Posts for January 2004

Saying 'Yes' To The WTO

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For those that follow political or satirical net art, the Yes Men are probably a familiar 'organization.' Now, the 'invisible theater' of the Yes oeuvre is being introduced to a larger audience: moviegoers. Though it has already played at the Sundance Film Festival, the Yes Men Movie, created by filmmakers Dan Olman, Sarah Price, and Chris Smith, will be officially released by United Artists this summer. The film follows Yes Men Andy and Mike as they impersonate the WTO online, at conferences, and on television, and documents their shock as they 'pass' every time. A recently updated website contains information on the movie as well as first-hand accounts and images of their attempts to provoke unsuspecting audiences. And speaking of provocations, the Yes Men's caper at the textile conference in Finland is a must-see. -Ryan Griffis

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The Roof is On Fire

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Mix IT Up, Or Down

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If you have the impression that technology-based work, including art, is the domain of geeky white guys, it's no wonder, given the image presented by many festivals, conferences and books on the subject. But, thankfully, that dominance is being challenged both in theory and practice. One voice of contestation is Teknika Radica, a collective of women musicians, visual artists and writers that organizes events to engage, radically, technology and art. Their upcoming 'Powering Up/Powering Down' festival will be a three-day affair of performances, exhibits and workshops by an international list of artists and scholars dealing with the intersections between high tech, low tech and 'historically estranged communities.' The festival takes place on the University of California, San Diego campus and runs from tomorrow, January 30, through February 1. -Ryan Griffis

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We Salute You

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A deep bow of thanks if you have already made a contribution to Rhizome.org's Annual Campaign. The good news is that the drive ends this weekend: the bad news is that we haven't met our goal of raising $37,000. So, if you haven't already, please show that you value art and discourse. Make a contribution of $5 or more and you will be eligible for an individual membership and can subscribe to lists such as Rhizome RAW, RARE, and DIGEST. Members also have the opportunity to submit proposals for Rhizome Net Art Commissions (see the Commissions page for details). Finally, those who give more than $15 will receive a 10-20% discount in the New Museum of Contemporary Art's Online Store. Support Rhizome and buy books, art editions, gifts, jewelry, and children's merchandise at a discount! Check out the Online Store here: http://www.newmuseum.org/comersus/store/comersus_dynamicIndex.asp. Thank you and we hope to see you logged into Rhizome.org regularly. -- The Staff and Board of Rhizome.org

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