Posts for February 2006

Human Browser, by Christophe Bruno, at Transmediale


Feb. 2, 2006: Manon Kahle has become the first Female Browser. During four days, the visitors of the Transmediale festival in Berlin have fallen beneath her spell.

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You can also watch here the "guided tour" of the exhibition by Human Browser. On the video you can see works by Simon Penny, the Yes Men and Simon Möller.

Videocamera: Valérie Pavia / Florence Pélissier

The video was broadcast on the website of the french newspaper Libération.


Originally posted on by Christophe

Art Interactive: Call to Curators




Art Interactive, a non-profit exhibition space in Cambridge, MA,

invites curators to submit exhibition proposals for 8-week

exhibitions. Art Interactive's mission is to provide a public forum

that fosters self-expression and human interaction through the

exhibition of art that is contemporary, experimental, and

participatory. Interested curators should submit:

1) a cover letter
2) a one-page project outline

Submit all materials via email, to

Deadline May 1.

For more details, please visit:


Originally posted on Raw by Kanarinka

Computer paintings


Since 1998 I started a new kind of fashion regarding paintings by mixing internet topics and paintings, I painted internet screen by calling them “webpaintings


Originally posted on by Valéry



I can play this piece perfectly.

The premiere of the three-movement 4′33″ was given by David Tudor on August 29, 1952, at Woodstock, New York as part of a recital of contemporary piano music. The audience saw him sit at the piano, and lift the lid of the piano. Some time later, without having played any notes, he closed the lid. A while after that, again having played nothing, he lifted the lid. And after a period of time, he closed the lid again and rose from the piano. The piece had passed without a note being played, in fact without Tudor or anyone else on stage having made any deliberate sound, although he timed the lengths on a stopwatch while turning the pages of the score. Richard Kostelanetz suggests that the very fact that Tudor, a man known for championing experimental music, was the performer, and that Cage, a man known for introducing unexpected non-musical noise into his work, was the composer, would have led the audience to expect unexpected sounds. Anybody listening intently would have heard them: while nobody produces sound deliberately, there will nonetheless be sounds in the concert hall (just as there were sounds in the anechoic chamber at Harvard). It is these sounds, unpredictable and unintentional, that are to be regarded as constituting the music in this piece. The piece remains controversial to this day, and is seen as challenging the very definition of music.

And in other John Cage news, his 639-year concert is due for a chord change.

A NEW chord was scheduled to sound in the world's slowest and longest lasting concert that is taking a total 639 years to perform. The abandoned Buchardi church in Halberstadt, eastern Germany, is the venue for a mind-boggling 639-year-long performance of a piece ...


Originally posted on Eyebeam reBlog by Chris

UBERMORGEN.COM (Lizvlx/Hans Bernhard)



Lilly controls my Foriginals

Lilly controls my Foriginals by UBERMORGEN.COM (Lizvlx/Hans Bernhard); February 25-April 8, fabioparisartgallery via Alessandro Monti 13 - 25121 Brescia - tel. 030 3756139 - skype: fabioparisbs.

For his first Italian personal exhibition, the Austrian collective UBERMORGEN.COM (Lizvlx/Hans Bernhard) offers a synthesis of his recent work, that deals with the subtle membrane that connects the digital and the biological: a mix that UBERMORGEN.COM, an identity that lives and works on the Net, experienced on his own body. One of the best-known exponents of the scene, UBERMORGEN.COM is the theorist of digital actionism, a radical practice of artistic action which experiments on the market of attention and takes place into the media scape. The most astonishing result of this kind of practice was Vote-Auction (2000), a web site that, during the American presidential elections 2000, helped people to sell their vote to the highest bidder. The legal prosecution against UBERMORGEN.COM, and the media hysteria it produced, are an important part of the whole project. During the performance, UBERMORGEN.COM were interviewed up to 30 times per day, and was broadcasted by CNN in a 30 minutes show, the legal format Burden of Proof; but he never said whether the project was a real threat to the integrity of the U.S. election or wheter it was a political satire. [More....]


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

artport gatepage Feb. 06: The Bstat Zero Project by Myron Turner


Myron Turner:

February 06 gatepage
for artport, the Whitney Museum's portal to Internet art:

The Bstat Zero Project
by Myron Turner

Bstat Zero is a cooperative project focused on opening up the normally hidden interconnections among new media web sites and so give us some insight into the cultural contexts which make up the world of new media.

It is, first of all, a "log analyzer". Whenever you visit a web site, a record of that visit is logged by the web server. Bstat Zero examines these logs and shows the results in your web browser.

While Bstat Zero shows most of the standard statistics found in web log analyzers, its emphasis is not statistics but on where the traffic comes from (countries, domains, IP addresses, browsers, operating systems), and how it has been "referred" to the site (search engines, search terms, other web sites). Its most significant feature is its ability to do "cross-site" comparisons.

