D. Jean Hester
Since 2002
Works in Los Angeles, California United States of America

BIO
D. Jean Hester is a media artist living in Los Angeles, California, whose work combines programming, databases, film and video to create interactive pieces for both physical installations and online platforms.

Hester wishes to involve users as active, thinking, engaged participant-collaborators in the creation of art. Her work explores the nature of interactivity and audience/user participation, and what happens when a work is no longer a stand-alone authored environment with a tightly controlled author-defined outcome, but when the users themselves are contributing/collaborating through the use of interactivity (be it physical real-world performative actions or interaction with a database or some other program). In this scenario the artist's intention is only part of the puzzle
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DISCUSSION

A Large Scale Study of the Evolution of Web Pages


<http://www.research.microsoft.com/aboutmsr/labs/siliconvalley/pubs/p97-fetterly/p97-fetterly.pdf>

"Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard researchers collaborated to write this paper
for the Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference in May 2003. The
paper looks at the Web as a dynamic entity, constantly changing, and
considers how this behavior affects its usability. In particular, search
engines are noted as being especially susceptible since they cannot possibly
have records of the most current version of every Web page. To measure the
rate and amount of change, the researchers "collected 151 million web pages
eleven times over, retaining salient information including a feature vector
of each page." Their results show which Web page parameters are strong
indicators of future change. "

-- D. Jean Hester
www.divestudio.org
Interviewer: "Must an artist be a programmer to make truly original online
art?"
John Simon: "Truly original? You Modernist! Whether you make art or not,
understanding programming is an amazing understanding."
from "Code as Creative Writing: An Interview with John Simon"

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DISCUSSION

Re: LA?


Lee,

I live in LA, would be happy to answer any questions for you.

I agree that you should check out CLUI and the Museum of Jurassic
Technology.

You should also, the moment you get off the plane, find a copy of the LA
Weekly. It is our equivalent of the Village Voice, and lists everything
that's going on around town. New issues come out Thursday. Don't bother
with the LA Times, they never list anything that's outside of a white cube
or interesting. The Weekly has a website so you can do some prep work:
http://www.laweekly.com/

I don't know what you are into, but you can email me offlist if you want,
give me a few clues as to what you are interested in, and I can point you in
a few directions.

It's also important to know which part of LA you will be staying in... it's
a spread out city! If you are going to check out interesting neighborhoods
though, Echo Park and Silver Lake are good bets. Cheap food, lots of bars,
lots of "alternative" venues for music, art, various performances. Downtown
also has a lot going on.

If you are into experimental/non-mainstream music, check out
http://www.csulb.edu/~gbach/calendar/index.html for listings.

Hope that's enough to get you started...

-- D. Jean Hester
www.divestudio.org
Interviewer: "Must an artist be a programmer to make truly original online
art?"
John Simon: "Truly original? You Modernist! Whether you make art or not,
understanding programming is an amazing understanding."
from "Code as Creative Writing: An Interview with John Simon"

>From: Lee Wells <lee@leewells.org>
>Reply-To: Lee Wells <lee@leewells.org>
>To: <list@rhizome.org>
>Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: LA?
>Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 01:25:23 -0400
>
>Hello all,
>
>I'm going to LA for the first time on Wednesday.
>Does anyone have any recommendations on what to check out while I am there?
>
>Cheers,
>Lee
>
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DISCUSSION

Re: new release


Because it can. sigh....

-- D. Jean Hester
www.divestudio.org
Interviewer: "Must an artist be a programmer to make truly original online
art?"
John Simon: "Truly original? You Modernist! Whether you make art or not,
understanding programming is an amazing understanding."
from "Code as Creative Writing: An Interview with John Simon"

>From: "Eryk Salvaggio" <eryk@maine.rr.com>
>Reply-To: "Eryk Salvaggio" <eryk@maine.rr.com>
>To: "sachiko hayashi" <e-garde@e-garde.com>, <list@rhizome.org>
>Subject: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: new release
>Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 13:17:10 -0400
>
>
>Anyone interested in the 6 Rules For Internet Art should look at this Flash
>piece and ask themselves why the orange line is following thier mouse.
>
>-e.
>
>
>
>
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "sachiko hayashi" <e-garde@e-garde.com>
>To: <list@rhizome.org>
>Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 8:24 AM
>Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: new release
>
>
> > NEW RELEASE:
> >
> > LAST MEAL REQUESTED
> >
> > http://www.e-garde.com/lmr
> >
> > net art, 2003, flash player required
> >
> > Last Meal Requested investigates our human history through three
>incidents
>of the last 15 years - the Halabja massacre of 1988, the beating-up of
>Rodney King in 1992, and the public execution of a woman in
>Taliban-Afghanistan in 2001. The images from these three incidents are put
>under the light of historical context, thus juxtaposing our present with
>our
>past. At the same time the voices taken from various documentaries
>intermingle with them, offering personal perspectives on those social
>conditions. By so doing, Last Meal Requested plays with two poles on two
>different levels - the past/ the present, the society/ the individual.
> >
> > My interest in creating Last Meal Requested has been to address our
>human
>behaviours within the context of complexities formed by our history and
>society: how our past affects our present, finds its way into the
>individual
>minds that together form society, which eventually succeeds in the fatal
>destruction of individual human beings.
> >
> > The title is a citation taken from "Made in the USA", a documentary film
>by Solveig Anspach and Cindy Babski about an Afro-American by the name of
>Odell Barnes, who was wrongfully executed in Texas 2000. The last meal he
>requested was "Justice, Equality and World Peace."
> >
> >
> > Sachiko Hayashi
> >
> > Sachiko Hayashi is a video and net artist.
> >
> > Besides Sweden, her video works have shown at Not Still Art Festival in
>New York (2002), European Media Art Festival in Osnabruck, Germany (2002),
>Transmediale in Berlin (2003), and will be shown at Boston CyberArt (2003)
>and Radiator - New Media Art Festival in Nottingham, UK (2003).
> >
> > Her net art "trapped" (http://www.e-garde.com/trapped) has been archived
>as an art object in Rhizome, New York (2001), and has been shown at various
>festivals in Europe (European Media Art Festival in Osnabruck, Germany
>(2002), Media Art Festival Friesland in the Netherlands, (2002) and Split
>Film Festival in Coratia (2002)) and was part of a national tour in Israel,
>which included such venues as Janco Dada Museum (2001-2002). It is
>currently
>on display as a link from Rhizome, New York, Neural.it, Italy, docOnline,
>Amsterdam as well as from the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It is scheduled
>to be shown at Idelogia II (http://www.ideologia.net), Gothenburg, Sweden,
>in May/June, 2003.
> >
> > Her CD-Rom project (the Norns, earlier titled Dream Weaver) has been
>shown
>at Electrohype, Malmoe, Sweden (2000) and at Stuttgart FilmWinter,
>Stuttgart, Germany (2002) where its presentation was held.
> >
> > Her computer prints shown in Rome and Stockholm 2000, and at Saitama
>Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan 2002. Also participation in "Reaction"
>by ExitArt in New York 2002. "Reaction" travelled to the Alyce de Roulet
>Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California,
>2002, and became part of the permanent collection of the Congress of the
>United States of America, Washington DC, 2002.
> >
> > She is an "artist in residence" in April 2003 at the Experimental
>Television Center in New York. The Experimental Television Center has
>harboured such video artists as Nam June Paik and Gary Hill.
> >
> > Founder of internet network DIAN (active through 2001). Also founder
>and
>curator of newly founded virtual net gallery Hz Net Gallery of Fylkingen
>(http://www.hz-journal.org/netg).
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DISCUSSION

"Four Letter Words": This Saturday 5/17


A few weeks ago I posted a request for submissions to my project "Four
Letter Words" - a number of you responded and sent me great
four-letter-words. (Over a 1000 words in the database so far...)

The project will be installed this coming Saturday May 17, for one night
only, as part of the larger "Minor Adjustments" event (which includes art,
music, visual environments, dancing, cocktails, etc...)

"Four Letter Words" creates rapidly changing text messages based on four
letter words submitted by participants. Playful combinations of words are
dynamically selected from a database and projected in a constantly changing
cycle, creating random messages, memorable thoughts, meditative visuals,
memsmerizing brain teasers, haiku with hidden meanings, or just plain
nonsense.

There is also a participative/performative element to "Four Letter Words":
People will be invited to write a favorite four letter word on me, in
exchange for me being allowed to write a four letter word on them. By the
end of the evening, my body will be evidence of a gesture of creative
exchange between many different people... and many different people will
have their own small piece of that creative gesture which will disperse
throughout the club, and later into the city. The word they have on their
skin will be a reminder of their participation; "Four Letter Words" will
continue to exist throughout the city for as long as it takes each word to
fade from each participant's skin...

-- Details --
Date: Saturday May 17, 2003
Time: 8 PM to 4 AM
Location: Hollywood Athletic Club, 6525 Sunset Blvd, LA, CA
Tickets: In advance ($10 at groovetickets.com) or at the door ($15)
Parking: Behind the building.
Etc: Enter off Sunset Blvd through the parking lot. Event is in the "Pool
Room".

You can contact me for more information at jean@divestudio.org

I hope to see you this Saturday!

P.S.: You can continue to submit your favorite four letter words to this
project at http://www.divestudio.org/projects/4lw_submit.php

-- D. Jean Hester
www.divestudio.org
Interviewer: "Must an artist be a programmer to make truly original online
art?"
John Simon: "Truly original? You Modernist! Whether you make art or not,
understanding programming is an amazing understanding."
from "Code as Creative Writing: An Interview with John Simon"

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DISCUSSION

Re: Re: rent-a-negro.com


t.whid--

I have no desire to be an apologist for "the south" and have absolutely no
illusions about racial harmony and equality in the southern states. I am
from Georgia, but left after high school for a variety of reasons -- amongst
them was the fact that a person like me could get no peace from the
religious fundamentalists in my hometown. I was persecuted nearly every day
of high school for not being "born again". It was not a tolerant place to
grow up, so I left.

But you really believe the north is centuries ahead of the south in terms of
racial relations? Then explain why the worst race riots during the civil
rights movement happened in Newark NJ and Detroit? Last I checked, both
those are north of the Mason-Dixon line. And what about the race riots in
Los Angeles in 1965 and 1992? Racial tension is not just in the south.

Many people in the south - and also in other places as well -- have some
really fucked up ideas about race which need to be addressed. But racism is
*everywhere*. It is in every community in this country, and in every nation
on this earth. People seem to have some need to point to someone unlike
themselves (whether that be race, religion, gender, registered political
affiliation, what side of the creek you live on) and make that "unlike"
group into a scapegoat for whatever ails them.

I find that people from "enlightened" areas like to point to the sins of the
south, and act as if their own "enlightened" communities are pristine
examples of happy people living as one. Why is that? Why do people insist
on scolding the south and yet feel no need to scold their own states and
communities?

And t.whid, why, oh why, do you make this statement -- "Anyway, rural,
conservative midwesterners are my family, yet I still remember as a child my
step-mother proudly pointing out a large house in her small town which was a
way-station on the underground railroad. I'm sure one would have a hard time
finding a white person in the south USA with the same sort of pride." --
Your statement paints every southern white person with a stereotype that
does not speak well of you. I have read many of your posts, and have found
much of what you say well thought out, intelligent, and fair. So why do you
not place that same level of fairness in your statements about white people
in the south? Because the south has an appalling history of racial
inequality it is therefore ok to stereotype white southerners? I don't
think so.

Racism needs to be dealt with and eliminated, whether north or south of the
Mason-Dixon. Perhaps a good way to start is to examine ourselves, and our
communities, wherever they are, and acknowledge how far we all still have to
go, and how much more work still needs to be done.

-- D. Jean Hester
www.divestudio.org
Interviewer: "Must an artist be a programmer to make truly original online
art?"
John Simon: "Truly original? You Modernist! Whether you make art or not,
understanding programming is an amazing understanding."
from "Code as Creative Writing: An Interview with John Simon"

>From: "t.whid" <twhid@mteww.com>
>Reply-To: "t.whid" <twhid@mteww.com>
>To: list@rhizome.org
>CC: list@rhizome.org
>Subject: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: Re: rent-a-negro.com
>Date: Fri, 2 May 2003 21:01:54 -0400
>
>
>I know that Patrick is from Ohio (as am i). And for all it's conservatism,
>segregation, and prejudice the north USA is simply centuries ahead of the
>south when it comes to racial relations. My father and his wife are
>hillbillies, straight-up hillbillies without exaggeration. (Actually, my
>father married into the hillbillies, my step-mother's family is from West
>Virginia and as an adolescent we visited the family in West Virginia. They
>lived in the hills with no plumbing on 'roads' that you needed a 4x4 to
>safely traverse.)
>
>.
>
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