Looks to be a British art group that commissions performances, research and events that stretch the boundaries between the physical and real.
Fractured Atlas – a Non-Profit Arts Service Organization
Like the site says:
Fractured Atlas provides services, resources, and support to liberate a nation of artists. From healthcare to publicity to collaborative production grants, we supply critical tools for independent artists and arts organizations so they can focus on their creative responsibilities. By nurturing today’s vital but underrepresented voices, we hope to play a role in fostering a dynamic and diverse cultural landscape of tomorrow.
Elliott has a nice write up on the concept and ideas behind Tele-absence (the opposite of Tele-Presence, something I have been spending the majority of my time on).
From the site:
I recently, along with Anees Assali, created a large black cube that sits motionless and visually impenetrable in a gallery space. Beyond its simple physical structure, the cube is also a web server with a fixed address. When viewers choose to visit the web site broadcast from the cube, they see a live video stream of its interior, which is empty. The cube does nothing other than serve up an empty space
This looks like fun, the pictures of Dens are hilarious. Hope they put up the videos soon!
From the site:
Pac-Manhattan is a large-scale urban game that utilizes the New York City grid to recreate the 1980’s video game sensation Pac-Man. This analog version of Pac-man is being developed in NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications graduate program, in order to explore what happens when games are removed from their “little world” of tabletops, televisions and computers and placed in the larger “real world” of street corners, and cities.
MSNBC – Eyeball jewelry a new Dutch fashion trend
From the article:
Body piercing and tattoos make way. The latest fashion trend to hit the Netherlands is eyeball jewelry.
Dutch eye surgeons have implanted tiny pieces of jewelry called “JewelEye” in the mucous membrane of the eyes of six women and one man in cosmetic surgery pioneered by an ophthalmic surgery research and development institute in Rotterdam.
Chekout the Flash version of this site as well: http://www.transvision.us/
From the site:
Transvision’s intent is to change you’re relationship with what you are seeing rather than simply mindlessly relaying information. Each of the fully functional televisions proffers new prototypes for watching and reconceptualizing our ideas about television. These new schemes of interface problematize the act of watching TV by imbedding interaction into a medium traditionally resolved to the goal of complacency. The individual transformations in Transvision expose the power of the mediating object, reanimating both the content and the viewer while cutting through the static and stasis of media. Whatever you do, don’t sit back and relax.
From the description:
… it consists of light and soundscapes which respond to the actions of people in the environment and remote data from a second environment in new york city. the project is a collaboration between students and instructors at the technical university of berlin and parsons school of design in new york.