Currently on view at ZKM in Germany: CTRL [SPACE], a state-of-the-art survey of surveillance itself, as tackled in the fields of architecture, satellite imaging, digital and Net art, and more traditional forms. Exposed will be little-publicized history of analysis of the logic behind surveillance. Artists include Dillard + Scofidio and Julia Scher, and a nifty online component offers a preview-from-a-distance.
So often we think of electronic art as something ultra-post-modern. Montreal's Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology is a leading archival institution that has just launched a new section of its Web site dedicated to two pioneers of electronic art who created innovative works in the 1960s. Featuring items from the Steina and Woody Vasulka Archives, this Web resource marks the beginning of an extensive online collection of important, historical documents in the history of electronic art.
'We're Not Really Here' is a new online project created by Irish artist Conor McGarrigle, comments on the gentrification of Temple Bar, considered the "cultural quarter" of Dublin. The neighborhood was once home to artists, who now can't afford to live there. McGarrigle has created a URL that serves as a parallel universe to Temple Bar; if anyone conducts a Web search by typing "temple bar dublin's cultural quarter," she will be redirected to his site, which offers a new artwork posted every two days.
Last night, "send + receive," an online collaboration between Canadian, American, and Austrian sound artists took place. The group performed a live, collaborative remix of music originally issued by Harvestworks, a New York City digital art organization, in both a limited edition of 500 vinyl records.
In response to the events in the USA and Afghanistan, Net artist Andy Cox, currently in residence at New Pacific Studio, New Zealand, and artist and critic Amy Berk are hosting an online bed-in for peace this coming weekend. The duo will be staying in bed and fasting for 48 hours beginning at 3AM Eastern Time and invite anyone around the world to join them via webcam; Cox's and Berk's own demonstration will be webcast live to create a world community for peace.
There's a new outlet for Net art fans and Net artists themselves to peruse work created solely for online viewing. The Net Art Museum features only Web-based works by stalwarts such as John F. Simon and Jodi, as well as pieces by up-and-coming artists.
This year's Digital Media Arts Festival, which took place earlier this month, brought together new media artists from around the world, who converged in Manila, the Philippines. Participants attended Flash workshops and demos on non-linear video editing, as well as observed work by colleagues, including Net artists such as Germany's Wilfried Agricola de Cologne and the Philippines' own Fatima Lasay.
What has bio-artist Eduardo Kac been up to lately? His landmark transgenic work "Genesis" is currently on view at the Yokohama Trienniale in Japan through November (and a version is online). And his newest work, "The Eighth Day" will be unveiled on October 26 at the Institute for Studies in the Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe. "The Eighth Day" brings together a biological robot (biobot) linked to the Internet, which allows online visitors to see what a variety of genetically-engineered, glowing animals experience as they live side by side.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has just launched "Under_score: Net Art, Sound, and Essays from Australia," a Web-only showcase of Net art by nine Australian artists. Part of "Next Wave Down Under," BAM's month-long celebration of Australian arts and culture, the exhibition features work that generally addresses "the body" above all else. Artists include Francesca da Rimini, Jason Sweeney, and Ian Haig.
The ABC Experiment (Avatar Body Collision) is a research project that examines how people who perform with virtual bodies in cyberspace. How are our conceptions of what "theater" is challenged in chat rooms, email lists, and other online environments in which we act online?
Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) Technical Coordinator