New York City is in a state of shock today, after Tuesday's disastrous attacks on the World Trade Center. Concerned emails poured in today, asking about the status of Rhizome and our community. The Rhizome office, located in the SoHo neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, was not physically affected by the attack. All Rhizome staffers have been accounted for and are safe. One Rhizome consultant, who lives two blocks from the attack site, was fortunately not in the area at the time of the attack. The Rhizome web server went down on Tuesday morning, blocking Rhizome Raw and staff email for approximately four hours. The downtime was an apparent side effect of the attack, but no concrete connection has been established. Communications via the Rhizome network are now functioning normally. The World Views artist residencies, a program of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, were housed inside the World Trade Center, and have been lost. It has not yet been reported if any World Views artists or administrators have been injured in the attack.
Net artist Alexei Shulgin has recently released a CD of music performed by his cyberpunk band, 386 DX, with whom he performed in Berlin in early 2001. The disc features rock songs dating back to the 1970s up until now, played in a retro-futuristic, computer-music style -- as well as an illegal but functional copy of Windows, an added bonus.
What happens when new media art isn't new any more? Michele Thursz, former director of the Moving Image Gallery in New York, has developed the Post Media Network to address the evolution of computer-based artwork. Featuring artist projects and dialogues between artists (including such noted Net artists as Andy Deck, Fakeshop, and Michael Mandiberg), the site documents shows and presents analysis.
The second "Art Servers Unlimited" gathering begins tomorrow in Labin, a small town on the Croatian coast. For a week, several of the world's leading media art organizations--from Budapest's C3 to New York's The Thing--will meet to discuss tools and techniques for the digital arts. The gathering will pick up threads originally discussed in 1998 in London, the site of the first Art Servers Unlimited meeting.
A self-described "dysfunctional browser," Reconnoitre is a downloadable application that transforms the Web into a 3D visual environment. The cocreators of this software, Tom Corby and Gavin Baily, call their artwork a "journey of surprise." Reconnoitre will let you follow an associative path through the network, a path which accentuates chance connections and unseen links. Sorry Mac users, only a Windows version is currently available.
Ever noticed that the Rhizome Logo never looks the same twice? The logo that appears in the top left section of our website is an example of generative art. It is generated "on the fly" each time it is viewed, depending upon the IP addresses of the last four people to visit the website. The logo was designed by Markus Weisbeck and Frank Hauschild of Surface.de. Check it out, we think it's pretty cool.
David Ross has resigned as Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, reported the New York Times on August 18th. During his tenure Ross led the museum in new curatorial directions, including the landmark exhibition 010101 which featured net art projects from Mark Napier, Entropy8Zuper!, and others. Ross is former director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
In the net art piece "TimeStream," the first online work by video artist Tony Oursler, a website is turned into a dark, mysterious environment where flickering, ghostly faces serve as elements of the homepage's user interface. Oursler's site -- the first work of net art commissioned by New York's Museum of Modern Art -- allows visitors to explore such varied topics as ancient Egyptian modes of communication, the camera obscura, cathode-ray tubes, and X-ray devices -- a loose history of media.