Satellite Sounder exhibit at PICNIC 08 

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Satellite Sounders at PICNIC  
Try out the Satellite Sounders during the new media conference PICNIC 08, in the Virtueel Platform dome at the Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
24 - 26 September 2008

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Satellite Soundings from 4 places 
Singapore :

Genova :

Los Angeles :

at sea ... :

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from Sight Reduction Tables to Satellite Sounders! 
This first image was taken on board yacht Symphony in 2007 showing my experiments with the Sight Reduction Tables for navigating with the Sextant. The second image is taken a year later and shows the Satellite Sounders taking the navigation data and turning it directly into sounds. I think it shows a nice continuation...

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Re:visie / Netherlands Film Festival, 28 September 14:00 
I'll present/perform Sun Run Sun and the Satellite Sounders at this event held at the Kikker theater in Utrecht, alongside Esther Polak and A.I.R.
Re:visie / Netherlands Film Festival

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video stream of lecture at UCLA  
The lecture about Sun Run Sun that I delivered in April 2008 at the Experimental Design Arts / Art|Sci Centre, University of California Los Angeles, is now online!!

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experiencing the sounders! 

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sounds from the Dead Reckoning installation 
This sound and projected data installation takes a live GPS signal from a fixed point in the room and enables you to hear the moving satellites coming in and out of focus during the day. It was first exhibited at NIMK/Montevideo in Amsterdam April-May 2008 as part of the Sun Run Sun residency project.

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Satellite Sounding at Villa Croce, Genova 

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Sun Run Sun at ISEA 2008 Singapore 
I'll be presenting the latest work with the Satellite Sounders and Sun Run Sun at the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2008. The symposium and exhibition events run from 25 - 30 July, I will present at 11am 29th July.

Annet Dekker will talk about Sun Run Sun as part of her research project PPS: PublicPrivateSpace at 11:30 29th July

ISEA, the International Symposium on Electronic Art initiated in 1988, is the world's premier media arts event for the critical discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in interactive and digital media. Held biannually in various cities throughout the world, this migratory event is being held in Asia for the second time in its history, after Singapore successfully secured this bid. This symposium consists of three aspects of peer reviewed conference, internationally juried exhibition and various in-conjunction and partner events.

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Sun Run Sun reviewed in Neural ... aces.phtml

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Sun Run Sun in Eyeball Media Art Webzine Korea 
An essay by Heiner Holtappels on Media Art in Public Space in the Netherlands.

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Satellite Sounders at NIME in Genova, 6 June 
I'll be presenting the Satellite Sounders at NIME
8th International Conference New Interfaces for Musical Expression, in Genova, Italy.
I will take walks from the Museo dŽArte Contemporanea Villa Croce,
16:00 - 18:00 on Friday 6 June.

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Satellite Sounders during Temporary Museum Amsterdam 

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Satellite Sounding in California 

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Navigating the Space of the Future - symposium video online 
The archive of the streamed symposium Navigating the Space of the Future, with the talks by David Dunn, Atau Tanaka and myself can now be seen on the NIMk website

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Artist Walks - Temporary Museum Amsterdam 11 May 
Today I'll be taking 3 public walks with the Satellite Sounders leaving from NIMk at 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00 as part of Temporary States, Temporary Museum Amsterdam

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Guest Lecture at University of California, Los Angeles, April 28, 12pm 
I'll be giving a lecture about Sun Run Sun, the conceptual and technical development, and presenting the sounds and Satellite Sounders at:

EDA Experimental Digital Arts, room 1250
Broad Art Center
University of California, Los Angeles
April 28, 12pm

more information on the UCLA Art|Sci Centre

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Interview: A Journey Through Sound 
Carmen Hutting and Annet Dekker interviewed me recently, published in the Tag Mag 5, produced by <>Tag in Den Haag. You can now read it in the side bar of this blog or online at the NIMk website:

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V2 Test_Lab Topology video 
The Test_Lab: Topology stream is now online > find the Satellite Sounders presentation at 49:00

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Satellite Sounders at V2 
I'll be presenting the Satellite Sounders as part of the Test_Lab Topology evening at V2_Insitute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam. The evening starts at 20:00 and includes a number of presentations around theme of topology.

"This topology edition of Test_Lab will feature several new and exciting (aRt&D) projects within the artistic topology tradition and will investigate the common understanding of the notion of topology in the arts. Test_Lab: Topology will reveal censored areas on Google maps and the true networks of the world's power structures, and will include a sonic navigation walk and a fashionable artist intervention."

It will be streamed live on

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Seminar : Navigating the Space of the Future : 15 April  
The evening begins at 20:30hrs, NIMk, Keizersgracht 264, Amsterdam

Presentations by: Yolande Harris, David Dunn and Atau Tanaka

"What does it mean to navigate? What is the importance of location specificity? What does it mean to get lost? The increasing accuracy of satellite navigation strives to eliminate the possibility of human error, but it also produces a sense of dislocation from one's immediate environment by abstracting location as the coordinates of longitude and latitude. What place is there for one's body, one's senses, one's conscious and unconscious awareness of space, if this knowledge is so apparently made redundant by GPS? What, if any, role can historical skills of navigation at sea, of observation, choice, intuition and improvisation play in navigating the spaces of the future?
The symposium 'Navigating the Space of the Future' will take these questions as its starting point to see if we can find our way within the dense environment of global positioning technologies. The field is open but the practice is just starting to form itself by looking at ways to counter locative media strategies where geographical walks are organised that use the city and the street as a playing field negating the relation between space, architecture, time, body and mind. The presentations will focus on new ways of interpreting data of location and navigation by relating these directly to the physical (space) through the use of sound. "

more information and reservations on NIMk

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Sun Running at STEIM 

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performance at STEIM, 2 April 
Sun Running performance at STEIM Wednesday 2 April 20:30

