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

Department of Visual Arts
9500 GILMAN DR. # 0084
La Jolla CA 92093-0084

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

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ICAM lecture series: Rachel Clarke, June 1st UCSD

Please join us on June 1st (CENTER 115, UCSD) for a presentation by
Rachel Clarke.

Rachel Clarke is a digital media artist and is Assistant Professor in
Electronic Art in the Art Department at California State University,

Clarke has exhibited internationally and throughout the United States.
In fall 2003, she curated a show of national and international artists
using new media, entitled Postflesh: Visualizing the Techno-Self at the
University Library Gallery, Sacramento State University.

Exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Center for Contemporary
Art, Sacramento (upcoming: 9/06) A World Away, a solo show at Auburn
University, Alabama (1/06) Endless Forms: Engaging Evolution at
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2/06) Light in the Dark, Space
Gallery, Portland Maine, a collaborative work with Sam Parsons (1/05),
and the IDEAS exhibit at the International Digital Media and Arts
Conference, Orlando (3/04).

Time-based work includes Avatar (video with music by Stephen Blumberg)
screened at VAD International Festival of Video and Digital Arts in
Girona, Spain (11/05) and INPORT Video Performance Art Festival in
Tallinn, Estonia (12/05). In 2003 she created Skirr, a collaboration
with composer Stephen Blumberg, for chamber ensemble with digital
projection, performed at the Mondavi Center, Davis (11/03), the Festival
of New American Music, Sacramento (11/03) Florida State University,
Tallahassee (2/05) and California State University, Chico (2/06). It was
awarded a juror's citation at the San Francisco Art Institute 11th
Annual International Film Festival (2/04).

Clarke is currently Vice-President of the CAA New Media Caucus and
Editor-in Chief of their online journal, Media-N, a national journal of
digital and media arts:

For more information about the Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts
Lecture Series:

Brett Stalbaum, Lecturer, PSOE
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM)
Department of Visual Arts
9500 GILMAN DR. # 0084
La Jolla CA 92093-0084


ICAM Lecture Series: Steve Durie, Thursday May 25th, 6PM, ucsd

Please join us for a presentation by Steve Durie (bio below) who will be
our guest for the ICAM Lecture series on May 25th at 6PM, CENTER 115, UCSD.

For more information, please see:

Steve Durie is an artist, teacher, digital media producer and designer.
He has worked on numerous individual and collaborative projects
involving digital media, installation, music and performance. These
works have been installed in traditional gallery/museum environments,
the public art sector as well as corporate venues.

Steve currently is a lecturer at San Jose State's Cadre Laboratory for
New Media. He teaches a variety of classes in the Digital Media Art
program where the curriculum focuses on the development of the studio
art practice informed by the discourse in information technology and

Mr. Durie is also one of the founding members of C5 Corporation, an
art/business hybrid which investigates theory as product and the
corporate organization as research and collaboration model.

In addition, Steve's own work include digital media software,
performance, installation, interface & information design. Upcoming
projects include a social networking music installation/performance for
this Summer's ISEA 2006 in San Jose.

He has also worked as a consultant and collaborator with public artists
like Mel Chin, Ann Chamberlain, and Buster Simpson. His participation in
work includes: the Martin Luther King Library in San Jose and the
California Superior Court House in San Francisco.

As a producer and consultant Mr. Durie has worked on web and mobile
software applications, kiosk and exhibition design, industrial video,
educational game software & courseware. Clients have included: Visa,
Yahoo, GlobalStar, Apple, Broderbund, Design Reactor, & Sumawah.

Steve Durie earned his MFA in Digital Media Art from the CADRE Institute
in 1994.

Current interests are: platforms as art, tools and embodiment,
information/perception theories, social networks, and metrics culture.

Brett Stalbaum, Lecturer, PSOE
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM)
Department of Visual Arts
9500 GILMAN DR. # 0084
La Jolla CA 92093-0084


Re: google trends

American Idol vs net art wrote:
> Google -- it's the gift that keeps on giving
> By Mark Morford
> May 19, 2006
> Which U.S. city seeks the most sex? Who wants to impeach Bush the most?
> Ask Google.
> The Keebler cookie factory used to be nearby. That could explain it. Or
> maybe it's the small liberal arts college that inspires so many dirty
> thoughts, though I'm more given to thinking it's because of Immaculate
> Conception High School and Timothy Christian High School. After all,
> repression and guilt-addled masturbatory fantasies make for the most
> basic of urges, you know?
> Because the fact is, for all of last year, Elmhurst, Ill., population
> about 43,000, home of the Sunshine Biscuit Co. and former home of the
> largest Chevy dealer in the United States and pretty much quaint
> upscale yuppie Anytown, U.S.A., was the American city that looked up
> the term "sex" most frequently on Google.
> Isn't that cute? Isn't that interesting? Sort of? I know this because
> Google just unveiled this nifty and somewhat baffling tool called
> Google Trends ( trends), wherein you simply enter your
> search term and choose a couple of parameters and hit return and boom,
> you can see which regions (or countries or cities) in the world are
> looking up that term most actively for a given year (the data also
> shifts day to day), using Google's enormous search database. It's
> random, semipractical stuff like this that makes it difficult to hate
> Google for whoring out to China and for becoming the new Microsoft and
> for their billionaire geek teenager chief executive officers. But
> that's another column.
> Google Trends. It is utterly fascinating, at least for a while. It is
> cool and useful and at the same time enormously frustrating because of
> its obvious limitations, though I imagine it will spawn enormous
> amounts of titillating filler for countless PR firms and marketers and
> research papers and news reports that cite all sorts of vague data that
> seem to tell you something really important but when you stop and think
> about it doesn't really tell you all that much at all. You know, just
> like religion.
> Elmhurst, Ill., is apparently way into sex. Or at least the idea of sex
> (googling that hugely broad term returns a decidedly unsexy array of
> sites, including those for "Sex and the City," the Sex Pistols,
>, the National Sex Offender Registry and Sex Addicts
> Anonymous -- not exactly a steaming cup o' hot titillation).
> But that's not all. Elmhurst has darker, juicier secrets. Turns out
> Elmhurst is also, at least for 2006, the town most actively looking up
> "anal sex" (followed closely by Norfolk, Va., and, of course, San
> Antonio, Texas). And also "porn." And also "gay porn" (just ahead of
> Las Vegas). And also "vibrator." Do you sense a trend? I sense a trend.
> And also someplace I might need to get a summer home.
> What does this say about Elmhurst? What does this say about small towns
> across the United States? What do you think it says? Because that's
> pretty much what it says.
> Google, thoughtfully, also includes any relevant news articles it can
> dig up to go alongside your search results to perhaps explain some of
> the interest. Does this help explain why Rockville, Md., looks up
> "Vishnu" more than any other city? I have no idea.
> But still, it can get interesting. Who's looking up "impeach Bush" most
> actively? Portland, Ore. (San Francisco is third). "American Idol"?
> Honolulu -- by a strangely huge margin. "Gas prices"? Minneapolis.
> "Dildo"? That would be Oslo, Norway. "Dildo," among U.S. cities? Tampa,
> Fla. "Tom Cruise"? Cambridge, Mass. "Tom Cruise gay"? Irvine and New
> York. "Da Vinci Code"? Salt Lake City. "Gun control"? Cincinnati. And
> "Viagra," for 2006? That's Fort Worth, Texas. Go figure.
> In fact, Google Trends is pretty much the biggest "go figure" tool
> you're likely to see all year. You can speculate to your heart's
> content about why the hell Phoenix would be looking up "Jenna Jameson"
> more than Las Vegas, or why Nashville is so heavily into Christ, or why
> they really love Ashlee Simpson in Newark, N.J., or why Philadelphia,
> for some unknowable reason, loves the fact that Britney Spears is
> pregnant whereas Santiago, Chile, really, really loves Pearl Jam, but
> you could only guess. One bit of historical news: Jesus has resurged
> and is once again more popular than the Beatles. Just FYI.
> On the other hand, it's pretty clear why India, Pakistan and the
> Philippines are incredibly high on the basic sciences, including nukes
> (the U.S. doesn't even make the top 10). Or why "God" outpaces the
> "devil" by a margin of about 2-to-1 -- except in Tampa, where the devil
> is, curiously, gaining quite a lot of ground.
> It's gets curiouser. You can do side-by-side comparisons by typing in a
> string of words separated by a comma, and compare, say, Eva Longoria
> and Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba and Lindsay Lohan, and find out
> that Angelina is huge in Turkey, Argentina and Portugal whereas Mexico
> City really, really loves itself some Lindsay, but that Jessica has
> made serious gains and is now racing to the top of almost all charts
> everywhere. Why would you do this? I have no idea. But you can. Which
> is, of course, much of the defining appeal of the Internet itself.
> Google even provides a few quirky-but-obvious examples of its own to get
> you started, such as posing "gyms" and "new years resolutions" side by
> side so you can see the exact same spike in interest in both right at
> the turn of the year. You already knew it's true, but it's mildly cool
> to see it in a graph, like you're peeking into odd human behaviors.
> Which is the entire appeal of Google Trends right there: It's just a
> tiny bit voyeuristic. And if there's one thing we love, it's glimpsing
> at just how weird everyone else is.
> People apparently look up "dog" twice as much as "cat." "Black" and
> "white" are pretty much neck and neck, except in Chicago. Pleasanton
> and Salt Lake City are tied for "orgasm," which tells you, well, almost
> nothing, except that maybe these towns have the wrong slogans.
> But here's the good news. Trends are still skewing positive. We are
> still full of hope and aspiration and hot, sticky desire. Because
> despite all efforts by fundamentalist right wingers and BushCo's flying
> monkeys to maul the face of honesty and joy and integrity forever,
> "truth" still kicks "lie" to the curb by a ratio of 2-to-1. Light still
> easily beats dark, sun beats rain, sex is by far our most active sport,
> and love has it over hate by a factor of about 20. Now that's
> reassuring.
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Brett Stalbaum, Lecturer, PSOE
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM)
Department of Visual Arts
9500 GILMAN DR. # 0084
La Jolla CA 92093-0084

