Online desktop creativity (2006)

It is interesting to see how websites providing online desktops, like text editors (like this one), graphic editors, sound editors and video editors are increasingly stimulating people to create text, images, audio and video online.

The fact that the desktop (i.e. in fact another workshop/studio) is online, connected to the Internet, is what makes the studio situation fundamentally different from the traditional studio:

1. the artists do not just trust their connection to the electricity network and their computer but also their Internet browser, the software providing the desktop, the webhost of the online desktop, the Internet connection and the Internet as a whole to offer a stimulating creative environment.

2. the whole creation process can be logged and replayed: this transparency gives insight in the process of artistic creation.

3. the online situation is pushing people to finish their creation before they log out of the online desktop. They don’t want to leave something unfinished online, only when they can label the creation as a “sketch”.

4. when publishing the creation the creation becomes connected to the online profile of the creator and (if there are any) the other works that were published under the same profile. The creator’s work is updated, expanded.

5. the creation is immediately published when the work is finished and open for commentary by those who visit the website publishing the creation.

6. the published creation can immediately be copied and published elsewhere.

7. the published creation can be used for another creation.

Objects to illustrate ideas I (2006)

In interviews, lectures, conversations people often use objects in their immediate surroundings to illustrate ideas. When this is written down we as readers have to imagine the interviewer and the interviewee being in a place drinking coffee, tea or a glass of water, sitting on a chair et cetera.

Cup of Coffee
Jacob Needleman illustrating his ideas with daily experiences during an interview with Jesús A. Treviño for Urbana:
“On the other hand, what good does anybody do for the things in the world? The sense of quality is pretty missing nowadays. We do not really care for things, like this cup of coffee we are drinking just look at the use of it: to drink coffee. There is a movement that goes back to crafts production, based on making things carefully. But nowadays most people do not really care for or appreciate the quality of things we consume. In general, man is here to give careful attention to the world and take care of it.”

Bill Viola, in een interview voor Blend door Theo Paijmans:
“Ik werk alweer zo’n 35 jaar met de zogenaamde vooruitstrevende technologie, right? Neem die stoel waar jij nu op zit. Voor de mens uit de steentijd zou het een futuristisch ding zijn, zoals dit kopje water. In plaats van je handen in de rivier te dompelen, hebben we nu kopjes of schalen, dat is allemaal vooruitstrevende technologie.”
“Ik gebruik technologie op een naar ik hoop menselijke manier en
het is dezelfde technologie die het Pentagon gebruikt om Bagdad te bombarderen, weet je.
Glass of Water Ik denk dus dat het meer ligt aan de individuele gebruiker dan aan de feitelijke machines.
Ik zou jou dood kunnen maken met dit kopje hier, of juist je leven ermee redden.

A lecturer was giving a lecture to his students on stress management.
He raised a glass of water and asked the audience, “How heavy is this glass of water?
Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied,
“The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
He continued,
“And that’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time,
sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.Chair
As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.
When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.
So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don’t carry it home.
You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.”

Wait, we want to become more cyborg too (2006)

Motorola Razr Pink

Ladyphone (2006)

Desperate Housewives: The Game

Second Life


Women are increasingly lured into the virtualization craze (You Can’t Hold Us Back!) – women are gradually immersing into the virtual world – by lucrative package deals with popular franchises of the entertainment industry and by hot girlified cute pastel coloured high tech magic.
In relation to the latter: according to the Girls Gone Wired research by Oxygen What Women Want is gadgets. Check out these astonishing results that ‘ll leave you flabbergasted for some time..Nothing says “I love you” like a new tech item.
Given the choice, tech items are generally preferred over luxury items like jewelry or vacations.
Big screen TV vs. Bling – it’s the plasma all the way
-77% prefer a new plasma TV vs. a diamond solitaire necklace
-56% prefer a new plasma TV vs. a weekend vacation in Florida
Cell phone vs. Stilettos. It’s the cell phone, hands down.
-78% of women prefer a new top-of-the-line cell phone with all the latest features and a sleek new design vs. designer shoes
Shoes Lose Again!
-86% prefer new digital video camera vs. designer shoes
-90% prefer media center PC vs. designer shoes
Women would chose an iPod over a little black dress (or a romantic dinner, massage, or a girls night out)
When asked what they would buy if they had $500 to spend,
-37% of women chose a new iPod, cell phone, digital camera, or other tech device
-35% of women chose a shopping spree at a clothing store
-18% of women chose a romantic evening with someone special
-7% of women chose spa treatments
-4% of women chose a night on the town with friends