Posts for February 2006

Return of the Retouched


Like a good plastic surgeon, the best photo retouch artists never leave a trace of their cuts and fills when they make bodies more seductive. But thanks to a project developed by members of OpenLab, Eyebeam's research and development fellowship program for technology projects, the unseen work of the retouch artist is coming back to haunt perfected images. 'The Art of Detouch' is an application that generates a pixel-by-pixel comparison of a picture before and after retouching. It then isolates and displays the altered elements using transitional animations and multiple color codes to indicate the location and intensity of the digital nips and tucks. The silhouettes that result are ghostly outlines of excess hair, skin, and clothing that were removed during the retouch process. The project contains a strong element of social critique--it draws attention to the heavy manipulation that goes into representations of the female body--but its real brilliance is measured by how mesmerizing the animated visualizations are to watch. As we interrogate our visual culture, it never hurts to use tools that are works of art in their own right. - Bill Hanley


Originally posted on Rhizome News by Rhizome

MTAA report on's TOYWAR and interview agent.NASDAQ


2000, originally published on

1. Background Story (as all good computer games need)

Once upon a time, 1994 to be exact, there was a European net art group called etoy spent its young years practicing cultural mischief. They modeled themselves as a hybrid of social art and corporate structure. They ran around in orange uniforms with shaved heads and mirrored sunglasses. They sold etoy.SHARES instead of art.They were (and still are) a faceless group known only by pseudonyms. In general, they did the things you are not supposed to do in professional art practice. Oh yeah, and worse of all, they did it online.

All was well and good in the art kingdom of (good enough in fact to win the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica) until the billion dollar online toy store decided to steal the etoy.CORPORATION domain name and banish them from the World Wide Web. etoy rejected a hostile takeover bid from the toy seller and were dragged into a California court. The court issued an injunction against etoy effectively shutting down the online art corporation. Thus began the TOYWAR.

2. The TOYWAR Resistance Game (Winter 1999/2000)

And so, with the help of,, and a slew of other net art groups, online activists and communities, etoy developed an online 'game' with the winning goal of driving the stock price down. Over 1,800 individual player avatars joined the game. Virtual sit-ins were staged. A TOYWAR PR machine kicked into gear. Two hundred online support sites were created. A real world rally for the TOYWAR was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. And when things got rough, TOYWAR DJ's created downloadable chill-out music ...


A blast from the past... At the recent Net Aesthetics 2.0 panel, Wolfgang Staehle called Toywar something like 'the most important work of internet art, ever.'

Originally posted on MTAA Reference Resource by Rhizome

opp: NY solo show (& Visa) for non-US artist


Marisa Olson:

From: Sixten Kai Nielsen


Wooloo Productions and White Box present AsylumNYC: an opportunity for
non-US artists to exhibit and live in New York City. AsylumNYC will
provide a talented artist with both a solo show at a recognized New York
institution and the legal aid necessary to obtain an artists visa in the
United States of America.

White Box
525 West 26th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
New York, New York 10001

April 24, 2006, 8PM �


Originally posted on Raw by Marisa Olson

MTAA in South Africa


Well, we won't actually be there in person, but we'll be there via the mediation of Nathaniel Stern. He'll be presenting our work at the Upgrade! Joburg.

Check out the cool poster:


Originally posted on MTAA Reference Resource by T.Whid

Free Creative Commons Art Show


Last time we reported on NYU, they were getting accolades in the Village Voice for taking part in a regional summit. Now NYU has organized an art show featuring works all licensed under Creative Commons. The opening is this Wednesday, March 1st on 7th floor of the Kimmel Student Center at 7 pm. The show will also be on-line. This art show is the first of its kind-good work NYU FreeCulture.


Originally posted on Creative Commons Blog - rss by Francesca Rodriquez

Visual Acid: Poster and Press Release


Visual Acid

March 3 - March 25 2006
Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn New York

Secret Project Robot and Harkness Audiovisual present VISUAL ACID, a collaborative installation by Nick Hallett, Leif Krinkle, Zach Layton, and Brock Monroe, which takes as its starting point the electronic disco genre, Acid House, to construct an immersive environment of rhythmic light.

Defined by the sounds of the "808" drum machine and "303" bassline sequencer (both developed by Japanese electronic music manufacturer Roland) Acid House music was created by Chicago-based DJs during the mid-1980s.

VISUAL ACID will too be defined on the basis of these revolutionary music computers. The centerpiece of the installation is a genuine 808, its basic functions harnessed to trigger a series of stroboscopic, fluorescent light fixtures through the unit's individual audio outputs (a remarkable and unique feature of the 808), thereby reimagining the instrument as a fully interactive visuals-generating tool. As its companion, an "Optical 303" squelches the imaged representations of signature Acid basslines, which are projected through rotating prisms and shot throughout the space as cinematic, rainbow-infused light.

An opening reception will be held at Secret Project Robot on Friday, March 3 from 7 to 9 pm.

To coincide with the exhibition of VISUAL ACID, a variety of related events held will be hosted at Secret Project Robot, culminating in a "Bubblifique" extravaganza on March 25. As the space does not hold regular hours, these events will be the only times VISUAL ACID is open to the public. Please visit for more information.

Secret Project Robot is located at Monster Island, 210 Kent Avenue at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Entrance to the gallery space is on River Street. For more details, contact Nick Hallett, nick(at)harknessav(dot)org.


March 9 ...


Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody

Film to Fiber


Knitpro (2005, 19.7MB, 3:18min.)

Cat Mazza and Sabrina Gschwandtner speak about their piece
at the exhibition We Are All Together at Artists Space. part of Performa 05.

Enclose (2005, 9.21MB, 2:27min.)

Artist Bea Camacho, knits herself in. from PresentSpace.


Originally posted on DVblog by mica