Francis Hwang
Since 2003
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

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Francis Hwang is an artist, writer, and software engineer. He was Rhizome's Director of Technology from 2003 to 2006.

Jack Pierson vs Barneys




I'm actually not sure who bloggy and Tyler Green are taking sides with in the Jack Pierson vs Barneys dustup. Barneys supposedly "forged," for its window displays, its own set of Pierson's "trademark" sculptures made out of found sign letters. Pierson is mad, and his gallery Cheim & Read wrote a pedantic letter to the clothier that stops short of asserting an actual intellectual property right but nevertheless accuses the retailer of a "fraudulent situation."

But given that those kinds of sculptures are commonplace--you see them in craft fairs, regional art shows, and T.G.I. Friday's-calibre restaurants--that's a bit like Duchamp writing an indignant letter to a urinal manufacturer. As long as the accusations of "fraud" are flying around, why doesn't Pierson have his gallery write an outraged screed to the stock photography company selling this royalty free image:

nope



Or maybe sling a fraud allegation at painter Leslie Brack while he's at it?

Leslie Brack

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MTAA at the big dance…


Update on Collaborative March Madness

Concept Trucking / Leisurearts just wrote to say -

“MTAA has made the final four as a number 11 seed! Your success was modeled/is hitched on George Mason University’s in the NCAA tourney. I will be posting an updated bracket soon! Guess you better start rooting for the Patriots to win it all.”

twhid adds:
I have had zero (or, more likely, negative) interest in this so-called March madness… until now! Go George Mason!



(more update)
The chart is updated. Check it out…

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Counter-Surveillance Headdress


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Become a Target of Heightened Surveillance

The purpose of the Counter-Surveillance Headdress, by Gloria Sed, is to empower the wearer by allowing him/her to claim a moment of privacy in the Big Brother world.

The design of the headdress borrows from Islamic and Hindu fashion to comment on the racial profiling of Arab and Arab-looking citizens that occurred post-9/11. The design of the headdress is thus a contradiction: while its goal is to hide the wearer, it makes the wearer a target of heightened surveillance.

The laser tikka (forehead ornament) is attached to a hooded vest and reflective shawl. The laser is activated by pressing a button on the left shoulder of the vest. When pointed directly into a camera lens, the laser creates a burst of light masking the wearer

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Future of Television Conference


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Satellite provider EchoStar has launched a mosaic video application (showcase) that will enable viewers to watch six TV thumbnailed video channels and access an interactive menu concurrently, reports CED Magazine.

Powered by OpenTV set-top software, the mosaic and interactive elements, offered on channel 100, follow some earlier work with the technology by EchoStar. In 2004, the DBS service provider offered mosaics to support the Summer Olympics and for coverage of the Presidential elections.

A mosaic thumbnail, once selected by a customer, will be transitioned to full-screen video.

Cable also has some grand plans for mosaic video applications. The Comcast Media Center and GuideWorks, the Comcast/Gemstar-TV Guide joint venture, are developing "video-rich navigation" enhancements for interactive program guides.

Cable has a technological advantage over satellite because signals can be sent two ways. Without a two-way path, satellite operators can offer simultaneous viewing of channels or provide VOD via cable PVR boxes. Programming can be downloaded and stored for later retrieval. That's what DVB-H does, too.

How long until WiFi, WiMax or DVB-H deliver multi-media for Playstation Portables? You decide.

Related DailyWireless stories include; IP-TV Networking, Bricklin Installs FiOS, The Verizon/Yahoo DSL Deal: $14.95, SBC Picks IP-TV Settops, The Free Triple Play, VDSL-2 Ratified, IPTV: Is It Soup Yet?, IP-TV Settops, Legislators: Don't Mess With SBC, DirecTV + WiMax?, Duopoly Laws, Mobile TV Expands, Video Search and Big Media Mobilizes.

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University of Georgia's Peabody Archive selects SAMMA for videotape migration project


Media Matters' automated system to preserve and digitize priceless collection

The University of Georgia’s Peabody Archives has signed with Media Matters to use their System for the Automated Migration of Media Archives, or SAMMA, to migrate over 2,000 recordings submitted by local television stations around the United States for consideration in the annual Peabody Awards competition between 1973 and 1990. The project, funded by the National Park Service’s “Save America’s Treasures

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Rhizome.org seeks software consultant


Rhizome.org, a non-profit organization serving the new media arts
community, is seeking a software consultant. The consultant will work
closely with the Director of Technology on a number of projects, from
building new community features, optimizing the existing system, or
extracting open source libraries out of the existing codebase.

