Peter Gutteridge, outside his house, Opoho early 1989 – Detail of a portrait by Gerald O'Brien

Peter Gutteridge, outside his house, Opoho, Dunedin early 1989 – Detail of a portrait by Gerald O’Brien

Today, Peter Gutteridge died.

Overwhelmingly, my thoughts are with his family and friends, who will be in immense pain. For those of us, who are from Dunedin, and grew up with his music, it’s also a terribly sad day. His loss is almost more than can be properly put into words. It’s like the city itself is mourning.

Dunedin is a funny place. With its statue of Robbie Burns in the centre, and its anachronistic castle on the hill – a city built on romantic poetry and stoic follies, shaped by a coastline of almost baroque drama. Perhaps it was destined to cultivate that peculiar, angry gothic soul that is so derided by our more northerly cousins. A city like ours, feeds off grand narratives, and grand narratives need larger-than-life characters. And Peter was one.

When I was growing up in Dunedin, he was one of the keepers of the Dunedin sound, a giant of the scene, and a merchant of noise in Snapper. But he was more than that. He somehow embodied a story Dunedin told about itself; of grit and grime, of demons and possession, of beauty and bravado, of vulnerability and destruction. It was a tale of the frailty of existence and the subsequent need to live life to its limits. In a city that weaves drama and mythology around itself to keep out the bitter winter cold, he fair haunted the city, daring it to be more … visceral.

I was lucky enough to see Peter play many times, with The Clean, with Snapper, by himself, and in the makeshift ensembles that Dunedin frequently produced in the 1990s. Bands with no names, and nights seared onto the memories of the handful of people who were there. Snapper shows around this time were nothing short of excoriating. For reasons that defy spatial logistics or PA mechanics, they always seemed to play their best at The Crown, rather than the Empire, or any of the better equipped venues in Dunedin. And when they played, what an event it was. Snapper’s well known tunes, Buddy, Death and Weirdness in the Surfing Zone, Eyes that Shine, Hang On (“five minutes of hovering hypnotic menace”), and all the gorgeous songs from the underrated Shotgun Blossom, always struck a chord. (I mean the guy wrote Point That Thing Somewhere Else, for god’s sake. When he was 17).
But it was the less structured pieces that always blew me away. Orchestrations of pink, white and brown noise, that you somehow inhabited, rather than listened to.
As James Woods has said, he made music to disappear to.

A lot is going to be written about Peter’s ability to summon up vast oceans of noise, and rightly so. He made a generation of us a little bit deaf, and we’ll always have a perverse fondness for him for that. But the thing about Peter is that he also had the capacity to craft music of such fierce gentleness, it was almost difficult to listen to. There are two passages of music that always come to mind when I think of him.

The first is Gentle Hour. I’m not sure I can summon the words to explain what I love so much about this piece. So maybe just listen to it.

 

And the other, is this:

 

When I first encountered this, I was certain I had experienced it firsthand. Walking down the main street of Dunedin, mildly distracted by the pre-Christmas sales, and thinking for the umpeenth time in the chill of the afternoon, how Summer seems to come so much later every year. And then being assailed by this – utterly exquisite – moment.

When I watch this, I’m reminded of two things. The first is Cleave 03 (Transmission, Vision of the Sleeping Poet) by Cerith Wyn Evans, a World War II searchlight sending a seven-mile beam of light into the night sky over Venice, flashing intermittently in morse code. It seemed, for all the world, to be a second moon, which blinked. It is one of the most stunning artistic experiences I’ve ever had, made so by its interruption of the sublime into reality.

And the second is this:

 

from one to many by Yvette Mattern, scored by Charlemagne Palestine – something I was lucky enough to have a hand in. It was seven horizontal laser beams reaching across West Berlin to East Berlin, in the snow, signifying the twentieth anniversary of reunification. Again, what made this piece special was its unexpected appearance in the landscape – an eruption of the sublime into the every day.

These might seem like odd comparisons to make with the sight of Peter standing on a street in Dunedin, in scruffy clothes, playing a bashed up old guitar. But that’s what Peter’s impromptu appearance that day was, to me: an elegiac intrusion into the humdrum banality of Dunedin’s early Summer.

It’s hard to fathom Dunedin without Peter Gutteridge. Some people shape a city just by being. And he was one of those souls.

I’ll miss him very much. I think we all will.

Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS

A Very Dark Matter
A talk for Knowing Through Showing Symposium, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia
by Honor Harger, 9 September 2014

Credits and References

Thank you to Douglas Kahn, Don Gurnett, Dan Hill, and all the artists and scientists who inspired this talk.

Particle Decelerator: http://decelerator.blogspot.co.uk/

Title slide: Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryogenic_Dark_Matter_Search

Artworks/projects/quotations referenced in introduction:

- data.tron by Ryoji Ikeda (2010) exhibited at transmediale.10, Berlin
- Swell by Anthony McCall (2006), exhibited at the Reg Vardy Gallery in Sudnerland, as part of AV Festival 2006
- from one to many by Yvette Mattern (2010), shown at transmediale.10, Berlin
- Evolution of Fearlessness by Lynette Wallworth shown at Brighton Festival 2011: http://is.gd/lynettewallworth
- Aeriology by Joyce Hinterding, exhibited at the Reg Vardy Gallery in Sunderland, as part of AV Festival 2008: http://is.gd/aeriology
- Mesopotamian Dramatugies (Su & Mayhem) by Kutlug Ataman (2011), exhibited at Brighton Festival 2011: http://is.gd/kutlugataman
- Frequency & Volume by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, shown at Invisible Fields: http://is.gd/invisible
- Radio Astronomy by r a d i o q u a l i a (2004-2008): http://www.radio-astronomy.net

Projects/quotations referenced in Dark Matter section:
– CERN: http://home.web.cern.ch
– Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryogenic_Dark_Matter_Search
– Dark Matter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_matter
– Dark Energy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_energy
– Post-Planck dark matter graph: http://sciexplorer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/dark-matter.html
– Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS)
– Large Underground Xenon dark matter experiment (LUX): http://lux.brown.edu/LUX_dark_matter/Home.html
– Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02): http://www.ams02.org/
– Trojan Horses and Dark Matter: A strategic design vocabulary’, by Dan Hill:
http://www.cityofsound.com/blog/2012/08/dark-matter-trojan-horses-strategic-design-vocabulary.html

 

Artworks/projects/quotations referenced in Invisibility section:

- Invisible Fields (2011), co-curated by José Luis de Vicente and Honor Harger and at Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/invisible-fields
Immaterials by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen, Jack Schulze and Matt Jones, Lighthouse, 2013: http://is.gd/immaterials
Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, and Jørn Knutsen (2011): http://vimeo.com/20412632
– Timo Arnall quoted in No to NoUI by Timo Arnall, March 2013: http://www.elasticspace.com/2013/03/no-to-no-ui
Geographies of Seeing (2012) by Trevor Paglen, co-curated by Honor Harger and Celia Davies, at Lighthouse: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/trevor-paglen-geographies-of-seeing
Paglen works shown:
They Watch the Moon (2010)
Artifacts (Spacecraft in Perpetual Geosynchronous Orbit, 35,786 km Above Equator) (2010)
KEYHOLE 12-3 (IMPROVED CRYSTAL) Optical Reconnaissance Satellite Near
Scorpio (USA 129) (2007)
PAN (Unknown; USA-207) (2010)
KEYHOLE IMPROVED CRYSTAL from Glacier Point (Optical Reconnaissance Satellite; USA 1860) (2008)
After Galileo (Jupiter and Moons)

Artworks/projects/quotations referenced in space section:

- Harnessing Wild Electricities from Outer Space by Thomas Ashcraft 2011-12, produced for Invisible Fields: http://is.gd/invisible
- Time Dilation Experiments by Thomas Ashcraft: http://is.gd/timedilation
– Quotations by Thomas Ashcraft from an interview on National Public Radio, quoted in “Thomas Ashcraft: Artist as Electro-receptor” (2009): http://www.improvisedlife.com/2009/11/17/thomas-ashcraft-artist-as-electroreceptor/
– Radio and Plasma Wave Group at The University of Iowa: http://www-pw.physics.uiowa.edu/
– Image of Galileo spacecraft drifting in space after deployment from the Space Shuttle Atlantis, October 1989: http://is.gd/galileodrifting
– Quotation from Donald Gurnett from the NASA Solar System Explorer website: http://galileo.jpl.nasa.gov/sounds.cfm
– Image of the RWPS antenna, on-board Cassini: http://cassini.physics.uiowa.edu/cassini/hardware.html

- Quotations by Douglas Kahn from “Radio was discovered before it was invented” (2006): http://rixc.lv/06/en/1.html & http://is.gd/kahnquote

- 20Hz by Semiconductor, co-commissioned by Lighthouse for Invisible Fields: http://is.gd/20_hz
– Kepler-37b story via “NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Tiny Planet System”, 20 February 2013: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-066
- 5 Minute Oscillations of the Sun by Caroline Devine (2012): http://is.gd/5_minute
– BiSON, the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham: http://bison.ph.bham.ac.uk/index.php?page=bison

 

Artworks/projects referenced in The Outer Limits section:

- Projects by Katie Paterson: http://www.katiepaterson.org/
Works referenced:
- Ancient Darkness TV (2009)
- 100 Billion Suns (2011)
- Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight (2008)
- All the Dead Stars (2009)
– Quotation by Katie Paterson from “Interview with Katie Paterson on Rhizome” (2010): http://rhizome.org/editorial/2010/jun/16/interview-with-katie-paterson/

Works/projects/quotations referenced in Quantum Leap section:

- Images of simulations of the Higgs boson, ATLAS group, CERN: https://twiki.cern.ch/twiki/bin/view/AtlasPublic/HiggsPublicResults
– Quotation by Neil Turok from “The Cyclic Universe: A Talk With Neil Turok” on Edge (2007): http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/turok07/turok07_index.html
– Images of the Large Hadron Collider, from CERN: http://home.web.cern.ch/about/accelerators/large-hadron-collider
– The LHC Sound Project: http://lhcsound.hep.ucl.ac.uk/
– Quotation by Lily Asquith from “Particle Pings: Sounds Of The Large Hadron Collider” by Andrew Prince, NPR (2011): http://is.gd/asquith
– LHC Sound Project interpretation of how an emerging and decaying Higgs Boson may sound: http://is.gd/lhcsound

Works/projects/quotations referenced in concluding section:

- “Multi-Input RNAi-Based Logic Circuit for Identification of Specific Cancer Cells” by Xie, Wroblewska, Prochazka, Weiss & Benenson, Science, 2 September 2011, Vol. 333: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6047/1307.abstract – Adam Rutherford, speaking at Lighthouse 7 February 2013: http://is.gd/adamrutherford & http://is.gd/adamrutherfordtalk (discusses RNAi-Based Logic Circuit 50:00 minutes in)
SolarSinter by Markus Kayser (2012): http://www.markuskayser.com/work/solarsinter/
Hostage pt.1 by Frederik de Wilde (2010): http://frederik-de-wilde.com/projects/nano-painting
Bacterial Radio by Joe Davis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Davis_(artist)
Protei by Cesar Harada (2012): http://protei.org/
Environmental Health Clinic by Natalie Jeremijenko: http://www.environmentalhealthclinic.net/
City CPU by Gordan Savicic (2011): http://www.yugo.at/processing/index.php?what=citycpu
New Mumbai by Tobias Revell (2012): http://www.tobiasrevell.com/New-Mumbai

Wireless in the World by Timo Arnall

Wireless in the World by Timo Arnall

 

Something Invisible in the Landscape is Just Landscape

A talk for the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia

8 September 2014

Credits and References

Sincere thanks to: Julian Oliver, James Bridle, Trevor Paglen, Timo Arnall, José Luis de Vicente, and all the other artists, scientists and technologists cited.

Title Slide: Screenshot of Wireless in the World by Timo Arnall (see below)

Artworks/projects referenced in Introduction:
- Mesopotamian Dramatugies (Su & Mayhem) by Kutlug Ataman (2011), exhibited at Brighton Festival 2011: http://is.gd/kutlugataman

- Happenstance (2012) – residencies for creative technologists: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/happenstance-residencies-for-technologists

- levelHead by Julian Oliver (2008) shown at Suspending Disbelief, Lighthouse, 2010: http://www.lighthouse.co.uk/programme/suspending-disbelief
- Evolution of Fearlessness by Lynette Wallworth shown at Brighton Festival 2011: http://is.gd/lynettewallworth – Laboratory Life (2011): http://is.gd/laboratory_life
- Frequency & Volume by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, as seen at Invisible Fields (2011): http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/invisible-fields
– Particle Decelerator: http://decelerator.blogspot.co.uk/
– Luke Jerram, Improving Reality 2012, Brighton Digital Festival 2012: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/improving-reality-2012
- Laboratory Life produced at Lighthouse, 2011: http://is.gd/laboratory_life
- Here Be Dragons: the Unstable Landscapes of GPS by Will Gowland (2011): http://vimeo.com/44446581
– C-Astral UAV, courtesy of Marko Peljhan
- N5177C at Gold Coast Terminal Las Vegas, NV; Distance ~ 1 mile (2007) by Trevor Paglen, as seen in Geographies of Seeing (2012) by Trevor Paglen: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/trevor-paglen-geographies-of-seeing
- data.tron [8K enhanced version] by Ryoji Ikeda (2008-09): http://www.ryojiikeda.com/project/datamatics/#datatron_8k_enhanced_version
– Edward Snowden quotes: http://is.gd/snowdenquotes
– Nicky Hagar quotes: http://cryptome.org/jya/echelon.htm
– Five Eyes article: http://is.gd/fiveeyes

