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Noisy Typer

July 18th, 2012

Noisy Typer is a new speed project by Theo Watson. It’s a free piece of software which plays typewriter sounds as you type. It runs in the background and works with all applications ( email, web, word etc ). Key sounds include: letter keys, spacebar, backspace, carriage return and scroll up and down. At the moment it’s OS X only.

The Animated GIF SPEED SHOW – The Aftermath

July 23rd, 2010

So it’s been 24 hours since today and tomorrow’s 5th birthday SPEED SHOW: animated GIFs.
It’s time to thank the 18 animated GIF artists! But of course also everyone who showed up at the event. I hope you all liked it.
I guess some of you would have been there if they were in Berlin last night. Your support is very much appreciated!
There wouldn’t have been a SPEED SHOW if F.A.T. Lab and Aram Bartholl didn’t came up with this format.
A big thank you to everyone!

For those of you who want to see the 18 animated GIF’s, here’s the list:

1. MILADY by Nicolas Sassoon

2. Gate to night / Gate to Day by Michael Bell Smith

3. 18 by teenocide

4. Disease by Jacob Broms Engblom

5. untitled by davidope (dvdp)


7. other_slab by Brandon Jan Blommaert

8. Young Ron J. by Mark Portillo

9. Shapes by Travess Smalley

10. JUMPJUMPJUMP Symetry by Francoise Gamma

11. Til You’re Blue in the Face by Laura Brothers

12. Clown by REED + RADER

13. Bison by Harm van den Dorpel

14. Playing Fields With Wind by Xavier Barrade

15. vvave by Constant Dullaart

16. Cross by Princess Hijab

17. Dog Drip by Petra Cortright

18. Data Glut by Evan Roth (NSFW)

And here’re a few snapshots from the event.

today and tomorrow’s 5th birthday SPEED SHOW

July 15th, 2010

Next Wednesday it’s today and tomorrow’s 5th birthday. To celebrate this, I’m organizing a SPEED SHOW. It’s an exhibition format developed by Aram Bartholl, this is the manifest:

Hit an Internet-cafe, rent all computers they have and run a show on them for one night. All art works of the participating artists need to be on-line (not necessarily public) and are shown in a typical browser with standard plug-ins. Performance and life pieces may also use pre-installed communication programs (instant messaging, VOIP, video chat etc). Custom software (except browser add-ons) or off-line files are not permitted. Any creative physical modification to Internet cafe itself is not allowed. The show is public and takes place during normal opening hours of the Internet cafe/shop. All visitors are welcome to join the opening, enjoy the art (and to check their email.)

So here are the details for the today and tomorrow’s 5th birthday SPEED SHOW:

Wednesday 21th of July 2010, 21:00 – 00:00
or@nien net
Oranienstrasse 185, Berlin
(google maps link)

There will be 18 screens showing you the hottest animated gifs ever.
So I invite you all to come and bring you friends and your friends friends!
You can also join this event on Facebook.

This is the list with the 18 animated gif artists:
Nicolas Sassoon, Laura Brothers, Xavier Barrade, Francoise Gamma, REED + RADER, MATHWRATH, Harm van den Dorpel, Michael Bell-Smith, Mark Portillo, Petra Cortright, Travess Smalley, teenocide, Jacob Broms Engblom, Princess Hijab, dvdp, Brandon Jan Blommaert, Constant Dullaart, Evan Roth

Animated Gif Mashup 2.0

June 14th, 2010

Last Friday I went to see SPEED SHOW vol.1: TELE-INTERNET, a one night group show curated by Aram Bartholl. He rented all  the computers of an internet-café and showed pieces from 12 artists. An awesome idea!
On of the pieces was “Animated Gif Mashup 2.0” by Evan Roth. It’s an online browser tool where you can create your own animated gif collages and give it even a background sound. You can build your own one here.

This is Evans: Animated Gif Mashup: Dance Sequence #001 (NSFW audio).

And this is mine: Animated Gif Mashup: Today And Tomorrow Style.

Auto Smiley

March 23rd, 2010

Auto Smiley is the latest F.A.T. project by Theo Watson. It’s a little app that runs in the background while you work. It analyzes your face and each time it detects a smiley, it adds a smiley :) to the front most application. Theo used openFrameworks and MPT for the smile detection. Of course you can download the app and the sources here (I actually had to change some values in the source code so that it would work with my keyboard).


January 13th, 2010

Last week, F.A.T. introduced the Graffiti Markup Language (GML), a new XML file type specifically designed for archiving graffiti tags. Of course it doesn’t make sense to only archive those tags, you should also be able to reproduce them. And that’s exactly what Golan Levin and Jeremy Ficca did. They wrote a small tool to translate the .GML files from into instructions for their industrial ABB IRB-4400 robot arm. If they now could place his robot on a truck like Evan Roth suggested
Here you can find some more details about the Robotagger.

Graffiti Markup Language

January 4th, 2010

Graffiti Markup Language is the latest F.A.T. project. You probably know their graffiti-related software projects: Graffiti Analysis, Laser Tag and EyeWriter. These use now the Graffiti Markup Language, a new XML file type specifically designed for archiving graffiti tags. The .gml text files can be uploaded and downloaded on The week F.A.T. will publish new GML related projects each day!

YouTube As A Sculpture

December 4th, 2009

“YouTube As A Sculpture” by Constant Dullaart. It’s part of the exhibition called Versions, at the Netherlands Media Art Institute in Amsterdam. When you’re around you should go and see it, they’re also showing of some of my other favorites like Harm van den Dorpel, F.A.T.Lab, Martijn Hendriks, JODI, Oliver Laric, Evan Rot

YouTube As A Sculpture by Constant Dullaart


September 4th, 2009

FUCK 3D is the first Speed Project by Aram Bartholl of F.A.T.

– Are you annoyed by the people and world around you?
– Do you feel sometimes dizzy walking home in the 3rd dimension?
– But you DO enjoy your 2D  – facebook/twitter/browser life much more than the dirty world our there?

F.A.T. brings to you a brand new solution!!!  Just switch your whole life to 2D. Get a pair of  FUCK 3D glasses, loose the 3rd dimension and enjoy full 2D!!!  It never has been so easy!! Life is so much better!!

Download FUCK 3D DIY-set here.

FUCK 3D by Aram Bartholl

FUCK 3D by Aram Bartholl


May 17th, 2009

E-KAN-OMIC CRISIS by Evan Roth is an updated version of “Retarded Kanye“. You actually have to visit the link to have the full experience. It’s part of the Kanye West week at F.A.T., there are a lot more projects to discover there.
I also want to remember you of the best Kanye West music video ever: Can’t tell me nothing.
Wait ’till I get my money right.

Kanye West