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Joining the likes of USA Today, Motor Trend, New York Times, Auto Evolution, Motor Ward, Benz Insider, Zer Customs, Kilometer Magazine and Wired Autopia, I just have to post about how interesting this disco Smart car is!

EDIT: Found it! "The actual car will be on display at Berlin’s Soho House Hotel, along with a live stream of the band’s exhibit until March 27th of this year."

It took several people three days to cover this awesome little car in tiny mirrors, and now it is part of the Apparatjik installation in Berlin. Check out this great short film to see it in action on the streets of the city:

There seems to be some confusion as to where the disco Smart car currently holds court - some folks who were in Berlin for the Apparatjik performance last weekend looked for it near the NNG but couldn't find it; someone later said it was in another location. I hope to get a chance to see it next week, must do some research to find out where.

Loved these quotes about the car in Wired:

"In addition to dangerously reflecting sunlight into the windshields of oncoming motorists, pedestrians can use the mirrored surfaces to make sure their mustaches and medallions don’t clash with their wide lapels and abundant chest hair."

"Curiously, the Smart has nothing to do with disco. It wasn’t commissioned by the Bee Gees or Tavares, and we know Disco Stu doesn’t advertise."

Apparatjik. Datascroller

Apparatjik is continued to inspire me. Now i so addicted to pixel-art with their crazy music.

It's just for fun) Enjoy!

Apparatjik. Datascroller from Natallia Zhdanovich on Vimeo.

disco victoriously

On February 25, Apparatjik performed in the 3 x 3 meter cube at the opening of the Deutsche Bank Towers in Frankfurt. Here are some video clips: Arrow and Bow | Snow Crystals | Look Kids

Apparatjik Mini Summit at Globe, Deutsche Bank Towers, Frankfurt | March 2-4, 2010 | Agenda | Facebook

March 2 - 'Sustaining Creativity, Creating Sustainability' Talk: Clip 1 (1:05) | Clip 2 (0:57)

March 2 - 'Ipad Disco Combat' Performance: Clip (7:00) | Photos from the dress rehearsal (source: Globe/DB Facebook): Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Live Performance Photos

March 4 - Talk: Clip 1 | Clip 2 | Photos (Deutsche Bank) | Photos (Flickr user daniela_flach)

March 4 - 'Ipad Disco Combat' Performance: Clip 1 (1:52) | Clip 2 (3:12) | Clip 3 (2:49)

The film and talk topics for the summit all sound interesting, I am hoping more video clips show up on YouTube. In the meantime, if you click any link in this post, it absolutely must be this one. I love the way the music builds, and each of the guys' body language and gestures as they play. The audience reaction is interesting too. The hum of conversation adds another layer that's actually kind of cool and doesn't take away from the music at all. This is a seven minute clip from what was apparently an hour long 'disco combat' - what a tease!

More please kthx.

EDIT: added new links from March 4.

(cross-posted on magne_f)


(cross-posted to magne_f)

'Everybody is a pixel'

The Apparatjik Light Space Modulator cube is going to be eight times the size of its predecessors. On the walls of the cube, during the length of the installation, there will be projections of pixel creations submitted by the public, and also maybe some created by Apparatjik (?).

I have 6-7 image concepts I would like to submit, but I am having a really tough time creating them. I spent several hours working with Photoshop yesterday, trying to create a specific light effect using several of my old vacation photos; the thing had 34 layers and I had hand-corrected colors and lines, etc. And after all that I began second-guessing it and was unhappy with the result. Really need to tell my inner critic to shut up ;-) Anyway, there is a more simple video image composite effect I want to do, that I probably should have started with, and if I get close to what I want with that I am sure it will get me motivated to go back to my first idea. Considering how difficult it is for me to do this kind of thing, and how amazing it would be to see my own pixels on the cube alongside everyone else's great creations, I would be thrilled if just one of my submissions is chosen. But first I have to actually finish them! Not much time left.

"Over a two-week interim period, the audience movements [in relation to the cube] is recorded as graphic patterns under the banner ‘Everybody is a pixel’, transformed to musical notes and then performed during a grand finale by Apparatjik – together with a classical orchestra, which will effectively be performing the footsteps of the audience."

According to a recent article in Aftenposten, if I am understanding it correctly, this composition of footsteps will be conducted by Magne on March 27, the final night of the installation. I'm guessing this will take place outside the cube - can't imagine an orchestra fitting inside it even if it is eight times bigger than before - and given the cube's size and the presence of an orchestra and audience, the installation space in NNG must be quite large indeed. Should be a major contrast to the previous performance spaces.

As for the movement of visitors around the cube being recorded, I was thinking it could be an interesting experiment for someone to try to influence the resulting music somehow, using a specific pattern of movement around the cube, or by visiting at regular intervals and repeating a certain sequence of footsteps. But that could only work if a machine were converting the movement into sound - I guess the point is the random nature of movement by individuals over time, and since the footsteps used would be selected specifically by the guys for the composition, I doubt it would be possible to influence a certain result as an individual. Still: fascinating concept, and I can't wait to hear the result!

How and when will two weeks' worth of movement be encapsulated into one arrangement? How much time will the orchestra have to practice the composition, given the very short window between filming -> composing -> performance? Will the colors people are wearing, the speed of people's movement, and the changing density of people also influence the sound? Somehow I imagine a kind of 'Peter and the Wolf' effect, where each person in a timeframe has a theme of their own, or maybe specific individual sequences of movement during the two-week span are woven together as recurring elements, as opposed to a purely linear musical representation of footsteps.

Eh, I really should focus on my pixels and leave the music composition to the professionals, yes? ;-)

/Berlin geek out (for now)

(cross-posted on magne_f)