Lee Wells
Since 2002
Works in United States of America

Lee Wells is an artist, exhibition organizer and consultant currently living and working New York. His artwork primarily questions systems of power and control and has been exhibited internationally including the 51 st La Biennale Di Venezia, Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinatti and the Museo d'arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto. He is a co-founder and director of IFAC-arts, http://www.ifac-arts.org, an alternative exhibition and installation program for artists and curators.
His artwork, projects and exhibitions have been written about by various national and international art and news publications to include: The New York Times, Art Newspaper, The Washington Post, Art in America, and Art Net.

Wells is currently a curator at large and Cinema-Scope director for Scope Art Fairs http://www.scope-art.com. In January 2006, he co-founded the video art community research portal and traveling installation [PAM] http://PerpetualArtMachine.com, with the artists Raphaele Shirley, Chris Borkowski and Aaron Miller.
Wells has been participating on the Rhizome since 1998.

John Cage Trust Moves To Bard

The John Cage Trust is moving to Bard College. "The Trust, which oversees Cage's works and performances, is to be called the John Cage Trust at Bard College effective as of its move in the spring. Previously, the Cage Trust had been housed in the Archive Building in the West Village in Manhattan; after 9/11 Kuhn and the Trust moved to Phoenix, Arizona."
Listen : John Cage - in love with another sound
documentary film (1992)
director: miroslav sebestik




festival: April 25 - 29 2007
exhibition: April 25 - May 20 2007

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20 Years of the European Media Art Festival - the forum for Expanded Media in Europe

The meeting point for audiences and guests from home and abroad. Around 250 new works of media art, including world premieres, will be presented. The festival shows film as a contemporary work of art in cinemas and exhibitions, both performed and using multimedia.

The exhibition "Final Cut" directs our view to the relationship between media art and cinema. From 25 April to 20 May an artistic look at the dream machine "cinema" will be given at the Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche. International artists will demonstrate their fascination with cinema, but will also question the values, codes and patterns behind the films. Works will be presented by artists such as Paul McCarthy, Alex McQuilkin, Mischa Kuball, Klaus vom Bruch, Candice Breitz, Mark Lewis, Christoph Girardet, Bjorn Melhus, Peter Tscherkassky, Christoph Draeger, Clemens von Wedemeyer and Pierre Huyghe. There will also be plenty of opportunity to participate in talks with the artists and attend lectures on the subject. The exhibition is funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation.

// Anniversary
A review of media art will be given by our special guests, the director of the ZKM, Peter Weibel, Lynn Hershman, Birgit Hein of the fur Bildende Kunste Braunschweig and Malcolm LeGrice, who will be showing their personal selection of films.

// Cinema
Around 180 current experimental shorts, feature-length films and videos have been selected from a total of roughly 2000 works submitted from around the world. They range from narrative approaches to documentary/analytical views of war events and environmental problems. Visually walking the borderline ...


Web 2.0: An Explanation

Michael Wesch, a cultural anthropology professor at Kansas State University, has created a four minute video that captures what Web 2.0 and social media is all about.

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Visualizing the Blogosphere

TwinglyIt's old news (to some), but I finally got around to playing with the Twingly blog visualizer (via 3PointD). For those who can't tell from the picture to the right or from the video at the bottom of this post, Twingly is a downloadable application that displays a rotating 3D globe that includes plotted locations of blog posts as they occur in real-time. Basically, the longer you let it run, the more you'll see where blog activity is occurring around the globe. Statistics for each country are available in the big ring circumnavigating the globe. The application is available for download here and you can even turn it into your screensaver.

Google has something similar to this at their headquarters that plots geographic search volumes on a giant globe, also, although that isn't available for public consumption. Overall, the direct marketing applications of something like this are probably pretty low, but it may provide for interestingly analysis and it's certainly an excellent graphical representation of the blogosphere.

Another great example of this is the 3DLiveStats.com application (the link appears to be down at the moment), which allows you to plot data from any external database on a giant 3D globe.

