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Beyond Pong: why digital art matters | Artanddesign | The Guardian
"When critical thinking is at its strongest, it often comes from exactly the sort of fluidity of practice that does run through Digital Revolution. The London-based architect and artist Usman Haque has been creating innovative software products alongside interactive artworks for more than 15 years. In 2007, he founded Pachube, a global data-sharing network that anticipated by years the current buzz around big data and the internet of things. In 2011, Pachube enabled hundreds of Japanese civilians to quickly and easily share weather and radiation data in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, boosting monitoring and relief efforts. Haque's Umbrellium team has produced a new artwork for Digital Revolution, which takes up the entirety of The Pit, the Barbican's subterranean theatre space. Called Assemblance, the piece allows about 25 people at a time to physically shape beams of light with their hands, pushing and pulling them around the space – while also bumping into and potentially messing up the shapes created by other people.

Haque calls it "a virtual reality", but not in the sense of a purely digital realm: "It's there, it's responding to you, you can see it, but as you try and approach it you can't actually feel it. For me, the idea is to question this distinction between the physical and the virtual." The process is akin to building a sandcastle on the beach, where you are building a structure that anyone else, or the elements, can destroy in a moment.

Assemblance attempts to answer the question: "How do we create things together in a shared environment, where we can't always trust each other, but we need to act together regardless?" This, indeed, is the situation we find ourselves in now. In the modern digital world, the question of participation is crucial as our various networks – social, media, national – require us to constantly mediate between acting as individuals and acting as a group. For Haque, the digital has given us "the capacity to have an effect on the other side of the world almost instantaneously", from news events and economic flows to disaster response and warfare. "We can do things to other people in distant lands, and so the question of our responsibility, and our culpability, is thrown up in ways that it hasn't been before. On the other hand, we now have the capacity to connect with each other, and develop new ways to work together, rather than against each other."

Assemblance asks the audience to see itself as part of a networked whole, where actions have consequences. It also points towards the fact that "the digital" is not a medium, but a context, in which new social, political and artistic forms arise. After 50 years, at least, of digital practice, institutions are still trying to work out its relevance, and how to display and communicate it – a marker, perhaps, that it is indeed a form of art."
jamesbridle  2014  digital  digitalart  art  usmanhaque  dotsasmen  umbrellium  assemblance  criticalthinking  pachube  collaboration  internet  web  online  audience  participatory  networks  context  social  socialnetworks  digitalarchaeology  olialialina  susankare  timberners-lee  liamyoung  dronestagram  jamesgeorge  jonathanminard  christophernolan  pong  raspberrypi  minecraft  geocities  martinbircher  chrismilk  aaronkoblin  wecreate  conradbodman  gta  cpsnow  eniac  grandtheftauto 
june 2014 by robertogreco
The Daily Duino» Getting Started with Pachube & Arduino
"Another post on Pachube and how easy it is to get setup and going. This post will cover the basic steps on how to get some sensors online! I will be using my project of two light sensors as an example."
pachube  arduino  microcontrollers  howto  tutorials  diy  processing  sensing  sensors  via:preoccupations 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Pachube tutorials | pachube.community
"This is the main page for Pachube tutorials for a variety of technologies.
pachube  tutorials  howto  via:preoccupations 
june 2009 by robertogreco
pachube.apps | connecting environments, patching the planet
"Pachube is a service that enables you to connect, tag and share real time sensor data from objects, devices, buildings and environments around the world. Here, we collect together Pachube apps that create/modulate input feeds or make use of output feeds. Sign up for Pachube here!"
applications  pachube  visualization  realtime  sensing  sensors  tracking  rss  sharing  interface  feeds  api  software 
june 2009 by robertogreco
howies - brainfood - Technology is not the enemy [Russell Davies]
"Technology is not the enemy. Inattention and waste are the enemy. If you don’t notice your footprints you won’t clean them up. So remember to take notes and use whatever tools can to keep you paying attention." via: http://magicalnihilism.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/do-ism/
russelldavies  technology  observation  walkit  pachube  wattson  interestingness  attention  sustainability  waste  green  tcsnmy  classideas 
february 2009 by robertogreco
5 Companies Building the "Internet of Things" - ReadWriteWeb
"The "internet of things" is a concept that describes a wireless network between objects. In a way, it parallels the current network of addressable web pages (aka the "world wide web"), except "the internet of things" would include addressable inanimate objects that could be anything from your home's refrigerator to the shoes on your feet. Although this world of web-connected things has been much discussed for years, we've seen little movement pushing the concept forward. At least, until now."
internetofthings  tikitag  arduino  microcontrollers  mir:ror  blogjects  rfid  nearfield  wifi  internet  future  web  twitchboard  objects  things  programming  hardware  webdesign  trends  innovation  nabaztag  pachube  zerog  spimes  iot  webdev 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Pachube, Patching the Planet: Interview with Usman Haque  | UgoTrade
"Usman Haque (architect and director, Haque Design + Research) and founder of Pachube pointed me to this image from T.R. Oke’s book, “Boundary Layer Climates” (original photo source Prof. L. E. Mount’s The Climatic Physiology of the Pig) to explain his approach to the “software” of space."

[via: http://blog.wired.com/sterling/2009/01/spime-watch-pac.html AND
http://blog.neo-nomad.net/pachube-patching-the-planet/1217/

Broken, now at: http://web.archive.org/web/20090209042309/http://blog.neo-nomad.net/pachube-patching-the-planet/1217/ ]
pachube  empowerment  interaction  interactive  architecture  cities  ubicomp  environment  spimes  usmanhaque  hardware  hacking  diy  innovation  locative  blogjects 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Arduino Ethernet and Pachube: remote sensors & web-control | pachube.community
"Below are a couple of sketches for Arduino Ethernet: the first can be used to share sensor data with Pachube and grab remote sensor data, so you can effectively have both "local" and "remote" sensors; and the second enables you to control Arduino Ethernet via a web page.

These sketches should make Arduino-based web-controlled home automation, and remote-responsive spaces a lot easier. The advantage of working with an ethernet shield is that you no longer need to tether the Arduino to a computer in order to access Pachube and other network services!"
arduino  pachube  sensors  sensing 
december 2008 by robertogreco

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