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My niece, Casey Jones, (yes that’s really her name) is a really gifted young fashion designer fresh out of Philadelphia College of Textiles.  Her first gig is working for L.A.M.B the Gwen Stefani line of clothes that premiered big-time this Friday on the runways in New York.  There was an article in the New York Times magazine a while back that talked about what’s happening to fashion and refers to the L.A.M.B. line.  Seems that clothing lines are being launched that are tagged to celebrities, which is nothing new. What is new is that they cater to an accelerated business cycle where the line is produced in limited quantity, a media buzz is created, and when the sales of the line start to fall, the company is trashed or sold.  What happens with the young people working on the line is that they are given the lowest wages possible and the longest working hours possible. There’s no job security because they know that as soon as the line goes stale they’re out of a job.  

The Upgrade! First International Meeting NYC

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The First International Meeting
September 23-24 at Eyebeam New York
540 w 21st, New York, NY

Thanks to all the artists and curators who contributed to this event. Please join us next week to meet the  highly-motivated group of artists/curators who organize the gatherings in different locations around the  world (soon in Toronto, Istanbul and Sofia). The gatherings are often associated with art & technology  centers. By default this emerging network sustains open communication lines between these nodes.  We're meeting to develop a vision as a global network to highlight the creative work done in the field.

September 16-24, 2005
Documentation of works by 131 artists who participate at Upgrades! around the world. Representing:  Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Munich, New York, Oklahoma City, Scotland, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Vancouver.

Friday, September 23: 7:30-9:00 pm
Sala-Manca Group performs Elephants on Metula's Nights and discusses their practice at our monthly  gathering. The Sala-Manca Group is comprised of Lea Mauas and Diego Rotman, Argentine-Israeli  artists who have been creating work in performance, video, installation and new media since 2000.  Sala-manca's works deal with the poetics of translation, Yiddish culture, the tensions between low-tech  and high-tech aesthetics, as well as social and political issues.

Saturday, September 24: 12:00-7:00 pm
How does each Upgrade form its presence and community? What is the potential of the network?  Join artists, curators and organizers for two panels, lecture and party.

12:00 pm: Introduction and welcome.

12:10 pm: The New York Upgrade! story with media artist Yael Kanarek and director of education at Eyebeam Liz Slagus.

12:45 pm: Artist-Run Upgrades! with Tiffany Holmes, Chicago; Tamiko Thiel, Munich; Adam Brown,  Oklahoma  City; Mushon Zer-Aviv and Sala-Manca Group, Tel Aviv; Kate Armstrong, Vancouver.  Moderated by Yael Kanarek.

2:45-3:15 pm: Break

3:15 pm: Art + Tech Organizations Upgrades! with Jo-Anne Green and Catherine D'Ignazio, Boston;  Cezanne Charles and Robb Mitchell, Scotland;  Suhjung Hur, Seoul; Tobias C. Van Veen, Montreal.  Moderated by Liz Slagus.

5:15 pm: "NETWORKS, AGENCY, PROPERTY and POLICY: Practical thoughts on the emergence of  new global cultural formations" — closing talk by leading scholar of media arts Michael Century.

6:00 pm: After-party with music by artist/DJ Tobias  C. Van Veen.

Art Dirt Redux: Moveable Feast

Moveable Feast
Art Dirt Redux feeds on wild boar just like Hemingway: podcast 
This feeding courtesy The New Yorker Magazine.
Art Dirt Redux will work for food

Tijuana Calling


Tijuana Calling

Tijuana Calling is an online exhibition of five commissioned projects that make use of the Internet to explore various features of the Tijuana/San Diego border region, including cultural tourism, border dentistry, transborder narco-tunnels, vigilante surveillance drones, and the journalistic hype surrounding border crime. Like the inSite_05 Interventions, these projects grew out of a lengthy process of research and investigation. Although all five projects exist online, they adopt a wide range of artistic strategies, from gameplay to tactical literature. As part the inSite_05 web site, Tijuana Calling describes and links to these projects, but the projects themselves exist elsewhere on the Internet.


Kitchen High Line Block Party, NYC


Kitchen High Line Party

The Kitchen High Line Block Party
Saturday, September 17
Noon  - 6pm
Rain or Shine
19th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues
New York City

Matta-Clark and New Orleans


There's a bit of back story to Matta-Clark and New Orleans. This has to do with Tina Girouard and Richard Landry who are both from New Orleans as is Keith Sonnier. They formed a Cajun contigent in the 112 Greene street scene.  Landry, a musician, played with Phillip Glass. Girouard, a dancer and mixed media artist, often collaborated with Gordon Matta-Clark. 

The Art Formerly Known As New Media


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The Art Formerly Known As New Media

An exhibition to mark the 10th anniversary of the Banff New Media Institute
Curated by Sarah Cook and Steve Dietz
Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre
September 17 - October 23 2005

Shu Lea Cheang, Francesca da Rimini, Sara Diamond, Garnet Hertz,, Michael Naimark, Greg Niemeyer, r a d i o q u a l i a, Catherine Richards, Marek Walczak and Martin Wattenberg, Maciej Wisniewski

September 17 1 pm (in JPL 204): Artists' Talks - Garnet Hertz and Greg Niemeyer followed by performances of the works of Greg Niemeyer and Catherine Richards in the gallery

September 17 2 pm (in the gallery): Curators' Tour of the exhibition and Opening reception

Press Release and images available
Souvenir t-shirts available also!

categories: is an exciting gambling game. The most accurate prediction on where terrorists will attack next, wins. The definition of terrorist attack stands here for a war action aimed at any civil target on any location that’s not already involved in any kind of "official" war or so intetend by U.S. administration. Thus comnsider a peaceful territory where there could be at least 10 random civil victims within 48hrs (missing people will not be included).


Art Dirt: Shock 'n Awe Chelsea Openings Podcast


Chelsea Openings 2005
Doing the Chelsea art crawl


Art Dirt Redux joins the art mobs in Chelsea for the season openings.


Mircea Cantor and Israel Rosenfield 9/17

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Mircea Cantor: Still From Deeparture, 2005


September 16-October 11, 2005
Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm

Opening Reception: Friday September 16, 2005 6-9pm

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The gallery will be hosting a discussion between Mircea Cantor and Israel Rosenfield on September 17th, from 5pm - 6pm. A cocktail reception will follow.