Posts for December 2005



Liberation, by Hisashi Murata, is an installation using a robot that unleashes itself to die whenever it comes alive.

When the robot is plugged into a wall outlet, one can activate it using a remote controller. Then the robot moves away from the wall and plugs itself out. It is simple but conveys a powerful message.

[Silence after the liberation.]

Murata says its about Robots, which can not function without electricity, unplugging itself by its own will. But the silence after that moment and what we think about the silence can be relevant to any kinds of freedom we desire -- including the desire to be free from WiFi ;-p

via Digital Stadium


Originally posted on we make money not art by manekineko

Steve Kurtz, "Art and Discipline," NYC December 12


Steve Kurtz Talk - "Art and Discipline"

What: Presentation / Discussion Where: 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor
When: Monday Night 12.12.05 @ 7:30 Pm
Who: Open To All

Our short introductions to events sometimes aspire to a provocation for the evening. How is that we have come so far and seemingly done so little to stop it? How is that we are being disciplined to accept this state of endless war? How is it that so much is being done and yet the same tune plays on? War abroad and war at home. Civil Liberties, "human" rights, open debate, OUT! Torture, abduction, abuse, expulsion, unabashed lies and untold casualties - the stuff of everyday news. Case by case, step by step, it is difficult to tell whether this war without end is reaching its end or sinking into our guts. All be it the language is dramatic, the reality is far more outrageous and devastating. We are in a state of emergency, a state of exception. What are the implications of this on our activities? [....]


Originally posted on Interactivist Info Exchange by stevphen

Launch: Inaugural Issue of Octopus


Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2005 17:50:01 -0800 From: kelly kirshtner Subject: Octopus: A Journal of Visual Studies To: shannon kirshtner Greetings: The graduate students of the Program in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine are happy to announce the inaugural issue of Octopus, a new journal in the field of Visual Studies. Scheduled to be [...]


Originally posted on by Rhizome

(0) #3 will launch its new website at Artist Space on Tuesday, Dec. 13th from 6-9 p.m.. Artist Space is located at 35 Green Street. Admission is free. was created in 2000 by co-founders Warren Neidich and Nathalie Anglès, as a site for works of visual art, film, writing, architecture whose ideas are in the territory of perception, cognition and cultural studies.

For more information contact: Stefania Heim at Artists Space (212)-226-3970 EXT. 306 or Liz Webster at Pointed Leaf Press (212) 535-1086.


Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome

Upgrade Vancouver//with Jeremy Isao Speier


Kate Armstrong:

It's that time again!

At the Upgrade on Wednesday, December 14th at 8pm we will be hearing from Jeremy Isao Speier. After the talk we'll adjourn to the Whip Gallery [209 east 6th avenue] for a little holiday drink. Join us for the last Upgrade of 2005!

In his work Isao Speier manufactures objects using obsolete technologies, creating new art forms and visual models. Isao Speier will talk about his kinetic sculptures, which work with rudimentary technology and explore the science of motion, space and time, and about the process of working with electro - mechanical bodies of motion. He will also talk about his background in film and painting, and show work from his installation, Kinetics.

Jeremy Isao Speier is a graduate of The Emily Carr College of Art & Design. A Japanese-Canadian, Speier is an interdisciplinary artist who works in film/video, new media, kinetic sculpture and sound, painting and assemblage and installation. He is a Vancouver based artist and his work has been exhibited in Canada in various group or solo exhibitions, including at: The Red Head Gallery, Latitude 53, Access Artist Run Centre, Vancouver New Music, p | m Gallery, Helen Pitt ARC, The Ministry of Casual Living, Gallery 101, The Western Front.

When: Wednesday, December 14th at 8pm
Where: Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver, Canada
FREE! Everyone welcome.


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Originally posted on Raw by Kate Armstrong

Marcin Ramocki at artMoving Projects


Marcin Ramocki

An interactive computer piece by Marcin Ramocki, still in development, currently on view at artMoving Projects in Brooklyn. A gallery visitor is typing a straight line of text across the top of the screen. As he types the letters fall slowly to the bottom, just like snow, fall leaves, or advancing Space Invaders. When he reaches the right hand side, a carriage return sound cha-chings and he can type no more till all letters have settled to the bottom. After many more left-to-right sweeps the letters pile up, but even after days of straight typing, the pile will never fill more than half the screen because the alphabet "soil" is slowly decaying--again, like leaves on a forest floor. Much hand coding lies behind this deceptively low-tech-looking piece, which melds the naturalism of Thoreau and the futility of Beckett in a medium somewhere between concrete poetry and Intellivision.


Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody

Paper on digital media as material


Chris Robbins has posted a paper on the notion / nature of material in digital media. It was originally presented in Christiane Paul’s lecture series for Digital Media at Rhode Island School of Design. He describes the tendency to construct digital analogies of physical artifacts, and reflects on attempts to quantify digital material as semantic units.

Also enjoyable is a record of a chat between Robbins and his mother on the pseudo-science of morphogenetic fields.

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The French Democracy


The French Democracy
The French Democracy (2005, 39.7MB, 13:09 min)

Quite remarkable piece of Machinima from France, dealing with the recent riots there by oppressed North African and Arab youth. The subtitling and translation ( ‘I had some training to do’ says koulamata, the author, rather disarmingly) are hit and miss, to say the least -but it would be wrong to view this as an “all your base are belong to us


Originally posted on DVblog by michael

New Art for cell phones


BigBanner03_firstBatch.jpg START SOMA, the San Francisco gallery for emerging artists, today announced the launch of STRAT MOBILE, a retail art gallery to sell New Art for cell phones. Curated by Start Soma founder John Doffing, Thousands of original works of New Art from hudnreds of the world’s most prominent emerging + underground artists can now be downloaded onto mobile phones across the United States.


Originally posted on by emily

iTunes Autograph


Jason Freeman's 'iTunes Signature Maker' analyzes music collections to create an audio collage that represents the owner's personality. I guess I was hoping my 'signature' would be a little more upbeat. Instead, it has a 'life flashing before my eyes' feeling--it is, after all, composed of the aural fragments that endlessly float through my subconscious. Recent online services, such as the Music Genome Project, have started recognizing users' music tastes., powered by the project, will rather effectively suggest music based on submitted artists and song titles. These technologies suggest that our musical tastes are based on a set of common formal styles, rather than memories, marketing, or subcultural and historical associations. However, Freeman's Rhizome-commissioned Signature Maker creates a ghostly sampling of songs, abstractly conjuring the psychological and personal parts of our eclectic music collections. - Matt Wolf