Artbyte Magazine, a three year old print publication dedicated to digital art and culture, has been "suspended" indefinitely due to financial difficulties. Its most recent issue (November/December 2001) won't be published as a print magazine...but the entire issue is available online for downloading as a PDF file. Included are stories on artists' online games currently in development and subversive software that allows users to hack into Nintendo GameBoys, which can be ordered via the Web.
Mendi Lewis Obadike, a PhD candidate at Duke University, uses minimalist coding to convey painful silences that are in fact powerful statements -- it's a strategy that references work by black feminist artists and writers such as Faith Ringgold and Audre Lorde. "Keeping Up Appearances" (pictured) is the latest installment in Obadike's "Black.net.art" series. Her media art will be featured in the show "Only Skin Deep" at the International Center of Photography next year.
Starting tonight at Deitch Projects in Manhattan, "Biennale.net" begins. From 7-10pm through November 7, artist Miltos Manetas and the Electronic Orphanage will present the work of a diverse group of net artists, theorists, and designers, ranging from the ubiquitous Jodi.org to the equally omnipresent Karim Rashid. It's not a show, say the organizers, but a "situation."
The first Korea Web Art Festival has just been announced; the event, organized by the Korean Ministry of Culture, will debut on December 1. The show will feature, naturally, Korea's premier Net artist, Young-Hae Chang -- as well as international leaders in the field, from Superbad (whose work is pictured) to 0100101110101101.org. On December 7, a panel of leading Korean art historians and critics will lend their perspective to Net art.
What if your GameBoy went nuts? Digital artists Tom Corby and Gavin Baily take this theme and run with it in their new work "gameboy_ultrF_uk." It consists of free GameBoy emulator software (downloaded from the Web) that features a rendering system has been programmed to slowly and consistently degenerate. This means interfaces and backgrounds morph and mutate, and snippets of binary code peek through on screen -- and more. Play if you dare.
Geoffrey Thomas, an artist and techie who teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has launched Storybeat, a site that houses experiments in interaction, animation and narrative. The concept behind Storybeat is a responsive, motion-based space that presents diverse, unrelated projects that nonetheless address humankind's technological development, the subjective nature of the world, and the experience of isolation.
This year's Root Festival, which celebrates media and time-based art and is held annually in Kingston Upon Hull, UK, has an online counterpart that will develop along with the real-world events. The site contains information on all the featured artists and projects as well as webcasts, chatrooms, and debates. Check back regularly for new designs and concepts. A highlight: EMARE [European Media Artist Residency Exchange] Petko Dourmana's user- visualisation system Socializer and a full program of live streams.