Friday, December 14, 2007

JavaMuseum NetArt Holiday Edition

Passing along another press release from JavaMuseum and NewMediaFest2007, where this blog is still featured in an ongoing fashion as part of the "a+b=ba - Art+Blog=BlogArt" online exhibition. If you enjoy netart be sure to check out the links.

JavaMuseum - Forum for Internet Technology in Contemporary Art is happy to launch its Christmas edition of net:NET - netart features. Like edition I , also the 2nd edition of net.NET is presenting 7 artists and their works -->

"D.F. MAZE", 2006 by Ernesto Rios (Mexico)
"District of Leitavia", 2004 by Ian M Clothier (New Zealand)
FUSE, 2004 by SoiiZen Art Labs (Taiwan)
"Antroptic", 2007 by Ethan Ham/Benjamin Rosenbaum (USA/CH)
"Sonic Map of Battersea Park", 2007 by Gaya Gajewska (UK)
"X_Reloaded", 2005 by santo_file (Spain/Italy)
"Neue Kathedrale des erotische Elends", 2004- by Dirk Vekemans (Belgium)

The feature can be accessed on JavaMuseum directly via
or any other feature of the 2007 series on

Edition I of net.NET, launched on 1 November 2007 is featuring works by
Adele Prince (UK), J.T.Wine (USA), Carlo Sansolo (Brazil)
Les Liens Invisibles (Italy), MEZ (Australia), Konstantia Sofokleous (Cyprus)
Katty Vandenberghe/Chris Diedericks (South Africa)

All net.NET - netart features are also launched in the framework of
NewMediaFest2007 - and can be accessed via the festival interface on and

Monday, November 19, 2007

NewMediaFest 2007

A little late sharing these press releases as I am traveling, but recently this blog was curated and featured by JavaMuseum as part of a virtual exhibition component called "A+B=BA, Art+Blog=BlogArt?" of NewMediaFest 2007. I also participated in JavaMuseum's Interview Project.

The online exhibition will be part of physical festivals too... some of which occurred already but some are still upcoming:

3rd International Digital Art Festival
15-17 November 2007
more info

Know Future Festival 2007
20-21-22 December 2007
more info

A 3rd physical exhibition of NewMediaFest will take place in Valencia/Spain during April/May 2008. More details at a later stage.

An additional cooperation takes place with FONDLAB
Online exhibition 3-31 November 2007
Physical exhibition in 2008 in the Water’s Museum in Coimbra, Portugal.
more info


The main components and links for NewMediaFest 2007 are as follows:

1. Seven Way to Say Internet Through Netart
feature curated by Elena Giulia Rossi (Rome/Italy)
component details

2. a+b=ba? [art + blog = blogart]
feature curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne including 26 blogs
commponent details

3. solo feature: Jody Zellen
JavaMuseum is honouring 10 years netart working by this US artist
component details

4. launch of the 1st edition of the netart series, entitled: net.NET
component details

5. Official launch of JIP - JavaMuseum Interview Project
enter project

Special thanks to curator Wilfried Agricola de Cologne,
director of JavaMuseum, and curator of a+b=ba, which launched Nov. 1st 2007.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Layers upon Layers

Kinetic 866, originally uploaded by mtnrockdhh.

Recently it feels this blog often lacks photos of the form it intends to showcase... so to make good on that, here's an excellent example by David Hull recently posted.

I'm busy travelling in Italy but I promise more updates soon, for now... enjoy this photograph.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Workshop was a success...

The two workshop sessions at the Festival della Creativita were a success... everyone had a great time, cameras were thrown with gusto, and no incidents to report of damaged equipment.

Here's some (albeit bad flash photography) documentation, and a few tosses I produced as examples during the interactive element. I also have a couple video clips that I'll post later.

