AI Compares Photojournalism with the Art from the Tate Collection

Recognition, winner of IK Prize 2016 for digital innovation, is an artificial intelligence program that compares up-to-the-minute photojournalism with British art from the Tate collection. Over three months from 2 September to 27 November, Recognition will create an ever-expanding virtual gallery: a time capsule of the world represented in diverse types of images, past and present.

Tate Recognition

A display at Tate Britain accompanies the online project offering visitors the chance to interrupt the machine’s selection process. The results of this experiment – to see if an artificial intelligence can learn from the many personal responses humans have when looking at images – will be presented on this site at the end of the project.

The software that powers Recognition incorporates a range of artificial intelligence technologies that simulate how humans see and understand visual images, including: object recognition, facial recognition, composition analysis, and context analysis.

The Recognition gallery is an astounding piece to explore in its entirety. Head at

Medialab-Prado Publishes Visualizar’16 Call for Collaborators

Medialab-Prado publishes a call to collaborate in the international visualization projects workshop Visualizar’16 Ciudades abiertas, Open Cities that will be carried out from September 26 to October 5, 2016. Collaborators will participate in the production of the selected projects (and participate in the call for projects as well).

Registration is free and the deadline is one week before the begining of the workshop, September 19. Medialab-Prado offers free lodging to collaborators in youth hostels during the workshop (limited seating, shall on request and by order of registration, until September 26.

Medialab-Prado Visualizar'16

The collaborator is basic in the planning and development of the workshops at Medialab-Prado, thus these are conceived as spaces for collaborative work, knowledge exchange and theoretical and practical training. It is an environment in which there is a horizontal relationship among mentors, developers and collaborators.

According to its field of interest, each collaborator can be part of the development team in more than one of the selected proposals bringing his/her knowledge and ideas to the workgroup and, at the same tieme, learning from the groups and the mentors. However, we suggest that employees focus on a proposal to ensure greater commitment with it during all phases of the workshop.

As it is specified in the rules, the names of the collaborators will appear in the project’s credits. Also, Medialab-Prado will give a document certifying the participation in the workshop to all the participants that request it.

If you are interested, fill the form that you will find at

This Interactive Audio Documentary Lets You Explore Children’s Dreams

RadioEight lives at the intersection of audio documentary and interactive to offer an alternate measure of our condition on the planet: the subconscious dreams of the world’s children. Inspired by the concept of an 8th continent to which all children belong, RadioEight is an interactive soundscape dedicated to the hidden world of dreams.

By exploring the world of subconscious childhood dreams, RadioEight unlocks deep human connections that eliminate the barriers of geography, culture, language, politics, and economic status.

RadioEight Screenshot

The project is centered on the dreams of children 7–13 as a developmental time when children begin to turn their focus away from their family, to the world beyond. The visions of earth’s youngest global citizens provide raw, moving answers toward creating a more emotionally connected humanity.

RadioEight was conceived and created by Katrina Crawford & Mark Bashore of Yonder, and made in collaboration with Belle & Wissell, Co. Original music by Jesse Solomon Clark.


Create Interactive Recordings of Any Web Site You Browse with Webrecorder

Webrecorder provides an integrated platform for creating high-fidelity web archives while browsing, sharing, and disseminating archived content. Users may try the service anonymously or login and create a permanent online archive. The project, created by Rhizome, will support multiple backends and will integrate with existing preservation systems.

The use of multi-media, digital, and internet media has rapidly increased since the 1960s, which has called into question the conventional strategies by which society preserves, cares for, and redisplays various artifacts created with or on ephemera media formats. Webrecorder can at least ensure that digital information and user experience remains accessible to the public.

If you are interested in contributing to Webrecorder, or have any general questions, please contact them at

AUDINT Explores the Extremes of Sound Art

AUDINT is a unique project in the field of experimental and sonic arts. Originally formatted in 1945 by three ex-members of the Ghost Army, AUDINT currently consists of Toby Heys, Steve Goodman (Kode9), Souzanna Zamfe and Patrick Doan. From the first AUDINT has been conducting research, rituals, and experiments into the opening of the 3rd ear, a dimension that materializes when sound, ultrasound, and infrasound are simultaneously deployed in a precise schema of sequencing, duration, and amplification.

