upcoming screenings

shiva 03, originally uploaded by hc gilje.

just a short note on upcoming screenings (and one recent).
shiva will be screened as part of the colorfield remixed program in Washington DC on may 30th.
more images from shiva.

Stacking of different natures will be screened at Kino Arsenal, Berlin, as part of “HARDfilms: pixels und zelluloid”, june 1st and 3rd
more images from stacking of different natures.

Crossings will also be screened at Kino Arsenal in the same series, on june 27th and 30th.
more images from Crossings.

HARDfilms is a series of 7 screening programs with a impressive range of names like Fischinger, Kubelka, Vasulka, Kurt Kren, Sharitz, Len Lye, Nam June Paik, Brakhage, Richter mixed with works from recent years.

Finally, Sunblind was recently screened earlier this month as part of NORWYDEO III Art Video Screening – Vaxhuset i Västerås, Sweden.
more images from Sunblind.


rantings from the lab

size matters, originally uploaded by hc gilje.

I have wanted to work more with the Xbee radios, but found out a few weeks ago that the ones I bought had old firmware from 2006 (even though I bought them in late march 2007).
This means that some features are not enabled, like connecting the input of one xbee to another xbee´s output (wireless) without the use of a microcontroller.
To update the Xbee´s firmware you have a few options: the expensive developer boards from maxstream, the DIY hack from Rob Faludi, or the xbee usb dongle from New Micros.

I chose the last option, because I thought it could be useful when including the xbees in a computer network for later projects. This turned out to be a very expensive solution. The dongle itself is only usd 39 which is not too bad. The problem is that New Micros doesnt specify shipping costs when you order, they just add it to your bill when it ships. I specifically asked them to send me a quote of how much the shipping would be, but they didn´t. I chose Fedex economy from the available choices, assuming it would be relatively fast and not too expensive. Well, I was wrong. They charged 71 usd for shipping and handling for a device the size of my thumb. And when I received the package I realized why it was so expensive: They shipped it in a pizza-delivery box filled with styrofoam, where the styrofoam pieces were bigger than the dongle, making it hard to even find it in the box.
Lesson learned: If placing international orders, don´t go for shops which don´t tell you the shipping costs when you place the order. Fedex, I didn´t order a pizza!
Do it the “hard” way: buy a hex inverter and follow Faludi´s tips here.
And, for uploading new firmware you need to do it from a computer with Windows.
Tomorrow I will find out if the dongle does what it is supposed to do.



Ars2006 030 Toshio Iwai – Morphovision, originally uploaded by watz.

This project has been mentioned enough places already I guess, but it fits too well to my research theme for me to leave it out: Morphovision by Toshio Iwai, shown at Siggraph and Ars Electronica last year. It is almost disturbing how frequency and patterns of light combined with motion make a solid model house morph into very liquid shapes.
“Morphovision is a unique display system that interactively transforms and animates a 3D solid object before our eyes. In this system, a model house is rotated at high speed, and is illuminated with special lighting from a digital projector. This enables the model to be distorted into various shapes.” More info here.

Video from Ars Electronica:

I was reminded of Morphovision when reading about a low-tech project posted on the serendipity blog, the time fountain, molding time and form with strobelight.

Julien Maire

image from the Tesla website

I received an email from Tesla that Julien Maire is showing work there this week (exploding camera, may 22nd-may26th), wish I could go. I have had the chance to see his performances with mechanisms in slide-form, Dia-positive and demi-pas at Transmediale, which were great.
The work which really caught my attention though is a old performance he showed a documentation from at a presentation of his work, ordonner: a slow motion performance, described as “The gradual slowing down of the movement of the boxes during a house move”. See a short video from the performance here.


spletizizers, originally uploaded by hc gilje.

I am in Köln at the moment preparing for the “The queen is the supreme being of the realm” performance. As it happens, I am staying in the same hotel as last time I did a project in Köln:
In 2002 I was invited together with my co-pilot Kurt Ralske from 242.pilots to participate in a project initiated by Tillmann Roth. Roth built a flexible art container/platform (see image), basically a mobile art production and viewing space. He invited different media artists to do a project which would later be shown in the container. The common link in the project was that we should either make use of or be inspired by the sounds of Alan Splet (scroll down). Splet was the sound designer for David Lynch on all his films from the Grandmother to Blue Velvet. His use of ambient sounds very much shaped a space.

Kurt and I did a 45 minute video improvisation with his sounds as the soundtrack. This might become available through Audioframes at some point, or I might put some of it online.

Fictional architecture

This is the first day of my life 1, originally uploaded by hc gilje.

I had the chance to see the Elmgreen & Dragset exhibition “This is the first day of my life” when I was in Malmö last week. A very effective way of transforming the space:
“Upon entering Malmö Konsthall, the spectator is confronted with a long blank white wall and a series of anonymous-looking doors. Some of the doors are dysfunctional and can’t be opened; others will lead the viewer through a complex environment of secret rooms configured in a labyrinthine system.” From the catalogtext.

This reminds me of descriptions of some of Mike Nelson´s work, which I havent had the opportunity to see unfortunately.
I recommend reading an old interview from the Guardian, where his work is described as creating “emotionally charged false buildings within buildings”.

Maxwell city

At the end of May I will be part of the Maxwell city workshop at Atelier Nord, “A workshop proposing an artistic investigation into electromagnetic substance within the city of Oslo and its surroundings.”

Amanda Steggell has created a blog related to the workshop.

From the lab: ID-12 RFID reader

ID-12 RFID reader to bluetooth, originally uploaded by hc gilje.

(More images of ID-12 in the lab here)

I have had the chance to work with the ID-12 RFID reader for a couple of days. It is very small, very cheap and easy to use. I have tested it connected to a arduino microcontroller, to a computer with a usb-serial adapter and wirelessly to a computer with a bluetooth modem.
You can find a code example for maxmsp + schematics on how to hook up the reader here.


I have added a resources page, accessible from the top right corner (next to bio and about).

This is a list of software and hardware I use or explore, relevant books, articles, and other media, and also  some code and schematics from my own project.

The queen is the supreme power

The queen is the supreme power 2, originally uploaded by hc gilje.

(Slideshow from the rehearsals and performances here)

My latest collaboration with Yannis Kyriakides is a piece based on old telegraph code books. I use scanned pages combined with microscope texture from these books and project onto the orchestra from two sides, using the musicians as screens in combination with a wide screen behind, trying to create a dynamic space using text fragments and letters as projected light.

It is a coproduction between ZKM in Karlsruhe and Musikfabrik in Cologne, and is performed may 17th in Cologne and on the 18th at ZKM.