Charlotte Frost
Since 2002
Works in United States of America


Mute at its Meatiest


In 2009 the editorial team at Mute (in association with Autonomedia) published a collection of past magazine content under the title Proud to be Flesh: A Mute Magazine Anthology of Cultural Politics after the Net. It was an exercise in content curation, but not, as they point out, an attempt to assemble a greatest hits album. Rather, it reorganises a body of Mute’s diverse output around a selection of themes that are perhaps more apparent (up to) fifteen years later.

In many respects - through the early newspapers, magazines, websites and recent print-on-demand journals - Mute has long engaged in providing content navigation systems for internet-inspired knowledge and the darker side thereof. And they have been doing so in an era defined by its obsession with charting and re-charting the information landscape. What Proud to be Flesh does, therefore, is offer up yet another entry portal to Mute’s rich and important net-knowledge while, in its very book-i-ness, commenting on the current upheaval in text interface products.


"Decode" at the V&A: Digital Reflections and Refractions


A large installation in the Grand Entrance of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum clatters away, registering its presence in this historic hallway. Jointly commissioned (by the V & A and SAP), bit.code (2009), by Julius Popp, consists of a large panel of black and white blocks which appear to represent a curious, indecipherable code as they rotate around their frame. Periodically its units align, clearly depicting popular terms streamed live from news site feeds. In this physical form and location, this is real-time made somehow more timely. Looming over visitors, a literal staging of data being decoded, the work asserts itself as an apt entry portal to "Decode", the V & A's inaugural exhibition of contemporary digital and interactive design.



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DISCUSSION

Re: Re: fresh air & real soul...


Thank god the image I sent of a 'thumbs up' got lost in cyberspace and never
made the Rhizome list, because no doubt I would be added to your list below.
Therefore I am justifying myself early on (which I will surely regret):

I find it interesting that here we all are, typing away at each other, using
our fingers, and there Jess was in internet down time, using her fingers to
create art - specifically to make a performance piece of art that alludes to
the movements of what, in computer culture, become our most important
appendages. In fact, appendages raised to the status of limbs. She has shown
how fingers to a computer artist are like legs to a dancer, the very
essence, control and tempo of the work.

Much Net Art is described and critiqued in terms of performance, and perhaps
like Jonah Brucker-Cohen's Mouse Miles, Jess chose to show us the other
movements of the tools she works with. When she clicks her mouse or taps her
keyboard she is making choreographed movements, albeit ones that are traced
or viewed in a totally different way.

She also has done this with humour. A lack of internet connection and 'time
on her hands' ;-) and hey presto, a touch of comedy, although I watched it
and totally forgot it was her fingers!

Jess will be one of the first artists on Furtherfield's Furtherstudio this
summer, where she will openly show the choreography that forms her work, and
I hope that when we all get to watch her again, some of the comments made
today of how beautiful the work is, are still made, as it would be a
terrible shame if we could just stop once in a while and clap the
performance!

Charlotte

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-list@rhizome.org [mailto:owner-list@rhizome.org]On Behalf Of
t.whid
Sent: 02 June 2003 22:31
To: Lewis LaCook; list@rhizome.org
Subject: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: Re: fresh air & real soul...

I'll withhold my opinion of Jess's piece and crit the critics.

It seems to me that the good-natured back-slapping copied below is
all fine and good for dilettantes, amateurs and 'sunday painters',
but I've always felt that Rhizome should be more than a mutual
applause society. We should strive for professional level of
critique. I'm not saying it's wrong to toss off some quick praise for
a piece, but I would hate to see Rhizome descend into a perpetual
'i'm ok, you're ok' session.

Of course, artists are the worst critics there are. jealousy and/or
one's own blinders get in the way more often than not. It would be
nice if we had a house critic like Blackhawk over on thingist

Vague sentiments of praise are no more materially helpful to an
artist than vague insults, tho the praise feels much better. I would
rather have no 'social integration' with pithy remarks eviscerating a
piece of mine than all the good natured cheers combined.

What gets me about this praise, which may be my inference totally, is
that it goes beyond back-slapping to head-patting. I've met Jess, she
definitely doesn't need her head patted.

At 21:37 +0100 6/2/03, furtherfield wrote:
>
>After all the continual cynicism on here & lack of social intigration
grace,
>this blows it all away.
>
>I love the soul here - it communicates, its with you, its real & is not
>pretentious or self-conscious.
>
>Thanx Jess - breath of fresh air...beautiful.

At 18:35 +0100 6/2/03, ruth catlow wrote:
>I love this piece of work!
>beautiful choreography- have they been dancing long?

