Interview with Leah Beeferman


The following continues the series of paired interviews with artists carried out here and at This Too Will Pass. Leah Beeferman is a young artist who recently had the opportunity to show her work at Philadelphia's SPACE 1026. SPACE turned 10 years old this year, and it's one of the focal points for the alternative art making and exhibition culture that's really starting to take on a life of its own in the City of Brotherly Love.

Leah Beeferman likes to imagine the internal lives of architecture and buildings. Her show, Orbital Debris, with Brooke Inman, here in Philadelphia, primarily exhibited work from a series she called "Imagining the Universe as seen by a Building used to track Orbital Debris."

While her work shows a great interest in technology, she does it all by hand. She talks more about what she's trying to achieve below. If this isn't enough, you can find more about the inner workings of Ms. Beeferman in the Exterview at This Too Will Pass.




Originally posted on implicit art by Rhizome

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manifesta Diary, Part 1: Rovereto and Fortezza


By Laura McLean-Ferris

'It's happening', announces the invitation to Manifesta 7. This is a cheerful fact not to be taken for granted after a four year absence -- Manifesta 6, the 2006 edition, was to be held in the divided city of Nicosia in Cyprus, but was cancelled after the divisions between the Turkish and Greek halves of the island proved too wide to be bridged by an art exhibition. Known for reinvention, Manifesta this year spans 130km and four mountain towns of Italy's stunning South Tyrol: Rovereto, Trento, Bolzano/Bozen and Fortezza/Franzenfeste.

View from the train / Ricardo Jacinto, Labyrithitis, 2007, in the courtyard of the Manifattura Tabacchi in Rovereto

Three curatorial teams take a town each: Adam Budak (Rovereto), Anselm Franke and Hilde Peleg (Trento), and the Raqs Media Collective (Bolzano/Bozen), with the teams collaborating on an exhibition in the fortress at Fortezza. This structure, it would seem, allows for a deeper level of engagement with the area, taking in several types of sites and histories rather than focusing on one or two. It also seems to circumvent the dubious artworld 'swamping' that biennales tend to inspire, where we all sweep into town for a few days, then promptly disappear.



Originally posted on Featured Blog Posts - by Rhizome

Usman Haque’s Man Made Aurora Borealis


A standout at the recent GLOW festival in Santa Monica was Usman Haque's mind blowing art installation called Primal Source. Looking like the northern lights or a supernova on the beach, Primal Source was made up of a huge water spray screen with a rear projected light patterns. The changing display was controlled by crowd reaction and ambient noise. Microphones spread around the outside of the display picked up the cheers and shouts of the crowd which were then translated into the patterns and colors on the water screen. Check out the video below.

NOTCOT at GLOW: Usman Haque's Primal Source from Jean Aw on Vimeo.

[via Notcot]


Originally posted on PSFK by Dan Gould

6. Jill Magid


Jill Magid is a visual artist working in a variety of media including literature, video, sculpture, photography and performance. Magid currently teaches Sculpture at The Cooper Union in New York.


Interview with artist Jill Magid conducted during the 2008 Tokion Creativity Now conference.

Originally posted on Tokion Magazine Presents Creativity Now by Rhizome