Posts for June 2011

Storytelling: An Interview With Nicholas Felton

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Nicholas Felton spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. He is the author of several Personal Annual Reports that collate countless measurements into a rich assortment of graphs and maps reflecting the year’s activities. He is the co-founder of Daytum.com, a site for counting and communicating daily data, and a member of the product design team at Facebook. His work has been profiled in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Wired and Creative Review.

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Videos from Seven on Seven Now Available on the Site

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Videos from Seven on Seven are now available to watch on our website.

Check out artists Liz Magic Laser, Michael Bell-Smith, Zach Lieberman, Emily Roysdon, Ricardo Cabello (mr. doob), Camille Utterback, and Rashaad Newsome paired with technologists Ben Cerveny, Andy Baio, Bre Pettis, Kellan Elliott-McCrea, Chris Poole, Erica Sadun, Jeri Ellsworth. Paired in teams of two, they were challenged develop something new—be it an application, social media, artwork, product, or whatever they imagine—over the course of a single day.

Seven on Seven 2011: Andy Baio & Michael Bell-Smith present Supersupercut

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Kickstarter Projects We ❤

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In conjunction with Rhizome's brand new curated page on Kickstarter, we are featuring select projects from the site on the blog. If you would like to let us know about your fund raising efforts on Kickstarter, shoot us an email at editor(at)rhizome.org


►INDEX Festival

The Index Festival will transpire in August 2011 in New York City.  Our aim is to bring together individuals and groups who cognitively  engage media culture. We welcome the interdisciplinary, shared and accessible culture we are coming to live in as a result of digital technology. Our mission is to focus on projects that blur the vocabulary of science and art, dissect the media that describes our culture today, and to disseminate out from the [cultural] institution, and further into the multi textural international landscape.

The Index Festival website and blog will offer all the scheduling for this event as it becomes available. However, the project is expanding and the blog will also offer curatorial statements and micro-reviews of individuals we are working with and who we believe are actively engaging the current digital climate. This site will proudly promote these individuals and their work as we believe it necessary to help share and continue thinking and discussing the ways in which media and technology impact our lives.

► you.here

We are a group of artists organizing the exhibition you.here. you.here  will be a combination of curated works and collaborative works created by us as we examine how we manage connections and navigate our lives through real and virtual space.

If you hear a tree fall in a virtual forest, were you there?
 
A machine is anything that allows us to tremendously exceed the limitations of our bodies. Through the evolution of technology and eventual/inevitable automation we become less ...

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The New Aesthetic

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The label reads: =if(Label=”“,”RMA”,”?”)

This is an Excel function. It also would work in Microsoft Access. The factory is using Excel or Access to store all the logos for the different jeans they make and then print them onto leather. This is what happens when there is a bug in their software. (broken counterfeit jeans on Flickr.)

Why do we enjoy 8-bit, glitch, and other technological imagery revealing the seams of its construction? "For a while now, I’ve been collecting images and things that seem to approach a new aesthetic of the future, which sounds more portentous than I mean. What I mean is that we’ve got frustrated with the NASA extropianism space-future, the failure of jetpacks, and we need to see the technologies we actually have with a new wonder." says James Bridle about his tumblr, The New Aesthetic. "It’s an aesthetic born of the grain of seeing/computation... the viewpoint of that other next nature, the robot-readable world," comments Matt Jones at BERG.

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Weekend Clicking

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Paprika film still (via Rafaël Rozendaal)
  • Internet acronym of the moment: LDL ("let's discuss live.") Virginia Heffernan for NYT: there’s a widespread apprehension that the Web is no longer a safe place to spill them. Also: The Atlantic points out email is far less protected than the letters you send or the phone calls you make.
  • YouTube for the remixing — users allowed to tag videos with a commercial reuse Creative Commons license. C-SPAN, Public.Resource.org, Voice of America, Al Jazeera and other Creative Commons videos are available to use on YouTube Video Editor
  • How to livestream a tortoise. This is a serious question: Does a tortoise move fast enough that you need a 30 FPS camera? (Ask Metafilter)
  • Gary Panter in Paris, interviewed by French Vogue
  • I want to develop an image of the world, the real background, in order to be able to unfold my unreality before it, From Robert Musil’s Diaries, 1919 (Waggish)
  • One of the ways he initially dealt with the grief was playing as her character in Entropia, but Mindark has a one-person-one-avatar rule and he was asked to stop, Virtual world mourning, (Infocult)
  • Maciej Ceglowski (Pinboard) on link rot: Links appear to die at a steady rate (they don't have a half life), and you can expect to lose about a quarter of them every seven years.
  • In Brooklyn, check out the dozens of musicians playing free in a two day John Cage Musicircus performance at Roulette June 4th and 5th.
  • Writers and their typewriters (Dangerous Minds)
  • Open Source Game Clones
  • She was an Irish revolutionary and a writer, an occultist and a mother. She wore hats with birds’ wings on them. Of the couple, she had most of the charisma, and her letters and memoirs have become a favorite ...
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    Thank You to Our May Sponsors!