AUDINT’s animated film Delusions of the Living Dead is a sub-chapter of their Martial Hauntology book, which documents Walter Slepian’s 1949 plan to purloin and photograph Jules Cotard’s notebook; a medical document that holds information pertaining to the process and methods required to seed walking corpse syndrome into a subject’s bed of cognition. Martial Hauntology was released in late 2014 as a limited edition of 256 copies. It links the underground groove of the Large Hadron Collider with the vaults of the Bank of Hell; connects the Dead Record Network with the Phantom Hailer; and traces the evolution of the Wandering Soul Tapes to the viral dynamics of the online spectreware named IREX2.

AUDINT has also developed the Colorcoder, an app programmed to sonically decrypt covert messages composed by Ellsworth Kellyin his 1951 painting Colors for a Large Wall. The information embedded within the artwork relates directlyto Kelly’s service within the Ghost Army during WW2 and more specifically to the sonic deception formulas and techniques they composed during this period.

AUDINT Colorcoder Sonic Decryption App

Explore the project in detail at

Experiment in a New Kind of Music with WolframTones

When prominent scientist Stephen Wolfram published A New Kind of Science in 2002, it was immediately hailed as a major intellectual landmark. Today the paradigm shift that Wolfram’s work initiated is starting revolutions in a remarkable range of areas of science, technology – and the arts. WolframTones is an experiment in applying Wolfram’s discoveries to the creation of music.


At the core of A New Kind of Science is the idea of exploring a new abstract universe: a “computational universe” of simple programs. In A New Kind of Science, Wolfram shows how remarkably simple programs in his “computational universe” capture the essence of the complexity – and beauty – of many systems in nature.

WolframTones works by taking simple programs from Wolfram’s computational universe, and using music theory and Mathematica algorithms to render them as music. Each program in effect defines a virtual world, with its own special story – and WolframTones captures it as a musical composition.

The basic setup for Wolfram’s cellular automata is very simple. There is a row of cells, each black or white. Then there is a rule that says what color each cell will be, based on the colors of a certain neighborhood of cells on the row above. What pattern one gets depends greatly on the rule one uses – which can be specified by saying what color a cell will be for every possible arrangement of neighboring cells.

WolframTones Pattern

WolframTones supports multiple instruments, as well as percussion. Everything is always derived from a single underlying cellular automaton pattern. But different instruments can be set up to pick off different aspects of the pattern – say to correspond to a melodic line or a bass track. WolframTones also supports a number of algorithms for deriving percussion from cellular automaton patterns.

Generate your tones at

Shapereader Project Uses Forms and Patterns for Storytelling

Shapereader is an experimental approach in graphic storytelling, the first of its kind. Created by Ilan Manouach, it is a repertoire of forms and patterns that constitute an attempt to translate words and meanings into tactile formations. It was designed from scratch with the goal to transpose works of graphic literature to a blind and visually impaired readership, Shapereader advocates for new publishing grounds and challenges visual predominance of graphic storytelling. While it is mainly addressed to people with visual disabilities it can also be experienced by the acquainted regular user. Through circumvention of the visual sensorimotor stimuli, it activates the reader’s repressed tactile-sensory realm and helps foster a new diegetic experience.

Shapereader Ilan Manouach

The first narrative work to use the Shapereader repertoire is Arctic Circle, a 57-page original graphic novel relating the story of two climatologists digging in the North Pole searching for patterns of climatic change inscribed on ice columns.

Six hand-held, laser-engraved communication boards allow the reader to get acquainted with the Shapereader repertoire. They carry the index for 210 different shapes, providing the tactile equivalents for the specific features of the story. They are divided into groups according to their semantic content and function: characterspropssettingsactionsaffections as well as graphic and textual devices forming the well-known toolbox of graphic storytelling craft.

