Posts for November 2009

Interview with Mark Amerika

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Amerika describes himself as a "thoughtographer", an "artist-medium", a "fictional philosopher", a "remixologist", a "network conductor", a wanderer who constantly changes identities and roles in a fragmentary world where time acquires an a-synchronic and non real dimension. By trying to express the complexity and the interest of contemporary digital reality, he delves into different aspects of himself and draws on elements and traits that he transfers to the characters of his works, by using the media, the technological platforms of our time. Developing projects on the net, filming with mobile phones, remixing common moments and figures of today's culture in a VJ-like audiovisual rhythm, Amerika redefines the characteristics of today's culture and opens up the possibilities for new interpretations and thoughts from the audience itself. -- "UNREALTIME" at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens

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Future Sounds

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Kabir Carter Performing "Trap" at the Bronx Museum

On November 15, an unseasonably warm fall Sunday, a small crowd of artists and academics armed with pens, notebooks, and cell phone cameras, gathered on the second floor of the Bronx Museum. The afternoon began with a panel discussion on the topic of radio and Futurism followed by a sound installation presented by the artist Kabir Carter as part of Performa 09. As Sergio Bessa, Director of Programs, pointed out-- perhaps facetiously-- Futurism and the Bronx are temporally linked: Marinetti's Futurist Manifesto and the Grand Concourse are both celebrating their centennial this year.

The panel, featuring literary critics Marjorie Perloff and Richard Sieburth, and poet Charles Bernstein, served as a precursor to Carter's Trap [originally titled Drifts and Traps], locating the sound piece within the historical context of the Futurist movement. The live presentation also served as a more complex complement to Carter's current installation at the BMA.

The panel centered on the opposition of the Russian futurists, portrayed as optimistic idealists by Perloff, and the Italian futurists, a group of dystopian thinkers enamored of fascism presented by Sieburth. Perloff began by reading Velimir Khlebnikov's Radio of the Future, an essay predicting the potential of radio to act as a vast concert hall and to disseminate news to the masses. Sieburth, on the other hand, explored Ezra Pound's role in Italian Futurism, focusing on Canto LXXII, a poem of discordant strife describing the author's fictitious meeting with Marinetti in radio hell. Transitioning neatly to Carter's installation, Bernstein then performed a dramatic reading of sections of Marinetti's manifesto, as well as poems by Russian Futurists and the speaker himself.

After a short break, Carter positioned himself at a table with an array of devices: radio ...

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Open Call

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Eyebeam announced an open call for their Winter/Spring Residencies and 2010 Fellowships. Their residencies provide a 5-month opportunity for production and presentation of projects querying art, technology and culture. Their fellowships are an 11-month opportunity to spearhead new research, lead group research inquiries, and develop innovative technology with support over a longer period of time. Deadline for applications is December 14, 2009 and the start date for the next round of Residents and Fellows is March 1, 2010. Check the links below for more information and to apply.

FELLOWSHIP CALL: http://tinyurl.com/EBF10

RESIDENCY CALL: http://tinyurl.com/EBRWS10

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CalArts Announce New MFA in Art and Technology

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The School of Art at CalArts have introduced a new two-year program MFA in Art and Technology. According to the press release, "The new program is designed to encourage students to investigate the critical and creative issues that arise in art practices that employ the use of new technologies and digital media. The students will also be encouraged to pursue work that crosses traditional mediums, enabling the integration of hybrid art forms with online strategies and performance...The Art and Technology Program in the School of Art will involve faculty and visiting artists whose work engages computer programming, web based systems, digital image making, digital sound design, immersive installation, digital video, interactive multimedia and hybrid performance. The curriculum will be integrated with studio based practices and open forums designed to foster dialogue between students and faculty." They are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2010 semester. Visit the link below for more information.

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Support Rhizome and Receive a Split 1-Inch!

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Remember split 7"s? Where two bands would each record one side of a vinyl record? Taking inspiration from this form, Rhizome is offering a "Split 1-Inch" edition for those who contribute $250 to our community campaign. This limited edition flash drive contains two folders pairing artwork by artist and co-editor of VVORK Aleksandra Domanovic and curator of Art Since the Summer of 1969 co-director Hanne Mugaas. Rock out to your desktop, and pick up a Split 1-inch today!

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VisitorsStudio

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VisitorsStudio is a real-time, multi-user, online arena for creative 'many to many' dialogue, interviews, networked performance and collaborative polemic. Through simple and accessible facilities, the VisitorsStudio web-based interface allows users to upload, manipulate and collage their own audio-visual files with others', to remix existing media. Providing a platform for the exploration of collective creativity for both emergent and established artists from a diverse array of geographical locations and social contexts. Designed so anyone in the world can access it from a 56k modem. Participants upload sound files and still/moving images (jpg, png, mp3, flv, swf) to a shared database, mixing and responding to each other's compositions in real-time. Individuals can also chat with each other and are located in the interface by their own dancing-cursors.



Congratulations to Furtherfield.org and Furtherstudio.org for winning the Grand Prize for netarts 2009 from the Machida City Museum of Graphic Art.

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New Stripes (2009) - Mitch Trale

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Part of Trale's "Panoramic Dioramas" series. The audio track is Restless People's "Days of Our Lives". Trale is experimenting with "interactive music videos" and New Stripes comes out of that work. Tip: make it full screen.

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b├ęton benetton (2009) - Laura Brothers

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Untitled (2007) - Javier Morales

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(3,4) 3D T K (2009) - VERSELEY

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A (3,4)-3D fluid torus knot rendered by Apple Grapher. GIF

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