Posts for December 2005

Activism Now

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We dance to the iTunes beats that are remotely fed into our living room. How can we bring the (issues of the) network clash home? I first think of self-direction. How can I really govern my own life? How can I be in charge? So much of the day-to-day is merely uploaded just like an rss feed into our brain. Living like a hermit, out-of-touch, sounds appealing at times. Leaving the cellphone at home is tempting. Who does not know such moments? The "always-on" condition is demanding. Filtering takes up too much time. What does a politically radical life style mean for me? We live in challenging times that demand engagement. The last that is needed are people who are soft on the edges. Radical leftist positions are needed now. But where do we start? What does it mean to be an activist? There is the politics of time. An 8-hour work day sounds radical. To introduce the habit of getting rest sounds pretty far-reaching in a society that blends casualized work and play. In 1978 Mladen Stilinovic, for example, created a photo series that shows him sleeping in his Lubljana apartment. Title: "The Artist at Work." Don't let labor drool over your leisure time! Time for reflection and thinking is rarified. Instead of thinking we remix the content of others. Maybe the "Power of Now"-slogan that Vodaphone advocates is best interpreted by going for a swim. Perhaps T-Mobile's "Upgrading Downtime" should be understood as an invitation to read a book. "Downtime-Download" could mean that I close my eyes and recall a meaningful, moving encounter. Having actual friends (not business associates, or people who fit into a career plan) sounds pretty unusual today as well.

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This is just a small excerpt from a longer entry on Trebor Scholz's blog...

Originally posted on 'journalisms' by Rhizome


iTunes Signature Maker

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I'm pleased to announce the launch of iTunes Signature Maker (iTSM) at

http://www.jasonfreeman.net/itsm/

iTunes Signature Maker analyzes your iTunes music collection to create a short sonic signature representing who you are and what you listen to.

iTunes Signature Maker was commissioned by Rhizome

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Lauren Cornell


Postmasters this saturday: "United we Stand" by 0100101110101101.ORG

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For immediate release:
December 10 -23, 2005 - January 3 -21, 2006
0100101110101101.ORG
(Eva and Franco Mattes)
United We Stand

A media performance and urban installation in which 0100101110101101.ORG's fake movie hits the streets of your city ...and your mind

"One tactic is not to present something that we all recognize as shocking, but to present the shocking aspect of what is comfortably familiar"
- Jean Fisher, Documenta 11

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Postmasters Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition "United We Stand", a new project by 0100101110101101.ORG (Eva and Franco Mattes) and their first solo show in New York. The show will open December 10 and will be on view until January 21, 2006 (gallery will close for holidays December 24 - January 2). The opening reception will take place Saturday, December 10, 2005 between 6 and 8 pm. "United We Stand. Europe has a mission" is the title of the non-existent, fully EU-produced Hollywood-style blockbuster: "A brilliant mix of espionage and sci-fi political stereotypes in which Europe, not the US, saves the world from impending doom".

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Read the entire press release.

Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Lauren Cornell


MTA Hack: Make Your Own Sign!

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Over the last couple of months, we've noticed a whole slew of fake signs being put up on the subway-- seems like all you need is a copy of Photoshop, the MTA font (typographers, help us out-- what's the font called?) and some shiny card stock, and you're good to go. Can anyone else point out some examples?

Subway Brittany on Gawker
If You Fear Something
Famous Person on the 6 at Gawker

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You can score the round logo here.

Originally posted on Gothamist by Rhizome


disappeared in USA

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disappearedinusa.jpgseveral data visualizations, some text-oriented & some based on a geographical map, that outline the regions, the names (many unknown) & nationalities of the people that 'disappeared' during the mass detentions that were carried out after 9/11 in the US. [disappearedinamerica.org]

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Among the many great mapping projects listed at http://infosthetics.com/

Originally posted on information aesthetics by Rhizome


Blog :: It's the Hardware, Stupid!

