Posts for May 2007

JOHN BALDESSARI: MUSIC

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Beethoven's Trumpet: In One Ear and Out the Same Ear

Bonner Kunstverein and Kunstmuseum Bonn present JOHN BALDESSARI: MUSIC :: 12 May - 29 July, 2007 :: Curators: Christina Vegh (Bonner Kunstverein) and Dr. Stefan Gronert (Kunstmuseum Bonn).

JOHN BALDESSARI (*1931, lives and works in Santa Monica, California) is doubtless one of the foremost American artists, whose work -- since the 1960s and 1970s -- has influenced young American, as well as European, artists. The list of the exhibitions of this multimedia artist is correspondingly long, but the way his work is reviewed still leaves countless questions open. The collaboration between Kunstmuseum Bonn and Bonner Kunstverein -- under a common thematic banner -- seeks therefore to uncover an (up to now) almost disregarded dimension of his approach: BALDESSARI'S artistic engagement with music.

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


Musical graffiti

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Two projects presented at the Mobile Music Workshop paper session were related to graffiti culture.

Audio Bombing, by Mike Fleming, Kang Chang and Kyle Millns from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, uses magnetic audio tape as its medium. Here's how the system should work: after having recorded on a cassette any information you want, you remove the tape and cut out the segments to be used. Then take your tape segments and go tag whatever you want in urban space. You can listen to the tag by running an augmented playhead spray over the magnetic tape.

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Since the graffiti is less visually obstrusive (a thin black strip), it can infiltrate spaces traditional graffiti can not such as office buildings, under tables, elevators, schools, coffee shops, etc.

The prototype consists of a hacked cassette player. The casing was removed, the play head dismantled from the circuit board to allow it to function externally.

0sparrrycannn.jpgThe second project dealing with graffiti and sound is Chia-Ying Lee's Sonic Graffiti: Spraying and Remixing Music on the Street. The system enables artists to create and geo-tag music in the urban space with real spray cans. A sound cap has to be snapped on the top of spray cans to spray out sounds and manipulate sound with gestures. A controller is used for listening to the music with earphones when creating, and positioning sounds. A recording part collects sound samples from the city, or records vocal performances.

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Touring Show

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Marisa Olson:

Rhizome is pleased to announce the opening of Touring Show, the fifth show in our online exhibition series, Time Shares, co-presented with the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

TOURING SHOW
Artists: C5, Finishing School, Kanarinka, Trevor Paglen, Raqs Media Collective with Joy Chatterjee, Temporary Travel Office, Ricardo Miranda Zuniga
Curated by Marisa Olson

Touring Show is an online exhibition of artists' maps and 'virtual tours' of contested spaces, ranging from the Military Industrial Complex to the US-Mexico border, to the body. The mapping and social organization of spaces has not only had a profound impact on the cultures that inhabit them, it has also contributed to the development of a number of artistic traditions, including cartography, drafting, and landscape painting and photography. More recently, the emergence of the artists' lectures and tours as artistic media has coincided with the practice of 'radical cartography,' which in its most elemental terms is the charting of a space's relationship to the empire or ideology that governs it. Also significant to the specific cultural moment traced here is the mingling of technology's impact on our landscape and the use of technologies to explore and document this terrain. The artists here offer a combination of web-based and public projects that can be interpreted as tours in this vein. While some of the projects read as interventions, others simply present the information needed to navigate viewers' own subjective traversals.

TIMESHARES Organized by Rhizome and co-presented by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, TimeShares is a series of online exhibitions dedicated to exploring the diversity of contemporary art based on the Internet.

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Marisa Olson


ISEA 2008 Artist In Residence

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Call for Proposals

ISEA 2008 Call for Proposals - Artist In Residence @ National University of Singapore.

The organizing committee of the International Symposium of Electronic Arts 2008 (ISEA2008) with generous support from the National University of Singapore (NUS), is soliciting proposals from New Media artists to work collaboratively with NUS centers of research and arts in preparation of work to be submitted for exhibition during the July 2008 ISEA in Singapore.

