Joanne McNeil
Works in Brooklyn United States of America

BIO
writer (Los Angeles Times, Wired UK, Frieze, etc) // former editor of rhizome.org

Early Coverage of Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools




Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools opens Thursday at The Whitney. Here are some interviews in advance:
  • I Sing the Gadget Electronic, New York Times
    “There’s something inherently absurd about people sitting in front of their TVs and controlling a virtual 3-D representation of themselves bowling a ball down a lane,” he said. In modifying his games so that their characters are destined to fail, he said, he’s used advanced technology to unspectacular ends, so “all you’re left with is a repeated, infinite letdown.”

  • Futurism, The New Yorker
    We had an Atari early on, but we never had a Nintendo. I’d watch my friends play when I went to their houses, but that’s it. I think that’s why my pieces are about watching, not interacting.”

  • The Joys of Obsolescence, New York magazine
  • For the series “Photoshop Gradient Demonstrations,”Arcangel took the titular computer files—rectangles of color, fading from one tone into the next, intended as guides for graphic artists—and ordered them made into the enormous, gallery-quality color photographs known as C-prints. You might mistake them for Ellsworth Kelly–ish paintings until you realize that the gradients are standard-­issue with the software, with no inherent artistic content. “I realized that it doesn’t make sense to only use old stuff, because everything’s gonna be old at a certain point,” says Arcangel. “In twenty years, my C-prints might look tacky. In 40 years, they might be kitschy.”

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    Brody Condon - Without Sun (2008)




    Brody Condon Without Sun (Video), 2008 Found performance documentation, 15 min

    Named after the classic Chris Marker video Sans Soleil, Condon’s Without Sun is a edited compilation of “found performances” of individuals on a psychedelic substance. Images and sounds from the various clips collected from the internet overlap and combine into one seamless experience, creating a 15 minute pseudo-narrative focused on the exterior surface of their "projection of self" into visionary worlds. Condon’s global players in Without Sun have recorded themselves looking at the camera this time. Taking up where Marker left off, these (inner) travelogues question memory, perception, and the effects of current participatory media and technology on culture.

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    Audio from Mark Fisher's Talk: "There Are Non-Times As Well As Non-Places: Reflections On Hauntology"


    A partial recording from Mark Fisher's talk at NYU, "There Are Non-Times As Well As Non-Places: Reflections On Hauntology" is now up. (Rhizome post on the event.)

    In the last decade, the proliferation of corporate non-places has been accompanied by the spread of cyberspace-time, or Itime, a distributed or unpunctuated temporality. It’s no coincidence that, as this unmarked time increasingly came to dominate cultural and psychic space, Derrida’s concept hauntology (re)emerged as the name for a paradoxical zeitgeist. In ‘Specters of Marx’, Derrida argued that the hauntological was characterised by “a time out of joint”, and this broken time has been expressed in cultural objects that return to a wounded or distorted version of the past in flight from a waning sense of the present. Sometimes accused of nostalgia, the most powerful examples of hauntological culture actually show that nostalgia is no longer possible. In conditions where pastiche has become normalised, the question has to be: nostalgia compared to what?

    James Bridle has recently argued that “the opposite of hauntology ... [is] to demand the radically new”, but hauntology in fact operates as a kind of thwarted preservation of such demands in conditions where - for the moment at least - they cannot be met. Whereas cyberspace-time tends towards the generation of cultural moments that are as interchangeable as transnational franchise outlets, hauntology involves the staining of particular places with time - albeit a time that is out of joint. In this lecture, Fisher will explore the hauntological culture of the last few years in relation to the question of place, using examples from music (Burial, The Caretaker, Ekoplekz, Richard Skelton), film (Chris Petit, Patrick Keiller) and fiction (Alan Garner, David Peace).

