Archive for the ‘Projects’ Category

Free Mobile Phone Dose offered at the Sydney Biennial

August 3, 2012

dLux MediaArts sponsored an event with for the August 3rd Art After Dark night of the 2012 Sydney Biennial with Warren Armstrong, Andrew Burrell and Virta-Flaneurazine. On Pier 2/3, the Sydney electronic collective, Filthy Children, played as free prescriptions of the mobile version of VF were handed out to willing participants. Apparently hundreds have taken the experimental medicine and benefited from its results. If you are there, the secret is you can get a drug dose simply by downloading the Layar Augmented Reality application and searching for the layer, “Dose”. In fact the best way to take the drug is to access the layer “Bufo Colonies” which will reveal a small outgrowth of the Stedelijk Museum colony Bufo toads which can be licked on your phone screen or iPad.

Remember also, that although the experience has pleasurable side effects, the medication is primarily developed to help with problems of Wanderlust Deficit Disorder (WAD), a form of Internet addiction. This is an unapproved virtual medication and at this point Virta-Flaneurazine cannot take responsibility for its use or affects.

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Sex and Death Bufo Colony

March 27, 2011

Reports are surfacing of a new Bufo Virtanus outbreak in Sydney, Austrailia, developing in the area of the Royal Botanic Gardens Glass Pyramid. The subspecies has been named the Sex and Death Bufo Colony, because it has developed visual traits of the orchid exhibition created in 2005. In addition to sex and death, there were three themes identified during that exhibition; “Seduction”, “Cooperation” and “Deception.” We have heard that the toads change different textural colors; pink, white, red and black. These are the colorations of some of the orchids in the preceding exhibition. They seduce with pink, cooperate or copulate with red and white, and finally deceive and die with a display of black. We have also heard unconfirmed reports that possible other colonies spreading southward. This will probably not be confirmed till early April during the Surry Hills Festival, with its event (Un)Seen Sculptures curated by Warren Armstrong.

As we have previously noted, the prototype for Bufo Virtanus is the bufo toad, the species known in Australia as the Cane Toad, which was introduced to Queensland in 1935 to combat the Cane Beetle. Unfortunately this bio-attack never solved the beetle problem and the giant species of cane toads instead became an uncontrollable infestation. in this case we might be dealing with that kind of virtual plague, with the toads as harbingers of a plethora imagery and information leaking, cascading into the physical landscape.

Blender Bufos

March 13, 2011

We were up at the very beautiful Diller Scofidio designed ICA Boston only to find a peculiar giant bufo virtanus, an apparent new subspecies of blender bufos taking on attributes of the 2 upcoming shows- Catherine Opie and The Record. We can only call this “33 1/2 RPM Sunset Bufo.” (to part of Manifest.AR at the ICA, Boston, for Cyberarts, opening April 22nd)

Test Subject On Internet Addiction

December 10, 2010

Test subject JC Priestman, who has been with the Virta-Flaneurazine clinical trials since September 2008, finally speaks out publicly about Internet addiction.

VF betaAR

November 3, 2010

A new variant of Virta-Flaneurazine, VF betaAR, has been successfully developed. It is produced from the skin secretions of bio- engineered and programmed hybrid Bufo toads. When areas of these toads are touched, the resulting reaction causes a wandering viewer to see things appearing from virtual worlds and other sources on the Internet. This appears to be an integrated and compelling conscious experience. This perception can be simultaneously viewed on an iPhone or Android device using Layars or other augmented reality software.

Because of the surprising success of our first test at MoMA, October 9, we will be entering a wider human test phase November 14 at BETA Spaces 2010 in Bushwick, Brooklyn (NY). The drug tests will be part of an art program, Bushwick AR Intervention. Though the parameters of the effects are somewhat limited at this point, this appears to be a very important step towards complete integration.

VF Sculpture in MOMA

October 9, 2010

 

A huge AR sculpture we made of a the Bufo Toad (the VF mascot, if you will) is to be installed in the Museum of Modern Art  Saturday afternoon, October 9. Although we understand that this will be part of a permanent collection located at the museum, we are not quite sure where it will be placed. We had planned it for the Atrium Gallery but the curators of the show,”We AR in MoMA,”  Sander Veenhof & Mark Skwarek, feel it might need to be placed in the lobby. The sculpture has the VF logo inscribed on its back and has the potential to allow visitors to climb up to this area and through contact receive a full dose of Virta-Flaneurazine. New readers to this blog might not know that the Bufo Toad toxin, bufotenin, secreted from the amphibian’s back, is a known psychotropic substance to humans, though it can cause seizures in animals. The effects and molecular structure of Bufotenin was an inspiration for VF and so we hold the animal in high regard.

