Although new media art as a genre hardly seems 15 years old, and the documentation of such art wouldn't seem to have a history that long, Fine Art Forum (fAf) has been online for a decade and a half. A website that chronicles new media art from around the globe, namely by artists in the Asia-Pacific region, fAf is celebrating its anniversary with a travelling showcase of works by emerging digital artists. The works premiered at the Multimedia Art Asia Pacific Festival (Brisbane) and Digital Media Festival (Manila) in October 2001; the program travels to various international venues before closing in Singapore in 2002.
As this year morphs into the next one, many of us are asking ourselves if we are who were were a year ago...or have our experiences in 2001 changed us radically? Is it possible to measure these changes? Richard Rinehart's "Letters Through Time" invites visitors to write letters to themselves 20 years into the future or 20 years into the past to examine who we were and who we dream of being. Visitors attempt to answer the question of continuity by reading, comparing, and interpreting each other's letters. Be careful with what you disclose...and have fun browsing. You might learn a thing or two about *yourself*.
Artist Greg Sidal has come up with ConceptBid, a platform for presenting and even selling conceptual art -- from instructions for bizarre performances to appropriated photographs to ASCII masterpieces. Sidal's Web application intends to provide an open market for usually non-marketable and non-collectable conceptual art and is built on an ideal relational database.
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Maybe you're getting a digital video camera for Christmas. Does that make you a digital filmmaker? What exactly does creating "digital cinema" entail? Shooting a movie on digital film a la Lars von Trier? Or fashioning intricate special effects and 3D models a la Pixar? Check out the website keyframe.org, and discover links, discussions, musings, and more on the marriage between the computer and the camera. You can also contribute your own thoughts to the site. Let the dialogue begin...
From Hamburg, Germany: the Very Cyberfeminist International conference took place last week, hosted by the Old Boys Network (OBN). Huh? Well, OBN is a snarkily-named collective of new media artists and theorists who are actually women...and cyberfeminists. This year's conference posed the questions "What role does the digital medium play in the current restructuring of the world when old borders are shifted and new ones set up? And what is the symbolic and concrete function of 'woman' in this process?" to attendees, who included artists, politicians, theorists and activists from 11 different countries.
Is one's future a predetermined narrative? Juliet Martin's "Instant Future" is a website that suggests that it might be -- at least for the protagonist of the tale that unfurls on the site. Visitors encounter a woman who has a history of sexual and emotion abuse, which is conveyed by animated doodles accompanied by what appear to be written confessions. As her story is revealed, the character becomes ever more real by sharing her disbelief at exposing herself emotionally online. "Instant Future" is a poignant piece that also forces us to question the nature of our own life narratives.
For those of you that think sunny SoCal lacks a net art community, stop in at Whose Cafe in Hollywood tonight. Rhizome.org will be hosting Rhizome.LA, a new series that will feature presentations by new media artists. The inaugural event will highlight fresh works by Steve Appleton, Joyce Campbell, Scott Draves, Mark Pesce, Nick Thompson, and Ryan Wartena. Rhizome.LA will allow different pockets of new media artists working in the vast Los Angeles area to come together and share ideas, as well introduce new forms of digital art to those who might be unfamiliar with it. Festivities start at 7:30pm (and run to 10pm); best of all, there's no cover charge.
Drat. Chances are you missed the NOMUSIC Festival, scheduled for December 18...unless you live in Europe, as the festivities began at 7pm in France. Well, even if you didn't get a chance to witness the live audio/video streams, it's worth it to check out nomusic.org, where international experimental sound and video artists present their work online. So maybe you didn't get to hear Carl.Y from Mulhouse, France, jam live. But you'll find his other work --and that by some of the other performers from the festival -- archived here.