Posts for January 2006

PARK(ing)

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Transform a Parking Spot into a PARK(ing) Space

PARK(ing) is an investigation into reprogramming a typical unit of private vehicular space by leasing a metered parking spot for public recreational activity. We identified a site in an area of downtown San Francisco that is underserved by public outdoor space and is in an ideal, sunny location between the hours of noon and 2 p.m. There we installed a small, temporary public park that provided nature, seating, and shade.

Our goal was to transform a parking spot into a PARK(ing) space, thereby temporarily expanding the public realm and improving the quality of urban human habitat, at least until the meter ran out. By our calculations, we provided an additional 24,000 square-foot-minutes of public open space that Wednesday afternoon. Build your own PARK(ing)!

View our handy construction manual.

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


t-minus ‘06

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Submissions sought that explore alternate methods of temporal presentation.

Deadline: January 20th, 2006

Abstract: As computers and cameras become increasingly ubiquitous, a greater number of creators are becoming interested in the artistic possibilities inherent in combining these technologies. Time-distorted video is easily realized with affordable consumer equipment, and this ability has generated a wave of image-over-time interactive ?physical computing? installations and homegrown timelapse projects. T-Minus3 seeks to bring together exceptional realizations that explore the union of digital media and time.
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nes: Submissions must either be completed works (pre-recorded DVD’s, tapes),or a detailed description of the completed piece, including length, and an abstract for the piece.

Media included in submission packages must be in DVD video format, either PAL or NTSC.

Works will be displayed at numerous locations, TBD, announcements will follow.

All copyrights to the work remain with the individual artists.

Include a one paragraph description of the piece, example media, artist(s) background, and contact information.

Please mail submissions to the following address:

www.t-minus.org/

T-Minus 2006
c/o Chris Jordan
149 E. Broadway #4
New York, NY 10002

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Originally posted on see art / make art by scott


Wartime Voyeurism

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New York artist Jon Kessler's recent video installations have focused on contemporary politics, representations of war, and the pleasures and problems of surveillance. His most immersive work to date, 'The Palace at 4 AM,' is a room-sized anthill of flashing monitors, spider webs of cable, and an arsenal of rotating video cameras installed at P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center. The cameras are trained on free-standing images taken from footage of the war and political events. Like Hollywood miniatures, each briefly creates a false reality before the camera jerks away to focus on a different scene. Kessler also perforates the images, allowing flashes of the real gallery to penetrate his virtual war. Through the holes, people watching the monitors catch glimpses of other visitors between the dizzying presentations of politicians and explosions. This produces the giddy paranoia of watching and being watched, but the surveillance doesn't end in Kessler's closed-circuit. Until the show closes on February 6th, two of the cameras are streaming live to the internet. Tune in during P.S.1 gallery hours to watch bewildered visitors explore the installation--while they revel in being watched. - Bill Hanley

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The Rational Review

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Tuesday 10th January 2006
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, Pollard Row (off Bethnal Green Road)
Doors at 7pm; £5 on the door
FIRST LIVE PERFORMANCE AT 8PM

The monthly inter-art series Rational Rec @Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club crosses the divides between music, film, debate, performance art and dance.

On Tuesday 10th January, Cecilia Wee will be curating an evening as part of the series called the Rational Review. This will involve the first public airing of composer John Lely’s Launch of the Red Bird, a film/sound installation by Rees Archibald, the Rational Review debate, and a music performance from London Musicians Collective stars Genital Panic.

The centrepiece of the evening will be the Rational Review debate, where the audience will nominate their favourite, most despised or most challenging art work or cultural thing of 2005 for discussion by the panel.

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Originally posted on THOUSANDS OF COLORS - Michael Connor by connor_mike


Time to vote for those Bloggies

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The voting phase of Medgadget's 2005 Medical Weblog Award has started (surprisingly, wmmna was nominated in the Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Category). The award page is worth a look if you want to discover some excellent health-related blogs.

Shall i be the only one who's not begging the readers to vote for me at the Bloggies 2006? No, no, no.

There's still no category for art blogs, so i suggest to pack other categories with arty blogs.

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Best Australian weblog: information aesthetics and 1+1=3.
Best Asian: PingMag and pulog1.
Best African/Middle Eastern: Sensory impact.
Best European: well... i'm Belgian and live in Italy. But i also like Generator.x
Best British or Irish blog: Ektopia and dataisnature.
Best latin American: Mira!, Ponchorama and Bibi's box.
Best American: networked_performance and wooster collective.
Best technology: RFID in Japan, Pasta and vinegar and me, me, me!
Life-time achievement: Emily Turettini.
Best topical: RFID in Japan, generator.x and petistic.
Best collective: Archinect and rhizome.
Best kept-secret blog: organism, Bldgblog, las insolitas aventuraz del pez and petistic.
Best blog: pulog1.

With a big thank to Geoff Manaugh for having encouraged me to try (again) to be nominated at the Bloggies.

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Wartime Voyeurism

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New York artist Jon Kessler's recent video installations have focused on contemporary politics, representations of war, and the pleasures and problems of surveillance. His most immersive work to date, 'The Palace at 4 AM,' is a room-sized anthill of flashing monitors, spider webs of cable, and an arsenal of rotating video cameras installed at P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center. The cameras are trained on free-standing images taken from footage of the war and political events. Like Hollywood miniatures, each briefly creates a false reality before the camera jerks away to focus on a different scene. Kessler also perforates the images, allowing flashes of the real gallery to penetrate his virtual war. Through the holes, people watching the monitors catch glimpses of other visitors between the dizzying presentations of politicians and explosions. This produces the giddy paranoia of watching and being watched, but the surveillance doesn't end in Kessler's closed-circuit. Until the show closes on February 6th, two of the cameras are streaming live to the internet. Tune in during P.S.1 gallery hours to watch bewildered visitors explore the installation--while they revel in being watched. - Bill Hanley

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Net Art News by Rhizome


Time for John Cage

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As Slow as Possible/ASLSP

The world’s longest performance of a piece of music is being played in Germany, and it will go on playing for another 639 years. John Cage's composition ASLSP, or to give it its full title As Slow As Possible, is part of what organisers have described as ‘a revolution in slowness.’ But can this really be taken seriously or is it simply a publicity stunt? Arts In Action reports.

Throughout his life, the experimental American composer, John Cage, was celebrated for his various efforts to subvert audiences’ conventional concepts of what music is, and should be. Famously quoted as saying, ‘if my work is accepted I must move on to the point where it isn’t’, Cage continually pushed back artistic boundaries and led audiences to the edge of reason.

Much of his theory of art was based on random events. Whether he used conventional percussion instruments or tinkered with audio frequencies, performances of Cage’s work always sparked conversation. In 1952 he hallenged every musical assumption with his most notorious piece entitled 4'33". Here players sat silently for the allotted time, allowing the ambient noise to fill the void. This quite literally was the sound of silence. more [via netbehaviour]

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


Mapping New York Communities:

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An Introduction to GIS

Mapping New York Communities: An Introduction to GIS and Community Demographic Analysis Workshop - One Day Workshop: This fast paced, hands-on workshop teaches the fundamentals of how to use a Geographic Information System (GIS) in a way that is particularly relevant to social service providers, planners and researchers. Participants learn to make thematic maps of their community, geocode addresses and perform spatial queries and analysis. Participants also learn to extract and map Census variables such as race, poverty, language, education, health and many other demographic variables. Exercises are designed for beginners. Intermediate Excel skills required. Each students is assigned a computer on which to work for the day.

When: March 2nd and 3rd, 2006 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm) Note: This is a one day workshop. Please choose which date is most convenient for you. Where: NYC Seminar and Conference Center 71 West 23rd Street, Suite 515 New York, NY 10010 - Limited seating, please register early Fee: $399. To register online or telephone us 877.241.6576.

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-Read through for more information on the different workshops.

Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


Sorting reality pixel by pixel

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For her Master show, Anna Wignell installed in Stockholm in the end of 2005 a piece called Sorting.

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A mathematical algorithm operating directly on the information of the media processes in real time the incoming camera image obtained in the gallery. The pixels of the video image are sorted by brightness and processed from left to right working upon rows from top to bottom. The image obtained from the camera continues throughout this process to contain all of its original information. The complexity of the original camera image (reality) is being reorganized/ordered into a soft gradation/transition. The perspective changes from depth to surface.

Images and short video.

Thanks Loove!

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Post-crystal

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Wi-R-Crystals & the Crystalpunk Softscreen Wilfired has posted a list of reports and reviews of the Crystalpunk Workshop for Soft Architecture over at socialfiction’s ’stream of consciousness’. There were a couple of soft encapsulations of the punk meme completed towards the end of the workshop worth highlighting. [...]

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Originally posted on dataisnature.com by Rhizome