psworld – Julian Oliver

 

psworld 2010/11, Julian Oliver, Software and hardware

psworld is work of ‘philosoftware’. It began as a modification of the utility, ‘ps’, found on all UNIX and UNIX-like operating systems. ps is used by people and programs to quickly sort and print a table of processes that are running on a computer. psworld maps these processes onto visual features in the world, creating a perceptual dependence between a computer and the world around it. As the computer’s visible surroundings change, the instability of the operating system increases.

An example: a computer running psworld is in a park watching a bird in a tree. If the process ‘Firefox’ is attached to the bird’s head and the bird suddenly flies away, Firefox will be terminated on the computer. Similarly, a breakfast scene may include many processes attached to various edibles on the table. As breakfast is eaten, dependent processes on the computer will be terminated.


Please see the artist’s site for the full description of this project.

 

Julian Oliver CV and bio

Julian Oliver is a New Zealand artist based in Berlin. He has been active in the critical intersection of art and technology since 1998. His projects and the occassional paper have been presented at many museums, international electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, Ars Electronica and the Japan Media Arts Festival. His work has received several awards, ranging from technical excellence to artistic invention and interaction design.

Julian has given numerous workshops and master classes in software art, augmented reality, creative hacking, data forensics, object-oriented programming for artists, virtual architecture, artistic game-development, information visualisation, UNIX/Linux and open source development practices worldwide. He is a long-time advocate of the use of free software in artistic production, distribution and education.

 

Recent Awards

2011                   Excellence Prize (Art category), Japan Media Art Festival

2010                  Award of Distinction (Hybrid Arts category), Prix Ars Electronica

Third Prize, Fundacion Telefonica, VIDA 13.0 Art and Artifical Life awards.

First Prize, Jeux Vidéo et Attractions, Laval Virtual.

2008                  Technical Innovation award, Indiecade

The New Zealand Open Source Award

Honorary Mention (Interactive Arts category), Prix Ars Electronica

Jury Reccommended Work (Entertainment Division), Japan Media Arts Festival

2004                  Honorary Mention, Transmediale

 

Recent exhibitions, talks, workshops

2010                  Improved Reality lecture, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

psworld at ‘moddr_*’, iMAL, Brussels (curated by moddr_).

ioq3aPaint at ‘Virtual Rebellion’, KOP, Breda, Netherlands.

The Artvertiser, Beeldfestival (augmented street exhibition and talk), Rotterdam

Improved Reality lecture, Migrating Art Academies conference, C.H.B, Berlin.

The Artvertiser, Media Facades Festival Europe 2010 (workshop and augmented

street exhibition), Brussels

The Artvertiser, ‘Stadt am Rande’, Goethe Institut, Beijing

levelHead at The Lighthouse, Brighton

levelHead at Space Invaders, Netherlands Institut voor Mediakunst, Amsterdam

M.I.G at Worm Space, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna

‘Improved Reality’ paper and presentation, TEDx, Rotterdam

‘The Great Augmented Goldrush': a Reality-check for Artists’. Presentation, V2, Rotterdam

ioq3aPaint at 26th edition of ‘Art Amsterdam’, Amsterdam

Six Composite Acts, MMX Gallery, Berlin

The Artvertiser (at the Murcia stand), ARCO, Madrid

The New Arena Paintings (solo show), Hannah Maclure Centre, Dundee, Scotland

The Artvertiser at Transmediale 2010, Berlin

‘The Not So Brief History of Sound Based Games’, artist talk, A-MAZE Festival, Berlin

2009                  levelHead at Space Invaders, FACT, Liverpool, U.K

levelHead at Over The Game, Zemos98, Seville, Spain

The Atocha 24 Insertions, HAMBRE (group show) Madrid

levelHead at TWEAKFEST, Zurich, Switzerland

levelHead, Award and exhibition, LAVAL VIRTUAL, Laval, France.

levelHead at Art Rock festival, St Brieuc, France

The Artvertiser workshop, Cartagena, Spain

Composite City, Paper presentation, See Festival, Wiesbaden, Germany

levelHead at Mois Multi, Quebec City, Canada.

levelHead at the Japan Media Art Festival, National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

levelHead at the Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria (opening exhibition ofnew center).