July 20 - 26, 2003

Originally published on 07/16/03
Ctheory Multimedia has just released its fourth issue entitled "Net Noise," curated by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker and Timothy Murray

"Tracking and coding the currents of sound in digital culture, "Net Noise" presents works by Akuvido, Simon Biggs, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Shu Lea Cheang, Takuji Kogo (Candy Factory), Christina McPhee, MEZ, Plasma Studii, Michˇal Sellam, Zvonka Simcic, Tanja Vujinovic and Jody Zellen."

"Net Noise" is the sound of art on the network, everything from "dark noises" to "almost undetectable whispers of splicing, mixing and mutating noise into a brilliant tattoo on the skin of the digital." Some of these works will be very familiar and have been seen previously in other exhibitions; but this exhibit is well worth a look for its less known works and artists.
:: Garrett Lynch ::

Originally published on 07/11/03
How do you set up an online documentary photography exhibit, accessible by anyone with a computer, when your subjects don't want to be photographed, recognized, or known?

This was the dilemma facing artist Eric Gottesman in his show Ka Fifitu Feetu .
His original intentions were to show that not all people with AIDS in Africa are sick and dying. He set off to photograph people with the disease living and working in their daily lives. However, fearing eviction from their landlords, dismissal from their jobs, and scorn from their families and neighbors, Gottesman's subjects refused to let their faces and identities be revealed.

So, what we get instead is an interesting collaboration between photographer and subject, where the subject has dictated whether the photographs hide them sufficiently enough. In Ka Fifitu Feetu, Gottesman's subjects are veiled in secrecy; and they control much of what we see and know about them, even if they are able to control little else in their own lives.
:: Kristen Palana ::

Originally published on 07/10/03
Mirage is an artist who, in addition to sculptures in real space, also creates net-art pieces. As early as 1996, she made her first piece for the net called poem*generator. One of her latest net projects is Holy, a candy machine that can play clips made on and uploaded through the internet. For this aim, Vosholy was developed, a piece of online-accessible software that can best be compared with movie editing software like Adobe's Premiere. With Vosholy, you can upload material as pictures, movies and sounds from your local harddrive, manipulate it in your browser and (what I think is the best) send the movie you made by email to whomever you want. This is because, at the moment, the software is not linked to the candy machine.
:: Peter Luining ::

Originally published on 07/10/03
Presents is a Dutch net-art project by the Rotterdam-based (Netherlands) artist Ellen Pronk. She started the project in 1999 and it consists of dairy entrances, code snippets, gif animations and small flash pieces. "Presents" can be seen as a forerunner of webdairies and personal (b)logs that are now such popular formats. What makes Presents stands out is it's duration (4 years now against an average lifespan of 5 months of a blog) and the vast amount of subjects it covers without getting impersonal. Have a look at this project and get absorbed.
:: Peter Luining ::

Originally published on 07/07/03
Issue six of rhizomes.net (that's plural and not affiliated in any way with rhizome.org!) is on the theme of "Codework/Surveillance".

"'Codework/Surveillance' attempts to work the seam between critical paradigmatic and social discourse, between codework as invention, aesthetic practice, activism and sabotage and its recuperation within and by institutions of knowledge and techno-social surveillance (and vice-versa)."

With contributions from Alan Sondheim and McKenzie Wark, this is well worth a look (as are all previous issues) for those brushing up on their new media theory.
:: Garrett Lynch ::