Divorce, videogame-style

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"Earthquake in Zipland" is a PC game for children with divorced parents. It's an adventure game, where the main character is torn between the King and Queen of the island, which split apart after an earthquake. The game will be out soon but meanwhile you can download a demo and watch a Windows Media video that gives you an overview

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Originally posted on Water Cooler Games by Rhizome


node.london - states of interdependence

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A collaborative text written by Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow, for "Media Mutandis: A Node.London Reader" (to be published in February 2006)

There is a Sufi fable in which a group of foreigners sit at breakfast, excitedly discussing their previous night’s exploration. One starts saying “…and what about that great beast we came across in the darkest part of the Jungle? It was like a massive, rough wall.

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Originally posted on MAzine - Exploring the potential of networked media by Rhizome


Punching the Clock

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'Clockwork,' a documentary-style series of four short multi-channel video works by Jeanne C. Finley and John Muse, centers around the concept of time--as social ordering tool, as cultural construct, and as an intrinsic element in video art. The project features clips recorded at a dentist's office, a hair salon, a massage therapist's studio, and a teenage boys' sleepover party. Catalyzed by the viewer's voyeuristic gaze, the pieces (titled Drill, Shampoo, Massage, and Birthday) aim to 'restructure the long arc of these intimate relations, revealing otherwise invisible habits of work and play.' The images serve as indices for ideas surrounding our relationship with time, work, leisure, and self, while foregrounding the ambivalent role of technology in human culture since the dawn of the machine age. West Coast readers should make time to visit San Francisco's Patricia Sweetow Gallery before February 11. - Peggy MacKinnon

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new QuickTimes & vlog

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Michael Szpakowski:

Hi
I've been making little movies since 2003 now & there's nearly 100 of them. In the meantime vlogging has really taken off, so it seems like a natural thing to present the sequence so far in this format, with any new ones I make in the meantime interspersed amongst the old.
For about the next hundred days or so I'll post pretty much everyday and afterwards as and when. You can see the first five ( two of which, 'bicycle' & ''counting -cell phone and strings remix', are new) at

http://www.somedancersandmusicians.com/vlog/ScenesOfProvincialLife.cgi

If you've enjoyed my work in the past, &/or you like what you see here, maybe you'd like to subscribe:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/ScenesOfProvincialLife

best
michael

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Michael Szpakowski


Net Aesthetics 2.0 panel -- February 6th

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Lauren Cornell:

Hello,

If you will be in the NYC area on the evening of February 6th, please come out for Net Aesthetics 2.0 -- a panel that will consider current expressions of Internet art in light of larger technological and social shifts. Artists Wolfgang Staehle, Cory Arcangel, Michael Bell-Smith and Marisa Olson will be in conversation with curators Michael Connor and Caitlin Jones. The panel is co-presented by Electronic Arts Intermix, and will be moderated by yours truly.

This event is open to Members and non-members.

The full release, as well as event details, can be found here:

http://rhizome.org/events/net_aesthetics_2_0/

It would be nice to meet active, NYC-based participants face to face if you can make it.

Lauren

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Lauren Cornell


New York City of Sound

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New York-based sound artist Stephen Vitiello once rented a studio on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center. For his project World Trade Center Recordings: Winds After Hurricane Floyd, he taped contact mics to the studio windows, "picking up the sounds outside of passing planes, helicopters, storm clouds and traffic, the building itself swaying in the wind."
You can listen to a short NPR piece about the project (and find other sounds here); and Vitiello was recently interviewed in Artkrush, if you want a bit more information. [....]

I read once about seismic recordings taken by Columbia University during the World Trade Center attacks of September 11th - the bedrock of Manhattan was rumbling as the two towers collapsed, and this showed up on Columbia's seismometers. These recordings were then transformed into audio files, and you could listen to the wounded, melancholic howl of Manhattan as its two tallest buildings fell to the ground. (A vaguely related story, of course, is William Basinski).

(For more on urban soundscapes see Orchestra of Bridges, London Instrument, Sound Dunes, and - an old favorite - musicalized weather events).

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This was an amazing sound piece, before 9/11, but now it's taken on this extra ghostly quality. Both before and after, I think it was one of the few audio recordings that I ever felt successfully captured a sense of what it was like to be somewhere. It was sort of awe-inspiring in the beginning--the mystery of hearing these sounds and being humbled by your sudden smallness. After 9/11, they inspire a sense of imaginary identification with the people who might have heard the same thing once, and with the space that was stirred on 9/11, despite the fact that the contact mics 'hear' quite differently than we do. Yet, it's still an opportunity for a point of 'contact.' ~marisa

PS I do actually believe that Stephen didn't rent the studio but was in there on a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council/Thundergulch residency..? If so, this would be the same residency held by Michael Richards when he passed away on 9/11...

Originally posted on BLDGBLOG by Rhizome


PERPETUAL ART MACHINE CALL FOR VIDEO AND THEORY

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> Invitation to Participate

http://www.perpetualartmachine.com Cinema-scope and IFAC are seeking video art submissions for: PAM - The Perpetual Art Machine to be premiered as a featured project at the -Scope New York Art Fair March 10-13, 2006.

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by LEE WELLS


Open Vice/Virtue: The Online Art Context. Andy Deck at HTTP Gallery.

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marc garrett:

HTTP [House of Technologically Termed Praxis] presents Open Vice/Virtue: The Online Art Context by Andy Deck.

‘Open Vice/Virtue: The Online Art Context’ is an exhibition and public production space featuring real-time, online collaboration and
interventions in public and private spaces by software artist Andy Deck. HTTP Gallery is pleased to present this solo show by American artist Andy Deck, as part of NODE.London season of media arts. For this, his first exhibition in London UK, Deck uses the Internet, the gallery and public space to challenge corporate control over communication, tools and software, and by extension the social imagination.

'The giantism of media corporations and the ongoing deregulation of media consolidation (Ahrens), underscore the critical need for independent media sources. If it were just a matter of which cola to drink, it would not be of much concern, but media corporations control content. In this hyper-mediated age, content -- whether produced by artists or journalists -- crucially affects what people think about and how they understand the world. Content is not impervious to the software, protocols, and chicanery that surround its delivery. It is about time that people interested in independent voices stop believing that laissez faire capitalism is building a better media infrastructure.' Andy Deck

Glyphiti is an online collaborative drawing project resented uniquely at HTTP. A large-scale projection forms an evolving graffiti wall and visitors to the space are invited to edit and add graphical units or 'glyphs', which compose the image, in real time. The marks made by each person, combine with others and are shown as a time-lapse image stream. Hanging fabrics being shown here for the first time provide a tactile document of recent years’ of Glyphiti. Unlike most image software available on the Internet, Glyphiti functions through most corporate firewalls by ...

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by marc garrett