Posts for August 2008

Summer in the City

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Designer/researcher Greg J. Smith has curated an online exhibition that surveys twelve of the most influential mapping-related new media projects of the last ten years. "City of Nodes" is the 21st show presented by CONT3XT.NET, who use social bookmarking site del.icio.us as a platform for their TAGallery. The sites Smith selected actually skim the longstanding relationship between tagging and urban studies, with a focus on cartography and locative media. In his curatorial introduction (in this case, a "tag description"), Smith synthesizes Lewis Mumford's late-1930s conception of the city as "a nexus of social, creative, and economic collaboration," in contrast to William J. Mitchell's '90s era take on cities as including "not only asphalt and concrete, but bandwidth, code, and connectivity." This is the filter through which the twelve selected projects are viewed. They include the seminal Amsterdam Realtime (2002) project by Esther Polak and Jeroen Kee (the Waag Society) in which GPS devices worn by volunteers create a comparative portrait of the personal occupation of the city; iSee (2005), the Institute for Applied Autonomy's web-based program for locating CCTV cameras throughout a city and planning your travel route accordingly; and One Block Radius, Dave Mandl and Christina Ray's (a.k.a. Glowlab's) psychogeographic documentary of the immediate neighborhood surrounding what was then the future site of the new New Museum building. Given that so many of the selected projects are about tracing a collective experience, the folksonomic curatorial platform seems a perfect one on which to contemplate the work, with guest-curators' tags suggesting an interpretation before inviting viewers to travel off on their own. - Marisa Olson


Image: David Rokeby, Seen, 2002

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Arts Writers Grant Program

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2008 Grant Application Now Open

Deadline for Applications: September 22, 4:59 p.m. EST

Dedicated to supporting a wide range of writing on contemporary visual art -- from general-audience to scholarly -- the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program awards project-based grants to individual authors. In its 2008 cycle, the program will fund approximately 20 projects, in amounts ranging from $3,000-$50,000, in the following categories: books; articles; short-form writing; and blogs/new and alternative media. All writers who meet our eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

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Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation's Arts Writers Grant Program is now accepting applications. Click the above for more information.

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


The Game of Life

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As we hit the slower weeks of summer, take five minutes to play Jason Rohrer's Passage, a contemplative art game created for last year's Gamma 256 competition in Montreal, which challenged indie designers to create games with tiny, irregular aspect ratios of no more than 256x256 pixels. In its half-year of existence, Rohrer's entry has become a micro sensation on its own, garnering kudos in scads of the most widely read games blogs as well as mainstream press. In Passage, you play a character who travels across a narrow horizontal corridor representing nothing less than the passage of life itself, from childhood to old age. Since it's very much a game about exploration and discovery, to say any more about what happens would spoil the impact -- so with that in mind, don't read Rohrer's heartfelt statement on the game until after you've played it. Rather, prepare for ingeniously low-res visuals and minimal but meaningful interactivity that maximize a miniature platform in terms of the metaphoric potential for gameplay. After Passage, Rohrer created something of a sequel with Gravitation, a slightly more complex game about creative inspiration and a father's love for his daughter. Or, as Rohrer puts it, "explores how a particular corner of my life feels, as only a game can." - Ed Halter

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Choosy Moms Choose GIF

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It's no secret that the Rhizome staff loves animated gifs. The best to roll through our feed readers are often reblogged to our front page, and in 2005 we presented The GIF Show, an exhibition of 12 artists using animated gifs to make new work. When we heard about the upcoming "Graphics Interchange Format" exhibition, we knew we had to share the news. Curated by Laurel Ptak, keeper of the popular I Heart Photograph blog, the show at emerging Brooklyn art space Bond Street Gallery features 67 animated gifs made by 26 artists, including Rhizome's own staff writer Tyler Coburn, Petra Cortright, C. Coy, Ilia Ovechkin, M. River, Trevor Shimizu, Jo-ey Tang, Anne De Vries, and Damon Zucconi. Some of the artists are among the net's gif stars and others made their first gifs for the show--they were all commissioned on three days' notice by Ptak and are being sold in unlimited editions (accompanied by a personalized note from the artist) for $20, instigating "gif shop" puns across the net art blogosphere. The curator promises a show that will demonstrate the diversity of what this beloved file format has come to prove capable of since its inception by CompuServe in 1987. Nonetheless, as a show nestled within a group show of group photo shows, called "Young Curators, New Ideas," the artists were encouraged to use photographic media and the resultant works are poised to trigger references to the history of lens-based practices and proto-filmic experimental cell animation. Either that or they will just flicker their way into your hearts as they clearly have ours. - Marisa Olson


Image: M. River, Safarirafas, 2008

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Synchronator | Gert-Jan Prins + Bas van Koolwijk

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synchronator

'Since the early years of video art, works have been made which do not actually produce a standard TV signal waveform and therefore cannot be directly recorded. Some are based primarily upon magnetic distortion of the normal TV scan pattern, others utilise a Cathode Ray Tube as if it were an oscilloscope screen.'

Gert-Jan Prins and Bas van Koolwijk's Synchronator project continues a lineage of experimentation originally embarked upon by the likes of Nam June Paik and the Vasulka's. Both artists teamed up after a shared need to transcend the technical limitations of the video signal and through a shared aesthetic. Accessing the inner working of their audiovisual equipment, they crosswire sound and image to produce a glitchy synaesthetic montage - sometimes with tantalizing hints at representation as seen in the online video.

Syncronator is dysfunctional roboid ghost in the machine, choreographing an interference dervish to a montage of extreme noise textures.

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Originally posted on dataisnature.com by Rhizome


Sound of Art. Music and Visual Arts. Moenchsberg

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Sound of Art. Music and Visual Arts
Museum der Moderne Salzburg Moenchsberg
Moenchsberg 32
5020 Salzburg
Austria
Contact:
christine.forstner[AT]mdmsalzburg.at

www.museumdermoderne.at

Sound of Art' shows up the bonds between music and visual arts. The exhibition will present scores, objects, photographs, videos and video installations, records of actions and many more exhibits. Right at the beginning the exhibition focuses on its main themes: the radical break of the avant-garde art movements emerging at the beginning of the 20th century with 19th century bourgeois culture (dominated by the cult of genius, classical instruments, musical harmonies and melodies, etc.), and the various revaluations of its inherent categories, such as virtuosity.

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Originally posted on post.thing.net - A lean, mean, media machine. by G.H. Hovagimyan


Adriene Jenik and "particles of interest" at gallery@calit2

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Exhibition at UC San Diego Envisages Future of Nanoparticles and Distributed Social Cinema

Installations by Adriene Jenik and particle group
gallery@calit2
Atkinson Hall
University of California, San Diego
http://gallery.calit2.net
Map & Directions: http://atkinsonhall.calit2.net/directions/
August 6 to October 3, 2008
Closing Reception: October 2 at 6PM

New-media art installations that caution visitors about a future when books are relics of the past, and nanoparticles represent a pervasive threat to human health, will be on display starting August 4 at the gallery@calit2 on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.

The joint exhibition will present "SPECFLIC 2.6" by UC San Diego Visual Arts professor Adriene Jenik, and "Particles of Interest" by particle group, an art collective composed of independent and UCSD-based artists and writers.

The art installations ask the viewer to consider a not-so-distant future in which individuals will be intimately connected to networks not only through our computers, but via nanoparticles in or on our own bodies.

The gallery is part of the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).
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Eduardo Navas posted two interviews with the artists involved with this exhibition to Rhizome. Click the below to view:
Interview with Adriene Jenik
Interview with particle group

Originally posted on Rhizome.org Announcements by Rhizome


Reminder: Rhizome Commissions Panel Tonight at the New Museum

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The Rhizome Commissions panel is tonight at the New Museum! Don't miss out! Join us at 7:30PM as we honor Rhizome's commissioned artists Mushon Zer-Aviv, Dan Phiffer, David Nolen, Carolyn Strauss and Melanie Crean. Each artist will present their project and discuss their larger bodies of work.


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Links 8.11.08

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Frank Zadlo, Blockbuster, 2008, melted VHS tapes, 3'x1.5'x1'
Frank Zadlo, Through The Eyes Of A Predator. 11:45 (01:32 excerpt). 2008. all of the point-of-view shots of the Predator in slow-motion, from Predator (1987)
Two works by artist Frank Zadlo. Via Martijn Hendriks' delicious.

The "Endless Accident Events" of Los Angeles
BLDGBLOG discuss artist Luther Thie'a proposal "LA Interchange" which would "install a 'gigantic public water fountain' at the intersection of L.A.'s Harbor and Santa Monica Freeways -- and then use the fountain's water supply as a way to graph traffic accidents and fatalities occurring on highways throughout the greater L.A. area."

Artists by the river Paiva: August, 16th @ Nodar
Four artists -- Viv Corringham, Lezli Rubin-Kunda, Jurate Jarulyte Weiss, and Francisco Janes -- from Binaural's Nodar Artist Residency Program will present their projects in and around the rural village of Nodar in Portugal.

Norwegian Trio Saevik/Brevik/Gunia this Monday
Tonight at 6:30PM, New York City digital media arts center Harvestworks will host a performance/presentation by three Norwegian ambient sound artists.

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Soul Driver

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Einstein famously reflected that "the mysterious" was what stood "at the cradle of true art and true science." But considering the ensuing decades, marked by the increasing technological specialization of the sciences and perennially high-brow parameters of art world discourse, it is easy to now believe that the fields have all but separated. "Souls and Machines," the current exhibition at Madrid's Museo Reina Sofia, however, maintains that "art and science move along parallel paths" and offers up a handful of creative practices that exemplify the twenty-first century marriage of new media and empathetic production. While most of the participating artists work across media, a significant number are exhibiting works that connect older forms of image-making, like painting, with the latest in programming and design. Artist, graphic designer and university professor John Maeda presents seven "paintings in motion": digital animations generated by custom software, which find colorful, abstract patterns aggregating into naturalistic structures. These animations, titled Nature, are projected onto hanging, translucent screens, a strategy that moves them into the sculptural realm and seems in keeping with Maeda's declared interest in "post-digital" aesthetic renewal. Digital painting becomes an exercise in decentralized production in Evru's TECURA, an interactive application and image/sound archive open to a user's every creative whim. A printer and WAN network hookup feature in TECURA's exhibition installation, thereby underscoring Evru's role as facilitator (not author) of a broader community's experimentation with contemporary methods of image-making. - Tyler Coburn

Image: John Maeda, Nature, 2008

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