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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Processing; a Programming handbook for Visual Designers and Artists is a godsend for those of us who still like learning from books. Processing is a free open source software package that runs on Mac, PC and Linux. Because Processing is free this book is unlike any other software book you've read. The authors are not constantly promoting their software, in fact the book is full of examples of artists who are doing projects with OTHER software packages. This book is two things, an in-depth look at Processing, and a survey of art using electronics complete with short interviews with a few artists. There's even an "introduction to electronics" chapter.

Processing is designed for the novice who is coming to programming and electronic art for the first time, and this book is a great companion for that student. For the non-novice, there are some useless pages of simple code, and projects that you know already. But there's enough depth here that purchasing the book still makes sense for the experienced programmer / artist, she will just be wishing it was a little lighter so she can take it with her on the subway.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Delmira Valladares @ Jersey City Museum

Delmira Valladares' video piece "OK Mica; 1800FRAMES|Take3" will be opening at New Jersey City Museum as part of First Look/ 1x1 mediaprojects.

Opening on Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 6:30 to 8:30pm
, 350 Montgomery Street at the corner of Monmouth Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
, T. 201.413.0303

images: Delmira Valladares

FIRST LOOK, celebrates the publication of the museum’s first collections catalogue of the same title. The exhibition is composed of selections from the 150
objects in the book.

Jason Watson: A Second Look
Jason Watson’s exhibition within an exhibition, A Second Look, presents his multi-media drawings, inspired by photographs from museum’s collection.

First Look exhibition and programs are supported by Fidelity Investments and the National Endowment for the Arts through a Challenge America: Reaching Every Community grant.

The Feminine Mystique
Artists revisit and respond to the findings published in Betty Friedan's critical feminist text The Feminine Mystique (1963).

This exhibition features works by Gema Alava-Crisostomo, Louise Bourgeois, Aliza Augustine, Shelly Bahl, Sandra Bermúdez, Caroline Burton, Pam Cooper, Mary Beth Edelson, Carson Fox, Nancy Friedemann, Ayakoh Furukawa, Heather Hart, Swati Khurana, Jessica Lagunas, Megan Maloy, Jeanette May, Esperanza Mayobre, Jennifer Mazza, Margaret Murphy, Adrian Piper, Babs Reingold, Justine Reyes, Kara Rooney, Rachael Serbinski, Lorna Simpson, Jennifer Sullivan, Juana Valdes, Alison Weld, Noelle Lorraine Williams, and Meghan Wood.

Duda Penteado: Beauty for Ashes Project
Since 2001, Duda Penteado has been considering the consequences of September 11, 2001 in the face of the increasing globalization developing since the 1980s. Beauty for Ashes Project represents his re-consideration of some of the key elements of this topic, six years later.

Duda Penteado: Beauty for Ashes Project is supported by the Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund.

1 x 1 projects:
Jesse Wright: 1964/1967; Asha Ganpat: Art Vending Machine; Roberta Melzl: Garnish. Frame.

1 x 1 mediaworks:
Delmira Valladares: OK Mica; 1800FRAMES|Take3; Johnathan Calm: Scratching Chance; Carol Pereira: I Can’t Get Enough of You; Sound Station: Melissa Dubbin + Aaron S. Davidson

Monday, September 17, 2007

Joe McKay - interview

Joe McKay's "Loss of Signal" made a video appearance on Deutsche Bank art website.
The short interview/document was created by Franziska Lamprecht (Eteam)

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Conflux Festival and "Quote Unquote"@ Nurtureart

Williamsburg was a happening place this weekend!
Amongst the finest items was Rhizome/Marisa Olson organized panel on Souveillance Culture, presented as part of Conflux Festival. Really refreshing and exciting stuff... Regine Debatty (who was also a Conflux participant and spoke about artists using surveillance) covered the panel in detail on her blog.
Hasan Elhani
Tracking Transience: Security & Comfort
a collection of over 400 toilets that he has used while in transit between December 2002 and January 2007 as development work for tracking device. Image: Hasan Elhani.

"Quote Unquote" is a group show curated by Yaelle Amir at Nurtureart.
If you always wondered what "curating" actually means... this is a prime opportunity to learn: the show is smart, conceptually balanced and the selected works are pretty much all exceptional.
The work is basically about re-contextualizing political language and text employed in its media dissemination. Featured in the exhibition are seven artists: Mike Arcega, A.J. Bocchino, Mike Estabrook, Kathleen Kranack, Jason Lujan, Carlos Motta and Julia Page.

"Rather than rearranging the original language to the point of abstraction, these artists have strived to subvert its context while keeping its source evident. In so doing, they expose the manipulative tactics that are routinely employed via language by the media, politicians, military personnel, and cultural entrepreneurs. With a diligent methodical approach, humor, metaphor, and irony, they raise awareness to the underlying structure of the language that sculpts and embodies the essence of our very own collective identity.

Waiting for (), image Julia Page

Julia Page's Waiting for ( ) (2006) combines the script from the final act of Samuel Beckett's play "Waiting for Godot," in which two vagrants sit by a skeletal tree talking, eating, arguing, making up, sleeping, and contemplating suicide, as they await the elusive Godot. In the final act, they decide to leave, yet neither one takes action. In her video, Page constructs the final sentences of the play from C-Span coverage of senate debates on the war in Iraq. Through this juxtaposition, she alludes to the futility of these debates, and the politicians' lack of initiative to resolve the Iraqi predicament."

In his video Anthem (2001/2007), Mike Arcega, an artist of Philippine heritage, typed out the Philippines' national anthem in Microsoft Word, put it through the English Spell Check, and accepted all the suggested changes. The result is a witty video that reflects on cultural immersion and appropriation.

image: A.J. Bocchino

A.J. Bocchino creates prints of newspaper headlines culled from a process of archiving. In State of the Union (1878-2006) (2007) he collected every headline that was published in the Washington Post the day following the State of the Union address between the years 1878 and 2006. He then proceeded to color-code them according to the subject of the headline, consequently mapping the main governmental concerns over the past 128 years.

Mike Estabrook's video yllierO lliB (2005) showcases an excerpt from the right-wing Bill O'reilly talk show played back in reverse, while perverse insinuations roll across the bottom of the screen. This manipulation points to the Christian fundamentalists' uproar against the supposed back-masking of satanic messages in today's music.

Kathleen Kranack explores gender stereotypes manifested within self-help literature. In her interventionist work, (Mal)Contents (2000/2007), she produces new book covers for self-help paperbacks. The resulting covers are virtually identical to the original, save for the new title she created by rearranging the words in order to best express the manipulative content of the book. As a final step, she stealthily places copies of the "new" books onto shelves at various public libraries and bookstores so as to correct their original erroneous reflection.

In Selections from the Native American Activist Handbook (2005), Jason Lujan re-worked pages from US Army training manuals by changing their language to read that the 'good guys' are the Native Americans and the 'enemy' is the US government. It thus becomes a training manual for Native Americans, who are struggling with the consequences of colonization and the loss of their homeland.

Carlos Motta's SOA: Black and White Pain-tings I (2005-6) is an audio book comprised of manipulated press images and a speech given by the head of the School of the Americas - a US military training school for Latin American soldiers. He altered the speech by switching around pronouns-making it appear as if the speaker is renouncing his own declarations.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The paradox of duality and mid-September openings

Best... Flame War... Ever... (King of Bards vs. Squire Rex, June 2004)
Eddo Stern,
September 8 - October 13, 2007, Postmasters

Twin, Twin II
Matt Freedman,
8 September - 9 October, 2006, Pierogi 2000

Two great shows, one year apart, dealing with the subconscious impact of Sept.11th. Click on Eddo's image to enlarge and read the text.

Images: Postmasters Gallery and Pierogi 2000

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Digital Political Time Lapse @ Long Island University
Long Island University
Gallery hours are M-F 9-6 - weekends
contact : 718-488-1198 Nancy Grove

Digital Political Time Lapse

September 3-28 2007
Opening 7.00-9.00 P.M.
Thursday, September 20th 2007

Perry Bard, Rico Gatson, Perry Hoberman, Jillian Mcdonald, Tom Moody, Marcin Ramocki, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, Paul Slocum, Adam Simon, William Stone, and Momoyo Torimitsu

Curated by Aron Namenwirth

In many different approaches these artists address our current political and physical environment.