Rhizome.org is a highly trafficked community website with thousands of
registered users and more than 1 million hits a month. Although the
site uses a combination of Ruby, PHP, and Perl, almost all new
development is done in Ruby. However, experience with specific
languages is less important than an interest in object-oriented design
patterns, agile methodologies, and test-first programming. Apple and
Unix snobs highly encouraged to apply.

This is a highly flexible part-time gig; we understand how consulting
work goes, and will work to accommodate scheduling quirks, whether
that's one week off to work at an ad agency in midtown, or one week off
to tour eastern Europe with the other members of your robot music
collective. However, please note that we require candidates to be in
the New York area, since much of the work--though not all of it--will
be on-site in our Manhattan office.

Rhizome.org is among the oldest and most well respected organizations
in the field of new media art. For more information about the
organization and our programs, please check out our web site:
http://rhizome.org.

To apply, please email your detailed cover letter and resume (in PDF,
if possible) to Francis Hwang at francis@rhizome.org.

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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OPPORTUNITY

The Unauthorized U2 vs. Negativland iPod Special Edition, take 2


Deadline:
Mon Feb 21, 2005 04:53

Dear friends:

Back in December, I offered the Unauthorized iPod U2 vs. Negativland
Special Edition up for auction on eBay. This auction lasted six days,
and then was taken down when Apple complained, telling eBay that this
auction was a violation of its intellectual property. As is standard in
such cases, eBay did not require Apple to explain precisely how my
parody was an infringement, and to this day my emails to Apple asking
for an explanation have received no response.

http://fhwang.net/blog/45.html

After some consideration, I have decided to offer the Unauthorized iPod
U2 vs. Negativland Special Edition up for auction on my own website. I
believe now, as I did then, that my parody is a legitimate exercise of
my free speech rights, and that any claims Apple might make as to
infringement are entirely baseless.

http://fhwang.net/art/uiuvnse/

This auction will be up for three weeks, until March 14, 2005, 12:p.m.
EST. Please spread the word!

Thanks,
Francis Hwang
http://fhwang.net/


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Rhizome.org on CBC show ZeD Fri, Feb 18th


Reason to move to Canada #38: State media that supports interesting
artistic ventures. Case in point: ZeD, a CBC Television show which
kindly informs us that they will briefly feature Rhizome.org on
tomorrow night's episode. If you're in that broadcast jurisdiction
somehow, make sure to check it out!

http://zed.cbc.ca/go.ZeD?page=home

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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DISCUSSION

Re: Re: Electronic Folk Art?!


Once again, my sloppy terseness threatens to get me in trouble.

I certainly didn't mean that you need an MFA, or can't be Puerto Rican,
to be an artist. Maybe I mean that if you're a working class artist
with no formal art education, then your work is handicapped if you
don't care to get an MFA or learn how to write an artist's statement.
Just like if you are, say, a bunch of CS students who decide to turn an
entire building into a game of Tetris, the art world might take no
notice at all if you don't take the time to promote your work as art.

On Jan 25, 2005, at 11:58 AM, t.whid wrote:

> One needs an MFA to be an artist!!!?????
>
> good thing MTAA has M.River for our bona fides.
>
> And wasn't Max Herman the master of Electronic Folk Art?
>
> On Jan 25, 2005, at 11:18 AM, liza sabater wrote:
>
>> color me stupid but almost all the first wave of software artists
>> that i know personally have no MFAs. i find it oxymoronic to need an
>> MFA to call yourself an artist these days. and does this mean PRicans
>> can't make art? don't make me go there ;-)
>>
>>
>> On Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005, at 11:02 America/New_York, Francis Hwang
>> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> On Jan 25, 2005, at 6:37 AM, patrick lichty wrote:
>>>
>>>> Is there a New Media "Outsider Art"?
>>>
>>> Well, there's plenty of digital creativity that is done by people
>>> who have no interest in contextualizing it in the world of fine
>>> arts, if that's what you mean.
>>>
>>> Sometimes I read an essay about the aesthetics of code by somebody
>>> who doesn't program very much, and I think: It's like it's the
>>> 1980s, and programmers are like Puerto Rican graffiti artists
>>> without MFAs.
>>>
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Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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DISCUSSION

Re: Re: Electronic Folk Art?!


On Jan 25, 2005, at 6:37 AM, patrick lichty wrote:

> Is there a New Media "Outsider Art"?

Well, there's plenty of digital creativity that is done by people who
have no interest in contextualizing it in the world of fine arts, if
that's what you mean.

Sometimes I read an essay about the aesthetics of code by somebody who
doesn't program very much, and I think: It's like it's the 1980s, and
programmers are like Puerto Rican graffiti artists without MFAs.

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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