Info for students, spring quarter 2K6:
-Vis 141b (Advanced Computer Programming/Arts) office hour:
WED 3-4PM, VAF 206, Contact via WebCT

-ICAM and Media (computing emphasis) faculty advising:
WED 4-5PM, VAF 206, Contact via email

-ICAM 110 (Computing in the Arts: Current Practice) office hour:
WED 5-6PM, VAF 366 (grad seminar room), Contact: via WebCT

- Notes:
Week 1 (Wed, April 5th) office hours for Vis 141b and ICAM/MediaC moved
to Thursday the 6th, 1-2PM and 2-3PM, Vaf 206. (ICAM 110 unchanged.)
Week 3 (Wed, April 19th) office hours for Vis 141b and ICAM/MediaC moved
to Thursday the 20th, 1-2PM and 2-3PM, Vaf 206. (ICAM 110 unchanged.)
Week 10 - No office hours this week.
Meetings available by appointment during finals week.


ICAM Lecture Series: Heather Raikes, Thursday May 18th, 6PM, ucsd

Please join us for Heather Raikes (bio below) who will be our guest for
the ICAM Lecture series presentation on May 18th at 6PM, CENTER 115,
UCSD. She will give a talk titled "New Media Performance Laboratories:
Discovering New Dimensions of Language and Storytelling".

For more information, please see:\_lectures\_2k6/

Heather Raikes is a new media/performance artist who has been exploring
new media poetics, telematics, contemporary semiotics, dance/technology
synthesis, and technoetic performance forms for more than a decade. She
has founded and directed several visionary new media/performance
collectives, including Neopoetics, Harakti Multimedia, Gemini
Performance Project, and the Temple University New Media Performance
Lab. Her repertoire of original work has been exhibited nationally and
internationally, and includes new media performances, installations,
video, electronic text, visual art and interactive media design.

Raikes' work has been shown at such venues as HEREArt (New York), Clark
Studio Theater at Lincoln Center (New York), San Diego Museum of Art
(San Diego), Pixelraiders (UK), International Festival of Performance
(Barcelona), Philadelphia Fringe Festival Dance/Technology Program
(Philadelphia), Aaron Davis Hall (New York), and Inscriptions in the
Sand (Cyprus). She has performed at venues such as the American Dance
Festival, Jacob's Pillow, The Joyce Theater, and the New York Downtown
Arts Festival.

Based in New York from 1991-2000, Heather began her artistic career
dancing with the legendary Erick Hawkins Dance Company while completing
a Master's Degree in Digital Multimedia from New York University's
Interactive Telecommunications Program in Tisch School of the Arts. The
synthesis implicit in this foundation fueled her explorations of dance
and technology, new media poetics, multi-sensory communication, and
technoetic embodiment. Raikes' work in New York included collaborations
dancers from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Martha Graham
Dance Company, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Bessie award-winning Red
Dive Artists' Collective; dance/technology pioneers Troika Ranch, John
Crawford, and Lisa Naugle; sculptor Ulrike Heydenreich; composer Rima
Fand; painter Eric Wolf; designer Masataka Suemitsu; photographer Tony
Dougherty, and visual artist Alison Cornyn. She has studied extensively
with artists Anne Bogart, Richard Shechner, Cathy Ward, and Lucia
Dlugoszewski and semiotic theorists Marshall Blonsky and Frank
Lentricchia. Additionally, Raikes was a founding partner of Silicon
Alley design collective Media Farm and lent a substantial hand to
building the Web in the 1990s.

Since 2000, Raikes has held positions at Temple University as New Media
Producer-In-Residence, Assistant Professor of New Media, and founding
Director of the New Media Interdisciplinary Concentration. She is
currently at the University of California San Diego, where she is
Innovation Coordinator for Sixth College: Culture | Art | Technology,
Research Associate with the Center for Research in Computing & the Arts
(CRCA), and Media Design Associate with the California Institute for
Telecommunications & Information Technology (Calit2).

In her university positions, Heather Raikes has produced pioneering
collaborative innovations in new media and performance. cosine,
developed in the Temple University New Media Performance Lab, was a
collaboration between the School of Communication and Theater, the Tyler
School of Art Architecture Program and the Esther Boyer College of
Music. The collaboration explored the architecture of the rheomode, a
concept derived from quantum physics, and manifested an integrated
media/architecture performance environment that orchestrated four
digital video/animation projections on mobile architectural surfaces,
seven live performers, physical choreography, paintings, photographs,
and a three-dimensional 26-layer sound collage that spiraled dynamically
around the audience. cosine had a highly successful run of performances
at Temple and at HEREArt Mainstage in New York. The project's
documentation was published and presented in the US and Europe, and
received the American Communication Journal's Article of the Year Award.

At UCSD, Raikes has developed Innovation Seminars and Resonance Webs
that are forging new digital pedagogical approaches to Sixth College's
interdisciplinary theme of Culture, Art and Technology. Raikes also
served as a core collaborator on Adriene Jenik's Specflic 1.0. As a
Media Design Associate with Calit2, Raikes conceptualized and produced
an interactive video work on Calit2 Culture in collaboration with
Stephanie Sides, Simon Penny, John Crawford, Lisa Naugle, Bill
Tomlinson, Ruth West, Sheldon Brown, Miller Puckette, Brett Stalbaum and
Gabriele Wienhausen.

Raikes' most recent artwork, flower, a poetic exploration of technoetic
embodiment, was presented in performance at the San Diego Museum of Art
and in New York at the Merce Cunningham Studio in late 2005. It is
currently being distributed via video podcast and will be screened
internationally in upcoming festivals in 2006. Raikes' current work
involves refining and codifying a new media poetic vocabulary in
conjunction with performative explorations in telematics, computer
vision, motion capture, nanophysics, experimental narrative matrix, and
the technoetic body.

You can visit her website at

Brett Stalbaum, Lecturer, PSOE
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM)
Department of Visual Arts
9500 GILMAN DR. # 0084
La Jolla CA 92093-0084


ICAM Lecture Series Double Header: Achim Mohne+ =studentCount,_Thursday_May_11th,_6PM

Please join us May 11th, 6PM, CENTER 115, for a presentation by the
German environmental and media artist Achim Mohne on "LAND_ART_MEDIA". I
first met Mohne through his work, sleeping for many nights in the cool
glow of his fireflies installation on Lemay Island in the Barren Desert
in both 2004 and 2005. (The site is called the "remote location". It was
the first Utah property purchased by Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson).

Following his presentation will be the "American/German Friendship
Screenings". Mohne's students from Muenster will be bringing a
collection of their videos to screen. A collection of videos from UCSD
undergrads, selected by UCSD's own Becky Martin and Loren Barnes, will
also be screened.

For more information about the Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts
Lecture Series:

Brett Stalbaum, Lecturer, PSOE
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM)
Department of Visual Arts
9500 GILMAN DR. # 0084
La Jolla CA 92093-0084