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Last Outpost in Uncanny Valley

Last Outpost in Uncanny Valley

In 1970, Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori published an article titled “Bukimi no Tani Gensh”, commonly translated as “The Uncanny Valley”. His theory asserts that the more humanlike a machine like a robot is presented, the more accepting humans are of it, until the resemblance to human is close, but not perfect. This triggers a sudden and deep sense of revulsion in most people, occurring just before a return to full human acceptance. The deep dip in the otherwise gentle curve of human resemblance, comfort, and recognition is mapped as the Uncanny Valley.

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Network Buddha

Network Buddha

Network Buddha debuted as part of the show “Pictures for Paik” at 21 Grand in Oakland CA in 2010. It is an homage and update to Nam June Paik’s TV Buddha. It features two repurposed iMacs running slideshows scraped from repeated Google searches. One machine plays the images as they appear in the search results. The other reprocesses the images in moving ASCII text. Between the computers sits Buddha, bathed in the light of the screens. Network Buddha offers the viewer an unexpected opportunity for meditation in the midst of technology, observing an encounter between eastern deity and western media.

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Wake for Analog

Wake for Analog

A Wake For Analog is a video performance work by killer banshee, with sound performance by Thurston Graham.

A Wake for Analog is a celebration of the passing of the world of analog broadcast into the dustbin of cultural history. This improvisational work combines materials from major periods of broadcast history in the United States, working the historical timeline against the timeline of the broadcast day. Broken into 3 sections, the sign-on, the rotating schedule, and the sign-off, decades of broadcast detritus are combined and displayed together. Within each three sections, a matrix of sources is remixed into an AV performance, across two video screens and a stereo field.
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Unleashed Power

Unleashed Power

Unleashed Power is an experimental short video performance and installation work by killer banshee.

Unleashed Power draws on archival footage from an ACT-UP demonstration to trace the story of one activist’s ongoing struggle for justice following an act of police brutality therein.

Unleashed Power uses found & personal footage, imagery & text pulled from deposition transcripts to examine the history of ACT-UP demonstrations and police violence through the lens of a single incident…experienced by Kriss De Jong during the Chicago ACT-UP AMA Demo in June of 1991.

Unleashed Power was presented at SF Camerawork as a video and ephemera installation for the show Suggestions of a Life Being Lived in September of 2010.

Unleashed Power debuted as part of the RADAR reading series hosted by Michelle Tea at the San Francisco Public Library on December 9, 2008. It has been performed at several venues, including the Bowery Poetry Club and Le Petit Versailles in New York. In 2009, a performance that was part of the Queer Arts Festival was written up on SF MOMA’s arts blog Open Space by Adrienne Skye Roberts.

In 2010, Unleashed Power was featured as a live performance at the T-10 Video Festival at the 21 Grand Gallery in Oakland California.

CollectiveGIF: Information Overload

CollectiveGIF: Information Overload

CollectiveGIF: Information Overload is a night of multiscreen performative video curated by killer banshee (Eliot K Daughtry & Kriss De Jong) in collaboration with Jerry Smith.

AnimatedGIFs embody the short attention span: gestural images pulling you into meditative focus and distracting you at the same time. Native to the Internet, the GIF is a vernacular form, easily dismissed. Glitchy, contrary, paradoxical in their position, animated GIFs take things out of normal time and place. CollectiveGIF: Information Overload will present thousands of gifs – momentary gesticulations collected from the wilds of the Internet.

CollectiveGIFs from killer banshee: Eliot K Daughtry & Kriss De Jong with Jerry Smith, Fly, Zon Wakest, Travis Meinolf, Dean Putney, Alma Alloro, Phil Bonner, ABVH, AJElledge, MrGIF, Dain Fagerholm, Beck&Burg, Eric L. Sanchez, Anthony Discenza, Ignacio Torres, Jake OLimb, Luli & the many minions of the memescape that is AnimatedGIF.

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 8-10pm
Emerald Tablet, San Francisco

CollectiveGIF: Information Overload
a part of A.D.D. curated by MicroClimate Collective
(Glenna Cole Allee & Victoria Mara Heilweil)
Support for MicroClimate Collective 2012 exhibitions is provided by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program.

The Robot Taxonomy Project

The Robot Taxonomy Project

The Robot Taxonomy Project attempts to reconcile the differences between actual and imagined robotics and how they are represented. It is a project of the Robot Identification Institute, itself a subsidiary of the Uncanny Valley Authority.

The Robot Taxonomy Project debuted at 21 Grand in Oakland California in 2009 with interactive web terminals and chalkboards in the space to encourage additions to the taxonomy, kept as an online database.

The installation featured stylized, detailed CNC carvings of robot types in addition to the chalkboards and terminals.