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Hello Korea #3: Back in the GDR!

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found in Mugeodong, Ulsan, South Korea.
A real shocker for Germans - The old nick name for the Deustche Demokratische Republik (DDR) was "Zone"- short for Soviet Occupied Zone. Nowadays a Korean Game Parlor.
More of such parallel suprises around the DMZ?


Making the Empire Cross

I recently stumbled across Making the Empire Cross by Brisbane artist Priscilla Bracks. Her practice explores the human condition and world we inhabit. She is especially interested in chaos, change, the patterns chaos creates, and the way these factors impact upon personal, social and national identities.


the day i met mouchette

I met mouchette at the last meet-in-a-nice-restaurant.org, an event organised by the neen artist nikola tosic (http://tosic.com). Neen is a new artistic movement launched in 2000 by the artist Miltos Manetas. (http://neen.org) On that day, I discussed with the neenstars, angelo plessas (http://angeloplessas.com), andreas angelidakis (http://angelidakis.com) and nikola tosic about neen and net.art. What are the differences in between, is it the same, is it part of a same movement or idea? I disagreed. I repeated what Vuk Cosic said once, relating the story of net.art that "it wasn't meant as an art movement in bthe beginning but more as a way to prevent people of what could become internet". Neen was created by Miltos Manetas as a new art movement: the art of now, websites are the art of nowadays. Neen is often done with flash, a proprietary software. Free softwares are more in the net.art side. Neen is a brand, is net.art one? I don't beleive. Neen was an attitude. Is net.art one? I just don't know. But on the same day, I met Mouchette! http://Isabelle-arvers.com


Split Festival Quick Report

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I'm in Split, Croatia for the Split Festival of New Film. This is the eleventh season. You might call this, "the little festival that could." It's not as well known as the E.M.A.F or V.I.P.E.R or the other film and media festivals around Europe. Split does have a habit of taking chances. Branko Karabatic, the festival head states that he started the festival with three other friends. They named it the festival of "New Film" as a riff off "Expanded Cinema" ala Gene Youngblood and Exploded Cinema which is a term used in Amsterdam to talk about "Media Art."


Jack Burnham

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Unknown photographer, Photograph of Jack Burnham (exhibition curator). Reproduced in 'Software. Information Technology: Its New Meaning for Art', exhibition catalogue, The Jewish Museum, New York, 1970, p.10.
All Systems Go: Recovering Jack Burnham’s ‘Systems Aesthetics’
Luke Skrebowski
Tate Papers
Spring 2006

... As Pamela Lee has recently reminded us: ‘systems theory was applied to emerging forms of digital media ... but it also served to explain art not expressly associated with technology today: conceptual art and its linguistic propositions, site-specific work and its environmental dimensions, performance art and its mattering of real time, minimalism even.’


Looking at Art with Jacques & Pierre, or Vision Thing

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Artist's Choice: Herzog & de Meuron, Perception Restrained
Museum of Modern Art, New York
June 21 through September 25, 2006


Steve Cisler on Piracy at Zero One/ISEA2006

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PosterZeroOne San Jose is a swirling
constellation of events that included several self-styled summits, a
variety of public art, performances, lectures, and exhibitions
associated with the 13th biannual meeting of ISEA, Inter-Society for
the Electronic Arts. It began August 4 and ends August 13.


Granularity

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Well, better late than never. Now I have a better understanding of Transvergence and how it may be approached with a variety of work being done by a number of people these days. Here's a start on my attempt to make sense of it.

I've been trying to ignore nanotech as just another trendy academic catchword but several streams seem to be converging on what I would call granularity in economics, computing, databases, physics and aesthetics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granularity


Boo Who?: Mystic Pizzazz, Ghost Writing and Arrant Spelling

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Strange Powers, July 19 – September 17, 2006
curated by Laura Hoptman and Peter Eleey
produced by Creative Time
at 64 East Fourth Street, second floor


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