Posts for September 2006

Marcin Ramocki, Jillian McDonald Preview

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Marcin Ramocki

Opening tonight at artMovingProjects, 166 N. 12 Street in Williamsburg from 7 to 9 pm, an exhibit by Marcin Ramocki, an artist previously discussed here. He directed the 8 BIT movie that is opening next month at the Museum of Modern Art. Aiming to "sabotage and displace the familiar context of the software interface," the exhibit includes Torcito Portraits, digital animations based on re-purposing the old Macintosh musical program Virtual Drummer, and Anti-Pharmakon, pictured above (photo courtesy artMovingProjects), an interactive installation composed of a treated computer keyboard, CPU and a wall projection. Further explanation will be forthcoming, once I actually see the work.

Also showing in the Project Space is Jillian McDonald's Zombie Makeup, a video documenting the day the artist rode the L train from one end to the other applying George Romero-ish zombie makeup to her face. As the artist says, "Instead of improving my features, like the woman who steadily applies makeup en route to work or play, I become gruesome."

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Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody


Preemptive Media's AIR

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Launching September 14

"Allowing you to explore your neighborhood and urban environment for pollution and fossil fuel burning hotspots." :: The AIR project will launch on September 14, 2006 in Lower Manhattan at the AIR headquarters located in 125 Maiden Lane (map). Release party from 5-7pm!! The headquarters will be open daily from 12-7 pm from 9/15-21.

AIR is a public, social experiment in which people are invited to use Preemptive Media's portable air monitoring devices to explore their neighborhoods and urban environments for pollution and fossil fuel burning hotspots. Participants or "carriers" are able to see pollutant levels in their current locations, as well as simultaneously view measurements from the other AIR devices in the network. An on-board GPS unit and digital compass, combined with a database of known pollution sources such as power plants and heavy industries, allow carriers to see their distance from polluters and other AIR devices. In addition, the devices regularly transmit data to a central database allowing for real time data visualization on this website.

While AIR is designed to be 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.

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


The Uncertain States of America Reader

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(Detail view of cover of mock-up made by designers)

As I publish this entry the Serpentine Gallery is celebrating the opening of "Uncertain States of America," curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Gunnar B. Kvaran, and Hans Ulrich Obrist. As I mentioned in a parenthetical aside in this entry in June, I was asked by the three of them as well as Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones to edit an anthology of recent writing about contemporary art, politics, and the current cultural climate in the United States. The first of two editions of that volume, called The Uncertain States of America Reader, is being released tonight to coincide with the exhibition. [....] Quickly realizing the scope of the project after I was initially invited to undertake it, I asked Noah Horowitz, who was hired by the Serpentine as an exhibition organizer and is a PhD candidate at the Courtauld Institute of Art, to coedit the anthology with me. Here is a brief excerpt from our coauthored introduction, which is available in full at BrianSholis.com:

In recent years, many have noted the fashionableness of art that addresses its broader social context. The translation of Nicolas Bourriaud's Relational Aesthetics into English in 2002 and the ongoing debate about this set of essays is one prominent example of this tendency. Others pertain to the intensification of discussion about the Internet's (virtual) social power and the agency of extra-gallery/museum practices, the latter of which inspired "The Interventionists," an exhibition curated by Nato Thompson and presented at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, in the summer of 2004. What has perhaps changed since the re-election later that autumn of George W. Bush is the zeroing in of (primarily European) interest in American art and artists. One could cite "Uncertain States of America," "USA Today" at ...

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Originally posted on In Search of the Miraculous by briansholis


And/Or #5 this weekend!

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This show is great: painter Nick Ackerman from San Francisco and video artist Michael Bell-Smith from NY. The new work from these guys each complements the other so well. The show starts tomorrow (Sat Sept 9th) and we’ll be open noon-6pm, but the reception is Sept 23rd.

Come see the show early if you want, maybe tomorrow on your way to all the other cool openings Saturday night. But make sure you also come on the 23rd because we’ll have Michael Bell-Smith and a member of JODI giving artist talks. JODI is a collective that is one of the earliest pioneers of net and digital art, and Dirk is coming all the way from the Netherlands to speak at Cinematexas and our space!!

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Originally posted on qotile/slocum by Pual


Hothaus Papers

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Hothaus Papers

The writing of ARC Co-Director Chris Byrne features in Hothaus Papers: perspectives and paradigms in media arts, which includes contributions from Nina Pope, Paul Ramirez-Jonas, Jem Finer, Brian Duffy, Paul Granjon, Martin Reiser, Anthony Auerbach, Drew Hemment, Caitlin Jones, Sarah Cook, John Bird and Martijn Stevens.

Hothaus Papers was published in June 2006 featuring papers presented in the the Hothaus series of seminars, organised by Vivid, which aimed to provide a platform for artists, theorists and curators to discuss current and pertinent issues within contemporary media arts practice.

`…interesting and highly relevant range of topics - an achievement in itself to identify core baselines in such a fast changing arena - with fascinating papers.`
- Helen Cadwallader, ACE national officer for visual and media arts.

Hothaus Papers: perspectives and paradigms in media arts
Published by Article Press and VIVID
Eds Joan Gibbons and Kaye Winwood
ISBN 1 873 352 24 7
232 pages
RRP ���£14.99

To order a copy email info@vivid.org.uk

You can read Chris’s paper online at www.art-research-communication.net/weblog/?p=35

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Originally posted on Art Research Communication by chris


Interview of Jonah Brucker-Cohen

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0jonahbc.jpgI've been following Jonah Brucker-Cohen interviews of artists on Gizmodo for months. As he's one of the most talented artists of his generation, i thought it was high time to fire a few questions at him. Jonah is also a researcher, Ph.D. candidate, and HEA MMRP fellow in the Disruptive Design Team of the Networking and Telecommunications Research Group, Trinity College Dublin. He was a Research Fellow in the Human Connectedness Group at Media Lab Europe. He received a Masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU and was an Interval Research Fellow there creating interactive networked projects. His research focuses on the theme of "Deconstructing Networks" which includes projects that attempt to critically challenge and subvert accepted perceptions of network interaction and experience (complete bio.)

0altering.jpgJonah is now spending a few days in Montreal to prepare a solo show of 6 of his projects at OBORO which opens at 5 pm on September 16th. The link to the Montreal show is actively connected to his Alerting Infrastructure! project (image on the right) which will be set up inside the gallery until October 21. This physical hit counter translates visits to the webpage into damage of the physical gallery space.

[Click-through for the interview.]

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Mobile LED Dance Party

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As we continue to incorporate iPods and other pocket-sized technologies into our lives, more and more artists are working to make us reconsider the everyday uses of these devices. The mobile phone gets repurposed in 'Cell Phone Disco,' an installation by designers Ursula Lavrencic and Auke Touwslager that creates a visual trace of the electromagnetic radiation emitted by active cell phones. The project consists of a dark room with walls covered in 'cells'--a battery connected to a sensor and a red LED. When an active cell phone comes near one of the walls, the LEDs within a meter flash, creating a red aura that shadows viewers as they walk back and forth (or dance) through the room while on the phone. The installation also has a section that allows viewers to draw lines as they pass an in-use cell phone. The installation is on view, through September 17th, at Rotterdam's Showroom MAMA, but its creators are working on a version that can be installed in public spaces where the project will truly intervene in day-to-day mobile phone use. - Bill Hanley

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Mobile LED Dance Party

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As we continue to incorporate iPods and other pocket-sized technologies into our lives, more and more artists are working to make us reconsider the everyday uses of these devices. The mobile phone gets repurposed in 'Cell Phone Disco,' an installation by designers Ursula Lavrencic and Auke Touwslager that creates a visual trace of the electromagnetic radiation emitted by active cell phones. The project consists of a dark room with walls covered in 'cells'--a battery connected to a sensor and a red LED. When an active cell phone comes near one of the walls, the LEDs within a meter flash, creating a red aura that shadows viewers as they walk back and forth (or dance) through the room while on the phone. The installation also has a section that allows viewers to draw lines as they pass an in-use cell phone. The installation is on view, through September 17th, at Rotterdam's Showroom MAMA, but its creators are working on a version that can be installed in public spaces where the project will truly intervene in day-to-day mobile phone use. - Bill Hanley

http://cellphonedisco.informationlab.org/

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org: Rhizome News by Rhizome


Conference: Technology in the Arts

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The goal of Technology in the Arts is to be a resource for the arts community, sparking dialogue around the role of technology in our planning and programming, discussing best practices as well as lessons learned, and providing hands-on, practical skills where possible.

Technology in the Arts will bring together the full spectrum of organizations within the arts, from the local to national levels, to examine the commonalities that exist in useful technologies as well as the opportunities for partnership.

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Oct 20-21 at Carnegie Mellon.

Originally posted on unmediated by Rhizome


DAC Deadline

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August 28th is the deadline for abstracts for DAC (Digital Arts and Culture) 2007- the premiere international electronic arts conference- held this year in Perth, Austrailia.  The conference has been around since 1998 and has established itself as an important annual nexus of researchers and artists of digital works. [....] Here's a link to previous DACs.

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Originally posted on WRT: Writer Response Theory by wrt@writerresponsetheory.org (Writer Response Theory)