Posts for July 2007

New Media History Refreshed


As with any vibrant art form, new media finds itself historicized in multiple and evolving ways. Significant attention has been paid to whether the field is alive, dead (date negotiable), or risen from the grave, and to defining its constituent elements. Automatic Update, an exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art organized by Barbara London, argues that new forms of media art rose with the swell of the dot-com era and became mainstream in its wake. The five installations included, all drawn from the moment after the bubble burst, speak less to the internet or interactivity and more to a culture saturated with media of all kinds. As markers of this designated cultural moment, the works on view vary widely in their ideas and approaches. Jennifer and Kevin McCoy explore the interplay between the construction of cinematic genre and the development of personal history in Our Second Date (2004). Xu Bing ponders remote communication in Book from the Ground (2007, and in-progress) in which a dialogue between two individuals, separated by a mylar screen, is translated into a vocabulary of computer-like icons. Also featured are new and recent works by Cory Arcangel, Paul Pfeiffer, and Rafael Lozano-Hammer. It's arguable whether new media art has become mainstream, yet the assertion that the Internet has fundamentally changed contemporary culture and propelled new art forms is undeniable. This influence is explored in screenings organized by London with Hanne Mugaas that run concurrently with the exhibition, including signature works by film and video-makers such as Iara Lee, Kristin Lucas, Takeshi Murata, Miranda July and Marcin Ramocki, among others. Automatic Update is on view until September 10th. - Lauren Cornell




  <p><img alt="idclogo2.gif" src="" width="65" height="28" border="0" style="float: left; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px";><h4>Presentational rather than Representational</h4><p></p>

In our cultural landscape of blogs, webcams, profiles, live journals, and videosharing sites, the intimate lives of everyday people are on parade for all to see. One could say that a new culture of erotic exposure and display is on the ascendance, fueled by the impulse to reveal the self, and streamlined by DIY media technologies. In many ways this culture would seem to be less a representational than a presentational one, where we are compelled to solicit the attention of others, act for unseen eyes, and develop new forms of connective intensity -- as if this were somehow the very condition of our continued existence, the marker of our worth.

Within this new culture of self-exposure, one could say that the dream of panoptic power has vanished, or reversed course. Does the drive to willingly display the self constitute a surrender to the controlling gaze, or simply a shift in the dynamic of the game? For within these presentational environments, performance and role-playing reign supreme, and new forms of subjectivity and identity emerge.

  <p>These new cultures of self-display challenge us to rethink foundational concepts in film and media theory and, consequently, to rethink the very conditions of our approach. For clearly these cultures are not necessarily those of mastery and visual pleasure. They do not resolve easily to questions of perception, power, and language. They are cultures of showing as much as those of watching. Instead of a reliance on questions of spectatorship, representation, and scopic power, we are challenged to foreground issues of performance, affect, and display. </p>

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Originally posted on networked_performance by Rhizome

Kubik, Berlin



Illumininated cubes, visuals, electronic beats are the three components of the new open air club Kubik. Near the east station, the bright installation can be seen from a distance. Based on the concept of a "Big tank", dozens of conventional 1000 litre water tanks have been arranged as a temporary installation.


Besides the spatial element the concept from modulorbeat provides the tanks with a illuminant. Different VJs will program the tanks visually on the weekends at the beginning of dawn.


The lamps in the tanks are individually controllable and can be treated as an oversize video wall. Kubik is organized by Balestra Berlin, which invites DJs from all over Europe in order to supplement the visual plays of the BigTanks by electronic beats.


Originally posted on Mediaarchitecture by Rhizome

Robotic Artificial Life Art


Spinal Rhythms investigates the qualities and dynamics of physical movement performed by inanimate shapes. Abstract stick-creature are actuated by elastic shape memory alloy springs and perform slow and noiseless movements. The movements are the subject of an embodied evolutionary computation process that controls the robotic performance. The system evolves the actuation signals for the robotic muscles and tries to find efficient solutions for the sensitive dynamics between software, hardware and environment.


Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome

TAGallery 004_Electronic_Literature_Sampler | CONT3XT.NET


TAGallery by CONT3XT.NET extends the idea of a tagged exhibition and transfers the main tasks of noncommercial exhibition spaces to the discourse of an electronic data-space. The method of tagging allows the attribution of artworks to different thematic fields. EXHIBITION_004 was tagged/curated by Scott Rettberg whose focus in this selection is on electronic literature: works of writing made for the networked computer that utilize the computational and/or multimedia aspects of that environment in the course of their composition and/or reading and distribution.



Interview with Scott Rettberg

With projects/works by: The Electronic Literature Organization, N. Katherine Hayles, Talan Memmott (ed.), Ingrid Ankerson and Megan Sapnar (eds.), Ben Basan and Thom Swiss (eds.), Stephanie Strickland, Barbara Campbell, Robert Arellano, Rob Wittig, William Gillespie, Scott Rettberg, Dirk Stratton

Tagger/Curator Scott Rettberg is an electronic writer, and a founder of the Electronic Literature Organization. Rettberg is an associate professor of humanistic informatics at the university of Bergen.


Originally posted on Raw by

midi skirt


seecoy's new piece


Originally posted on by marisaolson

A.I.R. International Artists Residencies/Seminar '07- '08 Budapest, Hungary


beata szechy:

Dates: Thursday, DECEMBER 27, 2007 - Wednesday, JANUARY 9, 2008

The Hungarian Multicultural Center is currently accepting applications for the Budapest - Hungarian International Artist/Writer Residency Program

Residency Submission Deadline: Friday, October 19, 2007

The program is open to international artists working in all disciplines who are engaged in the research, development or creation of work.

For application form or questions regarding the International Artist Residency please write to


Originally posted on Raw by beata szechy

Drive Tray Guitar @ MSC


This "Drive Tray Guitar" was built by a workshop participant during our MIDI Scrapyard Challenge workshop held at Eyebeam in NYC last weekend. Basically it was built by integrating an old computer's CD drive into the body of an acoustic guitar and using the "Ejection" mechanism to create a "strumming" function that when moved back and forth connected up the "strings/wires" to produce sounds. Really nice use of an existing instrument mixed with some electronics detritus from the scrapyard!


Originally posted on coin-operated by jonah

wet brainz



detail from a piece by javier morales from his 'drawing and poetry corner', click through for original

Originally posted on javier's drawing and poetry corner by javier

Rhizome Director of Technology's Report


Patrick May:


I'd like to do something a little different for this report. Usually I focus on completed projects, but in addition I want to talk about some of our upcoming projects. First I'll report on our completed projects, but please also check out the second section and let us know what you think.



Click thru for full report

Originally posted on Raw by Patrick May