Tom Moody
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CREATIVE 2 PROFESSIONAL: 7 Things to Think About


Hi, Michael (Connor),
As editor you interpreted the list a certain way and felt it worthy of putting up. I can't speak to how Bell-Smith is employing these tools or whether that justifies this list -- some additional explanation is necessary in the post itself. Every artist identifies with the punks against the Man and I'm sure Bell-Smith does. He's somewhat tainted in my view by the Andrew Norman Wilson frame. This was a person who worked on the Google campus, exposed some shoddy class stratification, and then, on being fired, said, in effect, "ta ta, I'm off to art school to deconstruct you guys -- enjoy your miserable lives in the rat race." And then has made piece after piece from the perspective of a scientist studying lab rats of the digital economy. This makes it hard to say, about Michael Bell-Smith, "No, he's really one of you and totally comes from an exploited position." As he is being feted as a new media Brain in top New York institutions. It smells wrong, somehow.
I'll continue to insist that paint by numbers is not being sold by the Man for the little people to make punk statements -- it's just a craft or toy or amusement.
--Tom

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CREATIVE 2 PROFESSIONAL: 7 Things to Think About


Hi, Michael,
It's tempting to call this essay "7 Things in Search of a Stance"; what is your point exactly? Amateurism is bad? Prosumers are victims, and you, as a professional new media artist, are above all that?
It's fine if you want to inform us of some recent products that exploit creative hopefuls but what is the point of tracing this back to '70s rock and roll examples?
The Scott Halpin story fascinates because, for a brief glorious time, he had the skills to "step up" and substitute for Keith Moon. Townsend asked if anyone in the audience was good, not whether someone in the audience had a dream of playing with famous rockers.
The punk "three chord" example reacted to the professional excesses of progressive rock, with its symphonic scores and complicated time signatures. The punkers were saying anyone can do it, but as a means of promoting energy and angst in the face of irrelevant refinement. You still had to be "good" in your soulful rage.
None of this has any bearing on "no skills are necessary" phenomena such as paint-by-numbers or Beamz.
The Andrew Norman Wilson-style Olympian art view of pathetic little people "employed in the service of selling yet another product" exasperates.
An essay about how you (as artist) did something interesting with an amateur-aimed process might be more viable than creating this chain of non-causation.
Best, Tom

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The Chambers Pavilion at The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale


Great, and thanks to Furtherfield for spreading the word on this. I mentioned Rene's piece and stooped to self-plugging because I think Nate Hitchcock's post does a disservice to the range of Ludy's choices in the "Chamber" - she went out on a limb beyond the standard net art "room with eerie drones" and then Hitchcock pruned the presentation back to basically that (nice as these examples may be).

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The Chambers Pavilion at The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale


As an artist in this pavilion I would have hoped for a tad more critical commentary. Such as, how "Limelite Tab One Remix" injected some wacky "dump style" into the otherwise somber mood of the chambers you've depicted above. What was Sara Ludy thinking? (Thanks, Sara.) As mentioned in an earlier comment, artists have to do their own heavy lifting in terms of critical writing, so in that spirit, I posted some thoughts about the work of my co-chamberist, Rene Abythe: http://www.tommoody.us/archives/2013/11/06/rene-abythes-start-up-and-shutdown-sequence/

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What's Postinternet Got to do with Net Art?


^actual core similarities in people's methods