White vs Non-White, People Magazine / Obama Love Collage….

Michele offered to help me make a People Magazine demographic study (ala Skymall Liberation), and this is what she came up with. I’m not exactly sure what it means, but it’s kind of creepy and bizarre so I think it might be art.

30″ x 18″
Single issue of People Magazine on cardboard.
Lady Fi5e original, bidding starts at $100 HKD! (And yes, the bottom of the heart is made up entirely of Beyonce.)

Explicit Content Only currently on exhibition in Amsterdam

Explicit Content Only is now on exhibition as part of Speaking Out Loud at the Netherlands Media Arts Institute, curated by Susanne Jaschko. More info below:
Speaking Out Loud
From 15-11-2008 until 24-01-2009
Tim Etchells (UK) and Vlatka Horvat (CRO), Mukul Patel (UK) and Manu Luksch (AT), Christoph Keller (DE), Jaromil (IT) and Jodi (NL), Linda Hilfling (DEN), KH Jeron (DE), Tudor Bratu (RO), Michael Hoepfel (DE), Trikoton (DE), Evan Roth (US)

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DeTouch Updates…

I just finished the first major round of updates to the DeTouch project in almost two years. DeTouch is an interactive online tool that visualizes the alterations made by professional re-touch artists. This update doubles the amount of data from re-touch websites and includes downloads for full screen standalone applications in Linux, Mac, and Windows.
Linux, Mac, Windows
Source Code (18kb)
Processing Project Folder(126mb)
The brighter the pixel value the more the area has been altered:

DeTouch will be on exhibition as part of Beyond A Memorable Fancy at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts from Oct. 30th to Dec. 13th. Details below:
EFA Project Space
Gallery hours: 12-6, Wed- Sat
Opening Reception, November 1, 6-9
323 W 39th Street, 2nd Fl
New York City
Also included in the exhibition is TSA Communication, and the G.R.L. Laser Stencil / Green Lantern (more on that soon).

Banksy’s For $ale in Hong Kong Markets…

I came across this hand painted Banksy stencil while walking around the Temple Street night market 2 days ago (someone seriously needs to teach the painting factories about how to make a stencil).
This is the first time I have seen a non-Chinese living artist for sale in the counterfeit painting markets; a possible metric for making the argument that Banksy is the most famous living artist.
Canvas cost negotiations started at $250 HKD ($32 USD). Michele offered him $50HKD to which he assured us that he can sell as many Banksy’s as he can get his hands on. In the end we took our $50HKD around the corner and bought a 4 pack of San Miguel.

Opening Tomorrow In Hong Kong…

Tomorrow evening Videotage, here in Hong Kong, will be premiering a new installation (titled: Web 2.0) and Fire Fox Plugin (titled: China Channel) by myself and Aram (in collaboration with Tobi, Michael, and Jamie).
Venue info here:
Exhibition: October Contemporary 2008 – SECOND LIFE
Opening: Oct 4 (Sat), 7-11pm
Exhibition Period: Oct 6 (Mon) to Nov 4 (Tue), 12nn-7pm
Unit 13, Cattle Depot Artist Village
63 Ma Tau Kok Road
To Kwa Wan, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Project description and images below. Project page coming soon.

Web 2.0 is a gallery installation consisting of two internet enabled computers, a hacked mouse and keyboard, and a custom plugin for the popular (and free) Fire Fox web browser. Two computers are connected to a single keyboard and mouse allowing visitors to control both identical machines at the same time while using just a single input device. The only difference between the two internet terminals is their network connection; one machine is connected to the less restricted internet in Hong Kong, while the other is connected to the internet through a connection point in the mainland of China.
The Golden Shield Project (sometimes referred to as the the Great Fire Wall of China), censors content primarily by blocking IP addresses. The Internet police in China is estimated to contain over 30,000 workers, and is responsible for blocking content such as Tibetan independence, Taiwan independence, police brutality, the Tienanmen Square protests of 1989, freedom of speech, democracy, religion, and some international news.
The browser plugin used in the Web 2.0 installation will soon be available for public download on the web. Unlike many tools which enable Chinese people to freely surf the web via connections to computers outside of China, this plugin routes all internet traffic to computers on the inside of the Chinese firewall, allowing web surfers to experience an Internet identical to that of Chinese.