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"R&Sie(n)'s Dandy & Mutant A-life Architecture" by Joseph Nechvatal


R&Sie(n)’s Dandy & Mutant A-life Architecture
by Joseph Nechvatal

R&Sie(n)’s exhibition “I’ve heard about…©” opened on the 6th of July at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris‘s temporary space at the Couvent des Cordeliers - and I think it is one of the most relevant exhibitions to what is going on in art today that is of importance. R&Sie(n) is an investigational architectural firm consisting of François Roche, Stéphanie Lavaux, and Jean Navarro; working here with Benoît Durandin. Together, they utilize generative heterogeneous mutations in the creation of proposed utopian city spaces. In fact what they propose at the Musee d’Art Moderne is the artificial growing of extruded urban housing (generative & robotic) - where new cities are constructed via robotic processes by feeding off the carcasses of older dying cities. Very viral. Envisioned is an approach to city planning based on growth scripts and open algorithmic procedures. Towards these ends the show itself includes some subtle audio tracts, model-sculptures, a fully immersive hypnosis chamber with video monitors, booking services, 3D movies and robotic drawings/plans that reveal the source code of the generative program at the heart of their work.

Cowboy WiFi


August 7, 2005

When Pigs Wi-Fi



This is cowboy country, where the rodeo is coming to town, the high school's "kiss the pig" contest involves a genuine hog, and life seems about as high-tech as the local calf-dressing competition, when teams race to wrestle protesting calves into T-shirts.

But Hermiston is actually a global leader of our Internet future. Today, this chunk of arid farm country appears to be the largest Wi-Fi hot spot in the world, with wireless high-speed Internet access available free for some 600 square miles. Most of that is in eastern Oregon, with some just across the border in southern Washington.

Thomas Friedman on Wiring NYC


August 3, 2005

Calling All Luddites


I've been thinking of running for high office on a one-issue platform: I promise, if elected, that within four years America will have cellphone service as good as Ghana's. If re-elected, I promise that in eight years America will have cellphone service as good as Japan's, provided Japan agrees not to forge ahead on wireless technology. My campaign bumper sticker: "Can You Hear Me Now?"

Being is Difference -- Joseph Nechvatal


pixellated portraits
from the digital edge

Joseph Nechvatal

left, Wolfgang Staehle

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Donald Kuspit on Joseph Nechvatal and New Media Art

Diane Ludin at Upgrade! August 4


Upgrade! is delighted to have Diane Ludin for a second talk. Diane gave her first Upgrade! talk in July 2000. This time, Diane will present two projects: Memoryflesh 2.0, a Turbulence commission about the Human Genome and iBPE, her Patent database project.

An artist and writer, Diane Ludin has been using the internet as a resource since 1996. She draws together voices of intimacy, confession and fragmented illusion. Her collections focus on the changing nature of "embodiment", representation and communication as determined by publicly available information.

Short Review of Code 46 by Blackhawk


I missed it in the theaters last year, (in case it ever was in the theaters), but last night I screened Michael Winterbottom's flim-before-film-before-last & I think it cements his status as my fave working director right now. It's called "Code 46" & it is something I'd never contemplated & wasn't sure was even possible, a cyberpunk love story.

"They swarmed us!" - james gilchrist, founder of Arizona minutemen


"They swarmed us!" - james gilchrist, founder of Arizona minutemen from this video - LINK

"They came in and swarmed us" - Linda Chase, wife of Jim Chase, founder of california minutemen- from this phone call -

Another video of the border swarm by the minutemen (enjoy it you commies!)


The Reentry Series: Synthetic Meteor Showers by Bill Dolson


The Reentry Series:
Synthetic Meteor Showers

by Bill Dolson

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The Reentry Series uses multiple synthetic meteors to produce luminous, ephemeral drawings in the upper atmosphere. These drawings will persist for only seconds, at most minutes. The behavior of individual synthetic meteors will be similar to that of naturally occurring meteors. However their composition and configuration will be controlled, exhibiting various elementary geometric relationships which will seem obviously premeditated and systematic to any observer. That these are deliberate renderings will be inescapable. The Reentry Series is one of several proposed series of dynamic environmental works which involve the synthesis and aestheticised use of otherwise naturally occurring, very large scale, time dependent visual phenomena.

Pictures from the launch party, July 28, at Postmasters

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Marcos: A Penguin in the Selva Lacandona - Part 2


Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN
Translated by irlandesa

A Penguin in the Selva Lacandona - Part 2

(The zapatista is just a little house, perhaps the smallest, on a street called "Mexico," in a barrio called "Latin America," in a city called the "World.")

I was speaking to you about the critiques of the points made by the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona concerning Mexico, Latin America and the World. Well, in response, allow me some questions: newsletter