Cary Peppermint
Works in New York United States of America

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Cary Peppermint's work explores the convergence of ecological, cultural, and digital networks, through a post-disciplinary practice with strong ties to internet and performance art. His works are in the permanent collections of the Walker Art Center, Rhizome.org at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, Computer Fine Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Since co-founding ecoarttech with Leila Nadir in 2005, Cary's art has turned toward the imagination of the environment as a convergent network of biological, cultural, and digital spaces. Selected ecoarttech works include "Eclipse,” commissioned by Turbulence.org; "Untitled Landscape #5,” a commission for the Whitney Museum of American Art; and "Center for Wildness and the Everyday,” a series of digital media works and performances about water scarcity commissioned by the University of North Texas. ecoarttech's honors include a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts artist fellowship and teaching appointments at Banff New Media Institute and Anderson Arts Ranch. Cary’s curatorial work has focused on digital, back-country, off the grid exhibitions such as Wild Info Net, a solar-powered sound-art installation in the Catskill Mountains, and Nature 2.0, one of the first exhibitions of eco-art engaging new media technologies. Peppermint is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester and has held previous appointments at Cornell University, Colgate University, and the Pratt Institute.
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Conductor Exposures Europa


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Conductor Exposures Europa
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This weekend here in Paris I will be exposing CN_ZERO LITE at the 'Placard
Headphone Festival #5' with a live 72 hour simultaneous hook-up between
Paris & Tokyo. Drop in anytime online or in physical form starting Friday
the 26th. The CN_ZERO LITE EXPOSURE starts up at 1:20am - 08.27 here in
Paris or 6:20 EST - 08.26 for those of you in NYC.

http://placard5.dokidoki.fr

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New Media Scotland are in the process of putting together streaming video &
MP3 documentation from the 07.07.02 performance of CN_ZERO TECHNO LECTURES
V6.4 at the Center For Contemporary Art in Glasgow. The site should be up &
running currently or by August 1st.

http://www.artstream.mediascot.org

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Cary Peppermint
http://www.restlessculture.net/cnzero
http://www.restlessculture.net/soylove
http://www.restlessculture.net/hvc
http://www.restlessculture.net/archive

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DISCUSSION

Release Notes for Conductor Number Zero


RELEASE NOTES - JULY 4TH 2002

CONDUCTOR NUMBER ZERO V6.4
TECHNO-LECTURES OF MEMORY, DISTANCE & FORGETTING
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These release notes and words can be thought of as 'open source code' in
preparation for 'Conductor Number Zero Techno-Lecture V6.4' to be presented
at CCA Center for Contemporary Art in Glasgow, Scotland on July 7th 2002.
CN_ZERO V6.4 is a newly modified version of the CN_ZERO V6.0 Techno-Lecture
recently given at Postmasters Gallery in New York, New York on April 13,
2002. Users of CN_ZERO V6.0 please take note of important new 6.4 changes
detailed in the readme section.

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README
CN_ZERO V6.4
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VERSION 6.4 UPDATES INCLUDE:

(1) The implementation of '01_BIG TRIP' as an initialization sequence to
conjure memories of 'things' whether or not these 'things' have never or not
yet happened. By 'initialization sequence' the performer/conductor/medium
would like to communicate 'a loosening of the spine' or possibly a
Heideggerian 'openess toward being.' Users of version 6.0 may be pleased to
discover '01_BIG TRIP' has now been assigned the subtitle 'UNCANNY MIX.'
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(2) A re-working of '04_CAR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN (ETHICAL MIX)' This
sequence caused some communication i/o conflicts in version 6.0 when the
artist/performer/conductor/medium failed to transmit the following
word-loop:

--look at me, drowned in light,
--a module placed outside of your proper system
--look at me, submerged in light,
--a module placed outside of your proper system
--how am i not you? how am i not you?

