[extropy-chat] ARTS: Public Display of Attention

Natasha Vita-More natasha at natasha.cc
Wed Mar 1 16:05:13 UTC 2006

November 14, 2005
<http://www.year01.com/transmedia2959/>Public Display of Attention

Michael Alstad has a thing about public space. Through strategic 
appropriations of storefronts and commercial billboards, Canada's favorite 
exhibitionist creates street-level installations that offer society a 
lens-mediated look at itself. Alstad is now back in our faces as co-curator 
of Transmedia: 29:59, a year-long exhibition on the pedestrian level video 
billboard at Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square. Developed with artist Michelle 
Kasprzak, the project features one-minute videos that run every half hour, 
on the 29th and 59th minute. November's works explore the webcam--that 
ubiquitous little icon of public surveillance and private voyeurism. On the 
29th minute, Toronto can watch Cheryl Sourkes's 'Live from the Wedding 
Chapel in Las Vegas,' a series of videos showing various Elvis 
impersonators marrying a variety of heterosexual couples, which Sourkes 
made by animating stills captured from a remote webcam. Minute 59 features 
BlueScreen's 'StreamScape,' a perpetually c! hanging video work made up of 
hybridized images from 13 webcams scattered throughout the world, all 
gathered on a server and incorporated into an on-line 'inhabited 
landscape.' Of course, you don't have to be in Toronto to experience these 
web works. Click on the Transmedia link to peep in on them from the comfort 
of your own screen. - Peggy MacKinnon


<http://www.natasha.cc/>Natasha <http://www.natasha.cc/>Vita-More
Cultural Strategist - Designer
Future Studies, University of Houston
President, <http://www.extropy.org/>Extropy Institute
Member, <http://www.profuturists.com/>Association of Professional Futurists
Founder, <http://www.transhumanist.biz/>Transhumanist Arts & Culture

If you draw a circle in the sand and study only what's inside the circle, 
then that is a closed-system perspective. If you study what is inside the 
circle and everything outside the circle, then that is an open system 
perspective. - Buckminster Fuller

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