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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.

I know new media art when I see it...


Trebor Scholz and Judith Rodenbeck bring up an interesting topic in their dialogue on Collaborative Mapping (the bittorent video will be available here shortly). It's a topic that needs much more exploration and their's is a start: When will new media be accepted by the art establishment?

Rodenbeck gave a solid, if academic, rundown of historical "participatory" art forms while Scholz gave examples of current practices. Unfortunately not much was resolved, but it's a start towards a much needed discourse, something we hope to nurture here.

Nin Brudermann Investigates with Arfus Greenwood


We met early afternoon at her Williamsburg loft, overlooking the East River. I had promised to show Nin how to transform her recipe for crepes into pancakes. We proceeded by way of exact measure. The results were questionable. The space between Kent Avenue and the river was remarkably quiet, punctuated by the occasional call of a seagull. We ate crepe-cakes and chatted.

Smart House/ Dumb Interactivity



I started experimenting with morphing objects in 2002 as part of my video performance work Smart House/ Dumb Interactivity. Smart House/ Dumb Interactivity is the theme of my Masters’ Thesis which I recently completed at NYU. The thesis is in two parts; a 40 page theoretical paper and a video performance. The paper can be downloaded as a pdf from paper The video can be viewed via quicktime streaming here videoThe idea in part came from a notion that in the future a smart house would be self-cleaning. When the owner was not at home the house would begin a cleaning cycle where it would move the furniture around, dust, straighten and arrange all the objects, pictures etc. in the home and have the place spic and span when the owner returned. One of the oft repeated complaints of any homemaker is that their cleaning person tears through their home leaving everything askew or putting things back in places where they don’t belong. Assuming that a marketing person and an engineer would get together to solve this complaint for the self cleaning home, I thought about how one might teach a home to return the objects to their rightful place after cleaning. I imagined that a simple set of webcams and mapping software would accomplish this. All the Smart Home need do was take a snapshot before cleaning and moving the objects and furniture around and then later return the objects to their place using the snapshot and image map as a guide.

Institutional Critique and After


The Southern California Consortium of Art Schools (SoCCAS) and LACMA present

Institutional Critique and After

Saturday, May 21, 10:30 am-5 pm

LACMA Bing Theater

Institutional Critique and After is an internationally focused program exploring the history and contemporary reassessment of the Institutional Critique movement launched in the late 1960s by artists including Michael Asher and Hans Haacke. A key aim of Institutional Critique was the exposure and ironization of the structures and logic of museums and art galleries. The movement was redeveloped in the 1980s and after by Andrea Fraser, Renée Green, Fred Wilson and others who engaged in more interactive and performative interventions; and has been vigorously reoriented in recent years to address issues such as globalization.

The international journal of surveillance studies


The international journal of surveillance studies

'Surveillance and Violent Conflict' - extended deadline

Although we have had a good response to our call for pieces on the theme of 'Surveillance and Violent Conflict', we would still like to encourage submissions in some areas, particularly the military origins of surveillance technologies and their translation into civil applications or vice versa, the intensification of surveillance in the context of "new wars" and sub-national conflicts, and resistance to militarised surveillance.



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Art Show in LA closed by Police


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From Mark Vallen's weblog:

Art Show in LA closed by Police
From Sunday, May 08, 2005

This past April I received an invite to attend an art opening at the
Transport Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.

The show, titled Mark of the Beast, was scheduled for one night only on April 23rd, 2005, at the small gallery space

Art Dirt redux -- 3 months out


Art Dirt Redux – 3 months out

I had been toying with the idea of a podcast when Robbin Murphy came back into New York to start upgrading The Thing’s web portal Rob & I and Adrianne Wortzel were doing Art Dirt in the 90’s out of Pseudo as a webcast. Rob & I thought it would be interesting to do an “on location” Art Dirt podcast. Thus the name Art Dirt Redux. The original Art Dirt was a round table talk show that began as one of the first audio webcasts and later was upgraded to streaming video. Pseudo’s head Josh Harris was a visionary and had the idea of setting up a media outlet using the internet that would compete with broadcast and cable TV. The programs on pseudo were structured like mass media programs with commercial breaks.

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