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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Re: Place In Place Of: Berlin

Cool project. I've visited Berlin a few times, and I find it an
astounding place. (You could pigeonhole me as another Brooklyn hipster
who thinks Berlin is cool 'cause it's all Euro and post-Imperial and
electroclash and whatnot. But, hey, be nice.)

But where's the RSS feed? If it doesn't have an RSS feed, I'm going to
forget it exists.

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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On Aug 8, 2005, at 4:46 PM, jeremy beaudry wrote:

> My colleague and I are newly settled in Berlin as artists-in-residence
> at the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft through the end of August. We'd like
> to share with you an online documentation / critical inquiry project
> which we have been maintaining during our time here:
> Essentially, it is two-column blog which we are using to post
> synchronic investigations / interpretations of our experience of
> Berlin -- expect as much media as we can feasibly cram into a web
> page: text, image, audio, video, etc. As the beta version of more
> expansive place blog project I'm developing, this is definitely a work
> in progress and, as such, there may be glitches -- any feedback
> regarding these and the project in general would be greatly
> appreciated.
> Best.
> Jeremy Beaudry
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Director of Technology report, July 2005

(or: what I did on my summer vacation, by Francis Hwang)

For better or for worse, changes keep coming. Below are some of the
bigger ones that happened this past month:

1. New front page
The new front page allows our superusers to cast a broader net,
collating interesting things both from Rhizome Raw and from the broader
world of new media arts online. The backend involved all sorts of
components stuck together inelegantly with chicken wire and duct tape,
but I won't bother you with the details (other than to thank the teams
behind the reBlog and Wordpress projects for putting out said
newly-sticky software). The end result is far more interesting: A front
page that pulls content from all corners of the web. And if you've got
a new-media-arts-related RSS feed out there, please email it to me, so
I can pass it on to all our superusers.

2. Location
From time to time at Rhizome, I get emails that read like this: "Dear
omniscient webmaster, I just moved to [city that is not New York or
London], and would like to find out about the new media arts scene in
the area. Whaddya got for me?" Thus was born our new Location feature,
in which Members can opt-in to display their location. We hope this
will help people build and strengthen new scenes in places outside the
stereotypical art hubs. It's also just sort of cool; right now you can
see that there are at least two Rhizome Members living in Finland.
Shout-out to my peeps in Finland.

Keep an eye out for more cool Location-y features in the future. In the
meantime, browse it all at:

3. Featured Member-curated exhibit

Once a month, we're spotlighting a member-curated exhibit. When such an
exhibit is featured, that means it can be viewed by everyone (not just
Members), and the artworks it points to can be viewed by everyone else.

4. Featured Artwork

We're also featuring an artwork once a month; this art will be out of
the Rhizome Archives and viewable to everybody. As of now, this work is
"Nio", by Jim Andrews.

5. Member RSS

Every single Member can have an RSS feed, which will track their texts,
artworks, and member-curated exhibits. This was rolled out last month,
and it's pretty cool to see an extra 300 feeds added to our list of RSS
feeds ... However, I have to admit this first phase of the features
isn't quite done, since I think there's something a little off about
the updating of this feeds ... With any luck, I'll get the gremlins out
of this feature this week or the next.

That's it for now. Please be generous with the feedback--do these
features makes sense? Are they easy to use? Are they useful to you at
all? etc., etc.

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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Member RSS: 300 more feeds!

Hey everybody,

I just turned on our Member RSS feeds. Starting today, Rhizome Members
have the option of publishing their Rhizome activity via RSS. This
includes artworks and texts added to Rhizome within the past year.

These feeds can be found from a member page. Here's the member page of
Minneapolis-based artist Abinadi Meza:

Note the line that says "Member RSS feed" and points you to this:

... which you could then enter into your RSS reader/aggregator/reBlog
tool and do whatever with.

Every Member has the option of having a syndication feed, though they
can also opt out by choosing to be anonymous on their preferences page.

This feature adds more than 300 feeds to our mix of syndication feeds.
(300 is a lot less than our membership, but that's the number of
Members who have posted art or text in the past year _and_ have elected
to be anonymous.)

Let me know your thoughts, whether this is useful, how it could be made
more useful, etc.

And don't forget, if you feel like making a Member contribution, go to .

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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Announcing: Rhizome Location

Hey kids,

I just rolled out the next Member feature here at
Location. Go here to see what I'm talking about:

Location gives Members the option to be searchable by their country of
residence. Right now we imagine this will be most useful for those
Members who live in countries where the new media arts scene has a ways
to grow. For example, right now we've got two Rhizome Members who live
in Finland:

Each specific location also has an RSS feed, so you can be notified of
new Members coming on in your country. (RSS for everything! Yay!) For
example, Finland's RSS feed is:

Not everyone will want to publish this information, of course. So if
you want to opt-out, you can do so by following these steps:

1. Log in to the Rhizome web site.
2. Go to your preferences page at .
3. Click on the "Hidden" checkbox by the Country field, and then click
"Submit" at the bottom of the page.

( I already sent out this info to every Member last week, but you never
know. Sometimes people don't read their email. )

And, of course, if you think this is cool and you're not yet a Rhizome
Member, you can make a member contribution here:


Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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Rhizome administration spam

There's a new sort of spam around these days; it takes the domain name
of an email address and uses that to pretend that it's some email being
sent to you by a website, regarding your account on that website. So
some of you may have been receiving email that claims to be about your
Rhizome account, coming from the "Rhizome Support Team" or something
like that.

If you ever get an automatic email claiming to be from us, with an
attachment in it, it's a virus pretending to be from us. Rhizome never
ever sends out attachments in its automated emails. So if you get an
email like that, just ignore it.

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