Chris Poole (aka moot) is many things. He is the founder of the notorious 4chan (2003—), the bulletin board that gave rise to some of the most memorable memes of past decade, and Canv.as (2010—), a website that encourages sharing and remixing media. His most recent project, DrawQuest, is an iPad app that prompts users with a new drawing challenge every day. Its latest version was launched in the iTunes store last week.
Poole embodies and understands the internet and online community in the way only a millennial who had a computer in his bedroom with no parental supervision can. He started 4chan when he was 15, and for the community that emerged around it, he belongs in the pantheon of internet gods. Their adoration went so far that in 2009, 4chan users flooded the Time 100 poll to award Poole as The World's Most Influential Person. They describe him in the satirical Internet culture wiki Encyclopedia Dramatica as "supreme overlord of the Internet." He still devotes a considerable amount of time and money to 4chan, despite the fact that he can expect nothing in return. But although he stays involved in the community he created as an adolescent, Poole has grown up. Now, he’s an entrepreneur attempting to solve the puzzle of how to cultivate and – hopefully – monetize a creative online community.
I met with Poole for bubble tea in the East Village on a hot Tuesday afternoon. After showing me the new updates in the latest version of DrawQuest, we talked about his views on art, online communities, and growing up internet.
Texas State Senator Wendy Davis's shoes during her 13-hour filibuster on June 25, 2013.
Jennifer Steinkamp, from the seires Sexist Slides (1989). Slideshow projected on a street in Hollywood at EZTV.
Molly Soda, Inbox Full (2012). Ten-hour reading of questions sent to the artist from her Tumblr askbox.
For those of you who were unable to join us for the We See In Every Direction Official Surf Party last week, here is a video from the artist, Jonas Lund, that captures some of the highlights of what happens when dozens of people try to share a single browser window. Cursors circulate like flies, the URL window becomes a turf war and a good time is had by all.
Even if the official event is over, the party doesn't have to stop—you can still collaboratively surf the Web with strangers by installing We See, available on The Download. If you're hungry to learn more about the event you can also check out some tweets with the hashtag #WeSee or peep the Facebook event page where some discussion took place.
This month The Download features We See In Every Direction (2013) a Web browser for collaborative, synchronized surfing by Swedish artist Jonas Lund. Browsing the Internet is typically an intimate and personal experience for just one person, but in We See, users traverse online information streams in a collective surfing environment. Users can type, click and change URLs in real time together; they can jockey for control of the browser--akin to fighting for the TV remote--or choose to sit back and let their friends take care of the surfing. Like many of Lund’s previous online works, the piece opens up the walled-off spaces of the Internet for shared use.
The Download is Rhizome's ongoing digital art exhibition and collecting program that features new works by great artists for free download.
TIME Magazine, May 20, 2013.
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Jon Rafman, New Age Demanded Microfiche Archive, 2013. Microfiche machine and custom microfiche. 51.5 x 33 x 48.4 cm. Via Future Gallery.
sext me with spelling errors and bad grammar so i know it's real— so sad today (@sosadtoday) May 10, 2013
Flux Factory invites artists, designers, engineers, hackers, and makers to collaborate on an elaborate, exquisite corpse-style Rube Goldberg machine that will span multiple rooms and floors throughout Flux Factory to accomplish a simple chore.
Inspired by Rube Goldberg’s cartoons that depict overly complex machines; chindōgu, the Japanese art of “unuseless” inventions; and the growing popularity of producing these objects and machines as an art practice; The Exquisite Contraption will result in a massive, interactive, kinetic sculpture that is activated once a week for the duration of 2014 to perform its task.
Participants will work together to collectively identify the machine’s task and individually build pieces of the chain reaction. The final contraption will be created from a wide array of materials and methods and become a long term addition to Flux Factory’s architecture. In an age of consumerism that worships the invisible and efficient, The Exquisite Contraption is an experiment not only in the spectacle of visible automation and the aestheticization of externalities, but in living daily life surrounded by a conspicuous machine.
Tell us your idea for a task or chore to be automated and a section you would like to build (max 1 page). Applications are due December 16th to email@example.com and applicants will be notified by January 6th.
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WHY AN EMOJI ART & DESIGN SHOW?
In today’s visually oriented culture, which increasingly communicates through images rather than text, emoji comprise a kind of “visual vernacular,” a language that conveys humor, ambiguity and personality as well as meaning.
