Posts for January 2007

Avatars in the Flesh


The logic of sites like Second Life comes to bear on the 'first life' in The Girlfriend Experience, a project by Martin Butler and his Liminal Institute. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings from January 26 until March 9, four members of the group, who have been styled to look like avatars in a virtual community, will inhabit a web-monitored space at Amsterdam's Mediamatic space. Online players are invited to command the 'flesh and blood' avatars as they would their more common digital counterparts, using the borrowed bodies to interact with other users. Taking its title from a prostitution-related term for well-fabricated intimacy, the project creates a caricature of the personal yet anonymous desires underpinning relationships formed in virtual communities. For example, the control fantasy implicit in molding a detached, idealized second self becomes embarrassingly obvious when the avatars are humans who can resist a player's will. Players can request any action they want, but the avatars ultimately decide where they go and what they do. Inevitable comic scenarios aside, the experiment offers a chance to find out what happens when we start to force the rules at play in our online social lives back onto reality. - Bill Hanley


Fresh NY at Threshold artspace


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Fresh NY
Alisa Andrasek, Michael Bell-Smith, Brody Condon, Brent Green, Tom Moody, Takeshi Murata, and Prema Murthy
Guest curated by Anne Barlow
Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall, Horsecross, Mill Street, Perth
Public preview 11am-9pm, Saturday 3 February 2007, Admission Free
Exhibition continues from 4 February 2007

Anne Barlow: Curator's Talk
11am, Wednesday 31 January 2007, Admission Free but ticketed
Off-site at Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee

New York comes to Perth on Saturday 3 February 2007. The meeting point is Threshold artspace - the contemporary art gallery at the threshold of Perth Concert Hall. The occasion is Fresh NY - an exhibition which showcases seven of the most exciting young artists working with animation and digital media in the New York region - most of whose work is being seen in the UK for the first time. Fresh NY's guest curator is Anne Barlow, a Scot based in New York, previously at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and just appointed Executive Director of Art in General - one of New York's leading not-for profit arts organisations.

"Reflecting current tendencies in contemporary digital art", states Barlow, "Fresh NY includes an intriguing mix of projects, from beautifully crafted animations to hypnotic, computer-generated visuals, and work inspired by gaming culture".

"Fresh NY also adds a vibrant group of international work to Scotland's only permanent collection of digital art at the Threshold artspace, which I understand has acquired over 60 works in less than 2 years"


The public preview of Fresh NY also compliments Bang on a Can --New York's electric chamber ensemble who performs in the concert hall throughout the day including music by Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Brian Eno. After the day long public preview, the works featured in Fresh NY will become part of the Threshold artspace ...


Originally posted on Art Research Communication by chris

Gizmodo Gallery: Tobi Schneidler


I just finished up this Gizmodo Gallery on German artist / architect / designer Tobi Schneidler and his networked appliances and living spaces. Read the whole interview here. Above is a picture of his “Ticker Chair” project that delivers dynamic data to the surface of a lounge chair.


Originally posted on coin-operated by jonah

Good texts today


Some interesting on-line texts have been published today.

First, and New Media Fix have teamed up for “3 x 3: New Media Fix(es) on Turbulence.”

From Turbulence:

[…] three texts about works from the archive. The texts—published in English, Italian and Spanish—were written and translated by members and affiliates of New Media Fix. They include “The Body in Turbulence” by Josephine Bosma; “Narrating with New Media: What Happened with Whatever has Happened?” by Belén Gache; and “Turbulence: Remixes + Bonus Beats” by Eduardo Navas. The translations are by Lucrezia Cippitelli, Francesca De Nicolò, Raquel Herrera, and Brenda Banda Corona & Ignacio Nieto. Ludmil Trenkov designed the PDF and HTML documents.


Also, G.H. Hovagimyan compares Doug Aitken’s sleepwalkers at MoMA to an unrealized proposal for MoMA’s facade by Gordon Matta-Clark.

Check it out


Originally posted on MTAA Reference Resource by T.Whid

bandwidth stealer


an exhibition of stolen bandwidth images


Originally posted on supercentral by Rhizome

Challenges for a Ubiquitous Museum:



Presenting and Preserving New Media

"The characteristics of the digital medium pose numerous challenges to the traditional art world, ranging from presentation to collection and preservation. For the longest time, museums, galleries and the art world and art market in general have been mostly "objectoriented"and have configured their framework and infrastructure to accommodate the presentation and preservation of the static art object. The characteristics of so-called new media art have introduced a shift from the object to process: as an inherently time-based, dynamic, interactive, collaborative, customizable and variable art form, digital art resists "objectification" and has changed traditional notions of the "art object."

The one thing everyone seems to agree upon when it comes to this art form is that the term now commonly used to describe it "new media" is an extremely unfortunate choice. This umbrella term is not at all helpful when it comes to describing characteristics or aesthetics of the extremely hybrid digital medium. The qualifier of choice here, "new," points to the fleeting nature of terminology: in the late 20th century, the term "new media"-- previously used mostly for film / video -- made a fluid transition from analogue to digital media." Continue reading Challenges for a Ubiquitous Museum: Presenting and Preserving New Media by Christiane Paul, Neme.


Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

TRANZDUCER - Performances and installations at LEMURplex, Brooklyn, NY


If you're in the NY area check out 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

Performances by
Jamie Allen/Circuit Music (
Loud Objects/Tristan Perich, Kunal Gupta, Katie Shima (
Joshua Fried/Radio Wonderland (

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


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Originally posted on MAKE Magazine by Rhizome

Unfinished Business in Berlin


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


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


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 - A lean, mean, media machine. by Joseph Nechvatal

Version>07 Call for participation


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:




Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome