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Welcome to the 9th annual X-MIX, an end of the year mixtape celebration. As always, these aren’t necessarily songs released this year, but just a collection of the favorite things I’ve been listening to in 2012. Merry X-MIX Internet!
- Chelsea Peretti: Wolf Blitzer
- Iggy Azalea: My World
- SBTRKT: Trials of the Past
- Curren$y: Showroom
- Clams Casino: Palace
- Waka Flocka Flame: Triple F Intro
- Purity Ring: Fineshrine
- Amerigo Gazaway: Runnin’ (Bizarre Tribe)
- Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean: Clique
- Purity Ring, Obedear
- Beastie Boys, Pass the Mic
- Dolly Parton, Puppy Love
- Angel Haze, Wicked Moon
- Stevie Wonder, Village Ghetto Land
- Boldy James, I Sold Dope All My Life
- XXYYXX, Alone
- SBTRKT, Wildfire
- Chelsea Peretti: Wolf Blitzer
Happy holidays everyone! I was invited to make the holiday greeting for the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt this year, hope you like it.
Multi-Touch Portraits: From/To Commissions
Thumb prints on tracing paper
4.25″ x 2.5″
Multi-Touch Portraits: From/To Commissions are created by typing the subject’s email address into the mail app on a smart phone with inked fingers. The pieces aim to create a connection between the generic gestures associated with typing on a touch screen device with the specific identities of the painter (‘from’) and the subject (‘to’).
The From/To Commissions are part of a larger series called Multi-Touch Paintings, which are created by performing simple routine tasks on multi-touch handheld computing devices with inked fingers. The series is a comment on computing and identity, but also creates an archive of this moment in history where we have started to manipulate pixels directly through gestures that we were unfamiliar with just over 5 years ago.
(Photo by Seb Lee-Delisle)
Angry Birds All Levels
Ink on tracing paper
188cm x 150cm
With over 1 billion downloads, some have argued that Angry Birds will soon trump Mario Brothers and Mickey Mouse in cultural pervasiveness. Beyond visualising the game, the piece also aims to make apparent the amount of time and repetitive gestures required to “win” the game. The resulting visualisations contrast the excitement that happens in the gaming environment with the monotony that actually takes places in the physical world. Ultimately, the piece aims to glorify and critically question this new kind of gaming interaction that never leaves our pockets.
Angry Birds All Levels is a new piece currently on display at the Science Gallery in Dublin. From the Science Gallery:
Angry Birds is a new piece by Evan Roth that comments on the rise of casual gaming, identity and our relationship with mobile devices. Consisting of 300 sheets of tracing paper and black ink, it’s a visualisation of every finger swipe needed to complete the popular mobile game of the same name. The gestures exist on a sheet of paper that’s the same size as the iPhone on which it was originally created. Angry Birds is part of a larger series that Roth has been working on over the last year called Multi-Touch Paintings. These compositions are created by performing simple routine tasks on multi-touch handheld computing devices [ranging from unlocking the device to checking Twitter] with inked fingers. The series is a comment on computing and identity, but also creates an archive of this moment in history where we have started to manipulate pixels directly through gestures that we were unfamiliar with just over 5 years ago. In the end, the viewer is presented with a black and white representation of the gestures that have been prescribed to us in the form of user interaction design.
A simple piece of software got us through the dark ages of computing before the Internet allowed us to waste company time more effectively. Now you can reconnect with this old friend on the other side of the computer screen. Solitaire.exe is a physical pixel-for-pixel recreation of the popular computer card game included in the Windows 98 operating system.
This signed and numbered edition of 500 decks was created exclusively for The Cooper-Hewitt. These official Bicycle® Playing Cards are printed on linen by The United States Playing Card Company.
Decks can be purchased online at The Cooper Hewitt Shop (sold out).
(Thanks to Lindsay Howard for the photos.)
Internet Cache Self Portrait: July 17, 2012
Latex saturated wet strength wallpaper
154″ x 121″
I was excited to contribute a new piece to Domenico Quaranta‘s Collect the WWWorld: The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age currently on display at 319 Scholes. More photos from the exhibition can be viewed here.
Participating artists include:
Alterazioni Video, Kari Altmann, Gazira Babeli, Kevin Bewersdorf, Aleksandra Domanovic, Constant Dullaart, Elisa Giardina Papa, Travis Hallenbeck, Jason Huff, JODI, Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied, Eva and Franco Mattes, Oliver Laric, Jon Rafman, Ryder Ripps, Evan Roth, Ryan Trecartin, Brad Troemel, Penelope Umbrico, and Clement Valla.
Detroit native James Dewitt Yancey (also known as J Dilla and Jay Dee) was one of the most prolific and influential producers in the history of hip-hop. The Legacy Lives On is a memorial tribute consisting of an urban scale timer that counts down to 70 years after Yancey’s death, at which point his music will be free of copyright and enter the public domain.
This temporary version of the piece was installed on the facade of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, on Oct. 5 & 6, 2012. I am still seeking a venue for making this a permanent (or at least a 64 year) installation somewhere in the Detroit area. I spoke more about the piece in an interview with Colin Darke of the Huffington Post here (additional press here).
Thanks to everyone at Dlectricity for their support in realizing the project. Thanks to Ma Dukes (who was a total honor to meet) and everyone at the J Dilla Foundation. And above all, thank you Jay Dee.
The software and source code used to project the memorial can be downloaded and modified for use with other artists at the links below.
Download source code: the_legacy_lives_on.zip.
Free Speech is a new piece that I premiered at the Kunsthalle Museum last week in Vienna. It was curated by Sydney Ogidan and created in collaboration with the BLK River Festival. Additional thanks to Catherine Hug for her support in bringing it to the Kunsthalle.
Today (Saturday, Sept. 22) and tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 23) I will be premiering two new series of work at the Kunsthalle Museum in Vienna, Austria. The exhibition is curated by Sydney Ogidan in collaboration with BLK River.
Sydney and I will also be participating in an artist talk at the Kunsthalle tonight at 8:30pm. More info here.
Some recent portraits I’ve made for people:
More on Multi-Touch Finger Paintings here.