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PIX: Time Landscape

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Time Landscape Sign

Alan Sonfist's Time Landscape is a fenced-off quarter acre or so at the intersection of Houston and LaGuardia in New York City and looks as though it's always been there: a small patch of pre-colonial Manhattan that through some miracle evaded the developers. In fact it was conceived by Sonfist in 1965 but not completed until 1978 -- a year after I moved to the city -- and only landmarked for protection in 1998. Thousands of people pass it every day though few probably take the time to read the informational plaque at the south end or know the name of the artist who made it -- or that it is, in fact, art and not just an abandoned (or more likely, contested) Manhattan weed patch.


The Future of Media Activism

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Communique 16: The Future of Media Activism Jammers,

Media activism, in all its disparate strains, is slowly but surely becoming a movement. In part, it's being spurred by the rise of information insecurity. But also by the growing realization that our corporate media system has a profound effect on nearly every other social and political issue we face. People, desperate for change, are organizing around media like never before. There's a feeling that media reform is truly the issue of issues, and that the wind is finally in our sails.


C5 GPS Media Player

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C5 GPS Media Player

The June 2005 gatepage for artport, the Whitney Museum's portal to Internet art, features the C5 GPS Media Player:

artport.whitney.org

The C5 GPS Media Player was developed in conjunction with The C5 Landscape Initiative, a series of projects initiated by C5 that involve mapping, navigation and search of the landscape using GIS (Geographic Information Systems). The Landscape Initiative examines the changing conception of the landscape as we move from the aesthetics of representation to those of information visualization and interface.


Wal-Mart Documentary

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Employees at Wal-Mart who can't afford the company medical plan are adivsed to apply for Medicare so we all subsidise the billionaires who own the company.

Robert Greenwald is making a documentary about Wal-Mart and is asking people to send in stories and/or video for the project.


A SoaPOPera in Paris

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Today I'm getting on a plane to go to Paris. My collaborative piece (with Peter Sinclair) A SoaPOPera for Laptops/iMacs is in the Summer Exhibition of the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris. This is a big deal for me considering the fact that I don't have an art dealer backing me. Anyway, The Jeu de Paume was orginally Marie Antoinette's handball court.


Reflections on the Case by the U.S. Justice Department Against Steven Kurtz and Robert Ferrel

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Reflections on the Case by the U.S. Justice Department against Steven Kurtz and Robert Ferrell
by Claire Pentecost

Many people have asked us why the Justice Department is pursuing this case.

Meaning, when the Buffalo Health Department affirmed that there was nothing dangerous in the Kurtz home and that Hope Kurtz died of natural causes, when the FBI saw that the possession of scientific equipment and materials in Kurtz's home studio was completely consistent with his practice as an artist and that his practice has a long, public and institutionally validated record, then, why didn't they drop the case? When it became clear even through the Grand Jury investigation that this was not a case of bioterrorism, why did they pursue it? Couldn't they see that this is art?


The Power of Nightmares - Part I (RealVideo)

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The Power of Nightmares - Part I

Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Click to Watch a RealVideo of Part I

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.

The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.


PIX: Time Warner Building

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Time Warner Pix

Memorial Day seemed like a good time to go to the Metropolitan Museum and Central Park to take pictures. Of course it wasn't unless I wanted to take pictures of lots of people so instead I walked over to the new Time Warner building on Columbus Circle and found the crowds more endurable. Lots of sailors (it's Fleet Week in NYC) and families with what I call the Orlando look that comes from buying all your clothes together at Wal-Mart.


PIX: TT World HQ

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Inside The Thing World Headquarters and up on the roof:

TT World Headquarters

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"Ice Ears" by Jacob Kirkegaard

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Jacob K recording

Recording of an ice surface during hard storm. This 20 minute recording session was carried out on 7th of January 2004 on Lake Havravatn in Iceland. An Accelerometer was stuck into the creaking ice, enabling us to listen to how the wind would move the ice in various rythmic patterns. Frequency peaks around 15khz. What came to my ears was a neat but crispy creaking, appearing from the whole surface of the lake, that was moving in sensitive vibrations to the wind. It was interesting to hear the whole body of this lake in sound, and how it moved by the power of the wind. A beautiful sonification of a snow storm!


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