Posts for November 2006

Weekend Reading

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The press release for xxxxx, a new book jointly published by the collective of that name and Mute, slyly drops just about every academic catch-phrase and flotsam of jargon tossed about in the last thirty years. What else would one expect from a new media reader inspired, at least in part, by the postmodern writings of Thomas Pynchon? The book draws on literature, psychogeography, and numerous strains of philiosophy, science, and mathematics to pose as a guide for a 'thought movement which is radically opposed to the contemporary entropic system,' complete with code reprints and screen shots. It features contributions by Shu Lea Chang, Florian Cramer, Simon Ford, Graham Harwood, Stewart Home, Friedrich Kittler, Armin Medosch, socialfiction.org, and many others, whose pieces focus on everything physical computing to porn, endophysics, and monadology. Chapter titles like 'final revelations for a holographic binding OS [VALIS],' 'melancholia [auto] destruction and fascism,' 'the computational revolution in art,' and 'the executable's song' hint at the authors' parodies and contributions to the genre of media manifesto. The aforementioned press release makes many promises. Above all, it is argued that xxxxx 'liberates software from the machinic, and questions the transparency of language, proposing a new world view, a sheer electromysticism....' If you'd like to ease into things, you can download a transcript of Otto Rossler's recent talk on 'Endonomadology,' in which he professes, 'we are living in the interface of consciousness.' That ought to be a bit more stimulating that the Sunday paper! - Irene Wu

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HARKNESS A/V AUTUMN SALON

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Nick Hallett:

HARKNESS A/V AUTUMN SALON

featuring François Boué, Brooke Hamre Gillespie, Andy Graydon, Zach Layton, and Ben Owen. Resident A/V: Mighty Robot

Harkness Audiovisual presents its autumn salon, focusing on an "installation performance" of François Boué's UR-HAUS, recently presented at Markus Winter Gallery, Berlin.

UR-HAUS is an ongoing series whereby simple, strong architectural forms and their environs are documented in stillness onto motion-filled celluloid to “evoke the myth of the primitive hut.” Displayed as film loops and photographs like archeological findings for future generations, the imagery undergoes real-time visual analysis, innervation, and reprojection by Andy Graydon. Live sound interaction by Brooke Hamre Gillespie (guitar, voice, musical books) Zach Layton (banjo, electronics), and Ben Owen (amplified objects, electronics, laptop).

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
François Boué: http://www.markuswinter.com/
Andy Graydon: http://www.andygraydon.net/
Ben Owen: http://www.benowen.org/
Zach Layton: http://www.zachlaytonindustries.com/
Brooke Hamre Gillespie: http://www.seasonalbk.net/theholyexperiment/

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
8 PM until 11 PM
SECRET PROJECT ROBOT at MONSTER ISLAND
210 KENT AVE at METROPOLITAN (entrance on RIVER)
FREE
please come early for the CABIN COMFORTS HOLIDAY SALE

http://www.secretprojectrobot.org

http://www.harknessav.org

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Nick Hallett


Christina McPhee (open forum)

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G.H. Hovagimyan:

Hi All,

As part of the talk by Christina McPhee (co-sponsored by Rhizome) I've created a forum on http://post.thing.net for asking questions before the talk and continuing the discussion afterwards:

http://post.thing.net/taxonomy/term/223

In order to post to this you need to register and get a user ID & pswd here:

http://post.thing.net/user/register

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by G.H. Hovagimyan


Claude Closky Net Artist

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Net art by Claude Closky, I liked Pedagogy, U and his free wallpapers aren't bad either. And he's blogging too.

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Originally posted on Stunned by stunned


Vida 9.0 and Artbot Gent

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Robot maniacs and fans of artificial intelligence, rejoice! The list of the winners of Vida 9.0, Art & Artificial Life International Competition is online (congratualtion to Andy.) So is the casting of the upcoming Artbot, it will be held in Gent on December 2 and 3. And if you're in the neighbourhood join us at Art+Game, a series of conferences, screenings, performances and exhibitions about game culture in Brussels, Dec. 1-4.

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The images above show a work by US/ Taiwan artist Shih Chieh Huang, EX-DD-06. Prefabricated electronics are stripped down and then recombined in a way which is at once familiar, and alienated by a playful recontextualisation where they are made to interact with one another, and with the spectators.

For example, by linking an automatic light switch to video footage of the artist's eye, the relationship established between human blinking and a flashing light bulb appears both oddly logical and deeply poetic. When movements of multiplied eyeball images on a video screen are used to control inflatable plastic tubes and coloured lights connected to the monitor, the resultant creature seems to live a life of its own. All 'organs' of the creatures inhabiting this interactive space are deliberately kept transparent through the use of different kinds of plastics. Paradoxically, this legibility of their 'bodily' functions makes them still more mysterious and biologically convincing, like luminescent jellyfish.

Images.

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Shih Chieh's work will be in our upcoming Networked Nature show at Foxy Production. ~mo

Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Trampoline 23rd November

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Trampoline – Platform for new media art
www.trampoline.org.uk
Thursday 23rd November 6pm til late
Broadway Cinema, Broad Street, Nottingham, UK
£5.50/£4.20 concessions

Playing with urban structures - the city becomes alive at the touch of a button.

Trampoline will be investigating the relationship between gaming, new media art and our urban environment.

The structures of the city are increasingly pervaded by new media with screens, cctv, electronic networks, mobile devices, implements often designed to control our movement through urban space and even to remove us from our surroundings. We wish to investigate how new media can form an even tighter relationship with our immediate environment – challenge and subvert its conventional structures – hacking the city.

The evening of events brings together performance, video, installation and artists’ presentations.

Blast Theory, renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists' groups using interactive media, will be giving a presentation about their most recent work ‘Day of the Figurines’, premiered at Trampoline’s event First Play Berlin, held in October of this year. www.blasttheory.co.uk

Le Quan Ninh will be bringing his unique form of percussion improvisation to Nottingham in a highly anticipated performance. www.lequanninh.net

Electronic musicians Vastik Root and Little Boy Blue will be meddling with their gameboys and various computer consoles resulting in a climax of energetic noise. www.myspace.com/vastikroot

Frank Abbott will be presenting his epic performance ‘From Here to the End of my Garden’ a series of four presentations throughout the evening, merging spaces together with his mobile projector, recreating his garden within Broadway Cinema.


Other works on show include:
An ‘urban carpet’ will be set somewhere in the streets of Nottingham and pedestrians may find the ground beneath their feet suddenly responding to their movements.
An interactive virtual pool ...

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Rhizome


CALL FOR WORK: A Thousand Tiny Sexes

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Kanarinka:

A THOUSAND TINY SEXES
A publication edited by Jaimes Mayhew and kanarinka
www.1000tinysexes.com

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CALL FOR WORK

To imagine that there are only two sexes - M & F - is an absurdity.

There are at least 1000 sexes. The daily lived reality of transgender

and intersexual people (and gay, lesbian, queer and all other people,

for that matter) proves this over and over again, yet many people

continue to operate as if 'M' and 'F' are the only sexes, the only

options, the only expressions, the only goals, the only way ("the way

it is").

Help us imagine 1000 more sexes. Describe them, imagine them, invent

them, publish them, use them, realize them, perform them.

A Thousand Tiny Sexes is an art-book-research-action project to

collect and publish 1000 proposals for TINY SEXES which are not Male

or Female. We are setting out to collect a thousand more sexes -

imaginary ones, as-yet-unrealized ones, or real ones- in the hopes

that these one thousand might make for one thousand more after that.

In so doing, we hope to contribute to a collective reimagining of sex

as a legal, biological, political, economic, cultural, and political

category.

