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judsoN = computer artist for shows internationally on stages, galleries and the web, and the Artistic Director of Plasma Studii, a non-profit arts organization in New York. His goal is to use technology as a tool to fuse arbitrary distinctions in art, such as dance and sculpture, color and sound frequencies, stages and web sites. His live interactive pieces appear in such venues as plays in circus tents across Europe, installations for places like the Arts Council of Mildura, Australia, on web sites at ISCAM (in Istanbul) and cTheory for Cornell University (twice). His artwork published in books (US, Europe, South America) and on CD-Roms worldwide. Studied choreography under Doug Elkins, music composition with a student of Stockhausen.
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the common folder


gee? i mention this because it's a shift in how folks think of web publishing.

moving files around via FTP (Fetch) from my hard drive to the web and
back. the web is really just another folder on my desktop, lets me
drag-n-drop into a directory the whole world can access. i leave it
open 24/7 and use it all day.

maybe it'd be more accurate to call the WWW the CAF, common access folder.

unfortunately, most of the folks i deal with, just don't know how
effortless and seamless it all can be. they assume publishing is
some special event. semi-finalized like printing.

apple has been moving toward encouraging using the web like a huge
shared depository. i actually have no problem with the size of my
personal web space (about 50 MB per domain, far far more than i ever
need, most of the web is just full of mega-fat, files that have extra
weight that serve no purpose. dreamweaver and video are blubber
factories in that way.). the size isn't the issue. it's the idea,
the way folks imagine uploading's a reserved skill for professionals
or something. a little fluency would replace the need for a LOT of
fast bandwidth.

a lot of you are probably used to a "public" directory, and many of
you may even work on your own server. but others (the vast vast
majority of the art world) can totally gain from this "public" idea,
without knowing or doing anything they don't do already. point an
plop. ends up a lot cheaper in the long run.

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Re: NYT review of ArtBase 101


>hmmmmmmmmmm
>
>http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/arts/design/28rhiz.html?
>
>Please discuss...

cool article. makes great points.

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Re: Re: Fwd: rally to end "owner occupancy" mass evictions this weekend


>call me stupid

what's wrong with "ryan"??

>but i think when a lot of people get "riled up" over conflicts, it's
>generally because they feel they are not making decisions for
>themselves. and i would be very, very hesitant to say that the civil
>rights movements

you're probably right about it, but primarily A. i don't think civil
rights and artists losing their free rent deals in NY are even in the
same league. and then B. nowadays, discrimination isn't gone, but
we're long past the point where protests are going to help. they
help when the big thing missing is just plain awareness. now,
protesting in front of a store for discriminatory practices is really
not going to make the boss less prejudiced. it might have other
effects, but isn't a positive solution for getting people treated
equally, rather a negative solution to convincing others this is a
bad guy.

i distrust solutions that label people "bad guys". it might have
some effect, but just forcing awareness on a situation is like
wanting an origami crane and bringing a sledge hammer. everyone's
aware, that's not the problem. the best that could happen in the
above example, is the store loses customers, goes out of business.
but that prejudiced owner still has to survive and will try to open a
new store, be may hire so he won't get protesters, but find loopholes
to vent his now irritated. it's like telling smokers they must need
to know about lung cancer.

>it comes from a position (not unlike my own in many situations) that
>can afford to say "everyone decides for themselves"

sorry. i didn't mean by that a laisez-faire world, but there's a
better way than complaining. because i'm probably obsessed with it,
i'll mention an alternative. my thing is trying to help "disabled"
people (some with physical handicaps, some learning disabilities,
some psychological). (the word itself is causing half the problem.)
i've seen over and over, if the word was never invented, never used,
these people would do, just what they have learned they supposedly
will have a hard time with. some folks find hitting a baseball
effortless instantly, some struggle at it for years. but struggling
doesn't have to be something to avoid. everyone has obstacles, but
anticipating them and being overwhelmed by them is just plain
discouraging. it's often the real reason people fail or ultimately
DO.

>to say that disasters can be a source of "luck" is extremely disturbing to me.

ok. we're just not thinking about luck and disasters the same. it
just seems to me, you're responding to the short term effect of the
disaster and not the potential. which is completely right and true.
no argument. but if you re-frame it, so "disaster" means you need to
be more open and sensitive to those tiny opportunities. yes, there
are tragedies, but there can be tragedies that put you in a better
place or discourage you. protest isn't always just discouraging but
it's a form of discouragement. in the long term, a tragedy can mean
you are more sensitive to more unusual opportunities. when you
finally latch on to one, it will certainly take you further than you
expected before this tragic event.

maybe this helps explain. one guy i met played piano very well.
then MS took over. he decided he could no longer play. fine. but
now it upsets him. and everyone who cares him. another guy i know
described piano playing as a box with a bunch of buttons. push one
and it makes noise. now if the guy with MS had interpreted his
"tragedy" as a sign he needed to broaden his mind, he could still
play the piano, enjoy it, and even be (genuinely, not just
sympathetically) enjoyed by others. so, it's up to each of us,
whether we want to ultimately be upset/stick to our preconceptions or
see it as a map outlining an enlightening direction toward change.

>i don't see how losing your home could be seen as lucky for [ ... ]
>housing residents. i have plenty of faith...

then you will trust, that if you do loose your home to some disaster,
a better opportunity can come out of it. when it does, you'll be
open enough to snatch it. now, you will still know the odds of
winning the lottery and buying a house exasctly like your old one,
but maybe you meet a disaster relief person, decide to join, they
send you to zaire and you decide this the greatest opportunity of
your life. you had never even considered it before. we can't always
stay open to every possibility at all times. but you have to have
faith that when disaster strikes, it will point you where you should
open up.

>i don't mean to sound like i know what i'm talking about, but i
>think some things were touched on that warranted a response.

i like that. i feel the same way (though don't always talk that way).

DISCUSSION

Re: Fwd: rally to end "owner occupancy" mass evictions this weekend


joseph,

right on.

i'm actually another one of those spoiled brat manhattanites who
lucked out on a ridiculous deal on my place, so i can afford to live
here. i'm part of a problem, a rip off the city pays for. i like
not owning a car, and that's really the biggest thing this borough
has going for it. that's the whole trade for me. NY's just not
worth the "pay to play" thing. sure, this was a hip town not too
long ago. but now the "cultural diversity" consists of a bunch of
kids on st marks smoking clove cigarettes.

i don't consider it immoral to have "hacked" some realty company's
biz. that's new york, a big scam factory. you know, we live in the
capital of scamville! we all just try not to get screwed too much,
but it happens. you help who you feel needs it, i help who i feel
needs it, joy helps who she feels needs it. who cares who's right.
seems beside the point. everybody and nobody needs it.

sure, 9 times out of 10, the people who shout about some moral
outrages, just want somebody else to get screwed instead of
themselves. even then, it's seldom these people getting screwed
personally, just in a sympathy panic over folks they somehow relate
to. (speaking of which, "9/11" is for the 00's, as "who shot JR?"
was for the 80's or "where's the beef?" for the 90's!)

it's not that one should ignore these conflicts, but it's so much
more constructive to move ahead and not consider them (particularly
as obstacles). eventually, we look back and say "hey, that's not a
problem any more". but when folks get riled up about some conflict,
that's a pretty good sign they aren't framing it in a very useful
way. in general, these "disasters" require more faith, and more
faith brings us better luck. thus disasters can either be a source
of protest or a source of luck. everyone decides for themselves.

