Brian Droitcour
Since 2008
Works in BROOKLYN, New York United States of America

Rhizome curatorial fellow September 2008 - April 2009, staff writer April 2009 - December 2011, poetry editor January 2012 - 20??

Talk Around the Clock

Image: Schedule for 24-Hour Program on the Concept of Time

Tonight at 6 p.m. the Guggenheim presents a marathon symposium titled "24-Hour Program on the Concept of Time." The museum's chief curator Nancy Spector organized the event in the mold of Hans Ulrich Obrist, who has presided over similar symposia in other cities, most recently a "mini-marathon" in Beijing on New Year's Eve that lasted a measly 12 hours. Like its predecessors, the 24-Hour Program is presented in an art-world context but brings together thinkers across many disciplines. Tonight's (and tomorrow's) lineup of speakers includes Ronald Mallett, a physicist who has devoted his life to building a time machine, and Joseph LeSauteur, an expert in the psychology of circadian rhythms. Also slated to participate are Philippe Parreno, Angela Bulloch, and Liam Gillick, artists featured in the exhibition upstairs whose run will end when the symposium does. "theanyspacewhatever" is about ten artists who emerged in the 1990s, but it doesn't show any 1990s art. Instead, it comprises new installations conceived specifically for the Guggenheim's rotunda. That should give a clue about these artists' attitude toward temporality. Over their careers they have avoided producing static, stand-alone objects, which are doomed to become relics or fetishes over time, while proposing that art lies in the viewer's reception of a proposition made by the artist at a specific place and time. Obrist conceived his experimental symposia with a similar sensibility -- which makes sense, since he is of the same generation and matured in the same intellectual milieu -- but when "theanyspacewhatever" turned out to be so undemanding that it was largely written off by many as a bore, one wonders what the artists will have to say about the marathon's punishing spatial and temporal parameters -- respectively ...


Interview with Lisi Raskin

Now that progress is as predictable as an automatic software update or higher resolution in a camera phone, the idea that technological advancement holds the key to a better future -- and the fear that it could be abused as a tool of world domination -- seem like quaint relics of the 1950s and '60s. Lisi Raskin's exaggeratedly ragged, hand-crafted reconstructions of military command centers evoke the thrall such spaces held over the public imagination during the Cold War even as they reinforce the contemporary viewer's distance from that feeling of awe. Over the past year, Raskin's installations on this topic have surfaced in several locations as stages of an ongoing project titled Mobile Observation. This year's incarnations began with Command and Control, an installation at the Park Avenue Armory in February, and continued with Mobile Observation (Transmitting and Receiving) Station at Bard College's Hessel Museum of Art, for which she embarked on a road trip to military sites across the United States and sent back materials to be exhibited. Mobile Observation will peak on Friday with Tipping Point, a performance at the opening of "Soft Manipulation" at Casino Luxembourg, where the resulting carnage will remain on view through the exhibition's run. Here Raskin, who works at studios in Brooklyn and Oakland, California, discusses her newest work and how it represents a change in her perception of Cold War mythology.

Floor Space


Remember the old Warp screensaver, which helped office geeks imagine they were whizzing through space at Star Trek speeds? Ohhh, yes you do! Miss losing yourself in soothing imaginary constellations? Artist Guthrie Lonergan revisits the whoooooosh sensation of this old favorite in his Floor Warp2, which is a never ending loop of not-so-intergalactic space, the floor. Lonergan translated Floor Warp 2 into the screensaver Floor Warp (for Mac or PC) as an exclusive edition for the Rhizome Community Campaign. So get your head out of the clouds, become a member at the Shoot level, and go Floor Warpin' today.

Support Rhizome and get Guthrie Lonergan's Floor Warp!


What the?


After attending Cory Arcangel's performance Continual Partial Awareness, in which Arcangel provided a long (and hilarious) list of his unrealized ideas, the father of one Rhizome employee commented that he needed to buy the "Best-of-YouTube tape" to catch up on all the punchlines. Have a loved one curious about all the weird and funny stuff lurking online but who may be a little intimidated? Become a member at the Seedling level today and bring them up to date with the gift of a Nasty Nets' DVDROM. A compilation of internet folklore put together by the twenty-five members of surf club, this DVDROM includes videos, remixes, animated gifs, and tons and tons of found and appropriated material.

Support Rhizome and get your copy today!

Image above from Petra Cortright's folder of surfing insanity available on the Nasty Nets DVDROM!!!


IX (2008) - H3X3N

IX @ DEADTECH 2008 from IX h3x3n on Vimeo.

IX knows 9 spells:

  1. 0N: turns computer on
  2. 4W4Y: restarts computer
  3. data_disappear: makes data disappear
  4. 3T3RN4L_R3TURN: makes data reappear
  5. 54W: cuts the operating system in half
  6. R881X0R: runs the rabbit virus
  7. M461C14NZ_H4T: catches the rabbit virus in the magician's hat
  8. T3H_0RD3R_0F_0RD3R: creates order + nonsense
  9. CH405_M4J1K: creates chaos + sense

Statement: H3X3N is a group of Computer Witches who have built an enchanted cube that casts magical spells on computers. The IX cube casts spells on Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers, hacking and hexing these operating systems. IX combines traditional stage magic tricks and irony as elements of Hacker culture to create an Interactive Installation and Software Art project.

More work by H3X3N