:: Saturday, September 27, 2003 ::

An upcoming series of talks and seminars to be held at Tate Modern under the title When New Media Was New to be chaired by Charlie Gere, Lecturer at Birkbeck College and author of Digital Culture (2002) looks like it might be an event to attend.

"This series of talks and seminars looks at the history of new media art - from experiments with computer art in the 1950s and 60s to the emergence of net art in the 1990s. It features three curators/critics who have pioneered and supported new media art over the last forty years: Jasia Reichardt, Christiane Paul and Peter Weibel. The aim is look at landmark works and exhibitions in the field of computer art, digital and electronic media, and internet art, and discuss their relationships with mainstream art practice and with technological developments in the wider world."

For more information please see the tate modern site.

:: Garrett Lynch [+] ::
:: Friday, September 26, 2003 ::
This years Venice Biennale is nearing it's end. What nearly everybody overlooked so far is that the Rumanian Pavilion shows works by the hardly known net artist Calin Man. His esthetics and use of color use (a lot red/black/grey) recall feelings of works by russian avant garde artists at the beginning of the revolution. The content though is highly critical and takes on things as copyright issues and also there's some humor through weird word combinations in the texts (Duchamp), like for example the words alteridem and Esoth Eric (used as name name for a hypermedia application). To get an extensive overview in pics and words what Calin Man's work is about go to the Biennale page of the Muzeul National de Arta Contemperana Rumania.
:: Peter Luining [+] ::
:: Thursday, September 25, 2003 ::
Last week I wrote a skeptical review about the new list from the nettime family called nettime-ann (the ann stands for announcer). I just noticed that they have their archive up and it looks very promising; on one page one can find all the latest announcements. It could even become more interesting if a large number of people discover it and start to send their announcements. Of course too many announcements could make the list disorderly, but for now it has the benefit of the doubt. Click here to check the page with all latest announcers.

:: Peter Luining [+] ::
Recently exhibited as part of the Athica - Virtual Gallery v2, Brooke A. Knight's An Hour of Your Time is "An investigation of things you could be doing rather than watching this piece".

Literally taking or using An Hour of Your Time the piece gives suggestion after suggestion for each second of that hour, 3600 in total. An Hour of Your Time is surely a commentary into the social phenomenon that occurs with most web 'surfers'; pointless surfing through web sites that are of no particular interest and filling the time. Beautifully simplistic, the piece turns an interactive format (Macromedia's Director) into a linear form, simultaneously progressing through the time as we watch it yet counting down / backwards to a 00:00:00 point, a deadline. The presence of the countdown suggests an event that is going to happen at a future time yet the title leads us to believe that this will be denied and that hour will simply be taken from us.

An Hour of Your Time is almost ambient as a piece of net.art. Clean, simple, minimal and unobtrusive it focuses on a theme relevant to all 'surfers', time and its absence in virtual spaces undermined by time in the real. That system clock that keeps ticking forward or that dial-up connection timer thats just passed three hours. As for what happens at the deadline, the 00:00:00 point, well you'll have to invest some of your time!

:: Garrett Lynch [+] ::
Discordia launches new events for the Fall season. Official announcement:
Discordia wants to hear from you!

Discordia is a critical weblog working at the intersections of art, activism and critical techno cultures.
Discordia is an experiment in social filtering, collaborative moderation and different styles of communication.
Discordia opened in June this year, and since then a few hundred users have registered and started posting.

What does Discordia have on the burner this fall?

Now taking reservations October 2003 to January 2004:

Become a guest star for a week! Or share the spotlight by inviting a correspondent to guest host along with you!

Some possible topics:
--world summit on the information society
--p2p projects
--taxonomies of online media culture projects
--report from the October conference of Internet researchers in Toronto
--discuss your critical online project
--issues in media arts
--issues in media arts education
--film/ politics/ social visions
--collaboration / cooperation
--difference and diversity beyond tokenism
--issues in software culture
--rise and demise of Internet
--the spectacle of elections/ democracy as mass entertainment
--ups and downs of collaborative weblogs
--read and debate a book together

Or suggest a topic of your own. And remember - Discordia welcomes posts in a variety of languages.

Send us the dates of the week for which you propose, the topic(s), and optionally, name of your correspondent.

In addition:
Discordia is interested in expanding its circle of editors: Editors are people who make connections between ideas, notice interesting topics and post them or invite others to post. Editors make use of the "Nepotism" feature of Discordia to influence the direction of discussions, while the "Democracy" feature ensures openness in all
directions. If you are interested, please let us know.
:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
Violence Online is accepting paper proposals. Official announcement:

Violence Online Festival is looking for proposals:
papers to included in the coming project versions of this successful New Media environment. Currently, more than 300 artists from 40 countries reflect the phenomenon of violence from their artistic view.

The requested papers should go down to following topics connected to "violence":

Society, psychology, philosophy, science, MEDIA; culture, art. Other topics, if expressively indicated, are welcome, as well.

The accepted languages are English, French, Spanish and German. There is no specific restriction concerning the lenght of the papers. Please use only these digital formats for submitting:

a) plain email text
b) RTF (Rich Text Format)
c) .txt
d. html (webpage)

Academic, scientific papers are welcome, as well as articles and private reflections. It is intended to show the subject of "violence" from most different views.

The submitter/author must hold all rights on the paper(s) to be submitted.

Violence Online Festival is a free and independant cultural production and will not be able to pay any fee.

The selected papers will be published online exclusively on the Violence Online Festival site and will include the copyright note of the author.

28 October 2003
28 November 2003
28 December 2003
28 January 2004

All serious papers will be reviewed as soon as they arrive.
For more information visit the Violence Online website.

:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
I was recently given a copy of the Read_Me 2.3 Reader; a very simple and well designed book offering writings on software art and its culture; many of the projects can be found at runme.org.

The 2.3 Reader offers a concise and intense set of interviews, reviews of artworks, as well as commentaries and reports. Some of the most compelling articles are the "Read_Me 2.3 Report", which explains the reasons behind developing the Read_Me 2.3 Software Festival, and "A Quick view at Software Art." The book also takes on emancipatory narratives in the interview of Hans Bernhard: "Bringing Capitalism and Democracy Closer Together." Unfortunately, many of the writings in the reader are not available online, except for the art reviews.

What is most interesting for me about this whole project is that it really comes to life through the printed material -- a book, which is the last thing one would equate with emerging technologies. Reading the text in such a traditional format is extremely welcomed, and I will admit this is, perhaps, an idiosyncratic statement but there is a sense of cohesion that I get from having the book around; being able to pick it up to read a section here and there. The Read_Me 2.3 Reader is dense, informative, and unexpectedly abstract in thought, and it has a good chance of becoming the standard to better understand software art. Hopefully, it will be available at your local bookstore soon.
:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
:: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 ::
AIM (Art in Motion) is currently accepting submissions for their fifth Media based festival. Official Announcement:

AIM V: SYZYGY (the human remix)
Deadline: NOVEMBER 30, 2003
Entry is FREE

Online entry form and further details:.usc.edu/aim

Contact: aim@usc.edu

AIM, the University of Southern California School of Fine Arts’ international festival of time-based media, in partnership with the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, is pleased to announce AIM V: SYZYGY (the human remix).

AIM V: SYZYGY call for entries that explore the question of the human/machine ‘remix’. Derived from a Greek root meaning “yoked or paired”, syzygy implies a state of interdependent duality that speaks to the increasingly chimeric relationship between human and machine.

As instantaneous, disembodied communication becomes the constant condition of our lives, and the distinction between biology and technology blurs, so a new experience of self is emerging. It is one of ‘distributed subjectivity’: the state of being (either alternately or simultaneously) both an embodied and a disembodied entity that is supplemented, multiplied, and mediated by technological apparatus. In this renegotiation of what it is and means to be human, we are exploring the ramifications of the ‘remix’ – its impact on human relationships (from global to interpersonal), on perception and the expression of subjectivity (human and/or machine), and on the experience of being a body (physical or virtual, flesh or machine).

The AIM V: SYZYGY (the human remix) exhibition will be held March 7 – June 6, 2004 at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena. AIM V will also include screenings on the video billboards on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip and satellite lectures and events in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Cusco, Peru.

Online entry form & further details:

:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
:: Tuesday, September 23, 2003 ::
War Product War, an online project previously mentioned on Net Art Review, has a new installment. Presenting politicaly loaded material, it currently offers an intricate set of pop-up windows with links to several corporate websites. The implication here is their controversial involvement in the middle east. Quite a treat to watch and interact with -- even though the subject matter is not necessarily a pleasant one.
:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
Blogs are a source of inspiration for net artists, which means yet another category to be considered in new media -- Blog Art:

The Haunted Blog

As part of the Civil Arts Enquiry's Haunted Event cityartscentre.ie/hauntedvis.html at the City Arts Centre Dublin, Net artist Conor McGarrigle has been commissioned to create a blog based artwork.

Over the exhibition period the blog will conduct a virtual exploration of the City Arts Centre from personal reminiscences, past exhibitions and events placed in a context of it's location and the physical changes that have taken place in this part of Dublin since the City Arts Centre opened.

As a regular blogger and a devotee of the blogosphere McGarrigle has always been interested in the potential to use the blog format as an art
medium. Not just to blog about art but that the blog itself would be an artwork. The Haunted exhibition has presented the perfect opportunity to put these ideas into action.

The Blog runs from the 22nd September - 14 October with regular updates [...] in the City Arts Centre,
Moss St Dublin.
:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
:: Monday, September 22, 2003 ::
Freecooperation is a "two day conference about the art of collaboration, models of critical web-based art, and the role media technologies play in the making of social networks" taking place at SUNY, Buffalo, America from the 24/04/04 - 25/04/04 organised by Trebor Scholz and Geert Lovink.

"Trebor Scholz A graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program Scholz taught at the Bauhaus (Weimar) and is currently professor at the Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo. He exhibits and lectures widely in the US and Europe. He participated in this year's Venice Biennial (w Martha Rosler/ Fleas) and in last year's Sao Paolo Bienial. http://molodiez.org"

"Geert Lovink, founder of numerous Internet projects such as Nettime. Recently published under MIT Press, his writing on critical Internet culture 'Dark Fiber' and 'Uncanny Networks,' a collection of his interview. In October 2003 V2_Publishing will bring out his latest study on Internet culture My First Recession."

But thats way too far ahead to think of for the moment, what we are interested in here is the list that has started up to discuss / debate and generally flesh out ideas in advance of the conference. Intended to go beyond "outmoded top-down" structures used in the presentation and creation of interactive / online art, the list and ultimately the conference, strives to bring together artists, designers, social scientists, engineers, and scientists in ongoing collaborations and exchanges of knowledge directed towards the creation of prototype projects.

Currently the list has only just started and is a series of introductions but with the creditentials of the organisers and subscribers joining every day, disscussion is sure to get fast and furious in the next few weeks. Dont miss out on what might be the foundations of new rhizomic structures unthought of before!

:: Garrett Lynch [+] ::
Trace recently published an essay by Jim Andrews called "Interactive Audio on the Web". The article looks at 6 works and discusses elements as interface, composition, etc. Besides that you'll find at the end of the essay an invalueable list of links to sites and works that deal with interactive audio.

:: Peter Luining [+] ::
:: Sunday, September 21, 2003 ::
Here are the additions to the New Media Fix:

Callusdigital.org is a portal to Catalonian culture at large, which also features useful resources and opportunities for the new media community.

netart.org.uy is a portal to some known and not so well-known new media websites.

The recommended fix of the week is cream.artcriticism.org
:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
Electrohype are organising an exhibition of 24 artists presenting work on the Macintosh Classic II computer entitled the Classic II Exhibition to take place at Electrohype-ROM in Malmo, Sweden from the 01/12/03 - 20/01/04. An obvious tribute to the exhibition Mac Classics (the immaculate machines) at the Postmasters Gallery in New York in 1997, the exhibition strives to show work that is less advanced software / hardware centric and more art based.

"Electrohype will provide the opportunity, and the hardware. The artists are hereby invited to provide the content. Hopefully we will be able to compile an exhibition utilizing all 24 computers, an exhibition that will reflect both on the development of computer based art and the current situation. The Classic II show will be an exhibition that will cause a stir and an exhibition that will be remembered."

The deadline for the exhibition is Novemeber 15th, for futher info please see the site.

:: Garrett Lynch [+] ::
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