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


Game Over

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Suicide Solution - Brody Condon

Brody Condon’s 2004 piece Suicide Solution is a great take on the machinima genre. The work stays true to the overarching theme of first person shooter video games which is survival and death over and over and over again, while also being critical of its repetitive boringness and limited ‘free will.’ Sometimes Condon has to get creative in able to kill his game characters, but most times it’s as easy as standing on one of your own grenades a couple of times. Suicide in the game space becomes a rushed, unemotional, anti-goal, that doesn’t get you to the next level, but does make good art.

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Originally posted on PSTPRDCTN by Rhizome


Pathogeographies

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Pathogeographies: Or, Other People's Baggage


How do you carry your pile of political feelings, and how do you want to encourage others to carry theirs? Pathogeographies is an exhibition project to be held at Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, June 15-July 7, 2007.

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The term pathogeography is modeled on the SituationistsÃ' psychogeography but substitutes pathos (feeling) for psyche (the soul), emphasizing the emotional investments, temperatures, traumas, pleasures, and ephemeral experiences circulating throughout the political and cultural landscape. For Pathogeographies, we have invited other collectives and individuals--artists and non-artists alike--to create suitcases, real or imagined, that can carry tools around the city of Chicago and elsewhere to incite, create, collect, and record political/emotional scenes and return them to the gallery to be inspected, collated, discussed, distributed, and diverted to new uses. We envision the project as a surrealist but not unsympathetic irritant to current cartographic trends in art making. With our collaborators, we want not only to reveal hidden political histories as we map the affective expressions of various body politics, but also to create magical linkages and intensities that might extend our political horizons.

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Originally posted on del.icio.us/network/marisaolson by criticalspatialpractice


From Steel to Software

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When buildings first began to scrape the sky in Manhattan, city dwellers are reported to have dismissed them as idiotic for their seemingly short-sighted pursuit of extreme heights. But, it wasn't long before the towering contours of a building came to represent not idiocy but power and success. In his current solo exhibition at Bitforms gallery in New York, Mark Napier reflects upon the transition from monumental power structures, symbolized by skyscrapers, to the malleable, information-based systems of the digital age. Well-known for software art projects that provoked fundamental questions about art's materiality, Napier used custom software to create the video installation and prints on view here. Smoke, a video projection on a wall of the gallery, features the Empire State Building teetering on the edge of collapse--not falling over, but twisting and convulsing, as if the physical structure of the building was in the grip of a more dynamic force. Here, the collision between steel and software appears horrifying whereas in other pieces such as the video Bend, which explores the body's relationship to information, the imagery is elegant and calm. Together, the works present a stark and strong exploration of societal structures in flux--well worth visiting the gallery's website or making a trip to contemplate in-person, especially if you are curious about the more emotive, visceral aspects of software's rise to power. - Lauren Cornell

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Sketch - Monochrome Gradient

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Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody


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IGNACIO NIETO:

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The art colective Troyano conformed by: Ignacio Nieto,
Italo Tello and Ricardo Vega will present in the
months of May to June the book: Installing: Art and
Digital Culture, (book that contain a series of ensays
in the fileds of the art and theory) in several
places from the american continent:


- Museum del Barrio. New York
- School of Visuals Arts of Pennsylvania State
University. State College
- Telic Arts Exchange, University of Californian Los
Angeles.
- Center for Research in Computing and the Arts.
University of California San Diego
- Center Multimedia, DF
- Department of Arts Andes University, Bogota
- Nomads.usp, University of Sao Paulo
- Nacional Institute University of Art of Buenos
Aires.

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Troyano is an art and technology-focused collective from Chile. This is their US tour. Read through for full post.

Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by IGNACIO NIETO


Can iPods make music?

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The video above shows an iPod running PdPod, a version of Pure Data ported to iPodLinux. The potential for running PD patches could make iPods a powerful mobile music tool.

iPodLinux itself also opens the door for audio manipulation. The handheld jogwheeling device lends itself well to “scratching” music as if on a turntable. A program called iScratch, by Shosei Oishi picked up some buzz last year but seems to have disappeared since. With versions of iPodLinux and iPL software catching up to newer iPod generations, perhaps we can hope it’s in a holding spot being worked on for a future build!

(authors note: Currently running iPL on my 5.5 generations 30gb iPod video. Sadly pdPod is nowhere near supported for this recent model but it might be worth a try. Wish me luck!)

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This is a post from Networked Music Review, a new blog from Turbulence. Check it out..

Originally posted on Networked Music Review by Ryan