Posts for July 2007

Nina Sobell in Location One's Residency Program


Starting in September 2007, artist Nina Sobell will represent the us of a in Location One's international residency program.

Sobell is a pioneer of new media: she has been experimenting with video, computers, and high-tech brainwave technology to create art for over 30 years. She is also a pioneer of web performance: in 1994 as an artist in residence at NYU Center for Advanced Technology, she used a telerobotic webcam to create weekly interactive performances.

She has been interested in interactivity almost since the inception of her career: the role of the audience is always a fundamental part of each piece; in fact Sobell often considers the audience her "collaborators". Her "web seances" connected two people in remote locations via the internet, each fitted with electrodes and brainwave detectors, and the resulting waves of their combined brain activity generated images and drawings.

Nina's work may seem a contradiction in that it often utilizes the instruments and equipment of science, but is in fact, deeply human and fundamentally about non-verbal communication and intuition among humans. in other words, she uses technology that is usually used for very specific diagnostic "non-intuitive" physiological responses to map "aesthetic" experiences among humans.

She came to speak with us about her work in 2006 for an IMHO talk.

We're thrilled she's going to be joining us. For more information about Nina and her work, visit


Originally posted on (it is an acronym for IMHO blog) by Rhizome

We Love Technology


[The Media Centre, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

          by <a href="" target="_blank">Matt Locke </a><strong></strong></font></b></font></p>

          Commissioning Editor </p>
          Media and Education, Channel 4 </font></p><p><strong>Led 
          by pioneering technologists and artists working in areas such as 
          interactive architecture, sound and games, WLT07 presents the latest 
          adventures in the creative use and misuse of technology.</strong></p>
          presents a range of informal presentations, workshops and performances. 
          a packed programme led by audio, interactive architecture and games 
          pioneers, WLT07 offers an antidote to the conventional conference 


Originally posted on Interactive Architecture dot Org by Rhizome

BIORAMA - Friday July 13th



Friday July 13th
Huddersfield - UK

Bioarama is a one-day event that illustrates new directions in art, science and technology by bringing together artists who explore notions of life, science and digital realities. By presenting these artists in the context of the DRU Artist in Residence project, Bioarama will explore a rich territory in which multiple threads of investigation come together to manifest unique interpretations and unfamiliar possibilities.

Bioarama serves to contextualise, examine and expand upon the research carried out by Andy Gracie (hostprods) during his residency which weaves together the microbiology of the Pennines around Marsden Moor, traditional and digital networking systems, satellite communications, perceptions of landscape and the history and possible future of interstellar communication.

The event will take place in two stages:

Biorama Hike
_leaving from the Media Centre, Huddersfield at 9.15 am, returning at 2 pm
Biorama Sessions
_starting at 3.30 pm- 10 pm @ the Bates Mill Studio [new location!!]

3.30 pm Introduction: Derek Hales + Mónica Bello
4.00 pm Session 1: Andy Gracie (hostprods)
5.00 pm Session 2: London Fieldworks + C-Lab
[5.50 pm Break: Biorama Buffet]
6.30 pm Session 3: Agnes Meyer-Brandis + Brandon Ballengee
7.30 pm Session 4: France Cadet + etoy.MARCOS
8.30 pm Sound Sessions : Enrike Hurtado + Thor Magnusson

[More info...]

A DRU project
Curator: Monica Bello (CAPSULA)
monica [at]


Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome

Surround Sound Gets Serious


Minneapolis-based artist Abinadi Meza has been making a name for himself, both in the US and abroad, for his engaging new media art practice. Sound plays a significant role in his body of work, as demonstrated by one of his most acclaimed projects, 'The Burning Question' (2004). In a gallery setting, several computers were loaded with multiple tunes--contributed by other artists under a free license--that visitors were asked to burn onto a CD, thus forming playlists that were then transmitted over a 24 hour-Internet radio broadcast while the exhibition was on view. Meza also examines the intertwinement between sound and space, as revealed by '360 Degrees Concerts' (2006), in which he manipulated audio recordings of a show preparation at Minneapolis' Walker Art Center to create an immersive sonic environment presented in a 360-degree spatial pattern around a spiral-shaped Rirkrit Tiravanija installation. Using Ipods, Meza is now developing projects that maintain his exploration of sound properties while also addressing the pertinent issues of contemporary society. For example, in 'From the New War Offices,' featured last January at London's Fieldgate Gallery, he addresses England, in general, and the relation of the British and American peoples, in particular. Parodying propaganda-style imagery, Meza combined a silent film of the 1920s with an electronic soundtrack that 'attaches ominous techno-synth to this portrait of a fading Empire.' Continuing to surprise a growing audience with his elaborate, vibrant experiments, Meza is one of the best representatives of the new generation of artists for which sound is a preferred medium. - Miguel Amado


[MTAA + RSG] at Eyebeam




MTAA +RSG’s Gordon Matta-Clark Encryption Method (GMCEM)

In fall of 2002, RSG gathered 500 printed pages (1 ream) of data from MTAA using the Carnivore client installed at Eyebeam's studios. Each 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper was then torn in half and stacked in a plexi box


Ed. note: This installation is inclued in Eyebeam's 10th Anniversary Source Code exhibition, on view through August 11, 2007.

Originally posted on MTAA Reference Resource by M.River

Disrupting Narratives


Disrupting Narratives
Friday 13 July 2007, 10.00 - 18.30
Tate Modern Starr Auditorium, Bankside, London SE1

This international symposium brings together some of the world's leading media artists, theorists and researchers to explore real-time interaction in electronic media. Over the last few years network theories have started to shape our thinking about social and cultural issues. This event seeks out artistic strategies and art forms that engage with these ideas.

Contributors include: Mark Amerika, Alexander R Galloway, Andrea Zapp, Kelli Dipple, Kate Rich, Paul Sermon and Kate Southworth.

Concept by Kate Southworth, developed in collaboration with Tate Modern
In collaboration with iRes (Research in Interactive Art & Design) at University College Falmouth


Originally posted on Raw by Kate Southworth

The Problem is Civil Obedience


000scfghui.jpgThe Port Huron Project is a series of reenactments of protest speeches from the New Left movements of the 1960s and '70s. Each event takes place at the site of the original speech, and is delivered by a performer to an audience of invited guests and passers-by. To reach a wider audience, videos of these events are distributed on DVD and posted online. The project is named after the Port Huron Statement, the manifesto of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a student activist movement formed in 1962.

The first event in the PHP series, Port Huron Project 1: Until the Last Gun Is Silent, took place on September 16, 2006 and was based on a speech given by Coretta Scott King at a peace march in Central Park in 1968.

The next re-enactment will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2007, at 5 p.m. in the Boston Common park, an actor will deliver a speech given by Howard Zinn at a peace rally in May 1971. Zinn was arguing for the necessity of civil disobedience to protest the war in Vietnam and called on Congress to impeach the president and vice president of the US for the �high crime� of waging war on the people of Southeast Asia. The performance, titled Port Huron Project 2: The Problem is Civil Obedience.
The Port Huron Project is organized and curated by Mark Tribe, i asked him a couple of questions about the projects:

Why do you think it is important to reenact protest speeches from the '60s and '70s? Is our decade not protesting enough? Have we lost something?

I think we have a different, and perhaps diminished, sense of what's possible today compared to the '60s. In his speech at the ...


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

Second Life with Second Front at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre


Second Life: Foundations, Sites of Engagement, and Remediations of History

Location: InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
Toronto, ON M6J 2Y8 416 599 7206

Instructors: Patrick Lichty (a.k.a. Man Michinaga), Scott Kildall (a.k.a. Great Escape), Second Front Collective
Dates: Monday July 16 and Monday, July 23, 7pm-10pm both days
Cost: $125 (non members) $100 (members)

Day 1, Monday, July 16: In person with Patrick Lichty (a.k.a. Man Michinaga) and Scott Kildall (a.k.a. Great Escape) from Second Front

Second Life is an online simulated world which has recently been in the spotlight. It has been a point of discussion at the Davos World Economic Summit and institutions such as Ars Virtua and Turblence are awarding residencies and commissions involving Second Life. Artists including Eva and Franco Mattes, Marisa Olson, and Cory Arcangel, Gaz Babeli, John Freeman and Second Front are creating works for this social space. In this introductory seminar, Scott Kildall and Patrick Lichty will give an overview of Second Life, explore details of building and scripting and comment upon the current trend towards remediation of historical works. We will ask: how does Second Life figure within New Media art praxis, and what is interesting about it as a medium?

Day 2, Monday, July 23: Online with Second Front
Mini workshops in Second Life

The Avatars Way: A self-help workshop for creative avatars
Doug Jarvis (a.k.a. Tran Spire)

Tran Spire (a.k.a. Doug Jarvis) will discuss some of the insecurities and identity issues he is experiencing as an avatar in Second Life and how they are investigated through the use of narcotics, overt fashion statements, and the deferral of responsibility. This workshop will be an opportunity for Tran Spire to open up and share some of the challenges he faces ...


Originally posted on Raw by Jennifer Cherniack

Inclusiva Net


[New art dynamics in Web 2 mode]

Dates: From 9th to 13th July, 2007
Venue: Medialab Madrid (Sala Juan Gris)

The Inclusiva-net platform will begin its activities through a meeting which will be open to participation and focused on the current state of art and creative practises in the context of the so-called Web 2.0. It will attempt to engage this field of study from all possible theoretical and creative standpoints.

Live streaming of the seminar /Towards a Blog Theory/ by" target="_blank"Geert Lovink: Tuesday July 12th from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (Madrid)

To watch the streaming, enter


Originally posted on by ana.otero

Gadgets may help merge virtual reality with real life


Living Through our Avatars

That hipster you always see talking into his Bluetooth headset might soon be able to use a similar device to leap into Second Life without even stepping out of line at Trader Joe's.

The company behind Second Life, Linden Lab, hopes to introduce hand-held and wearable systems that act as gateways between the real and virtual worlds. Linden Lab and other virtual worlds also are developing versions that run on existing mobile phones.



Originally by Mark Baard, Globe Correspondent, July 9, 2007

Originally posted on networked_performance by Rhizome