Posts for March 2011

OPEN INTERNET (2011) - Aram Bartholl

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OPEN INTERNET from aram bartholl on Vimeo.

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yingyyangyhuman (2011) - Brenna Murphy

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Rhizome at the Armory Show

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Anne de Vries, CAVE2CAVE_MG_1189, 2010- 2011

Rhizome will have a booth at this week's Armory Show, please drop by! We'll be at Pier 94, in booth L-26. We'll be selling editions, unique works and animated gifs to benefit Rhizome. Artists include: Harm van den Dorpel, Sara Ludy, Takeshi Murata, Seth Price, Anne de Vries and Rafaël Rozendaal. The Armory Show is open from Noon to 8pm March 3-5th, and then from Noon to 7pm on March 6th.

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QR Codes Used in Glasser Performance Open Up "Zones" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

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Glasser performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday. If you watch the video above, you'll notice the QR codes circling the stage. The QR code was designed by Kyuha Shim. He built a system using programming language that receives color data sets from Glasser's album graphics and adapted them to the modules that he designed. The QR code also leads viewers with mobile devices to "zones" designed by artist Mitch Trale's web production company, which you can access here. (Christopher P. Allick, Trevor Giller and Pablo Rochat contributed to the technical and creative direction for the website.) I've posted Mitch Trale's past websites-as-interactive-music-videos to Rhizome before, such as New Stripes (2009) as well as the epic Open Seas (2010). The use of QR codes during Glasser's set is a really interesting translation of this idea to a live performance context, and I thought it was very cool.

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Interview with Herbologies/Foraging Networks

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Photo of a plant from Herbologies/Foraging Networks expedition to Kurzeme (Photo: Bartaku)

In Bernard Stiegler’s Technics and Time, I: The Fault of Epimetheus, Stiegler makes the following statement, “Innovation is inevitably accompanied by the obsolescence of existing technologies that have been superseded and the out-of-dateness of social situations made possible...adapt or disappear.”1 Applying this statement to the current network systems that we engage with on a daily basis, one might say that online network culture has transformed our relationship with people as much as industrialism had done so with the land, mediating our experience of each other through data, text messages, and on-demand catalogues of our personalities. But, the flow of information through network systems is not a new instance. In Albert-Laszlo Barabasi’s Linked: The New Science of Networks, Barabasi cites the spread of Christianity as a major instance of social networks at play – albeit all executed orally.2 If this is true, it begs the question: how does today’s incarnation of network systems transform oral technologies? Does it render them outdated, or does it have the potential to take on a new incarnation?

The Herbologies/Foraging Networks occupies a critical space in trying to transform oral traditions/knowledge associated with foraging for what would seem to be increasingly disinterested generations. Initially instigated by Andrew Gryf Paterson as a Scottish man’s way of learning about the cultural heritage of his resident country of Finland (as well as the connections between the surrounding Baltic region), Paterson and cohorts Ulla Taipale and Signe Pucena have established an open architecture project that has included iterations of the WindowFarms workshop to exploratory installations on folk pharmacy.

You might ask yourself why focus on oral traditions and foraging? Foraging has previously been an important cultural touch point for Nordic countries, illustrating many social and political relations. The displacement of this knowledge marks a fundamental change in the socio-economic conditions at hand as the following discussion between Paterson, Taipale and Pucena further explains.

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flo\/\/. (2011) - V5/MT

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Originally via Rising Tensions

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Berserker (2009) - AIDS-3D

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Venus With Drop Shadow (2010) - Brian Khek

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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


► Phonebook 3: directory of independent art projects & spaces

PHONEBOOK 3 is a directory of independent art spaces, programming, and projects throughout the United States and a collection of critical essays and practical information written by the people who run them. Previous issues of PHONEBOOK published in 2008 and 2009 focused mainly on alternative spaces. PHONEBOOK 3 will expand to include public programming, unconventional residencies, alternative schools, and community resources; all of the projects that form and support art ecologies across the nation, as well as historical documents marking their past.

The directory organizes art spaces into four categories depending upon the primary tools they provided to artists and their community including SPACE to show art, TIME to present performances, a PLACE for artists to stay and make work, and RESOURCES in the form of physical materials or research archives. Each section of the book includes commissioned essays by creative arts administrators and organizers providing individualized accounts of innovative and relevant strategies to keeping projects afloat. These essays will focus on art spaces that have made the transition from small and temporary to large and permanent while maintaining the values and principles they began with. Also included will be short essays interspersed throughout, describing practical bits of skill-sharing and personal reflections as well as historical documents from art spaces and residency programs that have shaped and expanded the definition and function of independent and alternative art spaces in the United States over the last 100 years.

► Beyond Digital: Morocco - what if the DJ were the ...


Armory Week Explosion

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Thomas Julier and Kaspar Müller, Characters, 2010 at the Karma International booth at INDEPENDENT

Guess what, NYC? The art fair rodeo is back! So much to do, it's overwhelming. I've pulled together a few media art-specific highlights below. But first, I want to remind readers that Rhizome is at the Armory Show, located at Pier 94, in booth L-26. We're selling work by Harm van den Dorpel, Sara Ludy, Takeshi Murata, Seth Price, Anne de Vries and Rafaël Rozendaal to support the organization, come say hello.


► Moving Image
What: Contemporary video art fair, representing both galleries and non-profit institutions. I checked this out yesterday, and Glen Fogel's installation With Me...You in the middle of the hall, organized by Participant, Inc., was quite nice. (Image below)
Location: Waterfront New York Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue, Between 27th and 28th Streets
Hours: Friday - Saturday, March 4-5, 2011: 11 am - 8 pm, Sunday, March 6, 2011: 11 am - 3 pm

Glen Fogel, With Me...You, 2011
Organized by Participant, Inc at the Moving Image

► INDEPENDENT
What: Contemporary art fair conceived by Elizabeth Dee (Elizabeth Dee, New York and founder of X Initiative) and Darren Flook (Hotel, London) in the former DIA Center for the Arts building. Go here to see what some of the more innovative galleries from the U.S. and Europe are up to.
Location: 548 W 22nd Street, on the south side between 10th Avenue and the West Side Highway.
Hours: Friday March 4, 11am – 8pm, Saturday March 5, 11am – 8pm, Sunday March 6, 12 – 4pm

► The Dependent
What: One night only, pop-up style art fair featuring independent curatorial projects and spaces, like collaborative poster project 2-UP and Greenpoint storefront Cleopatra's as well as downtown galleries like Canada and Audio Visual Arts. Judging from the ...

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