Saturday, November 19, 2011

Big article on See Yourself Sensing in Barnard Magazine

Apollinaire Scherr writes about dance and art.  She managed to turn a sprawling interview (with non-linear me) into a nice summary of my teaching and its relationship to the book (or vice versa).
Here it is:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Erik Hobijn at STRP Festival, Netherlands, this November

One of my favorite works in SYS - Erik Hobijn's Delusions of Self Immolation - is at the STRP Festival EXPO's  Dutch media and technological art retrospective (this November).

It works like this: you lube up with a flame-resistent gel, then you're set on fire for 1/4 to 1/2 second by a blast from a flame-thrower.
In the nick of time the lazy susan you're standing on flips you around and you're extinguished. 
Dark, precise, conceptual, brilliant.

Bottom photos of Martin Hartz Kaplers on the DSI by Viola Pfaff and Peter Wirth

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Why Daito Manabe is so See Yourself Sensing

Daito (and numerous collaborators) posts semi-crude videos of himself before the monitor, experimenting with things like face tracking ("Face Tracker: Jason Saragih"), electrical stimulation and LED'S.  He lets us in on the experimentation - he sees himself and later we see him seeing himself.  He's also generous with his work. Click on these videos:

face projection test -02 (Daito Manabe with Zachary Lieberman) 

electric stimulus to face -test3 ( Daito Manabe )

led in my mouth -test3 (Daito Manabe + Motoi Ishibashi)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

See Yourself Sensing on Zoe Ryan's (curator and chair of Architectue and Design, Art Institute of Chicago) "must read" list

You never know what googling your own book will turn up!  Just found this very nice plug for See Yourself Sensing. Here's an excerpt from Designers and Books blog article: A Tool for Understanding Our Relationship with the World Around Us: Books Every Product Designer Should Read—ZoĆ« Ryan

"While there are more than enough books here to keep designers busy for a long time, we asked Ryan if there are any newly published books that would make it onto her “must read” list. Her recommendation? See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception by Madeline Schwartzman (Black Dog Publishing, August 2011). Ryan says,

'For a number of years I have been researching and thinking about an exhibition related to design and the senses; one that not only addresses the visual and physical sensation of touching and using design but also contemplates other issues connected to how we relate to design through smell, sound, and taste.

This book is a great overview of art, design, and architecture projects that promote new sensory experiences and foster awareness of how we perceive and experience the world.'"

Friday, October 28, 2011

Kei Kagami at Steinbeisser, Amsterdam

I had wanted to include more of Kagami's work in See Yourself Sensing.  Here are some images of his beautifully awkward clothes and shoes.  If you're in Amsterdam, go see his 10 year shoe retrospective at Steinbeisser:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sensor in a pill

Turned out that my airplane neighbor on the way to the London book launch was the CTO of IBM North East Europe - Rashik Parmar - a smart guy who was talks 'See Yourself Sensing' better than I do.  Among other things, he told me about some upcoming sensors, including a pill with a microchip on it - gets activated by stomach acid and transmits to an external receiver.

Only problem - remote caregivers will need a microchip to remind them to monitor the pill-use uploads.

Carsten Holler at New Museum

Opens October 26th, includes a slide from the 4th to 2nd floor.  I've been commissioned to write an article about one of his works.  Which one to pick?
Here's the slides at Tate Modern.  Wheeeeee!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Review in Aesthetica Magazine, August 2011
(just saw it for the first time)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sorry if I told you this was this artist

I kept insisting that this was a man, and I was sure it was Hyungkoo Lee - the artist himself, since he appears in several of the other helmets.  At the book launch, Lee's former assistant - Yoon - cleared things up.  I was wrong.  It is a woman - a very famous Korean model.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

More photos from Barnard and Eyebeam launches from my camera

on flicker:

Eyebeam book launch photos

Amazing night at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center.  Lots of people, many books sold, and spectacular performance of 'Shrink' 01995 by Lawrence Malstaf (Belgium, Norway), sponsored by Galarie Fortlaan 17, Belgium.  Check out these photos posted by Eyebeam. more photos soon:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New book review in September Architectural Review

Review by Raymund Ryan in print and online:
"The work presented by Schwartzman addresses all five human senses in ways that are geekish, fetishistic, carnivalesque, tender. ‘See Yourself Sensing’ points to a future where the human body and technology exist in radical harmony."

Book launch confirmed at Eyebeam, September 22nd

SYS will launch at Eyebeam Institute for Art and Technology
September 22nd
Performance of Shrink by Belgian artist Lawrence Malstaf
Open to the public
More soon....

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

James Auger's Happylife at MOMA's Talk to Me Exhibition

Install one of these in your home to get a read on the stewing emotions of family members. Everyone in the household gets a dial.  Biometric data detected by camera equipment measures one's mood and facial recognition software differentiates between individuals.  You'll know beforehand if mom comes home pissed off or if Junior is depressed.  If only 2001's Hal had one, it would have saved Dave a good deal of trouble.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

See Yourself Sensing Website is LIVE - special discount for blog followers

Check out my exciting new website at  Lots of images of work.  It's designed by Tronvig Group.  Full website coming soon...

Blog followers or people who "like" the See Yourself Sensing facebook can receive the book with a discount of 40 percent off by emailing with your delivery address and quoting ‘SYS OFFER’ as the subject heading.’

Monday, July 11, 2011

Missed photo-op

Rats - I missed meeting Stelarc and having a photo-op with him and his third ear (at his talk at the See Yourself Sensing exhibition that's associated with the book: Work Gallery, London).

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Launch in London

It's out!  The book launched in London on June 23rd.  Met Susana Soares, Micheal Burton, Connie Freyer of Troika, Adam Danielson, Sitraka Rakatoniana and more.  NYC launches in September.