mark cooley
Since 2002
Works in United States of America

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BIO
Mark Cooley is an interdisciplinary artist interested in exploring the intersections of art, activism and institutional critique in a variety of contexts. Subjects of particular interest are U.S. foreign policy, corporate culture, and the political economy of new technologies. Recently, Mark has focused his attention on food production and consumption and the ways in which artists may mediate in these processes.

http://www.flawedart.net


The New American Dictionary


The Boston-based performance group Institute for Infinitely Small Things has published a book called The New American Dictionary.

The dictionary highlights the terminology of fear, security and war that has permeated American English post 9-11. It includes 68 new terms i.e. Preparedness and Freedom Fries as well as terms that have recently been redefined i.e. Torture.

The dictionary also has an interactive dimension. 58 terms are left undefined for the reader to pencil in their own definition. Furthermore, readers are invited to submit their additions to the institute for a possible inclusion in the 2nd edition.

The New American Dictionary is available at several online stores.

www.newamericandictionary.com

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exhaust emissions balloons


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a huge balloon, tied to a car�s vent-pipe, depicting the amount of exhaust emissions a car releases a day.

the "bursting earth" project is similar, but more dynamic. activists attach world globe balloons on exhaust pipes of cars in Berlin. the exhaust gas inflates the ballons. after the message becomes readable, there is a big "bang".

[link: frederiksamuel.com & adsoftheworld.com & 20to20.org]

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WoW!


Aram Bartholl is a german artist renowned for making physical abstractions of the digital world, particularly game-worlds.

One of Aram's not-to-be-missed performances is inspired by the popular computer game World of Warcraft (WoW).

In WoW, the nickname of the player's avatar is constantly hovering above the head of the player so that the identity is visible for everyone else in the game.

Aram took this little feature out of cyberspace to see how it would look if people's names would float above their heads in the physical world too.

WoW has been performed at different locations around the world. Luckily, it is well-documented!


Getting coffee WoW style Workshop in Ghent Project Site

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REALIZING THE IMPOSSIBLE: ART AGAINST AUTHORITY


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Aesthetics and Politics

REALIZING THE IMPOSSIBLE: ART AGAINST AUTHORITY by Josh MacPhee, Erik Reuland, editors :: There has always been a close relationship between aesthetics and politics in anti-authoritarian social movements. And those movements have in turn influenced many of the last century's most important art movements, including cubism, Dada, post-impressionism, abstract expressionism, surrealism, Fluxus, Situationism, and punk. Today, the movement against corporate globalization, with its creative acts of resistance, has brought anti-authoritarian politics into the forefront. This sprawling, inclusive collection explores this vibrant history, with topics ranging from turn-of-the-century French cartoonists to modern Indonesian printmaking, from people rolling giant balls of trash down Chicago streets to massive squatted urban villages and renegade playgrounds in Denmark, from stencil artists of Argentina to radical video collectives of the US and Mexico. Lots of illustrations, all b&w.;

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DISCUSSION

Re: About fauves, wild beasts and feras - tigers /-


hi Regina - just a quick thought - i think you are stretching it more than a bit to harken back to so-called Fauvism in order to only say that there are "whiz" programmers out there. of course there are skilled programmers but most of them are not artists. but more to the point - Fauvism meant something quite different in 1905. the term was originally meant (by the critic who penned it) as an insult because of the perceived lack of skill expressed through new work that was coming from a group of artists later known as "Fauvists". perhaps the term Fauve (if you must use it) would more likely describe an artist programmer who breaks from the conventions that would mark her/him as a skilled programmer in the conventional sense - a poorly skilled programmer - again in the sense of what "skill" means to conventional programmers. the term was not an indication of perfected skills but reckless abandonement of established "skills", and i would argue that this is still the widely held interpetation of the term. beyond this - invoking Fauvism only places net art squarely in the modernist camp that much of net art (fortunately) seems to reject -

mark

Regina Celia Pinto wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> Some people have written me telling that they did not understand the
> second
> page of my e-book 'The Craft of the Web.Artist, Some Considerations',
> which
> I called "Fauve" in programming? , at:
>
> http://arteonline.arq.br/web_art_considerations/dois.htm
>
> In fact there is a difficult language joke there:
>
> "Fauvism, French Fauvisme, style of painting that flourished in France
> from
> 1898 to 1908; it used pure, brilliant colour, applied straight from
> the
> paint tubes in an aggressive, direct manner to create a sense of an
> explosion on the canvas. The Fauves painted directly from nature as
> the
> Impressionists had before them, but their works were invested with a
> strong
> expressive reaction to the subjects they painted. First formally
> exhibited
> in Paris in 1905, Fauvist paintings shocked visitors to the annual
> Salon
> d'Automne; one of these visitors was the critic Louis Vauxcelles,
> who,
> because of the violence of their works, dubbed the painters "Les
> Fauves"
> (Wild Beasts)."
>
> Well, in portuguese to be "fera" (fauve - wild beast) in something is
> to do
> something very very well, is to be a whiz.
>
> I use "fauve" in programming with the sense of "programming whiz".
>
> The tiger there is related with the word Fauve (French) - Fera
> (Portuguese) - Wild Beast (English).
>
> Also I used pure, brilliant colour at the background of my e-book
> because of
> the Fauves, specialy Henri Matisse, who I admire deeply.
>
> The tiger made of words try to show what is "inside of the real
> tigers"
> there, or it shows that those tigers are not real but programmed.
> Only a
> very good programmer could programm alive tigers.
>
> All the best,
>
> Regina C�lia Pinto
>
> http://arteonline.arq.br/
> http://arteonline.arq.br/library.htm
>
> New Works:
>
> http://arteonline.arq.br/magic_walls/
> http://arteonline.arq.br/eva/
> http://arteonline.arq.br/ducks/
>
>

DISCUSSION

Ready-made parody


Check out CryptoKids http://www.nsa.gov/kids/ the National Security Administration's attempt at recruiting "America's future codemakers and codebreakers." I thought that military recruiting was sleazy going after teens - the NSA seems to be interested in elementary schoolers. You can't go wrong with trademarked characters like "Decipher Dog (D-Dog), Crypto Cat (C-Cat) and Rosetta Stone (you guessed it - language analyst) and more.

http://www.nsa.gov/kids/

some sites are worth parodying and some are ready-made parody.

DISCUSSION

more trailer remixes


couldn't help following up on the Shining bit posted a few days back.

here are 3 more recuts from PS260 http://ps260.com/ production house.  For those who are unfamiliar - the whole thing seems to have started with a inhouse contest sponsored by The Association of Independent Creative Editors.. SEE - http://www.tatteredcoat.com/archives/2005/10/10/an-interview-with-robert-ryang-creator-of-the-recut-shining-trailer/

Shining - Robert Ryang
http://www.ps260.com/molly/SHINING%20FINAL.mov

Titanic - Dustin Stephens
http://www.ps260.com/elfollador/Scary%20Titanic.mov

West Side Story - Tom
http://www.ps260.com/Trailer/westsidestorytrailer_small.mov

Cabin Fever - Tom
http://www.ps260.com/fever/cabinfevertrailer.mov

more @ http://ps260.blogspot.com/

DISCUSSION

Re: Re: what exactly IS new media?


it's already here - albeit underrepresented
http://www.bronzeagemin.com/

ryan griffis wrote:

> we may be headed back to the bronze age, if we're lucky.
> http://dieoff.com/synopsis.htm
>
> On Jul 18, 2005, at 11:05 AM, mark cooley wrote:
>
> > Sean Capone wrote:
> >
> >> Plasma Studii writes:
> >>
> >>>> we are now in silverism, which will be followed by shiny
> >> silverism.
> >>
> >> Sorry mate, silverism peaked in the 80s already. New media is
> >> 'post-Silver Age':
> >>
> >> http://www.moma.org/education/openends/guide/overview/12koons.html
> >>
> >>
> >
> > maybe we are in the "skins" age, but even that is quickly passing.
> we
> > should be in the bronze age.
>

DISCUSSION

Re: Re: what exactly IS new media?


http://www.bronzeagemin.com/

ryan griffis wrote:

> we may be headed back to the bronze age, if we're lucky.
> http://dieoff.com/synopsis.htm
>
> On Jul 18, 2005, at 11:05 AM, mark cooley wrote:
>
> > Sean Capone wrote:
> >
> >> Plasma Studii writes:
> >>
> >>>> we are now in silverism, which will be followed by shiny
> >> silverism.
> >>
> >> Sorry mate, silverism peaked in the 80s already. New media is
> >> 'post-Silver Age':
> >>
> >> http://www.moma.org/education/openends/guide/overview/12koons.html
> >>
> >>
> >
> > maybe we are in the "skins" age, but even that is quickly passing.
> we
> > should be in the bronze age.
>