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ABOUT THE PUBLICATION

The collection of A Thousand Tiny Sexes will be published as a book

with an introductory essay by the editors, Jaimes Mayhew and

kanarinka. We are seeking publishers. The publication will be

available for sale once published. Submissions must meet the criteria

below and the editors reserve the right to reject any submission.

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GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

Deadline: No deadline, we will keep collecting until we have 1000

good ones.
You may not propose a sex such as Male or Female that has been

legally codified and naturalized as "the way things are".
You may propose "in-between" sexes which are combinations of Male-
Female, but ...

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Kanarinka


CALL FOR WORK: A Thousand Tiny Sexes

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Via: kanarinka
WE WANT YOU TO IMAGINE NEW TINY SEXES IN THE FORM OF DRAWINGS, DIAGRAMS, AND TEXTUAL DESCRIPTIONS

To imagine that there are only two sexes - M & F - is an absurdity. There are at least 1000 sexes. The daily lived reality of transgender and intersexual people (and gay, lesbian, queer and all other people, for that matter) proves this over and over again, yet many people continue to operate as if 'M' and 'F' are the only sexes, the only options, the only expressions, the only goals, the only way ("the way it is").

Help us imagine 1000 more sexes. Describe them, imagine them, invent them, publish them, use them, realize them, perform them.

A Thousand Tiny Sexes is an art-book-research-action project to collect and publish 1000 proposals for TINY SEXES which are not Male or Female. We are setting out to collect a thousand more sexes - imaginary ones, as-yet-unrealized ones, or real ones- in the hopes that these one thousand might make for one thousand more after that. In so doing, we hope to contribute to a collective reimagining of sex as a legal, biological, political, economic, cultural, and political category.

Email 300dpi electronic submissions to 1000tinysexes@gmail.com or mail them to: Jaimes Mayhew, 102 Longwood Ave #3, Brookline, MA, 02446

A THOUSAND TINY SEXES
A publication edited by Jaimes Mayhew and kanarinka
www.1000tinysexes.com

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Originally posted on Nettime-ann relay by nettime-ann


Collision Collective X (art by engineers/engineering by artists)

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COLLISIONten (CX)
will take place at Art Interactive.
Nov 17 - Dec 3, 2006, weekends 12-6pm
Opening Thu Nov 16 6-9pm

experimental art show where artists invent new technologies, new art forms, and even new forms of life. The future of art starts here. Artists include jonathan bachrach, leonardo bonanni, benjamin bray, nell breyer, michael epstein, chris fitch, rob gonsalves, vanessa harden, guy hoffman, jeevan kalanithi, dustin ledbetter, jeff lieberman, kevin mccormick, dan paluska, roy pardi, hayes raffle, john slepian, fran trainor, and bayard wenzel

r.i.p frostbyte

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Originally posted on Eyebeam reBlog by Limor Fried


Electric Sheep Project (Spot at Santa Cruz)

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Scott Draves (aka Spot) gave a great talk on the Electric Sheep project yesterday to the Digital Arts and New Media program at UC Santa Cruz. Spot is well known for his algorithmic artwork based on cellular automata (CA) and fractals. When I knew him at CMU in 1996-1997, he had been working for several years on a CA-based screen saver called Bomb.

Electric Sheep combines the concepts of screensaver-based massively parallel supercomputers (ala SETI@Home), genetic algorithms, and fractal generated art (using recursive set functions that employ non-linear rather than the standard linear transfer functions) to generate morphing fractal animations that breed and reproduce. Scott’s server now contains thousands of these sheep, both the ones that were popular (received many votes while running on screensavers, and thus reproduced) and ones that weren’t. He has recently teamed up with the famous UCSC chaos theoretician Ralph Abraham to statistically analyze the properties of the sheep stored on his server, looking for correlations between formal properties of the sheep and aesthetic judgments (based on the popularity votes that drive the evolution of the sheep). They are currently focusing on fractal dimension as the correlate.

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Originally posted on Grand Text Auto by michael