Art in the Age of Videogames
Video and computer game technologies have opened up new possibilities for artistic creation, distribution, and appreciation. In addition to projects that might conventionally be described as Internet Art, Digital Art or New Media Art, there is now a wide spectrum of work by practitioners that crosses the boundaries between various disciplines and practices. The common denominator is that all these practitioners use digital games as their tools or source of inspiration to make art. They are called Game Artists.
GameScenes explores the rapidly expanding world of Game Art in the works of over 30 international artists. Included are several milestones in this field, as well as some lesser known works. In addition to the editors' critical texts, the book contains contributions from a variety of international scholars that illustrate, explain, and contextualize the various artifacts.
ARTISTS: AES+F, Cory Arcangel, Aram Bartholl, Dave Beck, Tobias Bernstrup, Nick Bertke, John Paul Bichard, Marco Cadioli, Mauro Ceolin, Brody Condon, Joseph DeLappe, Delire (Julian Oliver), Todd Deutsch, Micah Ganske, Beate Geissler − Oliver Sann, Brent Gustafson, Jon Haddock, Margarete Jahrmann − Max Moswitzer, JODI, Joan Leandre, Miltos Manetas, Alison Mealey, Mark McCarthy, Shusha Niederberger, Nullpointer (Tom Betts), Nullsleep (Jeremiah Johnson), Totto Renna, RSG (feat. Alexander Galloway), Anne-Marie Schleiner, Eddo Stern, Palle Torsson, UBERMORGEN.COM.
AUTHORS: Matteo Bittanti, Rebecca Cannon, Pierluigi Casolari, Maia
Engeli, Henry Lowood, Sally O'Reilly, Domenico Quaranta, Philippa Stalker, Valentina Tanni.
Text in English and Italian.
Matteo Bittanti: Game Art (Intro): www.gamescenes.org/images/GameArt_eng.pdf
Domenico Quaranta: Game Aesthetics (Outro):
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UNUSUAL SIGN APPEARED OVERNIGHT CAUSES CONTROVERSY
On the night of September the 20th 2006 a sign appeared on a building in the center of Viterbo, an ancient city in central Italy, not far from Rome. Apparently put by the City Council it has already caused quite a stir. The sign is in fact an art piece by controversial artist duo Eva and Franco Mattes (aka 0100101110101101.ORG). Looking as official as any other street sign, it reads:
An Ordinary Building
This building was designed by an unknown architect in an irrelevant epoch and never belonged to an important person. The complex does not show any original architectural solutions, nor does it conserve any important works of art within. No memory is kept of any significant historical events occurring on this site. No known personality was born, lived or died here, nor is any excellent artist or sublime poet still working here.
Hundreds of unaware passersby have been staring at the sign: "It's brilliant!" comments an elderly woman "But I have no idea how to interpret it". While an outraged citizen living nearby comments "This is just unacceptable, look around, there are buildings much worse than this one, especially in the suburbs".
When asked to give an explanation of the sign, Franco Mattes, currently in New York, declared "It means what it says".
Italian curator Claudio Zecchi, who commissioned the work, comments: "This piece has a strong provocative nature like all their previous ones. The ideal stage for their art is not the official places where artworks get recognition and celebration like galleries and museums, but the city itself. It is only there that they can obtain the most genuine reaction".
The artists plan to leave the sign on the building until mid October, but whether or not the City ...
A new net art commission by YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES launches at Tate Online on 6 October 2006 (www.tate.org.uk/netart). Called 'THE ART OF SLEEP', the work explores the international art market, while its launch coincides with the latest Frieze Art Fair in London. YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES are Young-Hae Chang, a Korean woman, and Marc Voge, an American man, who live and work in Seoul. Their work is Flash based and employs a mix of animated typography, jazzy music and humour.
The artists were also invited to participate in an interview about their practice to accompany the Tate commission. In place of the standard video interview now found at Tate Online, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES chose to create a second Flash piece called 'THE ART OF SILENCE', 2006, based on a selection of the questions supplied.
An interpretive essay by Mark Tribe entitled 'An Ornithology of Net Art' accompanies the commission. Mark Tribe, an artist and curator, is Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media Studies at Brown University. He founded Rhizome.org, and is the author of ‘New Media Art’ (Taschen, 2006).
This Friday, 9/29, Creative Commons will be holding a benefit concert featuring Peeping Tom, Diplo, and Girl Talk at Irving Plaza in NYC. Anyone who will be in town should definitely check it out, and come say hi to us at the CC table. Here’s the info for the show:
If you’ll be around New York City on September 29, please join us at Irving Plaza for a Creative Commons concert presented by
beta.flavorpill.net/">Flavorpill. The show will feature Mike Patton’s experimental pop supergroup
peepingtomispatton">Peeping Tom, DJ/producer
www.myspace.com/diplo">Diplo, and mash-up/remix artist Girl Talk. Creative Commons’ CEO Lawrence Lessig will be on hand to introduce the artists.
This concert is a great way to show your support for our work, as proceeds from all ticket sales will go directly to Creative Commons (please note that ticket price is *not* tax-deductible). Tickets are $25 each (plus service charge) and are available online at
The event is a part of Next Music, which kicks off WIRED NextFest, a four-day festival featuring more than 130 interactive exhibits from scientists and researchers
from around the world.
WIRED + Flavorpill present:
Featuring Peeping Tom (with Mike Patton, DJ Rob Swift, and Rahzel), Diplo, and Girl Talk
All proceeds go to support Creative Commons
Friday, September 29 | 9:00 PM, doors open 8:00 PM
17 Irving Place, NYC
Call for Papers and Artworks
Ars HyperMedia, Call for papers and artworks, the submission deadline is November 20, 2006. Simultaneita new media arts magazine is pleased to announce this call for submissions for a special project. Yearly full-color printed "Ars HyperMedia Almanac" on digital culture / media arts. The publication will feature various sections, to be formed through articles, texts, interviews and images. Keywords: -- net / web art -- digital art -- hacker art / hacktivism / artivism -- architecture / design -- dance / theatre -- sound / sonic art / electronic music -- electronic literature -- festivals / art centers / galleries -- curating and preserving new media art -- cross-media -- cinema / animation / comics.
Articles may be 2,000 words in length.
What kind of artworks are we looking for? Digital art, graphic works, illustrations, digital photos, sketches, drawings, video, CD or DVD, graphic novels are accepted. File format: photoshop tiff, jpg 300 dpi.
For more information:
Via Isole Curzolane 18 / E
00139 Roma - Italy
"Simultaneita new media arts magazine" is an online journal and periodically printed with international contributors: it's a publication with an explicit futurist attitude, largely aimed at today cultural topics and special reference to art-technology relationship; it features in-depth essays, unpublished materials, reviews, notes and articles on new media arts, digital culture, architecture, music, cinema. Established in 1997 as a printed magazine, Simultaneita' is a direct follow-on from the monthly "Futurismo-Oggi" (1969-1993). A magazine to promote the strength and diversity of new media arts scene and the Futurist legacy: the mission is to be an outlet with a resolutely international orientation for the reflection, knowledge, research and diffusion of these new artistic forms, without wanting to pigeon-hole digital art and its characteristic fluidity.
The magazine was in Sevilla as media partner for "Art Futura '98 the second skin" the new media & digital art festival, "Loop ...
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Inquiries please email Mark Cooley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New Media Art Program Coordinator
Green Studio Coordinator
School of Art, George Mason University
This is what you get when you add:
40 or so severely fatigued freshmen game design students
+ a cruel instructor ready to indulge in his student's childhood dreams (which in this case, are sponsored by the Disney Corporation).
+ a staged classroom battle and eventual consensus over candidates for 'remake' (close competitors included Terminator 2, Harry Potter & LOTR).
+ each student given two 15 second segments of LK to remake.
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The New Media Art program in the School of Art at George Mason University is currently accepting C.V.s for potential adjunct professor teaching positions in New Media Art beginning this fall.
Interested individuals please contact Mark Cooley - email@example.com.
Program Coordinator - New Media Art
School of Art
George Mason University