Documentation of Michael Manning’s Solo Show Bright & Contemporary at Smart Objects LA
Please join Smart Objects to celebrate the launch of Exquisite Corpse, an iPhone App designed by Justin Randall Smith.
Based on the surrealist drawing game, Exquisite Corpse divides your screen into three panes, each containing a separate image, that combine into one seamless image, called a Corpse.
The app comes preloaded with a selection of photos to remix, and new images can be added via the apps integrated camera function, or from ones image library. Each picture can be resized/moved to create the desired final image. Previous pictures are kept in a horizontally scrolling cache so they can be easily swapped in and out. You can copy and paste images from one pane to the other, and a mix button allows you to quickly create random and surprising corpses.
Join us this Saturday night for beer, Exquisite Corpse, and a DJ Set by Tina from The Dogshow!
Music starts around 9…9:30ish
Also on display at the gallery is the Fone Features exhibition
Oh and last but not least— BYOD (Bring Your Own Device[iPhone])
Googlegeist: Mirrors Behind The Curtain (GSV) Online Exhibtion inside Google Street View, of Google Street View-based imagery 2013
Over the past fifteen years Google has grown to become a ubiquitous omniscient entity, which has peered into almost every aspect of our public and private lives. It has documented everything from vast stretches of the earth’s terrain to the most personal emails. The word “Google” suggests a possible answer to almost every imaginable question. Google acts as both all-seeing God and prying Big Brother, a vast repository of objective fact and personal revelation.
Gibson’s Mirrors Behind the Curtain (GSV) reveals the self-censored workings of this all-seeing, all-knowing medium. The screenshots in this Google Street View-based exhibition are rare glimpses of Google’s elusive “Street View” camera, busy at work, virtualizing the interiors of different museums, castles, and institutions of power around the world. Unlike normal Street View though, in which Google’s car and camera have been easily masked out, the museums’ and castles’ plethora of mirrors present a situation where Google cannot cover its tracks. These images are ambivalent portraits of the often invisible, panoptic power of Google’s observation.
As a crown of the exhibit, a Google photographer was paid to virtualize the gallery space— with Mirrors Behind the Curtain screenshots displayed— for inclusion into Google Street View. The GSV version of the gallery is presented within the space, on a desktop computer, acting as a culmination and reiteration of Google’s limitless eye.