Post-Cinema: Fall 2015, Duke University

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Flyer for the seminar on Post-Cinema I’ll be teaching this Fall at Duke. The course expands on my “Digital Film, Chaos Cinema, Post-Cinematic Affect” seminar from 2013, but it adds a new focus on videographic criticism and other kinds of hands-on experimentation with digital media. I’m hoping to get a mix of people interested in film and media theory, digital humanities, and media art. Really looking forward to this!

The Gnomes of #Netcologies

The New Krass

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Karin + Shane Denson
20″ x 20″
Acrylic on canvas

This painting unlocks seven geolocated augmented reality (AR) gnomes that you can discover outside the building. Just follow the brief instructions that appear on your device after scanning the QR code. Enjoy your walk and share your screenshots on twitter with the hashtag #netcologies.

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Gnomecrafting

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Karin + Shane Denson
20″ x 20″
Acrylic on Canvas

With some delay I’m going to present the last pieces from our exhibition “Making Mining Networking” at The Edge, Duke University, NC. Please use the junaio App to scan the image.

This piece thinks about the so-called “immaterial labor” of computation and gameplay, taking the popular game Minecraft as a thematic locus for reflecting on the way that contemporary platforms mine ludic activity, process it algorithmically, and transform leisure-time consumption into a new form of production or work. Mirroring this process, we have taken metadata generated while our son played online sessions of Minecraft and turned it into a new data gnome. In the augmented video that appears when you scan the painting, you’ll also see the first gnome we planted back into the Minecraft world.

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The Gold Standard

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Karin + Shane Denson
30″ x 30″
Pennies on Canvas

The pennies arranged here form a functional QR code. The composition reflects on the dissolution of the gold standard and the transition to the fictitious capital of data-driven finance.

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It’s on display now through August at The Edge, Bostock Library, Duke University.

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“The Magical Marx-Markov Manifesto Maker”

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Karin + Shane Denson
24″ x 24″
Acrylic on Canvas

This QR painting directs the user’s browser to a website that mines the text of “The Communist Manifesto” by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels from 1884. The piece uses Markov chains to process the text, allowing the user to generate new, sometimes humorous or surprising statements.

With the “juniao” app on your phone or tablet, you can scan this QR and check it out.

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Marx QR

The New Krass

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Karin + Shane Denson
24″ x 24″
Acrylic on Canvas

Upon scanning this QR painting, a digital rendering of a hand-sculpted Karl Marx Gnome appears in augmented space. The physical gnome, which is made out of solid concrete and can be seen in the window display to the left, was scanned with photogrammetric techniques and brought back into the digital realm as a 3D object. This piece, like all of the works collected in “Making Mining Networking,” reflects on the contemporary boundary between physical, virtual, and augmented spaces and seeks to link this theme with questions about “immaterial labor” and the mining of our digital activity.

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“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

Karin + Shane Denson
Solid concrete

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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