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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DRIFT - Volta New York - Special Project

Fri Mar 28, 2008 00:00 - Fri Mar 28, 2008


Special Project - Elevators

Artists include: AES+F Group (RU), George Barber (UK), Victor Davydov (RU) Wai Kit Lam (CN), Masha Sha (RU), Alexander Shaburov (RU) Jemima Wyman (AU), Petra Lindholm (FI) Zer Gut group (RU)

Co-curated by Alisa Prudnikova (NCCA) and Lee Wells (IFAC)

Art Net Magazine Review by Ben Davis ARMORY ACTION

ДРЕЙФDRIFT, investigates video artists navigating the psychological liberation and isolation brought about through new global cultural and technological advancements in the 21st century. ДРЕЙФDRIFT is a video section preview to the upcoming exhibition In Transitions at the Russian National Centers for Contemporary Art in collaboration with NeMe.org. This special exhibition features an international program with a focus on artists based in the Ural region of the Russian Federation.

Alisa Priudnikova is an art theorist, curator, critic and the director of the Ekaterinburg Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Russia).
Lee Wells is an artist, independent curator and director of the Brooklyn-based artist organization IFAC-arts and co-founder of Perpetual Art Machine.

March 27th - March 30th, 2008

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VOLTA—the cutting-edge art fair that debuted in Basel - brings 53 international artists, 52 galleries and three special projects to New York during The Armory Week for its inaugural solo invitational exhibition, VOLTA NY, held at an extraordinary location off 5th Avenue, immediately opposite the Empire State Building.

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The Future Was Then .... so now what ..... SCOPE New York

Fri Mar 28, 2008 00:00 - Fri Mar 28, 2008


Perpetual Art Machine presents
The Future Was Then ….. so now what
Please join us in the SCOPE Lounge to celebrate the anniversary of the Perpetual Art Machine video art project and to commemorate the video art legend Nam June Paik. Paik was credited over thirty years ago with coining the phrase “The future is now”. [PAM] asks what that means today in our rapidly changing world by presenting an ambitious program of five specially curated video projects organized by Jarrett Gregory, Robert Adanto, Yiannis Colakides and Helene Black, Andrew Erdos and Ali Hossaini in addition to the newest incarnation of the [PAM] installation.

Special thanks to Scope Art Fairs, NeME.org, IFAC, and the Museum of Art and Design.

SCOPE New York March 26-30 08
Lincoln Center, 62nd & 10th Ave
New York, New York

We read [PAM]’s curatorial concept “THE FUTURE WAS THEN .......... SO NOW WHAT?” as a reference to the state of the medium itself and, as video is yet to be defined, our contribution showcases some of its formalistic investigations. Sean Cubitt writes: “video had a tendency, despite its early formalism to undertake to do broadcastings without broadcasting, filming things without film”1. A curatorial approach can admittedly not stand in such a thin yet very valid ground. So - as with any selection we have to define boundaries within which works have to be omitted in favor of ‘representative’ samples. According to Cubitt again. “...video prevents the prerequisite for a theoretical approach: that is, deciding upon an object about which you wish to know.”2 So if video refuses to be defined or abide to any theory, what is the platform which can be used to curate such works? Video’s presence in international art exhibitions and major collections has been documented since the 60s but most of the curatorial decisions for the inclusion of those works were made using aesthetic theories borrowed from the ‘traditional’ fine arts. This fact has helped the medium to establish itself in the mainstream art scene but also prevented it from occupying its own territory - that is to establish a set of aesthetic considerations which would exist ONLY for and within this medium. - Yiannis Colakides and Helene Black

1 http://www.rewind.ac.uk/Sean\%20Cubitt.html (sighted on 15 Oct 2007)
2 Cubitt, S. Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993, page xvi


[PAM] Best of the Next
Featuring: Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Bethany Fancher, Tim Folland, G.H. Hovagimyan, Patrick Lichty, Michael Lisnet & Sophie Sindahl Ivernesse, Andrew Logan, Francesco Sambo, Molly Schwartz, Lucien Samaha, Tor Jorgen van Eijk, Alison Williams, Amelia Winger-Bearskin, [dNASAb], and more.

Call and Response

Lutz Bacher, Neil Beloufa, Driton Hajredini, Domenico Mangano, Joshua and Zachary Sandler
Curated by Jarrett Gregory

Call and Response assembles five videos that address disparate modes of communication, from confession to telepathy, to compose a dialogue of verbal and non-verbal interaction. Drawing from the musical technique in which an unfinished phrase is answered by the audience or another performer, Call and Response explores the way in which these stories speak to the viewer and to one another. The subjects are characterized by their acquiescent exposure, allowing the work to achieve an intimacy that is at times desperate, absurd, and mystical. The dialogue follows Driton Hajredini’s confession in a German church; Neil Beloufa’s science fiction documentary; Joshua and Zachary Sandler’s unnerving exploration of mislaid grief; Domenico Mangano’s comic and tender portrait of a local personality; culminating with Lutz Bacher’s capture of an infectious performance.

About Jarrett Gregory
Jarrett Gregory is a Curatorial Assistant at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and an independent curator. She is currently working on Paul Chan’s upcoming exhibition The 7 Lights. Before joining the New Museum, Jarrett worked at the Whitney Museum, first on the 2006 Biennial and most recently as Curatorial Assistant to the Chief Curator, working on Lawrence Weiner’s retrospective. Jarrett curated Lutz Bacher's six-channel video installation Scenes from the Ring (2006) at White Box non-profit arts space in Chelsea. She earned her BA in Art History from Vassar College.

The Rising Tide
Shiyi Sheng, Xu Shuxian, and Zhang O
Curated by Robert Adanto

The aim of the exhibition is to offer the public a close encounter with contemporary Chinese art through recent works by emerging contemporary artists: Xu Shuxian, Shiyi Sheng, Zhang O, leading exponents of the latest generations, all of whom have achieved important international recognition. Artists who in their work reflect on the impact that current society has on personal experience and denounce the alienation of individuals in the modern urban environment. Their work emphasises exploration of the self, reflection on personal identity, and how this has been modified by the advent of new social conditions. In this context art takes up the redeeming position of a counter-reaction to the changes in social, cultural and political structures. Adanto's feature-length documentary of the same name will be screened in collaboration with [PAM] at Monkeytown on Thrursday March 27th at 7:30. For more information go to www.therisingtidefilm.com.
About Robert Adanto
Robert Adanto is an independent documentary filmmaker, who made his directorial debut with The Rising Tide, a documentary investigating the Chinese Contemporary Art scene, featuring Cao Fei, Xu Zhen, Wang Qingsong, Chen Qiulin and Zhang O. He earned his MFA in Acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and is currently working on two other documentary projects: a short he shot in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, and a second project that will take him to Tehran in December.

The Mirror Stage ... so now what?

Muhammad Ali, Henry Gwiazda, Roddy Simpson, Eva Olsson, Orit Ben-Shitrit and Harold Moss
Curated by Yiannis Colakides and Helene Black / NEME.org

From documentary and guerilla video to story telling, from traditional animation, to compositing, to machinista and from optical and kaleidoscopic to algorithmic visualizations, video has come a long way since the early experiments with the medium in the 60s and 70s. This small selection of works crosses video genres to create a narrow spectrum of some of the medium’s possibilities. The constructed (animated) or manipulated (using compositing) moving image is the common thread linking the video works. Our selection for SCOPE does not provide answers to the questions but investigates through seven works the absence of any predominant form. For this selection we focused on single channel ‘narrative’ works - even when that narrative was an abstracted one as in the case of Roddy Simpson’s ‘Stair’ which uses composite techniques to create a poetic dance video reminiscent of Duchamp’s ‘Nude Descending the Staircase’ or Henry Gwiazda’s machinista work ‘A Doll’s House is......’ which explores urban themes within a virtual world evoked in a screen split into four. These stand in contrast to Eva Olsson’s socio-politicized computer animation ‘Taking Control’ and Muhammad Ali’s ‘Face’, ‘Shadows’ and ‘Verting’ which use traditional hand drawn animation techniques. Finally Orit Ben-Shitrit and Harold Moss’ ‘The Long from Inside’ uses state of the art 3d animation to reveal a gothic world. The five video makers are thus presented together not for their similarities but for their differences, emphasizing the very pertinent question “...SO NOW WHAT?”. For more information on NEME and The Mirror Stage project go to www.neme.org.

About NeMe
NeMe (pronounced neem) is a non profit, non government, Cyprus registered cultural association founded in November 2004. NeMe works on two platforms - a virtual and an itinerant one - and focuses on contemporary theories and their intersection with the arts. NeMe’s itinerant platform, the IMCA (Independent Museum of Contemporary Art) presents NeMe projects which include, exhibitions, project InForm, performances, new media events, symposia and archives. The form of the IMCA is determined as a practice or process by the nature of each project with the notion of the exhibition “space” being constantly revised and redefined. The founders of NeMe are Helene Black, Yiannis Colakides and Konstantinos Sophocleous.

The new millenium isn't space age, it's raw

Michael Barrett, B-Team, Ondrej Brody and Kristofer Paetau, Julie Casper Roth, Colette Copeland, Celeste Fichter, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Naomi Leibowitz, Benjamin John Van Male, J.D. McPherson, A.D. Logan, Zach Rockhill, A.R. Wilkinson, Jessica Yatrofsky, Hye Yeon Nam
Curated by Andrew Erdos

As we continue into the new millennium we step away from technology and focus our attention on something more basic, raw and less institutionalized. Over time art's values change and so do our perceptions. 160 years ago Gustav Courbet was being rejected by the Paris Salon and shocking the establishment with his rough brush strokes and un-idealized depiction of humanity. Now he is viewed as an important figure in art history and a master of his time (with a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art occurring simultaneously with SCOPE NY 2008). The videos in this exhibition are literal, physical, and real. They are documentations of performances that challenge the physical and physiological stamina of the the artist and the viewer. These pieces address the banality and absurdity of widely accepted art and entertainment. The new medium of video is used to re-contextualize seminal pieces from art history and apply them to the present. It is the new millennium and it isn't space age, it involves chickens, vomit and Rachel Ray.

About Andrew Erdos
23 year old renegade rude boy American artist Andrew Erdos is on the rise. Erdos has shown his unique combination of performance, video and time based sculpture in over 15 venues in 11 countries on 4 continents since graduating Alfred University in 2007. Recent venues have included Beijing BS1 Contemporary Art Center, the Cultural Center of Spain in Tegucigalpa Honduras, and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Erdos was a featured artist our show "Perpetual Art Machine: Video Art in the Age of the Internet" at the Chelsea Art Museum and has been a P.A.M member since 2006.

Schpilin Aqui, Theo Angell, Ericka Beckman, Lili Chin, Bradley Eros, Ali Hossaini, Fred Taylor, Leslie Thornton, Grahame Weinbren, Pawel Wojtasik, Ellen Zweig
Curated by Ali Hossaini

LAB HD was an experiment of Voom HD Networks. For three years it provided selected artists and filmmakers with the tools to explore high-definition video. Participants worked in a professional facility with complete creative freedom, and their work was broadcast nationally in the USA on an eponymous TV channel. Top creative talent ranging from Hollywood stars to noted fine artists have worked on LAB HD productions. Their work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, festivals and museums in the U.S., Europe and China. The work selected for PAM represents a particular concern of LAB HD: reimagining the medium of commercial TV. These films were produced to commercial standards, but each one is a poetic departure from literal imagery and storylines. Could visual poetry shake the channel surfer's world? When watching these works, keep in mind that they are TV shows that were once sandwiched between reality programs, nature documentaries and other narrative fare. For more information please visit www.voomhdlab.com.

About Ali Hossaini
Ali Hossaini has worked on the cutting edge of television for many years. He is executive producer of Equator HD, a travel channel committed to natural and cultural preservation, and Voom HD Lab, a program that produces video art in high-definition television. He produces work with avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson, and his productions include performances by Brad Pitt, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey, Jr, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Sean Penn, Marianne Faithfull, Juliette Binoche and other cultural icons. As director of acquisitions for the Voom channels Gallery HD and Equator HD, he has built a library of premium cultural programming from Europe, Asia and North America. Previously he developed two Emmy-nominated iTV channels, Metro Traffic Interactive and Metro Weather Interactive. The ambient channel LAB, which was broadcast from 2003 to 2005, is on permanent exhibit at the American Museum of the Moving Image. His HDTV production of Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30, a Dan Graham project directed by Tony Oursler is exhibited at the 2006 Whitney Biennial. His first directed feature, Epiphany, premiered at Anthology Film Archives in 2006.

