Posts for January 2010

The Tiny Drum Machine (v. 4) (2007) - The Pixel Plant


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For other versions of The Tiny Drum Machine, click here.


Chromedrones (2009) - Aaron Meyers



Chromedrones is a sound toy in your web browser. You can create sound-resonating attractor pop-up windows by pressing the 'a' key. The particles from the main window will feed the attractors energy that allow them to produce sound.


Note: It is advised to use headphones.


Visions of the Amen (2010) - Mitchell F Chan


"Visions of the Amen" is an interactive kinetic sculpture by Mitchell F Chan. The piece is brought to life by the voice of talented young soprano Ashleigh Semkiw, performing in this video Messiaen's Poemes Pour Mi. The primary elements of the sculpture are 16 strings, weighed down on one end by brass bars and attached at the other end to motors, spin at various speeds to sweep out those ghostly sine-wave forms, and pull up and down on the brass rods. The resultant visual effect, overall, looks something like 16 brass rods dancing, bobbing up and down in a forest of ghostly columns.

Each string in the arrangement is activated by a different note, and spins with a velocity dependent on the volume of that note. So each song and unique delivery creates a different ballet. The microphone feeds into a software that I wrote in Processing, which does some pitch and volume analysis, and then exports PWM values for all the motors via serial protocol to a set of microcontrollers.


Originally via Ethan Ham's blog


Call for Applications


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Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, an organization that provides legal services and information to the art community, is currently seeking applications from professional visual artists and arts writers for a new Art & Law Residency Program. This new program provides "an intellectual and artistic setting for participants to engage in ongoing discussions and debates that examine the overlap and disconnect between artistic production and the law from historical, social, ethical and intellectual standpoints." Participants will have the opportunity to become involved in a seminar series, an exhibition, a symposium, and will be able to pursue a new project or paper. There is no fee for the application or participation. The deadline is February 22, 2010. For more information about the application process and the program, please visit the original call here.


Required Reading


Art Workers Coalition, "Art Workers Won't Kiss Ass," 1969

Julia Bryan-Wilson's recently published Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era, is the first book dedicated to the history of the Art Workers' Coalition. Her analysis of AWC members Carl Andre, Robert Morris, Hans Haacke, and Lucy Lippard opens up a rich discussion of the complexities of the term "art worker" and the relationship between art and labor. An excerpt of the opening chapter of her book has been made available through the Temporary Services website and paper, Art Work: A National Conversation about Art, Labor, and Economics. You can access it here:

An audio version of this article was recorded by independent curator Joseph del Pesco and released recently through the SFMoMA blog. Del Pesco has started to gather recordings of all of the articles in Art Work, available here:

This post is part of a series on art production and economy by Rhizome's Curatorial Fellow Jenny Jaskey. The first post was an interview with Caroline Woolard of, which can be accessed here.