For the last three years, Rhizome and Chronus Art Center (Shanghai) have partnered to present the Prix Net Art, a cash prize that goes to artists who are committed to working online and who represent important directions in contemporary net art practice. In the past, two artists have been awarded, but this year, after much deliberation, the jury—comprising Zhang Ga, Artistic Director of Chronus Art Center, Distinguished Professor at China Central Academy of Fine Arts; Lauren Cornell, Associate Director of Technology Initiatives and Curator at the New Museum; Christiane Paul, Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at the New School and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art; and Aria Dean, assistant curator of net art and digital culture at Rhizome—elected to recognize three recipients, each of whom will receive $5,000.
After considering a rich field of candidates nominated by the general public and invited expert nominators, the jury selected two artists and an artist duo who represent differently formulated but intersecting concerns and directions in the field of net art. Read more »
Somewhere between the chaos of television static, and the order of the text you are now reading, lies a fascinating realm of semi-sense. By attending to this narrow union of nonsense and sublimity, we propose that we may come to a deeper understanding of how sense-making occurs at all, and become connected through abstract forms to a reality beyond language.
This artwork is addressed to the specific feeling of semi-sense we have when we recognize, but cannot read, the unfamiliar writing of another culture. A reactive machine, it allows people to create and explore personal semi-sense alphabets: coherent sets of abstract glyphs which might resemble the plausible scripts of civilizations with which we simply happen to be unfamiliar.
Allmylifeforsale, an online project that explored our relationship to the objects around us, their role in the concept of identity, as well as the emerging commercial systems of the Internet.
Using the public/commercial space of the online trading community Ebay in conjunction with his online catalogue Allmylifeforsale.com, John Freyer catalogued and sold nearly everything that he owned, from his kitchen cutlery to his personal hygiene products, his Star Wars sheets and finally even the domain name Allmylifeforsale.com itself. (Now owned by the University of Iowa, Museum of Art)
1:1 was a project created in 1999 which consisted of a database that would eventually contain the addresses of every Web site in the world and interfaces through which to view and use the database. Crawlers were sent out on the Web to determine whether there was a Web site at a specific numerical address. If a site existed, whether it was accessible to the public or not, the address was stored in the database. However, the Web was changing faster than the database was updated and in 2001 it was clear that the database was outdated.
1:1(2) is a continuation of the project including a second database of addresses generated in 2001 and 2002 and interfaces that show and compare the data from both databases.
Vuk Cosic work for the 'Beauty and the east' conference. The work pokes fun at the endless stream of serious discourse circulating online and adresses these tensions. Put together by Vuk Cosic with material from interviews by Josephine Bosma and Geert Lovink, the work uses a very simple interface to remodel and redistribute art discourse (Rachel Green).
Thanx to Josephine Bosma, Michail Langer and Geert Lovink that gave us the tapes.
By commissioning new content/artworks that address or exploit the online space and the characteristics of the web, SKOR wants to critically engage with this space. The SKOR NetArtWorks are a place for project-driven exploration through digital media. This includes artist commissions, interface experiments, community discussions, essays and interviews, filtered links, and collaborations with others.
For the first commissions of 2011, SKOR asked artists to address the notion of identity and power in relation to the net. The critical power of the masses through the Internet and social media networks is being acknowledged more and more and is viewed as a very positive development. The acclaimed critic Henry Jenkins has stated that, 'popular culture can enable a more engaged citizenry, by allowing people to play with power on a micro level' (Convergence Culture). Read more »
Launch: Face to Facebook
A project by PAOLO CIRIO and ALESSANDRO LUDOVICO.
Stealing 1 million Facebook profiles, filtering them with face‐recognition software and then posting them on a custom‐made dating website, sorted by their facial expression characteristics. http://lovely‐faces.com
In an attempt to free personal data as Facebook’s exclusive property we spent a few months downloading public information from one million profiles (including pictures). Immersing ourselves in the resulting database was a hallucinatory experience as we dove into hundreds of thousands of profile pictures and found ourselves intoxicated by the endless smiles, gazes and often leering expressions. Read more »
“Video is the new net art” writes Mark Amerika on Twitter! Given that video art is considered to be one of net art’s original sources, this statement may appear somewhat contradictory. Yet it mirrors the works brought together for this exhibition as well as some art forms emerging on the Internet. Standing at the crossroads of video, cinema and hypermedia, such mixed experiences are revamped via current technological tools such as Video Jockey and animation softwares, webcams, YouTube, Flickr, streaming, cell phone. More importantly, they are revitalized through chance, that great force of the imagination through which the computer’s media principles of predictability are diverted.
These projects are presented in the CIAC e-magazine and will be featured on the Biennale de Montréal space during the month of May.
February 1-6, Transmediale.11, Berlin
The Netherlands Media Art Institute and V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam) join forces to introduce their dissemination and distribution services for media art. NIMk Distribution and V2_Agency collaborated on the production of a shared catalogue of represented artworks. To celebrate the launch of both distribution initiatives, NIMk and V2_ curated a small showcase exhibition of artworks from their catalogue for Transmediale.11 in Berlin (February 1-6, 2011). They also organize a reception on Friday, February 4, 4-5PM at the Cafe Global Stage, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Since 2010, NIMk extends its existing distribution services with a selection of computer-based and net-based works.
Video Vortex 6 Amsterdam
11-12 March 2011
Two years later, the Video Vortex events come back to Amsterdam. Organized by the Institute of Network Cultures, and in a top cultural venue, Video Vortex 6 offers artist presentations (performances, screenings and talks), hands-on workshops, the launch of the upcoming Video Vortex Reader II, and a 2-day symposium:
-Online Video Aesthetics
-It’s not a Dead Collection, it’s a Dynamic Database
-Platforms, Standards and the Trouble with Translation
-Online Video as a Political Tool
-Online Video Art Read more »
OUR MODELS ARE RUDE
BUT IN A VERY POLITE WAY
IT’S LIKE SHOOTING WEAPONS IN A CREATIVE WAY
WE CAME UP USING THEM WITH GARMENTS
I WAS LIKE... BOOOM!
THIS WAS SUCH A MOMENT..
LIKE IT’S A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN FASHION
WE WANT TO USE THE BULLET FOR CHARITY
WE ARE SO INSPIRED BY THE VIOLENCE OF THIS WORLD,
WE GOT REALLY INTERESTED IN POLITICAL STATEMENTS
BEING POLITICAL IS SUCH A HUGE TREND
IT’S NOT MILITARY STYLE ANYMORE
IT’S POLITICAL STYLE
BY USING THE BULLET Read more »
In "No Fun" Franco Mattes simulated his suicide in a public webcam-based chat room. Thousands of random people watched while he was hanging from the ceiling, swinging slowly, for hours. The video documentation of the performance is an unbelievable, at times very disturbing, sequence of reactions: some laugh, some are completely unmoved, some insult the supposed corpse, some take pictures with their mobiles. Notably, out of several thousand people, only one called the police. Read more »