Posts for November 2006

A Call to Artists - and to Owners of Broken iPods

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Image by Brian Fitzgerald for GreenMyApple.com

Stay Free! magazine is seeking artists and (broken) iPods for an upcoming project about planned obsolescence. Why does the portable player widely considered the hallmark of savvy design typically die in little over a year? Are iPods "made to break"? Or simply, as some critics have suggested, run-of-the-mill e-waste?

If you know someone who owns an iPod, chances are good that you know someone with a broken iPod. Environment groups have taken Apple to task for its dirty practices, and we'd like to join them - by making lemonade out of lemons.

Here's what we're looking for:

I. TURN (BROKEN) IPODS INTO ART
Transform your broken ipod into something deliciously useless:
finger puppet? toy car? coaster? Use your creatively to
come with something beautiful, funny, or otherwise engaging.
Take a photo and email it us with your contact information
at temporary181 (at) stayfreemagazine.org. Favorite projects will
be featured in Stay Free! and ultimately exhibited in New York
(venue TBA).

Artists unable to find a broken ipod should contact us for
assistance (though, due to our limited resources, we recommend
exhausting your peers first).

Deadline: Friday, December 8


II. SEND IN YOUR BROKEN IPODS
Don't have time to create something but want to help?
Please donate your broken ipods to Stay Free!, a nonprofit
organization. Donations are tax deductible. We'll distribute
broken ipods to working local artists for this project.

Address:

Stay Free!
23 Hawthorne Street
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(347) 715-2013

For more information about this project, stay tuned to http://www.ifrod.org.


WHO WE ARE

Stay Free! is a Brooklyn-based, nonprofit print magazine that explores the politics and perversions of mass media and American culture. Stay Free! is published once or twice a year, whenever circumstances warrant. For online archives and information, see http ...

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Rhizome


Mobile Information Station

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This year, legendary San Francisco nonprofit arts organization Southern Exposure is operating out of a temporary location, during a retrofitting of their space. The move has prompted a season of programming, entitled 'Off-Site,' that investigates artists' 'strategies for exploring and mapping public space.' Among the eight projects supported is 'Radio Cartography,' by Neighborhood Public Radio, a group borrowing their logo and acronym from the better-known National Public Radio. The former NPR has had a fruitful, ongoing relationship with Southern Exposure, and were highlighted on Pamela Lee's 'Best of 2004' shortlist, in Artforum, when they participated in an earlier exhibition there. This time around, the group continues their mission of 'providing an alternative media platform for artists, activists, musicians, and community members' by once again reaching out to the community, using their mobile production unit to engage the public not only in artists' original broadcasts, but also in learning to transmit their own voices. NPR intervenes in the airwaves just as they intervene in the streets, believing that both are public platforms. From November 10, 2006 through June of 2007, they will jump onto existing FM frequencies to transmit daily, weekly, and monthly broadcasts that 'map' the city by asking listeners to communicate about their physical and emotional states and addressing questions of nomadic living, displacement, and relocation. SoEx will host an in-gallery radio station, but these broadcasts can also be heard by tuning in throughout the bay area or visiting NPR's website. - Marisa Olson

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De-limiting Freedom

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LA Freewaves' biennial festival is a twenty year-old touchstone for currents in new media. This year, the nonprofit arts organization celebrates the series' tenth installment with a program that shakes up the very context of festivals. Entitled 'Too Much Freedom?,' this month-long series of events, screenings, and exhibits throughout Los Angeles and online erupts from the premise that 'Institutions have historically struggled to find a balance between the expressive rights of the individual and the innate desire for societal stability.' The notion of 'safe decisions' is proven dangerous to free speech and other civil liberties as the film, video, and new media works explore 'a multiplicity of cultural values, including artistic invention, political experience, and human need.' While these issues are certainly pertinent in the US, the festival includes works by a group of international artists juried by a diverse committee of local curators. Visit their site to dip into the conversation, or to survey the online archives from their 8th and 9th festivals, respectively focused on television and resistance. - Angela Moreno

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Mobile Information Station

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This year, legendary San Francisco nonprofit arts organization Southern Exposure is operating out of a temporary location, during a retrofitting of their space. The move has prompted a season of programming, entitled 'Off-Site,' that investigates artists' 'strategies for exploring and mapping public space.' Among the eight projects supported is 'Radio Cartography,' by Neighborhood Public Radio, a group borrowing their logo and acronym from the better-known National Public Radio. The former NPR has had a fruitful, ongoing relationship with Southern Exposure, and were highlighted on Pamela Lee's 'Best of 2004' shortlist, in Artforum, when they participated in an earlier exhibition there. This time around, the group continues their mission of 'providing an alternative media platform for artists, activists, musicians, and community members' by once again reaching out to the community, using their mobile production unit to engage the public not only in artists' original broadcasts, but also in learning to transmit their own voices. NPR intervenes in the airwaves just as they intervene in the streets, believing that both are public platforms. From November 10, 2006 through June of 2007, they will jump onto existing FM frequencies to transmit daily, weekly, and monthly broadcasts that 'map' the city by asking listeners to communicate about their physical and emotional states and addressing questions of nomadic living, displacement, and relocation. SoEx will host an in-gallery radio station, but these broadcasts can also be heard by tuning in throughout the bay area or visiting NPR's website. - Marisa Olson

http://soex.org/Exhibit/43.html

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Originally posted on Rhizome News by Rhizome


[Anthony Discenza]

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SUSPENSION.jpg

'Suspension' is a video constructed from a destroyed rescan of fashion magazine ads and a video self-portrait, is a meditation on the implicitly narcissistic nature of desire within a commodified context.

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'Residual Light (still)' and 'Drift (still).' All videos by Anthony Discenza.

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Originally posted on VVORK by Rhizome


Jonathan Horowitz's MAXELL

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Jonathan Horowitz - Maxell

Jonathan Horowitz looms large in the "art as mediacrit" field. He currently shows with Gavin Brown gallery, and has been an influential force on the New York scene since the early '90s. Although he now uses the Internet as a tool and playing field, his work came to prominence during the VCR era. In his piece Maxell, a tape made in 1990 and projected on a large scale at Greene Naftali gallery in 1998, a black screen with the single word MAXELL has been dubbed and redubbed on a VCR so that it gets progressively grainier. But it isn't just degrading--random visual and audial noise is being picked up and amplified with each copy that begins to aggressively overwhelm the original source, in a way that is almost performative. When projected on a large screen, ugly violent electronic sounds and wrenching, spasmodic lightning zaps build dramatically, so that by the end of the tape the video becomes assaultive, almost scary in its sense of total abject breakdown. The piece shows the unintended consequences of mechanical reproduction, data transmission that is supposed to be seamless taken to its most extreme conclusion, so that it actually feels toxic. In other words, Art reveals a dark side to technology that has been there all along. The ultimate irony is the use of MAXELL as subject matter, a brand built on clarity and trust.

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Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody


De-limiting Freedom

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LA Freewaves' biennial festival is a twenty year-old touchstone for currents in new media. This year, the nonprofit arts organization celebrates the series' tenth installment with a program that shakes up the very context of festivals. Entitled 'Too Much Freedom?,' this month-long series of events, screenings, and exhibits throughout Los Angeles and online erupts from the premise that 'Institutions have historically struggled to find a balance between the expressive rights of the individual and the innate desire for societal stability.' The notion of 'safe decisions' is proven dangerous to free speech and other civil liberties as the film, video, and new media works explore 'a multiplicity of cultural values, including artistic invention, political experience, and human need.' While these issues are certainly pertinent in the US, the festival includes works by a group of international artists juried by a diverse committee of local curators. Visit their site to dip into the conversation, or to survey the online archives from their 8th and 9th festivals, respectively focused on television and resistance. - Angela Moreno

http://www.freewaves.org/festivals.htm

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Originally posted on Rhizome News by Rhizome


Pall Thayer (Iceland), at Pace Digital Gallery NYC

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Pace Digital Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition, and lecture by Icelandic artist Pall Thayer on November 15th, 2006

"wassup, tYgEr_lil_E?"
solo exhibition at Pace Digital Gallery
Nov 15 - Dec 8, 2006

Nov 15: discussion with the artist and reception 2-4pm
Pace University
2nd floor, 163 William Street (between Beekman and Ann Streets)
New York, NY


"Wassup, tYgEr_lil_E?" is an examination of the impact of digital media on abstract art. The title references Woody Allen's film, "What's up, Tiger Lily?" (1966) from which it borrows a simple idea: dubbing a foreign movie's dialogue with completely unrelated text, in an attempt to alter the story. "Wassup, tYgEr_lil_E?" captures images from live video feeds and provides on-screen subtitles with text captured from live Internet chat sessions. Thayer made no attempt to match images to text. Computers have no conscious understanding of the subject material they are being made to appropriate. Therefore the result, being generated by automated computer processes, becomes an abstraction.

Pall Thayer (1968) is an Icelandic artist working with computers and the Internet. He graduated from the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1999 with a background in mixed-media. His work has been exhibited widely at festivals and group shows such as Nordic Interactive in Copenhagen, Transmediale in Berlin, The Boston CyberArts Festival, Hipersonica/File in Sao Paulo and PixxelPoint in Slovenia. In 2004 he organized the Trans-Cultural Mapping: Iceland Inside and Out workshop in
locative media for Lorna, The Icelandic Organization for Electronic Arts, of which he is an active member. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

details and directions and map:
http://pace.edu/digitalgallery

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Rhiz commissioned piece installed at Nuit Blanche Toronto

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Peter Horvath's Rhizome commission "Triptych: Motion Stillness Resistance" installed in Toronto's Nuit Blanche as a web based video installation.

http://www.6168.org/installations/nuitBlanche/nuit.html

Paris, France introduced Nuit Blanche to the world in October 2002. This all-night free celebration of contemporary art was an enormous success and many cities have followed suit. In 2006, Toronto joins the international ranks of Brussels, Rome, Madrid and Paris to become the most recent Nuit Blanche city.

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Peter Horvath


Outside In: Organising NODE.London

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Lauren Wright

NODE.London a.k.a. NodeL – Season of Media Arts London. Whatever you called it, it was and is a year of activities around art, social organisation and media inaugurated the World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures at Limehouse Town Hall and Open Congress at Tate Britain in late 2005.

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