Challenge!

Challenge download.

Tips : “Clock” (it’s not really a clock at all … just rings).

dist(), lerp(), lerpColor(), map(), void mousePressed(), mouseX, mouse

Tips: “Lines”

pushMatrix(), popMatrix(), rotate(), scale(), translate(), map()

Tip : “Rings”

dist(), if/then, for loop, etc.

Aesthetics of the mundane

The two artists I chose, although very different, draw on the aesthetics of the mundane as a humanizing gesture.   In this survielled, globalized, corperatized society – small things, even mass produced items, are signs that we are still human in the midst of these objectifying technologies.  Mass produced items are no longer a source of anonymity and consumerism, but in the context of contemporary society,  they are this things that distinguish us.  We cling to them, because there is a larger, technological, big brother architecture, with its own aesthetics, which we may now contrast (with some nostalgia), with aesthetics of a previous era.

Hasan Elahi is an artist who unexpectedly found himself on the terrorist watch list.  He responded by making work while her survielled himself, so that his activities and whereabouts were accessible to the authorities .  This work uses various media, but primarily photography, to document his own surveillance.  This documentation tends to revolve around mundane things, as to highlight the absurdity of constant surveillance.

http://elahi.umd.edu/

Nancy Davenport is an artist who uses photography and installation to explore and critique peoples relationship to intuitions.  He work relies heavily on institutional aesthetics and architecture, and how it interacts with the population it serves.

http://www.nancydavenport.com/index.html

My Picks on Progress

Based on my background being rooted in architectural design  I had to search the past for work that I have created dealing with this specific topic of progress.  An  interest of mine has always been surveillance and its implications to public space.  I was drawn to Hasan Elahi, TRACKING TRANSIENCE: A MONTH OF SUNDAYS and his self inflicted surveillance necessary in relieving the suspicion of the US government.

http://trackingtransience.net/ 

This work resonated with an earlier project I developed for rural communities in need of support to sustain their existence.  I developed a proposal that would monitor the entire populations telephone activity.  Listing stations where then setup along the main road of the town allowing visitors to listen in on the population.  The self inflicted surveillance did not clear the town’s name but it intended to unmask the hidden uncertainty.

SYSTEM-77 CCR CONSORTIUM, http://s-77ccr.org/index_en.php,  a civilian run surveillance system in response to state run surveillance interested me since private surveillance typically is never used to defend civilians against the state.  In a New York City Lights Competition I had proposed that an open surveillance system of cameras be deployed at all intersections.  The network would be accessible to the public similar to a police radio scanner.  The public would be allowed to review live video, report crime both perpetrated by civilians and police.