Posts for August 2008

Linked.In.8.20.08

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Bright Idea Shade
"The Bright Idea Shade is a project of the Eyebeam OpenLab, by Sustainability Action Group members Michael Mandiberg and Steve Lambert, with Simon Jolly, Peter Duyan, and Oscar Torres. We are converting all of our silver tipped incandescent bulbs into CFL bulbs (as they burn out.) The problem is a bare CFL bulb gives off harsh light that sometimes prevents people from making the change. So we set about designing a lampshade for the bulbs. We started with the Universal Polygon Lampshade and made it fit a CFL bulb, built it out of heat resistant photo diffuser material (found a diffuser material that could be laser cut, and built a laser cutter template.)"

Looking at Music Screening Series
Excellent series of screenings presented in conjunction with MoMA's exhibition Looking at Music. Tonight, catch John Cage's Variations VII (1969) and David Tudor's Bandoneon! (1969) from 9 Evenings: Theater and Engineering as well as Scorpio Rising by Kenneth Anger and Flaming Creatures by Jack Smith.

Wind in new media
Network Research discuss a selection of new media art projects employing wind: Wind by Damian Stewart and Éventée by Mathieu Blasquez

Before the Gunfire, Cyberattacks
From the New York Times: "Weeks before bombs started falling on Georgia, a security researcher in suburban Massachusetts was watching an attack against the country in cyberspace...As it turns out, the July attack may have been a dress rehearsal for an all-out cyberwar once the shooting started between Georgia and Russia. According to Internet technical experts, it was the first time a known cyberattack had coincided with a shooting war."

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LoS amiGoS dE la iMagEN by Federico Torroba + Juan Ignacio Colombo

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A veritable "garden of forking paths".

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Interview with Marta de Menezes

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Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist working at the intersection between art and biology. Last year, Menezes founded Ectopia, an experimental laboratory and artist residency housed at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in Oeiras, Portugal. The program fosters collaboration and discussion between the Institute's scientists and participating artists. In this interview, conducted by Rhizome Curatorial Fellow Luis Silva, Menezes discusses her experience with Ectopia and her larger body of work.

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fuego 2 by Eugenio Ampudia (2003)

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Click here for more work by Eugenio Ampudia

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Linked.In.8.21.08

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Yacht's "Summer Song" Music Video
New music video for "Summer Song" by Yacht (Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt). Evans and Bechtolt, along with Aaron "Flint" Jamison, won a Rhizome commission for their Marfa Webring project.

Martijn Hendriks: Interview by committee.
From ARTLURKER:
"For the purpose of this feature we decided to interview Martijn by committee; to give him not only the chance to write about aspects of his work that interested him most but also the choice not to write about other aspects, which although no where near as interesting as what he has to say, is interesting in itself."

Language Barrier by Alina and Jeff Blumis
From the LMCC's blog:
"Language Barrier is an ongoing project by Alina and Jeff Bliumis, artists originally from the former Soviet Union. For the site-specific Language Barrier, Lower Manhattan, the artists selected five different locations, each chosen for its contemporary and historical significance and will intervene along various corridors with piles of foam dictionaries. Practical and theoretical considerations meet formally during this ephemeral urban intervention, making visible our daily negotiation of barriers both physical and social."

FREE POWDERLY
Following the detainment of James Powderly, Jake Dobkin created a "Free Powderly" banner.

"Call -- Response" by Hiroyo Tanaka and Macoto Cuhara.

Waterdrop
Waterdrop by Héctor Serrano Studio on Pixelsumo:
"The central piece is a representation of the beautiful experience of a drop falling into water, creating an enigmatic movement and ripples. The installation uses innovative and sophisticated technology in an unexpected and inventive way to capture this captivating natural phenomenon."