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    Weekend Clicking


    Alejandro Almanza Pereda, I was adored once too, (2010.) via VVORK

    Links for your weekend:

  • Sadly, Raquel Meyers won't be at this weekend's Blip Festival in New York (Wired reports due to passport issues), but her music videos are worth checking out.
  • Notes from Duncan Malashock's talk at NURTUREart Gallery for the Soft Power show. Malashock explains his early computer art experiences with SuperPaint, NUDE.BAS, HyperCard, and Myst: The graphics were made with 3D software, but the interactive game itself was created using HyperCard. Imagine my encouragement when I found that out and took a look at the code for myself, since I admired the creators of the game for their ability to evoke a mood and tell a story with very few words or human characters
  • Vincenzo Natali is set to direct William Gibson's "Neuromancer." Natali is currently working on a film based on JG Ballard's High Rise.
  • Brody Condon's Neuromancer.
  • Minecraft Ghibli World, a tribute to Hayao Miyazaki (Metafilter.) And Minecraft Acid Trip Shader Mod.
  • Frieze Art Fair is coming to New York.
  • Neon Boneyard, where Vegas lights go to die.
  • A Brief History of Timezones
  • I have to ask myself what I expect from painting: should it be subservient to my ideas or a queen that I have to serve? - Neo Rauch in an interview with The Art Newspaper
  • Brazil no longer, as Julian Dibbell puts it, the "Great Southern Hope" for copyright reform. (compare and contrast with Dibbell's 2004 Wired story)
  • Motherboard visits Babycastles (Previously on Rhizome)
  • Bunch of great sci-fi writers list their favorite sci-fi writing. Brian Aldiss on Olaf Stapledon, William Gibson on Alfred Bester, Christopher Priest on JG Ballard, etc.
  • Performances In Front of Sol Lewitt (via Tom Moody)
  • Notations 21, a compendium and anthology ...
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    Anahita Razmi wins Frieze Art Fair's Emdash Award


    Anahita Razmi, China Girl, (2009)

    The winner of the Emdash Award 2011 is the video and performance artist Anahita Razmi , who is based in Stuttgart. Razmi's previous works have dealt with issues concerning identity and gender, employing objects with a national and cultural significance or citing the work of high-profile female artists... Razmi will present a new commission that intends to draw attention to how Tehran's skyline was recently used by protestors after the Iranian presidential election. She will use choreographer Trisha Brown's 1971 work Roof Piece, which took place on 12 different rooftops over a ten-block area in downtown New York, as its point of departure. The work will be presented as a video installation at Frieze Art Fair.

    Razmi studied at Akademie für Bildende Künste, Stuttgart; Pratt Institute, New York; and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Selected shows and projects from 2011 include: Videonale 13, Kunstmuseum Bonn; 'Division by Zero,' Carbon12, Dubai; 'Make - Believe – Remake,' Kunstverein Friedrichshafen.

    The Emdash Award allows an emerging artist based outside the UK to realise a major project at Frieze Art Fair as part of the critically acclaimed Frieze Projects programme. The award is supported by the Emdash Foundation, a private foundation with a mission to support new ideas and emerging talent across disciplines, from the arts and cultural projects to science.

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    Discussions (2) Opportunities (0) Events (0) Jobs (5)
    JOB

    Editorial Fellow


    Deadline:
    Fri Dec 28, 2012 14:00

    Rhizome seeks an Editorial Fellow from January through May 2013. The Fellow will support the editorial department at Rhizome through research and writing for the website. This position is a unique opportunity for a person with strong dedication to the fields of contemporary art and technology to further develop professional skills.

    The Editorial Fellow is ideally based in New York and must be able to commit to 16 hours of work per week for 5 months. This position is unpaid, but academic credit may be arranged. The Editorial Fellow will coordinate and assist in production of Rhizome's website and weekly newsletter Rhizome News. Fellow will support daily publishing and maintenance of the blog, as well as researching and writing editorial essays, reviews, and opinion pieces.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a high level of familiarity with contemporary art and technology. Education or advanced experience beyond the undergraduate level is preferred. The candidate must have very strong writing, editing, and analytical skills, and very high internet literacy.

    TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter, resume or c.v., two references, and three writing samples (url or attachment) to Joanne McNeil at editor(at)rhizome.org. Deadline Dec 28, 2012. Review of applications will begin immediately. Starting date is January 2013.


    DISCUSSION

    Improving Prometheus


    The script is available on his website. Here is the link again to http://starwarsmodern.blogspot.com/2012/08/prometheus-rebound_14.html

    JOB

    Editorial Fellow


    Deadline:
    Fri Aug 24, 2012 19:45

    Rhizome seeks an Editorial Fellow from September through December 2012. The Fellow will support the editorial department at Rhizome through research and writing for the website. This position is a unique opportunity for a person with strong dedication to the fields of contemporary art and technology to further develop professional skills.

    The Editorial Fellow is ideally based in New York and must be able to commit to 16 hours of work per week for 4 months, beginning in Summer 2012. This position is unpaid, but academic credit may be arranged. The Editorial Fellow will coordinate and assist in production of Rhizome's website and weekly newsletter Rhizome News. Fellow will support daily publishing and maintenance of the blog, as well as researching and writing editorial essays, reviews, and opinion pieces.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a high level of familiarity with contemporary art and technology. Education or advanced experience beyond the undergraduate level is preferred. The candidate must have very strong writing, editing, and analytical skills, and very high internet literacy.

    TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter, resume or c.v., two references, and three writing samples (url or attachment) to Joanne McNeil at editor(at)rhizome.org. Deadline Aug 24, 2012. Review of applications will begin immediately. Starting date is Sept 17, 2012.


    DISCUSSION

    NA - Further Thoughts


    Hi Patrick,

    Thanks so much for these comments. You are right that the New Aesthetic is a broad conversation, but James Bridle's investigation is definitely political, unfortunately many of his points have been missed in the ongoing metacommentary. It seems a lot of people are confused by the visuals, which aren't *the* the New Aesthetic so much as artifacts *of* the New Aesthetic.

    The NA Tumblr was Bridle thinking out loud, and something to consider in tandem with his writing/talks. Meanwhile, the conversation about these ideas has gone on for over a year now, over a number of blogs, mostly based in London

    In addition to James Bridle's talks and notes, this is what I recommend reading to understand what the New Aesthetic conversation is really about:

    Aaron Straup Cope's notes from SXSW:
    http://www.aaronland.info/weblog/2012/03/13/godhelpus/#sxaesthetic

    Chris Heathcote: A New Fashion Aesthetic
    http://anti-mega.com/antimega/2012/04/02/a-new-fashion-aesthetic

    Many, many BERG posts:
    http://berglondon.com/blog/2011/05/13/sensor-vernacular/
    http://berglondon.com/blog/2012/02/06/robot-readable-world-the-film/
    http://berglondon.com/blog/2011/08/03/the-robot-readable-world/

    We are the droids we’re looking for: the New Aesthetic and its friendly critics by JJ Charlesworth
    http://blog.jjcharlesworth.com/2012/05/07/we-are-the-droids-were-looking-for-the-new-aesthetic-and-its-friendly-critics/

    Honor Harger:
    https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=ind1204&L=new-media-curating&F=&S=&P=20818

    Tom Armitage:
    http://infovore.org/archives/2011/05/21/waving-at-the-machines/

    Greg Borenstein:
    http://urbanhonking.com/ideasfordozens/2011/06/07/on-the-future-and-poetry-of-the-calibration-pose/

    Natalia Buckley:
    http://ntlk.net/2012/04/12/on-the-new-aesthetic/

    Other notes from SXSW are linked here:
    http://booktwo.org/notebook/sxaesthetic/

    this was my favorite New Aesthetic tumblr post, btw:
    http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/post/21437296950/i-used-to-go-to-the-trocadero-in-central-london-as

    JOB

    Editorial Fellow


    Deadline:
    Tue May 01, 2012 10:00

    Rhizome seeks an Editorial Fellow from June through September 2012. The Fellow will support the editorial department at Rhizome through research and writing for the website. This position is a unique opportunity for a person with strong dedication to the fields of contemporary art and technology to further develop professional skills.

    The Editorial Fellow must be based in New York and must be able to commit to 16 hours of work per week for 3 months, beginning in Summer 2012. This position is unpaid, but academic credit may be arranged. The Editorial Fellow will coordinate and assist in production of Rhizome's website and weekly newsletter Rhizome News. Fellow will support daily publishing and maintenance of the blog, as well as researching and writing editorial essays, reviews, and opinion pieces.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a high level of familiarity with contemporary art and new media. Education or advanced experience beyond the undergraduate level is preferred. The candidate must have very strong writing, editing, and analytical skills, and very high internet literacy.

    TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter, resume or c.v., two references, and three writing samples (url or attachment) to Joanne McNeil at editor(at)rhizome.org. Deadline May 4, 2012. Review of applications will begin immediately. Starting date is June 4, 2012.