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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


‘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


Camera Restricta – A disobedient tool for taking unique photographs

Created by Philipp Schmitt, Camera Restricta is a camera that locates itself via GPS and searches online for photos that have been geotagged nearby. If the camera decides that too many photos have been taken at your location, it retracts the shutter and blocks the viewfinder. You can’t take any more pictures here.


À la recherche – Points of reflected light at the club Les Bains

Latest in the series of mesmerising installations by ART+COM is À la recherche, a site specific installation that covers the surrounding walls of a newly refurbished legendary Les Bains nightclub in scattered points of reflected light.


NO_THING – An infrared light framework that turns (almost) anything into a device

Developed by the Innovation Lab of Milla & Partner GmbH, a German interaction and spatial design agency based in Stuttgart and Berlin, NO_THING is a tracking and mapping framework that uses infrared light to turn portable physical objects into interactive displays.


Fe₂O₃ Glyphs on Kickstarter

Created by multi-award winning typographer Craig Ward and experimental photographer Linden Gledhill, Fe₂O₃ Glyphs is a generative ornamental typeface accompanied by a series of unique letterpress prints in a mixture of ferrofluid and Pantone ink.


An Sich (The Thing Itself) – The significance of physical manifestation of information

Created by Schunck Dölker (Felix Dölker and Florian Schunck) and first shown at Unwrap (University for Applied Sciences Darmstadt), An Sich explores perception and processing of information in a time that is characterized by changes in the way information is consumed.


Trace Ribbon – An emergence by movement

Created by Shohei Fujimoto, Trace Ribbon is a device that automatically and continuously records and plays back movement. From reading the movements of the user via Leap Motion, it mirrors an organism that does not actually exist while simultaneously gaining an understanding of the rules of the movements that are physically taking place.


The Architecture of Radio – Visualizing the invisible architecture of networks

Created by Richard Vijgen, The Architecture of Radio is a site-specific iPad application that visualizes this network of networks by reversing the ambient nature of the infosphere; hiding the visible while revealing the invisible technological landscape we interact with through our devices.


Call for Submissions – TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace 2016

TIFF Kids’ digiPlaySpace (an “interactive exhibition for ages 3 through 13”) is looking for fun and educational projects to feature in their 2016 program.


GLASS / G3DP – 3D printing of optically transparent glass

Created as a collaboration between Mediated Matter Group (MIT Media Lab) and the Glass Lab (MIT), GLASS G3DP is a additive manufacturing process that enables 3d printing of optically transparent glass that also allows tunability by geometrical and optical variation that drives form, transparency, color variation, reflection and refraction in all things glass.


Call for Drone Art

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An Auto-Multiscopic Projector Array for Interactive Digital Humans

Presented at the recent Siggraph, Automultiscopic 3D displays allow a large number of viewers to experience 3D content simultaneously without the special glasses or head gear.


Acoustruments: Passive, Acoustically Driven, Interactive Controls for Handheld Devices

Presented at the recent Siggraph and coming out of Disney research labs, this project proposes the idea of Acoustruments – low-cost, passive, power-less mechanisms, made from plastic that can bring tangible functionality to handheld devices.


Ink Space – Experimental drawing tool and Rhonda tribute

Created by Zach Liebermann and part of the Android Experiments initiative, Ink Space is a experimental drawing tool which uses the accelerometer on your Android device to move the drawings you make in 3D.


Carolina – Experimental musical landscape for Kimbra

Carolina is an experimental musical landscape for mobile composed of vocals, guitars, bass and mellotrons made in collaboration with music artist Kimbra for her album release, The Golden Echo


Conditional_Lover – A physical bot that automates your Tinder

Conditional_Lover is a bot that unlike its counterparts that live hidden in servers, has a physical appearance with a task to automate your Tinder using its “eyes” and “fingers”. It does this by analysing photos on your phone (webcam) and then selects or rejects it (prongs) based on an algorithm that combines your preferred age, golden ratio, smile, glasses, ethnicity etc.


Codedoodles – New platform for showcasing experiments built with web technologies

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Waiting for Bárðarbunga – Non-Linear Landscape Cinema

Created by François Quévillon, Waiting for Bárðarbunga is an installaton made of hundreds of video sequences which are presented according to a probabilistic system influenced by real-time sensor information coming from the computer that displays them.


Rhythmic Gymnastics – Denso robotic arm and the sensibility of human movement

Created by the team at FIG.- Amana Prototyping Lab in Japan, Rhythmic Gymnastics is a practical experiment using a Denso VS-050S2 robotic arm. In this experiment the aim is to represent the sensibility of human movement using harsh robot mechanics.


