Combine a gif of an irate Sean Connery, an audio loop of his comment "You're the Man Now, Dog" from the film Finding Forrester, and bold, zooming text of the same statement and you have the simple recipe behind the popular internet meme http://www.yourethemannowdog.com/. Created by Max Goldberg, the site became a sensation in the early 2000's, and it soon lead to numerous spoofs. Goldberg began mirroring the sites in an effort to keep track of these rudimentary creations, and, eventually overwhelmed by the quantity of spin-offs, Goldberg developed a platform for YTMNDs, http://ytmnd.com/. For the current exhibition "YTMND" at Dallas gallery And/Or, Paul Slocum and Guthrie Lonergan have assembled some of their favorite YTMNDs and installed them on monitors placed in metal shelving units. A short essay "Picture. Sound. Text." by Lonergan on the significance of the genre's unapologetically lowbrow humor accompanies the show. Lonergan argues that the YTMNDs embrace and celebrate the reality that the "Internet turns culture into small pieces of shit." Regardless of one's opinion on the role of the Internet in the advancement of shittiness, the YTMNDs culled by Lonergan and Slocum are funny, weird, random, surreal and unquestionably entertaining, proving that YTMNDs bring something to the table.
On Saturday, April 11th, New York's School of Visual Arts will co-present the 2009 Visual Music Marathon with the New York Digital Salon and Northeastern University. Promising genre-bending work from fifteen countries, the lineup crams 120 works by new media artists and digital composers into 12 hours. If it's true, as is often said, that MTV killed the attention spans of Generations X and Y, this six-minute-per-piece average ought to suit most festivalgoers' minds, and the resultant shuffling on and off stage will surely be a spectacle in its own rite. In all seriousness, this annual event is a highlight of New York's already thriving electronic music scene and promises many a treat for your eyes and ears. The illustrious organizers behind the marathon know their visual music history and want to remind readers that, "The roots of the genre date back more than two hundred years to the ocular harpsichords and color-music scales of the 18th century," and "the current art form came to fruition following the emergence of film and video in the 20th century." The remarkable ten dozen artists participating in this one-day event will bring us work incorporating such diverse materials as hand-processed film, algorithmically-generated video, visual interpretations of music, and some good old fashioned music-music. From luminaries like Oskar Fischinger, Hans Richter, and Steina Vasulka to emerging artists Joe Tekippe and Chiaki Watanabe, the program will be another star on the map that claims NYC as fertile territory for sonic exploration. - Marisa Olson
We thought it would be fun, here at Rhizome HQ, to follow Marisa's write-up of the upcoming Visual Music Marathon with a few Visual Music-related posts. I thought I'd kick it off with a link to the Center for Visual Music's extensive Visual Music bibliography, otherwise known as the CVM Library. The Los Angeles-based non-profit film archive are the go-to source on the subject, so go-to-it.
With a couple weeks under our belt, we’re kicking the Rhizome 50,000 Dollar Webpage into high gear. We’ve already raised $4000, but have a long way to go to fill up the page for it’s unveiling at our annual benefit on May 28th at the New Museum.
We’ve been discovering a lot of great stuff via the links that people have been submitting. In fact, starting later this week, we’re going to start highlighting some of the best stuff we’ve found via the 50k site on the Rhizome homepage. We’re also going to start integrating the pixel buys into our delicious feed - more on that later…
So, if you haven’t bought pixels yet - go buy some! They’re a great way to support Rhizome, show you’re a part of the community and promote your project. Plus, they’re cheap! If you’ve been meaning to buy some, there’s no better time than now - you get to pick up the best real estate, maximize your time on the page and keep the momentum rolling. Want to participate but don’t know how to find, create or resize your image? No problem, we can help. Just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, to buy some pixels, find out more info or discover some cool people, projects and websites, visit us at http://www.rhizome.org/50k/.
Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) Technical Coordinator