Carolyn Kane
Since 2006
Works in New York University, Nyc, New York United States of America

BIO
Carolyn Kane is an aficionado of synthetic color in new media art. She also writes about art and technology, makes videos, and teaches new media theory at New York University. She has previously written for *Leonardo*; *Theory, Culture and Society*; and *New Media and Society*. Her video art has been shown in Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Europe. Carolyn is a PhD candidate at NYU, where she is writing about color systems in computer art from 1965 until the present.

A New History for New Media


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Image: Art and Electronic Media (Cover)

Edward A. Shanken’s new book Art and Electronic Media (Themes & Movements), published by Phaidon Press, presents a rich and comprehensive overview of the history of electronic media art practices in the twentieth century, focusing mostly on work produced in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The book balances the historical and the contemporary, the analytic and the particular, with style and critical rigor.

The text is organized thematically in order to cover major topics in the field: Motion, Duration, Illumination; Coded Form and Electronic Production; Charged Environments; Networks, Surveillance, Culture Jamming; Bodies, Surrogates, Emergent Systems; Simulations and Simulacra; and Exhibitions, Institutions, Communities, Collaborations. Given the extensive breath, in historical accounts and details, this organization system presents the reader with a convenient way to access a historical period, artist, or practice of their particular interest. Each theme reappears three times throughout the book, in each of the three main sections: Survey, Works, and Documents (a division that is consistent with previous volumes published in this Phaidon series).

Quality research into the history of electronic media art production, exhibition, and conception is consistent throughout. The section on "Networks," for instance, includes an insightful contextualization of new internet-based art with pre-network art, such as Hans Haache’s 1969 News, an installation that involves a series of Teletype machines set to receive and print local, national, and international news in real time. Shanken’s placement of current genres in these historical frameworks not only enhances our appreciation of the newer practices but also develops an understanding of the historical origins of net, systems, or environmental art.

Over 200 colorful images accompany the text, many of them projects that have not been exhibited widely. One example is the photograph of Christa Sommere and Laurent Mignonneau’s A-Volve (1994-95 ...

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Dancing Machines


Natalie Bookchin is a California based new media artist trained in photography, film history, and theory. Her most recent video installation, Mass Ornament (2009) appropriates YouTube clips of different people dancing alone in their rooms and edits them together in a single-channel video installation. The piece takes its reference points from the classic dance and movement routines of the Tiller Girls, Busby Berkley, and Leni Riefenstahl, filtered through Siegfried Kracauer’s 1927 theory of the mass ornament. Kracauer argued that synchronized acts, such as the Tiller Girls, reflect the mechanized gestured involved in the industrial factory work of a mass society. The installation addresses issues of globalization, post-Fordist economics, and the new forms of visuality and perception they engender. This interview was conducted by Rhizome’s curatorial fellow, Carolyn Kane, in conjunction with Bookchin’s upcoming exhibition of Mass Ornament at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, May 14--Jul 12, 2009.


Play Pause and Rewind: Sadie Benning Returns to the Whitney


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Image: Sadie Benning, drawing for Play Pause, 2001-06

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1973, video artist and musician Sadie Benning came of age in the art world in the 1990s with well-known journalesque-video tapes, experimental exposés made on the Fisher Price Pixelvision camera that her father, experimental filmmaker James Benning, had given her. Also a former member of the band Le Tigre, Benning is known for her bold and brazen style. Her works have previously shown in the Whitney Biennial in 1993 and in 2000. Her current installation Play Pause (2006), is also now on display at the Whitney.

Play Pause is a two channel video installation that projects images of thousands of hand drawn, gouache on paper, illustrations that Benning made between 2001-2006. Most of them are drawn in black and white with a light gray wash underneath, but a few of the images are also treated with a monochrome tint of red, blue, or green. The piece runs for 29 minutes on a loop. The illustrations were all scanned and arranged in this sequence for the piece. Coupled with surround sound, they tell a story of a “day in the life,” of an anonymous protagonist. Each image appears for only a few seconds, and then another similar image appears: from the first steps on the street, the stores, advertisements, shop fronts, anonymous people, night life, dance clubs, after hours sex, television, and scenes of departure from the train station and airport.

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Image: Sadie Benning, drawing for Play Pause, 2001-06

The title Play Pause alludes to the installation’s strange sense of detachment coupled with vulnerability. This tension arises in several ways: the rhythm and pace of the installation, the space itself, and the particular images displayed. The first juxtaposition occurs between the surround sound pulsing around slow ...

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The Cybernetic Pioneer of Video Art: Nam June Paik


In the 1960s and 1970s, Nam June Paik, and many of his pioneering video artist colleagues and Fluxus collaborators took the visionary work of Wiener, the electric prophesies of McLuhan and Gregory Bateson and the utopic designs of Buckminster Fuller and concurred that the new video medium would usher in a social utopia that would extend far beyond the spheres of the 1970s experimental art world. For these early media artists, the feedback loops, live circuits, and video flows, coupled with the electronic image’s immediate and physiological stimulations, when used in distinction to commercial models, posited potent possibilities for cybernetic consciousness, ecological human-machine systems, and an end to top-down power relations. In short, the rise of an egalitarian, democratic society through electronic media. In order to fully appreciate Paik’s work, we must remember this historical context. A solo show is now on view at the James Cohan Gallery in Chelsea, "Nam June Paik: Live Feed: 1972 -1994." The show features several of Paik’s older and more recent video installations, all of which reflect his cybernetic ambitions for video technology.



