Digital Now is the National Museum of Science and Technology’s stage for interactive art experiences, exhibiting pioneering digital artworks.
Digital now is an arena for digital artworks that stretch the boundaries of technology. The installations are sometimes displayed at various locations inside the Museum and are regularly replaced and updated with works by Swedish and international guest artists.
Digital Now #4: #metoo
8 March – 27 September 2018
This visualization is based on the researcher Christopher Kullenberg’s collected data from Swedish tweets as well as testimonials and interviews with persons involved in #technical errors, the Swedish joint call by women in tech.
In the autumn of 2017 we were able to witness testimonials on sexual harassment under the hashtag #metoo in social media. What started in the United States spread rapidly globally.
Digital Now #3: Simone Says
30 August – 30 November 2017.
Simone – or SIM.ONE, to use programming language – is the name of the digital face that looks at visitors in the museum’s main exhibition hall and urges them to do as she tells them. Simone is part of a new exhibition about artificial intelligence (AI), which has been developed by Forskning.se.
The gigantic projection is an artwork created by Fredrik Josefsson, Danil Lundbäck, Sharada Prasanna Mohanty and Bengt Sjölén, and it will receive its world première at the Museum of Science and Technology. This creation is part of a larger project at the museum that concerns living and working in a digital world. In addition to interacting with Simone, visitors can also take a look inside her ‘brain’ and learn more about how AI actually works. It is also the première of a digital presentation of summarised knowledge – the Swedish website www.forskning.se/ai – which explores the intuitive algorithms behind AI as well as explaining how far today’s research has come.
Digital Now #2: SIKU – The Last Iceberg
By Synthestruct, Ida Long & Idun. 23 March – 3 May 2017.
“SIKU – The Last Iceberg” is an interactive audiovisual experience that tells the story of the loss of sea ice from our planet due to changes in the Earth’s climate. Visitors step through time to control the iceberg’s fate and learn about the present and future dangers that the disappearance of these icebergs bring.
At our current trajectory, it is predicted that the Earth will be 4c warmer by 2100. The North Pole is warming up faster than anywhere else in the world, causing glaciers, ice sheets, and sea ice to break apart. Icebergs are being launched into the sea, where they drift, shatter and slowly melt in the warming oceans.
Additional audio for SIKU based on iceberg seismic data collected by Douglas Macayeal, supported by the US National Science Foundation.
Digital Now #2 was exhibited in the Out to Sea – An ocean of plastic exhibition.
Digital Now #1
26 October 2016 – 17 February 2017.
Digital Now starts with four spectacular works. Mathieu Le Sourd (MAOTIK) creates a room full of projections that visitors influence by their hand movements. Laurent Mignonneau and Christa Sommerer let digital flies reflect the viewer in their “Portrait on the Fly”. At the opening night on 26 October, MAOTIK will present two live performances: “Six Drawings” together with Diego Espinosa, and also “Omnis Immersive Performance”.
Mathieu Le Sourd, known as MAOTIK, is a French new media artist who lives in Montreal. In “Omni Interactive”, he builds up a 3D world with geometric shapes and animations where the visitor’s hand movements are captured and influence the projections and the sound in the space. MAOTIK has exhibited his works at a number of international festivals, at Los Angeles Airport Terminal, and on the band Nine Inch Nails’ world tour.
Six Drawings and Omnis Immersive Performanc
At the opening on 26 October, MAOTIK himself will be present for a live performance. In “Six Drawings”, his enormous projections will be shown together with Diego Espinosa, experimental percussionist, who uses an electrified balloon as a musical instrument. After opening night, a recording of the performance will be shown for a further three months at the Museum.
Portrait on the Fly – Interactiv
Artists, scientists and pioneers Laurent Mignonneau and Christa Sommerer (Linz, Austria) have been creating internationally acclaimed interactive artworks together for over 20 years. They work primarily with illusions of living organisms, brought to life by algorithms. When a visitor stands before “Portrait on the Fly”, thousands of digital flies flock together and start building up a portrait of the viewer.