Image: Earth from Space, Apollo 17, 1972
After hearing rumors concerning the existence of secret NASA photographs of the Earth as seen from outer space, the writer and future digital-utopianist Stewart Brand fought to have these images released to the public. The hope behind Brand's 1966 campaign was that these "blue marble" photographs of the whole Earth would for the first time tangibly allow the planet to appear small, conceptually graspable and very much alone in the wilderness of space. Forty years later, the London-based new media artists, Thomson & Craighead, created the video Flat Earth (2007), a visualization of Earth that refers to a different perceptual moment.
Image: Thomson & Craighead, Flat Earth, 2007
Commissioned for Animate Projects in 2007, their project is not an unveiling of the spheric, "blue marble" image of the Earth as viewed from outer space but, rather, an attempt to describe the "flat" Earth as viewed from the membrane of the Internet. Blog entries and flickr photos interact with freely available satellite imagery to give a re-shaped conception of what space and distances between people effectively means in a networked world. The video begins in the tract housing of the American suburbs where we hear a performance of an actual blog entry from the angsty, young dancer, "teenangel." A few seconds later, we zoom into the sky above San Francisco as the bemused "patriot2000" informs us that he just read a translation of one of his blog posts into German and he's now curious to learn German. We travel across the globe to Zimbabwe, Iran, and Europe. It's a great seven minutes and it gets at something amazing about the Internet: if, according to Walter Benjamin, the technologies at the beginning of the 20th century allowed for perceptual reproduction to "keep pace with ...
Pictured above: excerpt from a 360 degree high resolution image from St. Paul's Cathedral in London. From group internet surfing blog supercentral. Taking 5 minutes to load, and encompassing several screens, the image file in "high resolution" is unbelievably large. As a 360 degree shot of a vista, it is meant to present a complete picture of the view from the cathedral. However, the size of the image is so enormous that it it massively exceeds the bounds of the browser, truncating its totality, and leaving the viewer frustrated. As such, the post, entitled "high resolution", playfully comments on the limitations of an all viewing eye. - Ceci Moss
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This month's program for Rhizome's New Silent Series at the New Museum, entitled "Nextcity: The Art of the Possible", explores the rapidly changing urban experience and environment in light of emergent digital technologies, whether invoked in the production of architectural form, the representation of urban space, or the locative interface and other newly available services. Within this set of circumstances, dynamic maps update in real time, garments and spaces deform in response to environmental, biological and even psychological conditions, and emotions are made visible, public, and persistently retrievable. Notions of public space, participation, and the definition of "urban" undergo profound change as a result of technological developments. The panel, moderated and introduced by Everyware author Adam Greenfield, will feature presentations by Stamen Design, J. Meejin Yoon, and Christian Nold, whose work blurs the boundaries between art, design and technological development. Tickets available here.
Friday, February 8, 7:00 PM
the New Museum, New York, NY
$8 General Public, $6 Members (Rhizome and New Museum)
These days it's common to hear about the "ephemerality" of digital media. Artists and scholars love to celebrate and critique the presumed immateriality of work composed of zeros and ones, but rarely have we seen insightful theses on the deeper conceptual implications of this condition. Now, a group exhibition curated by Thomas Charverlat, at Shanghai's Island 6, takes the leap of considering the digital condition as one of Zero Gravity. Charverlat's curatorial statement argues, "new technologies have created an effect of contemporary weightlessness that resembles the spatial-temporal suspensions produced by the absence of gravity," and the included works (by Yang Longhai, Zane Mellupe, Zou Susu, Christophe Demaitre, Zhang Deli, Wang Dongma, Thomas Charveriat, and Zhu Ye) seek to create a sensation of floating, with regard to the viewer's interaction with objects. Aside from these unique physical qualities, the content of the work sounds deeply engaging. For instance, Yang Longhai and Zou Susu's LED collages address sleep paralysis; Zhang Deli and Wang Dongma present inventions and elixirs to aid in the act of flying; and Zou Susu addresses lunar systems, merging the history of China's calendar system with the scientific mysteries of outer space. This must be what the organizers mean when they say the show aims for "new altitudes of consciousness." - Marisa Olson
Project Description: free103point9 Transmission Art Archive
free103point9 is in the process of building an archive identifying contemporary works within the genre of Transmission Arts.
This archive will serve as a resource for practicing artists to identify their works within the context of an emerging community of Transmission Art. Additionally this archive can aid the work of curators and scholars researching emerging practices in Media Art and Experimental Sound with respect to the topic of transmission.
free103point9 is in the process of building an archive for Transmission Art. The proposal will split the archive into two tiers. The first will, "...be a collection of primary source material contributed by and consisting of works from contemporary practicing artists, self-identified as working with topics related to transmission." The second will, "...seek contributions from artists, curators, writers, and researchers to reflect, critique, consider, and respond to specific issues and topics related to transmission." free103point9 is especially eager to "interject and engage" with other fields, such as new media, within the second portion of this project. For a full description of the initiative, and to find out how to contribute, click here.
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You've got big ideas. You're yearning to join NYC's art and tech elite. You could use a little time and money, not to mention support and inspiration, to create a visionary project. If any of these apply to you, then apply now for Eyebeam's Summer 2008 Residency cycle. Residents are granted a $5,000 stipend and 24/7 access to Eyebeam's Chelsea facility.
Eyebeam residencies support the creative research, production and presentation of initiatives querying art, technology and culture. The residency is a period of concentration and immersion in artistic investigation, daring research or production of visionary, experimental applications and projects. Past initiatives have ranged from moving image, sound and physical computing works to technical prototypes, installations and public interventions.
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transmediale.08 invited attendees to "conspire" and, over the course of the festival, the possibilities inherent in this invitation were thoroughly explored. From semi-secret off-site events to the constantly idling black cars at the entrance to invoking the name of the mysterious Bilderberg Salon to key works in the exhibition and topics in the conference, the many nuances of the theme presented themselves with clarity and consistency.