Posts for September 2006

Instantaneous Structuring


Before there was The Blair Witch Project, jerky-camera TV sitcoms like The Office, and yes, video blogs, there were the improvisational in-camera edits and "single frame filming" diaries of Jonas Mekas:

"I am sick and tired of the guardians of Cinema Art who accuse the new film-maker of shaky camera work and bad technique. In like manner, they accuse the modern composer, the modern sculptor, the modern painter of sloppiness and poor technique. They are hopeless. I would rather spend my time in heralding the new." (from his 1962 essay "Notes on the New American Cinema," in a section called "A Note on the 'Shaky Camera'")

And now, at age 83, there's this, Jonas' latest heralding of the new (tip of the hit to Cuechamp).

After viewing Jonas' frontline video blog entry, I think to myself: Moving visual art as an exercise in instantaneous structuring. That's my next project (2007-2008).

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Originally posted on Professor VJ by Rhizome

Deadline extended: Rhizome Curatorial Fellow


Marisa Olson:

Hello. Because I know that these things tend to revolve around school schedules, I've extended the deadline for this by one week, to Wednesday, 9/20. Please forward to students, colleagues, etc...

Curatorial Fellow
(part-time, unpaid)
RHIZOME.ORG is a leading new media arts organization and an affiliate of the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Currently celebrating our tenth anniversary, Rhizome's programs support the creation, presentation, discussion and preservation of contemporary art that uses new technologies in significant ways. These include online publications and discussion lists, exhibitions (online & offline), performances, screenings, public talks and events, the ArtBase archive, artists' commissions, and other educational programs. For more information about Rhizome, visit:

Rhizome seeks a Curatorial Fellow to assist with the research, planning, and production of exhibitions and public programs, as well as writing and editing content for Rhizome's website and publications. This position is a unique opportunity for a person interested in pursuing a career in the new media arts field to further their engagement with the community and hone their professional skills.

The Curatorial Fellow must be based in New York and must be able to commit to 15 hours of work per week, for an academic year, beginning in September 2006 and ending in the summer of 2007. These hours may include occasional evening and weekend events. This position is unpaid, but academic credit may be arranged.

Reporting directly to Rhizome's Editor & Curator, the Curatorial Fellow will work on all phases of the exhibition and editorial processes, including researching new projects, writing copy, and assisting with the implementation of current programs. The Curatorial Fellow will also develop crucial experience in development and communications. The Fellow's primary responsibilities may include:

Becoming a Site Editor and ...


Originally posted on Raw by Marisa Olson

Drunken Boat Announces Issue#8 - A Triple Feature on the PanLit, Oulipo & Canadian Strange


Announcing the premiere of Drunken Boat, the international online journal of the arts, Issue #8. A special triple issue dedicated to the inaugural PanLiterary Awards Winners in seven genres; the spreading potentiality of the Oulipo; and the very strangest of current Canadian Arts and Letters.

Featuring over 125 contributors, including a radio play by Mark Rudman and Martha Plimpton, ambigrams by Doug Hofstadter, archival material from Raymond Queneau and Marcel Duchamp, translations by Cole Swenson and Keith and Rosemarie Waldrop, video from Adeena Karasick, photos by Allyson Clay and Gabor Szilasi, among many others.

Including new work from the PanLiterary Judges: PEN/Faulkner Award winner Sabina Murray, conceptual artist and musician DJ Spooky, poet, translator and librettist, Annie Finch, Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Alexandra Tolstoy, trace/Alt-X New Media Award winner Talan Memmott, and video art pioneer and TV interventionist David Hall.

Congratulations to Scott Withiam, Christiana Langenberg, Jason Nelson, Erik Bünger, John Fillwalk, Geoffrey Demarquet and Jacques Leslie for winning the inaugural PanLiterary Awards and thanks to guest curators Jean-Jacques Poucel, Sina Queyras and designer Shawn McKinney for the special folios.

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Drunken Boat to help keep the arts alive online:

Enjoy the issue and let us know what you think. Happy navigating!

-The Editors

Ravi Shankar
Assistant Professor
CCSU - English Dept.


Originally posted on Raw by Ravi Shankar

The Flattening and Opening of Space



and Walking/Listening/Recording

Carrie Bodle will be presenting her work at two openings in the Pacific Northwest in the upcoming weeks. Her collaboration with Margie Livingston in the New Works Laboratory 2006, jointly sponsored by 911 Media Arts Center and the Henry Art Gallery, The Flattening and Opening of Space, explores artworks at the intersections of painting and installation art to investigate the boundaries between 2-dimensionality and 3-dimensionality. Their project incorporates drawing, sound, and projected imagery to create the experience of being inside a perspective drawing. By opening what is usually flat, and flattening what is usually spatial, Bodle and Livingston challenge the viewer's preconceptions of space.

2006 New Works Laboratory at 911 Media Arts Center: Carrie Bodle and Margie Livingston: The Flattening and Opening of Space; Robert Campbell and Yuki Nakamura: Floating Plaster/City Motion.

September 12-October 27, 2006 :: Monday through Friday, 12:00 noon-6:00 p.m. :: Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 6:00-9:00 p.m. :: Location: 911 Media Arts Center, 402 9th Ave. N. (at Harrison), Seattle 206.682.6552


Walking/Listening/Recording: Tryon Creek (2006) is a 10-channel sound installation set along the Trillium Trail in Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, Oregon. Along the initial 250ft passage of the Trillium Trail, speakers from hidden locations cast layers of found sounds interwoven with poetic murmurs and field recordings from around the Red Fox Bridge area in the park. William Stafford's poem "Walking with Your Eyes Shut" inspired the use of poetry in the piece - to form a dialogue between the visual and audible experience. These layers of sound are intended to engage visitors in a sonic narrative along the trail.

Friends of Tryon Creek State Park presents: Natural Cycles: A Celebration of Art in the Forest :: Carrie Bodle's ...


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

regarding the On Colaboration reblog on the Rhiz front page


Pall Thayer:

I just have to say, since this is what greeted me on Rhizome this evening, that I personally have never been convinced of the benefits of the artist + engineer/programmer/scientist collaboration idea. I'm sure that something like '9 evenings' was a remarkable event way back when but I'm not convinced that it was a significant ART event. I'm going to try to explain what I think is wrong with such collaborations (not that they ARE wrong, just what I think goes wrong).

The main thing is the language barrier. I don't believe that it's possible for an artist and an engineer to talk the same language. Both of these areas have their own terms and vocabularies which makes the seemingly simple task of conveying ideas, difficult. Try going into a Macdonalds and ordering "a double cheeseburger with secret sauce". Possibly, they might deduce that you want a Big Mac, but I'll bet that in most cases, they won't have any idea what your asking for. I used to go into Starbucks and ask for a large coffee and I found it strange that sometimes I would get a rather large coffee and sometimes I would get a huge coffee. Then I discovered that I wasn't using the appropriate Starbuck-ese and was, from that point on, able to control the size I got by asking for either a "grande" or a "venti". But it could have caused the same kind of confusion the other way around. The coffee slinger could have asked me, "Do you mean a grande or a venti?" I, not know the difference between a grande and a venti, would have put my brain to work for a second and thought, "well, I can deduce that 'grande ...


--Read thru for full post from Pall Thayer, the first in a thread on the Rhizome emai list, RAW. The entry he references is:

Originally posted on Raw by Pall Thayer

Artist Has Had It With Union Square


New York artist Lee Walton has called it quits with Union Square. At noon, on September 15 he impliments a lifetime self-imposed exile from this part of the city. Rubbing salt on this wound, Union Square doesn't appear to give a shit.

The artist has requested additional support and company on this difficult day. Meet up with him for a beer south of the park Friday. Location to be decided the day of the performance.

Originally via: MTAA-RR


Walton's action is part of the Conflux Festival, for more details go to

Originally posted on Art Fag City by Rhizome




Festival for Contemporary Psychogeography

CONFLUX 2006 begins this week, and we invite all of you to join us! This year's Conflux will take place September 14 - 17th, headquartered at the McCaig-Welles Gallery in Brooklyn. Over 80 artists from across the US and countries including Canada, UK, Spain, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Australia will come to Williamsburg to present projects including experimental walking, biking, boat and public-transport tours; street games and tech workshops; mobile broadcasts, performances and temporary installations. For more information, including a detailed schedule, project descriptions, and contributor bios, please check the Conflux website! [posted by krista on Glowlab]



Killing the Fathers, or: If You Meet Jane Jacobs On The Road...
Adam Greenfield

This is a short talk about a great many complicated things: about urban form in an age of mobile, ubiquitous and pervasive computing; about how our relations with places familiar and unfamiliar change as a result of our engagement with new information technologies; and, above all, about how we may need to jettison our dependence on the beloved heroes and heroines of 20th century urbanism in order to understand what's happening all around us.


Parking Public
Ryan Griffis

Parking Public is an investigation into the realities of utopian thought as materialized in the mundane and pragmatic spaces of parking lots. Parking lots, one of the most visible, yet overlooked, artifacts of American mobility ...


-Read thru for full post and more on Conflux Festival!

Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

Special Things @ Fringe Exhibitions - Los Angeles


mccoyspace posted a photo:

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'Special Things' as installed in our solo exhibition at Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles, September 2006. 16 hanging models with embedded text are cut together on a large LCD display creating simple sentences word by word


Originally posted on mccoyspace's Photos by Rhizome



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Raqs Media Collective "Five Pieces of Evidence" Venice Biennale, 2003
photo: Monica Narula

The 2nd Gifu Ogaki Biennale 2006 international media art festival will be held this forthcoming Friday October 6th to Sunday October 15th.

  <p>The Biennale will be directed by media art curator and internationally active critic, Gunalan Nadarajan, and media aesthetics professor at the Institute for Advanced Media Arts and Sciences, Hiroshi Yoshioka. We present Janken as the universal theme at Biennale, reinterpreting the non-European game as a flexible and mythical idea. </p>

"False Securities 5" Collaboration with Evan Tan and Chong Li-Chuan, Singapore, 2006

This Biennale has two distinct features: First, it will be the first exhibition in Japan that focuses on Asian media artists from countries such as Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, China and South Korea which have in recent years grown with rapid momentum, drawing global attention. Second, these exhibitions will be deployed throughout various places on the streets of Ogaki City, Gifu.

In addition to the works above, there will be artist talks, symposia, workshops, performances and exhibitions of artworks by artists from Japan and other countries, IAMAS (Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences, International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences) students and graduates. This will be an event full of fresh ideas and the latest information technology such as a unique stamp collecting activity developed specifically for the Biennale and sound events from a specially customized bus.

Date: October 6th - 15th, 2006
Place: Throughout Ogaki City
Admission Free
Organized by: IAMAS, Gifu Prefecture, Ogaki City, Japan Center for Local Autonomy
Directors: Hiroshi Yoshioka & Gunalan Nadarajan
Contact: IAMAC Media Culture Center
Tel: 0584-75-6606


Originally posted on Shift Blog by Rhizome

Reentry: New York City at EYEBEAM


Reentry: New York City merges iconic night cityscapes with HD computer simulations in a series of studies for a daring new public art project: synthetic meteor showers in the Manhattan sky. Evoking the spectacle of the Apocalyptic Sublime painting movement and the audacity of Land Art, these new simulations created by Bill Dolson during his Eyebeam residency will be on view Sept. 21 through Oct. 21, with a special opening reception Sept. 21, 6-8pm. The exhibition is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12-6pm and is free of charge with a suggested donation. Eyebeam is located at 540 W. 21st Street between 10th & 11th Aves in Chelsea.

Reentry: New York City contains twelve HD videos of synthetic meteor showers envisioned as luminous, ephemeral drawings in the upper atmosphere that will persist for only seconds or at most, minutes. While quite fantastic, the studies are conceived to demonstrate the technological feasibility of the project, established with the contributions of scientists at agencies such as NASA, Ames Research Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory, among many others. Technical and conceptual background information will be explained in an animated demo, short documentary and printed handouts accompanying the exhibition.

Reentry: New York City uses new technologies to draw on the tradition of the early large scale land art first produced in the 1970s by such innovators as Michael Heizer, Robert Smithson, Robert Morris and Walter de Maria, evoking the same sense of daring, wonder and existential awareness which the scale of these seminal works produced. Updated in a scientifically inspired gesture, the synthetic meteors avoid the permanent monumentalism of earlier land art by their dynamic and ephemeral nature.

Reentry New York City recalls the Apocalyptic Sublime, a painting genre of the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Britain, in both content ...


Originally posted on Raw by Perry Lowe