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Brett Stalbaum, Lecturer, LSOE
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM)

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Department of Visual Arts
9500 GILMAN DR. # 0084
La Jolla CA 92093-0084

C5 research theorist (www.c5corp.com) 1997-2007
Graduate (MFA) of the CADRE Digital Media Laboratory at San Jose State
University.
Professional affiliations:
Electronic Disturbance Theater
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DISCUSSION

Antinormalizer video


Mobile video documentation of Antinormalizer, which was a teaching
project of VIS 141B (Advanced Computer Programming in the Arts taught by
myself) and CAT 124 (Sixth College Practicum taught by Derek Lomas) at
the University of California San Diego, Spring 2007. (visarts.ucsd.edu)
In it, a location aware mobile phone application helps students do
things that are antinormal. And, it is also all of the antinormal
performance activities that occurred on June 21st as students performed
with the software around the UCSD campus. The CAT 124 course was
supported by a Open Classroom Challenge Grant from the University of
California Institute for Research in the Arts (www.ucira.ucsb.edu),
granted to Derek Lomas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5kT4Lk8RHE

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Brett Stalbaum, Lecturer, LSOE
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM)
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Department of Visual Arts
9500 GILMAN DR. # 0084
La Jolla CA 92093-0084
http://www.c5corp.com
http://www.paintersflat.net

DISCUSSION

Re: Fwd: EXXON'S PLAN B FOR CLIMATE CALAMITY: BURN PEOPLE


And at least one nice news article so far...

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http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id ee8637-9bd1-4ed3-b0d8-4e14ea4d035b&kA943

Protesters spring big hoax on oil expo audience
Yes Men ejected from conference
Sean Myers, Calgary Herald
Published: Thursday, June 14, 2007

By the time candles supposedly made from remains of a deceased
ExxonMobil janitor named Reggie Watts were handed out, an audience of
oil and gas professionals attending a keynote luncheon at Calgary's Gas
and Oil Exposition realized they'd been had.

A man named "S.K. Wolff," claiming to be an analyst for the
Washington-based National Petroleum Council, and co-speaker "Florian
Osenberg," said to represent ExxonMobil, were getting ready to show a
memorial video made by Watts when security officers forcibly ushered the
two men from the stage.

Wolff is really Andy Bichlbaum and Osenberg is Mike Bonanno -- or so
they say.

As the Yes Men, the pair have travelled the world with an
anti-globalization agenda perpetrating hoaxes on groups ranging from the
World Trade Organization to the BBC.

In Calgary, ostensibly to promote their book and a documentary they
filmed three years ago at the Plaza Theatre tonight, the activists said
they couldn't resist taking a shot at the oil and gas trade show, held
over three days this week at Stampede Park.

"This was a great opportunity for us, like the holy grail, really," said
Bichlbaum. "We've never had an audience like this. These people are
wrecking the Earth and they're quite conscious of it."

The premise of the presentation, which included a PowerPoint lecture by
"S.K. Wolff," was that as humans begin to die as a result of calamities
caused by climate change, their remains could be harvested for an
alternative fuel source called "vivoleum" that would eventually replace oil.

Osenberg, supposedly the director of human resources with the vivoleum
program, took the stage carrying a lit candle while volunteers handed
out candles to the audience.

The approximately 250 assembled guests were told the vivoleum for the
candles had been "sourced" from an ExxonMobil maintenance worker who
donated it before dying of cancer.

The candles were actually made of wax and human hair gathered from
barbershops.

Organizers of GO-Expo were not impressed with the stunt.

Officials from dmg world media, the company that runs GO-Expo,
apologized profusely for the incident.

Police were called in, but no charges were laid and no investigation
will be launched, said a spokesman.

Bichlbaum and Bonanno said they were each issued a $287 fine for
trespassing.

"The organizers were furious," said Bichlbaum. "They thought we should
be charged with crimes against humanity or something. The police were
great. They were just going to let us go, but the organizers insisted we
be charged with criminal trespass."

The Yes Men started their unique form of protesting when they created a
fake WTO website to protest the Seattle summit in 1999. When conferences
began inviting them to speak, thinking they were actual representatives
of the WTO, they began accepting.

Bichlbaum said he was invited to the GO-Expo event by organizers who saw
the vivoleum website the duo concocted.

The Yes Men are appearing at the Plaza Theatre tonight to present a
multimedia show of their past hoaxes.

Marisa Olson wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: The Yes Men <fuel@theyesmen.org>
> Date: Jun 14, 2007 9:27 PM
>
>
> June 14, 2007
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>
> EXXON PROPOSES BURNING HUMANITY FOR FUEL IF CLIMATE CALAMITY HITS
> Conference organizer fails to have Yes Men arrested
>
> Text of speech, photos, video: http://www.vivoleum.com/event/
> GO-EXPO statement:
> http://newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2007/14/c5086.html
> Press conference before this event, Friday, Calgary:
> http://arusha.org/event/7214
> Contact: mailto:fuel@theyesmen.org
> More links at end of release.
>
> Imposters posing as ExxonMobil and National Petroleum Council (NPC)
> representatives delivered an outrageous keynote speech to 300 oilmen
> at GO-EXPO, Canada's largest oil conference, held at Stampede Park in
> Calgary, Alberta, today.
>
> The speech was billed beforehand by the GO-EXPO organizers as the
> major highlight of this year's conference, which had 20,000
> attendees. In it, the "NPC rep" was expected to deliver the long-awaited
> conclusions of a study commissioned by US Energy Secretary
> Samuel Bodman. The NPC is headed by former ExxonMobil CEO Lee
> Raymond, who is also the chair of the study. (See link at end.)
>
> In the actual speech, the "NPC rep" announced that current U.S. and
> Canadian energy policies (notably the massive, carbon-intensive
> exploitation of Alberta's oil sands, and the development of liquid
> coal) are increasing the chances of huge global calamities. But he
> reassured the audience that in the worst case scenario, the oil
> industry could "keep fuel flowing" by transforming the billions of
> people who die into oil.
>
> "We need something like whales, but infinitely more abundant," said
> "NPC rep" "Shepard Wolff" (actually Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men),
> before describing the technology used to render human flesh into a
> new Exxon oil product called Vivoleum. 3-D animations of the process
> brought it to life.
>
> "Vivoleum works in perfect synergy with the continued expansion of
> fossil fuel production," noted "Exxon rep" "Florian Osenberg" (Yes
> Man Mike Bonanno). "With more fossil fuels comes a greater chance of
> disaster, but that means more feedstock for Vivoleum. Fuel will
> continue to flow for those of us left."
>
> The oilmen listened to the lecture with attention, and then lit
> "commemorative candles" supposedly made of Vivoleum obtained from the
> flesh of an "Exxon janitor" who died as a result of cleaning up a
> toxic spill. The audience only reacted when the janitor, in a video
> tribute, announced that he wished to be transformed into candles
> after his death, and all became crystal-clear.
>
> At that point, Simon Mellor, Commercial & Business Development
> Director for the company putting on the event, strode up and
> physically forced the Yes Men from the stage. As Mellor escorted
> Bonanno out the door, a dozen journalists surrounded Bichlbaum, who,
> still in character as "Shepard Wolff," explained to them the
> rationale for Vivoleum.
>
> "We've got to get ready. After all, fossil fuel development like that
> of my company is increasing the chances of catastrophic climate
> change, which could lead to massive calamities, causing migration and
> conflicts that would likely disable the pipelines and oil wells.
> Without oil we could no longer produce or transport food, and most of
> humanity would starve. That would be a tragedy, but at least all
> those bodies could be turned into fuel for the rest of us."
>
> "We're not talking about killing anyone," added the "NPC rep." "We're
> talking about using them after nature has done the hard work. After
> all, 150,000 people already die from climate-change related effects
> every year. That's only going to go up - maybe way, way up. Will it
> all go to waste? That would be cruel."
>
> Security guards then dragged Bichlbaum away from the reporters, and
> he and Bonanno were detained until Calgary Police Service officers
> could arrive. The policemen, determining that no major infractions
> had been committed, permitted the Yes Men to leave.
>
> Canada's oil sands, along with "liquid coal," are keystones of Bush's
> Energy Security plan. Mining the oil sands is one of the dirtiest
> forms of oil production and has turned Canada into one of the world's
> worst carbon emitters. The production of "liquid coal" has twice the
> carbon footprint as that of ordinary gasoline. Such technologies
> increase the likelihood of massive climate catastrophes that will
> condemn to death untold millions of people, mainly poor.
>
> "If our idea of energy security is to increase the chances of climate
> calamity, we have a very funny sense of what security really is,"
> Bonanno said. "While ExxonMobil continues to post record profits,
> they use their money to persuade governments to do nothing about
> climate change. This is a crime against humanity."
>
> "Putting the former Exxon CEO in charge of the NPC, and soliciting
> his advice on our energy future, is like putting the wolf in charge
> of the flock," said "Shepard Wolff" (Bichlbaum). "Exxon has done more
> damage to the environment and to our chances of survival than any
> other company on earth. Why should we let them determine our future?"
>
> About the NPC and ExxonMobil:
> http://ga3.org/campaign/lee_raymond/explanation
> About the Alberta oil sands:
> http://www.sierraclub.ca/prairie/tarnation.htm
> About liquid coal: http://www.sierraclub.org/coal/liquidcoal/
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Brett Stalbaum, Lecturer, LSOE
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM)
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Department of Visual Arts
9500 GILMAN DR. # 0084
La Jolla CA 92093-0084
http://www.c5corp.com
http://www.paintersflat.net