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The Fall of the Site of Marsha (1998)

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By Rob Wittig, Patric King, with Rick Valicenti

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Saddle-Stitched

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Way back before most people had even heard of new media art, one publication (a classy zine, really) was charting the rise of the field. Intelligent Agent was founded in 1996, still the early days of the net for all intensive purposes, by a smart German woman named Dr. Christiane Paul-- she'd later go on to become new media curator at the Whitney. Like many such DIY ventures, the publication has gone through a series of phase changes, from print to online, to hiatus, and back. Now edited by artist and media scholar Patrick Lichty, under Paul's guidance as publisher, the venerable magazine is available in both print and PDF formats. It continues to present the front wave of art and theory, and the most recent issue, which is built around the catalog for the "Social Fabrics" exhibition curated by Lichty and Susan Ryan, is no exception. While big fashion magazines produce their fattest ad-driven issues during the summer months, IA's latest free PDF will give readers a chance to see projects by a handful of forward-thinking artist/designers who not only design wearable art that marries textiles and technology, but also push fashion from the realm of pop culture into deeper social engagement. The resulting portfolios, interviews, and essays offer critical insight into the work and, in keeping with the fashion mag analogy, posit trend alerts for the future of media art. - Marisa Olson


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Change It Up

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The ongoing US Presidential race is coming to such a head that even media stories about media coverage of the campaigns are flooding the wires. But how does this grand spectacle translate abroad? Given that America is so invested in branding itself as an exporter of democracy, the elections are a key opportunity to transmit this ideology. A new performance exchange project initiated by artist Elana Mann, entitled "Exchange Rate," invites artists from Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, Israel, Lithuania, Mexico, Nicaragua, Portugal, Scotland, South Korea, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and, of course, the USA to collaborate on "producing, exchanging and interpreting performance directions related to the election campaign." Towing the choose or lose line, the participants will post instructions for creative acts that other artists will elect to perform. Part of the effort is to see how the further development of mass media has effected the evolution of collaborative artistic models borne in the Fluxus era, by strategically conflating artistic media, the communicative media by which the work is broadcast, and the news media through which the President is arguably elected. The resulting performances will be highlighted in partnership with the upcoming UnConvention project, with Trade & Row's "Campaign Trail" series, and in other online and offline events. Stay tuned to see if "Exchange Rate" can bring new meaning to the phrase "making change." - Marisa Olson

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Timeless by Hayley Silverman (2007)

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More work by Hayley Silverman

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Linked.In.8.22.08

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NYC - "Heavy Light" (08.23.08)
Tomorrow evening, head to Deitch Projects on Grand St for "Heavy Light" organized by artist Takeshi Murata. New videos by Yoshi Sodeoka, Ben Jones, Devin Flynn, Eric Wareheim and Tim Heidecker, Eric Fensler, Ara Peterson and Dave Fischer, Melissa Brown and Siebren Versteeg, Billy Grant and Takeshi Murata will be screened, along with animations by Adam Beckett projected on 16mm film. There will also be a live video performance by Nate Boyce and a live audio performance by Robert Beatty. This event is free.

1ypv -- q and a
MTAA conduct a Q&A session with viewers of their 1 year performance video (1ypv). This work was exhibited in Rhizome's 2005 exhibition Rhizome Artbase 101 at the New Museum.

Carrall Street by Althea Thauberger
"Althea Thauberger's one-night performance will present the street (brightly lit like a film set at nighttime) as a stage, or zone of illumination where the roles of participant and spectator blur. The interweaving of organized performers, random passers-by and audience members will allow for unforeseen interactions to take place, resulting in a destabilized form of community theatre that reveals the street's history, its current successes and stresses, as well as its future."

Walead Beshty
From i heart photograph, "photos of the abandoned iraqi embassy in the former east berlin echo the ruined tableau depicted after being damaged by airport x-rays." Post links to Beshty interview from the Whitney Biennial, definitely worth the watch.

Josh Mannis Interview
Interview with video artist Josh Mannis, from Fecal Face:
"My degree from SAIC was in Fiber and Materials Studies actually - so basically what I was doing then was making clothes that ended up in performance videos. The second one of those I ever made, which was called "Master of the Immortal Arts ...

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