Analog Sunset at Ludlow 38.
In 2009, I went to an amazing event at 38 Ludlow called Analog Sunset, which took place on the night that analog television was due to be turned off in the US forever, giving way to the digital broadcast future. Three artists going by the moniker Off the Record (Ethan Breckenridge, Liz Linden and Phil Vanderhyden) had piled up a stack of old TVs in the space. As the appointed hour approached, more and more urgent warnings began flashing at the bottom of the screen; the announcers on Univision grew particularly animated. And then, not at the same time, but—with true analog precision—one by one, over the course of several minutes, the televisions faded away to static. (Auspiciously, Liza Béar of Send/Receive was in attendance.)
Later this year, the analog sunset will hit Australia, as that country moves to solely digital broadcast. To mark the transition, Emma Ramsay and Alex White are organizing a series of events and broadcasts under the name Tele Visions. They're looking for new and existing works that engage with TV as a medium; the deadline is next week.
Now, without further ado, here is our weekly roundup of Events, Opportunities and Deadlines, culled from Rhizome Announce.
August 19: Project Launch: HIJACKED EBOOK BESTSELLERS AS LITERARY TROJAN HORSES. A project in which pirated books are "contaminated" by Google Ad Sense, then re-distributed with advertising included. A visit to their torrent from Rhizome HQ gives one the text, "Releases are currently disabled in the US."
August 19-21: Sound Curating at ZKM. An international seminar at the ZKM that focuses on the methodologies, histories, theories and practices of sound art curating.
Through September 26: Jacolby Satterwhite will be creating a 3D animated video while in residence at Recess. For the project, Satterwhite will record visitors performing a series of actions based on his drawings in a green screen studio at Recess and on the street.
City College of New York seeks a College Laboratory Technician - Digital Media Art. Deadline: 9/13.
SUNY Purchase seeks an Assistant Professor of New Media. Deadline: 8/24.
SUNY Purchase also seeks Adjunct Faculty in Printmaking who can think "across disciplines" and whose interests and experience "encompass broader approaches to art practice and human knowledge." Deadline: 9/1.
The University at Buffalo, Department of Media Study, invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor position in Media Theory. Deadline: 10/12.
Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a faculty position in social documentary production at the Assistant Professor (tenure-track) level. Deadline: 10/14.
August 20: Artists working in new media, film, neon, installation, performance, animation, interactive and kinetic art are invited to submit proposals for Activate: Market Street, a public art initiative to occupy storefront windows in Newark.
August 25: A new festival of art of the moving image, Transient Visions which will be held on October 18 - 19, 2013 in Johnson City, New York seeks submissions of short films and videos (less than 20 min.) from emerging and established artists/filmmakers across the globe.
August 29: Tele Visions is seeking submissions for screen based works to be presented in conjunction with the final shutdown of analog television in Australia in November / December 2013.