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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Unauthorized iPod U2 vs. Negativland Special Edition


Hi all,

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, I've opened an eBay
auction for the Unauthorized iPod U2 vs. Negativland Special Edition.
Commemorating the infamous early-90s case in which U2's record label
crushed indie noisemakers Negativland, this iPod is a U2 iPod that
comes pre-loaded with lots of Negativland tunes, and some fancy box
modifications. Experimental noise content trapped in a corporate
megarock shell--oh, the humanity! Profits will go to Downhill Battle, a
non-profit organization advocating for a less sucktastic music
industry.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item"90680118

F.

DISCUSSION

Re: embedding <img> in email


Definitely. It is unfortunate that with email becoming such a
disreputable medium, those who want to use it creatively have to
suffer, too. (I wonder if mail art suffered the same way because of
direct mail?)

Anyway, I suppose the upshot of this is that there are some people who
would much appreciate a mail program that allows them to send out
straight HTML, referring to images on another site. There's a decent
opportunity for a hacker who wants to help others out ... today,
unfortunately, I am not that hacker.

On Nov 29, 2004, at 12:13 PM, Jim Andrews wrote:

> no doubt. but this isn't much help to Manik, who does not want to hack
> in
> Perl/Python/Ruby (and set up some server space somewhere to store the
> images) but just wants to be able to send email with images in it to
> Rhizome.
>
> ja
>
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phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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Re: embedding <img> in email


For HTML to go through an email, the Multipart header has to be sent to
tell the recipient that the text is HTML and not plain-text. If you're
writing in "rich text" mode or something like that, your email program
sets that header for you but isn't likely to give you 100% HTML editing
capability; just bold, italic, font coloring, etc. If you try pasting
raw HTML into a text email, that won't work 'cause the program isn't
setting the header, so whoever gets it will treat it like raw text. And
if you paste HTML into an HTML email, then it gets double-escaped:

<img src="http://rhizome.org/mypic.gif" />

becomes

&lt;img src="http://rhizome.org/mypic.gif" /&gt;

or something like that.

I think the lack of HTML editing in email isn't really an anti-spam
measure; just that HTML editing is considered sort of a uber-power-user
feature that most customers aren't going to want.

When websites like Rhizome send out HTML email (like in NetArtNews) we
write our custom mailers so we can drop arbitrary HTML into the email.
Spammers, too.

I suppose the quickest way to embed IMG in an email would be to either
hack a webmail client to accept HTML, or hack a desktop client like
Mozilla's mail client. Or you could just write your own
Perl/Python/Ruby script to read HTML from a file, stitch it into an
email, and send the email off.

On Nov 24, 2004, at 1:26 PM, Jim Andrews wrote:

>
>> You can edit the html in a text editor, then copy & paste it into
>> a "plain text" email, so not allowing you to edit the html
>> doesn't really stop misuse of the feature, it just makes it
>> harder to use it legitimately (assuming there was even a design
>> decision on this).
>>
>> - Rob.
>
> tried that, sent myself such a msg, but you just view the html upon
> reception, not the rendering. at least in outlook.
>
> ja
>
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>
>
Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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exhibit RSS


More RSS goodies: A feed for you to follow the member-curated exhibits
as they come out. Right now, there are only three, but there's no
reason that won't change ...

http://rhizome.org/syndicate/exhibit.rss

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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Re: attachments and just plain images


They're linked from another site. If you View Source on the message
you'll see, at the bottom:

<IMG align=bas=
eline
alt="Add FUN to your email - CLICK HERE!" border=0 hspace=0
src="http://www2.incredimail.com/contents/stamps/imstp_emo_en.gif">

Those funny symbols I think are an encoding issue, which seems to show
up even when I View Source using Mail.App. Anyway, the point is that
you can link to images on another site, that's not blocked since it's
not an attachment. (Also, it's harder to spread virii that way.) You
just need to be able to edit the HTML in an email message, but that's
actually not so easy, depending on your email client.

On Nov 22, 2004, at 4:07 PM, Jim Andrews wrote:

> hi francis,
>
> what you say is what i would have presumed to be the case, ie, whether
> images are attachments or not, the scanning program treats them as
> attachments and strips them out. however, if you look at the bottom of
> Manik's last email, you'll see some images; emoticons. how did these
> make it
> through, do you think? Manik, did you put these images in there or did
> your
> email client just insert some code that you didn't know of? maybe they
> are
> not 'in' the email but are, in the email, <img> tags to image sources
> on the
> net somewhere?
>
> ja
>
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> +
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> Membership Agreement available online at http://rhizome.org/info/29.php
>
>
Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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