:: Saturday, December 20, 2003 ::

What is the state of software art? Where might it be going? Or is it a viable label at all? are some of the questions that come to my mind when considering the rich potential of the upcoming Read_me 04 conference. To get an idea of what read_me is about and what other events have been organized by the collective, please visit Read_me 2.3. This particular conference is co-organized by Digital Aesthetics Research Centre. Here is part of the press release:
The third edition of the Read_Me software art festival will be held at the end of August 2004 in Aarhus, Denmark. Read_me 2004 will consist of a conference at Aarhus University and a city camp organised by Runme.org and Dorkbot. The
conference and city camp will be held consecutively.

This is a call for submissions of abstracts (up to 2500 characters). Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to submit the full paper before 1 June 2004 (up to 25000 characters) and present it during the conference. The papers will be published prior to the conference. We aim to provide grants for travel and lodging for speakers without institutional backing.

Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2004
Deadline for notification of acceptance:
1 April 2004

Abstracts should be submitted to:
Olga Goriunova og@dxlab.org
Soeren Pold pold@multimedia.au.dk


:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
:: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 ::
Turbulence is currently featuring David Crawford's Stop Motion Studies. This work folllows the artist's interest in open-ended narratives. The last piece I experienced with similar material is the Whitney's project Stop Motion Studies #7. All material consists of photos taken in different trains of people traveling most likely to and from work. The stills are edited to create studies with jerky repetitive movements. Crawford's recent projects offer one frame at a time instead of four (like the Whitney's). Going from four frames to one changes the experience of the material quite a bit, and I am not sure which interface is more powerful. But more importantly, these pieces make me think of the "luxury of travel" to capture footage and also the gaze of the outsider with a privileged position of (shall we say it?) ethnographer -- especially Studies 7-10.
:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
:: Monday, December 15, 2003 ::
"Good World"

Set as an internet interpretative experience, GoodWorld packs a substantial punch. The site converts a given URL into another version of itself where no content is comprehensible, yet still one is able to navigate it. The most remarkable quality of the piece is that one experiences even well familiar web destinations in a completely new way. The conversion of all text and graphics into color fields and graphic bits seem as a veneer, which could excite even the most indistinct URLs. Unfortunately, some URLs are more compellingly looking than others due to their original content. “GoodWorld” suggests URLs where the interpretive effect is of greater accomplishment.

:: ludmil trenkov [+] ::
Seeing as a blog is (for the moment) the means of our existence, here's a call that might interest the community. BlogTalk 2.0 is making a call for proposals for its upcoming european weblog conference to be held in Vienna, Austria, July 2004.

"Blogtalk 2.0 is designed to maintain a sustainable dialog between developers, innovative scholars who study blogging, users in corporate and educational settings, and the general community of bloggers. BlogTalk 2.0 plans for two days to meet, discuss and exchange research, experiences, opinions, software developments, and tools of the blogosphere. This call is addressed to developers, scholars and the overall community of bloggers."

For further information please see the site.
:: Garrett Lynch [+] ::
:: Sunday, December 14, 2003 ::
Here are the latest additions to the New Media Fix:

Internet Archive is a vital resource to learn the everchanging history of the Internet. While you are there make sure to explore the Wayback Machine.

Metamute.com is a print magazine that also offers excellent material online.

redmagazine.com is a new media resource emphasizing film language's influence/extension in the new media field.

The following are dead-links no longer part of our listing; If you run a mirror of our New Media Fix, make sure to update appropriately:


Special thanks to Isabel Saij for taking the time to check the New Media Fix.

Our recommended fix of the week is: iuoma.org

:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
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