Perry Bard
“Logic” DVD 2006
Philosopher Nick Pappas expounds on Aristotle’s definition of a syllogism using the
Department of Homeland Security as inspiration. Footage of Homeland Security at work in NY subways and airports mix with pure color while the syllogism dissolves into babble.

Aunrico Gatson
“Media Center” 2003 is a single channel video shown on three monitors. It is a meditation on the atrocities of the War in Iraq through the use of images lifted off the internet. The soundtrack is a Tibetan Buddhist chant that expresses both chaos and order.

Perry Hoberman
“Condemned to Repeat“

Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Cycle: The Bloom of the Triffid
video • 2006
The Bloom of the Triffid is a one and a half minute animation loop. In August 2006 one of the world’s most rare and remarkable plants, a corpse flower, bloomed in Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden. Visitors came in droves, attracted to the flower's monstrousness. Notably, in Victorian times, ladies were not permitted to view such a bloom due to it’s phallic visual reference. A webcam was trained on the bloom which released a gruesome stench. Throughout the week-long bloom, I tracked the webcam, fanatically downloading images. The title and soundtrack reference "The Day of the Triffids", a novel written by John Wyndham in 1951 and made into a cult film in 1962. Triffids are fictional plants that are capable of various animal behaviors including attacking and killing humans.

Tom Moody
"Guitar Solo" DVD 2005
comments from blog
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Marcin Ramocki
“Torcito Projects”
“Torcito Portraits” are digital animations based on re-purposing an old Macintosh musical software Virtual Drummer.

Zoë Sheehan Saldaña
"Homegrown Allure" DVD 2007
Young tobacco plants open, close, and gently sway in styrofoam cells. Fifteen hours become eighteen seconds, only to become eternity. Excerpted from a timelapse animation created during a month-long exhibition at artMovingProjects in the spring of 2007.

Adam Simon
Video Portrait DVD 2002
Moyra Davey talks about “afgani boys playing with gameboys” – “we have to shop to save ourselves” – “we lay waste our powers in getting and spending” -

Paul Slocum with Chad Hopper
"A big chunk of Slocum's screen space is taken up with a banal jpeg of baseball hats on an armchair; the rest is a confused multiplicity of windows opening and closing as well as overlapping and interrupting a guyconfessing on YouTube his unfaithfulness to his girlfriend."

William Stone
“Pural Nounsss” DVD 2004
This video first shown at artMoving in 2004 shows President George Bush talking on National television. The Cuts make him seem more himself.

Momoyo Torimitsu
(Part of) Horizon DVD 2004
This video is part of an installation in which a hundred toy businessmen crawl around in a model world with oil fields.
courtesy of :The Swiss Institute and Deitch Projects

Saturday, September 08, 2007

"loss of signal" opening

Here is a nice picture of the installation before people started trickling in. Matt Freedman checking out "One Panda (For Matt Freedman)".

Joe McKay explaining how to use his art.

A little "Cellphone Piano" hardcore punk rock improvisation. Joe is on the lead, I am "drumming".

Another after-party at Fanny's, thanks Stephan!

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Friday, September 07, 2007

some gallery hopping

Just a shortlist of great stuff I have seen in the last two days:

Luke Murphy performing "Where are we going: The mathematical relation of anxiety to anxiety in the context of future anxiety" at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in Williamsburg. The mystical and slightly crazy post-corporate Power Point presentation actually made me a little anxious (but in a good way).

"Hector", by Swiss artist/designer Jürg Lehni, gave another demonstration of its awesome vector powers at Swiss Institute (SOHO).

"Hektor is a portable Spray-paint Output Device for laptop computers. It was created in close collaboration with engineer Uli Franke for Jürg Lehni's diploma project at écal (école cantonale d'art de Lausanne) in 2002.

Hektor’s light and fragile installation consists only of two motors, toothed belts and a can holder that handles regular spray cans. The can is moved along drawing paths just as the human hand or old plotters would. During operation, the mechanism sometimes trembles and wobbles, and the paint often drips. The contrasts between these low-tech aspects and the high-tech touch of the construction hold ambiguous and poetic qualities and make Hektor enjoyable to watch in action."

A delicious show of new paintings by Emilio Perez at Galerie Lelong in Chelsea.
This stuff makes you wanna forget that painting has been dead for a while (just kidding!).

BTW, the lighting in the space was WAY to strong, but that's gallery's fault...

image: Galerie Lelong

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