CAN 2019

All projects published on CAN in 2019.


CAN 2019 – Highlights and Favourites

As per tradition each year, December is when we look back at the amazing work published on CAN. From ingenious machines and installations to mesmerising experiences that leverage new mediums for artistic inquiry – we added scores of projects to CAN’s archive in 2019. Here are some highlights.

23/12/2019
2,687

Artificial Arboretum – Preservation of “photogrammetrees” found in Google Earth

‘Artificial Arboretum‘ by Jacqueline Wu is a project exploring the preservation, study, and public display of “photogrammetrees” found in Google Earth. The collection includes a range of diverse species harvested from their rendered world using the same tools and techniques that created them.

26/11/2019
2,352

Self-Choreographing Network – Cyber-physical design and interactive bending-active systems

Created by Mathias Maierhofer and Valentina Soana at the ICD, ‘Self-Choreographing Network’ is a project aiming to challenge the prevalent separation between (digital) design and (physical) operation processes of adaptive and interactive architectural systems.

11/10/2019
3,042

Lieux Ordinaires (Ordinary Places) – Surveillance as a storytelling medium

Created by Anouk Zibault at ECAL, ‘Lieux Ordinaires’ (Ordinary Places) is a project that explores new narratives of public space framed by surveillance – an alternative perspective and a medium with a power to ‘document’.

10/10/2019
1,124

Neo-Natur – A space for thought, about and for Nature / ART+COM

Designed and constructed by ART+COM Studios in collaboration with Futurium and Schiel Projekt, ‘Neo-Natur’ is a permanent installation for Berlin’s Futurium exhibition that explores our potential futures from different areas of life––from self-sufficient cities, to the future of work and ideas for more sustainable consumption.

30/09/2019
2,134

Hertzian Landscapes – The interactive space of a radio spectrum

Created by Richard Vijgen, ‘Hertzian Landscapes’ is a live visualization of the radio spectrum. It includes a digital receiver to scan large swaths of radio spectrum in near real-time and using Three.js visualises thousands of signals into a panoramic electromagnetic landscape.

27/09/2019
3,009

Why Would You Want to Picture It – On being a vector inside a neural network

Created by Philipp Schmitt, “Why Would You Want to Picture It” is a sculpture and sound installation engaging with opacity of ‘black box’ machine learning algorithms.

26/09/2019
1,115

OpenDataCam 2.0 – An open source tool to quantify the world

OpenDataCam is a open source tool to quantify the world. It consists of a camera attached to a mini computer that is running an object detection algorithm that counts and tracks moving objects.

30/08/2019
1,900

Artificial Arcadia – Measured and adjustable landscapes

Created by Fragmentin in collaboration with KOSMOS architects, ‘Artificial Arcadia’ is an interactive installation that creates a performative scenographic landscape for visitors to explore and calls them to consider how contemporary landscape entangles natural, artificial and digital realms.

29/08/2019
1,820

WiFi Impressionist – City as an electromagnetic landscape

Created by Richard Vijgen, ‘WiFi Impressionist’ is a field installation inspired by the cityscapes of William Turner that imagines the city as an electromagnetic landscape.

27/08/2019
1,249

Algorithmic Drive – Spectacular car(au)tonomy

‘Algorithmic Drive’ is an interactive installation and performance inspired by inspired by autonomous cars and dash cam compilations. The work plays with the tension generated by confronting the technologies used by mobile robotics with the unpredictable nature of the world.

20/08/2019
1,363

Vectoglyph – Vector forms as a foreign language

Created by Nicolas Boillot, ‘Vectoglyph’ is a project exploring both the behaviour and implications of GPT-2 AI, a text generating model developed by OpenAI that is able to generate coherent texts in English on demand (including “fake news”).

19/08/2019
1,133

Tracking Skynet – Sousveillance project by Filipe Vilas-Boas

Created by Filipe Vilas-Boas, ‘Tracking Skynet’ comprises the recording of a surveillance satellite whilst being under surveillance of the same.

19/08/2019
519

Blackberry Winter – Artificial human motion in asymmetry

Created by Christian Mio Loclair (Waltz Binaire), ‘Blackberry Winter’ is an investigation into the possibilities of identify motion as a continuous walk in a latent space of situations.

10/07/2019
2,188

SFPC Spring 2019 Student Showcase

SFPC tutors Celine Wong Katzman and Taeyoon Choi reflect on yet another successful session at the artist run school in New York. SFPC Fall 2019 Open Call is live now!

21/06/2019
3,030

BIY™ (Believe it Yourself) – Real-fictional belief-based computing kits by Automato

Created by Shanghai based design studio automato.farm, ‘BIY™ – Believe it Yourself’ is a series of real-fictional belief-based computing kits to make and tinker with vernacular logics and superstitions.

13/06/2019
4,602

Displuvium – Simulating natural and rigged meteorological phenomena

Created by Fragmentin, ‘Displuvium‘ is an artistic research that examines the human desire to control our natural environment, particularly meteorological phenomena. The installation, developed with Designer Renaud Defrancesco, takes the form of a pool filled with water and placed directly on the ground. On the water surface, the visitor can observe rainfall: water drops are […]

06/06/2019
2,351

Aweigh – Open navigation system inspired by insect eyes

Postgraduate designers from Imperial College and the Royal College of Art have developed an alternative positioning system based on the polarized vision of insects.

15/05/2019
1,330

HALO – Science of nature through the eyes and ears of a technological sublime

HALO is a large scale immersive artwork which embodies Semiconductor’s ongoing fascination with how we experience the materiality of nature through the lens of science and technology.

01/05/2019
2,771

Electronium – Raymond Scott’s instantaneous performance-composition machine reimagined by Yuri Suzuki

Yuri Suzuki and Pentagram in collaboration with Counterpoint have re-imagined the Electronium – Raymond Scott’s instantaneous performance-composition machine.

30/04/2019
1,381

Neuhaus.world – Participatory, interactive music video for Lake of Pavement

Created by Moniker, Neuhaus.world is a participatory, interactive music video for Lake of Pavement, a new track by the emerging Rotterdam based artist Jo Goes Hunting.

24/04/2019
916

Aguahoja – Programmable Water-based Biocomposites for Digital Design and Fabrication

Created by the team at the Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab, Aguahoja I is project/installation that is digitally designed and robotically manufactured out of the most abundant materials on our planet—the very materials found in trees, insect exoskeletons, apples and bones. Cellulose, chitosan, pectin and calcium carbonate are combined and compounded with high […]

22/03/2019
3,501

Open Highway – Surfacing the hidden layers of the city

Created by RNDR, Open Highway is a real-time light installation visualising highway vehicles at a scale of 1:1 from the Leidsche Rijn tunnel over the A2 highway in Utrecht.

15/02/2019
1,536

Anti-Drawing Machine – Whimsical and imperfectly characteristic collaborator

Created by Soonho Kwon, Harsh Kedia and Akshat Prakash, Anti-Drawing Machine project explores possible alternatives of how we engage with robots today—instead of purely utilitarian and precise, Anti-Drawing Machine is a robot that can be whimsical and imperfectly characteristic.

08/02/2019
2,561

Terra Mars – ANN’s topography of Mars in the visual style of Earth

Created by SHI Weili, For this project, Terra Mars is a speculative visualisation by an ANN (artificial neural network) to generate images that resemble satellite imagery of Earth modelled on topographical data of Mars. Terra Mars suggests a new approach to creative applications of artificial intelligence—using its capability of remapping to broaden the domain of […]

30/01/2019
1,633

100% Chair – Designing for Algorithmic Landscapes

Created by Radical Norms, 100% Chair is an exploratory project speculating on on the near future where humans and smart machines live, learn and work together. The project explores a design processes that consider Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) as a collaborator and a stakeholder. In the first of series of explorations, the team are looking at […]

23/01/2019
2,733

Alias – A teachable “parasite” for your smart assistant

Created by Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen, Alias is a teachable “parasite” that is designed to give users more control over their smart assistants, both when it comes to customisation and privacy.

15/01/2019
3,461

Alt-C – Designing for synergy between our ecosystems and network economics

Created by Michael Sedbon, Alt-C is an installation that uses electricity produced by plants to power a single board computer mining a cryptocurrency. The project questions our relationship to ecosystems in regards to networked technologies and abstraction problematics.

09/01/2019
2,937