Upcoming: “Rich Media Delivery System” for
the Web, combined with Low Power FM radio for The
Thing BBS, with the goal of creating a hybrid
Website/LPFM radio station for artists, electronic
musicians, and the general public. By combining the
interactivity of the Web with local radio, The Thing
aims to create an innovative synthesis of global and
local media (launch date projected for Summer/Fall 2001; ongoing)
Online art auction to benefit The Thing,
Inc., with works by young and upcoming as well as
established artists offered via The Thing’s in-house
developed online auction software and interface design
(10-day benefit event culminating in a gala reception;
projected for Spring/Summer 2001; thereafter: ongoing).
Editions series, starting with Daniel Pflumm (projected for Spring/Summer 2001; ongoing).
Ongoing: The Thing [reviews], constantly updated art reviews.
The Thing [threads], “thingist,” discussion forum
(mailing list) focusing on art and new media.
February 2001 The Thing [audio], “Live Constructions,” an audio
program curated by Federico Marulanda (with curator's
Orthodoxy by Geoff Dugan
Six Orbits by Michael Schumacher
RadioEdiT by Joshua Fried
radio concrete by ErikM
Improv suite for 4 CDs on Dean Roberts
Records by Achim Wollscheid
January 2001 Wolfgang Staehle, art advisor for PS1-MoMA Online
Projects (with Alanna Heiss, PS1; Glenn Lowry, MoMA;
and artists Paul Johnson, Jordan Crandall, Kristin
Lucas, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Stephen Vitiello,
December 2000 Reception for “Hikaru” (see below) at The Thing,
December 14, 2000, with projection and live music
November 2000 “Hikaru,” 3-D animated newscaster avatar produced by
SNN (Syndicated Network News, a partnership between
The Thing and Basicray). Hiraku delivers art news
online The Thing’s website (ongoing project).
September 2000 The Thing [project], “Web Performer 2.0,” by
Ursula Endlicher. Web Performer 2.0 (WP2.0) is a World
Wide Web performance. The performance starts with six
suggested query strings, which represent “characters"
in the play. The user can change the performance at
any time by typing in a new query string into the
input field. The search requests submitted by the user
are forwarded to search engines. The returned search
results are displayed as images in a window assigned
to each character. All characters are defined by their
representation on the World Wide Web. WP2.0 is written
previously been shown at The Thing/New York at
http://bbs.thing.net and was featured by
WNET/Channel13/New York at
(9/29/00 Reception for Ursula Endlicher at The Thing)
“glasbead.com” is an interactive, collaborative
musical toy. After downloading the 3-D
software, programmed by the artist, viewers can upload
sound files to shafts within a sphere, then spin and
play the virtual instrument while others who are
connected at that moment do the same. Reception for
the artist at The Thing, 8/15/00.
July 2000 The Thing [project] “Seltsam.com,” by Daniel Pflumm.
The Thing [video], Collider #38 (live talk show),
“VinylVideo”, GH interviews Gebhard Sengmueller/VinylVideo.
The Thing [audio]: “Live Constructions,” by Achim Wollscheid. Improvisational suite for 4 CDs on
Dean Roberts records. More context info at
May/June 2000 The Thing [project] “The Assoziations-Blaster,” by
The Assoziations-Blaster is a text-network that
connects texts through automatic non-linear
real-time linking. Anybody can enter new text
via the WWW-interface, the Blast-Engine at once
establishes links to other related entries. With
a growing text database, the Assoziations-
Blaster becomes a tool to reveal how all things
April 2000 The Thing [video]: Collider #37 (live talk show).
” etoy 2000, “GH interviews etoy agents
Taki and Zai.
The Thing [video]: Collider (“special”)
GH and Douglas Kelly discuss the Armory Fair and
the "Greater New York" Show at PS1 (with videos from
March 2000 The Thing [audio]: “Liminal,” recorded live at a
broadcast/netcast of “Transfigured Night” on
WKCR, 89.9 FM, NYC, 03/11/2000.
February 2000 “Prototype 1,”by Carsten Nikolai, live webcast by
The Thing of performance from the Guggenheim Museum (archived in The Thing [audio]).
Cocktail reception for etoy (with the etoy.MANAGEMENT
and assorted agents and activists) to celebrate total
TOYWAR victory (at The Thing, 2/27, 6-8pm).
The Thing [projects]: VinylVideo by Gebhard
Sengmueller et al):
This website project presents to you a new and
fascinating product that will revolutionize
your daily TV viewing. With VinylVideo,
you can now transform your old record
player and your TV set into a brand-new
home movie medium - quickly, conveniently, and
without complicated instruction manuals. With
the revolutionary VinylVideo picture discs, for which numerous top-name artists have already produced exclusive works, you can now design your own TV viewing program featuring picture quality that is truly extraordinary.
The Thing [video]: Daniel Pflumm
“Neu,”media goods are turned into media art.
Berlin media man Daniel Pflumm intervenes into
corporate logos and images.
“CNN, Q&A,”by Daniel Pflumm. Calls from
Switzerland, Israel, Germany, Thailand.
The Thing [video]: Collider
“Collider #36,”GH Hovagimyan interviews
Whitney new media curator Christiane Paul.
“Collider Production 2000,”GH visits Paik show
at the Guggenheim. Interview with studio guests: Cesare Pietroiusti and Wolfgang Staehle
The Thing [audio]:
“Prototype 1,” by Carsten Nicolai.
“WMF Party At Good World,” New York City, live webcast 11/11/99, "Children Of Berlin:”
Highfish & Diringer, Manuela Krause, plus DJ
Singe of soundlab.
“The User,”Thomas Mcintosh and Emmanuel Madan.
- January 2000 TOYWAR (etoy versus etoys), hosted by thing.net and presented by The Thing [project]:
Starting September 1999, the international
artist group etoy became under heavy attack from
the biggest online toy retailer eToys (market
capitalization many billion dollars). eToys
filed a lawsuit and convinced an American judge
to limit the art services of the toy.CORPORATION
in the US and forbade the usage of the etoy
domain name).Parallel to the legal defense
operations etoy activated an immense network of
partners, journalists and online resistance
activists to fight (legally) for the art brand
etoy. This fight runs under the brand
TOYWAR.com, hosted by thing.net and presented on
The Thing website. TOYWAR.com is the
organization and visualization of this fight.
Due to immense pressure from the press, artists and
net activists around the globe, the TOYWAR was finally
won January 25, 2000 by etoy. Etoy.com is back online!
December 1999 Benefit art auction for The Thing, non-profit
organization. Online auction with art works by
Michel Auder, basicray, Dike Blair, Jordan Crandall,
Devon Dikeou, Christoph Draeger, Laura Emrick, etoy,
Helmut Federle, Peter Fend, Rainer Ganahl, Meghan
Gerety, Susan Goldman, Wayne Gonzales, Ron Gorchov,
Janine Gordon, Peter Halley, James Hyde, Noritoshi
Hirakawa, Danny Hobart, Heidrun Holzfeind, Simone
Huelser, Jacqueline Humphries, James Hyde, Manuel
Ismora (Collection of Jun Ja and Paul Devatour), Craig
Kalpakjian, Rebecca Landmer, Fabian Marcaccio, Miltos
Manetas, Matthew McCaslin, Josephine Meckseper,Paul D. Miller a.k.a. Dj Spooky that subliminal kid, Rudi Molacek, Prema Murthy, Joseph Nechvatal, RothStauffenberg, Thomas Sandbichler, Julia Scher, Max
Schumann, John F. Simon Jr., Kiki Smith, Wolfgang
Staehle, Gabriele Stellbaum, Rudolf Stingel, Beat
Streuli, Momoyo Torimitsu, Anton Vidokle, VinylVideo,
Tom Warren, Lawrence Weiner, David West. From
December 13 to 23, 1999 at (http://auction.thing.net).
The Thing [video]:
“Super Mario Sleeping,” by Miltos Manetas, 1999.
“Caracas Miss Something,”by Roberto Cabot, 1999. From the humbot excursion.
“Digital Jam,”CNNfn broadcast, 1999
Steven Young from CNN interviews Ricardo
Dominguez and Wolfgang Staehle on news breaking story re. etoys versus etoy.
Etoy Press Conference at MoMA. TTNews,
12/20/1999 includes speech by Meszoly,
most of Rushkoff and some other impressions... until the camera battery ran out.
“10 Years After,”Waling Boers and Thomas
Wulffen, 1999. Berlin Culture Clash. A talk
with Mareike Dittmer, Cottbus and Agnes Wegner, Rostock.
-ongoing “Member since… ongoing ad campaign since November 1999 (in Artforum, Index Magazine, Zing Magazine, Merge
Magazine) with ads by Christoph Draeger, Vik Muniz,
Rainer Ganahl, Janine Gordon, Dike Blair, Robbin
Murphy, Vladimir Muzhesky, and many more.
November 1999 Reception for slant.org, an online project curated by
Angie Eng, November 7, 1999.
e-Flux and The Thing announce the creation of the
worldęs most comprehensive database of art
professionals on-line. Both entities will share
information and services to facilitate a more
direct communication within the international art
The Thing [project] section:
Eugene Thacker, “ftp_formless_anatomy,” ftp_formless_anatomy is a counter-anatomical response to the National Library of Medicine's Visible Human Project, an online archive of cut-up and encoded male and female human body. Using the model of a
Web-database, it utilizes anatomical cross-sections, 3-D modeling, and samples from online surgeries to
construct and re-animate the digital-anatomical body.
The Thing OfficeRadio live webcast (in cooperation with Klubradio, Berlin) of performance by WMF, Berlin, and Soundlab at Good World Bar, New York, November 11, 1999.
The Thing [video]:
Collider #35, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH: GH talks with Mark Napier, the man behind “The Shredder.”
“Times Square,”Crowded Theater, 1999
Is there going to be a Military Takeover of New
York City on New Years Eve 1999?
“TV Party Trailer,”Glenn OęBrien with Debbie
Harry and Chris Stein, 1981. Another gem from
the Videoblitz collection.
October 1999 Presentation of VINYLVIDEO at The Thing. Artist
Gebhard Sengueller has created a technique for storing
and reproducing conventional video signals (moving
image and synchronized sound) onto conventional analog
long-playing vinyl (LP) records. The VinylVideo
picture disk can be played back on a standard
turntable with an ordinary diamond needle and a
conventional black and white television set. As a
hybrid of different technologies, VinylVideo reveals
and connects a variety of media history alignments,
combining art, science and technology. Published
editions include works by: Heimo Zobernig, Vuk
Cosic/Alexei Shulgin, Jodi, et al.
Collider #34, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH:
GH talks with Rainer Ganahl, who talks in foreign
Collider #33, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH: GH talks with James Andrews, Tamas Banovich, Wolfgang
Staehle, Stacy Pershall, and Scott Patterson.
September 1999 Collider #32, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH:
G.H. with Ricardo Dominquez about Infowar Projections.
Collider #31, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH:
G.H. talks with Jarryd Lowder (with an intuitive
spinning of audio/video tracks).
Collider #30, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH: G.H. talks with Wolfgang Staehle.
August 1999 Collider #29, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH:
G.H. talks with Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, the creators
of AIRWORLD, a metaCorp skimming the surface of
Technology in Business.
June 1999 First of a series of curated streaming video group
shows, curated by artist/curator Florian Wuest for The
Thing [video] section. Upcoming video group show will
be curated by artist/curator Johan Grimonprez.
Collider #28, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH:
This time, James Andrews interviews the moderator GH
Himself. The showęs creator talks about some of his other projects.
Collider #27, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH:
G.H. chats it up with Marianne Macy, a New York-
based writer and the author of “Working Sex.”
Collider #26, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH:
G.H. interviews Maciej Wisniewski, author of the
Collider #25, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH:
G.H. talks with Tim Whidden, founding member of M.T.
Art Associates, producers of non-spectator performance
May 1999 Web casting of “Five29Ninety9,”a one-day art
symposium with 24 lectures, an exhibition, and a
SoundLab performance; at St. Ann’s Church, Brooklyn,
NY, May 29, 1999.
“CyberArt99,” conference organized by Cynthia
Pannucci/ASCI with invited panelists including
Wolfgang Staehle of The Thing (other participants:
see below). At Cooper Union School for Art and
Architecture, New York, May 1999.
Collider #24, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH:
GH talks with Jeanne van Heeswijk, a Dutch artist, who
explores New Yorkęs artistsę spaces (in collaboration with Martin Lucas.
Collider #23, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH:
GH Hovagimyan talsk with Jon Ippolito, an artist and the new media curator of the Guggenheim Museum
Collider #22, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH:
GH Hovagimyan talks with Jenelle Porter, curator at
Artistsę Space. Includes clips of videos from
the current show.
May 1999 *Bindi,* web project by Prema Murthy for The Thing
[project] section. Bindigirl is a character or
Murthyęs avatar. She is a construct of fe/male
desire, created out of what is deemed ęexoticę and
ęeroticę. Murthy takes Bindigirl pictures of herself
and juxtaposes them with ancient Indian texts
excerpted from Hindu Deity mythologies and The Kama
Sutra as translated by Sir Richard F. Burton. Master
Card, Visa, and American Express cards accepted for
merchandise and special live video performances.
Collider #21, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH:
GH Hovagimyan talks with Jennifer Dalton about her
eBay project at Steffany Martz Gallery.
March 1999 “CyberArt99,” mailing list hosted by and, exclusively, web-archived on The Thing web site. Moderated by Cynthia Pannucci/ASCI with invited
participants, including Max Anderson, Director of the
Whitney Museum; John Ippolito, Guggenheim Museum;
Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace; Steve Dietz, Dir./New
Media Initiatives, Walker Art Center; Bill Jones,
Editor/Artbyte Magazine; Randall Packer, UC Berkeley;
Robert Atkins, art critic; Kevin Teixeira, Intel
Corp.; Doree Duncan Seligman, BellLabs Comm. Software
Research Dept.; Mark Napier, artist; Wolfgang
Staehle, artist/Dir. of The Thing, and others.
“Thingist,” online forum with a loosely-knit,
rotating group of invited participants who address a
variety of issues, such as collisions between art,
science, and technology; infowar and hacktivism;
biotech and life science; digital web casting and
models of distribution. Moderators: Eugene Thacker,
artist, net culture critic; and Wolfgang Staehle.
Collider #20, live talk show webcast, moderated by GH:
GH talks with digi-artist Joseph Nechvatal.
March 1999 New features in The Thing [video]:
“Collider #19,” live TV webcast show moderated
by GH Hovagimyan: Interview with artist Prema
Murthy, who’s new web project for The Thing site
will be launched in May.
“Hood Ornament,” video by artist Skip Arnold
produced for The Thing.
“Circle’s Short Circuit,” film by artist
February 1999 The Thing is one of 13 large (web) communities
selected for presentation at ArcoElectronico
(electronic media arts festival in Madrid, Spain,
entitled “the post-media era” at http://aleph-
arts.org/epm/eng): “Hosted by aleph, and organized for ArcoElectronico99, "the post-media era" introduces itself as a system that tries to facilitate a critical approach to the contemporary transformations of the public sphere—those induced by the emergence of new media, especially the internet--focussing the analysis on the role that concerns all cultural and artistic practices in that context.”
[The post-media era]--A constellation of (web) communities of media producers:
The constellation of selected webs are:
[ alt-X ], [ betacast ], [ blast ],
[ convex tv ],::eco::,[ gallery 9 / Walker Art
Center ], [ nettime ],[ nirvanet ],[ P.A.R.K.
4DTV ],[ raveface radio ], [ rhizome ],[ The
Thing ],[ Xchange ]
Musee d’Art Contemporain, “Musique en Scene,”
exhibition participation of The Thing (represented by
Wolfgang Staehle), with a presentation of “office
radio” (see below). The show is focussed on
electronic sound projects by selected internationally
known artists and arts organizations prominent for
their work in this field.
In [audio]: officeradio [the mix]. The story of the cut T1-line. An audio collage by The Thing crew produced for “Musique en Scene.”
GraphicJam, a web artwork by digital artists Andy Deck
and Mark Napier, connects visitors into a live, online
collaborative drawing. A collage of creative
impulses, GraphicJam is a live mix of doodles,
drawings and color created entirely by those who
visit the web site.(http://bbs.thing.net [projects])
January 1999 In [video]: Momoyo Torimitsu’s ”Miyata Jiro”
Three videos, taking the format of "commercials," featuring her Japanese businessman robot Miyata Jiro.
“Web Performer,” by Ursula Endlicher, produced for
and published by The Thing (in “projects”). "Web
Performer" is a web project that introduces six
different characters. The characters are based on
some of her video/live performances. As the piece
develops new images are downloaded directly from the
web based on a search-engine result for each
Opening reception (January 22) for artist Ursula Endlicher on the occasion of the inauguration of “Web Performer” online The Thing (see above).
In [audio]: The Electronic Disturbance Theater interviews Manuel De Landa. This section opens with his view of strategies vs. tactics
under the flows of neo-materialism and the Left.
“Collider,” a weekly live web broadcast. online The Thing. Live streaming audio/video program moderated by Gerard Hovagimyan (GH):
In Collider #14 GH features an interview with Rainer Ganahl, conceptual artist and photographer of academic
In Collider #13 GH and writer/media theorist Peter “Blackhawk” von Brandenburg discuss socio-culture and media theory.
December 1998 Publication of web project “The History of Moving Images,” by Vuk Cosic. From the Official History of Net.art, volume III: Watch films. Star Trek, Blow Up, Deep Throat...
In Collider #12, GH talks with Ricardo Dominguez from
The Electronic Disturbance Theater about recent FloodNet actions.
In Collider #11, GH talks with Peter Fend, the internationally renowned eco-artist
November 1998 “Collider,” a weekly live web broadcast. online The Thing. Live streaming audio/video program moderated by Gerard Hovagimyan: Interview with Marisa Bowe, editor-in-chief of the online magazine “Word.”
In [audio]: Bob Dodds “Bob's Media Ecology.”
October 1998 “New Media Art: The Artists, The Market, The Politics,” seminar organized by United Digital Artists (UDA) and Rhizome at UDA, New York; Oct. 22, 1998. Panel participation by Wolfgang Staehle/The Thing; other participants include Maciej Wisniewski, Natalie Jeremijenko, Beth Stryker, Vivien Selbo, Tamas Banovitch, John Ippolito, Barbara London, Rachel Greene.
“local.language” by Rainer Ganahl; publication of
online web project with discussion board in connection
with solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria.
“Collider,” weekly live web broadcast. Live streaming audio/video program moderated by Gerard Hovagimyan:
--Live interview with artist Stephan Pascher, moderator of “Almost(A)live From LA” web discussion board published by The Thing.
--Live interview with Paul Garrin, artist and founder of PG Media, Inc.
--Live interview with Miltos Manetas, artist.
September 1998 “The Telegraph Wired 50,” online project by Heath Bunting. Another Heath Bunting accolade. Click on it. Own, be owned or whatever...
“Do You Like Mathematics?” online project by
“Collider,” weekly live web broadcast. Live streaming audio/video program moderated by Gerard Hovagimyan: Live interview with artist Wolfgang Staehle.
June 1998 Reception for Sawad Brooks and Yoshi Sodeoka, June 25,
May 1998 Publication of new online project by Sawad Brooks “
[ sous rature ... ] A Reflection on Digitial Media
(As Drawing)” (The Thing “projects” section).
April 1998 Publication of new online project by Yoshi Sodeoka
“Prototype #22,” 5 products from OPT Technologies,
Inc.(The Thing “projects” section).
Autonomedia and The Thing book launching party for
“Media Archive” by Adilkno (The Foundation for the
Advancement of Illegal Knowledge) published by
Autonomedia, with presentatione by Geert Lovinck
(Adilkno) and introduction by Jim Fleming
(Autonomedia) at The Thing space, May 11, 1998.
March 1998 The “Threads” section of The Thing website is
expanded to include the following discussion and
announcement boards: “Bulletin” for general
announcements, “Thingist” moderated by Arfus
Greenwood and Wolfgang Staehle, “Infowar” moderated
by Rick Dominguez, “Rainer’s Reading Seminar” moderated by Rainer Ganahl, “Almost (A)live from LA” moderated by Stephan Pascher, “Nettime” (see below), and “Guestbook” for comments on the website.
February 1998 The Nettime mailing list, focussing on net theory and
criticism and moderated by Geert Lovinck, Diana
McCarthy, and Pit Schultz, is archived on the web
exclusively by The Thing (“Threads” section).
Inaugural launch party on February 22, 1998 (with
presentation by nettimers Pit Schultz and Diana
Launch of The Thing’s new interface and of in-house developed “community server/messaging” software (code by Max Kossatz) providing features like paging, user profiles, threaded messaging, and much more. It is based on an SQL database.
Opening reception for Vanessa Beecroft.
January 1998 Publication of new web project by Vanessa Beecroft,
co-produced by The Thing (ad announcement in Index
Fall 1997 Publication of new web projects by Bullseye Art, Franz Stauffenberg (second version/“Happier Days”/co-produced by The Thing), Rainer Ganahl (“Basic Korean,” co-produced by The Thing and also presented at the Kanju Biennale of Art, Kanju, Korea), Susan Goldman (“second version/”uniCity”), Max Kossatz/Holger Friese (“antworten.de”), and Paul Devautour (“”Sowana”).
June 1997 Launch party on June 21 with performance of the band
“Blood Necklace” to celebrate The Thing’s
participation at the “documenta X” website
showcasing the “new” Thing site, a new series of art
projects and programs, such as WTTR (The Thing Radio).
“Blood Necklace” is a New York City TechNoCore band
with Steven Parrino, Trudie Reiss, and Jennifer Syrie.
Summer 1997 The Thing website is selected by the curatorial
committee of the quintannual international
“documenta”exhibition, Kassel, Germany, to be
presented via their official website
(www.documenta.de), Documenta X, June-August 1997.
Spring 1997 Complete redesign of The Thing website interface
(www.thing.net) and publication of new online
projects, including new features such as “TT TV”
(Real Audio/Video) and “WTTR” (The Thing Radio) and
custom-designed messaging and live chat applics, as
well as the launch of a new “Spotlights” series of
individual art projects, and new publications of Thing
May 1997 Panel participation at “Transmedia” cycle of
conferences, organized by Internationale Stadt, Berlin
(May 26 to June1).
The Thing is featured in “evelmachines,” a
multimedia kiosk that is an “ambient interactive
commingling” between Zing Magazine (published
by Devon Dikeou) and cyberNY (produced by Mike Brown)
with its premiere version launched with a party at
Club Void, May 22.
April 1997 “Maintenance/Web,” (the uglier side of technology)
by Kevin and Jennifern McCoy, and Torsten Zenus Burns
(organized by Ricardo Dominguez).
March 1997 “Floating Thing,” two evenings of CuSeeMe projects
via The Thing web site based on live performance by
Floating Point Unit at The Thing office (organized by
“Future’s Memory,” a digital soap opera in 13
scenes. Screenplay by Ricardo Dominguez and Diane
Ludin; CuSeeMe project by Floating Point Unit
(www.thing.net/~floating); produced at The Thing and
broadcast as a weekly cross-media internet/cable TV
show on Channel 16 (public access) starting March 30,
11:30pm on Channel 16.
