Posts for July 2008

Interaction, Interactivity, Interactive Art


Interaction, Interactivity, Interactive Art
a buzzword of new media under scrutiny

Conference organized by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research.
at Ars Electronica 2008 on September 4, 2008, Brucknerhaus, Linz (AT)
Concept: Katja Kwastek

'Interactivity' has become virtually a magic word for the promotion of new media and the media arts alike. The term refers not only to a certain technology, it also stands for social concepts and visions ranging from grassroots democracy all the way to consumer freedom. This imbues the term with its broad-ranging impact, but also contributes to its dilution.

This year's conference of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research. invites experts from different disciplines to examine the origins and applications of the various concepts of interactivity. It questions the extent to which interactivity should be considered a fundamental concept in the social and technological, cultural and artistic context, or as an outdated buzzword, useful only for the self-promotion of the different fields.



Originally posted on Announcements by Rhizome

Thinking Global


This summer, the Whitney mounted a major exhibit on Fuller's life and work, Buckminster Fuller: Starting With the Universe, on view through September. The show features a variety of Fulleriana, arranged in chronological order, allowing for a roughly biographic experience: sketches, architectural models, concept designs, numerous looped clips from the 1971 documentary The World of Buckminster Fuller, maps and diagrams, original publications, and a 12 foot high cardboard geodesic dome built for the exhibit. Though largely a show about architecture, Starting With the Universe presents Fuller as a revolutionary and visionary thinker who worked, as he put it, "comprehensively," across disciplines, and a forerunner of 21st century environmental design and networked culture.


AUG 1 & 2 / Artist Mark Tribe and Creative Time with the Oakland Museum of California.


The latest in a series of reenactments of legendary Vietnam War-era protest speeches, Port Huron Project 5 brings a powerful 1969 Angela Davis speech to the 21st century.

Oakland Museum of California presents

FRIDAY/AUGUST 1, 6:30 p.m. - ITVS Community Cinema screening of CHICAGO 10 -- a compelling experimental documentary directed by Brett Morgen that combines audio recordings of the Chicago 7 trial, digital animation, and archival footage.

7:30 p.m. - Mark Tribe, Port Huron Project artist; Emory Douglas, former Black Panther Party Minister of Culture; Nato Thompson, Creative Time Curator; and Rene de Guzman, Senior Curator of Art discuss the film, the times, and the Port Huron Project.

LOCATION - Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Oakland Museum of California and Creative Time presents

SATURDAY/AUGUST 2 - Port Huron Project 5: The Liberation of Our People

5 p.m. - Music set by Youth Radio DJs

6 p.m. - Reenactment of 1969 Angela Davis speech at deFremery Park.

LOCATION - deFremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street (between 16th and 17th Street), Oakland

Rain Date: Sunday, August 3

1000 Oak @ 10th Street
One block from
Lake Merritt BART

Interested in previous PORT HURON PROJECTS? Visit


Originally posted on DMAX by arozan

IMG MGMT: Stock Photography Watermarks As The Presence of God



[Editors note: IMG MGMT is an artist essay series highlighting the diversity of curatorial processes within the art making practice. Today's invited artist Kevin Bewersdorf will show at V&A this fall in New York, and maintains the website].

Disagreements on the ownership of intellectual property are issues of personal belief, and are therefore spiritual issues. Stock photography corporations have their own rigid dogma on the ownership of information, and they hold their beliefs to be truth. Like shepherds guarding a flock, these corporations brand their property in order to protect themselves and their patrons (the photographers) from unlicensed misuse or "evil" on the lawless web. In this collection of photos I have limited myself to an investigation of the protective watermarks of one such stock photography website,, and the search term "prayer."


Paddy from Art Fag City launched the series IMG MGMT this week. She invited a really wonderful selection of artists to contribute their found images to this ongoing project. Here's an interesting post from artist (and Spirit Surfer) Kevin Bewersdorf.

Originally posted on Art Fag City by Rhizome

Drawn Out Processes


The convention of the summer show, in New York, has historically been a mixed bag. At times it's an excuse for a gallery to do something fun, restrict work hours, and chill out a bit. It also tends to be the busy season for both emerging artists and curators, with group shows dominating the docket and variably playful, political, or conceptual themes running the show. Chelsea gallery Josée Bienvenu's summer show, "microwave, six," includes seventeen emerging and mid-career artists in their annual effort to (unlike the cooking apparatus that shares its name) slow down and pay attention to artists "who commit to the obscene activity of paying attention." It's hard to say what's obscene about this act, except that it's so rarely done as to potentially render it indulgent in some people's eyes. Each of the selected artists create rather slow-cooked drawings that "document the relentless propagation of delicacy as a subversive attitude." In other words, forget the short attention spans painted by the information economy, these pieces actually manage to transmit a high level of information, even as they eschew the ephemeral forms of files and bits to take up the hard-knocked life of a work on paper. Ernesto Caivano continues his epic series of drawings about an otherworldly landscape in which a man and woman simultaneously evolve into a spaceship and a lowly earth creature. Phoebe Washburn gives us highly-systematized, if cryptic analysis of devices and histories like Gatorade Storage Tank Study. Both Alexandra Grant and Casey Jex Smith offer readings and translations of the visual qualities of language, while Jacob Dyrenforth's newspaper-style pixilated (or is it pointilated?) drawings of concert crowds speak to the age-old effort of visualists to convey the maximum amount of information in the least ...


