Posts for August 2009

The Open Book

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Last year, Turbulence.org partnered with NewMediaFix, Telic Arts Exchange, and Freewaves to create an online book on interactive and participatory art titled "Networked." The organizers felt writing on this type of art work necessitated a forum that itself was open and interactive, thus they set out to design a site for the publication that would be as dynamic as the work discussed. The "Networked" site, built by Matthew Belanger, is now open for comments, revisions, and translations. Click the below for essays by Kazys Varnelis, Anne Helmond, Jason Freeman, Anna Munster, and Patrick Lichty.

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Murmur Study (2009) - Christopher Baker and Marton Andras Juhasz

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Murmur Study from Christopher Baker on Vimeo.


Murmur Study is an installation that examines the rise of micro-messaging technologies such as Twitter and Facebook’s status update. One might describe these messages as a kind of digital small talk. But unlike water-cooler conversations, these fleeting thoughts are accumulated, archived and digitally-indexed by corporations. While the future of these archives remains to be seen, the sheer volume of publicly accessible personal — often emotional — expression should give us pause.

This installation consists of 30 thermal printers that continuously monitor Twitter for new messages containing variations on common emotional utterances. Messages containing hundreds of variations on words such as argh, meh, grrrr, oooo, ewww, and hmph, are printed as an endless waterfall of text accumulating in tangled piles below.

The printed thermal receipt paper is then reused in future projects and exhibitions or recycled.

-- FROM THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT

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Endnode (2002) - MTAA

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Endnode is a networked sculpture in the form of a large tree. Printers nested within the sculpture's plywood branches produce hardcopy of email communication that fall to the ground like leaves or apples; the branching of the Internet is literally and figuratively brought into physical space. As the leaves/apples/email fall to the ground, they become end nodes in the worldwide information flow.

-- FROM THE PROJECT'S SITE

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Poemfield No. 2 (1966) - Stan VanDerBeek with Kenneth Knowlton

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Computer animation by Stan VanDerBeek and Kenneth Knowlton, made at Bell Laboratories in 1966.

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A Trip to Governors Island

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Mark Wallinger, Ferry, 2009 (Photo by Andrew Russeth from 16 Miles of String)

To get to “PLOT 09: This World & Nearer Ones,” situated within the architecture and verdant landscape of Governors Island, you make your way to the southern tip of Manhattan, board a ferry decorated with signs that read “SHEEP” and “GOATS” (Mark Wallinger's cheeky contribution to the exhibition), and cross the mere half-mile stretch of water known as Buttermilk Channel. The journey is long and elaborate enough to make you feel like you have embarked on an exciting, uncertain adventure. The island is decorated with a pastiche of architectural styles that indicate its rich history; Victorian houses mingle amongst an abandoned movie theater, an 18th-century fortress, an Episcopalian Chapel, a castle, and stern, seemingly haunted brick abandoned military and coast guard housing. PLOT09 is Creative Time's new public art quadrennial, and for its inaugural exhibition curator Mark Beasley invited nineteen international artists to respond to their surroundings. In an environment decidedly marked by its 400-year history, several of the strongest works in the show used this history as a point of departure.

Adam Chodzko's video installation Echo tells an imagined story about the children of the military personnel who once occupied Governors Island. According to the film, the children often gathered in the basement of the Officer's Club, directly below the ballroom in which the film is screened, to play an invented game where participants attempted to shed their material possessions through trade. In opposition to a capitalist logic, objects of high value were swapped for ephemera. The fictional trades made in the film recall the seeming improbability of unequal transactions made in history, like the initial trade of Governors Island by Native Americans to Dutch settler Wouter van Twiller for two axe heads ...

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HTML, The Movie -or- The Resolution Will Not Be Televised (2009) - Jesse Hulcher and 'Pony Eyelashes'

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Covert Channels

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A small but international group show organized by Mireille Bourgeois and Anais Lellouche, "They Told You So" takes its inspiration from the Situationists’ concept of détournement, reusing existing media to convey an opposing or alternate viewpoint. Here sound installation and video are the primary forms utilized. Purporting to address and ensnare the viewer, and using deliberate miscommunication to examine rhetoric and technologies that are oriented towards control, the works achieve varying degrees of success.

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Binary Language: A Computer Simulation Lessons 1-3 (2006) - Jesus Aguilar

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Five Words In A Line (2009) - Peter Nowogrodzki

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Binary cross-stitch (2004-2006) - Cody Trepte

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"One machine for all conceivable tasks." (2006)

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"Read, write, erase" (2006)

The literal translation of the title into binary then stitched into fabric; black for 0 and white for 1.

-- FROM THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT

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