Posts for November 2006



This weekend is the sonic.focus conference at Brown University in Providence RI. I will be on a panel as well as performing.

The description on the sonic.focus website

sonic.focus is a project that examines complementarities and antagonisms between sound and image in contemporary culture. Starting with film & video screenings on October 20th and 27th, the events will culminate in a conference and performance series to be held at Brown University on November 3 and 4, 2006.

This program is prompted by the emergence over the past decade of an auditory culture that parallels the dominant visual culture. Among the phenomena that signal this emergence are: the increasing presence of sound in visual arts exhibitions and venues; the proliferation of visual and media practices in which sound is central to meaning; and the development of a body of theory that examines the nature, history, and circulation of sound as a useful social or conceptual model.

The aim of the conference is to foster a fruitful dialogue among theorists and practitioners working at the intersection of the visual and the sonic arts. Keynote speakers will include David Toop, Diedrich Diederichsen, and Douglas Kahn. Panels will include presentations by Christian Marclay, Renee Green, Stephen Vitiello, Steve Roden, and others. Finally, two nights of performances will include appearances by artists such as Tony Conrad, Robert Lippok, AGF & Sue C. and David Shea.

sonic.focus is organized by Tony Cokes, Roger Mayer, and Christoph Cox


The panel discussion i am participating in is Saturday Nov. 4
11:30-1:00 Christian Marclay, Michael Bell-Smith, Daniel Perlin, AGF/Sue C.

and the performance is that night of the 4th as well:
Daniel Perlin, Art Jones, Philip Sherburne, Tony Conrad
If you are in the area, or not, it looks to be a ...


Originally posted on dpblog by Rhizome

Colour by Numbers


Colour by numbers is a 72 meters high light installation at Telefonplan in Stockholm. "A tower stands at Telefonplan. Austere, slim and dark; rising towards the sky like an exclamation mark. A tower is an archetypical creator of place: it breaks in and becomes an event in a continuous landscape. This characteristic is emphasized by the illuminated windows of this particular tower - but the patterns and colours also vary constantly. The tower speaks in a sign language composed of light. But what is the tower at Telefonplan saying, and who gives the architectonic form meaning?". On the website under live video you can see a live video image of the tower and also read instructions for how to control the light installation over the phone.

Until November 5 the video image is also projected on the façade of the Culture House in Stockholm, as part of the exhibition "Stockholm
bygger ".

Colour by numbers is a collaboration between the artist Erik Krikortz, the architect Milo Lavén and the interaction designer Loove Broms.

thanks to Loove for the tip


Originally posted on Interactive Architecture dot Org by Rhizome

Turbulence Commission: [] by Mary Flanagan, Daniel Howe, Chris Egert, Junming Mei, and Kay Chang


October 30, 2006 Turbulence Commission: [] by Mary Flanagan, Daniel Howe, Chris Egert, Junming Mei, and Kay Chang

[] is an Internet service that blends software art and search tool to visualize participants' interests in prevalent streams of information, encouraging browsing and interaction between users in real time, through time. Utilizing the WordNet lexical reference system from Princeton University, [] introduces concepts of temporality, space, and empathy into a network-oriented search tool. Participants search for words which expand contextually through the use of a lexical database. English nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are organized into floating synonym "seeds," each representing one underlying lexical concept. When participants "plant" their interests, each becomes a tree that "grows" over time. Each organism's leaves are linked to related streaming RSS feeds, and by interacting with their own and other participants' trees, participants create a contextual timescape in which interests can be seen growing and changing within an environment that endures.

The [] software was created by an eclectic team of artists and scientists: Mary Flanagan, Daniel Howe, Chris Egert, Junming Mei, and Kay Chang.

[] is a 2005 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support from the PSC-CUNY research fund.

For more information about Turbulence please visit

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.: New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856 Turbulence: New American Radio: Networked_Performance Blog: Upgrade! Boston:


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widescreen negative space


When I was living in Richmond, VA I had endless amounts of time to devote to obsessive activities, i.e. cross-stitching. I also had cable TV. I spent a good 4 months channel surfing in search of advertisements and shows shot on widescreen or 16:9 that place product identity in the negative space.

Click for a slide show with more of these stills

Here is a short documentary thing that I made about this trend.


Originally posted on nasty nets by joel

Trevor Paglen: Limit Telphotography


I'm Trevor Paglen, and I've been asked to provide some of the visual interventions this week. Here's a brief introduction to my work:
For the last 5 years or so, I've been interested in the space of military secrecy from a number of angles (visual, juridical, material, etc...). I'm currently finishing up a PhD in the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley about all of this. I also recently published a book (with co-author AC Thompson) about the 'extraordinary rendition' program and the CIA's network of 'black sites' around the world. I try to combine art, scholarship, and research in a fluid, seamless, way.

One of the sub-projects within this body of work is a series I've been called "Limit Telephotography" - it's a series of photographs I've been taking of "black" or unacknowledged military bases, most of which are in the southwestern United States.

I've also had the opportunity to photograph some of these CIA 'black sites' while running around the world researching the "Torture Taxi" book, but those images will become public at a show in New York opening on November 16th.

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Originally posted on Under Fire - by Under Fire

Olia Lialina in NYC


A Conversation with Olia Lialina
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
601 W 26th Street, Suite 1240
New York, NY 10001

November 2, 2006 6:30PM

In conjunction with the exhibition On and Off at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, celebrated artist and pioneer Olia Lialina will discuss her work with curator Caitlin Jones. Using her iconic work “My Boyfriend Came Back from the War” as a springboard, Lialina will address issues such as the changing aesthetic and thematic landscape of the web, new models of authorship and participation; and the outward expansion of network based ideas and practice into off-line spaces and contexts.

Lialina is one of the original net.artists. All the true heads will be in attendance I’m sure ;-) And note, this is also in conjunction with Rhizome’s Tenth Anniversay Festival.


Originally posted on MTAA Reference Resource by T.Whid

Will Wright in The New Yorker


Continuing the recent trend of feature articles about games and game designers in highbrow magazines (1 2 3), Will Wright is profiled in The New Yorker by one the magazine’s tech-friendly writers, John Seabrook, and accompanied by a sweet illustration by Istvan Banyai (one of my favorite contemporary illustrators).

While the material on Spore, E3, etc. will be very familiar to GTxA readers, the piece does delve into Will’s background and personal life more than anything else I’ve read on him.


Originally posted on Grand Text Auto by andrew

Call for Articles and Net Art


sachiko hayashi:

Call for Articles and Net Art

On-line journal Hz ( is looking for articles on New Media, Net Art, Sound Art and Electro-Acoustic Music. We accept earlier published and unpublished articles in English. Please send your submissions to

Hz is also looking for Net Art works to be included in its virtual gallery ( Please send your URLs to

Dead-line: 1 December, 2006

Hz is published by the non-profit organization Fylkingen in Stockholm. Established in 1933, Fylkingen has been known for introducing yet-to-be-established art forms throughout its history. Nam June Paik, Stockhausen, Cage, etc. have all been introduced to the Swedish audience through Fylkingen. Its members consist of leading composers, musicians, dancers, performance artists and video artists in Sweden. For more information on Fylkingen, please visit or

Sachiko Hayashi/Hz

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Originally posted on Raw by sachiko hayashi

New Reviews/Interviews at Oct/Nov 2006.


marc garrett:

New Reviews/Interviews at Oct/Nov 2006.

Welcome to Furtherfield's current collection of reviews and interviews. Please find time to read all of the writings, they are in no particular order. After reading, do explore all the networked behaviour generously written and thought about, in context.

-Boredom Research: Interviewed by Aaron Steed.
-PHONETHICA: Reviewed by Franz Thalmair.
-Alex Dragulescu - Blogbot: Review by María Victoria Guglietti.
-VISP Project - MACHFELD: Interview by Julian Bleecker.
-The Lost Biology of Silent Hill_: FurtherCritic Article by [[Mez]]
-disturb.the.peace [angry women]: Review by Eliza Fernbach.
-2nd Upgrade Meeting at Oklahoma City: Review by Luis Silva.
-Jason Nelson - Vholoce: Review by John Hopkins.


-Read thru for more on each article and

Originally posted on Raw by marc garrett



Christina McPhee:

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November 2006 on -empyre- soft-skinned space:


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Seventy years ago, Walter Benjamin wrote his insightful essay on the impact of technical reproducibility of art on the way we perceive, receive and understand the concept of art in itself. Few articles have had such a lasting impact on debates about the relations among technology, art works, perception and culture as Benjamin's masterpiece.


-Read thru for full article and biographies of participants..

Originally posted on Raw by Christina McPhee