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.

Environmental Awareness through Eco-visualization


Combining Art and Technology to Promote Sustainability

Abstract: Eco-visualization technology made by media artists offers a new way to dynamically visualize invisible environmental data. Eco-visualization can take many forms. My own practice of eco-visualization involves animating information typically concealed in building monitoring systems, such as kilowatts or gallons of water used. A public display with real time visual feedback promotes awareness of resource consumption and offers a practical alternative to remote meters concealed in utility closets. The long-term goal of most eco-visualization practitioners is to encourage good environmental stewardship using hybrid practices of art and design. This essay contextualizes the emerging field of eco-visualization and its interdisciplinary trajectories. Environmental Awareness through Eco-visualization: Combining Art and Technology to Promote Sustainability by Tiffany Holmes,


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Christina McPhee:

December on -empyre- soft-skinned space : "Crusades and Art as Illegality and Provocation”

Please join guest moderator Ana Valdés (SE) as she engages with a group of activist artists, curators and scholars, including Susan Meiselas (US), Cecilia Parsberg (SE), Jan-Erik Lindstrom (SE), Raul Ferrera-Balanquet (MX), Loretta Napoleoni (UK) and Dahr Jamail ().

As Ana writes:

"The Crusades were the expansion of Europe, stretching its territories North and South, to colonize and spread the Christian Word, meanwhile conquering new markets, new source of raw material, new peoples and new lands. The historical metaphor oj the Crusades is still alive concerning and in presentday Middle East, both as a memory and in relation to contemporary conquests, as well as in the rhetoric of empire.

Today artists, writers and theorists merge in the world, document it and, instead of trying to conquer it, show passion and compassion, denounce, take part, engage themselves. Since Emile Zola wrote "J'Accuse" and Pablo Picasso painted "Guernica", a constant stream of
artists has been exerting their right to dissent and the right to
question power, the status quo and existing norms.

The walls in Palestine, Tijuana, Ceuta and Melilla are not only
symbolic; they build the shape of Fortress Europe, not only the
geographic, but the mythological Europe, the supposed cradle of Modernity. The Crusades were the clash and the confrontation.
Today's artists and intellectuals search its meaning, study its
effects. Films, photos, texts and installations talk about jails,
fences, workers with precarious jobs paperless immigrants, political
turmoil and mayhem. Fine Arts is today the arena of political
discussions and activist practices.

I've asked some friends and colleagues to join me during one month to
discuss our practices and our engagements, inspired by the above,
under the framework of -empyre- ...


3Cs / counter-cartographies collective

3Cs is a working group of the Cultures of Economies Project supported by the University Program of Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

3Cs formed in the spring of 2005 as a way to explore the uses of cartography and map-making to critically understand and intervene in the world we live in, especially the communities, ecologies and economies of our university.

3Cs is a network of people contributing their skills and knowledge to build a common project for a different/better University. As an open collective, 3Cs attempts to engage in non-hierarchical forms of decision-making, as well as participatory and action-oriented projects.

Terms like globalization, global networks, cyber infrastructures, mass immigration, global free trade policies leave us questioning how these issues pertain to us. Is it just something that happens "out there"? Mapping provides a way to make the connections between UNC and the "real world" visible.

Maps are more and more common in daily life. Through popular programs such as Google Maps and Pentagon mainframe cartographic systems, mapping is an increasingly important way for individuals and institutions to frame their roles and activities in the world. Mapping the university challenges existing notions of higher education institutions and our roles in them.

In referring to the work of Foucault and post-Foucaultian social theory as the "new cartographer" (along with the new archivist), Gilles Deleuze pointed to a mode of investigation and writing that sought, not to trace out representations of the real, but to construct mappings that refigure relations in ways that render alternative worlds. In this project, we begin with this understanding of new cartographies/new mappings, and then turn to the ways in which these new mappings are emerging within social movement, activist, and artist projects to rethink economic practices and institutions. In ...


CALL FOR WORK: A Thousand Tiny Sexes


A publication edited by Jaimes Mayhew and kanarinka

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To imagine that there are only two sexes - M & F - is an absurdity.

There are at least 1000 sexes. The daily lived reality of transgender

and intersexual people (and gay, lesbian, queer and all other people,

for that matter) proves this over and over again, yet many people

continue to operate as if 'M' and 'F' are the only sexes, the only

options, the only expressions, the only goals, the only way ("the way

it is").

Help us imagine 1000 more sexes. Describe them, imagine them, invent

them, publish them, use them, realize them, perform them.

A Thousand Tiny Sexes is an art-book-research-action project to

collect and publish 1000 proposals for TINY SEXES which are not Male

or Female. We are setting out to collect a thousand more sexes -

imaginary ones, as-yet-unrealized ones, or real ones- in the hopes

that these one thousand might make for one thousand more after that.

In so doing, we hope to contribute to a collective reimagining of sex

as a legal, biological, political, economic, cultural, and political


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The collection of A Thousand Tiny Sexes will be published as a book

with an introductory essay by the editors, Jaimes Mayhew and

kanarinka. We are seeking publishers. The publication will be

available for sale once published. Submissions must meet the criteria

below and the editors reserve the right to reject any submission.

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Deadline: No deadline, we will keep collecting until we have 1000

good ones.
You may not propose a sex such as Male or Female that has been

legally codified and naturalized as "the way things are".
You may propose "in-between" sexes which are combinations of Male-
Female, but ...


Trampoline 23rd November

Trampoline – Platform for new media art
Thursday 23rd November 6pm til late
Broadway Cinema, Broad Street, Nottingham, UK
£5.50/£4.20 concessions

Playing with urban structures - the city becomes alive at the touch of a button.

Trampoline will be investigating the relationship between gaming, new media art and our urban environment.

The structures of the city are increasingly pervaded by new media with screens, cctv, electronic networks, mobile devices, implements often designed to control our movement through urban space and even to remove us from our surroundings. We wish to investigate how new media can form an even tighter relationship with our immediate environment – challenge and subvert its conventional structures – hacking the city.

The evening of events brings together performance, video, installation and artists’ presentations.

Blast Theory, renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists' groups using interactive media, will be giving a presentation about their most recent work ‘Day of the Figurines’, premiered at Trampoline’s event First Play Berlin, held in October of this year.

Le Quan Ninh will be bringing his unique form of percussion improvisation to Nottingham in a highly anticipated performance.

Electronic musicians Vastik Root and Little Boy Blue will be meddling with their gameboys and various computer consoles resulting in a climax of energetic noise.

Frank Abbott will be presenting his epic performance ‘From Here to the End of my Garden’ a series of four presentations throughout the evening, merging spaces together with his mobile projector, recreating his garden within Broadway Cinema.

Other works on show include:
An ‘urban carpet’ will be set somewhere in the streets of Nottingham and pedestrians may find the ground beneath their feet suddenly responding to their movements.
An interactive virtual pool ...