Category Archives: Technology

Second Friday Open Studios in Alameda

I came across a flyer for Alameda’s “Second Friday Art Walk” – while at Alameda Island Brewing Company. Hmmm, I got flat files and boxes full of photos, at least some of which I’d like to share.

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Obsolete Technology Study: Audio Cassette

I also have a “studio” a space that a friend and I share here on the lovely island of Alameda. After a quick chat- we’ve decided we’re going to try and participate.

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Obsolete Technology Study: 16mm Cinema Film

So here are some of the photos I’m hoping to display. Some, like the movie reels and audio cassettes are part of a project focusing on obsolete technology.

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Copenhagen, Shattered

Another subject I hope to share includes highlights from recent travels. There are a few photos I’m happy to share from a recent trip including Copenhagen, Büdingen (Hessen), and Berlin etc.

Bikes of Copenhagen
Bikes of Copenhagen
Dom St. Peter (Osnabrück)
Dom St. Peter (Osnabrück)

One item I can’t display here is my hand printed black and white traditional prints. Folks who want to sound fancy call these “Fine Art” and “Silver Gelatin” prints. If you’re old enough to be from the film photography era, they’re just normal prints. Except, that I also have some “Alt Process” prints of sorts too that I might display: I’ve been playing around with so called “litho printing”. But these aren’t digitized. You’ll have to hold them in your hands in person if you want to see.

Call or email me (phone four juan 5 – sveen four 2 -0121) for schedule and location if you’re interested.

 

The Films of My Father

When I was a kid my dad was a film maker. Not of the Hollyweird sort, he made educational films. I still remember one of his films being shown in my grade school and giggling when I saw myself used as an extra.

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Oxygen, Barr Films, 16mm Movie Film

Zoom forward and I’m working on documenting obsolete technology for an art project. I’d been photographing some reels and canisters I’d acquired by digging around junk shops.

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I was pretty happy with the direction the project was going when it occurred to me: … hey my dad made movies and must have some of them still! It would be more of a tie in.

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People-Who-Work-with-People, Barr Films

So that’s my ongoing personal project, still in progress.

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Oxygen, Barr Films, 16mm Movie Film

Technology Straight from the Scrapheap

Recently I’ve started a new art project. For much of my life I’ve been fascinated by technology.  And where and when I grew up was a lucky coincidence. San Jose in the 1970’s and 1980’s was in the fledgling days of Silicon Valley.

Historic Garage Where Silicon Valley Was Born (Michael Halberstadt)
Historic Garage Where Silicon Valley Was Born (Michael Halberstadt)

We had an Apple II at home and I’d play Castle Wolfenstein, Swashbuckler, or Prince of Persia for hours claiming to my parents that studies proved such games improved hand-eye coordination.

 (Photographer: Michael Halberstadt)
The “Apple Garage” (Photographer: Michael Halberstadt)

So in any case, I stumbled upon a bunch of old movie film boxes at a thrift store located at a garbage dump. I was fascinated by the aesthetics of the whole package: the weathered exterior cardboard boxes, the handwriting, the labels with dates facts and figures and the film itself.

35mm Movie Film Canister
35mm Movie Film Canister

The metal canisters are all stamped with different patterns based on the film manufacturer. And the chrome has worn off where they were handled over the decades.

16mm Movie Film Canister
16mm Movie Film Canister

I think they were all at a commercial German TV station: Werbefunk Saar was on one of the labels. And the handwriting on all the boxes looks like the same.

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And the film itself when viewed from the sides reveals interesting patterns.

I’ll keep you posted here and on my other sites for updates.

Robotic Sightings in Silicon Valley

I went down to my home town of San Jose after reading about Intel’s new “Garage” for their aspiring self driving car chip business.

Intel Campus San Jose
Intel Campus San Jose

In any case after some unpleasantries from the security guard, I managed to get some good shots from outside.

Self Driving Car
Delphi Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car
Delphi Self Driving Car

From there I headed to Mountain View and ran into the new Self Driving Fiat-Chrysler Self Driving Pacifica Minivan I’d been on the lookout for for a while.

Waymo's Autonomous Chrysler minivan on the Streets of Silicon Valley
Waymo’s Autonomous Chrysler minivan on the Streets of Silicon Valley

And if that’s not enough robotic action for ya, I managed to come “face to face” with a robotic security guard at Microsoft’s Mountain View campus.

Autonomous Campus Patrol, Microsoft Campus, Silicon Valley
Autonomous Campus Patrol, Microsoft Campus, Silicon Valley

That Damn Self Driving Car Again

Whenever I’m in the neighborhood of the Googleplex, I check out all the regular hangouts for Google’s new two seater electric self driving car. As luck would have it this time they were testing it out, apparently seeing how it works with bicyclists and pedestrians this time.

Autonomous car being tested in Silicon Valley parking lot (Michael Halberstadt)
Autonomous car being tested in Silicon Valley parking lot (Michael Halberstadt)

Where Android Statues go to Die

Android Graveyard
Android Graveyard

On a recent visit to the Googleplex I found the Android Statue Garden was gone. For those not familiar, Google produces a computer operating system called Android. It’s represented by a cute green robot, and each version of the OS is given a handle named after sweets. Some previous releases names included Honeycomb, Froyo, Kitkat, Eclair, Gingerbread, etc. Until this point, Google would unveil a colorful fiberglass statue in front of Building 44 at the Googleplex. But I had just stumbled upon the latest unveiling of Lollipop which was unveiled in the courtyard of Google’s main building. Walking across the street to Building 44 I saw an empty spot where previously the statues were displayed. There were signs pointing to a new location that I followed. What a funny site it turned out to be. The statues were in fact there, but were in pieces on the lawn. It appeared there was a hasty attempt to renovate them. Colorful jelly beans were strewn out on the lawn. Armless robots sat near decapitated robots undergoing a paint job. Just another day in Silicon Valley!

Google’s Latest Self Driving Car

 

 

My latest trip to the Googleplex in Silicon Valley was a fruitful one. Through sheer coincidence I stumbled upon the release of the new Lollipop OS, chased a Self Driving Lexus SUV to get a few snaps, then found the latest Self Driving car. The new Google [x] project is a two seater electric vehicle without a steering wheel. Amazing what you can find in a public parking lot in Silicon Valley, isn’t it?!

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Kit Kat at the Googleplex

I spend a lot of time hanging out in the few public areas of Silicon Valley’s tech companies adding content for my stock photo site SiliconValleyStock.com. One spot is the “Googleplex” in Mountain View California. They unveil a new sculpture to herald the release of each new operating system. And the operating systems are all named after sweets. So here are a few Kit Kat Android photos.

 

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