Digital Tabernacle Photo Stream

A man handing over his smartphone to the ministers of the Digital Tabernacle

During their Digital Tabernacle performance at Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future, ministers Marcel O’Gorman and Ron Broglio donned Autographer lifelogging cameras hacked to look like crosses. The cameras automatically snapped still photos throughout the event, demonstrating that although the tabernacle preaches digital abstinence, it is not immune to the sin of irony.

An Autographer lifelogging camera hacked to look like a cross

The cross-cam

Check out the photo stream at the Digital Tabernacle’s Flickr account (ah, there’s the chilly breath of irony again).

To learn more about the Digital Tabernacle, read an article about the performance at Slate’s Future Tense channel.

 

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Lance Gharavi: An Aerialist, Two Clowns, and a Robot Walk Into a Carnival

You n.0 performance at Emerge

What do engineering and theatre have in common? They share a focus on performance – the performance of materials, technologies, processes and systems, argues Lance Gharavi, an associate professor in ASU’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre, in a Future Tense article for Slate magazine.

Gharavi collaborated with Jake Pinholster, director of the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, and Srikanth Saripalli, a roboticist in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, to create “You n.0,” a performance for ASU’s Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future.

“You n.0,” in Gharavi’s words, is a “series of performed metaphors that address the past, present and future of human/robot relations.” It features Baxter, a cutting-edge industrial robot created by Rethink Robotics, interacting with a cast of aerialists and clowns, and a behind-the-scenes team of technical wizards.

To design the performance, the team started with the question “What can this robot do?” According to Gharavi, “This is almost never an easy question to answer for new technologies, in part because, though capabilities are not unlimited, neither are they certain. One doesn’t so much discover capabilities as produce them. Or rather, one does both. This often involves transforming the technology itself, as well as the processes and means by which you engage the technology. And this is significantly what research in engineering means. It is largely the same in performance.”

To learn more about “You n.0,” including how to control a robot with an iPad and the surprising difficulty of teaching Baxter to pop and lock, read the full article at Future Tense.

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Marcel O’Gorman: Confessing Digital Sins

Digital Tabernacle at Emerge 2014

Do you sleep with your smartphone under your pillow? Play Candy Crush during class? Fail to return text messages from your family and friends? If you have digital sins to confess, the Ministers of the Digital Tabernacle will give you penance by locking away your device and forcing you to live without it for a few minutes.

The Digital Tabernacle was one of the featured performances at Arizona State University’s Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future, which took place in Downtown Phoenix on March 7. Ron Broglio, an associate professor in ASU’s Department of English, and Marcel O’Gorman, an associate professor of English language and literature at the University of Waterloo, used the performance as a way to shed light on our digital addictions and offer “a space for contemplation in a world of online distraction, neuromarketing and psychotechnology.”

“The project asks us to create new rituals that will save us from the tarnation of digital (de)vices,” writes O’Gorman, in a Future Tense article for Slate.

To learn more about the performance and view a full photo stream of the event taken on Broglio and O’Gorman’s lifelogging cameras, read the full article at Slate’s Future Tense channel.

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David Rothenberg: How To Make Music With Drones

Drone Confidential

What’s the best way to make music with drones? According to David Rothenberg, an experimental musician, professor of philosophy and music, and visiting artist for Arizona State University’s Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future, let them give voice to their own secrets and struggles.

“I couldn’t get away from the idea of remote-controlled killing machines dispatched to war zones to eliminate enemies we are too frightened to confront in person,” writes Rothenberg, in a Future Tense article for Slate. “I know, these killings are supposed to be effective and precise, but there is something genuinely creepy about the process. So I decided that in my piece the drones would be talking—confessing to their crimes. Of course, I know they are only following orders.”

In the article, Rothenberg discusses the process of creating his “Drone Confidential” piece for Emerge, focusing primarily on the debate among members of the project team about whether to have humans or computer programs control the drones’ flight paths during the performance. Rothenberg created the piece in collaboration with Srikanth Saripalli, a roboticist at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Did human pilots win the day, or is Arizona’s best drone pilot a computer? And what does it mean to make art with robots? To find out more, read the full article at Future Tense.

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Video: Thad Trubakoff’s Sirens at Emerge 2014

Thad Trubakoff’s “Sirens” was one of our favorite pieces of magic at Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future. Check out the video below to see Thad’s kinetic sculpture in action, learn more about the piece, and see more of Thad’s work at http://www.thadt.com/.

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Building a Sand Mandala: An Interview with Geshe Jampa

Tibetan Buddhist monks Geshe Jampa and Ngawang Lama visited Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future to create a traditional Sand Mandala at the ASU International Artist Residency Program Gallery at Combine Studios in Downtown Phoenix. View a short documentary film created by ASU’s School of Sustainability about the construction of the Mandala, and learn more about the project at the Emerge 2014 Performances & Magic page.

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Emerge on KJZZ’s Here and Now

Emerge-carnival

Phoenix’s public radio station, KJZZ 91.5 FM, filed a report on Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future just a few hours before we opened our doors on Friday, March 7.

Listen to the story below or read a text version at KJZZ.org!

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Live feed of Sand Mandala

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This is an amazing process to watch, check it out: http://links.asu.edu/CSPOemerge

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Video: A Jazz Rehearsal…with Drones

Can interspecies musician David Rothenberg outrun a swarm of drones while carrying a tune on his soprano saxophone? Check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the madcap rehearsals for “Drone Confidential,” which will debut at Emerge: The Carnival of the Future on Friday, March 7.

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Ed Finn: The Outsourced Self

Big Data

We are increasingly outsourcing our identities to computers and algorithms, argues Ed Finn, Director of ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination and Assistant Professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. What we traditionally think of as our real physical self coexists with numerous digital “shadow selves” that help store our memories, evaluate our financial reliability and tell advertisers what products we might want to buy, or which TV shows we’ll want to stream next.

“Our digital breadcrumbs now tell stories about us that are deeply secret, moving, surprising – and often things we don’t even know about ourselves,” writes Finn in a Future Tense article for Slate. This outsourcing of selfhood to digital repositories can be disastrous in cases of hacking and identity theft, but the horror stories are only part of the picture. Instead, Finn likens our current relationship with our data to adolescence: “our data is sprouting up in all sorts of weird and awkward places, pumping out signals about us we can barely understand, much less control.”

Read the full article at Future Tense to learn more about lifelogging, using data to construct our own narratives, and the need for all of us to upgrade our algorithmic literacy. Finn’s article is part of a series exploring this year’s Emerge theme, “The Future of Me.”

 

Image courtesy of infocux technologies, used under a Creative Commons license.

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Emerge Photos

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