Culture exchange program has made it possible for Kruno JoÅ¡t and Ricardo Palmieri to present installation CultureRobot at festival HAIP 08.
CultureRobot is participatory interactive installation that raises awareness of social and political sphere that is affecting autonomous cultural sphere in Ljubljana.
“The HAIP Festival puts on display multimedia art forms resulting from creative use of open technologies and the freedom of artistic expressions in open-source media. It presents works of the young, promising artists and creative engineers on international level, who specialize in top-notch, open-standards-supported arts and multimedia art practices. The festival features individuals and groups with a critical approach towards the technologies that surround us and shape our everyday environment.” (from http://www.haip.cc/)
From 27th to 31th of October final preparations of the installation has been made. Steps were:
1. Making of the Robots (recycled material for small robots)
2. Tracking the Robots (Open CV with hacked webcam for infrared detection)
3. Filtering the Robots data (positioning in PD)
4. Image of the Map (interactive)
This are the tools and recycled material used to make a robot
First we had to test electronical circuit that will power electro motors.
This is how the elements are supposed to be glued on the body of the robot – the old DVD.
To help stabilizing the wheels we used old metal plates. We glued wheels on metal plates. Wheels are made with rubber material found in pipe repair store.
Everything was glued on the top of the CD and circuit was connected based on the scheme.
Robot antenas that will on contact shut down one of the motors thus making robot turn in one direction were glued (later soldered) to electronic switches.
We fitted caps made from plastic bottles trying to prevent robots to hook each other with antennas.
This is the movie of robot movement
To help us work we visited local TV and radio repair shop and collected old remote controls that were disassembled and led diodes were taken out.
Led diodes are glued on the top of each robot.
Old web cam was hacked by inserting found developed slide film. This will filter out all unwanted infrared light and show only led diode light on the back of our robots.
Pure Data (open source software for multimedia interactivity) patch for detecting robot movements looks like this.
Collaborative map was developed during past months with artist and cultural workers from Ljubljana. Map is representing cultural points in center of Ljubljana. This map will continue to aggregate data on suggestions of the HAIP festival visitors.
This is PD patch that calibrates specific location on the map with the coordinates of the robot. It will detect when robot is on the coordinate thus creating visuals on the projected screen.
Activities of the robots are seen on the map by changing colors.
Circo Voador is a cultural space in the middle of the Rio da Janeiro neighborhood called Lapa.It started almost 30 years ago under a circus structure, and it was the place where most of the best known brazilian rock bands had their first gigs. At one point it was closed by city mayer. The story goes that he visiting Circo Voador while celebrating for being elected where he was booed by the people there. He exercised his power by simply closing the space down.
Now run by the NGO with great financial help of municipal government, modern Circo Voador is transformed into club for culture with commercial programs, mainly samba, hip-hop and rock concerts, supported by companies like TIM (mobile phone operator popular among young people), Pepsi and such.
At the same time, under project Pontos de cultura, there are construction works happening under the concert stage where new spaces for workshops in open source tools for audio and video production will take place. One of the events that is not part of commercial program, but rather a place for research, knowledge exchange and collaborative work is study group GEMA Carioca that is happening every Thursday.
GEMA Carioca’s current project is creating video mixer with recycled material and using Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. DIY videomixer can be used for mixing live inputs such as cameras, but also to control various software such as Pure Data for VJing and so on.
Cinelerra (open source software for video editing) workshops are held too at the production space of the CV area. At the same space there is a video production facilities where materials filmed at the concerts are edited for the archives.
USP is one of the biggest universities in Brazil besides UNICAMP in Campinas (both in Sao Paulo state). USP is established 1934. hosting more than 70 000 students and covers the area of 76 799 555 m2 with 4 museums and 4 hospitals. Here is the map >>
I was invited to give a lecture on artistic production in GentleJunk collective and to talk about art and culture in general at Escola de ComunicaÃ§Ã£o e Artes – ECA (School for Communication and Arts) on Friday 25th of April. As students were mainly from department of sculpturing, their professor and my host, Mario Ramiro invited me to present Circuit Bending as a way of handling electronic devices as objects. Discussion and lecture went on to many different questions including free culture, free media and ways of artistic production today.
Markets are specific places in every city. The sound, way people interact, merchants and traders announce their products, others with bags and trolleys tasting fruits and inspecting vegetables. Lots of bargain and haggle, food for one Reais, people with bags full of lemons pulling your sleeve.
City of Sao Pulo recently introduced the law of ‘visual pollution’ banning billboards from the streets. It was discussed that every billboard can distract driver for 15 meters, causing great risks in traffic.
So, what is other place where lots of people travel and have enough time to consume commercials? Well, its metro. Metro cars have small screens with non stop video commercials.
Here you can also here an audio drive-trough one of the stations of LINHA VERDE (green line) at Sao Paulo metro.
This year’s MMKamp is all about the free travelling radio (or Putujuci Slobodni Radio) and our first stop was at the iSummit in Dubrovnik.
We set up the radio station, interviewed some iCommoners, set up an art performance about the value of money and free culture and had lot’s of fun at a radio party!
On sunday the Birds of a Feather session was held about structuring further Brazilian <-> Croatian free culture exchange. Only two people from the summit showed up, but we also had a couple of brazilians on-line (valeu cris e machado). With renewed ideas we think that this exchange is only going to get better!
EspaÃ§o Y (Estilingue) is independent space that is orginized at the principle of volontary collaborative work in the new media culture as well as social activities. It is located in a building with a long history of community activities, that was aboundened at the time of dictatorship. At present commercial acctivities are mainly reserved for ground floors, while upper floors are preety much empty.
Estrilingue is space that is accepting proposals for different workshops that can help community gatthered around it, but also broather community of people that are in and around the building. A series of cinema evenings are organized, as well as other activities.
‘Upgrade! is an international, emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Its decentralized, non-hierarchical structure ensures that Upgrade! (i) operates according to local interests and their available resources; and (ii) reflects current creative engagement with cutting edge technologies. While individual nodes present new media projects, engage in informal critique, and foster dialogue and collaboration between individual artists, Upgrade! International functions as an online, global network that gathers annually in different cities to meet one another, showcase local art, and work on the agenda for the following year.’
Disscusions on further tactics and strategic planing are held in the middle of exhibition showing jewellery of recycled plastic bottles.
Salvador has around 2.7 milion inhabitants and was the first colonial capital of Portugese Brasil in 16th century. It has the highest proportion of people of African descent in the country, and one of the largest black populations in the Western Hemisphere. Gilberto Gil, present Brazilian Minister of the culture is born in Salvador.