Tom Moody
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Out of Office AutoReply


The first instance of a stasis field I know of in science fiction comes from Larry Niven's "Known Space" series. In World of Ptavvs a surviving member of the extinct http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrintun species turns up at the bottom of an Earth ocean. Due to the creature's rock hard, glossy smooth surface it is called the "Sea Statue," that is, until the stasis field unthaws and the Thrint begins telepathically enslaving humans.

Barry, when you gaze into the abyss it also gazes into you. The topic introduced by Marisa is why the same idea needs four or more incarnations. Marisa, you say only the artist can explain that. But he seems to have left the building. So you are acting as his spokesman on earth and proclaiming his intentions ("I know this isn't a decision he'd make about his work based solely on market forces"). Tapping the "local eco-media sphere" is a good way to talk about it. But doesn't the sphere around Thaddeus Ropac Gallery include Craigslist or its Austrian equivalent?

Pall, the idea of the permanent vacation doesn't have to be so literal as that it's the vacation of the person who originally owned the computer. "Two computers emailing each other" is a fine variation on art's "loop of existential despair" or "pathos of machines" themes. The question is how to best realize it.

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Out of Office AutoReply


Hi, Marisa,

Some questions:

How does the changing the signature to one's gmail account save $500, for those who don't have gmail or an iphone? Also, you said "rapidly save $500" and the website says "in 30 seconds." Now that's rapid!

The out of office auto reply piece looks pretty good as a side by side projection but I don't understand the need for all these iterations of the piece. Using the existing info on Craigslist-bought computers is kind of elegant in a found object finding way, but buying new Macs to remake the piece seems like the artist is creating a simulacrum of his own work. Usually that is not good.

Also, I'm assuming the "out of office autoreply" is a feature of Microsoft Outlook--that's where 90% of the people who see that message will see it. It's a compliment to Microsoft to say that its products are good enough or reliable enough to create a "stasis field"--my guess is this back and forth loop will degrade or break down fairly quickly.

Shouldn't you be calling Cory Arcangel the "former master of obsolete hardware?". It seems pretty clear the galleries he is working with want sleek gear like new Macs and plasma screens, not old thrift shop stuff, and that's what he is working with now. Nothing inherently wrong with that, art changes with the market and venue, but to say "all computers become obsolete rapidly" sounds like an excuse, not a reason.

All the best, Tom

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Interview with Guthrie Lonergan


Thanks for uncropping.
Exuberantly humbly,
Tom
PS I would say the people in Nasty Nets are going in radically different directions. One thing that made the site interesting was that there was enough shared interest in defaults and web junk for it to be self-moderating for quite a while. I am alone, I think, in actually enjoying the fights that broke out all too rarely.
We couldn't even discuss whether a photo of a giant cell phone smashing into a car was "good" or "bad" without people getting "sad and angry.

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Interview with Guthrie Lonergan


Thanks for uncropping.
Exuberantly humbly,
Tom
PS I would say the people in Nasty Nets are going in radically different directions. One thing that made the site interesting was that there was enough shared interest in defaults and web junk for it to be self-moderating for quite a while. I am alone, I think, in actually enjoying the fights that broke out all too rarely.
We couldn't even discuss whether a photo of a giant cell phone smashing into a car was "good" or "bad" without people getting "sad and angry.

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Interview with Guthrie Lonergan


Go, Guthrie!
But...
Curious why the Hacking vs Defaults chart was edited--shouldn't it say "detail"?
Here is a link to full chart and some actual (gasp) discussion about it: http://guthguth.blogspot.com/2007/01/hacking-defaults-hacking-nintendo.html