Finding money to make art has always been tricky business. When the medium is new, materials are pricy, and granting institutions just getting up to speed--as with new media art--funding challenges can be even tougher. A floatational device for those drifting in the technoart/grant waters, Pamela Jennings' report, New Media Art/ New Funding Models, commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, investigates money sources for new media art internationally. Jennings interviewed 23 individual artists, organizers, directors, and foundation program officers. The final analysis includes definitions of new media art, innovative new business models for artists, profiles of artists and organizations, and recommendations for action. The report reads like a map, charting the new media art waters -- a helpful tool for technoartists.
Harvey Loves Harvey Takes online courtship to a new level. The site archives and hosts the ideas, projects, boredoms, and fascinations of Matthew Nash and Jason Dean, long distance friends for nine years. Underwriting the WWF spoofs, the album consisting of songs recorded solely via email, the mail art projects and theorizing, are the desires to sustain personal connection and to play with the structures and tools of the technology-obsessed. Who needs Match.com when you can keep up with Harvey Loves Harvey?
Since the low-bandwidth infancy of the web, creating pictures from ASCII text has been a hallmark of the net.art scene. Popularized by Vuk Cosic and jodi.org, such ASCII-art still surfaces in recent works by entropy8zuper and Eryk Salvaggio. Now you can join the lo-res ranks with the ASCII-O-Matic, online software that translates any jpeg image into ASCII-art. Just upload your image, and the ASCII-O-Matic transforms it into a text-only masterpiece. You can even copy the resultant "text code" for display on your own web site. Now who's retro? - Curt Cloninger
Would you rather that digital type was not anti-aliased (smoothed out) for better visual consumption? Are you tired of slick, vector graphics? Do you want some typographic realism back on your monitor? Then pixelhugger.com, an altar to the digital square, an homage to the building block of raster images, a respite from Flash, is the site for you. At PixelHugger you can play pixel games, like pixelInvaders, or download pixel desktops, icons, and fonts. There is even an application that converts pixel-based images to ASCII text. Check out the online gallery of uploaded images. If Mondrian were a digital artist, PixelHugger would be in his browser's bookmarks. --Brooke Singer
John Freyer sold his possessions on Ebay and then traveled cross-country to visit the stuff and the people who bought it. Documenting the process at AllMyLifeForSale.com, Freyer describes each item, the related Ebay transaction, and its ultimate destination. The buyer of John's Star Wars sheets writes: 'My wife always felt guilty about giving away her son's [Star Wars] sheets. What a joy when we saw you had your sheets up for auction. We gave them to our son (who is now 25) and had a great time of reliving old times.' If you want to learn more about these dispersions and related stories, a book is due November 2002. -- Brooke Singer
My favorite title in Tom Sherman's new book \_Before & After the I-Bomb: An Artist in the Information Environment\_ is 'My Machines Are Patient With Me When I'm Having Trouble Finding Myself.' For Sherman, machines come alive, and take us on a wild ride transforming our consciousness, ecology, and culture. Sherman's march through the last two decades of the information revolution is revealed in 49 essays or rants about technologies, information, art, nature, memory, and the future. Part writer, part artist, part visionary, Sherman has been making video, live performance, public and web-based radio for over 30 years, as well as teaching art and theory (currently at Syracuse University). Read why 'Bored People Are Dangerous.' -- J. D. Marsching