Posts for February 2007

Rhizome seeks a part-time web designer

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Lauren Cornell:

please circulate! thank you, Lauren

Designer

Rhizome, a leading art and technology organization, seeks a part-time (18/hour a week) web designer on an ongoing basis. Rhizome has a dynamic and participatory website currently poised for growth. The designer will be charged with upgrading elements of the site, developing interfaces for new features as well as web production. Candidates will be asked to contribute to the overall strategy of the organization, and engage in a collaborative, team environment. HTML and CSS skills necessary; experience with project management, information architecture, and usability are preferred.

Rate commensurate with experience.

Please email resume and cover letter to designjob at rhizome.org

http://www.rhizome.org

Lauren Cornell
Executive Director
Rhizome

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Lauren Cornell


An origami remote control and the Emotoscope

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Two lovely gadgets from the Work in Progress Show of Design Interactions in London.

First one is an Origami TV Remote Control Interface, by Hayeon Yoo.

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According to a research, most children who face a TV remote control for the first time tend to fear using it: there are often two or three remote controls for every TV, and each one has too many buttons. Most of these buttons are not really necessary for kids. Besides, the shapes or modality of the remote control might not relate to them.

The Origami TV Remote Control enables children to learn only the essential functions such as "Channel Selection" and "Volume Control" through a paper playing method. The prototype was developed from 1-week Electronics and 1-week Software workshop and a wireless sensor board and Max/MSP are used as main tools.

It was indeed very fun to control the volume of the TV with the origami, i couldn't stop raising and lowering the volume actually.

Emotoscope, by Kenichi Okada, is a lovely, poetic and 19th Century-looking device designed to give users an experience of missing time.

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Digital cameras or video cameras make it possible for us to take thousands of pictures or videos with high quality image, but on the other hand, we might be losing the opportunity of looking at things more carefully.

0emoto1.jpgThat's why Okada sometimes uses an analog film camera to shoot his everyday life and plays the films with a projector. "Every time I watch film, it gives me nostalgic and emotional feelings," he writes. "Then I start to miss the moment that I was there. The experiences become very precious to me."

Emotoscope is designed to help you see present moments as if they were precious memories from the past. You watch the world around you ...

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Remix Theory Launch

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Eduardo Navas:

http://remixtheory.net http://remixtheory.org http://remixtheory.com

Remix Theory is an online resource by Eduardo Navas that offers some of his research on Remix.

Navas focuses on Remix itself as opposed to Remix Culture. In this site you will find a brief definition of Remix, which is examined more extensively in essays that will be added to this website as they become available.

Remix Theory is not meant to function on a daily basis. It is a resource updated periodically, according to the flow of research. It does not focus on the latest information, but on relevant material to the history of Remix, some which may have been published years ago. The site contains material that is obtained from other online sources, with the proper reference to the original source. The content of the site consists of reviews, articles, projects and images relevant to Remix. The site also features reviews, criticisms and preliminary theories by Eduardo Navas.

Remix Theory is designed to move towards a remix of itself, by recombining much of the material that is archived to put to test the possibilities of Remix. This will become transparent as the database grows, and specific projects are developed. The site is designed to host, archive and promote projects which explore the current possibilities of Remix online and offline; it is prepared to become a repository of collaborations with different people and institutions.

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Eduardo Navas


Do It With Others (DIWO): E-Mail-Art at NetBehaviour

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marc garrett:

Do It With Others (DIWO): E-Mail-Art at NetBehaviour ========================================= An E-Mail-Art project on the NetBehaviour email list culminating in an exhibition at the HTTP Gallery in London.

Open Call for contributions from 31st January to 28th February 2007 via NetBehaviour email list: Subscribe here http://www.netbehaviour.org/DIWO.htm Exhibition at HTTP Gallery, London : http://www.http.uk.net Initiated by Furtherfield.org : http://www.furtherfield.org =========================================

The Do It With Others (DIWO) E-Mail-Art exhibition aims to highlight the already thriving imaginations of those who use social networks and digital networks on the Internet as a form of distribution. Just like Mail Art, E-Mail-Art bridges the divide between artists and non artists to share a freely accessible form of distribution.

