Posts for April 2008

Brian Mackern - Soundtoys Remixed

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MAO evenings :: BRIAN MACKERN - SOUNDTOYS REMIXED [1996-2008]

Friday 2008/04/11 - h 18.00 > 20.30

MADRE - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina
Via Settembrini, 79 - Naples

An event by MAO - Media & Arts Office ONLUS

FREE ENTRY

Soundtoys Remixed, the title of the performance that Mackern will offer to the MADRE audience, will deal with Net surfing and (real-time) remix of 40 of his soundtoys developed between 1997 and 2007.

Mackernian visions will flow through the (real-time) projection on three different screens, while the surrounding sounds will hold the audience in a synesthetic embrace that will stimulate new reflections about the increasingly more hybrid nature of the reality we face everyday.

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Christoph Cox Lecture Tonight at the MATA Festival

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Critic and art historian Christoph Cox will give a free talk tonight entitled "From Object to Process: Time in the Sonic Arts" as part of the MATA Festival, a decade-old event for young genre-defying composers in New York. The lecture will begin by examining sound art and music in the 1960s, an era marked by great cultural anxiety around time in relation to advances in technology (a topic elaborated in Pamela Lee's Chronophobia: On Time in the Art of the 1960's), and will continue by charting the direction set by the artistic experiments coming out of this period. Cox will devote specific attention to "the shift from time as a measured whole to time as fluid duration." The lecture begins at 7 pm tonight at the Brooklyn Lyceum. A discussion with composer and sound artist Micah Silver will follow Cox's presentation. For more information about the lecture and other activities related to the festival (including concerts and sound installations), visit MATA's website. - Ceci Moss

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Chartering Utopia

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Beijing-based artist Cao Fei uses her activities in Second Life (SL) to draw fantastical parallels to socio-political scenarios in real life. As it turns out, SL is a perfect place to consider city planning and the cultural drives behind development patterns. It is, afterall, one big experiment in participatory design, with users constructing their world and everything in it, even carrying out social relations in a highly-systematized manner. Fei's avatar, China Tracy, made a three-part documentary of life in this society, called i.Mirror, which was included in the Rhizome-curated exhibition Montage: Unmonumental Online. For Fei's current show at New York's Lombard-Freid Projects, she once again displays the fruits of Tracy's labor, with RMB City. The gallery has become a retail space for the promotion of this "experimental utopian world," in which institutions and investors have been invited to participate as organizers. Fei's exhibition includes "pure white" sculptural models of the city, builder's tools and materials, laptops for connecting to Second Life, and stills from Tracy's newest documentary, RMB CITY-A Secondlife City Planning, which is also projected onto what looks like a pool of water. The sailing city constructed in Tracy's film has all the trappings of a grown-up society, complete with transportation infrastructure, industrial pollutants, and diplomatic pandas, but it feels almost like a child's imaginary assemblage, constructed of toys, junk, and futuristic roadways, some of which end abruptly, depositing travelers into the vast ocean around it. The film's soundtrack further pushes the trope of "play" with its softly soothing electronic beats. (One imagines this score could gently drown-out any voices of resistance.) According to Fei, the city reflects "the condensed incarnation of contemporary Chinese cities with most of their characteristics; a series of new Chinese fantasy realms that ...

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Aleksandra Domanovic Interview

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We communicated with Aleksandra Domanovic via Word documents, and are very happy to bring you the results.

LUMEN ECLIPSE: How did you make D, E, G, A? What images were you working from, and how did you transform them? How was the sound track made?

ALEKSANDRA DOMANOVIC: I filmed different people, each singing the tone scale and some beats. One sound was chosen from each person and composed into a song using only the tones D, E, G and A, plus snare, hi hat and the base drum sound. I composed the song in After Effects, which was very strenuous, because I had to render bits and pieces every time I wanted to hear them. The video is synesthetic, each sound takes the shape of its waveform, behind which the singer is visible.

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In conjunction with the inclusion of her piece "D, E, G and A" in their April program, Boston-based public art organization Lumen Eclipse posted a conversation with artist and VVORK blogger Aleksandra Domanovic. At the end of the interview, Domanovic provided a massive list of recommended links which are practically an art project unto themselves, and definitely worth combing through.

