Posts for January 2007

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


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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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by marc garrett


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


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


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


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


Mobile Persuasion, this week at Stanford

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On Friday, Stanford University is hosting the Mobile Persuasion conference, which "will bring together over 200 innovators, researchers, and companies creating mobile technologies that change people’s beliefs and behaviors. Applications include health, commerce, activism, social networking, advertising, conservation, and mobile gaming. This full-day event will feature expert talks and panels on how mobile technology can change attitudes and behaviors."

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Originally posted on Water Cooler Games by Rhizome


I-MEDIA 07 Call for Papers

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Via: Arno Scharl
Call for Papers

I-MEDIA 07
FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGY
5-7 September 2007
Graz, Austria

http://www.i-media.tugraz.at

Media technologies are currently facing challenges and opportunities arising from a number of trends: Under the Web 2.0 umbrella, social aspects of software are gaining importance, and a new focus on simplicity in user interface design is taking hold. New display devices (e.g. e-paper) and client software (e.g. geo-browsers) revolutionize the production and consumption of media products such as newspapers.
At the same time, semantic technologies are maturing to the point where their broad adoption becomes almost inevitable. In conjunction with new media, semantic technologies and social software catalyze virtual communities by matching people of similar interests, browsing behavior, or geographic location.
Acknowledging these fundamental changes, I-MEDIA will bring together traditional media companies, new media start-ups and academics to shape the future of media technology, and to make the most of distributed text, audio and video resources.
Submission Deadlines and Authors Guidelines
http://www.i-media.tugraz.at/style_guide.html

02 Apr 2007: Full paper submission (4-8 pages)
21 May 2007: Notification of acceptance
25 Jun 2007: Final version (8 pages)
5-7 Sep 2007: I-MEDIA Conference

Paper Upload

http://www.i-media.tugraz.at/submission
File types: PDF (preferred), MS Word

Kind regards,

Frank Kappe, Arno Scharl, Werner Haas, Klaus Tochtermann
I-MEDIA Conference Chairs

(e) i-media@know-center.at
(w) http://www.i-media.tugraz.at

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Originally posted on Nettime-ann relay by nettime-ann


Team Assignment

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Team Assignment; Fantastic New Image Blog.

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Originally posted on The Copyright Convention by mbs


Come Tag a Tower in Rotterdam with the G.R.L.

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Calling all writers, street artists, prankster, bikers, protesters, citizens and untouchables! The Graffiti Research Lab will be in Rotterdam from February 7th through the 10th. We're taking control of the Renzo Piano KPN Telecom Building and turning the Kop Van Zuid into the People's Revolutionary Green Laser Light District. We are turning the 37 x 72 meter screen into a place to display your uncurated animations and graphics. The back-side of the KPN is becoming a giant open wall you can write on with a BFL (big fucking laser). And throughout the week, the G.R.L. will venture outside the green zone on sorties to laser tag and projection bomb the city of Rotterdam on the BORF riot bike. To find out how to join us click here.

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Originally posted on Eyebeam reBlog by powderly