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.

Cao Fei's "iMirror" Second Life documentary on YouTube

Here's Cao Fei's Second Life documentary - directed by her SL avatar China Tracy - on YouTube!

iMirror - part 1

iMirror - part 2

iMirror - part 3


The Wall Piano

As we traipse around the summer's degree shows on the hunt for the hottest, brightest, tastiest new talent, some projects just leap out and slap us about the head with their all-round neatness. Like this: a little bit of tech-trickery that turns an ordinary wall into, you guessed it, a piano.

The Wall Piano is the work of Hon Lam Li (Patrick to his friends), who has just graduated from the London College of Communications Interactive Design BA. Watch a video of it in action here

We got in touch with Patrick to find out more:

CR: How does the Wall Piano work exactly?

P: There are two microphones attached on the wall surface. Those microphones are acting like human ears for the computer. Therefore, the computer is able to hear people who tap/bang on the wall. The program that I made could translate those hits into piano keys.

It all depends on how hard you hit the wall. The lower key will be produced when you hit it harder; and the higher key will be produced when you hit it softer. Just like every other modern piano, it has 88 keys.

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Emily Jacir - Generation 1.5 artist

Artist Emily Jacir was born in 1970, raised in Saudi Arabia and attended High School in Rome, Italy. In linz diary (2003), Jacir explores the complexities of surveillance by inserting herself into the frame of one of the Austrian city's multiple webcams. Thus, she asserts herself as a resident of both this space and the global network of images residing in unknown locations.

From the current exhibition Generation 1.5 at the Queens Museum of Art.


Drive Tray Guitar @ MSC

This "Drive Tray Guitar" was built by a workshop participant during our MIDI Scrapyard Challenge workshop held at Eyebeam in NYC last weekend. Basically it was built by integrating an old computer's CD drive into the body of an acoustic guitar and using the "Ejection" mechanism to create a "strumming" function that when moved back and forth connected up the "strings/wires" to produce sounds. Really nice use of an existing instrument mixed with some electronics detritus from the scrapyard!


Kubik, Berlin


Illumininated cubes, visuals, electronic beats are the three components of the new open air club Kubik. Near the east station, the bright installation can be seen from a distance. Based on the concept of a "Big tank", dozens of conventional 1000 litre water tanks have been arranged as a temporary installation.


Besides the spatial element the concept from modulorbeat provides the tanks with a illuminant. Different VJs will program the tanks visually on the weekends at the beginning of dawn.


The lamps in the tanks are individually controllable and can be treated as an oversize video wall. Kubik is organized by Balestra Berlin, which invites DJs from all over Europe in order to supplement the visual plays of the BigTanks by electronic beats.