So often we think of electronic art as something ultra-post-modern. Montreal's Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology is a leading archival institution that has just launched a new section of its Web site dedicated to two pioneers of electronic art who created innovative works in the 1960s. Featuring items from the Steina and Woody Vasulka Archives, this Web resource marks the beginning of an extensive online collection of important, historical documents in the history of electronic art.
Currently on view at ZKM in Germany: CTRL [SPACE], a state-of-the-art survey of surveillance itself, as tackled in the fields of architecture, satellite imaging, digital and Net art, and more traditional forms. Exposed will be little-publicized history of analysis of the logic behind surveillance. Artists include Dillard + Scofidio and Julia Scher, and a nifty online component offers a preview-from-a-distance.
The first JavaArtist of the Year Awards have been given for the first time. Recently, the JavaMuseum honored the following three artists who exemplify creative uses of software in their Net art work: Tiia Johannson (Estonia), Jody Zellen (USA; the artist's "Ghost City" is pictured), and mez [mary-ann breeze], (Australia). The Java Museum features an online gallery that showcases...you guessed it, work that incorporates Java.
To help compile a solid historical, online record of the September 11 attacks on the US, webArchivist.org is working with The Internet Archive and the Library of Congress to document home pages and websites related to the tragedies. Got a site to suggest? They're especially interested in personal URLs and non-American sites.
Get ready for MAAP 01, the fourth annual new media art festival produced by Multimedia Art Asia Pacific, Inc., taking place 12-14 October both online and at the Brisbane Powerhouse in Brisbane, Australia. The emphasis is on interactive multimedia, Internet/ web art, digital video, animation, installation and projects integrating new media. Continuous netcasts keep those unable to travel Down Under updated.
Happen to be in Rotterdam on Thursday? A conversation will take place between two of Net art's most well-known supporters: theorist and professor Lev Manovich and Aaron Betsky, former curator at SFMOMA and now director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute. The duo will also share the stage with Jeremy Bernstein, who will perform music. Want the address? The discussion takes place at V2_Organisatie, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam.
Now on view at Gallery L in Moscow is "evo1," a show that presents net art alongside digital art, video, computer animation, documentary photography, light sculpture and environmental art from not only Russia, but also the United States, and Europe. The entire exhibition is set to an electronic soundtrack. The net art is centered on the theme of the Internet as a collaborative, participatory medium and shared environment -- including works by Olia Lialina and Maciej Wisniewski.
If you believe simple is beautiful, you'll appreciate "Voxels," a web-based interactive VRML work that allows users to manipulate "3D sounds" to create their own sound environments online. Users play with cube-like forms, which in turn trigger audio loops related to the geometric shapes. Meditative and abstract, this is a mysterious yet engaging piece.