January 1997 “Digital Eros,”organized by Ricardo Dominguez at The
Thing , with readings by Doll Yoko/Gashgirl of VNS
Matrix, Petrol Head, Shelly Marlow, and Robert Kylee;
a new web project by Zhang Gu; and online videos by
Prema Murty and Wolfgang Staehle.
December 1996 "Thing World," a project by Wolfgang Staehle for the
back cover of Lusitania, a bi-lingual art magazine
published by Martim Avillez (Vol. #8 “Being On-Line—
Net Subjectivity,” guest editor: Alan Sondheim), New
November 1996 Party at The Thing to celebrate the “In the Flow...”
web project series.
October 1996 "In the Flow: Alternate Authoring Strategies,"
exhibition curated by Daniel Georges at Franklin
Furnace, New York City, October 1996(the exhibition is
accompanied by the website http://www.franklinfurnace.org/flow).
Other participants include titok (Robin Silverberg and
Secret Providers), Planet and Eies Texts (Frank
Gillette with Teleconferees), Phantasmagorium/Blast 5 (X-Art Foundations and
participants), Posters (Group Material), Mail Art
(Beattie and Davidson), Photographs (Louise
Lawler), Bus Poster (Group Material), GoGo Drawings
and Ink Blots (Laura Parnas and GoGo Customers and
Dancers), Mail Art (from 1984 FF exhibition),
Especially for You (Gabriel Martinez and Interactors),
we both belong (Ben Kinmont and participants), PS 217
Sites Mural (Sylvia Benitez and Students of PS 217),
Wall Drawing (Sol Lewitt and Drafters).
“In the Flow,” new project series in the ArtStuff
section of THE THING including projects by Susan
Goldman “uniCity,” Franz Stauffenberg “Happier
Days,” Zhang Gu “Untitled,” Eva Grubinger
“Bikini Project,” Christine Meierhofer “Order a
Theft,” and Ursula Endlicher “Live Performance.”
June/July 1996 "Super" is a fictive "faux Hollywood-style" movie by
artist Danny Hobart produced for THE THING's website
(http://www.thing.net/thingnyc). The movie trailer is
"generated" by way of a series of original video
clips, soundtracks, scripts and still images
periodically updated and "promoted" by collectibles such as posters (screen savers) and
trading cards (online editions).
May 1996 Participation at "Version 2.2," a cycle of conferences
("Communication Internet") at the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Saint-Gervais Geneve, Geneva,
organized by artist Barbara Strebel and Andre Iten,
Art and Electronic Media Director, Saint-Gervais
Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland. Other participants
include Max Kossatz, Felix Stefan Huber/Philip Pocock,
Joachim Blank, Walter van der Cruissen, Herve
Graumann et al.
“Version Box,” 22 editions by 25 artists (including
Wolfgang Staehle/Ricardo Dominguez/The Thing New York)
coordinated by Simon Lamuniere, published by Saint-
Gervias, Geneve, Switzerland in the context of the
“Version 2.2” conference.
Exhibition participation in "Departure Lounge," a
group exhibition at Clocktower Gallery/The Institute
of Contemporay Art (PS1), organized by Arfus Greenwood
(PS1), artist Franz Stauffenberg, and writer Deborah Drier. "Departure Lounge" is conceived as a
gathering space where visitors may move through a
network of projects, objects, sound, moving and still
images, performances, and cocktail parties. This
network was developed by encouraging artists to
introduce other artists to the project, create "links"
between their work, or combine the works of other
artists with their own.
"Quick Times," a group show in the Artstuff section of
THE THING's website (http://thing.net/thingnyc).
Curated by Wolfgang Staehle, the show includes videos
by John Baldessari, Klaus vom Bruch, Cheryl
Donegan, Rainer Ganahl, Herve Graumann, Felix Huber &
Phillip Pocock, Rudi Molacek, Daniel Pflumm, Steven
Pollack & Renate Sturmer, Christopher Roth & Franz
Stauffenberg, Wolfgang Staehle, and Michael Smith.
The presentation marks our increased commitment to
present original multimedia arts content on THE
THING's website. The clips range in style from the
'cool' Techno loops of Daniel Pflumm to the
ideosyncratic animation of Rudi Molacek. Quick Times
focuses on artists who not only produce outstanding
video works, but also fully understand the concept and
master the requirements of networked computing.
THE THING workshop at "The Space of Information at the
Rotunda," a program of informational workshops, talks
and an installation on the intersection of art with
electronic environments, curated by Laura Trippi, May
4 - 30. Other participants include Echo, Word,
artnetweb, adaweb, New York Online, et al.
Party to celebrate the "OutASite" project on THE THING
website (see below), May 1, 1996.
April 1996 "Reading Seminar: Deleuze," is a public discussion
forum moderated by artist Rainer Ganahl on THE THINGS
WWW Discussion Board (with invited participants).
March 1996 THE THING introduces its "WWW Discussion Board" open
to the public.
THE THING Amsterdam node (mirror site of THE THING NYC
WWW site with telnet function into THE THING BBS).
"Cyber Stars" Award for THE THING NYC by Virtual
City's First Annual Awards (sponsored by IBM)
featuring a link to THE THING website (Virtual City,
NYC, @ http://www.virtcitnow.com).
"ThingReviews" Party organized by Thing editors, Susan
Goldman and Craig Kalpakjian, at THE THING NYC
February 1996 "...follow, follow the yellow brick road..."
exhibition at the New York Kunsthalle with
presentation of THINGWorld, the multimedia live chat
rooms on THE THING's website. Other participants
include Felix S. Huber/Philip Pocock's "From the Artic
Circle to the Tropic of Cancer," a web project also
residing on THE THING's website, and works by
Warren Neidich (opening February 23, 1996)
THINGReviews is reviewed by The McKinley Group's
Professional editorial team of international
publishers, technologists and information
specialists, and rated a "4-Star" site, the highest
rating an internet site can achieve in Magellan,
McKinley's acknowledged internet navigational and
FAT Magazine, a New York bi-annual print publication,
which mixes fiction, commentary and art in an
enigmatic tabloid format, with each issue loosely
organized around a theme, such as "Good and Evil"
(Issue #1) and "Surrender" (Issue #2). FAT Magazine's
website, designed by THE THING/John Rabasa, premieres
this month on THE THING WWW
"Schnittstelle Netzhaut," a project by THE swiss THING
as part of the project series "Sprechende Koerper," at
the Skulpturhalle, Basel, Switzerland, Feb. 29, 1996.
January 1996 "Out A Site,"a web project premiering on THE THING NYC
WWW site, produced by artist Steven Pollack with
multimedia projects including a previously unpublished
interview by author Paul Bowles, a previously
unreleased music video of David Byrne, previously
unpublished photographs of Brancusi's studio, and
"From the Arctic-Circle to the Tropic of Cancer," a
continuation of the website road movie by Felix Huber
and Philip Pocock at THE THING WWW site (a auto-visual
diary from trips to the Artic Circle, Summer 1995,
followed by reports from Mexico, January/February
THE THING introduces THINGWorld, an exciting new
chat application with a specially designed fantasy art
world tour, where visitors can explore, alter and play
in galleries, studios and rooms familiar to many in
the New York art world, talk with friends and
strangers in the back room of an art dealer or just
have unlimited martinis, which are always at hand,
while viewing a gallery show. Almost anything can
happen in THINGWorld. Check it out!
December 1995 "Bulletin Board," exhibition/investigation at Spot 71,
New York City (participants include Mike Ballou and
Four Walls, Devon Dikeou/Zing Magazine, Jackie
McAllister, Printed Matter Bulletin Board, Alexis
Rockman, THE THING International BBS, et al).
"Aliased Father," a web site by artist Stefan Beck,
produced for THE THING NYC WWW's Art Stuff section.
November 1995 "THINGreviews" is an ongoing art review project on THE
THING WWW site, as well as on THE THING BBS. Edited
by artists/writers Susan Goldman and Craig Kalpakjian,
"THINGreviews" publishes on-the-spot reviews by an
international group of contributing art critics
and artists/writers reporting on exhibitions and art
events in the US and abroad. Since it is our
intention to further communication within the art
community on the global level, we will offer
translated versions of reviews--that is English-
language reviews translated into other languages and
vice versa--in the near future.
("THINGreviews," see http://www.thing.net/thingnyc)
"A Garden Project," by artist Alyson Shotz. The
multimedia project is presented in THE THING WWW
"Artstuff" section (http://www.thing.net/thingnyc).
October 1995 "Cyber Soho" Arts Festival, Soho, New York City. 3-day
public presentation of www and CD ROM projects such as
THE THING, Laurie Anderson/Voyager, Whitney Museum,
Dia Center for the Arts, adaweb, Tractor, ArtnetWeb,
et al. With a series of talks moderated by
Janine Cirincione (Microsoft) and Timothy Druckrey
(New York University).
September 1995 Martin Kippenberger, Achim Kubinski "Beuys," audio-
visual piece in THE THING WWW ("Art Stuff").
August 1995 "Arctic Circle," an exhibition on the internet by
Felix Huber and Philip Pocock via THE THING NYC BBS
THE THING Web Site (http://www.thing.net/thingnyc)).
The project is a "double travel," a physical journey
over the Artic Circle to the least populated, last
remote wilderness on earth (Klondike, Yukon, Northwest
Territories, Alaska), and, concurrently, over the
globe-blanketing infobahn. "Arctic Circle" represents
an investigation of contemporary loneliness, in a
natural wilderness and in front of the computer
screen. A series of short performance video and sound
loops will be produced on and above the 66/67th
Parallel, the Artic Circle, as well as additional
text, image, sound and video files relating to the
travel-as-art-as-information. The project will also
be presented at "Photography after Photography –
Defining Photography through Digitality," a travelling
exhibition sponsored by Siemens Cultural Program,
Munich, Germany; and "Telepolis," a Luxembourg Goethe-
Institute Exhibition, Luxembourg, and other locales.
July 1995 THE THING NYC is moving from the basement space in
Tribeca to a loft space on the 16th floor of the
Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea (601 W 26 St, NYC
A T-1 leased line circuit to provide full internet
connectivity is installed and an SGI Web Server
connected to our LAN. The setup allows to combine the global access, multi-media capabilities of the
WWW with the interactive/discursive qualities of the
message-based information system (THE THING BBS). A
telnet link from THE THING WWW site
(http://www.thing.net/thingnyc) into THE THING
BBS allows for real-time conferencing and
participation in THE THING's local and international
June 1995 Ars Electronica (June 20-23), Linz, Austria.
Presentation of THE THING, premiering multi-page World
Wide Web sites of THE THING NYC, Vienna, and Basel,
with telnet function into THE THING BBS's
message forums and live conferencing area. The Web
site will function as an ever-changing exhibition and
publishing area. Taking advantage of the HTML
programming language, this will include hypertexts,
still images, video clips, and sound files. The event
includes a symposium with a lecture by Wolfgang
Staehle, THE THING NYC. THE THING
NYC's WWW projects produced for Ars Electronica
Image Files, a interactive stock image bank project by
Wolfgang Staehle and Franz Stauffenberg; Alter Stats,
an interactive visualization of user access of the web
site, by John Simon; “Angel Dust” a sound and image
project by Mariko Mori (with Karaoke
recording at The Thing studio); and projects by Sam
Samore; Noritoshi Hirakawa; Beat Streuli; Felix
Huber; and Christian Marclay; THE THING Archive, a
selection of texts from THE THING NYC BBS (including
Transactivism/online symposium; “Gray Goo
Lounge”/online interview with Dike Blair; “The
Twist”Thread; “Snap to Grid”/online interview with Rainer Ganahl etc.); and telnet function into THE
THING BBS. Catalogue available, including texts on
THE THING by Andreas Kallfelz, Jordan Crandall, and Klaus Ottmann.
