The Electromagnetic Fountain

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EMF – quote/unquote

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I stumbled across an article/survey about art in public space – Uncertain Spaces: Artists’ Exploration of New Socialities in Mediated Public Space, Maria Miranda. I was surprised to find the Electromagnetic Fountain mentioned at the bottom, along with other works that are mentioned on my blog that got me to think about the fountain in the first place. Especially as I haven’t built it yet.

I’m a bit embarrassed about a part of the text, though. And when I saw it I realised that I haven’t given credit to a quote in my description of the fountain, so now its time to put things right. It’s the bit that goes:

[ …… Amanda Steggell is concerned with not just its aesthetic appeal but “highly fought over private, commercial and political territory” (Steggell) as well as still unknown environmental and health issues.]

Much of the description of the Electromagnetic Fountain was drawn from attending the Maxwell City Workshop led by Erich Berger and Martin Howse at Atelier Nord in 2007. It suddenly dawned on me that the phrase I have in my EMF description, the one quoted above, is almost identical to that of the Maxwell City description, bar one word! Martin and Erich wrote:

“The electromagnetic spectrum which is the range of all possible electromagnetic radiation is a hotly fought over private, commercial and political territory.

So I apologize to M and E, and I hope that they are both at least a bit flattered that their eloquent words have stuck in the collective memory bank!

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January 26, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Maxwell city sounds

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Here’s a link to 2 sound recordings for download that I made with EMV sniffers during Maxwell City:

One is of my cell phone in action (cute) and the other is detecting elmag activity while moving around a cylindrical light/advertisement display in the centre of Oslo (spooky, poppy and rushy). They’re both untreated soundtracks from video recordings which I’ll post later when I’ve had time to encode them.

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June 11, 2007 at 4:04 pm

Armin Medosch’s lecture

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Here’s a link to the video documentation of Armin Medosch’s lecture at the Maxwell City workshop:
http://anart.no/2007/06/04/video-documentation-of-armin-medosch-lecture/

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June 5, 2007 at 11:12 am

Antenna aesthetics: Maxwell City

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Some photos from the Maxwell City workshop at Atelier Nord, 29th May – 2nd June 2007.

Lab:


(img: sofia)


(imgs: Hc)


(imgs: Maxwell City website)

City field trips:


(imgs: Hc)

In the hills:


(imgs: Hc)


(img: sofia)

Images are taken from:
Sofia’s blog: http://m3me.wordpress.com/
HC’s flickrset: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hcgilje/sets/72157600293515970/
Maxwell City: http://anart.no/projects/maxwell-city/workshop-notes/

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June 5, 2007 at 10:29 am

The Aether and its Double

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Here’s a link to Martin Howse’s paper for Maxwell City called The Aether and its Double.
http://1010.co.uk/maxwell_presentation.html

Here he reflects over the ghostlyness of the electromagnetic spectrum through the guise of science, science fiction, narrative and embodied experience.

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June 5, 2007 at 9:11 am

Maxwell City notes

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Here are some more notes on the workshop on Ateleier Nord’s website:
http://anart.no/projects/maxwell-city/workshop-notes/

And especially for Ellen Røed (otherwise known as ink) here’s a picture of my hair!

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June 4, 2007 at 11:00 am

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Cartography of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

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Cartography of the Electromagnetic Spectrum: A review of wireless visualizations and its consequences.
Christian Sandvig, University of Illinois at Urbana Campaign, 2006

This paper reports on an archival survey spectrum visualizations (visual metaphors) used in policy proceedings in the US over the past 80 years, and compares these pictures with current cartography practices. Amongst other issues it describes the use of visual metaphor to tell more about human behaviour than the actual “spectrum” – which is in itself a metaphor used by scientists to group together radiation ranges, from the cosmic to radio.

URL: http://web.si.umich.edu/tprc/papers/2006/655/SandvigCartogSpectrum.pdf

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June 3, 2007 at 2:44 pm