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C ... what it takes to change
C … what it takes to changeThe 2014 Ars Electronica Festival is set for September 4-8.This year’s theme is “C … what it takes to change,” an inquiry into the prerequisites and framework conditions necessary to enable social innovation and renewal to emerge and make an impact. The focus will be on art as catalyst. The in-depth elaborations, lively discussions and bold provocations will feature, as usual, artists, scholars and scientists from all over the world—renowned intellectuals confronted by young contrarians, top experts encountering interested laypersons, the pioneers of the Digital Revolution face to face with the shooting stars of today’s media art scene. From September 4th to 8th, Ars Electronica will once again be a setting for reciprocal exchange and networking, a one-of-a-kind forum in which perspectives and opinions are negotiated and presented in the form of speeches, artistic installations, performances and interventions.
Kim Yong Hun+Shin Seung Back featured artists
How does technology affect human lives?
“Cloud Face” is a collection of cloud images that are recognized as human face by a face-detection algorithm.
In “Cat or Human” human faces are recognized as a cat face by a cat face-detection algorithm and vice versa.
The “Nonfacial Mirror” avoids faces.
CAPTCHA has originally been developed to distinguish computers from humans. It asks the user to type text from a distorted image. “CAPTCHA Tweet” is an application that users can post tweets as CAPTCHA.
“FADTCHA” (FAce Detection Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) presumes a reverse situation. It requires a user to find a face in an image, which is visible only to computers. This test can pick out non-computers. Why can’t people see the faces in the images? What do you think is different to “Cloud Face”?
A Million Seasons is an attempt to describe images of four seasons with a million photos each. A million Flickr photos tagged ‘spring’ are collected, and each photo is turned into one pixel with an average color. The one million pixels from one million photos compose an image of Spring. The images of the rest of the seasons are created the same way. Have you imagined the images like this?
A Mouse click symbolizes a special moment in time we spend with computers. In “Click” a day of our computer mediated life has been recorded by capturing a screen shot of a desktop every time a clicke was done. Why is a mouse click such a special moment in time we spend with computers?Shin Seung Back: A mouse click is important because we explore our computer mediated life by repeating it to trigger particular actions. We thought recording the repetitive behaviour can show an aspect of the life. In the same manner, one may try to record a specific eye movement or body gesture.
If you want to get an idea of this extraordinary work itself you can do that at the 2014 Ars Electronca Festival, from 4 to 8 September. The projects of Shinseungback Kimyonghun can be seen at Ars Electronica Center, in conjunction with the exhibition “Out of Control”, at Arkade, at Barschneiderei and in conjunction with the exhibition of the Future Innovators Summit at Akademisches Gymnasium Linz. More information: http://www.aec.at/c/en/featured-artists/