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The Birth of Stems From An Accident


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After a few months Cosic sent the mysterious message to Igor Markovic, the publisher of a Zagreb-based journal, Arkzin, who was eventually able to decrypt it. It was a manifesto that heaped all kinds of reproaches on traditional art institutions and in contrast claimed that artists on the Internet had independence and freedom. The correctly converted excerpt, from which the '' fragment originated, is: "All this will become possible with the arrival of the Net. Art as a concept will become superfluous...", etc. Unfortunately, according to Shulgin, this manifesto no longer exists, because it was lost, together with other valuable data, in the summer of 1996 after Igor's hard drive crashed. A crazy story, one after Alexei Shulgin's own heart: "I like this strange story, because it perfectly illustrates the fact that the world in which we live is much more complex than all of the ideas that we have of it". The birth of stems from an accident. So much for the myth.

The Birth of Stems from an Accident

PS: According to Alessandro Ludovico, "few days ago, Cosic in Venice publicly stated that this story was completely invented."

So much for the myth...

Waterways 2005 at the Venice Biennale, June 10 & 11


Waterways is a collective effort, action, ecovention and exhibition created and self-produced by 5 curators and 33 international artists to be installed on a public Vaporetto. The exhibition will take place alongside the Venice Biennale, at St. Elena, for the opening weekend - June 10th and June 11th.

Participating artists include Christoph Draeger and Peter Fend who have work available through thing.editions.



Pynchon From A to V


A screaming comes across the sky. . . .

Bookforum has an essay in its summer issue from book publisher Gerald Howard about the publication of Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow plus appreciations by Don DeLillo, Richard Powers and others:

One Friday in summer 2004, I spent a memorable afternoon in the half-deserted offices of Viking Penguin going through the thick editorial file for Gravity's Rainbow. There was in this experience the poignance of office technologies past (carbons, telegrams, memos typed on manual typewriters) and the names of the distinguished departed—from Malcolm Cowley, Viking's longtime literary adviser, to other colleagues, mentors, and friends. But there was also the sheer fascination of peering behind the curtain like Dorothy to discover how the levers had been pulled to launch one of the most consequential novels of the twentieth century.

b.a.n.g. lab - alpha launch

b.a.n.g lab - alpha launch

*b.a.n.g* Micro_Gestures at the Edge of Invisibility will be an On/Off line space for MFA artists in the Visual Arts Department at UCSD to explore and present works at the edge of invisibility, at the edge of the digital and biological, at the edge of micro-robotics and nano-art, from in-virtu to in-vivo works and back.

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There were 12 new items in May and 2 so far in June.

The new items can be seen at

ArtistAccess Health Program in NYC


Over the past six months, a consortium of artist service organizations and unions - including NYFA, Dance/NYC, and Dance Theatre Workshop — and Brooklyn's Woodhull Medical Center, have developed an artist-specific healthcare initiative based at Woodhull as a pilot project. Currently hosted by Woodhull, ArtistAccess may eventually be offered by many of NYC's public hospitals. The program offers affordable healthcare for all NYC-based artists and arts workers, and offers the unique option of artists exchanging creative services for medical care. Woodhull Medical Center is committed to bringing quality healthcare to all patients, regardless of income or immigration status.

Iran Resorts To Jamming To Keep Voters On-Message


Tehran (AFP) Jun 07, 2005

Switch on your satellite television receiver in Tehran nowadays and
something is amiss - "No Signal", the otherwise fuzzy television screen says
for much of the day and night.

With presidential elections just over a week away, Islamic Iran's
technological guardians appear to be waging a war against enemies in the



I hate that idea, too, not that I like Brian Eno's solution better (or that he looks all that great):

"I started to notice that you could buy keyboards of such complexity that you basically press one note on them and you've got a career as an ambient artist. I thought, there doesn't seem much challenge in that any longer." Instead, he says, he has been trying to rethink the way songs are written. His voice on the album comes laden with effects, in an attempt to "break down the idea that the voice represents the personality of the music and that that voice is my voice, speaking to you - I hate that idea".

Brian Eno interview in the Guardian on why he tried to unseat Tony Blair.

"Billowy Drowse" by Margarida Garcia and Barry Weisblat

Margarida Garcia and Barry Weisblat

Five minutes of improvisation combining an electronic double bass and a modified Casio-SK1 synthesizer. As a duo, Margarida and Barry have developed a spontaneous language and a dynamic range that is all their own. She journeys with the bass and electronic pick-up with her fingers, bow, sticks, stones and anything else she finds fit, while he experiments with electro-magnetic devices, homemade circuits, and modifications to existing electronic instruments. The textures that emerge from their performance peel back the layers of air, knot them together, and then let them simply hang.

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