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.

Open Call for Transmission Art Web Projects

Lauren Cornell:
Hello, Please submit to Open Call! See below, and at: for details. -Lauren

Rhizome and free103point9 Open Call for Transmission Art Web Projects

free103point9 and Rhizome are pleased to announce a collaborative call for web-based works that explore transmission as a medium for creative expression. Projects should practically and/or conceptually incorporate transmission themes and tools. Applicants are encouraged to visit free103point9's online Study Center resource for historical, technical, and cultural reference materials on Transmission Art.

Projects should have been completed within the last year of the opening of the exhibition: January 7, 2006. Projects that are in-development at the time of submission will be considered as long as their completion date seems to fit realistically with the exhibition timeline. A modest artist fee will be provided in support of selected projects. We welcome a wide range of interpretations and ideas.

Selected projects will be included in an online exhibition featured by both free103point9 and Rhizome websites January -- March 2006. A live performance and/or presentation event will also take place during the duration of the exhibition.

Open Call October 1, 2005
Submission Deadline October 31, 2005
Notification November 14, 2005
Online Exhibition January -- March 2006
Presentation/Performance March 2006

Please include the following items in your application materials. Proposals should be emailed to no later than midnight October 31, 2005.

Questions regarding your proposal should be directed to Lauren Cornell and Galen Joseph-Hunter.

Name of Artist/Collective
Contact e-mail
Contact phone
Artist Statement
Without exceeding 500 words, please describe your current artistic practice.
Proposed Project Narrative
Without exceeding 1000 words, please describe your project.
Project Timeline
Please outline your development strategy in order to meet a launch date of January 1st.
Work Samples ...


People Who End With Fish, Part Two

All the advantages of a real dolphin but you get to wear your favorite swim outfit, too.

Now, I know what you are thinking. You’re thinking: Whoa! Not only do I get to be a dolphin, but I get to be a flying dolphin in the sky who puffs out these beautiful, prismatic cumulonimbus clouds!! I hate to break it to you, but your arms will need to be replaced with hinged arms, keep in mind.



atc @ ucb: cobi van tonder, wed 7:30pm


The Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium of UC Berkeley's Center for New Media Presents:

Ephemeral Gumboots: Dancing the Rhythm of Change
Cobi van Tonder, Artist and Musician, Johannesburg

*Wed*, 28 Sept, 7:30-9pm: UC Berkeley, 160 Kroeber Hall All ATC Lectures are free and open to the public.

The history of Gumboot dance illustrates the potential of culture for transforming social aggression. Cobi will present Ephemeral Gumboots, a hybrid media artwork/musical instrument that takes South African Gumboot dance and extends it as an interface into an electronic music-making system. How does the music of Ephemeral Gumboots reflect the media age in South Africa? How has the artist or facilitator, responded (or succumbed) to the politics and hegemony of technology?

For Deleuze and Guattari, music "both simulates space and creates it literally, on the dance floor, in headphones, on the Internet" (Andrew Murphy, 2000). The refrains of dance music provide territories for the body and mind to move and travel. Cobi will reflect on the contemporary impact of technology and her personal experience of it as she presents her project from a socio and political perspective. She will also invite composers and dancers to use her system for further creative exploration.


Rita's Web


via BoingBoing, 9/22/05:

Rita: bloggage, podcasts, newpapers become web-only

This site includes a Google hack that combines Google Maps with hurricane tracking data, for a comprehensive view of Rita's activities: Link

Houston TV Station KHOU is reporting Rita updates on a blog which may become their primary distribution means if things get rough. Includes MP3 audio and text story summaries. Link

Boing Boing reader oboreruhito says,

The newspaper I work for in Lake Charles, La., in the path of Hurricane Rita, has shifted operations to blogspot, since everyone who can update our usual site has evacuated. They will be updating as news occurs and as long as they have power. Lake Charles, located about 15-20 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, is expecting to see quite a bit of flooding from the storm surge, and more from the rains; everything south of I-10 will experience flooding, and areas 8 feet above sea level and lower are expected to be underwater for at least some time. The waterways around here feed into the gulf, and the storm surge alone will cause most of them to crest. I know the focus is on the Texas coast, but we're expecting to get quite a bit of damage and 100+ mph winds ourselves.


The group site Houston metblog also has frequent first-person updates: Link


disturb.the.peace "angry women" - open call

Jess Loseby:
disturb.the.peace "angry women" - open call

"Whoa! Why does this word carry so much weight, and why do these women want to
distance themselves so far from this word?" Once I had received a similar response from
three other women, as though anger was un-cool, or un-sexy, I started thinking of the
"Angry Young Men" of the fifties and sixties-the amorphous James Dean types whose
anger was sexy, because anger is one of the sanctioned responses that men have, and
women don't. No man would protest being featured in a book called Angry Young Men,
do you think?

[Interview with Andrea Juno, Ed of "angry women" (Juno Books, 1992)]

Disturb.the.Peace [angry woman] will be aimed at creating a collaborative net-based
installation with the core concept of the visual portrait of feminine anger. The net offers a
canvas for self-portraiture and self-documentary, which both men and woman users and
artists have used to explore the many eclectic thematics that make up contemporary However, anger - that non P.C, emotional serpent - still remains visually elusive.
Emails are full of bile, blogs map outpourings of rage and disgust, newsgroups simmer
over with adversary and cutting one-liners but not, apparently, visual artworks...? Can
anger be beautiful? Can rage be aesthetic? In popular culture there are a range of angry
babes to pick: from girl-power to the Powerpuff girls but

"...their popularity may not reflect a dramatic shift in our society's view of gender roles,
but rather our inability to stomach female anger unless it's sugar-coated in cuteness and
scored with a pervasively chirpy, non-threatening tone."

[Powerpuff Girls to the Rescue: Heather Havrilesky, Salon. Posted July 5, 2002]


D/tP is a call to women artists to visually explore the face of [their] anger ...