Posts for May 2008

Walking the Neon Line

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Artist Jill Magid must be one heck of a smooth-talker. The brilliant, young, and not-unattractive woman (as evidenced by her many self-portraits) has talked her way into being allowed to bling-out hundreds of Amsterdam's police surveillance cameras, to commandeer the cameras at various educational and cultural institutions, to determine the viewing behavior of a man stationed at the controls of a set of cameras, and to be a long-term, intimate ride-along companion for a member of New York's police force. While many of her projects relate to surveillance, it is not only the tension between looking and being seen that is played out in her work, but the legal and social systems surrounding these infrastructures. For instance, when she first asked to decorate those cameras, as an artist, she was rejected, but when she created a company called "System Azure," the same cops answered in the affirmative. Magid works her way into these systems, exploring the personal line between public and private, documenting these often emotionally complicated performative immersions in writings, photos, and installations. For the last three years, Magid (who splits her residence between New York and Amsterdam) has been secretly interviewing members of the Netherlands' AIVD (Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst), in order to gather information about the national intelligence agency's employees. In a show at Stroom Den Haag timed to coincide with the inauguration of a new AIVD facility, the artist presents cryptic evidence of these encounters. Open April 20-June 15, the show's title "Article 12" refers to the law that protects personal data. Interestingly, the items on display don't look like Jill Magid--they don't even look immediately like "Jill Magid's work." In this case, she's presented coded portraits of her interviewees in order to craft an image of the ...

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All the World's a Datastream

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The Rencontres Internationales is an international festival now enjoying its 15th edition, in Madrid. But you don't have to fly to Spain to surf through its compelling exhibition, "Data Meanings." (Installed at Complejo El Aguila through May 14th.) While the RI's programs do boast a roster of over 150 respected artists and arts professionals, the festival is distinct in that it is less driven by the art market and more driven to critique practices (creative and professional) within the contemporary arts community. In particular, this year's events are designed to explore the relationship between "new cinema and contemporary art" and, unsurprisingly, new media is at the center of the debate. "Data Meanings" thus chimes in as an intellectually rigorous show presenting nine artists engaging with data sets of various sorts. Mindaugas Gapsevicius's Bookshelf (2006) places computer monitors on shelves as their screens flash text that visualizes network traffic. Shown adjacent to shelves containing real books, the installation questions the status of reading, the narrativity of protocol and data streams, the relative invisibility of data, the permanence of print versus the impermanence of digital archives, and the role of the human memory in retaining this information. Christophe Bruno describes his Dadameter (2002-2008) as "a satire about the recent transmutation of language into a global market ruled by Google et al." He's essentially created an elaborate system for analyzing text surveyed by Google and mapping its linguistic similarities to Dada forms; particularly the writings of Raymond Roussel. Dada geeks will appreciate the irony of conflating these rule-based systems. On an even more playful note, JODI's Composite Club (2007) exploits the point of view of "cameras" in Playstation games by triggering them with prerecorded videoclips while Ubermorgan's The Sound of Ebay (a 2008 Rhizome Commission) uses ...

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new Neural mag #29, Digital China

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The new printed Neural issue in English is available.
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[Neural n. 29 contents]
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new.media.art
. Yao Bin (interview),
. 8gg (interview),
. We Make Money Not Art/We Need Money Not Art interviews,
. The Paradox of Chinese Art in the Age of Technology
. Continental Drift.
. v2_zone MOCA Taipei.
. 11th Microwave Hong Kong.
. news (WINDscale, Privileges, Feed, Spinal Rhythms, Life)
. reviews (Home-Made, Conexoes Tecnologicas, Two Films,
Database Aesthetics, MediaArtHistories, Intimate Transactions)
. centerfold: 'Constellation' by Chu Yun
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e.music
. FM3 (interview),
. Zen Lu (interview),
. news: (Torcito Project, Sonic Wargame, Akousmaflore, Plink Jet, Isaidif)
. reviews: (Cultura VJ, Continuity, Messy, Living Sterea & Cinema.tik, Tricycle)
. reviews cd: (Frank Rothkamm, Minoru Sato + Asuna, Tim Blechmann, Oh Astro, Dorninger, Al Margolis, Shinkei, Gavin Bryars, Jorge Haro, John Luther Adams, Uusitalo, Snog, martyn Bates & Max Eastley, Savvas Ysatis + Taylor Deupree, Roam The Hello Clouds, Periferico, Zaum, David Watson, Einstuerzende Neubauten)
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hacktivism
. Made in China, dagongmei and the global it factory,
. The Great Firewall of China,
. Post Revolutionary Glimpses,
. news (new American Dictionary Security/Fear edition, Constrain City, Breaking the News, Transborder Tool)
. reviews: (Peers, Pirates and Persuasion, Infotopia, Netporn, Depford.tv Diaries, Wired Shut, Panel de Control)

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HACK.Fem.EAST

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Boryana Rossa (Bulgaria, b. 1972)Celebrating the Next Twinkling

HACK.Fem.EAST. Women and technology in networks

Exhibition, workshops, conference. A project curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli and Gaia Novati. 9 May - 22 June 2008, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien Berlin Sponsored by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, with support from the Institut fuer Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa).

hackfemeast.org

Gaby Bila-Gunther (RO/DE), Helena Bozic (SI), Andreea Carnu (RO), Anetta Mona Chisa (RO/CZ), Alla Georgieva (UA/BG), Marina Griznic (SI), Ana Hoffner (RS/DE), Janez Jansa (SI), Kitch (SI), Katja Kobolt (SI), Anna Krenz (PL/DE), Dunja Kukovec (SI), Erika Katalina Pasztor (HU), Nada Prlja (BA/UK), Lala Rascic (HR), Joanne Richardson (RO/DE), Boryana Rossa (BG), Selena Savic (RS/NL), Zvonka Simcic (SI), Tina Smrekar (SI), Son:DA (SI), Starke (BA), Lucia Tkacova (SK), Mare Tralla (EE/UK)

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Originally posted on Loreto Martin by Rhizome


Call for Proposals: Conflux Festival 2008

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Call for Proposals: Conflux Festival

Conflux is the annual art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public space. http://confluxfestival.org

Save the dates: the 2008 festival takes place September 11 - 14 throughout New York City.

To submit a proposal to participate in the festival: http://confluxfestival.org/conflux2008/submissions/

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2008.

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Originally posted on glowlab by Christina Ray


From Krakow With Luv

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Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based gallery Vertexlist is named after the string of numbers that codify a digital image and, as one might then expect, is a haven for electronic art in New York. From May 9th-June 8th, the space will be an outpost for ten emerging media artists from Krakow who are featured in the exhibition, "Blankly, Perfect Summer." While there is no more heavy-handed organizational logic than shared residence, the show promises not only a professional boost for these Polish artists, but also an opportunity for Americans to take a first glimpse at some compelling work. Karolina Kowalska's JPG/TXT (2007) features the long-term archiving and live projection of snippets of text and images pulled from art, music, and media theory blogs, but no longer visible to Google. The projected juxtapositions instigate an interpretive competition between these ephemeral words and images, and are meant to examine "the special conditions of perception and representation of art works and art-related concepts on the web." Wojtek Doroszuk's film, The Dissection Theatre (2006), is an intense documentary of the autopsy process that explores the culpability of the camera for its own act of dissection, while linking the splayed body to the history of representational art. Lidia Krawczyk and Wojtek Kubiak present their video, Kaleidoscope (2008), which is part of their larger Genderqueer cycle. The piece throws a series of photographic portraits into kaleidoscopic relief, prying ornamental accessories and marked physical traits (facial hair, painted lips) from the whole and places these gendered signifiers into constellation in a way that playfully shakes up conversations about the "social fabrication [of] heterosexual norms." In their respective projects, both Jacek Malinowski and Grzegorz Szwiertnia also focus on the body, and specifically upon precarious narratives revolving around protagonists with physical disabilities. Also included in this interesting summer show ...

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SONIC RESIDUES

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"SONIC RESIDUES" EXHIBITION AND CONCERT AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY, STONY BROOK, NY APRIL 29TH TO MAY 12TH, 2008

The Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture and Technology (cDACT) at Stony Brook University (www.stonybrook.edu/cDACT) presents the Sonic Residues Festival (www.sonicresidues.net), April 29th to May 12th, 2008, Stony Brook University.

The Sonic Residues Festival will develop subtle and complex spaces of auditory experience, organized loosely around the theme of the remainders left by vibrations in time and space. It is concerned with sound as a medium of artistic expression encompassing performance, sculpture, phonography, experimental notation, and installation. Our festival will synergistically combine a concert performance, a gallery exhibit, a series of portable media works, and provocative lectures as mediums of access to "sonic residues."

The Sonic Residues Exhibition will take place in the Student Activities Center Art Gallery at Stony Brook University from April 29th to May 12th, 2008. The exhibition includes works by Mike Dory, Luke DuBois, Grady Gerbracht, Takafumi Ide, Stephen Lee, Annea Lockwood, Martine Loyato, Nobuho Nagasawa, Timothy Nohe, Jxel Rajchenberg, and others. There will also be a segment of European sound and video pieces curated by Valerie Vivancos. In addition, projects for personal media players will be available for download at the www.sonicresidues.net website.

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Call Me!

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Touting the theme of "Impakt yourspace," the latest edition of Utrecht's Impakt Festival takes on the impact of Web 2.0 through its typically tightly-organized set of panels and curated programs of film, video, new media and performance. The central event, "Hybrid Playground," presents variations by Dutch artists on the melding of social networks and physical spaces. Here, attendees will experience KKEP's ParaPlay project, a democratic iTunes happening, and Bliin, which enables mobile phone users to post media to shared geographic maps; NetNiet.org's Gifted, a real-time phone-enabled social judgment system; and Alchemyst's open-source Roomware, which detects phone users and links their identity to networked personal profiles. Other internet-aware events include tech-inflected animations by painter Federico Solmi and "Self-Confession vs. Exploitation" a program of film and video diaries ranging from Joyce Wieland's 8mm work of the 1960s to modern-day web-based autobiographies. In perhaps the most self-referential move of all, Impakt will convene a panel on "The Future of Festivals" with organizers from Migrating Forms, Submarineand tank.tv, exploring what the role of live media events should be in the light of our increasingly online social world. - Ed Halter

Image Credit: NetNiet.org, Gifted, 2008

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Blank Spots on a Map: State Secrecy and the Limits of the Visible

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For the next New Silent Series program at the New Museum, Blank Spots on a Map: State Secrecy and the Limits of the Visible, geographer and artist Trevor Paglen will explore the network of hidden budgets, state secrets, covert military bases, and disappeared people that military and intelligence insiders call the "black world." Over the course of his talk, Paglen will lead the discussion from "non-existent" Air Force and CIA installations in the Nevada desert to secret prisons in Afghanistan and to a collection of even more obscure "black sites" startlingly close to home. Using hundreds of images he has produced and collected over the course of his work, Paglen shows how the black world's internal contradictions give rise to a peculiar visual, aesthetic, and epistemological grammar with which to think about the contemporary moment.

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Friday May 9th, 7:30 PM
the New Museum, New York, NY
$8 general public, $6 Members (Rhizome and New Museum)

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Time to Party!

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On May 15th, come celebrate art and new technology with Rhizome at our annual benefit. To be held at fellow non-profit Participant Inc.'s new gallery space on the Lower East Side, the Benefit will feature performance and live music by Shana Moulton, High Places, and MEN (former members of electronic outfit Le Tigre). We will also honor two very important individuals: Lynn Hershman Leeson, pioneering artist, and Joshua Shachter, founder of del.icio.us, aka the web's premier social bookmarking service. All the proceeds will go towards Rhizome's programs, including our website (writing, archives, etc), commissions, exhibitions & events, and more. Buy your tickets now and support a nonprofit that needs you!

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