Mid Camera Toss @ Festival Della Creativita (by You)
Mid Camera Toss @ Festival Della Creativita (by clickykbd) Logo Swinging Camera @ Festival Della Creativita (by clickykbd) Workshop Group @ Festival Della Creativita (by clickykbd) Camera Tosser Grin @ Festival Della Creativita (by clickykbd)

In the above you'll notice two boxes of "packing peanuts"... this was our mechanism for catching cameras safely, and it worked quite well. If you've been wanting to try this I highly recommend it for beginners. Some in the community have suggested the boxes were dangerously small, but most participants turned out to have a fair degree of accuracy once they got used to lobbing their cameras towards something.

during workshop (by clickykbd)
during workshop (by clickykbd) during workshop (by clickykbd) during workshop (by clickykbd) during workshop (by clickykbd)

And some photos taken by others of the workshop, the first of which is myself during the lecture portion:

camera_toss_workshop02 (by IMG_6299 (by
logu_camera_toss_03 (by logu) logu_camera_toss_01 (by logu)

Cosimo Brunetti, a friend of Lorenzo, also produced this cute cartoon for the signs that pointed the way to the workshop space.

tosser_02 (by logu)

Thanks to Lorenzo and everyone else involved in making the event and trip to Italy happen. I didn't get to see much of the festival myself due to workshops, but the last day I did walk around in the evening, will share some photos I took that day later.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Festival della Creativita

My previous post was the announcement for my workshop at the festival, here is a little more info about the festival itself (from their English press releases):


Among others confirmed: DARIO FO, ROY PACI and FRANK LONDON

It starts October 25 in Florence, the second edition of the Festival of Creativity, promoted by the Tuscan Region and organized by Fondazione Sistema Toscana.

Free entrance to the over 40,000-square-meter exhibition space, the 400 events that foresee, until October 28, the participation of 1,600 artists and speakers from over 40 countries around the world. A program "without limits" dedicated to the arts, research, innovation and modernity, with networks as the common thread: social and digital, human and virtual.
Continue reading (English)
Continue reading (l'Italiano)

Workshop! (Oct 26th, 27th) Firenze, Italy

Perhaps you have been wondering why i've been so quite lately. Well...


The Creativity of Camera Tossing

calligraphies, set announcement (by clickykbd) LCD result 2 (by clickykbd) ss #53 (by clickykbd) singular essentials: 16 (by clickykbd) uniform variations #33 (by clickykbd)

A participation based workshop on kinetic photography, the notorious Camera Toss technique, and the general creative process and thinking. Hosted by Ryan Gallagher, facilitated by Lorenzo "Lugo" Guasti for the Festival della Creativita (Florence Italy Oct 25th-28th).

tosserist_big (by lehmio)

DESCRIPTION (l'Italiano)

Camera Toss

con Ryan Gallagher of and

Ryan Gallgher è uno dei più famosi fotografi al mondo per quanto riguarda la fotografia cinetica e la fotografia derivata dal lancio della macchina fotografica (camera toss). Ha un sito personale e un blog molto frequentato e contenente centinaia di fantastiche foto fatte con questa tecnica. Grazia alla collaborazione tra Ryan e Lorenzo “logu” Guasti, direttore di Digiarte, si è concretizzata la possibilità di inviare Ryan a Firenze per un Workshop dove ci possa spiegare le sue tecniche. Il Festival della Creatività è senz’altro la location migliore per un evento del genere dal momento che l’attività di Ryan nasce da un istinto creativo indiscutibile: chi di noi si sognerebbe di lanciare la macchina fotografica per vederne il risultato? Pochi..

Saranno organizzati uno/due workshop all’interno del Festival per circa 20 persone a sessione.

E’ necessario che gli iscritti portino la loro macchina fotografica digitale compatta (Ryan assicura che non si romperà) e se possibile il loro portatile per eseguire la post-produzione con Photoshop o un altro programma di foto ritocco.

Il workshop è dunque destinato a persone che abbiano già una certa dimestichezza con la fotografia e con il computer. Nel caso di soprannumero saranno fatte delle selezione per decidere chi potrà partecipare agli eventi.


Florence, Italy
Fortezza del Basso (Festival della Creativita 2007)
in the space called "Palazzina Lorense 1° Piano"

Session 1
Oct. 26th @ 9:00pm (21,00)

Session 2 (identical to Session 1)
Oct. 27th @ 4:00pm (16,00)

FREE! (applies to entire festival)

Required in advance (20 people per session)
Register online here (Italian):

Suggested equipment to bring:
compact P&S camera or phone-cam, image reader/transfer hardware. (optional: Laptop with photo-editing software)

Language of instruction:
English comprehension recommended, but some assistants may be able to provide some instruction translation and tutorial.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Hello Hong Kong readers...

The first major publication of the concept on the Asian continent, that I am aware of, was in DC Photo Magazine (Hong Kong, China) this month.

dcphoto_screencap_page1 (by clickykbd)

dcphoto_screencap_page2 (by clickykbd)

There was some initial confusion in the interview/images process, where it took a while to explain that many of my earliest examples they were interested in publishing did not exist at resolutions higher than 640x480. They eventually became aware of the relationship of this technique to cheap equipment, and that the sizes available were somewhat to be expected due to this.

In a month or so I'll put the PDF's of this article online for Chinese visitors, but I'll wait till this issue has left the shelves.

Friday, July 27, 2007

clickykbd's picks - issue 27 (and more)

Hover over a thumbnail to see the author attribution, click to follow to the original image on that member's flickr stream.

Round & Round it goes (by Mark Atkins) flying high (by _ferro_) Spinny Flowers (by Mark Atkins) Blue One (by Snivelling Little Rat-Faced Git) Something completely different (by Beer30)
Eat at Joes (by Beer30) Kinetic 544_Brane Theory 22 (by mtnrockdhh) Kinetic 552_Playing the Harp (by mtnrockdhh) Sea Breeze 12 (by jon62690) DSCN0578 (by QuakkauQ)
Untitled (by j neuberger) liquidcars_mosaic_02 (by tossthecam) urban cameratoss (by tossthecam) DSC00158 (by QuakkauQ) BluePurpleGreenWhite (by davespilbrow)
Camera Toss2 (by zzpza) No crop required (by davespilbrow) Dolphin (by Beer30) Up in the Air (Week 20) (by cybertoad) cameratoss - yours truly (by ungard)
DSC09243 (by tossthecam) wimbledon toss (by j neuberger) tornado head (by _ferro_) Painted Toss (by Right Brain) CameraToss Hotel (by lmn0b)
Second Toss (by lucispictor) exit (by tossthecam) Kinetic 553_PowerLines2 (by mtnrockdhh) Advanced Engineering2 (by mtnrockdhh) Kinetic 530_Skywriting (by mtnrockdhh)

The community on flickr has seen a lot of activity and a lot of new members the past few weeks. Quite a few of which are included in this posting of a selection from the photo pool.

There has also been a fair bit of renewed interest in exploring designable/programmable illumination sources as subjects for camera tossing with examples coming from members such as mtnrockdhh, j neuberger, and jon62690, each using different tools. I think I was partly to blame for the recent interest due to finally trying the technique myself. My results included below. But my credit for inspiration clearly falls on some early experimentalists in the community such as shane english, EastOfNorth, mappamundi, and El Ray (to name only a few). My own short-lived foray into this technique resulted in these two photographs:

LCD result 2 (by clickykbd) LCD result 1 (by clickykbd)

The set-up for these looked like this:

setup (by clickykbd)

Geometric animations were build using proce55ing. I say short-lived because my little Kodak fell off a chair shortly after and died a very anticlimactic death. *sniff* Quite unfortunate because I don't think I even broached the boundary of "testing/trial" with the technique. Hopefully I'll be back on my feet with a new digital P&S for this soon. Several other regular members experienced equipment loss about the same time too and the Camera Death Stories thread has seen more activity than I like.

Also note, the previously mentioned call for submissions for the group icon is still ongoing, there has been quite a bit of great responses so far in the forums. Here's a few that have been shared:

spintossicon (by j neuberger) Camera Toss New (by jon62690) cameratoss icon (by tossthecam) Cameratosslogo (by El Ray)
cameratoss icon 2 (by _ferro_) spintossrb3.jpg (by j neuberger) tosserist_big (by lehmio) cameratoss2b (by Puddle Monster)

One of these days soon I'll revise the Camera Toss Mini-HOWTO to include developments in the last couple years. But for now, it's a great resource for those of you confused as to how all this works. The simplicity is part of the charm, give it a shot!