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.
absence / presence: a conversation with charles cohen
A conversation between Charles Cohen and Mark Cooley conducted through electronic mail - 2006
For a hypertext version of this interview please visit http://www.flawedart.net/interviews/indexcohen.htm
See Charles Cohen's work at: http://www.promulgator.com
MC: I'd like to begin by exploring your use of the "cut-out" in some of your most well known works. I've been covering your Buff series in various new media related courses for a couple of years now, and several questions and points of discussion are frequently raised. Can you speak first about the dichotomy of absence/presence at work in these pieces: How do you wish this dichotomy to play out for your audience, and what role does the content of the original image play in this scenario?
CC: If I may, I’d like to dissect the viewing experience into three “effects” which the cut-out generates. The “first effect” is the immediate recognition of the void; a mere observation, not an intellectual reaction, per se. The second effect is “the abstract effect,” which would be any subsequent intellectual activity for the viewer. This sets up an ideal and final “reflexive effect”.
The catalyst for the reaction is expectation. Because we expect nudity (in the Buff series) the suggestive poses of the subject and the conditioned responses of the viewer confront the void. This disconnect of what is expected with what is actually there has a variety of reactions in viewers. After digesting the experience, however, the question of what has happened occurs. This question, a momentary wedge in a normal viewing experience, sets up the “abstract effect”. The viewer is questioning the nature of this particular type of imagery as well as the effect of imagery in general on the ...
Center for Advanced Visual Studies / MIT’s School of Architecture
265 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Fl / Cambridge MA 02139 / 617 253 4415 /
MON OCTOBER 2nd
The Center for Advanced Visual Studies presents
Terminal Air (Institute for Applied Autonomy and Trevor Paglen)
Tad Hirsch (Institute for Applied Autonomy) and experimental
geographer Trevor Paglen will present early research for their new
project, Terminal Air, an interactive installation that enables
audiences to track a fleet of CIA-operated aircraft around the
world. These airplanes, which were first uncovered by an
international network of amateur aviation enthusiasts and later
reported on by various investigative journalists, are known to be
involved in "extraordinary rendition"—the practice of illegally
transporting terrorism suspects to secret overseas military bases
for torture and interrogation. Paglen will also talk about Torture
Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights, which he co- wrote with journalist AC Thompson. Andrew Woods of Harvard Law
School will also speak. Terminal Air is supported by 2006-2007
commission from Rhizome.org.
The Junction in Cambridge, UK, is seeking to commission an artist (individual or collective) to produce an innovative and exciting high profile public artwork encompassing new technologies for the south façade of its original auditorium. This is the second of two commissions funded by Turnstone Partners and Arts Council England East for the site, the first being Bins and Benches by Greyworld in 2005.
Expressions of interest are invited from artists, to be received before the 1st October 2006.
The budget for this commission is £60,000 (to include fee, production and installation costs). For more information, including a detailed brief, please see www.junction.co.uk/publicart
INTERFACE and SOCIETY investigates artistic practices and strategies that deal with the transformation of our everyday life through electronic interfaces.
CONFERENCE: 10th and 11th of November
EXHIBITION: 10th to 19th of November
PERFORMANCES AND EXHIBITION OPENING: 10th of November at 20h
PLACE: Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway
See http://www.anart.no for detailed information.
CONFERENCE 10TH AND 11TH OF NOVEMBER
Erich Berger (at/fi) - Interface and Society
Bruce Sterling (us/cs) - Spime: a map of ideas
Susanne Jaschko (de) - On the virtuality of public space
Laura Beloff (fi) - Not imagined, it is real
Per Platou (no) - Failure is success (is failure)
Truls Lie (no) - On Guattaris concept of the "machin" as the mental and
social apparatus that directs our everyday praxis
Adam Greenfield (us) - Everyware: Some thoughts on the social and ethical
implications of ubiquitous computing.
Artificial Paradise (uk) - Instruction Sets
Marius Watz (no/de) - It`s all about the software, baby
Sabine Seymour (at/us) - The Epidermis as Interface, Dynamic Textile Surfaces
See schedule, ticket information and lecture abstracts at
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Peeesseye: Jaime Fennelly, Chris Forsyth & Fritz Welch
Peeesseye is a collaborative project developed in 2002 in Brooklyn by Jamie Fennelly, Chris Forsyth and Fritz Welch that performs music/noise/sound work. Peeesseye explores the boundaries of instruments and the acoustical space they inhabit. The group’s collective compositions and improvisations use analogue electronics, oscillators, vocals, guitars, and percussion instruments. Since 2002, Peeesseye has toured the U.S. four times and Europe once and has released four CDs. Recent venues include Tonic, Harvestworks and the Improvised and Otherwise Festival.