Posts for February 2010

hall of venn diagrams (2009) - Zach Rottman

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C O D E O R G A N (2010) - DLKW

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The Codeorgan works by analysing the 'body' content of any web page and translates that content into music. The Codeorgan uses a complex algorithm to define the key, synthesizer style and drum pattern most appropriate to the page content.

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General Web Content

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“The Hitler Meme” or “Hitler finds out” is a video meme involving the addition of new subtitles to the dramatic scene of Hitler’s final meltdown from the German movie Downfall directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. The subtitles are often anachronistically altered with humorous English subtitles surrounding current events.

The earliest known subtitle spoof of Downfall was uploaded by YouTube user DReaperF4 on August 10th, 2006. Titled “Sim Heil: Der untersim” and subbed in Spanish, the video shows Hitler fuming over the lack of new features in the demo trial of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X, which was later released in October 2006.

Then on August 30th, DReaperF4 uploaded the English sub version of “Sim Heil” upon popular request in the comments, making the joke accessible to the rest of Flight Sim fans on YouTube. The original YouTube video was deleted upon copyright claim by the film stdio on December 26, 2009, as documented by YouTomb.

-- DESCRIPTION FROM KNOW YOUR MEME







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Tales of the Unexpected (2008) - Carl Burgess

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ThingPit (2009) - Taras Hrabowsky

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TRANSMISSIONS (excerpt) (2008) - Grey Gersten

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There is a deeply confessional element involved in our private interactions with technology. We confide in machines because the illusion of their detachment creates a false sense of anonymity. Transmissions examines how automatons facilitate interactive fantasy realms in direct response to our unspoken emotional projections. The virtual dream space aspires to be a reflection of the individual but is not autonomous. Fallout data arbitrarily collides and resonates within a larger network of users. This network can be thought of as a sentient organism, one that feeds and redistributes our collective subconscious.

-- DESCRIPTION FROM THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT

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Call for Applications: Rhizome Internship

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Rhizome seeks a focused, responsible and mature candidate for a part-time internship. Responsibilities include assisting with the daily administrative upkeep of the organization, research and production support of the Rhizome website, coordination of organizational projects, correspondence with artists, members, and press, and management of various social media platforms. Interns must be familiar with contemporary art and savvy with the web and new technologies.

The position is 8 - 16 hours per week and can be worked from home or at the Rhizome office, which is located at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Manhattan. The intern will report to the Senior Editor and Associate Director. Candidates must be based in New York and must be able to commit to 3 months. This position is unpaid, but academic credit may be arranged.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must be well versed with social media and the online environment. A keen interest in online marketing is a must. Education or advanced experience beyond the undergraduate level is highly desirable. The candidate should have strong writing and analytical skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office software is required and basic experience with graphics and video editing programs, like Photoshop and Final Cut, is preferred.

TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter, resume or c.v., to editor[at]rhizome.org. Review of applications will begin immediately.

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Using, Using, Used

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Within the pages of Digital Folklore Reader, Olia Lialina, one of the book’s editors, refers to a claim by the social media researcher Danah Boyd, that some American teenagers identify as Facebook and others as MySpace—preferring a conformist and clean interface persona, or a rebellious and visually pimped one, respectively.

This book, co-edited by Dragan Espenschied, is by all outward appearances a MySpace, brimming with exuberant design elements culled from all over the net and reaching deep into online history. The dust jacket repeats a background image of a unicorn perched on a boulder at sunset under a meteor shower. Its reverse is wallpapered in 32 by 32 pixel gif icons representing the gamut of popular user-generated online imagery: cartoon characters, porno ladies, geometric designs, quotidian objects, flags, logos, landscapes and text, from WTF to FREE TIBET. One layer deeper, the cover and back of the book are white, or, probably (in RGB concept), nothing. The spine is also nude, showing off the motley sequencing of pages inside, the first and last of which are a flat, vibrant #00FF00 green, allusive of web-safe color and maybe of a green screen, primed for content to be transposed onto it.

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Ages ♠ (2010) - Spirit Surfers

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feedback land (2009) - Andrew Benson

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