Posts for May 2007

SimpleTEXT @ Eyebeam tomorrow June 5th!


Tim Redfern and I [Jonah Brucker-Cohen]are performing our collaborative project, SimpleTEXT on June 5th during the Upgrade New York at Eyebeam. Please come early as seating is limited and remember to bring your phones and/or laptops to participate in the performance!


Originally posted on coin-operated by jonah

f18 & Sterlarc exhibition



f18 institute fur kunst, information und technologie are the development team behind many of Stelarc's robotic works and body prothetics.

This work and others will be on exhibition in Adelaide in June at Experimental Art Fountation. EAF at The Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace (West End) Adelaide, South Australia from June 1 - 30, 2007.


Originally posted on Autonomous Mutations by marynowsky

Picture House: Film, Art and Design


0beckie.jpgA few more words about my recent visit of Picture House: Film, Art and Design at Belsay Hall Mansion, near Newcastle.

Main curator Judith King invited 12 artists, film directors such as Mike Figgis, fashion designers like Viktor & Rolf to take their inspiration from the usually totally empty and slightly gloomy 17th century manor house and inhabit it with art installations. Their work had to respond either to the peculiar atmosphere of the venue or to the narrative of the Hall and the gentry and servants who once lived there.

3 artists were showing pieces selected by Juha Huuskonen for Dott07: there's the Ghost Pole Propagator by Golan Levin (the name of the installation is actually much more exciting than the piece itself but that's just an old blase talking here!), Aleph by Adam Somlai-Fischer & Bengt Sjolen and Hereafter, a fascinating interactive mirror by UVA (note that the word "fascinating" comes from someone who is usually bored to sobs in front of interactive mirrors and interactive tables and interactive wall projections.)

The best surprise for me was that "traditional" installations mingled naturally with the new media ones. Hereafter best exemplifies what i mean. It doesn't stand out in the exhibition as a "new media art" work, but only as one of the most enchanting works you can discover there. It is an art installation, like the others. Aleph, however, is clearly an experimental, edgy, unusual piece, it is a new media art work through and through. The technology is visible but it invites for contemplation and sheer enjoyment. You can decide to interact or not, it's not one of those "wave your hands in the air and the projection will change" works that has nothing else to retain your attention for more than 2 minutes.

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I liked most of the other installations but the one i fell in love with is Francesca Steele's projection. Corollarium fuses microscopic footage of the Belsay plants with human cells and organs. The kaleidoscopic pattern merges with the original 1930's floral wallpaper of the upper Belsay bedroom. The projection elegantly animates the room and the patterns evolving smoothly and the walls seem to come to life. I'm afraid my poor images don't do the work any justice.

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Another favourite is The Recollection Rooms by Imogen Cloet and Jacob Polley. The walls of the room are covered with keys attached to nails while in a corner an armchair and two pink slippers that await... whom? The housekeeper? Visitors fill the holes and create their own narrative.

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Dreams of a Winter Night by Geraldine Pilgrim is by far one of the most spectacular installations of the exhibition. A peek into the history of the past owners of Belsay Hall brought to her attention a character she found inspiring: Kitty Middleton was born in 1907 and many former servants remembered Kitty's coming-out party with fondness. Pilgrim's work combines the imagined memories of Kitty's disappearing childhood with her fears and excitement for the future. Teacups and saucers flow through one of the smaller bedrooms, a forest weaves its way upward from floor through the bed and up to ceiling of another room and in the smallest of all the ghostly image of ...


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program…


In tune with my absence and a reference for the work I was busy making for Snd:arc-event I thought I would start back with Daniel Sauter's work, We interrupt your regularly scheduled program... (image above, video below) which has inspired me to think about broadcast networks and how they can be used as source material for other net works in performances or installations.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program... is an installation which explores the nature of television:

with its numerous channels, its ubiquity and its perpetual flow.



Originally posted on Network Research by Rhizome

Italian computer poetry pieces in youTube


Caterina Davinio, Natura Contro Natura, Roma 1996. (video)

Some "historical" Italian computer poetry pieces, realized and exhibited in the early 90s, now on you-tube.For everyone who is interested in computer generated, animated poetry, in the sign of poetry avant-garde, concrete poetry, video-visual poetry e-poetry experimentation.

By Caterina Davinio via NOEMA


Originally posted on loreto martin by Rhizome

From Mexico to Venice, with lights...


In the first week of June, the 52nd International Venice Biennale will open, presenting a survey of important contemporary work made by artists from all over the world. This is the first year that Mexico will be represented in the high-profile festival and they have selected as their representative new media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. In the 1,000 square meters of the gothic 15th Century Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel, curators Priamo Lozada and Barbara Perea, have arranged a presentation of Lozano-Hemmer's work in a show entitled, 'Some Things Happen More Often Than All of the Time.' The artist is well-known within new media circles for large-scale installations that harken back to early optical and kinetic arts and sculpture, while making use of video, light, 'machine vision' programming, robotics, and other interactive media. For the Biennale he will create six large installations which further his efforts to generate 'anti-monuments for alien agency' which are inspired by the history of spectacles. You can turn your gaze upon these works through the Fall, at a Biennale that is increasingly attuned to media arts practices. - Angela Moreno


New Media Art Mythologies


D.I.Y. talk show on art & media
TOPIC: New Media Art Mythologies
SPEAKERS: Geert Lovink and Armin Medosch
QUESTIONS: ask-it-yourself now and during the show here
June 5, 20.30 CET
Video stream and interface for online participation
LOCATION: De Balie, Amsterdam (bring your laptops and mobiles)

The coming edition of Cool Media Hot Talk Show on the topic "New Media Art Mythologies" will welcome persistent critical voices of the media art scene - Geert Lovink and Armin Medosch. They will present their judgements and arguments regarding the current critical stage in the development of new media art. The debates will address socio-cultural position of new media art in a historical perspective, which both speakers are discussing extensively in their writings.

More info>>


Originally posted on networked_performance by Rhizome

Myths of Immateriality: Curating, Collection and Archiving Media Art


Danube TeleLectures
May 27th 2007
live from MUMOK, Vienna
with Christiane PAUL & Paul SERMON
17.00h CET (Start of Streaming)

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During the last decades media art has grown to be the art of our time, though it has hardly arrived in our cultural institutions. The mainstream of art history has neglected developing adequate research tools for these contemporary art works, they are exhibited infrequently in museums, and there are few collectors. Media art is hardly being archived and systematically preserved like ancient and traditional forms of art. This loss of data our society is facing because of the change in storage media and operational systems threatens to result in a total loss of our contemporary digital art. Which practices and strategies in the curating and documenting of media art do experts in the field suggest?

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Originally posted on by ana.otero

Call for Participation - Workshop on Spatial Audio for Mobile Devices


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Call for Participation - Workshop on Spatial Audio for Mobile Devices

Deadline: June 30, 2007

Topics of interest explored within this one-day workshop will primarily focus on spatial sound and development of small screen interfaces. Topics include, but are not limited to:
· Spatial sound as an interaction element in minimal attention interfaces
· Spatial sound in mobile HCI
· Auditory displays in mobile & ubiquitous user interaction
· Spatial sound for mobile users with visual disabilities
· Sound in social navigation
· Sound in mobile games
· Mobile, Ubiquitous and Tangible HCI in music performance· Mobile HCI and music composition
· Spontaneous music, mobility, and audio sharing
· Mobile collaborative and distributed composition
· Mobile digital technology in music education
· Multimodal integration (visual, auditory, and haptic)

Researchers and developers that want to contribute to a vivid discussion leading to spatial audio for mobile devices are invited to submit a maximum 4 pages position paper in the ACM template format, on above relevant topic for the workshop, including challenges and solutions for the development of spatial sound on small screen displays devices. Submissions should be e-mailed as a PDF attachment on or before June 30, 2007 to

Please see for further details.


Originally posted on Raw by ana otero

NIP: New Interfaces for Performance: Polar Produce


NIP (New Interfaces for Performance) is a unique and practical, artists led, workshop and touring event, which examines techniques for creating new media and interactive work for live performance.

We consider 'new interfaces' to be the creation of artistic work (music, visuals, sound, graphics, theatre), which uses or repurposes existing or emerging digital devices, tools and infrastructures to create new forms of live interaction between audience-performers, performer-performer and/or performer-instrument.

Initiated and led by the Bristol based media arts collective Polar Produce, NIP aims to support artists working in this area by creating opportunities for touring and continued professional development.

The theme for the 2007 NIP series is on gesture and movement within live performance. This refers to interfaces, which use movement, hand and body gestures, or touch as the means through which to make or interact with the work.

Over 2007 three NIP events will take place in Bristol, UK, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Lisbon, Portugal. At each location a lead artist (Zachary Lieberman, Michel Waisvisz, Christina Kubish) has been selected to facilitate a three-day workshop, which will be attend by artists invited from the UK, The Netherlands and Portugal. As part of the tour, at each location, lead and participating artists will give public performances and talks.


Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome