Sunday, September 30, 2007


one of the best political works i've seen in a while was at the DESTE foundation in Athens. A female security guard, standing in a corner of one of the gallery rooms. As you enter the room she starts singing "this is propaganda..." (a simple melody and a phrase that she repeats as she begins to walk around the space a little).

its only when you leave the room you notice that other gallery minders are dressed fairly casually. the tune and the words - stuck in my head...

Friday, September 28, 2007

electrofringe - wear now

so it's the first year i'll be missing electrofringe in ages ... and in an attempt to still be there, alexandra gillespie will be speaking about my Mobile Patters work on the WearNow panel on Saturday September 29th in the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery at 2pm...

dialectic cursing - in tha dam

curse ov dialect

head to occii if u in amsterdam tonite...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

moments like


sitting in bed eating pistachios (for er, brunch?) from Aegina - and reminding me of the hot sun and sea - while drinking cool peppermint tea and listening to the rain on the skylight above...

(with a laptop and wireless access)

simple things like this, which i appreciate so much more these days, after such challenging times.

reskinning under skin

an article by Leah Heiss about some of the works from the reskin lab can be found at:

and another article (by Alex Gillespie and Cinnamon Lee) on the reskin lab and resulting works can be found at:

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

steim wii

wii is a small revolution.
wiiiiii is a movement about movement.
wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii is leaving the desktop and moving into sonic space.
wiiiii is made for gaming but hacked into a music instrument.
wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii is this rare moment where a mass produced object is recycled into a tool for both experimental and mainstream practice.
wiiiiiiiiiiiiii is supported by STEIM's junXion and pd, maxmsp, supercollider etc.
STEIM's wii evening is not sponsored by nintento, but we hope they get it and continue making brothers and sisters of the wii.
wiiiiiiiiii(h)ero's from all over the globe will present their wiiiiiiiing and perform at STEIM on Monday September 24, 2007.
steim - wiiii
Ross Bencina (AU), Somaya Langley (AU), Danielle Wilde (AU)
Tom Tlalim (IL)
Tim Groeneboom aka DJ Timski (NL)
Frank Baldé (NL) + Saskia Dedenbach (DE)

Date: Monday, September 24 2007
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 18.00pm
Entrance: Free
Reservations and more information: or +31 20 6228690

Project descriptions
Ross Bencina, Somaya Langley, Danielle Wilde - prototyping gesture~sound mappings with the wiimote
Ross, Somaya and Danielle will discuss outcomes of a recent residency at STEIM where they developed a variety of gesture-to-sound mappings aimed at engaging the whole body in controlling sound. Up to six Wiimotes were used simultaneously to gather gestural information from multiple positions on the body, and from multiple performers.

Tom Tlalim - Body tilt space measurement using 8-12 Wiimotes / nunchucks
This is a research project into use of the body as an instrument, while imposing limitations on space by audio feedback. I'm trying to look at the human body with relation to gravity alone, learning about poise, dynamics and location from looking at it's tilt and acceleration. complexity, weight-center, speed, and dynamics can be then analyzed, calculated and used as indicators of a current tilt space. As a prototyping tool I'm using 8-12 3d accelerometers (Wiimotes) to measure tilt and acceleration for every joint. x/y tilt data is then graphed, analyzed, and buffered for template matching. Currently the data is used straight forward as continuous input for states of an audio system. Next stage in development will be definition of audio spaces via template matching; snapshots of different shapes of the body can be stored and compared with the current body position. as the dancer reproduces specific body positions, new sound presets get introduces.

Tim Groeneboom aka DJ Timski - Wiijing with Wiimote + Ableton Live + Max/MSP
DJ Timski will show and explain his Wiij (Wii + DJ) setup that he uses at parties to rock the crowd.

Frank Baldé + Saskia Dedenbach
STEIM's software R&D Frank Balde and Saski Dedenbach will talk about the development process and implementation of the new Wii extension for STEIM’s junXion software.

Monday, September 17, 2007

the invisible camp

snippets of stories, of oral histories, emotions and experiences join me each day as i wake...

(once a killing wall, for children)

destroy athens

destroy athens is the first athens contemporary art biennal, which i've just spent a few days discovering during my week in this city

destroy athens logo
the theme lures artists to destroy preconceived notions of athens, creating a new contemporary image of who and what this place represents today. artists from all over the western artworld are represented in the show (plus a a number of parallel exhibitions and events) including john bock and dereck jarman to name but two...

Thursday, September 06, 2007

press gang

imo and i are heading to ars electronica tomorrow, with press passes in hand - ready to put together a couple of radio features... so come talk to us.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

gig pics

photos from last nights gig of displaced australian sounds can be found at:

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


if you're in prenzlauer berg (berlin) tonite - and feel like some australian improv - come along to this gig...
aussie improv in berlin
(...and come talk to imogen and i, as we'll be on the door and on the look out for good conversation...)