Okay, it may be "old news" that Rhizome.org supports media art -- but now Rhizome's just launched its first net art commissioning program. Artists are invited to submit proposals in one of two categories: interface artworks (fresh ways to access content and databases) and tactical response works (pieces that address political situations around the world, in particular the events of September 11, 2001). The deadline to apply for either of the $5,000 commissions is February 15, 2002.
Net artist Prema Murthy's web project "Bindigirl" explores tele-erotics and intimacy. Bindi is the name of the artist's online alter-ego. (The name refers to the dot that Hindu women wear on their foreheads to signify that they are married.) The character Bindi is a construct of fe/male desire, fashioned from of what is popularly deemed "exotic" and "erotic."
Today, TAYSTES.net debuts in the form of an installation at the Cornerstone Gallery in Manchester, England. The piece, by artist Jenny Marketou, is a multi-user, networked, open source tool designed to give the user unlimited access to the intimate world of networked communication infrastructures such as webcams, chat rooms, and flows of information via surveillance networks. The user can tweak data found from these sources. The piece was influenced by Marketou's earlier well-known work, "Smell.bytes" (TM).
The Net art collective 0100101110101101.org, known for disseminating viral code and making their computer files public, has just revealed its transmission statistics...as propaganda...or as an art piece? For the month of October, there were 13,647 visits; 11,383 downloaded files; 8,731 unique visitors; and 6.7 pages seen per average visit. More stats are available on the collective's site, of course.
"The Lair of the Marrow Monkey" is an interactive Web narrative by Erik Loyer that incorporates game interfaces in complex new ways. Consisting of nine chapters, the piece follows a "vision quest" with twists and turns involving a search for...magical marrow. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was so impressed, its curators have made the website part of the institution's permanent collection.
Mark your calendars: This week, Net artist Ken Goldberg presents "Invisible Hands & Naked Eyes," a lecture on telepresence. Goldberg, a UC Berkeley engineering professor, is well-known for his pioneering works, such as the classic "Telegarden," which often provoke website vistors to engage in remote experiences. His artworks often force us to question the authenticity of what we see online, from afar. The lecture takes place at the Art Center College of Design in Southern California on November 15, at 4pm.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a Mexican-Canadian electronic artist who creates works of "relational architecture" that often involve international audiences who participate via online chats or other web-based interaction. His most recent works involve large-scale projections onto buildings that seem to act on their own but are really reacting to passersby. Real-time online discussions sometimes allow remote viewers to contribute their thoughts on themes addressed in the projections, such as "fear."
Artbyte Magazine, a three year old print publication dedicated to digital art and culture, has been "suspended" indefinitely due to financial difficulties. Its most recent issue (November/December 2001) won't be published as a print magazine...but the entire issue is available online for downloading as a PDF file. Included are stories on artists' online games currently in development and subversive software that allows users to hack into Nintendo GameBoys, which can be ordered via the Web.
Mendi Lewis Obadike, a PhD candidate at Duke University, uses minimalist coding to convey painful silences that are in fact powerful statements -- it's a strategy that references work by black feminist artists and writers such as Faith Ringgold and Audre Lorde. "Keeping Up Appearances" (pictured) is the latest installment in Obadike's "Black.net.art" series. Her media art will be featured in the show "Only Skin Deep" at the International Center of Photography next year.
Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) Technical Coordinator