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Daniel Sauter + Ketai
Skip message is site-specific project developed for Level 13 and the Chicago Riverwalk, the future site for recreational activities connecting the lakefront with the heart of downtown. The popular pastime of skipping stones serves as the metaphor for this interactive piece, using the dark river surface as a projection canvas.
Passers-by engage with the work through their mobile phones via http://ket.ai/skip. A personal message is attached before skipping a virtual stone across the river surface, gesturing the phone accordingly. If the message reaches the other side, it is displayed at this highly frequented public place.
A discursive, location-based work that ties personal presence to an uncensored pubic media outlet, the project investigates freedom of speech and crowd psychology within a ‘post-anonymous’ microblogging context.
Special thanks to Paulo Guerra and j. duran.
About Daniel Sauter:
Daniel Sauter is an artist who creates interactive installations and site-specific interventions dealing with the cultural and social implications of emerging technologies. His research is driven by a curiosity about the ways in which technologies shape and transform civil liberties, urban spaces, social relationships, and the human body. His works have been shown internationally, including the Ars Electronica Festival 04+09, Linz, Austria; ACM SIGGRAPH 06, Boston, MA; ACM SIGGRAPH 10, Los Angeles, CA; the 3rd Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition, Beijing; the 8th Japan Media Arts Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo; the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan; the Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, 35th International Film Festival, Rotterdam; the Microwave International Media Art Festival, Hong Kong; the Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea; Luminale, Biennial for Light Culture, Frankfurt; the the MIXED MEDIA festival, Milan; the Beyond Media Festival 05, Florence; the Nano exhibition at LACMALab, Los Angeles; the telic gallery, Los Angeles; and the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena.
Sauter received an MFA from the University of California Los Angeles, Design/Media Arts, in 2004, and a Diploma from the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (Germany), in 2002. He is an Associate Professor of New Media Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Art History. He is the founder of the Mobile Processing Conference, and the author of Rapid Android Development: Build Rich, Sensor-Based Applications with Processing (Pragmatic Programmers, 2013).
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