Artworks/projects referenced in Part 1:

- The Boston Shuffler- stock-trading algorithm, courtesy of Kevin Slavin: http://videos.liftconference.com/video/1177435/
– Cloud computing survey commissioned by Citrix, August 2012: http://www.citrix.com/lang/English/lp/lp_2328330.asp
– The proposed Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation, New Mexico: http://www.forumforthefuture.org/greenfutures/articles/worlds-first-city-robots
Men in Grey by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev: http://julianoliver.com/output/category/projects & http://meningrey.net/
Newstweek by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev: http://julianoliver.com/output/newstweek
– Critical Engineering Manifesto: http://criticalengineering.org/
– Julian Oliver quoted in in Rhizome, September 2012: http://is.gd/juliansaid

Artworks/projects referenced in Part 2:

- Invisible Fields (2011), co-curated by José Luis de Vicente and Honor Harger and at Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/invisible-fields
- 20Hz by Semiconductor (2011): http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/semiconductor-20-hz
- Immaterials by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen, Jack Schulze and Matt Jones, Lighthouse, 2013: http://is.gd/immaterials
- Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, and Jørn Knutsen (2011): http://vimeo.com/20412632
– Timo Arnall quoted in No to NoUI by Timo Arnall, March 2013: http://www.elasticspace.com/2013/03/no-to-no-ui
- Geographies of Seeing (2012) by Trevor Paglen, co-curated by Honor Harger and Celia Davies, at Lighthouse: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/trevor-paglen-geographies-of-seeing
Paglen works shown:
- They Watch the Moon (2010)
– Artifacts (Spacecraft in Perpetual Geosynchronous Orbit, 35,786 km Above Equator) (2010)
- KEYHOLE 12-3 (IMPROVED CRYSTAL) Optical Reconnaissance Satellite Near
Scorpio (USA 129) (2007)
- PAN (Unknown; USA-207) (2010)
- KEYHOLE IMPROVED CRYSTAL from Glacier Point (Optical Reconnaissance
Satellite; USA 1860) (2008)
- After Galileo (Jupiter and Moons)
– Trevor Paglen quoted in “Secret Moons and Black Worlds”, An Interview with Trevor Paglen by Timothy Moore, Volume #25: http://roryhyde.com/blog/?p=697
– Trevor Paglen quoted in, “Limit Telephotography”, Under Fire research forum, 2006: http://underfire.eyebeam.org/?q=node/469

Artworks/projects referenced in Part 3:

- William Gibson quoted in Spooky Country (2007): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spook_Country
Drone images:
– Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk: http://is.gd/globalhawk
– A drone pilot at the base at Hancock Field. Image: Heather Ainsworth for The New York Times: http://is.gd/droneoperator
– Untitled (Predators; Indian Springs, NV) by Trevor Paglen (2010)
– Cameras and imaging devices aboard drone aircraft. Image: http://is.gd/dronecamera
Dronestagram (2012-12) by James Bridle: http://dronestagram.tumblr.com/
– Drone Shadow (2012) by James Bridle: http://shorttermmemoryloss.com/portfolio/project/drone-shadows/
Under the Shadow of the Drone (2013) by James Bridle: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/james-bridle-under-the-shadow-of-the-drone
– James Bridle quoted in Drone Shadows, 2012: http://booktwo.org/notebook/drone-shadows/
– James Bridle quoted in Ring of Steel, 2013: https://www.readmatter.com/a/ring-of-steel/

Artworks/projects referenced in conclusion:

- The Transparency Grenade by Julian Oliver: http://julianoliver.com/output/transparency-grenade
– Sergei Brin wearing Google Glass, as seen in The Guardian (2013): http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/mar/06/google-glass-threat-to-our-privacy
– Artist Steve Mann wearing his specially created AR headset, as seen in Onliny Augmented: http://www.onlyaugmented.com/meeting-professor-steve-mann/
- Environmental Health Clinic by Natalie Jeremijenko:
http://www.environmentalhealthclinic.net/
- City CPU by Gordan Savi?i? (2011): http://www.yugo.at/processing/index.php?what=citycpu
- New Mumbai by Tobias Revell (2012): http://www.tobiasrevell.com/New-Mumbai
The Lightning Field (1977) by Walter De Maria
http://www.diacenter.org/sites/main/lightningfield

 

Listening to the Universe
A talk for Singapore Art Museum
by Honor Harger, 5 September 2014

Credits and References

Thank you to all the artists and scientists who inspired this talk.

