[-empyre-] The New Aesthetic: Seeing Like Machines

G.H. Hovagimyan ghh at thing.net
Fri Sep 14 23:57:25 EST 2012

Hi David et al.. 
I just did a piece called 3D Karaoke using kinect cameras and meshlab to produce a live 3D video with Karaoke songs and text.  I did this at a residency at the pixel palace in Newcastle,UK.  I could try and make it a commercial product but how boring is that?
It would take a number of years to release and cost millions to develop. So I decided to release it as open source. It  was after all built on processing with open source code and hacked Kinect cameras.  So what does this mean? two things, the equipment and code are public/ private(developed at MIT and ITP and Microsoft)  also Stephen Pedersen and Bang Guel Han at an Artists Meeting workshop did the initial code based on two books , Making Things See and Kinect and Arduino.
 As I said in my earlier post, it's a two way street,  we see like machines and the machines see more like the way we do.  What does this mean? Away from the big museums, big business, big hollywood, big silicon valley, big academia are artists and hackers working in the world. They're more interested in using the tools to alter the balance and change the way people perceive themselves and others.  I'm interested in playing with the border between physical and virtual. Between calculation and comprehension.


On Sep 13, 2012, at 1:21 PM, David Berry wrote:

> But it doesn't have to be that way, and so far I have more hope that it even in its impoverished consumerized form, it still serves to serve notice of computational thinking and processes, which stand out then against other logics. This is certainly one of the interesting dimensions to the new aesthetic both in terms of the materiality of computationality, but also in terms of the need to understand the logics of postmodern capitalism, even ones as abstract as obscure computational systems of control. 

G.H. Hovagimyan

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