Smuggling in cyberspace. I was given instructions by an anonymous artist in Brussels to send over limes containing questionable content. The idea was based on a story from nydailynews. To take the assignment into my taste of expression, I remembered when studying computer science in the security and hacking courses that we experimented with hiding information in various ways. I like to think of my art practice sometimes as creating new metaphors for understanding processes and principles from the digital age. This is how I did it, in the instructable-DIY-like aestheticized video below. Further below is an instruction on how you can download a little easter egg of a picture file that I have prepared in the same manner.
Reveal the contents of these special limes yourself
The image below may look like an ordinary picture file showing limes, but within it is hidden something special. I want you to look inside the lime image by hacking its hidden content.
To do this you must enter the command line on your computer. When this is done, navigate yourself to the folder containing the image you downloaded from this attachment. If you are not familiar with how to do this, please look at the reference here or ask a wizard for help: OSX command line reference
Once in the right folder containing the image special_limes.jpg, then type the command:
Download this image and try for yourself
This hiding technique is based on the very simple command cat that is available on Unix based operating systems. Here is a short tutorial for Mac users over at Hack PC Online. If you happened to be a Windows user, this one from Guiding Tech should do it for you as well.
Pictorial and narrative representations are to me the indexes of emotional life and reflection. They give a fundament for artistic production. As nature historically has been the source for expression and emotion in art, it provided rhythm and cognition in relation to its weather and seasons – even the differences of night and day. Our modern world is self created and unattached to the clockwork of nature and the restraints of physical distance. We surf on the wave of the collective consciousness so eagerly filled everyday with photo memories and narratives. We are being pulled into scandals, wars and activism through our social networks. They constantly shake you out of every intimate limbo. It suggests prison of macro optics – meaning time and distance around the world dissolves as we gaze into the windows of our devices accessing whatever and whenever.
As when modernists such as Joseph Stella started painting giant colourful paintings which vibrancy inspired by the neon signs of high speed cities, can one today ask how art can defend its existence against our daily stimuli of information. The singular work of art the moment it is seen becomes unrewarded and embedded into a stream of “art tendencies”. I have problems relating to one art object in the white cube without its total context. With “Streaming canvas”, I attempt to open up the gates of just a fraction of the world in real time into the work.
Flickring canvas is originally an installation where Flickr uploads are being projected on a canvas in real time. Depending on connectivity, the application can show up to one image per 70 milliseconds. The application uses the Flickr API, which updates as uploads to Flickr are being performed by users. From Feb. and Mar. 2012, the Flickr website has reached 1.8 million uploads a day, that is up to 28 photos per second in peak times (> 100.000 per hour).
My work tries to capture the sense of growth and alienation to what is being added to the networks of information. The speed of the images flickering by is motivated to capture the claustrophobic image of the thought stream. By this I mean the time it takes to mentally process the image being shown, is stressed by the quick transition of the next image – leaving you in a desperate state of trying to comprehend. Have you ever kept image in for more than a second before your mind turn it into something else? From time to time one witness small fractions of continuity, as images from the same series are being uploaded.
Added a new piece in the gallery section! It is a fully interactive sculpture made out of the original Rubik’s cube and mirrors.
I’ve always found the Rubik’s cube quite impossible to solve. I know there are easy techniques and helpful algorithms out there, but I’ve never gotten myself into it. The perfectly solved cube is to me almost a holy grail. I’ll rather leave it untouched or carefully memorize the steps in order to reverse the unsolved cube. I don’t like taking the risk to never “get back” to solved state. The scary part with mirrors is that it reflects our view of reality. And our views aren’t so clearly distinguished in color as the solved Rubik’s cube.
Just like pub crawling, the idea behind Sketchcrawl is to go from place to place and record everything you see around you with your pencils and brushes. Saturday was the 30th World Wide SketchCrawl, and I met a group of artists at Oslo Zoological Museum. From there we sketched ourselves through jungles, arctics and cafés the whole afternoon. I’m posting some of my sketches plus today’s café sketching below. To see other artist’s great sketches and photos, visit the Oslo SketchCrawl forum thread.
It’s a new year! My blogging last half of 2010 went pretty silent as I was quite the busy guy. I held lectures in Universal Design within ICT at Oslo University College, which was a great and intense experience. Universal design is an important subject which is easy to forget by ‘most people’ in the sense that ‘most people’ doesn’t suffer from serious disabilities. Accessible design however opens up for untraditional thinking and tends to give design solutions an overall better usability as well. My lectures included subjects such as color- and light perception, prototyping, user testing, interview techniques, analytic methods for user-centered design and accessible web based on WAI’s WCAG 1.0 and WCAG 2.0.
And for todays post; more from my photo shoot involving nudes withouth arms (or with, if you get the clever pun..)
Character sketch. I enjoy exploring visuals and rituals from Siberia and the regions of Sakha Republic, Russia. The historical background or motivation for the characters however is for a personal project. I also do these mainly to experiment with color palettes and brush strokes. Painted in Photoshop using a Wacom Intuos 3 drawing tablet.
Last year I made a couple of blanket sculptures in school based on some of my thoughts around biography. Through life we are covered in various blankets. From bright cuddly baby blankets to fashionable interior decorations – and in the end some old dusty rags.
The blankets are nested around each other like a spiral. Nesting the blankets gives a logical layered structure repeating itself as it grows – like an onion or the russian matryoshka dolls. The inner layers are rolled in soft baby blankets followed by a chronological order of later used rags.
The blanket rolls has a straight cut edge revealing all the different layers – just like growth rings of a tree. Not only by counting the number of growth rings can determine the age of a tree, but interpreting the spacing of growth rings can tell us much about it’s life.
In a way, the variation of qualities and appearances of the blankets can tell a story of a lived life. The size and width of the sculptures are therefore given a human size, so that the viewer can relate and activate the concept by being in the same room.
When I look back at these sculptures I find them very painterly, and I find likenesses in the colors and compositions from abstract painters like Wassily Kandinsky and Kenneth Noland
Another quality I noticed was the viewers’ desire to touch and cuddle the sculptures, most likely because of the great appeal warm and comfortable blankets have. I even had to wake up fellow students who took a nap on top of one of them