Created in 2006 by the artists Chris Brokowski, Aaron Miller, Raphaele Shirley and Lee Wells in collaboration with SCOPE, the Perpetual Art Machine is an internationally-reccognised touring interactive installation, a free online video art database and an expansive participatory community. The purpose of [PAM] is to increase the visibility of video art, develop a worldwide community for video artists, and to help video artists find opportunities to exhibit their work.

[PAM]’s unique interactive touch-screen system, allows for the artist and the viewer to become active participants in the curitorial process through an increased engagement, creating an ongoing dialogue with thousands of video works from some of today’s most exciting emerging video artists.

For more information click here or contact us at: pam(at)perpetualartmachine.com


The Networking Biennial

Hey Max:

You should check out a review I found in ArtNet Magazine on the Whitney Biennial.
The writer didn't even go.

by Charlie Finch

I’m in bed with the flu (again!), so must forego the tiring press-party tour today of the latest edition of the Whitney Biennial. Usually the best thing about opening a new WhitBiopsy is that it means there’s a full two years until the next one, but this year the bored, lazy, infirm or otherwise engaged have an out. Over a year ago I correctly predicted in this space that the new Biennial would be all about party and connections. Sure enough, the Whitbash has already been described as The Networking Biennial, "The Facebook Biennial" and even "The Recycle Every Party in the History of Art Biennial."



THE FUTURE WAS THEN ..... SO NOW WHAT? - [PAM] 3rd Annual Last Minute Open Call for New Video

Fri Feb 29, 2008 00:00

We invite the community to submit to the [PAM] 3rd Annual Open Call for New Video Art to be included as a featured project at Scope New York at Lincoln Center.

Celebrate with us the anniversary of the creation of the Perpetual Art Machine video art project and to commemorate the death of video art legend Nam June Paik.

Paik, credited over 30 years ago with coining the phrase ”The future is now”, [PAM] asks what that means today in

Submissions will be considered for featured video programs curated by surprise guests, to be presented March 26-30, at this years SCOPE New York International Art Fair, Lincoln Center, New York, NY.

Deadline for submissions: Friday February 29, 2008

For those of you that dont know already. [PAM] was originally created for Scope New York in 2006. [PAM] was founded and created by the artists Lee Wells, Chris Borkowski, Aaron Miller and Raphaele Shirley as a one-time collaborative installation and open source web 2.0 research and archive project. [PAM] has since grown into a vibrant and progressive international community of curators, academics, collectors, writers and most importantly the artists who choose video, interactive media and the Internet as vehicles to express themselves in the new century. [PAM]’s unique interactive touch-screen system, allows for the artist and viewer to become an active participant in the curatorial process by allowing visitors to choose from thousands of video works from some of today’s most exciting contemporary emerging video artists.

[PAM] has traveled the project to over 10 countries through its installation and special screenings that include the 2nd Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, ART|BASEL Miami Beach, WRO07 Media Art Biennale, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and the Lentos Art Museum, in addition to numerous incarnations at Scope Art Fairs over the past 2 years.

Recently, [PAM] organized the exhibition “Video Art in the Age of the Internet” at the Chelsea Art Museum. In October, [PAM] will be included in an exhibition at the National Centre of Contemporary Art in Moscow and Yekaterinburg Russia called “Drift” a satellite exhibition to “In Transition Russia 2008” curated by Helene Black and Sheila Pinkel of NeMe.


"If there is any movement or group of artists who have inherited the mantel of Nam June Paik it is this group, although of course they are doing their own thing." - Michael Rush

In Memoriam
Nam June Paik, 1932-2006

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Turning off post-via-email

The death of Rhizome Raw kinda.
I will miss the shoot from the hip email conversations but I do like the new site.
Long live list@rhizome.org