Announcing: Net Aesthetics 2.0 Webcast

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In response to popular demand, Rhizome will webcast the Net Aesthetics 2.0 event this evening. Visit this page to watch a live stream of the panel at 7:30PM EST.

Big thanks to Billy Rennekamp for making this possible.

For those in New York, please join us tonight at the New Museum at 7:30PM. The second in a series, Net Aesthetics 2.0 will explore the newest directions and greatest challenges faced by contemporary art engaged with the internet art today. The panel will be moderated curator, critic and Rhizome staff writer Ed Halter and participants include artists Petra Cortright, Jennifer and Kevin Mccoy, Tom Moody, Tim Whidden and Damon Zucconi. To purchase tickets, click here.

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Blank Spots on a Map: State Secrecy and the Limits of the Visible

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For the next New Silent Series program at the New Museum, Blank Spots on a Map: State Secrecy and the Limits of the Visible, geographer and artist Trevor Paglen will explore the network of hidden budgets, state secrets, covert military bases, and disappeared people that military and intelligence insiders call the "black world." Over the course of his talk, Paglen will lead the discussion from "non-existent" Air Force and CIA installations in the Nevada desert to secret prisons in Afghanistan and to a collection of even more obscure "black sites" startlingly close to home. Using hundreds of images he has produced and collected over the course of his work, Paglen shows how the black world's internal contradictions give rise to a peculiar visual, aesthetic, and epistemological grammar with which to think about the contemporary moment.

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Friday May 9th, 7:30 PM
the New Museum, New York, NY
$8 general public, $6 Members (Rhizome and New Museum)

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Reminder: Election '08 Panel Tomorrow!

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For the next event in Rhizome's New Silent Series, we have convened an eminent group of participants to discuss how political insiders are outsiders are using the internet to transform this election. Start time = 7:30. Location = New Museum. Ticket = $8. Dont miss it!


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Election '08: How the Internet is Re-shaping National Politics

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"Election '08: How the Internet is Re-shaping National Politics" is the next program in Rhizome's New Silent Series at the New Museum. See description below and mark your calendars for Friday, April 11th at 7:30pm.

Grassroots organizations like MoveOn.org and Meetup.com played a significant role in the lead-up to the 2004 presidential election. Campaign '08 has thus far been a very different project, with some of its most crucial points playing out across YouTube.com, viral marketing, and blogs. For Election '08, leading critics, artists, and media strategists will address the increasing role the Internet and digital technologies have come to play in national politics and focus specifically on the ways new media have been used for advocacy in the run-up to the election.

The panel will be moderated by Jason Pontin, Chief Editor of the MIT Technology Review; Panelists include Farai Chideya, host of NPR's News and Notes, and founder of PopandPolitics.com; Jonathan Askin, a strategist on Barack Obama's Technology Advisory Board and Professor at Brooklyn Law School; Beka Economopoulos, artist and founder of The Change You Want To See; and Liza Sabater, founder and publisher of Culture Kitchen and Daily Gotham.

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Videos of Rhizome's New Silent Series Now Online

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Video documentation of the New Silent Series, Rhizome's continuing monthly program at the New Museum, is now available online. Click through to Rhizome's new Vimeo channel to view multimedia performances by Paper Rad, Ben Coonley, and Wizardzz from Continuing Education for Dead Adults as well as a number of presentations from Nextcity: the Art of the Possible by J. Meejin Yoon, Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen Design), Christian Nold and Adam Greenfield.

A special thank you to Rhizome's Editorial Fellow Dennis Knopf for overseeing production.


Continuing Education for Dead Adults from Rhizome on Vimeo.


Nextcity: The Art of the Possible 1/5 (Adam Greenfield) from Rhizome on Vimeo.

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Friday, from here to Helsinki and ahead

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A brief round-up of events, small and large, for our readers, this Friday:

First, a little self-promotion, here's your reminder that the next installment of Rhizome's New Silent Series is taking place tonight at the New Museum. Regine Debatty will moderate a panel entitled Media Art in the Age of Transgenics, Cloning and Genomics with artists Caitlin Berrigan, Brandon Ballengee, Kathy High and Adam Zaretsky. (Video documentation of the event will be up on the Rhizome site shortly.)

Second, this weekend, Pixelache 2008 will unfold in Helsinki. Organized by artist and curator Juha Huuskonen, Pixelache is known for bringing together innovators across discipline through provocative presentations and discussions. The focus of this year's edition is Pixelache University with "education in the cross-roads of science, technology, art and culture" explored across the four days of the festival. Following are a few highlights. For those who will be nowhere near Helsinki this weekend, some of the events will be streamed.

