Posts for April 2010

Call for Proposals


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Pixelache, Helsinki's electronic arts festival, is seeking proposals for both their project (installation/performance/etc) and program (seminars, workshops, exhibitions, screenings, series of performances/concerts, club events, etc.) sections for next year. More information here. Deadline is April 20, 2010.


Vektron Modular (2010) - Niklas Roy


Parametric Synthesizer

Originally via today and tomorrow


Deep Space


Avatar 4D video by Chris Coy

In 1966, Allan Kaprow made the following statement in the Manifestos pamphlet:

Contemporary art, which tends to “think” in multi-media, intermedia, overlays, fusions and hybridizations, is a closer parallel to modern mental life than we have realized. Its judgments, therefore, may be acute. “Art” may soon become a meaningless word. In its place,“communications programming” would be a more imaginative label, attesting to our new jargon, our technological and managerial fantasies, and to our pervasive electronic contact with one another.

Fast-forward to 2010, and one wonders what Kaprow would make of "Avatar 4D," an evening of performances -- or, more precisely, a happening -- by seventeen internet-based artists "set up as chaotically choreographed circumstances that exist in a reality of virtual proportions." Taking its cue from the dually alienating and revelatory push-and-pull of our hyper-connected lives, and the existence of "pervasive electronic contact" taken to the nth degree, artists will webcam, stream, project, and otherwise stage work in both San Francisco's NOMA Gallery and Richmond's Reference Gallery this Saturday, April 17th. The event is curated by the collaborative curatorial team JstChillin (Caitlin Denny and Parker Ito), who are also behind the original and often humorous online exhibit series Serial Chillers in Paradise. The press release describes the artists in "Avatar 4D" as "reality hackers" -- citing Petra Cortright’s webcam videos and Ben Vickers' disclosure of his personal usernames and passwords as examples -- who experiment with "the theoretical apparatus of struggle" in the context of "the ever changing modes of the net" and its impact on the self. It seems the artists behind "Avatar 4D" are attempting to insert "art" into a reality lived in anticipation of its constant representation and performance online, perhaps becoming a form of "communications programming" within a self-programmed reality. Whatever ...


() Demon (2010) - Elna Frederick






Photos of Rhizome's Seven on Seven


Our one day conference on Saturday, Seven on Seven, was packed with provocative ideas, projects and conversation, thanks to the 14 participating artists and technologists! We snapped some shots of the initial working groups, presentations, and more. Thank you so much again to everyone involved and our sponsors. (Note: We will post video from the event soon!)

Ayah Bdeir at Eyebeam [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Kristin Lucas and Andrew Kortina at Parsons the New School for Design [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Monica Narula at the New Museum [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Opening Remarks by Rhizome's Board Chairman Peter Rojas [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Introductions by Rhizome's Executive Director, Lauren Cornell [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Presentation by Marc Andre Robinson and Hilary Mason [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Hilary Mason [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Presentation by Evan Roth and Matt Mullenweg [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Presentation by Evan Roth and Matt Mullenweg [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Seven on Seven Audience [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Presentation by Tauba Auerbach and Ayah Bdeir [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Presentation by Tauba Auerbach and Ayah Bdeir [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Presentation by Kristin Lucas and Andrew Kortina [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Presentation by David Karp and Ryan Trecartin [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Ryan Trecartin [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Presentation by Monica Narula and Joshua Schachter [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Joshua Schachter [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Presentation by Aaron Koblin and Jeff Hammerbacher [Photo: Nick Hasty]

Presentation by Aaron Koblin and Jeff Hammerbacher [Photo: Nick Hasty]


Caps Lock (2010) - Andreas Banderas




Required Watching


In this talk, Prof. Coleman presents a cultural history and political analysis of one of the oldest Internet wars, often referred to as "Internet vs Scientology," which in recent times has witnessed a different incarnation in the form of "Project Chanology," which is orchestrated by a group called Anonymous who has led a series of online attacks and real world protests against Scientology. I argue that to understand the significance of these battles and protests, we must examine how the two groups stand in a culturally antipodal relation to each other.

Through this analysis of cultural inversion, Coleman will consider how long-standing liberal ideals take cultural root in the context of these battles, use these two cases to reveal important political transformations in Internet/hacker culture between the mid 1990s and today and finally will map the tension between pleasure/freedom (the "lulz") and moral good ("free speech") found among Anonymous in terms of the tension between liberal freedom and romantic/Nietzschean freedom/pleasure.


Originally via Networked_Performance


Soviet Sci-Fi Animation in the 1980's


In the years leading up to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, several of its animation studios were releasing experimental short films based off short stories penned by prominent, American science fiction authors. This post assembles some of these futuristic and otherworldly animations.


Здесь могут водиться тигры, 1989
Here There Be Tigers (Based on the story by Ray Bradbury)
Director: Vladimir Samsonov
Studio: Ecran





The Headless Conference on Rhizome's Vimeo


Video documentation of last month's New Silent Series event The Headless Conference is now online through Rhizome's Vimeo account. Check 'em out below!

Thanks to Matt Gaffney for putting these videos up.


Call for Applications



Turbulence is seeking applications from emerging and established artists working online for their commissions program. Read more below about the program:

The goal of these commissions is to support work that creatively explores possibilities in the networked medium. This includes work by individual artists and collaboratives; work that uses the net as a repository and work that explores its possibilities as a conduit. Or both. All artists are encouraged to consider how their project advances creative use of the network.

Proposals are accepted year-round. For more on the application process, visit the original call here.