Posts for May 2008

Speaking in Code

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Codemanipulator is a Polish artist whose work revolves entirely around code and the pleasurable binary between the latter as text versus its ability to constitute an image. He makes "coded paintings," interactive installations, and data visualizations that address such topics as architecture, urban planning, and that public space we call the internet. While these themes coalesce around physical models, the work is intended to inquire about the impacts of seemingly immaterial code on creativity and social interaction. In a broader sense, this entails a consideration of the ways in which binary models of thought have further polarized or developed, following the emergence of network culture. For his show at Krakow's Foto-Medium-Art Gallery, entitled "I am code" (open May 9-June 20, 2008), Codemanipulator will present "CodePainting, CodePoetry, CodeMovies, CodeSculpture, CodeArchitecture...CodeEverything." That is, he takes the same sequence of code and explores how different machines and systems--from web browsers to video processors--interpret it differently, manifesting in a variety of forms. Judging from the gallery's photos of the exhibition's opening, the most popular manifestation was an installation of printed tiles resembling large-scale magnetic poetry. Despite the simplicity of these shingles laid out on a table, it was the ability to interact with and manipulate the code--physically and syntactically--that made it so popular. Take this as a reminder of the ongoing importance of playing language games. - Marisa Olson


Image Credit: Codemanipulator, Codemanipulator's Toybox, 2007

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Originally posted on javier's drawing and poetry corner by javier


Utopia at Paraflows08 [Vienna]

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paraflows08 - festival for digital arts and cultures :: The topic of the 3rd festival for digital arts and cultures in the city of Vienna is UTOPIA.

UTOPIA: The term utopia, the non-place, derived from old Greek u-, non, and topos, place, denotes a nowhere which is untraceable and therefore projecting all longing into an unreachable beyond. Utopia is therefore an imagination which is thinkable as an idea, yet is not directly realisable. It is the great dream, concept, and vision of a world or a time with a new social, religious or technical order.

UTOPIA can be traced back to the book De Optimo Reipublicae Statu deque nova insula Utopia Libellus vere aureaus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus (Of the best state law and of the new island Utopia, truly a golden booklet, as pleasant as it is cheerful) by Thomas Morus which was first published in 1516. The text alludes to positive scenarios of technical, spatial and social constructs which have not been realised. Usually, technology plays a major role in utopian phantasms. More often than not their realistic implementation is a matter of availability of technology and very often it is especially in digital art the starting point of a work of art.

In 2008, Paraflows 08 UTOPIA will try to develop the perspective, the linguistic roots of which corresponds with last year's exhibitions. In the context of the topic UTOPIA, we want to gather concepts of a possible future, draw perspectives, dreams and prognoses, dare take a prognostic look at the future. Directly tying in with last year's festival topic UN_SPACE which dealt with non-space and impossible spaces this year we will again strive to provide a multi-layered examination involving the overwhelming architectonic and historical reality of the venue the MAK Gegenwartskunstdepot Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark.

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Breaking the Rules

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For an invention meant to help us express ourselves, language sure comes with a lot of rules. To some, this is an exciting artistic challenge, while to others this is a barrier to the full expression of an identity that may no more adhere to a culture's norms than it does to the grammar of the mother tongue that culture gave her. This quandary has led many media studies scholars to take an interest in the relationship between natural languages and computer languages, between social codes and computer codes. A new online exhibition, entitled "You Own Me Now Until You Forget About Me," traces these issues and adds to the grist questions about the ownership of language (from authorship to identification with a lexicon to branded alignment with various software platforms, etc) and the looming potential of languages to die. Enveloped within these issues is an aspiration to study and encourage human interaction, and to preserve the traces of these conversations. The show includes work by Karl Heinz Jeron & Valie Djordjevic; Martin Wattenberg & Marek Walczak; Codemanipulator; J�rg Piringer; carlos katastrofsky; Mary-Anne Breeze (a.k.a. mez); and Christina Goestl. Some of these contributions are classic net art pieces already experiencing the interestingly adverse effects of time on web-based media, but all of them are important contributions to this discussion of communication. Surf them for yourself and then add to the show, if you'd like. That's right! Curators CONT3XT.NET have adopted an open curatorial model that allows visitors to chime in and widen the vocabulary used "in the exploration of our language with its arbitrary systems and rules, its corresponding functions within society, as well as with its absurdities and restrictions for the individual." The show will also be installed at the Museum of Modern Art ...

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Call for Participants: INTO INFINITY

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INTO INFINITY
Call for Participants: 'INTO INFINITY is an "open source" art and music exhibition that will be shared live and online. Not only will the pieces be open to in-the-moment manipulation by viewers, they can also be remixed and resubmitted by inspired artists for inclusion in the exhibition.'

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Originally posted on KALIBER10000 by Rhizome


Rhizome Benefit is Tonight!

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Come join us for our annual benefit tonight at Participant, Inc. in the Lower East Side.

