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SWARM the Minutemen - May 27th to May 29th (2005)


SWARM the Minutemen - May 27th to May 29th (2005)

We invite people from all over the world who oppose racist violence to join the Electronic Disturbance Theatre action on May 27th, 28th and 29th, 2005 to engage in a virtual sit-in on the MinuteMen website during their "Unite to Fight" Summit.

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Theatre and Its Double


As I continue doing Art Dirt Redux I realize how different and advanced the series is. All art works bring realizations. As a working artist part of the work is to focus on the process and through that focus understand what you are doing. It’s odd because art making, the creative process is by its nature partially unconscious. That’s why it is different from say, computer programming or a manufacturing procedure. With any procedural process one expects a specific outcome. There are no surprises and no realizations. With art it's different. You engage in the process to be surprised by the outcome. Art Dirt Redux is sound art. It’s influences are Musique Concrete and early conceptual art documentation works such as Robert Morris’ piece, Sculpture With The Sound Of Its Own Making.

Fuel for a creative nation - BBC Open Access


Fuel for a creative nation

The Creative Archive is a BBC led initiative to provide access to public service audio and video archives in a way that allows the British public to find, share, watch, listen and re-use the archive as a fuel for their own creative endeavours. In other words, you can rip, mix and share the BBC.


The Creative Archive is a product of this exciting era of digital media and the internet. It's possible because of innovations in technology and content licensing, along with editorial vision. However, it remains a challenging and complex project with many unknowns. To help us understand the best way to deliver the Creative Archive, we have decided to start with a pilot project.

BitTorrent Search


BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen is about to launch an advertising-supported search engine dedicated to indexing the thousands of files available over his protocol. Copyright lawyers are ready to pounce:

But in the end, the content industries may find the BitTorrent search engine too useful to mess with. "The copyright owners can now identify the most-trafficked materials that are infringing their copyrights and go after them in a more efficient way," says Lemley. "It's kind of ironic."



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

ANNOUNCEMENTS: May 21 & 22, 2005


DailyGotham is open for blogging

A new community blog for progressive New Yorkers:


September 28 - October 1, Banff New Media Institute, Canada

The Good The Bad and The Other One


From: james allen
Subject: [thingist] The Good The Bad and The Other One
Date: May 19, 2005 4:35:29 PM EDT

Vanessa Beecroft and Cornelia Parker
Tate Britain
Wednesday 25 May 2005
(sold out)



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.

Alienation, Obfuscation and Puerile Jokes: It's Springtime in Chelsea

Rob says the theme for May in Chelsea is alienation and obfuscation. It's an avant-garde position that is about as tiresome as finding a signature style or signature material. The level of exhaustion is apparent in the works except perhaps Jasper Johns and John Simon, Jr. Even the clever references to Duchamp are sooo 20th century as to be pointless. Who did we see? Neo Rauch, Cornelia Parker, Richard Prince, Jasper Johns, Sophie Calle and John Simon, Jr.