Update: turns out the sculpture was a bit too large for the entrance area. Only a huge leg was visible. The dimensions will be adjusted to fit the location in the near future.

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Riding The Blue Dragon

September 23, 2010

Researchers warn against the use of a powerful new black market version of Virta-Flaneurazine which first surfaced in the hutongs of central China in the weeks following the Xi’an clinical trials and is now thought to be available in the United States and Europe. Known by its street name “Blue Dragon,” the drug is thought to be as much as ten times more potent than the name brand. At these elevated dosages, experiments with VF have lead to sustained Hypertext Markup Wanderment (HTMW).

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The most common Blue Dragon side effects are:
• Headache
• Facial flushing
• Upset stomach
Less commonly, bluish vision, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light may briefly occur.
In rare instances, men taking Blue Dragon reported a sudden decrease or loss of vision. It is not possible to determine whether these events are related directly to these medicines or to other factors. If you experience sudden decrease or loss of vision, stop taking Blue Dragon and call a doctor right away.
In the rare event of HTMW lasting more than 4 hours seek immediate medical help to avoid long-term injury.

VF Hypnosis Technique

September 6, 2010

Dr* Freeman and Dr* Pappenheimer have embarked on a set of rigorous self-experiments (Subproject 8 ) based on research conducted in the 1950s by the Office of Scientific Intelligence for the CIA‘s human research program. Code named Project MKULTRA, or MK-ULTRA, the research involved the use of many methodologies to manipulate individual mental states and alter brain function, including the surreptitious administration of drugs and other chemicals, sensory deprivation, isolation, and verbal and sexual abuse.

Dr* Fremont demonstrates hypnosis technique used in new Virta-Flaneurazine  experiments.

1. Subproject 8 is being set up as a means to continue the present work in the general field of VF at the Virta-Flanrurazine Laboratories until 11 September 2011.

2. This project will include a continuation of a study of the biomedical, neurophysiological, sociological, and clinical psychiatric aspects of VF, and also a study of VF antagonists and drugs related to VF, such as L.S.D. and Bufotenine.

Dr* Pappenheimer and Dr* Freeman during self-experimentation using Virta-Flaneurazine hypnosis techniques.

Dr* Pappenheimer and Dr* Freeman during self-experimentation using Virta-Flaneurazine hypnosis techniques.

Experimental goals included: the creation of “hypnotically induced anxieties,” “hypnotically increasing ability to learn and recall complex written matter,” studying hypnosis and polygraph examinations, “hypnotically increasing ability to observe and recall complex arrangements of physical objects,” and studying “relationship of personality to susceptibility to hypnosis.” Experiments are conducted with drug induced hypnosis and with anterograde and retrograde amnesia while under the influence of such drugs.

VF, Because Everywhere Is Better Than The Same Old Thing

August 10, 2010

(Reuters) – In other financial news, Virta-Flaneurazine Pharmaceuticals has announced that it will retain the Madison Avenue ad and branding giant Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide to handle its direct to consumer campaigns in the U.S. and New Zealand markets. “We were impressed with the “Where patients come first.” campaign that the firm did with Merck just before evidence came to light that the company ignored evidence that its top seller Vioxx caused heart complications.” said Dr. Fremont, cofounder of Virta-Flaneurazine Pharmaceuticals. According to Michael Guarini, managing director for Ogilvy & Mather’s health care practice, “the goal is to build emotional ties between Virta-Flaneurazine and consumers”

VF Software Barrier Breach

July 16, 2010

Researchers at VF Pharmaceuticals were startled Tuesday to find that recent Virta-Flaneurazine dosage test resulted in an unexpected crossing of the software barrier beyond Second Life into other social networks. Test subject JC Priestman, aka Virta Flaneur, was observed randomly navigating international Internet applications. Although the extent of the software breach is yet to be determined, evidence gathered confirms that the test subject was active in Facebook, Youtube and Chatroulett. In a telephone interview, Dr. Fremont expressed confidence that there is no risk to the general public, but warned against use of black market varieties of the drug, saying, “After the Xi’an clinical trials, we received disturbing reports of a pirated version of VF, which goes by the street name of Blue Dragon.”