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.
a huge balloon, tied to a carâ��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".
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!
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.;
Reception and gallery talk by the artists - Daily Encounters
For Immediate Release: January 31, 2007
For more information contact:
Julie Ann Cavnor 410-962-8565 / email@example.com
Media and Privacy Issues Addressed in Daily Encounters
February 20-March 31, 2007
Friday, March 2, 2007
Gallery Talk 6 pm / Reception 7 pm
Baltimore, Maryland—Maryland Art Place announces Daily Encounters, an exhibition that raises awareness about media and global communications and the affect each has on an individual’s personal privacy and security in a technologically-dependent world.
In her ongoing series, “Thoughts on Romance from the Road,” Victoria Crayhon searches out roadside movie marquees to post personal thoughts and messages. Left in place anywhere from hours to months, the texts present the idea of transgression, further confounding viewers with their seemingly incongruous placement. The artist creates large-scale prints that average 4x5 feet to document the process and to make the viewer feel they are a part of the experience.
Bethany Springer builds miniature satellite dishes fabricated of wood and portable communication towers made of vinyl and upholstery foam. Her sculpture and video work address universal structural systems that exist to “connect” otherwise disconnected places, making access to products and services faster, more convenient, and in contemporary society—expected. Through her installation-based work, Springer recreates the network systems that have enabled this lifestyle while drawing a parallel to the ever-increasing security issues that have stemmed as a result.
Mark Cooley and Edgar Endress’ “Dear Internet” project investigates how networked technologies become the basis for human interaction both on and off line. The content for the project is gathered from two primary sources, which include a participatory blog where users’ experiences are recorded and Live IP surveillance cameras that are accessed using advanced Google search techniques. The Dear Internet project will be screened live within MAP’s gallery, with cameras set to refresh every thirty seconds.
For more information about this exhibition and MAP’s additional program offerings, please visit our newly-designed website: www.mdartplace.org.
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Maryland Art Place (MAP) is a not-for-profit center for contemporary art established in 1981 to: develop and maintain a dynamic environment for regional artists to exhibit their work, nurture and promote new ideas and new forms, and facilitate rewarding exchanges between artists and the public through educational leadership. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 5 pm. There is no admission charge to enter the gallery or to participate in MAP’s regularly scheduled programs and events.
Dear Internet v1. investigates how networked technologies become platforms for the paradoxes of social relations in digital culture. Connection, fear, communication, alienation, interactivity, dislocation, intimacy, disembodiment, are all possible and often simultaneously present in our attempts to interact with others online and off.
The installation: A live screening of Dear Internet develops, with the help of participant input, over the course of the exhibition and serves as a partial expression of networked consciousness. Content for Dear Internet v1. is collected from 2 primary sources:
- A participatory blog that forms a collective memory of "users" experience in networked living. Dear Internet (the blog) is an unmoderated site for the publishing and archiving of letters written by Internet users concerning their relationships with the Internet. Through http://dearinternetuser.blogspot.com, users may address the internet directly and indulge in their deepest thoughts, feelings and fantasies with the abandonment, comfort and protection that only online anonymity can provide. Texts gathered from http://dearinternetuser.blogspot.com are remixed and projected in the gallery while they are read with text to speech software.
- Live IP surveillance cameras are accessed using a variety of well-known advanced google search techniques and projected in the gallery space. While these surveillance cameras are accessible to any internet user, they remain largely unknown to casual internet users. However, the cameras have attained significant attention from hackers, technophiles, security professionals, bored surfers and others. The interest no doubt comes from the common presumption that these surveillance cameras are left unsecure unintentionally by camera owners who have neglected to set-up camera security features. Internet users are often able to access full control of an accessed camera's, zoom, pan, snapshot and other features. Camera controls are removed from the interface for the Dear Internet installation and the cameras are set to refresh every 30 seconds.
a project by mark cooley and edgar endress
Dear Internet is an unmoderated site for the publishing and archiving of letters written by Internet users concerning their relationships with the Internet. Through DearInternet.org, users may address the internet directly and indulge in their deepest thoughts, feelings and fantasies with the abandonment, comfort and protection that only online anonymity can provide.
Send and publish a letter to the Internet at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send and publish a letter to the Internet at: email@example.com
Look at the letters that have been written thus far @ http://www.dearinternet.org
Why? Connectedness, is the stated goal of the communications industry, yet how is it that with such powerful communications technologies, we have entered a point of human history where misunderstanding, intolerance and unacceptance of difference seems on the incline - and where are our technologies in all of this? Perhaps, connectedness no longer refers to the communication between humans mediated by technology. Perhaps, connectedness more often refers to the inability to communicate without the mediation of machines. Maybe it doesn't matter who is on the other side, maybe the machine is the end in itself. This project is an experiment on what we may learn about ourselves if we meet this phenomenon head on and dismiss (temporarily) that it matters who is on the other side of our connection. We invite you to be yourself, to be someone else, to be something else and confess your thoughts, feelings and fantasies concerning online "connectedness" to the internet itself.
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