The above word-loop provides a much needed grounding to the global variables
defined in the opening lines of the sequence:

--a car at the bottom of the ocean is humor
--because of the lack of the car's utility
--thus the car's subsequent fall into 'nothing'
--a car at the bottom of the ocean,
--a displaced module outside of your 'proper' system
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(3) Accelerated Improvisational Extension based on the
artist/performer/conductor/medium's ever-increasing familiarity with the
protocols of 'CN_ZERO' results in faster execution of command lines thus
more opportunities for the artist/performer/conductor/medium to access
chance through the creation of random, real-time, sub-routines.

(4) More economical allocation of memory for the execution of irony, e.g. in
sequence '05_IF MEMORY SERVES US,' the command line: 'as serious as i can
be' could also be translated into 'sincere as pie' or 'as sincere as I have
the potential to be' or 'as sincere as death itself' or 'as sincere as
nothing at all' or 'sincerity at a distance' or 'serious laughing' or
'laughing seriously' or 'as much sincerity as I have been delegated as a
citizen of the united states of america' or 'as much sincerity as can be
expected through exposure to an artist/performer/conductor/medium' or last
but not least, 'true toward myself thus sincerity of my intentions toward
you.'

(5) Increased compatibility for users of 'European Operating Systems' via
live exposure of the 'CN_ZERO V6.4 TECHNO-LECTURE' in Glasgow. Those users
running 'European Operating Systems' may be able to better globally
contextualize thus critically analyze the american source code (asc) of
CN_ZERO. This may result in increased capacity for the reporting of errors
and allow for greater ethical consistency, increased dialogue and more
efficient distribution of information that is alternative to that delivered
through the SPECTACULAR outlets of american mass media.
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PLEASE NOTE: Because of the current 'Post 9.11- U.S. Information War', if
you are currently running 'George Bush's America: System 3.0' you may
experience an exposure of contemporary 'poetics' that could challenge your
notions of american history, patriotism, morality and maybe even art. This
could result in frequent errors and crashes while using '05_IF MEMORY SERVES
US.' Some problems have also been reported while using '03_HOME ON THE
RANGE (POST 9.11 CLUB MIX).' If you are using the 'Poetic-Filter Extension'
that came standard with 'George Bush's America: System 1.0' you will
experience no problems at all and will continue dancing happily to the
110-140 bpm techno music.
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IT IS MY SINCERE HOPE THAT CONDUCTOR NUMBER_ZERO V6.4 might function as a
demonstration of how to begin to conduct a 'multi-media seance' or more
literally how to interrupt new media technologies and allocate space for the
consideration or reading of such exposures. CN_ZERO is concerned with how
the viewer may assume an active position and begin to read the 'multi-media
experience' instead of the often-times passive position of the recipient
immersed in the intoxicating dream of light and sound. Toward realizing
these ends I would like to suggest that CN_ZERO V6.0 functions not only as a
simultaneous play between the actual 'live' performer and the real-time
'spectral' image of the performer, but it also functions simultaneously as a
cultural work and a 'performance of culture itself.' CN_ZERO emits a 'low
frequency humor loop.' This subsonic, psychic hum produces a feedback of
irony where impossibility yields laughter and strangely then laughter hints
again toward possibility.

Cary Peppermint - Artist/Performer/Conductor/Medium
Paris, July 4th 2002
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LECTURE OUTLINE - 07.04.2002

CONDUCTOR NUMBER ZERO V6.4
TECHNO-LECTURES OF MEMORY, DISTANCE & FORGETTING

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THE FOLLOWING LECTURE SEQUENCES MAY BE BEST RECIEVED
IN SYNTHESIS WITH THEIR TECHNO-SONIC (AUDIO) COMPONENTS.
the complete 'techno-lectures' of CN_ZERO
will be available fall 2002 in audio mp3 format
for FREE worldwide download & distribution.

SELECTED ROUGH DRAFT EDITIONS (IN UPDATE) of this material
may be currently downloaded at the following address:
http://www.restlessculture.net/cnzero /downloads
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I - MEMORY
01. big trip (uncanny mix)
02. space is your place

II - DISTANCE
03. a song like polaroids (home on the range version)
04. car at the bottom of the ocean (ethical mix)

III - FORGETTING
05. if memory serves us
06. i am sure

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I - MEMORY
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01_BIG TRIP (UNCANNY MIX)
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big trip
cracked up
couldn't breath
almost died
laughing

big...

big trip
wouldn't believe
goddamn
super-freak
big trip

big...

long way
long way
long way
long.
way.

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02_SPACE IS YOUR PLACE
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good people of this world
if you will fix your eyes upon this monitor
if you will fix your eyes upon my eyes
fix your eyes just here...
until my eyes are not eyes at all
until my eyes are just LIGHT emanating from this monitor
fix your eyes now into this light
fix your eyes now into this light

imagine now that you are on a trip somewhere far away
somewhere in the unforeseeable future
you are in a city whose name you cannot yet speak
you are in a place that appears only as a dim light to you now
you are in a place that scares you because this place
does not belong HERE today
you are in a place where you do not yet belong

lets pretend this world is open 24 hours
lets pretend that 'here' all the seasons run together
imagine (if you will) that every night is the big game
and all 'the best' songs are chosen for you and these songs play all the
time

imagine that you want to be alone but there are no private spaces
imagine that you want to return home but all the airlines are booked for the
next 7 years...

it is important at this point not to give over to panic
it is important to just continue standing
as you have been standing for a long time now
it is important to know what stands here is 'you'
in your space

space is no extension. space is your place.
space is no extension. space is your place.
space is no extension. space is your place.
space is no extension. space is your place.
you are already home. you are already home.

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II - DISTANCE
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*03_HOME ON THE RANGE (POST 9.11 CLUB MIX)
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oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam,
where the deer and the antelope play,
where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
and the skies are not cloudy all day.
chorus
where the air is so pure, the zephyrs so free,
the breezes so balmy and light,
that i would not exchange my home on the range
for all the cities so bright.
chorus
oh, give me a land where the bright diamond sand
flows leisurely down the stream;
where the graceful white swan goes gliding along
like a maid in a heavenly dream.
chorus
the red man was pressed from this part of the west,
he's likely no more to return
to the banks of red river where seldom if ever
their flickering campfires burn.
chorus
how often at night when the heavens are bright
with the light of the glittering stars,
have i stood here amazed and asked as i gazed
if their glory exceeds that of ours.
chorus
oh, i love these wild flowers in this dear land of ours;
the curlew i love to hear scream;
and i love the white rocks and the antelope flocks
that graze on the mountain-tops green.
chorus
then i would not exchange my home on the range,
where the deer and the antelope play;
where seldom is heard a discouraging word
and the skies are not cloudy all day.
chorus
home, home on the range,
where the deer and the antelope play,
where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
and the skies are not cloudy all day.

CP_V90 RAP EXTENSION TO 'HOME ON THE RANGE':

this ain't no movement
this ain't no moment
this ain't new york at all
this is a pop song don't get excited
you've been through this before

no party dress up no one you heard of
this ain't no big deal
this is a pop song remain seated
you've heard all this before

this ain't the real thing
there ain't no real thing this was rehearsed all before
this ain't your music, i'm not your dj
this ain't what you like at all

**this ain't no party
**this ain't no disco
**this ain't no fooling around
**this ain't the mud club or cbgb
**this ain't the time for that now

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* words from american folk song 'home on the range' the official song of
the u.s. state of kansas written by brewster higley 1873

** words from 'life during war-time' written by david byrne from the talking
heads album 'fear of music' 1979

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04_A CAR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN (ETHICAL MIX)
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a car at the bottom of the ocean is humor
because of the lack of the car's utility
thus the car's subsequent fall into 'nothing'
a car at the bottom of the ocean
a displaced module outside of your 'proper' system

a car at the bottom of the ocean is pretty funny
a car at the bottom of the ocean is pretty peculiar
a car at the bottom of the ocean is pretty funny
a car at the bottom of the ocean is pretty peculiar

look at me, drowned in light,
a module placed outside of your proper system
look at me, submerged in light,
a module placed outside of your proper system
how am i not you? how am i not you?

look at me, drowned in light,
a module placed outside of your proper system
look at me, submerged in light,
a module placed outside of your proper system
how am i not you? how am i not you?

look at me. pretty funny. pretty peculiar.
look at you. pretty funny. pretty peculiar.

to forget yourself must be paradise
to forget yourself yet remember forgetting

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III - FORGETTING
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05_IF MEMORY SERVES US
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i can remember the beach before it was a beach
i can remember the sea, a swarm of silver just beneath its surface
i can remember the night was black so black you could not see
i remember blackness. deep black...

now this was back when the cops couldn't find me
this was back when no one knew my name

it sounded more like thunder back then
it sounded like a heartbeat
i couldn't tell one from the other

thunder. heartbeat.
thunder. heartbeat.
thunder. heartbeat.

i remember these things and so that is why now my itunes plays the following
song:

---pull all the planes down from the sky
---wreck all the cars on the highway
---make the dams break - cut the phone lines
---burn down each & every shopping mall

---this world must be destroyed
---this world must be destroyed

---sing this song
---sing this song
---sing this song
---sing along

---pull all the planes down from the sky
---wreck all the cars on the highway
---make the dams break - cut the phone lines
---burn down each and every shopping mall

---this world must be destroyed
---this world must be destroyed

---sing this song
---sing along...

---am i serious?
---am i serious?
---'as serious as i can be'
--- as serious as i can be

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06_I AM SURE
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i 'm sure the world's not like this
not like this at all...

i 'm sure i am wrong
and i have been mistaken all along

i 'm sure this is all
a big misunderstanding
(i 'm) (sure))

i 'm sure the world's not like this
not like this at all...

i 'm sure that i'm wrong
and have been mistaken all

a.
l....
o......
n.............
g......................

well this is almost over now
and i didn't say what i wanted to say
this is almost over now
and i never had the time
this is almost over now
and i don't want to ever forget you
this is almost over now
and i don't think i ever really knew you at all

so goodnight
sianara
here comes tomorrow

so goodnight
sianara
make way for tomorrow

at the count of 10 you will go to work
at the count of 10 you will come home again
at the count of 10 you will go to work
at the count of 10 you will come home again
at the count of 10 you will go to work
at the count of 10 you will come home again
at the count of 10 you will go to work
at the count of 10 you will come home again
at the count of 10 you will go to work
at the count of 10 you will come home again
at the count of 10 you will go to work
at the count of 10 you will come home again
at the count of 10 you will go to work
at the count of 10 you will come home again
at the count of 10 you will go to work
at the count of 10 you will come home again
at the count of 10 you will go to work
at the count of 10 you will come home again
at the count of 10 you will go to work
at the count of 10 you will come home again

at the count of 10 YOU WILL GO TO WORK
at the count of 10 YOU WILL COME HOME AGAIN

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9...

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CN_ZERO - BRIEF SYNOPSIS &
SELECTED MP3 DOWNLOADS (IN UPDATE)
http://www.restlessculture.net/cnzero
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A HISTORY AND ONLINE REFERENCES TO THE CONDUCTOR SERIES
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CONDUCTOR NUMBER ZERO:
TO FORGET YOURSELF YET REMEMBER FORGETTING
http://www.restlessculture.net/cnzero
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07.02 - CN ZERO (LIP-SYNCH MIX) - PLACARD HEADPHONE FESTIVAL - PARIS/TOKYO
07.02 - CN ZERO V6.4 - CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY ART - GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
04.02 - CN ZERO V6.0 - POSTMASTERS GALLERY - NYC
11.01 - CN ZERO V4.0 - GALAPAGOS - WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN, NYC
03.01 - CN ZERO V1.5 - WALDEN GALLERY - NYC
02.01 - CN ZERO V0.2 - WARHOL HIJACK W/VERBAL GROUP - NYC

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CONDUCTOR NUMBER SEVEN:
(EXPOSURE #0001) INFORMATION FOR THE OTHER SIDES OF HERE
http://www.restlessculture.net/hvc
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06.00 - CN SEVEN V3.0 - HARLEM VISION CENTER - NYC
11.99 - CN SEVEN V2.0 - THE KITCHEN - W/VERBAL GROUP - NYC
12.99 - CN SEVEN V1.0 - POSTMASTERS GALLERY - NYC

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CONDUCTOR NUMBER NINE:
TO FORGET YOURSELF YET REMEMBER FORGETTING
http://www.restlessculture.net/cn9
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10.00 - FUN (CLUB MIX) RHIZOME OPEN-MOUSE
10.00 - GALAPAGOS - SANDBOX #8 - WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN, NYC
09.00 - HARLEM VISION CENTER - HARLEM, NYC
02.00 - SPARK GALERY - SYRACUSE, NY
07.99 - MT.HOME - GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN, NYC
05.99 - POSTMASTERS - NYC

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CONDUCTOR NUMBER ONE:
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH CHICKEN
http://www.restlessculture.net/cn1
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09.97 ARTEMISIA GALLERY - CHICAGO
09.97 ISEA '97 - CHICAGO & THE WORLD WIDE WEB
04.96 PORT - NYC/MIT/SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY & THE WORLD WIDE WEB

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DISCUSSION

Cary Peppermint - CN_ZERO - CCA Glasgow


Sunday July 7th, 16:00
CCA, Center of Contemporary Art, Glasgow (CCA 5)

Cary Peppermint
Conductor Number Zero Version 6.4
Techno-Lectures of Memory, Distance & Forgetting

With assistance from CCA-Glasgow, New Media Scotland, and *Franklin Furnace
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CN_ZERO V6.0 is the latest version of my ongoing series of Conductor
performances (in update) that began in 1997. At the most basic level each
performance incorporates live video/surveillance technology. Each
performance requires viewers to observe in simultaneity the performance
event and the real-time (live) approximation of that event via video
monitor. Conductor performances set up paradoxical situations for
experiencing the 'presence' of the physical performer while also
experiencing the 'distance' imposed by the mediation of the video
transmission or what I consider with regard to the Conductor series,
'spectral technologies.' To better understand my use of this term it may be
helpful to consider the invention of the phonograph and its early alternate
label of 'ghost box.' The 'ghost box' produced voices from people who did
not exist... at least in physical presence. To reproduce the 'live' event
is to be involved with the work of the 'dead', the very act of entombment.

CONDUCTOR NUMBER_ZERO V6.4 acts as a demonstration of how to begin to
conduct a 'multi-media seance' or more literally how to interrupt new media
technologies and allocate space for the consideration or reading of such
exposures, i.e. how to speak with the dead. CN_ZERO is concerned with how
the viewer may assume an active position and begin to read the 'multi-media
experience' instead of the often-times passive position of the recipient
immersed in the intoxicating dream of light and sound. Toward realizing
these ends I would like to suggest that CN_ZERO V6.0 functions not only as a
simultaneous play between the actual 'live' performer and the real-time
'spectral' image of the performer, but it also functions simultaneously as a
cultural work and a 'performance of culture itself.' CN_ZERO emits a 'low
frequency humor loop.' This subsonic, psychic hum produces a feedback of
irony where impossibility yields laughter and strangely then laughter hints
again toward possibility.

Cary Peppermint July - 2002

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For more information:

CCA
http://www.cca-glasgow.com

New Media Scotland
http://www.mediascot.org

Restlessculture.net
http://www.restlessculture.net/cnzero

Franklin Furnace
http://www.franklinfurnace.org

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*This performance is made possible, in part, by funds from the Franklin
Furnace Fund for Performance Art, supported by the Jerome Foundation and the
New York State Council On The Arts.
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