Posts for January 2006

Girls with drills and electric wires


Alison Lewis has launched a brilliant website: SWITCH, an online DIY show where she and her friends focus on teaching young women about electronics through fashion and design.


In the first episode Alison and Diana Eng create a talking frame (using "ingredients such as nail polish and a dental floss container.)

Bonus: Alison was at CES, meeting and talking with people from Eleksen, Iqua, Chitter Chatter, etc. (video)


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

Dream Analysis 01/15/06


Last night, I had a dream... [....] In my dream, I'm ranting to someone about the pathetic state of copyright. I'm incensed about just how absurdly long copyright lasts, and I'm trying to give them a perspective on just how crazy the length is:

TradeMark: "Let me give you an example: Let's say right now, I write a short story right here in front of you. It's automatically copyright the moment I finish it (or even if I don't) because things are presumed to be copyright unless you explicitly say otherwise. This short story will remain in the restrictive binds of copyright for the rest of my life PLUS another 90 -- yes NINETY -- years!! That's like until the year 2150!!!"

...and I start cracking up when I try to complete the rant with... "For chrissakes, by then we'll have evolved into beings of pure energy and light and won't NEED F[ ]CKING COPYRIGHT!!"


Something tells me we should all listen very closely to the dreams of TrademarkG, el presidente of the Evolution Control Committee... ~marisa

Originally posted on Residency Evidence by Rhizome

Driver show at Bath House


I’m probably going to write more about this later, but the Driver show at Bath House Cultural Center is really worth checking out. “An exhibition of artists making the shift between traditional and digital media through abstraction.


This show is in Dallas, Texas.

Originally posted on qotile/slocum by Pual

Make Art



Centred on the Blurred Line Between Artists and Software Developers

Organised by Goto10, Make Art is a festival dedicated to the integration of "free and open source" software in electronic art. Starting the 24th of January 2006, artists and programmers will take the audience on a journey through this emerging culture via concerts, conferences, software presentations, exhibitions and a workshop.

Make Art is centred on the blurred line between artists and software developers. With the emergence of Internet and the democratisation of computers, the general public is more and more often confronted with hybrid software conceived by qualified artists with strange and varied titles: programmer artists, software artists, digital artists, (new)media artists... They conceive their own creative tools or work hand in hand with the software programmers, contrarily to those who commission technicians and other ghost programmers.

If the question of the artist technician isn't a new one, you can now count on the presence, in the midst of this chaotic and creative digital fauna, of certain individuals who take the step of electronic creation consciously accompanied by a political gesture, that of the use of open source software.

Open source software is computer programmes that can be used by all and for all use, and are distributed with their source code, allowing everyone to study, distribute, modify and improve them, without necessarily asking the author (several free licenses exist). On the contrary, the source code for proprietary software is inaccessible, and the proprietary licenses limit the software to a very precise use.

Beyond the purely technical aspect of the open source world, there are a counter culture's social and economical stakes. A culture born of the technological boom that better understands the ins and outs of electronic power struggles in the post-industrial societies.

At a time ...


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

2005 Internet Top Ten


2005 Internet Top Ten: Special Blogosphere Edition.

Originally posted on Michael Bell-Smith's and Cory Arcangel's Year in the Internet 2005 page. Already started revising it (see below).

[....] Another welcome addition to the (re)blog world--hopefully they'll start archiving front page content and add comments in the new year.


Thanks for the shout out, Tom! PS, We did it! See the archives in the upper right hand corner of our front page!

Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody



rick silva:

satellite jockey uses the software google earth like a dj or vj would use turntables or a video mixer. capturing satellite video of pixilated landscapes and glitchy fly-overs and using them as source material for live audio/visual performances and installations.

+2 vids now online at

++think locally act globally


Originally posted on Raw by rick silva

Monotone Sales Pitch


Web-based ads tend to twist consumer desire into generically seductive fantasies that are far removed from the product they're hawking. Japanese new media collective Candy Factory exploits this disconnect as a platform for innovative social critique. Several of their Flash movies feature a synthesized voice singing text from web advertisements over images that enhance, contradict, or confound the ad's message. From sentimental personal ads to songs beckoning tourists to a small island resort doubling as a repository for foreign refugees denied entry to Italy, Candy Factory's croonings are always pointedly abstracted from the individuals, places, and products they sell. Their latest project is no exception. In a propaganda service called 'Tokyo Rose Advertising,' the group offers to set webpages, marketing campaigns, and even political advertisements to original music regardless of their content. Check the project webpage to consider their offer to sing the text of any and all marketing materials, and let the pixilated spokesmodel promise to sell your fantasy with the cold, flat sexiness of a digital jingle. - Bill Hanley


Create an e-annoyance, go to jail


marc garrett:

Create an e-annoyance, go to jail

By Declan McCullagh

Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime.

It's no joke. Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a
prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail
messages without disclosing your true identity.

In other words, it's OK to flame someone on a mailing list or in a blog
as long as you do it under your real name. Thank Congress for small
favors, I guess.

This ridiculous prohibition, which would likely imperil much of Usenet,
is buried in the so-called Violence Against Women and Department of
Justice Reauthorization Act. Criminal penalties include stiff fines and
two years in prison.

"The use of the word 'annoy' is particularly problematic," says Marv
Johnson, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.
"What's annoying to one person may not be annoying to someone else."

Buried deep in the new law is Sec. 113, an innocuously titled bit called
"Preventing Cyberstalking." It rewrites existing telephone harassment
law to prohibit anyone from using the Internet "without disclosing his
identity and with intent to annoy."

To grease the rails for this idea, Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania
Republican, and the section's other sponsors slipped it into an
unrelated, must-pass bill to fund the Department of Justice. The plan:
to make it politically infeasible for politicians to oppose the measure.

The tactic worked. The bill cleared the House of Representatives by
voice vote, and the Senate unanimously approved it Dec. 16. oyance%2C+go+to+jail/2010-1028_3-6022491.html


It seems that there would be serious implications for detournment and "identity correction" activities etc. of groups like the Yesmen.

Originally posted on Raw by marc garrett

[Autonogram] Mid-January Autonomedia report


Marisa Olson:

Check out the info. below, on CAE's new book and Claire Pentecost's
'Reflections on the Case by the U.S. Justice Department against Steven
Kurtz and Robert Ferrell.'


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ben at Autonomedia
Date: Jan 18, 2006 9:18 PM
Subject: [Autonogram] Mid-January Autonomedia report

Autonogram subscribers --

Here's a mid-January update on some of what's been going on around

1. Critical Art Ensemble: trial update, new book
2. Shut Them Down!: New book on the G8 protests in Scotland
3. 50% off 2006 Autonomedia Jubilee Saints calendars
4. Some highlights from the Interactivist Network

1. Steve Kurtz (and by extension, the Critical Art Ensemble) was denied a
motion to dismiss his trial last week in Federal court. Critical Art
Ensemble are the collective authors of a series of Autonomedia books
analyzing the authoritarian uses of science and technology, particularly
where these mechanisms operate with a positive, "everyone's a winner" face
(the full-stomached promises of food genomics, for example, or the
healthy-and-smart-kids promises of the reproductive industries). Not
content to be armchair critics, the CAE also produce art and performance
that brings their analysis to museum and gallery audiences and into the
public sphere, demystifying the spectacle of what they've called the
"military techno-security cineplex."

Of course, this got Steve in big trouble with the security-happy
administration, and for close to two years now he's been under
investigation for an artwork found in his home at the time of his wife's
death. The absurdities of the case seem apparent to nearly everyone except
the court itself, which insists on draining everyone's resources to pin a
mail-fraud charge on him.

There is good news, though. Despite these many months of strain and
stress ...


Originally posted on Raw by Marisa Olson

data visualization music video


datavizmusicvideo.jpganimated data visualization charts as cool music video clip decoration: "this work constitutes a kind of parable of the consumer society & its hysteria. it adopts a visual language that blurs relationships with reality & provokes a strange unease". this video accompanies a music track by Plaid titled 'Itsu' (Warp records). see also colorcalm ambient visuals & eco language flow chart animations. [ (.mov, 12MB)]


Originally posted on information aesthetics by infosthetics