Watch technology get criticized, tweaked, and misused on the new RELINE DVD. Curated by Scott Pagano and Phoenix Perry, Reline showcases the work of ten video artists who create new visual forms via the modification of hardware and use of custom applications. Generative software, busted cameras, synths, and video mixers are the weapons, and the work covers a wild array of topics from digital decay, to associative memory structures, immaculate robotic shopping malls, and repetitive strain injury. DVD is available from 10.31.02 via the RELINE website.- Margaret Penney
If you're at ISEA next week and observe a gathering of women laughing loudly over tea and sushi, you may have come face to face with ... Faces. The Faces mailing list began, appropriately, during a dinner party in Vienna back in 1996, to fill a void for women in media arts. As well as a vibrant online forum, the Faces site has links to members' projects, texts and resources. Donna Harraway, Sadie Plant, Francesca di Rimini, Josephine Bosma and Simone de Beauvoir are some of the names to be found among the Faces. Faces provides a platform to address gender issues in media and arts and also creates pleasant networking opportunities over tea and sushi. - Helen Varley Jamieson
If you receive Net Art News, you're a Rhizome member, and likely familiar with our preference for multi-lateral, not top-down, decision making. In the spirit of community consensus, we're asking all Rhizomers to take part in a mission-critical survey about paying annual membership fees. There are many issues motivating this survey: arts funding in the United States, Rhizome's history as a non-hierarchical project, our current size (over 19K members) and programming roster, and Web-community and content traditions. Please contribute your opinion via our survey at http://rhizome.org/survey.rhiz YOU MUST BE LOGGED INTO THE SITE TO PARTICIPATE. It's worth noting that thus far, very few Rhizomers, at least those active on Rhizome Raw, are opposed to paying membership fees. Please register your input on how to sustain our new media art community: participate!! -- Rachel Greene
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The personal, subjective symbolism of some artists can be difficult to interpret: whether it's Yeats's gyres, Blake's Hell, or entropy8zuper's fuzzy pink lambs. An annotated anthology of British Poetry can clear up the Yeats and Blake, but for insight into entropy8zuper's piecemeal iconography, we need reference 'The Making of Numbers' -- an online, behind-the-scenes account of the entropy8zuper creative process. Not only does it explain the conceptual intent of 'Numbers' (the fourth in a series of web installation named after Biblical books), but it's an instructive glimpse into entropy8zuper's overall creative mojo. - Curt Cloninger
Codedpixels hosts a collaborative narrative composition currently running the eponymous chapter one featuring contributions from artists, designers and programmers like 6, queen.c, Inessa Blanck, dlsan, Hazel Leong, hippiechick, James Haliburton. Move through passages of images and text; accumulate the experiences and assimilate the story, add your own pages and ponder - the random interaction becomes comforting as you abandon control. Like a
Rhizome.org is working with the New School Online University to offer distance learning classes. Sign up for classes like Advanced Java, Intro to PHP, Why New Media Isn't New: A History, or others. Not only will you help Rhizome.org generate income as you learn, but you'll be able to study, practice and commune with other students and faculty from the comfort of your own CPU. Private feeback from instructors, online materials, and DIY scheduling... Be an alumni or alumna of Desktop U (and the New School)!
In the manner of the World Wrestling Federation, Infomera has been hosting weekly net art 'ephemeral' matches between 'champions of the WWW.' Two net artists of similar style are pitted against each other in a 48-hour, live, free-for-all, online art improvisation/collaboration. The form of these 'matches depends largely on the nature of the contestants involved. Even if you can't catch the live matches, be sure to visit the promo site and chuckle at some of the absurd, tongue-in-cheek taunts hurled by these aesthetic titans! - Curt Cloninger