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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Here comes Rare!

Rare launches today. You can subscribe or unsubscribe on the subscriptions

I look forward to hearing what people think of it once it's been going for a



Found Haiku

Danny O'Brien, who co-edits the fantastically smart-ass NTK newsletter, just
wrote a cool little Python script which uses a pronunciation dictionary to
search text for found haikus. See the results at:

I particularly enjoyed the haikus pulled out of spam emails, such as:
We offer some of
the best bulk e-mail prices
on the Internet.


Please put Remove in
subject line to get out from
future mailing. Thanks.



Design & Production Intern

Thu Sep 05, 2002 01:00

Rhizome is looking for a Design and Production Intern for the Fall 2002 session. The intern will assist the Director of Technology with production tasks, including editing HTML pages and graphics production. In addition, there will also be opportunities to do self-directed work in fields such as website design, information architecture, and usability.

We are looking for a responsible individual who can handle large independent projects. She/he will have a strong interest in new media and new media art, and an eagerness to learn about cutting-edge technologies and ideas by putting them into practice. Experience with the basics of web production (HTML, FTP, Photoshop) required.

To apply, email your detailed cover letter and resume to Francis Hwang at

Hours: 10 hours per week, scheduling flexible
Dates: September 15 - December 15, 2002
Notes: On-site, unpaid


Re: Living Digital Surfaces

Marilyn asked:

> Does any of the community know of any artists who are creating artefacts
that are digitally respondent to touch or contact of any sort? Please let
me know if you do...Thanks...marilyn

When Bradford Paley spoke at "Database Cultures" last May he showed us some
stuff that made ripples when you touched it. Lots of oohs and ahhs from the

His page is at:



Re: Quake as an OS?

Sure there is. It uses the Doom-Linux port as a frontend for sysadmin
commands, so you kill processes by shooting them with a shotgun. Whoo-ha!

Here's the original project page:

Here's the current Sourceforge page (doesn't seem that active, though the
disclaimer is amusing):

Here's an article that a certain Rhizome staffer once wrote about it for



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