Posts for March 2007

Manuel Castells Will Give an STS Colloquium at MIT Today


Professor Manuel Castells will be give an STS Colloquium at MIT today at 4:00 pm in the Bartos Theater (lower level of Building E15).  Before his talk, there will be a reception from 3:30-4:00 in the atrium area outside of Bartos.

Power has always been decided in the realm of communication. In our societies, politics is largely media politics. Communication evolves according to the evolution of communication technology. Internet-based communication and wireless networks have allowed the emergence of self mass communication, that is mass communication that is originated by social actors or individuals without mediation of governments or corporate media. Under these conditions social movements and insurgent politics enhance their capability to intervene in the new communication space. On the other hand, corporate media are also increasing their presence in the horizontal networks of communication.  As a result of these trends, mass media and horizontal networks of communication are converging. Thus, we are witnessing a historical shift of societys public sphere from the institutional realm to the communication space. This analysis is based on a number of case studies, data analysis and literature review, some of which are included in my recent book "Mobile Communication and Society," MIT Press 2006.

Manuel Castells is the Marvin C. (1951) and Joanne Grossman Distinguished Visiting Professor of Technology and Society at MIT, and Professor of Communication and the holder of the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is, as well, Research Professor at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona, and Professor Emeritus of Sociology and of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds courtesy appointments as Professor of Sociology in the USC Sociology ...


Originally posted on MITPressLog by Rhizome

Weathersongs Installation goes to Italy


Richard Garrett:

Richard Garrett's Weathersongs Installation,featured in Rhizome News last April, has been invited to visit Italy later this year. The Installation, which composes music in realtime from the weather, will be playing at Thunderstorms 2007, a national public event on climate change and extreme weather conditions to be held in Abano Terme, Veneto from 24-29 April 2007. The Installation will be open to the general public from the 27th to 29th at Teatro Pietro d'Abano, Abano Terme.

Richard will be taking the installation to Abano Terme as a guest of ARPAV (Agenzia Regionale per la Prevenzione e Protezione Ambientale del Veneto)

Thunderstorms 2007

Weathersongs Sunday Dance


Originally posted on Raw by Richard Garrett

Serial Port: A Brief History of Laptop Music, by Marc Weidenbaum


Pierre Schaeffer in 1952 playing the phonogene a clavier, a tape recorder with its speed altered by playing any of twelve keys on a keyboard. Photo courtesy of GRM.
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Published: May 24, 2006

Inside the Box: The computer comes out to play

There's often a vertical plane between musician and audience. The sheet-music stand paved the way for the upturned plastic shell of the turntable, and today, chances are that rectangle obscuring the face of the performer on stage is the screen of a laptop computer, which has emerged as a ubiquitous music-making tool.



Originally posted on Remix Theory by navasse

OPENING PROGRAMME - LABORAL Centre for Art and Creative Industries


Centro de Arte de la Universidad Laboral

ana otero:

LABORAL Centre for Art and Creative Industries is an exhibition centre specifically focused on the production and exhibition of art, science, technology and creative industries. This interdisciplinary space pays special attention to workshops for vocational and professional training, and to research into the intersection between creativity and new technologies.

LABORAL is based in Gijon [Asturias] - Spain

Opening Programme
March 29 to April 1, 2007



An exhibition focusing on art responsive to instructions, input, or its environment and creates one possible narrative of the history of 'new media art'. Featuring historical and current art works that are all based on technology and systems of response, the exhibition traces the history of contemporary artistic practice involving digital technologies.

Curators: Christiane Paul, Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Jemima Rellie, Director of Digital Programmes, Tate Modern, London
Curatorial Advisor: Charlie Gere, Research Professor in New Media, University of Lancaster
Exhibition Design: Leeser Architecture


Gameworld explores the videogame as a designed experience and cultural force. The exhibition features a selection of historical games recognized for their design innovation, alternative and experimental games that explore the possibilities of the medium, and artworks that demonstrate videogames' influence on modern life.

Curator: Carl Goodman, Deputy Director, Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria (New York)
Associate Curator: Daphne Dragona
Curatorial Advisor: Helen Stuckey
Exhibition Design: Leeser Architecture


Following an open invitation to artists all over the world to present works with a major component of digital creation and net art. The entries received will be evaluated by a jury and the 10 selected works will be put on show as a snapshot or overview of artistic creation associated with technology and cyberspace as new challenges and new frontiers.

Jury: Alex Adriaansens, Director, V2 ...


Originally posted on Raw by ana otero

Rhizome Promotion: Blooming Deals


Spring is in the air and it's time to get your wares on the ether. Broadspire offers Rhizome readers a chance to support the organization while tending to their own digital garden. For a low $65 annual payment, Rhizome's host will give you 350MB disk storage, 1GB data transfer a month, POP email, free setup, and daily content back-ups. Broadspire also offers heartier plans for those with higher bandwidth needs. Each mention of Rhizome, by new users, will drop a few leafy greens in our donation box. We'll also share the love by listing your name and URL on our front page. Whether you're branching out with a new page or getting online for the first time, spring over to Broadspire and see what blooms. -


[Herwig Weiser]



The Abandoned Resting Zone of an Assistant Saint by Herwig Weiser.


Originally posted on VVORK by Rhizome

Digital Arts, Culture and Technology Teaching Positions


Stephanie Dinkins:

Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture, and Technology
Six Positions

As part of a major, multi-departmental hiring initiative in Digital Arts, Culture, and Technology, Stony Brook University seeks scholars, artists, composers, and technology specialists in digital media. Successful candidates will teach and engage in creative/scholarly activities, help to build a research consortium, and develop an interdisciplinary major.

Promising artists, composers, and technologists who can demonstrate innovation with digital technologies -- and scholars who critically engage the digital arts and larger digital culture -- are encouraged to apply. We hope to fill one position each in new media art, computer composition and/or digital sound design, digital media research in computer science, along with three positions for digital culture scholars from cultural studies, art history, and musicology/ethnomusicology. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in intra- and interdisciplinary work. Please see individual descriptions for further details.

Each successful candidate will hold a faculty position in the appropriate University department (Art, Music, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, or Computer Science) and will also be affiliated as a cohort of the consortium.



Lots of great-looking jobs!

Originally posted on Raw by Stephanie Dinkins

Turbulence Artist's Studio:



Michael Takeo Magruder

Turbulence Artist's Studio: Continuum? by Michael Takeo Magruder :: Needs Flash Player 8+ plugin and stereo audio

Continuum? reflects upon the evolution of our collective history through the real-time analysis of global news information networks. As no event transpires in isolation, each moment of our existence is defined by the sum of an infinite number of interconnected occurrences. Given that no individual can absorb and process the totality of this information, how can we obtain an informed notion of the present?

"Continuum?" was commissioned by Oog online, a commentary and opinion platform for the online edition of De Volkskrant a major Dutch daily national newspaper.

Michael Takeo Magruder is an American artist based in the UK deploying New and Technological Media within Contemporary Art contexts. He is a long-standing member of King's Visualization Lab located in the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London. His artworks have been showcased in over 150 exhibitions and 30 countries. Artistically, his interests concern the simultaneous utilization and dissection of new technology as a means to explore the formal structures and conceptual paradigms of the digital realm. He seeks to create artworks in which there are no divisions between technologies, aesthetics, and concepts.


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

bpNichol’s First Screening Screens Again


A three-year project by Jim Andrews, Geof Huth, Lionel Kearns, Marko Niemi, and Dan Waber has come to fruition. The result is that an important set of early digital poems is available once more; the editors, also, have saved the original bits and made the running work available in several emulated, ported, and recorded ways, setting a powerful example for future preservation and porting of digital art, games, and poetry.

code fragment from First Screening

In 1984, bpNichol published a collection of Apple II poems on floppy, in an edition of 100. This First Screening is now available once more on the Web, in a multiplicty of formats: a disk image with the bit-for-bit contents of the floppy issued in 1984; a JavaScript version by Marko J. Niemi and Jim Andrews; a Quicktime movie of the disk image running in emulation; and an earlier Hypercard port published by Red Deer College Press.



Originally posted on Grand Text Auto by nick

rhizome webcrawl sonification


Here's an audio work which is a sonification of a webcrawl. I'm interested in network theory and complexity in mathematics. In this piece, a program written in java crawls across the internet, grabbing as many related URLs as possible and analyzing their content. The frequency that particular words appear creates a kind of aural snapshot, giving each page a unique sonic character that is written in real time. What I find interesting about this project is that it enables the listener to experience aurally the rhythm of the network in realtime, rather than visually as discrete semantic pages, as is normally the case. In this instance, we're using as a starting point.



Originally posted on zachlaytonindustries by zachlayton