Jack Stenner
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Works in Gainesville, Florida United States of America

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BIO
Jack Stenner is an artist who has worked with technology, video, and installation since the mid 1990s. He is an Assistant Professor of Art + Technology at the University of Florida, School of Art and Art History. His work addresses issues related to our socio-culturally constructed "reality" and the ways we create meaning. He is interested in “place” and how meaning is embedded, manipulated and transcoded in the environment. His work explores the construction of a “hybrid subject”; a subject that is neither entirely human nor machinic. Combining techniques from information retrieval and visualization, content analysis, video gaming, computer vision and experimental video, he seeks to create experiences that encourage us to reconsider what we think we know about our world, and imagine an alternative utopia.

He holds a Bachelors of Environmental Design, a Masters of Science in Visualization, and a Ph.D in Architecture with emphasis in Computer Visualization from Texas A&M University. He worked with artists in the context of an alternative art space he founded in Houston, Texas, for almost 10 years. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, at venues including Siggraph, ACM Multimedia, International Society of Electronic Artists (ISEA), ZeroOne Biennial, Alternative Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Toluca, Mexico, Polk Museum of Art,Tampa Museum of Art, and others.
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DISCUSSION

Re: The end of Premiere for Mac


> and people are going to simply have to get used to the idea that Apple
> is a now not only a hardware co., but a major software vendor that is
> catering to high-end video, audio, and film production now that they
> are selling Shake, FCP, DVD studio pro,

and of course, Logic

Adobe has also announced they won't be developing Encore (new DVD
creation software) for the Mac as well, since iDVD and DVDSP exist
already.

> and now creating this new high-end quicktime format, Pixlet (hmm, the
> next pixar film rendered on Mac G5s? i know, i doubt it too.)

Pixar just recently updated their render farm to Xeons running Linux,
so it will probably be a while before they make another change.
<http://news.com.com/2100-1001-983898.html>

I think what will happen though, is that many of the workstations used
daily by animators, lighting, special effects, etc. will begin to use
the G5's with the Pixlet codec. They'll be able to create and preview
their work at full frame sizes and in realtime (without hardware
assist). Once the work is done/approved it's dumped to the render
farm. Evidently, Pixar requested Apple develop this codec specifically
for this purpose.

Also of interest was the video promo with Ed Catmull (Pixar
founder/guru):
<http://www.apple.com/powermac/video/>

It looks like they will release an OSX version of Renderman soon:
<https://renderman.pixar.com/index.htm>

Jack

DISCUSSION

Re: FW: <hopper-ex> Re: IE for the Mac no longer under development


On Sunday, June 15, 2003, at 02:35 PM, t.whid wrote:

>> I tend to support the underdog in situations like this because of
>> some sort of personality quirk ;-) If the roles were reversed I'd
>> support M$, or Linux, or whatever, primarily because I think the net
>> will be a more interesting, fulfilling, diverse place the longer we
>> can forestall homogeneity. The topic of "standards" and "openness"
>> comes up a lot...do artists/programmers have a responsibility to be
>> aware of the cultural ramifications of their efforts and tailor their
>> work accordingly?
>
> i would never knock an artist for making a work IE-only, or
> Windows-only, or Linux-only or whatever. since net artists probably
> want to reach a large an audience as possible, it makes sense for them
> to make something Windows-only if that's all the resources they have
> at their disposal. artists are underfunded as it is. we don't have
> development teams or other resources to make sure every project works
> in every environment (or do as best we can). many of us use Flash and
> though the SWF format is technically open that could be changed at
> Macromedia's whim. Flash's benefits out-weigh that negative IMO, ditto
> for Shockwave.
>
> so, yes, i think artists should be aware of the ramifications but i
> would never argue that an artist is under obligation to do anything
> with their work, they are the artists afterall. artists dictate what
> their work is and how it functions in our society (technically,
> socially, economically, politically) i would never attempt to dictate
> that one should use open standards or open source authoring tools in
> creating one's work.

Nahhh, we need some sort of net.art artist's license, so irresponsible
artists can be punished when they mess up ;-) 5 years for
"inappropriate use of FrontPage extensions" ;-)

>
> having said that, the reason that net artists are drawn to Java,
> Flash, Director, HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc is that they are all
> cross-platform technologies. net artists really don't want to lock
> anyone out. they seem more concerned with this then most software
> developers.

Agreed! In my experience, artists tend to be concerned with this
issue, but many (not all) programmers are either oblivious to the "big
picture" ramifications of their choices, or in some cases, are actually
hostile to the thought that a standards based environment might be
better than a single platform system.

>
> in my own work (except Flash of course) I try to follow W3C standards
> when writing Web code (xhtml, css, javascript). i think it's the right
> thing to do purely from a selfish perspective; if everyone is
> following standards which aren't tied to any platform or company than
> the more freedom we all have in choosing how to live and work in our
> digital age.

As artists, I think that's the best we can do....
I'm afraid we have to rely on programmers to demand that M$ follow
standards in order to avoid absorption by Redmond. It's certain the
"Bushies" won't deal with the issue...they're still deluded that the
"market economy" will produce the best computing experience.

Jack

DISCUSSION

Re: FW: <hopper-ex> Re: IE for the Mac no longer under development


On Sunday, June 15, 2003, at 02:43 PM, Jim Andrews wrote:

>> Mac users have been saddled with a fairly standards
>> compliant, yet feature poor, slow rendering, and buggy browsing
>> experience ever since. IE Javascript and Java integration (not
>> invented at M$) seem to be purposefully hobbled in the Mac version.
>
> "purposefully hobbled"...give your head a shake. it's because the
> person dev-hours that go into
> Mac products produced on the level of a browser engineering project do
> not match the person
> dev-hours that go into a project that has 97% of the market. it is not
> economically feasible to
> put the same number of resources on each project. that is why the Mac
> has been inferior in its
> browsers.

When the same features work in the Windows version, yet are never
addressed in the Mac version in 5+ years? Economically feasible? The
browsers are free. The Mac Business Unit (responsible for Mac IE) is
owned by the same deep-pocketed company that can afford to conquer the
market with a free browser. I think they could afford to solve the
Mac/IE deficiencies.

An example would be LiveConnect.....Java to Javascript communication.
Never worked in IE/Mac, though it worked in Mozilla/Netscape/Mac.
Worked fine in IE/PC, but since LiveConnect isn't a M$ technology they
certainly didn't want it working across PC/Mac on IE.

>
>> Meanwhile lazy web designers cater to M$ specific "features" that lock
>> out alternative platforms.......(gotta stop, now)
>
> who you calling lazy, jack? there are interesting DHTML features in IE
> for the PC that simply
> are not supported via, we might as meaningfully state, the lazy Mac
> developers of IE. It makes
> the same insipid lack of sense. fact is the platforms differ
> substantially in their DHTML
> support and not many of us have the opportunity to test on both
> platforms. so that even
> relatively simple commands like window.open have subtle differences in
> how they react to
> parameters and even the sizes of the openable windows. never mind
> esoteric methods such as
> innerHTML. i go where my imagination leads me, mainly. i have no
> devotion to standards in art
> or technology.

Sorry about that, didn't mean to imply YOU are lazy! I was referring
to the many programmers I know who invariably take the path of least
resistance without considering the ramifications of their
decisions....they simply follow the $.

> art is invisible; slips past the borders.

Absolutely, just concerned what else slips in, unnoticed :-)

>
>> I don't think that what Apple is doing with Safari can be compared to
>> what M$ wants to do via "browser/OS integration." In terms of it's
>> relationship to the OS, Safari is little more than a replacement for
>> the subpar M$ Mac IE implementation. Apple is saying, "Ok M$, if you
>> aren't going to provide us with a suitable browser, we'll make one
>> ourselves!"
>
> Alternatively, they perhaps both realize that the 'next step' for the
> Mac browser is
> OS-integration that MS is not positioned to accomplish for Apple. Once
> the browser becomes *not*
> a standalone installation but something *meaningfully and usefully*
> part of the OS install, you
> can see the dev initiative falls more to the core OS programmers than
> third party developers
> such as msft'ers.

I'm not so concerned about OS specific widgets, glommed on top of the
browser (think Office). I'm concerned when there is less competition
and M$ (or whomever) begins to introduce basic functionality that locks
competitors out of the network. An example might be html tags that
only work with their browser (or work differently than they do on other
platforms). I recall the Mac OS Classic days when a trip to certain
websites would completely lock my machine....it doesn't have to be that
way.

I don't know, maybe a fractured Internet with OS specific zones (rather
than an inclusive web) isn't such a bad thing....who knows...we could
stick AOL in the PC zone ;-) ...just kidding.

Jack

BTW, I'm not some doom-sayer, afraid of progress. I just see the
pendulum swinging more towards large corporations rather than
individuals, and a public that doesn't often care. Usually these
things even out over time, hopefully.

DISCUSSION

Re: FW: <hopper-ex> Re: IE for the Mac no longer under development


On Sunday, June 15, 2003, at 09:16 AM, Jim Andrews wrote:

>
>>> I am against the forces of dullness and monopoly. But I am way for
>>> mind-blowing features that
>>> transform the mind and experience, transform the desktop into strong
>>> net integration. but in
>>> certain ways. not necessarily as microsoft would have it. more open.
>>> the feds can't just back
>>> off. they need to be concerned about this recent development where
>>> Microsoft and Apple attempt
>>> together to turn the browser into an OS-specific application. Not
>>> necessarily putting the kibosh
>>> on it, but keeping the possibility of other browsers--perhaps not
>>> OS-integrated, perhaps
>>> OS-integrated, as a possibility. That'd be their job to figure out
>>> what serves the societies of
>>> the world best, not Microsoft and Apple. I think as long as they
>>> continue to support various
>>> protocols that *are* supportable in other browsers, they will get
>>> their deeper browser-OS
>>> integration.
>>
>> I'm going to defend Apple as to compare MS and Apple is kinda wacky
>> imo.
>
> I see the issue as a cooperation between Apple and Microsoft, an
> agreement to back off each
> other's browser territory.

and:

>> i think you're mistaken to defend Apple and censure Microsoft when,
>> in fact, they are doing much
>> the same: building OS-integrated browsers that will be unique on
>> their respective platforms in
>> their role in the desktop. and of course they will probably work
>> fairly closely together, as
>> they historically have on various projects, including browser
>> technology.

LOL, cooperation between Apple and Microsoft. The last time there was
cooperation between Apple and Microsoft, Apple took home $150 mil in
exchange for Apple bundling IE on every Mac sold (farewell NS...NS/AOL
doesn't count). Mac users have been saddled with a fairly standards
compliant, yet feature poor, slow rendering, and buggy browsing
experience ever since. IE Javascript and Java integration (not
invented at M$) seem to be purposefully hobbled in the Mac version.
Meanwhile lazy web designers cater to M$ specific "features" that lock
out alternative platforms.......(gotta stop, now)

I don't think that what Apple is doing with Safari can be compared to
what M$ wants to do via "browser/OS integration." In terms of it's
relationship to the OS, Safari is little more than a replacement for
the subpar M$ Mac IE implementation. Apple is saying, "Ok M$, if you
aren't going to provide us with a suitable browser, we'll make one
ourselves!" M$ response is, "Fine, we'll kill IE and continue to do
what we've always done by further "embracing" and "extending" the net!"
They'll do this by integrating the browser (thus killing
competition), and then providing "features" and "enhancements" that
tickle the "feature-itis" of web designers who choose not to take a
stance by supporting open standards. They've done this with DirectX
vs. OpenGL, C#.Net vs. Java, etc..

I tend to support the underdog in situations like this because of some
sort of personality quirk ;-) If the roles were reversed I'd support
M$, or Linux, or whatever, primarily because I think the net will be a
more interesting, fulfilling, diverse place the longer we can forestall
homogeneity. The topic of "standards" and "openness" comes up a
lot...do artists/programmers have a responsibility to be aware of the
cultural ramifications of their efforts and tailor their work
accordingly?

Jack

DISCUSSION

Re: Re:Safari (was Re:hypertext work)


....didn't even know I was cool :-)

The animation is shockwave.....played fine with Safari v64, here.......

> don't worry, lots of stuff is crashing safari these days ;-) was it
> flash? i've noticed flash causing some squonky behavior in safari.
>
> i'm the cool kid who's using officially unreleased safari betas ;-)
> (why? tabs, tabs, tabs!)
>
> On Saturday, March 15, 2003, at 04:27 PM, Rachel Greene wrote:
>
>> I agree -- this is really cool... FYI the animation at the end
>> crashed my
>> safari browser 2wice....
>>
>>
>>
>>>> I like the work of michael atavar. it's simple, delicate and
>>>> poetic. check out 'thethingasitis'.
>>>> http://www.atavar.com/thethingasitis/
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