Posts for February 2006

Flux Smile Machine


Smile Machines, the main exhibition at Transmediale presents a mix of --nearly-- vintage and very recent works which reflect on the relationship between art, humour and technology.


One of my favourite (although since i left my boring work i don't feel the need to buy one anymore) is the Flux Smile Machine that George Maciunas (one of the original Fluxus artists) ideated in 1972. This kind of gag forces you to smile or rather to makes an awful grimace, "making it an atavistic and threatening gesture directed against bourgeois society."



Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

Thoughtful Transmissions


There are a handful of digital art and culture journals currently accessible online. A few of them occasionally pair critical texts with thematic volumes of interactive projects. Since its launch in the Winter of 2005, the web-based academic journal Vectors has explored the possibilities of combining audio-visual interactivity and analytical writings. The publication's USC-based editorial/creative team, consisting of new media theorists and practitioners Tara McPherson, Steve Anderson, Raegan Kelly, Eric Loyer, and Craig Dietrich, have recently released their second issue, titled 'Mobility.' The journal provides a multifaceted look at this concept, from David Lloyd's projection of 19th Century Irish migrant workers, in 'Mobile Figures,' to Todd Presner's 'Hypermedia Berlin,' a layered mapping of the city through historical and subjective filters. Other contributions, such as Lisa Lynch and Elena Razlogova's 'The Guantanomobile Project' and Julian Bleeker's 'WiFi.Bedouin,' tackle mobility within the politicized contexts of global information access. But unlike many of its academic journal relatives, Vectors turns new media in on itself, where the critical potential of the form isn't left to mere descriptions. - Ryan Griffis


How to build an iPod dock out of Legos


Lego fan Matt built a dock for his iPod with spare blocks and posted a Flickr set of his creation for all to enjoy.

I admit this is probably only fun and useful to the most hardcore Lego fans, but...


Originally posted on Lifehacker by Rhizome

Furthernoise/Featured Noisemakers/Reviews/Public Record releases, Ultra-red and Dont Rhine interview


Featured Noisemakers/Reviews/Public Record releases, Ultra-red and Dont Rhine interview

Public Record is an archive of sound that has recently been made available by the Ultra-Red group. Ultra-red was founded by two AIDS activists in 1994 and through radio broadcasts, installations, residencies, performances and CD releases has sort to combine sound art with political activity by asking the simple question: "What is the relationship between artists and the world they inhabit?"


Originally posted on Furtherfield by Zara Hughes

Open call for Submissions - Net/Web Art


Tosoma is a website specializing in creating and showcasing online based public art projects consisting of a panel of 25 established and emerging international professionals from a wide range of new media fields.

Open Call of Submissions for 'Orgasmos' a Net + Web Art Project

Deadline for submissions: March 10th 2006

Announcement of selected works: April 10th 2006

This project is an open call for artists working in Net and Web Art, to create and submit a Net or Web Art piece that portrays the sensation of an orgasm.

Selection and Awards:

Exhibition of works - 10 works only will be selected by our international panel, to be showcased online on from April 10th 2006


Originally posted on Raw by EBnefsi

OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - Inbox/Outbox, logistics of the public sphere


Inbox/Outbox is an e-mail institution operating and establishing connections between virtual and real public spheres as a means to propelling public access. Characterized by its temporary function as an agent, I/O avoids institutional incorporation of its subjects, thus removing itself from the final context, as well as allowing internal institutions and contexts to occur. I/O is based on a division into two binary functions, Inbox and Outbox, Inbox being the receiver of virtual data, which in turn is processed by Outbox and "forwarded" to public spaces.

Inbox/Outbox is currently channelling its activities through Centrifug, an exhibition space within Konsthall C in Stockholm, Sweden. The selection of exhibitions at Centrifug is based on a public booking list, released once every year. The Inbox/Outbox exhibition period is February 22nd - March 5th. I/O is for this occasion calling for participation. Admission will not be limited in any way, neither by amount of data, number of participants nor by any other criteria for selection, given the condition that submitted content doesn't infringe upon laws or regulations.

