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Get ready, get set, go...to Berlin. Next week, the international media art festival known as transmediale will take place for the 15th time from February 5th to the 10th. The good stuff offered up includes interactive installations, a media lounge with internet and screen-based works, a conference devoted to changes in the public sphere in the digital era, workshops on collaborative and free software projects, screenings with the latest works of video art, and of course more. This year's theme is a bit outdated: it's "go public!" as in an IPO, but you can interpret it as "be open with your great ideas!" Be sure to log onto the festival's web site if you can't hop on a plane or train to Germany...'cause you can vote for the best art on view at transmediale from afar.
The duo of Corby and Baily say that their net art work "Reconnoitre" deals with our experience of the network as a bizarre_scape. They call the online world "an environment with a high metabolism whose boundaries are continuously re-shaped; accreting and thickening under the influence of powerful social and commercial forces." Their piece "Reconnoitre" is a browser of sorts, which of course allows users to find sites online, however, it isn't tooled to necessarily make sense, at least in an orderly, linear manner. Instead, the artists hope to present the act of browsing as a behavioural activity. Like many works of net art before it, "Recoinnotre" is another in a long line of dysfunctional browsers that turn web surfing into a fresh, surprising, even poetic experience.