Definitions – Computational poetry using MIT’s ConceptNet

Created by Bryan Ma at Parsons, Definitions is a computational poetry installation made up of 15 networked LCDs that searches MIT’s ConceptNet to serve as a metaphor for the use of NLP in commoditizing human activity on the internet.


A Manual for Urban Projection (MUP) by Ali Momeni — Kickstarter

MUP is a guide for people projecting images in public places, providing concepts, tools, resources, and recipes for urban projection. The project is currently looking for support via Kickstarter.


F21Thread – A display made of 6,400 spools of thread

A 2,000 lb machine that uses 6,400 mechanical spools of thread to display Instagrams is the latest project by NY based collaborative BREAKFAST. The team are streaming live online 24 hours a day from July 22-28th, and users receive an auto-edited video of their Instagrams being displayed on the screen.


The Original Net Artists? Toronto Telidon

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Traces – Physical programming of freeform folding in soft matter

Created by Dana Zelig, Traces project explores the concept of programming everyday materials, a form of “physical programming” where objects are “made to act” on some form following specific instructions.


Sprint: digital creative residency – Rambert

Sprint are looking for artists and creatives working with technology as a medium to experiment and develop their practice, and who wish to work in close collaboration with Rambert’s dancers, choreographers and staff.


Longitude and latitude – David Bowen’s CNC routed sculptures capture the waves

Created by David Bowen and titled “46°41’58.365″ lat. -91°59’49.0128″ long. @ 30m”, is a collection of five CNC routed clear acrylic cylinders capturing the water surface data from the source location.


Thymio meets ECAL – A workshop with 50 Thymio Robots

Earlier this year at ECAL (Lausanne/Switzerland), students were asked to develop projects using the Thymio robot during a one week workshop. Students worked then in group with the task to make Thymio(s) write a word, all those words was then put together to form a sentences that you can discover in the video below.


Artificial Killing Machine – Visualizing U.S. military drone strikes

Created by Jonathan Fletcher Moore, Artificial Killing Machine is an autonomous mechanical installation that uses the public database on U.S. military drone strikes to visualise deaths of individuals that would otherwise be represented purely as statistical data.


Sound Revival – Visual identity and objectification of digital sound effects

Created by James Boock, Sound Revival is a range of objects and a custom 3-Way sound system that uses the analogue means of materials and mechanical movements to manipulate sound.


Open Call for ‘Creators in Lab’ at ACT Center in Gwangju, South Korea

As part of a major festival collaboration later in the year, CAN is excited to announce the launch of the ‘Creators in Lab’ residency program at the brand new ACT Center in Gwangju, South Korea. Interdisciplinary practitioners take note!


War or Peace – New ‘wall-clock poem’ by Zach Gage

War or Piece is a ‘slow generative work’ by Zach Gage, where the word (war or peace) on the website appears to be a single static word, the content of the site is actually generated once per day by a Google Trends search for the queries “war” and “peace”.


Indirect Flights – Sprawling landscape of layered images

Raw materials, satellite images, organic textures, brush strokes and architectural fragments are all blended together into a dense Google Maps style panorama extending in all directions.


Knotty Objects – Event at the MIT Media Lab examining the antidisciplinary future of design / Live Stream

Knotty Objects is a forum for wide-ranging discussions around the confluences of design, science, technology and the arts.


Living Mushtari – 3d-printed and generatively grown microbial factory

Developed at the MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter group, Living Mushtari is a 3D printed wearable with 58 meters of internal fluid channels designed to function as a wearable microbial factory that uses synthetic microorganisms to convert sunlight into useful products for the wearer.


Typeface “Seen” is preloaded with a set of “trigger words” that get crossed out

Seen is a project that deals with interception and filtering of our communications by the NSA, GCHQ and other security agencies. It is a typeface with a preloaded set of “trigger words” when written, the font immediately crosses them out.


Kabbalistic Synthesizer – Waveforms by macrocosmic phenomena

Created by Sam Conran at the RCA/Design Interactions, the Kabbalistic Synthesizer is a is a musical synthesiser that operates using waveforms generated by the Earths magnetic field, noise via magnetic storms of Jupiter and keyboard via cosmic rays.


Considering Technology and the State of the Art(s) at Sónar+D

CAN’s report on Sónar+D, the Sónar Festival’s sidebar congress on ‘creativity, technology & business’ that took place June 18th-20th in Barcelona.


OpenSurgery: DIY surgical robots as a critical alternative to costly healthcare

The OpenSurgery project investigates whether building DIY surgical robots, outside the scope of medical regulations, could plausibly provide an accessible alternative to costly professional healthcare services worldwide.


High-Speed Horizons – Counterfactual history of supersonic flight

Created by Tim Clark at the Royal College of Art, Design Interactions, High Speed Horizons is a design-driven, critical exploration into technology, innovation, big thinking, and our constantly changing attitudes towards the three, told through projected visions of alternative energies and flight.


Broken Sound – Gary James Joynes Contemplates Silence and Fragility

Gary James Joynes’ “Broken Sound” is an immersive video installation that ‘builds a world’ out of the frazzled remnants of speaker coils he destroyed through his ongoing cymatics research.


Connected Worlds – Interactive ecosystem for NYSCI by Design I/O

Created by Cambridge (US) based creative studio Design I/O, Connected Worlds is a large scale immersive, interactive ecosystem developed for the New York Hall of Science.


The Network Ensemble – Device to sonically uncover and amplify the invisible territory of networks

Created by Oliver Smith and Francesco Tacchini, The Network Ensemble is a tool to sonically uncover and amplify the invisible territory of the networks that sit between our offline and online experiences.


Team Eyeo presents INSTINT v3: Creators sharing process + insight & enabling creators

If you create interactive experiences you’ll want to check out the third annual INSTINT. The event assembles an international roster of artists/makers/designers who explore the intersection of art, technology and interaction. If youʼre interested in installation art, interactive art, responsive environments, smart objects, and the art of creating engaging experiences this event is for you. September 2015. Workshops + Lectures. 300 people. (60 tickets left as of 6/15/15).


HOLO 2 – An Illustrated Countdown

The thrill of wrapping up! As HOLO 2 nears completion, a world of detail falls into place. Excited yet? Here are ten (more) reasons why we are.   The restless (color coded) loop of featured artist Jürg Lehni’s Flood Fill – Clock (2009) shown above couldn’t capture the current, final, stage of magazine production any […]


Backseats in Video Games by Leonardo Sang

Created by Leonardo Sang, Sao Paulo based graphic designer with a passion for games, Backseats in Video Games consists of images taken “from the backseat” of a car.


Pow2045 – Generative design meets urban choreography

Pow2045 is a dance performance that combines generative design with urban choreography, focusing on a personal perspective towards duetts of man and machine.


Agent-Based Computational Design by Satoru Sugihara at AA[n+1], Paris

This exhibition at AA[n+1] in Paris of work by Satoru Sugihara includes a range of computational design works from built facade designs, agent-based architectural design studies to cellular growth algorithm researches.


23-3d-beach-sand-wallpaper – Julieta Gil

Created by Julieta Gil, 23-3d-beach-sand-wallpaper presents simultaneous illusion and reality of space that is both a simulation of an interior and the exterior, combined into one, and presented as physical installation.


In Theory and in Practice – Audiovisual Performance at MUTEK 2015

CAN reports on MUTEK 2015’s audiovisual performance programming and the ‘HOLO encounters’ live Q&A’s we did with artists Robin Fox and Hiroaki Umeda.


Choreographic Coding Labs in New York (27–31 Aug) and Los Angeles (14–19 Sept)

The next two Choreographic Coding Lab sessions, 27–31 August in New York and 14–19 September in Los Angeles, are open for applications.


Teaching and learning at SFPC, Conversation with Allison Parrish and Surya Mattu

School for poetic computation (SFPC) is a hybrid of school, artist residency and research group in New York City. One of it’s founders, and teachers, Taeyoon Choi speaks to two artists who taught at SFPC, about their experience of teaching and artistic research.


+++ / 48-hour non-stop nomadic event in the highlands of Serbia

After many years of organising events in Belgrade and around Europe and beyond, Dis-patch collective have decided to hit the woods and try something a bit different – a 48-hour non-stop nomadic event in the highlands of Serbia


483 Lines – Projecting analogue video picture on 483 nylon threads

483 Lines is the latest installation by Seoul based studio Kimchi and Chips and is comprised of 483 nylon threads with projections calibrated in 3D to the 16m threads using Rulr, an open source node-based toolkit developed by the studio.


RMHÄR – The Nomad Institute of Augmented Creativity

RMHÄR is a Nomad Institute of Augmented Creativity. It is a new international research project that generate tailored knowledge experiences in secret spots from different cities, combining creative agencies, edge education universities and visionary studios in a singular process. Part of the initiative are 4 week long courses in Barcelona. Find out more..