Submitted data must be suited for printing onto plain (A4) paper or for writing to audio-CD. Deadline is set for February 20th. Submit your data to

Feel free to forward this invitation. See also:


Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome

AJAX for artists


Plasma Studii:

sorry if i wasn't clear. not what i meant by "just keep quiet". meant, "don't tell anybody, you are just doing it for no reason". glad people (and you) say stuff (even when i disagree). am mostly devils advocate who wants everybody to think hard about why they do what they do. so few admit the most trivial things to themselves.

and it is cool posting the "template" for folks to use and not have to figure out.

do think there's a weird imbalance of support for popularity over support for utility. group mentality is often a bad thing. (which is another reason to always be skeptical, i guess)

On Feb 6, 2006, at 11:03 AM, Jason Van Anden wrote:

Plasma Studii,

You bring up some really good points about past trends - I can certainly understand feeling burned by over-hyped new tech. Been there, done that.

I have been programming (not html coding, but programming) since around 1979 - making my living with it since 1990. I am not sure I need to justify my free advice beyond that.

Jason Van Anden

On 2/6/06, Plasma Studii wrote: ha ha. "to Ajax or not to Ajax" will probably be a moot point in a few years anyway. that's really not my question though. no, i don't mind obsoletism. though higher end tech, rarely becomes obsolete. C was around before most of us were born. Perl was probably around before the net. Java has existed since it was created. PHP is relatively new, but i do hope it survives (not because i can't learn a new thing?) but because it's a useful solution. (CGI bins can be a pain for everyone, not just the server programmer)[...]


Originally posted on Raw by Plasma Studii

Statement of Purpose


Experiment in Art and Technology


[image: Statement of purpose, Experiment in Art and Technology, (New York, United States), 1967. E.A.T. aims drafted by Billy Klüver and Robert Rauschenberg. via Daniel Langlois Foundation]

See 9 Evenings and Experiments in Art and Technology: a gap to fill in art history's recent chronicles, by Sylvie Lacerte, delivered at REFRESH! The First International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, held at the Banff New Media Institute from September 28 to October 3, 2005. Following her in-depth research into the many activities conducted by EAT to support artists in their experiments with technology in the 1960's and 1970's, Ms. Lacerte asks why the chronicles of this groundbreaking organisation have been largely overlooked by the majority of works that examine art history of the past four decades. In her text, she offers a few hypothesis to help explain this mystery.


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

Sublime Cinema Site


Michael Szpakowski, one of the core producers behind DVblog, has recently created 'Scenes of Provincial Life,' a new video blog of his own provocative shorts. The series started as a kind of 'moving image dream diary,' a few years ago, and already features a dozen movies. Each plays with simple juxtapositions of mostly appropriated material, and Szpakowski is slowly uploading his archive, intermixed with new work, at a rate of one file per day. The tones of the videos range from Kentridge-like sorrowful beauty to quirky and experimental fluxus framing. Szpakowski's mastery of remixing pop and historical imagery feels cautiously poetic--an inviting and watchful celebration of the ignored beauty to be found in everyday things. - Nathaniel Stern


Keith Armstrong, Charlotte Vincent, Guy Webster



Shifting Intimacies

Shifting Intimacies is an interactive/media artwork by Keith Armstrong, Charlotte Vincent and Guy Webster that invites the participant to meditate upon and witness the human body disintegrating and transforming whilst in motion.

Each participant enters a large, dark space (20m x 8m) alone. They see two circles of projected film imagery, one on a floating disc of white sand and the other on a circle of white dust. Sounds sweep up and down the space through surround sound, whilst participants’ movements direct and affect the filmic image and audio experience. Throughout the work a layer of dust (an artificial life form) slowly eats away and infuses itself deep into the imagery. This immersive work invites differing states of meditation, exploration, stillness and play and moves through states of eternally shifting balance in ways that produces a heightened awareness of the body.

The work uses a range of technologies including interactive video (Very Nervous System), body heat sensors, custom built electronics, image databases, real time computational synthesis software (Opcode Max), networking software, real time audio digital signal processing (Max MSP) and real time show control protocols. Controllable actuators also move physical material through the air.

Historic Project Blog:

Event: Shifting Intimacies, Capture 4 Award, 2006
Venue: The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), The Mall, London
Times: 16 February (noon) until 21 February (7.30pm)
Contact: ICA Box Office
Phone: +44 20 7930 3647
Vincent Dance Theatre:
C4 Home:


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo