Got Glitch? 8pm Nov 1 in Lowell

INtransit V.4: Got Glitch? release party followed with performances by Id M Theftable + Birdorgan

Id M Theftable – voice and objects
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Birdorgan:
Marc Bisson – tabletop guitar and objects
deiX – vocals
Mike Fun – analog synth
Mike Dailey – drums
Walter Wright – analog synth and video

Introducing the iCAN

AstroDime think tank operators and engineers sam smiley and Gina Kamentsky designed the first prototype of the iCAN, a telecommunications device where you can actually here yourself think (if you speak out loud that is)

Here’s our beta version:

our pvc and tin can masterpiece

our pvc and tin can masterpiece

You can actually bid on it on Ebay until November 6.

Check it out on eBay!

Video in a suitcase

Here are some pictures from AstroDime’s installation on Oct 17-19. Basically, Bebe, sam and Ali projected video in a suitcase, put Queen Victoria’s and President Buchanan’s voices in tin cans, and hung the vests.

Here's the big picture.

The gallery space was pretty interesting.

Video in a suitcase

Video in a suitcase

President Buchanan in a can

President Buchanan in a can

Fry's Electronics in Vega$

Just came back from Las Vegas, where I had been teaching for a weekend. I was told by my techie friends that no visit to Las Vegas is complete without stopping at Fry’s Electronics before hitting the airport home. So I did..and got some sweet little battery powered Sony speakers, and some astronaut ice cream.

-sam smiley

View from the highway

View from the highway

Entrance, overwhelmingly Las Vegas

Entrance, overwhelmingly Las Vegas

AstroDime and Bumpkin island exhibit october 17-19!

Studio Soto is hosting a Bumpkin Island exhibit for this weekend’s open studios at Fort Point Channel in Boston. Included in that is an installation by AstroDime. It chronicles our land mass tin can telephone connection between Bumpkin Island and Sunset Point in Hull, a reenactment which commemorates the Transatlantic cable of 1858. Check it all out!

The reception at Studio Soto is from 6-8PM on Sunday October 19. Location is listed below.

Studio Soto
http://studiosoto.jot.com/WikiHome

Fort Point Open Studios:
http://www.fortpointarts.org/cgi-bin/FPAC?s=open_studios

•Where: 35 Channel Center St, (corner; Thompson Design Group)

•When: Friday October 17 – Sunday Oct. 19; hours Fri – 4-7pm;

Sat, and Sun: 11am-6pm.

Reception: Sunday October 19, 6-8pm

Transatlantic Messages

AstroDime is busily working on its commemoration of the transatlantic cable of 1858. Having re-enacted it on Bumpkin Island with tin can telephones and human performance artist repeaters, we are also looking at the artifacts from the actual event. Here’s a map of the actual transatlantic route from Ireland to Newfoundland.

transatlantic cable route between Ireland and Newfoundland

transatlantic cable route between Ireland and Newfoundland

Amid much fanfare, President Buchanan and Queen Victoria exchanged congratuations. Here is the text of the message from Queen Victoria and President Buchanan. Queen Victoria’s message took around 17 hours to transmit.

THE QUEEN’S MESSAGE.“The Queen desires to congratulate the President upon the successful completion of this great international work,in which the Queen has taken the greatest interest. The Queen is convinced the President will join with her in fervently hoping that the electric cable which now connects Great Britain with the United States will prove an additional link between the two nations, whose friendship is founded upon their common interest and reciprocal esteem. The Queen has much pleasure in thus directly communicating with the President, and in renewing to him her best wishes for the prosperity of the United States.”

THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE.
“Washington City. To Her Majesty, Victoria, Queen of Great Britain:—The President cordially reciprocates the congratulations of Her Majesty, the Queen, on the success of this great international enterprise, accomplished by the science, skill, and indomitable energy of the two countries. It is a triumph more glorious, because far more useful to mankind, than ever was won by conqueror on the field of battle. May the Atlantic Telegraph, under the blessings of Heaven, prove to be a bond of perpetual peace and friendship between the kindred nations, and an instrument designed by Divine Providence to diffuse religion, civilization, liberty, and law throughout the world. In this view will not all the nations of Christendom spontaneously unite in the declaration, that it shall be forever neutral, and that its communications shall be held sacred in passing to the place of their destination, even in the midst of hostilities?