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Currently on “display” at STRIJP-S in Eindhoven, the Netherlands until the end of this year: 4D GRAFFITI INVASIONS by AUJIK.

4D Graffiti Invasions is an experience/exhibition which combines  the post-industrial  environment of the Strijp-S area (formerly a Philips Electronics plant) in Eindhoven, with augmented reality (AR) “graffiti” projected onto the streets and buildings. While walking on Strijp-S, you experience a virtual layer on top of the physical environment through your smartphone. Graffiti in augmented reality (AR) can pop up anywhere on your smartphone and then disappear again. This graffiti is not a frozen image in AR, but  consists of abstract animations:

This is how it works. To be able to experience the AR graffiti you must first download the free 4D Graffiti Invasions app  from the Google Play Store (Android) or the App Store (iOS).  The app shows the location of the 4D artworks at Strijp-S. If you walk over to a site, there is sticker on the ground, which you need to scan to experience the AR graffiti piece of that particular site on your smartphone.

AUJIK is an artistic concept initiated and maintained by the Swedish artist Stefan Larsson, who is currently based in Japan. Stefan Larsson is fascinated about the idea that everything, no matter how synthetic it seems, is nature. Everything derives from nature even though we sometimes perceive it otherwise. To extend this idea he gave it an animistic character influenced by Shinto and various pagan beliefs in his AUJIK concept. AUJIK  is modelled to resemble a fictive esoteric cult. Its themes are artificial intelligence, nature, technology, perception, future speculation, neuroscience and architecture.

In AUJIK he divides nature it into Primitive (vegetation, soil, humans/animals etc.) and Refined (AI, robotic, nano-technology etc.) and creates artefacts that are crossbreeds of these nature types. The central idea of these artefacts is that everything, even the most artificial things, have consciousness and a soul. Although it can only be experienced on the tiny screen of a smartphone, the results of this concept are quite stunning as you can see in the video above. Want to experience the works of AUJIK at Strijp-S yourself? Start your tour at the AUJIK Homebase at Mu artspace. Here you will find the information about the app and all the locations of the AR works.

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Currenty at Mu Artspace in Eindhoven, The Netherlands: the exhibition “Back End” by Dries Depoorter.

Back End exhibition

Dries Depoorter is a Belgian media artist and a freelance concept provider.  He has a background in electronics and studied Media Arts in Ghent, Belgium. His work is focused on the internet, especially on topics such as online privacy, identity and surveillance:

In Back End Depoorter shows how boundaries can be dissolved with a few simple interventions. How human creativity and machine learning, private and public, entertainment and morality all blend together online. Anything can be linked and the actual connections are visible in the exhibition ; the cables, the plugs, the way the software works. Depoorter’s play with technology, access and data analysis creates a sense of unease.

Ten recent and new works are on show at Mu, among them Jaywalking. Jaywalking, shows live streams from traffic cameras at intersections with pedestrian crossing lights. When someone unsuspectingly crosses the red light, the installation offers the viewer the opportunity to let know the police: one push of a button sends an email with a screenshot of the violation to the nearest police station. Jaywalking Frames exists of an entire wall filled with these screenshots, except that these were generated with the aid of automated image analysis. The prints can be purchased for the cost of the fine which the buyer would receive in the country where the violation was captured:

Jaywaking FRame photo installation

Depoorter depicts this and other works in the exhibition as both critical and funny: “you can say they are critical… and, well, I think they are not entirely without humour”. That seems spot on to me, so don’t forget to visit this exhibition if you are anything near Eindhoven, NL. The exhibition runs until September, 23.

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I discovered Swedish artist Jonas Lund through an interesting article in Gonzo (circus) entitled “Propaganda as a scalpel“. Jonas Lund is a Swedish artist working from Berlin and Amsterdam, who makes use and often questions (and criticizes) the current state and usage of online communications, advertising and marketing.

Terms of Service

TOS (Terms of Service) 2016, Terms of Service textual agreement

According to his online resume he “creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that critically reflects on contemporary networked systems and power structures of control“. For this purpose he has made many installations,  websites, online games and bots, of which an overview can be found on his website. Check some of his disturbing online games and bots such as:

Being a web developer by profession from 1995 onwards, I sympathize with his efforts in this particular field of “‘critical” web/net art. After a surge in popularity and interest around 2000 it seems to have disappeared in obscurity again. Nice to see there are still artists who are dedicated to this type of tech art.

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A video overview of a solo exhibition by Dutch kinetic artist Christiaan Zwanikken at  De Electriciteitsfabriek in Den Hague from February to April 2017:

 

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Yesterday I visited the solo exhibition Future Bodies of Bart Hess at the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Bart Hess is a young Dutch artist/designer who shot to fame with his Slime Dress for Lady Gaga in 2011. Crossing boundaries between design, fashion and art, his oeuvre is a series of studies into materiality, (virtual) reality and technology. He is fascinated by the human body, which he tends to cloak in ways that have little to do with styling or fashion and more with performance art and science fiction. High-tech materials seem to merge with the skin of the models he uses for his studies. In the last ten years he has moved from recording his work in video or photography towards more theatrical pieces that want to engage and envelop the viewer in a new kind of reality.

Punk: Pins and Needles is a video by Ruth Hogben and Bart Hess, presented by fashion film platform ShowStudio and included in the Future Bodies exhibition:

 

To learn more about the works of Bart Hess check this video in the Dutch Profiles series on YouTube on Dutch designers:

 

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