mark cooley
Since 2002
Works in United States of America

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.

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.


exhaust emissions balloons

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".

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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




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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The Fine Art of War

Sun Dec 02, 2007 00:00 - Sun Dec 02, 2007

The Fine Art of War: Cultural outreach from the Military Industrial Complex.


ethics: new media art

I'm currently putting together a course in ethical considerations for new media artists. I'm interested in gathering resourses for this course. If you are interested in contributing topics, art work and/or text either authored by yourself or links to the work of others please email me at

Current topics of interest (and i'm open to more) copyright/copyleft, propriety and open source philosophies, hacking and hacktivism, issues concerning (mis)representation, simualation and virtuality.

Thank you,

mark cooley


Lost and Found Mashups

GutHead - a fictional jam

What do Sonic Youth, King Crimson, Babe the Blue Ox, John Lennon, Lung Fish, Bjork, Memphis Slim, Michael Jackson, Fiona Apple, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Fela Kuti and Frank Zappa have in common?

This is a story the not-too-distant past. A time when cd cases littered the front and back seats of cars and were far too infrequently replaced with new ones, causing us to become much more intimate and ultimately tired of the music that once immersed us. This is a recording that attempts to create something new from the old. This is a recording that attempts to pull the unheard out of the overplayed. And finally, this is the story of a small collection of cd's that traveled together over many miles before ultimately succumbing and rendered unplayable by the hazards of life on the road.


One Night With You: Solo Compositions for the Casiotone MT-520 Electronic Keyboard

One Night With You: Solo Compositions for the Casiotone MT-520 Electronic Keyboard

Instrument: Casio, Casiotone MT-520 Electronic Keyboard
Note: The aural record of one night in the basement with a dusty Mid-1980s Casiotone Keyboard.,616/Cooley/files/audio/casio/index.html


stations between stations

between stations

The public airways are mapped almost entirely to the mandates of consumer demographics, psychographics and other methods of locating, courting and creating compliant consumers and citizens. This sad context provides an aesthetic space where the mash-up and obliteration of those tired fictitious sites of meaning becomes a satisfying experience.

These recordings, created for podcast distribution, were made in the southeast of the United States on various points along Interstate 95 from Richmond Virginia and Fayetteville North Carolina. They capture profiles of American consciousness as competing sectors of the consciousness industry represents them and simultaneously they are the decomposition of preconfigured and seemingly stable consciousness moving at high velocity toward utter decay and slippage into forbidden, unclaimed and contested spaces.

The artist’s automobile acted as crude mixing instrument as it was driven recklessly between competing frequencies sliding in and out of coherence and exploring the spaces between stations, colonized electromagnetic frequencies and codified identities.,616/Cooley/files/audio/between_stations/index.html