Michael Szpakowski
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a small new work


The latest in what seems to be becoming a series of
small self portraits.
This one has sound.
http://www.somedancersandmusicians.com/old/young.html

michael

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DISCUSSION

Re: Some New Work


Ivan
I think 'Clutter' is an extraordinarily beautiful
piece of work.
I'm not sure how much a description of how it's made
either adds or subtracts from that beauty for me - I
seem to remember you saying somewhere you were
interested in the crossing points between the digital
and the material ( forgive me if I misquote you from
memory). Clutter has such a powerful feel of
materiality.
It seems perverse to say that the Guantanamo bay piece
is also beautiful -but the main image, with its
collage like feeling gives an overpowering sense of
the fragility of those human beings whom our allies
are torturing there -I don't know whether that's an
intentional resonance of the title- and in that sense
in it's affirmation of the humanity of those victims I
think it is 'beautiful'.
I'm a bit confused by the calling up other pages thing
here, I'm not sure the image itself isn't so strong
that you ought to take the risk of being unidiomatic
for the net or whatever.
Anyway, work in progress or no, I found the pieces
very moving.
Michael
--- Ivan Pope <ivan@ivanpope.com> wrote:
> 3 new net.works
> Clutter and Cabinet are webcam installations.They
> currently sit in my studio. They are designed to go
> into live spaces, but do not as yet have anywhere to
> go. They are both somewhat unstable, with good
> reason. If they don't seem to be alive, come back
> later. That is the nature of the net, and that is
> the nature of my work.
> Fragile is an html installation that also, and more
> specifically, has instability built into it. I
> thought I might as well get it out now, even though
> it is a work in progress.
> Thanks,
> Ivan
>
> Clutter
> Mixed media installation with web cams and computer.
> 200 x 200 x 200 cm. A round table is covered with
> collected bric a brac. The table can be manually
> rotated. Two webcams view the surface of the table,
> one from each side. Every three minutes the active
> camera changes. Every six minutes an image is
> uploaded in sequence to the work. 100 archival
> images are laid end to end, increasing in size by
> six pixels at each image. These images form a look
> back at the recent history of the table. It takes
> ten hours for the entire sequence to renew. The
> table is only rotated when I am in the space, and
> then intermittently. I also move the clutter on the
> table occasionally.
> http://www.ivanpope.com/cams/twincams/history2.html
> http://www.ivanpope.com/cams/clutter/
>
>
> Cabinet
> A glass cabinet containing a webcam on a motorized
> pod and an assortment of toys. The webcam is
> controllable from the web.
> Visitors from the web can look around and take
> pictures. They are looking both internally and
> externally at the cabinet. In other words, visitors
> to the cabinet in the analogue world become part of
> the exhibit in the digital world. Visitors from the
> street see the cabinet and its contents. They also
> see the webcam in motion as digital visitors come
> and go. They can also see the web view of
> proceedings on the computer screen.
> http://81.86.241.132:8090/remote6/
> http://www.ivanpope.com/cams/cabinet/index.html
>
> Fragile
> It is in the nature of our systems to be fragile.
> I thought this would be a simple work that played on
> the fragile nature of the web and entangled a
> comment on the limits of power. I am interested in
> the nature of broken. That the web never works
> properly, but that this is its design and also one
> of its joys. Further, it seems that the breaks in
> the web are incomprehensible to us, that we never
> really can understand where things went: possibly
> because we dont understand where they came from in
> the first place.
> http://www.ivanpope.com/fragile/index.html
>
>
> --
> Ivan Pope
> ivan@ivanpope.com
> www.ivanpope.com
> www.tochki-inc.com
>
> "Faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes
> the fear of death"
> Hunter S. Thompson
>

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DISCUSSION

50 years


I know quite a few people have seen this piece but I
can't resist posting a link to it again today , fifty
years to the day after the old butcher Stalin copped
it.

http://www.somedancersandmusicians.com/enemy/AnEnemyOfThePeople.html

michael

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DISCUSSION

Re: Rhizome @ DEAF03


<We are particularly
> interested in
> discussing the potential emergence of a Rhizome node
> or offshoot in Europe.>
Hmmm -I think I know what you mean Mark, but for those
of us in old Europe who've been enthusiastic
participants in both list and artbase for a good while
it might have been put perhaps a little more
diplomatically - it would be nice to have a discussion
about it on the list, or a set of proposals/thoughts
on the site, for those of us whom work or cash
precludes 'being in the Rotterdam hood'
best
Michael

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some more new work


A companion piece to 'breathe':

http://www.somedancersandmusicians.com/flame/flame.html
michael

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