at interval, 1977 / 2006

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Spent most of the weekend working on a new video piece for the t-minus 2006 festival, an exhibition and DVD produced by Joshua Goldberg and Chris Jordan, New York City. It’s likely to be the first in a small series of "lapses," which play with time and language, by compressing popular films into a different space of relation:

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For at interval, I captured the entirety of Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, then removed all spoken dialogue from the film. Time is slowed down, through emphasis on breathing, silence, mistakes, facial expressions and music between the text, and paradoxically sped up, through an immense shortening of the film - from one hour and thirty minutes, to just over thirteen. at interval compresses the movie by removing Allen’s characters’ lapses in judgment, and instead plays with time to accent similar impossibilities within language.

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Originally posted on nathaniel and the non-aggressive by Rhizome


Google Earth... back in the '90s

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In 1994, ART+COM presented Terravision, an installation that enabled users to navigate in a 3D model of the earth by moving a tracking device in front of the projection showing the actual location and environment s/he is in.

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Image on the right: Visualization of danger-zones for earthquakes

The virtual globe is generated from satellite images and altitude data stored on servers located around the world, integrated into a television system by an ATM broadband network. Information can be accessed topographically and chronologically: a user can see weather patterns or zoom in on, say, the Potzdammer Platz in Berlin and use a camera icon (placed at the actual location of the original camera) to view a film of it made in 1929.

Terravision was conceived as a tool to generate knowledge about the condition and future development of our planet.

The display and the resolution were only limited by the quality of the satellite aerial images of the corresponding location.

John has just sent out via bittorrent the original video from 1995.

More images and videos on art+com website and on Media Art Net.

Other works by art+com: the Science of Aliens, timetravel telescope, Floating Numbers table.

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Chicken Soup for the Viewer

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In the last decade, a series of books of the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' ilk have dominated the self-help market, a sphere with a rhetoric that all too rarely finds itself quoted in the art world. Enter Jacob Ciocci, the Pittsburgh-based artist best known as one-third of the Paper Rad collective. His installation at New York's newly-supersized Foxy Production gallery welcomes visitors with the phrase 'How to Beat Loneliness,' and the show is positioned as Level Zero in the video game of life. 'Inspiration Superhighway,' open through February 4th, is Ciocci's first solo show and it features multi-channel video installations, sculptures, and drawings whose characters 'seek meaning from cultural chaos.' Like his collaborative work, the new projects evoke the sensory overload that results from coming of age in a media saturated culture. Taking on the trope of a little boy's bedroom, the show erects shrines to the Saturday morning deities and Top 40 superstars that populate our transmitted landscape. On the one hand, visitors can identify with a feeling of entrapped isolation. Then again, entering a space created by Ciocci always feels like climbing through a magic rabbit hole into a world illuminated by animated gifs, beautiful colors, and complexly compelling softness. Taking in the artist's remix of 'Don't Worry, Be Happy,' it would be an understatement to say that his work feels good. - Marisa Olson

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Index for X: An Experiment in Mass Collaboration

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I was lucky enough to be asked to build a piece for the Winter issue of Born Magazine. The poem, Index for X and the Origin of Fires is a truly beautiful work by Ander Monson.

What I wanted to avoid in this project was forcing the reader into one particular interpretation of the poem. I think the beauty of verse lies in its ability to speak in different ways to different readers.

With that in mind, I built a semi-intelligent engine for this project that interprets the poem by accessing the massive database of images that is Flickr. Images are gathered for each line of the poem, and are displayed semi-randomly, appearing just long enough to register and then fading again into the background. As the viewer progresses through the poem, a collage of images is present in their memory - enough, along with the poem itself to build a unique interpretation of the work.

This 'collective interpretation' changes in two ways: First, because Flickr is constantly being updated and because the engine is stochastic, you will never see the same set of images twice. Second, because Flickr users can tag images with the word 'indexx' to have them appear more often in the project, the generated compositions will (hopefully) become more focused over time.

So, go and check it out.

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Originally posted on Processing Blogs by Rhizome


Chicken Soup for the Viewer

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In the last decade, a series of books of the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' ilk have dominated the self-help market, a sphere with a rhetoric that all too rarely finds itself quoted in the art world. Enter Jacob Ciocci, the Pittsburgh-based artist best known as one-third of the Paper Rad collective. His installation at New York's newly-supersized Foxy Production gallery welcomes visitors with the phrase 'How to Beat Loneliness,' and the show is positioned as Level Zero in the video game of life. 'Inspiration Superhighway,' open through February 4th, is Ciocci's first solo show and it features multi-channel video installations, sculptures, and drawings whose characters 'seek meaning from cultural chaos.' Like his collaborative work, the new projects evoke the sensory overload that results from coming of age in a media saturated culture. Taking on the trope of a little boy's bedroom, the show erects shrines to the Saturday morning deities and Top 40 superstars that populate our transmitted landscape. On the one hand, visitors can identify with a feeling of entrapped isolation. Then again, entering a space created by Ciocci always feels like climbing through a magic rabbit hole into a world illuminated by animated gifs, beautiful colors, and complexly compelling softness. Taking in the artist's remix of 'Don't Worry, Be Happy,' it would be an understatement to say that his work feels good. - Marisa Olson

http://www.foxyproduction.com/exhibition/view/312

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Originally posted on Rhizome News by Rhizome


Coded Utopia

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By Brian Holmes

Makrolab is one of the more seminal and enduring projects to have developed out of the tactical media canon. Brian Holmes sets the project in the context of epochal shifts underway in the former Yugoslavia during its inception and fixes our vision firmly on the utopian horizon that this living laboratory probes.

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Looking for nine fiction writers

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I’m looking for nine fiction writers who want to collaborate with me on an artwork that has been commissioned by Turbulence.org. I don’t want to give too much away, but I can say that the work will involve writing collaborative, improvisational fiction online. I can’t honestly say how good the final product will be, but I think it’ll make a fascinating experiment—provided, of course, I’m lucky enough to have good writers to work with.

Each writer will receive a $200 stipend for participation. Participating in this artwork will require a light, but ongoing commitment: perhaps an hour a week, from March to June.

No particular experience, or publications, are necessary. However, you should be mildly comfortable with technology, enough to use a website like MySpace or a blog host like Blogspot. It would also be okay if you had a friend who could help you with the technical stuff. Basically, the project involves a little tech setup, and I don’t want to have to do a lot of tech support for other people.

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Mute Magazine -- new publishing, networked economy

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Mute Magazine - new publishing, networked economy +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

We've crossed oceans of time for you to find us.

http://metamute.org/

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For years, it has been Mute's dream to conduct its publishing on a more participatory platform. Starting with our mini-manifesto Ceci N'est Pas Un Magazine (Sept 2001), we plotted the project as it moved through various developmental stages and now, after years of planning and building, it is alive and kicking at brand new site Metamute.org.

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Originally posted on murphy's blog by Rhizome