Jess Loseby
Since the beginning
Works in United States of America

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BIO
Jess Loseby is a digital artist from the UK whose main medium is the internet. Her work ranges from small and intimate online installationsto large scale digital projections and video. In a relatively brief time, her work has become known internationally such as the ‘cyber-kitchen’ (lead artist and co-curator) and ‘the Digital Pocket’ (lead artist and co-curator), which is currently listed in the Whitney Artport. In August 2003, she became the first virtual artist in residence at Furtherfield.org (FurtherStudio) one of the first virtual artists residencies of its kind. She has exhibited in digital festivals such as the Split Film Festival, Pixxelpoint 2003, FILE 2003 and the Stuttgart Filmwinter. In 2003 she created interactive digital sets for the production of ‘The Dadaists’ at The Met Theater in Hollywood. Also in 2003 she was also awarded a grant from the Daniel Langlois Foundation, with the resulting work 'views from the ground floor...' being currently exhibited internationally.

Thematically, her projects continue her fascination with borderlands and ‘beautiful seams’ between the ubiquitous worlds of computing and the ‘real’ (domestic). A staunch opponent of new media's absorption with VR, her on and offline installations create flows and streams in the relational space of art and technology. Loseby’s unashamedly low-tech approach to new media build comparisons of the network and digitally (in its frustrations, attention to triviality and repetition) as absurdly compatible to the female domestic routine.

Jess Loseby has 3 children, 2 wheels, 1 husband and 0 days off.

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<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">oh dear - </span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">Am suffering a persecution complex
feeling that although addressing
t.whid, this sideways jab was aimed partly at me, eduardo?</span></font><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt"> </span></font></div>
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<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">I did preface my comments with 'rant'
and talked about lack of
vocabulary and that I was neither a theorist or writer. I was hoping to
raise questions (albeit in a a bulldozer sort of way) - the consequences
of the </span></font><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt"><i>application</i> of the text
rather than the texts themselves. I know I
pointed to debates on CRUMB &amp; the switch article amongst others, and
ryan added some great books who were examining the text&#160; 'carefully' in
the way you suggest. Does everyone really have to write an 'anti-thesis'
to the list to be valid?</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">I didn't see evidence of a child ranting
war... although we all had
different opinions, everyone was being very nice to each other.</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">Yes, I 'm also sure 'manovich would
never do such a thing'</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">(I cant believe you said that - LOL)</span></font></div>
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<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt"> I do sometimes feel being an 'new
media' artist today is a little like
millennium mother. In the same way as mothers are now expected to
raise balanced, healthy children, whist wearing immaculate makeup,
finishing a phd, running a small but prosperous business sideline and
remembering to have the lacy underwear underneath (all of which
which of course I do:-) artists are expected to create stunning artworks
every three weeks whist&#160; blazing their trail with insightful and critical
journal submissions and seminars, being able to contextualise their own
and very other one of&#160; their peers work in high academic and
contemporay theoretic discourse, educate, promote and establish new
and engaging practice methodologies within their genre</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">and definitely, never, EVER</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">sound off a little on a list.</span></font></div>
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<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">ok then... (sigh)</span></font></div>
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<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">jess.</span></font></div>
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<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; Hello T. Whid,
and all rhizomers.</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; </span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; I have been following
the thread.&#160; I find it interesting how there is an</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; implicit amount
of otherization based on the traditional myth of the heroic</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; artist against
the institution, which in the end only keeps the discourse at</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; a very low level
of exchange.&#160; I think the best way to tackle a text, in the</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; end, is to actually
examine it carefully -- in any language that need not be</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; academic; and
of course hoping that the author will not get defensive over</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; such criticism
and push the dialogue into a child-ranting war -- which has</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; happened on this
list way too many times...&#160; I think it is safe to say that</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; Manovich would
never do such a thing, and if he is reading all this jargon</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; he is taking
it in stride.&#160; Curt's reply was an excellent anti-thesis that</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; raised excellent
questions.&#160; Patrick Lichty's Semi-Fukuyama response was</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; also very helpful
for me to reevaluate the original essay.&#160; I wish I could</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; send a more thorough
comment, but I am spread rather thin at the moment.</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; Be well rhizomers.</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; </span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; Eduardo Navas</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt;</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt"> o</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">/^ rssgallery.com</span></font></div>
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Re: Re: let's repeat:


hi ryan,
this probably adds little to the discussion, but what the hell
no, it adds a lot, particularly your list of writings that can be 'set against' this kind of
dialogue. Pause & Effect is one I keep seeing but never got around to looking at - nice
to have a recommendation.
I know what you mean about others.Even though rhizome has been rather 'wobbly'
lately, I do enjoy the mixed bag of ideas and approaches.

Right, I have no brain this morning so I need to track it down with the help of a large
mug of caffeine:-)
cheers,
jess. o
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I guess I feel like everybody else, I ain't gotten nuthin'
> better to put forward.

neither do I. What an anti-climax;-)
best,
jess. o
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the hairy guy with the big mouth on the speakers table....:-)

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hi t.whid
gosh, I haven't had such a courteous contrary opinion is a long time - how civisilised!
Cheers...!

My email has been down almost all the weekend now (I'm hoping it will be working when
I actually come to send this) which has of course left me running around with work
undone and flapping like a chicken. I'll try and answer your specific questions as best I
can but my time is limited - I'll try and back up my 'rant ' (although rant is what it was) in
the time and cover all the points you raised. I am more than happy to admit that my
'rants' tend to be rather overly emotional and tinged with flippancy but I do think this one
has a reasoned foundation;-)

Firstly, I need to say that 'cartel' was not my word (ryans, I think originally) but yes,
'stifling' I think is reasonable.
Secondly, I think Patrick's mail was rather eloquent in many of the difficulties with LoNM
and I agree with much of his email.

The texts (particularly LoNM) in themselves I don't have a huge problem with as works
in their own right. I think I used words such as 'accessible' and 'understandable' with
reference to them and I do think they are. Manovich was/is brave and praiseworthy in
his attempt to build a New media language and a critical framework from which to
examine it. My problems begin with the fact that this language is limited in its
transferable nature yet it is transferred - more and more by manovich himself. He
actually indicates in the LoNM that it shouldn't be taken as a guide to aesthetics etc but
proceeded to apply them (particularly within the last couple of years). Written very
much as a language for one section of net.art (ie VR, Games) it is taken (as the title
suggests it should be) for a language for the whole of new media.

Its difficult for me to justify this in any way than anacdoteally. As rather a late-comer to
net.art I have looked to 'catch-up' & contextualise my own and other artists work around
me within a critical writing framework, and it is my observation is that the critical writing
framework (particularly in the form on online journals) that exits is underpinned by
manovich's theories.

I've just had a quick look back over a recent discussion on the CRUMB list where I
knew manovich's language had come up to 'back up' this impression. Nobody used
language stronger than 'problematic' and the debate was left hanging with the original
suggestion that a new language was needed. The general response could be
summarized as "its not great but its all we have"* (So far, Lev's book is pretty much the
only one that explicitly addresses 'The Language of New Media'