"Physicality in electronic music has always been one of the central themes at STEIM, but not every musician takes a gestural or bodily approach to performing their music. Physicality of the sound, the space and the location are equally important, especially for laptop musicians and sound artists.
For our next concert we have invited three typically "non-gestural" artists to work in our studios and prepare for this performance. We wanted to create a critical platform for laptop musicians as well where new forms of presentation and performances can be explored. For each of these invited artists, their instrument extends beyond the actual device that they are touching by incorporating the speaker, field recordings and navigational data as essential elements of the performance. We hope to see you at our next event to witness these extended techniques in live laptop music."

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Sun Run Sun at NIMk Territorial Phantom exhibition 29 March - 12 May 

a Satellite Sounder !

Dead Reckoning sound and video installation using live GPS data.

Satellite Sounders hanging in the windows for visitors to take outside.

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"the threads of the air" 
"Similarly, when summer and winter separate so that either summer recedes and winter arrives or winter recedes and summer arrives, than a certain mixed substance appears, flying in the air, like a whiteness of threads, where the air is purifying itself. This descends to the earth owing to the collision of summer and winter, that is, when the two seasons come into conflict with each other."

Hildegard of Bingen (1098 - 1179) from Causes and Cures

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Navigating by Circles at <>TAG 
An image of my video and sound installation as part of the group exhibition on Eco-Aesthetics curated by Hicham Khalidi and Tiffany Holmes. The exhibition opened last Saturday 22 march and runs until 28 April and gives a very interesting perspective on art and environmental issues without being didactic or heavy ... well done <>TAG!

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references to the books I read in my talk 
I based my talk at Mediamatic (20 march) on this idea:
The experience of sound is internal, as a process that influences the relationship between the self and the environment. True navigation consists of a continuously coherent relationship between the two.

I read excerpts from books that represent a series of correspondences between my ideas in Sun Run Sun and those of other writers, thinkers composers. They re-enforced five points:

1. static position is derived from movement
Brian Massumi, Parables for the Virtual, Movement Affect, Sensation (Duke University Press 2002)
Chapter 8 is called Strange Horizon and deals with navigation and body topologies (p180)

2. Where am I? Correspondence between place and map, the surroundings and its representation.
Edwin Hutchins Cognition in the Wild (MIT Press 1995)
presents research in cognitive science using navigation on a naval vessel as the primary investigation. Also a large section on Micronesian navigation techniques in contrast to Western techniques.

3. sounds in water, air and solids; the ear in orientation and balance
David Dunn Why do Whales and Children Sing? (Earth Ear 1999) I played the excerpt on underwater sounds. (p33)

4. towards amphibians, swimming, floating, frogs
Umberto Eco The Island of the Day Before (Minerva 1995)
the main character is discovering how to swim from the boat to the shore, and attempts to copy the movements and sounds of a frog... (p361)

5. a planetary, orbiting perspective
R. Buckminster Fuller Intuition (Anchor Press 1973)
this amazing book was written on the eve of the launch of his yacht which he named Intuition. I read a section about moving in and out, rather than up (stairs) and down (stairs), with respect to the earth. (p106-112)

"...we are indeed riding
Within the thin gaseous skin of a planet."

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lecture at Mediamatic 20 March  
I'm presenting the ideas around the project at Mediamatic in Amsterdam as part of the Eco-Aesthetics exhibition and events organised by <>TAG.

Here's the program for the evening:program

"How can artists translate everyday information visually or sonically? What are innovative artists and designers doing to promote conservation of resources using innovative technology and creative thinking? How can art make us more aware of the kilowatts we consume or the carbon we emit? Can artists significantly inspire observers to be more environmentally sensitive by giving information a particular form or sound? Furthermore, can art increase our ability to analyze and relate spiritually and emotionally to the natural world we live in?"

19:00 entrance
19:15 - 19:20 introduction by Hicham Khalidi
19:25 - 19:45 lecture Tiffany Holmes
19:50 - 20:10 lecture Beatriz da Costa

20:15 - 20:35 concert
20:35 - 20:55 pause

20:55 - 21:15 lecture Michael Mandiberg
21:20 - 21:40 lecture Yolande Harris
21:45 - 22:05 lecture Esther Polak

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amphibian at <>TAG 

There was a fantastic turn out at <>TAG for the performance, so many people that they didn't actually fit - sorry to anyone who couldn't see or be within the 'aquarium' of speakers where the sound was best.

I used 2 of the Satellite Sounders (you can see one lying on the table, I'm bringing the other one in from outside) and managed to keep the live GPS signal during the performance, both sounders were mapped to different sounds.

I'm still waiting for the official photos, I found this on flicker taken by one of the audience - thanks! they note that the dutch minister of culture is sitting in the corner on the right...

thanks to Keir, Hicham and others from <>TAG for making this such a fun event!

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