Particle Decelerator: http://decelerator.blogspot.co.uk/

Title slide: The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Square_Kilometre_Array_Pathfinder

Artworks/projects/quotations referenced in introduction:

- data.tron by Ryoji Ikeda (2010) exhibited at transmediale.10, Berlin
- Swell by Anthony McCall (2006), exhibited at the Reg Vardy Gallery in Sudnerland, as part of AV Festival 2006
- from one to many by Yvette Mattern (2010), shown at transmediale.10, Berlin
- Evolution of Fearlessness by Lynette Wallworth shown at Brighton Festival 2011: http://is.gd/lynettewallworth
Geographies of Seeing by Trevor Paglen (2012) at Lighthouse, October-November 2012: http://is.gd/paglen
- Mesopotamian Dramatugies (Su & Mayhem) by Kutlug Ataman (2011), exhibited at Brighton Festival 2011: http://is.gd/kutlugataman
- Frequency & Volume by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, shown at Invisible Fields: http://is.gd/invisible
– Honor Harger and Adam Willets, photographed at the Acoustic Space Lab, Latvia, 2001: http://acoustic.space.re-lab.net/lab/
Frequency Clock – tactical radio system by r a d i o q u a l i a (1998-2002): http://v2.nl/archive/works/the-frequency-clock
Frequency Clock being used to create thing.fm, New York, 2002: http://fm.thing.net/

- Polar Radio by r a d i o q u a l i a and I-TASC, Antarctica, 2007: http://is.gd/polar_radio

- Radio Astronomy by r a d i o q u a l i a (2004-2008): http://www.radio-astronomy.net

Artworks/projects/quotations referenced in first section:

- Quotations by Douglas Kahn from “Radio was discovered before it was invented” (2006): http://rixc.lv/06/en/1.html & http://is.gd/kahnquote
- Aeriology by Joyce Hinterding, exhibited at the Reg Vardy Gallery in Sunderland, as part of AV Festival 2008: http://is.gd/aeriology

- 20Hz by Semiconductor, co-commissioned by Lighthouse for Invisible Fields: http://is.gd/20_hzMy

Thanks to Douglas Kahn, who’s work inspired the first part of this section, including the anecdote about Thomas Watson.

Artworks/projects/quotations referenced in Beyond the second section:

- Harnessing Wild Electricities from Outer Space by Thomas Ashcraft 2011-12, produced for Invisible Fields: http://is.gd/invisible
- Time Dilation Experiments by Thomas Ashcraft: http://is.gd/timedilation
– Quotations by Thomas Ashcraft from an interview on National Public Radio, quoted in “Thomas Ashcraft: Artist as Electro-receptor” (2009): http://www.improvisedlife.com/2009/11/17/thomas-ashcraft-artist-as-electroreceptor/

 

Works/projects/quotations referenced in final section:

- Kepler-37b story via “NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Tiny Planet System”, 20 February 2013: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-066
- 5 Minute Oscillations of the Sun by Caroline Devine (2012): http://is.gd/5_minute
– BiSON, the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham: http://bison.ph.bham.ac.uk/index.php?page=bison

The three anecdotes about Bell Labs:

- referenced in TED talk: http://is.gd/harger  

Here Be Dragons: the Unstable Landscapes of GPS by Will Gowland (2011)

Seeing in the Dark
Lenses for a Post-PRISM Landscape

A talk for the Post Museum Pop Up at the CCA, Singapore

27 August 2014

http://is.gd/postprismpostmuseum

Credits and References

Sincere thanks to: Julian Oliver, James Bridle, Trevor Paglen, Timo Arnall, José Luis de Vicente, and all the other artists, scientists and technologists cited.

Title Slide: Screenshot of Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen (2011) (see below)

Artworks/projects referenced in Introduction:
- Mesopotamian Dramatugies (Su & Mayhem) by Kutlug Ataman (2011), exhibited at Brighton Festival 2011: http://is.gd/kutlugataman

- Happenstance (2012) – residencies for creative technologists: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/happenstance-residencies-for-technologists