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Tuesday, February 27, 7pm
School of Visual Arts
209 East 23 Street
3rd-floor Amphitheater
Free and open to the public

The BFA Fine Arts and Art History Departments at School of Visual Arts (SVA) present, Digital Diving: A Cut and Paste Update, a discussion of digital culture and its impact on the visual arts and information technologies. Moderated by Suzanne Anker, chair of the BFA Fine Arts Department at SVA, the program will explore the uses and abuses of such technologies as they effect knowledge acquisition and its manipulation, new media models of the visual and altered configurations of communities. The panelists are Lauren Cornell, Joseph Nechvatal, Judith Solodkin, Bruce Wands and McKenzie Wark. The event takes place Tuesday, February 27, 7pm at School of Visual Arts, 209 East 23rd Street, New York City. Admission is free. For more information, call 212.592.2010. read more


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"As the "Art" World Turns"

Sat Jan 31, 2009 00:00

As the "Art" World Turns" -- as we knew it for the past 15 years -- unravels in the midst of world-wide recessions and economic crises, the question of who/what will survive and how have become prevalent in discussions amongst art critics, art fair attendees, dealers, art students, museum goers, gallery visitors, collectors, curators, and, of course, artists themselves. However, it is also a chance (especially) for the latter to imagine, implement and defend new parameters for art production and circulation. The question is what should these models look like, what direction should they take, and how would they fit into the world at large?

The artist group ArtistsMeeting (AM) plans to publish an edited sampling of theories, proposals and opinions, as well as diagrams, graphics and images in hope to jumpstart a fresh critical debate. Therefore, we call for image and text contributions from across the
current "art world".

Please e-mail your responses to: artistsmeeting@yahoo.com
The deadline is January 31st, 2009.



The World is Yours (But Also Ours) - O Zhang @ CRG Gallery

Fri Dec 12, 2008 00:00 - Thu Dec 11, 2008


The World is Yours (But Also Ours)

DECEMBER 12, 2008 - JANUARY 31, 2009
opening reception: Friday, Dec 12, 6-8pm

For her first solo exhibition in the United States, O Zhang transforms CRG's space with an installation that has at its center images from her latest photographic series: The World is Yours (But Also Ours). While some images are viewed as conventionally treated photographs others have been blown up to well beyond life-size in the form of large printed banners, a format deemed appropriate by the series' historical inspiration; propaganda posters from the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The exhibition also includes a sound installation and a wall mural and is accompanied by a catalog with a short text by the artist.

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Having divided her time equally in recent years between the East and the West, Zhang describes the experience of her home country as one of profound ambivalence. In her recent body of work she explores that ambivalence by exploiting the collision of her work's influences and in doing so, she strives to capture the economic and political conflicts in modern day Chinese culture, among them, the identity crisis facing Chinese youth. The title of the exhibition comes from a speech made by Chairman Mao addressing the youth of the nation at the time of the Cultural Revolution.

Zhang creates personal revisions of the propaganda that she grew up seeing in Guangzhou, China. The visual impact of such political ephemera is described by Zhang as that which fades away into the periphery of daily life though imbedding itself into one's subconscious in much of the same way that brand advertising is experienced in America and the West; the message is often forgotten, but the method is not. For Zhang's series she constructed scenes depicting Chinese youth standing in front of various significant facades in China; some with political history and others with more current resonance. In each image the children wear T-shirts with phrases in what is often called Chinglish -Chinese that has either been poorly translated into English or an emerging new form of modified English that can result in seemingly nonsensical expressions, but that serves as a unique record of China's current cultural state of convergence and transformation. The slogans at the bottom of Zhang's images are taken mostly from Mao Zedong's little red book, to which Zhang's exhibition catalog bears a likeness, and from speeches by former Chinese leaders like Deng Xiaoping. Together these basic visual and textual elements combine, reinforcing or subverting each other to suggest various political, economic or cultural meanings, often to comic effect.

In the exhibition space Zhang has installed the same public address style horn speakers that once blared government announcements on the streets in China, though here they broadcast a cacophony of street sounds; popular Chinese music, the sounds of restless youth, shoppers, and storefront touters clapping and fervently competing for passer's attention, -sounds that didn't exist twenty years ago. On one of the gallery walls Zhang has painted in large red Chinese characters: Long Live the Great Unity of the People of the World -a statement that meant one thing to Maoists at the height of the revolution and perhaps another to a generation that has seen both increased prosperity and turmoil from a world more globally connected.

Zhang is the first recipient of the Queens Museum artist residency where she will have her first solo museum show this coming year.

