Sunday, May 29, 2016

Event 2: ANNE NIEMETZ, Lecture

Date: May 3rd, 2016

Anne Niemetz is a media artist and designer working in the fields of wearable technology, interactive installation, and audio-visual design. She is particularly fascinated by the convergence of art, science, design and technology, and she pursues collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects.
Using the human body as a blank canvas designers create works of wearable art. Starship Pirouette is a wearable technology costume created by designer Anne Niemetz. Starship Pirouette was inspired by UFOs and features lights on the top, side, and bottom of the garment. “The speed of the light movement on the side is influenced by an accelerometer and there is a light ring at the bottom which slowly pulses,” says Niemetz.

The dark side of the cell is an audio-visual event treating one of the most interesting recent discoveries in nano-biotechnology: cellular sounds. For a long time musicians have been inspired by microscopic life-forms and the fascinating structures of the smallest building blocks of the universe, but not until now have we been able to listen to the sound of living cells. Scientists at UCLA first made the discovery that yeast cells oscillate at the nanoscale in 2002. Amplifying this oscillation results in a sound that lies within the human audible range. These electrical signals can then be amplified and distributed by speakers. Manipulating the cell with chemicals will result in a change of oscillation. Isopropanol, for example, will change a “singing cell” into a “screaming cell”.

Drones are most commonly associated with unmanned attacks on civilians and the surveillance of populations. There is significant concern about the use of drone technologies for these often ethically questionable objectives. Annie’s newest project, Drone Sweet Drone, asks us to consider the ordinary and extraordinary ways that drones affect our everyday lives.

I would definitely recommend this event. The lecture shows that different elements of technology can be combined to create very impactful and thought-provoking art projects, which is very applicable to what we are learning in the class.

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WEEK 9: Space + Art

With advancements in space technology, humans’ fascination with the cosmos has grown exponentially, and artists are exploring concepts of space that are bringing us closer to the solar system and outer space more than ever.
Humans have always been searching for intelligent organisms in the universe. NASA placed an ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 and 2 - a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. While the information was designed to be comprehensible based on human’s perception, it remains uncertain whether extraterrestrial lives can decipher it since they may have completely different logic or ways of perceiving the world.
A cosmic meditation on life and death, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room series hypnotizes viewers. The artist hung hundreds of flashing LED lights from the ceiling of a darkened, mirrored room. The reflections created a dizzying sense of endless space. This seemingly infinite space is populated by hanging, blinking LEDs, which make the space seems like a galaxy or a nebula.
Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata used some spare moments aboard the International Space Station to create a spiral light painting that used the station's microgravity and a few LEDs to make some truly impressive photographs. The work, called Spiral Top, was originally created by light artist Takuro Osaka, and Wakata used the familiar long-exposure photo technique to yield spiraling light beams that were enhanced by the zero gravity conditions of the makeshift photo "studio."
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Vesna, Victoria. Space Pt4. YouTube. UC Online Program, 29 May 2012. Web. 29 May 2016.
THE GOLDEN RECORD. Voyager. NASA, n.d. Web. 29 May 2016. <>.

Space Art. Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 29 May 2016.