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.
Ars Electronica, considered one of the world's premier showcases of new media art, opens this weekend in Linz, Austria. This year's theme is "Takeover: Who's Doing the Art of Tomorrow." Interactive art, Computer Animation, and innovative Web sites will compete for the coveted Priz Ars Electronica, a highlight of the festival, which takes place through September 6.