Originally posted on hack a day by Eliot Phillips
I'm really enjoying the Internet & Non-Internet gifs Tom Moody's been posting... ~marisa
Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody
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.
Originally posted on Mute magazine - Culture and politics after the net - CULTURE AND POLITICS AFTER THE NET by Rhizome
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
Originally posted on networked_performance by jo
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.
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.
Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome
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.
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.
Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome
live news visualization via pain stimulation: an Internet connected wireless device that can be fixed on any part of the body. it automatically detects the information from approximately 4,500 news sources worldwide updated continuously & analyzes them looking for specific keywords such as death, kill, murder, torture, rape, war, virus etc.. each time the text of the news contains one of these keywords, the wearable device is activated through the Wi-Fi network, providing an electric impulse. this impulse is calibrated so a certain (safe) amount of pain can be felt. [unbehagen.com & wifi-art.com|via christophebruno.com]
Originally posted on information aesthetics by infosthetics
Pauline Oliveros at the UPGRADE. if you sleep on this u will never forgive yourself!
7:30pm, January 26th at Eyebeam : http://www.eyebeam.org/
Originally posted on del.icio.us/cory_arcangel by cory_arcangel