Posts for January 2002

Democratic Net Art Awards

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Now's the time to vote for your favorite works of net art...because "net-art01," the fourth annual edition of England's open competition for net artists, has just been kicked off. If you're in Brixton, London, you can check out the nominated works, presented live. There, the entries will be projected onto various suitable surfaces at Bradys pub (at 20 Atlantic Road) from 4.30pm to 6.30pm every evening. Voting ends when the month of January is up, and the first-ever award ceremony is now being planned. Keep checking the "net-art01" site for updates.

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Readings by New Media Author

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How does a new media author present his work in the flesh? Find out this coming Saturday, at 4pm, when Brian Kim Stefans will read at Double Happiness at 173 Mott Street in Manhattan. Stefans' paper books include "Angry Penguins," "Gulf," and "Free Space Comix," but he is also a recognized digital artist and poet who has experimented with online narratives. (He'll be reading with Joan Retallack, author of the book "How to Do Things With Words.") Admission is $4.

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From the Military to the Masses

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Last year, 25 international media artists gathered together at Irbene, Latvia, at the site of an abandoned 32 meter dish antenna once used by the KGB to spy on satellite transmissions between Europe and North America. The artists explored creative interaction with a formerly military device and formulated a communications network. This week, the participating artists are unveiling projects inspired by their experiences in Latvia. Audio, video, web installations and images by Kim Cascone, Locomotive, Mukul, and others will be presented online.

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Post-Holiday Sales...Even in Net Art "Shop"

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Michael Mandiberg Inc. rang in the new year with the completion of its yearlong identity marketplace, Shop Mandiberg -- which sells the belongings of digital artist Michael Mandiberg. A storewide 20% off sale propelled purchases, and Shop Mandiberg sold 101 items. Sadly, Shop Mandiberg is closing for business, but the site remains online as an archive.

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Amerika in London

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The work of net artist and hypertext pioneer Mark Amerika was recently featured in his first European net art retrospective, HOW TO BE AN INTERNET ARTIST. This show and his new work of net art, FILMTEXT (commissioned by Playstation 2), will be presented in a second exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London beginning this week (January 9 to be precise) through January 31. But you can get a sneak peak online now, if you'd like (hint: click on the link included here).

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A History of Art and Technology in "Information Arts"

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Is it possibile to write a history of sorts on contemporary artists working with science and technology? Stephen Wilson, an academic, takes on the formidabile task in his massive new tome, Information Arts (MIT Press). Of course, some areas might seem lacking, such as Wilson's coverage of net art, but the author casts a wide net and makes a case for the importance of creative applications of math, physics, biology, and engineering. Most interesting is a playful quiz that Wilson presents, in which he asks the reader to guess what odd experiments are either art pieces or bizarre lab trials.

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Random Art, Abstract Expressions

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Sometimes it's nice to go back to basics in terms of new media art...the not-so-new can be refreshing. Take a look at "ARTificial ART," by Swiss software developer Kurt Baumann. The site offers simple examples that convey how less-than-complicated algorithms paired with random numbers can result in patterns reminiscent of the best Modern art (think Abstract Expressionism for the digital age). A bit of trivia: earlier versions of ARTificial ART were distributed as shareware over bulletin boards even before the Internet as we know it was born.

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An Example of a Recent Trend...

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One fresh trend that's forming in net art is the website dedicated to reinterpreting a film. An example: "The Jetty," by Hidekazu Minami, a New York-based visual artist and interactive designer. Based on "La Jette," by Chris Marker, Minami's site articulates the chronological events experienced by the characters in Marker's film. Some of the events are related at the same time, so multiple characters' points of view are seen at once, offering site visitors a poetic synopsis of the film. "The Jetty" has most recently been exhibited at the Museum of Image and Sound in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Help Judge German New Media Competition

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Yes, it's time for the 15th Filmwinter event in Stuttgart, Germany. What that means is you can check out nominated internet submissions currently online and cast your vote for the best internet project. The lucky winner bags the City of Stuttgart Prize for New Media (amounting to 2,000 shiny new Euros). Don't hesitate, 'cause voting ends on January 20 at 2 p.m. If you'll happen to be in Stuttgart that day, why not stop by the the Stuttgart Filmhaus at 8 p.m. for the award ceremony?

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Architecture + New Media @ SFMOMA

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The San Francisco Media Arts Council, which is affiliated with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is a group of Bay area technology and arts professionals who seek to explore and promote the crossover between tech and creativity. SMAC organizes events, publications, and discussions to do so. The next event: a panel discussion at SFMOMA on the influence of new media on architecture, which takes place January 31 (space is limited-hence the early heads-up). Speakers include Joe Rosa, the new curator of SFMOMA's Department of Architecture & Design, and Yale University School of Architecture lecturer, Phil Bernstein, who is also vice president of Autodesk, Inc., where he is setting the company's future direction for technology tools and digital data generation. A reception that includes live demonstrations starts at 6,with the panel beginning at 7.

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