"Art and Telecommunication: Universality - Balance/A
Pancultural Project," Civitella d'Agliano, Venice,
Italy. Internet art project with participation of THE
THING (coordinated by THE THING Vienna). Other
participants include Geert Lovink, Digital City,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Pit Schultz, Museum for
the Future, Berlin, Germany; Derrick de Kerkove,
McLuhan Institute, University of Toronto, Canada;
May 1995 Springer, a new Viennese magazine "focusing on
investigations of the broad terrain of history,
theory, and criticism of the visual arts,
while concurrently inquiring other scholarly fields
such as new media and pop culture, opens online forums
on THE THING BBS (Vienna) with writing access for
their contributing editors based in various
European and American cities and reading access, as
well as a feedback channel, for the public. Springer
Magazine is also a bimonthly print publication.
April 1995 James Nares portfolio of JPEG images, produced by the
artist and THE THING, presented online TTNY BBS.
March 1995 "Quicktime Movies," by John Baldessari, produced for
THE THING, by David Platzker. Concurrently, an
exhibition of Baldessari's "Books and Ephemera," also
curated by David Platzker, takes place at Printed
Matter at Dia Art Foundation, New York, March 9 to
February 1995 "Art, Identity and Boundaries: Limits and their
Transgression," a cycle of four conferences organized
by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Ludovici Pratesi at
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy, February
26 - March 19. Wolfgang Staehle is invited, as artist
and founder of THE THING, to participate on the
February 26 panel "Beyond Physical Boundaries: New
Cybernetic Communications." Other participants
include Antonio Muntadas, artist, USA; Catherine
David, organizer of Documenta X, Germany; Jimmie
Durham, artist, USA; Michelangelo Pistoletto, artist,
Italy; Renee Green, artist; USA; Hermann Nitsch,
artist, Austria; et al.
"Blast 4: Bioinformatica," exhibition at Kunstverein
Cologne, Germany, with participation of THE THING.
February 4 - March 19, 1995.
January 1995 "Dagegen/Dabei - Production and Strategy in Art
Projects Since 1969," a six-part exhibition series at
Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany, curated by Bettina
Sefkow and Ulrich Doerrie. One of the projects
Presented there is THE THING (organized by Michael
Krome, TT Cologne).
Online art project by Chris Kramer (gif files, text
December 1994 "Informatics: The Electronic Frontier and You,"
seminar by Jordan Crandall and Wolfgang Staehle, THE
THING, at White Columns, NYC, Dec. 12 and 19. The
seminar is part of the seminar series "Theoretical
Studies in Art" at White Columns.
"Freaks Online," online art project by Claire Jervert
November 1994 "Altwien Neuzeit," group exhibition curated by Warren
Niesluchowski, New York, and Hubert Winter, Vienna,
with participation of THE THING.
"The Laws of Humans," online project by Noritoshi
Hirakawa in the <O>n Show project area of THE THING
(avi, gif, and wav files). The project will also be
presented as part of a solo exhibition by the artist
in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, February, 1995.
Media Alliance, lectures on "Art-related computer
networks," organized by David Greene, Dir. of the New
York Foundation for the Arts, with participation of
THE THING representative.
Limited electronic art edition (portfolio) by James
Nares, produced and published by the artist and THE
THING New York (available online).
Production of electronic art edition by Peter Schuyff,
produced for THE THING New York (print version will be
available via Pace Gallery/Pace Editions, NYC).
October 1994 "What Is In Your Mind," group exhibition curated by
Frederick Harleman for the National Museum of Science
and Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, with participation
of THE THING (organized by Wolfgang Staehle/THE THING
New York). Other participants include
Bigert & Bergstroem, Klaus vom Bruch, Aris Fioretos,
Rainer Ganahl, Michael Joaquin Grey, Michael Joo,
Laurel Katz, Jon Kessler, Mikael Lindgren, Matthew
McCaslin, Nam June Paik, Jean Tinguely, Teddy the
Artist, Dan Wolgers, Fredrik Wretman/Mats Hjelm. Oct.
21 - Nov. 30, 1994.
"Cybersphere," Symposium at Kulturhuset, Stockholm,
Sweden, Oct. 22,23. Wolfgang Staehle participates as
the founder of THE THING. Other speakers include
Michael Benedikt, Dir. Center for American
Architecture and Design at Univ. of Texas at Austin,
TX; Donna Haraway, History of Consciousness Board at
the Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Allucquere R.
Stone, Dir. of ActLab, Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX; Rob Tow, Researcher at Interval Research Corp., Palo Alto,
CA; Peter Weibel, Dir. Inst. for New Media at
Frankfurt Art Academy, Frankfurt, Germany; Norbert
Bolz, Prof. Communication Theory at Univ. Essen,
Germany; Amy Bruckman, Researcher at MIT Media Lab,
Cambridge, MA; Brenda Laurel, Researcher at Interval
Research Corp., Palo Alto, CA; Elisabeth List, Assoc.
Prof. Dept. of Philosphy, Univ. Graz, Austria; Marcos
Novak, Dir. Advanced Design Research Program,
School of Architecture, Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX;
Jeffrey Shaw, Dir. Inst. for Image Media at ZKM
THE THING Stockholm node opens.
"Pain," online video show curated by Shauna Sampson
and Steven Overman. Project includes an online
catalog with image and text files. Project produced
and published by the curators, the artists, and THE
THING. Artists include: Laura Parnes, Kelly Parr,
Jason Fox, David Weeks, M.M. Serra, Skip Arnold,
Richard Karnatz, Ricardo DeOliveira, Cheryl Donegan,
Rainer Ganahl, Wayne Gonzales, Mike Wodkowksi,
Janine Gordon, Michael McAuliffe, Andrew Perret,
Joshua Singer, Wolfgang Staehle, John Tremblay, Jane
Duncan, Kenneth Goldsmith, Meghan Gerety, Ken
Goldberg, Bryan Gonzales, J.R.Gross, Charles
Labelle, Peter Lunengeld, Julia Parker, Crystal Reiss,
Trudie Reiss, John Tipton, and others. Opening
reception for “Pain Online/The Thing” at "Here," a
non-profit space in Soho, NY, Oct. 22, 1994.
