“Self-Other Organizing Structure #1”
Seizures, Blindness & Short-Term Memory

PDF Document

[B. D. R. Bogart. Self-Other Organizing Structure 1: Seizures, Blindness & Short-Term Memory. In Andrew Brouse, editor, Proceedings of the Second International Pure Data Conference, Montréal; August 21-26, 2007, pages 1–9. Pure Data Conference 2007, 2007.]

“Self-Other Organizing Structure #1” (SOOS1) is the first in a series of site-specific responsive installations. Rather than depending on the artist to define how these works relate to their site, the task is given to the artwork itself. The structure of the artwork changes in response to continuous stimulus from its context. Context is framed as parameters perceivable by the system that make its place in space and time unique.

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Untitled Iterations

[B. D. R. Bogart. untitled iterations. http://www.ekran.org/ben/wp/2007/untitled-iterations-vagueterrain-2006, 2004.]

Musicians create music and visual artists create images. I am becoming increasingly aware of the commonalities I share with musicians rather than other visual artists. The creative process of a sound artist or an electronic musician is very similar to my own. The fundamental basis of both what I do and what a musician does is the creation of structure, or perhaps more specifically the making of a score or program that nurtures the creation of structure. My own practice emphasizes structure (in the form of language, image, sound or even a set of related ideas) regardless of my chosen medium.

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Art in The Face of The Sublime

[unpublished, 2000]

One would imagine that the purpose of an Art education is to learn about Art theory and practice. Over my undergraduate education I have found that the more ideas I am exposed to the more I realize how little I really know. In my first few university years I thought of Art only as a form of expression and communication. I thought all Art had to have a statement, a concrete proposition to make about the world. At this point in time I don’t feel that I know enough to make concrete statements. Answers lead to questions and the more I learn the less sure I am about what truth means. My role as an artist and the purpose of Art itself becomes just as mysterious. It would seem that in order to be an art-maker one must have the answers to these questions. Perhaps the purpose of Art is the pursuit of these questions.

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“Memory Association Machine:
Study of Cognitive Processes #1″ 2007
(aka “Self-Other Organizing Structure #1”)

Images | PDCON07 Paper | PDCON07 Video

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“Memory Association Machine” is the first prototype in a series of site-specific responsive installations. Rather than depending on the artist to define how these works relate to their site, the task is given to the artwork itself. The structure of the artwork changes in response to continuous stimulus from its context. (more…)


“Resurfacing” 2006

Ben Bogart & Donna Marie Vakalis

Images | Prototype Video | Installation Video

Resurfacing Website | Resurfacing: Byward Market Website

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“Resurfacing” captures and archives snapshots or moments in the urban cityscape. These moments are evaluated both by the dynamics within the frame and by the behaviour of the audience. The public both explores and evaluates these moments through a tactile interface. (more…)


“Reflex” 2006

Images | Video

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“Reflex” is my latest improvisational work. It is a creative departure for me since it involves both the creation of sound and image simultaneously. “Reflex” stands out as a generative work since the equation used is not something I wrote nor fully understand. (more…)


“Floatscript” 2005

Prototype Video | Exhibition Video

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“Floatscript” is an interactive installation. The viewer is greeted to a touch-screen. The image of the screen shows a number of small words subtly floating in the background. When the viewer touches the screen the words and pulled up to the surface, increasing in size and brightness. When the viewer stops touching the screen the words slowly fade back into the ether. (more…)


“Vector” 2005

Images | Video (low, 25MB) | Video (high, 250MB)

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“Vector” is the continuation of Volume Curvature. There is a similar emphasis on form in space, but the main focal point for vector is a strong sense of line whereas Volume Curvature often becomes abstracted to the point of texture. Vector was first performed as part of pixelACHE 2005 in Helsinki, Finland. (more…)