judsoN

>Michael,
>I am for a true underdog, I live in the South Bronx in the poorest
>congressional district in the nation, I develop programs to work
>with economically disadvantaged people all the time. For the last
>two years I have given free seminars and hand-on assistance to
>impoverished artisans, at risk youth, and immigrants in the Bronx to
>help create income streams. I am forming a non-profit incubator to
>educate and support small biz growth in the existing community here.
>People can complain all the want, but it irritates the hell out of
>me to see middle-class people try to leverage their petty economic
>interests by hopping on a poverty bandwagon. As if I am supposed to
>feel sorry and rally to their defense. If artists want to live in
>Manhattan, then pay to play. If someone wants to leverage rent
>controlled apartments for 20 some years, riding on the backs of the
>rest of NYC who don't have such, then let them pay to play.
>Manhattan is expensive real estate, face the fact, and move to the
>Bronx or Jersey or middle american where one can afford to live. And
>stop trying to activate people's charity drive with shallow
>intentions, because there are much better causes to champion and so
>little charity to go around.
>
>joseph
>
>Michael Szpakowski wrote:
>
>>I'm surprised at this response Joseph. From an
>>admittedly cursory glance it looks as though as grave
>>injustice *is* being done to folk who've been settled
>>in places for a long time. Why should people shut up
>>and take eviction lying down because they have the
>>misfortune to be not so well off as the gentrifiers? I can well
>>imagine the heartbreak of being forced from
>>a place I'd lived for a long time, maybe raised a
>>family, to satisfy either the whims or the desire for
>>even more money, from the already priveleged.
>>I'm know there are big differences of emphasis
>>between us but I'd always seen you as being
>>essentially on the side of the underdog...
>>regards
>>michael
>>
>>--- joseph mcelroy <joseph@corporatepa.com> wrote:
>>
>>
>>>um, and the great injustice being done is???? Looks
>>>like people want subsidies for staying in NYC - you got to pay to
>>>play, take the lump sum settlement and get a cheap place in jersey. Have a
>>>flea market to raise money to promote peace, cure cancer, or to hire enuf
>>>quality child protection officers. Bullshit sentiment for a
>>>fight between economic interests on both sides. Stand this one out.
>>>
>>>joseph
>>>
>>>joy.garnett@gmail.com wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>dear List,
>>>>
>>>>You may recall a newsgrist post (below) about some
>>>>
>>>>
>>>crazy east village
>>>
>>>>evictions going down -- including evictions of
>>>>
>>>>
>>>artists. Enclosed is a
>>>
>>>>request to circulate some material for a protest
>>>>
>>>>
>>>to take place this
>>>
>>>>Saturday -- please distribute widely.
>>>>
>>>>thanks again -- have a great summer,
>>>>Joy
>>>>newsgrist.net <http://newsgrist.net>
>>>>firstpulseprojects.net
>>>>
>>>>
>>><http://firstpulseprojects.net>
>>>
>>>
>>>>..................
>>>>Thursday, May 12, 2005
>>>>Eviction Scam Stoop Sale
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>http://newsgrist.typepad.com/underbelly/2005/05/gt_hello_friend.html
>>
>>>>Press Release (1 page Word Doc)
>>>>http://firstpulseprojects.net/47E3RallyPR.doc
>>>>
>>>>Flyer (jpeg-243k)
>>>>http://firstpulseprojects.net/47e3flyer.jpg
>>>>
>>>>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>>>From: *Barry Paddock * <bjpaddock@gmail.com
>>>>
>>>>
>>><mailto:bjpaddock@gmail.com>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>Date: Jun 22, 2005 11:45 PM
>>>>Subject: rally to end "owner occupancy" mass
>>>>
>>>>
>>>evictions this weekend
>>>
>>>
>>>>To: joy.garnett@gmail.com
>>>>
>>>>
>>><mailto:joy.garnett@gmail.com>
>>>
>>>
>>>>Hi Joy,
>>>>I would be so grateful if you could help get the
>>>>
>>>>
>>>word out for our
>>>
>>>
>>>>rally this Saturday. I have attached a flyer and
>>>>
>>>>
>>>press release.
>>>
>>>
>>>>Thanks and hope you are very well,
>>>>-barry
>>>>
>>>>Rally To Stop "Owner Occupancy" Mass Evictions
>>>>Saturday June 25 12 noon
>>>>47 East 3rd St between 1-2 Aves
>>>>
>>>>Landlords are exploiting the owner occupancy
>>>>
>>>>
>>>loophole by buying
>>>
>>>
>>>>rent-regulated apartment buildings, then claiming
>>>>
>>>>
>>>the ENTIRE building
>>>
>>>
>>>>for "personal use" and evicting every tenant.
>>>>
>>>This is a SCAM to force
>>>
>>>
>>>>out rent-regulated tenants and charge market
>>>>
>>>>
>>>rates.
>>>
>>>
>>>>Help stop this outrageous abuse of the law that
>>>>
>>>>
>>>threatens all New York
>>>
>>>
>>>>City tenants.
>>>>
>>>>SCHEDULED TO APPEAR (list in formation):
>>>>* State Senators Martin Connor and Tom Duane;
>>>>
>>>>
>>>Assemblymembers Deborah
>>>
>>>
>>>>Glick, Jonathan Bing and Scott Stringer; City
>>>>
>>>>
>>>Councilmember Margarita
>>>
>>>
>>>>Lopez
>>>>* Cooper Square Committee, GOLES (Good Old Lower
>>>>
>>>>
>>>East Side), Tenants &
>>>
>>>
>>>>Neighbors
>>>>* Tenants facing "owner occupancy" mass evictions
>>>>
>>>>
>>>at 47 East 3rd St.,
>>>
>>>
>>>>12 East 72nd St. and 75 Jane St.
>>>>
>>>>For more information and to RSVP: 212-330-8783
>>>>
>>>>Flyer and press release are attached
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>>
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Re: Re:


>Kevin McGarry wrote:
>
>> Nothing to stop the presses about, but it's interesting that
>> Google.com has
>> a #3 PageRank for "search"
>>
>I think it's really funny, what does this prove?
>
>a. the author engines are gaming google
>b. google ain't cheatin', see: proof
>c. google does it on purpose to make it appear like they don't cheat
>d. google is incompetent
>e. it proves nothing

F! that google's minimilist interface, while much more soothing,
just isn't as good an example of getting search engines attention as
all that junk on the lycos page.

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PLASMA STUDII
art non-profit
stages * galleries * the web
PO Box 1086
Cathedral Station
New York, USA 10025

(on-line press kit)
http://plasmastudii.org