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

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:


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

Leslie Brack


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…


Counter-Surveillance Headdress


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


Future of Television Conference


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.


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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Tue Dec 03, 2002 01:00



Re: Buy Nothing Day

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ivan Pope" <>

> Well, for sure I am a professional curmudgeon.
> But that aside, I was just trying to point out that Thanksgiving day only
> occurs in the US, so to relate what is surely a much wider concept to that
> day leaves a lot of us cold ... what, we've just passed the busyest buying
> day in the year, how could I have worked through it.
> I mean, I am going to a Thanksgiving meal on Friday that is held every two
> years by a good american friend of mine. But, I have to admit that I
> approach it much as a muslim in the west must approach Xmas: I'm
> enthusiastic for the general friendly event and it is good fun, but beyond
> that it leaves me cold. It's not coded into my culture gene. What is the
> national holiday in Egypt? What date is Liberation day in China? When is
> Kippur?

As a side note, that's more or less how most Americans view Thanksgiving, I
think. Its origins almost seem darkly camp these days: Indians feed
Pilgrims, so that the descendants of the Pilgrims can one day commit
genocide upon the descendants of the Indians. You've never witnessed the
goofiness of U.S. cultural "heritage" until you've seen a third-grader
dressed up as a turkey at the school's Thanksgiving play.

But in practice, Thanksgiving is nice and pleasant. Lots of food and cooking
and sitting around watching TV or catching up with relatives or whatever.
Like Christmas, only you don't have to pretend to be excited when you open
that magnetic ball-point pen you got from your cousin.



Buy Nothing Day

First of all, if we're going to be technical about things we really should be using the term "United States" and not "America", since America is actually two whole continents.

And although some of the references in the NAN piece could've been explained for the benefit of non-USian members, overall I don't see why its topicality should be in question, considering how political this list is. In the U.S., we consume a tremendous amount of junk, and then our government enforces economic imperialism using a number of brutal mechanisms, ranging from armed intervention to the Bretton Woods institutions. It's a problem that comes out of the U.S., but it affects the entire world in a fairly direct way.

Saying U.S. consumerism is only of interest to U.S. citizens is like saying the Holocaust is only of interest to Germans.



gamebutton arcade

I thought this was a pretty clever lo-fi web hack: Tiny little video games that take place entirely inside a form button, using Javascript to change the text in that button. Take a look. My fave is "50 Yard Dash."


Re: RE: Re: Charity CD Project

So Mark decided to call Rhizome a work of art. I don't see what's the big

You can argue over whether or not the idea of "social sculpture" is valid
artistically or not. But it would be a mistake to imply that Mark's artistic
ambitions are compromising his ability to be an arts administrator. Mostly I
know this because here in our tiny Rhiz office, I sit next to him, and I
overhear a lot of his phone conversations. And I talk to him every day. And,
being the sysadmin, I make sure to read all his email. (er, kidding, Mark.)
Mostly, he spends his time here in the office on boring arts-admin stuff,
the sort of things that people go to art school to _avoid_. Worrying about
grant applications, cash-flow, conversations with board members, how to make
the site and its related services better to the Rhizome community, etc.,
etc. He deals with a lot of paperwork, and he seems to really know his

So please don't think Rhizome is basically Mark Tribe's little vanity
project. It's not. We're all working hard here to make it a useful resource
for its community. I hope we're succeeding. I'm sure you'll all let us know
if we're not.


----- Original Message -----
From: "valery grancher" <>
To: "Mark Tribe" <>; <>
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2002 2:19 AM
Subject: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: RE: Re: Charity CD Project

> I am also surprised by this campaign ! when I can read at new langton art
> center "day jobs" exhibition this :
> "
> Mark Tribe
> Projects
> Day:
> Night:
> Mark Tribe's art work featured in this exhibition can be seen as
> as much as media art. is an online community that Mark
> as "social sculpture" in the tradition of Bueys. Here, product is not as
> important as process, though it would be a disservice to abstract
> to the level of a conceptual art prank when, in fact, it has
> a very real effect on the social lives of many new media artists and
> many practical services. This close-knit integration of a conceptual
> work combined, inextricably, with practical real-world services is
> of how new media artists are sometimes able to play and work in the same
> media. Since media is the built environment that we now live in full-time
> (as opposed to a weekend leisure destination), artists find it possible to
> move into the "main house" -- sometimes without anyone noticing them sneak
> in.
> -- Richard Rinehart"
> on day jobs exhibitions statement !
> what's up ?
> Rhizome campaign : is it a campaign for a non profit organization? or for
> mark Tribe artpiece ?
> Could you mind to make it clear ?
> Valery Grancher
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