Posts for May 2007

Æther9 - Remote Realtime Performance


Initiated in May 2007 during a workshop at the Mapping Festival in Geneva, Switzerland, Æther9 is a collaborative art project exploring the field of realtime video transmission.

Developed by an international group of visual artists and collectives working in 9 different locations (dissminated in Europe, North and South America) and communicating solely through the Internet, Æther9 intends to become a functional framework for collaborative video performance.


Originally posted on by ana.otero

Annoying Japanese Child Dinosaur


Eva and Franco Mattes a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG
"Annoying Japanese Child Dinosaur"
Dockswiss, Luzern, Switzerland
Opening reception with the artists Friday June 1, 6 - 8 pm
June 2 - August 29, 2007

Dockswiss media lounge is pleased to present "Annoying Japanese Child Dinosaur", a portrait series from "Second Life" by Eva and Franco Mattes a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG.

"Annoying Japanese Child Dinosaur" is Mattes never-before-seen series of portraits of Japanese children avatars. They have been living in Second Life for over a year, shooting thousands of photos. After a process of selection, the photo-portraits get printed on canvas in big format, bridging Virtual Life with Real Life. At times eccentric, weird, cute or eerie, these images reflect one of Second Life's most lively subculture and aesthetics.

Mattes works in Synthetic Worlds include the well known portraits series "13 Most Beautiful Avatars" - recently shown at Postmasters Gallery in New York - and the ongoing series of "Synthetic Performances".

For more information and images:

Dockswiss is located at Hertensteinstrasse 156, Weggis, Switzerland


Originally posted on Raw by Franco Mattes

Jody Zellen’s Of a Lost Utopia


The works on paper that comprise Los Angeles-based artist Jody Zellen's latest exhibition, 'Of a Lost Utopia,' are poetic meditations on the fragmented way she reads, retains, and responds to the daily newspaper, using both old and new technologies.

This most recent project consists of her hand-drawn tracings from newspaper pages later scanned and digitally combined with digitized news photos. The exhibition presents original drawings, digital photographs, and an animated video in which the words and figures depicted in the drawings collide and overlap, adding yet another level of multivalent meaning to the work. Often the drawings include tracings where images and texts from both sides of the newspaper broadsheet are simultaneously exposed, revealing unintended relationships and commentary.

Using the machine-made and mass-produced newspaper as its source, the project begins as drawing, done by hand, and maintains that hand-rendered quality as the work undergoes subsequent digital transformations. Once the digital collages are completed, Zellen once again takes them apart layer by layer and incorporates the individual elements in a Flash-based animation, culminating in a DVD that becomes a highly distilled "portrait" of the News, a deconstruction of both medium and message.

Zellen takes a given, in this case the newspaper, and transforms it into something else. Beginning with the daily ritual of drawing, she ends up with a digital animation that both conveys a quality of tenderness embodied in the "touch" of the hand-drawn line and the sparseness of the imagery, while also critiquing mass media portrayal of global events. Zellen's images re-constitute the digested newspaper as a collection of fragments, depicting both beautiful and horrific events appearing poetically beautiful while maintaining a specific criticality.

Zellen works in many media simultaneously making photographs, installations, net art, public art, as well as artists' books that explore the subject of ...


Originally posted on Raw by Marisa Olson

Upgrade! Lisbon


Upgrade! Lisbon: Ivan Franco
May 30, 2007 19:00
@ Lisboa20 Arte Contemporaneam, Rua Tenente Ferreira Durao 18B (Campo de Ourique).

Ivan Franco was born in Lisbon in 1974. In 1993 started studying engineering and in 1995 he joined the research group GASA, one of the most advanced in the fields of computing experiments and owner of the first Virtual Reality Lab in Portugal. During this time, Franco also developed an interest in music, having played in several rock bands.

Departing from these two interests (computers and music) he started exploring the possiblities of computer music. Frustrated by the lack of physical performativity in electronic music, he looked for ways of recovering both that physicality and the man-machine interaction. In 199 he started a Master program in Barcelona where he developed his own instruments, presented in some of the most important festivals of that city.

In this presentation Ivan Franco will show his work in the area of the man-machine interaction, with special attention to his artistic creations. He will also show his most recent musical instrument, the Airstick, precently presented at NIME (New Interfaces for Musica Expression).


Originally posted on networked_performance by Rhizome

Net Artist's Power Shift


The Empire State Building melts in the hands of prominent net artist Mark Napier. His custom code gives the iconic skyscraper a new look for the digital age, while reminding viewers that software, not steel, is the new medium of power.

