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Is Culture Gone at Ground Zero?


September 30, 2005
Is Culture Gone at Ground Zero?

It's not easy to pinpoint the day culture died at ground zero.

Since four cultural organizations were selected for the site a year ago, the notion of giving the arts an integral role has been gradually - and more lately precipitously - slipping away.

Daniel Libeskind's master plan for the former World Trade Center site called for life-affirming, forward-looking cultural activities that would coexist with a memorial's somber acknowledgment of lives lost. Culture was supposed to make the site a hub of round-the-clock activity for tourists and to provide a vibrant gathering place for people who live downtown.

Objet a as Inherent Limit to Capitalism: on Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri - Slavoj Zizek

What makes Empire and Multitude such a refreshing reading (clearly the definitive exercises in Deleuzian politics) is that we are dealing with books which refer to and function as the moment of theoretical reflection of-one is almost tempted to say: are embedded in-an actual global movement of anti-capitalist resistance: one can sense, behind the written lines, the smells and sounds of Seattle, Genoa and Zapatistas. So their theoretical limitation is simultaneously the limitation of the actual movement.

Art Dirt Redux: Fujimura Interview/Gallery Walk


Two new Art Dirt Redux podcasts are up:


Makoto Fujimura
Makoto Fujimura at Sara Tecchia Gallery
GH sits down with artist Makoto Fujimura to discuss his recent paintings: site 
Candice Breitz at Sonnabend
Candice Breitz at Sonnabend Gallery
Utopias and Media Identities: a soundseeing tour of Chelsea galleries on 9/23 & 24: site 


EvolveTV: Juan Cole and Markos Moulitsas


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Juan Cole and Markos Moulitsas Discuss the Middle East.
Full Length (90MB)

 Chapter 1: Introduction (10.5MB)
 Chapter 2: Media Bias (9.6MB)
 Chapter 3: Shiite Role in Iraq (15.9 MB)
 Chapter 4: Kurd/Sunni Role in Iraq (8.6 MB)
 Chapter 5: Iran's involvement in Iraq (15.6 MB)
 Chapter 6: The Blame Game (6 MB)


Smithson Symposium 9/24/05



Saturday, September 24


 Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, New York City

East 68th Street between Park & Lexington Avenues Entrance is closer to Lexington, on the North side of 68th St.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Please call (212) 570-7715, or e-mail to specify a session or sessions. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Media Identity


My niece, Casey Jones, (yes that’s really her name) is a really gifted young fashion designer fresh out of Philadelphia College of Textiles.  Her first gig is working for L.A.M.B the Gwen Stefani line of clothes that premiered big-time this Friday on the runways in New York.  There was an article in the New York Times magazine a while back that talked about what’s happening to fashion and refers to the L.A.M.B. line.  Seems that clothing lines are being launched that are tagged to celebrities, which is nothing new. What is new is that they cater to an accelerated business cycle where the line is produced in limited quantity, a media buzz is created, and when the sales of the line start to fall, the company is trashed or sold.  What happens with the young people working on the line is that they are given the lowest wages possible and the longest working hours possible. There’s no job security because they know that as soon as the line goes stale they’re out of a job.  

The Upgrade! First International Meeting NYC

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The First International Meeting
September 23-24 at Eyebeam New York
540 w 21st, New York, NY

Thanks to all the artists and curators who contributed to this event. Please join us next week to meet the  highly-motivated group of artists/curators who organize the gatherings in different locations around the  world (soon in Toronto, Istanbul and Sofia). The gatherings are often associated with art & technology  centers. By default this emerging network sustains open communication lines between these nodes.  We're meeting to develop a vision as a global network to highlight the creative work done in the field.

September 16-24, 2005
Documentation of works by 131 artists who participate at Upgrades! around the world. Representing:  Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Munich, New York, Oklahoma City, Scotland, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Vancouver.

Friday, September 23: 7:30-9:00 pm
Sala-Manca Group performs Elephants on Metula's Nights and discusses their practice at our monthly  gathering. The Sala-Manca Group is comprised of Lea Mauas and Diego Rotman, Argentine-Israeli  artists who have been creating work in performance, video, installation and new media since 2000.  Sala-manca's works deal with the poetics of translation, Yiddish culture, the tensions between low-tech  and high-tech aesthetics, as well as social and political issues.

Saturday, September 24: 12:00-7:00 pm
How does each Upgrade form its presence and community? What is the potential of the network?  Join artists, curators and organizers for two panels, lecture and party.

12:00 pm: Introduction and welcome.

12:10 pm: The New York Upgrade! story with media artist Yael Kanarek and director of education at Eyebeam Liz Slagus.

12:45 pm: Artist-Run Upgrades! with Tiffany Holmes, Chicago; Tamiko Thiel, Munich; Adam Brown,  Oklahoma  City; Mushon Zer-Aviv and Sala-Manca Group, Tel Aviv; Kate Armstrong, Vancouver.  Moderated by Yael Kanarek.

2:45-3:15 pm: Break

3:15 pm: Art + Tech Organizations Upgrades! with Jo-Anne Green and Catherine D'Ignazio, Boston;  Cezanne Charles and Robb Mitchell, Scotland;  Suhjung Hur, Seoul; Tobias C. Van Veen, Montreal.  Moderated by Liz Slagus.

5:15 pm: "NETWORKS, AGENCY, PROPERTY and POLICY: Practical thoughts on the emergence of  new global cultural formations" — closing talk by leading scholar of media arts Michael Century.

6:00 pm: After-party with music by artist/DJ Tobias  C. Van Veen.

Art Dirt Redux: Moveable Feast

Moveable Feast
Art Dirt Redux feeds on wild boar just like Hemingway: podcast 
This feeding courtesy The New Yorker Magazine.
Art Dirt Redux will work for food

Tijuana Calling


Tijuana Calling

Tijuana Calling is an online exhibition of five commissioned projects that make use of the Internet to explore various features of the Tijuana/San Diego border region, including cultural tourism, border dentistry, transborder narco-tunnels, vigilante surveillance drones, and the journalistic hype surrounding border crime. Like the inSite_05 Interventions, these projects grew out of a lengthy process of research and investigation. Although all five projects exist online, they adopt a wide range of artistic strategies, from gameplay to tactical literature. As part the inSite_05 web site, Tijuana Calling describes and links to these projects, but the projects themselves exist elsewhere on the Internet.