Posts for 2007

Volume at Victoria Albert Museum

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The V&A and PlayStation present Volume

The piece is a collaboration between design collective United Visual Artists and Robert Del Naja (aka 3D) of Massive Attack and his co-writer Neil Davidge. Behind is Sony�s new strategy to sponsor and be affiliated with main stream art, experimental design.

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Originally posted on MAzine - Exploring the potential of networked media by Rhizome


A Moving World....

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A Moving World
Todd Arsenault
Michael Bell-Smith
Euan Macdonald
Mariah Robertson
Christian Siekmeier

In the mid 1960s, the Sony Corporation introduced the first portable video device, a large black-and-white camera connected to a half-inch reel-to-reel recorder. Before the bulky but mobile “Portapak,” the only consumer-grade moving image technology available were amateur film cameras, the eight and sixteen-millimeter formats lacking the instant playback aspects of video. South Korean-born artist Nam June Paik supposedly turned one of the earliest Portapaks on a papal motorcade making its way down Fifth Avenue. The tapes, shot from inside a taxicab, were shown later that night. So, the apocryphal story would have it, video art was born.

Even if obscuring lesser-known figures, this origin myth conveys a defining point: the transformation of the nascent technology into an art form. Video quickly became an accessible artistic tool, a democratic extension of corporate-run television that enabled artists to address the relationship between technology, mass media, and culture. Part of its agency lay in being anti-Establishment, seemingly outside the institutions of art and free of the co-optive character of broadcast media. Video offered a critique of commodified culture—freed from the status of an art object by its reproducibility—and the heterogeneity afforded by a largely undefined medium.....“A Moving World,” shows the medium seamlessly intertwined with photography, painting and sculptural practice. And as with any medium in which technological changes become defining artistic ones, the antecedents of today’s video art—the grainy, muffled tapes often shot in real time—have given way to a refined combination of video, cinema, and new media.

From my exhibition essay for A Moving World, curated by Dinaburg Arts and opening this Wednesday, January 31st, 6-8pm, at Gallery W52, 31 West 52nd.

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Originally posted on Notes and Queries by Rhizome


Black Maria Film Festival

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Since 1981, the annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival, an international juried competition and award tour, has been fulfilling its mission to advocate, exhibit and reward cutting edge works from independent film and videomakers. The festival is known for its national public exhibition program, which features a variety of bold contemporary works drawn from the annual collection of 50 award winning films and videos.

Friday, February 2nd, 2007 at 8:00pm NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY Margaret Williams Theatre, Hepburn Hall Jersey City, NJ

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Originally posted on del.icio.us/kick_out_the_internet_jams by kick_out_the_internet_jams


Paper Rad Info

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Awesome Art Show.

Beau and Peter. Beau heads the canadian faction of Paper Rad, known as Pita Radish aka PAZ aka Natural Reflex. Peter is a cab driver and former roadie for the all male 90's strip outfit "Grungey Squad" aka "Canadian Logs". This event is highly recommended, if not vital.

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Originally posted on del.icio.us/cory_arcangel by cory_arcangel


Furthernoise issue January 2007

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marc garrett:

Furthernoise issue January 2007 http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?iss=60

Welcome to the new years issue of Furthernoise.org. We have loads of new reviews & critical analysis of some of the best and most recent music and noise including a feature interview with Toby Butler and Lewis Gibson on their soundwalks project Memoryscape along the river Thames.

"Memoryscape with Toby Butler and Lewis Gibson" (feature) Memoryscape are sound walks that take place at two of the most contrasting stretches of river in London. DRIFTING begins in the peaceful surroundings of Hampton Court Palace and DOCKERS ends up in the rarely explored industrial landscape of the Greenwich peninsula. Mark Mclaren interviews Toby Butler and Lewis Gibson the artists behind the work and starts by asking how memoryscape was recorded and realised. http://www.furthernoise.org/page.php?ID=150 feature by Mark McLaren

"A little Hungry - The Caution Curves" (review) Lets cut to the chase? This may take some time... last thing they did (The Caution Curves CD) was really a surprise, of the cup of tea brought to you in bed variety, nice, thoughtful, warm and sweet. But now I know what to expect... so I shall furrow my brow deeply in a serious music reviewer frown, grit my jaded teeth, prepare to be disapointed and insert the disk. http://www.furthernoise.org/page.php?ID=151 review by Mark Francombe

"Duae - Pablo Reche and Miguel Angel Tolosa" (review) A collaboration between sound artists Pablo Reche (Buenos Aires) and Ubebeot (Madrid) which explores "post-industrial landscapes and isolated urban spaces". http://www.furthernoise.org/page.php?ID=157 review by Mark McLaren

"Hades by Marc Behrens and Paulo Raposo" (review) In Hades Marc Behrens and Paulo Raposo take us on a seafaring journey to the imaginary underworld ...

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Interview with Mushon Zer-Aviv

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0littleffet23.jpgHow about the Little Feet Bureau? What did you try to achive with that project? Did you intend to raise the attention to online surveillance? Which kind of audience did you have in mind when you developed the LFB?

By now you can probably pick an overarching theme I'm working with. You know, growing up in Israel I always had regional maps around me, each one of them looked different... I managed to reach quite a grow up age without knowing what are the borders of my country. In a way I still don't. It has become my own private border conflict. That is why I'm so drawn to the internet and that is why I'm so interested in Postnationalism.

The Little Feet Bureau is concerned with exactly that - the tension between the Postnational tendencies of the web and the paranoid tendencies of national information agencies. Governments and national ideologies secretly surveil innocent internet traffic trying to project and justify their fears and construct fantastic narratives of terrorism, extremism and instability through bundeling of 'dangerous keywords'. For me this is the peak of the tension the core of the digital border conflict. Toshi Ozawa, David Nolen and myself have created the Little Feet Bureau, an independent agency providing surveillance services for different governments. LF's dot-matrix printers are personalized to the client's ideology and print accusation letters to suspect users based on these paranoid keyword narratives. Essentially, these are paranoia machines - embodying national fears and cultural segregation into computer algorithms.
Did we do it to inform and raise attention about online surveillance? I'm not sure. Actually, Little Feet was launched in an Upgrade! New York event we held in Eyebeam. The title of the event was: We Passion Power and Control: the dark desires ...

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


Version>07 Call for participation

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Version07 call for participation. Deadline March 7, 2007.

An unconventional network of creators, workers, musicians, organizations, artists, activists, producers and organizers are collectively waging asymmetrical warfare on the established systems of control in our cultural, political and art worlds.

The Insurrection Internationale is a moment. It is a point of confluence between various networks and subcultures that believe in the solidarity of our multitudes. Together we are waging a revolt against established systems and authority to create new worlds to inhabit. We are creating alternate realities, independent economies, developing alliances and infrastructures to support our beliefs. We are engaging in a culture war against the establishments in all their guises.

This year Version will explore the various networks undermining the forces of stagnation, decay and business as usual. Individuals and groups involved in creating alternative modes of operations, communications and networks of cooperation are invited to our annual convergence this spring to discover the plausible worlds we can create together.

"This is the final struggle/Let us join together and tomorrow/The International/Will be the human race"

Version is a massive complex DIY festival with many components. Choose your own adventure.

To submit a project to Version07 we ask you to select a category or platform And look at our call for participation site:

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION http://www.versionfest.org

ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM http://adoptanamerican.com/version07/submit/add.php

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Rhizome


Review of Richard Foreman's new mixed-media play WAKE UP MR. SLEEPY! YOUR UNCONSCIOUS MIND IS DEAD!

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Richard Foreman's new mixed-media play WAKE UP MR. SLEEPY! YOUR UNCONSCIOUS MIND IS DEAD! purports to be a response to a world in which visionary sages and poets are being replaced by specialists who make platitudes out of the immediately observable. Supposedly here the unconscious fights back to life in a shape resembling "the stone that rolls up the hill backwards" (the evil one) and from such "evil", life renews itself.


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Originally posted on post.thing.net - A lean, mean, media machine. by Joseph Nechvatal


Unfinished Business in Berlin

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The city of Berlin has been experiencing a major cultural revival for the last few years. An influx of international artists in search of affordable housing has only enhanced the climate of creative frenzy boiling in the city. But while Berlin has a long artistic legacy, this revival has only caught fire in the last few years. So when one considers that Transmediale, the new media festival based here, is currently celebrating their twentieth anniversary, they must realize that the festival's organizers have long been at the forefront of supporting and cultivating the contemporary arts in eastern Germany. From January 31 through February 4, the twentieth annual Transmediale Festival once again presents a gigantic program of exhibitions, screenings, panel discussions, performances, and other events that 'explores how art and society are changing under the influence of media and technologies which become more and more dominant in our everyday lives.' This year, they also change their subtitle from 'international media art festival' to 'festival for art and digital culture,' arguing that 'in contemporary art, digital media like video and electronic networks are now so wide-spread that a strict definition of what constitutes media art seems no longer possible.' This seems like a positive development for the community that Transmediale serves and generates a perfect platform for the theme of this year's events: 'Unfinish!' The curatorial decisions behind the selections presented here cast an eye toward work that is open to change, perpetuity, and even reversal. From Stelarc's arguably gratuitous bodily implants to the status of the Iraq War, the possibilities of change and reversal are questions that have haunted artists for some time (and will be raised in this year's panels). As the conference lineup proves, 'new' media is not immune to this inquiry. - Antje Wetzel

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TRANZDUCER - Performances and installations at LEMURplex, Brooklyn, NY

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Tranzducer
If you're in the NY area check out TRANZDUCER

"TRANZDUCER

in a monthly series of performances and installations at LEMURplex

Date:Friday, Jan. 26, 2007
Time:8 to 11 p.m.
Address:461 3rd Ave (between 9th & 10th Sts), Brooklyn, NY
Cost:$5

Performances by
Jamie Allen/Circuit Music (http://heavyside.net)
Loud Objects/Tristan Perich, Kunal Gupta, Katie Shima (http://www.loudobjects.com)
Joshua Fried/Radio Wonderland (http://radiowonderland.org)

Installations by
LEMUR
Eric Singer
Rocio Barcia
Leif Krinkle
Nick Sears
Joshua Goldberg

TRANZDUCER - Link.

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Originally posted on MAKE Magazine by Rhizome