Posts for March 2008

Datapainting

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Datapainting is a website with a series of generative works by Yann Le Guennec which use data in their creation and explore some of the image generating possibilities of php, something rarely used (or at least highlighted) to artistic ends.

Each picture is a dynamic composition which results from a program. In programs, some parameters vary randomly or according to data suitable for the moment and the technical context in which the picture generation takes place. Each picture is thus a representation in the field of possibles ones created by the code. Each image is then an element of an infinite and disordered series.

Here is a short selection of some of the more interesting works. Flickr Mixr (image above) creates pictures live from Flickr feeds.

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Originally posted on Network Research by Rhizome


Present Tension

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Probing the uncertain grounds between information, misinformation and disinformation, the artworks collected for Hamburger Eyes' exhibit Psymulation: Reenactments of the Present posit a society haunted by the wartime logic of both PsyOps and BlackOps, in which fact and fiction have become increasingly indistinguishable, and power exerts itself through a thick fog of unknowing. The show explores such themes through a cluster of photos, videos, physical artifacts and audio works, at once menacing and absurd, including an interview about psychic spy techniques with a real-life retired US Army Major and, at the show's opening, a live performance of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" on tuba (referencing the use of that same song in Guantanamo interrogations). Elsewhere in the exhibit, Kent Lambert's masterful remixed-video series-- consisting of Security Anthem (2003), Hymn of Reckoning (2006), and the recent Sunset Coda (2006)-- provides a pitch-perfect nightmare fugue on our age of terrors (complete with a vocal solo by John Ashcroft), while Brendan Threadgill's Partially Reconstructed Fragment (SKU# 3059778) (2007) drags into the gallery a refinished but otherwise unrepaired fragment of an automobile-- allegedly detritus from a car bomb, but under the glowering menace of what the curators call the "conspiratorial imagination and sci-fi feedback" of our uncertain era, who can really know for sure? - Ed Halter

Image: Brendan Threadgill, Partially Reconstructed Fragment (SKU# 3059778), 2007

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John Michael Boling In the Masthead at Art Fag City

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John Michael Boling, Untitled, gif.
Look at how fast artist John Michael Boling can navigate the web and work that video camera! It's like he's on speed, or as our new masthead suggests, LSD. As a means of rather forcibly injecting our fair coverage this week with the Net Art you're not likely to find in any of the booths, we're sporting one of our favorite net artist's work in our masthead. While the artist's work takes many directions and forms, an interest in movement and animation pervades the majority. This may simply be a formal preference, but since the results so often serve to underscore the density and invested energy users place in the web, the approach strikes me as at the very least practical to those concerns. All of my favorite works to date can be found on Boling's website, Lord of the Flies, RGB Chord, Twenty Years Ago Today amongst them.


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We blogged about Art Fag City's masthead by Tom Moody in February, and now AFC are hosting another fun masthead by John Michael Boling. Details above. Note: the animated gif above is not Boling's work for AFC. For the real deal, go over to AFC.

Originally posted on Art Fag City by Rhizome


Extended Deadline for Rhizome's 2009 Commissions Program

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Rhizome has extended the deadline for applications to our Commissions Program!

The deadline is now midnight, April 13, 2008.

We extended the deadline in response to artist inquiries. This year, we expanded the scope of our Commissions Program to be inclusive of projects created both on and offline in order to reflect the range of artistic practices engaged with emerging technology. In this same spirit, we revised our submission process in order to make it more friendly to a wide range of users. Formerly, everyone had to create their own web page to host their proposal. As of today, it's possible for applicants to publish their proposal, through an online form, onto a web page hosted by Rhizome. All proposals are reviewed online -- but are viewable only to the jury and members not the general public.

Apply today: http://www.rhizome.org/commissions

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Empyre Announces Two Full Merit Scholarships for Digital Artists

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The moderated discussion forum for networked media, -empyre-, just announced two full merit scholarships for week-long digital media workshops this summer (June-September 2008) at the Aspen-based arts center Anderson Ranch. The scholarship is available to -empyre- readers interested in developing their digital art practice, and the call is open to applicants of any nationality. Those interested must reply by April 6th to scholarship.empyre AT gmail.com with the following materials: CV in pdf format, url to selection of your current art work (from the last 3-5 years), and a brief (300 word) letter of interest, with response to the following questions: What conceptual and material directions are important to your work? How might participation in one of these workshops advance your own practice and development?

