Posts for June 2003

Summer Hours/Mapping Contemporary Capitalism

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Net Art News staff announce they're taking summer hours as of today. Subscribers will continue to receive Net Art News Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. And now back to editorial: Mapping Contemporary Capitalism, a long term software development project, is building a tool for collaborative mapping of power relations. The software will enable groups to share data, and plot the interconnections between organisations, political entities, corporations, and individuals. Based on like-minded projects like Josh On's 'They Rule' and Bureau d'Etudes, this initiative involves many of the talented visionaries from Mute magazine and the University of Openness. If interested in the gestalt of power and information, MCC's research week kicks off today, June 2, and activities are planned for every day this week in London. -- Rachel Greene

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A List Called London

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'London Calling' has a special place in my vinyl collection, so I was interested to see why journalists Roberta Bosco and Stefano Caldana had recycled the name for their representative list of 16 web sites by London-based artists. Originally presented as "Invisible London" in 2001 at the Sonar festival, 'London Calling' provides updated links to the artists' current works. You can peruse the diverse list at SonarOnline, where it's followed by an interview with Bosco and Caldana. They explain that they chose the name of an album that defined an era because their list aims to define another era, and they dedicate their 'London Calling' to the late Joe Strummer. They also draw parallels between punk's journey from grassroots revolution to corporate exploitation, and net.art's evolution. Who knows what Joe would think of that ... - Helen Varley Jamieson

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Obelisks Need Not Apply

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Whether it?s Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans? Memorial, Richard Serra's Tilted Arc, or the Berlin Wall, both monuments and anti-monuments can easily become loaded markers in broader ideological and cultural conflicts. SF Camerawork is currently seeking works for Monument Recall, a project highlighting work that challenges dominant notions of the monument. The project will be multi-faceted, featuring a physical exhibition, published journal, multimedia CD-ROM and a web-based display of Improbable Monuments -- digital proposals for monuments not likely to be realized. The deadline for submissions is August 29, with the exhibition scheduled for Fall 2004. For more information, contact Paula Levine (plevine@sfsu.edu)--Ryan Griffis

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Adaptation

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meandbillybob.com is somewhere between a fan site, a meditation on mediation, and an attempt to rewrite oneself into an ideal world that doesn't exist. Artist Jillian Mcdonald has superimposed herself opposite actor Billy Bob Thornton in several short scenes from his various films. The scenes are in slow motion and an intimate country ballad (written and performed by Billy Bob himself) provides their soundtrack. The site lacks an artist statement, inviting the casual visitor to mistake Mcdonald for a delusional Thornton fanatic. Far from being cynical and campy, the overall effect is unexpectedly sad and poignant. - Curt Cloninger

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Haven't You Finished That Yet?

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The Experimental TV Centre recently announced its 2003 Finishing Fund grants, which are designed to help artists complete works already in progress. Out of the 20 electronic media, sonic art and film projects funded, there were 5 special awards for New Media and Intermedia Performance: G.H. Hovagimyan (DVD exploring the interactive house of the future), Diane Ludin (montage system for the web), Prema Murthy (video installation examining the philosophical and martial traditions of the bodhisattva warrior), Marina Rosenfeld (DVD of an interactive musical performance/installation), and Brooke Singer and Beatriz da Costa (performance revealing information held on people's swipe cards). Pioneering hypertext writer Shelley Jackson also scored a grant for "The Doll Games", a cross-genre exploration of doll games using

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Bump the List!

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Jonah Brucker-Cohen's project BumpList, showcased on the Whitney's Artport website, functions as a musical-chair investigation into the hierarchy of email-lists. It allows individuals to subscribe to a limited number of

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Staying in to Play

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Sometimes it's more fun to be indoors. That's what UK-based artist John Paul Bichard wants us to believe with 'Staying in to Play,' a first-person 3D environment for mental contemplation and exploring altered states. With a 90-day development cycle (ongoing until June 28) from start to finish, the spaces inside -- which include long White Stripes-inspired red hallways with moving text, mountainous terrain, and floating amorphous rooms -- are both calming and pseudo-representational. Visitors can move freely, float, or teleport to different world locations or try out a cool 'anti-matter' beam to propel them into mid-air. On the physical side, Bichard's created a downloadable PDF 'skybox' of the landscape that can be printed out and folded into a nice accompaniment for your mouse. -Jonah Brucker-Cohen

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Art and Science On the Go

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There have been many momentous developments in global economics, transnational mobility and information technology during the last several years, so it's not surprising that artists have been compelled to respond and reflect upon them. This year, the 50th Venice Biennale will include an ongoing project called Makrolab that was begun by Slovenian artist Marko Peljhan in 1994. Makrolab, which will be situated on Campalto Island in Venice Lagoon from June through September, is a working laboratory powered by solar and wind-based energy that facilitates research into the intersections of technology, ecology, and communication. Some of the areas of study include: network-centric identities; non-linear data display and usage; local ecology awareness. Makrolab is scheduled to operate in its mobile form until 2007, when it will be permanently sited in the Antarctic and run by a transnational organization. -Ryan Griffis

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Who Gets Bumped?

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[Editor's note: due to a technical snafu, Net Art News has not been distributed since the 11th of June. Apologies, and below is the Net Art News that should have run Friday, 13 June.] Jonah Brucker-Cohen's project BumpList, showcased on the Whitney's Artport site, functions as a musical-chair investigation into the hierarchy of email-lists. It allows individuals to subscribe to a limited number of

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We Will, We Will, Rock You!

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Forget Glastonbury, the Phoenix, Reading

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