Dusty Mariee, Digital Duchamp

Dusty Mariee is a live, continuous, audio-video stream broadcasted to the Internet from my apartment on the 19th floor of the Balfron Tower, the iconic example of brutalist architecture designed by Ernő Goldfinger in 1963. The stream represents the large glass that separates my personal space from the external world, that is to say: private and public life. The camera focuses on the dust stratifying on the surface of the glass, while London and the artist inhabiting the flat appear as projections, phantom shadows over the much more stable, yet ever-changing, image of the dust (representing time and matter). Contact microphones on the surface of the window will transform the glass into a very powerful long distance zoom: at random, the construction captures and reproduces the sounds that the city of London emits through the Net, transforming the glass into a gigantic microphone, producing a ‘sounding’ of both audible and visible multi-scalar dimensions of an environment.

But who, or what, is La mariée?



…a brutalist kiss between
the Barbican and Balfron
with all the dust and air
and magnetism crushed
between them…

Audio-video live stream from May 14th to June 9th !!

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Picture of the dust on Duchamp's The Large Glass
Picture of the dust on Duchamp’s The Large Glass

Dusty Mariee uses a Large Glass, a contact microphone, a Gumstix, a Linux Kernel, a Debian server, Icecast, Gstreamer, Ogg/Theora, Git, Javascript, the Balfron tower, a mixer, and some derelict electronics.

Many thanks to Antonios Galanopoulos for technical support.

Would you like to know more?

Watch project context film is Who is La mariée realised in collaboration with film-maker Jen Fearley:

This shot film introduces the piece, constructing the myth of its creation and expanding the frame of vision, while a database of clips creates, interjecting the stream at random, unpredictable and ever-changing narratives.

This work, manipulating with technology the classical, yet twisted, ingredients of a fairy tale (the tower, the bride and the big city), and illustrating the transient and dystopian state of the surrounding area, finally identifies dust as the only representation of humanity that preserves a coherence of intent.

Dusty Mariee and Duchamp
This piece is a ready-made (a window becomes the subject of artistic inspection).
It refers to the Large Glass and its investigation of the fourth dimension.
It uses chance (in a contemporary, technological, real-time fashion).
Normal life and entropic matter (dust) become art.
This is, of course, provocative.

The image that the camera reproduces is intrinsically different when focussing on the dust stratifying over the glass, as the picture of the city becomes bleared, surreal, pictorial, as if coming from another world or a different time and dimension.

When the night comes, or the lights are turned on in the room, the dust becomes more visible, and the reflection of the internal space of the house overlays and mixes with that of London, offering a glimpse of Duchamp’s strongest obsession, the fourth dimension, the projection of a three dimensional reality over another three dimensional space.

Additionally, visit the project website and read the Barbican’s post or Metamute’s announcement.

Dusty Mariee features improvised live sets creating experimental electronic music on that interact with the microphone’s sounds. Musicians that participated so far are:
Alo Allik
Sick Nielson

Check the stream between sunset and dusk!

Talk to me
For questions related to this project, you can find me in IRC
server: irc.freenode.net
channel: dusty_mariee
(we use irssi)

If you have lot’s of friends,
check out the Social Network page.
You can contact me there and follow the live-sets announcements.

Dusty Mariee is a Net art work by Xname.

This piece was made possible thanks to a commission by the Barbican Centre as part of the Dancing Around Duchamp season, the Digital Duchamp series, bringing the work of Marcel Duchamp into the digital age.

Thanks to Media and Arts Technology Programme, Queen Mary University of London.

L’antidoto all’incertezza

On Thursday March 25th  I am invited to present my art work at Brera Fine Art Academy in Milan: h 14:00 – 16:00, Aula Magna (Napoleonica). FOCUS is a trans-disciplinary series of lecture and this years’ theme is ‘Dispositivi e affetti’.

"Crediamo di vivere in un epoca dove le peculiarità della nostra natura
umana indefinita, precaria, disorientata, flessibile si sono
storicizzate e complicate perché messe al servizio del capitalismo
cognitivo. Qualità che hanno un pregio nella loro inutilità sono
diventate strumento di produzione di merci linguistiche. Per affrontare la complessità da cui siamo attraversati abbiamo scelto
una posizione di nomadismo: molte personalità rappresentative di
eterogenei campi del sapere saranno chiamate a discutere in particolare
il processo di mutazione che ha investito il nostro sistema cognitivo,
le nostre relazioni e i rapporti di lavoro. Se possibile vorremmo
guadagnare attraverso questa mappatura, la possibilità di divenire più
consapevoli e di appropriarci quindi della nostra potenza di agire."

Software Release

Virtual Entity Alpha Minus Minus – CODENAME JAILBIRD – August 2009

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The Beauty of Chaos

The festival Liwoli, happening in Linz between April 23rd and 25th, and named ‘Hacklab for art and Open Source‘, was a great gathering of very interesting people. Among other things, including a very crazy performance
that culminated with the total erasure of the system while making real
time video with Pure Data (without back up and in a totally unsafe
fashion), the Virtual Entity ‘research software’ was presented during
the Friday evening session.

The launch of imaginary property on paper

the borders between text and image, between private property and public
space through the design of ‘imaginary’ advertisements and (ironically)
deconstructing some of the basic conventions of a magazine, Imaginary
Property is curating the 77 issue of HTV-De-IJsberg, investigating new
fields of image-production beyond the hard-coded notions of the
commercial versus the editorial.

New Media Meetings

Every second Wednesday of the month, at Goldsmiths college in New
Cross, London, some people are meeting to discuss, around a table,
different projects and researches concerning media art and related
fields of inspection. On November 12th Gabriel Menotti presented a very
interesting text entitled ‘Computation as dynamic topography’, part of
his research at University of Sao Paulo. His approach is presenting
computation as a specif process that cannot be described as simple
text, because, in short, computation is a dynamic event happening
inside a machine, thus it is not text in itself, and probably software
should not be defined as text at all. On November 26th the project Virtual Entity
will be presented and discussed. The door is open and any interested
person is welcome to come in and participate, we are gathering at 18:00
at Whitehead Building, room 117.

Haip: an open-source art festival

The idea of an open-source art festival emerged inside the multimedia center Kiberpipa, and the first biennial event was held on 2004. Thematic focus of the HAIP Festival 2008, Hacktopia tries to question the results of the actual practice of opensource-technology-supported creative media art and the dimensions of the freedom of expression inside it.The core question is: hacktopia at the continuum of utopia and dystopia.

Where is the freedom of artistic expression in open source media?
How can we hack the paradigms of society?

Code Dreams

How does code dream? What are the dreams of code?

Mexico City: Computer Art Conference

I was invited to partecipate to the Computer Art Conference in Mexico with ‘The Ball in the Hole‘. Since i could not go there, i proposed a remote interaction, something like a ogg/theora stream and live interview. Though in South America people like Umberto Eco, Semiotics, Orkut, Second Life…


A simple question to the multicultural flow of people in front of Central Station.
Can you identify the three key-words missing in the video?

February 2008, Amsterdam, Damrak.

In the Damrak 16 there used to be a squat, called Chequepoint
In front of it, a police camera.
Only a money-machine is left.

A collection of opinions on terror and its derivatives,
the real voice of random passengers. 

This video is released under Virtual Entity licence.

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