Dead Drop

Dead Drop is a project Aram Bartholl made as a part of his ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC:

“Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is still in progress, to be continued here and in more cities.”

It reminds me a lot of a project I was involved in a couple of years ago. It was the “USB Gallery“, a public usb driven art gallery (an idea by artists Christian Posani and Francesco Carone). We had the same idea of spreading usb ports around the city, but in the end we didn’t :-)

Camera Obscura on Manhattan

“Most of Abelardo Morell’s photographs are digital, but a lot of his gear is, conceptually, a millennium old. Morell is among the few contemporary masters of the camera obscura, the ancient method of projecting an image on a wall (deployed by Renaissance masters, like Leonardo da Vinci, and possibly used as a painting aid). All it is, really, is a room with a tiny hole in the wall or roof that acts as a lens.”

[read more on nymag]

I’m a famous artist

David Kramer, “Impressive Resume,” 2010.
Currently on view at Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris

“We live in this time where everything is in the present tense. Memories are simply the source materials for “tonight’s act.” Any film clip or historical document can be summoned by surfing the web, and entire TV networks are devised to trot out re-runs of Westerns and cartoons, all juxtaposed against the backdrop of people downloading what just happened, off of their telephones for public consumption. Through this, I am a storyteller. An archivist and an entertainer. And most importantly an artist.”


Gcity, a new video work by Marco Cadioli (aka Marco Manray): “A flight over the cities that are emerging in Google Earth. Skyscrapers with nothing around in a still uninhabited world.”

Augmented Reality Art Invasion

“On Saturday October 9th, the physical space inside the MoMA NY building hosted a virtual exhibition occupying all floors (including an additional virtual 7th floor) in parallel to its ongoing show. The show was not be visible to regular visitors of the MoMA, but those using a smartphone application called “Layar Augmented Reality browser” (available for free in the iPhone app store and Android market) were able to see additional works on each of the floors, put there using location-based augmented reality techniques. So far, the MoMA is not involved in all this yet.
But that’s not a requirement anymore anno 2010, being independent by using AR. The experimental exhibition is part of the Conflux Festival, the annual New York festival dedicated to the psychogeography practice.”