Posts for May 2007

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer at La Biennale di Venezia

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Pulse Room Pulse Room
Mexican Pavilion at the 52nd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia

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7-9 June, 10 AM - 8 PM

Exhibition:
10 June - 21 November, 2007

Palazzo Van Axel, beside the Chiesa dei Miracoli, Cannaregio 6099
Venice, Italy

Pulse Room Pulse Room, one hundred incandescent light bulbs controlled by the heartbeat of the public

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer represents Mexico at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia with the exhibition "Some Things Happen More Often Than All of the Time", curated by Pri­amo Lozada and Barbara Perea, a show which will mark Mexico's first official participation in the Biennale. The exhibition will consist of 6 large-scale installations covering 1,000 square metres of the Palazzo Van Axel, a 15th-century gothic landmark bordering the Chiesa Santa Maria dei Miracoli, in the vicinity of the Rialto bridge.

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Originally posted on networked_performance by Rhizome


Bloggers Get Personal

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At the top of performance artist Marc Horowitz's latest web-based project, one reads, 'Everyday The Center for Improved Living will post a new daily action to make life just a little better. All you have to do is participate and see where it takes you. Complete any action at anytime. The Center for Improved Living aims really high!' This is just one of several recent examples of blogging as an artistic medium. Horowitz initiated this poetic yet political work last April and has thus far published thirty-five posts that have been heavily commented upon. For instance, Action 31 (May 18, 2007) asked 'What were you thinking right before you thought to read this?' and has already received over 100 comments. Most of the actions are actually queries, such as 'What was the last thing(s) you purchased?' or instructions, like 'Name something you can live without,' which encourage the reader to analyze his daily life practices and change them (or not) according to each viewer's vision of the world. Horowitz's author's note from May 20 states, 'The questions may or may not improve your life, they may improve another's in some way different from you [...] Who knows? I'm just trying to ask questions to make people think about themselves and what's around them.' After the artist's famously-famous 'National Dinner Tour' project, which was covered by many mainstream US TV programs and newspapers, Horowitz's new intimate piece emerges as an emotionally resonant examination of contemporary society, in which a bureaucratic system dictates personal behavior. - Miguel Amado

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Early Cybernetic Sculptures (talk @ Kinetica Museum)

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The Senster, circa 1970 - Edward Ihnatowicz

A bit late notice, but for Londoners, if you have no other prior engagements tonight - a note for an interesting talk occurring at the Kinetica Museum this evening, 23 May 2007.

The Senster and SAM (Sound Activated Mobile)

Alex Zivanovic will talk about the work of the late Edward Ihnatowicz, a pioneer of interactive kinetic art. In particular, he will concentrate on SAM, a sculpture exhibited at the Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition in 1968, and the Senster, exhibited in the Evoluon in Eindhoven from 1970 to 1974. Both sculptures moved recognisably in response to the sound and motion of the people around them, giving the impression of being alive. The talk will explain how this was achieved and what we can learn from these groundbreaking works. In particular, Alex will talk about how natural, elegant motion can be achieved.’

It just a shame we can't still see these ground breaking mechanical entities in action. I couldn't escape this page without feeling some strange emotion. The Senster, paralysed and frozen, like dinosaur bones in a museum, and lost in time.

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Originally posted on dataisnature.com by Rhizome


Interview: Miya Masaoka

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Miya Masaoka is a musician, composer and performance artist. She has created works for koto, laser interfaces, laptop and video and written scores for ensembles, chamber orchestras and mixed choirs. In her performance pieces she has investigated the sound and movement of insects, as well as the physiological responses of plants, the human brain, and her own body.

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Originally posted on Networked Music Review by helen


INTERACTIVOS? 07 Magic and tecnology. Medialab Madrid

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"Any sufficiently-advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C. Clarke.

Magic and illusion have always gone hand in hand with technology; from mechanical illusions, optical and mirror tricks, through the incorporation of electricity and the filmed image, to digital technology: augmented reality, reactive objects, reality hacking and immersive spaces.

This new edition of Interactivos? 07 in Medialab Madrid is inspired by the strategies of magic and illusion, in order to harness some of the old and new technological resources to collectively build software pieces and interactive installations which can propose a rethinking of the usual scenario in magic tricks, marked by a very clear separation between the wizard and the spectators.

Seminar on Technology and Magic: White or Black?
May 25 and 26, 2007
As part of Interactivos? 07 , and before the workshop on project production begins, at this seminar, magicians, artists, scientists, and historians will talk to us about deception in perception, technological archaeology, and magic history, among other things.

Project development and production advanced workshop
From May 28 to June 7, 2007
Lead by: Daniel Canogar, Simone Jones and Zachary Lieberman.

Medialab Madrid (C/ Conde Duque, 11. Madrid)

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Originally posted on i n t e r a c t i v o s by Rhizome


Common Ground 2008: Call for Entry

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Future Earth: Our Home in Peril?

Common Ground is an international digital art project. Acclaimed and emerging artists from around the world will be selected for a Beijing premier to coincide with the Olympics in 2008. A touring exhibition to galleries, universities and museums then follows to Europe and North America through 2010.

Artists from around the world are invited to use the digital art medium to speak to the common issues we all face on this planet, regardless of where we reside or what language we speak or what tribe or nation we identify with. We cannot escape our interconnectedness with regard to the health of planet Earth and its ecosystems. For this collection of digital art, we are looking for compelling imagery that creatively communicates this cross cultural imperative to treat our home – Earth – as the sanctuary that it is for all of us.

Please submit your complete entry by September 30, 2007. October 31, 2007 is the selection notification to artists.

Submission is open to all artists whose works can be defined as digital in nature. We invite artists to submit up to 3 finished digital art images.

To learn more about the nature of 'Digital Art' relative to this inaugural Common Ground Collection, the jury and to submit electronically, please go to our website: http://www.commonground2008.com/artists/entries.html

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Rhizome


Is there anything for art to say about Iraq?, asks Liam Gillick

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Artists have been responding to the war in Iraq since the build-up in 2003. Memorial to the Iraq War, the exhibition opening at London's ICA this week, is only the most visible manifestation of a whole matrix of works, actions and protests over the last few years. The problem is that many people, artists included, feel increasingly trapped between extreme forces of ideological perversion.

Superficially, contemporary art is not well placed to confront the recent clarifications and extremes of conflict in a direct way. This explains why there has been little collective response independent of the anti-war movement in general.

Much postmodern theory was based on how to understand a globalised environment of relativism, subjectivity and simulation. We are now facing a situation of specificity and desperate rationalisation in Iraq and elsewhere. Art became more and more diverse throughout the 20th Century. The Iraq war is an example of one of the many clarifications that may appear to render art more and more irrelevant. The US army has reconvened and prays to its God for strength. The factions in Iraq pray to theirs. Everywhere we see routine obscenity.

For artists, the combination of piety and pragmatism from politicians on all sides is not worth showing back to them. Documenting the increasing piles of body parts is pointless pornography. What artists can do is occasionally step outside their normal practice and stand as citizens against the delusions of their leaders. This is an exceptional moment, where it is necessary for some to suspend their normal work in order to make a direct statement.

In this context, the ICA exhibition is not an answer; it is a melancholic and sullen response. The idea of creating a memorial to something that is still taking place is an honest concession. It is no ...

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Originally posted on Guardian Unlimited: Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - art by Liam Gillick


Art Intercom: Featuring Artist Jaka Železnikar

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Jaka Zeleznikar, Changer

My next interview in the series Art Intercom is up on the icommons blog. This week I interview artist Jaka Zeleznikar. Check it out!

Much like Robert Rauchenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing, Jaka Zeleznikar often begins with pre-existing work and then transforms, sometimes even destroys it to make new art. Such studio methods can create a wide range of works, a number of which I discussed with Zeleznikar over the phone last week. The majority of the discussion centres on what he will be making at the iCommons Summit and his online works, though he has an array of excellent offline pieces that can be seen here.

AFC: So you do a lot of on and offline work. To make the interview a little more concise I'm just going to focus on the online work for now, and go through a few pieces on your site. Your most recent piece Letters, that's a Firefox extension right? Now I haven't installed this in my browser - frankly I'm a little fearful to do so...

Jaka: (laughing) It doesn't bite!

AFC: Well, I'm a little worried about adding any additional distractions to the ones I already have to my work... Can you tell me how it works?

Jaka: It's an online visual poem in the form of an extension for the Firefox browser. If you look at the project page there is a rotating letter 'A'. Okay so you've got the whole alphabet - actually a mix of the English and Slovenian alphabet in rotating letters. Regardless of which page you are looking at, it adds this alphabet over the page, and then you can move letters around or if you type, these letters will appear and disappear, and you can make them move around ...

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Excerpt from an interview between artist Jaka Zeleznikar and Art Fag City blogger Paddy Johnson. This interview is one in a series that is available on the iCommons blog.

Originally posted on Art Fag City by Rhizome


Preserving the Future: Innovative Strategies for Saving New Media

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Preserving the Future: Innovative Strategies for Saving New Media

Wednesday, June 6, 2007
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22 Street (10th and 11th Avenues)
5th floor
New York, NY

IMAP is pleased to offer an overview of the current state of the media preservation field. This panel follows the launch of the comprehensive web resource, the EAI Online Resource Guide for Exhibiting, Collecting & Preserving Media Art ( http://www.eai.org/resourceguide), for which IMAP created the Preservation section ( http://www.eai.org/resourceguide /preservation).

Four panelists with expertise in archives, museums, art conservation and technology, will share recent developments and best practices in care and conservation of single-channel, video installation and new media art.

Drawing from the extensive research that was compiled for the Preservation section of the Online Resource Guide, this panel is geared to media arts professionals, archivists, conservators, artists and other caretakers of media collections, who will learn pragmatic information and strategies for tackling media preservation challenges.


Panelists:
Jeff Martin, Independent Media Archivist (moderator)
Ann Butler, Senior Archivist, Fales Library & Special Collections, NYU
Glenn Wharton, Special Projects Conservator, MOMA; and Research Scholar, Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts and Museum Studies, NYU
Francis Hwang, Artist and Software Engineer

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by ana otero


All Circuits On

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The first screening in a series co-presented by Electronic Arts Intermix and Anthology Film Archives that will focus on video production in the 1960s and 70s. In this screening, there are works by Eric Siegel, WGBH, Dan Sandin in collaboration with Phil Morton and Barbara Sykes, James Byrne, amongst others.

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