Jazz.Computer – Interactive song that responds to the direction of your scrolling

Created by Yotam Mann and Sarah Rothberg, Jazz.Computer is an interactive song which responds to the position and direction of your scrolling .


New New Wight :: The Gallery is Naked

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CLOUDS – Code, Creativity, and Immersion

An interactive (and immersive) documentary on code and creativity,  Jonathan Minard and James George’s CLOUDS is an ambitious project that is several years in the making. CAN donned an Oculus Rift DK2, explored its landscape and has weighed-in with a review.


Resonating Rotation of a Rigid Body – Matteo Crivella

Created by Matteo Crivella, Resonating Rotation of a Rigid Body is a sonic apparatus that combines sound frequency, vibration and physical property of materials.


Daniel Schwarz: The Mexico – United States Border

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Short Cuts – CentrePasquArt Maps 50 Years of Invention and Influence in Art and Design

CentrePasquArt’s super-group show Short Cuts invites viewers to trace ideas, influences, and positions across five decades of work by merely taking a few steps.

Diamond Version, ELEKTRA16

Flashing Forward at ELEKTRA 16

The sixteenth edition of Montréal’s ELEKTRA festival took place from May 13th-17th and delivered a range of audiovisual performances and installations addressing the notion of ‘post-audio’ or perception beyond sound—CAN was on hand to have our retinas singed and eardrums buzzed by the ‘POST-AUDIO’-themed programming.


The Electric Knife Orchestra by Neil Mendoza

Created by Neil Mendoza, The Electric Knife Orchestra consists of sixteen knives and one meat cleaver (all purchased from the $0.99 store) that have been brought to life to perform the Bee Gee’s hit Stayin’ Alive.


Drone Aviaries & Field Guides – A Conversation with Superflux

Superflux are a design and foresight consultancy based in London. Founded by Anab Jain and Jon Arden in 2009, the studio produces prototypes and films that are simultaneously prescient, and playful—and now they can add ‘magazine publisher’ to that list of outputs. A few weeks ago the studio announced the first edition of Superflux, a Warren Ellis-edited periodical that would mutate with each edition. The first issue is a handsome A1 poster expanding on their recent work with drones and the duo has engaged in an interview with CAN about their new project.


Deserve – Interactive visual experiment for Bruzed by Nick Hardeman

Created by Nick Hardeman for the music track by Bruzed, Deserve is an interactive visual experiment that comes as a stand alone OSX app.


Rasper, Mutor and Rippler – Mechatronic sound-sculptures by Mo H. Zareei

Created by Mo H. Zareei, Rasper, Mutor and Rippler are a series of mechatronic sound-sculptures inspired by Brutalist architecture. The instruments are grouped into three different categories, based on the material and sound production mechanism they employ.


Modulo: A simple, modular solution for building electronics

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Pixtil – Weaving generative patterns using traditional textile techniques

Pixtil is a French design/product studio that uses new digital drawing tools to create contemporary fabrics. Their latest release is a Large Napkin, made using double-cloth Jacquard weaving. Each piece is unique and numbered, using long textile tradition while incorporating most modern techniques of textile production.


BOSOZOKU – DUB-Russell x Yasuyuki Yoshida

Created by DUB-Russell (Music) and Yasuyuki Yoshida (Visuals) and produced BRDG Tokyo, BOSOZOKU is music video that combines beats and grains of sound texture created with Max/MSP and cut and paste generative video assemblage using TouchDesigner.


MUTEK – Celebrating 16 Years of Digital Creativity

MUTEK Montreal returns with another dynamic edition. As was the case last year, we’ll be doing live interviews with some of the featured audiovisual artists within the festival’s daytime program—join us! A showcase of ‘the state of the art’ in chic house, techno, and dynamic audiovisual performance, the 16th edition of Montréal’s MUTEK festival takes […]


The Imaginary Kingdom of Aurullia – Interpretation of Mandalay fractal by Subblue

The Aurullia series are Tom Beddard’s interpretation of a fractal formula called Mandalay, a specific type of Mandelbox with additional parameters that allow scaling of the folding on individual axes, either in parallel or one after.


Darkball – Learning about brain functions that predict the future

Building on the brain’s functions to use information from the past and present to predict the future, Darkball by Che-Wei Wang is an iPhone application and a tool to understand how the nervous system makes such predictions.


The Field of Hope – 2015 Milan EXPO China Pavilion

Designed by Tsinghua University team led by Danqing Shi, The Field of Hope is a lighting installation for the 2015 Milan EXPO China Pavilion. It consists of 30,000 metal “straws”, each with a LED diffuser tip, functioning as a 3-dimensional pixel display field.


FIBER Festival 2015: Symposium & Workshop vvvv

With The Subterranean theme FIBER Festival has a devised a metaphor to explore the politico-aesthetics of our digital world. In an extensive programme covering two days, the visitor can immersive him or herself in the shadowy world of new aesthetics and interactive forms, created by artists whose toolboxes extend to online communities, dark patterns, data and algorithms.


Lung – A device that visualizes breathing data using soap bubbles

Philips is doing more and more in the field of health and asked the second and third years Interaction Design at ArtEZ Academy of the Arts Arnhem to do develop a project about Quantified Self. Amy Whittle and Willem Kempers teamed up and choose breathing as focus, it being a vital function that can be subconscious as well as controlled.


Gray Area Festival – Discussing the Impact of Art and Technology on Culture

In two weeks the inaugural edition of the Gray Area Festival takes place in San Francisco. Fusing a conference, performances, workshops, and an exhibition, the event gathers artists and philanthropists to discuss the impact of art and technology on culture. Several weeks back CAN announced the homeward stretch of Gray Area’s #ReviveTheGrand  fundraising drive, now […]


ARTSAT1: INVADER – Satellites for artistic exploration

On February 28, 2014, the world’s first art satellite, ARTSAT1: INVADER was launched as a piggyback payload of the H-IIA F23 launch vehicle. INVADER, a 10 cm cube 1U-CubeSat with a mass of 1.85 kg continued its steady operation on orbit, successfully completed an array of artistic missions before reentering the Earth’s atmosphere for disintegration on September 2.


Beijing Connexion – ECAL Media & Interaction Design

Beijing Connexion is a web platform hosting projects realized during a one week journey in Beijing with 15 students from ECAL Media & Interaction Design Bachelor.


Flimmer by HC Gilje

Latest in the series of mesmerising light installations by HC Gilje is Flimmer. Light and wind passes through a volume of black strips suspended from the ceiling in the white gallery room of Wood Street Galleries, animating the space with light and shadows.


LandWaves – Raw sonification of a 1D reaction diffusion system for iOS

Created by Binaura, LandWaves is a raw sonification of a 1D reaction diffusion system originally imagined as an installation and now available for iOS – the team’s first anti-app non-interactive piece designed for the app store.


Rhythm Necklace

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Drone Garden – Network bandwidth as a resource for survival

Created by Martin Reiche and exhibited at his solo exhibition titled “NN – Compuatability, Survival, Cybergenesis” at Transmediale 2015, Drone Garden is an installation addressing the issue of naturality in a networked and virtualised environment.


Zimoun : 64 ventilators, 98m² polyethyleen foil 0.08mm

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Vanitas Machine – The transience and extension of life

Created by Verena Friedrich, Vanitas Machine explores the desire for eternal life and the potential of life-prolonging measures. Vanitas Machine is comprised of a candle placed in the centre of glass which protects it from environmental factors and controls it’s lifespan by regulating the oxygen supply.


NODE15: Wrapped in Code – The future of the informed body

Starting today (27. April – 3. May 2015), the international NODE – Forum for Digital Arts in Frankfurt assembles international participants and speakers in the areas of design, art, culture and science, who newly define borders of design and programming.


ReBioGeneSys, Origins of Life – Art designed to produce nature

Created by Adam W. Brown in collaboration with Robert Root-Bernstein, ReBioGeneSys – Origins of Life is an extreme minimal ecosystems theoretically capable of forming the self-organizing chemistries necessary to produce semi-living molecules and perhaps even protocells.


Summer Sessions – Short-term residencies for young artists

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Superposition – Cybernetic system of energy exchange between the physical and the virtual

Created by Marios Athanasiou, Superposition is an installation representing a cybernetic system of energy exchange between the physical and the virtual where energy exists on both physical and virtual realms at the same time in a state of superposition.

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A yearly celebration of audiovisual possibilities, ELEKTRA’s upcoming edition promises a sustained exploration of life after audio. Running in mid-May and spilling out across a number of Montréal venues, the festival will showcase ten audiovisual performances, numerous installations, and the kickoff of a new sound art biennial. We’re excited to be joining in the fun […]


MoMA’s Digital Art Vault

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Generative Typography for openFrameworks

An openFrameworks port of our Generative Typography with Processing tutorial is now available on GitHub.


Ep1 – FLATLAND by Epilogue

Ep1 – FLATLAND is a modern edition of the 19th century classic, with a digital library of shapes and dimensions, now seeking funding on Kickstarter.


PhotoBooth – ECAL students explore selfie and 3.0 style photography

Created by the Bachelor Photography and Master Product Design students at ECAL, #PhotoBooth is a project and a series of interactive installations showing how mobile phone cameras and the selfie phenomenon changed the way we look at ourselves.


Smaller & Upside Down – 3D printed lenses that distort views of faces

Created by Robb Godshaw and Max Hawkins, Smaller & Upside Down is a collection of custom designed 3D-printed lenses, each custom-designed and fabricated using a new rapid prototyping process.


How to create interactive loops using lenticular animation and GifPop

This tutorial shows you how to write code to create a brief looping animation, using computationally-generated graphics, suitable for both online and lenticular publishing. Then, using the unique GifPop services, you can get your GIFPOPs printed.


Karesansui – Pitch-black sprawling limbs in the gallery’s floors and walls

In Karesansui, Aaaajiao used an algorithm and vvvv to create a landscape in a vector-field like arrangement of pitch-black mutant limbs, taking a viewer into an unsettling dystopian scenery of spawned beings growing out of the gallery’s floors, walls, and stairway, competing with each other.


Making ‘Moon Phases’ tangible and poetic

Created by Yingjie Bei and Yifan Hu at ITP, Moon Phases allows the audience to input any date and it will show the moon phase for that night (from the northern hemisphere’s perspective).

Transmissions from the Technological Sublime, Highway to nowhere

32-bit Noir – Michael Trommer’s Transmissions from the Technological Sublime

Transmissions from the Technological Sublime is a panoramic multimedia installation that depicts a nocturnal landscape of non-place populated by infrastructure rather than people. Hatched as a MFA thesis project within OCAD University’s integrated media program by Toronto’s Michael Trommer, the audiovisual piece renders highways, shipping channels, airports, and office parks as uncanny interstitial zones of contemplation.


Atomic Recycling by Alexandra Gavrilova / Stain

Latest work by Alexandra Gavrilova / Stain from HEAD Geneva – done in collaboration with CERN Idea Square.


Help Gray Area #ReviveTheGrand

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App Art Wanted – the ZKM_AppArtAward 2015

The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe is once again looking for artworks in app format and honors the best of them with the AppArtAward in four different categories.


Sónar+D – International conference for creativity and technology / 18-20 June 2015 Barcelona

Sónar+D is the international conference for creativity and technology, designed to promote talent and business opportunities in the digital culture environment.


A Wilderness Most Luminous – The Making of Micah Scott’s Forest

Forest invites kids and adults alike to engage with a giant tactile colour mixer, with ‘spinner’ controls distributed across a 7 x 2 grid of custom-fabricated MDF panels. Built in collaboration between Micah Scott and a team at Ryerson University’s New Media Program, the interactive installation is currently showing at TIFF Kid’s digiPlaySpace. CAN goes behind the scenes to get a glimpse into this ambitious project’s conception and fabrication.


Catching the Light: Semiconductor remap the sky (as telescopes see it)

The latest work of Brighton-based artist researcher duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman & Joe Gerhardt) pulls back the shiny veneer of cosmology by collaging thousands of raw telescope images into a sculptural projection.


FIBER Festival 2015 / The Subterranean: Exploring Networked Tools and Matter

On May 15 and 16 FIBER returns with the third edition of FIBER Festival, taking place at A Lab and Radion (Amsterdam), featuring an excellent selection of critical and inspiring art, DJs and live acts.


Light Kinetics – Interactive light using a physics simulator

Created by Madrid based creative studio Espadaysantacruz, Light Kinetics is an interactive light installation where the behaviour of light is controlled by a physics simulator.


Homo Ludens’ Playground – Mattia Casalegno

Mattia Casalegno (multifaceted Italian artist based in Los Angeles, 1981) takes inspiration from disciplines such as anthropology, biology, ecology, and neurosciences, deploying a vast array of technologies and expressive forms, with a natural inclination for new media languages.


Retrobroadcasting the Future of Warfare – Julian Oliver’s Crystal Line

“The Crystal Line” is the latest work by critical engineer Julian Oliver. Re-creating an authentic crystal radio design that was used widely during WWI, the device broadcasts a transmission of ‘future of warfare’ chatter culled from various defence blogs that is translated from text to speech.


One Degree of Freedom – Interactive projection mapping

Created by Neil Mendoza, One Degree of Freedom explores interactive projection mapping as a means to touch and interact with an object. Drawing inspiration from marble and pinball machines, the installation gives the mapping illusion an extra layer of depth.


Shadow – Elevenplay x Rhizomatiks

Latest in the series of collaborative projects between Elevenplay and Rhizomatiks is Shadow, a performance comprised of 3 drones with a spot light and one dancer.


STRP Biennial: 20-29 March, Eindhoven NL

On March 20th, the doors of the Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, NL, are opened for a new edition of the STRP Biennial, one of the major art and technology events in Europe. For 10 days the four large industrial halls are filled with monumental installations, cutting edge music, spectacular performances and an international conference, for everyone interested in real virtuality.


Satelliten – A machine tracking activities in lower earth orbit

Created by Berlin based studio Quadrature, Satelliten is a custom build machine that brings the invisible movement of passing satellites in lower orbit to a tangible medium and scale.


Marshmallow Laser Feast & Imaginarium for new VW Passat

MoCap + real world LiDAR data + CG + Vicon + light projection with help from Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium, Marshmallow Laser Feast visualise the VW’s invisible data and intelligent sensors in the latest Passat.


Irregular Polyhedron Study #1 – Vertex, edge and volume

Created by Oslo based computational design studio Void, Irregular Polyhedron Study #1 is a physical representation of the basic components of computer graphics; the vertex and the edge and explores the perceptual gap between the flat and the spacious, the analogue and the digital.


Cuckoo – Encrypted communication using public social networks

Created by Berlin based designer Jochen Maria Weber, Cuckoo is a communication device that uses social network as a means of private communication.


Processing Paris 2015 – 3 Workshops / 17-19 April 2015

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Robert Hodgin – Adobe Remix

Commissioned by Adobe, the following is the recently completed work by Robert Hodgin for their Remix project. The page on Behance details the process, from initial ideas to the iterative visual + code development in Cinder.


DIGITAL QUEBEC – London 2015 / 12-13 March

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Postgraduate studies at the Visual Communication Institute Basel

The Visual Communication Institute in Basel offers internationally accredited curricula on the Bachelor, Master and PhD level reflecting the rich tradition of the Basel School of Design in particular and Swiss Graphic Design in general. The City of Basel, located in the trinational Rhine river valley, is a unique cultural environment with easy access to France and Germany.

Manfred Mohr Installation - AGNS

Rethinking Art & Machine – A Conversation with Marla Wasser

Toronto-based curator Marla Wasser is the mind behind “RAM: Rethinking Art & Machine”, a media art exhibition currently on display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia that contains work by media art heroes like Angela Bulloch, Jim Campbell, Manfred Mohr, Alan Rath, and Daniel Rozin. Wasser recently engaged in an extensive interview with CAN, in which she shares some behind-the-scenes details about her show.


Make Something that Makes (almost) Anything – Cardboard CNC

Cardboard construction kit and a framework for rapid machine prototyping developed at the MIT Media Lab, part of ‘How to Make Something that Makes (almost) Anything’ course.


EGO – Between the real and symbolic

Created by Klaus Obermaier with Stefano D’Alessio and Martina Menegon, EGO is an interactive installation that explores the concept of ‘mirror stage’ objectification resulting in a conflict between one’s perceived visual and emotional experience.


School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe

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Nineteen by Nils Völker on display at M0Bi – Groningen

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ERIS—2000: Fictional scientific instrument for complex systems

Created by William Fairbrother, Alberto Ruiz Soler and Oliver Smith, ERIS—2000 is a fictional scientific instrument invented by cybernetician Erica Symms in 1971. The device was used to show and study, through a simplified simulation, the consequences of human decisions on complex systems.


Wanderings 2.0 – Aerial photography framed by natural habitat

What can only be described as a visual exploration of topography using computer interface, Wanderings 2.0 is the latest in the exquisite portfolios of work by London based in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist Ed­gor Kraft and Saint Petersburg’s Alexander Lezius.


Metamorphabet – Animated alphabet for iOS by Vectorpark

Created by Patrick Smith (Vectorpark), Metamorphabet is an all-ages animated (English) alphabet for the iOS. Poke, prod, drag, and spin the letters of the alphabet to reveal surprising and luminous transformations.


HOLO 2 – Back to the (not-so-distant) future

Learn more about the making of HOLO 2. Featuring over 30 contributors from a dozen countries and a hefty 200 pages of premium print, HOLO returns and endeavours to be smarter, more substantive, and more special than our first issue.


FX Experiments in Maya by Andrew Benson

For the last couple of years Andrew Benson has been producing work that borders GIF animation and glitch aesthetic. Below is a short compilation of recent experiments he’s made to work out animation ideas or generative effects rototypes in Maya.


Sónar+D inviting applications for MarketLab 2015

Sónar+D is inviting applications to participate at the upcoming MarketLab 2015 (18-20 June, Barcelona). Technology companies, start-ups, creative labs, developers, universities and organizations of all kinds working with creative technologies based on music, audiovisuals, new media and video games, exploring new forms of creation, production, distribution or marketing are all welcome.


Fortune by Zach Gage

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Ethical Things – The mundane, the insignificant and the ‘smart’ (things)

Created by Simone Rebaudengo & Matthieu Cherubini, Ethical Things is a project that explores the effects of autonomous systems of the future, speculating what happens to the mundane and insignificant objects we rely on every day.


Moonman by Ben Porter – Procedurally generated adventure

Moonman is a procedurally-generated adventure game for PC, Mac and Linux looking for support via Kickstarter.


Plug & Play – “Nothing less than love”

Created by Michael Frei, Mario von Rickenbachthe and the Zurich based Etter Studio, Plug & Play for iOS invites you to explore the feelings of anthropoid creatures that go beyond sexuality and reproduction: love.


The Cathedral of Computation – Ian Bogost

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Jacobsons’s Fabulous Olfactometer – Sensorial prosthesis for air pollution

Created by Susanna Hertrich, Jacobson’s Fabulous Olfactometer (JFO) is a sensorial prosthesis that mimics mammalian ‘flehmen’ when air pollution levels are high. The prosthetic is modeled after a sense organ that enables certain animals to sense odourless chemicals.


Internet Age Media Weekend

The first Internet Age Media Weekend connects the future of niche communication in Barcelona.


Transient Materialization – Ephemeral material-oriented digital fabrication

Transient Materialization explores the relationship between digital and material-based digital fabrication through n-hedron structure composed mainly of soap foam, which is blown, through a mixture of air and helium, into a foam structure.



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[BRDG020] Lilium – Kenichi Yoneda (Kynd) in collaboration with BRDG

Created by Kenichi Yoneda (Kynd) in collaboration with Tokyo ‘visual label’ BRDG, [BRDG020] Lilium is an audio-visual experiment that combines Kynd’s research into water colour simulation with the music by Yopparigami/Yu Miyashita.


Teenage Engineering and Cheap Monday launch a line of pocket operators

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Bright Matter: Afterglow – Joanie Lemercier on light, craft, and the sublime

From November to January 2014, Muriel Guépin Gallery in NY was the home to ‘Bright Matter’, an exhibition of enigmatic works by five international artists widely recognized for their spatial-aesthetic research, creative engineering, and stunning perceptual hacks. We check in with the event’s instigator, curator, and participating artist Joanie Lemercier for a report, the back story, and a 2015 teaser.


pplkpr – App to analyze, manage and optimize your social life

Created by Lauren McCarthy and Kyle McDonald, pplkpr is an app that tracks, analyzes, and auto-manages your relationships. Using a smartwatch, pplkpr monitors your physical and emotional response to the people around you, and optimizes your social life accordingly.


Oil – Creation via deprivation, divestment and destruction

Created by Moscow based artist Dmitry Morozov aka ::vtol::, Oil is the latest in the series of installations by Dmitry that explore the relationship between the material and ephemeral in contemporary culture.


String Fountain by Paolo Salvagione

Created by Paolo Salvagione, String Fountain is a kinetic sculpture that uses propulsion to elevate a continuous piece of string into the air.


Submissions for 2015 Prix Ars Electronica Prize Consideration Are Now Being Accepted

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Deep Lab, Deep Dive – Book Sprint at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

This past December a dozen artists, activists, and researchers converged at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry for a book sprint. Led by Addie Wagenknecht, the all-women cadre convened under the collective moniker Deep Lab, and examined how privacy, security, surveillance, and large-scale data aggregation are problematized in the arts, culture and society.


The Overkill Festival 2015, Enschede, Netherlands / 24-25 Jan 2015

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The Augmented Hand Series – Playful, dreamlike and uncanny

The Augmented Hand Series is a real-time interactive software system that presents playful, dreamlike, and uncanny transformations of its visitors’ hands.


Experimental mobile apps by Devine (Aliceffekt) Lu Linvega

The following is a collection of experimental mobile apps by interactive developer Devine Lu Linvega, created using openFrameworks.


Flutter – Sound artefacts as an expression for grieving adolescents

Created at Fabrica, Flutter is an experimental app concept designed specifically for grieving adolescents. It uses music to help those experiencing the loss of a loved one – a period of time often resulting in high levels of isolation and incredibly difficult emotional problems.