Archive for the ‘tunnel’ 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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Stedelijk and Trouw Toad Colonies

May 21, 2012

The Stedelijk Museum has been in renovations for 8 years now. This has apparently lead to conditions ideal for the spreading of invasive animal species that thrive on art. The Stedelijk Museum colony has recently been discovered, around and inside the main museum under construction and renovation, but also at its temporary events and exhibitions site at the Trouw Amsterdam. Specifically, this colony seems to have taken on items related to the first upcoming fall exhibition there of Mike Kelley’s work, displaying skin  coloring from afgans to “Sex to Sexty” magazine to abstraction. At the event at the Trouw Amsterdam entitled “Augment IT” the colony was clearly sighted. Apparently the visionary effects of touching or licking good toads are some of the most powerful experiences yet.

Stedelijk Museum Colony growth with workmen

Stedelijk Museum Colony inside the empty museum in front of the Karel Appel wall

Trouw hallucination experience after contact with toad’s skin toxin- near a total black out…

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Art of the Placebo – I Shall Please

November 4, 2011

We finally got a chance to fully test augmented reality prescriptions for patients with smartphone addictions. We were given the opportunity to open a small clinic at the “Off Label Festival”  at Open Space Gallery in Victoria, British Columbia. The effect seemed to work well with volunteers wandering throughout the gallery during the opening, October 27. Many of our subjects still want to spend a good deal of time talking about the nature of virtual drugs and their involvement with smartphones.  At one point it was noted by a patient that I was continually holding my iPhone. I proceeded to place it on the table and fully admit my own over identification with this object. A full portfolio of some of the visions can be viewed here. We don’t really use placebos in our studies but we thought we’d give a nod to the title of our portion of the event by translating “Art of the Placebo”  to its derivation “I Shall Please“.

Severely Hypnotic Web Art

October 1, 2010

Since our recent post on various self-experimentation techniques of hypnosis combined with VF, we have noticed a number of artists who are possibly taking advantage of web media to produce artworks whose intent may be to hypnotize the audience and cause altered states in unsuspecting viewers. Following are a few examples:

Warp (2010) - Florent di Bartolo from Rhizome.org

glory ball on Spirit Surfers by sounder2

blue willow on Spirit Surfers by guest

We have known for some time that short animated gifts of all kinds have a tendency to be both addictive and psycho-affective. However these images are unusually powerful. Some of the effects we have noted from these particular animations are as follows:

Warp (2010)
•  prolonged blurred and tinted vision
•  carpal tunnel sensation

glory ball
•  compound eye irritation
•  dance twitch
•  mirror stage

blue willow:
•  zero depth perception
•  “Fort-Da” syndrome

We suggest that if you view these images you do so for less than 8 minutes. There are many more on the blog sites Rhizome.org and Spirit Surfers.