A video of Shack of Senses is included in the exhibition Wish You Could Have Seen This by Ma Li. The video is being shown at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery across from San Francisco City Hall as documentation of artworks by San Francisco artists that have left the city. At night a screen shows videos and pictures of artworks from the “diaspora” and during the daytime messages in morse code are directed at City Hall. I left San Francisco for Berlin three years ago – bittersweet but a process of growth! The exhibition shows nightly until September 2.
You can see more of the artworks at Wish You Could Have Seen This, and a writeup at Curbed San Francisco.
Here is the Shack of Senses video, for those, like me, who aren’t in SF!
Featured photo from the San Francisco Arts Commission / Ma Li
From August 15 to 23 Light Catchers is installed in the old city of Ramallah in the West Bank. Photographs by Ameen Saeb
(We Are) Light Catchers by Michael Ang
(We Are) Light Catchers
shows light recorded by participants using wearable sensors. Bring your light to the public space by borrowing a sensor and adding your colours to the collaborative light sculpture. Your light will travel to other cities around the world with the nomadic Light Catchers sculpture, mixing with light already collected from Germany and China.
Wein A Ramallah Season 2016
Ramallah Summer Festival
August 15 to 23, 2016
Ramallah Summer Festival is an annual event that revives an old tradition and celebrates the city’s history and contemporary role in nurturing cultural activities and the arts. The festival highlights a long tradition of artistic expression through various city venues and public spaces, and also acts as a platform to reinforce the partnerships between the numerous active institutions.
Ramallah Summer Festival 2016 will take place in the midst of “Wein A Ramallah” Season, a new concept initiated by Ramallah Municipality, which lasts from early April to October.
The theme “From Us and From Within” echoes metaphorically the festival philosophy of highlighting Palestinian artistic talent, whether local or from the diaspora. In addition, the festival hosts other Arabic and international artists to strengthen the fruitful cooperation between the cities that have been twinned with Ramallah Municipality as well as with friends from near and far.
Copyright (c) Ameen Saeb
Copyright (c) Ameen Saeb
Light Catchers is featured in the new book “What Urban Media Art Can Do” published by avedition and launched at ISEA 2016. The book includes theoretical articles as well as documentation of projects by artists like Jeremy Bailey, Jim Campbell, The Constitute, Ars Electronica Futurelab, Florian Licht, and more.
Preview and order now at avedition, Amazon.de, Amazon.com
What Urban Media Art Can Do
Why When Where and How?
Urban media art is one of the most significant trends currently unfolding in contemporary art. It enables artists to develop new participative and interactive forms of art. The wealth of examples in this volume show how these scenarios are reflected in an urban context, including themes such as urban activism, telepresence, placemaking, sensing and ecology.
The book is based on the cultural project “Connecting Cities” sponsored by the EU, which studies the effects of urban media art on urban culture and its environment, architecture and participative urban development. The aim is an expanding worldwide network of media façades, urban screens and projection surfaces within the urban space.
Video by Public Art Lab featuring Light Catchers starting at 1:28. The video shows some of the opening ceremony of the Translokal Market where representatives from China brought a 24 hour recording of the light in China to be replayed in the sculpture.
I’m starting a new artist/maker community at SPEKTRUM in Berlin called MadeByUs.
MadeByUs is a new making community focused on artistic, DIY, and experimental uses of digital fabrication techniques like 3D printing and laser cutting. Join us as we build our community and discuss the future of the making lab at SPEKTRUM.
What are the possibilities for community-based local manufacturing and how can we support this at SPEKTRUM? Help us build our lab and get us all to the future.
Chrysalis (Memories of the world from before you had eyes) has been selected for ongoing exhibition at SPEKTRUM. The installation is open during normal hours (most evenings each week, check their upcoming events) and is also visible through the window from the street. The Chrysalis organisms continue to develop. They’re already more internally developed than during their previous exhibition. Their intelligence is almost here…
Chrysalis (Memories of the world from before you had eyes) was featured in the Sensient Geometries exhibition at SPEKTRUM in Berlin. Two Chrysalids were shown inside the gallery and the third was installed on the street as an urban intervention.
Exhibition curated by Alfredo Ciannameo
The state of relation is the core aspect of this third exhibition at Spektrum. By being set on sensing the environment, digital technologies open the possibility to explore events related to motion, perception and space interaction. The stream of data-entry is the available material for artists to interpret in the form of graphical, luminous, architectural, kinetic and/or visual representation. What is the effect of collecting data by machines? How this can be used to reshape and magnify our experience of reality? These open questions are applied to multiple domains, revealing common coordinates for a fundamental geometry in the fields of interaction design and data visualization.
Chrysalis by Michael Ang
Artist talk by Patrick Bedarf (under LOADS)
The Saccades Portraits live portraits by eye tracking by Wolfgang Bittner
Chrysalis outside SPEKTRUM
School of Machines and Chrysalis
(We Are) Light Catchers was presented at the City Visions Light and Science Festival in Jena, Germany.
The Mayor of Jena performed an opening ceremony at the sculpture and a representative from China brought a light recording made with a Light Catcher in Jena’s sister city of Panyu. The Panyu light day was brought to the people of Jena through the Light Catchers sculpture. The recording was made with the cooperation of the Deutsch-Chinesische Gesellschaft (China-Germany Society) as a way of connecting the people and businesses of both countries. The Light Catcher wearable uses the True Color sensor designed by MAZeT, which is based in Jena (“the center of German optical technology”). The German sensor made a round trip to China and brought back some light!
Copyright (c) Mathias Moxter
Copyright (c) Mathias Moxter
Copyright (c) Mathias Moxter
For more pictures see Light Catchers in Jena on Flickr.
Many thanks to MAZeT for their support in the donation of their fantastic True Color sensors and technical assistance.
Light Catchers was initiated with Public Art Lab at transmediale and is supported by the RWE Foundation.
(We Are) Light Catchers was presented at the Innovative Citizen Festival / Dortmund Leuchtet 2015 in Dortmund. We demonstrated constructing the large “Light House” sculpture (designed using my Polygon Construction Kit) and had participants go out and catch colours using the Light Catcher wearable. The participants chosen colours were added to the light sculpture.
For more pictures, have a look at Light Catchers in Dortmund on Flickr.
Light Catchers was initiated with Public Art Lab at transmediale and is supported by RWE Foundation.
The Thüringische Landeszeitung (German newspaper) has an article about the upcoming City Visions Festival in Jena. Light Catchers gets two paragraphs, talking about my collaboration with the local company MAZeT bringing its True Color sensors to the public in a wearable device, and how people in both China and Germany will be collecting light to bring to the sculpture in Jena.
You can read the original article, if you know some German, that is! Or you might prefer the English translated version. Here’s your German word for the day: “Lichtsammler” in the title of the article means “light collectors”.