Jason Van Anden
Since 2004
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

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Jason Van Anden is a new media activist, artist, inventor and robot maker. His creations are exhibited internationally, receiving recognition in the art, science, technology and gaming communities. More about Jason and his work can be found at his website www.smileproject.com.
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DISCUSSION

Is the Blogs Stupid (re: Community)


I came to Rhizome late - in 2003. I was a little disappointed then
with the reality vs promise that this represented. Still, I have met
a lot of cool people that have helped my art career along.

I expressed a concern then that the emergence of the blog could
potentially kill a community like Rhizome unless people made a
concerted effort to continue to participate in the board. Before
individual blogs became easy and popular, people had no choice but to
participate in a message board if they wanted to share their opinions
with others. The format of the message board forced people to deal
with a community if they wanted to be listened to - which ensured
lively interaction and fresh content as an emergent behavior. Perhaps
the motivation for Rhizome Raw is diminished now that on the internet
nobody knows your dog has a blog. Or something.

Jason Van Anden
www.smileproject.com

On Oct 6, 2006, at 6:28 AM, Lee Wells wrote:

> It definitely isn't the same thing it use to be.
> My biggest disappointment lately was that they didn't let the
> community know
> about the 10 year festival until it was already curated. I'm sure
> many of
> the members would have liked to be included in some part of it
> outside of
> the Keylines discussion on the choices that were made.
> Isn't that what Rhizome is anyway????
>
> Where was the open call to the members?
> Was it something we all missed.
>
> Did the New Museum of Contemporary Art make an executive decision?
> Is the
> fact that Rhizome's a membership org only a conduit for grants? I
> know its
> not easy to run a non profit but what used to be an open network
> has to a
> certain degree become a bit privileged and elitist.
>
> Perhaps Marisa can explain to everyone her curatorial decisions.
> The main
> mistake was that there wasn't even the illusion that the real
> community on
> Rhizome would be asked to be a part of something. For as much as
> the staff
> is accountable to the Board of Directors they should also be
> accountable to
> the members of the community as well.
>
> I'm sure there could have been some sort of collaborative project
> created
> that could have included everyone if they so desired.
>
> I've been hanging around the RAW servers since 1998 and have been
> surprised
> by some of the directions that the org has taken over the years.
> On certain levels the site is better, like the New York Times of
> New Media
> and an amazing resource for calls for work and exhibition
> opportunities. But
> the great conversations and real community participation of the
> past now
> only happen once in a great while and the users have been turned into
> passive viewers. As long as there are only a couple people questioning
> nothing will change.
>
> Full community participation is needed to create a positive change
> in any
> society.
>
>
> Cheers,
> Lee
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On 10/5/06 6:03 PM, "Steve OR Steven Read"
> <steveread@mindspring.com> wrote:
>
>> Uh oh, it's turning into a rhizome bashing party!
>>
>> I have only been around here for about 2 years. I have watched the
>> 'community'
>> feeling dwindle. I can't bitch too much because I'm sort of a
>> loner and not
>> usually one to jump into communities in general. But what has
>> caused this
>> reduction besides the commission stuff, and is disappointing, is
>> the end of
>> the 'art base'. I don't know if the reason is because of manpower
>> funding or
>> because of regime change strategy decisions, but about a year ago
>> they stopped
>> accepting things into the art base. The rhizome front page used to
>> be mostly
>> MEMBER art projects that were newly added into the art base. It
>> was member
>> content. And it was exciting to see all the new member art coming
>> in and to
>> see it discussed here. That is gone. Decisions were made to change
>> to a reblog
>> system of mostly external NON-MEMBER content. I voiced my opinion
>> about that
>> decision when it was made. I was slapped down, and for one reason
>> or another
>> was asked to resign as a 'superuser' helper. (Apparently I wasn't p!
>> osting often enough to be useful as a FREE volunteer resource)
>> Now the site
>> its mostly digested information from other blogs and sources. I
>> don't need
>> that, I have a free bloglines account already thank you.
>>
>> The art base claims to still be in operation. But how many pieces
>> have been
>> added to it this year? About 5. It used to be at least 10-20
>> pieces per week.
>> Now it's pretty much gone. And there has been little to no
>> explanation. And I
>> am quite sure the members were submitting hundreds and hundreds of
>> pieces to
>> the art base this year. They appear to have been completely ignored.
>>
>> Then they do an anniversary festival, all in NYC it seemed.
>> Suffice to say I
>> didn't feel at all any sense of 'community' involvement with this
>> festival. I
>> could have missed something with that, but it seemed to me to be
>> conceived and
>> implemented in a vacuum.
>>
>> I would like to renew my membership when the time comes, but the
>> reasons are
>> disappearing. I feel my money is not going to help any
>> 'community', but
>> instead to help a select few NYC insiders, which I am not 'lucky'
>> enough to be
>> one of. They don't seem to want our community, or they simply
>> can't afford it
>> anymore.
>> +
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>> -> questions: info@rhizome.org
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>> +
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>> 29.php
>>

DISCUSSION

Compiled! Jason Van Anden @ MonkeyTown Friday the Thriteenth


Hello Community!

I have been out of the loop for a while (been lurking though) - a quick shout out to let you know why. First off, I have a new improved website - same address but completely different look: www.smileproject.com. This is not my main reason for posting though ...

Not sure if you all have been following this thing I have been working on called IntelligentDesigner (ID) - I spoke about it at Dorkbot last May and promised I would do something with it in the fall, and I have! ID is a visual programming paradigm that I invented to enable my emotive robots (Neil and Iona) to interact improvisationally. This system evolved over time but only really made sense to me - until now. Over the summer I worked with eleven very different musicians selected by my friend Nat Hawks (half of the duo Christian Science Minotaur) to create eleven amazing living music compositions using ID. Following is the official announcement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COMPILED
DATE: Friday October 13th, 2006

LOCATION: Monkeytown
58 N. 3rd (btw. Wythe and Kent) L to Bedford
http://www.monkeytownhq.com
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

http://www.monkeytownhq.com/compiled.html

*reservations strongly suggested (can be made easily through venue website)

TIME: (2 identical sets) 7:30pm and 10pm

PRICE: $10
*admission includes a data CD containing the IntelligentDesigner software and interactive compositions from participating artists.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Brooklyn new media artist Jason Van Anden is unleashing his new interactive sound composition software, IntelligentDesigner, through an audience participation event at Williamsburg's A/V mecca Monkeytown. The I.D. software allows the user to manipulate the visual composition of an array of colorful bubbles, each with an assigned sound. It's an elegant minimalist videogame interface that runs "Living Music Composition 101." As the user alters the visual field, they alter the order in which the sounds are initiated, creating a living song of their own creation.

At the Monkeytown event four interactive kiosks will allow the audience to manipulate a touch-screen versions of I.D. While participating artists will give the audience the sound palette, it will be up to the audience to construct these fragments into structures. As the four kiosks will be wired to enormous independent video screens, the audience will be submerged in the visual equivalent of the form they've chosen the compositions to live in.

PARTICIPANTS
An impressive slew of local and international sound artists have been invited to take this exciting new software for a test spin.

*Leafcutter John (UK-renowned sound artist turned folk troubadour)
http://www.myspace.com/leafcutterjohn

*Datach'I (NYC-coveted post-jungle annihilist)
http://www.myspace.com/datachi

*Nullsleep (NYC-world's favorite gameboy protege)
http://www.myspace.com/nullsleep

*Nonhorse (NYC-abstract tape collagist from the Vanishing Voice)
http://www.myspace.com/nonhorse

*Lucky Dragons (Providence-tie died laptops of progressive flute cut-ups)
http://www.myspace.com/luckydragons

*Jason Forrest (Berlin-propulsive prog math-up prince)
http://www.myspace.com/jason_forrest

*CloudlandCanyon (Germany-psychedelic casios bleed through digital fog)
http://www.myspace.com/cloudlandcanyon

*Lullatone (Japan-heartbreaking tiny sounds)
http://www.myspace.com/lullatone

*Christian Science Minotaur (NYC-pastoral electro-acoustic)
http://www.myspace.com/littlefurythingsrecords

*Our Brother The Native (Michigan-fuzzy, blissful howling now on FatCat)
http://www.myspace.com/ourbrotherthenative

*Flying (NYC- fun folk frenzied with pots and pans)
http://www.myspace.com/flying

Local participating artists will be on hand at the Monkeytown event.

IntelligentDesigner software by Jason Van Anden: http://www.smileproject.com
Compiled is curated by Nat Hawks for LittleFuryThings records: http://www.myspace.com/littlefurythingsrecords
MonkeyTown: http://www.monkeytownhq.com/compiled.html

Informal again ...

If you really really want to come to this show, and I really really hope you do, you really really should make a reservation. The venue only holds 32 peeps. It will be fun ~ I hope to meet some of you there!

Jason Van Anden

DISCUSSION

Re: Kubuntu Rocks + Java Linux Question


Hey Pall,

Thank you for the feedback. Every so often I peek in at what is going
on with Linux because of the potential it has for dedicated embedded
systems - for installations/kiosks and robotics. Keeping in mind that
as of yet, there is no OS that is without its issues (ever try
developing an application using java + mac + serial ports?) I think
K/Ubuntu may be the best thing around.

Creating an art-ubuntu is a great idea, or at least distributing the
effort to get a system working with docs that describe how to do it.
I have been taking copious notes as I have been sorting out the
software/hardware stuff and intend to share this info once I found the
right recipe (for instance - howto install a magic touch driver or how
to get java 1.4.2 working took about a day of research and trial and
error that need not be repeated by others - the next thing I know I am
going to have difficulty with is getting the java comm stuff to work
properly).

