Posts for November 2005



A new project by Evan Roth - a diary of someone famous in blog form.

Originally posted by fi5e from, ReBlogged by emma on Nov 29, 2005 at 02:33 PM


Interesting... Reminds me of Eduardo Navasse's Diary of a Star.

Originally posted on Eyebeam reBlog by fi5e

It’s Juul Time


Jesper Juul’s new book Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds is now out from MIT Press. I have not yet seen the book, but it has some basis in Jesper’s very high-quality dissertation of the same name, and I’m willing to recommend that people at least take a serious look at it [...]


Originally posted on Grand Text Auto by nick

Don Ritter Performances



Digestion and Badlands

Don Ritter Performances in Budapest, December 4, 2005; Intro Festival Millinenáris Park, Budapest, Hungary.

Influenced by early 20th Century experimental animation, Digestion presents organic imagery--originating as boiling water--that is interactively transformed into a series of mechanical movements with synchronized sound emanating from the imagery. Using a pair of networked computers, viewers are presented with a hypnotic experience of multi-channel imagery that is controlled by sound. The seemingly unpredictable nature of the work provides an internal interactivity which can be observed by an audience, but not controlled.


Badlands: Processed imagery of the Canadian Badlands are controlled and manipulated by live music. One or two networked computers use a musical analysis of live music to control clip selection, tempo and cinematic features of the video.

Since 1988, Don Ritter's interactive performances have been presented at festivals, museums, and galleries in North America and Europe, including the Art Institute if Chicago, New Music America (New York), Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, and Steim (Amsterdam). [Related]


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

nettime-l, and nettime-ann, as rss feeds


Via: Felix Stalder

There are now rss feeds available from nettime-l, and the announcement channel, nettime-ann. To make even more relevant your continously-updating websites :)


Hooray for RSS!

Originally posted on Nettime-l relay by nettime

"Snow Stories" web launch


jillian mcdonald:

web launch:
Snow Stories

Snow Stories is a story engine, which uses appropriated and original film clips, images, animation, and sound to translate the viewer's written story into a visual narrative. 
Snow Stories was produced, in part, in residence at Harvestworks in NYC. Additional support from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Experimental Television Center's Finishing Funds, and Pace University.

Jillian Mcdonald is a Canadian artist, transplanted in New York where she teaches at Pace University.

* related public presentation Saturday Dec 3rd at 15 Nassau Street, NYC


Originally posted on Raw by jillian mcdonald

Big Brother Is Still Watching


Stanza is a London-based artist who specializes in net art, multimedia, and electronic sounds. Stanza is also spying on you. Abuse of Public Domain, his first solo show of networked media art, presents two large-scale projections employing live data from closed-circuit security cameras placed in major urban centres. In 'You Are My Subjects,' a lone camera records images of people passing below on a busy street in New York City. The high vantage point and solitary perspective create a feeling of detached voyeurism--an ivory-towered state of removal from the distant other. 'Authenticity,' on the other hand, fragments the viewer into a state of multiplicity--a street-level crowd, in effect--by drawing images from cameras planted throughout London and merging them into a mesh of gazes. Each work explores notions of selfhood, as mediated through the lens of surveillance culture. At the same time, by making both works available on the internet, the artist turns society's reflection back on itself, creating a kind of narcissistic Utopia in which 'we are all unwitting bit part actors, in the filming of our own lives.' Private peep show on December 8th at London's HTTP Gallery; more public abuse through January 23. - Peggy MacKinnon


Zizek the movie in Manhattan


a Documentary Campaign production

The author of works on subjects as wide-ranging as Alfred Hitchcock, 9/11, opera, Christianity, Lenin and David Lynch, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek is one of the most important and outrageous cultural theorists working today. This captivating, erudite documentary explores the eccentric personality and esoteric work of this incomparable academic and writer who has been called everything from "the Elvis of cultural theory" to "a one-person culture mulcher".


Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome

Even More Crystalpunk Presentations


Name: Project

Name: Crystalpunk Workshop for Soft Architecture

Saturday 3 December: presentations by Matthew Fuller, Jon Bird, Andy Webster

15.00-18.00 Free entrance

Oudenoord 275 (use the entrance at the back) Utrecht, Netherlands

Calculation Space by Matthew Fuller
Software has an acknowledged impact on cities and space. Some parts of towns look like they just dropped out of a CAD program. Other spaces, like airports and border crossings treat people as good or bad data to be sorted. Modern societies depend on the ability to abstract and quantify particular parts of life, to turn them into numbers, things that can be known by numbers, and then feed that knowledge back into living and non-living matter. As mathematics and matter become more closely interwoven, can we distinguish a politics or culture of calculation? Hip Hop, childrens games and speculative software offer some interesting clues.

More Paskian Strategies by Jon Bird and Andy Webster

The Crystalpunk Workshop earlier picked up on the work of cyberneticist Gordon Pask and his unique theories about communication. Today Jon Bird and Andy Webster will present their Pask inspired work. In the 1950-1960ties Pask build crystal computers, electro-chemical contraptions that evolved sensors tailor made to environmental input. In 2002 Jon Bird was involved in constructing an electronic circuit that evolved into a radio: to teh surprise of its creators it started to pick up and transmit signals from a nearby computer. Andy Webster is an artist who has worked with Jon Bird on a project in which they recreated an electro-chemical computer.


Desiree Holman - Wishbook


The Mann’s in Gay Paris (2001, 3.2MB, 1min.)

Pennies From Heavan (2001, 10MB, 3min.)

Two excerpts from Desiree Holman’s series, Wishbook,
a series of sitcom-like videos staring The Mann’s,
a family of paperdolls made from images in catalogs.


I love Desiree Holman's work. I screened Pennies From Heaven in a screening I organized at SF Camerawork, a few years ago, and seeing it with an audience made me that much more aware of how funny it is. Check out her other projects here.

Originally posted on DVblog by mica

Homeland Security Advisory System and media art


The Homeland Security Advisory System is a color-coded terrorism threat advisory scale. The different levels trigger specific actions by federal agencies and state and local governments, and they affect the level of security at some airports and other public facilities (wikipedia.)

The sytem has inspired several art projects.


Paul DaviesDepartment of Homeland Security Safety Vest will keep you warm in case of a terrorist attack but it also features a lighted Threat Level indicator so you can always be alert to any terrorist threat. The DHS Vest works by connecting over 802.11 wireless networks and downloads the current national threat level XML file from the DHS website, downloads it to the vest, and displays the current color.



The Homeland Security Blanket, created by FutureFarmers in 2002, is a networked blanket wirelessly networked to the internet. The prototype responds to the Homeland Security color coded "Threat Levels" by a temperature change and an indicating light which alerts the user of current threat and comforts them accordingly.

At the MOMA's show Safe: Design Takes On Risk, through January 2, 2006.

Previously blogged:


Ryan Schoelerman
and Sky Frostenson's Blowhard game: two players compete by breathing into a CPR mask, where a breath sensor translates cumulative respiration into the player's current level of anxiety, shown on a screen in the same color-coded system used by the Department of Homeland Security's Threat Advisory System.

Players must increase their anxiety gradually, moving up one stage at a time. Upon completion of a level the display provides feedback via audio-video USA fear culture propaganda from the 1950s to the present. The first player to reach the top, wins.

The Homeland Insecurity Advisory System project, by Jonah Brucker-Cohen, allows people to determine the US Government's Threat Level by collectively rating ...


Originally posted on we make money not art by Regine