Posts for February 2003

Real-Time Cinema

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The third Streaming Cinema festival takes place this weekend, on February 21, 22 and 23, in Philadelphia (USA), with screenings, panels and live web casts. This year's focus is the impact of digital media on cinematic storytelling and emerging visual and narrative formats. Alongside the festival are 'Flash-In-The-Pan', a competition giving students 24 hours to make a Flash movie, and 'Story Stream', a collaborative online film. In this unique experiment, filmmakers in Paris, Mexico City and Montreal will work from a common narrative to create three versions of the same film, which are then uploaded. A filmmaker in Philadelphia will weave together strands from the three entries in real-time to create a new hybrid variation. This final version will be streamed live, Saturday, February 22, 2003 at 9:00pm EST on www.streamingcine.com, then archived at www.thebitscreen.com. - Helen Varley Jamieson

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Shall I Tell You What I Am Wearing?

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If the Internet is a place where we can discuss and view intimacies, why are our relationships with our most intimate technologies, networks, erotic pleasure centres, namely, our bodies, still so user defined? Skin/Strip Online, the collaborative project between Completely Naked (Claire Ward Thornton and Pau Ros), and Furtherfield (Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett) asks largely invisible bodies, the

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UNDER ACMI

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Ever wanted to play Counter Strike in a 3D model of your own office? What if the footsteps in your virtual house could be heard in your real house? That's what SelectParks, a Melbourne based group of independent artists/game developers are working on with ACMI Park. Their project is a game-based extension of the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (in Victoria) where the group is creating a 3D model of the actual physical museum space. The model will then exist in a custom-built 3D first-person shooter engine where up to 64 connected players will be able to traverse the winding passageways. Best of all, visitors to the museum will 'feel' the gamers speed by, as audio and visuals will be triggered by their gamespace movements. Look out tourists, here we come. -Jonah Brucker-Cohen

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Bite Me!

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Any mention of lovebites and I imagine wearing a polo neck for all eternity. Thankfully, *Lovebytes*, an arts organisation and festival in Sheffield, UK, offers no chance of bruising events -- just buzzing ones. The exhibition held at the Site Gallery was the UK premiere of interactive works by Japanese digital artists Motoshi Chikamori and Kyoko Kunoh (it ran from 15th-20th February). Following that debut, the International Festival of Digital Art runs from the 15th-22nd March, and unites artists, musicians, designers and technologists for live performances, debates, screenings, and workshops. A CDROM of experimental new media work from the Festival can be ordered on-line. There is also something called a

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Contesting the Biotech Century

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For the last several years, tactical media collective Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) have produced creative interventions into the discussions surrounding genetic science and technology. Their latest project, 'Contestational Biology,' continues to interrogate biotechnology through a (re)combination of performance, installation, and digital technologies. As part of the project, CAE (with Beatriz da Costa and Claire Pentecost) reverse engineered some of Monsanto's Round-Up Ready plant products for an installation at the Corcoran. On offer from 'Contestational Biology's' book and Web site: some techniques for 'fuzzy biological sabotage' - methods for turning biotech against its corporate masters. Just in time for Spring. -- Ryan Griffis

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An Invitation to the Rhizome Benefit in NYC

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Rhizome.org is holding its annual benefit tomorrow, Tuesday, February 25 at 540 W. 21st Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues) in New York City. Cocktails at 7pm, dinner at 8pm, dancing at 9:30. We'll have a sound installation by Julia Scher, an inflatable environment by Anakin Koenig Airways (http://www.akairways.com) with a light installation by Leo Villareal, musical performance during cocktails by O.Blaat, DJ performances after dinner by DJ Language and Metro Area, and a silent auction with art work by Sue De Beer, Carl Fudge, Craig Kanarick, Mark Napier, Perry Hoberman and Leo Villareal. We hope you can join us! To purchase tickets, please call Michele at 212.989.2363.

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Are You Receiving Me?

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Artist Jody Zellen explores the collision of public and private space facilitated by mobile telephony in her latest work, 'Disembodied Voices.' Cell phones allow us to converse with each other anywhere, and the separate halves of our intimate conversations can become bizarre performances for audiences of innocent bystanders. Zellen describes the web site as 'a meditation on the nature of public space'; here you can listen to snatches of conversations in a number of languages, contribute a disruptive cell phone encounter story to the forum, and become another node in a translocal wireless network of callers. - Helen Varley Jamieson

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So Few Serve on So Many (Boards)

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How powerful are Sara Lee's Board of Directors? Might seem like a straightforward question, but with Josh On and the Futurefarmers' 'They Rule,' the often-invisible and surprisingly interconnected networks of blue chip board membership are made visible. One will be surprised by how few serve on so many Boards. The Flash-based interface of 'They Rule' relies on data last updated in 2001, but a 2003 version is said to be in the works. As well as creating your own map of who rules across which industries, you can browse and alter maps created by others, with titles like 'The Telecom Tango' and 'From Big Oil with Love.' See the 'Snack Cake Uber Alles' map for the answer to the question above. - Ryan Griffis

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ALL THE WAY TO KINGDOM COME

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'The Kingdom,' a project by Doria Garcia for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona's exhibition 'Inserts in Real Time,' uses performance, documentation, and networked art to mix poetic fiction with the Museum's everyday realities. The work includes a cast of players who 'perform' in the Museum, but the line between the performance and daily routine is ambiguous. On the project Website, visitors can interact with controllable Web cams and search actions by player, date and place. Full of varied surprises, 'The Kindgom' even lists Hans Haacke's 'Condensation Cube' as one of its 'players.' Through 30 March, 2003. -- Ryan Griffis

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Lighting the Low-Tech

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Rick Doble is a guy with a digital camera and a mission to bring 'painting with light' to the world. His technique uses basic camera controls rather than digital manipulation to create interesting images, and he argues that photographers need to learn to be 'bad,' and that they ought 'to deliberately go after blurred, unsharp, oddly exposed images.' A passion for the motor car is revealed in his themes - including 'Cars,' 'Driving,' 'GoCarts' and 'Rain Through the Windshield' - but his subject range is fairly broad. The site provides extensive support material - essays, technical information, quotes and references - as well as hundreds of images. Amongst all this data are some great examples of what can be achieved with low-tech tools and a bit of imagination. - Helen Varley Jamieson

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