Posts for February 2006

New Course on Social Software


newcourse.jpgThe Grammar of Technologies for Cooperation
New Course by Trebor Scholz
Department of Media Study
The State University of New York at Buffalo
Spring 2006

Syllabus Online

Course Description

This course introduces the history, realities and potentials of collaborative technologies. The particular focus is on the field of culture. Debates about online collaboration and social networking often do not go beyond the management rhetoric of business. Effectiveness and group dynamics are they key issues in streamlining corporate group work. The Grammar of Technologies for Collaboration investigates historical perspectives on tools for collaboration and traces their influence on communication.

A recent study of The Pew Internet & American Life Project reports that 51 million Americans of all ages (and 57% of all US teenagers) have contributed content online. They wrote blog entries, book reviews, uploaded mp3s and video, or podcasts. The average European Internet user spends 10 hours 15 minutes a week online. Artists use this huge participatory potential to create input-driven projects. But often web-based rooms are opened and nobody comes to party. What are the needed incentives for people to participate? Video makers use video blogs to create an offline audience for their tapes. Artists use blogs as portfolios, for day-to-day reflection, and as platforms for their work as public intellectuals. Art activist groups further their political agendas. Artists form social networks to create sustaining venues for their work and contexts for their ideas. Inexpensive social networking tools create new publics for cultural producers. A culture of widespread free sharing emerges along with the development of social software tools. Media theorists argue that a creative cooperative proficiency is the key skill for the next decade. After successful completion of this course you will have a deeper practical, historical, theoretical, and political understanding of contemporary media spheres.

We will read, discuss ...


Originally posted on 'journalisms' by Rhizome




Issue 9: Dossier: Artistic Production and Collecting

ARTECONTEXTO, art culture and new media is a magazine about the art of today that is intended to stimulate discussion and theoretical analysis of artistic practices in the international context. It pays particular attention to new media and ARTECONTEXTO is a bridge connecting Europe and Latin America.

The profound changes that the world of art is undergoing call for new approaches. Artistic practices are now affected by formulas coming from other fields which call for greater complexity in their analysis and new and different tools of understanding. ARTECONTEXTO takes up and reflects this complexity and constitutes a new critical space in progress.

Issue 9: Dossier: Artistic Production and Collecting--+ Intervention in Space: Dan Perjovschi + Antoni Muntadas + John Baldessari + Ignasi Aballì + Austria in ARCO 06 + Entrevistas + Cybercontext + Info + Books + Reviews.

ARTECONTEXTO is a quarterly publication in Spanish and English. 156 pages in colour. Distributed around the world in specialised bookstores. Publisher and Managing Editor: Alicia Murría; Subscribe before 15th February at a 10% discount.


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

[iDC] The Social Machine of Events



We Don't Need Event Divas!!

Event organizing. Over the past year many experiments with conferencing formats took place. They were aimed at escaping the same old predicaments. People are fed up with the orthodoxy of traditional, hierarchical proceedings of keynote speakers, panels, and unconcentrated topical orientation! There is the soporific style of delivering a 30-page paper to an audience that could have read this text online beforehand. Paperism! There is the work-shy re-inscription of yet the same players of the virtual intelligentsia over and over again! Peeps and masters! Why look at proposals of the "young nothings" if we can have trophy names to pull people into the touristy event spectacle? The big names are all that matters, never mind if it is just another check off on someone's resume.


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

Space, Place, Interface by Chris Byrne


RND#91: 51st State

This text is based on a presentation ARC Co-director Chris Byrne made at a Hothaus seminar, organised by Vivid at the University of Central England, Birmingham. It outlines his experiences and thoughts around curating digital and networked art projects and their relationship to the locations where they were made and presented. It is soon to be published in a book gathering together papers from the Hothaus seminars, edited by Joan Gibbons. [More....]


Click-through for an interesting essay covering a range of artistic practices, including work that's not necessarily site-specific and yet obviously has a relationship to the space of its production and/or presentation...

Originally posted on Art Research Communication by chris

From the archives: artstream


artstream logo

Between 2002 and 2003, Chris Byrne curated artstream, an experimental project exploring the potentials of artists’ use of streaming media. artstream comprised occasional projects with live and prerecorded material.

Works presented during that time included Ben Woodeson’s Portable Bug, a self-sufficient solar powered bugging device which broadcast sound and vision of its surroundings over the internet; CN_ZER0 v6.4, internet streams from a performance by New York based artist Cary Peppermint at CCA, Glasgow, 2002; and Sounds From Near And Far, internet audio streams connecting Sofia, Edinburgh and Liverpool featuring sound works from artists across the globe on the theme of the translocal: travel, crossing borders, migration, sounds of different cultures and environments. Sounds From Near And Far includes works by Diskono, Chantal Dumas, Borderhack, Zoë Irvine, Alistair Macdonald, Paul Rooney, Public Works, Peter Cusack, Chris Bowman, Sue Mark, Janek Schaefer, Calum Stirling, Mark Vernon, Robert Mackay, Mark Lawton, Gen Ken Montgomery, John Campbell, Vanessa Cuthbert, Max Eastley, Colin Fallows, Martin e Greil, Phil Mouldycliff, Russell Mills & Ian Walton, Robin Rimbaud, Will Sergeant, Vergil Sharkya’, Paul Simpson and John Young.

The artstream projects can be experienced by following this link.


Originally posted on Art Research Communication by chris



Performance Collaboration through Virtual and Physical Space in max msp and jitter


Collaborative Live Audio Virtual Environment via exiledsurfer, via
another nice image:

Originally posted on unmediated by Rhizome

Archigram archives to go public


Some 4,000 drawings, models and audio tapes produced by Archigram is to be catalogued and digitised over three years and made available to the public on a special website.


Archigram dominated the architectural avant garde in the 1960s and early 1970s with its pop-inspired visions of a technocratic future.

"A new generation of architecture must arise with forms and spaces which seems to reject the precepts of ‘Modern’ yet in fact retains those precepts. We have chosen to by pass the decaying Bauhaus image which is an insult to functionalism. You can roll out steel - any length. You can blow up a balloon - any size. You can mould plastic - any shape. Blokes that built the Forth Bridge - they didn’t worry," wrote David Greene in 1961.

Two of the group’s cult projects: the Walking City, in which a city of reptilian structures glided across the globe on enormous legs until its inhabitants found a place where they wanted to settle; and the crane-mounted living pods that could be plugged in wherever their inhabitants wished in Plug-in City.


The group also imagined that miniature devices could fulfil the functions of traditional buildings: capsule homes like Gasket Homes and Living Pod, or the Cushicle mobile environment (image above) and wearable house, the Suitaloon. In 1968, the group proposed to transport all the entertainment and education resources of a metropolis in an Instant City airship (image below), which would fly from place to place and temporarily land in communites to enable the inhabitants to enjoy the buzz of life in a city.


In 1969, the group opened an architectural practise after winning a competition to design a leisure centre in Monte-Carlo. The design was of an enormous circular dome buried underground by the Mediterranean.

The funding collapsed and the leisure centre ...


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

40 Winks December 10th



Kevin Slagle, the proprietor of Oakland's Ego Park gallery, doesn't keep regular gallery hours. He has no curatorial assistants, no board of directors and no calendar beyond a couple months into the future. [....] But when Kevin is inspired with a good idea, Ego Park somehow manages to emerge from semi-obscurity to shine with surprising brilliance and present amazing shows and events. [....] It has been a while since Kevin has pulled out all the stops for an ambitious Ego Park show, but there have been the sound of elves tinkering during the night and the stars seem to be lining up for Ego Park's next show, opening Friday, December 10th to be a winner. The show, entitled "40 Winks / Mini-Theater" is a show of video work curated by San Francisco-based artist Sue Costabile. Sue is a musician and visual artist who is best known for her intricate and compelling video projections, which she usually shows live in collaboration with experimental electronic musicians. Having, as she says, "failed as a VJ", Sue uses a custom-made method of manipulating small objects on a light table, which is filmed from above with a firewire camera layered and composited live in software. Her exquisite visual manipulations have earned her invitations to perform all over the world at festivals such as Mutek, Sonar and Ars Electronica. [.....] If music and art are separate art forms, but as I propose, siblings, I see art and music as possessing a sort of Luke-and-Leah relationship: that of having been separated at birth, cultivating slightly different interests and skills, and finding themselves later in life hopelessly attracted to one another (and somewhat restrained by conventions) [....]


Originally posted on Shotgun Review by Rhizome

New website!!!


I decided to get a domain and put my stuff there:

The name selection process was grueling and sweaty, and I was super ticked that was already being squatted on. First of all, I re-compressed all my videos so that they load much much better. Also, I started on two new (continuous) projects:

Trinkets - Trinkets is a text-less blog for my growing collection of Photoshop junk, found/stolen web pics and short video loops. All this stuff revolves around my ongoing obsession with gradients, loops, interpolation. Compiled in growing issues. (More on this later.)

Record Label - I'm starting a ton of bands that will exist only on Myspace. (More on this later.)


Guthrie's definitely on my "One to Watch in 2006" list!

Originally posted on Guthrie by Rhizome

Friends in Memory of Nam June Paik - Yoko Ono


Yoko Nam June Paik
Yoko on Nam June Paik (2006, 19.9MB, 3:44 min)

extract from a memorial service for Nam June Paik.
New York, Feb.3, 2006


Originally posted on DVblog by doron