Leonardo, Volume 37, Issue 2

April 2004

Contents

Editorial

Special Section: @rt Outsiders Festival: The New Alchemists of Creation

Artist's Note

  • 15 seconds of fame
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    15 seconds of fame is an interactive installation that every 15 seconds generates a new pop-art portrait of a randomly selected viewer. The installation was inspired by Andy Warhol's ironical statement that “in the future everybody will be famous for 15 minutes.” The installation detects human faces and crops them from the wide-angle view of people standing before the installation. Pop-art portraits are then generated by applying randomly selected filters to a randomly chosen face from the audience. These portraits are then shown in 15-second intervals on the flat-panel computer monitor, which is framed as a painting.

General Articles

  • Planetary Technoetics: Art, Technology and Consciousness
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    As the planet becomes telematically unified, the self becomes dispersed. The convergence of dry silicon pixels and biologically wet particles is creating a moistmedia substrate for art where digital systems, telematics, genetic engineering and nanotechnology meet. A technoetic aesthetic not only will embrace new media, technology, consciousness research and non-classical science but also will gain new insights from older cultural traditions previously banished from materialist discourse. In the present post- 9/11 crisis, collaborative transdisciplinary research is needed if a truly planetary culture is to emerge that is techno-ethical as well as technoetic.

  • Intellectual Property: A Chronological Compendium of Intersections between Contemporary Art and Utility Patents
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    The author presents a group of projects in which the roles of inventor, artist, amateur and institution variously overlap, merge and blur, offering new perspectives on the relationship between contemporary art and utility patents. Addressing issues of originality, aesthetics, labor, ownership and value, these projects demonstrate a continuous link between art and patents and encourage thoughtful speculation about shared concerns, guiding ideologies and forms.

Artist's Article

  • Color Intervals: Applying Concepts of Musical Consonance and Dissonance to Color
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    Throughout the centuries there have been numerous attempts to correlate elements within the fields of music and visual art. The author compares the 12- tone musical scale to the 12- hued subtractive pigment color wheel commonly used by artists and applies the principles of consonance and dissonance in musical intervals to their counterparts in color “intervals.” The main function of this paper is to put forth a paradigm that can be used by artists as a point of departure for their own explorations into the use of color as well as to create a possible method of analyzing works of art to understand why certain color combinations may work well together.

Artists' Statements

Special Section: Artmedia

  • Introduction: From Aesthetics of Communication to Net Art: The Artmedia VIII Symposium
  • Artistic Practice as Construction and Cultivation of Knowledge Space
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    This article presents the netzspannung.org Internet platform, a media laboratory on the Internet that not only collects high-quality information on digital culture and media production but also interlinks this information, contextualizes it and makes it available on-line as a constantly expanding knowledge space that, like a library, can be explored by the public as an interactive installation and an educational space. In the broadest sense, the aim of this project is to visualize and semantically network information to create “knowledge spaces” that can be explored interactively and in real time and that are accessible to the user through play. Technologies, online tools and intuitive interfaces are being developed that support communication between the digital and physical spaces and investigate new forms of knowledge acquisition as “knowledge-based arts.”

  • The SMSMS Project: Collective Intelligence Machines in the Digital City
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    The SMSMS project is a computer-based interactive installation that derives from the author's previous work, Computer sigillati, in which 200 machines have been programmed to produce an endless flow of random images and left to work indefinitely without being connected to a monitor. In SMSMS, one of the Computer sigillati programs is employed to create images that are visible and can be modified by the public using cell phones. SMSMS could be considered as either an exercise in collective intelligence or, in contrast, as a disturbance to the unpredictable working of the machine. Some implications concerning art and new technologies are discussed.

Historical Perspective

  • Flávio de Carvalho: Media Artist Avant la Lettre
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    This paper examines the work of Brazilian artist Flávio de Carvalho (1899-1973) from the perspective of contemporary media art, highlighting his practical and theoretical legacy. Initially associated with the Anthropophagy art movement, Carvalho used mass media creatively and incorporated insights from psychology, sociology and anthropology into his art. He realized events that went beyond “performance art,” including a pioneering presentation on television in 1957. This article offers a brief overview of Carvalho's trajectory.

Leonardo Reviews