Scope Art Fair (Was Re: RHIZOME_RAW: Neil and Iona at -CinemaScope)

Posted by Millie Niss | Sat Mar 11th 2006 2:50 a.m.

I went to the Scope Fair and saw Jason Van Anden's robots, which I really l=
iked! I looked at Jason's web site afterwards and read about the robots, a=
nd found them much more interesting after reading the descriptions on the s=
ite. I am going back to the Fair with my father on Sunday so I will have a=
nother chance to look at Neil and Iona now that I know the background. =

(Jason -- if you get this before the show ends, maybe you can put up some m=
ore prominent explanations of your robots at the show... The robots looke=
d great and were prominently displayed, but I did not see any signs that ex=
plained what they were and I am sure many visitors would appreciate them mo=
re if they were familiar with your work and the ideas behind the robots. I=
am sure there was a sign somewhere that identified the work as yours -- I =
didn't notice it however -- but it would be nice to have a more prominent s=
ign with detailed information, perhaps with the text from the website and m=
aybe images from the animations etc.)

I really enjoyed the PAM installation (this is a little self-serving since =
I am in it, but I only saw my own work briefly and saw other people's video=
s at greater length) and Rhizome's "All Systems Go." In the Rhizome exhibi=
t, I was particularly intrigued by Lee Walton's "162 instructions for drawi=
ngs" http://www.leewalton.com/projects/162_instructions.html which was a re=
freshingly low-tech installation (it consisted of a subset of the the instr=
uctions displayed on a wall, unframed, on paper). I normally have very lit=
tle interest in sports and this project involved watching many baseball gam=
es, but I was intrigued by it both conceptually and visually.

I liked much of the other work at the fair (I mean outside the new media se=
ction). My favorite work in the show was the exhibit labeled "The Jaundice=
d Eye" which featured a large installation by Jason Berkowetz and Matt Bua =
that had a live person inside wearing a feather headdress (of the kind a ch=
ikd playing cowboys and Indians would have) who came out and ranted periodi=
cally. The installation was about violence in the world and had references=
to terrorism, wars, knives and gang violence, and the Bush administration.=
It is somewhat hard to describe but I shot some video of it and I am plan=
ning to review the work on my blog. I think "The Jaundiced Eye" was sponso=
red by the Williamsburg, Brooklyn gallery Jack the Pelican Presents but the=
gallery name wasn't displayed, at least not in a prominent enough manner t=
hat I could find it...

Millie Niss

----- Original Message -----
From: Jason Van Anden
Cc: list@rhizome.org
Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2006 7:15 AM
Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: Neil and Iona at -CinemaScope, Circuit Boards at Fo=
untain, LEA redux

On your way to PAM, All Systems Go and POV be sure to say "hi!" to Neil a=
nd Iona (my emotive robots) and me (the anxious human being). Neil and Ion=
a can be found at the entrance to cinemaScope, I will be keeping an eye on =
them.

I will also be exhibiting my new Algorithm pieces at Fountain, which is a=
micro-fair who appropriately appropriates its name from Duchamp's iconic f=
ound object. This takes place across the street from Pier 90 (if you are =
in NYC for the fairs - this will make sense).

Details about all of this can be found here: http://www.smileproject.com/=
announcements/2006/mar

It would be great to finally meet some of you in the real world.

Jason Van Anden
http://www.smileproject.com
  • Jason Van Anden | Sat Mar 11th 2006 4:18 a.m.
    I am so glad you liked them! Thank you for taking the time to share your
    thoughts.

    For the record, postcards at the show have more info, but with so much
    activity going on its easy to miss them. The video on my website and a
    paper I recently published in LEA give the best explanation ...
    http://mitpress2.mit.edu/e-journals/LEA/LEA2004/ez.features2.htm.

    I plan to be at the exhibit for the duration, mulling around the robots - it
    would be great to meet you in person - so please feel free to introduce
    yourself when you come back.

    Jason Van Anden

    On 3/11/06, Millie Niss <men2@columbia.edu> wrote:
    >
    > I went to the Scope Fair and saw Jason Van Anden's robots, which I really
    > liked! I looked at Jason's web site afterwards and read about the robots,
    > and found them much more interesting after reading the descriptions on the
    > site. I am going back to the Fair with my father on Sunday so I will have
    > another chance to look at Neil and Iona now that I know the background.
    >
    > (Jason -- if you get this before the show ends, maybe you can put up some
    > more prominent explanations of your robots at the show... The robots
    > looked great and were prominently displayed, but I did not see any
    > signs that explained what they were and I am sure many visitors would
    > appreciate them more if they were familiar with your work and the ideas
    > behind the robots. I am sure there was a sign somewhere that identified =
    the
    > work as yours -- I didn't notice it however -- but it would be nice to ha=
    ve
    > a more prominent sign with detailed information, perhaps with the text fr=
    om
    > the website and maybe images from the animations etc.)
    >
    > I really enjoyed the PAM installation (this is a little self-serving since
    > I am in it, but I only saw my own work briefly and saw other people's vid=
    eos
    > at greater length) and Rhizome's "All Systems Go." In the Rhizome exhibi=
    t,
    > I was particularly intrigued by Lee Walton's "162 instructions for drawin=
    gs"
    > http://www.leewalton.com/projects/162_instructions.html which was a
    > refreshingly low-tech installation (it consisted of a subset of the the
    > instructions displayed on a wall, unframed, on paper). I normally have v=
    ery
    > little interest in sports and this project involved watching many baseball
    > games, but I was intrigued by it both conceptually and visually.
    >
    > I liked much of the other work at the fair (I mean outside the new media
    > section). My favorite work in the show was the exhibit labeled "The
    > Jaundiced Eye" which featured a large installation by Jason Berkowetz and
    > Matt Bua that had a live person inside wearing a feather headdress (of the
    > kind a chikd playing cowboys and Indians would have) who came out and ran=
    ted
    > periodically. The installation was about violence in the world and had
    > references to terrorism, wars, knives and gang violence, and the Bush
    > administration. It is somewhat hard to describe but I shot some video of=
    it
    > and I am planning to review the work on my blog. I think "The Jaundiced
    > Eye" was sponsored by the Williamsburg, Brooklyn gallery Jack the Pelican
    > Presents but the gallery name wasn't displayed, at least not in a promine=
    nt
    > enough manner that I could find it...
    >
    > Millie Niss
    >
    > ----- Original Message -----
    >
    > *From:* Jason Van Anden <jason@smileproject.com>
    > *Cc:* list@rhizome.org
    > *Sent:* Thursday, March 09, 2006 7:15 AM
    > *Subject:* RHIZOME_RAW: Neil and Iona at -CinemaScope, Circuit Boards at
    > Fountain, LEA redux
    >
    > On your way to PAM, All Systems Go and POV be sure to say "hi!" to Neil
    > and Iona (my emotive robots) and me (the anxious human being). Neil and
    > Iona can be found at the entrance to cinemaScope, I will be keeping an eye
    > on them.
    >
    > I will also be exhibiting my new Algorithm pieces at Fountain, which is a
    > micro-fair who appropriately appropriates its name from Duchamp's iconic
    > found object. This takes place across the street from Pier 90 (if you a=
    re
    > in NYC for the fairs - this will make sense).
    >
    > Details about all of this can be found here:
    > http://www.smileproject.com/announcements/2006/mar
    >
    > It would be great to finally meet some of you in the real world.
    >
    > Jason Van Anden
    > http://www.smileproject.com
    >
    >
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