The newest work by media artist Agricola de Cologne,\"]and_scape[,\"was inspired by poetic texts by Liubov Sirota, an Ukrainian Chernobyl survivor -- an especially chilling thought given the nuclear threats in the world today (think India and Pakistan, or the post-Cold-War Russian missles just lying around, at least as the media has us believing). In this piece, the viewer confronts a series of environments: real, imagined, or somewhere in between. When we think of a contemporary post-nuclear or post-bomb landscape, are we really thinking of something completely unimaginable? After all, humankind has used and abused the world around us, and we\'ve already seen the horrors of Hiroshima and Chernobyl. This new work features not only multimedia but also voice and sound performance by Agricola de Cologne as well, lending it an extremely personal touch.
After many months of writing Net Art News, yours truly will be moving on...a Rhizome veteran and new media expert will now be editing NAN: Rachel Greene, who will be taking over as Rhizome\'s new Editorial Coordinator next week, beginning June 3 (although I\'ll provide content through June 7). Rachel was Rhizome\'s editor from 1997 through 1999 and has also written about contemporary art for many national and international magazines, including Artforum, Frieze and Bomb, and is now working on a book on new media art for Thames & Hudson\'s World of Art series. She knows her stuff. Welcome, Rachel.
In Manhattan tonight, right after work at 6pm? Might as well stop by The Kitchen in Chelsea for the latest installment of its Digital H@ppy Hour series, in which the second floor of the space is turned into a lounge complete with a giant screen for presentations. Tonight, the topic is \"The Edge of Art,\" hosted by Guggenheim curator and new media specialist Jon Ippolito and his collaborator Joline Blais. For a mere eight bucks you can hob nob with experts in the new media field and party (or at least profess) like it\'s 1999. Need the address? It\'s 512 West 19th Street.
Can our most complex emotions be expressed well via new media metaphors? This is a question that Barcelona-based artist Aureliano P
Two times every week, the serial web narrative \"Imaginary Year\" is updated. The site represents what creator Jeremy Bushnell calls \"the media ecology\" of contemporary Chicago and its citizens. The project reads somewhat like a traditional storybook blended with random data files, complete with faux, stylized, caricature-like mugshots of characters and snippets of movie-script dialogue married with email-ish ramblings...to result in a style of literary entertainment that Bushnell calls \"information prose.\"
What is it about net art that makes it so conducive a medium for artists to explore issues of memory? Marcy Palmer\'s \"dis-house-jointed\" is another example of such a work of net art. The site deals with the themes of remembrance and location -- in what the artists describes as a very American sense (by incorporating distinctively American landscapes and interiors and other cultural references.) Palmer presents unusual juxtapositions of images and sounds and text which may or may not jog the user\'s memory. What will be conjured in your brain once you log on? Well, maybe a new memory will form from your experience logging on to this site. Palmer received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in May of 2001. Her exhibition record includes 'Net\_Working
What \"type\" of person are you? Do you fall into a neat category? Or are you as unique as you believe you are? Checking out Milan-based artist and designer Nikola Tosic's \"Personality Stereotype\" might help you figure this out. While at first this net art work might seem to be a simple means of collecting random data, the site takes on more meaning when you really think about it. Is it possible to distill your character down to only a few words and phrases? And isn't it a little TOO easy to simply create a new identity for yourself which no one may question, once your new characteristics are in writing? Where does all of our personal information go, anyway