31 December 2006
Happy New Year 2006
London New Year
New year's fireworks 2006 in London.
New Years Eve Fireworks Sydney
Firework display sydney harbour bridge new year 2005/2006
Stole My Car
NOTE: Originally A machinima set in Rockstar's San Andreas to a parody of OMC's "How Bizzare". Follows the misadventures of our gangsta protagonist and his mission to get his ride back, and put the busta who jacked it in a world of hurt.
NOTE: Originally posted by LaPetiteClaudine (thanks!), then reposted by me, the creator.
EDIT: The credit for the song 'Stole My Car' goes to Dene Young of Rotorua NZ, many thanks to him (and of course OMC for 'How Bizzare').(more)
Danish artists attack Ahmadinejad
Surrend, a group of Danish artists that specialises in provoking people in power, has now targeted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
It published what was ostensibly a profession of loyalty to Ahmadinejad in the form of an advertisement written in poor English in the Tehran Times. However, the initial letters of the five lines of text spell the word SWINE.
When the newspaper realised what had happened it was appalled.
In an interview with Af Bent Blündikow, Jan Egesborg, one of the two Surrend artists, explained that the act was by no means in the tradition of the "routine pacifist blathering" typical of the 1970s and 1980s.
"We can't be pigeonholed and we don't just attack the right-wing fringe. The new thing is that we're moving in territory usually reserved for journalists. We attack leftist dictatorships just as vigorously. We're not part of the traditional Danish art scene. We come from the street-art scene and have no ties with old ideologies." (22/12/2006)
» full article (external link, Danish)
30 December 2006
29 December 2006
Interview with Paul Marino
Paul Marino is Director of the Machinima Film Festival, Executive Director of the Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences, and the author of Art of Machinima: 3D based Filmmaking . He talks with Paul Green on the occasion of the Machinima Film Festival at ACMI.
Explore essays, interviews with practitioners, guides for parents and teachers and links to external games resources.
28 December 2006
Rembrandt de Remix
Zaterdag 30 dec 2006-Zaterdag 6 jan 2007
|Openingsdatum:||Vrijdag 29 dec 2006, 18.00-20.00 uur|
|Curator:||Chiel van Zelst en Peter Huybrechts|
Vrijdag 29 december 2006 t/m zaterdag 6 januari 2007
Lokatie: Arti Amacitiae, Rokin 112 Amsterdam
Openingstijden; 13.00 - 18.00 uur (Maandag 1 januari gesloten)
Opening vrijdag 29 december 18.00 � 20.00 uur
Atti, Bitches in Control, Freddie Beckmans, Constant Dullaart, Faith 71, Jeroen Funke, Willum Geerts, Kaleb de Groot, Meinbert Gozewijn, Jurriaan van Hall, Joop Haring, Paul Hayworth, Harry Heyink, Erik Hobijn, Ramon Jan Vet, Jaap de Jonge, Ad de Jong, Hugo Kaagman, Roosje Klap, Gabriel Kousbroek, Arno Koenen, Leendert Masselink, Jana van Meerveld, Andre Noorda, Aldert Mantje, Ottograph 3000, Boris Peeters, Wall-Russ, Henk Shiffmacher, Baukje Spaltro, Menno Schenk, Niels Staal, Rob van der Schoor, Roel Smit, Stella Veldkamp, Sebastiaan Verhees, Amy Wong, Chiel van Zelst
Rembrandt the Remix
�Pimp My Rembrandt�
Ter afsluiting van het Rembrandt jaar organiseren Chiel van Zelst en Peter Huybrechts de door Epson en Amsterdam Partners gesponsorde tentoonstelling en veiling �Rembrandt the Remix�. Tijdens deze tentoonstelling wordt een dertigtal kunstenaars gevraagd letterlijk hun eigen visie 'op' het werk van Rembrandt te geven. Elke deelnemer aan dit project heeft een ��n op ��n reproductie van een schilderij van de oude meester mee naar huis gekregen om deze vervolgens naar eigen inzicht op te pimpen. Het resultaat van deze mix tussen toen en nu is te zien in Arti et Amicitiae. De werken worden na afloop van de tentoonstelling geveild tijdens een feestelijke nieuwjaars receptie in Pakhuis de Zwijger.
Zaterdag 6 januari 2007
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179 Amsterdam
17.00 � 21.00 uur
Tijdens de expo in Arti kan er alvast schriftelijk worden geboden.
Voor online catalogus check: www.pimpmyrembrandt.nl
For the locking of the Rembrandt year organise the from Amsterdam artists Chiel van Zelst (current night burgomaster of Amsterdam) and peter Huybrechts the tentoonstelling "Rembrandt the Remix" sponsored by Epson. The two-high rolling mill has asked more than thirty artists, illustrators, striptekenaars and graffiti artists litterally their vision "" give it up of Rembrandt. Every participant got for this??n on??n copy of a work of the old master to house with the message the piece of work on at pimpen to his own new picture. The result of this unique experimenting is see of 29 December up to and including 6 January 2007 in Arti Amacitiae. The work after the tentoonstelling all are sold by auction for a good aim on Saturday 6 January in package house the zwijger in Amsterdam
Cyberspace Salvations #1 Lee Felsenstein lecture
14.Sep.05 - Lee Felsenstein: "The Arming of Desire. Counterculture and Computer Revolution".
Moderator: Rop Gonggrijp. Introduction by Peter Pels.
Lee Felsenstein was a key figure in the Bay Area hardware hacking scene in the seventies, active in the Free Speech movement and a moderator of the now-legendary Homebrew Computer Club. Among others, he designed the processor Technology Sol (one of the first competitors of the Apple II) and the Osborne 1 in 1981 (the first mass-produced portable computer). Lee currently works at the Fonly Institute. This is the first part of this lecture and discussion in the Cyberspace Salvations series.
>> Cyberspace Salvations #1a (English | 00:47:26 | 331 MB)
Cyberspace Salvations #1 Lee Felsenstein discussion
14.Sep.05 - Lee Felsenstein: "The Arming of Desire. Counterculture and Computer Revolution". This is the discussion following the lecture of Lee Felsenstein.
>> Cyberspace Salvations #1b (English | 00:53:41 | 375 MB)
Cyberspace Salvations #2 Richard Bartle lecture
21.Sep.05 - Richard Bartle: "A better World through Better Worlds. MMORPGs and Practical Hacker Ethics".
Moderator: Marinka Copier (Utrecht University). Introduction by Stef Aupers.
Richard Bartle and Roy Trubshaw developed the first Multi User Domain (MUD) around 1980. He is also a writer on all aspects of virtual world design and development.He authored Designing Virtual Worlds (2003) which rapidly became the standard work for anyone developing persistent 3-dimensional worlds (like MMORPGs). Bartle is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering at Essex University, Essex, United Kingdom. This is part 1 of this lecture and discussion.
>> Cyberspace Salvations #2a (English | 00:56:41 | 395 MB)
Cyberspace Salvations #2 Richard Bartle discussion
21.Sep.05 - Richard Bartle: "A better World through Better Worlds. MMORPGs and Practical Hacker Ethics". This is the discussion following the lecture of Richard Bartle.
>> Cyberspace Salvations #2b (English | 00:42:57 | 300 MB)
Cyberspace Salvations #3 Mark Pesce lecture
28.Sep.05 - Lecture by Mark Pesce in the series Hackers & Utopia.
Moderator: Jan Simons (University of Amsterdam). Introduction by Stef Aupers.
Mark Pesce developed ‘Virtual Reality Modelling Language’ (VRML) in the 1990s and authored various books, like The Playful World. How Technology is Changing our Imagination (2000). As a self-proclaimed ‘technopagan’, Pesce wrote and lectured extensively on the affinity between the ontological claims of magicians and virtual reality. With Terrence McKenna he lectured on Technopagans at the end of history (Essalen, 1998) and speculated on the future of humans in his film Becoming Transhuman 2001 (a narrative of what-we-are-becoming). Since October 2003 he began teaching at the Australian Film Television and Radio school in Sydney.
>> Cyberspace Salvations #3a (English | 00:57:08 | 399 MB)
Cyberspace Salvations #3 Mark Pesce discussion
28.Sep.05 - This is the discussion following the lecture of Mark Pesce in the series Hackers & Utopia.
>> Cyberspace Salvations #3b (English | 00:39:07 | 273 MB)
27 December 2006
Ghostpatrol currently resides in Melbourne. He began cutting stencils in 2003 in Hobart Tasmania . . Originally coming from a background of making stickers and paste-ups for the city, he began stenciling more intricate designs on t-shirts and canvasses. His badges, hand-stitched dolls and stenciled t-shirts have been sold at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney , as well as other stores worldwide. During 2004 Ghostpatrol made nine guest appearances in Sydney and Melbourne at General Pants Stores for Overspray Magazine promotional events. Ghostpatrol likes playing with inks and is currently working on a set of illustrations for a comic series.
26 December 2006
At 31 january 2007 a special evening will presented to celebrate the start of the new KillerTV website. With this website, it will be possible to interactively join broadcasts on the internet through chat and uploads of relevant material.
The evening will be hosted by Marleen Stikker and guest from local politics, media and culture will speak with her on the central theme of the media/culture policy of the Municipality of Amsterdam.
Short interviews, presentations and finally a round table conversion on the theme will be part of this cheerful event.
31 january 2007
Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam
24 December 2006
Recorded live in Bath's Mission Theatre, The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre present Charles Dickens Christmas Carol. Part 1 of 2.
©2006 Kev F Sutherland
Additional dialogue C Dickens.
Charles Dickens continued. Starring The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre as Ebeneezer Scrooge and everyone else. Ends with their rendition of Baby It's Cold Outside. ©2006 Kev F Sutherland.
21 December 2006
Reflections on Graffiti
the Carhartt & Fantomass project
Stencil Graffiti Capital: Melbourne
Onrust! - Amsterdam Graffiti
straatpasta - Amsterdam
graffiti - amsterdam
ABN AMRO in Second Life
Pescara Electronic Artists Meeting
Ernest the Search Engine
international video festival
The Body as Interface
history of computers
au revoir to Microsoft
Artists as Intellectuals - Bak Utrecht
call - JavaMuseum Article Project
call - digital audio-video productions
call - M/C Journal
Call for Artists’ film and video
Multimedia Art Asia Pacific 2006
So how lucky are we that Melbourne is considered right at the top of the game? Not only do we have some phenomenal local artists, we also attract some of the world's premium examples of this very controversial medium. Names like Psalm, Phibs, Sixten, Meek, Rone, Prism, Sync, Meggs, and Banksy are just some of the high-profile underground that we attract to our humble little cities and Melbourne stands out from them all.
Whilst certainly not unique, the approach of this book seems to stand by itself in a time where graffiti-dedicated journals seem to reign in the halls of chain bookstores and online depositories (nb. amazon.com). By breaking the chapters into various content-related categories, SGC:M allows an insight that can otherwise be easily lost in the multitude of attention seeking bullshit that adorns our public places.
Stencil Graffiti Capital: Melbourne retails for $55.00 AUD, and can be purchased through www.stencilgraffiticapital.com.
A flip book is a very simple animation tool. The pages feature a sequence of drawings or photographs. When they're flipped through the fingers, it creates the illusion of a moving image.
To celebrate Eyes, Lies & Illusions at ACMI, we invite you to create a flip book animation using just a pad of yellow sticky notes.
Send us your flip book and you could be the winner of an Animation Dream Pack valued at over $400 from the ACMI Shop, which includes the collectible Warner Bros Draw the Looney Tunes, animation DVDs and Eyes, Lies & Illusions exhibition merchandise. We'll also animate the winning flip book and put it online.
Instructions for making your flip book are below. For a bit of inspiration, take a look at the animation of Lights, Camera, Action! and discover more about flip books in resources.
send your sticky note flip book to:
Eyes, Lies & Illusions Animation Competition
PO Box 14
Victoria Australia 8009
Entries close 5pm Tuesday 31 January 2007. Please read terms and conditions below.
15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | January 2007
A Machinima movie is a movie made in a computer game. In the Mediamatic Machinima workshop the participants are in the hands of some of the most experienced Machinima makers in the world.
They will find out what Machinima can do. In 4 intense workshopdays all participants make their own Machinima movies or game based projects.
The workshop provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to create your own Machinima, or to further improve your skills if you already tried your hand at it.
Participants will be guided through Machinima production process by Friedrich Kirschner (G), Jonas Hielscher (G) and Ricard Gras (E/UK)
The coaches are experienced in a wide variety of game engines, and specialized in using the Unreal Tournament engine, the Sims2 engine, the Machinima possibilities of Second Life and Machinimation, that runs in the Quake3 engine.
This workshop is intended for filmmakers, animators and gamers, who are interested in each others arts. Some experience with playing video games or film editing is helpful, but not essential.
You can register online: http://www.mediamatic.net/workshopregistration
The price for this workshop is reduced to EUR 250 incl. VAT !!
Where and when?
15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | January 2007 between 10.00 and 17.00 hrs at Mediamatic, Post CS building 5th floor, Amsterdam
t +31 (0)20 6389901 http://www.mediamatic.net/machinima
Mediamatic Foundation - Postbus 17490 - 1001 JL Amsterdam - The Netherlands
t +31 (0)20 6389901 - f +31 (0)206387969 - http://www.mediamatic.net
This is near henxs.
Henxs has edition three of Mikosa magazine released 14th dec
From 24 February until 31 March 2007, curators Blaton & Rypson in conjunction with
WM Gallery will organize the solo-exhibition "Laser 3.14, Today I Hired a Detective To Track Me Down"
of guerrilla-poet Laser 3.14.
The first solo-exhibition of guerrilla-poet Laser 3.14 will contain, besides an overview of his street-art, also a unique collection of paintings, drawings, video-pieces and zeefdrukken which will be exposed together for the first time.
For more information about Laser 3.14 and press-photos :
Elandsgracht 35, 1016 TN Amsterdam tel: 020-421 11 13 fax: 020-639 19 31
Open donderdag tot en met zaterdag, 1e zondag vd maand 14-18 uur
Email :email@example.com Website :www.gallerywm.com
Galo is still up at wolf & pack
See dutch masters photos
cant show you the performance from bird man - so here is another one
This is a performance by Abner Preis at the art show "There's Life Under My Shoes".
13 December 2006
Symposium December 15, 2006
Location: Netherlands Media Art Institute
Time: 13.30 – 19.00 hours
Entrance: 10,- (students 8,-)
Reservations: 020 6237101, firstname.lastname@example.org
Live Stream: www.montevideo.nl
Looking at interactive art practices artists and critics will shed light on one of the key concerns for many creative practitioners - engaging the emotions of the audience/user. They will focus on the meaning and wish for 'emotional engagement' and interactivity.
Artists seem compelled to expand the sensory capabilities of our bodies, but what do we gain through this process? How do we conceptualise interactivity and incorporate emotional values? Does interactivity offer, due to its participatory nature, a more profound experience than traditional forms of art? How does one engage and sustain the interest of the public in an interactive experience? How does one define the line between spectacle and works that create a chain of associations and provide a space for engagement, interpretation and participation?
Moderator: Ole Bouman
13.30 – 14.00 h.
Presentation: Renee van de Vall (University Maastricht, MA Media Culture)
14.30 – 16.00 h.
Kristina Andersen (Media Design, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and Steim, Amsterdam)
Christa Sommerer (media artist and professor at University of Art and Design in Linz Austria) - http://www.interface.ufg.ac.at/christa-laurent/
Paul Verschure (Group Leader Institute of Neuroinformatics, ETH-UZ, Zurich) - http://www.ini.unizh.ch/~pfmjv/
Opening 17.00 hours of Dune 4.0 from Daan Roosegaarde with live performance by Ellen Pieterse in collaboration with Melange. Dune 4.0 is an interactive landscape that was developed specially for the Artist in Residence program in order to investigate the functioning and presentation of interactivity. Dune 4.0 is a work-in-progress. No entrance fee.
