Posts for May 2011

Rhizome Commissions Voting Dates Announced


Announcing Rhizome Commissions Voting Dates:

  • Approval Voting: Monday May 23, 2011 - Sunday June 05, 2011
  • Rank Voting: Monday June 06, 2011 - Friday June 17, 2011

In this funding cycle, Rhizome will award ten grants: eight grants will be determined by a jury of experts in the field, and two will be determined by Rhizome’s membership through an open vote. The commission awards will be determined by a jury consisting of Tina Kukelski, formerly of the Whitney Museum of American Art, currently one of the curators for the Carnegie International 2012; Candice Madey, founder of On Stellar Rays gallery, and Domenico Quaranta, writer and media art historian.


Do Artists and Technologists Create Things the Same Way? Seven on Seven Guests Respond


Emily Roysdon, POSITIONS at Art in General

Seven on Seven participants answer the question: Do you think artists and technologists create things the same way?

Emily Roysdon
I think that even the broad group of people who call themselves artists create in wildly divergent ways. Conceptual, skilled, unskilled, improvisational, political, strategic, trendy, abstract, collective - these are barely one field of production, yet we unite them somehow. A 'technologist' could easily identify and situate themselves as an artist, it is a choice of field and context. Production and discourse.

Zachary Lieberman
I firmly believe technologists and artists operate in a very similar manner, as researchers, and begin the process of making by asking interesting and pertinent questions of the world around them, and working creatively to build the answers...


BLDGBLOG Interviews Nicholas de Monchaux, author of "Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo"


Image from Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo by Nicholas de Monchaux

For instance, the word cyborg originated in the Apollo program, in a proposal by a psycho-pharmacologist and a cybernetic mathematician who conceived of this notion that the body itself could be, in their words, reengineered for space. They regarded the prospect of taking an earthly atmosphere with you into space, inside a capsule or a spacesuit, as very cumbersome and not befitting what they called the evolutionary progress of our triumphal entry into the inhospitable realm of outer space. The idea of the cyborg, then, is the apotheosis of certain utopian and dystopian ideas about the body and its transformation by technology, and it has its origins very much in the Apollo program.

But then the actual spacesuit—this 21-layered messy assemblage made by a bra company, using hand-stitched couture techniques—is kind of an anti-hero. It’s much more embarrassing, of course—it’s made by people who make women’s underwear—but, then, it’s also much more urbane. It’s a complex, multilayered assemblage that actually recapitulates the messy logic of our own bodies, rather than present us with the singular ideal of a cyborg or the hard, one-piece, military-industrial suits against which the Playtex suit was always competing. ... — Nicholas de Monchaux, author of "Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo" in an interview with BLDGBLOG's Geoff Manaugh.


Seven on Seven Teams: Camille Utterback and Erica Sadun


Camille Utterback, Shifting Time – San Jose, (2010)

This week we are announcing Seven on Seven teams in advance of Saturday's event. Camille Utterback and Erica Sadun are game changers in art and technology. Camille Utterback's interactive installations have appeared in public spaces like San Jose's City Hall, and soon Sacramento airport. Erica Sadun books on programming, digital video, and digital photography likely sit on the shelves of many emerging artists and technologists...


Max Mathews (1926–2011) Interview with Geeta Dayal for Frieze


Max Mathews Radio Baton Demonstration

Rhizome contributor Geeta Dayal recently interviewed Max Mathews for Frieze magazine. Sadly the pioneer of digital music (creating MUSIC in 1957) passed away three weeks later. It's a fascinating conversation going over the history of computer music and Mathew's many high profile collaborations, while explaining the creative energy at Bell Labs at the time.

Your boss actually encouraged you to take time off from work to write MUSIC? Bell Labs sounds like it was an amazing place.

Bell Labs was a golden era. Golden for several things. One was that the research money to support it was gotten as a tax on the earnings or the profits of the telephone companies. We got it as a lump sum. The vice president in charge of research, William O. Baker, insisted that there be no strings attached to the money and that we could use it in the way we thought was best. So a lot of very important things were done with this support, or byproducts of things that were used in telephony. There were the radio telescopes, and the measurement of the background radiation with the very low-noise antennas that we developed that supported the Big Bang theory, and there was of course the transistor. And there were all sorts of speech codings that are still very important, and error correcting codes. The departments originally only hired Ph.D. physicists, mathematicians, and maybe a few chemists. Then they gradually let in some engineers. The whole research department, the position you took was a member of staff – MTS, member of technical staff. That was the highest position in the research department! [laughs]...

What’s your attitude about how difficult it was for you in the 1950s to make computer music, versus making computer music ...


Shana Moulton with Rachel Mason at LMCC Open Studios May 13-15th


Whispering Pines 10 - Trailer from Shana Moulton

Shana Moulton at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Open Studios May 13-15th:
7:30 pm - Friday the 13th (with Rachel Mason LIVE)
3:00 pm - Saturday the 14th
3:00 pm - Sunday the 15th


This performance will also be exhibited at Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College May 18 - 22:

(Re)Move/(Re)Frame Performances by: Brody Condon, Shana Moulton, and Yemenwed May 1–May 22, 2011 Curated by Courtney Malick (Re)Move/(Re)Frame presents three performances occurring at different times and places and explores the possibilities of exhibiting performance documentation inviting viewers to participate in the documentary process via the project's accompanying website at:


Seven on Seven Teams: Ricardo Cabello (Mr. doob) and Chris Poole (moot)


Mr.doob Zoom blur - 03 (link to HTML5 experiment)

We come to the last of our Seven on Seven pairings with
Ricardo Cabello and Christopher "moot" Poole. Among other HTML5 and ActionScript experiments, Mr. doob is known for The Wilderness Downtown. Moot preserves the culture of online anonymity with the websites he's created, 4chan and Canvas...


Weekend Clicking


Links for your weekend:

  • Sarah Morris sued by origami artists for copyright infringement concerning crease patterns (Tech Dirt, Joy Garnett)
  • Play Hunt the Wumpus (1973) with a JavaScript PDP-11 emulator
  • Dziga Vertov's Storyboard for Man with a Movie Camera
  • Upcoming Jonathan Lethem book of essays "The Ecstasy of Influence" (The 2007 Harper's essay with the same title, LA Times interview)
  • I found early on that I wasn't even watching the foreground dancers despite the very advanced and edgey dancing they are doing. When an artist has her audience transfixed by the background, she's truly gifted. (Fatova Mingus, This is Not Swan Lake on Marie Chouinard's Body Remix-Goldberg Variations)
  • Time Spent Alone (via tinkerkid)
  • Tumblrr, superimposes Tumblr images as a single image
  • It’s about time people started rendering unto Liquid Sky. Its long lipstick trace is smudged through much of indie cinema. The sights we see in Liquid Sky are riding the wave of genius punk sensibility from the late 70s, but by '83 are in full morph into the weird, technological forms we love. The broad bell-bottom analog curves of the 70's had given way to neon grids and skinny ties, and it was great. (Metafilter)
  • Frank Chimero's new blog The Mavenist
  • Protect your privacy shades (Forbes)
  • SSION at MoMA PopRally
  • Beautiful paintings activate the brain like love. (via Jen Bekman)
  • an iPhone/iPad location data visualize tool (more)
  • Daphne Oram's Oramics Machine at London’s Science Museum
  • Also in London: Great list of speakers for The Piracy Project lecture series
  • Marina Zurkow interview in BOMB
  • BBC podcast on Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy (via Morbid Anatomy)
  • Four Films from Kamran Shirdel, (Bidoun and UbuWeb)
  • Museum of Arts and Design retrospective David Bowie, Artist and David Bowie ...
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    Seven on Seven Tomorrow with Opening Remarks by Caterina Fake


    Presented by AOL, Seven on Seven pairs seven leading artists with seven game-changing technologists in teams of two, and challenges them to develop something new —be it an application, social media, artwork, product, or whatever they imagine— over the course of a single day. The seven teams are working together at locations around the New York City today. They unveil their ideas at a one-day event at the New Museum tomorrow — May 14, 2011. Seven on Seven is organized by Rhizome.

    Caterina Fake is delivering the opening remarks.

    This year's teams:

    Michael Bell-Smith and Andy Baio
    Emily Roysdon and Kellan Elliott-McCrea
    Liz Magic Laser and Ben Cerveny
    Zach Lieberman and Bre Pettis
    Rashaad Newsome and Jeri Ellsworth
    Camille Utterback and Erica Sadun
    Ricardo Cabello (Mr. doob) and Chris Poole (moot)

    Stay tuned for tomorrow's live blog!

    In the meantime, take a look at the Seven on Seven participants' responses to the question: Do Artists and Technologists Create Things the Same Way? Join in the discussion on Quora. Don't miss ArtInfo's interview with executive director Lauren Cornell about Seven on Seven. And check out John Borthwick's blog post on the event, "Art and technology are two communities that are well represented here in New York and yet they dont intersect that frequently. This event was designed to become a bridge between these communities. As technology becomes more deeply engrained in our lives and society it will become part of what we consider to be art and vica-versa."

    [Note: The hashtag for Seven on Seven on twitter is #AOL7on7]

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    Seven on Seven: The Live Blog


    Live blog of the Seven on Seven conference May 14th.

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