Wartime Voyeurism

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New York artist Jon Kessler's recent video installations have focused on contemporary politics, representations of war, and the pleasures and problems of surveillance. His most immersive work to date, 'The Palace at 4 AM,' is a room-sized anthill of flashing monitors, spider webs of cable, and an arsenal of rotating video cameras installed at P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center. The cameras are trained on free-standing images taken from footage of the war and political events. Like Hollywood miniatures, each briefly creates a false reality before the camera jerks away to focus on a different scene. Kessler also perforates the images, allowing flashes of the real gallery to penetrate his virtual war. Through the holes, people watching the monitors catch glimpses of other visitors between the dizzying presentations of politicians and explosions. This produces the giddy paranoia of watching and being watched, but the surveillance doesn't end in Kessler's closed-circuit. Until the show closes on February 6th, two of the cameras are streaming live to the internet. Tune in during P.S.1 gallery hours to watch bewildered visitors explore the installation--while they revel in being watched. - Bill Hanley

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Net Art News by Rhizome


Time to vote for those Bloggies

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The voting phase of Medgadget's 2005 Medical Weblog Award has started (surprisingly, wmmna was nominated in the Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Category). The award page is worth a look if you want to discover some excellent health-related blogs.

Shall i be the only one who's not begging the readers to vote for me at the Bloggies 2006? No, no, no.

There's still no category for art blogs, so i suggest to pack other categories with arty blogs.

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Best Australian weblog: information aesthetics and 1+1=3.
Best Asian: PingMag and pulog1.
Best African/Middle Eastern: Sensory impact.
Best European: well... i'm Belgian and live in Italy. But i also like Generator.x
Best British or Irish blog: Ektopia and dataisnature.
Best latin American: Mira!, Ponchorama and Bibi's box.
Best American: networked_performance and wooster collective.
Best technology: RFID in Japan, Pasta and vinegar and me, me, me!
Life-time achievement: Emily Turettini.
Best topical: RFID in Japan, generator.x and petistic.
Best collective: Archinect and rhizome.
Best kept-secret blog: organism, Bldgblog, las insolitas aventuraz del pez and petistic.
Best blog: pulog1.

With a big thank to Geoff Manaugh for having encouraged me to try (again) to be nominated at the Bloggies.

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


The Rational Review

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Tuesday 10th January 2006
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, Pollard Row (off Bethnal Green Road)
Doors at 7pm; £5 on the door
FIRST LIVE PERFORMANCE AT 8PM

The monthly inter-art series Rational Rec @Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club crosses the divides between music, film, debate, performance art and dance.

On Tuesday 10th January, Cecilia Wee will be curating an evening as part of the series called the Rational Review. This will involve the first public airing of composer John Lely’s Launch of the Red Bird, a film/sound installation by Rees Archibald, the Rational Review debate, and a music performance from London Musicians Collective stars Genital Panic.

The centrepiece of the evening will be the Rational Review debate, where the audience will nominate their favourite, most despised or most challenging art work or cultural thing of 2005 for discussion by the panel.

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Originally posted on THOUSANDS OF COLORS - Michael Connor by connor_mike


Wartime Voyeurism

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New York artist Jon Kessler's recent video installations have focused on contemporary politics, representations of war, and the pleasures and problems of surveillance. His most immersive work to date, 'The Palace at 4 AM,' is a room-sized anthill of flashing monitors, spider webs of cable, and an arsenal of rotating video cameras installed at P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center. The cameras are trained on free-standing images taken from footage of the war and political events. Like Hollywood miniatures, each briefly creates a false reality before the camera jerks away to focus on a different scene. Kessler also perforates the images, allowing flashes of the real gallery to penetrate his virtual war. Through the holes, people watching the monitors catch glimpses of other visitors between the dizzying presentations of politicians and explosions. This produces the giddy paranoia of watching and being watched, but the surveillance doesn't end in Kessler's closed-circuit. Until the show closes on February 6th, two of the cameras are streaming live to the internet. Tune in during P.S.1 gallery hours to watch bewildered visitors explore the installation--while they revel in being watched. - Bill Hanley

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t-minus ‘06

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Submissions sought that explore alternate methods of temporal presentation.

