6. Dylan Fergus

    Augmenting CalArts: Personal Narrative Communal Space – mobile cinema

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    By harnessing the memory and power of a physical location the goal is to create a simple tool for current students at CalArts to engage the artwork and happenings created by the students of the past. Using a web based application to reach into the memory of the institution and the interface of a mobile smartphone device with augmented reality technology, this tool is meant to encourage current students to engage in passive research* with their surroundings. If the goal of the institution is to have a community of the arts, then the community must not be segregated by the borders of time. The influence of the work of contemporaries, a factor in the development of an artist, should not be limited. Full post here.

  7. Conor Fields

    The De-Hybridized Life

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    We live in a hybrid world in which our lives are being played out in two totally different worlds in parallel.  There is the physical world, in which we form social relationships in a face to face way.  There is also the technological, online, constantly connected world.  In our everyday lives we are being pulled in both directions, resulting in a disjointed hybrid existence.  In an attempt to examine and critique these forms of expression I will separate these two worlds, letting them play out in parallel.  I will spend days in which I only engage in non technological forms of communication while other days I will interact with others only through technologically mediated forms.

  8. Daniel Charon

    Second Life First – Bridging the Telematic Divide

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    This installation performance will take place in Second Life, an online 3D world. It will include a performance for both the community within Second Life and the actual people observing the projected action from CalArts C108 Gallery. This performance has two main participants. My long-time partner, Natalie, will perform as her avatar, dorishumphry, and I as my avatar named chiligoldman. The actual content of the performance is unknown at this time because the bulk of this piece will be the documentation of the process within this environment. Re-getting to know each other and making new discoveries. It's a way to engage differently in a long term/long distance relationship that currently relies on email, phone, text, and skype.

  9. Colin Honigman

    Hear In LA

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    As we travel through LA all in our separate cars we tend to take our private space with us. We readily and actively ignore the environment and landscape we travel through, whether by choice (zoning out listening to music/audiobook/radio) or by design (freeway walls which act as a physical and aural barrier to rest of the world). My project, which I will tentatively call "Hear In LA," is an effort to reconnect the mass of moving people that make up the ebb and flow of the LA freeways with the areas they travel through, often on a daily basis. The piece will take the form of a smartphone app which will use GPS data to track the user's movement through LA and playback audio that has been collected from specific sites which are freeway adjacent, visible from the freeway, or invisible (as in obstructed by landscape itself or things that don't exist anymore, i.e. historical references to the location you are in). As the user travels, their experience changes based on their direction/speed and the audio is activated by their location.

  10. Andrew Jordan

    Sonic Ornithology

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    This project is meant to center around the use of the internet in the hybridization of Local and Remote spaces, using software and wireless internet capabilities to to tie them together. The ultimate experience will be one where a viewer will see the world from multiple locations at once, experiencing four disparate timelines at once. Crossing the boundaries between live performance, field recording, remix, and netart, Sonic Ornithology is a project intended to create live a catalog of sounds and video clips from the surrounding areas to be remixed and recomposed on-the-fly. Ideally suited for four performers with cell phones, a computer user/performer, and an interactive audience, this piece will create an experiential remix of four discrete timelines, all captured live and broadcast to the hub user, who will recompose these four broadcast experiences into a collage of proportions larger than the perceptions of a single viewer. The emergent aggregate timelines created by the piece will differ vastly from viewer to viewer, as his or her focus bounces around the amalgamate hybrid experience-mass. 

  11. Randall Packer

    Project Hyperessay Guidelines

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    I have outlined guidelines for the project hyperessay, which is due on Friday, November 2nd, 10:00am PDT. The hyperessay is intended to function as a project proposal in order to detail the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical plans for the realization of the final OSS project. Please follow this post for specifics.

Projects + Research

  1. Conor Fields

    Notes on The De-Hybridized Life part III

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    It's day 3 of The De-Hybridized Life and it's really coming down to the wire!  The semester is over in two days, the Open Source Studio exhibition opens tomorrow, and today is the last full day of The De-Hybridized Life. Today, in addition to the standard e-mailing, Facebook meanderings, and...
  2. Conor Fields

    The De-Hybridized Life, take 2

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    Today was day 2 of “The De-Hybridized Life.”  This week, I started off with the Face2Face Phase and finished with the Digital Daze.  At the end of my reflections on today's Face2Face Phase I said that the experience was “making me feel like I really prefer human contact over digital...
  3. Andrew Jordan

    Media Ornithology Concepts

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    Hi Gang, here's a little taste of the guts behind my work for our exhibition. how can i get my ex back Please forgive the lack of cropping. Here's a little test of the audio the patch is making as well. It's a fairly rough example that isn't using Skype...
  4. Daniel Charon

    Second Life First – Invitation Draft

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    Here is an draft of an invitation to Second Life First. I am very open to feedback. I would use this language with an image in a Facebook event, email blast, etc. how to get your girlfriend back Second Life First a virtual performance happening when: December 13th, 2012, 7:30...
  5. Daniel Charon

    Instructions to Second Life First

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    Please join us in Second Life for this virtual Performance Event. how to win back your ex Second Life First Second Life First takes place in Second Life, an online, 3D virtual world. The performance has two main participants and long-time partners; Natalie, who performs as the avatar, ‘dorishumphry,’ and...
  6. Conor Fields

    notes on a dehybridized day

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    Today was the first official day of my performance The De-Hybridized Life.  These are notes are my impressions of the day. For the first half of my day I engaged in 'Digital Daze'.  No face to face communication… it seemed so daunting!  I expected the process, of abstaining from direct...
  7. Daniel Charon

    What is the Performance?

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    I'm having some trouble imagining what the actual performance will be in Second Life.

    It seems as though focusing on things that can only be done in Second Life might be a good place to start.

    • one can fly
    • one can walk underwater for ever
    • one can magically morph outfits
    • one can magically morph form
  8. Daniel Charon

    Second Life Yucks

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    We constantly have sound problems in Second Life. Somebody can't hear somebody and it gets frustrating really fast. The idea of seamlessly asking people to join us for our performance, whatever that is, seems a bit daunting. I can just see the scenario where it takes the whole time to...
  9. Jessica Li

    the jinjerli show

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    I had a great studio visit with Joshua Lutz yesterday and he had the unique pleasure to be the first person to view it. It was incredibly painful for me to watch him watch it…there was the initial puzzlement of absorbing the what was happening, the loosened posture that always...
  10. Jessica Li

    our favorites: threads

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    just go and do it >doesn't need to be either or, can be all the video ideas i have been throwing around (i.e. the genre list that follows) >consider adding “unaware of self/tenacity” to the list of characteristics of these IOIs >how can you teach someone to be unaware of...
  11. Daniel Charon

    Vacation: Beach Island

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    Is there love in the telematic embrace? That is the ongoing question and I think there might actually be. There are a myriad of variables: DId you meet there? Did you already know each other? Are you looking for love? This fantasy world makes you think and imagine and realize...

OSS References

  1. Randall Packer

    Pedogagy as collective agency

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    As we move into the final stretch of the Open Source Studio (OSS) this semester at CalArts, it's time to pause (take a deep breath) and reflect on this experiment in collective pedagogy. The goal of the OSS project is a daunting one: to shift the emphasis away from the...
  2. Randall Packer

    World of Free and Open Source Art

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    Today, Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow will present the collectively-inspired Furtherfield from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. They will be joined by collaborating artists Annie Abrahams, Andy Deck, Helen Varley Jamieson, and Nathaniel Stern. Furtherfield is a great inspiration for our Open Source Studio project so I wanted to share with you their visionary project: World of Free and Open Source Art. Here is a brief text from the project description:

  3. Randall Packer

    The Open Source Museum

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    In 2010, Michael Asher's "No Title" called for the Whitney to stay open 24 hours a day for one week. They gave him three days. What is the significance of this work? How does it challenge the authority of the museum? How does it call into question the relationship between public and private? How does it challenge the ritual of museum practice and its relationship to its audience?

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