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JOB

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track Media Advocacy, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication NYU


Deadline:
Tue Oct 20, 2009 23:06

Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track

Media Advocacy

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin September 1, 2010.
We are seeking a scholar who researches the use of media and technology in social advocacy campaigns. Qualified candidates should have a PhD with research specialization in one or more of the following fields: public health, disability studies, and human rights. Preferred candidates will have a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary scholarship and current philosophical and theoretical debates in relevant fields.
NYU’s dynamic Global Network University includes NYU Abu Dhabi and international programs and academic centers around the world. NYU Steinhardt faculty may be afforded the opportunity to work at these global study and research sites.

Responsibilities will include: an active agenda of research and publication; undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising; and department and university service.

Applicants should send a cover letter discussing qualifications, a curriculum vitae, copies of publications, and three letters of reference, and samples of work to:

Search Committee Chair

Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

New York University

239 Greene St, 7th floor

New York NY 10012

Deadline for applications: November 17, 2009 or until the position is filled.

New York University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment.

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Carolyn Kane
PhD Candidate Media, Culture, and Communication
239 Greene St. 7th Floor
New York University
clk267@nyu.edu
https://files.nyu.edu/clk267/public/


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HTML Color Codes


Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much for these links—they are especially helpful for my ongoing research and writing on electronic color—stay in touch! Let me know what you are doing with color…

best,
Carolyn
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Carolyn Kane
PhD Candidate Media, Culture, and Communication
239 Greene St. 7th Floor
New York University
clk267@nyu.edu
https://files.nyu.edu/clk267/public/

JOB

Fwd: Job Posting New Media or Hybrid Arts Professor, tenure track


Deadline:
Wed Dec 03, 2008 18:09

> From: Julie Harrison
> Date: December 3, 2008 2:57:32 PM EST
> To: Julie Harrison
> Subject: Job Posting -- please circulate widely
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> Job Posting -- please circulate widely
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> STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Hoboken, NJ
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> New Media or Hybrid Arts Professor, tenure track
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> Technology is seeking to fill a tenure-track faculty position in New Media or Hybrid Arts at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful candidate for this position should be a dynamic and innovative artist/scholar engaged in advanced digital or spatial experimental arts as well as research and scholarship with a national reputation. A terminal degree is required. Our candidate will have significant input into the philosophy and development of the ARTC program, and could potentially serve as co-director. Fields we are interested in include: bio-art, computational art, interactive installation, spatial m! edia, Int /font>art, video art, robotic and kinetic sculpture, among others.
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> Newly established in 2004, ARTC is a small but growing program in the New York City area that spans across mu! ltiple&nb bsp;includes students from the technical, scientific, entertainment, design and fine arts communities. Our goal is to create a hybrid research environment with opportunities for ! ;artists& nbsp;with scientists and technologists at Stevens, one of the premier centers for the study and innovation of science, technology, and entrepreneurship. Candidates must be comfortable working in an atmosphere uniquely devoted to these areas.
> Please send cover letter, CV, URL and/or other documentation of your ! work, and tee, Art and Technology Program, College of Arts and Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2009. For further information about the program, see http://www.stevens.edu/cal/art/. Stevens is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP


RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

Areas of focus: Multidisciplinary study of privacy, security, social
dimensions of digital networks, values in computing and information
system design

The NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication is pleased to
announce a Research Fellowship/Scientist opportunity in the philosophy
and politics of computing, digital media, and information systems, with
a special focus on NSF funded research in privacy, security, and social
dimensions of networking.

This one-year postdoctoral position is renewable for a second year and
carries a teaching load of one course per year, or possibly two, as
preferred.

The Fellow will be expected to pursue collaborative and individual
research in the advertised areas but the position is open to applicants
with diverse disciplinary training. In addition to research, the fellow
will assist in project-related administration and events. We encourage
applicants with Ph.D., or equivalent, degrees in any of the following:
media studies, information science, science and technology studies,
computer science and engineering, law, or traditional humanities and
social sciences with demonstrated expertise in relevant areas.

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter
with a statement of research interests, a writing sample or
representative publication, and request three letters of recommendation
be sent to:

Professor Helen Nissenbaum
Department of Media, Culture and Communication
New York University
239 Greene Street, 7th floor
New York, NY 10003
Inquiries: Helen.nissenbaum@nyu.edu <mailto:Helen.nissenbaum@nyu.edu>

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2009

** NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer **

JOB

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP


Deadline:
Mon Nov 17, 2008 18:11

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

Areas of focus: Multidisciplinary study of privacy, security, social
dimensions of digital networks, values in computing and information
system design

The NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication is pleased to
announce a Research Fellowship/Scientist opportunity in the philosophy
and politics of computing, digital media, and information systems, with
a special focus on NSF funded research in privacy, security, and social
dimensions of networking.

This one-year postdoctoral position is renewable for a second year and
carries a teaching load of one course per year, or possibly two, as
preferred.

The Fellow will be expected to pursue collaborative and individual
research in the advertised areas but the position is open to applicants
with diverse disciplinary training. In addition to research, the fellow
will assist in project-related administration and events. We encourage
applicants with Ph.D., or equivalent, degrees in any of the following:
media studies, information science, science and technology studies,
computer science and engineering, law, or traditional humanities and
social sciences with demonstrated expertise in relevant areas.

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter
with a statement of research interests, a writing sample or
representative publication, and request three letters of recommendation
be sent to:

Professor Helen Nissenbaum
Department of Media, Culture and Communication
New York University
239 Greene Street, 7th floor
New York, NY 10003
Inquiries: Helen.nissenbaum@nyu.edu

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2009

** NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer **
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