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Artist’s Notebook:
Greg Leuch

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished piece. This week, Greg Leuch talks about WhatColor.IsTheInter.net, presented with support from Eyebeam Art+Technology Center. It sounds cliché, but WhatColor.IsTheInter.net began in the shower sometime in mid-November 2012. I forget exactly what triggered the thought process, but I remember pondering how would […]

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Play Tekken With a Piano

Geoffrey Guterl created a hack that allows him to control an XBox 360 with a MIDI keyboard. In the video above, he demonstrates, playing Tekken — and handily defeating his online opponent! — while playing piano. As you might expect, the music produced isn’t exactly Chopin;  the limited controls and repetitive nature of gameplay make for a […]

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Roomba-Style Drawing Bot Is Super Adorable

From one tired soul just looking for a little beauty in this confusing world to another, here’s Robo Faber, a very cute little robot that rolls around on paper and produces randomly generated drawings. The art it produces, dubbed Mechanical Parts by creator Matthias Dörfelt, is distinctive, all super-clean lines and almost figurative images. “I really like that it […]

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Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ With Responsive Laser Accompaniment

During the famously riotous 1913 debut performance of the Rite of Spring, the crowd clamored as much over Vaslav Nijinsky’s physical, erratic choreography as they did over Igor Stravinsky’s thunderous score. It’s something that’s lost in contemporary performances of the Rite: the work is often performed in symphony halls, without dancers, and when the ballet is staged it inevitably […]

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Watch Artist Implant a
Net Art RFID Chip Into His Hand

“Only the stitches hurt, because I looked at them,” artist Anthony Antonellis says, trying not to itch the incision site between the thumb and index finger. He says it didn’t hurt when the Brooklyn body modification specialist cut open the skin with a 0.75 inch blade or when he stuck the long, blade-less installer inside, pushing and […]

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Finally, Guitar Hero for Eating (Real) Food

This should be fun: Pixelate, an art-piece-cum-arcade game that’s billed as a “showdown to see who can eat the most food in the correct order” by its creators. Not virtual food, though–real food like bananas, kiwis and strawberries, really ingested by the players. How does it work? Foods have particular electrical resistances, so using a specially designed fork […]

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This Lamp Reads Your Mood

There’s a small lamp made by Milan-based web designer Vittorio Cucolo currently on view at the New Museum’s exhibition “Adhocracy.” It’s nice. But it isn’t just a nice lamp — this inexpensive IKEA Lampan has been transformed to accurately access your mood and change the color of its light based completely on your facial expression, in real time. This mildly creepy effect […]

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XY Plotter Art With All of the Artist’s GPS Locations Since 1999

Using an XY Plotter, a few LED lights and a laboriously programmed Arduino microprocessor, artist Stephen Cartwright has created a series of long exposure photos based on his own exact GPS-location data since 1999. Since the inception of Cartwright’s latitude and longitude recording project, he has searched for appropriate ways to visualize this massive collection of data […]

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BNJMN Is a Brilliant Autonomous Art Robot (He Even Signs His Work)

BNJMN’s work is minimal and meditative–a bit like Franz Kline without all the drama, or RETNA’s deconstructed letterforms. In the below mini-documentary, one observer describes the painter’s oeuvre as “[provoking] a lot of emotions–sometimes it’s anger, sometimes it’s happiness or calmness.” “[He is] an artist in control of himself but not of the art that […]

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