Posts for March 2009

Motion Graphic Nerds: Creative Time Needs You

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Fellow NYC art non-profit Creative Time announced that they're launching a new online channel called Creative Time TV. They need a catchy motion graphic using Creative Time's logo to run at the beginning of each video segment. According to the call they're open to "...animations, sleek design, fancy widgets, racy photos, color, black and white, fast, slow, intrepid, transgressive, staid, hot, cold, fruity, salty, and pretty much every other kind of motion graphic." Help them out and make something nice. More info here. Also, deadline is April 3rd.

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Sudden Flare In Total Darkness (2008) - Harm Van Den Dorpel

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Digital images of synthetic lens flares transferred to analogue slides. Work in progress.

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Structural Film (2007) - Cory Arcangel

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A remake of Nam Jun Paik's Zen for Film using the dust and scratches produced by iMovie's "Aged Film" filter exported into a QuickTime movie and then transferred to 16mm film.

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The Varieties Of Experience (2008) - Mungo Thomson

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Thomson’s 16mm film, The Varieties Of Experience, was made by using Nam Jun Paik’s Zen For Film (1962-64) as a negative. Zen for Film consists of a length of clear 16mm film leader projecting a rectangle of pure white. Over time, the celluloid collects dust from the space of its exhibition; this dust is projected as brown and black smudges on the otherwise white image. Dust is largely composed of human cells, and in this way the audience of Paik’s work has literally become embedded in it over several decades. Thomson worked with the NJP estate to procure a “dirty” copy of the film and to use it as a negative from which to make a new print. The new film is an inversion of the original: a black film with the dust printed as white specks and clouds -- a moving starscape, where the stars are composed of dust (and people) instead of the other way around.

-- FROM THE DESCRIPTION FOR "The Varieties of Experience" EXHIBITION AT JOHN CONNELLY PRESENTS

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Dead pixel in Google Earth (2008) - Helmut Smits

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Rutt-Etra Video Synthesizer

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The Rutt-Etra video synthesizer was co-invented by Steve Rutt & Bill Etra.
It essentially was an analog computer for video raster manipulation.

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Reappearance of the Undead

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In 1997, internet art hall-of-famer Olia Lialina made a "net drama" called Agatha Appears that was written for Netscape 3 and 4 in HTML 3.2. One of the main features of the interactive narrative was the travel of the eponymous avatar across the internet. Let's just say the girl got around. But the magical illusion of the piece was that she appeared to stay still, even when links in the narrative were clicked and the viewer's address bar indicated movement to another server. But in time, both the browser and code in which the story was written became defunct and the piece unraveled as the sites previously hosting the links and files upon which Agatha was dependent disappeared or cleaned house. Such a scenario is common to early internet art (and will no doubt continue to plague the field), as ours is an upgrade culture constantly driving towards new tools, platforms, and codes. Many have debated whether to let older works whither or how it might be possible to update these works, making them compatible with new systems. For those who are interested, some of the best research on the subject has been performed by the folks affiliated with the Variable Media Initiative. Meanwhile, luddites and neophiles alike are now in luck because Agatha Appears has just undergone rejuvenation. Ela Wysocka, a restorer working at Budapest's Center for Culture & Communication Foundation has worked to overcome the sound problems, code incompatibilities, and file corruption and disappearance issues, and she's written a fascinating report about the process, here. And new collaborating hosts have jumped in line to bring the piece back to life, so that like a black and white boyfriend coming home from war, Agatha now offers us a shiny new webring as a token of ...

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ESTRELLA (2009) - Micaela Durand

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ItSpace (2007) - Peter Traub

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ItSpace creates a network of pages within the social networking site MySpace. Instead of featuring people, the pages feature everyday household objects. Each page has a photo of the object, a description, and most importantly, a 1-minute piece of music composed of recordings of the object being struck and resonated in various ways. All the pages, or objects, are 'friends' with each other, so that visitors who discover one object may jump to the others by clicking on the 'friends' pictures at the bottom of each page.

-- EXCERPT FROM THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT

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