Posts for May 2007

Spencer Brownstone Gallery: Zilvinas Kempinas, White Noise


39 Wooster Street



May 3 - June 9, 2007

Opening: Thursday, May 3, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Zilvinas Kempinas

Zilvinas Kempinas's White Noise represents a monumental new development of Kempinas' series of sculptural installations employing his signature medium of unspooled video tape.

Upon entering the darkened gallery space, viewers are confronted with a large screen of 'white noise' on the gallery's end wall. The screen vibrates with the fragmented black and white pixels we associate with an untuned video source, and a low hum and flickering sound reinforce the connotation. As we move forward, the screen takes on more and more the character of a dazzling optical effect and disorienting immersive environment.

Even as we near its surface (and gradually become aware that the screen is, in fact, an opening in the wall stretched with horizontal lines of videotape vibrating rapidly in the currents of air created by a series of fans), the piece continues to mesmerize and confound, a remarkable visual experience that is quite literally redundant to describe in words. Recalling at once the sublime minimalism of Robert Irwin and Joseph Kosuth's tautological mind games, 'White Noise' poses a transfixing visual conundrum with a deft metaphorical play on tape as both physical object and container of information.

Image from Spencer Brownstone Gallery.


Originally posted on ArtCal by Rhizome



Here's a brilliant step in the long and often difficult challenge of playing the market's rules as an artist. More precisely, the idea is to use the same mechanism that keeps ads away from our web browsing - and turn it into art.
Adblockers are pieces of software that help filter out the commercials that appear on most web pages. Addart goes a step further - and replaces the empty left-over space with, you guessed it, art. So what you get is actually a sort of a virtual art gallery in all the places where you had publicity. Wouldn't it be nice to apply that in real life?
The work is still in prototype mode, but looks promising.
In the example below, the publicity is replaced by Mario Bros. clouds.



Originally posted on New Art by Rhizome

VVork Discussion Recap


VVork and XYZ Art

What follows are some comments from a thread about the blog VVork. The commenters are sort of picking on that blog, including me, but there are defenses of it as well. To the extent problems are being identified with a certain type of conceptual art and a certain type of digital art related to it (particularly as represented on the Internet), VVork is a convenient focal point. [....]


We reblog a lot of VVORK stuff, here, and this conversation was interesting to follow. Click-through for the thread...

Originally posted on Tom Moody by tom moody




M.O.V.E. (Multi-user Online Video Editor) is a project proposal from artist Evan Roth, who is behind much of the brilliant work being done by the G.R.L (the Graffiti Research Lab). M.O.V.E. is a bit like the web 2.0 version of an artist assistant, where you can give your mindless repetitive tasks out to a few thousand people (and then later take all the credit yourself :).



Note: Ben Engebreth also worked on this project...

Originally posted on PSTPRDCTN by Rhizome

Anxiety Art's Escape Route


Many signs reveal the public anxiety resulting from what the German scholar Ulrich Beck calls the 'risk society' that characterizes our age. Paradoxically, in a post-9/11 era, it is the state obsession with security that most reveal this anxiety, as demonstrated by the escalating 'preventive measures' now taken against terrorists. In a further illustration this tendency, last year Boston set up an $827,500 emergency evacuation system. The city's preparedness for catastrophes--hurricanes, snowstorms, fires and, of course, terrorist attacks--informs new media artist Kanarinka's latest project, entitled 'It takes 154,000 breaths to evacuate Boston.' The work will be presented this week by Kanarinka's collective, iKatun, at the 2007 Boston Cyberarts Festival. In the past few months, Kanarinka has run the route of Boston's emergency evacuation system and measured it in breaths, which were counted, amplified through a microphone and speaker, and broadcast into the street. These travels through public space comprise one of the three parts of the work; the others are a web podcast of the breaths and a gallery installation of the breaths' archive. Rooted in Kanarinka's interest in 'the politics of digital information, feminist performance, participatory culture, and the emotional landscape of Homeland Insecurity,' this piece examines both the collective fear marking contemporary life and the ideological apparatus evolving from it. - Miguel Amado


Vertexlist: JODI, Composite Club -- May 4, 7:00PM - 10:00PM


138 Bayard Street, between Graham and Manhattan


Williamsburg / Greenpoint

JODI, or, are unanimously considered pioneers of new media art. It is a collective of two artists: Joan Heemskerk (the Netherlands) and Dirk Paesmans (Belgium).Their background is in photography and video art; and in the mid-1990s they were the first to create Internet based artworks. In more recent works, they modified video games such as Wolfenstein 3D, Quake, Jet Set Willy, and Max Payne 2.

Works on display at VertexList include brand new projects including Composite Club (an installation Involving Playstation camera games triggered by prerecorded videoclips),_wrongbrowser.us_ (live online browser limited to the .us domain), and RSS based mailinglist Wordstar. They will also feature JODI classic Wolfenstein modification S.O.D Bcd etc (

Composite club is presented in conjunction with and/or gallery in Dallas, TX, which features JODI game hacks and work of Arcangel Constantini. A Life video feed is set up between the galleries during the opening reception. JODI's work has been included in many international exhibitions and festivals, including Documenta X in 1997. They received a Webby Award in the Arts category in 1999 (UCSOB) and were featured in "Digital Art" by Christiane Paul and "Internet Art" by Rachel Greene.

Image from Vertexlist.


Originally posted on Eyebeam reBlog by Rhizome

[Rhizome] Digicult_DigiMag 23 // April 07_english version online


The english version of Digimag 23 - April Issue, Italian monthly e-magazine of digital culture and electronic arts, is available online.






[Translations]: Monica Amboni, Giulia Artioli, Iris Cartia, Micaela Genchi, Ornella Pesenti








Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome

Play: Dead Man's Cell Phone'


ruhl.jpg Sarah's Ruhl's 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' is to Premiere in D.C. beginning June 4, reports Playbill.

"How much could someone learn about you if they found your cell phone - and started answering your calls?

"From the lyrical author of The Clean House comes this oddly mythic love story in which a lonely woman, Jean, answers the cell phone of a stranger, Gordon, and finds herself the unwitting guardian of his memory.

Traveling literally to hell and back, Ruhl's quirky comedy is set amidst a world where technology is swallowing our souls, grieving is more complicated than we think, and everyone is desperate to make connections."


Originally posted on by emily

Exhibition \ Processing 1.0 (BETA)


Diverse online exhibition of art projects built in Processing.


Originally posted on by marisaolson

ArtKrush On the Art Blogosphere



Screengrab AFC

ArtKrush published a feature today on the art blogosphere following up their first article in December of 2005. Spreading the linking love around there are no repeat mentions from 2005 in the main article, though they do provide a comprehensive list of bloggers at the end of the piece. Since 23 bloggers are mentioned in the feature, I won’t bother going through all of them, but highlights include The Guardian’s art and architecture blog, Kriston Capp’s Grammar.police, VVork, and if you’ll excuse some necessary self promotion, none other than yours truly. Exclusive features go to We Make Money Not Art who receives a write up in the media category of the magazine, The Design Observer as the one to watch, and Artkrush editor Paul Laster conducts their interview segment with Alec Soth.



Originally posted on Art Fag City by Rhizome