Genius 2000: A New Network

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Max Herman:

Hi All,

This is just to announce that I have completed a book-sized manuscript about Genius 2000, and it is now available for free at my website www.geocities.com/genius-2000.

In this book I try to accomplish several things: the development of Genius 2000 ideas, the correction of certain errors, a reconciliation with the war on terror, and an acceptance of my personal problems (among other topics).

The book is written in the form of two thousand questions and answers, each about a paragraph long. I call each of these questions and answers a "quantum," in comparison to the original G2K ideas of "talent" and "kung-an."

Those who are already familiar with Genius 2000 will find new material here as well as further development of original concepts. Those new to Genius 2000 may be a little bit confused at first and may wish to refer to the other material on the site (such as the Video First Edition transcripts) before reading the MS. On the other hand, it may also be aesthetically preferable and more accurate to read the book first.

Thanks to all for your kind wishes, and happy new year!

Max Herman The Genius 2000 Network www.geocities.com/genius-2000

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Max Herman


Dark Places

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Dark Places

An experimental group exhibition

Curator: Joshua Decter

The Santa Monica Museum of Art presents Dark Places, conceived and curated by Joshua Decter, with an installation design by the architectural collective servo. An experimental group exhibition, Dark Places features the digitized works of 76 international artists and architects, organized into eight “curatorial scripts." The show is comprised of the simultaneous interplay of eight distinct micro-exhibitions. These sequences of works are displayed via eight projector units incorporated within a translucent architectural armature suspended in the museum’s space. Relationships among art, architecture, media, and technological design are reanimated here, generating a new kind of immersive environment—the hallucination of a futuristic noir scenario inside the frame of the museum.

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Originally posted on post.thing.net - A lean, mean, media machine. by Rhizome


Full motion video on an 8088

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Trixter pulled off this awesome hack, proving that the demoscene is alive and well. It started as a silly joke “well, I can display video on my XT!

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Originally posted on hack a day by Eliot Phillips


Eyeshades Animation Installation

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Eye B&W

Internet


Eyeshades Animation Installation

Non-Internet

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I'm really enjoying the Internet & Non-Internet gifs Tom Moody's been posting... ~marisa

Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody


Mute Vol 2 #1 - Underneath the Knowledge Commons

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A struggle is ensuing to produce and protect what is being called the Knowledge Commons in defiance of the latter day regime of enclosures around knowledge and informational goods. As with the pre-capitalist common lands on which the majority of people subsisted, the idea is that we can build a resource, a life source, of intellectual wealth to sustain people within informatic capitalism.

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Mirrors and Shadows:

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The Digital Aestheticisation of Oneself

"ABSTRACT: Digital cameras have made self-portraits increasingly common, and frequently we post our self-portraits online. This paper compares online photographic self-portraiture with self-representations in weblogs and the creation of visual avatars. Contemporary projects and quotidian practice is connected to the history of self-writing and self-portraiture, as well as to psychoanalytic theories of how we use our own mirror images to come to an understanding of our selves. The paper concludes that our contemporary fascination with reflections and shadows is an expression of our newfound subjectivity as individuals able to represent ourselves rather than simply succumb to the generalisations of mass media." From Mirrors and Shadows: The Digital Aestheticisation of Oneself by Jill Walker

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


Autonomous non-violent agents

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A new project by La Fabricadecosasbonitas (The Factory of Pretty Things) has recently been awarded money as an "incentive for further production" by Vida 8.0. The Spanish activists plan to take 20 robot-demonstrators to the G8 summit, to be held in the summer of 2007 in Germany.

Their ANA project was inspired by a news article published in early 2005 on the Pentagon’s intention to send "robot soldiers" to Iraq in March of that year.

The ANA or autonomous non-violent agent project satirizes about the terrible consequences of dehumanizing armed conflict and mechanically systematizing the solution of political disputes. Given the amount of cynicism we seem able to assume, robots can replace people in some of their tasks, including killing. They might even become the actors in the new millennium’s protest movements.

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The image above shows a first prototype. The superior part of the final robot could wear glasses equipped with camera, earings with microphones, clothes bearing protest messages and it would also carry posters with slogans. The inferior part is a robotic vehicle (inspired by Segway) equipped with sensors to avoid obstacles and police.
All materials are recycled.

Julio and

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Khan Artist

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While regine is away, I'm posting pieces about notable and award-winning works at Japan Media Art Festival. Some will be exhibited at Tokyo Metoropolitan Museum of Photography from February 24 till March 5.

Khan Artist, by Osman Khan (see also: "What's your net worth?" and "Sur la table"), looks just like a credit processing machine in front of the Artist. The Artist actually is registered as a validated merchant with the machine, and the Artist (or through a sales rep proxy) asks the visitor to make a purchase. When a purchase is made, no product or service is returned in kind at the time of transaction. The Artist's name will show up on the itemized list of the visitor's monthly statement.

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[Khan artist.]

This work is partly inspired by what happened after the tragedy of 9/11.

For the macro well being of a capitalist system, what is actually bought or sold becomes secondary to the actual act of consumer transactions transpiring. We saw this occur, as the government urged people to begin spending and purchasing in an effort to revive the American economy after the tragedy of 9/11. It was not important what was bought or sold, as long financial transactions kept flowing through the economic machine, the path to recovery would be under way. Perhaps it can be seen that a consumer society is actually more dependent on the acts of purchasing then the exchange of goods or services.

Simple as it looks, this work asks several provocative questions about art and consumption.

Khan Artist was selected as Jury Recommended Works out of the finalists of the 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival.

Related projects by the same artist: net worth, data dump, and art dispensing machine (ADM).

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome