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: adobe acquires macromedia

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
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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Commission voting: 6 days left

Hi all,

Just wanted to remind y'all that there are only six days left in the
commissions voting process for the 2005-2006 Net Art Commissions. This
isn't some inconsequential poll; the winner of this voting stage will
be one of the Commissions for this cycle. So vote early, and vote

As always, if you have any questions about this whole process, feel
free to contact me personally or on the list.

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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Rhizome Commissions: Finalists chosen, 2nd voting phase begins

Hi everyone,

The 27 finalists for the Rhizome Commissions have now been chosen.

To see the full list of finalists, go to .
To submit your votes for the 2nd round, go to .

In this second stage, the top voted proposal will be awarded one of the
commissions; the other awards will be decided by our invited jury. This
second stage of voting will last until Wednesday, April 20.

For more information about the voting process, please see . Or you could just ask me,
either directly or via this list.

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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Rhizome Commissions: Voting starts

Hi all,

Another thing. Some have pointed out to me that some of the proposals
in the pool don't really meet the requirements in the CFP. We hope
everybody who's voting will pay attention to the issue of whether each
proposal actually met the requirements, particularly:

+ these commissions are intended to fund (in whole or in part) new
works or new elaborations of/additions to existing work.
+ these commissions are intended for internet art.

Admittedly, these distinctions can be fuzzy at times, so just use your
best judgment.

We haven't done any screening of the proposals up to this point. But
after this stage of voting is done, we reserve the right to disqualify
proposals if we think they haven't met the minimum requirements of the

Feel free to email me if you have any questions about this.

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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RealTime "F2T" Frank Plant & Thomas Charveriat

Also, one note: We started the voting a little later than planned, so
there has been a slight change in schedule. This round of voting will
last until Monday, April 4, not Friday, April 1, as originally planned.
So y'all have exactly one week to get in your votes for this first

If you want to know more about the voting schedule or process, please
check .

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