Nick Briz
Since 2008
Works in Chicago, Illinois United States of America

Nick Briz is a new-media artist, educator, and organizer whose work has been shown internationally at festivals and institutions, including the FILE Media Arts Festival (Rio de Janeiro, BR); the Images Festival (Toronto, CA); the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Museum of Moving Image (NYC); Furtherfield Gallery (London, UK); Museo De Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas (Venezuela); Miami Art Basel;
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Glitching on Tumblr

rad collection of tumblrs!
There's definitely been an explosion in the area of glitch-tumblrs the last year.

i'm not one to claim "firsts", but I feel I should give props to a very early glitch tumblr: launched Nov of 2009 by Jake Elliott + partly inspired by the Satromizer: ( (a project with many iterations by Ben Syverson and Jon Satrom = (

regarding "theory about the practice", i've been working on a collaborative-modular-project (GLI.TC/H) which has put some serious effort into producing collecting such theory, we released a book (as part of last year's festival/conference/gathering) .pdf available here: +++ you can check out (and partak in) our open-research wiki here: (with theory page here:

/* Jake Elliott + Ben Syverson + Jon Satrom are all Chicago based artists (at times collaborators) who've been working in&&around the vector.view dubbed Chicago "Dirty-New-Media" ( which may also lend some perspective regarding the theorie[s]/historie[s]/practice[s] */



My Broken iPhone

1st: luv to see these discussions in a space like rhizome + thnx for the insights joanne, you raise sum good points. I'm (slightly) ashamed to say that a cracked iPhone screen (on my beautiful 4S) would kill me. I'd like to chock it up to being generally a bit obsessive... but the reality is I'm not this way with other devices. duncan, you raise sum excellent points, but there's more than just the price tag keeping me so reverent w/apple.

2nd: like probably most of the peoples here, I've got a luv/hate relationship w/apple...
jbwhaley, I'm writing this on a mac and as I already mentioned I hav an iPhone, and I can say (as a developer && new-media artist) apple is definitely not "as hackable." as a user, this couldn't be clearer than with tablets: my HP Touchpad is far more hackable than an iPad, and perhaps more importantly, the eco-system is far more tolerant (in HP's case they embrace it) of the hacking. What apple calls jail-breaking HP calls "a home-brew community" -- where apple voids your warranty, HP lends developer support.

...even apple wouldn't deny these things. These are two fundamentally different approches. What's getting "really, really old" is our complacency.


Nicolas Maigret [Paris] && HARD R [Chicago] @Upgrade!Chicago

Tue Feb 21, 2012 19:00 - Tue Feb 21, 2012

Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

presented by Upgrade!Chicago

@ The Nightingale 1084 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60642


On Tuesday, Feb 21 (7pm) Upgrade!Chicago presents an evening of experimental sound/music performances and noise/new-media lectures by Nicolas Maigret (Paris) and HARD R (Chicago). Upgrade!Chicago is an art and technology series which presents new-media projects, engages in informal critique and fosters dialogue and collaboration between individual artists. Upgrade! Chicago is the local node of the international Upgrade! network and meets at the Nightingale Theatre.

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Online Privacy: iPhone Charging Station downloads photos

thought I'd share this project we (@branger_briz) recently completed and exhibited at Miami Art Basel. "A Charge for Privacy" is an iPhone charging station for the festival which functions as a metaphor for the online services that we use. Services that are thought to be "free" but are in fact paid for with a new digital-age currency, our privacy. Our charging station gave users a "free" charge in exchange for all of the photos on their iPhone, which at the moment of connection, were downloaded to the station and projected publicly on the wall.

watch a video here:

read about it here:

-Nick Briz-


Chris Cuellar @Upgrade!Chicago

Tue Oct 04, 2011 19:10 - Tue Oct 04, 2011

Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

Chris Cuellar is a Los Angeles (previously Chicago) based new-media artist, writer and provocateur. His works occupy various media simultaneously including www, installation, social-media and printed texts. His pieces, occasionally brain-busting but often conceptually simple, deal with themes of digital identity, distribution of information, labor, spam, networks and telepresence in a way that never fails to incite a re-evaluation of these issues. He has worked and performed for the Austin New Music Co-op in Austin, TX; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Hyde Park Art Center; the Red Rover Reading Series in Chicago; and Diapason Gallery in Brooklyn.
Chris Cuellar will be presenting on a series he recently organized for the Art21 blog where he transformed the guest column into “a practical art-making resource” as well as a “vehicle for the un-distribution of existing works.” He asked a small group of artists to give away their secrets in the form of online tutorials. “Each how-to is meant to give the reader enough information to accurately reproduce the project presented.” Furthermore, “in order to reduce issues of artistic ownership, each artist’s contribution has been more or less ‘anonymized’ before posting, with as many overt references to the the individual artist or original project removed as possible.” Cuellar asks why display a work when you can use a work? Why distribute copies when you can distribute a process? “Why buy a work, when you can just make it yourself?”
Read more about the series and view the tutorials on the art21 blog (
Upgrade! Chicago is the local Chicago-based node of the international Upgrade! network, an emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Its decentralized, non-hierarchical structure ensures that Upgrade! (i) operates according to local interests and their available resources; and (ii) reflects current creative engagement with cutting edge technologies. Upgrade! Chicago presents new media projects, engages in informal critique, and fosters dialogue and collaboration between individual artists. Upgrade! International functions as an online, global network that gathers annually in different cities to meet one another, showcase local art, and work on the agenda for the following year.
Upgrade! Chicago meets @ The Nightingale 1084 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60642
The Nightingale is a rough and ready microcinema dedicated to screening emerging work across film, video, and new media genres and aims to support Chicago’s vibrant cinema community.