Posts for June 2010

Call for Applications

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Apply for the transmediale Award or the Vilém Flusser Theory Award for the 2011 cycle. Deadline is July 31, 2010. Brief description below, conditions of entry here and more information here.

The transmediale Award and Vilém Flusser Theory Award 2011 Call for Entries is now open! The Award competitions seek outstanding entries that exemplify visionary, adventurous and critical forms of digital expression, interaction, and collaborative practice. Entries from countries and regions in which digital art and culture are emergent are encouraged, as are positions that enrich our understanding of, and relationship to, technology and networked society.

Jury of the transmediale Award 2011 are Matteo Pasquinelli (Amsterdam), Brandon Labelle (Berlin), Thomas Macho (Berlin), Defne Ayas (Shanghai) Jury of Vilém Flusser Theory Award 2011 are Marcel René Marburger (Cologne), Nils Roeller (Zurich), Carolyn Guertin (Austin), Alex Galloway (New York), Marisa Olson (New York).

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Mute at its Meatiest

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In 2009 the editorial team at Mute (in association with Autonomedia) published a collection of past magazine content under the title Proud to be Flesh: A Mute Magazine Anthology of Cultural Politics after the Net. It was an exercise in content curation, but not, as they point out, an attempt to assemble a greatest hits album. Rather, it reorganises a body of Mute’s diverse output around a selection of themes that are perhaps more apparent (up to) fifteen years later.

In many respects - through the early newspapers, magazines, websites and recent print-on-demand journals - Mute has long engaged in providing content navigation systems for internet-inspired knowledge and the darker side thereof. And they have been doing so in an era defined by its obsession with charting and re-charting the information landscape. What Proud to be Flesh does, therefore, is offer up yet another entry portal to Mute’s rich and important net-knowledge while, in its very book-i-ness, commenting on the current upheaval in text interface products.

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Post-Cursor: Talking with Eric Fleischauer from Bad At Sports

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Nicholas O'Brien has produced another killer interview for Bad At Sports. (We posted his previous one, A Conversation with Jon Rafman a few weeks back.) This time, he speaks with artist Eric Fleischauer about his work and his current exhibition "Post-Cursor" at Chicago's threewalls. Fleischauer is keenly interested in the process of obsolescence in recording technology, and its importance for storage and archives. It seems fitting then, that the entire interview is recorded on videotape.

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new pile (2010) - Duncan Malashock

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Better Bouncing Ball (2010) - Michael Bell-Smith

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Altermodern (2010) - Alexandr Skarlinski

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Looping 3D animation infixed online

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Seven on Seven Videos Now Live

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Visit the Seven on Seven site for videos of the conference on April 17th, including all the presentations that were given that day. Seven on Seven paired seven leading artists with seven game-changing technologists in teams of two, and challenged them to develop something new -- be it an application, social media, artwork, product, or whatever they imagined -- over the course of a single day. The seven teams worked together at locations around the New York City on April 16th, 2010, and unveiled their ideas at a one-day event at the New Museum the following day. All the videos are courtesy of Wieden + Kennedy New York.

WATCH VIDEOS OF SEVEN ON SEVEN

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Interview with Nicoline van Harskamp

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Nicoline van Harskamp, Any Other Business (Stage) (Photograph by Willem Sluyterman van Loo)

On June 18th at 7pm, artist Nicoline van Harskamp will present for the first time in the U.S. her performance work Expressive Power Series Part 1: Max Bonner on the Phenomenology of Speech at the New Museum, an event part of Rhizome’s New Silent Series. Her practice investigates the political implications of language and speech, and her pieces often take the form of performance. Van Harskamp took some time to answer a few questions regarding her upcoming Expressive Power Series Part 1: Max Bonner on the Phenomenology of Speech.

What of your other projects and/or research may have laid the groundwork for Expressive Power Series Part 1?

The performance takes as its basis the script for Any Other Business, a 6-hour performance that I made last year, set in a conference center in Amsterdam. I wanted to bring out the central thesis of that work, to summarize it down to an hour in a way. So, for Expressive Power Series Part 1, I took four of its most contradictory and most outspoken characters and planted them in a seminar room of an art center. During the 6-hour Any Other Business piece, the characters never get to speak to each other, but are merely juxtaposed. In the new piece, I wanted them to confront each other directly. And when writing their new lines, they started to say things they didn’t say before.

Things that I learned or heard since last year; things that I am working on for new pieces; things that I was thinking about a long time ago and that suddenly seemed relevant again. They ended up summarizing my own thinking at the moment, in a way representing the voices in my ...

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Background Story (2010) - Kristin Lucas

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A sequence of fair use background images arranged for aesthetic and formal reasons, paired with a short story assignment generated through Amazon's Mechanical Turk in response to the image sequence.

-- FROM THE ONLINE SHOWCASE "MADE IN INTERNET" ORGANIZED BY MARCIN RAMOCKI FOR ARTBOOM FESTIVAL 2010

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General Web Content

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When R&B; singer Ginuwine's jam Pony came out in 1996, it became the classic soundtrack to grinding, and its (admittedly, hilarious) refrain "ride it, my pony" a fixture in American pop culture. More recently, A.Mart from Hamburger Eyes launched "Dancing Alone to Pony" -- a tumblr blog compiling solo videos of people dancing to the track. The site has encapsulated this micro-meme. Here are a few of the highlights, visit Dancing Alone to Pony for more.



















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