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SPEED SHOW : Peep Show!

SPEED SHOW – Peep Show!
Has the Computer Become the Contemporary Peep Box?

Date: 18 November 2010 (Thur)
Time: 7pm-10pm
Venue: Fresh Cyber Café
Address: Flat C, Floor 2, King Tao Building, 94-100 Lockhart Road, Wanchai (Press 2C for Entry)

Participating Artists:
Candy Factory (Japan)
Cory Arcangel (USA)
Rafael Rozendaal (Netherland)
Evan Roth (France)
Yangachi (Korea)
James Powderly (Korea)
MAP Office (Hong Kong SAR)
Shiro Masuyama (Germany)
Yu Araki (Japan)
Hang Feng (China)
Adam Enfroy (USA)
Zhou Xiaohu (China)
Manolis Perrakis (Hong Kong)

The peep box has its origins in the 15th century European invention of a box for viewing pictures through a peephole. It was most often used as a means of showing a series of explicit photographs. As a machine to peep through a small hole at a series of sexually explicit images, it spreads throughout the world.

Around the start of the 20th century the peep box began to disappear, as this space of voyeuristic desire shifted to the cinema hall. Today, however, the Internet appears to be an optimal contemporary medium for satisfying voyeuristic desires.

According to Freud, there are two types of scopophiliac: the voyeur, who revels in private act of seeing, and the exhibitionist, who pursues the public act of being seen. Through applications like Facebook, Youtube, blogs and twitter, 21st Century Internet interfaces seek to satisfy both of these impulses: not only the desire to watch, but also the desire to be watched. Moreover, for the voyeur, the Internet renews the possibility of viewing in complete privacy. Opportunities for use have also expanded. One can easily “peep” using a mobile phone during free time at work, in the park, or while riding the train. Finally, the amount of available content has increased dramatically with the turn to the Internet. The entertainment offered by television or film is presented in a fixed format with polished productions standards. In contrast, the rawness of Internet communication provides its own voyeurstic delights – the seeming ability to spy on the world more directly.

Exploring these new horizons of digital voyeurism, Peep Show contains a range of online art works by contemporary artists exploring 21st century voyeurism and scopophilia from both aesthetic and political perspectives. (Hitomi Hasegawa)

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English translation: Paul Roquet

Jointly presented by Videotage + MIACA
Thanks to: Takuro Someya contemporary Art Tokyo, Long March Space Shanghai


Posted on November 8, 2010


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Naoyoshi Hikosaka, contemporary artist, decided to put together a show called the Free Art Exhibition so I decided to participate.

The exhibiting art works must be free to give away.
It wasn’t easy to think of free art using the old technology which can not be digitally copied. As a proud member of Tokyo F.A.T., I wanted to create something symbolic!


So here is what I did. First I designed a symbol with CC license marks and its meta data (see SVG data here), pressed it on 15 real bills, and of course signed my name on each of them. In a way, copy-lefted the bills. I own the author’s copyright of the bills and at the same time they are completely free!

15 Pieces of Papers Under Creative Commons License (Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike)

I completed the work by lightly gluing the bills on a canvas.
Anybody can take it and leave. I also exhibited the stamp it self so that anybody can stamp it on his money or on himself.

If you want to make your own money in your own country, the idea is for free.

The Exhibition is until the 22th of August.

“15 Pieces of Papers Under Creative Commons License
by Seiji Ueoka, F.A.T. Tokyo

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Posted on August 12, 2010


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It ain’t “public” space unless you have a right to hack. Let me introduce a series of greasemonkey scripts that turn Google into your free playground…

Following a great classic work by ZEVS, this script makes all Google logos (including holiday doodles!) “dripping” during your daily surfing.

I know, you even wanna draw “fuck” on Google logos. This script makes it possible. All strokes “drip” of course, and you can change stroke colors by pressing number keys.

You need a larger wall? Then this lets you draw tags on search results! Remove results you don’t need by double-clicking them and make your own wall to draw.

Also here‘s another prototype script I made before, try and see the result!

All codes are in public domain, written by ysugano from Tokyo F.A.T.

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Posted on February 5, 2010


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A Christmas gift for all the people who wish to change everything into money.


1) Down load the BANKSY STENCIL SVG source code.
2) Use Inkscape, Gimp, or any other free software to resize or customize.
3) Print the image on a card bord.
4) Cut out the gray area.
5) Paint it on a wall of a building that has been devalued due to the
6) Report it to the gallery owner or curators.

SVG source code (right-click save-as)

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Posted on December 20, 2008


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