Honoring Lynn Hershman Leeson (artist) and Joshua Schachter (founder of del.icio.us)
Music by High Places and Men
Performance by Shana Moulton

Participant, Inc.
253 E. Houston Street
New York, NY
7pm
$100 (VIP)
$35 (Member/General Public)
Tickets may be purchased at the door

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Tweaking Tweets

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According to a fan-crafted info video, micro-blogging service Twitter allows users to stay in touch "between blog posts and emails" (and, one assumes, texting, phone calls, instant messaging, and actually seeing each other). The product's success appears to divide technophiles into two parties: folks who see it as one of the coolest web 2.0 innovations, and those who think it's merely superfluous and clingy. Experimentation with Twitter follows this pattern. On one hand are the inevitable mash-ups, capitalizing the data-harvesting capabilities of the rich social medium, some offering clever takes on Twitter visualization. For example, Twitter's own Twitter Blocks transforms a user's network into a maplike grid of 3D boxes. Amy Hoy and Thomas Fuchs's twistori seeks out real-time twitter posts (aka "tweets") that employ the language of basic drives and desires--love, hate, think, believe, feel, wish. The site then streams a color-coded procession that reveals how the Twitter crowd maintain emotional bonds via brief mundanities. In the more critical camp are attempts to use Twitter as a textual broadcasting channel. Past real-time projects The Good Captain and Bloomsday on Twitter shoehorned the content of old print (Herman Melville's Benito Cereno and a passage from James Joyce's Ulysses, respectively) into Twitter's haiku-like format of 140 characters or less per line, commenting on the social spaces created by Twitter via cross-media disjunction. In keeping with the post-conceptual, historically-aware irony that has become a marker of contemporary internet art, Twitter user jennyholzer has been reissuing statements from the 80s art-star for almost a year--will user lawrenceweiner likewise emerge? Guthrie Lonergan takes the impulse a notch more meta by describing VVORK blog updates in telegraph-style tweets. There's a larger resonance to the fact that so many of this constant flow of artworks can ...

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Stereo Effect

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Christian Marclay, Stereo Volume, 1989

"Stereo," Christian Marclay's first solo exhibition at San Francisco's Fraenkel Gallery, surveys "concepts of doubling and echoes" across the American artist's career. Since the mid-1970s, Marclay has uniquely navigated the visual and sonic realms, exploring the materiality of equipment like the gramophone, turntables and record through processes that foreground what the artist calls the "unwanted sounds" of the mediums: the clicks, pops, scratches and deterioration that hold "expressive power" in themselves. In the past decade, Marclay has extended his position as cultural archivist with acclaimed installations like Video Quartet (2001) and Crossfire (2007), respectively comprising sequences of musical performance and gunshots assembled from dozens of feature-films.



Christian Marclay, Untitled, 1984

Consisting of twenty-five works -- the majority of them two-dimensional -- "Stereo" offers a timely retrospective of a side of Marclay's practice not always given due attention relative to his video and audio-based work. For Yin and Yang (1983), from his Recycled Records (1980-1986) series, Marclay cuts and reassembles two records according to the yin-yang design, rendering an unplayable product that also signifies turntable culture's collage ethos. This approach can also be observed in paper works like Untitled (1984) and Double Tuba (1992), both of which find the artist producing fanciful modifications to instruments and equipment through paper collage. Seen within the broader scope of Marclay's body of work, these objects offer examples of how visual art can provide conceptual space to reimagine sound and sound technology. -- Tyler Coburn


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The Face of Rhizome Knows Only Flash Photography

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Executive director Lauren Cornell and Christopher Pappas responding surprisingly well to having had their picture taken four times.

I missed the VIP portion of Rhizome’s benefit last night, which means I have nothing but second hand reports on the honoring of artist Lynn Hershman Leeson and the founder of del.icio.us, Joshua Schachter. It's too bad because I hear Lynn Hershman Leeson delivered an incredibly moving speech, though I do have this great photo essay in it's place. I'm not much of a photographer, so my pictures weren't taken with any objective in mind, though I hope by some fluke they capture the high spirits of the evening, and general convivial vibe. Photographs after the jump. MORE

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Paddy over at Art Fag City snapped some shots of the benefit last night. We will post our photos next week. Thanks to everyone- the party was a success!

Originally posted on Art Fag City by Rhizome


THE FREE TRANSLATORS

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The Intelligence Community Presents: THE FREE TRANSLATORS
Public information URL: http://www.sabinegruffat.com/FreeTranslators.html

PRESS RELEASE:

Reminiscent of the do-it-yourself approach of the Riot Grrrl movement, this Spring two feminist provocateurs are taking their multimedia show on the road. Mary Billyou and Sabine Gruffat are hailing from Brooklyn, NY and Madison, WI to present "The Free Translators" touring east coast cities and towns with a program of radical videos and performances.

As the title suggests, The Free Translators' video program is inspired by widely accessible texts. The artists perform in many of their own videos, sometimes enacting the news, dictating words written by the Marquis de Sade, or excerpting from Virginia Woolf's anti-war essays. By re-interpreting the texts for the audience, the videos explore notions of identity and communication, re-imagining issues raised by feminist consciousness, the quality of attention today in the midst of multiple authorial references, and the diminished space of citizenship around the monologue of mass media.

In between video screenings, The Free Translators present two "Live Tactical Translations," or, live multimedia experiments inspired by 1970s feminist art and Soviet avant-garde news troupes. Culling from their library of text, sound, and image, alter egos Miss Reading and Miss Recognition communicate through matching headsets and manipulate analog recordings as they educate audiences in their unique methods of reading and comprehension.
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