Posts for 2002

File Artist Database

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First they went digital, then they went live. Artists Space, a thirty year-old, non-profit art institution in downtown Manhattan, has always maintained a slide registry of work by emerging or unaffiliated artists called the Artists File. After going digital with the database, Artists Space has recently gone web. Viewing the Artists File is free and joining requires filling out one online form. Users of the File contact artists directly, cutting out the middlemen. Artists Space curators choose one File artist each month for virtual exhibitions on the Artist Space web site. -- Brooke Singer

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Power to the People

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The Media Deconstruction Kit confronts corporate control of mass media by allowing online viewers to remix and manipulate TV news broadcasts. At least that's what it promises to do -- right now it's just a prototype, the brainchild of 'The US Department of Art & Technology,' a faux-governmental entity developed by artist Randall Packer. The prototype itself is pretty arty, with a mashed-up newsreel soundtrack and visually distorted news images that expose a more elusive type of media distortion. - Curt Cloninger

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Man Walks Dog: Details at 10

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In response to the morbid headlines that dominate most national newspapers, typorganism.com presents 'Good News / Bad News,' a news source with a twist. On the left are the usual suspects: bad news headlines and thumbnail images dynamically culled from CNN.com. On the right is the good news: headlines and images uploaded by regular people. Sweetly mundane items such as 'Check Out My New Truck' and 'I Love My Wife' balance disaster-driven, media hype with real life occasion and detail. Upload your own personal scoop while you're there. - Curt Cloninger

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The Future of the Graphic Novel?

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While more and more narrative web sites aim to replicate "cinematic" experiences, Broken Saints aims at the comic book paradigm. This epic 24-part series combines traditional comic elements (think Neil Gaiman, not Archie) with Japanese Anime-inspired Flash animations, music, and sound. While the writing never rises beyond standard comic fare, it's worth checking out this figuration of what could be the future of the graphic novel. -- Eryk Salvaggio

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Music to Watch URLs By

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Want a little ambient music with that URL? Next time you're streaming Internet radio while online, consider opening the webPlayer instead. Created by Pete Everett, webPlayer is an application that translates HTML data into musical compositions. You set this audio experience in motion by supplying it URLs. The webPlayer turns the HTML data into numbers via an ASCII-based filter. To generate music out of the numbers, webPlayer utilizes mathematical formulae

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Critical Action

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Think a piece of art totally sucks? Don't just verbally criticize it, physically destroy it! 'Art Crime: A Journal of Modern Iconoclasm' objectively documents 17 notable instances of art vandalism. Crimes range from teenagers attacking Serrano's "Piss Christ" with a hammer to conceptual artists making practical use of Duchamp's famed urinal. Some of the crimes actually prove more interesting than the conceptual works they deface (although I could have done without the projectile vomit on the Mondrian). --Curt Cloninger

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Charting Money and New Media Art

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Finding money to make art has always been tricky business. When the medium is new, materials are pricy, and granting institutions just getting up to speed--as with new media art--funding challenges can be even tougher. A floatational device for those drifting in the technoart/grant waters, Pamela Jennings' report, New Media Art/ New Funding Models, commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, investigates money sources for new media art internationally. Jennings interviewed 23 individual artists, organizers, directors, and foundation program officers. The final analysis includes definitions of new media art, innovative new business models for artists, profiles of artists and organizations, and recommendations for action. The report reads like a map, charting the new media art waters -- a helpful tool for technoartists.

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Online Allies

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Harvey Loves Harvey Takes online courtship to a new level. The site archives and hosts the ideas, projects, boredoms, and fascinations of Matthew Nash and Jason Dean, long distance friends for nine years. Underwriting the WWF spoofs, the album consisting of songs recorded solely via email, the mail art projects and theorizing, are the desires to sustain personal connection and to play with the structures and tools of the technology-obsessed. Who needs Match.com when you can keep up with Harvey Loves Harvey?

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Reading Pictures

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Since the low-bandwidth infancy of the web, creating pictures from ASCII text has been a hallmark of the net.art scene. Popularized by Vuk Cosic and jodi.org, such ASCII-art still surfaces in recent works by entropy8zuper and Eryk Salvaggio. Now you can join the lo-res ranks with the ASCII-O-Matic, online software that translates any jpeg image into ASCII-art. Just upload your image, and the ASCII-O-Matic transforms it into a text-only masterpiece. You can even copy the resultant "text code" for display on your own web site. Now who's retro? - Curt Cloninger

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Pixel Passion

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Would you rather that digital type was not anti-aliased (smoothed out) for better visual consumption? Are you tired of slick, vector graphics? Do you want some typographic realism back on your monitor? Then pixelhugger.com, an altar to the digital square, an homage to the building block of raster images, a respite from Flash, is the site for you. At PixelHugger you can play pixel games, like pixelInvaders, or download pixel desktops, icons, and fonts. There is even an application that converts pixel-based images to ASCII text. Check out the online gallery of uploaded images. If Mondrian were a digital artist, PixelHugger would be in his browser's bookmarks. --Brooke Singer

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