Posts for December 2007

Even Boring Blogs Are Things of Beauty in Some Artists' Eyes by Andrew LaVallee (WSJ)

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The Wall Street Journal covers internet art in today's edition. Guthrie Lonergan, Marisa Olson, Paul Slocum and Cory Arcangel are mentioned; Marcin Ramocki's exhibition 'Blogger Skins' as well as an upcoming online show by Rhizome are touched upon, amongst other topics; and Paddy Johnson, blogger of Art Fag City, is also quoted.

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The Web is full of content that only its creator could love. Witness the office-party photos, blogs about people's pets and bad lip-synched videos that turn up in a few minutes of Google-fueled procrastination.

To Guthrie Lonergan, however, Web junk is the basis of his most popular online art. "I'm sort of interested in that boringness," he says.

"Internet Group Shot" is one example. The collage, cobbled from dozens of group portraits, shows how people adopt the same huddle when they're saying "cheese." For "MySpace Intro Playlist," Mr. Lonergan looked for the self-made videos that young people post to their personal pages, then strung them together to show how teenagers tend to act similarly and say the same things when they're introducing themselves.

"There are defaults in our culture," Mr. Lonergan adds. "MySpace doesn't set up something for you to create an introduction video, but kind of like a telephone answering machine, you assume a certain kind of voice and say certain things."

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Image above is taken from article, and described as 'A zoom of Guthrie Lonergan's "Internet Group Shot"'

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


10 Digits

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Remember when 'digits' meant 'fingers'? Of course you don't! Few of us lived in the 'pre-digital era,' but that doesn't mean artists aren't exploring the double entendre of the high tech handmade. Take Cody Trepte for example. The New York-based artist has produced a number of works that not only explore overlaps between binary and tactile representational systems, they also cause us to think about that romantic ideal overly celebrated in the art world and all but forgotten in computing culture: the hand of the artist. Included in his Binary Cross Stitch series is a work entitled 'Alan Turing once knit himself a pair of gloves,' a subtle reminder of the man behind the machine--a man whose private life Trepte has plunged in previous exhibitions, ironically adding humanity to our recollection of a character famous for helping us distinguish between humans and robots. The artist has described his work as a process of unravelling the 'translation of data from a physical or analog state to an electronic state.' Seemingly in answer to the question of why technology has become so depersonalized, Trepte's quilted works, or Hand-Quilted Binaries, suggest the security of losing oneself in the comfort of veiled codes. Likewise, in a cross-stitch work entitled 'This is how I cope with my neuroses,' the artist translates natural language into happy couples of zeros and ones, or black and white. Cody Trepte's work can currently be seen in the exhibition '12,5,' at Kunstverein INGAN, Berlin. - Marisa Olson

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Destroy, He Said

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T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G by Paul Sharits, 1968

Excerpt from legendary piece by artist Paul Sharits. His work utilized the structural, physical qualities of film to test the boundaries of perception. His films anxiously convey the possibilities and limits of the medium, and his research continues to remain relevant to the technologies of our time.

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Originally posted on My Life and Prophecies by Rhizome


Video 2.0

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The Video Vortex project is an initiative organized by a consortium of organizations (including Amsterdam-based Montevideo, the Institute of Network Cultures and Argos, Brussels) to consider the democratic ideals espoused by the rhetoric of Web 2.0 culture, in relationship to video art and production. Montevideo has presented two exhibitions on the theme and their show Video Vortex 2 (up now through February 3rd) features the work of Johan Grimonprez & Charlotte Leouzon, Martijn Hendriks, Jaap de Jonge, Meta.Live.Nu presents DFM RTV INT, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Oog Volkskrant Online, Park 4DTV, Rabotnik, Sonic()bject, Martin Takken, and Thomson & Craighead. The overall initiative seeks to bring a historical slant to the utopian discourse of openness and sharing associated with 2.0 media, and the installations, a series of artist talks, and a conference on January 18th will compare work in newer media to important work in radio, tv, and other 'old' platforms. In addition to the presentation and discussion of art, the Video Vortex workspace offers an orientation to FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software) and admission to Montevideo comes with a free USB stick, so that viewers can take the resources home with them. If you can't make it to Amsterdam, you can also become Curator For One Day, via the web, and organize your own online interpretation of the show's source material. This certainly seems like a realization of the fantasy of a democratic art practice. - Marisa Olson

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Translating the Interstices

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For better or for worse, 'translation' and that which gets lost in its operations has become a significant cultural paradigm in the last few decades. Both romanticized and politicized, it is a site for both cultural misunderstanding and a redemptive space of new relational politics. Embracing all of these facets is Ha'Pzura, an international and interdisciplinary event presented by the Israeli Center for Digital Art in Holon. The country of Israel is, of course, a crucial context in which to explore the politics of cultural translation. Ha'Pzura encapsulates several overlapping programs, including an exhibition, concert series, sound interventions, and a radio station. The exhibition component, Works in Translation, explores the interstitial moments of communication and translation where language falters. The artists included, such as Adriana Garcia Galan, Eva Koch, and Imogen Stidworthy, question the very foundations of sound and language in their work. Meanwhile, this past week the old center of Holon witnessed a different public intervention in sound between the hours of 3 and 8 pm; British artists Marcus Coates enacted his singular shamanistic rituals while the ever thrilling sound artist Edwin van der Heide made the center his own personal broadcast antenna. The roster of musicians performing is impressive, including Faust, Phillip Jeck, Mapstation and closing the performance segment will be digital improvisers Eddie Prevost and John Butcher. - David Michael Perez

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True Mathematics: Data Tron

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Binary rhymer and hyper-dimensional nomad, Ryoji Ikeda continues his freefall into oceans of pure data, deep into the truth of numbers with his latest installation : Data Tron:

Currently on at Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzho and flowing on to Yamaguahci in March.

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Originally posted on ProteinĀ® OS - by iansen


Super-Eye Architectonics

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Those living in Japan or traveling in the area for the holiday season should make a point to visit the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) and witness Corpora in Si(gh)te, a commissioned installation by Japan's doubleNegatives Architecture. The renowned interactive architecture firm has created a stunning environment that is in essence a mesh architectonic organism 'living' in the museum. In the project, "a number of sensors are set up forming a mesh network through the area of YCAM in order to collect and distribute real-time environmental information such as temperature, brightness, humidity, wind direction, and sound." This data is then processed and the shifting structure responds accordingly. Each structural node functions independently based on the sensor information and gives rise to a form that exists beyond the architect's design. The end result is as complicated and utterly fantastical as it sounds. Underlying Copora in Si(gh)te is the concept of the "Super-Eye," an approach to orientation in which one's position in relation to their surroundings is exhibited in reverse-projection; essentially one can view an object from the inside-out as opposed to outside-in. The technological and philosophical implications are fascinating, and both a blessing and a curse. One can't help wondering what Michel Foucault would make of such a project. If it is true that "visibility is a trap" as he suggested in his society-as-panopticon critique, Corpora in Si(gh)te is truly unsettling, and all the more decisive for it. - David Michael Perez

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Primitive Collections Field

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This sounds exciting; Tommy Stockel has a new exhibition opening in Second Life of Land Art works that would be otherwise too difficult to recreate in real life. One of the defining characteristics of Land Art is that it is constrained by the physical characteristics of the geological materials from which it is made, and is vulnerable to change under the influence of natural weather and time, but free from these qualities in VR Stockel is able to output more imaginative sculptures in what is effectively the same medium; in this case Second Life's free-found prims rather than rocks and dirt.

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Originally posted on selectparks by Rhizome


Give to Rhizome by Midnight, December 31st

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Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Our programs, many of which happen online, serve and spotlight an incredibly dynamic community of artists and innovators year-round. At the end of each year, we turn back to you, our readers, participating artists, critics and entrepreneurs, and ask that you support us by becoming a member during our annual Community Campaign, which ends midnight December 31st, 2007. This year, our goal is $30,000--an amount required to produce our online programs in 2008 and develop them in the directions that our community has asked for. Greater online participation, expanded editorial coverage, larger commission grants--we can only fulfill these important requests with your support. Please become a member today for $25--or make a higher-level donation and receive an exciting limited edition artwork as a thank-you gift. Besides these perks, becoming a member will provide vital support to our efforts and our mission in 2008. Help us ring in the new year on solid ground! Give today. We need you. -- Rhizome

Image from Adriaan Stellingwerff's Eternal Sunset (2006), a Rhizome Commission

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