A critical view on our obsession with authenticity

For a while I am having this strong urge to be who I really am, to be authentic, to be genuine, and I want others to be like that as well. It has become an important value for me, even to the extent that I launched the website genuinehearts.net for it. But today I finished the eye-opening book “Everyone is an Artist” which shows that there is also a darker side to our modern obsession with authenticity.

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Chimaera

This short is divided in 3 different scenes; first a mountain, second a desert and third an island. The goal is really to play with the duality between the physical and the digital worlds. It aims to loose a bit the spectator’s perception, by the way of, in one hand a realistic 3D environment, and in other hand glitch and sound effects for remind the digital and the “false”. We no longer live only in the physical world but also in the digital world. And it have a strong impact in everyday life. This short is also an esthetic and experimental project.

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Test: Arkanoid Video Mixer

Prototype implementation of a system where external hardware *2x Screens and Stroboscope) are integrated as object in a spatial Arkanoid type game environment.

What happens:
-A projected bouncing cube triggers the display of a random video upon collision.
-The strobe is triggered by in in-game collisions (Like Arkanoid Brick/Ball)
-User interaktion through mouse control of the position of the lower cube (Arkanoid Paddle).

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Depth Perception Browser Add-on

I’ve been wondering for a while what the world inside a computer would look like. Would the directory structure form some kind of landscape, with hills and mountains? While I didn’t end up investigating the folder hierarchy on my computer, this question made me look differently at the world of web pages.

Web pages share a similarity to the folder structure inside your computer, which is their hierarchical nature. In addition to that, elements of a web page have dimensions and are part of a visual layout. So will I really discover a landscape this time?

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Dear IMDb User – Experimental Showcase

For over a year now, I’ve been emailing IMDb users to let them know they’re involved in my Rapping.Reviews project. Every day I send 30 emails, which means I’ve sent approximately 10.000 emails during this time! Its rather time-consuming, but the conversations emerging from this endeavor are incredibly interesting to me and valuable to my ongoing research into topics like privacy, information overload and authorship.

As part of a work presentation for tutors and fellow students, I decided to print out some of these email conversations. Herewith I show the scale of my undertaking and allow them a peek into my personal inbox. It just took me a couple of hours to put everything on the wall.

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Music Makers Hacklab (CTM Festival Berlin 2017)

From the 30th of January until the 5nd of February I participated in the annual “Music Makers Hacklab” in Berlin, as part of Club TransMediale Festival (CTM). The hacklab was facilitated by artists Byrke Lou and Peter Kirn, and was hosted by Native Instruments. “The hacklab is a collaborative, improvisatory, experimental environment for working together to conceive and realise new ideas in a week of intensive activity.”

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R.I.P. lectus, Rap auditoribus

(The English Edition)

by Radu Pintea

This is no mistake: there is something between us. Definitely. It is unavoidable. It is everywhere. The days when technics were a help to the people are over. There are pieces of hardware craftily patched together to make the users’ daily chores easier, their lives better. They are littered just about everywhere from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, from Tai Pei to Timbuktu, a huge mass of man made things, tools, instruments, mechanisms each one endowed with its own precise logic, point and functionality. They have accumulated in time, used, discarded, recycled, invented and reinvented until they have grown to end up as an aggregated, compact, hard crust, shell or husk around the soft, still juicy and frail core of the humanity that has designed and conceived them and built them to serve a specific purpose, to make work easier, secure the rest or the travel more comfort and faster a pace.

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