Posts for June 2006

The Peoples Poppy


The People's Poppy, a unique new piece of art by artist Helen Marshall, commissioned by the British Legion. The 6 x 6 metre poppy is made up of thousands of contributed individual images that each illustrate the work of the British Legion and marks the launch of the Legion's new campaign, Poppy Support.


Originally posted on CULTURETV News by Rhizome

A guide to guards


Nicoline van Harskamp has done an extensive research on both public and private security guards and police forces in Amsterdam, Glasgow, Berlin, The Hague, Istanbul, London, and Rotterdam. Her project was different for each city.

The Istanbul version addressed issues of (the privatisation of) street surveillance with a group photo shoot of different private guards, a video piece and a "Little Guide to Istanbul guards" booklet.

In the Turkish city every street is �owned� by the people that live and work there. Many Istanbulites pass the time waiting and watching. This system of urban social monitoring makes the city with 15 million people virtually street crime and vandalism free. Nevertheless, (military) police officers, municipal guards and soldiers also have a strong public presence.

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An unusually high number of private security people is present around public spaces like parks and bridges. There is no formal legislation restricting the privatisation of public safety and the guards themselves have no more rights or power than any other person in the street.

Her Istanbul video documented an experiment for which van Harskamp employed two men to spend 12 hours in the streets doing nothing. The team was dressed in special uniforms and wore false I.D. cards. They became traffic police on busy crossings, Zabita officers on Galata bridge, tourism police in Sultanahmet, boat attendants on the ferry, etc. and the public reacted to them accordingly. The team surprisingly easily made friends with other uniformed people. Hands were being shaken with police officers, soldiers and �colleagues� from special security companies. Some of them just wanted to know how much they were earning and if they could get a job with the company.

More on private guards
, but in Mexico this time:

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

REMINDER: Lenka Dolanova on the Vasulkas tonite


REMINDER: Lenka Dolanova on the Vasulkas tonite @ Messhall in CHI IL .US FREE + OPEN

tonite @ Messhall criticalartware is facilitating a presentation by
Lenka Dolanova on the experimental Media Artists collaborative Woody
+ Steina Vasulka:

Woody + Steina Vasulka have been active in the experimental Media
Artists, Video Art + New Media for nearly 40 years + are, as Lenka
Dolanova writes, committed to "openness to incoming information and
self-transformation through dialog with the machine." Their work
operates from an ethics of sharing and exchange that anticipated the
Open Source movement as well as involving early forms of hardware
hacking, analog computing + machine coding systems to create artware
tools. Dolanova will discuss the Vasulkas art works in relation to
revolutionary politics, access to the tools of production, personal
transformation through technology + hystories of alternative art spaces.


"I want to point to the primary level of codes, notably the binary
code operation, as a principle of imaging and image processing. This
may require accepting and incorporating this primitive structure (the
binary code) into our views of literacy, in the form of binary
language, in order to maintain communication with the primary
materials at all levels and from any distance. The dramatic moment of
the transformation into a binary code of energy events in time, as
they may be derived from light, or the molecular communication of
sound, or from a force field, gravity, or other physical initiation,
has to be realized, in order to appreciate the power of the
organization and transformation of a code."


title: A Syntax of Binary Images dvr: Woody Vasulka date: 1978 uri:


join us for a BYOB Potluck Dinner @ 6 PM + Lenka Dolanova's
presentation @ 7:30 PM. Messhall is located @ 6932 North Glenwood ...


Originally posted on Raw by // jonCates

SpacePlace: Art in the Age of Orbitization


SpacePlace: Art in the Age of Orbitization
An Art Satellite.
A work in progress.

A project of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, 2006

presented at the ZKMax, Munich, from 07 June to 31 December 2006

SpacePlace [web] ::
SpacePlace [mobile] ::
SpacePlace [Bluetooth dual-screen public access] :: ZKMax, Munich, 07 June - 31 Dec. 2006
[Underpass Maximilianstrasse/ Altstadtring passage; accessible 24 hrs]

Press release:

A discussion on the CRUMB New Media Curating list about this project: "web-'curating' in the age of consumer generated content"


Originally posted on - A lean, mean, media machine. by Rhizome

Augmented Reality - My Name is Madison


My Name is Madison
Artist - Matthew Slaats

Taking Madison, WI as its subject, My Name is Madison is an Augmented Reality Game that allows users to explore and interact with the urban landscape from a multitude of perspectives. This project approachs the city as a layered environment. Players understand the development of place through the eyes of history, culture and fantasy.

Using GPS enabled hand held computers, participants take on the roles of both recipient and creator, performance in context. While walking about the streets, they are provided with information that enhances their understanding of the environment and then gives them the tools to create their own interpretations of place. Documentation of these events will be posted to

The project opens as a part of the Games, Learning and Society Conference taking place in Madison, WI June 15-16.


Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome

Navigating the Nuclear


Critic Edward Shanken once argued that artists have a 'responsibility to envision alternative futures... and shape the way people think, live, and interact.' The creators of 'When Ghosts Will Die,' took this call to action to heart. This interactive installation by Steve Gibson, Dene Grigar, Will Bauer, Jim Andrews, and John Barber creates a context in which visitors piece together a narrative about nuclear proliferation, effectively corroborating the artists' protest. The project was inspired by Michael Frayn's play, 'Copenhagen,' which centers on similar issues and draws on non-verbal devices in addressing them. In the case of 'When Ghosts Will Die,' performers don hand-held devices while navigating a space designed to evoke the virtual mise-en-scene of 'three potential phases of nuclear proliferation: 1) Disharmony, 2) Destruction, and 3) Disintegration.' These phases, each with their own spatial, visual, and auditory qualities, in the installation, are pieced together and experienced differently by each participant, so that the work then makes strides in both real-time processing and navigational narration. The artists say that the 'story is meant to shock those participating into a deeper awareness of the horrors of nuclear warfare.' They also claim that 'the development and deployment of weapons of mass destruction not only test a country's power but also its humanity,' an argument mirrored in their endowment of individual users with great decision-making power--or obligations. The artists recently released a DVD version of the project, which brings their otherwise site-specific message to your television. - Marisa Olson


The Aspiring Lee Walton Meme


Ask yourself the following questions and then pass this on to your five closest friends.

Do you like Art?
[Sample answer provided by AFC]

Do you like Beer?
[Sample answer provided by AFC]

What is the craziest Lee Walton inspired online activity you have participated in?
[Sample answer provided by AFC]
Watch Paddy Johnson sit down at her computer 100 times over the course of 100 days?

Answer any of the above questions and you qualify to be part of the new myspace Lee Walton Fan Club. Who is that guy, you ask? Only the coolest experimentalist in the world, that's who. Want to watch Lee Walton play 18 holes of golf taking only one shot a day? Sure you do! And if that tickles your fancy, why not see him compete with Shaquille O'Neal in a season long free throw competition? Admittedly, this may be over kill on sporting events but don't worry. Lee also sits.

Speaking of "strenuous" activity, as far as membership responsibilities go, this club has been HOT so far. No membership fees, no monthly meetings, only the occasional nagging voice reminding me that evil Rupert Murdock owns myspace. Whatever. Beer solves that problem, and come on - it's not like your soul is much price to pay for the love of Lee.

Tagged Friends:
Nathaniel Stern
and oh yes, Gawker.


Originally posted on Art Fag City by Rhizome

TXTual Healing




Using cell phones and SMS messaging, TXTual healing allows people to use their mobile phones and SMS messaging to fill in the text of large speech bubbles that are projected onto walls and buildings. You can learn more about the project here.

(Thanks, Reevo)

    <p><em>Whoa!! --L.N.R.</em></p>

Originally from Wooster Collective / A Celebration of Street Art, ReBlogged by LNR on Jun 13, 2006 at 09:51 AM


Originally posted on Eyebeam reBlog by Rhizome



00ors.jpgThe Multimedia Institute in Zagreb (Croatia) has just opened the exhibition System.hack().

System.hack() is every hack that opens up a closed system or makes an open system dynamic. The exhibition seeks to find connections between moments of excellence in different fields of human production.

The exhibition is on view until June 17. Not in a gallery, but in a hotel room, as the hotel room is supposed to function as the lowest common denominator of living environments users/viewers/visitors/readers inhabit.

Hacks exhibited:

- Heath Bunting: Superweed kit, a lowtech DIY kit to produce a genetically mutant superweed, designed to attack corporate monoculture.

- Orson Wells's The War of the Worlds. Internet Archives has the recordings: 1, 2 and 3. The story is well-known: Welles performed the radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel as a Halloween special on October 30, 1938. The live broadcast reportedly frightened many listeners into believing that an actual Martian invasion was in progress.

0909okkip.jpg - John Draper's Captain Crunch whistle. In the late '60s the "phreaker" used a free plastic whistle included with the breakfast cereal to emit a tone at precisely 2600 hertz--the same frequency that was used by AT&T; long lines to indicate that a trunk line was available to route a new call. This allowed to fake pay phone system tones and make large quantities of free phone calls.

But also GNU General Public License by Richard Stallman; Michael Steil's Linux on Xbox and "unknown hacker"'s actions of circumventing CD protection systems.

The exhibition curators are inviting you to tell them what is your favourite System.hack()s: here's the form to contribute and the results (bit empty at the moment). I'm still trying to figure out which is my favourite hack. Would be nice if ...


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

Another Unknown Time


Travis Hallenbeck's website, Another Unknown Time, is already my favorite WWW spot, and he's barely even posted much stuff yet!! (Though he fiddles things around on his frontpage from day to day if you keep checking back...) The new .MIDs that he's posted are really really simple & great, go listen... I like Drawbar Organ and classic robocop (.mid version)..make sure to loop them (in a program like quicktime player) for full effect.


Originally posted on Guthrie by Rhizome