Posts for 2004

Rhizome Hosting Promotion -- 3 months for $1

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It's the home stretch of Rhizome.org's Spring hosting promo, and until June 15th, $1.00 will cover Rhizome members' first 3 months of top-of-the-line web hosting from Broadspire, on all plans Copper and higher! Copper clocks in with 400MB disk storage space, 2000MB of data transfer, 5 POP accounts, and 5 email forwarding accounts. And as always, for $65 per year, a starter plan sets your site up on a Linux server, with 350MB disk storage space, 1000MB data transfer per month, catch-all email forwarding, daily web traffic stats, 1 FTP account, and the capability to host your own domain name (or use http://rhizome.net/your_account_name). Remember to mention Rhizome.org in the 'how did you hear about us?" field on the signup form, and send an email to hosting@rhizome.org, so we can get you linked up and know that you're helping nourish the larger .ORG. - Rhizome.org

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Work It: The Magazine

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When Philadelphia's Tony Smyrski and Melissa Farley launched Work Magazine, a fabulous net rag that showcases local and international visual talent of all stripes, they had one goal: 'To give people the opportunity to show their work in a harmless, painless way.' And the first three issues of their screenzine have done just that. No long-winded editorials, no prescriptions, no slavish devotion to what - or who - is hot at any given moment. With loose titles like this month's 'What’s That Gun For?' Smyrski and Farley strive to let the artworks and audio clips speak through and for themselves, and to each other. Clean design, curatorial vision, and a range of media and aesthetics: it all, well, works.

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Manic Richey is 4 Real

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Glam-goth pop star Richey James Edwards of the infamous British band Manic Street Preachers disappeared in February 1995. The cult star manqué known for his tiaras, glitter and thick black eyeliner garnered a devout teen fan base. So when a journalist challenged the authenticity of Richey James' gloomy countenance, he publicly carved '4REAL' into his forearm. Although officially pronounced dead in 1997, Richey’s devoted developed an elaborate mythology about the singer, which spawned a supposed pilgrimage-cum-suicide by a teen fan in 1998 at his rumored site of disappearance by the River Severn in Marple, England. Four years later, Dublin-based artist and programmer Oliver Moran launched 'Virtual Richey Manic.' Visitors can re-program their own version of Richey's media stunt by choosing a four-letter word to carve into his forearm. Pressing the 'razor' button generates the iconic media image of bloody Richey James but with a new inscription. Moran's project is a morbid tribute in the form of a goth greeting card, which revives Nineties fandom and pop mythology. - Matt Wolf

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In[ternet].decent Proposals

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Debate around rhizome fees and website access aside, there's no question about rhizome's efforts to keep net.art alive and well, whatever the New York Times has to say on the subject of its death. Rhizome will see 5 fully commissioned projects, and 2 smaller awards, going to Paul Catanese, Warren Sack, Jason van Anden, Luis Hernandez Galvan, Carlo Zanni, Kabir Carter and C-Level, respectively. Artists were asked to 'propose projects that will contribute to the art game genre, or reflect on broad interpretations of 'game'.' The commissioned projects range from Sack's 'agonistics,' a language game that literalizes the metaphors of popular theorists as interactive graphical objects, to C-Level's 'Waco Resurrection,' an 'Endgame' where 'each player enters the network as a Koresh and must defend the Branch Davidian compound against internal intrigue, skeptical civilians, rival Koresh and the inexorable advance of government agents.' Catanese's proposal, 'Misplaced Reliquary,' even goes so far as to catalogue real-world objects in the virtual environment of a gameboy, turning collections of 'misplaced relics of the animal saintyard' into a map of our own curiosities. - nathaniel stern

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Tasty and Addictive!

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Combining the simplicity of browser bookmarking with the social interplay of bare-bones blogging, New York-based Joshua Schachter's del.icio.us allows users to post, share and freely categorize their bookmarks within a commonly-accessible, continuously updated list. Built-in RSS and user-contributed hacks allow del.icio.us lists to appear on other sites as well. Broadly designed as an open-sourcing of Schachter's memepool site, del.icio.us provides a realtime feed of impulsive web-collecting. In between the dominant percentage of Slashdot-style tech links, users point each other to conservative pro-war rants, essays on speculative linguistics, the world’s cutest kitten photo collections, and idiosyncratic net art projects. Though the social potential of del.icio.us occasionally manifests itself in helpful suggestions or one-upping link-battles, the list's voyeuristic aspect is what truly completes the communal feel: it’s like reading the Web over someone else's shoulder. - Ed Halter

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Honey I'm Home!

