Posts for October 2006

An ordinary building

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UNUSUAL SIGN APPEARED OVERNIGHT CAUSES CONTROVERSY

On the night of September the 20th 2006 a sign appeared on a building in the center of Viterbo, an ancient city in central Italy, not far from Rome. Apparently put by the City Council it has already caused quite a stir. The sign is in fact an art piece by controversial artist duo Eva and Franco Mattes (aka 0100101110101101.ORG). Looking as official as any other street sign, it reads:

An Ordinary Building
This building was designed by an unknown architect in an irrelevant epoch and never belonged to an important person. The complex does not show any original architectural solutions, nor does it conserve any important works of art within. No memory is kept of any significant historical events occurring on this site. No known personality was born, lived or died here, nor is any excellent artist or sublime poet still working here.

Hundreds of unaware passersby have been staring at the sign: "It's brilliant!" comments an elderly woman "But I have no idea how to interpret it". While an outraged citizen living nearby comments "This is just unacceptable, look around, there are buildings much worse than this one, especially in the suburbs".

When asked to give an explanation of the sign, Franco Mattes, currently in New York, declared "It means what it says".

Italian curator Claudio Zecchi, who commissioned the work, comments: "This piece has a strong provocative nature like all their previous ones. The ideal stage for their art is not the official places where artworks get recognition and celebration like galleries and museums, but the city itself. It is only there that they can obtain the most genuine reaction".

The artists plan to leave the sign on the building until mid October, but whether or not the City ...

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Originally posted on networked_performance by luis


HTTP Gallery - Game/Play at London Games Festival this weekend.

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Logo: House of Technologically Termed Praxis marc garrett:

HTTP Gallery - Game/Play at London Games Festival this weekend.

[giantJoystick] by Mary Flanagan. Truck Dismount by Jetro Lauha. The Endless Forest by Tale of Tales. Noiz2sa by Kenta Cho. Facade by Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern. 2nd Person Shooter by Julian Oliver. VisitorsStudio by Furtherfield.

HTTP were asked to be part of the London Games Festival, to introduce an alternative perspective of contemporary game culture from a grass roots level, in contrast to the traditional corporate elements that usually dominate these large and popular events. This is a major step forward for the London Games Festival group, and hopefully this will be the first of many 'Fringe' orientated opportunties, that serve in offering experimental and up and coming game artists/groups to have their work seen andc experienced by a diverse audience.

[giantJoystick] by Mary Flanagan was commissioned by the HTTP Gallery/Furtherfield.org and other independent video games selected by Corrado Morgana, are featured in the World Series of Video Games at the London Trocadero as part of the London Games Festival.

London Trocadero. Friday 6th - Sunday 8th October Open Fri- Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 10-5pm 7 - 14 Coventry Street, London W1D 7DH 10am - 10pm

Information about London Games Festival http://www.londongamesfestival.co.uk/Custom/EventDetail.aspx?ID=66

Information about the Game/Play (touring) Exhibition. http://blog.game-play.org.uk

Information about HTTP Gallery. http://www.http.uk.net/

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by marc garrett garrett


Turbulence Commission: "Self-Portrait" by Ethan Ham

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Turbulence.org:

October 7, 2006 Turbulence Commission: "Self-Portrait" by Ethan Ham http://transition.turbulence.org/works/self-portrait/

"Self-Portrait" is a software search for the artist's face among the millions contained in the photos uploaded to www.flickr.com. The project's site displays three photos: 1) an ever-changing photo that depicts what is currently being evaluated by "Self-Portrait's" facial recognition software; 2) the most recent photo that was identified as containing a face. (The software often misses seeing faces and occasionally misidentifies an inanimate object as a face.); and 3) the most recent photo that has a high probability of depicting Ethan Ham (the artist). Clicking on this photo allows viewing earlier photos that were found to contain Ethan.

"Self-Portrait" is a 2006 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

BIOGRAPHY

Ethan Ham is a kinetic and new media artist who has recently moved to New York from Portland, Oregon. His projects often involve art generated by viewer participation, seemingly random events, and/or automated means. He is Assistant Professor of New Media at City College of New York, CUNY.

For more information about Turbulence please visit http://turbulence.org

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.: http://new-radio.org New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856 Turbulence: http://turbulence.org New American Radio: http://somewhere.org Networked_Performance Blog: http://turbulence.org/blog Upgrade! Boston: http://turbulence.org/upgrade

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Turbulence.org


"Recap" by Rick Silva

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cool movie from rick

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Politicizing the AIR Down Here

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Those of us who make communication technologies a part of our daily life are familiar with the challenge of searching for wireless hotspots, good mobile reception zones, and the like. But we often neglect to think about that other stuff floating in the ether--pollution. Even when it is on our minds, it tends to escape our vision. This conundrum is ironic, if not sad, given the relationship between technological development and environmental degradation. The Preemptive Media collective's newest project gives users a chance to identify pollutants and their origins, thus mapping a different sort of 'hotspot.' The AIR (Area's Immediate Reading) project outfits individuals with GPS-enabled portable devices that constantly monitor the atmosphere in the users' vicinity and compares these readings with data collected from other AIR devices in the region. Preemptive Media tend to employ alternative research and policy tactics in their work, and AIR is not unlike their previous projects in that the object created as a result of their investigations has wider social implications. The artists say that the AIR device is not only 'a tool for individuals and groups to self identify pollution sources, it also serves as a platform to discuss energy politics and their impact on environment, health and social groups in specific regions.' This fits into PM's efforts to reflect on the broader culture and cultural production of technology research and development while striving to bring something deeper to light. - Marisa Olson

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Japan's Media Art Top 100

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The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan has recently selected "Japan's Media Art Top 100" based on the votes by the general public and selected experts. More than 33 thousand people voted this summer, and 25 works were selected in the following 4 areas: Art, Entertainment, Anime, and Manga. Here's the top 3's in each area:

Art
(1)Taiyou no Tou (The Tower of Sun) by Taro Okamoto
(2) Meywa Denki Live Performances (see the related entry: Maywa Denki in Paris)
(3) NAKI by Meywa Denki

Entertainment
(1) Yawaraki Sensha by Rareko
(2) Pythagorean Switch
(3) Super Mario Bros

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[Taiyou No Tou. (Photo by the poster)]

Anime
(1) Neon Genesis Evangelion
(2) Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
(3) Castle in the Sky

Manga
(1) Slam Dunk
(2) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
(3) Dragon Ball

An exhibition that showcases the selected top 100 works will take place at the National Art Center Tokyo, from January 21, 2007. Hope I can report more around that time..

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Pecha Kucha Berlin

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Tomorrow (10th Oct) evening at 20:20h sharp, the third edition of the local Pecha Kucha will kick off at a place called Ballhaus Ost in Berlin.

Guest include Eric Wahlforss and Alexander Ljung of Trustmojo, Peter Krell of Game Face magazine, genauso.und.anders, the artist IEPE, Joachim Stein of Deuxi�¨me Degr�©, architect Stephen K Molloy, Monkeymen, Paul Jamtgaard from Pecha Kucha SF and myself, presenting Blinks & Buttons.

Most presentations will be in German although some might be in English.

At Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, Berlin Prenzlauer Berg.

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Salon or Seminar @ E:vent Gallery, London AND online

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Cecilia:

The next installment of the Salon or Seminar series of cultural debates will discuss media art. www.ceciliawee.com/salonorseminar/

The debate is a pre-event to the group exhibition GROUNDED, curated by artist and games theorist Axel Stockburger. www.eventnetwork.org.uk/programme/exhibitions/258

The debate will focus on the following questions: - Does media art change the understanding of the term art itself? - How is the relationship between the 'creative industries' and art reconfigured by media and digital art? - How does the location of new media and digital art affect contemporary aesthetics? - Is the term ‘media art’ still relevant in 2006?

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Online Debate @ E:vent Network, from Monday 17th October 2006: We would like to invite online participation in this Salon or Seminar discussion. Please join guests Marc Garrett, Beryl Graham, Sarah Cooke in an online discussion. Contributions will be read out during the live/radio debate, taking place on the 24th of October at E:vent Gallery. www.eventnetwork.org.uk/online/forums/262

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Live Debate @ E:vent Gallery, 96 Teesdale Street, London E2 6PU (5 mins walk from Bethnal Green tube) Tuesday 24th October 2006: Drinks from 6pm, debate 7-8pm www.eventnetwork.org.uk/programme/forums/269

Panel: JJ Charlesworth (art critic/writer), Axel Stockburger (artist and games theorist), Sue Thomas (author of Hello World: Travels in Virtuality) Marina Vishmidt (writer, installation artist) Chaired and organised by Cecilia Wee (Rational Rec, Resonance FM)

Admission is free but all attending must reserve a space by emailing newartonmondays@yahoo.co.uk by Monday 23rd October 2006 with ‘Salon or Seminar’ as the subject header.

This debate will be recorded for broadcast on Resonance FM, London’s art radio station, on Thursday 9th November 2006, 19:00-20:00 (GMT) and is part of the Salon or Seminar series of ...

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Cecilia


Politicizing the AIR Down Here

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Those of us who make communication technologies a part of our daily life are familiar with the challenge of searching for wireless hotspots, good mobile reception zones, and the like. But we often neglect to think about that other stuff floating in the ether--pollution. Even when it is on our minds, it tends to escape our vision. This conundrum is ironic, if not sad, given the relationship between technological development and environmental degradation. The Preemptive Media collective's newest project gives users a chance to identify pollutants and their origins, thus mapping a different sort of 'hotspot.' The AIR (Area's Immediate Reading) project outfits individuals with GPS-enabled portable devices that constantly monitor the atmosphere in the users' vicinity and compares these readings with data collected from other AIR devices in the region. Preemptive Media tend to employ alternative research and policy tactics in their work, and AIR is not unlike their previous projects in that the object created as a result of their investigations has wider social implications. The artists say that the AIR device is not only 'a tool for individuals and groups to self identify pollution sources, it also serves as a platform to discuss energy politics and their impact on environment, health and social groups in specific regions.' This fits into PM's efforts to reflect on the broader culture and cultural production of technology research and development while striving to bring something deeper to light. - Marisa Olson

http://www.pm-air.net/

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org: Rhizome News by Rhizome


interaktivni festival organised by Vuk Cosic in Ljubljana

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will go live soon

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Originally posted on del.icio.us/regine by regine