The Irish Museum of Modern Art has announced a new net art initiative that recognizes the paradox of curating institutional shows of online work. The first IMMA exhibition of net art will be an "uncurated show" (isn't that an oxymoron?) -- or, rather, a show that's self-curated by the net art community itself. The organizers state that any artists who disagree with this concept should e-mail their criticisms to the IMMA; all points of view as expressed in correspondence will be represented in the show as well.
...shopping: THE THING's Second Contemporary Art Benefit Auction is now online. Bid now; you can until December 16. Works by renowned contemporary artists, such as Christoph Draeger and Dike Blair, is up for grabs, along with pieces by net artists Miltos Manetas, Vuk Cosic, and many more. All proceeds directly benefit THE THING, a non-profit new media lab and contemporary art think tank celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month.
'Tis the season for giving back to one's community. Members of the net art community show support for one another by contributing to Rhizome.org's Community Campaign, which helps keep the non-profit Rhizome.org alive and kicking (butt). Donors range from Brown University's Visual Arts Department to individual artists such as G.H. Hovagimyan and Young-Hae Chang (as in Young-Hae Change Heavy Industries). And Rhizome.org recognizes all donors for their generosity: $10 = an email address @rhizome.org; $25 = a Yael Kanarek mousepad; $50 = a Rhizome.org T-shirt, and $250 = a Rhizome.org laptop backpack. At any level, you can feel great about continuing to build an international community of new media artists...and those who just love new media art.
What are you doing on Saturday? At 3pm at P.S.1 in Long Island City, NY, 'Performing Animated Sound,
Its name a reference to an FBI program with identical nomenclature and similar traits, "Carnivore" is a networked art project by Alex Galloway. Galloway's work has two components: a server that taps into a local area network's data stream, and client applications that use said data in various creative ways. The first "Carnivore" client has just been announced: Joshua Davis, who recently won honors at this year's Ars Electronica Festival, is using "Carnivore" in his new piece "amalgamatmosphere."
Chances are you've heard the name "Natalie Bookchin" if you know a thing or two about net art. One, Bookchin teaches at the prestigious Cal Arts. Two, she has created some intriguing, attention-grabbing works, such as "Searching for the Truth" and "The Intruder." Three, she is about to become more well-known (and perhaps even outside of net art circles) for a Web-based game she is currently co-creating, called "MetaPet," which references the biotech industry...from a playful point of view.
Maybe you feel like writing hypertext poetry...but you're lazy. Well, have you ever checked out Teo Spiller's handy work of net art, "Poem 2"? You type in text and it's transformed into hypertext. Not only that, but the site provides definitions for every single word and will provide hyperlinks to other online locations where this word has been used (and more).
The Brooklyn Academy of Music will be presenting "Listening Post," a net art installation/performance, as part of a series of new media art. The piece, by sound artist Ben Rubin and statistician Mark Hansen, dares to ask what the collective voice of the Internet sounds like. Together, they'll try to transform collective online activity and communication into a multi-layered sound installation by monitoring thousands of online exchanges in real time to pick up rhythms, harmonies, melodies. The installation's on view from Dec 6-16. (Check BAM for performance times.)
Debuting on December 1: The Information Technology Association of Canada. The Ottawa-based organization will officially launch along with an online gallery. The site will feature Canadian artists experimenting with new media, including Jim Andrews, a programmer/mathematician who develops new forms of multimedia music, and Mark Rudolph, a Java designer and interactive 3D artist -- both featured in the website's inaugural show.