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Archive for May, 2008

BeggingBot

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The “Bettelbot”/”BeggingBot” by Alexander Gurko plays music just by floppy and hard drive mechanics. A 3,75 and 2,5 inch floppy drive and a very old hard disk represent different instruments playing a nice tune by just moving their heads and motors. When the tune is finished the CD drive opens asking for money :-). Just pay some cents and the bot plays again.
Very nice piece. :-)

Alexander Gurko is student at the New Media class Kunsthochschule Kassel.

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May 30th, 2008 at 11:49 am

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At Kaiser Supermarkt, Central Station Berlin you can buy floppy disks at the checkout. I could’t believe what my eyes saw there. Floppy disk?!?!? I wondered if this was an artistic intervention and talked to the cashier at the checkout. She said they had the discs since they openend in 2006 (!!!) and never sold one pack. Hehe nice. Ok, whenever you are in Berlin and might need some floppys for a DIY project just check Kaisers. They are totally up to date ;-)

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May 30th, 2008 at 11:35 am

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Talk at KHK

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Yesterday I had a talk at the Art School Kassel. I enjoyed my one day trip to Kassel quite a lot. A nice modern concrete school from the 70ties is sitting right in the sunny parc in Kassel. It was a good experience to present and then really to discuss my work. An art school poses some more and critique questions then a usual audience in a conference. Afterwards the New Media class of Prof. Joel Baumann showed me some of their projects and we had more discussion.

Thanks a lot to Olaf Val, (assistant of the New Media class) for the invitation and good conversation. See you around Olaf!

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May 30th, 2008 at 9:44 am

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I like the way how Tönjes serves coffee.
[and it s really good, hmm...]

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May 27th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

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German Finger

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I already had a pic of the official german finger print scanner in my blog lately.
But this time I had to get a new passport which includes a scan of my left and right index finger.
~I am really so happy that I can help my country to save us from terrorism by having my fingers scanned, wonderfull ~ …. [hehe, but I didn t tell them they were scanning a Schäuble (Minister of Internal Affairs) replica ;-)]

More details about the fake fingerprint of german Minister of Internal Affairs on edri.org

UPDATE:
Before this goes out of control! I didn’t really do it. I haven’t used a Schäuble replica for my passport finger scans. But I just wanted to point out the possibility (as suggested by CCC last 24c3) .

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May 27th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

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Hey NYC !

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The very cool project “International Dance Party” by Niklas Roy and Addad Hannah was shown lately in Montreal at the Elektra festival.

Hey NYC, before this nice piece will be shipped to europe (ZKM) in Autum 2008 Ihighly recommend to get it to the US. Still fresh! Low cost shipping! Great artists! Buy now!
;-)

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May 27th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

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Inflated Metal

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Yesterday I went to see the 8.1 Pechakucha Berlin at this year DMY organised by my good friend Joachim and Iepe (famous for chess boxing in DE). I enjoyed an excellent list of 20:20 talks. Best I did like the live presentation of Oskar Zieta. Hilarious! Two welded metal plates blown up to a chair. I like that a lot. Just think of all the possibilities.

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May 23rd, 2008 at 8:07 pm

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Sex And The City

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May 23rd, 2008 at 7:07 pm

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untitled-1

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“untitled-1″
mixed media: wood, stone
dimensions: 120 x 120 x 40 cm

by
unknown construction site worker

(Grosse Hamburger Str. , Berlin)

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May 21st, 2008 at 2:32 pm

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Fake Real – Real Fake

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I take it as a compliment like in chinese culture when I find reproductions of my work on the net. This Google Map marker is a nice and very subtle variation of my “Map” installation. And Paul The Wine Guy has a whole series of web/computer symbols in public space in his flickr set. Some well known graffiti artists are cited there, too. But the irony of the collection showed up while I was taking a closer look at the “photographs”. Most of them (or even all) turn out to be photoshoped. In case of the map marker is some 3D involved. Well done, good job, hehe.

The digital to real translation has become so much mainstream that it doesn’t need to be accomplished in physical space any more. Maybe time has come for me to change the plan and to go back into architecture again. ;-)

Pic by Paul The Wine Guy cc

Thanks for the link Peter!

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May 21st, 2008 at 12:18 pm

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