The Mail Art projects of the 60s, 70s and 80s demonstrated Fluxus artists’ common disregard for the distinctions of ‘high’ and ‘low’ art and a disdain for what they saw as the elitist gate-keeping of the ‘high’ art world. They often took the form of themed, ‘open calls’, in which all submissions were exhibited and catalogued. Mail Art has always been a useful way to bypass curatorial restrictions for those who wish to create active and imaginative exchange on their own terms; this form of activity usually flourishes outside of the gallery system.

This E-Mail-Art exhibition, intends to follow the spirit of past Mail Art endeavours by asking those submitting their works to open themselves to a shared dialogue as part of the process and medium on the NetBehaviour mail list, as a playful platform for experimentation together at the same time.

The theme of this E-Mail-Art project is Do It With Others (DIWO).

This project suggests that we extend the DIY ethos of some early net art and tactical media (said to be motivated by curiosity, activism ...

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by marc garrett


Doug Henderson @ Gigantic Art Space

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The one and only Doug Henderson is a part of [silence] group show in Gigantic Art Space
(59 Franklin St. downtown). If you have never seen his "untitled 2004" speakers filled with water this may be the last chance before they fly away to Europe! The sound going through the speakers generates amazing patterns on the water surface, no actual sound is audible...
Great piece, which premiered at vertexList two years ago.
[silence] is an intriguing show of conceptual sound art, revolving around silence and capacity of sound to be experienced via other senses. The exhibition was curated by Galen Joseph-Hunter and Dylan J. Gauthier. I will be back to check it out, the opening reception was super-packed!



Douglas Henderson (untitled 2004) Water, speakers, low frequency sine waves, 79:00

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Originally posted on vertexlistblog by Rhizome


Wired on the Runway

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If clothes make the woman, what happens when you add digital parts to those garments? The fashion system has long been a catalyst for innovation and this spirit has clearly spilled over into other realms of hi-tech design. The corporate world is not the only sphere interested in overlaps between fashion and invention. 'Wearable art' has emerged as a viable genre within the realm of new media practices, and the field appeals to DIY hackers, gadget hounds, and roboticists as much as textile trendsetters. For the last two weeks, the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) has been hosting Reskin, a 'computer couture lab' in which twenty 'artists and facilitators research, develop and rapid-prototype sensor, time based and reactive clothing.' This weekend, their work culminates in an exhibition and public forum at the National Museum of Australia, entitled 'TECH is the new BLACK.' Stephen Barrass, Alistair Riddell, Joanna Berzowska, and Elise Co will be on hand to discuss 'our electronically embedded future' from the perspective of clothing and furniture design, sound art, multimedia installations, and electronic programming. Drop by to witness the creation of a moment that fashion, like history, is fated to repeat. - Irene Wu

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Club Transmediale: Illuminations 1.1

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ttp://unlekker.net/proj/illuminCTM2007/">Illuminations 1.1 is a new version of the Illuminations piece I created for the AV.06 festival in Newcastle. It has only been shown once, and so it seemed like a good starting point when Jan Rohlf from Club Transmediale asked me to do the graphics for the festival's printed materials.

First I tweaked the system, changing the color scheme and modifying parameter presets. Then I used Processing's PDF output to generate one hundred vector originals for free use by the festival designers (Tine Gundelach & Chrish Klose). Daniel Shiffman's Moviemaker library was used to generate prerendered videos for use on monitors.

Finally the system was updated for realtime projection using a dual-screen setup (2048×768 resolution, OpenGL). The projection setup at Maria am Ostbahnhof is impressive, featuring 12 projectors covering the entire main hall. The piece was shown running for two nights, except when the performing acts had their own video.

See more documentation on Unlekker (including animation) and Flickr.






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Originally posted on Processing Blogs by Rhizome


Turbulence Commission: "Gothamberg" by Martin Wattenberg and Marek Walczak, et al

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Turbulence.org:

February 2, 2007 Turbulence Commission: "Gothamberg" by Martin Wattenberg and Marek Walczak, with Chuck Crow, Johanna Kindvall, Warren Lehrer, Christiane Paul and Vivian Selbo. http://turbulence.org/works/gothamberg

Everyone who has lived in an apartment has a story to tell. "Gothamberg" is a place to read, interact and exchange stories of lives in apartment buildings. Together, these tales of unwanted sounds and smells, lobbies and bathrooms, laundry room gossip and unexpected favors form a single collective building, "Gothamberg". Their experiences form the elliptical threads of inhabitation, a mnemonic quality expressing something of the shared nature of dwelling.

"Gothamberg" 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 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Turbulence.org


Networked Theatre of the Oppressed

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Second Life Theatre Group Meeting

Networked Theatre of the Oppressed :: First informal Second Life theatre group meeting in Bootlab Berlin :: Sunday February 6, noon (brunch time, 12.00 h) :: Tucholskystraate 6.

The dictatorship of the bourgoise melodrama stage has been an inspiration to living theatre, Brecht, Boal, and many. By combining the poetics of storytelling, digital narrative and network performing, the ghostly streets of Second Life become an open stage where the practice of everyday life becomes the raw material for political intervention thru classical drama, literature and net.art techniques. It is time for the triple alienation of the cyburbian multitudes!

Second Life's publicity is generated outside of the internet based on old media PR, circumventing the rest of the net. It is a newbie honeypot, or a themepark for cyberspace history most of all it is a "opera buffa" a theater of vulgarities, and shallow motivations, certainly more reality than what the cultural institution of the theatre has to offer today.

In our first 2 hour practise meeting we want to discuss possibilities of stage design, choreographic moves, myths and topoi, requisites and figurines, sketches of existing 3d datasets and scripting knowledge, we want to identify interesting text resources and invite people researching the field, detecting possibilities for a theater of net.art 2.0 etc. pp. not just revolting but playing with the zombie cybermyths of SL.

The Second Life can not be lived rightly...

- - how can you have virtual sex and no virtual communism?
- - between underworld and purgatory, spaces for the organized networks of death
- - did 1995 avatar utopia needed lindon economy to reach the masses.
- - there are more than 3 million condemned waiting for liberation.
- - come and sacrifice your pets at a pergamon temple.
- - a virtual world is impossible. lindon dollars are halluzinogenic.
- - california ...

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


Amy Franceschini's Victory in Gardening at SFMOMA

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by Worldchanging San Francisco local blogger, Rose Miller This past Saturday marked the opening of the SECA art award exhibition, which runs through April 22, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). SECA, Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, an auxiliary of SFMOMA, awards talented local artists biennially. Amy Franceschini, one of the six most recent award recipients, is an artist and graphic designer who works with the boundaries between art, activism, community organizing, and in the case of the work currently on display at SFMOMA, gardening. Her project featured in the SECA exhibition re-imagines the Victory Gardens of World Wars I and II for the present political and ecological situation. Design can be used as an activist tool, and Franceschini uses it adeptly. In the project, she uses good design to organize, and mobilize community activity. The exhibition of her pilot Victory Garden program features, among other works, historical documents, Franceschini's own Victory Garden kits, posters advertising planting parties, a video of the pilot project in action, and related sculptural elements. The pilot gardens were realized in under-utilized front- and back yards in San Francisco using Franceschini's vision. She supplied each garden with a carefully designed... (more)

(Posted by WorldChanging Team in Arts at 1:09 PM)

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Originally posted on WorldChanging: Another World Is Here by WorldChanging Team