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The Good The Bad and The Other One


From: james allen
Subject: [thingist] The Good The Bad and The Other One
Date: May 19, 2005 4:35:29 PM EDT

Vanessa Beecroft and Cornelia Parker
Tate Britain
Wednesday 25 May 2005
(sold out)



Green Media Toolshed and Aspiration, two US-based technology NGOs, are convening a strategy meeting of global activists, communications staff, technology experts and foundation staff using cell phones in political campaigns, human rights efforts and field organizing in Toronto, Canada on June 23-25th. The "MobileActive" convergence will develop guides and best practices for campaign planners, and communications and technology staff with leading activists from Africa, South Korea, the Philippines, India, the Ukraine, and the Americas to share practices and technologies.

Blogging and the Arts 2


Blogging and the Arts 2
Sponsored by 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

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...


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


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


Daily Source Code for May 13th 2005
• 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


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


The international journal of surveillance studies

'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.