Keynote talk at the 21st Brazilian Symposium on Multimedia and the Web (WebMedia) 2015

Brett Stalbaum and Cicero Silva presented several works and workshops at the WebMedia 2015. Brett Stalbaum delivered the closing Keynote Talk on the topic of Network Computers and landscape.

Take a look at the pictures:

Palestra sobre Earth Computing com Brett Stalbaum (UCSD)

Palestra: Earth Computing com Brett Stalbaum (University of California, San Diego)

Segunda-feira dia 26/10/2015 às 10:00 no Laboratório de Artes Cinemáticas (LabCine) da Universidade Mackenzie. Acesso gratuito.

Following up on the seminal work of late 1990s/early 2000’s Silicon Valley theory collective “C5 Corporation”, Stalbaum will discuss a a number of legacy projects that speculated on the literal return of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to the actual landscapes from which that data was derived, in order to produce new kinds of co-agency between big data and human experience as performance art “in the wild”. Under the banner of “Earth Computing”, the laboratory (UNIFESP/UCSD) is exploring how today similar data may return to that landscape in an even more literal way: through distributed computing and the property of “data locality” inherent in contemporary compute platforms such as Hadoop. Indeed, not only through data locality, but through solar power and the literal placement of compute power in the landscape itself, all as a way to explore new options for land art and performance art.

Brett Stalbaum is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he also coordinates the Interdisciplinary Major in Computing and the Arts (ICAM). Currently he is working on the concept of “Earth Computing” in the bi-national UNIFESP/UCSD Walkingtools.netlaboratory (with co-PI Cicero Inacio da Silva.).

Live Tattoo Performance Class @ VisArts UCSD

Brett Stalbaum, a VisArts Professor, will be tattooed live during a Art & Technology class by Breno Bitarello Sad, a Visiting Scholar from Brazil and a Ph.D. candidate at Mackenzie University, where he is being advised by former VisArts Lecturer Jane de Almeida. Breno’s work deals with the biotech tattoos that are under development by tattoo scientists artists and discuss the bio tattoos aesthetics from an art & tech perspective.

Performance statement:

A Petty Officer 2nd Class was attending some college courses while stationed in San Diego. He had served in two extended periods of duty at sea with the Pacific Fleet. One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed AI hobbyist and a member of the ACLU. One day he shocked the class when he came in, looked to the ceiling, and flatly stated, “God, if Artificial Intelligence is going to destroy all humankind, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I’ll give you exactly 15 minutes.” The lecture room fell silent, except for one student’s mobile device from which Siri could be heard intoning “Humans have religion. I just have silicone.” Otherwise, you could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, “Here I am God. I’m still waiting.” It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Petty Officer got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him off the platform. The professor was out cold when suddenly a renowned Tattoo artist from Brazil began to carve a symbol of the living AI onto the back of his hand. The Petty Officer went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were shocked and stunned and sat there looking on in a silence now only interrupted by the tattoo artist’s machine. The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken and in pain from the fresh tattoo, he looked at the Petty Officer and asked, “”What the hell would you need a car door for? I thought is was supposed to be driverless?” The Petty Officer 2nd Class joyfully replied, “God was too busy today protecting America’s sailors who are protecting your right to say stupid shit. All Your Base Are Belong to AI.” or, alternatively: Usually tattooing is about starting with a specific image of desire intended for some part of the body. Its relations with the art world are not always clear, but relations do exist. In this performance, instead of choosing a specific image or design we are dealing with unpredictable visual structures that are translated into tattooing language in a way to fit the body. This gesture is not about the end result on skin, but rather rethinking the whole process through which tattoos might become variable (as in screens) or evolved with the help of “natural” and “artificial” intelligences. (To the degree we can stomach the anthropocentric distinction natural and artificial… of course.) With all of our lives intersected by changing and possibly one day sentient systems, the result is unpredictable patterns; patterns that can tattooed in human skin as procedural, generative, and possibly someday, even living images.

Walkingtools Laboratory Mixer, 7/2/2015

The annual planning and business meeting of the Walkingtools Laboratory (Universidade Federal de São Paulo – University of California San Diego – Universidade Mackenzie) will take place in Miami Florida 6/30/2015 to 7/3/2015. Interested government or private industry partners are invited to attend the public mixer session (no host) at Smith & Wollensky, 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, Florida from 3PM to 6PM on July 2nd. (7/2/2015.) Topics include, University/Government relations, Personal Satellite (or Cubesat) Policy under the International Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (Outer Space Treaty), 8K and 16K resolution cinema and scientific data visualization, Remote Site and Equipment Management, Remote Personal Power Generation, Remote Sensing in Failed Subdivisions, Computational Earth Systems, GIS Analytics, Paraguay, Comparative Zoning and Environmental Regulations, Lusophone Nations not party to the Outer Space Treaty, Human Wayfinding Cognition and its Implications for Abandoned Properties, Abandoned Properties in Space and on the Antarctic Continent, Platted Lands Management and Policy, Antiquated Subdivision Rezoning, and Reclaiming the Aesthetics of Subdivided Lands. This communications initiative is part of the laboratory’s outreach efforts to connect with stakeholders or others with related concerns. Walkingtools Laboratory leadership will be available for conversation and agenda development with any potentially interested partners. Ask the greeter for our location, or check with the bartender.

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A Modular Framework: Beyond Tautological History Published!

EDT 2.0 is proud to have been part of this exhibition organized and curated by Eduardo Navas.

The catalog has just been published as a pdf at

Link to post:

The pdf download link can be found there!

Transborder immigrant tool at A Modular Framework

TB Tool in San Salvador, El Salvador, 2010.

Statement Regarding Gun Geo Marker Mark 1 App

From the University of California, San Diego:
Statement Regarding Gun Geo Marker Mark 1 App Developed by UC San Diego Professor Brett Stalbaum
Like all great public research universities, UC San Diego is home to a diverse faculty with a wide range of interests and points of view. On occasion, the research or creative works developed by faculty may be quite controversial. This is especially true when a creative work takes on complex issues where the public has strong opinions.  We understand and acknowledge that, at times, the public may not agree with an individual’s views or tactics.  However, the university is built upon the principle of academic freedom for faculty members to direct their areas of creativity and inquiry. As a platform for innovative thought that may challenge the status quo, the university does not take positions on the political implications of its researchers’ work.University of California policies protect the academic freedom of our faculty within the confines of the law and the Faculty Code of Conduct.  The University does not endorse or support the violation of any law or University policy, and we take seriously our role as a public trust. When issues arise, we conduct a prompt review of all allegations of violations of law. Each campus of the University provides training regarding responsibilities of our employees, and has established processes by which complaints regarding allegations of misuse or illegal activity are reviewed to ensure adherence to state and federal law.

Spontaneous Combustion HiperGeo-APP

Spontaneous Combustion Residency 2014
A 2-week residency in England encouraged artistic exploration between body-related practices and the digital.
Artist David Da Paz collaborated with four performance artists to produce a digital application for mobile devices.

Audiences can interact with the performances using their own phones. The artists were selected
through an open call, and offer free rehearsal space during the two weeks of the residency. This is a creative
opportunity for artists to engage with new technologies and for audiences to integrate their everyday experience of the digital in experiencing art.

New projects with walkingtools platform

The brazilian walking artist David da Paz is realizing a series of digital art works using the walkingtools platform (android and the java GUI).

David’s amazing works can be found here: .

David developed a project called CartografictioONs for the Residencia Artropocode / Summer of Labs 2013Interseccións artísticas entre corpo(s), tecnoloxía(s) e ecoloxía(s) in Spain.

Joe Deegan has performed the first long form act of journalism on the Gun Geo Maker

A good article: in depth, balanced and thoughtful journalism.

Gun Geo Marker

Brett Stalbaum talk at UNIFESP (Brazil)

Brett Stalbaum, one of the founders of the project, will be delivering a talk at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) on Locative Media: a survey.

The talk will be at the Brazil’s Open University Lab located at Paulista’s School of Medicine, at the heart of the city of São Paulo.

When: Oct. 15h, from 10am to 1pm
Where: UNIFESP – São Paulo