Is one's future a predetermined narrative? Juliet Martin's "Instant Future" is a website that suggests that it might be -- at least for the protagonist of the tale that unfurls on the site. Visitors encounter a woman who has a history of sexual and emotion abuse, which is conveyed by animated doodles accompanied by what appear to be written confessions. As her story is revealed, the character becomes ever more real by sharing her disbelief at exposing herself emotionally online. "Instant Future" is a poignant piece that also forces us to question the nature of our own life narratives.
For those of you that think sunny SoCal lacks a net art community, stop in at Whose Cafe in Hollywood tonight. Rhizome.org will be hosting Rhizome.LA, a new series that will feature presentations by new media artists. The inaugural event will highlight fresh works by Steve Appleton, Joyce Campbell, Scott Draves, Mark Pesce, Nick Thompson, and Ryan Wartena. Rhizome.LA will allow different pockets of new media artists working in the vast Los Angeles area to come together and share ideas, as well introduce new forms of digital art to those who might be unfamiliar with it. Festivities start at 7:30pm (and run to 10pm); best of all, there's no cover charge.
Drat. Chances are you missed the NOMUSIC Festival, scheduled for December 18...unless you live in Europe, as the festivities began at 7pm in France. Well, even if you didn't get a chance to witness the live audio/video streams, it's worth it to check out nomusic.org, where international experimental sound and video artists present their work online. So maybe you didn't get to hear Carl.Y from Mulhouse, France, jam live. But you'll find his other work --and that by some of the other performers from the festival -- archived here.
To help celebrate the anniversary of Experimental Intermedia, this Wednesday at 9:00pm John Hudak, Bruce Trotsky, and two Apple Powerbooks will perform "Modification 3: a Digital Feedback System." The musicians and machines promise that their collaboration will result in audio controlling video and video controlling audio, equally. FYI: Experimental Intermedia has been supporting musicians and artist experimenting with "intermedia" since 1968. The concert takes place at 224 Centre Street in Manhattan.
We all know the mind is a labyrinth of sorts, connecting one random idea to another, like...hypertext. Italian programmer Matteo Santoni's "Kid Koma" is billed as "an experimental laboratory of hypertext, culture, art and trash." Yeah, it's simple, and, yeah, it doesn't really serve a practical purpose -- as even its creator will admit. But the piece reminds us that anything that makes us re-examine how and why we think and how and why we create computer programs to reflect how we think certainly qualifies as "art." At the very least, such an "experiment" can make us rethink how we define art in the first place. Hmm...
For those of you who've been following the work of net art duo MTAA, you'll be glad to know there are a couple of new developments. For one, they've just unveiled the second installment in their series of "Updates" (of classic performance art pieces) on the Whitney.org Artport site. And if you read Net Art News yesterday (as we're sure you did), you know their work's included in the "Multiple Personalities" show in San Francisco...but in an interesting move, they've removed the piece "Time!r" from their Web site for the duration of the physical show. Keep checking MTAA's home page for their latest innovative project.
Currently on view at Haines Gallery in San Francisco: "Multiple Personalities," an exhibition of both net art and traditional forms of editioned works (prints, photographs, and other pieces that don't exist as singular, unique piece of art). The online work, by artists such as Michael Daines (whose work is pictured) and the duo known as MTAA, are simply displayed on a laptop placed at the reception desk. Given the works by big-name artists (Damien Hirst! Andy Warhol!) on the gallery's walls, however, the rather mundane experience of casually browsing the online pieces is transformed. The curator's argument is very clear -- net art is *indeed* the latest form of the artist's multiple.
"God Bless America"...we've been hearing this a lot lately. Bill Berry has responded by creating net art that adopts this ubiquitious phrase as its title. On this ironic website, simple graphics and text move across the screen and form images of the American flag, as a robotic voice speaks jumbled lines from what sound like news shows. Berry states that this piece -- interesting to view as American forces pummel Tora Bora -- is a reaction to American radio addresses broadcast in Afghanistan immediately following the attacks on the U.S.