Posts for 2007

Interview by Haroon Mirza

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Interview

Interview by Haroon Mirza is one of many sound based objects / installations of which a preview of sorts can be viewed / heard on the artists website.

I particularily like this work more the others as it suggests that one speaker is triggering the other over and back as in a conversation (an audio network reminescent of some previous works by me - net.tv, Mailstory) but suspect this is not in fact what is happening, that it is simply a two channel (stereo) installation. The work also reminds me of a piece I saw at an exhibition entitled L'Homme Transforme several years ago at the Cite des Sciences in Paris, where two aliens progressively developed and learned through trial and error their own language based on syntax rules over the duration of the exhibition. Very elegant and sophisticated work [....]

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Originally posted on Network Research by Rhizome


NOT A SCAM

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According to a recent report, spam comprises 74 percent of all emails sent globally. Because of the overwhelming quantity of spam sent, spammers have had to become increasingly more creative in their attempts to lure the reader. Whether it's solicitations for bizarre coupling procedures or prize notifications from the Newfoundland lottery, spam's clever and not so clever attempts at manipulation play with the curiosity, desire and fantasy of the reader. As a peculiar cultural artifact, spam has provided ample fodder for creative interpretation by many artists. Recently, comic artist Henning Wagenbreth created the book Cry for Help: 36 Scam Emails from Africa, in which he compiles and illustrates the most bizarre, outlandish, and salacious of the genre of spam known as the 'Nigerian scam email.' In a typical email, the sender personally addresses the reader in an effort to enlist their help in an impossibly lucrative business deal. Wagenbreth illustrates these humorously unbelievable dramas in colorful woodblock and linocut designs. The artist culls his style from the underground comic culture of the 1980s as well as Eastern European illustration and decided to begin the project in order to immortalize and document this particular variety of spam, before its unwilling audience deletes it forever. - Ceci Moss

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The Way We Loop "Now:"

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Eddying in the Flows of Media

"In 1974 Nam June Paik placed a statue of Buddha in front of a TV that displayed live feedback of the figure and titled it TV Buddha (fig. 1). The Buddha, an Eastern symbol of meditation and enlightenment, used in conjunction with the then-new technology of the closed-circuit loop, raises interesting questions about the relationship between subjectivity and media technology. Does the Buddha meditate upon itself or is it just another media effect, an eternal return of the simulated image of the self? Along with Paik's other experiments with the new medium of video in the 1970s, TV Buddha reflected an early understanding of the control that media potentially had over the intellectual life of its viewers, while at the same time expressing Paik's hope in its possibilities as an instrument of cultural exchange.1 The tension of TV Buddha resides in the precarious balance between meditation and mediation, between the consciousness and the constructedness of the self.

Approaching the relationship between subjectivity and media from a background in minimalism and performance, Bruce Nauman began exploring ways to actively involve the viewer. In Live-Taped Video Corridor, 1970, Nauman used closed-circuit video as part of a larger installation involving a too-narrow corridor to confound the participant's spatial understanding. Mainly by attempting to alienate or otherwise aggressively engage museumgoers, Nauman has continued to explore the spectatorial role.2 With Think in 1993, (fig. 2) he created a piece in which a seemingly passive viewing state roughly akin to Paik's Buddha is prodded into contemplation. Placing two monitors together, one upside down and on top of the other, each playing a looped video disc displaying his head moving into the screen, yelling "THINK", Nauman took an even more aggressive stab at the way ...

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo


new Neural.it + new mag (#26) [Lozano Hemmer, Oswald, Biosphere...]

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Via: Alessandro Ludovico

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The new printed Neural issue in English is available.

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The NEW NEURAL WEBSITE is online:
http://www.neural.it/
please check it and subscribe to RSS feeds, if you want.
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http://www.neural.it/art/2007/01/neural_26.phtml
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[Neural n. 26 contents]
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. Rafael Lozano Hemmer (interview),
. Golan Levin (interview),
. Exonemo (interview),
. Always On, new augmented space and its memory,
. news (Academy, The Familiar Stranger Project, Bion,
Media Mirror, Spam Plants + Spam
Architecture )
. centerfold: 'Annual Checkup' by Lisa Erdman
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. John Oswald (interview),
. Geir Jenssen/Biosphere (interview),
. Brian Mackern (interview),
. news: (Distant Views/Culture Catchers, Paper Record Player,
Yesnation, DJ Artyom, Tactical Sound Garden)
. reviews: (Audiotoop, Rolf and Fonky + Scott Pagano,
Carpet Curtains,
KNBSC505, Music Dances Itself, Nasca, on perspectives,
Journal for People)
. reviews cd: (Rafael Toral, Stephan Mathieu + Janek Schaefer,
Taylor Deupree, Yannis Kyriakides, Matt Rogalsky,
Gabriel Paiuk + Jason Kahn, Kira Kira, Tim Exile,
Anla Courtis,
Vitor Joaquim, Montreal Sound Matter, Jacob Kirkegaard...)
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. Heath Bunting (interview),
. Rick Silva (interview),
. Bare Life innovation,
. news (The Sheep Market, TrackMeNot, Reject Me,
Dark Source,
Crucifix NG).
. reviews: (Y.Benkler - The Wealth of Networks,
E.Halter - From
Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Video Games, J.Leandre
- Archivos Babilonia,
R.F.Jorgensen - Human Rights in the Global
Information Society,
W.H.K.Chun - Control and Freedom)
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NEURAL http://neural.it/
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Originally posted on Nettime-ann relay by nettime-ann


Senior Lecturer in Game Art needed for U.K position

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Huddersfield University writes:

SENIOR LECTURER IN GAME ART

UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD, SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN

BASED AT UNIVERSITY CENTRE OLDHAM AND UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD
QUEENSGATE CAMPUS

£32,137 - £40,711

The School of Art & Design has developed its suite of courses in the multimedia and media arts subject area at its locations on Huddersfield Campus and at University Centre Oldham. This includes the recently introduced Game Art course at UCO and planned developments at Honours level in this area at Huddersfield, and the School now requires a new full-time Senior lecturer to work with existing staff and researchers of the Digital Research Unit in developing this area. Game Art at
Huddersfield includes a broad spectrum of creative and cultural practices including game interfaces, narrative for games, graphics for games, character design, game worlds, the creative appropriation of games including game modification, machinima, sonichima, games as art and serious games, as well as the design of computer games for entertainment. You will be expected to deliver and support existing staff at UCO and at Huddersfield as well as contributing to the development of the subject area as a whole.

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Originally posted on selectparks by Rhizome


Landscapes of net behaviour

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Packet Garden, developed by Julian Oliver, captures information about how you use the internet and uses it to grow a private world you can later explore.

The (free) software keeps track of all the servers you visit, their geographical location and the kinds of data you access. Uploads make hills and downloads valleys, their location determined by numbers taken from internet address itself. The size of each hill or valley is based on how much data is sent or received. Plants are also grown for each protocol detected by the software; if you visit a website, an 'HTTP plant' is grown. If you share some files via eMule, a 'Peer to Peer plant' is grown, and so on.

None of this information is made public or shared in any way, it's your own private landscape.

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Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome


You'll be My Mirror

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Well before the heady days of Myspace, Friendster, and their social software peers, portraiture was a means to enshrine oneself in a particular cultural milieu. Character Reference, a group exhibition curated by Caitlin Jones at Bryce Wolkowitz gallery in New York, takes portraiture as its subject, exploring the form's power to both reflect and construct identity and culture. In it, diverse, sound and video works by MTAA, Julian Opie, Oliver Laric, Lee Walton, and Marina Zurkow all transcend the representation of individual subjects to scrutinize broader formal strategies or propose new ones. On view is artist and VVORK editor Oliver Laric's 787 Clipart which compiles 'clip art', or images found embedded in Microsoft programs, into an uninterrupted stream. In the piece, wrestlers melt into soldiers, hockey players into figure skaters, rockstars into bagpipe players; their similar bodies and expressions betraying an oppressively narrow view of the human form. In Serial Conversationalist, performance artist Lee Walton records himself as he induces strangers on New York City park benches into conversation, producing a complicated picture of himself as portraitist and distilling a snapshot of the city's psychology through commonplace conversations with a few of its idiosyncratic inhabitants. In a different way, each of the works turns the camera 180 degrees to illuminate the forces that create personas, a relevant undertaking in our persona-driven history and media culture. - Lauren Cornell

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anthony fineran

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Very, very nice.

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


Sketchplanet

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"Sketchplanet is an online user-driven sketching community." This is really cool.

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


Cindy Sherman on HOT or NOT

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this one works particularly well.

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Originally posted on del.icio.us/53os by 53os