@AliciaWnderland is a twitterbot that tweets out an alternate version of Alice In Wonderland (properly titled Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland) with glitches and confusions that obfuscate the original text. By re-translating the story from Esperanto -a language intended for universal understanding- back into English, the new stilted and parallel narrative bridges cultures via violating and mocking modern concepts of language, eras, the divide between human and robot, and such arcane distinctions as print and the web.
The Splash Organ is an interactive installation created for F.L.O.W. Fest at the Fairmount Water Works, where I also served as curator. It lets participants’ bodies become an integrated part of a musical instrument. When our body comes into contact with water, we complete the electronic circuit and trigger musical sounds of the Schuylkill River dam as well as the sounds of gongs and bells in water.
The Textual Selfie Station is a program created while attending the School For Poetic Computation. By asking the user for their name, mood or other state, the program initiates a google search for information on the internet and then creates a live video feed of the viewer from text discovered in the google search. The video feed can be frozen and individual shots can be taken that can be read as a generative poem ostensibly about the subject (at least what can be found in an internet search) that also serves as an actual selfie portrait as well.
10PRINT Ports And Variations. Inspired by the famous 10PRINT code in Commodore 64 BASIC, and after reading 10Print, I ported the program to Logo, Scratch, Twine and Puzzlescript. Beautiful mazes, programming challenges, and the beauty of translating code.
Punk Arcade at Vector Festival. Punk Arcade is a traveling DIY games exhibit presenting works that are independent, minimal, offbeat, by one person or a small team, outside of the AAA world of mainstream videogames. These works are the product of increased access to game-making software tools and are shifting the pre-existing paradigm for the creation and distribution of games by creating radical work that can be distributed online for free. This incarnation of Punk Arcade featured 10 games, presented at OCAD as part of Vector Festival Game and Art Convergence 2014.
Net Art No Images. A variety of current websites from net artists, galleries and friends browsed using the latest in 1992 technology, an imageless web browser. I actually used this browser that year, as a kid, signing onto the internet from a dialup modem on my parents’ computer, browsing sites and playing MUDs.
Ashgreyseafoam dot com. An homage to an old favorite website, purple dot com. Ashgreyseafoam is a new internet breath of fresh air with a 2014 color choice and an authentic recreation of the 1996 site’s code.
Sampling. Creative commons book on the history and technology of sampling, remixing, appropriation, and more. Text from wikipedians of the world. Edited by me. The third in my series of creative commons books edited from articles on the web on culture, technology and society.
HOT TEA. Mobile tea cart, pop-up performance and event space. Supported by Asian Arts Initiative’s Social Practice Lab and Artplace America.
Kyrgyztani Videogame. Live Game/Performance of Small Child In Woods - part of EverNever Night Market (performed/led with Tim Bieniosek). Twine/game written entirely by Brendan Patrick Hennesy.
Alternative Currency: From Scrip To Bitcoin. I created this book only a few months before the explosion of Mt. Gox on the worldstage. As editor, I pulled together articles on the history of alternative economy from gift economy to timebanking, scrip to bitcoin.
Fictions: Wikipedia Articles On Every Story in Jorge Luis Borges’ Ficciones. I edited this book of articles based on finding a wikipedia entry on every story from Jorge Luis Borges’ Ficciones book, including an article on the Library of Babel, a beautiful proto-description of the internet itself.
Black Market Tapes. Pop-up cassette market presenting selected field recordings: Laotian funeral ceremonies, New Orleans marching bands, audio from inside a sensory deprivation tank, recordings of waves breaking in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, Javanese gamelan recordings, etc. I selected 20 different artists to participate.
Punk Arcade UCLA. A workshop and exhibition (co-produced with Sarah Brin). A collaborative project in which we created an entire exhibition, including installation design, a publication and most of the artwork, over the course of three days.
Limits and Demonstrations: A Lula Chamberlain Retrospective. Curated and produced by me at Little Berlin. A live exhibition and virtual museum videogame experience held IRL.
SLOW FM. SLOW FM was a temporary FM radio and online webcasted microstation dedicated to SLOW music. It received a warning and was shut down by the FCC.
Hidden City Festival. The Hidden City Philadelphia Festival celebrates the power of place through the imagination of contemporary artists, inspiring people to explore the city’s history and imagine new futures for our urban landscape. Artists of diverse disciplines and media create site-specific work that illuminates abandoned, obscure or inaccessible sites throughout the city in 9 locations over a period of 6 weeks.
Punk Arcade at Little Berlin. Punk Arcade is a traveling DIY games exhibit presenting works that are independent, minimal, offbeat, by one person or a small team, outside of the AAA world of mainstream videogames. These works are the product of increased access to game-making software tools and are shifting the pre-existing paradigm for the creation and distribution of games by creating radical work that can be distributed online for free.
Black Spot Radio. A music fort installation presented inside Little Berlin gallery as part of HUNG. The fort was created out of black blankets and featured a cassette deck and stereo and a variety of homemade noise tapes that could be played as desired.
Flash Fl00d. Co-curated with other members of Little Berlin, Flash Fl00d was a semi-secretive mass public exhibition of rapidly-distributed hidden flash drives containing downloadable exhibitions. Curatorial members of Little Berlin invited other Philadelphia galleries, collectives, artists, hackers and members of the public to embed USB flash drives known as ‘dead drops’ in public locations such as walls, phone booths and staircases. The drives’ contents included photos, video, text.
Intrusive Noise Policy - Created for the inside of Little Berlin’s bathroom for the Database exhibition. A sculpture podium had audio/speaker grills created in the side and randomly played sounds including door opening and closing sounds, film studio audio logos, and subway sounds.
Mix-Mart. Exhibited in Recipro•city at the Painted Bride Arts Center. Created in collaboration with Kathryn Sclavi, this installation is a mixtape creation and copying station. It was brought on the road and presented outdoors at the 2012 FIGMENT Festival on Governor’s Island.
4’33” The Silent Killer Mixtape. A commentary and homage to John Cage’s 4’33”. This mixtape of covers of the seminal musical work featured tracks by David Tudor, Andrew WK, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Das Racist and Keyboard Cat.
Das Racist 4’33”. Conceived and shot by me and performed by Das Racist during the World Use Day 2011 conference held by Public Knowledge in Washington, D.C. This is, I believe, the first rap performance of John Cage’s 4’33”. As one of the commenters notices, somehow this performance was “sped up!”
Find a Way / Silent Groove For Blank Stamper. A very strange project I organized for Jewish Noise. 10 parallel grooves, each containing sound by a different artist, each 43 seconds (at 33.3rpm). This is made for physical remixes, with each of the sounds presented as source material for further reworking. lucky dragons, demon slayer, hair_loss, QUILTZ, Jason Bachman, chattr, weak stream, aaron roche, conscious summary, david lackner.
Grit City. Biketography. Riverside Cyclist Monthly. A series of objects exhibited for UCR Sweeney Art Gallery’s exhibition Re:Cycle Culture, including a film of a bike ride through a desert dust storm in chase of a pirate ship, a series of photos depicting modified pedal-powered vehicles, and a screenprinted newspaper dedicated to photos shot while riding.
Really Free Culture: Anarchist Communities, Radical Movements and Public Practices. The first in a series of books I’ve edited created from articles collecting from the cultural commons. Really Free Culture: Anarchist Communities, Radical Movements and Public Practices includes articles on free culture, alternative free communities, a history of radical movements, alternative schooling, and radical public practice past and present.
Vanagallery. Vanagallery was a Southern Californian mobile art space operating out of a 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon and now lives on as a website documenting its practices. Working projects included Painting and Pizza Delivery, guerilla concerts (“Running With The Night”), talks, a temporary skate park, really really free markets, and parking lot performances. Vanagallery was sold in November 2010 prior to a 10-month round-the-world trip.
Fade Sunshine (ongoing). Fade Sunshine is a performance project that combines contemporary electronic music, chopped and screwed music, and experimental music via live performance with homemade electronic equipment and DJ mixes.
Jewish Noise. Jewish Noise is a semi-retired record label and later a blog that released experimental music combining electronic music, noise and other experimental music. It released over a dozen cassette tapes, CDs and a vinyl album of parallel and silent grooves.