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The Rise of Vertical Films from Clumsy Accidents towards High Culture
Text: Tytti Rantanen In the 2010s, everyone is holding a smartphone. But most of us do not bother turning their hand in a horizontal position when filming a nephew playing the ukulele or a friend performing skateboard tricks. We share a video with an aspect ratio 9:16 – narrow and high. Vertical videos are part of our everyday mediascape. It would feel trivial to even write about them, had they not provoked so much objections: moving images should be horizontal, because it has always been. Meanwhile, open-minded artists are already experi
Rewired – the Resurgence of Analog Sound Synthesis
Text: Janne Vanhanen Even a casual follower of the discourse around electronic or experimental music cannot have missed a phenomenon that could be called an “analog revival”. During the last few years there has been a notable increase in interest towards analog sound synthesis and its history. Alongside the established canon of post-war pioneers (the avant-garde of Karlheinz Stockhausen or Morton Subotnick and the more popular context of Wendy Carlos, Delia Derbyshire and Klaus Schulze, among many others), recent archival reissues of rec
My Collaboration with Bacteria for Paper Production
Text: Mindaugas Gapševičius I love the fact that human genomes can be found in only about 10 percent of all the cells that occupy the mundane space I call my body; the other 90 percent of the cells are filled with the genomes of bacteria, fungi, protists, and such, some of which play in a symphony necessary to my being alive at all, and some of which are hitching a ride and doing the rest of me, of us, no harm. — Donna Haraway ABSTRACT This paper is part of a broader body of research on creativity in human-machine systems and a perf
ART + TECHNOLOGY (+SCIENCE + PHILOSOPHY) 4/2016, Vol. 65
Categorically speaking, every tool and utensil that human beings have ever used is "technology". Again, the root of the concept of art derives from notions of skill (like the Greek "tekhne"). In quite general terms, then, the two definitely share an intertwining prehistory and would be difficult to understand separately. However, discussions about art and technology are bound to look different in our age. The backdrop for the current reconsideration of this relationship is formed, firstly, by art's emancipation from other social practices, and
THE GRAND PARADISE – AN EXPERIENCE
Text: Heini Myllylä "It's a wonderful thing to be chosen, isn't it? – The Grand Paradise, Third Rail Projects, Brooklyn NYC ART AND EMOTION Making and encountering art is about expressing and experiencing emotions and thoughts. A piece of art that is thought-provoking, emotional or challenging to the viewer instantly becomes meaningful. Whether the thoughts and emotions that the piece of art awakens in us are the same ones that the artist expressed when creating the piece or had intended the work of art to embody is, in the end