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.

Dispatx New Edition | Call for Submissions

Dispatx Art Collective are pleased to announce the publication of our fifth edition, The Plague of Language. Fifteen projects related to the theme can be seen online at, featuring poetry by JH Prynne and Rod Mengham, sound pieces from Paul Whitty and Chris Mann, and a full length interview with Marc D Hauser of Harvard University.

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We are also actively seeking proposals for collaborative projects related to the new theme in exploration : Improvised Maps. This theme explores correlation, translation and recursion. It relates closely to the creative method – the organising process which translates creative vision into creative output.

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Smoke Signals Installation

Smoke Signals is based on one of the oldest forms of communication in recorded history dating back over 5,000 years. The project works as a hybrid system that explores the dynamic and spatial capacities of smoke and light in relation to contemporary mobile SMS technologies of messaging today. The project examines a dynamic real-time interaction that writes space. Smoke and light setup the condition for developing a typographic ambient / responsive environment.

Participants are invited to communicate with the project by sending SMS messages to one of two smoke signals located at the event. Remote participants can send messages through our Real-Time Virtual Interface located at

Minimaforms was founded in 2002 by brothers Stephen and Theodore Spyropoulos as an experimental design practice that explores design that provokes and facilitates new means of communication.

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notes for a hypothetical essay on relocating the aura

curt cloninger:

Hi Ryan,

It is indeed ironic that I would be criticized as a Benjamin disciple. You and Marisa understandably challenge my reading of him, but I think my reading is defensible, with some caveats. I'm not referring to his entire canon, or to his biographical history. I am referring to one text. In that text he himself says, "We do not deny that in some cases today's films can also promote revolutionary criticism of social conditions, even of the distribution of property. However, our present study is no more specifically concerned with this than is the film production of Western Europe." Indeed, the footnoted connections he makes between film and politics seem largely tenuous and speculative, almost like they are incidental observations that he wasn't quite confident enough to include in the body of the text.

The epilogue seems particularly tacked on. He takes the marinetti quote and runs with it, but in his rush to the tour-de-force finish line, he doesn't satisfactorilly connect all the dots. Just because he wants me to focus on the epilogue doesn't mean I have to buy it. Just because I don't buy the epilogue doesn't mean I can't find use in some of his prior observations.

I probably should have prefaced my original post with some disclaimer like, "I know this goes against the accepted interpretation of Benjamin's aura, but..." Nevertheless, I don't think his observations are off limits simply because I disagree with the larger conclusions he draws from them. Am I not free to take his initial observations and draw my own conclusions? I don't think aesthetics are a fascist control mechanism of war just because Marinetti was loony and Hitler was an art school drop-out who dug ...


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Wilfried Agricola de Cologne:

SoundLab: call for soundart
deadline 30 June 2006
the sonic art environment of
will launch EDITION IV online
in October 2006
and is inviting sound artists for submitting
proposals of soundart works (.mp3) to be included.
All entry information are available on
or can be downloaded as PDF
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Call for artworks - INTERFACE and SOCIETY exhibition

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a project by Atelier Nord

exhibition Nov.10th - Nov.19th 2006
at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Oslo Norway.

Atelier Nord is looking for artworks/installations
concerning the transformation of our everyday live
through electronic interfaces (see details below).


Please apply via email to
subject: INTERFACE and SOCIETY exhibition
with the following information:

1) Project name / year of production
2) Artist name(s) + email / contact information
3) Short project description
4) Project URL + URL for online documentation (pdf, pictures, video)
5) Short CV

Alternatively you can send the requested information via snailmail to:

Atelier Nord
Lakkegata 55 D
N-0187 Oslo Norway
ad: INTERFACE and SOCIETY exhibition

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In our everyday life we constantly have to cope more or
less successfully with interfaces. We use the mobile phone,
the mp3 player, and our laptop, in order to gain access to
the digital part of our life. In recent years this situation
has lead to the creation of new interdisciplinary subjects
like "Interaction Design" or "Physical Computing".

We live between two worlds, our physical environment and the
digital space. Technology and its digital space are our second
nature and the interfaces are our points of access to this

Since artists started working with technology they have been
developing interfaces and modes of interaction. The interface
itself became an artistic thematic.

The project INTERFACE and SOCIETY investigates how artists deal
with the transformation of our everyday life through technical
With the rapid technological development a thoroughly
critique of the interface towards society is necessary.

The role of the artist is thereby crucial. S/he has the freedom
to deal with technologies and interfaces beyond functionality
and usability ...