At 18:57 +0100 6/2/03, neil jenkins wrote:
>fantastic jess..
>if only my video camera were working, I'd be
>creating a 'fingermouse' remix

At 12:09 -0700 6/2/03, Michael Szpakowski wrote:
>I totally agree with all the acclaim.
>It's a beautiful piece of work - both funny and
>moving.
> You do yourself a disservice by your diffidence about
>the piece.
>I think you've done something that has way more
>resonance than maybe you thought it had to start with.

At 17:11 -0400 6/2/03, Lewis LaCook wrote:
>better than anything i could ever do---
>
>(which is probably why i'm thinking about quitting...)
>
>bliss
>l
>

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FW: RHIZOME_RAW: lapdance: new ''''work''''


>>far too much time on my hands this morning

Good pun! ;-)

I just took a look and absolutely forgot it was your fingers, although I
don't get to the ballet much, so I am not the best judge.

In the spirit of having too much time on your hands (which I don't and I
know you don't!) I am sending you a pictorial critique of the work!

Charlotte

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-list@rhizome.org [mailto:owner-list@rhizome.org]On Behalf Of
Jess Loseby
Sent: 02 June 2003 17:13
To: list@rhizome.org
Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: lapdance: new ''''work''''

the word ''work'' used in the broadest possible sense of the word.
...what can I say my internet connection was down and I had (literally) far
too much time
on my hands this morning. (and I thought it was funny)

lapdance
http://www.rssgallery.com/lapdance.htm
flash 6 + sound

(rough on a dial-up, sorry)

jess.

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Re: lapdance: new ''''work''''


>>far too much time on my hands this morning

Good pun! ;-)

I just took a look and absolutely forgot it was your fingers, although I
don't get to the ballet much, so I am not the best judge.

In the spirit of having too much time on your hands (which I don't and I
know you don't!) I am sending you a pictorial critique of the work!

Charlotte

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-list@rhizome.org [mailto:owner-list@rhizome.org]On Behalf Of
Jess Loseby
Sent: 02 June 2003 17:13
To: list@rhizome.org
Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: lapdance: new ''''work''''

the word ''work'' used in the broadest possible sense of the word.
...what can I say my internet connection was down and I had (literally) far
too much time
on my hands this morning. (and I thought it was funny)

lapdance
http://www.rssgallery.com/lapdance.htm
flash 6 + sound

(rough on a dial-up, sorry)

jess.

o
/^ rssgallery.com
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DISCUSSION

Re: Re: dream7 piece


The User_Mode symposium consisted of several artists who were some how
embarrassed to call them selves artists; some who seemed to think that a
good command of power point made them artists; and many who had totally
forgotten that emotion and interactivity were the remit! - and made excuses
for this by saying 'all art is emotional and everything is interactive'
giving them carte blanche to talk about anything.

And a pair working in scented fashion design pretty much stole the show when
they gave us sex pheromones to smell!

On the plus side, I am slightly addicted to symposiums because of all the
bonding you can do with the rest of the audience when you 'critique'
everything! ;-)

I also found Honor Harger (webcasting curator) and Jemima Rellie (Head of
Digital Programmes) very generous and accessible, so not all was lost!

Charlotte

PS Very nice shortbread on the tea breaks too!
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Jess Loseby
Sent: 11 May 2003 21:59
To: marc.garrett; list@rhizome.org
Subject: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: Re: dream7 piece

Absolutely marc,

participants for user-mode include Joshua Davis - that internet crusader
for emotion and 'reality' content, Len Manovich and David Ross whose talks
and writing SO frequently explores artists using emotion and emotional
catharsis - ooh an lots of designers, games developers and graphics guys,
all whose battle to establish 'emotional engagement in interactive art' (the
promoted theme) is just primary to their practise:-)
bloody hell, I am jack's wasted life.

jess.

> I am looking forward to the day (some hope) when 'real' global democracy
> with net art comes about. Meaning that there is a lot of talk (a lot of
lip
> service) using quite interesting themes - the 'user mode' conference at
the
> Tate this weekend for instance. Yet it does not actually explore their
own
> theme in actuality & when one observes the function of the conference a
> realization clouts one on the head that a 'theme' in this respect is
merely
> an excuse for an institutional 'get together'.

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DISCUSSION

Londonfieldworks talk - Bruce Gilchrist & Jo Joelson


-----Original Message-----
From: harriet@pavilion.org.uk [mailto:harriet@pavilion.org.uk]
Sent: 29 April 2003 16:40
To: harriet@pavilion.org.uk
Subject: Londonfieldworks talk - Bruce Gilchrist & Jo Joelson

Apologies for repeat mailing - please note corrections to address for the
venue and website address for London Fieldworks.

passing time
a series of talks by new media artists

Thursday 8th May: Jo Joelson & Bruce Gilchrist

Huddersfield University
Canal Side East building Lecture Theatre, Firth Street
Lecture: 6