Posts for June 2007

The Kinetics of Sound


London's Spitalfields area is most notorious for its old market but since the Fall of 2006 it has also been drawing attention for its peculiar new exhibition space--the first of its kind in the UK--the Kinetica Museum. Its mission is to 'actively encourage the convergence of art and technology, providing an exhibition space in central London where the most important examples of kinetic, technological, and electronic art, both past and present, can be properly stored and displayed.' Currently on view, 'Soundwaves' exemplifies the Kinetica Museum's mission. A collaboration with the Cybersonica festival, this exhibition presents fifteen pioneering UK and European artists that have developed projects that 'explore, warp, collect, and manipulate sound.' According to the organizers, some of the highlights of the show are: 'An orchestra of household objects by Pierre Bastien; interactive sound and shadow circuit bending sculptures by Peter Vogel; kinetic electro-acoustic sculptures by Max Eastley; Rob Mullender's photophonic sound synthesizer; Martin Riches robotic and kinetic sound machines; a phonetic voice theremin by Michael Markett; receiver and transmitting dialogue devices by Julie Freeman; an interactive percussive installation by Andy Huntingdon; and a new piece by artist Arcangel Constantini.' The May 18 opening event included a series of performances by some of the featured artists and brought together musical and visual traditions alongside new technologies to create experimental work, demonstrating that sound is one of the most challenging yet promising media for contemporary artistic practices. - Miguel Amado





Residency Period: 3 months
Dates from September 2007
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Netherlands Media Art Institute is pleased to annouce an open call for the fall 2007 round of its Artist in Residence (AiR) program. The AiR programme at the Netherlands Media Art Institute aims to support the exploration and development of new work in digital / interactive / network media and technology based arts practice. The residency provides time and resources to artists in a supportive environment to facilitate the creation of new work that is produced from an open source perspective. We encourage a cross disciplinary and experimental approach. This is a practice based residency designed to enable the development and completion of a new work.

Our focus for this open call is on open source interactive installation art, in which the following occurs:

interaction between tools and/or software
interaction between tools and artwork
* interaction between audience and artwork

Further info...


Originally posted on networked_performance by Rhizome

Interview with Sarah Cook



Independent new media curator, researcher, co-founder and co-editor of CRUMB (the Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss), an online resource for curators, producers, commisioners and exhibitors of new media art.

Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

Imaging Place


Imaging Place, is a place-based, virtual reality art project. Since September of 2006 the Imaging Place is being implementing in Second Life. It takes the form of a user navigated, interactive computer program that combines panoramic photography, digital video, and three-dimensional technologies to investigate and document situations where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. The goal of the project is to develop the technologies, the methodology and the content for truly immersive and navigable narrative, based in real places. Imaging Place is therefore experienced as a process of navigation and excavation, allowing the user to uncover many layers of history and meaning. Imaging Place documents sites of cultural significance that for political, social, economic, or environmental reasons are contested, undergoing substantial changes, or are at risk of destruction. This includes historic sites as well as sites of living culture that are being displaced by globalization. The project also seeks to expand the notion of documentary by exploring how place is internalized, mapping place as a state of mind.


Originally posted on MOON RIVER by Rhizome

ScatterProjects - If Elsewhere


Preview 14.6.07

The Media Centre
7 Northumberland Street
0870 990 5007
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

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In the "old days", before the Internet, the term 'local' was used to define our surrounding physical environment. We defined our location with an X on the map, and our 'locale' consisted of what was within our sight line, or was 'a stones throw away'. Such terms have since been adopted for use in our online environment, aimed at keeping terms familiar and easy to use, but subsequently generating a duality of meaning, one that blurs the boundaries of the real and the virtual.

If Elsewhere draws from these shared terms and looks at the concept of the Glocal - the global local. Glocality, Glocalisation, all whisper of something close, perhaps an act of making something personal, or a redefininition of our understanding of the near and the far. Our world has physically shrunk; cheap air travel and our networked population mean that the global has become local in every sense. If Elsewhere is interested in how people take control or represent themselves in this Glocality, and as a body of work considers the nuances of the immense and the intimate, revealing different portrayals of this fascinating blend of ephemerality and permanence, public and private.

If Elsewhere is the culmination of a 6-month collaborative project consisting of an 8 person curatorial working group. This includes: Richard Carter, Joanna Johnston, Omar Johnson, Maura Skillen and Joe Turner, final year BA Multimedia students from The University of Huddersfield, UK. It has been supported by Jen Southern, Artist and Lecturer at The University of Huddersfield ...


Originally posted on Raw by Karen Gaskill



Deadline July 1, 2007
*** is the essential online tool for everyone involved in arts and culture who creates, collaborates, shares and produces across borders in Europe. This interactive web platform was launched in 2006 to encourage dialogue, networking and collaboration across physical, cultural and imaginative borders across 48 countries in the broader Europe. Initiated by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and jointly developed and supported by many of Europe's leading cultural organisations, LabforCulture offers a wealth of essential information, debate and research - including all the latest news, vital funding tips, blogs and a vast searchable database of cultural organisations operating from Rome to Reykjavík. will celebrate its first anniversary in the summer of 2007 and in this context we are pleased to announce a call for an experienced media art curator or curatorial collaboration to conceptualise and manage an online presentation of specially commissioned artworks, for presentation in early 2008.

For more information, check webiste or contact Angela Plohman, Content Development, LabforCulture at


Originally posted on Raw by Marieke Istha

Douglas Davis


Douglas Davis is primary known for his pioneering video works from the late 60's through to the 80's which entailed live, collaborative performances combining newly invented video equipment and satellite broadcasts. The following is an overview of some of Douglas Davis art work.



The Last Nine Minutes (video extract above) was a live performance for international satellite telecast created for Documenta 6.

Originally posted on Network Research by Rhizome

New Interfaces in New York


There is no doubt that the New York region is currently experiencing a heyday, of sorts, for new media. Centered in New York and reaching its tentacles out into Brooklyn, Queens, and many parts of New Jersey, the 'scene' on the east coast is thriving, and diverse, as evidenced by the ambitious lineup at this year's New York Electronic Arts Festival (NYEAF), which is produced by Harvestworks, the NYU Music Technology Program, and LEMUR, among other partners. At the heart of this year's festival (which features a number of exhibitions, conferences, screenings, and performances) is NIME, the 7th annual New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference. Previously known by the slightly less catchy title, 'Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems,' NIME presents the most interesting, innovative, and risk-taking contemporary musicians, composers, performers, sound artists, and music theorists working today, all of whom include technology in their practice. This year's NIME places particular emphasis on robotics and promises to deliver 'feats of musical athleticism beyond the capacity of even the most amazing human performer.' NIME and the entire NYEAF run through June 10. - James Petrie


wer all connekted, k?



Net art from Nasty Nets member Petra Cortright.

Originally posted on nasty nets by Rhizome

urban typologies image mosaic



a collection of image mosaics that visually compare peculiar mundane objects in urban space, ranging from office buildings, over fitness equipment devices to detailed car tail lights.

"The typological array's inherent ability to depict prevalence and repetition make it the perfect technique for examining the excess, redundancy, and meaningless freedom of our current age of consumption. Part of my intent with this work is to answer the question implied by the title of Robert Adams's book What We Bought: If there is some kind of big sellout occuring, what are we getting in the deal?

The typological form achieves an uncanny synergy and resonance with this subject matter because it mimics the mental images I suspect many of us form as a way of ordering the chaos of abundance that surrounds us. We can't help but form in our heads lists, groups and categories based on product, brand, price point, style, market segment, country of origin, etc.

To see one of these turned into a group of images lined up together can be unnerving, though. In print, they confront us in a way never possible when they're just in our heads. We are presented with order, and while it is often an absurd, seemingly pointless order, it is one that we recognize immediately."


see also daily photo portraits & daily photo mosaic.


Originally posted on information aesthetics by Rhizome