Posts for November 2005

Atomic Elroy


Jeff and I get a hamburger
Jeff and I get a hamburger (2003, 52MB, 3:16 min.)

I know that guy
I know that guy (2001, 29MB, 1:56 min.)

Colorado based artist, trickster and man of the theatre Tom McElroy, a.k.a Atomic Elroy, makes idiosyncratic, funny & exhilarating short movies. His work is smart without lookingdown its nose, self referential & conceptual in an unselfconscious and natural way like breathing & gloriously visual to boot. Check out  his site  to see more of his movies and other artworks alike -it’s all good stuff.


Originally posted on DVblog by michael

Mongrel Volkskrant piece


  Mohammedb.jpg - a new work by mongrel commissioned by the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004, Amsterdam: film-maker Theo Van Gogh was found murdered in the early morning. His throat was slit and two knives were left implanted in his torso. One knife pinned a five-page note to his body. Mohammed Bouyeri, a 26-year-old man of Dutch and Moroccan descent, was apprehended by the police after being shot in the leg. In Dutch media he was subsequently referred to as "Mohammed B."

Posting to the nettime list, David Garcia writes: "The Oog platform [in] the on-line version of the Dutch national newspaper Volkskrant has been a platform for visual artists to commentate on news events...the 9th contribution to Oog is an extraordinary work by [UK artists collective] Mongrel. ... A glance at the archive will show that the possibilities interactive visual artists working in the context of mainstream news and commentary offers exciting possibilities which to my knowledge have not been explored in quite this way anywhere else. " David Garcia


Originally posted on Eyebeam reBlog by Trebor

Cuffs that talk to wifi


AwareCuffs, the 2nd item of the AwareFashion collection, inform the wearer about wireless hotspots in her environment. Just by glancing at the cuffs, a person can check if wireless LAN is available. Small light patterns that appear on the cloth indicate if wireless LAN is available and the quality of service.

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One cuff has an attached pocket and flexible transparent glass fibres are woven into the cloth. The wifi sensing technology is hidden in the small pocket. The circuit board in the pocket displays the quality of service by LEDs in different colors. The LEDs are connected to glass fibres, the light travels through them and small light spots appear at the end. When the technology pocket is detached the cuffs solely consist of cloth and glass fibres and can be washed. This concept also makes it possible to easily replace the technology function of the cuffs.

By Richard Etter and Diana Grathwohl.
Other works by Richard Etter: The shirt that senses switched-on mobile phones and Melodious Walkabout.
Related: Hotspot Bloom.


Originally posted on we make money not art by Regine

Olia Lialina on New Media



I never planned to be an advocate of the term New Media, but - it exists - it was defined in wikipedia as a group of mass media and a chapter in media study.

So, I took a chance to define it differently as a field of study.

And a remark: Wikipedia, its potential and importance are praised (and used) by every New Media writer, but not many seem to be interested in contributing. Even an important and beloved term like “Remediation


Originally posted on by Rhizome

Three Threats to the Survival of New Media



version 1.4 by Jon Ippolito

"... To be a historian of new media art is a precarious career choice. It's a lot easier to be a historian of old media, if only because the artists you study are no longer likely to turn around and contradict your theories; Picasso historians had a much easier time talking about his work once he was pushing up daisies instead of painting them. But if dead artists are a boon for historians, dead media are not. In fact, as soon as the media you study become obsolete, it's a bit of a stretch to call yourself a "historian of new media."

The bad news I have for new media historians is that the objects they study are in danger of evaporating out from under their studious gaze. On three separate battlegrounds, dinosaurs fattened on broadcast economies threaten to trample the newer species evolving in today's electronic networks. In some cases this attempt is deliberate: Microsoftus Rex and TimeWarnerSaurus have little interest in encouraging the unimpeded evolution of media. In other cases, as I hope to show, even new media advocates--including many of you in this room--unwittingly buy into hierarchic models of preservation, property, or professorship that endanger the unfettered evolution of digital art..." From Three Threats to the Survival of New Media by Jon Ippolito.


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

A momentous occasion


Avi Rosen becomes the first person to view the 1 Year Performance Video for one year.

See him in the 1YPV hall of fame.

Thanks and congratulations to Avi!

1YPV was launched on September 30, 2004. Avi finished his year viewing in a little over 13 months. That’s pretty impressive. [More on Avi and the project....]


Wow! How jealous are we? Don't we wish we'd watched this using our email address, rather than anonymously? Welcome to the Hall of Fame, Avi, and congrats to MTAA on this anniversary of sorts...

PS There's a much less time-consuming way to pick up the "art data" that Avi now owns. Donate to Rhizome! Details here:

Originally posted on MTAA Reference Resource by T.Whid

Jean Baudrillard at The New School, November 4, 6 pm


The Parallax of Evil: Domination and Hegemony
A Public Dialogue between Jean Baudrillard and Sylvère Lotringer

The New School
Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, 1st Floor
Friday, November 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

In his public dialogue with Sylvère Lotringer, Baudrillard will offer contemporary corroboration of Marx’s claim that history repeats itself the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. The farcical nature of our present is that global hegemony now cannibalizes its own reality, pervading all facets of social life: politics, fashion, media, art, and everything else.

The dialogue will take place Friday, November 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in The New School’s Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, 1st Floor. No ticketing. No registration. (This is Baudrillard.)

Media Contacts:

Daniel Morris. 212.229.5485 x3094.
Caroline Oyama. 212.229.5667 x3547.


Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome

Cory interviews Tom


From Rhizome

The following is an interview of Tom Moody, conducted by Cory Arcangel, over several emails. Below are their bio’s, followed by the interview, which touches upon blogging, fandom, defunct hardware & software, music, code, studio processes, and their shared appreciation for the lo-fi…

Tom Moody is a visual artist based in New York. His low-tech art made with MSPaintbrush, photocopiers, and consumer printers has appeared in solo shows at Derek Eller Gallery and UP&CO; and numerous group shows. His weblog at, begun in February 2001, was recently recommended in the Art in America article “Art in the Blogosphere,


Originally posted on MTAA Reference Resource by T.Whid

DNA Dose Seeds Living Tombstones


Harvesting genetic material from the dearly departed and infusing it into thriving trees could create the ultimate memorial. By David Cohn.


Originally posted on Wired News: Top Stories by Rhizome

CC in Review: Lawrence Lessig on Continuing the Movement


[This is part of a weekly series written by Lawrence Lessig and others about the history and future of Creative Commons. If you know others who might find these interesting, please recommend they sign up at]

About two months ago, a friend asked:

I don't get what Creative Commons is, beyond a bunch of servers serving up licenses to people around the world. Why would you need support?

The question was completely understandable. Most who see us just see us through our licenses. Yet there's a great deal more to what we're doing. And my aim over the next few weeks is to describe that great deal more.


Originally posted on Creative Commons Blog - rss by Lawrence Lessig