Posts for January 2009

Inauguration Overload

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Move over holographic reporting! With Obama's inauguration coming up tomorrow, many news organizations are experimenting with innovative ways to address the event. Here's a short list:

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Image: Design by Paula Scher, from the upcoming edition of the Guardian G2

  • Graphic Designers and Illustrators Reinterpret Past Obama Speeches for the Guardian's G2 Section
    In tomorrow's issue of the Guardian G2, a number of acclaimed designers and illustrators will reimagine select excerpts from Obama's previous speeches. Click the link to CR Blog above for a quick preview.
  • CNN's "The Moment"
    In an effort to "...capture the most detailed experience of a single moment ever," CNN will assemble photos sent in by users into one epic photosynth. Almost every major news source seems to be inviting photo submissions from attendees, but CNN are clearly trying to put themselves ahead of the pack by assembling them all into 3D.
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    Image: I Hope So Too

  • NY Times Interactive's I Hope So Too and Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present
    These two projects from the talented interactive team at the NY Times illustrate the public's future aspirations for the presidency and the vocabulary used in inaugural speeches. Over 200 people shared their hopes for the Obama presidency in interviews conducted for I Hope So Too, a section that groups these recordings by theme. Visitors can agree with the statements made, or alternately offer up their own hopes, it theirs aren't represented. Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present depicts, in a tag cloud for each president, the most-used words from previous inaugural addresses.
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    Satellite image of the United States Capitol

  • The Inauguration, as viewed from space.
    The only non-news organization on this list, the company behind the GeoEye-1 satellite, which generates images for Google Maps and Google Earth ...
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    >>HYPERION_Fragment<<(2006) - rosalie

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    Light composition currently on view at ZKM Karlsruhe. Description below from ZKM's site:

    With HYPERION_Fragment, and in addition to HELIOS (to be seen at the ZKM_Cube) another of rosalie's works is to be presented at the ZKM. The work was created as a collaborative project between the Stuttgart artist and the composer, Georg Friedrich Hass, on the occasion of the Donaueschingen Music Festival, in 2006. With its presentation at the ZKM_Foyer, it has now attained a new dimension but, at the same time, a new level of meaning as a unique example of light sculpture. 3.150 computer-guided lighting units display a continual river of light between the most diverse color nuances.

    In dialogue with "Light Music for a Large Orchestra" by Georg Friedrich Haas, this river of light represents the visual counterpart to the continual sound tapes of Haas' composition. At the ZKM, however, the music will no longer be sounding. HYPERION_Fragment has far more become an autonomous work of art - almost as if light itself has been composed once again. At the Foyer, the light installation, with a scale of c. 9.25 x 27 m, is given new, monumental arrangement.

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    bodega list (2009) - Jeff Sisson

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    "I would like every bodega in New York City to have a homepage."


    "Bodegas on the bodega list come from off-premise liquor license listings on the New York State Liquor Authority website. Bodega images, locations, and names are gleaned by humans using the "IS THIS A BODEGA?" tool. Once a bodega has been verified, it appears on the list and on the red dot map."

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    Starbucks Center of Gravity (2005) - Cory Arcangel

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    "Spurred on by a discussion on Kottke.org, I decided it would be interesting to find out what the Starbucks Center of Gravity in Manhattan is."


    Well, it means the exact place you can stand in Manhattan and be closest to ALL Starbucks. As if every single Starbucks was pulling you equally in its direction, this is the place where u could stand to feel the most Starbucks power...and not just within a few blocks radius, but for the whole Island! Think of it like being at the North Pole for overpriced coffee...The power center / death star if you will allow me to go that far....

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    Tickets To The Sunset (2005) - Rose Marshack

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    I convinced Ticketmaster's web outlet, Ticketweb to give me a promoter's account and allow me to post a tour of Sunset dates and times, as if the sun was going on tour. Tickets were available to the general public for purchase at Ticketweb.com.
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    Opening of Cao Fei's RMB City on Artforum's Scene and Herd

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    Image: Party at Cao Fei's RMB City

    Rhizome's curatorial fellow Brian Droitcour covered the grand opening of Cao Fei's RMB City in Second Life for Artforum's Scene & Herd last week, easily the first entry posted to the magazine's social diary to report from SL. Brian describes the festivities with a sense of humor, it's a fun read. Click the below for the full article.

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    Obama's Agenda for Technology and the Arts

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    Now that Obama's administration has entered the White House, his team has ambitious (and encouraging) plans for the fields of technology and art. An agenda for technology proposes net neutrality, transparency in governance, and the appointment, for the first time ever, of a Chief Technology Officer (CTO). This document also pledges to support diversification in media ownership and to oust ideology from scientific research. The arts will also receive a boost -- according to the Art Newspaper, he intends to introduce an "Artist Corps" which would place young artists in schools and communities in need, health care for artists, and increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Out of Context: Artists and Web Inventories

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    On any given day, the average web user may log into as many as a dozen different social web services. Interaction with these sites could involve any number of activities including browsing photography, commenting on blog posts, planning trip itineraries, looking for a lover or updating a resume. While the sequential (or parallel) manner in which we navigate these databases and the generic aesthetic of the web 2.0 interface might suggest these sites form a unified network, that is simply not the case. In engaging the social web we voluntarily fragment our interests, social ties and demographic information in order to make them "machine readable" and allow us to participate in these communities. With these rules of engagement in mind, several recent projects speak to these conditions and explore the notion of web inventories in relation to identity, aggregation and as binding legal agreements.

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    TIME SLIP (2008) - Antoine Schmitt

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    From the artist's statement:

    TIME SLIP is based on a custom software that feeds from the official news agencies and changes the tense of selected news from past or present to future tense. TIME SLIP is always up to date. It is a programmed generative artwork...

    TIME SLIP is a visual artwork referring to philosophical questionings on destiny, its potential pre-written nature or its causal determinism, and in the end, a work on free will. It confronts the spectator to the control of his own destiny in a universe where time and its causality can slip. It is also a work on the motive energy of unpredictability and risk, more and more central in the contemporary world.

    Via Network Research

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    Open Call: Experimental Television Center Finishing Funds 2009

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    Experimental Television Center announces an open call for Finishing Funds, which provides grants of up to $2,500 for the completion of "diverse and innovative moving-image and sonic art projects, and works for the Web and new technologies." Visit their site for eligibility requirements and more information. Deadline is March 15, 2009.

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