Ceci Moss
Since 2005
Works in Oakland, California United States of America

Ceci Moss is the Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and an Adjunct Professor at San Francisco Art Institute. She is responsible for coordinating several exhibitions (both solo and group shows) each year, special projects, public art commissions, and public programs for YBCA. Highlights include solo exhibitions by Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Lucy Raven, Nate Boyce, Shana Moulton, and Brenna Murphy, a large scale public art installation by Kota Ezawa in YBCA’s sculpture court, and YBCA’s signature triennial Bay Area Now 7 co-curated with Betti-Sue Hertz. She also co-curated with Astria Suparak the exhibit Alien She that examines the lasting influence of the punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl on contemporary artists, and toured to five venues nationwide.

She has a MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University, and a BA in History and Sociology from U.C. Berkeley. Her academic research addresses contemporary internet-based art practice and network culture. Her PhD dissertation "Expanded Internet Art and the Informational Milieu" examines the expansion of internet art beyond the screen in the 2000’s, especially towards sculpture and installation, as a product of what theorist Tiziana Terranova called an “informational milieu.” Combining art history and media theory through the analysis of case studies that range from internet art and social media in the 2000’s to Jean-François Lyotard’s groundbreaking new media exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in 1985 Les Immatériaux, her dissertation asks how the widespread technological capture of information affects cultural production, specifically contemporary art, and the kind of critical response it necessitates.

Her writing has appeared in Rhizome, Art in America, ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum, The Wire, Performa Magazine, New Media & Society and various art catalogs. Prior to her position at YBCA, she was the Senior Editor of the art and technology non-profit arts organization Rhizome, Special Projects Coordinator for the New Museum/Rhizome and an Adjunct Instructor at New York University in the Department of Comparative Literature. From 2000-2014, she programmed a radio show dedicated to experimental music, Radio Heart, on the independent radio stations KALX, East Village Radio and Radio Valencia.

Completion of Diary of a Star, by Eduardo Navas

Image of The Andy Warhol Diaries, taken by Eduardo Navas, December 2007

Image source: Diary of a Star

I've completed Diary of a Star, a blog project that appropriates the Warhol Diaries. Even though I did not initially contextualize this project as a remix, it certainly is one. Here's an excerpt of my definition of Remix as a cultural practice:

The remix will always rely on the authority of the original song. When this activity is extended to culture at large, the remix is in the end a re-mix that is a rearrangement of something already recognizable; it functions at a second level: a meta-level. This implies that the originality of the remix is non-existent, therefore it must acknowledge its source of validation self-reflexively. In brief, the remix when extended as a cultural practice is a second mix of something pre-existent; the material that is mixed at least for a second time must be recognized otherwise it could be misunderstood as something new, and it would become plagiarism. Without a history, the remix cannot be Remix....

Similar to sampling in music remixes, I selected diary entries from Warhol's Diaries. The way they are recontextualized as a blog allows for the online user to recognize the aura of Warhol, as well as the autonomy of the work as an allegorical piece of art. To accentuate this autonomy, the comments I made are separated from Warhol's entries, thus the user can come to terms with allegory as a naturalized strategy of the everyday.



Stan VanDerBeek-Symmetricks (1972)

From Channel 53, the video blog of artists John Michael Boling and Javier Alberto Morales. "Symmetricks" is a prime example of experimental filmmaker Stan VanDerBeek's computer-generated animations. Quotation below from the original YouTube entry:

"A computer-created animation of high speed stroboscope mandalas with molecular-like energy. The surprise of this film is the color produced from the strobing black and white symmetrical images. Done with an electronic stylus on a special computer at MIT. This film demonstrates the possible use of the computer interacting with the graphic artist" - Stan VanDerBeek


Open Source Video snstncntnr.1 at 21 Grand's 8th Annual T-10 Video Festival, Oakland, CA

Adam Trowbridge, a video artist and graduate student in Electronic Visualization at the University of Ilinois at Chicago released the source code of his video "snstncntnr.1" (standing for "sensation containers") as an open source video work last November. The video from which the source code came is premiering at 21 Grand's 8th Annual T-10 Video Festival in Oakland, CA this Saturday, January 12th. His innovative approach to video incorporates the concept of open source computer code and conceptual and text art of earlier decades. The EDL format is related to the technology that allows so-called "family friendly" DVD players to edit out scenes in Hollywood movies. Trowbridge has taken the technology as an opportunity to create open works. He has launched a website, www.snstncntnrs.org, to highlight works made using all or part of this source code. "I am interested in creative communication where people can collaborate without attempting to transmit an idea," said Trowbridge, "I am hoping this will spark a different form of interaction."


Continuing Education for Dead Adults

The next program in Rhizome's New Silent Series at the New Museum, Continuing Education for Dead Adults presents three multi-media performances that riff off youth pop culture and its long-term consequences. East Coast collective Paper Rad premieres new videos, including Problem Solvers (20 min, 2008) and a short entitled crank dat spongebob batman dropdead robocop (3 min, 2008) which, in the group's words, is a "3-minute terror-ride through the online world of youtube show-offs." New York artist Ben Coonley presents a new performance entitled Kindred Spirits is the Working Title, (15 min, 2008) and Providence-based experimental band Wizardzz (featuring members of Lightning Bolt) will perform in front of a mesmeric animated tapestry. Tickets available here.

Friday, Jan. 11, 7:00 PM
the New Museum, New York, NY
$8 general public, $6 Members (Rhizome and New Museum)


More free103point9 videos on YouTube

Looks like Joe Milutis has been busy uploading more videos from Wave Farm performances.

Stars Like Fleas forest performance at Wave Farm, 2006. Filmed with Vidster cam.

Bryan Zimmerman of The Dust Dive performs from pond at free103point9 Wave Farm. Filmed with Vidster.

"Car Harp" installation at Wave Farm Radio Festival 2006 by Lily Gottlieb-McHale. Filmed with Fisher-Price Vidster Camera.

Wave Farm is the upstate location for transmission arts organization free103point9. The Wave Farm hosts a variety of public performances and exhibitions, as well as a residency program, a study center, and a transmission sculpture garden. For more videos from the Wave Farm, visit the link below.