A new service is being launched with a near-life HD video feed from the International Space Station. It will allow you to see part of the earth, streamed over the internet to your phone or computer. How cool is that?
So what will happen when we all get access to a space station view of the world?
http://www.urthecast.com/features#live Website says:
“Join the UrtheCast community: UrtheCast is committed to fostering global education and relief eﬀorts worldwide, using advanced Earth Observation technology. From helping students detect geographical changes, to providing crucial footage for aid organizations responding to a crisis, UrtheCast will soon provide a powerful tool for change.”
The blurb says it will have two resolutions: 1) “UrtheCast’s 5-metre resolution camera will capture any location that the ISS passes over, generating large strips of 40km-wide imagery, 365 days a year.” and 2) “UrtheCast’s one-metre resolution video camera will capture up to 150 videos of Earth in 4K-resolution — Ultra HD. Depending on flyover conditions, video length will generally be 60-seconds long. “
I can’t wait for the first film made with these images……
Another list of artworks. This time a database from Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that contains, according to Mark Brown and Natalie Gil from the Guardian, 115000 artworks. These artworks are inherited by private owners, but deferred from inheritance tax as long as the public has access to view them (28 days per year). Apparently this little deal has cost the taxpayer over the last 10 years £1.15bn. What a waste. Lets cut this crap and invest it in contemporary art… If the owners love it so much let them pay tax, or sell it. If you look at the ‘miscellaneous’ category that is really a hilarious list, full of military crap, medals and spoils: “A German Guard Pickelhaube bearing the motto MIT GOTT FUR KOEINIG UND VATERLAND on the wings of the brass eagle on the brow, with, in the centre, a star containing the Latin motto SUUM CUIQUE.”
But my eye fell on an interesting item nr. 30: A Nephrite ‘Hei-tiki’ with mother-of-pearl eyes and original leather thong – 5in. high. A quick search in the database of the British Museum shows several of these items, so what is the exact nature of this ‘Hei-tiki’ that warrants tax deferral because they “are important to the cultural life of the UK”? As the Hei-tiki are a Maori cultural artifact, probably nicked a few centuries ago, should that not be returned to New-zealand?
To find out which artworks are included go to:
J B Wock, An english-speaking blogmachine by Eugenio Tisselli.
A wonderful example of a hybrid between poetry, software art, and blogging in what I would call a dispersive practice. Some would call it post internet art… Tisselli uses the phrase Computer Aided Poetry, as in CAD computer aided design, and his website gives us also access to a tool he has created to generate new poetry, with human interaction.
These days its very hard for artworks not to be dispersed, specially if they are digital or become digitalised. The artist or author might not want to exhibit or publish it, but if it is out there, sooner or later it will find its way into the public domain. A recent example: last November three ‘unpublished’ short stories from JD Salinger appeared online. According to an article in the guardian:
Now, apparently accurate transcripts of three stories, whose original manuscripts are kept under lock and key in university libraries, have escaped into the world. (…) the source appears to be a scan of a pirate edition of the texts (…). The copy, said to be one of 25 printed in London in 1999, was apparently sold on eBay in September (…). It sold for a mere £67.50, considerably less than a first edition of The Catcher in decent condition. The scans were posted on a members’ only site, called What.cd. The site later took the post down, but by then the stories were being commented on and copied across other sites, including Reddit.
So in this case it was already out there but only for a select academic public. Consequently it was released in the public domain unofficially.
I would say that the leaking is an essential part of the work. That it was leaked is not a surprise to anyone as the author is known for his withdrawal from public life and has not published work since 1965. Its like burying something prescious in the ground. Once it pops up, it (the original) has gained a lot of ‘aura’. A back story that will not only add a new layer to the book, it will always be part of the story. It will do the book a lot of good. Unless of course you think that the ‘unofficial’ publishing is a bad thing. But that is living in the analogue world.
This Video Does Not Exist (2013) vvvr; video 01m:28s, colour, no sound.
When a link to an uploaded video on YouTube is unable to find its destination it shows this message on a static noise background. In fact creating a substitution for the video. Is it some sort of a hybrid created by the human programmer and all the systems at work, or is it a ‘real’ video placed automatically if the link doesn’t work? Who knows? Because of the static background and the text “This video does not exist.” I assume it is a video. Where would the static otherwise come from? I mean there is no TV involved. If you have any answers let me know!
I do like the ambivalence of the word ‘this’. ‘This’ is supposed to refer to the video you were expecting to find, but it does not exist. Who says it does not exist anyway? It clearly did exist, but not anymore? Or it does exist, but not in the YouTube universe. But this one does, because that one doesn’t. …This is not a pipe either. So in the end, I made it a video.