Posts for 2006

Call for applications: Festival Break 2.4


The purpose of the multimedia festival Break is to explore new artistic expressions and contemporary topics and to emphasize emerging poetics whose artistic discourse has not yet been deep-rooted within firmly established standards, criteria and cultural values.

The ninth edition of the festival, Break 2.4, will take place in Ljubljana from the 5th to the 18th of November 2007.

We are currently seeking art projects, from established, mid-career, and emerging artists, that address the theme selected for the festival: Potemkin village.

Definitions of the Potemkin village:

Pretentiously showy or imposing facade intended to mask or divert attention from an embarrassing or shabby fact or condition

Something that appears impressive but is ineffective and insubstantial

Any hollow or false construction, physical or figurative, meant to hide an undesirable or potentially damaging situation

Politically generated appearance that covers a less impressive underside

The application must include the completed application form, supporting material, and a project presentation (visual and/or text) on A4 sheet.

Deadline: February 1, 2007 (postmark)

For more information, please check:

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Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome

[Ariel Guzik]



"Assembling Of Spider-Percussions". A sound installation by Ariel Guzik.


Originally posted on VVORK by Rhizome

Fish playing brass horns


Keny Marshall's ongoing exhibition at SPACE Gallery in Pittsburgh is called Apophenia and the eye-catcher is "electro-acoustic experiments", a pair of small puffer fish in a glass bowl. By swimming, they compose a symphony of reconfigured brass horns, attached to bellows and placed throughout the gallery.


Two video cameras keep track of the fish bowl and transmit their signals to two monitors. The monitors are in turn monitored by eight photo cells, which are triggered whenever a fish swims across the video screen. When it happens, the signal is sent to one of the bellows, causing it to inhale and exhale, forcing air through its horn(s) and filling the gallery with a swelling tone. The continuous movement of the fish creates a continually shifting aural composition that reverberates throughout the gallery space.

0brasshorn.jpgFlashing LEDs indicate when the photo cells are working, and wires running to and from them place them in a legible context. For Marshall, this unveiling of high-tech mechanisms provides insight into their ideological constructions: the framework of thought that propels their creation. In a world hell-bent on microchips, nanotechnology and plastic shells to conceal it all, the artist's approach is a playful protest against our rarely questioned immersion in man-made environments we can't attempt to understand.

Apophenia continues through Dec. 31. , SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh.

Images by Ricardo Miranda Z�º�±iga.
More information and images in Structural Patterns, Digging Pitt and Pittsburg City Paper.

And fish! More fish: John Klima's Fish, Ken Rinaldo's Augmented Fish Reality, Communicating with electric fish, Bamboostic, Vehicle piloted by a fish and Fish, Plant, Rack.


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

Artists Give Community Something To Talk About


The People Speak is a London-based collection utilizing and 'updating' various communication techniques to facilitate exchange among residents of the city. They first gained widespread attention, online, for their radio show, 'Traffic-island disks: sounding out the city,' in which they stopped pedestrians wearing headphones to chat with them about what they were listening to. The project makes people aware of the protective social and personal spheres they build for themselves, within cities. More recently, 'Who Wants to Be?' is a spoof on the American game show 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,' in which the artists use a game-like system of polls to address questions of democracy within poor communities. TPS's '' site tracks the etymology of emergent, locally-used vocabularies, while 'Directionless Enquiries' establishes a peer-to-peer network of mobile phone users who can count on each other for help and random advice. The group now offers a downloadable toolkit for carrying out community-building DIY media projects in your own neighborhood. Check it out today and start doing good his weekend! - Elizabeth Johnston


Turbulence Commission:




Turbulence Commission: WhoWhatWhenAir by John Snavely :: WhoWhatWhenAir is an interactive, pneumatic sculpture that users can communicate with via a web-based interface. Each user makes a series of choices to determine the order in which the 16 hoses inflate and to what degree. Once the sequence is saved, the hoses or "muscles" perform it. Clicking on the "play" button brings the sculpture to life. It exhales deeply before moving on to the next sequence in the queue. Coordinated efforts between online users can produce unexpected choreographies. In physical space, interaction is proximate, learned, and social. On exhibit at Art Interactive, Cambridge, Massachusetts, until January 14, 2007; open weekends from 12-6 pm.

"WhoWhatWhenAir" is a 2006 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the LEF Foundation.

BIOGRAPHY: John Snavely is a Masters of Architecture Candidate in the Department of Architecture at MIT. He holds dual degrees in Computer Science and Sculpture from Dartmouth College.


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

[10th Videomedeja Awards]


monochrom award // Soviet Unterzögersdorf @ Videomedeja 2006: Our adventure game "Soviet Unterzögersdorf" got a special mention at the 10th Videomedeja Awards in Novi Sad, Serbia for the 'Net/Software' category. Great!



Originally posted on monochrom by Rhizome

CADRE MFA Accepting Applications


Joel Slayton:

CADRE Laboratory for New Media MFA Digital Media Art Program at San Jose State University

The CADRE Laboratory is now accepting applications for MFA Digital
Media Art through February 5th, 2007.

The CADRE Laboratory for New Media is an interdisciplinary academic
and research program dedicated to the experimental use of information
technology and art. Established in 1984 CADRE is a renown center for
creativity, research and practice involving digital media. The MFA
program in Digital Media Art focuses on the experimental application
of new media and information technologies, and is informed by
historical, cultural, and theoretical study. Desired focus areas
include but are not limited to: imaging, mobility, gaming, mapping,
social networks, net art and information visualization. The CADRE
Laboratory is located in the School of Art and Design at San Jose
State University, the oldest public institution of higher education
in California. The city of San Jose is in the heart of Silicon Valley
and reflects the entrepreneurial culture and diversity of the region.

The MFA is a 2-3 year program of study including seminars, art
history, studio courses and independent study. Student progress is
monitored through a series of open faculty reviews and exhibition of
works. A final exhibition in the University Art Gallery is required.
Students are encouraged to take courses outside of the School of Art
and Design as may be appropriate to their development. CADRE is the
publisher of SWITCH <> an on-line journal examining
critical and theoretical discourses involving new media. SWITCH
provides opportunity for students to publish scholarly texts, develop
curatorial projects and to present their art works to an
international audience.

CADRE offers a variety programming involving exhibitions, symposia
and a visiting artists in residency which compliment the MFA
program. CADRE was host to ...


Originally posted on Raw by Joel Slayton

after and before



Originally posted on nasty nets by guthrie

Quiet Stiff



trek - cuddling

Joel and Guthrie noted this collection of found pics and web junk on the nastynets page. Wish it had a calendar or something but it rewards a lot of “next page” clicking. Really good taste in net ephemera/weirdness on display here. An eye that even Charles Saatchi could envy if…oh never mind.


Originally posted on nasty nets by tom moody

On and Off Net Art Show


London-based Low-Fi is an artist collective focused on net art and systems of mediation and distribution. In order to provide access and visibility to other artists, they invite guests to curate monthly online exhibitions. The recently-opened 'Offline Art Show' was curated by Cory Arcangel, who challenged himself to make his selections based on his personal memory, rather than that of his computer or bookmarks. 'If I can't remember it, it wasn't worth remembering in the first place,' he reasons. It's easy to see unforgettable qualities in the five projects he highlights, including Ben Engebreth's 'Personal Kyoto' calculator; the films of Jack Goldstein as presented on the avant garde archive site, UbuWeb; and John Michael Boling's 'Four weddings and a funeral,' a collection of videos that is a play on the words in a famous film title. The selections are contextualized with trademark Arcangel witticisms, as when he says that a cable access show (John Kilduff's 'Let's Paint, Exercise & Blend Drinks TV!) 'in which the host does the show on a treadmill, while teaching people how to paint, also while teaching people how to make blended drinks' offers 'proof Western civilization is not anywhere near being over...' Nonetheless, he also says that the YouTube video, 'Granny Machine Gun' makes him 'proud to be an American!' As one might expect of an artist whose practice often involves responding to popular media, his curatorial statement establishes a refusal to distinguish what is and is not Art. 'We are past that moment so let's all please get over it...' - Marisa Olson