A trained painter, Napier spent 20 years working as a software developer, and he's been coding his designs exclusively for the web since 1995. As one of the net's first breakthrough artists, his digital creations have gone on to appear in top-tier terrestrial museums like the Guggenheim, the Whitney and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Here's a look at some of the visual highlights from his career, including projects from his latest exhibit, New Works, recently on display at bitforms gallery in New York.



Originally posted on Wired Art by Asami Novak

06-07 Rhizome Commissions


Since 2001, Rhizome has awarded commissions to contemporary artists for the creation of internet-based art. The commission includes a grant and support in the form of promotion, preservation, and exhibition. Today we are proud to present the eleven works completed in our 2006-07 cycle. While there was no required theme for these pieces, many share concerns that situate them within the spirit of our time. For example, some use participatory systems to explore the behavior patterns of internet users, as is the case with 'SLOWmail,' a 'new email service that deliberately slows down the pace of electronic messaging' in order to modify the speed of communication between sender and recipient, and 'Real Costs,' which calls attention to the environmental cost of traveling via a 'Firefox plug-in that inserts emissions data into travel related e-commerce website.' Informed by sensitive state intelligence, the Institute for Applied Autonomy and Trevor Paglen's 'Terminal Air' addresses the CIA's Extraordinary Rendition Program--through which alleged terrorists captured in Western countries are transferred to secret locations for interrogation--via the examination of aerial routes. If 'Terminal Air' uncovers hidden information, 'RESUME I?,' by notoriously elusive duo YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, is a playful Flash animation that, narrating their professional biography, has a more personal take on revealing heretofore repressed information. Overall, the eleven awarded artists' work illustrates some of the most exciting approaches to networked technology today. Stay tuned: the 2007-08 artists will be announced soon! - Rhizome


Source Code: A 10-year retrospective of programming, Eyebeam style


New Exhibition opens Thursday, May 31, 6-8:00PM
On view May 31 - August 10, 2007

Since 1998, artists, programmers, hackers, activists, technologists, kids and adults have come to Eyebeam to share ideas, find collaborators, experiment with new tools and create new work. The projects in Source Code -- the first of three exhibitions presenting the very best of creative exploration at Eyebeam -- frame technologies, generate new processes and offer the audience a platform to contemplate the impact of technology on everyday life. This group show will feature works by: Cory Arcangel, Carrie Dashow, eteam, Steve Lambert, Nina Katchadourian, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, MediaShed, neuroTransmitter, Alex Galloway and Carnivore clients Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Golan Levin, MTAA and Mark Napier.

The exhibition's opening reception will be catered to, in part, by Steve Lambert's Co-op Bar (2007), which offers a low-level investment and community space in the form of a co-operatively owned bar.


Originally posted on Eyebeam reBlog by perry

Conglomco Media Network


CMN is a collective of computer artists, programmers & cultural producers. Working in the tradition of hackers, CMN throws a wrench in the gears of the corporate machine.


Originally posted on by marisaolson

Lauren Cornell giving a lecture in Barcelona this Friday


The Trend Sessions Devoting Day Two to NetArt at Espacio Movistar

This Friday, June 1, at 5:30 PM, Lauren Cornell, Executive Director of, will give a lecture in Spain on new trends in Net Art.

The present and, above all, the future of Net Art will be the focus of the coming edition of The Trend Sessions, a project seeking to explore the intersections of new technologies and creativity within Espacio Movistar.

There is one essential reference for digital art on the Net:, a portal that has been in existence for over ten years, leading the way in digital art. Its executive director, Lauren Cornell, will be teaching a Masterclass analyzing the latest trends in this sphere of creative art.

Lauren Cornell will go over the history of Rhizome, a touchstone of Digital Art which supports emerging art practices involving the use of technology. She will briefly discuss the way it is set up and the growth experienced over its first decade.

Then, she will reflect upon the challenges of curating in this inherently dynamic and immaterial medium, and offer her expert views on new trends and directions for digital art.

After this presentation, at about 7:30 pm new media researcher Raquel Herrera will be chairing a panel discussion featuring two of Spain's own digital art experts alongside Lauren Cornell.

This Trend Session devoted to Net Art is the second event within the overall symposium devoted to new technologies and creativity in Espacio Movistar. The symposium consists of masterclasses and debates with world-renowned personalities in each sphere addressed.

Remember: attendance is free but space is limited. In order to attend, just book a seat by calling 690-770-720 or e-mailing


Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome

Noboru Tsubaki’s “Penta” vs Stelarc’s “Muscle machine”


These two similar robotic artworks (both 2003) explore different conceptual directions, Tsubaki's work (Penta) examines the entertainment military complex, and Stelarc's ( Muscle Machine) explores the extension of "the body".



Originally posted on Autonomous Mutations by marynowsky