The exhibitions "On the Shores" brought to you by PLUNC are made out of a selection of works that have been spread on both shores of the river Tagus. We therefore depart with an introduction to “interactivity” as one of the areas in digital art and new media - through the selected works - revealing different ways in which the material and the digital relate and come close to one another, not only to a specialised and familiarised audience, but to passengers and passersby who daily cross the river.
There are 4 different locations where you can find these works:
The ferry terminals:
- Cais do Sodré
- Cais de Cacilhas
The Almada Shore:
- Ginjal Terrace
- Casa da Cerca - Centro de Arte Contemporânea
RootIO is a project to build cheap low power FM radio stations that are small enough to fit in a bucket (literally). These stations are studio-less but rely on telephony and the internet to deliver content to broadcast points which then relay audio content over FM for reception through ordinary FM receivers. RootIO proposes the proliferation of radio stations in preference to expansion of existing radio stations. One benefit is that smaller communities have more radio space to express themselves - something that is not possible on big FM radio stations. Another benefit is that radio space is opened up to people at the grassroots who never stood the chance (subsistence farmers, community level knowlegde workers, community based small scale business entities) because radio space is now cheaper and more available. The operational and capital expenditure reduction in RootIO stations liberates radio stations from the financial bearing in the running of these stations leaving them to focus more on the issues that affect community as opposed to selling airtime to entities whose interests may not align with those of the community listening in. RootIO stations are backed by a web based telephony enable platform that makes it possible for stations to share content with each other and learn from each other - an approach that is more realistic and context aware. RootIO stations consist of a cheap Android phone connected to a 25W FM transmitter housed in a plastic bucket. http://rootio.org
COVE is a project by Humane Engineering
Cove is a musical journal you create yourself. You can use it to capture your mood or express how you really feel. Create simple, beautiful music loops, save them to your library or share with someone else. A new way to describe how you are feeling. Cove enables you to easily make short loops of rich, emotive music. Simply pick sounds and easily arrange notes to quickly express your mood in that moment. Create private music for yourself or share it as a special moment from your day.
Us as a film, as characters, without our knowledge, without our apparent consent. This is how we live now, we allow access to our lives in exchange for a “social life”, “protection”, “security”. you-are-watching.me is a live film that uses footage from found open web-cam feeds. It exists in the form of a website that accesses live streaming cameras without any kind of password protection. Some of them seem to have open access by choice, others by neglect. Because it is live footage, there is no real control over what happens inside the frame. The website is programmed to periodically change between “scenes” as if it were a film. Every time the webpage is loaded results in a different cut of the film. The scenes are chosen depending on the location of the viewer, the time of day and relevant routines and schedules of the feeds. It is a dramatized narrative construction patched from real life. The fear of surveillance has been realized, we are now not only being surveilled but surveil ourselves and each other.
Nós como filme, como personagens, sem o nosso conhecimento e sem o nosso aparente consentimento. Como vivemos agora, permitimos acesso às nossas vidas em troca de uma “vida social”, de “protecção”, “segurança”. you-are-watching.me é um filme em directo que recorre a imagens de web-cams de acesso aberto. Existe sob a forma de um site que acede a streamings de câmaras em directo que não possuem qualquer protecção com password. Algumas parecem ter livre acesso por escolha, outras por negligência. As imagens são em directo logo não existe um controlo real sobre o que acontece dentro do enquadramento. O site está programado para mudar periodicamente as “cenas” como se de um filme se tratasse. Cada vez que a página é carregada, é gerado um novo corte do filme cujas cenas são selecionadas dependendo da localização do espectador, da altura do dia e de rotinas e horários relevantes dos feeds. É uma construção de uma narrativa dramatizada colada com remendos da vida real. O medo da vigilância foi concretizado, não só somos vigiados como nos vigiámos uns aos outros e a nós próprios.