Posts for April 2009

Open Call: Eyebeam Residencies Summer / Fall 2009



Become a resident artist at Eyebeam! The New York art and technology center announced an open call this week for the Summer/Fall 2009 term of their artist residency program. Each resident receives a $5,000 stipend and 24/7 access to Eyebeam's digital design and fabrication studios. For more information, check out their FAQ. To start an application, go here. For those living in New York City, Eyebeam will host a "How To Apply" Forum on April 16th at 7pm with past Eyebeam Resident and recent Residency curatorial panelist Robert Ransick (Bennington College, Vermont) and current senior fellow Steve Lambert (Parsons/The New School and Hunter College). Deadline for applications is May 15, 2009.


Getting the Big Picture


Jon Kessler and Thomas Hirschhorn are both known for large-scale installations that convert gallery spaces into environments laden with political commentary and consumerist critique as well as high tech/low-tech dichotomies. Their recent exhibitions are typically overloaded spectacles that nevertheless serve as indictments of the proverbial society of the spectacle. Kessler’s Circus could be seen as an Iraq-era Disasters of War achieved via Calder’s Circus. An army tent is pitched in the center of Deitch’s Grand St. space, book-ended by metal shelving that holds army beds and a series of TV monitors. The action takes place on the floor under the tent, as a cluster of mechanized contraptions put a variety of GI Joe and Ken dolls in constant jeopardy. One doll is dragged bottomless in a circle on the floor; another rocks back and forth slowly, his hands bound in front of him, against a backdrop of the sky pasted on a revolving drum; a green-faced soldier is bent over backwards and slathered with an oil-like liquid; a headless figure in fatigues and an “army” t-shirt has blood on his hands; four soldiers are placed upside down, guns at the ready. As in many of Kessler’s other recent works, each scenario is outfitted (embedded, if you will) with a mini-cam, making each setup a live-action loop that is broadcast on its own monitor. There’s also a hole in the tent for a large white balloon floating near the ceiling in the center, whose camera provides a bird’s eye view of the entire scene.






Shorts (2009) - Ilia Ovechkin



Open Call: Scholars and Researchers in Residence and Artists in Residence Programs at EMPAC



The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, New York is accepting applications for both its Scholars and Researchers in Residence and its Artists in Residence programs on a rolling basis, which means no deadlines! Applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year.

The Artists and Residence Program offers individuals, groups, ensembles, and collectives the chance to work in a state-of-the-art facility with optional support from experts in audio, video, and stage technologies and an interdisciplinary curatorial team, including faculty at Renssaeler. For more information on EMPAC's artists residencies, click here.

The Scholars and Researchers in Residence Program is available to visiting scholars and researchers whose research is directed at the intersection of physical, human-scale environments, and the technological domain. Residencies will have access to both in-house EMPAC facilities and Renssaeler facilities. For more information on EMPAC’s scholars and researchers residencies, click here.

For additional information about EMPAC’s residency programs, including guidelines and application information, click here.


On Sale!


Video: "Forms of Melancholy" Video Tour

What would Marx make of the internet? The man who envisioned future communists hunting and fishing by day and writing criticism by night would probably appreciate blogs, but think less of groceries on demand. Marx also believed that alienation stems from the worker's lack of control over the distribution and use of his product -- a theory that informs the exhibition "Forms of Melancholy," organized by Chris Coy at Sego Arts Center in Provo, Utah. Coy had about thirty of his artist friends submit designs to Café Press, the online store selling over 150 million user-generated goods. The full catalog of "Forms of Melancholy" can be viewed on a Café Press site. Coy said he wanted to show all of those products at Sego, but the order would have run over the show’s budget. His edited display can be seen in a deadpan YouTube gallery tour. It looks like a souvenir store, full of the sort of useful trinkets that, in advanced capitalist economies, function as vehicles for announcing social affiliations -- the mug with the insignia of the coffee drinker’s alma mater, the T-shirt with a bald eagle proclaiming that the wearer is a proud American. But “Forms of Melancholy” tweaks these conventions. Jeff Baij’s black hoodie reads "I hate U Mom & dad & School & Town" in Gothic script, making the message implied by a surly teen’s wardrobe bluntly explicit. There are several mugs with vacation pictures of strangers, or pictures made strange. With so many everyday things, “Forms of Melancholy” almost looks more like a novelty store rather than a gallery show. When Eilis McDonald puts the "pinwheel of death" -- the spinning Mac icon that signifies a forced pause -- on crude, animated wristwatches, it’s a pure play of signs ...






Donor Plaque Project (2009/In Progress) - Caleb Larsen



I am working on a new project where I am taking donations to make a brass donor plaque with the names of those who contributed. The more you donate, the larger you name will be, scaled to the largest donation. So if you give $20 and that is the highest donation so far, your name will be the largest. If someone donates more that your donation, your name will get a little bit smaller. Please consider contributing. This piece will be shown in my Thesis exhibition in May, the more participation there is, the better it will be. All of the money received will go directly into making the work.



Interview with JODI


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ooglygoogly - Meghan Morris

Has Happened - Andrew Venell


We've been discovering so much great stuff via the links on The Rhizome 50,000 Webpage that we've decided to start sharing some of it on the Rhizome homepage. Today we've picked a few netart gems we found on the grid.

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