"firstname.lastname@example.org," an online project by
conceptual artist Jon Tower. The artist opens an
interactive office for consultation. The
project also includes video, sound and text files by
the artist. Opening reception at I.C.Editions, Soho,
NY, Nov. 1994.
May 1994 "Basic English, Basic Japanese," online art project by
conceptual artist Rainer Ganahl. Includes video,
image, sound (interview R.Ganahl/Sagawa) and text
files (online interview W.Staehle/R.Ganahl). This
<O>n Show project deals with the study of
a new language as a non-object-oriented, but
personality and social relationship altering cultural
exchange. In Oct. 1994, the project was republished
by THE THING Vienna (additional online interview
April 1994 "virusheaRtbeAt,"limited electronic art edition by
Joseph Nechvatal, published by the artist and THE
THING (available online).
"No Cover, No Minimum," online interview with artist
Dike Blair in The Thing's <T>alkshow forum.
"Artists in the Information Ghetto - A Way Out,"
workshop introducing artists to computer technologies.
Participants: Wolfgang Staehle, THE THING
("Networking"); Gretchen Bender, artist; Stephania
Serena, Charles Warren, consultants; Rainer Ganahl,
artist; Marshall Blonsky, writer, Prof. of Semiology
at The New School for Social Research, NY, April 30,
"Mean Things," limited electronic art edition by David
Diao, published and produced by the artist and THE
THING (available online).
March 1994 "Bioinformatics," moderated online forum. Part of a
larger project for the Kunstverein Cologne (see Jan.
1995). The project functions as a map or guide with
which readers can situate themselves as living
biological systems within many informational systems,
to orient themselves as bioinformatic entities.
"Julio," limited electronic art edition by Rudi
Molacek, published by the artist and THE THING
"9 Sculptures, New York," online art project by Helene
von Oldenburg with floor maps of nine New York Museums
and a legend indicating dimensions and location of
nine imaginative sculptures in these spaces (catalogue
"nOn Television - THE THING," television documentary
by artist Aki Fujiyoshi, broadcast on public access
Channel 16, New York, March 23, 1994 (videotape
available). Part of a television series on
collaborative art projects in New York.
"Copy," limited electronic art edition by Rainer
Ganahl, produced and published by the artist and THE
THING (available online).
"Snap to Grid," first online interview (Wolfgang Staehle/R.Ganahl) from a series of online interviews in one of the public forums of THE THING. Each
interview will be archived in the File Area for later retrieval.
"Provisional," online art exhibition by Felix
Huber. The interactive artwork is designed by the
artist to bring together your world with that of
homeless people and refugees - right into your living
THE THING introduces internet email and newsgroups.
December 1993 "Building Process," online art project by John F.
Simon. The artist creates "Line Drawings" from a
paint program he designed after Paul Klee's concept of
"active lines, passive lines, and mobility agents."
THE THING Frankfurt node opens.
THE THING Vienna node opens.
November 1993 "Transactivism," online symposium organized by Jordan
Crandall and The Thing. The panel discusses the
production and circulation of art and sociality in
transactional space. Invited panelists include
artists, critics, and curators (archived in the File
Area; also available on disk).
September 1993 "Superdream Mutation," unlimited, numbered electronic
art edition by Peter Halley, published by the artist
and THE THING (available online).
July 1993 THE THING Berlin node opens.
"Accrochage," online art exhibition curated by
Craig Kalpakjian, “Line,” 3-D animation (Quicktime
April 1993 "1916," limited electronic art edition by Olivier
Mosset, produced and published by the artist and THE
THING (available online). First online edition
published by THE THING.
December 1992 Benefit Art Auction for THE THING at Nathalie Karg
Gallery, New York. Public terminal of THE THING to
demonstrate the network in function.
November 1992 THE THING Dusseldorf node opens.
Public terminal of THE THING (New York and Cologne) at
Friesenwall 116a Project Space (home of The Thing
Cologne), Cologne, Germany, for the occasion of
the Cologne “UnFair” event (alternative event to the
official Cologne Art Fair, and coinciding with the
Public terminal of THE THING at Daniel Buchholz
Gallery booth at Cologne Art Fair (with sale of the
“Yellow Reader” publication as well as a limited
edition of “The Thing BBS” baseball caps, produced
by The Thing New York).
Publication of the “Yellow Reader," print
publication with excerpts from discussions online The
Thing New York and Cologne.
Public terminal of THE THING at "F.A.R. Bazaar,"
Foundation for Art Resources, Los Angeles. Live
demonstration of the network by artist Kelly
"Manifesto," art project online THE THING; group show
curated by Benjamin Weil, with digital reproductions
of poster works by artists Henry Bond, Gavin Brown,
Angela Bulloch, Laura Emrick, Sylvie Fleury, Liam
Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Happier Days,
Yasuma Morimura, Marco Mazzuconi, Julia Scher, and
October 1992 "Remaking Civilization: Rethinking Evolution,
Intentionality, Time, and Identity," online discussion
group. The project is a collaboration between The
Thing and Blast (text available in the File Area; also
available on disk as part of the Blast #3 edition
July 1992 "Pressure on the Public," THE THING's online symposium
is part of a project on the art public, organized by
Mitchell Kane, The Hirsch Farm Project, Northbrook, IL
June 1992 "Wochenschau," THE THING's first online symposium,
organized by THE THING New York and THE THING Cologne,
focuses on new modes of art production and exhibition
March 1992 THE THING Cologne node opens.
November 1991 THE THING starts operating out of basement at 44 White
Street (Tribeca), New York City.