Office hours:
ICAM 130/VIS 149 Tuesdays 1-2PM
ICAM/Media Computing faculty advising Tuesdays 2-3PM
location: VAF 206 (across from the machine shop)
VIS 141B - the hour before class - meeting site varies

DISCUSSION

ICAM senior projects


A short video documenting the recent ICAM.install exhibition featuring
graduating seniors at UCSD.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ9oKC8N6CY

DISCUSSION

ICAM senior projects


A short video documenting the recent ICAM.install exhibition featuring
graduating seniors at UCSD.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ9oKC8N6CY

DISCUSSION

Net Artist's Power Shift


Mark Napier in the news...

http://www.wired.com/culture/art/multimedia/2007/05/gallery_napier

See the first comment posted by some corded poodle:

"Computer art is the bane of art. It means nothing except the guys who
make it are clever. It's just a half step above "Big Eye" paintings and
to make it worse it's boring, boring, boring. Wired is scraping the
bottom of the barrel."

I often find this kind of self-confident ignorance amusing. (I know it
well, living in and as a citizen of the US. It is not always amusing...)
But it does highlight the dearth of public knowledge about the
astounding diversity of computing arts practices, or of art in general
for that matter. For some of which the most adventuresome can be said to
have moved so far away from the image or the screen or the projection or
the white cube that one wonders whether the cordedpoodle or the typical
wired writer would even recognize it as "computer art". Anyway, fwiw.

--
Brett Stalbaum, Lecturer, LSOE
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM)
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Department of Visual Arts
9500 GILMAN DR. # 0084
La Jolla CA 92093-0084
http://www.paintersflat.net
http://www.c5corp.com

Office hours:
ICAM 130/VIS 149 Tuesdays 1-2PM
ICAM/Media Computing faculty advising Tuesdays 2-3PM
location: VAF 206 (across from the machine shop)
VIS 141B - the hour before class - meeting site varies