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Babbage Nanopamphlets
Babbage Nanopamphlets
2015
Two million pamphlets were printed in elemental gold, higher in purity than 24-karat gold, using nanotechnology techniques. Around 250,000 copies were released in the exhibition room so they remain floating around in the air, potentially inhaled by the public. These pamphlets are 150 atoms thick and are biologically inert so pose no health risk. The rest of the pamphlets are shown suspended in water together with images taken by an electron microscope. The text engraved onto the gold leaflets is an excerpt from the Ninth Bridgewater Treatise (1837) by Charles Babbage. The text posits that the atmosphere is a vast repository of everything that has ever been said and that we could potentially "rewind" the movement of every molecule of air to recreate the voices of everyone who has spoken in the past.
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1984x1984
1984x1984
Shadow Box 10, 2014
"1984x1984" is the tenth piece in Lozano-Hemmer’s Shadow Box series of interactive displays with a built-in computerized tracking system. The piece shows a grid of thousands of random numbers extracted from addresses photographed by Google Street View. Scanned by Google from the front doors of buildings around the world, the numbers have an immense variety of fonts, colours, textures, and styles. As a viewer walks in front of the piece, their silhouette is represented within the display, and within its form, all the numbers count down to show the number 1984 repeated throughout. The piece was made as a homage to George Orwell’s eponymous dystopian novel, 30 years after his predicted date for the collapse of privacy.
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Method Random
Method Random
2013
"Method Random" is a series of chromogenic prints thathave been generated by computational methods thatattempt to create randomness. Random number generators(RNG) are essential algorithms for a large number ofapplications from encryption and security to simulation, juryselection, double-blind trials, statistical sampling, gametheory and many others. While the sum of all colours pickedby different RNG algorithms generates a neutral gray, patternscan be discerned when massive number of pixels canbe seen simultaneously. These prints show how humanperception of organization can often spot the fundamentaldifficulty for computers to appear unpredictable.
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Performance Review
Performance Review
2012
Performance Review is a photographic project comprisedof thousands of fingerprints captured by high magnificationdigital surveillance equipment. While the distinctivepatterns found in friction ridges of the human finger allowfor the identification of an individual, in these images thosesingularities are subsumed to create an ambiguous image,representing the generalized use of biometry itself. Namedafter 15 banks, the c-prints in this series are unique, eachconsisting of fingerprints from 750 different people.
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Navier-Stokes
Navier-Stokes
2008
"Navier-Stokes" is a series of computer-controlled lightboxes that show satellite pictures of border regions that have a vector of economic disparity, a history of military conflict or heavy migratory traffic. Instead of using regular white fluorescent light tubes to illuminate the print, the pieces have over one hundred thousand light emitting diodes (LEDs), which can highlight tiny features within the image. The first piece shows the Tijuana-San Diego border with Mexico illuminated red by default while the US is dark.
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Pinches Pelos
Pinches Pelos
2008
Human hairs engraved using a nanotechnology technique known as "Focused Ion Beam" (FIB). Each hair was coated with a gold film, FIB engraved with words and photographed with an electron microscope. The piece consists of a metal frame that holds the hair inside a test-tube, a backlit transparency and a certificate from the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research..
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Seismoscopes
Seismoscopes
2008
The series "Seismoscopes" consists of devices that detect vibration around them, from footsteps to earthquakes, and record this vibration on paper using an automated XY-plotter. As each Seismoscope registers any seismic wave it is programmed to draw an illustration of a single Skeptical philosopher, over and over again.
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Reporters With Borders
Reporters With Borders
Shadow Box 6, 2007
"Reporters With Borders" is a high resolution interactive display that simultaneously shows 864 video clips of news anchors taken from TV broadcasts in the United States and Mexico. As the viewer stands in front of the piece his or her silhouette is shown on the display and within it reporters begin to talk. Every 5 minutes the piece switches the video clips - from a database of 1600 - and classifies them along gender, race and country, so that for instance on the left there are only American reporters and on the right only Mexicans.
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Eye Contact
Eye Contact
Shadow Box 1, 2005
"Eye Contact" is the first piece of the Shadow Box series of interactive displays with a built-in computerized tracking system. This piece shows eight hundred simultaneous videos of people lying down, resting. As soon as a public member is detected, his or her presence triggers the miniature video portraits to wake up: hundreds of people simultaneously turn to look at the visitor directly, creating an uncanny experience that questions who is the observer and who is the observed.
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Under Scan
Under Scan
Relational Architecture 11, 2004
"Under Scan" is a public art installation based on self-representation. Thousands of "video-portraits" taken in Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Northampton and Nottingham are projected onto the ground; at first, the portraits are not visible because the space is flooded by white light coming from a high-powered projector. As people walk around the area, their shadows are cast on the ground, revealing the video-portraits in short sequences.
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Inspired by Real Events
Inspired by Real Events
2004
"Inspired by Real Events" is a series of six black and white photos taken from the point of view of surveillance cameras in different public places of Mexico City. Each photo shows a volunteer climbing a ladder about to reach the camera with his or her hand. A video on a surveillance monitor shows the sequences captured by the cameras.
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1000 Platitudes
1000 Platitudes
2002
"1000 Platitudes" is a large-scale photographic intervention project. It is comprised of photomontages and a video with 1,000 words or expressions commonly used to promote globalized cities to potential investors, such as "open", "modern", "clean", "multicultural" and "cosmopolitan". To make these images, a powerful projector (110,000 ANSI lumens of intensity for images of up to 70 by 70 metres) was placed on a 12-ton truck with a generator, then toured across the city of Linz, Austria.
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Amodal Suspension
Amodal Suspension
Relational Architecture 8, 2002
“Amodal Suspension" is a large-scale interactive installation in which people send short text messages to each other using a cell phone or web browser. However, rather than being sent directly, the messages are encoded as unique sequences of flashes with twenty robotically-controlled searchlights, not unlike the patterns that make up Morse code. Messages "bounce" around from searchlight to searchlight, turning the sky into a giant switchboard.
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