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Jonah Bokaer

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Dancing Up a Storm of Radical Doubt

Dancing Up a Storm of Radical Doubt by Jonah Bokaer: Flashing as dismissive an attitude toward status quo as Merce Cunningham—whose company he dances for—Brooklyn-based dancer Jonah Bokaer and the artists’ collective Chez Bushwick have recently initiated a nomadic experimental dance laboratory called AMBUSH. Each monthly installment of the program occupies a different loft space in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. An outgrowth of Chez Bushwick’s remarkably successful SHTUDIO SHOW, AMBUSH is identified by the collective as “an ambulatory new program of dance, performance, and related forms.” NYFA Current asked Bokaer, Chez Bushwick’s manager and founder, to explain the evolution of the collective, their propensity for rigorous interviews of critics and curators, and how no reviews are allowed. [continue reading at NYFA] Continue reading


Sep 27, 19:13
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Blast Theory at FIRST PLAY BERLIN

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Premiere of Day of the Figurines

Blast Theory at FIRST PLAY BERLIN – opens tomorrow: 28.9.06

Day of the Figurines: Be the first to experience Day Of The Figurines – a virtual city where events are dictated by text message. A gig by Scandinavian death metallists. An invasion by a Middle Eastern army. A church fete. Send and receive. React and Interact.

Trampoline are delighted to host the world premiere of renowned British media art group Blast TheoryÂ’s new mobile phone game for up to 1000 players. Day Of The Figurines will be on show for 24 days in the Berlin venue Hebbel am Ufer theatre, HAU2, launching on September 28th at 6pm.

Day Of The Figurines is a mass participation artwork using mobile phones that is part board game and part secret society. Set in a fictional English town that is littered, dark and underpinned with steady decay – the game unfolds over 24 days, each day representing an hour in the life of the town. Players choose a figurine to represent them and participate using their mobile phones. Interacting via text messages players receive updates from the town, missions and dilemmas. They can chat to other players who are near them using text messages as events unfold day by day. Continue reading


Sep 27, 18:49
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Independent Photography

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Artist’s Commission, Woolwich

Independent Photography is looking for an artist working with film or digital media to undertake a participatory arts project involving a range of residents from the Walpole Estate in Woolwich. The project aims to engage and bring together estate residents of different generations and diverse cultural backgrounds to explore a sense of place and questions of belonging. Seeking to elicit perceptions of individual and community identity from a variety of perspectives, the brief is open as to whether the commissioned artist will work with a group of residents on an integrated project or with individual residents on discreet activities which come together in the commission’s conclusion.

This artist’s commission is for new work that can address and explore the following aims: – inspire and intrigue through the use of contemporary media arts and socially engaged practice – activate a level of participation from the diversity of communities on the estate – explore issues relevant to these communities regarding the estate on which they live and how the proposed regeneration of Woolwich town centre will affect them – investigate these issues within personal as well as wider social, environmental, and cultural contexts

We are offering a £4,500 commission for a socially engaged project that explores the above aims and can be undertaken over the period October 2006 – January 2007, culminating in some form of outcome, whether event, exhibition, and/or distributed products. Continue reading


Sep 27, 18:37
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GLOWLAB.10

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september :: october 2006

Welcome to Issue 10, featuring projects from Conflux 2006 that investigate social and political spaces within Brooklyn through performance-based intervention, mobile broadcast, historic reenactment and collaborative exploration.

It was a pleasure seeing many familiar and new faces at Conflux this year. The festival took place September 14–17 in Williamsburg and featured projects by over 80 artists from around the world who offered guided and un-guided tours [some of them smelly], street games, workshops, mobile broadcasts, multimedia presentations and more. Despite a little rain, we built and planted and cycled and recycled. Needless to say, the neighborhood was thoroughly explored. More photos and posts are on our site here and on Flickr here. If you have Conflux photos, post ’em and tag ’em: conflux2006.

We’re jumping straight back into planning for Conflux 2007 so keep an eye out for a call for participation before the end of the yearÂ… Continue reading


Sep 27, 12:48
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Seiko Mikami

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On the Continuum of Perception and Interfaces

http://www.tesla-berlin.de“>TESLA salon – art/science 2 :: Thu. 28 Sept., 20:30 h (conversation in English) :: TESLA, Klosterstr. 68, Berlin-Mitte :: Seiko Mikami – On the Continuum of Perception and Interfaces: The renowned Japanese artist Seiko Mikami talks about her work and presents a preview of her latest project which she is working on during a year-long residency in Berlin.

All projects by Seiko Mikami involve human perception. Perception is highly significant, yet also a very complex and wide subject area. Moreover, we still don’t understand our body and its functions very well. In order to approach these issues, Mikami decided to disassemble the individual senses: seeing, hearing, the sense of touch, gravity, etc., advancing eachsense separately through different interfaces. The point of each project is to create an ‘interface’ set to one sense of perception by elaborating a particular sensory mechanism. Mikami’s entire project is motivated by the conviction that something like what we call ‘interface’ in the context of computer technology, already exists within us. Mikami’s projects make the audience experience their own state of perceptions. The interfaces designed for her projects function as extensions of what we already have–a network that mediates our subjectivity, that synthesizes what we perceive and the world that is perceived. Continue reading


Sep 27, 12:23
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BIENNIAL OF THE YEAR 3000

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ARTISTS AND CITIZENS TAKE POWER

FROM 5 OCTOBER TO 15 DECEMBER 2006, FRED FOREST INVITES ALL ARTISTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BIENNIAL OF THE YEAR 3000, A BIENNIAL IN WHICH ARTISTS AND CITIZENS TAKE POWER AND EXERCISE THEIR RIGHTS TO THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE FREEDOM OF IMAGE. YOUR PRESENCE, EITHER THROUGH IMAGES, WORDS OR BOTH, WILL BE HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT.

ACTIVELY PASS ALONG THIS PROPOSITION THROUGH ALL YOUR PERSONAL NETWORKS.

THE SUCCESS OF THIS INITIATIVE WILL ALSO BE YOUR SUCCESS AND WILL DEMONSTRATE THE CAPACITIES OF ARTISTS TO SELF-ORGANIZE AGAINST DIFFERENT CULTURAL POWERS AND THE EXISTING INDUSTRY, USING THE TOOLS OF DIGITAL COMMUNICATION AND THE INTERNET.

CONTRIBUTIONS WILL BE DISPLAYED IN A LOOP ON THE MAC IN IBIRAPUERA PARK AND UPDATED PERIODICALLY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION

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Sep 27, 12:05
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New Media Poetics

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Poetry Composed, Disseminated, and Read on Computers

New Media Poetics edited by Adalaide Morris and Thomas Swiss :: New media poetry–poetry composed, disseminated, and read on computers–exists in various configurations, from electronic documents that can be navigated and/or rearranged by their “users” to kinetic, visual, and sound materials through online journals and archives like UbuWeb, PennSound, and the Electronic Poetry Center. Unlike mainstream print poetry, which assumes a bounded, coherent, and self-conscious speaker, new media poetry assumes a synergy between human beings and intelligent machines. The essays and artist statements in this volume explore this synergy’s continuities and breaks with past poetic practices and its profound implications for the future.

By adding new media poetry to the study of hypertext narrative, interactive fiction, computer games, and other digital art forms, New Media Poetics extends our understanding of the computer as an expressive medium, showcases works that are visually arresting, aurally charged, and dynamic, and traces the lineage of new media poetry through print and sound poetics, procedural writing, gestural abstraction and conceptual art, and activist communities formed by emergent poetics. Continue reading


Sep 27, 11:49
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Robin Rhode:

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Art in Motion

South African artist Robin Rhode has produced new and exciting work for Africa Lives, co-commissioned by the visual arts and culture group ‘Africa 05’ and the BBC. View ‘Yoyo’ below, plus ‘Jug’ and ‘Anchor’ online. [BBC] [via]
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Sep 26, 17:50
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Urban Tapestries

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Scavenging Media for Guerilla Public Authoring

During the summer we have been working on a ‘scavenging’ approach for public authoring that would not depend on having access to custom systems or services (such as Urban Tapestries). Our idea is that it should require no central resources but enable people to stitch together knowledge, experiences and information using free online resources – a kind of Guerilla Public Authoring.

Our concept of scavenging is to break down the core components of public authoring and devise a methodology for linking them together and sharing them. The method will be one that requires little or no expert knowledge to set up and which can be adapted to the local conditions depending on what resources are available to the community.

In the next few months we will be testing and refining strategies and tactics for guerilla public authoring with some of the communities we are working with. Our aim is to create and publish a ‘handbook’ or guide on scavenging for guerilla public authoring.

Update: David Wilcox has blogged a further exchange on scavenging over at
Designing for Civil Society. [posted by Giles Lane on Urban Tapestries | Social Tapestries] Continue reading


Sep 26, 17:27
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Blind Camera

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The camera that takes others’ photos

Well, well, i have to thank Julian for the scoop! Sascha Pohflepp is a new media artist based in Berlin. He also writes on this blog and rumours had it that his graduation project at the University of the Art in Berlin was kind of awesome.

His Blind Camera captures a moment at the press of a button. However, the device doesn’t have any optical part. The camera memorizes only the time of the picture and immediately searches the net for other photos that have been taken in the same moment. Essentially, it is a camera that only takes photos that were created by someone who pressed a button somewhere else at that very time as its own button was pressed.

After a few minutes or hours, depending on how soon someone else shares their photo on the web, an image will appear on the screen. In a way, it belongs half to the person who had pressed the button and still remembers that moment. Because of that connection, the photos are never dismissed as random, no matter how enigmatic they may be. Video. Continue reading


Sep 26, 17:18
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