Posts for September 2008

The Future of New Media, Two Years at a Time

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For the last ten years, the Seoul International Media Art Biennale has been among the most accurate and important touchstones for activity in the field of new media art. This year's biennale (open September 12-November 5) seeks not only to act as the kind of hotness barometer than many such shows function as, but also as a convergence site for the so-called traditional media and new media communities, asking how the two can work together in the future--or, indeed, looking at how they already overlap. Operating under the subtitle "Turn and Widen," the exhibition and associated symposium is organized into sub-themes on Light, Time, and Communication and features dozens of international artists. If you're not in Korea, consider visiting their artist pages from the comfort of your computer. - Marisa Olson

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Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle (2008) - Jonathan Schipper

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Slow Motion Car Crash

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This sculpture is a machine that advances two full sized automobiles slowly into one another over a period of 6 days, simulating a head on automobile collision. Each car moves about three feet into the other. The movement is so slow as to be invisible.

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MGM (1975) - Jack Goldstein

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Behold a Pale Horse (2007) - Steve Bishop

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  • Tauba Auerbach in Artreview's Project Space - "Bay Area artist Tauba Auerbach uses her graphical skills in a conceptual pursuit of hidden confluences -- and glitches -- in our system of signs and symbols. For the Project Space, she looks into the porous border between the analogue and digital realms. "Recently I have been collecting various instances of randomness," Auerbach says. "Both applause and static are phenomena that can go either in the totally uniform white noise direction or phase in and out of patterns and sync up into something placeable.."
    The work is accompanied by an interview with the artist, which you can read here.

  • internet, mon amour- Discussion and critique of a bill currently under review by the French Parliament entitled "Création et Internet" (Creation And the Internet) from abstractmachine. "The important thing to understand here is that the Internet is being construed, and will therefore be legislated as, nothing but a new form of artistic distribution, irrespective of its capacities as a new locus for artistic creation." This week, new media artists in France launched a petition against the bill.

  • Katy Siegel on a Globalizing Art World- Lecture this evening at 6:30pm by critic Katy Siegel at SVA in New York City. "Cultural producers, Groys goes on to suggest, are equally subject to the globalization of cultural flows, often compelled towards frequent international travel in pursuit of the facilitating institutional and economic support networks that make ambitious cultural work possible...critic Katy Siegel kicks off the Fall lecture series with a talk on a slightly narrower purview of the patterns Groys describes: the globalization of the playing fields of contemporary art, and its effect on emerging and would-be art producers."

  • Jeremy Bailey Interview on the Netbehaviour email list- Marc Garett/Furtherfield and subscribers to the Netbehaviour mailing ...
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    AIDS 3D's "Digital Awakening" at K44 Gallery

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    The artist statements written by Berlin-based American artists AIDS-3D read as simultaneously post-apocalyptic and utopian. They are primarily concerned with the unfulfilled promises of emergent technologies and the ways in which our daily lives revolve around these media. Alienation, self-preservation, reproduction (sexual and otherwise), and the construction of lifestyles are common themes in their work, which takes the form of performances, sculptures, and installations frequently employing lasers, electroluminescent cable, and relics from a recent past promoting the heights to which novelties of various origin will change the world. On September 20th, the duo will open the show "Digital Awakening" at Athens, Greece-based K44 Gallery, in which they will elaborate two radically different future scenarios, one in which Earth suffers "a disastrous energy crisis leading to war, famine and the breakdown of the global capitalist system" and an another where "humanity lives in a techno-utopia, where communication tools and futuristic technology fueled by alternative energy have allowed us to fully transcend into a scientifically maintained balance." Considering the potential impact of current directions in the field of energy production, these fictional accounts may not be the work of utter fantasy. - Marisa Olson


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    Vertex on the Verge

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    Long devoted to contemporary technology art in its many forms, Williamsburg Brooklyn's half-decade-old Vertexlist Gallery promises much more in the future: the exhibitor recently announced a "new 5-year plan of growth and development," now under the auspices of gallery director Charles Beronio, who takes over the reigns from founder Marcin Ramocki. To kick off its next phase, Vertexlist is hosting the exhibit "New Blood," which promises to "probe" the "the empty, vacant, and vacuous nature" of contemporary existence, featuring an array of work by Double Happiness, Lance Wakeling, Jeanne Verdoux, Sergio De La Torre, Sujin Lee and Sasha Dela. The event launches with on September 13th with "Given to Want," a live performance by the funny, fantastic and sometimes frightening artist Nao Bustamante. - Ed Halter

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    The Death of Google's First Server (2008) - Jon Rafman

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    "the server is played by Rutger Hauer"

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  • Amar Kanwar-- The Torn First Pages (Part I)- Artist Amar Kanwar discusses one of two video installations at the Stedelijk Museum. The Torn First Pages, which is now on view at the Amsterdam location, was inspired by an act of defiance by a Burmese shopkeeper, who tore the military's statements off the covers of books he sold. In the interview, Kanwar talks about the troubling political situation in Burma and his support for the country's democratic movement, which has been brutally suppressed.

  • César Chávez Video in Times Square MTV Screen- A five minute video from "Port Huron Project 4: We Are Also Responsible" will be displayed on MTV's screen in Times Square. The video is a reenactment of a 1971 Cesar Chavez speech given in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA. This project is part of Creative Time's 44 1/2 series.

  • Andrew Jeffrey Wright "Art for Corporations" at the Luggage Store in San Francisco- An exhibition by Philadelphia-based artist Andrew Jeffrey Wright opens this week at the Luggage Store in San Francisco. "Several works in the exhibition will be created specifically for the ever growing art collecting entity known as the corporation. The exhibition will also feature collaborations with Barry McGee, Clare E. Rojas, Isaac Lin and Crystal Kovacs."

  • Pierre Obando, "Noise", Heskin Contemporary- "Noise, is a series of paintings and works on paper by Pierre Obando that exploits the idea of unwanted aural/visual information, like "snow" at the end of a pre-cable television transmission. This exhibition presents examples of visual noise, information too excessive to be sifted through or too separate to carry meaning."
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    Report From Ars Electronica 2008: A New Cultural Economy

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    In it's 29th year as the one of the most important media arts festivals in the world, Ars Electronica 2008 focused on trying to make sense of the economic and social realities of a "knowledge-based" society, where limits of intellectual property and aging copyright laws are beginning to lose relevance in an increased international atmosphere of open systems, sharing information across networks, and collective artistic action and utility. This year's theme was "A New Cultural Economy", a vision of the present and future that imagined cultural and artistic exchange and remixing as a key indicator of the success of current and future generations. Through this 6 day festival, events ranged from conferences, exhibitions, performances, to student exhibitions such as a wide range of projects from the University of Tokyo entitled "Towards a New Horizon of Hybrid Art."

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