Sunday, June 22, 2008

Cell Phones, Torpedos, and Funny Goings-On in Lausanne

Hedy Lamarr (Erica Newhouse) and George Anthiel (Joseph Urla) in Elyse Singer's Frequency Hopping (Source: Gothamist)

Two quick links to while your semi-summery Sunday away. Over at BentPly, Adam Miller posted the media and interaction design showreel from ECAL/Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne (also posted directly below):

Showreel - ECAL 07/08 (Media&Interaction Design Unit) from ECAL - Media&Interaction Design on Vimeo.

I would say that the work gravitates more towards the "media" as opposed to the "interaction" part of the spectrum, nevertheless, there is some good energy. My expertise in this realm is virtually non-existent (for more info, one should go here or here), but I wonder how I can start incorporating more stuff like this into this site. We'll see.

Hedy Kiesler Markey (Lamarr) and George Antheil, U.S. Pat. 2,292,387, Secret Communication System (Aug. 11, 1942)

This morning, WNYC's Studio360 broadcast a story about Hedy Lamarr's and George Antheil's brief foray into telecommunications and weapons research during the Second World War. The product of this unlikely pairing was, of all things, an aerial torpedo. Using a device much like a piano roll (see above), the torpedo could switch frequencies -- a process Lamarr and Antheil called "Frequency Hopping" -- thus making the torpedo hard to detect. The radio show can be found here:

And if you can't get enough of this story, why not see a musical version of it? Over at the 3LD Art and Technology Center, the Hourglass Group is putting on Elyse Singer's Frequency Hopping, a multimedia musical concerning Lamarr's and Antheil's work. The run ends on June 29. Here's to hoping I can make it.

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