APPROXIMATELY 800cm3 OF PLA — Exhibition Catalog

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The exhibition catalog for APPROXIMATELY 800cm3 of PLA, curated by Gabriel Menotti at last year’s Center for 21st Century Studies conference on The Ends of Cinema (May 3-5, 2018 at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) is now online.

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Among the pieces featured was DataGnomeKD1.stl, a generative/deformative 3D-printed garden gnome that Karin Denson and I made a couple of years ago in the context of a larger project at the Duke S-1: Speculative Sensation Lab. (You can check out our publication here.)

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Thanks to Gabriel Menotti for putting together this playful show!

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The Gnomes Are Back: Business cARd 2.0

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Ever since our old AR platform was bought out and shut down by Apple, the “data gnomes” that Karin and I developed in conjunction with the Duke S-1: Speculative Sensation Lab’s “Manifest Data” project have been bumbling about in digital limbo, banished to 404 hell. So today I finally made the first steps in migrating our beloved creatures over to a new AR platform (Wikitude), where they’re starting to feel at home. While I was at it, I went ahead and reprogrammed my business card:

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The QR code on the front now redirects the browser to shanedenson.com, while the AR content on the back side is made visible with the Wikitude app (free on iOS or Android) — just search for “Shane Denson” and point your phone/tablet’s camera at the image below:

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(In case you’re wondering what this is: it’s a “data portrait” generated from my Internet browsing behavior. You can make your own with the code included in the S-1 Lab’s Manifest Data kit.)

Opening of Hyperrhiz: Kits, Plans, and Schematics. An Exhibition of Electronic Art

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The first two pictures from the opening of the Hyperrhiz exhibit at the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers University-Camden. Opening Reception October 15, 4-6pm.

Six Data gnomes, data portraits, and other physical and augmented elements of Manifest Data, a project of the Duke S-1 Speculative Sensation Lab (with Amanda Starling Gould, Karin & Shane Denson, Luke Caldwell, Libi Striegl, and David Rambo), will be on display alongside other contributions to a special issue of Hyperrhiz on “Kits, Plans, and Schematics.”

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Hyperrhiz: Kits, Plans, and Schematics. An Exhibition of Electronic Art

Check out the cool video Robert Emmons put together for the upcoming exhibition at Rutgers Camden’s Digital Studies Center, which will launch the new issue of Hyperrhiz. Both the journal and the exhibit — and now also the video — feature work done by members of the Duke S-1: Speculative Sensation Lab, in collaboration with Karin Denson. Very happy to see the data gnomes enjoying some sunshine up in New Jersey!

Hyperrhiz: Kits, Plans, and Schematics (Art Exhibit at Rutgers Camden)

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I’m very proud to be a part of this art exhibition at the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers University Camden, which opens October 14 and serves also to launch the issue 13 of Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. Data gnomes, data portraits, and other physical and augmented elements of Manifest Data, a project of the Duke S-1 Speculative Sensation Lab in collaboration with Karin Denson, will be on display alongside other contributions to this special issue on “Kits, Plans, and Schematics.”

Making Mining Networking: Video Documentation

Above, some video documentation of the pieces included in Making Mining Networking, the exhibition that Karin and I have going on until September at Duke University. As I posted recently, the augmented reality platform we used to make the interactive components (Metaio) has been sold to Apple and will be going offline at the end of the year. All the more reason to document everything now — but until December 15 you can still try out the pieces yourself, either in person at the exhibition or on your own computer screen with a smart device (see the images here)!

The (generative, network-driven) music is from the project “Listen to Wikipedia,” by Hatnote — which seemed a perfect match for the theme of Making Mining Networking!

“Karl Marx Gnome leading the liberation of the world’s Data Gnomes”

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Karl Marx Gnome leading the liberation of the world’s Data Gnomes

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The six “Data Gnomes” are simultaneously products and agents of data mining. Their faces were hand-sculpted in accordance with a data-capture process, utilizing Luke Caldwell’s “benevolent spyware” for the purpose of generating “Data Portraits” on the basis of personal Internet usage. The hand-sculpted Karl Marx Gnome leads the resistance of the miners, demonstrating that “all that’s solid does NOT melt into zeroes and ones.” For more info about the process and motivation for making these gnomes, be sure to scan the “Tutorial Level” painting (a QR code painting with the word “START” in green letters), which you’ll find hanging near the entrance of the exhibition space or in a previous post on this blog.

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