Posts for December 2008

BEACON (2005-2008) - Thomson and Craighead

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Artist's statement: At 00.00hrs on January 1st 2005 an automated beacon began broadcasting on the web at http://www.automatedbeacon.net. The images above are documents of the gallery version of this work, which exists in two forms -- first made in 2006 as a live data projection and then in 2007 as a unique mechanical railway flap sign built by Solari of Udine in Italy. The development of the railway sign was funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and British Film Institute (BFI)/Arts Council of England (North West)

In both instances, BEACON continuously relays live web searches as they are being made around the world presenting them back in series and at regular intervals as an endless concrete poetry. The beacon has been instigated to act as a silent witness: a feedback loop providing a global snapshot of ourselves to ourselves in real-time.

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Get Ready for Take-Off

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Fanzine for Electronics and Aesthetics Junk Jet just released their second issue, which examines "Speculative Architecture." Published out of Stuttgart, Germany, each installment of Junk Jet pulls together a chaotic assortment of collage, text, art projects, lists, photographs, and much more. The term "speculative" is used to group "works of unpredictable architectures and volatile spaces within real and virtual environments." One such space could be the empty bedrooms found in booty dancing demos on YouTube minutes before the dancer enters the frame. Olia Lialina writes on Dennis Knopf's Bootyclipse which compiles fuzzy, webcam footage of these domestic interiors, while maintaining their original soundtrack. (This article also appeared as a section in her essay Infinite Seance 2.) The confused comments from non-art seeking YouTube users posted in response to Knopf's video entries draw out a sense of speculation in their attempts to understand what it is they're viewing. 0100101110101101.org's An Ordinary Building also toys with the viewer's expectations. They contribute documentation of this project, in which they placed a plaque on a nondescript building in Viterbo, Italy declaring that the structure "...was designed by an unknown architect in an irrelevant epoch and never belonged to an important person." The sign stands in contrast to others found throughout Italy which detail the history and importance of specific buildings. While Junk Jet's themes are generally quite open (JODI contribute a recipe to this issue), one salient strand seems to be the confusion and suspension which follow speculation, regardless of its architecture.

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Are you cold?

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We bet you could use a balaclava to keep warm. Be the first on your block to sport a Rhizome balaclava by artist Cat Mazza, made in an edition of 5. Hand knit and emblazoned with Rhizome's killer logo on it, this number will go with just about anything. (Also doubles as an ingenious secret disguise for all your clandestine activities.) Become a Rhizome member at the Stolon level and get your balaclava today!

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Not Valid (2008) - Jonathan Vingiano

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NY1 Weather Variations (2008) - Jon Williams

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"music for the first snow in nyc"

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Contradictions (2007-2008) - Filippo Minelli

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Editor's Note: When I first came across this project, it made me a bit uneasy. I do understand that the artist is presenting a contrast between an assumption in advanced industrialized countries that technology will revolutionize our lives, and the reality that many parts of the world lack the infrastructure to support those technologies, thus limiting the scope of such a "revolution." But, by grouping these countries together (Mali, Cambodia, and Vietnam) as a flat representative of the developing world, they become just that, a backdrop to make his point. Thoughts?

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Interview with Lisi Raskin

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Now that progress is as predictable as an automatic software update or higher resolution in a camera phone, the idea that technological advancement holds the key to a better future -- and the fear that it could be abused as a tool of world domination -- seem like quaint relics of the 1950s and '60s. Lisi Raskin's exaggeratedly ragged, hand-crafted reconstructions of military command centers evoke the thrall such spaces held over the public imagination during the Cold War even as they reinforce the contemporary viewer's distance from that feeling of awe. Over the past year, Raskin's installations on this topic have surfaced in several locations as stages of an ongoing project titled Mobile Observation. This year's incarnations began with Command and Control, an installation at the Park Avenue Armory in February, and continued with Mobile Observation (Transmitting and Receiving) Station at Bard College's Hessel Museum of Art, for which she embarked on a road trip to military sites across the United States and sent back materials to be exhibited. Mobile Observation will peak on Friday with Tipping Point, a performance at the opening of "Soft Manipulation" at Casino Luxembourg, where the resulting carnage will remain on view through the exhibition's run. Here Raskin, who works at studios in Brooklyn and Oakland, California, discusses her newest work and how it represents a change in her perception of Cold War mythology.

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DAY OF SHREDS

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Shreds are a genre of YouTube videos in which the creator dubs their own solos over a videotaped performance of an original band or musician. Similar to karaoke, the videos poke fun and attempt to undermine the talent or celebrity aura of the musician through their own amateurism. Some of these videos are really quite perceptive and brilliant, and through their humor, present a pointed response to popular culture, fame, and rock stardom. Today we will be posting up select shred videos as well as art projects that are inspired by this genre.

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Various Shreds (2007) - Santeri Ojala (St Sanders)

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Def Leppard Shreds / AC DC Shreds (2008) - Champignonniste

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This is a Def Leppard Parody.

I made it after I saw a lot of shreds on youtube like StSander and others did. So take it easy, it's only a parody! Have Fun!

-Champignonniste


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