Posts for January 2003

Face the FACT(s)

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Fact: Digital and New Media Art rule!!! Fact: Liverpool has produced more than just the Beatles! Fact: FACT- The UK's newest centre for film, art and creative technology, opens to the public on 22 February 2003. Liverpool's first purpose-built cultural project in over 60 years houses 2 galleries for temporary exhibitions of film, video and new media. These will be opening with a specially commissioned film by Isaac Julien, 3 cinemas showing a range of arthouse and independent film, and a Media Lounge which will host Last.FM, Mongrel and Graham Harwood and a weekly webcast from the FACT Channel. Fact: you should pay close attention!!!-Charlotte Frost

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Murthy-Haraway-Hybrids

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Using the format of search engine results, Prema Murthy's 'Mythic Hybrid' presents contextual information on a group of women in India, micro-electronics factory workers who reported having collective hallucinations. These women are the artist's focusing device as she remodels information on industrial conditions, spiritual phenomena and womens' status. The associations Murthy brings together are varied, but make conceptual sense not just in light of the fascinating story about the hallucinating workers, but also in tandem with some of the radical notions about women and the real in Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto -- a book that informed this project. -- Rachel Greene

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Do You Have the Human V.2.0 Upgrade?

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New Genre Artist/body-sculptor Natasha Vita-More has created a web-site for 'Primo Posthuman,' her plan for making humans live forever while looking like super-models. Along with other followers of the neo-philosophies of 'Extropy' and 'the Singularity,' Vita-More sees the merging of bio-, nano-, and information technologies as part of the progressive advance towards immortality and enhanced creativity. With diagrams reminiscent of car advertisements, Vita-More explains how bodies and minds could be improved. Even the digestive system could, apparently, be made more... well, 'environmentally friendly.' Warning: this is not satire. - Ryan Griffis

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Anything That Happens in 10 Seconds...

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Since we're in a culture of sound-bites, microchips, txt mssgs, and incredibly short attention spans, there is the Ten Second Film Competition. Good and interesting things can happen in ten seconds, within the competition rules. Entries must be exactly ten seconds long and no bigger than 6MB, and can be made using a digital still camera in movie-mode. Upload your film via the web site between February 3 and March 10, where qualifying entries will be online for site visitors to rank. The top ten user-rated films will then be judged by David Wild, Melanie Crean and Jake Abraham, with cash and kudos going to the top three. The clock is ticking... -Helen Varley Jamieson

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Cooking Up a Turkle

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Legendary New York performance venue The Kitchen is serving up a Digital Happy Hour series, featuring new media artists and commentators. On the menu tonight (January 22nd) is a rare appearance by 'the Margaret Mead of cyberspace,' author and professor Sherry Turkle. The topic is interactivity and space, moderated by Susan Morris and with panelists Winka Dubbeldam and Bradley Paley joining Ms Turkle. Doors open at 5.30pm for the 6pm event, and tickets are USD $8. Those of us not in New York will just have to go hungry this time, but The Kitchen regularly webcasts - check the site for archives and upcoming events. - Helen Varley Jamieson

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Knit One, Perl 2

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I always knew it would be cool again one day. Knitting is making a comeback, and quilting too: the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival includes sessions called 'Knitted Europe,' 'Data Knitting,' and 'Media Knitting.' The latter is a three-day hands-on workshop, so bring your digital wool and needles to Rotterdam. From 26 - 28 February, thirty participants and tutors Amy Franceschini and Guy Van Belle will knit together video, audio, streaming media and 3D modelling to 'discover and patch each other's domains.' The end result will be presented at a concert open to the festival audience. Further information is available at http://deaf.v2.nl/v2/deaf03_page3.html#media_knitting, and the full DEAF 2003 web site will be launched this Saturday, 25 January. - Helen Varley Jamieson

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Reactive Art Seeking Willing Human

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As the emphasis of the technology industry moves from human-machine interactivity towards self-replication, like in bio-, nano- and robotic technologies, art producers are paying attention. Reactive Art, a new exhibit hosted by the San Francisco Media Arts Council at SFMOMA, attempts to take on this seeming paradigm shift. Defining our relationships with technology as an ecological system, the artists in the show present environments that both adapt to, and manipulate, the viewer's own actions and experiences. There will be a discussion with the artists - Crevice, Jim Campbell, and Scott Snibbe - on Saturday, January 25. - Ryan Griffis

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I See What You Mean

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New media has turned geek professions into chic professions. Library Science majors become online curators, and database interface designers become experimental artists. Take W. Bradford Paley, who started off making data visualization software for stock market investors. When Paley applied his same macrocosmic visualization approach to classic literature texts, he literally changed the way we read Shakespeare. TextArc is a spacial, non-linear interface which reveals heretofore unobservable patterns and emphases within written texts. Think of it as a concordance on mescaline. Now who's the geek? - Curt Cloninger

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Only Rejects Need Apply

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If you've ever had a proposal for a web project rejected, this is your chance to shine: 'Screened Out' features proposals for grant applications or shows that have failed to come to fruition. (And no, it doesn't just happen to you.) Check out proposals by Joshua Davis, Entropy8zuper, Nikola Tosic and other unrealized master plans. This conceptually inspired collection turns the tables on 'good' and 'bad' art, and recalls the instruction-based works of Yoko Ono and Fluxus. In an age when artists spend so much of their time applying for shows, it's about time writing proposals became an art form! - Valerie Lamontagne

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Sequencing the City

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Before there was Flash animation, there was the subway. Graffiti-covered trains are a distant prototype of digital motion graphics, animating colorful designs and text against a sliding urban backdrop. In his new 'Stop Motion Studies' series, David Crawford returns to the subway car as vehicle of expression, manipulating its interior time and space rather than its exterior surfaces. The result is an urban character study befitting our age of digital compression. Passenger emotions -- exhaustion, boredom, happiness -- are pared down to their most essential keyframes and played back in infinite, asymmetrical loops. Though motion is limited to a few degrees in Crawford's ticking snapshots, these subtle, personal moments are indeed moving.

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