Last year, 25 international media artists gathered together at Irbene, Latvia, at the site of an abandoned 32 meter dish antenna once used by the KGB to spy on satellite transmissions between Europe and North America. The artists explored creative interaction with a formerly military device and formulated a communications network. This week, the participating artists are unveiling projects inspired by their experiences in Latvia. Audio, video, web installations and images by Kim Cascone, Locomotive, Mukul, and others will be presented online.
How does a new media author present his work in the flesh? Find out this coming Saturday, at 4pm, when Brian Kim Stefans will read at Double Happiness at 173 Mott Street in Manhattan. Stefans' paper books include "Angry Penguins," "Gulf," and "Free Space Comix," but he is also a recognized digital artist and poet who has experimented with online narratives. (He'll be reading with Joan Retallack, author of the book "How to Do Things With Words.") Admission is $4.
Now's the time to vote for your favorite works of net art...because "net-art01," the fourth annual edition of England's open competition for net artists, has just been kicked off. If you're in Brixton, London, you can check out the nominated works, presented live. There, the entries will be projected onto various suitable surfaces at Bradys pub (at 20 Atlantic Road) from 4.30pm to 6.30pm every evening. Voting ends when the month of January is up, and the first-ever award ceremony is now being planned. Keep checking the "net-art01" site for updates.
Although new media art as a genre hardly seems 15 years old, and the documentation of such art wouldn't seem to have a history that long, Fine Art Forum (fAf) has been online for a decade and a half. A website that chronicles new media art from around the globe, namely by artists in the Asia-Pacific region, fAf is celebrating its anniversary with a travelling showcase of works by emerging digital artists. The works premiered at the Multimedia Art Asia Pacific Festival (Brisbane) and Digital Media Festival (Manila) in October 2001; the program travels to various international venues before closing in Singapore in 2002.
As this year morphs into the next one, many of us are asking ourselves if we are who were were a year ago...or have our experiences in 2001 changed us radically? Is it possible to measure these changes? Richard Rinehart's "Letters Through Time" invites visitors to write letters to themselves 20 years into the future or 20 years into the past to examine who we were and who we dream of being. Visitors attempt to answer the question of continuity by reading, comparing, and interpreting each other's letters. Be careful with what you disclose...and have fun browsing. You might learn a thing or two about *yourself*.