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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Coming next week: A new front page for Rhizome.org


Hi everyone,

Starting next week, you'll be seeing a change in the front page here at
Rhizome. Currently the front page features artworks and texts from
inside the Rhizome site. But we've added a heavily-modified version of
Eyebeam's ReBlog software ( http://www.reblog.org/ ), so the front page
will soon combine great texts from inside Rhizome with the best memes
from the internet as a whole.

The goal is for the front page to become a quick, easy filter for the
entire field of new media arts online--both for our current Rhizome
users and Members, and for anybody else who might be interested in the
field but not know where to start looking. At the same time, Superusers
will continue to enrich the archives by adding metadata to our internal
content. (External content will not be added to the archives.)

And another note: This new front page will be based on the consumption
of RSS feeds. So if you have any sort of new media arts site of your
own, and it's got an RSS feed attached to it, make sure to send that my
way so I can forward it to all the Superusers. And if you've got a site
without RSS, well, what are you waiting for?

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org

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DISCUSSION

Re: another question


Cool. Yeah, I'd guess they stitched together:

1. some sort of free software HTML rendering engine to turn HTML and
pics into a graphic. Probably the Mozilla engine or the Konqueror
engine.
2. ImageMagick or GD to shrink & crop that image.

Or maybe there's an easier way to do it that I'm not thinking of now.

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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On Jul 13, 2005, at 11:27 AM, Lewis LaCook wrote:

> ImageMagick? GD?
>
>
>
> --- judsoN <office@plasmastudii.org> wrote:
>
>> anybody know how they do this? (these used to come
>> with spam
>> constantly a few years ago, now i never see em?)
>>
>>
> http://open.thumbshots.org/image.pxf?url=http%3A%2F%2Frhizome.org
>>
>> (%3A = "/", try any URL you want)
>>
>> Java, CGI/PHP (with graphics library extensions) all
>> do parts but can
>> find hardly any documentation about this.
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>> -> post: list@rhizome.org
>> -> questions: info@rhizome.org
>> -> subscribe/unsubscribe:
>> http://rhizome.org/preferences/subscribe.rhiz
>> -> give: http://rhizome.org/support
>> -> visit: on Fridays the Rhizome.org web site is
>> open to non-members
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>> Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set
>> out in the
>> Membership Agreement available online at
>> http://rhizome.org/info/29.php
>>
>
>
> ***********************************************************************
> ****
> No More Movements...
>
> Lewis LaCook
> -->Poet-Programmer|||http://lewislacook.corporatepa.com/|||
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> -> questions: info@rhizome.org
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DISCUSSION

Director of Technology's report, June 2005


Hi everyone,

A pretty slow month for me, owing largely to the fact that I travelled
a lot and was really only in NYC on Rhizome time for about half the
month. Would it be ludicrous to say that I still need a vacation? Oh,
so it goes.

A few notes:

1. Raw spam
Occasionally people try to use various parts of Rhizome, particularly
the Raw mailing list, to spread spam. We don't really have an automated
solution for it, but if you see anybody sending out stuff that is
clearly off-topic and/or inappropriately commercial, let me know and
I'll quietly kick them off. Please note that this does not apply to
posters who are simply confrontational or even incoherent. Incoherence
will always have a home at Rhizome.

2. Commissions came out, finally!
After much delay, we announced the winners of the 2005-2006 Commissions
cycle. Congrats to all, and keep in mind that we're planning a
real-life Commission event in October, with human bodies and cocktails
and everything. Go see the winners at http://rhizome.org/commissions/ .

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

Re: Artbase 101 - Linked vs. Cloned?


As of this writing, there are 1601 live artworks in the ArtBase. 366 of
them are clones, and 1235 are links.

As regards web services, they're obviously something we're keeping our
eye on, but don't see as a high priority. On my list of things to do
this week, they're probably somewhere in the low 600s.

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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On Jun 20, 2005, at 6:47 PM, ARN wrote:

> Hi somebody & the list
>
> Ranger and Squirrel wrote:
>
>> "The Rhizome ArtBase is a respected online archive of new media art
>> containing some 1,500 works."
>>
>> Hi all,
>> This bit from the 'press release' got me wondering if someone on the
>> list could do a query and find out how many works are linked vs.
>> cloned?
> I guess no member can 'do a query' in .rhiz artbase. //only appointed
> are allowed//
>
> may be in 2010 there will be some web.services or XML/RPC
>
> free for members in intestine
>
> http://www.rhizome.org/support/?referral=/print.rhiz?2175
>
>> My hunch is that very few are cloned and most are just links.
>> Rhizome's 'respected' self-trumpeting aside, how has the artbase
>> become an archive containing works and not a big list of links?
>>
>>
>>
>> Kevin McGarry wrote:
>>
>>
>>> We were planning on waiting until we had the online component of the
>>> show
>>> ready to announce it to the list - As Francis has been away a
>>> significant
>>> part of
>>> June, that won't be until next week when the show opens at the New
>>> Museum.
>>> We are also writing up a different release for the online show,
>>> because the
>>> one for the New Museum had to conform to space restrictions.. So,
>>> more
>>> to
>>> come soon.
>>>
>>> Kevin
>>>
>>>
>>>> maybe i missed it, but why so little pr about this upcoming show??
>>>> http://www.newmuseum.org/now_cur_RhizomeArtBase101.htm
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>>>> -> questions: info@rhizome.org
>>>> -> subscribe/unsubscribe:
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>>> http://rhizome.org/preferences/subscribe.rhiz
>>>
>>>> -> give: http://rhizome.org/support
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>>>> Membership Agreement available online at
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>>> http://rhizome.org/info/29.php
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>> -> questions: info@rhizome.org
>> -> subscribe/unsubscribe:
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>> -> visit: on Fridays the Rhizome.org web site is open to non-members
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> -> questions: info@rhizome.org
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DISCUSSION

Re: Re: Re: Re: raw.rss


On Jun 6, 2005, at 11:20 AM, t.whid wrote:

>>> One thing that might make it easier. You could maybe put a default
>>> 'post a message' box at the bottom of the threads. Then if you just
>>> want to join the thread you can. But keep the 'post a reply' button
>> on
>>> each entry so that people can choose to reply to specific entries.
>>> Might save a click and page load now and then.
>>
>> How would such a thing work if you weren't logged in? Anybody can
>> read
>> an RSS file, but you need to log in with your email address to post
>> to
>> the list.
>
> you would just do a check. So when you follow the link from the feed
> to the site to reply (you could even include a 'reply' link in the
> feed (in the description tag, after the text of the post). If one is
> logged in, the reply box is at the bottom of the thread page. If not,
> a 'login to reply' link.

Yeah, I just remembered that Russell Beattie just started playing with
this a few days ago:

http://www.russellbeattie.com/notebook/1008482.html

He seems like he's had to spend a little time tweaking HTML to get it
to work in a few different newsreaders. I'll look into this.

Here's a usability question: Let's say I post something, then you post
something else, then, say, Curt comes along and reads the RSS item of
my original post but not your reply. (Let's say he's working his way
down the items in chronological order.) So he replies via the new shiny
RSS form and then finds out his reply is redundant to what you posted.
This wouldn't happen if you just click on the thing, because then you
see a whole ten-text page. Maybe that's okay? Maybe there are ways to
mitigate it?

Hm.

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