Posts for March 2007

Upgrade! Skopje




Upgrade! Skopje: Home_video # 002 screenings series: "Videomart" [screenings + improv session of the band Martinki] :: Wednesday, 21.12.2007, 20.30 h :: Cultural center Tocka, Skopje :: organisation: Line I+M [initiative and movement] :: partners: Cultural Center Tocka, Skopje.

As part of the frontline [new initiatives], Line I+M kindly invites you to the screenings entitled Videomart from the Home_Video series of projections, at the Cultural center Tocka, Skopje. Between the projections there will be short music intermezzo, and after the ending there will be a half an hour improv session performed by the band Martinki, formed specially for this event.

In the second round there will be 5 authors presented: Vladimir Lukash, Gjorge Jovanovic, Ljubisha Kamenjarov, Vuk Mitevski and Edin Vejselovic.

Upgrade! Skopje is a monthly gathering of new media artists and curators. Upgrade! Skopje will organize presentations, exhibitions, workshops, discussions, sound performances, dj and/or vj gigs, video presentations with general aim for promotion and development of new media art practices, through various kinds of exhibiting and performing. Meetings can take place on various locations in Skopje like: clubs, cafes, galleries or studios. We think that is very important to find different space, appropriate for each kind of event, building different type of audience, establishing collaboration with various scenes, building stronger scene, community and networking. Upgrade! Skopje is opened for every artist that is travelling this way to present their work here, get promoted and become introduced with the local scene with aim to develop collaboration / communication. Upgrade! Skopje is organized by Line - initiative and movement.


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

Interview with Julian Bleecker


Julian Bleecker is a well-known man to the Internets my search on Flickr for a portrait of him yielded over 500 results (photo snatched from's photostream).

This might be because of his manifold activities in the realm of electronic media, including teaching at USC's Interactive Media Division, blogging at Techkwondo, writing manifestos about Why Things Matter, lecturing about the CO2 production of avatars, researching the near future with accomplice Nicolas Nova or his stereoscopic collection of funny bikes.

Time for an interview to find out about the bigger picture and where it all might lead to in that near future.

Julian, what does a blogject do differently from an object?

Well, a blogject is like an object with social tendencies, worldly. It wants to be more than inert, more than a physical object. It has a tendency to be unique and contribute to conversations in specific, situated contexts. And they do this because they are net-savvy, and know all about the latest and greatest of sharing and circulating information in the connected world.

Objects - the more inert cousin of blogjects - aren't necessarily net-savvy. They certainly are social in lots of meaningful ways. You can get an object that inspires very social action, conversations or activities - a board game or well-designed chair, for instance. Blogjects can be as socially engaged as objects, only they do so with the full-force and power of what digital content dissemination techniques provide - feeds, aggregation, tagging, etc.

Blogjects are social in the way they address topics of concern. They're clever machines, but not artificial intelligences. They're like a lens on the physical, 1st life world, taking advantage of the wonderful world of sensor technologies. Blogjects are objects for wired, digitally networked societies. Over time, they'll become responsible for ...


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome



Proyecto JUÁREZ presenta / Proyecto JUÁREZ Presents

En Vivo Desde la Frontera Norte de Mexico /
Live From the Northern Mexican Border


La Nueva Obra de / The New Work by Santiago Sierra

24 de Marzo / March 24, 2007
En vivo desde / Live Webcast from

Ciudad Juárez 8:00 pm
México DF 9:00 pm
New York 10:00 pm

Buenos Aires 00:00 am
London 3:00 am
Madrid 4:00 am

New Delhi 8:30 am
Seoul 12:00 pm
Los Angeles 7:00 pm


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Turbulence Commission:




Turbulence Commission: DISCO-NNECT: An Experimental Video Podcast by Abe Linkoln, with guest remixers Jimpunk and Subculture [Needs Quicktime plugin] :: "DISCO-NNECT" is an experimental video podcast that will broadcast weekly from March 20 to September 23.

"DISCO-NNECT" is a 2007 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts.

BIOGRAPHIES: Abe Linkoln (2001): Born on the Internet. Lives and works on the Internet. :: Jimpunk (bio) :: Subculture is artist Antonio Mendoza. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children and five working computers. He is younger than Mouchette, sexier than Olia Lialina and more hermetic than


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

Eva and Franco Mattes reenacting Joseph Beuys' "7000 Oaks"


Franco Mattes:


Eva and Franco Mattes (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG) reenacting Joseph Beuys' "7000 Oaks" in a synthetic world

Beuys' project begun on March the 16th 1982, at Documenta 7, in Kassel. His plan called for the planting of seven thousand trees, each paired with a columnar basalt stone. Beuys intended the Kassel project to be the first stage in an ongoing scheme of tree planting to be extended throughout the world as part of a global mission to effect environmental and social change.

The Mattes are reenacting Beuys' work "7000 Oaks", staging the new performance in the synthetic world of Second Life. The first virtual tree and stone were planted on March the 16th 2007, exactly 25 years after the original oak was planted.

The 7000 basalt stones have been stacked on Mattes' island in Second Life: Cosmos Island. The diminishing pile of virtual stones will indicate the progress of the project, which will go on until all 7000 oaks and stones will be placed. Second Life inhabitants will have the chance to take part to the performance, placing stones and trees in their lands.

This work is part of Eva and Franco Mattes series of "Synthetic Performances": reenactment of historical performances inside synthetic worlds where body, space and time can be completely reinvented. The series started at the beginning of 2007 and will feature works by artists like Vito Acconci and Marina Abramovic.

"Joseph Beuys' 7000 Oaks" is commissioned by Centro de Arte Juan Ismael, Fuerteventura (Canary Islands, Spain), for the exhibition "Deambulatorios de una jornada, en el principio y el proyecto Tindaya", curated by Nilo Casares.

More information and contacts:


Originally posted on Raw by Franco Mattes

War, in Waves


Systems are the focal point in the work of artist Louisa Bufardeci. Through her clever detournements, Bufardeci reveals the constructed logic behind the presentation of information, compelling the viewer to reexamine its order. For a recent project, Bufardeci employed the traditional technique of needlepoint to illustrate sound waves. By transforming sound clips that evince the atmosphere of our current war--taped telephone conversations, anti-war speeches, and pistol shots--into visual mementos stitched with care, the artist presents a tranquil document divorced from its thoroughly charged context. An audio artifact transformed into a visual artifact through a painstakingly calculated process, the practice parallels the organization needed to drive battle operations, yet the inability for this effort to cease the reoccurrence of violence throughout history. Each work is diligently framed, suggesting that all representations of war are susceptible to the encasement of a larger ideological structure. Fully engaged with the 'shock and awe' effect of mediated warfare, Bufardeci's needlework translates its loud and unsettling source material into an eerily silent visual. - Ceci Moss


Ecrans - Playlist vidéo #3 par Jean-Baptiste Bayle



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DEAF07 Interact or Die! - Seminar Programme - online booking now open!


Via: V2_
V2_, organiser of the Dutch Electronic Art Festival, DEAF07 Interact or Die! presents a lively seminar programme of four condensed days with demonstrations, debates and theory rooted in artistic research and development (aRt&D). All seminars share the topic of critical exchange between different fields, technical sciences, philosophy and industry. The seminars represent theory and practice as intertwined aspects in today's creative research themes. These mixed format seminars differ from academic seminars by including demonstrations and (virtual) performances, and a range of critical theory and philosophy. For more information:


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M/C Journal 'mobile' Issue Now Available


Via: "Axel Bruns"
M/C - Media and Culture
is proud to present issue one in volume ten of
M/C Journal

'mobile' - Edited by Larissa Hjorth and Olivia Khoo

Convergence has become part of burgeoning mobile media. The mobile phone has come of age. As an integral component of visual media cultures, camera phone practices are arguably both extending and creating emerging ways of seeing and representing. In media footage of late, camera phones have been heralded as providing everyday users with the possibility of self- expression and voice in the once unidirectional model of mass media. In addition, the "exchange" and gift-giving economy underpinning mobile phone practices is further enunciated by the camera phone's ability to "share" moments between intimates (and strangers) through various contextual frameworks and archives from MMS, blogs, virtual community sites to actual face-to-face digital storytelling.

This issue of M/C Journal explores the role of convergent mobile technologies in the Asia-Pacific region. The issue explores the socio- cultural particularities of various adaptations of mobile media, from case studies on mobile communication in the Asia Pacific, to cross-cultural analyses of the transborder flows of mobile media production, representation and consumption.


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Upgrade! São Paulo



Silvia Laurentiz

Martha C C Gabriel will launch Upgrade! São Paulo on April 18, 2007 with a presentation by Silvia Laurentiz :: 7:30 pm @ i-People: Av Vergueiro 727, next to the Vergueiro Subway Station.

Cybernetics in Art: From Theory to Artworks by Silvia Laurentiz: The Cybernetics realized a big conceptual leap in the 1960s, emphasizing the information and organization processes. It meant that the focus would also be in the questions of language that would allow communication between different systems, for it was a science of the communication and control in the human being and machines. However, the definition of cybernetics was widening until it became what it is today: the study of systems -- or organisms -- complex and adaptive. The idea of programs, models, mathematics calculations and formulations, mobility, chance, networks, emergent patterns, multiple perspectives, generative structures, procedure authorship, semantic events and labyrinth, began to take part of artistic propositions. This talk will present four artworks that use some mechanisms introduced by cybernetics and the notion of system in the digital poetry that demonstrate the narrow relationship between poetics and the codes of the computational logic.

Silvia Laurentiz is professor at the department of Fine Arts of the School of Communication and Arts of the University of São Paulo. PhD in Communication and Semiotics from PUC/SP (Pontifi­cia Universidade Católica de São Paulo), Master's Degree in Multimedia from State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and Bachelor of Arts. Graphics and multimedia designer and art & new technologies researcher, she has developed works in virtual reality, multimedia and web art, participating of several international exhibitions and conferences.

Upgrade! São Paulo was founded by Martha C C Gabriel.


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo