Will Pappenheimer
Since 2005
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

Will Pappenheimer is an artist and professor at Pace University, NY and a founding member of the Manifest.AR collective. Individually and as part of Manifest.AR he has exhibited in solo shows at the ICA in Boston, Kasa Gallery, Istanbul, the DUMBO Arts Festival, Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, PA, Pace University and Pocket Utopia Gallery in New York, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, MI. Together with the Manifest.AR collective, he staged two highly publicized interventions at the Museum of Modern Art, NY and the 54th Venice Biennial. His work has been included in numerous group shows nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Exit Art, Florence Lynch, Postmasters, Vertexlist, DUMBO Arts Festival in NY, San Jose Museum of Art in ISEA 06/ZeroOne, Kunstraum Walcheturm in Zurich, the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Ireland for ISEA 09, FILE 2005 at the SESI Art Gallery, Sao Paulo and Xi’an Academy of Art Gallery in China. His grants include an NEA Artist Fellowship, Traveling Scholars Award from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Turbulence.org, Rhizome,org at the New Museum, Lights On Tampa 2009, and FACT, Liverpool. His work and participation in Manifest.AR has been reviewed in Art in America, New York Times, WIRED, the Boston Globe, EL PAIS, Madrid, Liberation, Paris, NY Arts International, Art US, the New, Magazine Électronique du CIAC, Montreal, MSNBC.com and ZedTV, Canadian Broadcasting. The artist’s works are discussed in Christiane Paulʼs recent historical edition of “Digital Art” and a chapter of Gregory Ulmerʼs theoretical book “Electronic Monuments.” He has presented his work at the Eyebeam Atelier, the New Museum, the ITP Graduate Program, New York University and the College Art Association, empyre online discussion list, and ETH Computer Systems Institute, Zurich, Switzerland. For March, 2013, he is organizing a solo exhibition of the ManifestAR collective at FACT, the Foundation for Art and Technology in Liverpool, UK.
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 00:00 - Wed Sep 03, 2008

Virta-Flaneurazine at Fringe Exhibitions
Will Pappenheimer and John Craig Freeman

Exhibition Dates: September 6 - October 4, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, from 6-9 PM

Virta-Flaneurazine(VF) is a potent programmable mood-changing drug for Second Life (SL). It is identified as part of the Wanderment family of psychotropic drugs because it automatically causes the user to aimlessly roam the distant lands of online 3D worlds. As the prograchemistry takes effect, users find themselves erratically teleporting to random locations, behaving strangely, seeing digephemera and walking or flying in circuitous paths. Many users report the experience allows them to see SL in a renewed light, as somehow reconfigured outside the everyday limitations of a fast growing grid of virtual investment properties. VF derives from a formula which the authors of this study, Dr* JC Freeman and Dr* WD Pappenheimer, synthesized some time ago. The clinical study will include an exhibition that dispenses and evaluates the drug for volunteer subjects. The installation includes a comfortable multi-position mechanical chair, exam area, a waiting room and live SL projection screens for patient and public viewing.

Virta-Flaneurazine is a 2007-08 Rhizome Commission.

For more information and images please see: http://virtaflaneurazine.wordpress.com/
Call for Participants: http://virtaflaneurazine.wordpress.com/call/

Fringe Exhibitions: http://www.fringexhibitions.com/
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Invisible Influenced


These are great comments and you might well have been a ghost sitting in on our meetings as the project developed. It's true that there are many ways we could represent influence and geographical data. Each require we both project focus and plenty of programming. Since we had to choose a few issues to accomplish within this project, we chose them and then built a real-time database that we can use for future projects. The reason for using the US outline here was the idea of Rorschach inkblot, its shape being the most important for interpretation and diagnosis. But inkblots have plenty of interior tonal variation so that leaves more possibilities for future iterations.

The algorithm processing for the Twitter and Flickr feeds might indeed be a bit simplistic. The magnitude of the tweet being the magnitude of the influence, the number of images taken around a location being an interest level indicator. However faced with processing many influences we sometimes had to take simple roads. This gets into questions of the balance between accuracy and artistic gesture, an issue that is important to data visualization art. Twitter feeds were so interesting to us that the area calls for its own project!

We discussed the idea of whether we could and should register influence at the state level, affecting the physics of the US interior rather just its boundaries. This is very appealing to us but again a bit challenging to start out with in our given time constraints. In this case presenting the States as a monolithic entity points towards it's self image as "the greatest nation on earth." (Not exactly our position.) As this emblem begins to drift, it calls that notion into question, not the that this is a particularly new revelation. We have set things up so we can work with any country, so starting with the US was a choice about this moment in national consciousness where I think the US populace is beginning to wonder about its supremacy and vulnerability.

Look forward to more discussion...



aCounting Carsa

Thu Sep 13, 2007 00:00 - Tue Sep 11, 2007

“Counting Cars”
Will Pappenheimer + Chipp Jansen

image: http://www.willpap-projects.com/Image_Download/CountingCars_Image.jpg

At the Conflux Festival Thursday Sept 13, 11am-12:30pm
@ Luna Lounge
361 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211 T 718.384.7112

Counting Cars is an interface and consulting station that connects Manhattan surveillance traffic cams to local New York RSS Internet news of the moment via the vernacular consultation practice of “counting crows.” As a performance, I will assist participants to seek the moment's situational wisdom for a question they might entertain. With the aid of computer equipment, we will consult a live NYC traffic cam and initiate a programmatic process that utilizes motion detection to count cars within a certain period of time. The number generated as the “car” or “crow” count and is used to retrieve the text and imagery of a current corresponding RSS New York news story that is related to the participant.

Will Pappenheimer
Assistant Professor, Digital Art
Pace University, New York


PLACE RELATIONS, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich

Tue Jul 10, 2007 00:00 - Sun Jul 08, 2007

Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich
Eteam (DEU)
John Craig Freeman (USA)
Will Pappenheimer (USA)

A special exhibition has been Installed at Der Kunstraum Walcheturm http://www.walcheturm.ch/ in Zurich. Switzerland during the Digital Art Weeks http://www.digitalartweeks.ethz.ch/web/DAW/PlaceRelations07 Tuesday, July 10 to Saturday, July 14 open daily from 14:00 - 20:00.

Live networked performances:
Imaging Place at Emerson Island in Second Life http://slurl.com/secondlife/Emerson%20Island/115/136/23/ on Tuesday July 10 from 14:00 - 16:00 CEST (5:00 - 7:00 AM PDT Linden Time). or for the duration of the exhibition.

Public Mood Ring http://PublicMoodRing.thruhere.net on Tuesday July 10 from 14:00 - 16:00 CEST (8:00 - 10:00 AM EST) or for the duration of the exhibition.

About the Place Relations Exhibition

The import of location in place-based artworks represents a set of relations that become visible as they are affected or reconfigured. The artists in this exhibition explore the potential of public space, geographic territory, architectural location, social relations, online informational media, and virtual 3D worlds to form situational works. Their methods include participatory performance, field documentation, new media interactivity and mixed media installation. Results emerge as a hybrid reading of community venture, memory map, psychogeographic inquiry and information aesthetics. The works are situational in revealing the conditions or potential of place. They appear momentarily, as a shift in the relations of everything that blends into city life, distant landscape, or the event-stream of global digital space.

Exhibition Host: Patrick Huber, Kunstraum Walcheturm



Mon Feb 19, 2007 00:00


Wired madness has broken out! Regardless of the mode of expression, this new era of performative art is upon us. This has been revealed recently in many cases: the use of an embedded persistence of vision display to flag a taxi, or the nerdy need to extend alternate-reality games into the real world, or even ironically be more close to the military's command and control digital networks to be employed on unsuspecting audiences by trained insurgent-performers using computational and conceptual couture as a 'secondary skin' in the act of creating the newest New Media art experiences for them.

The Digital Art Weeks 2007 invites Performing Artists to submit proposals in connection with wearable technology and the arts. We are seeking works that empower the performer in an explosion of the boundaries of the body and link the audience into the virtual of technologically animated space. Any form of immersion should trigger critical observation in the mind of the audience in order to counter act the most logical form of evolution in the 21st century enabled by technology: Intelligence without morals. A series of performances during three evenings will be organized in partnership with the Cabaret Voltaire of Zurich.

Deadline Friday, 2nd March 2007. Notification of acceptance of proposals will be sent out on or before Friday, 2nd April 2007.
For more information regarding the call please write to: daw-perfs@inf.ethz.ch
For more on the Digital Art Weeks 07, please see: http://www.digitalartweeks.ethz.ch/

Will Pappenheimer
Digital Art Weeks Steering Committee