See below for a selection of a few of the digital media-related workshops offered in the upcoming season:

June 9-20: The Photographer's Book, exploring the narrative with Douglas Holleley
June 23 - 27, 2008 Mary Lucier The Poetic Forms of Video Art
July 7 - 11, 2008 Elliot Earls Explorations in Digital Filmmaking
July 28 - Aug 1, 2008 Christina McPhee Personal Geographies: large-format photomontage
August 4 - 8, 2008 Golan Levin Interactive Imaging: computational and interactive artworks
August 11 - 15, 2008 Deborah Bright Photographing the New West
August 11 - 15, 2008 Jonah Brucker-Cohen / Katherine Moriwaki Scrapyard Challenge
August 18 - 22, 2008 Zoe Strauss Thinking about Seeing

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Sound Check

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The organizers of the free Sonic Fragments Sound Art Festival and Symposium taking place this weekend (March 28-29) at Princeton University seek to remind you of the importance of sound. Organizers Betsey Biggs and Seth Cluett's curatorial statement opens with the observation that we develop our sense of hearing in-utero, arguing that, "For the rest of our lives, hearing essentially precedes the rest of the sensorium, as we move through a world of sonic fragments which affect us phenomenally and emotionally but of which we are often unaware." The micro-fest features the participation of thirty international artists and scholars who will discuss sound in panels and who have made new audio works for portable players that are site-specific to the Princeton campus, its architectural history, and topography. At the beginning of the session, conference-goers can check out one of thirty iPods and corresponding maps, to take a self-guided tour of the projects. Later, panels with participants including Jon Brumit, Tianna Kennedy, Thomas Y. Levin, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Ed Osborn, Stephen Vitiello, and others will take on the topics of sonic narration and mediation. The idea is to again emphasize the paramount importance of sound in telling our own stories and helping us decipher the world. If this truism reverberates like old news to you, consider yourself among the aurally enlightened. Meanwhile, events such as these make great strides in bringing together artists and scholars across disciplines to communicate about this otherwise fragmented field. - Marisa Olson

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>>Female Armor<<, 2007 (ripped data from custom "sexy armor" computer game mods) by James Whipple.

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Originally posted on VVORK by Rhizome


Lights Out

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Just when the New York art world was poised for another no-fun, sales-oriented fair season, the irreverent crew of Milwaukee International has rolled out a seriously intriguing counter-proposition at Swiss Institute. "Dark Fair," opening the evening of March 28th and running through the weekend, aims to occur entirely without reliance on natural or electric light, though candlelight, flashlight and glow-in-the-dark are all acceptable means of display. This parameter is very much in keeping with the International's larger social program, which previously found gallerists setting up rough-and-ready booths in Milwaukee's Polish Falcons Beer Hall for its 2006 art fair, where affable chatter - more than commerce - seemed to be the order of the day. "Dark Fair" invites us into a similarly outlying environment, promising an impressive list of exhibitors (New York's CANADA, Los Angeles' China Art Objects and Oslo's Willy Wonka Inc feature among the thirty) alongside "shadowy bar booths," social happenings, performances by Harrell Fletcher, Clara Jo and Brian Belott, a Pinball Arcade by Ara Peterson, and a glow-in-the-dark basketball court from Sara Clendening. As to the other secrets and creative gems lurking in this "cavernous underworld of exchange," well, it rests upon the endeavoring visitor to discover them. - Tyler Coburn

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Image: out_4_pizza, the fixtures of fate, 2008

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Interview with Guthrie Lonergan

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"My whole art practice and art world grew out of intense Internet surfing, collecting and trading links on del.icio.us… Part of it is the feeling that there's so much stuff out there already that it seems pointless to make something new, from scratch-- which is perhaps a bit of a cliché response, but not untrue. The ephemeral nature of the Internet inspires a kind of disrespect for objects-- for for whole, perfect, "created" things. I'm really happy that, when someone comes to my website, my "portfolio" or whatever, they're basically just confronted with a list of lists-- and I like that they might leave thinking, "what did that guy really even do?" Even the word "collecting" implies too much physicality or weight; it's more like pointing or listing. In this way it's different than pre-Internet appropriation, because there's absolutely nothing precious or special to me about my specific source materials."

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sk-interfaces closing event: stitched-up

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Paul Thomas, Midas

Don't miss sk-interfaces Closing Event:
stitched-up
29 March 2008
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool UK
A packed one-day event of live performances, artist talks, experiments and interactive art

stitched-up presents:
Interactive Installation
A rare opportunity to experience artist Paul Thomas' audio-visual installation Midas.
Future of the Body
A discussion on the future of the body with international artists Eduardo Kac, Atau Tanaka and Paul Thomas. Followed by an exclusive book signing session with Eduardo Kac of Signs of Life: Bio Art and Beyond.
S.S.S Performance
A distinctive live performance from S.S.S (Sensors_Sonics_Sights) featured artists Atau Tanaka, Cecile Babiole and Laurent Dailleau, transforming The Box into a dynamic environment with visuals and gestural interactive sound.

An offsite cultural experiment, Truth Serum from The Office of Experiments (founded by artist Neal White) will be conducted at a secret venue. Commissioned by The Arts Catalyst in association with FACT. To sign up to the experiment visit.

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