Greg J. Smith
Since 2003
Works in Toronto Canada

Greg J. Smith is a Toronto-based designer and researcher with interests in media theory and digital culture. Extending from a background in architecture, his research considers how contemporary information paradigms affect representational and spatial systems. Greg is a designer at Mission Specialist and is a managing editor of the digital arts publication Vague Terrain. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications including: Creative Applications, Current Intelligence, Rhizome, Vectors and the Handbook of Research on Computational Arts and Creative Informatics.

Greg has presented work at venues and institutions including EYEO Festival (Minneapolis), the Western Front (Vancouver), DIY Citizenship (Toronto), Medialab-Prado (Madrid) and Postopolis! LA. He is an adjunct instructor in the CCIT program (University of Toronto/Sheridan College) and has taught courses for CSMM (McMaster University) and OCAD University.

Out of Context: Artists and Web Inventories

On any given day, the average web user may log into as many as a dozen different social web services. Interaction with these sites could involve any number of activities including browsing photography, commenting on blog posts, planning trip itineraries, looking for a lover or updating a resume. While the sequential (or parallel) manner in which we navigate these databases and the generic aesthetic of the web 2.0 interface might suggest these sites form a unified network, that is simply not the case. In engaging the social web we voluntarily fragment our interests, social ties and demographic information in order to make them "machine readable" and allow us to participate in these communities. With these rules of engagement in mind, several recent projects speak to these conditions and explore the notion of web inventories in relation to identity, aggregation and as binding legal agreements.

Interface Aesthetics at the Dept. of Rhythmanalysis

Interface aesthetics seem to push further into public consciousness with each passing month. Consumers are manic about multitouch and contemporary prototypes exploring gesture and performance have hinted at how we will be interacting with technology in the not-so-distant future. This considered, conversations about the desktop metaphor underlying personal computing or Aqua-style might seem archaic, irrelevant in light of emerging tangible media. This is, of course, not the case, and when excavating the idea of interface, one can dig back much further than screen-based interaction and find an extensive lineage of control panels and analog interfaces that prefigure the graphical user interface (GUI). An artist clearly invested in questioning the nature of interface and display is Kevin Hamilton, a researcher and educator based in Urbana, Illinois. Over the last several years Hamilton has been exploring the narrative potential of bare-bones interface and informational systems, quite notably through his ongoing Rhythmanalysis project.

Interview with Mitchell Whitelaw

Mitchell Whitelaw is an artist and writer with interests in digital ontology and generative systems. His work and theory are invested in a close reading of the networks and tools we engage on a daily basis and questioning modes of representation. Whitelaw is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Creative Communication at the University of Canberra and he also authors (the teeming void), a blog on generative and data aesthetics. In this interview conducted by Greg J. Smith, Whitelaw discusses his recent work and contextualizes several of his writing projects.

Attn: Emerging Artists! Interaccess Electronic Media Center- Call for Submissions

At InterAccess

Recent Grads: Submissions are now being accepted for the 2007 Emerging Artists Exhibition

We are looking for submissions of electronic, interactive and new media work, including works related to artistic genres such as sculpture, installation, video and performance art.

Each year InterAccess’s emerging artist exhibition showcases new media works by Ontario post- secondary graduating students and/or recent graduates. One of six exhibitions launched annually by InterAccess, the emerging artists show aims to provide students with professional experience and exposure.

The exhibition will take place at InterAccess in the main gallery space from June 12 to August 12. Artist fees will be provided for each artist selected. Artists will be responsible for the transportation of their works a week before the opening. The artist is chiefly responsible for installing his or her work, however InterAccess will provide technical assistance.

Deadline for Submissions is Friday, April 27th 2007

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urban interface berlin

urban interface berlin
an exhibition exploring the interspaces between private and public space

April 15 - May 6, 2007

Artists: Jussi Angesleva/Richard The, Laura Beloff, Department for Public Appearances, Niklas Goldbach, Oliver Hangl, Gustav Hellberg, Daniel Jolliffe, Jocelyn Robert, katrinem

Concept: urban interface berlin is both exhibition and artistic/curatorial research project exploring the interspaces between public and private urban space. In 2007 urban interface takes place in two European cities, Berlin and Oslo.

The project deals with the changing notion of private and public space that occurs due to, particularly, the everyday use of communication technologies. The artworks in the context of urban interface convey the idea of public space as an accessible and contributive sphere and call attention to a more sensitive engagement with the private, physical and digital spheres.

urban interface berlin is a project by Susanne Jaschko in cooperation with art+com projekt für rechnergestuetztes gestalten und darstellen e.v. and supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds among others.