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Commissions

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Xanadu The Xanadu Hijack
by Curt Cloninger
with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts

Curt and Jordan Cloninger have created a logo that will hijack the proper noun "Xanadu" in Google Images; so that a Google Images search for "Xanadu" returns a tiled collage of Xanadu Hijack logos. At the Xanadu Hijack website, various versions of the Xanadu logo are available for participants to download, manipulate, watermark, tag, and upload. Or, they can simply use the social media buttons to tag and repost the logos. Curt has also provided several pre-watermarked, Xanadu-related images – Olivia Newton John, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Ted Nelson, the New Jersey Mall – which can be reposted and tagged as well. If you want to hijack Cloninger's hijack by associating the logo with cats or unicorns that would be wonderful. Participants who demonstrate a lot of network influence or just have clever ideas will be paid, until the money runs out.
Turbulence.org Commission: besides by Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam besides, 3 networked performances
by Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam
with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts

Annie and Martina will investigate the performative potential of real time computer-mediated communication. By listening to each other's gestures (in a visual and acoustic sense) they will choreograph each other's actions, despite Annie being in Montpellier, France and Martina being in Berlin, Germany. Will they be able to create an intimate space within two webcam windows framed side-by-side on their screens? What will emerge when two vulnerable bodies, their silences, fragmented communication, a few mundane objects, and a lot of uncertainty collide?
A Travel Guide by Allison Parrish A Travel Guide
by Allison Parrish
with funds from the Jerome Foundation, now celebrating 50 years
of the creative spirit of emerging artists


A Travel Guide is a web-based, location-based, mobile-centric application for randomly creating short, poetic texts in the style of the travel guide. A Travel Guide has as its goal to give its visitors an alternate reading of place, through the serendipitous juxtaposition of their current location with evocative procedural text. [Enable/Allow Geolocation in your browser]
Turbulence.org Commission: Kill Box by Joseph DeLappe, et al Kill Box
by Joseph DeLappe, Malath Abbas, Tom deMajo and Albert Elwin
with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts

Kill Box is an online interactive game that critically explores the nature of drone (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or UAV) warfare, its complexities and consequences. It is an experience that explores the use of technology to transform and extend political and military power, and the abstraction of killing through virtualization. Kill Box is the Military term used to describe an area on a grid map that a mission planner designates a target to be destroyed. Kill Box involves audiences in a fictionalized virtual environment based on documented drone strikes in Northern Pakistan (executed via satellite from as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada). [Download the application to your desktop, and make sure your speakers are on]
text_ocean by Zannah Marsh text_ocean
by Zannah Marsh
with funds from the Mational Endowment for the Arts

text_ocean is an experiment in random access reading and text visualization, using Herman Melville's notoriously impenetrable whalefishery epic Moby Dick as source material. Selections of the text are blown apart and become a dynamic sea of words, animated according to grammatical function. The user "reads" the text by 'hooking' and releasing words and, in the process, disconnects them from their original lines. Thus Moby Dick is slowly, randomly rewritten by the user, word by word, as she reads. [Opitmized for Google Chrome]
"Making Love: Poetry In Motion" by Omer & Tal Golan Making Love: Poetry In Motion
by OMTA (Omer & Tal Golan)
with funds from the Jerome Foundation, now celebrating 50 years
of the creative spirit of emerging artists


We cannot predict whom we will fall in love with, where s/he will be from, or in what language we will hear words that stir our emotions and excite us to our core. Poetry In Motion appropriates real time tweets about love from http://twitter.com and – by using semantic analysis algorithms – generates an endless, variable poem based on random choices made by each reader's computer. Thus, Poetry In Motion relies on global telecommunications networks and social groups to crowdsource poetry and reveals all the love in the world at any given moment. [Sound on. Optimized for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari]
"Making Love: Poetry In Motion" by Omer & Tal Golan Flight Lines
Ellie Irons & Dan Phiffer
supported by Jerome Foundation

Flight Lines is a computer vision project that monitors the sky not just for customary birds and planes, but rapidly multiplying drones and increasingly frequent extreme weather events. Emerging from an interest in the ecology of the Anthropocene, Flight Lines is an effort to document the skies as they are today, with the knowledge that they are rapidly evolving and have variable characteristics in different locations at different times.
"Making Love: Poetry In Motion" by Omer & Tal Golan Krewe-Funk
by Serena LaShawn Reed
supported by National Endowment for the Arts

Krewe-Funk is an ongoing study of African/Native American folk music and vernacular rhythms, specifically continuums in music that have arisen from and been defined by oppression. Krewe-Funk is a viral ethnography/topography that includes a media wiki archive of narratives, found footage, and personal recordings of long meter hymns from Reed’s great grandparent’s church in Lowndes County, Alabama; and an Interactive Toasting Station for remixing beats, rhythms, and ambient sounds.
"Making Love: Poetry In Motion" by Omer & Tal Golan How to Look at Artist Networks
by Angie Waller & Jonathan Butterick
supported by Jerome Foundation

“How to Look at Artist Networks” allows you to search 60,280 names in the Google Knowledge Graph to see if they are more closely connected to Marcel Duchamp or Pablo Picasso. Fame has muddied their differences, but not too long ago Duchamp and Picasso signified two distinct strains of artistic practice. Pointing to the two of them as the progenitors of all modern/post-modern art can introduce amusing, and hopefully enlightening, associations: for instance, you might find yourself contemplating the similarities between Sarah Palin’s and Duchamp’s practices.
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