US-based Austrian artist Ursula Endlicher has developed a Butoh dance vocabulary for the html codes that give structure to websites. Each tag has its own corresponding movements, allowing users of this vocabulary to act-out or 'impersonate' the source code of websites. These impersonations are archived on Endlicher's website, the 'html-movement-library.' In this case 'library' is a perfect term, as it's essentially an archive of texts, even if they are read through the medium of a martial arts-infused dance. Recently, new media organization Turbulence.org commissioned Endlicher to perform 'HTML Butoh,' a choreographed series of actions determined by the code in the 'Global Top 500,' the 500 most popular websites on the internet, as determined by the Alexa organization. The principle behind Butoh is one in which the performer becomes 'an image through her movements,' which mirrors the process by which a web browser translates strings of code into a visual interface. Endlicher's spin, however, is a bit more kinetically-enriched. Log-in and see (or dance) for yourself. - Irene Wu
Upgrade! Paris: EDUARDO KAC :: Friday, January 19th at 7:00 pm :: ARS LONGA: 67, avenue Parmentier, 75011 PARIS :: Metro: Parmentier (3) or Saint-Ambroise (9).
Eduardo Kac presents his recent work on Biotopes, his poetic work and his approach to the evolution of Bio Art. Biotopes are living pieces that change constantly in response to internal metabolism and environmental conditions. Each of Kac's biotopes is literally a self-sustaining ecology comprised of thousands of very small living beings in a medium of earth, water, and other materials. The artist orchestrates the metabolism of these organisms in order to produce his constantly-evolving living works. With Annick Bureaud.
The Upgrade! Paris sessions are organized by Incident.net. They are public and monthly. Artists, researchers, architects, theorists present during one hour their recent work. Partners: CITU, Ars Longa, Upgrade! International.
Originally posted on networked_performance by jo
Blue "Tube". 2007, .... click "watch again" a few times to get the full effect,.....Embed Code --->
Originally posted on Cory's Web LOG by Rhizome
Piece, by artist and editor of art blog VVORK, that blends clip art images into an uninterrupted stream. Included in Character Reference show, opening tonight at Bryce Wolkowitz gallery in New York.
Originally posted on del.icio.us/lauren_cornell by lauren_cornell
Yup, check out the Feb 07 issue of Harper's for a brief overview of "Joywar" from both Joy Garnett and Susan Meiselas’s sides of the coin. Joy gives a big shout out to the list. (I’d post a link but it’s not up yet.)
Also, the issue has a great article on “plagiarism” by Jonathan Lethem.
…old media thinking about new media ideas? rock.
For those unfamiliar, Joywar was a situation in which the artist Joy Garnett received a cease and desist letter accusing her of copyright infringement for a painting she had made based on a photograph she found on the Internet. Throughout the back and forth negotiations with the lawyer that followed, Joy was supported by the Rhizome community, who advocated on her behalf. Images that illustrate Joywar can be found at the following link: http://www.newsgrist.net/joywar-index.html
Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by M. River
a rice cooker that tracks Internet news about genetically modified rice. for each new report about GM rice, a quarter cup of rice is dispensed into the cooker. when the cooker has enough rice for a meal, water is added automatically, the cooker is switched on & an email is sent out to inviting people to eat the rice.
the project is designed to create awareness to issues surrounding genetically modified organisms by producing excessive amounts of cooked rice & attempting to feed people with it.
see also news casualties as candy.
Originally posted on information aesthetics by Rhizome
"Sketchplanet is an online user-driven sketching community." This is really cool.
Originally posted on del.icio.us/cosmic by cosmic
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