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The politics of 'Facebook'

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With friends like these ...
Facebook has 59 million users - and 2 million new ones join each week. But
you won't catch Tom Hodgkinson volunteering his personal information - not now that he knows the politics of the people behind the social networking
site

Tom Hodgkinson
The Guardian,


Steven Kaplan ... Miami Diary 2007 … Part One

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Saturday, December 1: Big Paintings

Made it to LaGuardia with time to spare, courtesy of a moving performance by Eric “to the airport” Payson. Adam Cvijanovic was already standing at Departures, draped in a long black leather coat, awaiting his dealer Becky Smith. We were on the same Jet Blue flight, beating the crush down to Art Basel, while also sidestepping New York’s first seasonal ice storm, due to arrive in less than twenty four hours. Several days (and several score of Art Basel events) later, I would eventually view his panoramic landscape painting, huge, green and vegetal, which wrapped around the walls of the Bellwether booth at NADA and was one of the hits of
that particular fair.

A stiff tailwind brought us into Ft. Lauderdale 45 minutes ahead of schedule. I judged this a good omen. It allowed me to spend some quality time in Wynwood before dropping off my luggage at my Miami apartment. I cruised by various tents still under construction (Scope, Photo Miami, AIPAD) and visited a number of local spaces which held “soft” openings that night for the local audience, in advance of the great influx.


“Kunst muss hangen!” – Basel Pesto

Upon my return from Miami Basel, I have a bad morning dream, a common one for art historians. I am preparing to participate in a panel discussion... the chair, a friendly man I know slightly (who was he?), approaches me as everyone readies: "Where are your slides?" he asks. I have none. And no notes. I don't even know the topic. "I thought this was an informal colloquium kind of thing," I reply.


Tenured 'Hacktivists' from Wall Street Journal

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Tenured 'Hacktivists'

from Wall Street Journal
http://www.opinionjournal.com/best/?id=110010862

Back in 1998, the New York Times carried a story on "hacktivism," which it defined as "computer hacking . . . as a means to a political end." Online vandals had broken into government computer systems in China, India, Indonesia, Serbia and Croatia, and inserted their own messages.


Review of Ryoji Ikeda Datamatics [ver 2.0]

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Review ofRyoji IkedaRyoji Ikeda
Datamatics [ver 2.0]
Centre Pompidou, Paris
October 29th 2007 20h30


video_dumbo, briefly revisited

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Here's a little --> photo story of what happened literally one block away from the "artist meeting" during the dumbo festival last month (of which I just learned thru this blog!)


Review of THE THIRD MIND

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Brion Gysin and William Burroughs's Dream MachineBrion Gysin and William Burroughs's Dream Machine

A review of
THE THIRD MIND at Le Palais de Tokyo
Curated by Ugo Rondinone
By Joseph Nechvatal

THE THIRD MIND
Le Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du président Wilson 75116 Paris


LIZ-N-VAL: OF CABBAGES & KINGS at REALFORM, Sept 7-Oct 7, 2007


Review by Gulshen Calik (aka Lily Faust)

Realform in Williamsburg lies at the intersection of North 5th Street and Bedford Avenue. In this unique setting that is part gallery, part


Book Review of Digital Contagions

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