Posts for October 2008

Walker Channel now available on iTunes U

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The Walker Art Center's web casting branch, the Walker Channel, just announced that their broadcasts are now available on iTunes U. The channel provides webcasts of the Walker's programming, including lectures, readings, and presentations involving artists, scholars, and critics of contemporary art and culture. The Walker Channel is an invaluable resource for contemporary art research -- a quick glance through the archives and one will find artists talks with the likes of Cameron Jamie, Thomas Hirschhorn, Raqs Media Collective (conducted by Steve Dietz), Steina Vasulka, Amy Youngs, and much more. Their entire archives are not yet available via iTunes, but hopefully soon will be.

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Software out of Focus (2008) - Jan Robert Leegte

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Interview with eteam

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eteam is the New York-based duo of German artists Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger. In 2008 they received a Rhizome Commission for their Second Life Dumpster project in which the levels of consumption and disposal typically occurring blindly in the virtual world are manifest in the form of an ever-evolving garbage heap composed of deleted items tagged with a decay script by the artists. This exploration of the social life of spaces and systemic behavior within them is an interesting follow-up to their incredibly ambitious International Airport Montello project in which, after purchasing a piece of land in rural Nevada on eBay for the sum of US$1, they created an airport employing locals -- which they call "an impossible machine, which is perpetually in motion and sometimes on strike." Despite flying a handful of art world insiders there (putting commissioning organization Art in General's curators to work as flight attendants), eteam worked to underscore Montello's outsider status. The contested frontier between the so-called real world and spaces and cultures operating at the edges of constructed reality provided a nice point of comparison between Second Life Dumpster and International Airport Montello in this interview with the artists.

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The Time Is Now!

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Today, Rhizome's annual Community Campaign begins. This a tough year for the global economy and for the arts. As an organization, we are relying now more than ever on everyone who participates in, reads and cares about Rhizome and our mission of supporting new media and internet art to support us with a donation of $25 (or up). It's fast and simple and will help us tremendously as we strive to keep conversation, activity and attention towards this field active.

Our goal is to raise $30,000 by midnight December 31, 2008. This figure is truly vital to us and will go towards our commissions and editorial program as well to creating new points of community engagement on our website. Every single contribution, however small or large, will get us closer to this goal.

Please make a contribution today.

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The Wonder Rooms (2008) - Jess Wheelock

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Back up (2005) - Leonard van Munster

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3d installation and 3d game in university library Amsterdam, 2005.
Artist's statement: By collecting information and killing bookworms in the game, the player can cause events in "real life"


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created by joel (2008) - Joel Holmberg

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Putting the You in Tube

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For his solo show at London's Seventeen Gallery, Berlin-based Austrian artist Oliver Laric is showing three video projects that put a recursive spin on his previous work. The artist's 50 50 project, in which he seamlessly strung together fifty YouTube clips of strangers singing three songs by hip hop artist 50 Cent, has received praise around the internet and the art world for its remix of both 50's music and vernacular video culture. But now he's showing a recomprised version of the piece (50 50 2008, a remix of his own remix) by using all new clips. The mass availability of videos of people singing these three songs speaks both to the popular appeal of the music and of the act of performing for the home movie camera--thus deepening the initial resonance of Laric's project. For Touch My Body (Green Screen Version), the artist took the nerd-loving video for Mariah Carey's hit single and made a template for chroma-keyed remixes by YouTube users by digitally replacing the background images surrounding the starlet's body with a flat green backdrop. At Seventeen, Laric is showing not only his template video, but also the remixes that internet users (other net artists and general surfers alike) uploaded to the web. This decision emphasizes the project's dependence on the notion of fandom, which is both participatory and collaborative by nature. Laric's inviting template also susses out the often creative and productive nature of fan culture, particularly with regard to the internet, where appropriation and distribution tend to be fast and easy. Finally, his multi-channel work,

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Eye White (2008) - James Whipple

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What are you doing on November 4th?

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Image: Guillaume Paris, Go Away Evil, 2001 (color photograph, frame)

This Halloween, there are scarier things on the horizon than ghosts and goblins, as the recent New Yorker cover acknowledges, so we thought we'd sum up some of the Election Night events occurring around New York City next Tuesday to get you thinking ahead.

Location: Storefront for Art and Architecture Event: Election Night Special - Sleepover at Storefront
To mark the closing of the White House Redux exhibition, Storefront will hold an all-night election vigil in the gallery with live a large-screen CNN projection and special blog-reading stations. Everyone welcome!

Location: New Museum Event: Election Night Trivia at Salon Aleman
On Election Night 2008 the New Museum hosts an evening of tequila, trivia, and live-stream coverage of the exit polls. Artist Eduardo Sarabia's Salon Aleman project, including his sculpture Babylon Bar, and his limited-edition Tequila Sarabia will be imported to the Museum for a gathering of campaign camaraderie and fun-filled, trivia-distracted anticipation. You and your friends are invited to drink, commingle, and participate in the Campaign Stump! trivia game while awaiting the outcome of this historic Presidential election. Prizes will be awarded. Hosted by comedian Desiree Burch.

Location: Monkeytown Event: ELECTION DAY ALL DAY EXCEPTER TELETHON
In an attempt to effect the election results "through sound" improv noise band Excepter will play at Monkeytown from 8am to Midnight (until the polls close on the West Coast). The performance will be webcast by Jon Williams aka WIZARDISHUNGRY. "Excepter plays until the New President walks this LAND; "VOTE EARLY; VOTE OFTEN; WE WILL PLAY ALL DAY"

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