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.
Yes, it's time for the 15th Filmwinter event in Stuttgart, Germany. What that means is you can check out nominated internet submissions currently online and cast your vote for the best internet project. The lucky winner bags the City of Stuttgart Prize for New Media (amounting to 2,000 shiny new Euros). Don't hesitate, 'cause voting ends on January 20 at 2 p.m. If you'll happen to be in Stuttgart that day, why not stop by the the Stuttgart Filmhaus at 8 p.m. for the award ceremony?
One fresh trend that's forming in net art is the website dedicated to reinterpreting a film. An example: "The Jetty," by Hidekazu Minami, a New York-based visual artist and interactive designer. Based on "La Jette," by Chris Marker, Minami's site articulates the chronological events experienced by the characters in Marker's film. Some of the events are related at the same time, so multiple characters' points of view are seen at once, offering site visitors a poetic synopsis of the film. "The Jetty" has most recently been exhibited at the Museum of Image and Sound in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sometimes it's nice to go back to basics in terms of new media art...the not-so-new can be refreshing. Take a look at "ARTificial ART," by Swiss software developer Kurt Baumann. The site offers simple examples that convey how less-than-complicated algorithms paired with random numbers can result in patterns reminiscent of the best Modern art (think Abstract Expressionism for the digital age). A bit of trivia: earlier versions of ARTificial ART were distributed as shareware over bulletin boards even before the Internet as we know it was born.