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<nettime-ann> Turbulence Commission: "Bonding Energy" by Douglas Repetto and LoVid

October 15, 2007
Turbulence Commission: "Bonding Energy" by Douglas Repetto and LoVid
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"Bonding Energy" consists of a set of "Sunsmile" devices that collect and
measure solar energy from seven geographically distributed sites around New
York State: Columbia University, NYC; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
Troy; University of Buffalo; Colgate University, Hamilton; free103point9's
Wave Farm, Acra; Experimental Television Center, Owego; and The Redhouse
Arts Center, Syracuse. The light energy reaching the Sunsmiles' solar panels
fuels a collaborative real-time data visualization on Turbulence.org.

Part of the larger "Cross Current Resonance Transducer (CCRT)" project in
which the artists are developing systems for monitoring, manipulating, and
interpreting natural signals such as tidal patterns and wind, "Bonding
Energy" is focused on solar energy. "Bonding Energy" is a model for
distributed microenergy generation, inspired by "SETI@home" -- which
harnesses the collective power of personal computers distributed worldwide
-- and "microcredit", a loan system that supports poor or unemployed people
in underdeveloped countries. Small contributions from many individuals can
produce significant results.

"Bonding Energy" is a 2007 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts,
Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with
funding from the Murray G. and Beatrice H. Sherman Charitable Trust.


Douglas Irving Repetto is an artist and teacher. His work, including
sculpture, installation, performance, recordings, and software is presented
internationally. He is the founder of a number of art/community-oriented
groups including "dorkbot: people doing strange things with electricity, "
"ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show, " "organism: making art with living
systems, " and the "music-dsp" mailing list and website. Douglas is Director
of Research at the Columbia University Computer Music Center and lives in
New York City.

LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) overwhelms the senses with new media in
their performances, videos, objects, and installations. LoVid has toured the
US and Europe extensively performing, exhibiting, and lecturing at PS1, The
Neuberger Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art , The Center for
Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, Exit Art, Evolution Festival (UK), The Kitchen,
RISD, Massachusetts College of Art, FACT, Kansas City Art Institute, Chicago
Art Institute, University of Wisconsin, Futuresonic Festival (UK), The New
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ocularis, and Institute of Contemporary Art
London, among many others. LoVid has been artist in residence at Eyebeam,
Harvestworks, iEAR, Alfred University, and Stevens Institute of Technology;
and has received grants and awards from Experimental TV Center, NYSCA,
Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The Greenwall Foundation. LoVid is
also a free103Point9 transmission artist.

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
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