This visual form of communication isn’t necessarily new—from cave paintings, to hieroglyphics, to religious and mythological symbols encoded in traditional painting and sculpture, we’ve been communicating through images since the dawn of mankind—but its dominance in culture today, especially among millennials, seems to indicate a greater shift in our approach to self-expression.
SUBMIT YOUR WORK
Emoji are everywhere. The little pictographic characters from Japan have become one of our favorite causal modes of communication and their influence has permeated popular culture and personal expression.
If you’re an artist or designer working with emoji, send us your work. We’re looking for a diverse array of interpretations and appropriations of the emoji that exist both on and offline. The show welcomes new and existing works from a variety of mediums ranging from net art, to painting and sculpture, video and performance.
Designers looking to sell their emoji-themed products should apply to participate in the pop-up market. Please note that all pop-up market vendors should be local to NYC or able to staff their own booth.
Learn more & submit your work now through November 8th.
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This course will show you how to set up your Raspberry Pi as a web server and wireless access point. We will also cover how to create a local area network with a captive portal for directing users to your web app.
- Configure the Raspberry Pi with a wireless adapter as an Access Point
- Configure a web server running Node.js
- Create a simple chat application with Node
- Create a startup script that automatically boots up your network and node app on power up.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Sarah Grant is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist and programmer. She is interested in building networks of data between machines and living creatures in addition to electrical engineering with organic and living materials. She has experimented with creating textile-based interfaces for audio hardware, working with sound as a tangible material, and more recently, creating conductive circuit traces out of slime molds. Embedded sensor networks and the idea of aware and responsive natural environments that cross the senses and freely transport information are key inspirations.
Sarah has given talks, taught workshops, and shown her work locally and internationally at events such as the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference, Maker Faire San Mateo and New York, Dorkbot and Eyebeam. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (printmaking and sculpture) from the University of California at Davis, and a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She currently works at The Barbarian Group as a Senior Design Technologist.
1. Raspberry Pi Model B (with Node.js pre-installed and 4GB SD Card)
2. USB WiFi dongle (with RALink RT5370 chipset)
3. 700 mA 5V microusb power supply
4. Laptop (with Ethernet Port) (Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you cannot provide this)
Items 1-3 can be purchased as a kit for an additional $75
- Comfort working in the command line
REGISTER HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/454834
Saturday September 14, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Workshop + Optional Kit: $150
**$25 OFF Workshop Fee for Students.
Enter password "STUDENT" to receive special discount price of $50.
Enter password "STUKIT" to receive special discount and purchase the kit.
MUST PRESENT STUDENT ID UPON ARRIVAL TO WORKSHOP.
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You will learn the methodologies and mechanisms for exploring creative and unconventional uses of political data over the web. In addition, the workshop will introduce some practical tools, including simple software, coding, and other techniques and tricks to extract data from web servers.
Software that will be explored during the workshop:
iMacro, Fake, Scraperwiki, Beautiful Soup, Scrapy, etc.
Code that will be explored:
Bring your own laptop (Email email@example.com if you cannot provide this)
Knowledge of coding is not necessary, but very welcome.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Paolo Cirio is well known for web-hacktivism through projects such as Loophole for All, Face to Facebook, Google Will Eat Itself and Amazon Noir. He was part of the legendary Italian net-art collective Epidemic which created visionary viruses and P2P software. At the age of twenty-two he was investigated by the Department of National Defense of Canada for his innovative DDOS attacks to the NATO website though a Flash script. Recently the international press covered his hack at the Cayman Islands.
Register Here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/447332
Monday, September 16, 6:30-10:30pm & Tuesday, September 17, 6:30-10:30pm
**25% Discount for Students. Enter password "STUDENT" to receive special discount price of $75. MUST PRESENT STUDENT ID UPON ARRIVAL TO WORKSHOP.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications must be received by 12PM (noon) on September 13, 2013. Applicants will be informed of their application status by late November, 2013.
RESIDENCY SUMMARY: The 5-month residency will begin in mid January (negotiable start date) of 2014 and run through June of 2014, the first half of the time will be spent at The White Building, London and the second half at Eyebeam, New York. The resident will receive a stipend to be paid out over the course of the residency in connection with the achievement of specific milestones. In addition, travel between London and New York will be covered, and housing will be provided in London. The resident will not receive automatic housing in New York but will receive assistance in locating temporary housing.
OVERVIEW: The SPACE-run art centre, The White Building and Eyebeam are seeking applications from artists, engineers, designers, and creative technologists interested in being the inaugural resident in our joint residency program. The purpose of The White Building/Eyebeam Artist Residency is to support creation of new work that addresses the Focus Areas of this residency call. The new work, and the process of its creation, will be presented both at Eyebeam and The White Building, with opportunities for public presentation and discussion at both organizations.
RESIDENCY FOCUS AREAS: The resident is expected to respond to at least one of the following inquiries in their project:
1.What is the role of authenticity in the current creative situation? Digital technologies are built to reproduce themselves in perfect copies -- this is antithetical to notions of single authorship. What is authentic; can there be a single author anymore?
2. What is the place of discussion around aesthetic beauty and form in contemporary technological art? Particularly, how do the formal aspects of work on the internet affect how we ‘appreciate’ and understand art? How are platforms such S[edition] and art.sy re-configuring what is digital and physical practice? Moreover, what do we say to skeptics who argue that native art produced on the internet, does not boast the same social, aesthetic, or political value as traditional forms?
3. What is the relationship of queerness to the internet? Are there implied queer trajectories in what the internet enables?
4. How is storytelling evolving across cinema and ebooks, digital novels, hyperlinked narratives etc? Or is it evolving?
5. What does it mean to collaborate across geographies? What does it mean to be close to people?
PARTICIPATION: There is a single residency available under this program, though it may be shared by more than one person. The resident should be prepared to document, in both London and New York, the learning and development process for the project. This documentation, which may take any number of forms, will further engage the public by increasing understanding of the project itself. This documentation may include public-facing reports and updates designed to engage the public with the project and shed light on the artist's creative and educational process.
The resident is also encouraged to participate in both formal and informal learning opportunities within the The White Building and Eyebeam community.
DETAILS: The selected resident will be expected to start the residency at The White Building's London facilities in January, remaining in regular contact with Eyebeam. In London, the artist will be expected to spend at least 3 days a week developing their project at The White Building residency studio, where they will contribute actively to the culture of The White Building and its public program. After the first two months, the resident will be given working space at Eyebeam's Chelsea, New York City space and have 24/7 access to Eyebeam's facilities and equipment. The resident will also be expected to play an active role in the Eyebeam community by taking part in Eyebeam's weekly residents & fellows meetings, monthly Stop Work critique sessions, and annual Exhibition of artists' work.
In New York, the resident will bring their experience and expertise to Eyebeam where they will finalize the creation of the project(s). Residents are expected to contribute to the Eyebeam community as collaborative partners to other residents and fellows. Eyebeam may offer program support in developing work for public or educational programming within its space during the term of the residency.
ABOUT EYEBEAM: A belief in progress and openness are core values of Eyebeam. This has been demonstrated through 16 years of experimentation via the creative use and misuse of technology with the goal to innovate and develop better relationships between people and tools. Eyebeam believes that all creative work begins with a commitment to sustainability, equality, diversity, and concern for a better future. Across all research initiatives and focus areas, Eyebeam primarily supports projects that have real-world impact -- Eyebeam maintains that cultural progress is possible and encourages work that is paradigm shifting within a large spectrum of genres.
ABOUT THE WHITE BUILDING: The White Building is London’s new centre for art, technology and sustainability. An incubator for big ideas and innovation, it serves as a creative lab for artists whose work engages with technology. Run by SPACE, The White Building’s aim is to act as an international beacon for the creative industries in Hackney Wick, as well as a resource and venue for residential and educational communities in the area. The centre is anchored by a residency program that is unique among UK public institutions, offering opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists to produce new work on an international platform. The centre comprises a residency studio, which doubles up as a temporary exhibition space, a flexible event space, studios for creative practitioners.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants are only accepted via the online application system at http://apply.eyebeam.org. Applications received after the deadline of 12:00 (EST) PM (noon), September 13, 2013, will not be accepted. All applications and work samples must be submitted through the online form. No exceptions will be made.
Applications must not be currently enrolled in degree-granting academic programs. Individuals and collaborative teams are invited to apply. In either case, please detail in your application how technical and creative responsibilities will be met. If applying as a collaborative team, please include information about team members' relevant prior experience and combine CVs into a single document before uploading.
Please read the guidelines carefully, should you still wish to make an enquiry before making an application, then please contact Omar Kholeif, Head of Programming at The White Building, London on firstname.lastname@example.org.