Jason Van Anden
www.smileproject.com

On 9/15/06, Pall Thayer <p_thay@alcor.concordia.ca> wrote:
> Hi Jason,
> It's a somewhat common problem with Linux that java apps tend to run
> slower than on other systems. You could try to pinpoint where the
> slowdown is occurring in your application by printing out some timing
> stuff here and there and then see if there's a way of speeding it up.
> I think you could also try running a profiler to see what's slowing
> it down. Sysprof is one for Linux: http://www.daimi.au.dk/~sandmann/
> sysprof/
>
> There's also a Java profiler at http://www.yourkit.com/download/
> index.jsp it's not free but you can get a 15 day evaluation license.
>
> I've never tried either of these profilers though, I've never even
> used a profiler before but they're supposed to be for analyzing
> problems like yours.
>
> I tried installing Kubuntu on a machine a while back and had endless
> problems with it. But I did just install a copy of plain Ubuntu 6.06
> on a box yesterday and it was fabulously easy (that is, once I
> figured out that the cd-rom drive was faulty and replaced it). Huge
> leap from spending several days on installing Linux just a few years
> ago.
>
> So, um... has anyone tried ChristianUbuntu? http://
> www.whatwouldjesusdownload.com/christianubuntu/2006/07/about-ubuntu-
> christian-edition.html
>
> Hey, maybe we should create ArtUbuntu.
>
> Pall
>
> On 15.9.2006, at 07:41, Jason Van Anden wrote:
>
> > Hi All,
> >
> > First a little history and then my question ...
> >
> > I had given up on Linux after the release of the Mac Mini since it
> > provided me with the small form factor and the stability without
> > having to wade through all sorts of esoteric Linux stuff - Neil and
> > Iona each have one it their heads and all has been good since.
> >
> > I am developing a new series of artworks that requires an even
> > smaller form factor than the Mini (without dissecting the little
> > bugger). I had heard good things about Kunbuntu Linux so I took
> > one of the Mini-ITX boards from my pre-mini days and figured I
> > would give it a try. For the record, the recent release of Kubuntu
> > Linux rocks! (super easy to install, wonderful interface, yadda,
> > yadda, could totally replace Mac or Windows desktop IMHO - give it
> > a try)
> >
> > That is, except for how slowly my java 1.4.2 application runs on it
> > using my kind of oldish via mini-itx boards. I use one of the same
> > boards to run Windows, running the same application is not nearly
> > as slow, so I do not think its totally the hardware.
> >
> > OK, so my question is ... has anyone out there played with mini-itx
> > boards running a flavor of Linux setup for the sole purpose of
> > running Java full screen? If so, do you mind sharing your experience?
> >
> > Thank You,
> > Jason Van Anden
> > www.smileproject.com
> > +
> > -> post: list@rhizome.org
> > -> questions: info@rhizome.org
> > -> subscribe/unsubscribe: http://rhizome.org/preferences/
> > subscribe.rhiz
> > -> give: http://rhizome.org/support
> > +
> > Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set out in the
> > Membership Agreement available online at http://rhizome.org/info/
> > 29.php
> >
>
>
>
> --
> Pall Thayer
> p_thay@alcor.concordia.ca
> http://www.this.is/pallit
>
>
>
>
>

--
Jason Van Anden
http://www.smileproject.com

DISCUSSION

Kubuntu Rocks + Java Linux Question


Hi All,

First a little history and then my question ...

I had given up on Linux after the release of the Mac Mini since it provided me with the small form factor and the stability without having to wade through all sorts of esoteric Linux stuff - Neil and Iona each have one it their heads and all has been good since.

I am developing a new series of artworks that requires an even smaller form factor than the Mini (without dissecting the little bugger). I had heard good things about Kunbuntu Linux so I took one of the Mini-ITX boards from my pre-mini days and figured I would give it a try. For the record, the recent release of Kubuntu Linux rocks! (super easy to install, wonderful interface, yadda, yadda, could totally replace Mac or Windows desktop IMHO - give it a try)

That is, except for how slowly my java 1.4.2 application runs on it using my kind of oldish via mini-itx boards. I use one of the same boards to run Windows, running the same application is not nearly as slow, so I do not think its totally the hardware.

OK, so my question is ... has anyone out there played with mini-itx boards running a flavor of Linux setup for the sole purpose of running Java full screen? If so, do you mind sharing your experience?

Thank You,
Jason Van Anden
www.smileproject.com

DISCUSSION

Re: Re: the very first net art project ever


nice

j

On 9/6/06, Eric Dymond <dymond@idirect.ca> wrote:
> alex galloway wrote:
>
> > i found this in the bottom of a box the other day..
> >
> > http://r-s-g.org/VFNAPE/
>
> erased
>
> http://www.edymond.com/VFNAPE/
> +
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>

--
Jason Van Anden
http://www.smileproject.com