:: Saturday, August 28, 2004 ::

Upcoming Down Under

THIS IS NOT ART festival 2004
Radioactive,Sound Summit,EAR festival,electrofringe, National Young Writers' Festival, National Student Media Festival,Critical Animals
and more...in this annual festival of Australia's best East Coast 'fringe'
A great festival to know about if you are a travelling net artist.
Very freindly. Very inexpensive. Very cool. In a nice city.
September 30, 2004 thru October 6th, 2004
:: molly hankwitz [+] ::
:: Friday, August 27, 2004 ::
Its a sad affair when artists lose a resource due to lack of financial support or recognition and even sadder when we at netartreview are there to announce it.

Mez and Martin announced on the list _arc.hive_ this morning that as of August 30th the list would be shut down by its providers Virtual Artists, an Australian internet company, due to lack of money and the inability to manage a seemingly valueless service.

The list has been providing hierarchically-dependant "net.wurks", as Mez would term them, since November 2001 with regular contributions from artists such as Mez, Alan Sondheim, + lo_y. +, Lewis LaCook, August Highland, Florian Cramer, Peter von Brandenburg and A Dontigny.

If you are concerned about the loss of this resource email the list by subscribing through the link proved above and hopefully we will see this list appear in another shape or form on another server.

:: Garrett Lynch [+] ::
Loads of pics and reviews by Kristin Ploug and Thomas Petersen of the Read_Me Edition 2004 software art and cultures festival can be viewed on: http://www.kopenhagen.dk/net.art/blog

Participants of the festival are amongst others: Amy Alexander, Fredrik Olofsson, Rene Beekman, Victor Laskin, Ivan Bachev, Fredrik Sandberg, Georg Tremmel, Shiho Fukuhara, Jean-Baptiste Bayle & Beatrice Rettig, Christophe Bruno, Eugenio Tisselli, ap (Martin Howse, Jonathan Kemp), Rachel Beth Egenhoefer, Brad Borevitz, Anne Laforet, Patrice Riemens and Lisa Haskel, Anne Dyhr [ plus ], Matthew Fuller, Eva Sjuve, James Nevin, Paul Camacho, Alexander Gurko, Benjamin Delarre, Simon Yuill, Paul Slocum, Lauren Gray, Aristarkh Chernyshev, Danja Vasiliev, Sergey Teterin, Yves Degoyon, Lluis Gomez i Bigorda, Tatiana Bazzichelli, Julian Priest, Joan Leandre, Douglas Repetto, Nathalie Magnan, Inke Arns, Criticalartware, Marco Di Carlo, Petra Lange, Lars Roth, Arnold von Wedemeyer, Buro21 (Nicolas Hansson, Aron Falk, Lukas Nystrand), Casey Reas, Kristjan Varnik, James Nevin, Trevor Batten, Steffen Leve Poulsen, Tom Betts, Joe Gilmore, a+r (Roc Jimenez de Cisneros Banegas, Anna Ramos Garcia).

:: Peter Luining [+] ::
:: Thursday, August 26, 2004 ::
Notes from "The New World" -- Do you know what a Metaverse Construction Set is? You do if you are a resident of Second Life an online digital world, "built, shaped, and owned by its participants." This paid service invites users to, "create a shared reality in a world full of people, activities, adventure, and fun." The game space allows for live scripting and sits on over 100 servers, with, as they state, "new land added almost daily." Participants have extraordinary control over the development of their avatar and the types of activities it can participate in and people it can interact with. There is no seeming division between the conceptual boundaries of "reality" and "fantasy" within this world: Polar bears can run coffee houses; Pirates can teach kindergarten; I (cleverly disguised as a game show host) could host a game show! Both the inhabitants and environment are built by the interaction, or avoidance, of the residents.

As expected from any recently burgeoning community, there are a variety of additional services to help establish a new place and identity:forums, fansites, auctions, resources, merchandise for your second life and paraphenalia for your first life.

But all is not blissful in the new world. Recent features on old world news have reported that the a civil war has erupted between a tribe of utopia builders and a troop of war re-enactors, who broke through the digital divide which had been protecting each world from the agendas of the others. This and other news can more acurately be found on New World news sources such as Wagner James Au's "first-hand" reports blog.

Click here for other stories on SecondLife.com.

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Heartelectronico.org is an online resource that presents video and electronic works of Mexican artists. It was founded by Erandy Vergara. Heartelectronico.org offers a rich set of video clips, along with interviews and a multimedia and online section. Some of these links are not working properly yet, so make sure to log on and visit this resource as it grows into an important node on the web. If you cannot read Spanish, then simply click on the links. The works are worth it.
:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
Selected News

Motorolla and NTT are out to make history with new phones.

Java and Mobile technology--moving again.

Jihad online.

Linux doesn't exist... in Australia and New Zealand.

Ever wonder of a playful way to find out what people are looking for? Check your buckle.

:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
:: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 ::
Revolver Publishing presents, Black Friday : Exercises in Hermectics, an online project curated by Christoph Keller. The project is a collection of downloadable pdf files from 48 international artists responding to the biforcated theme "What is Black Friday?" This prompt is, ostensibly, answered with regards to one of two branches:

1. Black Friday, Sept. 24, 1869, in U.S. history, day of financial panic...more
2. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, is historically one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year... more

The contributions are primarily images serving as responses to or illustrations of the theme question. Hiding somewhere between the notion of "book" and "net.art," there is an absence of guidance readily available which would contextualize or make relevant each work to the theme, or each work to the other. As such, I find myself more intrigued by the impetus for posing this topic, and the curatorial conceit behind the selection of participants, neither of which are included within the context of the project. Only the definitions of the questions serve to provide a framework for the project, and, of course, the endeavors of the publishing house itself. While the collection does make for a modestly interesting and elaborarte puzzle, it lacks the conceptual and formal rigor to be either a fully assembled and edited book, or an integrated and vital net.art work. Nonetheless, the investment is an interesting study in the tension between and the desire to intergrate hard and soft media in a meaningful way.

Black Friday : Exercises in Hermectics is available online from 10 July through 11 September 2004.
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:: Tuesday, August 24, 2004 ::
I just returned from an amazing week in Mexico City. I was invited to participate in a series of events at Centro, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, and the Rufino Tamayo Museum. The air travel and stay of a set of international Latin American artists was funded by Centro, a brand new Media Center specializing in TV and Film, to inaugurate their new facilities. The curators of the events were Arcangel Constantini and Ivan Abreu.

I will be writing a set of articles that describe and comment on the different events, but for now I would like to provide a list of the participants as I will not be able to comment on all of their work in the more focused articles. People who participated in these important events include (in the order of the official list):

Tlaolli Argüello (México-Venezuela) www.redcaiman.org
Brian Mackern (Uruguay) www.netart.org.uy
Miguel Mendoza (México) www.porlotanto.com
Eduardo Navas (Salvador-EEUU) www.navasse.net
Santiago Ortiz (Colombia) www.moebio.com
Christian Oyarzún (Chile) http://www.error404.cl/crc_cw
Ricardo Rendón (México)
Gustavo Romano (Argentina) www.cyberzoo.org
Iván Abreu (México - Cuba) Site: espaciosinaire.net
Antonio Mendoza (EEUU / Cuba) y Antonio Serna (EEUU / México) Subculture.com VS muserna.org
Carlos Ranc (México)
Mario de Vega (México)
Jaime Villarreal (México-EEUU)

Artistas sonoros (Sound Artists):
Jorge Castro (Argentina)
Arthur Henry Fork (México)
Israel M (México)
Murcof (México)

Artistas visuales (Visual Artists):
Jorge Castro (Argentina)
Arcángel Constantini (México)
Antonio Domínguez – nuzita (México)
Ricardo Rendón (México)

Offline pieces:
- Iván Abreu(Cuba / México)
- Arcángel Constantini (México)
- Antonio Domínguez – nuzita (México)
- Jerónimo Hagerman (México)
- Angel Carlos Herrera - Nitrocorp (México)
- Monica Peón (México)
- Nacho Peón (México)
- Ramón Pous Landa (México)
- Eduardo Recife (Brasil)
- Juan José Rivas (Colectivo Poro) (México)
- Antonio Serna (Muserna) (EEE-UU / México)
- Txema (México)

Guillermo Amato (Uruguay)
Eusebio Bañuelos (México)
Cristian Cárdenas (México)
Sebastián Coello ( Argentina)
Mauricio Collin (México)
Arcángel Constantini (México)
Héctor Falcón (México)
Fernando Llanos (México)
Esteban de la Monja (México)
Dyan Pritamo (México)
Alfredo Salomón (México)
Diego Toledo (México)
Ana Laura Zerón (México)

Specific Articles will be posted in the next few days.
:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
:: Monday, August 23, 2004 ::
New media and popular culture continuously overlap through the combination of moving image and sound, cross referencing and contextualizing each other to produce unique events. Distinctions between high academic culture and mainstream pop culture are seemingly non existant these days with theorists such as Lev Manovich happily appearing alongside acts or presentations in events and festivals which would 20 years ago have seemed inappropriate or simply pandering to the masses to generate money.

The SonicActs festival is one of the events which has emerged from this new economy of equal rights for all areas of culture and this year in its tenth edition will take place from thursday 23d until saturday 25th of September at Paradiso, Amsterdam. "The festival consists of a two-day conference, three consecutive evenings and nights of live performances, a film programme, and an exhibition."

With a line up including interviews with musician and artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff (Raster-Noton) and JonWozencroft (TOUCH), lectures by (the seemingly forever touring) Casey Reas and Tobias C. Van Veen and live events including COH [RU], Dextro [AT], Fennesz [AT], GAS [JP], JODI [NL/BE], JonWozencroft [UK], Lia [AT], M.I.M.E.O. (feat. Christian Fennesz, Cor Fuhler, Gert-JanPrins, Jerome Noetinger, Kaffe Matthews, Marcus Schmickler, PeterRehberg, Phil Durrant en Rafael Toral) [VAR], Meta [US], rand()% [UK], Speedy J [NL], Tomato [UK], visomat inc. + Errorsmith[DE].

For more information on the festival, please consult the website.
:: Garrett Lynch [+] ::
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