This evening, from 7:30-9pm at UC Berkeley's Kroeber Hall, new media art pioneer Michael Naimark presents "(Re)presenting Place" as part of the ongoing Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium. In this free public lecture, Naimark will talk about how he has "moviemapped" Aspen, Paris, San Francisco, Karlsruhe, and Banff from unexpected points of view (the air, on hiking trails, etc.) and has created panoramic landscapes of such far away sites as Jerusalem, Dubrovnik, Angkor, and Timbuktu, primarily working with webcams and the Internet. How have new technologies affected how we understand "where" we are at any given time? Come and listen...and ask a question or two. Naimark, now an artist-in-residence at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences in Japan and an advisor for the Media Lab Europe in Ireland, has been exploring place representation and its consequences for 25 years.
Elizabeth Fischer's "Grandfather Gets a House" is an illustrated narrative composed og mailing list emails contributed by a group of artists and writers. The story centers around a journey to Transylvania, which includes coming to the aid of a poor family of Gypsies. Site visitors can follow a linear tale or access hypermedia content that links to and the original emails. Visitors can also see an archive of raw mailing list writings, accessed by clicking on visuals. The site is updated every three months, and aims to also serve as an educational service, informing the general public of poverty in Hungary and the plight of Gypsies.
Have you checked out furtherfield.org? The site, operated by an experimental net art collective features a wide array of intriguing works. Currently, you can peruse such online works as "Definition," by Mac Dunlop, a series of poetic examination of one's inner and outer identities and cultures, and "Flash Explorations," by Jess Loseby which, via text, sound, and photographs, centers around a "cyber-domestic aesthetic." Stay tuned to furtherfield.org to discover fresh net art.
Fans of pioneering net artist Mark Amerika will be psyched to hear that his work "Filmtext" is now on view at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, Australia. "Filmtext" is the third installation in Amerika's trilogy, which includes 1997's "Grammatron" and 1999's "Phone:e:me." This multimedia piece is considered a work in progress and offers visitors everything from an mp3 concept album to an art e-book that can be downloaded. "Filmtext" centers loosely around a "writer/artist" who is putting information and images, culled from locations such as Japan and Hawaii, together as he assembles a new work.
As of Saturday, eight artists have decided (as coached by project organizer Michael Mandiberg, the net artist) to trade lives for a week and a half, guided by instructions on how to be someone else. The eight, who reside in either Toronto or LA -- two cities that are important backdrops for Hollywood role-playing, no less -- are Heather Cassils, Lauren Hartman, Sara Jordeno, Curt Lemeiux, Michael Mandiberg, Melanie Nakaue, Amy Satterthwaite, and Haruko Tanaka. They'll swap everything, from friends to refrigerator contents. Read all about their adventures at ExchangeProgram.org (a DVD featuring the online diaries will be released in July).
Jeannie Finlay's site "Home Maker," created this year, takes online visitors into the homes of four housebound older people, aged between 64-100 years, in South Derbyshire, UK. The artist spent hours getting to know them and transformed video portraits of her subjects and their domestic environments into an online environment that site visitors can explore. Personal narratives and histories unfold as users discover embedded short video documentaries in the environments. Finley had used Quick Time VR in commercial work before working on this project, and decided to apply it as a tool for creating dynamic portraits. The result is a moving tour of the lives of four regular elderly people, as rich as a long visit to one of their homes.
Just launched in Toronto this week, "Dataland" is an online exhibition that features five commissioned sites. Each deals with basic human concerns: for example, "Album," by Lisa Vinebaum, presents nostalgic familial memories; "An Ideal Man" by Marc Bohlen and Natalie Tan investigates the building of a perfect male specimen. Sponsored by The Canada Council,InterAccess, Charles Street Video, and The Images Festival, "Dataland" is a good venue for showcasing fresh new Canadian net art.