patrick lichty
Since the beginning
Works in Chicago, Illinois United States of America

Patrick Lichty is a digital intermedia artist, writer, and independent curator of over 15 years whose work comments upon the impact of technology on society and how it shapes the perception of the world around us. He works in diverse technological media, including activism, printmaking, kinetics, video, generative music, and neon. He is Editor-in Chief of Intelligent Agent, an electronic arts/culture journal, part of the activist group The Yes Men, and operates IALA Gallery in Baton Rogue, Louisiana.
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You're the Artist Now, Dawg! (YTAND)

Sat May 29, 2010 00:00 - Sat May 29, 2010


YTAND (You're the Artist Now, Dawg!)
A Digital Minimalism Exhibition
Curated by Patrick Lichty
plichty at colum dot edu

User-driven viral media sites such as have created a form of “internet - native” aesthetics that also seen on sites like,, and many others, that have inspired New Media artists like Marisa Olson, Jon Satrom, JonCates and Cory Arcangel to create forms such as “dirt style” and “glitch”. As the site states, a “YTMND” is:
A page(s) featuring a juxtaposition of a single image, optionally animated or tiled, along with large zooming text and a looping sound file. YTMND is also the general term used to describe any such site.

A YTMND, as a potential net.artform, is a highly formal/minimal structure, and it is through this format that the curator is inviting artists to create their own pages as exploration of digitally minimal forms.

I'm happy to say that after receiving a wonderful set of entries, the final set of YTAND pages have been selected!


Jon Satrom - Treadmill Series
Nicholas OBrien - Double Underscore
Curt Cloninger - Precious Little Evil
Ryder Ripps - Brokencycle Twombly
Andy Deck - y+AnD!
Jody Zellen - All The News that Fits on a Page
Rachelle Beaudoin - Neon Love
Robby Rackleff - This Encapsulates the Death of My Childhood
Jacob Engblom - Appreciation
Emery Martin - Wooly Bully
Matthew Jenkins - oohoohoohyeahoohoohooh
Jacob Guza - Extruded Pretzel Oven
Michael Manning - The Distance Between Two Screens


Escape/hatch Tactical Media workshop, June 11-20

Sun May 16, 2010 00:00


escape/hatch: what about free communication?

A tactical media workshop with Arzu Ozkal and Patrick Lichty in collaboration with Burak Arıkan
June 11-20, 2010
cura bodrum residency, Bodrum, Turkey

Open Call for Participation

In the post-millennial Internet, free communication is increasingly difficult, as is free critical discourse on global scales.  What are the issues that are arising with the coming of international firewalls to free speech from increasingly oppressive border policies to electronic practices like “The Great Firewall of China”, which restricts political information from its residents? How can open dialogues on labor, human rights, freedom of speech, and global sustainability be maintained in a world in which the dreams of utopian free communication are being crushed by governments and corporations? How can we devise strategies to create spaces for free critical intervention?

Artists, writers, performers, engineers, designers, activists, squatters, videographers and more are invited to participate in the tactical media workshop at cura bodrum residency during June 11 to 20, 2010 in Bodrum, Turkey.

The workshop led by Arzu Ozkal and Patrick Lichty will introduce interventionist media art practices addressing contemporary issues in the public sphere. Burak Arıkan will introduce network mapping processes and tools. These will be done through a series of readings, discussions, activities, and labs. The goal is to understand and intervene in the symbolic order through various tactics and media, and to synthesize viable critical projects for creation at the workshop or after.


Potential participants are asked to offer a short letter of intent and samples of work (media, text, documentation, articles) relating to the applicant’s interest in the workshop. People of all disciplines are invited to apply, as the discussion of all aspects of critical intervention (social, cultural, creative, technical, political, legal) are part of this event. The workshop will be facilitated in English.

While modest accommodations and some communal meals will be provided for the workshop participants, they will be required to cover travel costs to Bodrum and meal expenses.

Please send letter of intent and work samples by May 16th to the e-mail addresses listed below (CC all, please):

The invited participants will be announced by May 20th, 2010.


ARZU Ozkal

Arzu Ozkal is a Turkish-born artist who explores the concept of the
body and its relation to social political discourses through
videos, public interventions and performances.
Currently, she serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at
Oberlin College, where she teaches, organizes events, and
contributes to curriculum development in the Media Arts Department.
Ozkal’s work has been exhibited broadly in exhibitions and festivals across the US and in many countries including Germany, Spain, France, Russia, and Turkey.


Patrick Lichty (b.1962)  is a technologically-based conceptual artist, writer, independent curator, animator for the activist group, The Yes Men, and Executive Editor of Intelligent Agent Magazine. He began showing technological media art in 1989, and deals with works and writing that explore the social relations between us and media. Venues in which Lichty has been involved with solo and collaborative works include the Whitney & Turin Biennials, Maribor Triennial, Performa Performance Biennial, Ars Electronica, and the International Symposium on the Electronic Arts (ISEA).
He is also an Assistant Professor of Interactive Arts & Media at Columbia College Chicago.

BURAK Arıkan

Burak Arıkan is an artist based in New York and Istanbul. His work confronts issues ranging from politics and economics to cultural sustainability in networked environments. His systems have been featured in online and onsite exhibitions in the form of prints, animation, software, and installations.
Arıkan has presented his work internationally at institutions including Museum of Modern Art (New York), Neuberger Museum of Art (New York), Venice Biennale (Venice), Ars Electronica (Linz), Sonar (Barcelona), DEMF (Detroit) and at independent venues such as Art Interactive (Cambridge), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Hafriyat (Istanbul), Club Phazon (Tokyo), FilmWinter (Stuttgart), Turbulence (online), Upgrade! International (online). He has lectured and did workshops at institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, New York University Interactive Telecommunications Program, Istanbul Technical University, Bogazici Universtiy, Sabanci University, and Istanbul Bilgi University.

About cura bodrum:

cura bodrum residency is a self-organized initiative that hosts cultural producers for residencies, workshops, and conferences. It is located on the Aegean coast and aims to propose productive and critical uses for the touristic infrastructure off-season. In 2008 and 2009, we hosted one-month residencies, which aimed at bringing people from different backgrounds to reflect on issues of local relevance such as tourism, urbanization and migration. In 2010, cura bodrum will be hosting short and intensive workshops and welcomes proposals.



The Cartoonist Performance Art Manifesto

The Cartoonist Manifesto:
Performance Art for the Fin de Millennium.
Written - Patrick Lichty

For the past three or four years, there have been a number of artists, interveners, performers, (or whatever you want to call them), who are performing in virtual worlds. Second Life, World of Warcraft, Active Worlds, OpenSim - all these places are merely meaningless names that stand for the fact that there is a portion of the world that is embracing a “New Flesh” of pixels and nothingness. There are communities of “bodies without organs” writhing in a Tron-like fog of shapes and colors in imaginary spaces. But still, here we are - revisiting performance art, Happenings, interventions and the like, dragging the shadows of Dada, the Surrealists, Fluxus, the Situationists, Abramovic, Anderson, Barney, Burden, Export, Gilbert and George, Wiebel, and all the rest into the Virtual on our backs. It is again, like the seminal scene of Tron, where the hacker Flynn's flesh is ripped apart by the laser of virtualization and pulled into the computer world, upgraded with new, luminous bodies.

But wait! Wasn't performance art supposed to be the last bastion of authenticity in art? Wasn't the viscera supposed to be the final resting place of immediacy and affect? This is probably the truth. But with the coming of the 21st Century, it's obvious that humanity has become cynical about its own flesh; the body has become desensitized to its own suffering; simulations truly have supplanted the physical, whether in the form of games, virtual worlds, or CNN. As Marina Abramovic herself has said, the shift from the body to the avatar reduces performance to the gesture of the Cartoon, and she wished she had thought of it first... And rightly so! That is exactly what we are; As Nitsch, Weibel, Export et al were Actionists, perhaps we are “Lack of” Actionists, or Cartoonists!

We are:
Cartoons for those who hate cartoons.
Performance art for a post-embodied era.
Visceral art after the discard of the body.
Endurance for the mouse-enabled.

What exactly is this, then? It is Bugs Bunny shooting Daffy Duck, reenacting Burden's “Shoot”, Betty Boop submitting herself to Yoko Ono's “Cut Piece”, or Olive Oyl standing fiercely with the Red Star cut into her belly as in Abramovic' “Lips of Thomas”. It is Mickey Mouse holding the skull of Yorick, pondering his existential state. It is the cat and mouse, Itchy and Scratchy, eviscerating one another, whacking each other with mallets, holding you accountable for your gaze. It is the culmination of a society that has become exhausted with itself, with its own cruelty, with its own desensitization; an ironic stance armed with the arrow of its own cynicism, bow taut, aimed at its own heart.

This is the point of Cartoon Performance, though. Is this to say that the virtual gesture is abject of meaning, of affect? No. As children cry when playing with dolls, boo the amoral Punchinello at puppet shows, laugh at Donald Duck's fits of rage, we identify with the avatar; the reality of the simulated body. While we know that regardless of how many times Daffy gets shot in the arm, there is still the residual connection to the blood and sinew that creates the momentary flinch before the pull of the trigger before the flash of the barrel and the crack of bone. There is still the question of whether to face the nude Eva or Franco Mattes avatar when passing through the door, the urge to run when the fourteen Gaziras rush at you with the giant wooden mallets, or the vertigo of virtual Ciccciolina atop the simulated Empire State Building in the grasp of the digital Kong. The immediacy of the flesh is gone; but the feeling still remains.

We are Cartoons, and we bleed, scream, fuck, laugh and sing.

Or at least we remind you what that was like.

Patrick Lichty, 2010

Patrick Lichty
Gazira Babeli
Bibbe Hansen
Scott Kildall
Eva and Franco Mattes
Second Front


Liminality: The Space Between Worlds

Tue Mar 16, 2010 00:00

United States of America

A Mixed Reality Exhibition of Second Life Art
Curated by Patrick Lichty
email: plichty at colum dawt edu
Opening April 2, Antena Gallery, Chicago, IL
Entries Due: March 10-15, 2010,
Notification: March 15-17, 2010,
Reciept of Work: By March 27, 2009

Liminality describes the nature of being “in-between”; neither here nor there - or perhaps here and there. This exhibition explores the nature of liminality though examining work from the virtual world, Second Life, and its dialogues with issues of physicality via an exhibition at Antena Gallery, Chicago and on I Am Columbia Island in Second Life. The show will include objects, mixed reality performance, video, print and virtual installation in either physical, virtual or mixed-reality forms. What is the nature of art when it emerges in virtual worlds, and what happens when it attempts to emerge into physicality, and vice versa? What is the nature of presence in virtual art? How does it make us feel? This is the aim of this exhibition.

Artists working in Second Life are welcome to submit works for this exhibition. All works, from objects (print, sculpture, installation), media (video, machinima), live art (performance), and virtual installation are welcome. Artists are invited to send documentation and specifications for installation (physical or virtual) in the form of image, media or text. Media are limited only to those that can be transferred to the curator by any means. Artists will be responsible for shipping and insurance for all works.

Artists include:
Gazira Babeli
Scott Kildall
Patrick Lichty/Cao Fei
Janell Baxter