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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DISCUSSION

Re: New Membership Policy


Just to add to what Lauren said: Some of you may have noticed that the
website is down for maintenance right now. This is because I'm
currently doing work to move the website to the new membership policy,
particularly in transitioning all our current members to the new
system. Right now the website isn't visible, but email is working, the
list is working, and all emails through the list are being archived as
normal. I expect this process to be done by the end of the day.

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
+ + +
On May 23, 2005, at 12:18 PM, Lauren Cornell wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I am pleased to announce the launch of our new membership policy.
> Every
> individual Member should be receiving a dedicated email about this
> shortly,
> but I would also like to bring attention to the new policy on the list
> to
> get your thoughts and feedback.
>
> This change was prompted by a reconsideration of our current membership
> system. When we enacted a $5 membership requirement in January 2003, we
> thought that such a policy would balance our need for a stable revenue
> source with our mission to serve new media arts communities around the
> world. However, having reviewed Rhizome's usage and subscription
> statistics,
> we concluded that our membership policy was stifling wide-scale
> participation in our online programs. We have rethought and
> restructured our
> membership policy to make Rhizome more inclusive, relevant, and open.
>
> Under our new policy, anyone, regardless of whether they have donated
> to
> Rhizome or not, will be able to post or access Rhizome content from
> the last
> year simply by signing up. It's completely free to sign up - all you
> have to
> do is register an email address and password.
>
> Artworks and texts that are *more than one year old* will reside in the
> Rhizome Archives. Only Rhizome Members will be able to access the
> Archives.
> Members will also be able to maintain a Member Page in the Community
> Directory, create Member-Curated Exhibits, and use special features
> such as
> Advanced Search. In the coming months, we will roll out innovative
> features
> to keep our membership program dynamic and worthwhile.
>
> All current Members will retain their membership status under the new
> policy. When your membership expires, you will still be able to
> subscribe
> to Rhizome lists and browse the site. But, in order to retain member
> benefits, you will be asked to renew your membership at an annual
> level of
> $25. I hope you will consider continuing your membership at this
> level.
> Rhizome is just as reliant on our base of Members for financial
> support now
> as ever before.
>
> In announcing our new membership, I would also like to acknowledge the
> vision and work of the Rhizome staff, Francis Hwang, Kevin McGarry and
> particularly former Executive Director Rachel Greene, who initiated and
> developed the plans for this new policy.
>
> We feel confident that everyone involved with Rhizome will benefit
> from our
> expanded availability, and we hope you agree.
>
> Thanks for reading this, and thank you for sticking with us as we try
> to
> find the best system to support our programs and organization.
>
>
> Yours,
>
>
> Lauren Cornell
> Executive Director
> Rhizome.org
>
> + + +
>
>
> Rhizome.org is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For U.S.
> taxpayers,
> contributions to Rhizome are tax-deductible, minus the value of any
> goods or
> services received, to the extent allowed by law.
>
>
> --
> Lauren Cornell
> Executive Director, Rhizome.org
> New Museum of Contemporary Art
> 210 Eleventh Ave, NYC, NY 10001
>
> tel. 212.219.1222 X 208
> fax. 212.431.5328
> ema. laurencornell@rhizome.org
>
>
> +
> -> 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
> +
> Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set out in the
> Membership Agreement available online at http://rhizome.org/info/29.php
>

DISCUSSION

Re: 2005-2006 Commissions: One last tie-breaker vote


Arg! Here's a correction:

You only have until Thursday, *April* 28, 12:00 p.m. EST to submit your
vote. That's still less than three days from now.

Sorry about any confusion.

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
+ + +
On Apr 25, 2005, at 5:47 PM, Francis Hwang wrote:

> Hi everybody,
>
> We're almost to the end of the Commissions decision process. There
> have been a lot of votes on our great list of finalists, and now that
> we've tallied those votes, we have a tie! The two highest-ranked
> proposals are:
>
> Eternal Sunset
> FallenFruit.org
>
> We are conducting one last tie-breaker vote. Please go to
> http://rhizome.org/commissions/voting/final/ to submit your vote.
>
> You only have until Thursday, May 28, 12:00 p.m. EST to submit your
> vote. That's less than three days from now, so don't delay.
>
> NOTE: This last vote only pertains to the one award that will be
> chosen by the Rhizome community. It does not affect the remaining
> awards, which are chosen by the jury. You'll find out what the jury
> picks in a few weeks--and who won the tie--when we announce all the
> winners.
>
> If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly or via the
> list.
>
> Francis Hwang
> Director of Technology
> Rhizome.org
> phone: 212-219-1288x202
> AIM: francisrhizome
> + + +
>
> +
> -> 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
> +
> Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set out in the
> Membership Agreement available online at http://rhizome.org/info/29.php
>

DISCUSSION

2005-2006 Commissions: One last tie-breaker vote


Hi everybody,

We're almost to the end of the Commissions decision process. There have
been a lot of votes on our great list of finalists, and now that we've
tallied those votes, we have a tie! The two highest-ranked proposals
are:

Eternal Sunset
FallenFruit.org

We are conducting one last tie-breaker vote. Please go to
http://rhizome.org/commissions/voting/final/ to submit your vote.

You only have until Thursday, May 28, 12:00 p.m. EST to submit your
vote. That's less than three days from now, so don't delay.

NOTE: This last vote only pertains to the one award that will be chosen
by the Rhizome community. It does not affect the remaining awards,
which are chosen by the jury. You'll find out what the jury picks in a
few weeks--and who won the tie--when we announce all the winners.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly or via the
list.

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

DISCUSSION

Rhizome.org to host second "Blogging and the Arts" panel


Hey hey,

We've got another Blogging and the Arts panel lined up, this time for
Tuesday, May 17. The press release is below, and please let me know if
you've got any questions.

The URL for this event is
http://rhizome.org/events/blogging_and_the_arts/ .

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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MEDIA CONTACT
For more info contact:
Francis Hwang, Director of Technology
212.219.1288x202
francis@rhizome.org

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DISCUSSION

Re: adobe acquires macromedia


Huh. I don't know why I thought PDF was closed, I guess the association
of Adobe made me just assume. Thanks for the correction.

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
+ + +
On Apr 18, 2005, at 10:57 AM, Robert Spahr wrote:

> Actually a PDF file is an open-standard that can be used royalty-free.
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Document_Format
>
>
>
> On Monday 18 April 2005 10:33 am, Francis Hwang wrote:
>> On Apr 18, 2005, at 6:59 AM, Jim Andrews wrote:
>>> And PDFs are nice very nice
>>> but please. Adobe just hasn't got the Web or multimedia touch?
>>
>> I don't have much of an opinion on most of this story, since I almost
>> never use any of the tools made by either of these vendors. (Maybe I
>> fire up ImageReady once a week to tweak a web graphic.) But I have to
>> disagree with this: The PDF format is hugely important. Why? Because
>> it's the backbone of imaging on OS X. 2D pictures rendered to the
>> screen on modern Macs are images turned into the PDF format before
>> they're sent to your monitor. And, although a lot of Mac users don't
>> know this, every single document that can be printed can be saved to
>> PDF, too.
>>
>> It's funny, but Apple's move to use PDF may end up making it the
>> standard for its field, in spite of its closed nature. Of course,
>> there
>> are lots of places where PDF is a completely inappropriate choice:
>> It's
>> not so great online or in emails touting your next art opening ... but
>> if you want to publish documents in a way where you can guarantee
>> they'll look and print the same way on another computer, PDF is the
>> way
>> to do it today.
>>
>> Francis Hwang
>> Director of Technology
>> Rhizome.org
>> phone: 212-219-1288x202
>> AIM: francisrhizome
>> + + +
>>
>> +
>> -> 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
>> +
>> Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set out in the
>> Membership Agreement available online at
>> http://rhizome.org/info/29.php
>
> --
> --
>
> Robert Spahr
> http://www.robertspahr.com
>
> On the heath Lear asks Gloucester: "How do you see the world?"
> And Gloucester, who is blind, answers: "I see it feelingly."
>