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


The Rematerialization of Art Discussion Thread

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Tuesday Rhizome posted the article "The Rematerialization of Art" by Ed Halter about the upcoming exhibition "Holy Fire". The entry instigated a thoughtful discussion in the comments section surrounding issues of materiality and the commercialization of new media art, with posts by "Holy Fire" co-curator Domenico Quaranta, Patrick Lichty, Olia Lialina, Tom Moody, Pall Thayer, and others. Discussion is here.

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Brentford Biopsy [London]

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Brentford Biopsy :: April 5- June 15, 2008 :: :: Watermans Gallery, 40 High Street, Brentford, London.

Watermans gallery will be converted into a live design / mapping studio where investigatory, locative media artist Christian Nold together with the designer Daniela Boraschi will be working with local residents to gather information for digital and physical visualizations of the ecological, cultural and economic 'health' of Brentford.

Instead of taking tissue samples as one would from a human being Christian Nold and participants will be using a range of cultural probes to investigate the local social body and its unique ailments. Like eastern medicine investigators will be taking a holistic view of Brentford that looks for interconnections between problems and challenges to get a sense of the whole. The project acts as both creative art project as well as hard-nosed consultation with invited stakeholder groups like politicians, historians, the local chamber of commerce as well as ecologists and the general public.

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New exhibition by artist Christian Nold and Daniela Boraschi. Nold was a panelist on Rhizome's New Silent Series talk Nextcity: The Art of the Possible. Be sure to check out Nold's presentation on Rhizome's vimeo channel.

Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


A Second Life for Some Old Performance Art

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The annual Exit Festival is currently taking place at Maison Creteil des Arts, offering Parisians and their visitors a glimpse into the international pulse of the contemporary art scene, but you don't need a passport to enjoy tonight's featured event. Eva and Franco Mattes (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG) have been teleporting-in to Second Life to reenact famous early performance art works and tonight they will reenact pieces by Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Valie Export, and Gilbert & George. According to the site for the artists' Synthetic Performances project, Abramovic--also known for reenacting famous performances by herself and others--said of the Mattes's reenactment of her Imponderabilia, "It was such a good idea, I'm sort of jealous that it never crossed my mind." Of course, avatarism opens up the possibility of anyone reenacting anything, virtually anywhere. For now, start with this SLURL. - Marisa Olson

Image: Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, Reenactment of Valie Export and Peter Weibel's Tapp und Tastkino, 2007

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From Here to There

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Coinciding with the 2008 German-Baltic Year of Culture, this weekend's "Migrating Reality" conference and exhibition, at GdK Berlin, brings together over thirty artists and theorists to discuss emerging issues in social and technological migration. Particular emphasis will be given to the Baltic nation of Lithuania, which has in the past fifteen years seen more than ten percent of its population emigrate, including a significant portion of its cultural sector. Rather than treat this as a negative trend, however, conference participants endeavor to show the possibilities for cultural and creative exchange, both in physical and virtual space, that such mobility may engender; among them, "temporary autonomous zones where socio-political actions occur without the interference of formal control mechanisms." Participating theorists and artists will offer a handful of studies, methods and objects typifying this newfound hybridity, from Kristoffer Gansing's reading of "Incidental Media Art" in 1960s Sweden as a foundation for future relations between machines and humans; Migrating Reality (2005-8), by Gediminas Kepalas, a two-channel video juxtaposing the 2003 demolition of Berlin's Palace of the Republic and the current reconstruction of The Royal Palace of Lithuania, in Vilnius; and Coolturistes' video Monica, or Thank You Very Much For Showing Interest In Me (2006), in which art critic and Emirates Airlines attendant Monika goes through a flight safety routine in half-time, to the anthem of the European Union. For these practitioners, Europe's emergent transnationalism enables new hubs of virtual-analog activity, where rereadings of the continent's past are integral to the project of twenty-first century community-building. - Tyler Coburn

Image: Coolturistes, Monica, or Thank You Very Much For Showing Interest In Me (video still), 2006

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"inlet_outlet" by Achim Wollscheid.

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Artist's statement: "Realized as part of sonambiente at the old Polish embassy, Berlin. First floor windows open and close in accord with peoples' movement in the space. A program translates the data gained by motion tracking into a correlative action which opens the motorized window."

Originally posted on VVORK by Rhizome