Posts for March 2008

Friday, from here to Helsinki and ahead


A brief round-up of events, small and large, for our readers, this Friday:

First, a little self-promotion, here's your reminder that the next installment of Rhizome's New Silent Series is taking place tonight at the New Museum. Regine Debatty will moderate a panel entitled Media Art in the Age of Transgenics, Cloning and Genomics with artists Caitlin Berrigan, Brandon Ballengee, Kathy High and Adam Zaretsky. (Video documentation of the event will be up on the Rhizome site shortly.)

Second, this weekend, Pixelache 2008 will unfold in Helsinki. Organized by artist and curator Juha Huuskonen, Pixelache is known for bringing together innovators across discipline through provocative presentations and discussions. The focus of this year's edition is Pixelache University with "education in the cross-roads of science, technology, art and culture" explored across the four days of the festival. Following are a few highlights. For those who will be nowhere near Helsinki this weekend, some of the events will be streamed.

Friday, March 14th (5:30-8 pm)
N.I.P. - New Interfaces in Performance is a touring presentation, network and workshop series, currently featuring artists from UK, Netherlands and Portugal. This artist lead initiative is exploring gesture and movement based interfaces within live performance and interactive, mixed media installation. Teresa Dillon (UK) will give a presentation about N.I.P. in Kiasma seminar, followed by N.I.P performances in Kiasma Theatre:
-Burning the Sound by Rudolfo Quintas & Andre Goncalves (PT)
-Resonant Objects by Andre Gon�alves (PT)
-Air Stick by Ivan Franco (PT)
-BOP by Teresa Dillon & Kathy Hinde (UK)

Saturday, March 15th (time tba)
Traveling without moving seminar is exploring various means to cut down the amount of international air travel, featuring John Thackara (UK), Andreas Zachariah / Carbon Hero project (UK), Matt Jones / Dopplr (remote participation) and Daniel ...


That's Bananas!



Montreal-based artist Cesar Saez has an interesting labor of love. He wants to launch a Geostationary Banana Over Texas. For three years, he's been researching the technology to do so and he's now ready to begin fabrication. All that stands between him and his dream is a fundraising goal of $1.5 million. Once launched, Texans will look up to see a banana that appears to be one-tenth the size of the moon. The 1000-foot, fruit-like assemblage will be composed of bamboo and balsa wood and will run on hot air, much like a blimp. Saez says he wants to think about space as a "canvas for expression" and to explore "territory as sovereign within the social context of today's global society." The territory of which he speaks is not simply Texas air space, it's the space for technological research into aeronautics currently "monopolized by wealthy governments and large corporations." In some ways, the artist likens himself to a cowboy, defiantly sending a rather phallic foreign object (bananas don't grow in Texas) into an orbital pattern above a state marked by a legacy of corporate pollution. Though Saez admits that the banana, itself, is simply and "oddity with a sense of humor," he's hoping that this intentionally "unthreatening intervention" can appear like a message in the sky to inspire community growth. In many ways, Saez's banana is just an arbitrary symbol for something much bigger than itself. His development process is one that has involved far-ranging and ground-breaking collaboration between artists, researchers, and locals. He hopes that the next step, after this major DIY feat is accomplished, will be regional community members stepping up to create their own DIY communication networks, allowing them to evade profit structures in "monitoring forest fires, the weather ...


Live Performance of Joseph DeLappe's "dead-in-iraq" at Eyebeam March 20


Joseph DeLappe
Live performance followed by a discussion with DeLappe and Mark Tribe.
Thursday, March 20
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., NYC
Cost: Free

On Thursday, March 20-the date of the US invasion of Iraq-from 7 - 9PM, Joseph DeLappe, recipient of Eyebeam's 2008 Commission for Resident Artists, will enact his ongoing protest and memorial work set within the Department of Defense's online military recruiting and marketing video game, America's Army. Using the login name "dead-in-Iraq", DeLappe enters the multiplayer game as a player and, forgoing fighting, uses the game's features to memorialize US military members killed in Iraq.


Originally posted on Announcements by Rhizome

Green Light


This year, Eyebeam's Sustainability Research Group has been at work on an initiative called Beyond Light Bulbs, designed to inform individuals about contemporary "sustainable and green concepts" for helping the environment. Among the group's programs has been a series of exhibitions and the newest one, "Feedback", opened last week to an enormous crowd of earth-loving art geeks. Open through April 19, the show features nineteen installations by artists, designers, and research groups offering their answer to the question, "What does it mean to think 'green'?" Among the projects included are winners of Eyebeam's EcoVis Challenge in which participants responded to a call for new ways to brand and visualize environmental issues. Also included are Rebecca Bray and Britta Riley's DrinkPeeDrinkDrinkPee (2008) project, which gives viewers tools for thinking of their body as an ecosystem; Andrea Polli's Queensbridge Wind Power Project (2004), which explores "how clean, renewable wind power might be integrated into the landmark architecture of the Queensboro Bridge;" and Eve Mosher's HighWaterLine (2007-Ongoing), in which she drew a blue chalk line at 10 feet above sea level around areas of the city, in order to indicate the heights to which flood waters are expected to rise as a result of global warming. Many of the nineteen projects in "Feedback" use humor and irony to provide a point of entry into a subject about which viewers are often apathetic or misinformed. All cleverness aside, the show is meant to provoke action. If you're in the New York area, consider rolling-up your sleeves at one of the associated Saturday workshops. - Marisa Olson

Image: Eve Mosher, HighWaterLine, 2007-Ongoing


E.P.A. (Environmental Performance Actions) at Exit Art


March 15 - May 3, 2008
Opening Saturday March 15, 7-9pm

Exit Art is pleased to announce the opening of E.P.A. Environmental Performance Actions, the first project of S.E.A, a large-scale program dealing with current environmental concerns and the way artists respond to them. E.P.A is a group exhibition surveying recent performance work from around the world that addresses current environmental crises. The exhibition will consist of videos, photographs, texts, related ephemera and a film program documenting recent performances. For this opening project we have invited curator, Amy Lipton, and founder/co-curator Patricia Watts of ecoartspace, a leading international environmental arts organization, to collaborate with Exit Art on the organization and presentation of this material. E.P.A. will include performance documentation from more than 30 international artists. These works, created in the public sphere, draw attention to and engage the public in a dialogue about issues such as climate change, watersheds, urbanization and, ultimately, human survival. E.P.A. will set the precedence for future exhibitions of S.E.A. dealing with environmental issues including The End of Oil, about the global oil crisis and alternative energy, and Consume, about food production, agricultural and sustainable living practices. An exhibition of historical social-environmental art works is also planned to place this work in context.


Brandon Ballengee, Vaughn Bell/Sarah Kavage/Nicole Kistler, Mark Brest van Kempen, Carissa Carman/Joanna Lake, Center for Tactical Magic, Susanne Cockrell/Ted Purves, Xavier Cortada, Carrie Dashow/Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg/The Society for a Subliminal State, Erica Fielder, Ozzie Forbes, Futurefarmers, , Fritz Haeg, Amy Howden-Chapman, Basia Irland, Scot Kaplan, Carolyn Lambert, Robin Lasser, Kathryn Miller, Matthew Moore, Eve S. Mosher, EcoArtTech: Christine Nadir/Cary Peppermint, Andrea Polli and Joe Gimore with scientific collaborator Dr. Patrick Market, Rapid Response (Cobb ...


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Rhizome Commissions Jury 2008



We've assembled a luminary group for the 2008 Rhizome Commissions jury. In collaboration with the Rhizome staff, the jury will determine five artists/ collectives to receive awards ranging from $3,000-$5,000. The remaining two are awarded by member vote. In contrast to previous years, this jury will review all the applicants -- not just the finalists.The jury includes Oliver Laric, artist and co-founder of VVORK, Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Emma McRae, Curatorial and Projects Coordinator, Experimenta, Melbourne and Rick Rinehart, Digital Media Director and Adjunct Curator, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.From Rhizome, they will be joined by Luis Silva, our Lisbon-based Curatorial Fellow, and Lauren Cornell, Executive Director and Adjunct Curator at the New Museum.

The application deadline is midnight, March 31st, which means two more weeks! Read more about the program and how to apply now!

Image from Phrenology by Melanie Crean, a 2008 Commission.


Sending Mixed Signals


In February of 2009, the US will force a mandatory end to analog television broadcasts, in a regulated move towards digital upgrade. The shift will ultimately generate an enormous amount of e-waste when old monitors are discarded as useless. Portland-based artists, The Video Gentlemen, wonder, "What residue, ghost-images, or other artifacts will persist in the nooks and crannies of this technocultural turn-over?" They've organized an exhibition, in their city's New American Art Union, to anticipate the theme of the afterlife of "dead media." From March 19-April 27, "BYOTV" will be the preemptive channel for "a series of audio-visual works, presentations, performances, workshops, and panels that remix, retell, reimagine, rewire, and/or reclaim electromagnetic modes of cultural production." The gallery will beam with single-channel broadcasts by over forty artists, including Video Gentlemen collaborators Carl Diehl, Jesse England, and Mack McFarland; Amy Alexander, Craig Baldwin, and Nerve Theory; plus a special program curated by transmission arts organization Free103Point9, which includes 31 Down, The Dust Dive, Tianna Kennedy, LoVid, Todd Merrell, ben owen, and Tom Roe. (The entire program can be found here in PDF format.) Together, these artists' low wattage output will emanate from a variety of seemingly defunct sources, so that unlike a traditional exhibition, viewers don't see TVs passively displaying videos, but instead must play an active role in picking up the signals by bringing their own TV--hence the show's title. This reduction of telecommunication to such a small space and limited time forces viewers to get intimate with the medium, while considering its pending obsolescence. - Marisa Olson

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Atlas of Electromagnetic Space by José Luis de Vicente and Irma Vilà


an impressive 3D navigable representation of the services that use our electromagnetic radiospectrum, ranging from 10Khz "radio navigation" to 100Ghz "inter-satellite communication".

the "services" view shows the range of applications (e.g. mobile, satellite, broadcasting) sorted by electromagnetic frequency, while the "projects" view documents different art works that have been based on specific spectrum zones (with accompanying descriptions & videos).

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This is an interesting data visualization project, originally from information aesthetics, by arists José Luis de Vicente and Irma Vilà in collaboration with Bestiario.

Originally posted on information aesthetics by Rhizome

Rhizome Writers Initiative


In line with our goal to expand our in-depth editorial coverage, Rhizome is pleased to announce the Writers Initiative, through which we will upgrade our weekly newsletter the Rhizome Digest. The upgraded version of the Digest will feature an enhanced design and be published twice a month (instead of weekly) beginning March 26th, 2008. Each issue will include a long-form article on a significant topic, practice or event in new media art, which will be archived on the Writers Initiative page.The field of contemporary art engaged with technology warrants interpretation, criticism and promotion. The articles published through the Writers Initiative will give emerging and established writers, as well as artists, critics and curators the opportunity to explore in-depth a diverse range of topics and advance a broad understanding of this field, and how it mingles with other art disciplines and larger social and technological developments.We would like to encourage our community to submit topics of interest. We welcome pitches on any subject related to our mission of emerging artistic practices engaged with technology. Proposed topics should demonstrate significance to the larger field and our audience.Please send proposals to editor at rhizome dot org - submissions rolling.

The Rhizome Writers Initiative is made possible through a partnership with Pernod. A brand with a 203-year history rooted in arts culture, Pernod is proud to support writers in this dynamic and emerging field.

The Rhizome editorial program is supported, in part, by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.


Getting Closer to Bigger Screens


By Richard Wright

The BBC's Live Sites 2012 program is set to roll out 60 big screens in urban centres around the UK by 2012. Considering the vague agenda currently guiding their use, Richard Wright asks whether these big screens will ever open themselves to creative use or simply remain giant TVs controlled by giants.



In this article from Mute magazine, Richard Wright makes informed projections about the potential consequences, especially in relation to access and power, of large screens in the urban environment.

Originally posted on Mute magazine - Culture and politics after the net - CULTURE AND POLITICS AFTER THE NET by Rhizome