Archive of all projects published in the year 2015

10 Most Memorable Projects of 2015

As 2015 winds down we look back at almost 200 extraordinary projects we’ve covered this year on CAN. And as is the case every year, picking the ten ‘best’ is hard if not impossible, as each of them has driven the conversation around the state of art and design in their own unique way. And yet, the following ten works stuck with us and, if anything, make great starting points for reflection and inspiration as we head into the new year. Until we continue our coverage in early January: happy holidays and thank you all for a great 2015!

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The New Velocity – The faulty consistency of cartography

Created by Luiz Zanotello at the University of the Arts, Bremen, The New Velocity is a machine designed to plot the phantom Sandy Island using digital as a new analogy for its existence. The project investigates a charting error that persisted in cartographic maps even after the advent of digital media. It speculates how data and physical phenomena are entangled, and how in contemporaneity, the two have the same weight under digital media.

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School of Machines / Making & Make-Believe

Founded in Berlin, Germany, in 2014, School of MA provides unique, hands-on learning experiences at the intersection of art and technology in Europe. School’s founder Rachel Uwa speaks to the instructors Andrew Friend and Sitraka Rakotoniaina about the recent and future programmes.

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Quipt – Teaching industrial robots spatial behaviours for human interaction

Created by Madeline Gannon, Quipt is a gesture-based control software that facilitates new ways to communicate with industrial robots.

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The Jacob’s Ladder of coding — Karsten Schmidt

Anecdotes and questions about climbing up and down the ladder of abstraction: Atari, ARM, demoscene, education, creative coding, community, seeking lightness, enlightenment & strange languages.

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It’s doing it – Online exhibition of computer generated images that autonomously update

Created as a collaboration between 9 artists, It’s doing it is an online group exhibition of computer generated images that autonomously updates on a daily basis over the course of 45 days. All of the works in the show are instruction-based artworks expressed through computer programs written by the artists. These programs generate new images once daily that can be viewed on the website.

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World Premiere Of Ryoichi Kurokawa’s New Commission, Unfold

FACT in Liverpool are crowdfunding for the final 10% of critically acclaimed visual artist and electronic composer Ryoichi Kurokawa’s exhibition taking place at their centre in Spring 2016. The team behind the project need you to help them realise this artist’s spectacular vision, which will transport audiences into space through beautifully visual and sonic environments.

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Vitreous – Robert Seidel, 2015

vitreous is a new experimental film by Robert Seidel. Originally conceived as a media façade artwork of 80 × 24 × 14 Meters, it later developed in a large-scale projection of 4 × 14 Meters. The short film released this week and features a music score composed by Nikolai von Sallwitz.

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HOLO 2 – The Grand Tour

226 pages, 42 contributors, 22 features, HOLO 2 is ready to go to press: the magazine about emerging trajectories in art, science, and technology is back with another issue. Take a tour and order your copy at today.

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The Reality Editor – Networking functional relationships between physical objects

Developed at the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group, Reality Editor allows users to merge digital and physical realities into a unified experience.

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Virtual Depictions: San Francisco – Cinematic data-driven sculpture

Created by Refik Anadol in collaboration with Kilroy Realty Corporation and SOM Architects, Virtual Depictions: San Francisco is cinematic and site-specific data-driven sculpture consisting of 90 minutes long dynamic visuals projected in the building lobby’s 40-foot-tall screen and visible from the street.

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Kartograph – Drawing new geographic data over the infrastructure of old

Created by Quadrature, Kartograph is a drawing machine that updates old maps by drawing new geographic data over the infrastructure of old times using the internet.

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Stickup – Karma Fields & MORTEN / Video by Raven Kwok

Created by Raven Kwok, Stickup is a code-based generative lyrics video he directed and programmed for the track Stickup by Karma Fields & MORTEN featuring Juliette Lewis.

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Homage to the Square

A homage to Homage to the Square of Josef Albers (1888-1976) is a daily auto-generated Square from random (popular) Instagram images.

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Probable Universe – An infinite combination of alternate worlds

Created by convivial project, The Probable Universe is an interactive audio-visual installation generating an infinite combination of projected worlds in a physical environment using an industrial robotic arm.

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Blackout – Specular invites you to glimpse into the lives of others

Blackout is a forthcoming “part video game, part live action documentary” VR film that allows you to hear the thoughts of your fellow NYC subway passengers during a power outage. The project is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

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Ascent – Bends, fractures, and blurs of the phenomenon of light

Created by London based studio Nocte, Ascent is interactive installation intended to blur and at the same time highlights its surroundings. Using nature as a basis for aesthetic, Ascent is a mesmerising sight of smooth lines and soft light.

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Emergent Digital Practices (EDP) at the University of Denver

Calling all tinkerers, digital explorers, techno¬-cultural critics, and visionaries of new worlds — University of Denver has a place for you to grow, experiment, and thrive. Emergent Digital Practices (EDP) brings together art, design, digital tools, culture, and technology studies in a hands-on, collaborative environment.

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Two weeks till Gwangju: ACT Festival / November 25-28, South Korea

As the ACT Center in Gwangju, South Korea, and an all-star cast of more than sixty international artists, designers and cultural producers gear up for the inaugural edition of ACT Festival, the details of our four day program have begun to roll out – here are the highlights.

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Possible, Plausible, Potential – Drawings of architecture generated by code

Created by Miguel Nóbrega, Possible, Plausible, Potential is a set of three series of isometric drawings generated by code and printed with colored markers on a plotter machine. In these drawings, Miguel explores a bridge between the iterative aspect of algorithms and the utopian aspect of modern architecture.

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Contemplation in the digital age – Tale of Tale’s Cathedral in the Clouds

Cathedral-in-the-Clouds is virtual diorama by Tale of Tales created to contemplate ancient religious themes in real-time 3D. The project is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

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Stewart – A mutually trustful interface for a fully autonomous car

Created by Felix Ros, Stewart is a hypothetical tactile interface designed for a fully autonomous car with objective to accommodate a healthy relation between man and machine.

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bioLogic – Living nanoactuators yield interfaces that are grown, not manufactured

Created by the MIT Media Lab’ Tangible Media Group, bioLogic project explores opportunities around developing new forms of interface using biology.

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Perspection – Anamorphic image and sound synthesis across multiple screens

An audiovisual installation by Matthew Biederman and Pierce Warnecke, Perspection is an anamorphic projection with directional sound that adjusts to a viewer’s position.

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LINKKI – Kinetic construction toy

Created by Eun Young Park, LINKKI is a kinetic construction toy based on planar linkage mechanism which allows users to design and prototype kinetic movements.

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Signal Noise/Coelition Hackathon – London

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Darsha Hewitt, A Side Man 5000 Adventure

Slinging Beats with Darsha Hewitt – A Side Man 5000 Interview

Berlin-based Canadian artist Darsha Hewitt engages in an extended conversation with CAN about her new online video tutorial series dedicated to the Wurlitzer Side Man—the world’s oldest drum machine.

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Collimation – Two interlocked microscopes stimulate artificial neural growth

Created by Brad Todd, Collimation takes a form of basic form of artificial intelligence, where the visual stimuli is translated, in a performative act of seeing with the resulting data that takes the form of a neuron.

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Tobias Epsen, Poème Mécanique

Poème Mécanique – A subtle and cascading sound sculpture encircles Montréal

Created by Copenhagen-based artist and researcher Tobias Ebsen, Poème Mécanique is an electromechanical sound sculpture produced for Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, a public walkway connecting the Place-des-Arts metro and Complexe Desjardins in Montréal.

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In My Computer – 2016 Call for Proposals

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Clojure & Clojurescript – London workshops by Karsten Schmidt

If you’re interested in interactive design and want a fast-track to start harnessing and mastering Clojure’s innovative features, powerful abstractions, new tooling and concise syntax for web development, then these workshops below might be just the thing.

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Typatone – Digital typewriter that composes songs out of your writing

Typatone is digital typewriter that automatically composes songs out of your writing and available for iOS, Android and the Web.

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uniMorph – Rapid digital fabrication of film shape-changing interfaces

Created by Felix Heibeck, Basheer Tome and Clark Della Silva with supervision from Hiroshi Ishii at the MIT’s Tangible Media Group, uniMorph is an enabling technology for rapid digital fabrication of customized thin-film shape-changing interfaces.

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Postgram – A bot for ‘human storytelling’

Created by Sebastian Vargas at ECAL (Bachelor Media & Interaction Design), Postgram is a bot for human storytelling that explores issues of public data, privacy and image making using a process of “fair hack” to develop a story narrative. It speculate about the social network behaviour and search for new possibilities for film content.

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Sensible Data – A machine that playfully interprets and leaks your personal data

Created by Martin Hertig at ECAL, Sensible Data is a playful installation consisting of three machines that collect user’s personal data, evaluates mood, age, gender and beauty, to create a ‘passport’ that user can take away but which also randomly sent (without user’s knowledge) to another participant.

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MUTEK_IMG – Take a Deep Dive into VR and Immersive Media

Taking place in Montréal on Oct 1st-3rd, the second edition of MUTEK_IMG takes a deep dive into the creative possibilities of VR and immersive media.

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In the Eyes of the Animal – MLF virtualise a forest through the eyes of its creatures

In the Eyes of the Animal is the latest installation by Marshmallow Laser Feast, commissioned by the AND Festival and set in Grizedale Forest, that takes visitors on a fascinating journey allowing them to fly above the forest canopy, come face-to-face with hi-definition critters and embody various animals as they traverse the landscape.

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Rec All – A puzzling universe of (multitouch) creatures

Created by Romain Cazier at ECAL, Rec All is an interpretation of the geometrical style puzzle games, widely popular on mobile. Taking some of this genre’s features, Romain designed a singular universe, where strange creatures with a cyclic behaviour are generated from a simple gesture.

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This City – Audio-visual performance of a simulated world

Created and performed by Mark Wheeler (aka Mark Eats), This City is an audio-visual performance that explores what happens when a soundtrack controls the world as much as the world influences its soundtrack. The project is a combination of a soundtrack and real­time generative visuals, both played live.

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Abstract Ecologies – A Conversation with Amber Christensen

“There Should be Gardens” is the title of the 14th edition of InterAccess’s Emerging Artists Exhibition. Drawing on her research in feminist/queer curatorial and media arts practices, the exhibition is curated by Toronto’s Amber Christensen and showcases five Canadian early career artists whose practices address “the interconnectedness of technologies, ecologies, botanies, gender and the cosmos.” In aggregate the show’s selected works invoke elemental qualities, amplify and abstract natural materialities, and offer different modes of seeing and engaging the world. With the show winding down this week, CAN engaged Christensen in a Q&A to unpack the show’s framing and provocative works.

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Phōs – An interactive web-project which deals with the complexity of light, room and time

Phōs is an interactive webproject by Daria Jelonek which deals with the complexity of light, room and time. It shows 24 hours of light in different places of the world. It is both an homage to natural light and an aesthetic experience of light.

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HTTPrint – Turn your browsing habits into a newspaper

Created by Emilie Pillet at ECAL, HTTPrint is a Google Chrome extension which generates a webpage that captures your navigation on the Web such as the time you spend on each page, the url, images and texts, in order to give a visual output. You can capture and save the result by printing it at home or ordering a print-on-demand newspaper.

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Lazy Pen – Combining word processing with the emotion of one’s handwriting

Created by Nicolas Nahornyj at ECAL, Lazy Pen is an attempt to combine the practical side of computer-based word processing with the emotional aspect of one’s handwriting. The tool allows the user to distort the typeface as they write, using the moving palettes placed beneath their palms.

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OFFF MX 2015 – Form and Future

CAN and Swiss artist and designer Jürg Lehni will join an eclectic cast of international creators at this year’s OFFF MX (24 – 26 September) to “feed the future”.

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Nelson – Tiny device that helps push a switch on everyday objects

Created by Maxime Castelli at ECAL (Bachelor Media & Interaction Design), Nelson is a tiny connected module designed to bring life remotely to everyday objects. It’s based on a very simple foreward and backward movement as we do in the everyday life, like pushing a switch.

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Hack n’ Roll – Musical instruments to surprise, amuse and excite

The Hack n’ Roll is a collaboration between KORG, OK GO and the students and tutors from the Platform 21 unit in the Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art in London to design musical instruments that surprise, amuse and excite.

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TRANSMIT | New Educational Platform for Digital Culture, Art and Technology

SIGNAL Festival which focuses on innovative art and tech projects in public space, expands its program to integrate an educational platform called TRANSMIT. Remarkable community of artists, coders, designers, makers, thinkers, producers and other professionals from 13 countries worldwide will come together to present their work, debate and lead workshops in the field of digital culture, art and technology.

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ACT Festival 2015 – Four Days of Tremors, Shifts, Tektonics

CAN is thrilled to announce the first edition of #ACTFestival – a four-day summit that combines a world class exhibition, a symposium, a performance and workshop program, and takes place November 25th to 28th / Gwangju, South Korea.

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UX design meets creative technologies at push.conference 2015

push.conference brings together digital professionals aiming to design compelling interactive experiences in the shape of products, apps, websites and installations, inspired by user needs and enabled by creative use of technology and critical thinking.

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private_i / LDF 2015 – London, 24.09 – 28.09

As part of the London Design Festival 2015, data design agency, Signal Noise, have curated a selection of projects that explore these issues and invite you to decide – do you accept the terms and conditions?

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‘Transcranial’ at Scopitone Festival in Nantes / France (15 Sept ’15)

Taking place at the Scopitone Festival in Nantes / France on the 15th september 2015 (8:15 pm) is the latest iteration of CAN initiated Transcranial, an ambitious, collaborative performance project by Klaus Obermaier, Kyle McDonald and Daito Manabe

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