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Tad Takano pioneered an entirely new art medium, the cybergram print. He designed and built a computer controlled robotic machine that functioned somewhat like an animation device. Visualizing increments of movement and coding a computer, Takano enabled the device to expose small parts of photographic paper through a high contrast negative until an image emerged. Some of his pieces might have 2000 moves and 2000 exposures.
This project explores the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces by light painting signal strength in long-exposure photographs.
A four-metre long measuring rod with 80 points of light reveals cross-sections through WiFi networks using a photographic technique called light-painting.
Caress of the GAze
fain209 digital photo
Trevor Paglen is an artist whose work spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering, and numerous other disciplines. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures.
Autonomy Cube (2014)
Autonomy Cube is a sculpture designed to be housed in art museums, galleries, and civic spaces. The sculpture is meant to be both “seen” and “used.” This happens in several ways.
Several Internet-connected computers housed within the work create an open Wi-Fi hotspot called “Autonomy Cube” wherever it is installed. Anyone can join this network and use it to browse the Internet.
Limit-telephotography involves photographing landscapes that cannot be seen with the unaided eye. The technique employs high powered telescopes whose focal lengths range between 1300mm and 7000mm. At this level of magnification, hidden aspects of the landscape become apparent.
The source material for this video was intercepted by an amateur “satellite hacker” from an open channel on a commercial communication satellite over the western hemisphere. A large number of American surveillance aircraft and drones around the world are remotely piloted via communications satellites by ground-based operators in the United States.
Cutaway model: Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15 ZM.
artsy algorithm auction
Satterwhite’s worlds evoke the escapism of Afro-futurism and suggest a posthuman quasi-utopic virtual reality.
artsy field trip
By Iain Nash