erik sanner
Since 2007
Works in New York, New York United States of America

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portal for new media artists - feedback sought

some friends of mine are putting together a portal for new media artists to be able to share their work. i'm looking for some beta testers, to tell me what you think of the site. if interested please email me at:
- erik



As an advocate of the Big Mac Aesthetic, I feel that the mechanical mark-making of the biomorphic forms endangers the devious simplicity of the remarkable handling of ljght."

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lynn hershman leeson words

15 may 2008, after she spoke at the rhizome benefit i asked her for a copy and she handed me the (inspiring) notes, here's what she read from (sans caps):


i feel privileged by this honor and thank you for this wonderful recognition.

rhizome represents to me, a growing community of visionary artistic and scientific activists -- a range of individuals who use tactical strategies to create significantly hacked and utopian worlds.

in this world our evolution suggests that there has been a concerted effort to overcome human limitations. we obsessively augment our own senses with the mechanics of subrogated implants, from telescopes to robotic and nano probes, from contact lenses to cosmic rays, ultimately creating enhanced cyborian bodies that are capable of communicating to a mind at large. mcluhan's prophetic prediction of nearly half a century ago that eventually "we will wear all of mankind as our skin" has come true.

rhizome is the skin in which we now live, the horizontal underground stem of organic rootlessness. it is a system that encourages trespass into perpetually reconfigured digital territories. signifiers that have eroded in real life, revivify in these kinds of networks, perhaps to reconcile the erasure. in this space we have become stationary nomads, wandering a non-delineated global universe seeking not closure, but rather expanded aperture, tolerance and connectivity.

in fact, rhizome has become a diaspora of its own. we are the united citizens of rhizome and we form a mighty trans nation, if only we knew it!



i agree with steven. there are a lot of colors we haven't seen yet, and there will be more all the time. vermeer never saw laser-light red. i'm working on a project (which may grow to include a lab artists can visit to experiment with donated color-creating equipment) exploring the expanding palette.

i believe the growth of color creation capability adheres to ray kurzweil's law of accelerating returns. i bet if you plot relevant points from the development of pigments through history on a line chart, it looks like an exponential curve. artificial pigments have only been available for a "short" time (say a century). imagine not being able to use blue because it was too expensive - that's how it was for painters for hundreds of years. humans and prehumans (i believe) have been painting for hundreds of thousands of years with a palette drastically more limited than what is available to us (i'm just talking about reflective color not projectors or monitors or lasers etc.) right now the palette is exploding along with every other information technology - yes i believe color is information. but i don't believe information is color. i understand that artists are "painting" with "information" instead of color, but i think that's a different realm. there is a lot of visual work being made which doesn't need "information" (outside of color) which just couldn't have existed twenty years ago.

and that is going to continue. vivid colors will exist in five years which we simply can't create right now. i believe. i hope.

and i'm only talking about what we can see with our original eyes, the ones we're using today...


I'm reluctant

i don't understand the title of your post. what are you reluctant [to do]?