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Author: Pulpo
Subject: It's the Hardware, Stupid!
Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:07 pm (GMT -3)

Considering the new gaming paradigm that Nintendo wants to impose with the Revolution console, and the increasing need of eroding the boundaries between man and machine in videogames: I've began thinking about the importance of hardware in games. In the past consoles gave developers a standard on which to model their games, but the new trends of Eye-Toy and intersting ideas like the VirtuSphere, and the GameRunner; are probably telling us that the joystick era will come to an end, or at least: will evolve into a new form.



I have the game AntiGrav at home which is basically a skateboarding-racing-futuristic game that is played with the Eye-Toy. It's an excellent and very immersive experience that pushes you to use your whole body in order to win. Also Nintendogs proves the huge potential behind the concept of "Touch" that Nintendo wanted to show with their DS. And the microphone interface of the game can make anyone truly believe for an instant that his dog is something real once he sits after we tell him to do so.

Is there a real transition between the current way we interact with virtual worlds? Shall game designers start considering the development of hardware peripherals for their titles?
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Santi "Pulpo" Siri

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Originally posted on GAMES ARE ART ! by Pulpo


Access Project

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Watch streaming webcam video live from the atrium of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. Find someone you want to nail, click, and watch a robotic spotlight and acoustic beam automatically lock and track its target.


Scary or fun?


ACCESS by Marie Sester. 2004 Webby Award for Net Art, Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica, exhibited at Siggraph, and listed in Time Magazine Online’s “50 Coolest Websites.

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Originally posted on Eyebeam reBlog by emma


Copyright Criminals Remix Contest

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  <p>'<a href="http://ccmixter.org/copyrightcriminals/view/contest/about">Creative Commons Copyright Criminals Remix Contest</a> is a contest for artists to mix audio tracks under 4 minutes which use provided voice samples from Ben Franzen and <a href="http://www.kembrew.com/documentaries/">Kembrew McLeod's</a> forthcoming film, "<a href="http://www.copyrightcriminals.com/">Copyright Criminals</a>." Samples from the film include voiceovers from De La Soul, DJ Qbert, members of Public Enemy, Matmos, Coldcut, members of Negativland, and others. The best overall winner will be included prominently in the film and the top 11 other entries are to be included on a companion CD. Judging entries along with McLeod and Franzen is <a href="http://www.cantstopwontstop.com/blog/">Jeff Chang</a>, author of the American Book Award-winning "Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation" and co-founder of the influential label SoleSides (now <a href="http://www.quannum.com/">Quannum Projects</a>), responsible for launching the careers of DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker.'</p>

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Originally posted on Shift Blog by Rhizome


Scenes of Provincial Life - A Generative QuickTime Movie by Michael Szpakowski

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Scenes of Provincial Life (2005, 3.5MB, each loop 25 sec.)

Well, it does what it says on the box - let it loop and pretty
much every cycle will be different, both image & sound.
#87 in a continuing sequence, my first but definitely won’t
be my last to use Sprite Tracks to create generativity.

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Originally posted on DVblog by michael


All Together Now:

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Collective Knowledge... Narratives... Architectures of Participation

"ABSTRACT: This essay is an exploration of the history and methodologies of collective narrative projects, and their relationship to collective knowledge projects and methodologies. By examining different forms of conscious, contributory, and unwitting participation, the essay attempts to develop a richer understanding of successful large-scale collaborative projects. The essay then examines largescale architectures of participation in Wikipedia and Flickr to extrapolate from those observations potential methodologies for the creation of collective narratives.

Keywords: Collective, social, systems, literary, collaboration, hypertext, constructive, constraints, writing, process, architecture, participation, narrative, literature." From All Together Now: Collective Knowledge, Collective Narratives, and Architectures of Participation by Scott Rettberg, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Arts and Humanities, Literature Program. Presented at DAC 2005. [via elo]

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo