Posts for August 2008

The Coming Red, White, and Blue Tide

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With just one month to go until the Republican National Convention at which John McCain will accept his party's nomination for presidential candidate, residents of Minnesota's Twin Cities are bracing themselves for a red, white, and blue tide. A consortium of organizations in the area have organized what they call the UnConvention, an umbrella for the art projects, interventions, and alternative media outlets raining through the region whose four-word mission is simply: "Unscripting the political process." An event like the RNC is a well-oiled machine and efforts by authorities to keep voices of dissent or other visual distractions at bay abound even in mainstream press coverage of this quadrennial event. The UnConvention is a shelter for ideas that veer from this predictable narrative and it uses its website to galvanize collaboration. The Projects page lists information on artist's initiatives--many of which bring street art and situationist theater techniques to new media forms--ranging from the very DIY to the beautiful and highly-choreographed, including Ligorano/Reese's, The State of Things, 2003/2008, an ice sculpture of the word "democracy" intended to melt within 24-hours of its installation; and Sharon Hayes's ambitious Revolutionary Love 2: I am Your Best Fantasy, in which 100 citizens in the cities of both the Republican and Democratic conventions will collaborate with her to "recite in unison a text chosen by Hayes that exemplifies the intersection of history and the construction of the 'queer figure' in the political terrain." The UnConvention also harnesses the web as a platform for participatory democracy. Its site is a bulletin board for spontaneous actions and a headquarters for creative convergence, calling on readers close and far from the Great Lakes to speak their voice. Taking its title from the obligatory statement uttered by candidates at the end ...

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In the Mix

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Tonight at Exit Art in New York comes a bevy of performances as part of the space's current potpourri-style exhibit Summer Mixtape Volume 1: the Get Smart edition. Critic and artist Nick Stillman will present a slide lecture on "the best art today," accompanied by sounds from noisemakers Knyfe Hyts and artist Corey D'Augustine. But afterwards some mysterious darkly-glowing strangeness will emerge with "A Network of Love," an event by Donna Huanca (aka RUA MINX), the duo of Daniel Keller and Nik Kosmas, better known as AIDS-3D, and dancer Helga Wretman. Hard details are slim, but according to the trio's own statement, expect a futuristic post-apocalyptic scenario in which "the last children of Eve struggle to maintain their digital lifestyles" after "the old systems of power have collapsed." An earlier blurb from Huanca stated that the show may include such items as drum machines, videos, sewing machines, and animals. Exit Art curators promise us there will be lasers involved; we strongly suspect there may also be black lights and phosphorescent paint. What we do know for sure is that Rhizome's own Ceci Moss will be participating in the sonic aspects of the happening, nicely rounding out the inclusion of Rhizome team members Marisa Olson and Tyler Coburn in the exhibit itself. - Ed Halter


Image: AIDS-3D, Untitled, 2008

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Intervention

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William Lamson (2007-2008)

via Wrong Distance

- Anne

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Originally posted on Space & Culture by admin


Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin / Madrid

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Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin / Madrid :: Call for Entries - Deadline: August 25, 2008.

Rencontres Internationales will take place at the Centre Pompidou, at the Jeu de Paume national museum and in other key locations in Paris in November 2008. The same program will be presented in Madrid in April 2009 and in Berlin in June 2009.

Those three events will propose an international programming focusing on film, video and multimedia, gathering works of artists and filmmakers acknowledged on the international scene along with young artists and filmmakers.

ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANISATION CAN SUBMIT ONE OR SEVERAL PROPOSALS. THE CALL FOR ENTRIES IS OPEN TO FILM, VIDEO AND MULTIMEDIA CYCLES, without any restriction of length or genre. All submissions are free, without any limitation of geographic origin.

CINEMA AND VIDEO CYCLES (all film and video formats)
* Video / Experimental video / Video art
* Fiction - short, medium and feature length
* Documentary, experimental documentary
* Experimental Film
* Animation movie

MULTIMEDIA CYCLES
* Installation * Net art * Multimedia performance and concert


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Originally posted on Networked_Performance by jo


Content Producer - New York, August 5, 8pm

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@ Light Industry
Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 8pm
55 33rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue....aka Sunset Park), 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11232

Hey, FYI, I will be playing for the first time the COMPLETE Bruce Springsteen Born to Run Glockenspiel Addendum in Brooklyn next week....below is a little bit I wrote about what I am doing.........

In 2006, on a whim, I decided to go uptown to Sam Ash music store, buy a Glockenspiel and record glockenspiel parts for the songs on Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run record that did not already feature that instrument. Most everything I have ever made has been ignited from a similar semi-destructive whim. A certain idea, most often against my better judgment, mixes with my slight OCD, and I can't stop thinking about it until it is completed. Some people count their steps on the way to work...I do this. This project took a few weeks (the glockenspiel turned out a little more difficult to play then it would seem) and eventually ended up as a 12inch vinyl sold off of my website. This release featured just my Glockenspiel playing and a lot of silence in between. The intent was that people were supposed to play my record and the original at the same time. Once I sold out of these I released a FREE mix CD. This featured my Glockenspiel tracks mixed back into Bruce's original. To most people, this second version sounds just like Springsteen. This free CD has been distributed over the past year or so, at galleries, performances, and to friends. Since it is tagged by computers automatically, it has circulated as Springsteen. My thoughts on this version were based on the fact that my own artwork for years had floated around the ...

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


Radio Action III CD release at New Museum

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Performances from: Damian Catera, Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson, The Dust Dive & Latitude Longitude, Joshua Fried & Todd Merrell, Tianna Kennedy, LoVid with Howard Huang, Tom Roe, and others at 7:30 p.m. Thu. Aug. 7 at the New Museum in Manhattan. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Radio Action III with admission. Join free103point9, in collaboration with Radio Web MACBA, Barbara Held and Pilar Subirá, for a live performance celebrating Radio Action III, an online radio program produced for RWM and the next free103point9 Audio Dispatch CD Release. Radio Action III features 12 five-minute soundworks conceptually tied to the idea of "radio" as an instrument or theme, composed by free103point9 transmission artists working in collaborative teams. RWM is a radio-phonic project on the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) website that explores the possibilities of the internet and radio as spaces of synthesis and exhibition. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Live web stream at www.free103point9.org. CD cover photo by David LaSpina.

Radio Action III track listing:
01 The Dust Dive & Latitude/Longitude, "PARTY COVE"
02 radio_ruido and ben owen, "Dandelions (c/clocked)"
03 LoVid & Michelle Rosenberg, in collaboration with Howard Huang, "Ring in the New"
04 Tom Roe & Scanner, "Airscape"
05 Damian Catera, "deComposition USA"
06 Joshua Fried & Todd Merrell, "Pistol Shrimp"
07 neuroTransmitter, "Chronicle"
08 Anna Friz & Tianna Kennedy, "When radios sleep what dreams may come"
09 Michelle Nagai, in collaboration with Kenta Nagai, "Sleep Radio"
10 Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, "You Love Me Truly"
11 31 Down & Matt Bua, "Wireless Electric Chair"
12 Alexis Bhagat & Sophea Lerner, ".00011574 Hz"

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Originally posted on free103point9 Newsroom by Rhizome


Putting Participation on the Map

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While the internet has enabled new, transnational collaborations in the form of participatory art projects, the challenge with these increasingly popular initiatives is to credit the contributions and individual ideas of artists who might otherwise float lost in the crowdsourced sea. Wooloo Productions has managed to excel at meeting this challenge, while building the logistics of web-based participation into the concept of their works. Wooloo's newest project is Rebranding Acts, "an investigation into cultural identity in an age of global migration." The initiative invites artists from around the world to consider the ways in which "nationality" is manufactured in their home country, and to "rebrand" these concepts, from their own perspective. While the open call is predicated on the argument that such hegemonic nationalist constructions often exclude identities that don't fit the mold, Rebranding Acts invites anyone to add their voice to the discussion by uploading videos of their own public interventions. The best of these videos will be curated into major exhibitions in Prague and New York, later this year. This is not the first of Wooloo Production's projects to deal with national identity. Co-founding artists Sixten Kai Nielsen and Martin Rosengaard gained worldwide notoriety when Defending Denmark, their "international campaign to rebrand the country of Denmark" which documented 18 months of membership in the ultra-right Danish People's Party, was covered on Al Jazeera TV, launching an international discussion about party lines and artist interventions. If you'd like to join the party of people bringing such important projects to life, visit Wooloo.org. - Marisa Olson


Image: Wooloo Productions (Sixten Kai Nielsen and Martin Rosengaard), Attendance at the Danish People's Party National Congress from "Defending Denmark," 2006

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Berkeley Big Bang Podcasts Now Online

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Berkeley Big Bang 08 was three days of new media and art, June 1-3, 2008, hosted by BAM/PFA and the Berkeley Center for New Media, timed to link with 01SJ: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge, a new media art biennial in San Jose. Occurring together for the first time, these two events combined to create one of the nation�s largest gatherings of new media art.

The Berkeley Big Bang program included a one-day symposium, Embodiment, New Media and the Body, in partnership with Berkeley Center for New Media and a second symposium, Re-Mix: From Science to Art and Back, presented with Leonardo: The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. The symposia was taped in its entirety and the podcasts, now online, include a thoughtful deconstruction of Second Life by Philosopher Hubert Dreyfus and Dreyfus in lively conversation with Second Life founder, Philip Rosedale.

To view the podcasts, see http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/podcasts/art/bigbang08

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Originally posted on DMAX by Richard Rinehart


Kamen Stoyanov at Manifesta 7

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'Disneylend Express' sign at Rovereto train station', 2008
Installing 'Disneylend Express' sign at Rovereto train station

ARC Projects roster artist Kamen Stoyanov has created new artworks for Manifesta 7, taking place in Trentino, Italy, 19 July - 2 November 2008. Stoyanov's work is showing within the context of 'ManifeSTATION' curated by The Office for Cognitive Urbanism.

Migration is a central topic for Stoyanov, whether based on economical, political or personal reasons. If one's attempts at assimilation fail, there remains nothing but a life at the margins of society, excluded and isolated amidst everyday cultural life -- something well known but still foreign. For Manifesta 7, Stoyanov addresses the topic of urban events and art biennials themselves, since they characterize entire cities as cultural territory and thus contain implicit mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion. The cultural homogenization of urban spaces divides the people into those that consume these places and those that have to live in them. The Disneylend Express connects both.

Click on the image below to see a slide show of Kamen Stoyanov’s artwork for Manifesta 7.

Kamen Stoyanov, 'Disneylend Express', 2008

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Originally posted on Art Research Communication by chris


Rhizome Commissions 08: Conversations with Mushon Zer-Aviv, Dan Phiffer, David Nolen, Carolyn Strauss and Melanie Crean, Moderated by Rhizome Editor Ceci Moss

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Please join us Friday August 8th at 7:30PM at the New Museum for a panel discussion honoring Rhizome's commissioned artists Mushon Zer-Aviv, Dan Phiffer, David Nolen, Carolyn Strauss and Melanie Crean. The talk is a second in a three-part series that features presentations by artists awarded grants through Rhizome's Commissions Program. Founded in 2001 to support artists working with technology, the Rhizome Commissions Program has awarded fifty-four commissions to-date. Projects realized through the Program represent some of the most forward-thinking and innovative works of media and internet-based art. In this evening's program, the artists will discuss their commissioned projects and larger bodies of work.BUY TICKETS HERE

Image: Melanie Crean with Liubo Borrisov, Erik Burke and Paul Geluso, Phrenology (detail), 2007

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