nicholas economos
Since the beginning
Works in Shaker Heights, Ohio United States of America

Nicholas Economos is an artist and educator living in sunny Cleveland, Ohio, USA. His art practice includes work in software art, reactive media art, sound, video, and animation. He is an Editor Emeritus for at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC, previously editing content for the web site and the Rhizome Rare email list over numerous years. His awards include an Individual Artist Project Grant in Film, Media, and New Technology Production from the New York State Council on the Arts and an Individual Excellence Award in Media Arts from the Ohio Arts Council.

He has exhibited at Art Interactive in Cambridge, MA, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, NY, Art in General in New York City, Fylkingen in Stockholm, Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, SESI Gallery in Sao Paulo City, Window Project Space in Auckland, New Zealand, Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, Chiangmai New Media Art Festival in Thailand, DigiFest DXNet in Toronto, and the Cyberarts Festival in Boston. He has been a frequent artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, New York and is included in the DVD anthology, "ETC: 1969 - 2009" covering 40 years of video arts at ETC. He was previously a visiting professor with the Department of Expanded Media at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University in Alfred, NY and now teaches in the T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts Department at The Cleveland Institute of Art.

Zizek the movie in Manhattan

a Documentary Campaign production

The author of works on subjects as wide-ranging as Alfred Hitchcock, 9/11, opera, Christianity, Lenin and David Lynch, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek is one of the most important and outrageous cultural theorists working today. This captivating, erudite documentary explores the eccentric personality and esoteric work of this incomparable academic and writer who has been called everything from "the Elvis of cultural theory" to "a one-person culture mulcher".



Marjan van Mourik:

- Water& Works Lucy&Jorge; Orta, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL). The British artist Lucy Orta lives and works in Paris and teaches at academies in London and Eindhoven. Her field is the interface between fashion and social engagement. She focuses on themes such as shelters for the homeless, offering solutions as a designer and artist, and she often works together with students from the art academy or social activism groups. The current project is designed for the public domain and is about the purification of water and the provision of clean drinking water.

- 'Orchard' Propolon, Regina Gallery, Moscow. The Russian artist POROLON was inspired by Marina Tsvetaeva’s poem «Orchard» to the creation of new project which put you in the euphoria of light and color. The gallery halls will be decorated with the sponge sculpture, stone and glass installation. In artist’s mind the image of «Orchard» is the highest award for endless patience and hard work.

- 'Tanguntsa' Valéry Grancher, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. "THE SHIWIARS PROJECT" an artist goes in a village of Indians of the deep jungle of High-Amazonia to establish a direct and creative bond with the Palais de Tokyo. The Shiwiars Indians live on the western slope of the Andes cordillera, in High-Amazonia, in one of the zones of the planet the most isolated and in which is largest. It is however with them that the French artist Valéry Grancher chose to establish a direct and creative bond and to divide it within the framework of its project for the Palais de Tokyo.

- 'Subtitled Public' Rafael Lorenzo-Hemmer, Madrid. SUBTITLED PUBLIC consists of an empty exhibition space where visitors are tracked with a computerized infrared surveillance system. As people enter the installation, texts are projected onto their bodies: these “subtitles


Musicacoustica 2006: Language

Kenneth Fields:

The Electroacoustic Music Association of China (EMAC) and the China Electronic Music Center (CEMC) based at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in a special cooperation with the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network's (EMS) International Conference Series are pleased to announce their annual festival:

Musicacoustica 2006: Language
October 22nd through 29th
Beijing, China

The week-long MusicAcoustica 2006 festival (22-29 October) will be focused on the broad theme of Language. EMS06 papers, in more focused paper sessions (from the 23rd to 26th), will concentrate on a crucial aspect of language, namely terminology - see the full call for papers here:


Processing Vision / Toby Collett


"Processing Vision" / Toby Collett
OnLine & OnSite: Pioneer robot, video projections and web-based Flash stream

17 Nov - 10 Dec
Window OnSite
Foyer of the General Library Building
University of Auckland
Flash stream on Window website

With an eye for spatiality, a pioneer robot with sonar mounts from the Auckland Robot Group is presented by Toby Collett, a PhD Engineering student at the University of Auckland. The robot is the product of the Group's research into robotic vision and navigation, and for the duration of the exhibition has been set the task of roaming around inside Window OnSite generating visual data that is presented on the front of the Window structure via three projections. Glazing has been applied to the glass front of Window OnSite to partially obscure our view of the robot and prioritise the images it is creating, so as to play on a gulf between its means of processing vision and ours. In addition, Window's two spaces have been networked together with data being relayed to the Window website, where a feed of the robot's spatial awareness of its physical environment is mapped within segments of Window's website.

Essay "Processing the Robot" / by Luke Duncalfe:

Like the depressed Marvin from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Tony Oursler's screaming avatars, we recognise more of ourselves in the disorders of behaviour than in any representation of personality functioning as personality ought to. The pioneer robot by Toby Collett and the Robot Group is prone to error and lapses of judgment, and its perception is liable to exaggerate its position. Often the robot believes it has passed through a wall as its systems of response misfire ...


November on -empyre- soft-skinned space : Whispering in the Dark

Christina McPhee:

November on -empyre-: Whispering in the Dark with the collective
Journal of Aesthetics and Protest (US)

Whispering in the Dark,

-- conspiratorial incantations. Theory making sense of the place
you’re stumbling around in.

