Joanne McNeil
Since 2010
Works in Brooklyn United States of America

writer (Los Angeles Times, Wired UK, Frieze, etc) // former editor of

Andy Baio on Making

Andy Baio was paired with Michael Bell Smith at last Saturday's Seven on Seven. Today he writes about his experience creating for the event:

When we first started work on Friday morning, Michael and I started brainstorming what we wanted to accomplish: something visual, high-concept (i.e. explainable in a tweet), and hopefully with a sense of humor.

We quickly realized that our interest in supercuts was fertile ground. Michael's work often touches on structural re-edits and remixes, such as Oonce-Oonce, Battleship Potemkin: Dance Edit, Chapters 1-12 of R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet Synced and Played Simultaneously, and his mashup album mixing pop vocals over their ringtone versions.

Both of us were fascinated by this form of Internet folk art. Every supercut is a labor of love. Making one is incredibly time-consuming, taking days or weeks to compile and edit a single video. Most are created by pop culture fans, but they've also been used for film criticism and political commentary. It's a natural byproduct of remix culture: people using sampling to convey a single message, made possible by the ready availability of online video and cheap editing software.

So, supercuts. But what? Making a single supercut seemed cheap. I first suggested making a visual index of supercuts, or a visualization of every clip.

But Michael had a better idea — going meta. We were going to build a SUPERSUPERCUT, a supercut composed entirely out of other supercuts. And, if we had time, we'd make a dedicated supercut index...


New Adam Curtis Documentary on Network Culture "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace"

BBC posts the trailer for the upcoming Adam Curtis documentary, "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace." It airs Monday May 23 at 9pm on BBC2. Curtis' previous documentaries (It Felt Like a Kiss, Century of the Self, The Power of Nightmares, etc) are available streaming free online at


eteam in ArtForum

eteam, If the dancing gets too stiff, the rain needs to get dug out as ice-cubes, (2011)

The “OS” stands for either “open source” or “operating system,” and the German term Grabeland means land for digging, particularly land left over from allotments leased to people during World War I and World War II so they could grow food. As with our ongoing project International Airport Montello, we used eBay to purchase land, but this time we purchased a set of allotment gardens in Dewitz, a village north of Berlin. We became the landlords of a 36,000-square-foot plot of land with eight remaining tenants and seven feral lots. After receiving complaints from our tenants about the lack of access to water, we suggested that we dig a well, an idea our tenants rejected. Their complaint provided us with a connection to the land and the people of Dewitz, and over the past several years we have searched for water in different ways. We have used this exploration both as a motif and as a means of turning the local into the global and connecting the plot in Dewitz with land in northeast Nevada. The water of the Atlantic geographically separates Dewitz and Oasis, but the lack of access to water connects the two sites.eteam discusses OS GRABELAND in ArtForum


Weekend Clicking

Links for your weekend:

  • Sarah Morris sued by origami artists for copyright infringement concerning crease patterns (Tech Dirt, Joy Garnett)
  • Play Hunt the Wumpus (1973) with a JavaScript PDP-11 emulator
  • Dziga Vertov's Storyboard for Man with a Movie Camera
  • Upcoming Jonathan Lethem book of essays "The Ecstasy of Influence" (The 2007 Harper's essay with the same title, LA Times interview)
  • I found early on that I wasn't even watching the foreground dancers despite the very advanced and edgey dancing they are doing. When an artist has her audience transfixed by the background, she's truly gifted. (Fatova Mingus, This is Not Swan Lake on Marie Chouinard's Body Remix-Goldberg Variations)
  • Time Spent Alone (via tinkerkid)
  • Tumblrr, superimposes Tumblr images as a single image
  • It’s about time people started rendering unto Liquid Sky. Its long lipstick trace is smudged through much of indie cinema. The sights we see in Liquid Sky are riding the wave of genius punk sensibility from the late 70s, but by '83 are in full morph into the weird, technological forms we love. The broad bell-bottom analog curves of the 70's had given way to neon grids and skinny ties, and it was great. (Metafilter)
  • Frank Chimero's new blog The Mavenist
  • Protect your privacy shades (Forbes)
  • SSION at MoMA PopRally
  • Beautiful paintings activate the brain like love. (via Jen Bekman)
  • an iPhone/iPad location data visualize tool (more)
  • Daphne Oram's Oramics Machine at London’s Science Museum
  • Also in London: Great list of speakers for The Piracy Project lecture series
  • Marina Zurkow interview in BOMB
  • BBC podcast on Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy (via Morbid Anatomy)
  • Four Films from Kamran Shirdel, (Bidoun and UbuWeb)
  • Museum of Arts and Design retrospective David Bowie, Artist and David Bowie ...
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    Shana Moulton with Rachel Mason at LMCC Open Studios May 13-15th

    Whispering Pines 10 - Trailer from Shana Moulton

    Shana Moulton at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Open Studios May 13-15th:
    7:30 pm - Friday the 13th (with Rachel Mason LIVE)
    3:00 pm - Saturday the 14th
    3:00 pm - Sunday the 15th


    This performance will also be exhibited at Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College May 18 - 22:

    (Re)Move/(Re)Frame Performances by: Brody Condon, Shana Moulton, and Yemenwed May 1–May 22, 2011 Curated by Courtney Malick (Re)Move/(Re)Frame presents three performances occurring at different times and places and explores the possibilities of exhibiting performance documentation inviting viewers to participate in the documentary process via the project's accompanying website at:

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