Goodbye 2011

The year is at its end—a moment to reflect upon twelve months of experiments, achievements, and blunders. 2011 opened with multiple trips to Karlsruhe, Germany to collaborate with the ZKM Center for Art and Media on a very early version of trans_actions. In February Stewart served on the judging panel for TED’s Ads Worth Spreading competition and tutoring a month long workshop at the RCA with Jürg Lehni. April was packed: More visits to ZKM, the Creativity and Technology conference posted my Code Play lecture video, Paola Antonelli wrote an article for Domus about data visualization that used Exit as an example, and I posted some odd X-Files triptychs. More after the jump…

Thu. 01 Dec 2011
Tags. interview, press

Print Magazine—Stewart Smith’s quiet critiques

Print Magazine has uploaded their brief profile of me here: Unmooring—Stewart Smith’s quiet critiques. Penned by writer and musician Justin Sullivan, the article first appeared in Print Magazine’s Identity Issue (Volume 65.5, October 2011, page 85). This special issue of Print was guest designed and coedited by the superb Dutch design studio Metahaven who also contributed several articles on the theme of Identity. —Stewart



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Thu. 03 Nov 2011

Chatttr—come chat and draw

For a few months now we’ve been kicking around a hobby project called Chatttr—located at http://chatttr.com. It’s a free-for-all chat room that allows users to create and share simple line drawings. But that’s just the surface of Chatttr. From the foundation upward we built Chatttr as an experiment in anti-social networking. What happens if there are no accounts? No login? What if multiple people can have the same username? Or change their username between each post? What if there’s no permanent archive? More after the jump…


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MoMA—Talk to Me roundup

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)’s Talk to Me exhibition is halfway through its run. If you’re in the New York area drop in before the show closes on November 7th. The exhibition includes two Stewdio works. The first is Exit (2008), an immersive data animation created in collaboration with architecture studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Warning Office, et al. (See also Talk to Me: Exit.) The second Stewdio piece included in Talk to Me is Windmaker (2007), an ambient weather widget that applies local wind conditions to live websites. (See also Talk to Me: Windmaker.) More after the jump…


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Tue. 20 Sep 2011
Tags. interview, press

Unmooring—Stewdio in Print

Writer and musician Justin Sullivan has penned an article about me titled Unmooring—Stewart Smith’s quiet critiques in Print Magazine’s Identity Issue (Volume 65.5, October 2011, page 85). This special issue of Print was guest designed and coedited by the superb Dutch design studio Metahaven who also contributed several articles on the theme of Identity. You can order a physical copy, download the PDF version, or visit your local magazine shop. —Stewart


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Mon. 19 Sep 2011
Tags. music, playlist

Stewdio music on Studio Music

Studio Music is a blog that “provides an insight into the creative process of visual practitioners, through the music that they listen to whilst working.” (Text from their About page.) And today they’ve posted my current top ten countdown complete with little anecdotes per song. (The direct link is http://studiomusic.fm/_smith.html.) Because a lot of these tracks have a nice music video visual component I’ve posted YouTube embeds here along with the original text. —Stewart More after the jump…


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Premiering today: trans_actions

Our new collaboration with Robert Gerard Piertrusko and Bernd Lintermann premieres today at the opening reception for The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989 in Karlsruhe, Germany. trans_actions is a panoramic data visualization that illustrates the dramatic increase in the number of biennales of contemporary art and the rapid expansion of the art market following the end of the cold war. Visitors enter a large panoramic projection room bathed in animated data representing artists, curators, biennales, and market fluctuations. (Panoramic video projection, 8192 × 1024 at 25 fps. Approximate running time twenty-five minutes.) Click here to view the trans_actions project page.