Posts for April 2002

Empty Your Pockets

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Opening online today: "The Digital Pocket Gallery: Net Artists respond to their Hard Drives..." up through August 31, 2002. The concept of the show is to present files and folders found on hard drives -- essentially the 'digital pockets' of the internet artist. The show's organizers have an open call for people to empty their digital pockets --whether authentic or not; fictional characters, then, can also dump their files at this site for all the world to see. What will you find...on others' hard drives...or on your own? Could be an excuse for spring cleaning as you load up your Zip drive with old files. Your archived material could be another person's net art.

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Tonight: New Media from New Zealand

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Tonight: a freebie event and a rare stateside opportunity to see New Zealand new media artist Helen Varley Jamieson present her work in person, which brings together the Web and theater. Beginning at 7:00 pm, Jamieson will stage a"Cyberformance," part show and part technical demonstration. She'll walk us through the timeline from MOOs & MUDs and engage in a networked dialogue with performers around the globe. The event takes place at Arts International at 251 Park Avenue South, 5th Floor (between 20th & 21st Streets) in New York City. The evening is co-sponsored by Rhizome. Please email for a spot in the audience: blender@artsinternational.org.

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Lozano-Hemmer in LA This Saturday

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Here's a couple of days' notice to plan to see Mexican-Canadian new media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer talk about his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Los Angeles this weekend. On Saturday, April 6, from 2-4 pm at the MoCA's Ahmanson Auditorium, he'll chat about the innovative forms he works in: relational architecture, technological theatre and performance art. Recently, Lozano-Hemmer's created "Vectorial Elevation," an interactive art project which transformed a square in Mexico City's with immense light projections controlled by online participants from around the globe (pictured). Hear him talk about his latest stunning work, "Body Movies."

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Poetry in Motion

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So, when was the last time you've really sat down and contemplated "typographic hyperpoetry"? Are you sure you know what it is? The web site "hyPoem" (created by Austrian artist/computer scientist/poet Joerg Piringer) is worth a look, as it's billed as "a dynamic interactive environment for typographic hyperpoetry." Basically, this new literary form -- or is it a new net art form? -- makes use of moveable text and graphics, made easy to use with digital technology, so you can create aesthetic groupings of words and characters. The result is a series of pictures worth a thousand words...or words worth a thousand pictures.

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Brave New (Media) World

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This Sunday, prepare to spend the late afternoon/early evening at the New Museum's Media Z Lounge, you know, NYC's only permanent exhibition space for digital and media art.

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ArtBase Has Been Expanded

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Some news from Rhizome.org, the parent of Net Art News. We've increased the parameters of the ArtBase, Rhizome's acclaimed online archive of new media art. Originally, the archive focused on net art. Now, any genre of new media art, from software to games, can be submitted and catalogued. If you're unfamiliar with the ArtBase, which currently is home to more than 550 objects, give it a look. Its goal is to not only save new media art for posterity, but to provide a living, up-to-the-millisecond resource for anyone interested in innovative uses of fresh tech.

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Automatic Art

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Freshly launched last week, "ReferPrint," by Mark Daggett, creates original, automatic art from the images culled from other web sites that are linked to "ReferPrint." How does it work? Link your home page to "ReferPrint," then when you log on to Daggett's site, it reads in all images from your page where the link to "ReferPrint" appears. An abstract composition appears on your screen, and you can save a new image at any time (when you hit the "save" button, a copy will appear on your clipboard, and you can paste it into a file).

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What is it?

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Is that a pile of tiny wires or a mound of giant tubes? Can an image be beautiful or intriguing even if you don't know what you're looking at? Perhaps this is the beauty itself of abstract art. Xavier Cahen's aptly titled "Abstract" makes us ponder unidentifiable objects, presented online in brief videos. Could this piece work better in another form, such as video projection in a gallery or still photos on a wall? Or is online presentation, which often requires a more intimate viewing situation...such as sneaking a quick look in between work duties or studying...Makes you think not only about the nature of abstract art, but the nature of art presented online...

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Tracing Fingerprints

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Nico Westerdale's "Dirty Fingerprints" reminds us of the layers of use our work computers endure. Take a look at your own monitor, under that lovely glare of your office's fluorescent overhead lights and witness the grey leftover fingerprint marks on the screen, your own, as well as those of colleagues who've touched your workstation. Westerdale's piece is screensaver that gathers mouse-clicks as your monitor (keyboard) gathers fingerprints. The program visualizes the clicks (on collaborating websites) as dirty fingerprints on the user's screen. After five minutes have passed, the program checks to see if a new fingerprint has been placed. Clicking on a collaborative site isn't the only way to interact. You too can add to the network of sites by offering a simple line of code to one of your webpages--without a trace to your own web site's visitors. Note to Mac users: this screensaver is currently only available for PCs running Windows.

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How do artists decide?

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Haven't you ever wondered how an artist makes her decisions, in terms of imagery, color scheme, etc.? "Memoirs" is an animated web site that allows you to trace an artist's choices via an unexpected use of java-scripted roll-overs. The viewer is invited to follow visual links, say of different hues and/or echoed forms, which mimick an artist's own vision. The viewer is allowed to see how source materials inspire an artist -- in this case the creator of the web site, net artist Cynthia Beth Rubin -- to create an original work.

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