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Baudrillard's idea surrounding simulacra and simulation was the copy for which there is no original. Sometimes however there is an original, priceless and with which we must take special care: us! In games such as Sim City or Ultima Online, where playing with populace seems pretty productive, we might wonder if we are losing touch with real people, including ourselves? And if this kind of enmeshed living is creating the need for cyber-psychology? Situationist Sim City, held at Fact, Liverpool, UK Friday 28th May, aims to 'ponder the possibilities and dangers of online gaming worlds as a stage for art, politics, labour, and play'. Speakers include Julian Dibbell, author of A Rape in Cyberspace, cultural critic Ed Halter and artists Jelena Klasnja, Kristian Lukic and Natalie Bookchin. Are these online arenas the worlds we really want for ourselves, or is there a sinister design to make a home from home seem more like home sweet home? - Charlotte Frost

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En Route Library!

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Gliding into its fourth year, projet MOBILIVRE/BOOKMOBILE project is a touring exhibition of artist books, zines and independent publications that will deliver nearly 300 works to a variety of venues in Canada and the US by way of a vintage Airstream trailer. Steered by a collective of North American artists and activists, this 50 foot mobile art show traverses routes that aren’t so gallery-dense, strengthening and developing networks for grassroots art and media. Along the tour, the coordinators facilitate pit-stop workshops and artist talks for visitors and passersby. Found inside are objects as diverse as hand-bound fabric flip books, a socially incisive board game by Daniel Noam Warner entitled 'Make Your Own Black Intellectual' (2004) and the colorful comics of multi-media trio Paper Rad. Each handcrafted work challenges your customary book-reading experience; collectively, they propose a new model for artistic exchange and distribution across location and generation. The Bookmobile collections will soon be archived at Artexte Information Centre in Montreal and available online. For now, you can comb through resources on independent book production, a photo gallery and the full tour schedule on the Bookmobile site - Lauren Cornell

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Peace Is Not a Game

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Antiwargame, a free online game by the San Francisco-based futurefarmers collective, has a simple premise: stay president of the U.S.A. while the country is in crisis after a terrorist attack. The president’s tasks require giving orders to troops and setting the budget, which is divided into three sectors: military and business, foreign aid, and social spending. Immediate recognitions, like the directly proportional relationship between military spending and popularity, eventually lead to more confounding questions: is there anything the troops can do besides get promoted or do drugs? how can regular citizens become politically relevant without becoming soldiers? why do both sides lose during war? The ease of quickly understanding the game’s surface mechanics sets the stage for rich intellectual payoff and quandary upon extended play. Beginning, as it does, from a perspective in which confrontation is inevitable and urgent, this critique of war evolves into insights that are atypical and meditative. - Andrew Choate

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Where There's Smoke, There's Fire

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The concept is simple, its implications fascinating: lighters implanted with wildlife research transmitters are 'lost' in select pubs throughout Limerick, Ireland. After they're found and pocketed by unwitting pub patrons, artists Volkmar Klein and Ed Lear track and analyze their patterns of movement. The resulting exhibition, Traces of Fire, documents the lighters' migratory patterns using maps, photographs and soundscapes. The madness is definitely part of the method here - what questions about our self-image as urban dwellers are raised by the act of applying biotelemetry to human social behaviours? What does masking the human carriers' identities and focusing on the devices themselves reveal about our relationship with objects and the physical environment? The installation runs at Limerick City Hall through May 23, as part of ev+a's 2004 Imagine Limerick show - public smoking ban be damned. - Peggy MacKinnon

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Rhizome's Web

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Who's offering high-quality hosting these days? And for only $65 per year? RHIZOME IS! For that annual fee, Rhizome members can put their sites on a Linux server, with 350MB disk storage space, 1000MB data transfer per month, catch-all email forwarding, daily web traffic stats, 1 FTP account, and the capability to host your own domain name (or use http://rhizome.net/your_account_name). And from May 15th to June 15th, if you sign up for a Copper plan or higher, your first 3 months are just $1.00! Copper starts you out with 400MB disk storage space, 2000MB of data transfer, 5 POP accounts, and 5 email forwarding accounts. Please be sure to mention Rhizome.org in the 'how did you hear about us?' field of the signup form, and send an email to hosting@rhizome.org. Best of all, the hosted can take comfort in knowing they're being active roots in the rhizome schema, helping the .ORG self-sustain. - Rhizome.org

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