Posts for May 2008

Mobile Media

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Net art and mail art have often been compared. Afterall, no matter how static a website may look, getting there, and seeing what you're meant to see is a process that relies on a series of messages being transmitted and received. For an artist like Lisi Raskin, mail (the "snail" or electronic variety) would be a ripe topic. The Brooklyn-based artist often creates installations and scenarios predicated on paranoia in relation to the government, so what better a topic than federally-controlled communication? (Don't forget that the U.S. government invented email for internal communication.) Officially, her practice is described as "a sublimation of childhood fears of and adult desires for nuclear apocalypse into a slightly twisted and highly physical recreation involving makeshift production and playfully dark fantasy." While Raskin's interest in fear is situated as "post cold war" it is rather timely in the era of orange alerts, and the question raised is of the degree to which the government produces and trades on fear. She's further interested in the history and fantasies associated with land use discourses, so for her residency at Bard College's Center for Curatorial Studies, the artist seeks to explore the impact of military facilities on the landscape of the American West. From April 15th-August 31st, Raskin's rolling in a super tricked-out van to tour the sites of nuclear tests and facilities, and responding site-specifically by making sculptures and drawings, sending transmissions, and mailing dispatches back to the gallery at Bard, where grad students are working in her "post office" to receive and display the mail. Entitled Mobile Observation (Transmitting and Receiving) Station, the project's game plan is an interesting inversion of the traditional model of the residency, and in some ways mirrors the partially-decentralized distribution of information enabled ...

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GRL: The Complete First Season Screening at MoMA 5/4 and Trailer

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Watch the Complete 1st Season Trailer here.

GRL: The Complete First Season screens this Sunday, May 4th @ 8PM at the MoMA. After the flick, talk with artists featured in the film, including Mark Jenkins, Leon Reid, Steve Lambert, the GRL and special guests + party to the music of Javelin. BYOPS! (Bring your own purple stuff).

Get your tickets here!

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Graffiti Research Lab premiere their film this weekend at MoMA! Click the above for a trailer.

Originally posted on Graffiti Research Lab by Rhizome


VOTEMOS.US Weekly Video Podcast Now Available

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votemos.us

VOTEMOS.US- the site that questions what the 2008 U.S. presidential elections would look like if all residents in the U.S. could vote- will now feature weekly video interviews with U.S. immigrants and Mexico City residents concerning the presidential elections and general relations between the United States and Latin America.

Although VOTEMOS.US is a Spanish-language site, the videos have English language subtitles so that U.S. citizens may have an insight into the views of their Spanish speaking neighbors within the country as well as those south of the border. The weekly video interviews are available on the site, as a podcast or rss feed:

votemos.us podcast

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Artist Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga just added video interviews to the site for his project VOTEMOS.US ¡Mexico Decide!

Originally posted on Structural Patterns by ricardo


Weekend of Speakers - call for proposals

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via the Pd-list comes an opportunity to play with 36 loudspeakers:

Weekend of Speakers Call

13th June to 15 June

Call for fixed media, performance and improvisation work to be diffused across 36 discrete loud speakers and explore the particular physicality of the location (St Paul's Hall).

Works are required for a variety of performance, improvisation and installations settings: floorplan and speaker placement maps are on the website (see below). While traditional tapes works are welcome, laptop performance, live diffusion, installation and instrumental works with electronics in particular are sought.

For more see online @ www.inclusiveimprov.co.uk/wofs

Were? St Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield, UK

When? June 13th -> June 15th

Cost? All Events Free -in fact this is all being done on favors

To submit work for consideration please email calls(AT)inclusiveimprov.co.uk by May 19th with appropriate links. And if you have a really crazy idea for this opportunity email us with your thoughts.