Friday, March 14th (5:30-8 pm)
N.I.P. - New Interfaces in Performance is a touring presentation, network and workshop series, currently featuring artists from UK, Netherlands and Portugal. This artist lead initiative is exploring gesture and movement based interfaces within live performance and interactive, mixed media installation. Teresa Dillon (UK) will give a presentation about N.I.P. in Kiasma seminar, followed by N.I.P performances in Kiasma Theatre:
-Burning the Sound by Rudolfo Quintas & Andre Goncalves (PT)
-Resonant Objects by Andre Gon´┐Żalves (PT)
-Air Stick by Ivan Franco (PT)
-BOP by Teresa Dillon & Kathy Hinde (UK)

Saturday, March 15th (time tba)
Traveling without moving seminar is exploring various means to cut down the amount of international air travel, featuring John Thackara (UK), Andreas Zachariah / Carbon Hero project (UK), Matt Jones / Dopplr (remote participation) and Daniel ...

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Media Art in the Age of Transgenics, Cloning and Genomics with Régine Debatty

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This Friday March 14th at 7:30pm, Régine DeBatty of We Make Money Not Art will moderate a panel at the New Museum entitled Media Art in the Age of Transgenics, Cloning and Genomics. The latest installment in Rhizome's monthly New Silent Series, the panel will look at what is known, in short, as 'bio-art' or, in a more elaborate form, art that responds to the increasingly powerful role that biology has come to play in our lives. Artists who will present and be in conversation with DeBatty are Caitlin Berrigan, Brandon Ballengee, Kathy High and Adam Zaretsky. As a teaser to this panel -- and also as a bit of context for the uninitiated -- we conducted a one-question interview with Debatty (see here for interview-format inspiration) on why she has honed in on this art form.


RHIZOME: Régine, you are covering so many practices that are at the intersection of art and technology, but bio-art seems to have been a preoccupation lately. What is that draws you to this field and what do you hope to bring out in this talk?


RD: What makes me particularly attracted to biotechnology is that although it is already pervading our lives (think of what awaits you on the shelves of the supermarket) we can still pretend that it's not there, that it's science-fiction. The brash headlines of magazines (our entrance gate to the labs) cultivate the confusion. Every week, scientists seem to come up with a new breed of 'fearless' mice, rice with human genes in it, super-carrots that will make your bones invincible and skimmed milk directly from the cow. The researchers who are interviewed on TV look like well-mannered guys in a pristine white coats but the reality of their work is far messier than that ...

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Nextcity: The Art of the Possible

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This month's program for Rhizome's New Silent Series at the New Museum, entitled "Nextcity: The Art of the Possible", explores the rapidly changing urban experience and environment in light of emergent digital technologies, whether invoked in the production of architectural form, the representation of urban space, or the locative interface and other newly available services. Within this set of circumstances, dynamic maps update in real time, garments and spaces deform in response to environmental, biological and even psychological conditions, and emotions are made visible, public, and persistently retrievable. Notions of public space, participation, and the definition of "urban" undergo profound change as a result of technological developments. The panel, moderated and introduced by Everyware author Adam Greenfield, will feature presentations by Stamen Design, J. Meejin Yoon, and Christian Nold, whose work blurs the boundaries between art, design and technological development. Tickets available here.

Friday, February 8, 7:00 PM
the New Museum, New York, NY
$8 General Public, $6 Members (Rhizome and New Museum)

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Continuing Education for Dead Adults

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The next program in Rhizome's New Silent Series at the New Museum, Continuing Education for Dead Adults presents three multi-media performances that riff off youth pop culture and its long-term consequences. East Coast collective Paper Rad premieres new videos, including Problem Solvers (20 min, 2008) and a short entitled crank dat spongebob batman dropdead robocop (3 min, 2008) which, in the group's words, is a "3-minute terror-ride through the online world of youtube show-offs." New York artist Ben Coonley presents a new performance entitled Kindred Spirits is the Working Title, (15 min, 2008) and Providence-based experimental band Wizardzz (featuring members of Lightning Bolt) will perform in front of a mesmeric animated tapestry. Tickets available here.

Friday, Jan. 11, 7:00 PM
the New Museum, New York, NY
$8 general public, $6 Members (Rhizome and New Museum)

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Nowadays: A Conversation and Screening with Ryan Trecartin

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Riotous and multi-layered, Ryan Trecartin's ambitious videos update moving-image practice for the Internet age. His fast-growing body of work explores the impulses and attitudes of a generation whose self-perceptions and relationships are deeply tied to media. Often structured like iChat dialogues, Trecartin's narratives ricochet between characters and actions, gleaning information and enacting existential dramas at hyper-speed. His characters, all constructed collaboratively with his actors, include independent avatars, people composites, culture collectors, and cyber queers- all twisted and true emblems of what the artist calls "a potential part-cyber today." This conversation between Trecartin and Lauren Cornell, Director of Rhizome, will feature short videos and excerpts from A Family Finds Entertainment(2004) and I-Be AREA (2007). The event is part of Rhizome's ongoing New Silent Series at the New Museum. The series will include screenings and performances, as well as a critical conversational strand that will bring together leading scholars, artists, critics, and public figures to illuminate the complex interactions between technology, culture, and creative practice. The series will present artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media.

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