Announcing ART POST DIGITAL - An open multi-media group showing and party during Social Media Week 2013, where local artists and guests collaborate on one central art piece, titled POST, by donating electronic waste, specifically, outdated media, entertainment and communication devices such as tube television sets, cell phones and cameras.
Participants are encouraged to break apart and attach their donated devices to the central POST piece, akin to responding on an online forum, retweeting, or commenting on a Facebook post, which soon becomes buried or already instantly irrelevant.
POST is a narrative experiential art piece on what is considered noise, waste or is simply outdated, and what is created regardless. Participants are officially added to the artist index at the end of the night.
Date: 26 September 2013, 6PM to 1AM
Location: The Creation Lab, Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto ON
There is the art gallery version and the inner-circle version.
Last night I debut yet another strange and new camera hack at Toronto Design Offsite's Opening Party. It was a world first, and I showed with ceramicist Grace Eunmi Lee and installation artist Xiaojing Yan. The exhibit was part techie overdrive and the joy of taking photos rolled into one. I essentially made it possible to finally take a really good photo of yourself. I set up a LCD display so you could pose [just like a traditional selfie] and then gave participants the button in the form of a tablet. Its EXACTLY a selfie, just cheating a little with professional lights :)
Here is the official description
"The Ultimate Selfie"
Mobile Photo Booth by Motion and Still
The worlds first truly mobile photo booth, take the ultimate self-shot using your smart phone to control a professional photo studio. No app required, take a photo and see your images uploaded live online.
The Ultimate Selfie is a hardware/software hack developed by Gwen Brydson, tech entrepreneur at www.motionandstill.com
The Technology / Behind the curtain - Every single photographer / programmer / engineer who came by and saw it lost their s***. This is because "The Ultimate Selfie" was actually a complex technological process; to physically trigger a professional DSLR camera with a tablet.
It worked with no app download required, which is the black magic. You essentially have to have a server running, while hardware and software work together to control physical lights, an actual shutter trigger, white loading up the images live to Facebook, bypassing all the 'Approve','OK' and 'Confirm' buttons using several different online platforms. You also need to build a custom-coded web page with a programmed key to activate another program which activates the camera, turns on Live View [so people can see themselves] which then sends a radio signal to a power pack, which controls the studio lights.
Here is a passion project I shot over the holiday weeks of December. A short film titled "Air", it is choreographed by Beth Danks and performed by Sarah Remedios.
I produced, shot and edited it. It took 2 years of motion training, several roles as a DOP and hundreds of hours of work on Premiere Pro to have the collective knowledge to do this from start to end. But, there is always something else to learn.
I hope you enjoy watching.
It's been a heck of a lapse since the last post, boys and girls. 2012 has been busy. We're talking shoots outta my ears, productions on the go and videos to be edited. Installations have come and gone, including the most awesome recent TEDx Toronto installation titled TWO-MAN RULE, which you can check out at your leisure on the official Facebook gallery shared on TEDx Toronto's FB page.
Good things come back, and come back in force.
3 years ago, I had the fortune of meeting Star Spider. I was working the scene as a reporter for a local newspaper and Star was the lead organiser for what I thought was a pretty spiffy, unique event that showcased both art and tech, called Subtle Technologies. We met, exchanged cards, and then went on our own way.
Flash forward to Halloween 2012. A random, seasons-greetings email on Linkedin from Star hit my inbox. For some strange reason, I read it. Past google filters and my trigger-happy delete finger, I found out that Star and her hubby Ben were now a creative concept/editor team.
For months now, I'd been looking for a scriptwriter and an editor who were willing to experiment with my 2-DSLR set up. To make something special with the cranes, audio equipment, lights and dollys I had amassed over 2 years of commercial video work.
It was a match - made through serendipity, slogging and the want to create. We met to bash around ideas, and to basically see if we'd be a fit. In two hours, we came up with a strong concept and a tentative shoot date. Fit, check. A day later, a script was borne and this post is out, to announce a project in the works.
As usual, the call is now open for peeps who want to be part of this project as crew. It's rare to be able to do a creative for once, and this one is a good one.
I'm looking for grip, second cam op, boom op and a light assistant. You can also be an all-in-one sort of person, which would mean you'd fit perfectly with Star, Ben and myself on this indie production. If you're free the first week of December, let me know. Early times, but it's never too soon to match up with a bunch of people who just want to get stuff done.
I am super happy to see this sentence.
"Your proposal was accepted into this year’s programming and we have chosen your work to be featured at |FAT| 2012 "fashionSCAPES", the seventh edition of the festival."
My project deals with the future of photography, social media and a simple innocuous Facebook question : Public or private?