Posts for October 2002

A Tale of Two Mouchettes

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Almost-13-year-old net.artist Mouchette has upset the widow of her favourite filmmaker, Robert Bresson, with her latest work. It's an online quiz about Bresson's 1967 film 'Mouchette,' highlighting comparisons and differences between the character in the film and the artist on the web. Since the French Society of Authors' Rights forbade publication of the work on Mouchette's site (http://www.mouchette.org), numerous other sites have published the quiz in protest against this censorship. You can download the quiz for your own site from http://www.constantvzw.com/copy.cult/mirror/ and http://mouchette.drivedrive.com/. An enigmatic character online since 1996, Mouchette has been inspired by Bresson's work and shares some of his themes. It's a shame that Madame Bresson has chosen to react in this way. -Helen Varley Jamieson

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Mind the Gap

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If I could give one thing to tourists before they visit London, it would be a tube map. It's not that I don't like helping strangers, but whilst London newbies are busy asking where

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Ethereal Smackdown

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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

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We're Being Didactic!

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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)!

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Twice Upon a Time

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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

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No Marigolds in the Promised Land

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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

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Public Is The New Private

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Free-For-All Looks Good

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As a student I was obsessed with all things free, condoms, beer, hair-cuts, love

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Street Fighter Revisited

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Ricardo Miranda Zu

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How To Be Self-Sustaining

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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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