Photo credit: Windell H. Oskay,
on creative engineering and new media art

Super Mario Clouds (2002)

October 24th, 2010


Hacked NES cartridge by Cory Arcangel.

Arcangel used an original Super Mario cartridge and hacked it so that everything but the clouds was removed.

What I find especially interesting about this piece is that it pisses some many off, and sends them…

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Sans Titre (I Believe I Can Fly) (2006)

October 19th, 2010


video by Camille Laurelli,

If you’re wondering whether this is even possible, all I have to say is that it’s not fake, it’s art.

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The Digesting Duck (1739)

October 18th, 2010


Automaton by Jacques de Vaucanson

Vaucanson’s duck is one of several “automata” made by Jacques Vaucanson (1709-1782). The actual duck has been lost – reportedly lost in a fire while on tour in Russia – and few surviving photographs exist. The…

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Open Burble (2006)

October 13th, 2010


Open Burble by Usman Haque (and others, see full credits here was a commissioned piece for the Singapore Biennale 2006, in which about 1000 latex balloons, equipped with LEDs and microcontrollers, are assembled to this huge shape that rises like a…

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Flying foam letters

October 7th, 2010


Giant foam letters that float up in the sky.

At first, I’ll admit, I thought this was an art piece, but it seems it is actually a form of advertising created by a company called Flogos. The video on YouTube…

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Intonarumori (1913)

August 25th, 2009


Experimental music instruments by Luigi Russolo.

Russolo, an Italian futurist painter and composer, made these wonderful noise-making instruments 1913. There were 27 different versions, each named, and each making some sort of noise or sound; like that of machines, but turned…

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Lorem Ipsum Generator: grab the javascript

June 10th, 2009

If you are reading the full entry, there is a  paragraph of fake latin above. It was generated using my Lorem Ipsum Generator. You are welcome to grab and use the javascript here: loremipsum.js.

If you peek at the code of…

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What if I Was a Rat? (2002)

June 5th, 2009

Live video by Ilona Huss Wallin (2002)


Wallin built a model of a home, in the scale of rats. For five weeks they were living in the model, constantly monitored by video cameras. The video was streamed in real time and…

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Poco Application + OpenFrameworks app

June 3rd, 2009

I’ve been fiddling with OpenFrameworks for a while. If you don’t know it, OpenFrameworks is a C++ framework for creative coding, used by people working with new media art and such.

Since release 0.06 (the current release) OpenFrameworks is built on…

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The world really needs another CSS color name chart.

June 1st, 2009

I generated this file with CSS color names eons ago but I keep using it when I test CSS. The first one to figure out why it’s so good gets a gold star.

Here’s my CSS color name to hex chart…

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Polycranium Crisp WordPress Theme

April 7th, 2009

Polycranium Crisp Screenshot

Polycranium Crisp is my own WordPress theme that I use on this site.

The theme is using images from Windell H. Oskay, randomly rotating in the top banner. I will probably add more images later on.

I haven’t released it on the…

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Polycranium Techne WordPress theme

April 7th, 2009

Polycranium Techne

Polycranium Techne is the WordPress Theme I made for the Interactive Institute Art & Technology department, where I work. Technically it’s based on my own Polycranium Sleet theme, which is also the ancestor of the theme I am using for this blog:…

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Kinetic Sculpture BMW Museum (2008)

April 7th, 2009

kinetic sculpture by ART+COM (2008)


This kinetic scuplture consists of 714 balls (in, I believe, a 15 x 42 grid) that drop down on wires from the ceiling. During a 7-minute run they form various forms; at first just a random cloud,…

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Line Describing a Cone (1973)

March 30th, 2009


Light installation  (?) by Anthony McCall (1973)

A 16mm projector is projecting a movie on the wall. At first, the movie seems to be just a white point on a black background. Very slowly, it starts expanding, first to an arc, and…

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Khronos Projector (2005)

March 16th, 2009

Responsive video installation by Alvaro Cassinelli and Masatoshi Ishakawa

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Khronos Projector looks like a backprojected image on a wall. But the projection surface is very flexible, and you can push it in with your hands. When you do that, the parts of…

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Inter Dis-Communication Machine (1993)

March 9th, 2009

Responsive wearable by Hachiya Kazuhiko (1993)


Two people put on these machines that let you swap your visual and auditory input with each other, so that you “can only see through the other person’s eyes”.

Photo: Kurokawa Mikio

>> artist’s home page

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TV Buddha (1974)

March 2nd, 2009

Closed circuit TV installation with bronze statue, by Nam June Paik (1974)


A statue of the Buddha is watching its own image on TV. Need I say more?


>> TV Buddha at medienkunstnetz

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Illuminated Averages #1: Hitchcock’s Psycho (2000)

February 23rd, 2009

Lightbox with Duratrans print by Jim Campbell


In his series of “illuminated averages”, artist Jim Campbell creates averages of video sequences. Of course (well, I assume)  he makes these using some sort of software, not by hand, but they also refer…

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Blinkenlights (2001)

February 16th, 2009

Interactive media façade by Chaos Computer Club (2001-)


Project Blinkenlights was a public installations that turned the façade of a building into a low-resolution display, using lights inside the windows. Members of the general public could upload their own animations to the…

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Atari Light (1999)

February 10th, 2009

interactive game environment by Pierre Huyghe (1999)

Two people hold game controllers and play Pong using the lights in the ceiling as pixels.

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