Tom Moody
Since 2002
Works in New York, New York United States of America

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What?


M.River,
By conspiracy I was referring ironically to your earlier, ironic comment (http://rhizome.org/editorial/fp/blog.php/689): "my ideas have to do with a vast conspiracies by the CIA, The International Art Mob (IAM) and MTAA to control Net Art 2.0’s critical discourse on Rhizome in order to squash freedoms, lower common denominators, and ruin economic evolutions of net art, in general, and the Net Art Next Generation (NANG) specifically."

Olia Lialina's text is about the "early" vernacular web, not the current scene.

Someone thought I was dissing Ceci Moss here. Saying she could discriminate work the conspiracy thought was cotton candy was a compliment!

Thanks to Vijay Pattisapu for the excellent 4Chan history. I don't think M.River was referring to it when he complained about "found object gamesmanship," though.

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Out of Office AutoReply


Martin, if what you are saying is true then the joke is only funny because some of us thought "out of office autoreply" could create such a loop. How awkward. I propose a revision to the piece: two computers mailing "the recipient's mailbox is full" messages back and forth to each other--that message I know goes out multiple times for each recipient.

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What?


After too many years of structure and context as a primary subject, discourse collapsed.
Attempts by a new, post-collapse generation to define a web-specific art that isn't just talking about art (or doesn't just look back to the tropes of '60s conceptualism and '80s post-structuralist jargon for a net art model) is dismissed as "cotton candy" by the Web 1.0 conspiracy, as M.River called it.
I think more next-generation net artists would speak up in the face of these attacks from the conspiracy, but unfortunately they're all applying for Rhizome commissions.
Also, the conspiracy fights foul-mouthed, personal, and mean.
In defense of the 4Channing of Rhizome, Ceci Moss has a pretty good eye for "cotton candy," I think.

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Video of Futures of the Internet Panel


A rainy day project for me (more like rainy month) is to start using Linux on my old PC. I'm bootstrapped into Windows right now because so much of the music software I use is from Europe and optimized for Windows. If I can find music and graphic programs I like as much that run on Linux I will make the switch and never look back.
I will read the Liu book. Another reason I use Windows for art is it's my workplace computer and it made sense to also use it at home (for handling .bmp files and the like). I am also attracted to the idea of artists using the OS of everyday knowledge workers (or misusing it if that's possible). I think all the time about how work drives art and wonder how the reverse could be achieved.

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Video of Futures of the Internet Panel


One laptop per child seemed like a dumb idea to me but the "OLPC partisan" and his ensuing discussion with Clay Shirky made me rethink that a bit: http://www.tommoody.us/archives/2008/05/02/future-of-the-internet-panel-notes/