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Originally posted on sonic surrounds by nmariette


Back to Wordart (2008) by Mikeyawesome aka Mike Ruiz

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nice video loop: A visual manifestation of the Soul II Soul song, Back to Life, created using Microsoft Word Art

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


Ballsy Moves

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Billing itself as "the worlds [sic] first piece of online conceptual video game art" (sorry, Jodi!), the Naked Game presents a simple in-browser version of Pong designed to play itself endlessly. Below the game itself, Scottish designer Stewart Hogarth has placed images of lines of code that can be toggled off and on, tweaking the play in real-time: the ball's movement can be limited to the x-axis, or one paddle can become motionless, for example. A simple, almost elegant premise: what's more confusing here is how seriously we're supposed to take Hogarth's claims that he intends "to further explore the degree to which video games can be considered 'Art', by using the constituent parts of a well known gaming experience to explore themes of freedom, restriction, and frailty," which reads suspiciously like a poker-faced imitation of artist's-statement-speak. More likely, Hogarth- the self-proclaimed "bedroom-based homebrew game developer" behind a series of arcade-style casual games- intends to poke fun at the perennial discussions of games-as-art that surge through indie gaming boards on a regular basis. While puncturing art-talk pompousness is always welcome, the joke underscores an unfortunate division between the nascent world of independent gaming- currently entering a boom potentially congruent to that of independent film in the 60s or American independent music in the 90s- and the parallel realm of new media art. The question remains of why such a chasm exists- what social codes, so to speak, keep us from generating and maintaining our own back-and-forth of meaningful conversation. - Ed Halter

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Makers of the World, Unite!

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Proof against the claim of declining handyman skills in younger generations of Americans, this weekend's Maker Faire will turn over the Bay Area's San Mateo Fairgrounds to the unusual inventions of the country's amateur artisans, do-it-yourself tinkerers and precocious tech-heads. Already in its third year (the first, held in San Mateo in 2006, drew 20,000 people, and the 2007 Austin edition 45,000), the fair has shown a continuing desire on the part of the populous to not only concoct innovative, low-fi alternatives to mass-produced commodities, but to also make the skills acquired through such production available to the broader community. To this end, MAKE and CRAFT magazines, published by the fair's organizers, offer in-depth instructions for building everything from the practical (an in-car camcorder mount) to the far-fetched (a PVC air cannon). The fair itself will follow suit, particularly in the realm of engineering. Highlights include an amateur radio demonstration, offering details on radios, antennas, local repeaters and FCC practicalities; the cerviScope, a portable colposcope, specifically designed for low-resource settings in the developing world, that detects HPV lesions on the cervix towards preventing cancer in women; CUBIT, created by Stefan Hechenberger and Addie Wagenknecht, which "depart[s] from the mouse pointer paradigm" by employing an open-source, multi-touch platform for computing; and Compubeaver, a taxidermy beaver retrofit as a cover for your desktop computer. - Tyler Coburn

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Originally posted on Loshadka by Travess


LMAKprojects (Chelsea): Andy Graydon, Untitled (Ground)

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LMAKprojects (Chelsea)

526 West 26th Street, 3rd Floor
Chelsea
May 1 - June 7, 2008
Web Site

Andy Graydon

Untitled (Ground) is a series of new works incorporating photography, sound, and installation that continues Graydon's exploration of media in relation to the phenomenal, architectural, and social constructions that make up our composite notion of place. The latest in his series of "science-fiction ecologies", this work originates in the artist's birthplace on the islands of Hawaii. The islands constitute the "ground" of the show's title, with sound and image recordings forming a kind of informal field study of a place that is at once exotic and yet intimately familiar to the artist, where personal memories, associations and resonances are embedded in each location.

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Originally posted on ArtCal by Rhizome


Color Field Websites

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purple by Jeff Abrahamson

The White Website by Hans Bernhard

The Black Website by Hans Bernhard

What You See Is Not What You Get by Marc Kremers

From Black to Blue and Back Again by Damon Zucconi

international #5EEC07 green by Chris Coy

Sometimes Red, Sometimes Blue by Damon Zucconi

Let’s Turn This Fucking Website Yellow by Charles Broskoski

ColorFlip.com by Rafael Rozendaal

International Klein Blue by anonymous

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Originally posted on Content by Rhizome