What if your GameBoy went nuts? Digital artists Tom Corby and Gavin Baily take this theme and run with it in their new work "gameboy_ultrF_uk." It consists of free GameBoy emulator software (downloaded from the Web) that features a rendering system has been programmed to slowly and consistently degenerate. This means interfaces and backgrounds morph and mutate, and snippets of binary code peek through on screen -- and more. Play if you dare.
The first Korea Web Art Festival has just been announced; the event, organized by the Korean Ministry of Culture, will debut on December 1. The show will feature, naturally, Korea's premier Net artist, Young-Hae Chang -- as well as international leaders in the field, from Superbad (whose work is pictured) to 0100101110101101.org. On December 7, a panel of leading Korean art historians and critics will lend their perspective to Net art.
Starting tonight at Deitch Projects in Manhattan, "Biennale.net" begins. From 7-10pm through November 7, artist Miltos Manetas and the Electronic Orphanage will present the work of a diverse group of net artists, theorists, and designers, ranging from the ubiquitous Jodi.org to the equally omnipresent Karim Rashid. It's not a show, say the organizers, but a "situation."
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.
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.
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."
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.
"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.
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.