Posts for January 2006

jimpunk's www(dot)pulp(dot)href

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www(dot)pulp(dot)href

Briefly noted, this excellent video/Net DIY collage piece by jimpunk. You need Quicktime 7 to view. The elements of the grid, the composite, and short loops could all be seen in an earlier work, Michael Ensdorf's Momentary Distractions. What jimpunk adds is the ability to mix and match clips, a slew of pop culture and historical references (a pistol-wagging Benicio Del Toro, Flight 93, Jodie Foster panicking), ambitious graphic design in the more psychedelic patterns, snippets of found and/or industrial style music, and an overall sense of anarchic humor. Net Art seems to be evolving here, or perhaps a better metaphor would be morphing into an explosively violent alien entity, like Natasha Henstridge in Species.

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This has been posted before but Tom adds some historical context as well as interesting ananlysis.

Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody


West 27th Street preview

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We were fans of the people now relocated to 27th Street before Time Out New York did its big spread this week.

A lot of the galleries had "previews" tonight before the joint openings tomorrow. Tomorrow should be busy, with at least 20 Chelsea openings listed on ArtCal for tomorrow night.

We dropped by Foxy Production, Wallspace, and the "annex" of ATM tonight. Some highlights:

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Hallway connecting Wallspace and Foxy


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Kirsten Stoltmann work at Wallspace


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Jacob Ciocci at Foxy Production, installation detail

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a little late, but what the hell...

Originally posted on bloggy by Rhizome


Biennial Blah Blah

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On Monday, January 23rd, Artforum is hosting a panel talk with past and present Whitney Biennial curators at the New School. Panel members include 2006 curators Chrissie Iles and Philippe Vergne, along with past curators Klaus Kertess, Louise Neri, Lisa Phillips, and Elisabeth Sussman.

This could be an interesting talk, the Whitney Biennial is always so contentious. The talk could shed some light onto the inscrutable selection process, personally I think that curating the Biennial has got to be one of the toughest challenges in the world of art. There are over 200 biennials in the world today, plus the rise of hundreds of art fairs around the world. Still though, at least here in the US, the Whitney Biennial still seems to regularly kick up more furor than any other museum show.

Event Details:

Artforum Roundtable: Curating the Whitney Biennial
Monday, 23 January, 6:30PM
Tishman Auditorium @ The New School
66 West 12th Street, NYC

Tickets are $10, Call 212.229.5488 or email boxoffice@newschool.edu for reservations.

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Originally posted on see art / make art by chih


Open Call - Bent 2006 Circuit Bending Festival

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BENT 2006 CIRCUIT BENDING FESTIVAL OPEN CALL

The Tank is currently accepting proposals for: Bent 2006 : The Third Annual Circuit Bending Festival April 19-23, 2006 Proposal Deadline: February 10, 2006

Each year the festival features daily workshops, art installations, and evening concerts from a wide variety of international performers and artists. This year we are working in collaboration with Harvestworks as part of their “Benders and Coders

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Mike Rosenthal


Mute Magazine -- new publishing, networked economy

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Mute Magazine - new publishing, networked economy +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

We've crossed oceans of time for you to find us.

http://metamute.org/

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For years, it has been Mute's dream to conduct its publishing on a more participatory platform. Starting with our mini-manifesto Ceci N'est Pas Un Magazine (Sept 2001), we plotted the project as it moved through various developmental stages and now, after years of planning and building, it is alive and kicking at brand new site Metamute.org.

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Originally posted on murphy's blog by Rhizome


Looking for nine fiction writers

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I’m looking for nine fiction writers who want to collaborate with me on an artwork that has been commissioned by Turbulence.org. I don’t want to give too much away, but I can say that the work will involve writing collaborative, improvisational fiction online. I can’t honestly say how good the final product will be, but I think it’ll make a fascinating experiment—provided, of course, I’m lucky enough to have good writers to work with.

Each writer will receive a $200 stipend for participation. Participating in this artwork will require a light, but ongoing commitment: perhaps an hour a week, from March to June.

No particular experience, or publications, are necessary. However, you should be mildly comfortable with technology, enough to use a website like MySpace or a blog host like Blogspot. It would also be okay if you had a friend who could help you with the technical stuff. Basically, the project involves a little tech setup, and I don’t want to have to do a lot of tech support for other people.

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Coded Utopia

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By Brian Holmes

Makrolab is one of the more seminal and enduring projects to have developed out of the tactical media canon. Brian Holmes sets the project in the context of epochal shifts underway in the former Yugoslavia during its inception and fixes our vision firmly on the utopian horizon that this living laboratory probes.

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Chicken Soup for the Viewer

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In the last decade, a series of books of the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' ilk have dominated the self-help market, a sphere with a rhetoric that all too rarely finds itself quoted in the art world. Enter Jacob Ciocci, the Pittsburgh-based artist best known as one-third of the Paper Rad collective. His installation at New York's newly-supersized Foxy Production gallery welcomes visitors with the phrase 'How to Beat Loneliness,' and the show is positioned as Level Zero in the video game of life. 'Inspiration Superhighway,' open through February 4th, is Ciocci's first solo show and it features multi-channel video installations, sculptures, and drawings whose characters 'seek meaning from cultural chaos.' Like his collaborative work, the new projects evoke the sensory overload that results from coming of age in a media saturated culture. Taking on the trope of a little boy's bedroom, the show erects shrines to the Saturday morning deities and Top 40 superstars that populate our transmitted landscape. On the one hand, visitors can identify with a feeling of entrapped isolation. Then again, entering a space created by Ciocci always feels like climbing through a magic rabbit hole into a world illuminated by animated gifs, beautiful colors, and complexly compelling softness. Taking in the artist's remix of 'Don't Worry, Be Happy,' it would be an understatement to say that his work feels good. - Marisa Olson

http://www.foxyproduction.com/exhibition/view/312

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Originally posted on Rhizome News by Rhizome


Index for X: An Experiment in Mass Collaboration

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I was lucky enough to be asked to build a piece for the Winter issue of Born Magazine. The poem, Index for X and the Origin of Fires is a truly beautiful work by Ander Monson.

What I wanted to avoid in this project was forcing the reader into one particular interpretation of the poem. I think the beauty of verse lies in its ability to speak in different ways to different readers.

With that in mind, I built a semi-intelligent engine for this project that interprets the poem by accessing the massive database of images that is Flickr. Images are gathered for each line of the poem, and are displayed semi-randomly, appearing just long enough to register and then fading again into the background. As the viewer progresses through the poem, a collage of images is present in their memory - enough, along with the poem itself to build a unique interpretation of the work.

This 'collective interpretation' changes in two ways: First, because Flickr is constantly being updated and because the engine is stochastic, you will never see the same set of images twice. Second, because Flickr users can tag images with the word 'indexx' to have them appear more often in the project, the generated compositions will (hopefully) become more focused over time.

So, go and check it out.

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Originally posted on Processing Blogs by Rhizome


Chicken Soup for the Viewer

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In the last decade, a series of books of the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' ilk have dominated the self-help market, a sphere with a rhetoric that all too rarely finds itself quoted in the art world. Enter Jacob Ciocci, the Pittsburgh-based artist best known as one-third of the Paper Rad collective. His installation at New York's newly-supersized Foxy Production gallery welcomes visitors with the phrase 'How to Beat Loneliness,' and the show is positioned as Level Zero in the video game of life. 'Inspiration Superhighway,' open through February 4th, is Ciocci's first solo show and it features multi-channel video installations, sculptures, and drawings whose characters 'seek meaning from cultural chaos.' Like his collaborative work, the new projects evoke the sensory overload that results from coming of age in a media saturated culture. Taking on the trope of a little boy's bedroom, the show erects shrines to the Saturday morning deities and Top 40 superstars that populate our transmitted landscape. On the one hand, visitors can identify with a feeling of entrapped isolation. Then again, entering a space created by Ciocci always feels like climbing through a magic rabbit hole into a world illuminated by animated gifs, beautiful colors, and complexly compelling softness. Taking in the artist's remix of 'Don't Worry, Be Happy,' it would be an understatement to say that his work feels good. - Marisa Olson

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