For November 2005, -empyre- is pleased to invite the Journal's
perspectives on the commodification of theoretical discourses.

The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest is painfully aware of the ex- appropriation of localizable discourses due to an international art
market that imagines itself uncritically de-centered and is ever
hungry for newly displaced objects and meanings. New Media itself is
one of the main conduits for this emptied out experience of culture.
With this discussion we would like to investigate a different way to
frame discourse.

How can a discourse not be tied to the expression or promotion of
particular industrial technologies? How has and how can we reframe
the category of new media? How does new media and new media discourse
impact communities and social justice?

How does the commodification of discourse influence understandings of
tactical media's possibilities?


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this a FWD from my email today...


as most of you know, the tank is a nonprofit performing arts space in lower manhattan. we believe in maintaining a space for artists in manhattan where they can perform and explore without feeling the financial pressures that manhattan increasingly brings.
We have been in our new home in Tribeca with Collective:Unconscious for almost a year now (!) and it is so nice to not be writing you all on a weekly basis telling you we are losing our home, like we had to do for the first few years of existence.
However, we are still struggling to get by in the big city. But we dont plan on staying that way! oh no.

To that end, we are proud to be launching our Freedom of Expression Campaign. The goal is to raise $100,000 over the next few months to help us secure our somewhat tenuous foothold on the big apple, increase and stabilize our administrative staff, and continue bringing you fantastic, affordable programming for the years to come.

we have secured a few amazing patrons who are collectively willing to donate $65,000 IF (and yes, this here is THE RUB) IF we are able to get 1,000 additional individual donations. Thats right, if 1,000 of our friends, artists, and loved ones donate even $12 to the tank this year, then these donors will unlock the $65,000 they have pledged and we will reach our goal. they want to see that we are loved. can you show them we are loved? yes, you can!

But 1000 people is a lot. ive only got like 14 myspace friends and that includes Tom, so thats just not gonna cut it.

so weve got a website. you can go there now and donate any amount of money, become a tank member, get some free stuff in exchange, and generally know youve done your part in securing the future of a place you care about.


READY? Just do it right now while you're thinking about it. Think how good it will feel!! IT WILL FEEL GREAT!

Thanks folks. and if the tank is a place you care about or has been good to you, please consider spreading the word and letting people know...stick it on your blog or your myspace page or whatever. Thanks Thanks Thanks!



Tonight and Tomorrow Night (thats wed 11/15 and thurs 11/16) we are having happy hour / mixer events in our basement lounge. cheap booze and lots of good people. come after work and say hey. also a convenient place/time to donate in person if you'd rather give cash...

5:30 - 7pm both tonight and tomorrow.
The Tank Basement, 279 Church Street btwn Franklin and White


Thursday November 16, 9:30pm
The Tank, 279 Church Street btwn Franklin and White

In addition to songs from his critically acclaimed debut album Less Famous Than You (Use Your Teeth), Corey Dargel will perform new and unreleased material including


Re: Re: Columbia Art & Technology Lecture--Manuel DeLanda

hi John,
the thumbnail was sampled from the cover of DeLanda's "A Thousand years of Nonlinear History" and reduced in a GIF color table.

John Geraci wrote:

> DeLanda's piece shown here is visually pretty similar to a piece I
> submitted to Rhizome a few years ago.
> ( Does anyone have more info on
> it?
> John Geraci
> Jennifer Estaris wrote:
> >
> > Manuel DeLanda
> > Thursday, April 8, 2004, 6pm
> > LeRoy Neiman Gallery, 310 Dodge Hall
> > Columbia University, New York, NY
> >
> > Free and open to the public
> >
> > Manuel DeLanda was born in 1952 in Mexico City and has lived in
> > Manhattan since 1975. He began his career in the mid-seventies as an
> > independent filmmaker, showing his films in cine-clubs and museums
> > around the world. In 1980 he acquired an industrial-grade computer
> and
> > became a programmer and computer artist, writing his own software
> for
> > several years. His philosophical essays have appeared in many
> journals
> > and he currently lectures extensively in the United States and
> Europe
> > on nonlinear dynamics, theories of self-organization, Artificial
> > Intelligence and Artificial Life. He is author of the books War in
> the
> > Age of Intelligent Machines, A Thousand years of Nonlinear History
> and
> > Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy. He has contributed to
> > numerous collections, including A Thousand Plateaus by G. Deleuze
> and
> > F. Guattari, and Ecological Imperialism by Alfred Crosby and
> > Self-Organizing Systems, edited by Eugene Yates.
> >
> > The Art & Technology Lectures will culminate with Ricardo Dominguez,
> a
> > tactical media artist, on May 12.
> >
> > For more information, see
> >
> > Or email
> >
> > Co-presented by the Digital Media Center and Computer Music Center
> at
> > Columbia University


Re: Re: thoughts on Appropriation versus Sampling

yes, i agree...
I really don't have a simple thought that doesn't involve appropriation or sampling on some level. your painting and the photograph involve both but are different resolutions. Refusing that doesn't have to be a generational thing, as in when you were born or what sort of music you have been exposed to. Being able to accept it may be a bent of mind that is reinforced from being creative with a computer though, i hope so, but unfortunately the person suing you hasn't been bitten by that yet.


joywar pow-bang

hello joy,
yesterday i sat frustrated to respond. my backwoods ISP was doing server maintaince. but here's some now....




Re: the fashion of

hello Mark,
does Mel Gibson really have a scene where his pec implants are slowly removed in that flick?