CRG Gallery

535 W 22ND ST, NEW YORK, NY 10011 | T 212-229-2766 | F 212-229-2788 |

Transportation: C and E trains to 8th Ave and 23rd St. or M23 Bus to 23rd St and 10th Ave



Tue Nov 04, 2008 00:00


Organized by Lee Wells and everyone else

Perpetual Art Machine, Artists Meeting, IFAC-ARTS and YouTube come together to call all artists and culture workers to action for this unique and timely online participatory exhibition.


MAD AS HELL is a conceptual media action and online art event, very loosely based on Sidney Lamet’s 1976 film Network, starring Peter Finch as Howard Beale. Network is a film where a TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor's ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit. Beale screams to his viewers, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more.” Unfortunately for Beale the network is just taking advantage of him.

This time that cannot happen because we are the network, we control our message, means of production and distribution. Over thirty years later, the Internet offers all of us a very powerful tool to not only disseminate our messages but infiltrate and challenge the existing media system at large on a global scale.

MAD AS HELL calls out to all artists to submit videos 15 seconds - 1 minute that says something about the current state of the world today. We leave this open to your interpretation and good judgment.
Examples such as: war, poverty, genetics and global warming, to the elections of world leaders and the rapid transitions taking place in our new global and local world. Everything is fair game and the time is now to say something. There is some crazy shit going down and we need EVERYONE to help save the world and put it back on course. This is a Call to Duty !!!!


Requirements for Participation
1.Tell Someone, at least one person, about this project that you think might be interested in taking part in MAD AS HELL.
2.Say Something, Do Something or Make Something in video.
3.Create an account on YouTube.com, if you haven’t already
4.Post your videos to your account on YouTube.
REQUIRED Keywords: politic, global, local, video, art, pam
(please add any additional keywords to distinguish your artwork)
Your Movie Pitch, concise statement (10 words or less)
5.Join Perpetualartmachine.com, if you haven’t already.
6.Link to your YouTube videos in your PAM profile video gallery.
7.Cross-link to your YouTube and PAM profiles with your profile urls.
8.PARTICIPATE - This is where the fun starts !!!!!
Search for other MAD AS HELL participating artists on YouTube and PAM and become FRIENDS, RATE, SHARE, COMMENT, and FAVORITE your favorite videos.
9.CREATE CURATED PLAYLISTS of videos you find on YouTube that you feel are important to share with others. Feel free to include videos not associated with the MAD AS HELL Exhibiton.
10. SHARE your videos with your friends on MySpace and Facebook.
11. If you are an American, PLEASE VOTE on NOVEMBER 4th !!!
12. Have Fun.

Although this exhibition is primarily based on the Internet there are a couple opportunities to get your work screened in real live physical art world locations in New York City and Moscow.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2008 - Artists Meeting - YouTube Slam/Party
Postmasters Gallery, New York.
Performance begins at 7 pm - seating is limited

Artists Meeting invites the public to create 10 minute long playlists of their favorite YouTube videos.
Here's the ground rules;
1) Use your existing YouTube account or open a new one.
2) create a playlist of short videos total length 10 minutes.
3) give playlist a title or theme
4)publish playlist on your YouTube account and send the link to: artmeet@nujus.net

AM members will select from submitted playlists and present the best ones mixed in with Artists Meeting playlists as well as a free style match at the YouTube slam on Nov.8th.

National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow.

Based on a number of different variables and statistics PAM will select from MAD AS HELL submissions to be featured on the PerpetualArtMachine.com website installation while on exhibit at NCCA Moscow as part of the DRIFT video exhibition, curated by Lee Wells.

Most importantly MAD AS HELL is about the message that all of us have and our ability to share it not only with each other but to disseminate it beyond the gallery and beyond the museum into the real world and just maybe make a difference. It doesn’t hurt to try.

Press Contact: Lee Wells - lee (at) perpetualartmachine.com
For more information please visit http://perpetualartmachine.com


When you go surfclubbin', don't forget your hat.


The conceptual similarity of Mail Art (MA) to aspects of Dada and Fluxus has led certain members of the MA Network to take up and develop ideas that had made appearances within the framework of these earlier movements. (1) It would be fruitless to try and make an inventory of all such historical developments, the sheer volume of material passing through the MA Network makes this an impossibility.




Net Ae 2.0 postmortem

Harry Potter is Dead.