:: Saturday, March 29, 2003 ::
I remember my first giddy experience with a computer. I was six years old and my brother got a $50 Vic20 from Toys R' Us in the early 80's. If I was lucky, he'd let me spend hours copying a program from a manual. If I typed everything right, we'd be rewarded with a little flashing box or maybe a euphoric beep or two.
Talan Memmott's Self Portrait(s)[as Other(s)] is a bit like Gertrude Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas--an obfuscated autobiography, only in this case Memmot sees himself in the guise of several other artists: Renoir, Cezanne, and Ingres, among others.
"Biome : A major regional or global biotic community, such as a grassland or desert, characterized chiefly by the dominant forms of plant life and the prevailing climate." (definition from dictionary.com):: Friday, March 28, 2003 ::
Viewing Marc Garrett's TuRmOil is hardly anguish. Instead, expect a menu miming a file tree, reminiscent of some of Alexi Shulgin's early work, providing iconic links to popup DHTML animations.
Not in our Name is a well developed site promoting the CD by DJ Spooky, Saul Williams, DJ Goo and Coldcut. A great introduction speech is followed by the titled hip hop track.
Felix Gonzalez Torres, the late performance/installation artist whose work became well known in the 80's and 90's, is currently receiving an homage on the net. The web project is inspired by Torres' now famous photograph of his bed which was exhibited publicly in New York City. The homage consists of photo contributions that can be sent by anyone who is interested in participating in the project. These photos will later be presented in different places according to the curator's decision. Some images have already been submitted and can be viewed at the official site.:: Thursday, March 27, 2003 ::
In keeping up with global responsibility:
Some recent additions to the new media fix::: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 ::
Software Art: A curatorial fiction or a new perspective is an international conference which took place on febuary 4th in Berlin and is now available online in transcript form. The conference looked at "software art and its legitimacy" with a panel of artists and critics from five different countries. Note there is also a list of links to other sites concerned with these problems and artists working in software art / Algorythmic art etc.
In the early nineties, the World Wide Web's major graphics were jpegs and gifs. Such simple images along with hypertext preceeded current sophisticated layouts. With the development of visual work specific for the web, some early web projects consisting of jpegs and gifs may no longer be considered web specific.:: Tuesday, March 25, 2003 ::
Pogogallery is a great net portal that is sure to become popular for its diverse take on art. It not only features new media projects, but also hosts serious critical writing on other art media. Even better, it offers an open forum where anyone can post. No membership is necessary. This site is sure to be added to our New Media Fix. Pogogallery is a definite bookmark for all serious net surfers.
Contribute to a cell-phone musical event. Log on to neX_tOpen and find out how composers Sergio Maltagliati and Alessandra Rossi create musical performances from open call contributions.
skintrip is an online collaborative exhibition by Furtherfield.org and Completely Naked in which the participants question global culture's relationship with their bodies as the net redefines public and private space. The net community is invited to participate by sharing images of their bodies online. An essay worth reading is Charlotte Frost's Putting the Personal in the PC, or the Dirty in the Mac where she entertains people's personal relationships with their computers and how this affects individual interaction with others.:: Monday, March 24, 2003 ::
New Media Art Project Network which has been running exphibitions and festivals for a few years now such as "Javamuseum" and "A Virtual Memorial" makes a call for submissions in the category of Net Based Art Projects for its Festival / exhibition "Remembering-Repressing-Forgetting".
Turbulence.org has released its last feature for the year 2003 -- a spotlight on Jonah Brucker-Cohen. The emphasis is on Cohen's new media work dealing with the now naturalized desktop activities of "copy and paste" and simple "mouse movements." Brucker-Cohen considers these activities important metaphors and reinterprets them in Desktop Subversibles to make people aware of mundane activities. His interfaces are intricately designed to push users into a reflective interactive critical state.:: Sunday, March 23, 2003 ::
Frontline recently aired an excellent in-depth report on key events leading to the current gulf war. For those who missed it on PBS, log on to The Long Road to War. It will leave you with much to think about as the detailed report presents an objective account of important political events that have not been acknowledged in the past.
Those who may be too shy to voice their opinions on the streets can now protest on line. A virtual protest has been organized by the Electro Hippie Collective sponsored by Electronic Disturbance Theater. So log on to The Iraq Sit-in Webpage and voice your opinion.