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Slub will do a live-coding performance at Curating, Immateriality, Systems: A conference on curating digital media. Tate Modern, London, 4 June 2005

PIX: Hudson River


A walk along the Hudson River Park on Sunday, May 22, 2005.


Gallery Crawl: 5/21/05


Nina Katchadourian at Sara Meltzer Gallery presents The Genealogy of the Supermarket and Other New Works and while the main piece was impressive and funny in the end it did little more than cue up The Clash in my mental iPod. Rather than being "lost in the supermarket" Katchadourian takes the American fascination with geneology to its consumerist limit by making a family tree out of familiar and not so familiar brands. Good idea nicely articulated (I now know the familial relationship between Aunt Jemima and Mr. Clean) but she left me feeling, as a one-liner, it could have been done more economically.


From the website:

KURATOR.ORG investigates new ideas around curating in the context of 'immateriality' and 'network systems'. It asks: If the assumption is made that traditional curating follows a centralised network model, then what is the position of the curator within a distributed network model?

The project is a recognition of the fact that art and culture in general is increasingly dealing with communication and information systems. It examines curatorial practice that takes into account the transformative nature of digital objects and systems, as well as production processes that are dynamic, collaborative and distributed. The idea of the 'system' is particularly important in this context in that it not only refers to the physical site of curatorial production, the computer and the network, but also to the technical and conceptual properties of what constitutes the curatorial object and the 'operating system' of art.

Selling American Culture to Wal-Mart

Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits, 1849
Asher B. Durand
Property of Wal-Mart

The New York Public Library recently sold an icon of American landscape painting, Kindred Spirits (1849) by Asher B. Durand, to Wal-Mart

Readings in Landscape and Technology


Two recent posts to nettime on the general theme of landscape/nature vs technology/machines:

Landscape Painting of the Information Age or Romanticism in Media Art by Armin Medosch

more on the nature/machines debate by Andreas Broeckmann

Fluid Time


ADR- May 13th&19th

I’m beginning to think that our sense of time is rather arbitrary. The way our minds work we organize information to make sense of it. This continues to happen when I sit down to mash-up Art Dirt Redux. Rob says the theme of Chelsea is alienation and obfuscation. I crack a bad joke. Later in our walk we go to the Richard Prince exhibition that has several paintings of bad jokes. While mixing the tracks I overlap our walk through Jasper John and John Simon Jr. What occurs is an overlap discussion of a computer painting program and the structure of Japer John’s paintings, which is also a painting program or logical structure of sorts. As we sit down to eat Rob talks about how his apartment search is becoming a performance piece with him as the audience. I didn’t know we would see the joke paintings yet I cracked a bad joke. The question is how fluid is time?



Green Media Toolshed and Aspiration, two US-based technology NGOs, are convening a strategy meeting of global activists, communications staff, technology experts and foundation staff using cell phones in political campaigns, human rights efforts and field organizing in Toronto, Canada on June 23-25th. The "MobileActive" convergence will develop guides and best practices for campaign planners, and communications and technology staff with leading activists from Africa, South Korea, the Philippines, India, the Ukraine, and the Americas to share practices and technologies.

Blogging and the Arts 2


Blogging and the Arts 2
Sponsored by at the New Museum
May 16, 2005

There's a lot of art bloggers and they all seem to be related to each other, which is the point of a blog I guess. I knew two of the panelists -- Liza Sabater and Joy Garnett -- so it was a matter of being brought up-to-date on what they were up to, which I could have done by reading their blogs, but it was good to see them in the flesh. Joy recounted the famous "joywar," where she first understand just how powerful syndication and group participation can be when it is focused on a common goal. But then etoy already proved that quite a while ago with "toywar" and, well, so did ACT UP before that. Liza is forging ahead as blog-diva-in-chief and while there is a cultural slant to her work I'm not sure where there is a specific place for art. In any case, she's getting quite a lot accomplished on the political front with a new "Daily Kos" just for New Yorkers: The Daily Gotham.

Art Since 1900 Review in the Guardian

Art Since 1900

Matthew Collings reviews the new history of art since 1900 by Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois and Benjamin Buchloh: Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism for the Guardian.

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