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    We would like to take a quick break from our blogging to thank our sponsors for the month of May. These are the people that make all our publishing possible, so check them out!

    • artnet Auctions features 24/7 online auctions of modern and contemporary fine art, prints and photographs by important artists, connecting buyers and sellers on expert-evaluated works of art. Their design auction begins on May 19 and is currently accepting consignments.

    • ArtPrize fills up the town of Grand Rapids, MI with art for 19 days straight in its 3rd annual outing, this year from September 21 to October 9. The competitive event will give away a $250,000 cash prize to one winning artist, decided by public vote.

    • Artwrit is an independent quarterly and monthly publication committed to excellence in art writing. Artwrit’s first monthly issue was published this month, featuring essays on Picasso, Richard Serra and Angel Otero.

    • Piece of Mind is an exhibition curated by MA degree candidates in the Art Market program at The Fashion Institute of Technology, showing artists who explore how various types of accumulations, actual objects or amassed memories, can be presented and interpreted. The exhibition runs through May 28 at Elga Wimmer PCC (526 West 26th Street #310).

    • Shapley Creative provides creative copy and media releases for artists and musicians alike. Are you a brilliant artist but a lousy writer? Shapley Creative has your back.
    • Fundación Telefónica has made a commitment to technological innovation related to art as the central focus of its activities, showing special interest in support to forums around art, science and technology. Their Vida 13.2 Art & Artificial Life International Competition is open for entries until July 27. The Vida contest gathers inter-disciplinary projects that respond to new development in artificial life. Defying the boundaries ...

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    SS/FW (2010) - Maura Murnane

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    At some point last summer, I was inside the photoshop, I was zoomed way in on someone's shoulder, smoothing out their lumpen seams, and imagining I was a tiny skier sliding down a mountain... I've removed the same freckles from the same model so many times that when I saw her on the train (irl), I blushed and had to look away.

    The work I do allows your mind to wander, and reality becomes increasingly surreal, or just too real... After hours on the computer, you look at a friend and are distracted by the realization that their left eye is smaller than the right one, that they have chapped knuckles and abnormally blue veins.

    I have tried to be zen in my work, and failing at that, have made these pictures. The compositions are automated, in 20-60 layers. They are mostly placed on the original backgrounds. Wherever there was a flaw, you see a mark. These marks, separated from the original, just to keep some kind of record and to draw a line between what is yours and what is mine. They look like ghosts to me.Maura Murnane

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    Soul to the House Keep the World Unknown (2011) — Francoise Gamma

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    Rhizome Summer Fundraiser!

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    Travess Smalley , Acid Tundra On The Moon (2011)

    Today, Rhizome is beginning a one-week fundraising drive to raise support for our programs. Proceeds will be specifically directed to our preservation program, which has gained incredible momentum in the past six months. During this time, we have re-launched our newly expanded ArtBase and have begun to create archival copies of all featured works.

    This week only:

    Make a $25 donation before June 11th and you will receive limited-edition desktop wallpaper from artists Francoise Gamma or Travess Smalley.

    Make a $50 donation and receive limited-edition desktop wallpaper from both artists.

    A donation from you today will help us preserve the field of internet-based art for future artists, students, curators, and fans of new media.

    On behalf of everyone at Rhizome, thank you for your continued interest in born-digital art. Donate today!

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    Sara Ludy at bubblebyte.org

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    part of Sara Ludy, Transience (2011) image essay (originally released on Art Fag City)

    Transience, originally released on Art Fag City, is an image essay containing rental-listing photos from Craigslist. The photos were found in April 2011. The 13 sets presented are taken from various locations as Guam, Mankato, Kenai, Quad Cities, Fairbanks, Thailand, Singapore, Cebu, Vancouver, The Virgin Islands, Huntington, Cape Cod, and Treasure Coast. The similarity between so many displaced different locations arise questions about visual globalization of our domestic settings and ways of living. The work 116, 74, 23 is a field recording from Second Life. The title of this recording comes from the specific location in 'Prefab Houses by GALLAND HOMES' where the audio was recorded. The recording is taken from the conversation between two women discussing their avatar appearances while they hang out in a pre-fabricated house. The music in the background, barely perceivable comes from the internet radio station martiniinthemorning.com and accompany their conversations. Tiles is a selection of 10 found animated gifs used for online real estate listings. Each gif is repeated as a tiled background, creating a graphical visual pattern. The last work, Transitions, is a selection of 9 amateur You-tube videos that show residential and commercial spaces.
    Both Tiles and Transitions show random found locations, connected and not to their original spaces. The found images, reverted in a visual manner are able to confuse the spectator and loose its geographical affiliation arising questions of differentiation and cultural identity through the digital representation of the domestic space.

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