Monotone Sales Pitch


Web-based ads tend to twist consumer desire into generically seductive fantasies that are far removed from the product they're hawking. Japanese new media collective Candy Factory exploits this disconnect as a platform for innovative social critique. Several of their Flash movies feature a synthesized voice singing text from web advertisements over images that enhance, contradict, or confound the ad's message. From sentimental personal ads to songs beckoning tourists to a small island resort doubling as a repository for foreign refugees denied entry to Italy, Candy Factory's croonings are always pointedly abstracted from the individuals, places, and products they sell. Their latest project is no exception. In a propaganda service called 'Tokyo Rose Advertising,' the group offers to set webpages, marketing campaigns, and even political advertisements to original music regardless of their content. Check the project webpage to consider their offer to sing the text of any and all marketing materials, and let the pixilated spokesmodel promise to sell your fantasy with the cold, flat sexiness of a digital jingle. - Bill Hanley




rick silva:

satellite jockey uses the software google earth like a dj or vj would use turntables or a video mixer. capturing satellite video of pixilated landscapes and glitchy fly-overs and using them as source material for live audio/visual performances and installations.

+2 vids now online at

++think locally act globally


Originally posted on Raw by rick silva

2005 Internet Top Ten


2005 Internet Top Ten: Special Blogosphere Edition.

Originally posted on Michael Bell-Smith's and Cory Arcangel's Year in the Internet 2005 page. Already started revising it (see below).

[....] Another welcome addition to the (re)blog world--hopefully they'll start archiving front page content and add comments in the new year.


Thanks for the shout out, Tom! PS, We did it! See the archives in the upper right hand corner of our front page!

Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody

Make Art



Centred on the Blurred Line Between Artists and Software Developers

Organised by Goto10, Make Art is a festival dedicated to the integration of "free and open source" software in electronic art. Starting the 24th of January 2006, artists and programmers will take the audience on a journey through this emerging culture via concerts, conferences, software presentations, exhibitions and a workshop.

Make Art is centred on the blurred line between artists and software developers. With the emergence of Internet and the democratisation of computers, the general public is more and more often confronted with hybrid software conceived by qualified artists with strange and varied titles: programmer artists, software artists, digital artists, (new)media artists... They conceive their own creative tools or work hand in hand with the software programmers, contrarily to those who commission technicians and other ghost programmers.

If the question of the artist technician isn't a new one, you can now count on the presence, in the midst of this chaotic and creative digital fauna, of certain individuals who take the step of electronic creation consciously accompanied by a political gesture, that of the use of open source software.

Open source software is computer programmes that can be used by all and for all use, and are distributed with their source code, allowing everyone to study, distribute, modify and improve them, without necessarily asking the author (several free licenses exist). On the contrary, the source code for proprietary software is inaccessible, and the proprietary licenses limit the software to a very precise use.

Beyond the purely technical aspect of the open source world, there are a counter culture's social and economical stakes. A culture born of the technological boom that better understands the ins and outs of electronic power struggles in the post-industrial societies.

At a time ...


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

Driver show at Bath House


I’m probably going to write more about this later, but the Driver show at Bath House Cultural Center is really worth checking out. “An exhibition of artists making the shift between traditional and digital media through abstraction.


This show is in Dallas, Texas.

Originally posted on qotile/slocum by Pual

Dream Analysis 01/15/06


Last night, I had a dream... [....] In my dream, I'm ranting to someone about the pathetic state of copyright. I'm incensed about just how absurdly long copyright lasts, and I'm trying to give them a perspective on just how crazy the length is:

TradeMark: "Let me give you an example: Let's say right now, I write a short story right here in front of you. It's automatically copyright the moment I finish it (or even if I don't) because things are presumed to be copyright unless you explicitly say otherwise. This short story will remain in the restrictive binds of copyright for the rest of my life PLUS another 90 -- yes NINETY -- years!! That's like until the year 2150!!!"

...and I start cracking up when I try to complete the rant with... "For chrissakes, by then we'll have evolved into beings of pure energy and light and won't NEED F[ ]CKING COPYRIGHT!!"


Something tells me we should all listen very closely to the dreams of TrademarkG, el presidente of the Evolution Control Committee... ~marisa

Originally posted on Residency Evidence by Rhizome

Girls with drills and electric wires


Alison Lewis has launched a brilliant website: SWITCH, an online DIY show where she and her friends focus on teaching young women about electronics through fashion and design.


In the first episode Alison and Diana Eng create a talking frame (using "ingredients such as nail polish and a dental floss container.)

Bonus: Alison was at CES, meeting and talking with people from Eleksen, Iqua, Chitter Chatter, etc. (video)


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

Your Awful Noise Is My Art


There's no question the Lower East Side of Manhattan is a noisy place. One New York artist is letting you take command over that aural landscape to create something you might actually want to listen to. By Sonia Zjawinski.


This is a story on David Gunn's "Folk Songs for the Five Points" web piece for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. The article isn't much more than descriptive, but it's an interesting and well done project.

Originally posted on Wired News: Top Stories by Rhizome