Bstat Zero comes in two versions, one running on the web sites of participating artists and groups and the other on On a participating web site, you can view your own results, which are updated daily, and then archived monthly so that you can check back in time. At the end of each month downloads to its own server the monthly archives from each participant. It's at that the cross-site facility comes into effect, making it possible to investigate the underlying patterns of viewership and use among new media web sites.

Myron Turner is a multi-media artist whose work combines photography, light-boxes, printmaking and computers. He has exhibited in galleries and artist-run centers throughout Canada, in the US, the U.K. and South America, and his digitally produced woodblock prints have won ...


Originally posted on Raw by Myron Turner

Net Aesthetics 2.0 MP3


Wolfgang Staehle, Empire 24/7
Wolfgang Staehle, Empire 24/7

Net Aesthetics 2.0

Download MP3 file of the panel from EAI


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

The China Connection (part 2) - Transmediale


The China Connection, part 1.

This panel discusses the role that European media arts and technology organisations have been playing in the recent developments of a Chinese media-cultural agenda. It asks how Chinas new electronic media artists deal with the social potentials of globally connected media technologies - from CCTV through cryptography to open source software, with all their attached cultural dimensions.

Here's a few notes on what was being said during the panel (which included only one Chinese and three Dutch speakers!)

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Alex Adriaansens
, director V_2, Rotterdam.

As a foreigner, Adriaansens found China very hard to understand, it's very big, there are many cultures, many languages but at the same time, the country is very coherent and is strongly controlled by the governement. People expect China to take a leading edge on technology and economy. So far the US is the strongest in terms of economy and technology and when it imports some of it to us, Americans embed deep cultural elements in them. The same thing will happen when the technology we'll use will come from the East.

Lu Jie: artist and media activist, 25000 Cultural Transmission Centre, Beijing.

The internet power is amazing. Whatever the attempts of the Chinese government, the power of internet is beyond its control or censure. The benefit are immense, especially for grassroot people, think about the agricultural society, people living in remote areas, etc. Example: The Super Girls contest (similar to American Idol), during the 2500 edition 400 million people watched the TV programme continuously during months. They didn't care about war, Tsunami or anything else. On the final night of the competition, 8 million people voted with their mobile phones. It was the most democratic vote in the history of the country. There are clubs, fans and fundations ...


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

Who says math isn't pretty?


A Professor of Interactive Media at UC Santa Barbara, George Legrady blurs the boundary between academic and studio practice by fusing technology with visual art. His Algorithmic Visualizations exhibit, at LA's Telic Arts Exchange through February 16, is a selection of three recent works that involve digital images generated using mathematical formulae. Legrady's virtuosity shines strongest in his site-specific activity. 'Making Visible the Invisible' was commissioned for the Rem Koolhaas-designed Seattle Central Library. The work translates Dewey decimal-based circulation stats on the non-fiction book collection into plasma screen displays of patterned color. That impulse to reflect the architecture's modular characteristics (the entire collection forms a continuous spiral) also emerges in 'Kinetic Flow,' a work designed 'to engage the kinetic experience of the downward movement on both escalator and staircase, one smooth, the other sequential,' in the Vermont/Santa Monica MetroRail Station. Smart, engaging and visually compelling, this one's not to be missed. - Peggy MacKinnon


Upgrade! Vancouver



Tonight! Reva Stone

Upgrade! Vancouver: Join us February 13 at 8pm for a talk by Reva Stone. Stone will provide an overview of her practice, including documentation of her recent work, Imaginal Expression, on exhibit at the Surrey Art Gallery until April 2. This viewer activated, computer-generated, real-time animated, 3D environment uses 3D imagery based on protein molecules, wrapped with scanned imagery from the human body - flesh, hair, blood vessels, bruises and scars. As people are sensed in the Gallery, the molecular components begin to animate to form a molecule, to mutate, and follow the movement of the visitor. When the visitor leaves, the molecule begins to degenerate. She will also provide an introduction to the project she is currently developing while working as an Artist in Residence in the TechLab. Exchange combines voice and face recognition software, video capture and graphics to create a work that appears to have sentience.

Where: Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver, Canada FREE! Everyone welcome. After the talk we'll adjourn to the Whip Gallery for refreshments that have nothing to do with Valentine's Day.

Reva Stone is a Canadian artist well known for her work with digital technologies. She has worked with video,, interactive installations, robotics, responsive 3D environments, and currently is working with voice and face recognition technologies. For more than 10 years Reva Stone has been investigating western culture¹s drive to model, simulate, engineer and manipulate biological life. Living matter is being revealed as increasingly mutable. Reva Stone has exhibited her work internationally and is also active as a curator, a writer, an educator and a mentor to artists through MAWA, Mentoring Artists for Women¹s Art. Although she is based in Winnipeg, she has relocated to BC for three months during her tenure as an artist ...


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo