Posts for May 2008

Call for Articles and Net Art: Hz (www.hz-journal.org)

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On-line journal Hz http://www.hz-journal.org is looking for articles on New Media, Net Art, Sound Art and Electro-Acoustic Music. We accept earlier published and unpublished articles in English.

Please send your submissions to hz-journal(AT)telia.com

Hz is also looking for Net Art works to be included in its virtual gallery (www.hz-journal.org/netg).

Please send your URLs to hz-journal(AT)telia.com

Deadline: 10 June

Hz is published by the non-profit organization Fylkingen in Stockholm. Established in 1933, Fylkingen has been known for introducing yet-to-be-established art forms throughout its history.

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The World is Flat

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Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art
26 April - 15 June 2008

Participating artists: Anonymous (RO), Heman Chong (SG), Shahram Entekhabi (IR), Kristofer Hultenberg (SE/DK), C. Krydz Ikwuemesi (NG), Lasse Lau (DK), Lize Mogel (US), Ursula Nistrup (DK), Dan Rees (UK) and Jee Young Sim (KR/US).


Overgaden is pleased to present the exhibition project "The World is Flat" curated by Johanne Løgstrup (DK).

Johanne Løgstrup has invited a number of Danish and international artists to comment on and elaborate the possibilities inherent in geographical maps as media. Both the map as a medium and the artists participating in the project seek to represent the world. Whereas maps are associated with accuracy, factuality and intentional objectivity, the artist's gaze upon the world is characterised by openness and subjective interpretation.

The artists have used the conventional measures and folding functions of the map as a general template for the artworks. In completely different and very playful and experimental ways they have made maps of places -- some of them fictitious, some of them real. The maps vary from Heman Chong's private landscape of knowledge shown by his personal list of literature to Lize Mogel's map which has zoomed in on the centre of The UN's logotype, the North Pole, to take a look at the political conflicts that have lately arisen in this area. Dan Rees contributes with a map where snails have drawn mucos routes across a world map with almost invisible silvery trails and C. Krydz Ikwuemesi's map is animated with features that contrast the right angels and concise metrical elements that usually characterise maps. Thereby "The World is Flat" gives new perceptions of the networks, associations and representations of places, people and power.


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Robert Rauschenberg 1925-2008

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Artist Robert Rauschenberg passed away on Monday. He was 82. Easily one of the most significant artists to come out of the twentieth century, Rauschenberg began painting in the 1940's, and eventually integrated collage, sculpture, performance, choreography, set design, and printmaking into his trailblazing practice. Throughout his career, he was continually dedicated to the concept that the artist must take on an active, participatory role in relation to the culture at large. This perspective was perhaps encouraged and strengthened while studying in the 1950's at the experimental and visionary Black Mountain College. During this period, he met John Cage and Merce Cunningham, and in 1952, the three participated in Theater Piece #1, cited by some as the first "happening" which involved the simultaneous performance of music, dance, and visual art. In 1967, he co-founded the groundbreaking organization Experiments in Art and Technology, whose mission to foster collaborations between artists and engineers served to bolster the creative application of new technologies in ways unimaginable before. To this day, the formation of Experiments in Art and Technology, along with the series of performances in 1966 from which it emerged, 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, mark a major milestone in the history of art and technology. Rauschenberg's openness to experimentation- both formally and conceptually- remain one of his principal contributions to American art. - Ceci Moss


Image Credit: Robert Rauschenberg, Open Score, 1966

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Tres Warren - Friday May 16

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Harvestworks is pleased to announce 2007 Artist In Residence Tres Warren's surround-sound installation Umbra(Tent) will be presented at the Emily Harvey Foundation on Friday May 16 at 6pm. Described by the artist as "a blurred rumination on the hypnosis of disorientation," the focus of the installation is Untitled(How Many Bread...), a surround-sound audio piece based on a street field recordings and a series of recurring synthesizer loops that unfold through a hazy trajectory that is at once chaotic and meditative. For the presentation of this piece, Warren has constructed a hand sewn large-scale refuge resembling a tent, out of fabric and other found objects. Other sculptural and collage works will be on hand as well.

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Remembrances of Things Past

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An exhibition opening next week at San Francisco's Southern Exposure gallery asks some tough questions. Namely: "What does it mean to be an American now, and why would one want to identify as such, amid the current maelstrom of international bile directed at this country? What is the point in speaking out?" Not surprisingly, this less than optimistic premise gives the show its title, "Hopeless and Otherwise," but the thirteen artists included may manage to let some of the hot air out of the balloon of gloom bobbing above this sphere of angst. They do so by resisting emotional overreactions to social injustices, and instead offering proactive glances at the given scenarios. For instance, April Banks immersed herself in the West African cacao-processing cycle, in order to expose the contradictory lifestyle fantasies and foul labor policies perpetuated by the American chocolate industry. For Mary Walling Blackburn's, This Dream, This Frequency, the artist conversed with American soldiers in Iraq, via MySpace, and wove together audio recordings of their dreams with details of the dreams of Iraq's much more ancient inhabitants, as etched into ancient Mesopotamian tablets. Broadcast throughout San Francisco, over the air waves, the piece traces the historical fantasy-life of this ancient region. Both Alison Pebworth and The Renaming Bush Street Project explore our relationship to the spaces in which we live. Pebworth creates images drawing on historical figures and events, recorded mythologies, and speculative narratives about the future of the present. In this case, her work looks at the colonization of North America and the systematic sabotaging of its natural resources. The Renaming Bush Street Project turns on a similar question of viewers' relationship to the history of their own backyard, manifesting in a survey of local inhabitants regarding the possibility of renaming a major thoroughfare ...

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The Rundown: Columbia University's 2008 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition

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The 2008 Columbia M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, curated by Drawing Center curator João Ribas, is one of the more unmemorable in recent years, which is not to say that there was not some evidence, among the works of the twenty-six graduating students, of rigor and sophistication, but rather that the show was resoundingly devoid of the type of flashy, ready-to-be-consumed showstoppers characteristic of past rounds. This might account, in part, for the fact that several of the artists, including Brendan Harman, Sara Stracey and Carlos Sandoval De Leon, work in interdisciplinary installation and sculptural assemblage, practices that have been subject to considerable curatorial and commercial attention in recent months and that, by nature, favor the associative and the fragmentary over totalized aesthetic forms. To claim further overarching themes to be anything but conjectural would, in a sense, miss the point of the unwieldy beast that is the thesis show. A certain expressive, narrational tendency could be observed in the work of several graduating painters, like Nate Wolf, Allison Katz and Jessica Williams, coming as a refreshing counterpoint to all of the hard-edged abstraction currently hanging about Chelsea and suggesting the rule of Dana Schutz (MFA '02) may be, as yet, ongoing. Standouts include the oversize drawings of Alyssa Pheobus, which revisit the history of American decorative arts through paper collage and technically accomplished graphite drawing; Leigh Ledare's psychologically charged photographs and videos of his mother, a ballet dancer-turned-stripper; and Oz Malul's elegant, mechanical sculptures. On the occasion of my visit, I had the pleasure of witnessing one in an ongoing series of collaborative performances staged by Georgia Sagri, today finding the petite artist alternately recording vocal loops and executing endless ambulatory loops across a carpet of fabric hides. While bearing no explicit critique of the thesis ...

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Homo Ludens Ludens - Gold Farmers

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LABoral (inside) mural by Mark Titchner. Image courtesy of LABoral

Daphne Dragona is an independent new media arts curator and organiser, based in Athens with a special interest in the game arts field. She was the Programme Curator of Gaming Realities (Medi@terra, International Art and Technology Festival) which took place in Athens in 2006, and the Associate Curator of Gameworld which was hosted in Laboral in 2007. She has been involved as an organiser or as a participant in different new media events and since 2004 she is also collaborating with the International New Media Collective Personal Cinema.

Together with Erich Berger and Laura Baigorri, Daphne curated Homo Ludens Ludens (an exhibition about play in contemporary culture and society which runs until September 22 at LABoral, Spain) and I had a couple of questions for her about her latest adventures in games and art.

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Mac Screensaver "hack" + Office Party Screensaver

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Did You Know?: The default Mac OS X (I'm on version 10.4.11) screensaver picture slideshow function can read an alpha channel in a .gif file. That is to say, as the slideshow plays your images, a .gif with an alpha channel will appear to be "on top" of the previous image, and as the slideshow goes on, the .gifs will continue to "layer" on until an image of a different format is displayed, which has a default white or black background.

So what?
Take advantage of the randomizing function to create some home-made screensaver machinima art!

The animation above is a sample implementation: The NEW Office Party Screensaver from FATLAB.
In the spirit of Men of the Internet, this screensaver is a series of carefully-sliced 800×600 .gifs, sourced from the faces of the hardest working local board members, regional vice presidents, administrative assistants, and other fruitful regular-dude-generating search terms on the internet. The .gifs layer over one another to hybridize these generic gentlemen into a randomly-generated ultimate budget-balancing force of suits. Its dudes! (< -- math joke)

Click here to download a small .zip file of the .gifs. Point your screensaver to it and set your preferences like this:


And you're all set! Never not working, brought to you by the FATLAB.

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Originally posted on F.A.T. by bennett4$enate


Call for Projects: 'After The Net' - Observatori: 9th Festival Internacional de Investigación Artística de

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Call for projects:

'After The Net'
Observatori: 9th Festival Internacional de Investigacion Artistica de Valencia
6 - 29 June 2008, Valencia, Spain.

Deadline for submission >> 18 May 2008
Announcement of selected works >> 20 May 2008
Submission of works >> http://open.kurator.org/

We are seeking existing online projects that address the theme of the exhibition 'After The Net', dealing with issues of un/openness, in/security, un/stability and systems of control. Five selected works will be displayed online as part of the exhibition and will receive a fee of 200 euros each.

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there's something back here that you left behind

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Originally posted on out_4_pizza by Rhizome