The Stuff of Culture


Via: Felix Stalder

[This is the opening essay of a new book of mine, called "Open Cultures and the Nature of Networks" which was published in English and Serbian by the lovely people of, late last year. It is being distributed by Revolver, Archiv fuer aktuelle Kunst. Hard copies are available from the distributor ( and a pdf with the english portion of the book can be downloaded via my website ( Felix]

The Stuff of Culture

Today, we are confronted with a strange, hard-to-categorize question: what is culture made out of? Our answer, I am convinced, will have a profound impact not just on future culture, with a capital C, but on the entire the social reality of the emerging network societies. Today, culture, understood broadly as a system of meaning articulated through symbols, can no longer be separated from the (informational) economy, or, thanks to genetic engineering, from life itself. [More....]


Originally posted on Nettime-l relay by nettime

100 second festival


Cool new global video contest from a community media center in Lowell, Massachusetts: the 100 Second Festival. The deadline for entry is May 1. Entries must be CC licensed and are available for download with Bittorrent. The winners will be screened in Lowell this summer.

Yep, your submission must be 100 seconds or less. Got it?


Originally posted on Creative Commons Blog - rss by Mike Linksvayer

Intimate Visual Co-Presence



Creating Drama Out of the Banalities of Everyday Life

"ABSTRACT: Photo sharing via handheld devices has unique limitations and affordances that differ from paper-based sharing and PC-based archive and moblog sites. Based on studies of camphone use in Japan, this paper suggests an emergent visual sharing modality that is uniquely suited to the handheld space. Intimate visual copresence involves the sharing of an ongoing stream of viewpointspecific photos with a handful of close friends or with an intimate other. The focus is on co-presence and viewpoint sharing rather than communication, publication, or archiving." Intimate Visual Co-Presence by Mizuko Ito.

Also of interest: Pervasive Image Capture and Sharing: New Social Practices and Implications for Technology; Turning from Image Sharing to Experience Sharing; Pervasive Imaging: a Capture and Access Perspective; and The Autobiographical Impulse and Mobile Imaging: Toward a Theory of Autobiometry. (more)


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

Electro-Graf at Eyebeam


The Grafitti Research Lab, a division of the Eyebeam R&D; Open Lab, is demonstrating an early prototype Electro-Graf on the Eyebeam facade as part of its research and development in experimental creative technologies for grafitti writers. The prototype Electro-Graf consists of conductive and magnetic paint that electrically drive and mechanically control over 20 white and red LEDs. Viewers walking by on the street can interact with the piece by removing and repositioning the LEDs on the wall, creating their own patterns with color, location and luminocity. Come by Eyebeam to take part.


Originally posted on Eyebeam reBlog by evan

Gate Vision


Gate Vision, by Kazuhiko Kobayashi, generates unrealistic circular moving pictures from real-world images. It's based on his previous work called scan gate, which transforms still photos into something that keeps attracting people's brains. It can be seen as abstract visual patterns but can also been seen as extremely deformed real photos. It may look both unreal and real - or it may look neither. Very brain massaging.

[Gate vision. Don't miss the video]

So, for his Gate Vision work, Kobayashi used the video images captured while traveling on Shinkansen, Japan's bullet train operated by JR. And the outcome was something I watched more than once: two video clips here and there (click on the box next to the "Flash Player" icon).

This was also an award-winning work at Japan Media Art Festival.


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

Digital text art in the news


Following up on the recent discussion of IF news, here is a grab-bag of digital text art news items. Our general practice at WRT is to add interesting articles to our bookmark feed as we find them (, but only blog on when we have substantial commentary. We may experiment with writing a monthly or quarterly news roundup, however anyone interested in what we are reading can simply subscribe to our bookmark feed. These fun tidbits were primarily culled using various Google News filters:

IF news: Curmudgeon Gamer’s jvm recently caught a Colossal Cave reference on NPR made by David Kestenbaum: “Sisk admits that he lives in a complicated part of the city, a maze of twisty little roads, all alike.


Originally posted on WRT: Writer Response Theory by Jeremy Douglass

I Taught Myself Everything I Know: Autodidactism in New Media Art


Mark Tribe:

I Taught Myself Everything I Know: Autodidactism in New Media Art

A panel discussion with Mary Flanagan, W. Bradford Paley, and Keiko Uenishi AKA o.blaat, moderated by Mark Tribe

American Folk Art Museum
45 West 53rd Street (between 5th and 6th)
New York, NY

10am, Sunday, January 29. Coffee provided!
$10 general; $5 members, seniors, students

Moderator Mark Tribe, an artist, curator, and educator whose interests lie at the intersection of emerging technologies and contemporary art, and panelists Mary Flanagan, W. Bradford Paley, and Keiko Uenishi AKA o.blaat, new media artists, will discuss the conceptual, aesthetic, and technological demands of the field. The conversation will examine the idea of what constitutes a self-taught new media artist, and whether this terminology applies to digital artwork being created today.

For more information, please contact Diana Schlesinger


This was hard to choose keywords for so it will probably be good!

Originally posted on Raw by Mark Tribe

Exit Art-The Studio Visit-EXTENDED!!!!


Jodi Hanel:



Contact: Jodi Hanel (212) 966-7745 x22 or


THE STUDIO VISIT January 7 - 28 2006

CLOSED January 29 - February 17

The Studio Visit REOPENS February 21-March 25


EXHIBITION Critics, curators, collectors and friends regularly visit artists studios, The Studio Visit reveals this intimate experience to a greater public. For the exhibition, Exit Art invited a group of national and international artists to make a short video on the subject of their studio with the purpose of exposing a fragment of their personal space and modus operandi. The video camera becomes the eye of the artist - recording and revealing the personal items he/she finds interesting and important to show to the public. The 160 featured videos are all exceptionally diverse; from straightforward documentation of the studio to short fictional narratives to feats of performance to computer animation to 24 hour stop motion video of daily routines. The videos are presented throughout the gallery as projections and on single channel monitors.


Originally posted on Raw by Jodi Hanel