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.

Paper Rad Info (Blog)

Dooman Group

Paper Rad Info is a blog about Paper Rad. However, it is not Paper Rad. That is here. Above is the Dooman Group. a spinoff band named after Dr. Doo; the photo came from Flickr. Inspiring!

And I confess I missed this Art in America article on Cory Arcangel, which discusses his collaboration with Paper Rad at Deitch Projects, among other activities. Fortunately I have the web to keep me up to date on print. We'll know a zeigeist moment has occurred when Cory is no longer called a "computer artist" and is just called an "artist."


Downtime & Play


Trebor Scholz muses on the nature of time in the always-connected world:

On my way to Zurich I just met a colleague at the airport. We both fly routinely. "I can't do it anymore." he said. "All this air travel is just too much downtime for me." I moved onward passing through airport lobbies in New York City, London, and finally my Swiss destination. In these inbetween spaces I was persistently confronted with big, fat back-lid ads. And they were all about time. T-Mobile's slogan is "Upgrade your downtime." The airline Jetblue draws attention to their wireless hotspots at John F. Kennedy with the commanding "downtime-download." The mantra of the British Vodaphone is "The power of now!" BT shows a jolly business man fly-jumping through what looks like a landscape of Powerpoint charts: "The digital network economy. Where business is done." In JFK, Sprint, the American cell phone tycoon, set up yellow placards in the size of a house that say "yes to making just about any place a work place." It made me stop. I was buffled. How dare they be so in my face about what I perceive as the agony of immaterial labor?


Volunteer needed for a region-specific performance in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY on this Sat. Nov. 12th (part of Bushwick Art Projects)


Looking for a volunteer to bike around Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY to video 'spot document' a region-specific live performance during [BAP] (Bushwick Art Projects) on this Saturday, November 12th. The performance will start around 8:30 p.m.

I personally planning to bike around and make visits to chinese takeout restaurants in Bushwick area, starting at 8:30 p.m. on Sat. Nov. 12th as a part of BAP.

I'll audioblog with GPS positioning data documented during this trip - which simultaneously be broadcasted at ORTPLAY @ORT (330 Ellery st., 1st & 2nd. floors, Bushwick near J train Flushing Ave. station.)

While I can do much stuff myself, it'd be super helpful if there is one more person can make the trip with me! I'm looking for a person who can participate the 'hopping-around' with a video camera (better;) or a digi camera with mov. mode (okay), on a bike/skateboard etc. (I'll be on bike myself.. so the other person needs to be also with something faster than on foot. and if necessary, I may be able to hook you up with a bike which I can borrow someone from ORT.)

I presume the trip would take approx. over an hour. (but definitely less than 1.5.)

I'd appreciate if you can forward to whoever may be interested.

thanx millions!!

Keiko Uenishi

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10 questions/more art

Plasma Studii:

we need a lot more people making computer art. most computer art is pretty bad. if you think about all the bob rosses and weekend nature water colorists most paintings are pretty bad too. but that's how the world is and that's cool. too much emphasis on quality is just discouraging. being bad is fine. however, there are so many painters that if even 5% are good, that's still a huge number. if 5% of net.artists are good that might be someone's little toe. more artists have more art to take as an example. the quality of the art doesn't matter. simply more examples will be helpful to us all. ...





Bump--In the project "bump", two wooden bridges in two different cities form the meeting point for large public events. When someone steps on one of these bridges, this person's weight triggers an impulse that is transmitted through a data transmission cable to the wooden bridge in the other city, thus moving the corresponding plank by a few centimeters.