Network related works recently exhibited in Amsterdam


Recently had a quick break in Amsterdam to relax and try to see a few exhibitions. Our timing wasn’t great as some of the most interesting spaces seemed to between exhibitions (e.g. Netherlands Media Art Institute).

Deep Screen - Art in Digital Culture at the Stedelijk Museum (temporarily located on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the former Post CS-building) annoyed me quite a bit to be honest. The Stedelijk is expensive (9 Euros), I expected it to be, but I also expected it to be immense (as it was in the former building) with the permanent collection on exhibition. You’ll pay about the same as you would to go see an exhibition at Beaubourg or the ZKM but where as these could take a weekend to explore you’ll do the Stedelijk space in about half an hour. It’s not big, it isn’t even those two floors of the building that are mentioned on the site as many of the rooms are closed or open with nothing in them. The exhibition we saw was very badly laid out with huge gaps between exhibits, having to double back on yourself to get to parts of the exhibition and to be frank seemed very 1990’s in theme (it reminded me of an exhibition at ISEA 2000, Au dela de l’écran / Beyond the Screen), the choice of work and on occasion choice of artists. Added to this was our disappointment at Mediamatic being in the middle of a relocation to new premises (they were in the same building as the Stedelijk) and so they had nothing on - really bad timing on our part.

If you do go to Amsterdam soon however here’s what you could do with that 9 Euro’s!

Rent a bike for ...


Originally posted on Network Research by Rhizome

July 26: The Great Wikimarathon


The third Great Wikimarathon will occur on Saturday, July 26. The Wikimarathon is a one-day event that unites art lovers around the world in an attempt to collectively fill in the gaps of contemporary art knowledge found on Wikipedia. The Wikimarathon is a recurrent and uncentralized happening that takes place on the 26th of a month, since marathons are 26 miles long.

Participants gather locally, at house parties and coffee shops in their neighborhoods, to brainstorm and create content on contemporary and new media artists and programs. These small local groups then gather online in an open chat to streamline productivity and help each other edit their Wikipedia posts.

Organized, in part, by senior fellow Steve Lambert, R&D; OpenLab fellow Michael Mandiberg, and Eyebeam alumni.


Originally posted on Eyebeam News by bexta

The SOLA - Static Obesity Logging device


A quick project seen last month at the RCA Summer show. This one is by Design Products (platform 11) graduate and engineer Benjamin Males:

The Static Obesity Logging device, part of Target set of projects, can be installed almost anywhere. The casing of the innocent-looking device conceals a computer, digital and analogue inputs and outputs and a camera. The system is able to remotely calculate Body Mass Index and communicate the data via wired and wireless networks.

The purpose of the device is to raise a series of slightly disturbing questions. Surveillance technologies are becoming increasingly important and invasive in our daily life (especially in the UK). How far can it go? Could we envision that one day surveillance technology will have a role in healthcare? Could it provide some help in the fight against obesity? What would then be the potential uses (misuses?) of this data by others? How much would this affect our civil liberties? Do we really have a voice to protest the Big Brother society?


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

Space Camp


This summer in Pittsburgh, the Wood Street Galleries' exhibit "Out of This World" currently showcases artists who tinker with strange new ways to experience the cosmos. Vera-Maria Glahn and Marcus Wendt's soothing interactive installation Orbiter lets viewers lie down on the ground and look up at a video approximation of the night sky, limned with faint concentric rings. By pointing their fingers at the ceiling, participants create new "stars" that circulate and generate looping tones. Jean-Pierre Aubé's Titan and beyond the infinite (2007) uses data recorded in 2005 by the Huygens probe from one of Saturn's moons to create 2001-inspired slit-scan video trip-outs; the show also includes a video version of his VLF.Natural Radio (2000-Ongoing) project, which uses the sounds of naturally-produced electromagnetic signals, a phenomenon increasingly blotted out by human-made telecommunications. Geekier frequencies can be heard in Maria Antelman's taH pagh taHbe (2006), a video composed of still images of NASA hanger interiors set to a Klingon translation of Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy (no doubt using the preferred Klingon Language Institute version as her source.) Rounding out the astronomical theme, Gail Wight's Blow Out (2006) consists of forty-four photos of different smashed test tubes, white constellations of glass shards against black backgrounds, each looking like unique, exploding galaxies. - Ed Halter

Image: Jean-Pierre Aube, Titan and beyond the infinite, 2007


le duchamp (2008) by Rafael Rozendaal


le duchamp (2008) by Rafael Rozendaal

Brand new work by artist Rafael Rozendaal. Be sure to also check out Rozendaal's JELLOTIME.COM, which was a Rhizome Commission in 2008.