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Turbulence Commission: “A More Subtle Perplex” by Ben Dean

Turbulence Commission: A More Subtle Perplex by Ben Dean [This is an open source project: you can contribute to the Perplex here]:

A More Subtle Perplex is an experiment in quasi-linguistic formalism, in gibberish. Borrowing and inverting techniques from computer science and analytic linguistics, it blindly strives to produce the outer appearance of language — to be all form and no content. The Perplex produces synthetic languages, or at least their syntactic forms, by writing letters to you. The production of the text and the production of a given language are interdependent. Continue reading


Apr 2, 16:40
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The Secret to a Video-Game Phenomenon

[...] “Such incomparable success is unexpected. Minecraft embodies few of the video-game fashions that were current when it appeared. Coded in Java, a general-­purpose programming language that emphasizes speed and lightness over the grand capabilities of more powerful tools, it features pixelated scenery that has nothing in common with the lifelike, polygon-stuffed characters and objects furnishing the blockbuster video games of the day. There is a certain Lego-like charm and blunt handsomeness to the rectangular clouds that throw shadows on the game’s pea-green hills and the dumpy sheep that roam them. But in an industry traditionally obsessed with chasing realism and authenticity, its kindergarten aesthetic at first appears anachronistic.” From The Secret to a Video-Game Phenomenon by Simon Parkin, Technology Review.


Jun 14, 16:39
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Digital Aesthetic³ 2012 [uk Preston]

Digital Aesthetic³ 2012 Conference and Exhibition – the third and final manifestation of the Digital Aesthetic series :: Conference: October 5-6, 2012 :: University of Central Lancashire, Preston :: Continue reading


Oct 2, 10:52
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xCoAx 2013 [it Città Alta]

xCoAx 2013: 1st International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X :: June 27-28, 2013 :: University of Bergamo, Bergamo Città Alta, Italy :: Call for Submissions — Deadline: December 31, 2012. Continue reading


Sep 23, 13:24
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Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship

Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship — A searing critique of participatory art by an iconoclastic historian, Claire Bishop, Verso Books:

Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the champions of this form of expression are numerous, ranging from art historians such as Grant Kester, curators such as Nicolas Bourriaud and Nato Thompson, to performance theorists such as Shannon Jackson.

Artificial Hells is the first historical and theoretical overview of socially engaged participatory art, known in the US as “social practice.” Continue reading


Sep 23, 11:09
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Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of the Digital Arts

Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of the Digital Arts, Hannah B Higgins (Editor), Douglas Kahn (Editor), University of California Press:

Mainframe Experimentalism challenges the conventional wisdom that the digital arts arose out of Silicon Valley’s technological revolutions in the 1970s. In fact, in the 1960s, a diverse array of artists, musicians, poets, writers, and filmmakers around the world were engaging with mainframe and mini-computers to create innovative new artworks that contradict the stereotypes of “computer art.” Juxtaposing the original works alongside scholarly contributions by well-established and emerging scholars from several disciplines, Mainframe Experimentalism demonstrates that the radical and experimental aesthetics and political and cultural engagements of early digital art stand as precursors for the mobility among technological platforms, artistic forms, and social sites that has become commonplace today. Continue reading


Sep 23, 11:02
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Thinking through the Body: Essays in Somaesthetics

Thinking through the Body: Essays in Somaesthetics by Richard Shusterman, Florida Atlantic University:

This book provides a richly rewarding vision of the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics. Composed of fourteen wide-ranging but finely integrated essays by Richard Shusterman, the originator of the field, Thinking through the Body explains the philosophical foundations of somaesthetics and applies its insights to central issues in ethics, education, cultural politics, consciousness studies, sexuality, and the arts. Integrating Western philosophy, cognitive science, and somatic methodologies with classical Asian theories of body, mind, and action, these essays probe the nature of somatic existence and the role of body consciousness in knowledge, memory, and behavior. Continue reading


Aug 29, 13:38
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New Aesthetic, New Anxieties

New Aesthetic New Anxieties is the result of a five day Book Sprint organized by Michelle Kasprzak and led by Adam Hyde at V2_ from June 17–21, 2012. Authors: David M. Berry, Michel van Dartel, Michael Dieter, Michelle Kasprzak, Nat Muller, Rachel O’Reilly, José Luis de Vicente.

You can download the e-book as an EPUB, MOBI, or PDF. Annotatable online version.

The New Aesthetic was a design concept and netculture phenomenon launched into the world by London designer James Bridle in 2011. It continues to attract the attention of media art, and throw up associations to a variety of situated practices, including speculative design, net criticism, hacking, free and open source software development, locative media, sustainable hardware and so on. Continue reading


Jun 25, 13:36
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Remix Theory: The Aesthetics of Sampling

Remix Theory: The Aesthetics of Sampling by Eduardo Navas, Springer:

Remix Theory: The Aesthetics of Sampling is an analysis of Remix in art, music, and new media. Navas argues that Remix, as a form of discourse, affects culture in ways that go beyond the basic recombination of material. His investigation locates the roots of Remix in early forms of mechanical reproduction, in seven stages, beginning in the nineteenth century with the development of the photo camera and the phonograph, leading to contemporary Remix culture. This book places particular emphasis on the rise of Remix in music during the 1970s and ’80s in relation to art and media at the beginning of the twenty-first Century. Navas argues that Remix is a type of binder, a cultural glue — a virus — that informs and supports contemporary culture. Continue reading


Jun 8, 17:09
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“Artist Animal” by Steve Baker

Artist Animal by Steve Baker, University of Minnesota Press:

Artist Animal examines the work of contemporary artists who directly confront questions of animal life, treating animals not aesthetically or symbolically but rather as beings who actively share the world with humanity. Featuring full-color examples of their art, it situates artists within the wider project of thinking beyond the human, asserting art’s power to open new ways of thinking about animals.

Animals have always been compelling subjects for artists, but the rise of animal advocacy and posthumanist thought has prompted a reconsideration of the relationship between artist and animal. Continue reading


May 20, 12:06
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These are some of the latest works commissioned by Turbulence.org's net art commission program.
A More Subtle Perplex A Temporary Memorial Project for Jobbers' Canyon Built with ConAgra Products ABSML Ars Virtua Artist-in-Residence (AVAIR) (2007) Awkward_NYC Bonding Energy Bronx Rhymes Cell Tagging (2006) Channel TWo: NY Condition:Used Constellation Over Playas Data Diaries Domain of Mount Greylock—Video Portal Eclipse Empire State Endgame: A Cold War Love Story by Tal Halpern From the Valley of the Deer FUJI spaces and other places by Nurit Bar-Shai Google Variations by Leonardo Solaas Gothamberg (2007) Grafik Dynamo (2005) Grow Old Handheld Histories as Hyper-Monuments (2007) html_butoh (2007) I am unable to tell you I'm Not Stalking You; I'm Socializing by Liz Filardi iLib Shakespeare (the perturbed sonnet project) INTERP Invisible Influenced by Will Pappenheimer and Chipp Jansen iPak - 10,000 songs, 10,000 images, 10,000 abuses by Ajaykumar iSkyTV Journal of Journal Performance Studies L-Carrier Les Belles Infidèles look art Lumens My Beating Blog (2006) MYPOCKET by Burak Arikan No Time Machine by Daniel C. Howe and Aya Karpinska Nothing Happens: a performance in three acts (2006) Nothing You Have Done Deserves Such Praise Oil Standard (2006) Panemoticon Peripheral n°2: KEYBOARD (2006) Playing Duchamp by Scott Kildall Plazaville Psychographics: Consumer Survey Recollecting Adams School of Perpetual Training Searching for Michelle/SFM Self-Portrait (2006) Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China ShiftSpace Social Relay Mail Space Video Spectral Quartet Superfund365, A Site-A-Day (2007) This and that thought. Touching Gravity 2/Tilt Tumbarumba Tweet 4 Action Urban Attractors and Private Distractors (2007) We Ping Good Things To Life Wikireuse Without A Trace WoodEar Word Market Yeas and Nays You Don't Know Me [ openspace ] wilderness [meme.garden] (2006)
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