In the Web project "Almost Home," originally commissioned by New York's Dia Center for the Arts, Arturo Herrera invites the viewer to play house by creating diptychs using images from a databank of one hundred collages. Sounds simple, but each collage is programmed to appear randomly, so even the truly aware player may never fully view the entire spectrum of this mutant parade of images. Viewers can only accept or reject a pairing; by doing so, she eliminates one or the other half of the diptych until a preferred combination appears.
Mez (a.k.a. Mary-Anne Breeze), who was named Artist of the Year 2001 by the JavaMuseum, is now the subject of a solo show at the online museum. Mez has created a distinctive linguistic style, dubbed "mezangelle," that has been equated with the literary work of James Joyce, Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings, and others. Although primarily known as a net artist, Mez shows both on the Web and in the physical world, at venues ranging from Prague's Goethe Institute to The Metropolitan Museum Tokyo, and recently in the exhibition "_Under_Score_" at The Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Don't ever say Net Art News doesn't give you advance warning. To enter in your Palm Pilot: a new series of talks, performances, media, and workshops on pressing issues in new media today...(as well as food and drinks) to be kicked off at Name.Space Lab in New York (11 E. 4th Street), hosted by curator Cristine Wang. The first shindig takes place on February 2 from 5pm - 2am. A panel entitled "Art Activism + Technology in the Age of Corporate Globalism" is the inaugural event, featuring some big-time participants, including John Perry Barlow (in the flesh), co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and (via remote) Eduardo Kac, genetic artist (whose work is pictured).
Fans of the net artist duo known as Jodi will be thrilled to know that they've come up with even newer ways to transform your innocent computer into a menacing machine with a mind of its own. Jodi's latest games are sure to confuse and confound and just plain entertain the geek in you. Make sure you've got a fast computer...to keep up with their newest creations, simply known as "untitled game." Check it out...and ask, who's playing whom?
This Saturday, at P.S. 1, why not attend a panel and performance that explores electronic music and sound and the concept of the loop in this creative field (in conjunction with the current exhibition on...you guessed it...the loop)? Entitled 'After the Loop: Post-Techno and the Logic of Repetition,
This Friday and Saturday, the University of California, Irvine, will host a conference with a rather academic sounding title, "Digital Culture: Epistemologies/Subjectivities." Appropriately, the speakers are highbrow experts in the field, including Katherine Hayles and Lev Manovich. What they'll discuss is sure to be interesting--how people construct their online identities and dialogues in an impromptu and perhaps inaccurate manner. The panelists will ponder if it is possible to mediate our new systems of truth and subjectivity.
The San Francisco Media Arts Council, which is affiliated with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is a group of Bay area technology and arts professionals who seek to explore and promote the crossover between tech and creativity. SMAC organizes events, publications, and discussions to do so. The next event: a panel discussion at SFMOMA on the influence of new media on architecture, which takes place January 31 (space is limited-hence the early heads-up). Speakers include Joe Rosa, the new curator of SFMOMA's Department of Architecture & Design, and Yale University School of Architecture lecturer, Phil Bernstein, who is also vice president of Autodesk, Inc., where he is setting the company's future direction for technology tools and digital data generation. A reception that includes live demonstrations starts at 6,with the panel beginning at 7.