An artist working with electronics and electronic media, based in Brooklyn, NY

Archive for January, 2012

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Still from a video made using a prepared DVD player.


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Still from a video made using a prepared DVD player.


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Screen capture from a video made with a prepared DVD player.


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Still image captured from the output of a DVD player.  Either the data I encoded to the DVD was corrupt (source was abstract to begin with), or the DVD was unable to handle the data rate (over 8MBps).


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Remix of 026 exported as a GIF, repeatedly rotated in Preview and manipulated in Hex Fiend, cropped in preview, color adjustments in GIMP.


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Still from a video file of a 3 second fade from black to white to black after 100 iterations of recompression using a motion JPEG2000 algorithm on the lowest quality setting with slight sharpening.


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Phillip Stearns – 025 of 366


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While recording sounds of NYC traffic from the inside of a car, my brand new Tascam DR-40 decided it was time to get some recognition for it’s capacity to fail beautifully.


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Sea of Pixels

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A remix of 012 after being converted from JPG to GIF and then subjected to progressive manipulation in Hex Fiend.


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What started out as a diagonal black and white gradient finishes as an abstract, if organic, texture after 38 progressive edits to the raw image data using Hex Fiend.


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From a prepared Kodak DC215 1 megapixel digital camera.


SOPA and PIPA Protests: Photos

Protesters outside the offices of Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand

Protesters outside the offices of Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand

[ Images from the Protest against PIPA and SOPA in NYC]

On Thursday January 18th, a crowd of roughly 2400 people amassed before the offices of NY Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in protest of the PROTECT IP Act (AKA PIPA, the Senate version of SOPA). The protests were organized by The New York Tech Meetup, a community that gathers monthly, where 9 or 10 companies get 3 to 5 minutes each to demo something cool to New York’s tech community (geeks, investors, entrepreneurs, hackers, etc).

The two controversial bills, SOPA and PIPA, seek to eliminate internet piracy, but technologists are opposed to them on the grounds that certain provisions within will enable corporate interests to require search engines and other sites to effectively censor content.  Additional concerns regarding the cost of monitoring content, to comply with regulations proposed in the bills, are a major factor contributing to the broad opposition coming from technology startups and tech workers.


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From a prepared Kodak DC215 1 megapixel digital camera.


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From a prepared Kodak DC215 1 megapixel digital camera.


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From a prepared Kodak DC215 1 megapixel digital camera.


What's the inspiration or motivation behind any given "circuit bend" you produce? Is that a heuristic process or an artistic one?

Initially, I approach the process as a investigation, probing at random or testing specific ideas.  The results are then subject to aesthetic and artistic considerations, which inform further processing, selecting, cropping.  Sometimes, the first image I get back is “the one”, other times I’m more interested in where continuously repeating a process leads—-as in the iterative re-compression of video (which is done manually) or in repeatedly rotating and hex editing a file.


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From a prepared Kodak DC215 1 megapixel digital camera.


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From a prepared Kodak DC215 1 megapixel digital camera.


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From a prepared Kodak DC215 1 megapixel digital camera.


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From a prepared Kodak DC215 1 megapixel digital camera.


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From a prepared Kodak DC215 1 megapixel digital camera.


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From a prepared Kodak DC215 1 megapixel digital camera.


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From a prepared Kodak DC215 1 megapixel digital camera.


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Good Morning

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After hex editing a RAW format image taken with a prepared Canon EOS Digital Rebel…


You really didn't explain very well in the last question. What is actually involved in the process of "adding wires, and other electronic components" to the cameras?

Preparing or circuit bending the cameras involves the following steps:

  1. Open the housing to expose the electronics inside.
  2. Probe or short circuit the camera using an alligator clip attached to fine-tipped metal probe or a piece of solid core wire.
  3. Take a picture while making the short circuit.
  4. If the short circuit is effective, solder a switch or a potentiometer between the two points.
  5. Repeat.

I do not recommend doing this to anything that plugs into the wall (unless you REALLY know what you’re doing).

Do not circuit bend anything you cannot live without.  You can easily and permanently damage your device.


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