Robert Spahr
Since 2001
Works in Ny, New York United States of America

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BIO
I make visual art from the digital leftovers produced by the main stream media as well as the digital leftovers we create as individuals left behind on social networking sites, and scattered across the web. I write automated computer programs that collect these digital leftovers by scraping them from the web, and remixing them into a digital collage, sometimes these digital leftovers become an image, a video, or text-based poetry. I call this work 'Cruft', which is a computer hacker term defined as an unpleasant substance; excess; superfluous junk; and redundant or superseded computer code.

International: Generative Art International Conference, Lucca, Italy 2012; Generative Art International Conference, Rome, Italy 2011; iV2011, Digital Art Gallery, an Int'l Conference on Information Visualization, London, England 2011; Nictoglobe Online Magazine: Friction Research Issue #4 (Reclaim the Mind), Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2011; Generative Art International Conference, Milan, Italy 2010; DRHA 2010 Conference: Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts, London, England, 2010; Generative Art International Conference, Milan, Italy 2009; Computer Art Congress 2008, CAC.2, Mexico City and Toluca City, Mexico, 2008; Media Exchange 2, VT Art Salon, as part of the ACIA, Taipei, Taiwan 2008; Generative Art Conference, Milan, Italy 2007; Online Gallery D-ART 2006, London, England and the CGIV 2006, Sydney, Australia; Trampoline Event #19, Nottingham, United Kingdom; Hz Journal, Stockholm, Sweden; 6th International Salon of Digital Art, Havana, Cuba.

National: Interrupt II Festival and Conference - Brown University, Providence RI; From Atoms to Bits: Traces From Inside Plato's Cave, Peer reviewed essay accepted for publication. INPA1, International Photography Annual 1, exhibition-in-print, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH; 10 Years + Counting (10YAC), an online exhibit to mark the 10 year anniversary of our nation at war, September 2011; SOS ART, Creative Expressions for Peace and Justice, 2011; "Urban Interventions", at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati; "ubuntu.kuqala" an online digital media/art/video exhibition curated by Dale Hudson & Sharon Lin Tay, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca College; "Adding Insult to Imagery? Artistic Responses to Censorship and Media" at Indiana University of Pennsylvania which then traveled to Central Missouri State University; recent edition of the refereed on-line journal DrainMag.com; Solo show 'CRUFT' at Manifest Gallery; festival and symposium "2006 Perform.Media" hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington.

I was the co-founder and artistic director of the critically acclaimed theatre company, Expanded Arts, where I produced and/or directed over 300 productions, including the "Free Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot" series presented on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The successful off-broadway "Shakespeare's R&J" was first produced by Expanded Arts and is now the longest running Romeo & Juliet in the history of Broadway.

My past technical work includes over 10 years of web development and design experience, at various companies in New York City, including About.com, Global Education Network, and the branding firm of Siegel+Gale.

I am currently an Assistant Professor of New Media in the Cinema and Photography Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Past teaching experience includes the University of the Arts, Hartford Art School, State University of New York, Purchase College and Dowling College. I have been a visiting artist at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and Xavier University.
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Re: Re: New Membership Policy


If a paid membership is necessary, a site that consists of community created
content should keep the archive open and free to all.

If some information must be limited by paid membership, limit the newest and
most current information. That is the information I am willing to pay for.

Think about how many people could be linking to archived content as well as
search engines indexing the archive. This would allow the rhizome roots to
grow and enlarge the community. Putting a locked gate around those roots for
a paid membership does not contribute to growth.

Much like the NYTimes is planning on offering a paid subscription for op-ed
articles and their archive, this plan does not make sense to me. I would pay
for the current days newspaper, but for the NYTimes to really participate in
the online world where others freely link to their content, they need to
allow their news archive to be open and free.

Robert Spahr
http://www.robertspahr.com

On the heath Lear asks Gloucester: "How do you see the world?"
And Gloucester, who is blind, answers: "I see it feelingly."

On Tue May 24 2005 08:36 am, Jason Van Anden wrote:
> This policy change is super - thank you! Offering value-added features for
> paying members makes a lot of sense - and I look forward to the features
> Rhizome has in store.
>
> I disagree with the archiving concept though. I feel the membership gets
> more value by the "old" content being freely available. Placing this
> content in a lock box prevents a casual audience from discovering Rhizome
> (and its membership's art and words) via the serach engines. It seems to
> me that a better model might be the reverse - paying members would have
> access to fresher content - and everyone else would have access after some
> time period (a day, a week, etc...).
>
> Jason Van Anden
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DISCUSSION

Re: adobe acquires macromedia


Actually a PDF file is an open-standard that can be used royalty-free.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Document_Format

On Monday 18 April 2005 10:33 am, Francis Hwang wrote:
> On Apr 18, 2005, at 6:59 AM, Jim Andrews wrote:
> > And PDFs are nice very nice
> > but please. Adobe just hasn't got the Web or multimedia touch?
>
> I don't have much of an opinion on most of this story, since I almost
> never use any of the tools made by either of these vendors. (Maybe I
> fire up ImageReady once a week to tweak a web graphic.) But I have to
> disagree with this: The PDF format is hugely important. Why? Because
> it's the backbone of imaging on OS X. 2D pictures rendered to the
> screen on modern Macs are images turned into the PDF format before
> they're sent to your monitor. And, although a lot of Mac users don't
> know this, every single document that can be printed can be saved to
> PDF, too.
>
> It's funny, but Apple's move to use PDF may end up making it the
> standard for its field, in spite of its closed nature. Of course, there
> are lots of places where PDF is a completely inappropriate choice: It's
> not so great online or in emails touting your next art opening ... but
> if you want to publish documents in a way where you can guarantee
> they'll look and print the same way on another computer, PDF is the way
> to do it today.
>
> Francis Hwang
> Director of Technology
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Robert Spahr
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On the heath Lear asks Gloucester: "How do you see the world?"
And Gloucester, who is blind, answers: "I see it feelingly.

DISCUSSION

Re: web evolution


I will jump in here and agree by saying that perl is quite useful for
learning basic programming skills, and combined with shell scripting it is
a great glue to connect many separate command line programs into a powerful
combination.

Another nice thing about perl is you only have to learn a small subset of
the entire language, in order to write quite useful and powerful scripts.

-- Rob

Pall Thayer wrote:
> I just want to point out that this wasn't just absent mindedly "thrown
> out there". I sincerely think that Perl should be required learning for
> artists interested in working with computers. It's rather easy to learn,
> it makes for quick prototyping of ideas if not a full solution and it's
> capable of giving the artist near complete control over the computer and
> it's capabilities. It's the quick-and-easy do all tool like the pencil
> and paper sketch. You can use it for web-based projects, to read or
> write to your peripherals, to interact with your microprocessor,
> manipulate or create images, you name it. Also, it would give the
> students a good general knowledge of programming concepts and techniques
> making it easier for them to pick up other languages and just basically
> understand how the computer deals with information and data. On top of
> all this, it comes pre-installed with most major OS's, complete with
> full documentation and is easily installable on Windows.
>
> Pall
>
> Komninos Zervos wrote:
>
>> "Perl should be
>> required learning for all first year digital arts students."
>>
>> Pall
>>
>> anyone else like to weigh in on this one?
>>
>> k
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>> komninos zervos
>> lecturer, convenor of CyberStudies major
>> School of Arts
>> Griffith University
>> Room 3.25 Multimedia Building G23
>> Gold Coast Campus
>> Parkwood
>> PMB 50 Gold Coast Mail Centre
>> Queensland 9726
>> Australia
>> Phone 07 5552 8872 Fax 07 5552 8141
>> http://www.gu.edu.au/ppages/k_zervos
>> http://users.bigpond.net.au/mangolegs
>> http://spokenword.blog-city.com
>>
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Robert Spahr
http://www.robertspahr.com

On the heath Lear asks Gloucester: "How do you see the world?"
And Gloucester, who is blind, answers: "I see it feelingly.

DISCUSSION

Re: XP service pack 2


Pall,

I am definitely viewing Shockwave, Flash and QuickTime within linux, without any windows code. (other than the plugins themselves)

I am using crossover office plugin:
http://www.codeweavers.com/

This software uses WINE, which is not exactly windows emulation, but basically it allows me to use windows plugins from within Firefox. There is no performance lag, and my viewing shockwave, flash and QuickTime is the same experience I have when using windows or mac.

WINE:
http://www.winehq.org/site/about

hope you find this information helpful

-- Robert

On Mon, 04 Oct 2004 15:14:53 +0000
Pall Thayer <palli@pallit.lhi.is> wrote:

> I'm really curious about how you view shockwave on Linux. Are you sure
> you're not confusing Flash with shockwave?
>
> Pall
>
> Robert Spahr wrote:
> > Jim,
> >
> > I am a gentoo linux user, and I can see shockwave within firefox on a installation.
> >
> > You should research more technical possibilities if you do want to reach more people.
> >
> > -- Robert
> >
> >
> > On Mon, 4 Oct 2004 06:11:09 -0700
> > "Jim Andrews" <jim@vispo.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> >>If you use Linux, you can't see most of my work anyway, since most of it is
> >>in Shockwave.
> >>
> >>The fullscreen thing isn't the way you seem to think it is. It's simply
> >>*best* to view *some* works fullscreen no browser chrome. If your browser
> >>doesn't support it, then you can still open the page, but the screen has
> >>some browser chrome on it. My work tends to use all the space it has
> >>available to it. It doesn't *require* the full screen. But, for instance, a
> >>piece like Arteroids or, more recently, the ound poem uses all the space
> >>it's given and, anyway, why would a work of art want to be framed by browser
> >>chrome that intrudes its presence into the experience of the art? I can
> >>think of some reasons in particular types of works, but generally you want
> >>to engage the whole screen and the whole computer and the whole brain and
> >>being of the viewer and as much of everything else in the universe as you
> >>can pack into that screen and the audio etc.
> >>
> >>ja
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>>The problem with IE is that it *doesn't* work the way that it should. It
> >>>uses tons of non-standard stuff so you end up with pages that work in no
> >>>other browser but IE. That's not the way things should be. I'm running
> >>>Linux, I don't have the option of keeping a copy of IE lying around for
> >>>emergencies. That means that those websites are broken, they don't work
> >>>the way they should. Saying that an exclusive IE solution *works the way
> >>>it should* would be questionable. So bear in mind that unless you find a
> >>>way to make this work in all browsers, I, along with a growing number of
> >>>Linux users, am not going to have the pleasure of seeing your work.
> >>>
> >>>Pall
> >>
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Robert Spahr
http://www.robertspahr.com

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

1984 - George Orwell

DISCUSSION

Re: XP service pack 2


>
> I don't respond well to ads, Robert. You sound like a salesman.
>
> ja
>

I have taken way more time than this thread deserves to show you that there is an open source and freely available alternative that does exactly what you are asking. It is now up to you to go forward and discover if that is what you want. No sales, just help freely offered.

Being open minded to new possibilities is the lesson here, not what Operating System does one use to make and view art.

-- Robert

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Robert Spahr
http://www.robertspahr.com

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

1984 - George Orwell