Deadline: January 20th, 2006

Abstract: As computers and cameras become increasingly ubiquitous, a greater number of creators are becoming interested in the artistic possibilities inherent in combining these technologies. Time-distorted video is easily realized with affordable consumer equipment, and this ability has generated a wave of image-over-time interactive ?physical computing? installations and homegrown timelapse projects. T-Minus3 seeks to bring together exceptional realizations that explore the union of digital media and time.
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nes: Submissions must either be completed works (pre-recorded DVD’s, tapes),or a detailed description of the completed piece, including length, and an abstract for the piece.

Media included in submission packages must be in DVD video format, either PAL or NTSC.

Works will be displayed at numerous locations, TBD, announcements will follow.

All copyrights to the work remain with the individual artists.

Include a one paragraph description of the piece, example media, artist(s) background, and contact information.

Please mail submissions to the following address:

www.t-minus.org/

T-Minus 2006
c/o Chris Jordan
149 E. Broadway #4
New York, NY 10002

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Originally posted on see art / make art by scott


PARK(ing)

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Transform a Parking Spot into a PARK(ing) Space

PARK(ing) is an investigation into reprogramming a typical unit of private vehicular space by leasing a metered parking spot for public recreational activity. We identified a site in an area of downtown San Francisco that is underserved by public outdoor space and is in an ideal, sunny location between the hours of noon and 2 p.m. There we installed a small, temporary public park that provided nature, seating, and shade.

Our goal was to transform a parking spot into a PARK(ing) space, thereby temporarily expanding the public realm and improving the quality of urban human habitat, at least until the meter ran out. By our calculations, we provided an additional 24,000 square-foot-minutes of public open space that Wednesday afternoon. Build your own PARK(ing)!

View our handy construction manual.

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


Nicolas Bourriaud

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Relational Aesthetics Glossary

Academism: 1. An attitude that involves clinging to the defunct signs and forms of one's day and rendering these aesthetic; 2. synonum: pompous (pompier) -And why wouldn`t he do something pompous, if it pays off` (Samuel Beckett)

Aesthetics: An idea that sets humankind apart from other animal species. In the end of the day, burying the dead, laughter, and suicide are just the corollaries of a deep-seated hunch, that life is an aesthetic, ritualised, shaped form.

Art: 1. General term describing a set of objects presented as part of a narrative known as art history.This narrative draws up the critical genealogy and discusses the issues raised by these objects, by way of three sub-sets: painting,sculpture, architecture.

2. Nowadays, the word 'art' seems to be no more than a semantic leftover of this narrative, whose more accurate definition would read as follows: Art is an activity consisting in producing relationships with the world with the help of signs, forms, actions and objects.

Art (The end of): 'The end of art' only exists in an idealistic view of history. We can nevertheless, and not without irony, borrow Hegel`s formula whereby 'art, for us, is a thing of the past' and turn it into a figure of style: let us remain open to what is happening in the present, which invariably exceeds, a priori, our capacities of understanding.

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russian roulette - call for contribution

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carlos katastrofsky:

call for contribution

"russian roulette" ( http://aqua.subnet.at/carlos/projekte/netart/roulette/ ) is a game that could end harful for your computer. click on a provided download button and get a file... but who knows which file? a picture? sound? a virus?

at the moment the variety in files is very poor, so please contribute a small file (<50k) to "russian roulette". there's no prize to win, but if your file is accepted your name will show up at the site as "contributing artist"

please send the file as attachment to: carlos.katastrofsky/at/gmx.net

thanks & all the best,
carlos

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by carlos katastrofsky