- levelHead by Julian Oliver (2008) shown at Suspending Disbelief, Lighthouse, 2010: http://www.lighthouse.co.uk/programme/suspending-disbelief
- Evolution of Fearlessness by Lynette Wallworth shown at Brighton Festival 2011: http://is.gd/lynettewallworth – Laboratory Life (2011): http://is.gd/laboratory_life
- Frequency & Volume by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, as seen at Invisible Fields (2011): http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/invisible-fields
– Particle Decelerator: http://decelerator.blogspot.co.uk/
– Luke Jerram, Improving Reality 2012, Brighton Digital Festival 2012: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/improving-reality-2012
- Laboratory Life produced at Lighthouse, 2011: http://is.gd/laboratory_life
- Here Be Dragons: the Unstable Landscapes of GPS by Will Gowland (2011): http://vimeo.com/44446581
– C-Astral UAV, courtesy of Marko Peljhan
- N5177C at Gold Coast Terminal Las Vegas, NV; Distance ~ 1 mile (2007) by Trevor Paglen, as seen in Geographies of Seeing (2012) by Trevor Paglen: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/trevor-paglen-geographies-of-seeing
- data.tron [8K enhanced version] by Ryoji Ikeda (2008-09): http://www.ryojiikeda.com/project/datamatics/#datatron_8k_enhanced_version

- Edward Snowden quotes: http://is.gd/snowdenquotes

- Nicky Hagar quotes: http://cryptome.org/jya/echelon.htm

- Five Eyes article: http://is.gd/fiveeyes

Artworks/projects referenced in Part 1:

- The Boston Shuffler- stock-trading algorithm, courtesy of Kevin Slavin: http://videos.liftconference.com/video/1177435/
– Cloud computing survey commissioned by Citrix, August 2012: http://www.citrix.com/lang/English/lp/lp_2328330.asp
– The proposed Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation, New Mexico: http://www.forumforthefuture.org/greenfutures/articles/worlds-first-city-robots
Men in Grey by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev: http://julianoliver.com/output/category/projects & http://meningrey.net/
Newstweek by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev: http://julianoliver.com/output/newstweek
– Critical Engineering Manifesto: http://criticalengineering.org/
– Julian Oliver quoted in in Rhizome, September 2012: http://is.gd/juliansaid

Artworks/projects referenced in Part 2:

- Invisible Fields (2011), co-curated by José Luis de Vicente and Honor Harger and at Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/invisible-fields
- 20Hz by Semiconductor (2011): http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/semiconductor-20-hz
- Immaterials by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen, Jack Schulze and Matt Jones, Lighthouse, 2013: http://is.gd/immaterials
- Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, and Jørn Knutsen (2011): http://vimeo.com/20412632
– Timo Arnall quoted in No to NoUI by Timo Arnall, March 2013: http://www.elasticspace.com/2013/03/no-to-no-ui
- Geographies of Seeing (2012) by Trevor Paglen, co-curated by Honor Harger and Celia Davies, at Lighthouse: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/trevor-paglen-geographies-of-seeing
Paglen works shown:
- They Watch the Moon (2010)
– Artifacts (Spacecraft in Perpetual Geosynchronous Orbit, 35,786 km Above Equator) (2010)
- KEYHOLE 12-3 (IMPROVED CRYSTAL) Optical Reconnaissance Satellite Near
Scorpio (USA 129) (2007)
- PAN (Unknown; USA-207) (2010)
- KEYHOLE IMPROVED CRYSTAL from Glacier Point (Optical Reconnaissance
Satellite; USA 1860) (2008)
- After Galileo (Jupiter and Moons)
– Trevor Paglen quoted in “Secret Moons and Black Worlds”, An Interview with Trevor Paglen by Timothy Moore, Volume #25: http://roryhyde.com/blog/?p=697
– Trevor Paglen quoted in, “Limit Telephotography”, Under Fire research forum, 2006: http://underfire.eyebeam.org/?q=node/469

Artworks/projects referenced in Part 3:

- William Gibson quoted in Spooky Country (2007): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spook_Country
Drone images:
– Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk: http://is.gd/globalhawk
– A drone pilot at the base at Hancock Field. Image: Heather Ainsworth for The New York Times: http://is.gd/droneoperator
– Untitled (Predators; Indian Springs, NV) by Trevor Paglen (2010)
– Cameras and imaging devices aboard drone aircraft. Image: http://is.gd/dronecamera
Dronestagram (2012-12) by James Bridle: http://dronestagram.tumblr.com/
– Drone Shadow (2012) by James Bridle: http://shorttermmemoryloss.com/portfolio/project/drone-shadows/
Under the Shadow of the Drone (2013) by James Bridle: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/james-bridle-under-the-shadow-of-the-drone
– James Bridle quoted in Drone Shadows, 2012: http://booktwo.org/notebook/drone-shadows/
– James Bridle quoted in Ring of Steel, 2013: https://www.readmatter.com/a/ring-of-steel/

Artworks/projects referenced in conclusion:

- The Transparency Grenade by Julian Oliver: http://julianoliver.com/output/transparency-grenade
– Sergei Brin wearing Google Glass, as seen in The Guardian (2013): http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/mar/06/google-glass-threat-to-our-privacy
– Artist Steve Mann wearing his specially created AR headset, as seen in Onliny Augmented: http://www.onlyaugmented.com/meeting-professor-steve-mann/
- Environmental Health Clinic by Natalie Jeremijenko:
http://www.environmentalhealthclinic.net/
- City CPU by Gordan Savi?i? (2011): http://www.yugo.at/processing/index.php?what=citycpu
- New Mumbai by Tobias Revell (2012): http://www.tobiasrevell.com/New-Mumbai
The Lightning Field (1977) by Walter De Maria
http://www.diacenter.org/sites/main/lightningfield

 

 

Something Invisible in the Landscape is Just Landscape
A talk for the Athena Network
2 July 2014

Credits and References

Sincere thanks to: Timo Arnall, Julian Oliver, Adam Rutherford, Trevor Paglen, José Luis de Vicente, and all the other artists, scientists and technologists cited.

Title Slide: Screenshot of Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen (2011) (see below)

Artworks/projects referenced in Introduction:

- from one to many by Yvette Mattern (2010), shown at transmediale.10, Berlin
- data.tron by Ryoji Ikeda (2010) exhibited at transmediale.10, Berlin
- Swell by Anthony McCall (2006), exhibited at the Reg Vardy Gallery in Sunderland, as part of AV Festival 2006
- Invisible Fields (2011), co-curated by José Luis de Vicente and Honor Harger and at Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/invisible-fields
- Geographies of Seeing (2012) by Trevor Paglen: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/trevor-paglen-geographies-of-seeing
- Mesopotamian Dramatugies (Su & Mayhem) by Kutlug Ataman (2011), exhibited at Brighton Festival 2011: http://is.gd/kutlugataman
– Happenstance (2012) – residencies for creative technologists: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/happenstance-residencies-for-technologists
- Frequency & Volume by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, as seen at Invisible Fields (2011): http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/invisible-fields
- levelHead by Julian Oliver (2008) shown at Suspending Disbelief, Lighthouse, 2010: http://www.lighthouse.co.uk/programme/suspending-disbelief
- Laboratory Life produced at Lighthouse, 2011: http://is.gd/laboratory_life
- Evolution of Fearlessness by Lynette Wallworth shown at Brighton Festival 2011: http://is.gd/lynettewallworth – Laboratory Life (2011): http://is.gd/laboratory_life
– Particle Decelerator: http://decelerator.blogspot.co.uk/
- data.tron [8K enhanced version] by Ryoji Ikeda (2008-09): http://www.ryojiikeda.com/project/datamatics/#datatron_8k_enhanced_version
- Genesis by Eduardo Kac (1999): http://www.ekac.org/transgenicindex.html
– Media art prequels website by Golan Levin: http://www.flong.com/blog/2009/new-media-artworks-prequels-to-everyday-life/

Projects referenced in Part 1:

- The Boston Shuffler- stock-trading algorithm, courtesy of Kevin Slavin: http://videos.liftconference.com/video/1177435/
– Cloud computing survey commissioned by Citrix, August 2012: http://www.citrix.com/lang/English/lp/lp_2328330.asp
– The proposed Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation, New Mexico: http://www.forumforthefuture.org/greenfutures/articles/worlds-first-city-robots
– China Miéville quoted from “Alien Evasion” by China Miéville, published in Arc 1.1, February 2012: The Future Always Wins: http://is.gd/chinam

Artworks/projects referenced in Part 2:

- Invisible Fields (2011), co-curated by José Luis de Vicente and Honor Harger and at Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/invisible-fields
- 20Hz by Semiconductor (2011): http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/semiconductor-20-hz
- Immaterials by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen, Jack Schulze and Matt Jones, Lighthouse, 2013: http://is.gd/immaterials
- Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, and Jørn Knutsen (2011): http://vimeo.com/20412632
– Timo Arnall quoted in No to NoUI by Timo Arnall, March 2013: http://www.elasticspace.com/2013/03/no-to-no-ui
- Geographies of Seeing (2012) by Trevor Paglen, co-curated by Honor Harger and Celia Davies, at Lighthouse: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/trevor-paglen-geographies-of-seeing
Paglen works shown:
- They Watch the Moon (2010)
– Artifacts (Spacecraft in Perpetual Geosynchronous Orbit, 35,786 km Above Equator) (2010)
- KEYHOLE 12-3 (IMPROVED CRYSTAL) Optical Reconnaissance Satellite Near
Scorpio (USA 129) (2007)
- PAN (Unknown; USA-207) (2010)
- KEYHOLE IMPROVED CRYSTAL from Glacier Point (Optical Reconnaissance
Satellite; USA 1860) (2008)
- After Galileo (Jupiter and Moons)
– Trevor Paglen quoted in “Secret Moons and Black Worlds”, An Interview with Trevor Paglen by Timothy Moore, Volume #25: http://roryhyde.com/blog/?p=697
– Trevor Paglen quoted in, “Limit Telephotography”, Under Fire research forum, 2006: http://underfire.eyebeam.org/?q=node/469

Artworks/projects referenced in Part 3:

- “Multi-Input RNAi-Based Logic Circuit for Identification of Specific Cancer Cells” by Xie, Wroblewska, Prochazka, Weiss & Benenson, Science, 2 September 2011, Vol. 333: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6047/1307.abstract
– Adam Rutherford, speaking at Lighthouse 7 February 2013: http://is.gd/adamrutherford & http://is.gd/adamrutherfordtalk (discusses RNAi-Based Logic Circuit 50:00 minutes in)
- SolarSinter by Markus Kayser (2012): http://www.markuskayser.com/work/solarsinter/
- Hostage pt.1 by Frederik de Wilde (2010): http://frederik-de-wilde.com/projects/nano-painting
- Bacterial Radio by Joe Davis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Davis_(artist)
- Protei by Cesar Harada (2012): http://protei.org/
- Environmental Health Clinic by Natalie Jeremijenko:
http://www.environmentalhealthclinic.net/
- City CPU by Gordan Savicic (2011): http://www.yugo.at/processing/index.php?what=citycpu
- New Mumbai by Tobias Revell (2012): http://www.tobiasrevell.com/New-Mumbai

 

ArtScience Museum, Singapore

I am delighted to announce that this month I am beginning a new chapter in my career, as the incoming Executive Director of the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. After four amazing and rewarding years at Lighthouse in Brighton in the UK, and more than a decade in Europe, I will be relocating to Singapore to explore how we articulate the resonances and dissonances between art and science, within the context of the museum.

The ArtScience Museum opened in February 2011, and has since established itself as a major venue for exhibitions by iconic artists such as Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, Vincent Van Gogh and Charles and Ray Eames, as well as thematic exhibitions exploring aspects of scientific history. I am looking forward to working with the brilliant team at the museum, and their advisory board, on taking the museum into the future.

I am also extremely excited about building new networks and collaborations with colleagues in Singapore and in Asia, so if you’re based in the region, please drop me a line. I’m @honorharger on Twitter.

It has been an extraordinary four years at Lighthouse, and I am tremendously proud of my team and what they have achieved in the time we’ve worked together. I am thrilled we were able to stage exhibitions by groundbreaking artists such as Trevor Paglen and David Blandy; commission new work from the likes of Semiconductor, Hide&SeekThe Otolith Group and co-found Brighton Digital Festival, which is helping make Brighton one of the fastest growing and most successful digital hubs in the country. It am plead to see the 17 short films we commissioned with the British Film Institute through the BFI Shorts programme starting to find their way into the world, with SLR, the first of the films to be released online, reaching an audience of over 200,000 since it’s launch month.

Immaterials by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen, Jack Schulze and Matt Jones. Exhibited at Lighthouse, September-October 2013.

Immaterials by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen, Jack Schulze and Matt Jones. Exhibited at Lighthouse, September-October 2013.

I am particularly pleased we have been able to create space for creative practitioners who occupy a space between art, technology, architecture, and design, such as James Bridle, Timo Arnall, Liam Young, Tobias Revell, Anab Jain and Tom Armitage, to show their work in a receptive and critically engaged context. I believe there has never been a more important time to illustrate how technology is changing society, and these are the practitioners who are making the most cogent, insightful and urgent work which gives us glimpses how this process is evolving. I very much hope to be able to engage with these areas of practice in my new role in Singapore.

The ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

The ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Looking ahead, it is an extremely exciting time to working in an institution which operates at the intersection between art and science. I have a deep, sincere passion for art and science, and for those of us for those of us who follow both fields, the lines between them tend to become blurry. More than ever, now science is at the heart of everyday life and there’s an urgent need to engage society more widely and deeply with what that means. Increasingly to me, it has become clear that science is culture. I look forward to articulating that through our work at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore.

I’m around in the UK for another week or so, so if you’d like to say hi, drop me a line. And from the end of the month, I’ll be in Singapore, so if that’s where you are, please do get in touch.

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