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Blogging and the Arts 2

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Blogging and the Arts 2
Sponsored by Rhizome.org 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

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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.


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

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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.


Mark Pesce on Hyperdistribution

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Mark Pesce, creator of Virtual Reality Markup Language (VRML), on BitTorrent, hyperdistribution and on why piracy may be good for business:

Piracy is Good?
How Battlestar Galactica Killed Broadcast TV


Daily Source Code for May 13th 2005

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Daily Source Code for May 13th 2005
Shownotes:
• From The 'Downs' in back of Curry Cottage in Guildford UK
• Direct link to the show
• 411 Podcast interview with John Edwards
• Inside the bomb shelter in our back yard
• Podcast Specification Working Group [Site]


ANNOUNCEMENTS: May 14 & 15, 2005

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VJ-BOOK.COM Launched

IT'S OFFICIAL. VJ-BOOK is one of the first books to be published on VJ culture, and potentially the first to theorize VJing in a way that breaks down the practice and reception of live visuals in a systematic, structured way.

VJ-BOOK: Jockeying and Post-Cinema (tentative title) begins its inquiry where Godard and Peter Greenaway leave theirs in proclaiming that ‘cinema is dead.' The cinematic language is a rich, engrossing one that remains unexplored in traditional Hollywood-style narratives. Contemporary VJs (video-jockeys) are the first group in the 21st century to seriously engage and question the potentials and limitations of the cinematic medium in a wide variety of formats and contexts.


The international journal of surveillance studies

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The international journal of surveillance studies

http://www.surveillance-and-society.org

'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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Podshow Test Run

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Adam Curry does a test run of his new Podshow on Sirius radio.

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A lecture by Dr. Judith Rodenbeck and Trebor Scholz

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"I know new media art when I see it."
The Art of Participation: Collaborative Mapping

Monday, May 16, 6:30pm
The Thing at Postmasters
459 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

A lecture by Dr. Judith Rodenbeck and Trebor Scholz

Museum curators often frame new media art in modernist terms that attempt to provide easy and familiar rules for institutional inclusion or exclusion. Yet while many emerging participatory mapping projects can be experienced at art festivals such as Transmediale, ISEA, and Ars Electronica, when it comes to more traditional art institutions their validity as art is often questioned. Emerging art needs new venues and old venues need a new definition of art.