MouseMan Mapping Porsgrunn

Dag-en-abyme

This is an image of Dag Jensen, the photographer that has done most of our performance photos, standing in our installation, taking pictures of a picture he took in 2006, with the audience in front of a 6 x 5 meter poster of the photo he took in 2005 of a girl running away from fire. The sequence has a dizzying effect, it reminds me of learning strange new words in college, like mise-en-abyme meaning, “placing into infinity” or “placing into the abyss”.

First of all the two MouseMan projects in Porsgrunn and Madrid are almost opposites, in Madrid it was inside the Altamira Palace, all made of marble, with a cool atmosphere and plenty of time for people to interact.  In Porsgrunn it was inside the popular Folkets Hus, at the end of a 2 hour theatre walk in the city, together with lapskaus (traditional norwegian food) and entertainment. The visitors had become audience and as an audience they where in a theatrical time mode.

We tried making interactive things for Stedsans in 2007 with little success in the field, so we ended up performing the interactivity. With the Tesla Coil in 2008 we dropped the interaction altogether and did a Pythonesque mad professor routine which worked well. This year, because of reproduction and MouseMan being our new project, we went back to full scale interaction. It seems that Stedsans and interaction doesn’t belong together.

But then a challenger appears. Kids. The kind of people that’s not content with sitting politely at the table and listening about the good old days. We made an easy to understand interface, when you move the red circle follows, a 5-year-old could get it, but it was difficult to grasp for the pre-computer generation. The future for MouseMan could be a large 3D version of PacMan.

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The Crop Circle Incident

We are currently working on a project similar to Mapping Madrid in home town Porsgrunn where a major theatre event called “Stedsans” is held for the fift time this year. This time the projected map will be a air photo of Porsgrunn and the surrounding area, and the pictures will be from the earlier events of Stedsans.
During the assembly of the air photos which I collect from gulesider.no/kart, a service similar to goole maps but with better norwegian coverage i made this amazing discovery:
(bilde av kornsirkelen)
I have never heard of any crop circles in this area so I though that “this is big!”. I am avare that the images used can be several years old and that the circle probably was gone by now. However I wanted to find out just how old they where, so I could search lokal newspapers and other sources for unusual events araound the time the pictures where taken. I contaced gulesider.no to find the source of the image database. They politely forwarded me to Statens Kartsentral which translates the State Map Center. I sendt them a mail with the GPS coordinates, explaining the issue and asking for the date of the images. I never got any respons.
Here comes the weird part: A couple of weeks later I wanted to show the phenomena to a friend opened the browser on the gulesider maps. The crop circle was gone!
(bilde uten kornsirkel)
Now I should explain that I am a great sceptisist of “supernatural” phenomenas like crop cirles. I have allways beleived that human beings are clever folks well capable of making these patterns just to have a laugh at the people beleing they come from outher space. I just havent figured out HOW they have made them and I thus keep an open mind.
The real question is not hwo made the cirle and how. It is: Why did the gouvernment remove the evidence? What are they trying to hide?
Me, I’m pussled. Maybe time will show…

We are currently working on a project similar to Mapping Madrid in home town Porsgrunn where a major theater event called “Stedsans” is held for the fifth time this year. This time the projected map will be a air photo of Porsgrunn and the surrounding area, and the pictures will be from the earlier events of Stedsans.

During the assembly of the air photos which I collect from gulesider.no/kart, a service similar to Google maps but with better Norwegian coverage, I made this amazing discovery:

crop copy

I have never heard of any crop circles in this area so I though that “this is big!”. I am aware that the images used can be several years old and that the circle probably was gone by now. However I wanted to find out just how old they where, so I could search local newspapers and other sources for unusual events around the time the pictures where taken. I contacted gulesider.no to find the source of the image database. They politely forwarded me to Statens Kartsentral which translates the State Map Center. I sent them a mail with the GPS coordinates, explaining the issue and asking for the date of the images. I never got any response.

Here comes the weird part: A couple of weeks later I wanted to show the phenomena to a friend opened the browser on the gulesider maps. The crop circle was gone! Link:

nocrop

Now I should mention that I am a great skeptic of “supernatural” phenomenas like crop circles. I have always believed that human beings are clever folks well capable of making these patterns just to have a laugh at the people believing they come from outer space. I just haven’t figured out HOW they have made them and thus I keep an open mind.

The real question is not who made the circle and how. It is: Why did the company remove the evidence? What are they trying to hide?

Me, I’m puzzled. Maybe time will show. Maybe not…