Updates on the project are available from

Take a Virtual Tour through Bosch’s the Garden of Earthly Delights

Bosch VR is the app made to celebrate the 500th centenary of one the worlds greatest artists – Hieronymus Bosch – a virtual reality trip through The Garden of Earthly Delights. Ride on a flying fish into a Garden of Eden, be tempted by strange fruit and even stranger rituals in the Garden of Earthly Delights. Visit hell and hear the devil’s music. Take a glimpse of what it looks like from the video below:

Originally Bosch painted three large triptychs that can be read from left to right and in which each panel was essential to the meaning of the whole. Each of these three works presents distinct yet linked themes addressing history and faith. Triptychs from this period were generally intended to be read sequentially, the left and right panels often portraying Eden and the Last Judgment respectively, while the main subject was contained in the center piece.

Art historians frequently interpret the painting as a didactic warning on the perils of life’s temptations. However, the intricacy of its symbolism, particularly that of the central panel, has led to a wide range of scholarly interpretations over the centuries.

The modern century Bosch VR is available from Apple Store and Google Play.

WEARVR Provides Virtual Reality Content for Your Device

Founded in early 2014 as an incubator project, WEARVR is the leading independent Virtual Reality App store. They host and promote over 1,000 VR games and experiences, across a wide range of genres. From roller coasters, driving and flying sims through to 360-degree videos, social apps and jump scares, you’ll find them all on WEARVR.


Image CC Bargo Games

For developers of all sizes, the platform can provide great awareness of their titles, along with hosting services, high-quality traffic and the ability to sell apps. For users (the guys and gals with VR headsets), it strives to have the latest and greatest VR experiences served up daily.

Find the latest virtual reality content for your device at

A Summit for Music Makers Loop Announces its Program for 2016

The first announcement of Ableton’s Loop program has been revealed, and it features presentations, discussions, workshops, installations, and performances by various creative thinkers.

Loop Berlin Announcement

Loop is three days of discussions, performances, presentations, studio sessions and interactive workshops in Berlin aimed at exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of music, technology and creative practice. Bringing together artists, technologists, educators and other creative thinkers, Loop is a collective exploration of what it is to make music today and what it could be tomorrow.

By day, take part in discussions, participate in hands-on workshops with cutting-edge technology, draw inspiration from watching other artists work, and share your insights. By night, explore diverse and inspiring performances and meet other creators from around the world.

See the Loop program at


Look at the World’s First Tattoo Made by Industrial Robot

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French designers Pierre Emm and Johan da Silver have realised longed-for idea of making a machine that could automatically create tattoos taken from a bank of images. The project was carried out during the artists stay at the Pier 9 Residency with the help from the Autodesk Applied Research Lab.

World’s First Tattoo by Industrial Robot from Pier 9 on Vimeo

From the words of creators “the biggest difficulty was to repeat the same exercise on a curve surface and on a material that has much more flexibility than silicone. Many tricks were tried to tighten the area around the skin ( a metal ring, elastics, scotch tape…) but the most effective one was a scooter’s inner tube, open on the area to be marked.”

Learn more about the project at

Miami Like You’ve Never Seen Before Revealed through this Augmented Reality App

“Lapse” is an experiential, augmented reality installation presented by Ivan Toth Depeña that takes you on a journey throughout Miami. Using your mobile device and its camera, you will uncover hidden, virtual art experiences. It consists of six interwoven components: The Visions & The Collective, a series of publically accessible murals; The Sounds, a GPS-based audio soundscape discoverable on Miami’s downtown MetroMover; The Writings, a virtual prose experience in Museum Park; The Sculpture, an augmented experience triggered by a public sculpture; and The Moment, a site-specific exhibition at Locust Projects’ space in the Miami Design District.

Lapse is the newest chapter of the artist’s ongoing series The Fallen Sky Chronicles. This series has been developing for several years in tandem with personal writings about a character who becomes infected by a technological glitch, restructuring the physical world and morphing consciousness with images and data found on the web. The projects in the series employ chance as a structural element and consist of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and video/new media installations.

Lapse Ivan Toth Depeña

Through groundbreaking augmented reality (AR) technology, Lapse responds to triggers and activates virtual and auditory experiences with a mobile device’s camera lens and sound output. The augmented reality technology overlays visual and audio creations over site-specific Miami locations.

This project is made possible by Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places, The John. S and James L. Knight Foundation, and Locust Projects.

You will need to download the Lapse App to begin your journey. Download on the AppStore or get it on GooglePlay.


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