Here's a couple of days' notice to plan to see Mexican-Canadian new media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer talk about his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Los Angeles this weekend. On Saturday, April 6, from 2-4 pm at the MoCA's Ahmanson Auditorium, he'll chat about the innovative forms he works in: relational architecture, technological theatre and performance art. Recently, Lozano-Hemmer's created "Vectorial Elevation," an interactive art project which transformed a square in Mexico City's with immense light projections controlled by online participants from around the globe (pictured). Hear him talk about his latest stunning work, "Body Movies."
Tonight: a freebie event and a rare stateside opportunity to see New Zealand new media artist Helen Varley Jamieson present her work in person, which brings together the Web and theater. Beginning at 7:00 pm, Jamieson will stage a"Cyberformance," part show and part technical demonstration. She'll walk us through the timeline from MOOs & MUDs and engage in a networked dialogue with performers around the globe. The event takes place at Arts International at 251 Park Avenue South, 5th Floor (between 20th & 21st Streets) in New York City. The evening is co-sponsored by Rhizome. Please email for a spot in the audience: email@example.com.
Opening online today: "The Digital Pocket Gallery: Net Artists respond to their Hard Drives..." up through August 31, 2002. The concept of the show is to present files and folders found on hard drives -- essentially the 'digital pockets' of the internet artist. The show's organizers have an open call for people to empty their digital pockets --whether authentic or not; fictional characters, then, can also dump their files at this site for all the world to see. What will you find...on others' hard drives...or on your own? Could be an excuse for spring cleaning as you load up your Zip drive with old files. Your archived material could be another person's net art.
Get ready for the first conference of the Electronic Literature Organization, a group that promotes, you guessed it, e-literature. Entitled "State of the Arts," the gathering takes place from April 4-6 at the University of California, Los Angeles. The lineup of speakers and panelists is impressive, consisting of heavyweights in the field, including novelist Robert Coover. Some questions that will be addressed: "What approaches are writers and authors taking to the creation of electronic literature?" and "What new genres and forms are beginning to evolve?" Program titles indicate that the events will also be quite technical...offerings include "Navigating the Borders: Edges and Interfaces" and "Technique: Tools for Cross-fertilization and Interactivity." Another angle to be looked at: the academic point of view, at "Role of Universities and Colleges," which promises to examine how e-literature is shaping into a critical discipline.
How often have you gone to an art gallery, stared at a seemingly blank canvas, and said, "huh?" Sometimes minimalist painting has that affect on viewers, yet when one dares to explore beneath the surface, it's possible to appreciate the spare, meditative elegance for what it is. Australian artist Sean Kerr brings the minimalist movement to net art with "dot," a web-only component of "beat\_LESS," a six-part series of minimalist works of art. Those skeptical of the minimalist movement will appreciate the playfulness of "dot," which has an element of irreverence and humor. In a realm where less is less (in terms of complex visual effects), Kerr is either breaking new ground or criticizing ground broken by abstract painters. Or both. Hmmm...
"Invisible Maps," by Chicago's Paul Catanese, is a meditative series of Shockwave animations. As beautifully illustrated as a story book, replete with images that look like they've been culled from antique tomes, this interactive work of net art reminds us of how we create our own markers and symbols infused with personal meaning as we go forward with life's journey. The open-endedness and sheerly atmospheric nature of "Invisible Maps" is reminiscent of earlier net art works that appeared on the groundbreaking Hell.com, an online destination for net artists and net art fans in the know.