Posts for 2006

Announcing Platform Studies


Ian Bogost & Nick Montfort are pleased to announce a new MIT Press series,

Platform Studies

Investigating the relationships between the hardware and software design of computing systems and the creative works produced on those systems.

The first book in the series is forthcoming in 2008:

Video Computer System: The Atari 2600 Platform
by Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost

For more about computing platforms and their relationship to new media, the new approaches which we hope this series will foster, examples of platforms, and answers to questions about the series concept, see our site:


Originally posted on Grand Text Auto by nick

Environment 2.0 - a festival for a better planet


ENVIRONMENT 2.0 a Futuresonic 2007 festival special feature.

Futuresonic is taking steps to reduce the environmental impact of the festival, starting with a pioneering study of the carbon footprint of the Futuresonic 2007 festival, undertaken in collaboration with the Manchester-based Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Creative Concern, and a series of projects which highlight social and environmental impact of future arts and technologies.

The issues raised by this will be explored under the banner of ENVIRONMENT 2.0 within the SOCIAL TECHNOLOGIES SUMMIT, the main conference strand of the Futuresonic festival.



Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome

[Erwin Redl]


Keep In Mind.jpg

"Keep In Mind" from 1997 by Erwin Redl.


Originally posted on VVORK by Rhizome

R: RHIZOME_RAW: Thieves of the Invisible


Salvatore Iaconesi:

you built a really smart (in many ways) and hypnotizing (practically and aesthetically) mechanism....

download freaks will be happy. culture freaks will be happy.

you should go fetish and remix all the extracted books, and share the remixes, too.

----Messaggio originale---- Dal: Data: 14/12/2006 17.04 A: "RHIZOME RAW"< Ogg: RHIZOME_RAW: Thieves of the Invisible

Thieves of the Invisible Text by Alessandro Ludovico vs. Paolo Cirio feat. UBERMORGEN.COM

We have stolen the invisible.

Amazon, the motherly bookseller, always sensitive to her customer
needs like an affectionate friend, was outraged in her own intimate
affects. Her most precious resource, an infinitely beautiful body of
culture, able to mesmerize your eyes for hours, was somehow deprived
and exposed, after we had eluded her copyright protection. Amazon had
been a witty advisor to millions of happy customers, and had spent
the last decade researching how to improve her service. She had dedicated all her time and energy to building the best
collection of purchasable culture possible. She never wasted her time
investing in public mass advertising or in spamming the profiled
potential new customer. All she counted on and needed to count on was
the grand word of mouth that happy customers passed on one another. That was a killer application – together with the software platform
that made books the center of an interrelated universe. She started
then to hyper-contextualize every piece of her inventory, researching
the overlaps of tastes her happy customers kind of anonymously
displayed. Furthermore, she incited customers to compile lists,
review, comment, discuss and tag all books. But all her love was
finally expressed in allowing users to peek into the inner side of
her treasures: the original texts. She worked hard from the beginning ...


Originally posted on Raw by Salvatore Iaconesi

Excelling: an interview with Danielle Aubert


Recently, WRT featured the art book 16 Months Worth of Drawing Exercises in Microsoft Excel. WRT interviewed artist Danielle Aubert about her Excel art, and more:

WRT: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Danielle Aubert: I’m based in Detroit. I moved out here in June of 2005 after finishing up an MFA program in graphic design at Yale University. Prior to that I lived in New York and Moscow where I worked as a web designer. I didn’t begin studying graphic design formally until I got to Yale, so while I was working in web design I more or less learned on the job. I studied English Literature for my undergraduate degree. I came to Detroit to join my partner who is a professor in the English department at Wayne State University. I’ve been teaching at the College for Creative Studies ( twice a week and work for clients out of an ‘office’ in downtown Detroit (I rent a 1-bedroom apartment down the hall from where I live).

WRT: How did you begin working with Excel artistically?

DA: I started ‘designing’ directly in Excel when I was putting together a thesis book for my MFA at Yale. I had been thinking a lot about how information is tracked and compiled, and when it came time to imagine a final form for my thesis book it made sense to me to create the book in Excel. One chapter of the thesis book was a catalogue of all the things I had designed over the previous three years. I laid it out in a spreadsheet format. At the end of the book I included graphs and charts that were generated by the information in the spreadsheet-catalogue of all the work (I determined what fonts ...


Originally posted on WRT: Writer Response Theory by (Writer Response Theory)

The Essential Tool and Reference Kit for Media Educators


suite.jpgPeople often ask me, which free or open source tools I suggest for their university labs, which storage archives should be used and which browser-based applications should be bookmarked in their labs. In the US, students would probably stage a riot if university labs would completely abandon proprietary software tools. They'd perceive a lack of familiarity with these packages as a intolerable disadvantage when it comes to job applications and they are right. In the United States it'd be elitist and arrogant to leave out the mainstream tools that are used in the market place. Surely, most of their Floss equivalents are not as slick and are perhaps a bit harder to use. My recommendation is to install both, a set of useful Floss applications and the unavoidable “Photoshops” of this world. I always opt for diversification of tools to avoid or counteract centralization of a particular tool or service. Familiarity with Floss tools is paramount for students as they will learn to use instruments and access references that are available to them for free, which is crucial for the moment that they leave the university and don't have legal access to the expensive proprietary software anymore. Here is what I suggest:  

Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

Firefox The award-winning Web browser is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life. With Firefox 2, we’ve added powerful new features that make your online experience even better.

Vienna is a freeware, open source RSS/Atom newsreader for the Mac OS X operating system. It provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders, but both it and the ...


Originally posted on 'journalisms' by [Trebor]

Environmental Awareness through Eco-visualization



Combining Art and Technology to Promote Sustainability

Abstract: Eco-visualization technology made by media artists offers a new way to dynamically visualize invisible environmental data. Eco-visualization can take many forms. My own practice of eco-visualization involves animating information typically concealed in building monitoring systems, such as kilowatts or gallons of water used. A public display with real time visual feedback promotes awareness of resource consumption and offers a practical alternative to remote meters concealed in utility closets. The long-term goal of most eco-visualization practitioners is to encourage good environmental stewardship using hybrid practices of art and design. This essay contextualizes the emerging field of eco-visualization and its interdisciplinary trajectories. Environmental Awareness through Eco-visualization: Combining Art and Technology to Promote Sustainability by Tiffany Holmes,


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

wrapping paper


abstractmachine wrapping paper

Just in time for the holidays! offers you do-it-yourself wrapping paper! Charm your friends and loved ones with algorithmically designed decorations! Join the hip crowd and use the same algorithms as abstractmachine does. Try now, it's free! Nothing could be easier. Just download the "abstractmachine wrapping paper" software from, choose your own randomly generated motif, print, and wrap.

Please note: this software is friendly-ware, i.e. if you use it, be friendly : send an email , post a link, or best of all, send a picture (please pretty-please!) of your presents :-)


Originally posted on Processing Blogs by Rhizome

Internet Town Hall Meeting this Sunday


What are you doing this Sunday the 17th at 8:00 P.M. EST? Oh ya, that’s right, you’ve got an important online chat to attend!! So mark your calendars and stay home, y’all… to join the party on Sunday, just get on AIM and instant message “TheNastyNets”

all invited, hot nerds prefered, c u there…


Originally posted on nasty nets by nasty

Don't be afraid to ask everything you always wanted to know about contemporary art


susana mendes silva:


Don't be afraid to ask everything you always wanted to know about contemporary art

my skype name is susana_mendes_silva
call me

art_room (#3)
saturday 16th December
1:00pm - 3:00pm (CT) | 7:00pm - 9:00am (GMT)
at Untitled [ArtSpace]
Upgrade! International: DIY
Oklahoma City

more info:

susana mendes silva

susana mendes silva


Originally posted on Raw by susana mendes silva