Author Archive

Des artistes au labo

June 24, 2013

by Benjamin Keller
Hémisphères , la revue suisse de la recherche et de ses applications.
June 2013

Metro-NeXt-LausanneArrivals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the article: Les-artistes-au-labo

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Metro-NeXt at LA.Replay

March 2, 2012

Metro-NeXt with ManifestAR at LA Re.Play, an Exhibition of Mobile Art in conjunction with Mobile Art: The Aesthetics of Mobile Network Culture in Placemaking during the College Arts Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, February 22-29, 2012

Co-curators: Hana Iverson, Visiting Scholar, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Dr. Mimi Sheller, Director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, Drexel University and Jeremy Hight, independent artist and curator

  

  

  

  

Platonic Solids

November 1, 2011

Should artwork keep Platonic Solids’ historical references (i.e. fire, earth, air, universe and water)? Or should it only keep the idea that each polyhedron refers to something?

Artistic references and previous works:

– The Fast Set by Matthew Ritchie. Ritchie embodies universal forces (elements) into characters from which he describes the world.

http://www.matthewritchie.com/fastset.php

The Fast Set, text by Matthew Ritchie, New York City, 2000 TheFastSet

– Lalie’s work in metamorphoses (CHUV 2010) using fractal elements to construct a new history for our universe

http://www.lalies.net/nutshell.html

http://www.lalies.net/metamorphoses.html

A Metro-NeXt Journey

September 8, 2011

A proposal for an imaginative journey from Kensington Philadelphia to Lausanne via Boston, MA.

Input: Google maps and video footage taken in down town Boston (Old State House and Quincy market), in Lake Leman and in Place de la Palud, Lausanne.

Medium: Video, 3D and digital generative animation

2 minutes loop

Metro-NeXt: Teleport to Boston

August 26, 2011

Taller, I will be a queen of Great Britain,

I shall make speeches for balconies

I will declare my independence.

 

 

Note: These screen shots are the teleport to Boston experience for passengers traveling from Lausanne / Place de la Palud.

Metro-NeXt: Boston Station

August 26, 2011

Metro-NeXt station in Boston is located next to the Old Boston Statehouse. Built in 1713 for the colony government of Massachusetts it became the seat of the government of Massachusetts in 1776.

When the user chooses to teleport to Boston, the Old State House is enveloped by the Old State House Poem Object.

When the chooses to teleport to Lausanne, the Palud Poem Object appears in its relative location to the station.

Metro-NeXt: Teleport to Lausanne

August 26, 2011

Sur la place, j’attends.

La justice est une femme aux yeux bandés

portant une balance et une épée

Elle m’ignore.

 

 

Metro-NeXt: Lausanne Station

August 26, 2011

Metro-NeXt station in Lausanne is placed in Place de la Palud in front of the Town Hall of Lausanne. Also in Place de la Palud is the Foutaine de la justice which features a blindfolded young woman bearing a sword and scales.

 

 

 

First Metro-NeXt Entrances

June 28, 2011

Metro-NeXt entrances are now at the old Town Hall of Lausanne and at the Old Boston Statehouse.

Located in Place de la Palud, the Town Hall of Lausanne, was designed by the Lausanne architect Abraham de Crousaz between 1673 and 1675 on the site of previous town halls. It functioned as a political as well as an economical center, as the halls of its ground floor hosted the wheat market. It is still used today for municipal offices. In front of the building is the Fontaine de la Justice. Sculptured in 1584-85 by Laurent Perroud and his son Jacques, it features a blindfolded young woman bearing a sword and scales (reference: http://www.lausanne.ch).

The Old Boston Statehouse was the seat of the colony government of Massachusetts, the first elected legislature in the world. Built in 1713 it’s second floor housed the government and judicial chambers, while its first floor and warehouse housed a merchant’s exchange. It became the seat of the government of Massachusetts in 1776,  Boston’s City Hall in 1830, a rented out commercial center in 1841, and a museum of the Boston’s society in 1881.

Video Footage

June 28, 2011

Place de la Palud (across the old Town Hall of Lausanne)

June 22, 2010 (market day)

The Old Boston Statehouse

June 2009 (footage taken during a course on visual effects at Massachusetts College of Art)