gif animations are the street art of the internet and the twitchings of our collective subconsious. Archive.org stores such gif animations in the millions so that future generations won't miss a single frame of the history of human consciousness as it emerged on the backlit glow of the browser nation. gifCollider, A public show of Niemeyer's attempt to digest this history ran from Oct. 25 to Oct. 28, 2016, at BAMPFA. The project is a collaboration with Olya Dubatova, Brewster Kahle, archive.org and many others.
Click above to see and hear gifCollider Chapter 06, with music by Paz Lenchantin.
Our star, the sun, rotates around its own axis in a cycle of 27 days. This rotation produces solar weather. What does it sound like? Together with Carrillon rock star Tiffany Ng and Chris Chafe, Niemeyer created an interactive sonification of A Day in the Sun for the University of Michigan from this data. Click the solar bells in time to play the composition alone, together, or in sync with a Carillon.
The largest bell in the world, the Russian Tsar Bell of 1732, cracked before it ever rang. But what would it have sounded like?
Spectacle fuels the Trump Era, because spectacle fuels Trump. To balance the spectacle, Niemeyer proposes, we must not lean into opposition spectacle, but keep calm and maintain a civil discourse. Civil discourse is based on mutual respect, admiration, and honesty. Instead of curating ourselves into ideological silos, we need to build cultures and tools which allow us to feel safe being our true selves, even in the context of political contest. Once we have our feet on the ground mentally, some new and old tools for online communication can help us maintain that space of civil discourse. Here's a link to the full pdf text.
supraliminal is a project in development with DJ Spooky about things so vast, they are beyond the scope of perception. An example is the constant expansion of the universe. An audiovisual portrait of the Expansion makes the topic more approachable and serves as the beginning of further explorations.
Monica Lam, Senior Producer, KQED