Netherlands Media Art Institute
Montevideo/Time Based Arts
1016 EV Amsterdam
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decembar 15 - 17 2006
the museum of vojvodina, novi sad | serbia
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web catalogue and info: http://www.videomedeja.org/10
programme booklet with timetable:
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Festival received about 800 submissions from authors from 40 countries.
Final competition programme will include:
- 51 single channel works
- 8 installations/live performances
- 8 net/softwares projects
Certain number of works to be screened are premieres and already awarded
worldwide. It is expected that about 15 artist and curators will attend the festival.
Besides competition the following special screening/presentations to be shown at the videomedeja festival:
- retrospective selection '10'
- Contemporary Video Art from Berlin,
selected from the collection of Video-Forum at Neuer Berliner
Kunstverein (NBK), Berlin
curator: Kathrin Becker
- selection of documentaries and short films by Promofest, Madrid
- selection of Independent Exposure 2006
curator: Stephanie Martz
- Made in Serbia - selection of recent serbian production
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the first festival was held in 1996
so far, 9 festivals have been realized, more than 3000 works made by artists all over the world were submitted for the programme renowned artists, prominent critics, theoreticians, producers, distributors and journalists from all over the world took part in the festival programme.
videomedeja presents and promotes brand new videos, video and sound installations, interactive art, VJ performances...
ABN AMRO as a first European bank a virtual office in Second life, has opened the three-dimensional world on Internet. Make now knowledge with these new form of financial service and discover how communication becomes still more personally and more direct!
ABN AMRO heeft als eerste Europese bank een virtueel kantoor geopend in Second Life, de driedimensionale wereld op internet. Maak nu kennis met deze nieuwe vorm van financiële dienstverlening en ontdek hoe communicatie nog persoonlijker en directer wordt!
Hebt u al een eigen avatar in Second Life? Dan kunt u ons nieuwe kantoor direct bezoeken.
Do you have already his own avatar in Second life? Then you can our new office directly visit-more direct become!
11 December 2006
For three days, De Balie, Amsterdam will be transformed into an underground café in Belgrade, a hip lounge bar with a Kasbah/grandma atmosphere, featuring a multi-facetted programme with debates, films, video art and bands. Together with Amsterdam’s De Melkweg, the mini-festival will present Serbia’s most famous band, Darkwood Dub, and the underground electro-scene icon, Belgradeyard Sound System.
Wedn., 13 December | 6.00 p.m. | opening and photo exposition Betty Ras / Belgrado
Wedn., 13 December | 7.00 p.m. | cinema: We are what we lost (5 korte films) (eng.)
Wedn., 13 December | 8.30 p.m | opening debate: The State of Belgrade (eng.)
Wedn., 13 December | 10.00 p.m.| cinema: Seven and a half, Miroslav Momčilović (eng.)
Thurs., 14 december | 7.00 p.m. | cinema: Vukovar - The Final Cut, Janko Baljak (eng.)
Thurs., 14 december | 8.30 p.m. | INFOWARROOM: Propaganda (eng.)
Thurs., 14 december | 10.00 p.m. | cinema: Tomorrow Morning, Oleg Novković (eng.)
Thurs., 14 december | 9.00 p.m. | music: De Melkweg, BELGRADE BEATS from 9.00 p.m.: DJ EWOX, from 10.00 p.m.: Darkwood Dub, immediately followed by: DJ SET Belgradeyard Sound System
Fri., 15 december | 6.00 p.m. | book presentation: More Rough Guides (eng.)
Fri., 15 december | 7.00 p.m | cinema: Pretty Diana, Boris Mitić (eng.)
Fri., 15 december | 8.30 p.m. | videoscreening, debate: Belgarde Art Scene (eng.)
Fri., 15 december | 7.00 p.m. | simulationgame: Negotiating Kosovo (eng.) immediately followed by at 9.30 p.m. public debate on the results and present situation of Kosovo (eng.) Fri.,15 december | 10.00 p.m. | cinema: Tomorrow Morning, Oleg Novković (eng.)
Fri., 15 december | 11.00 p.m. | music | DJ EWOX in the foyer of De Balie
Continously in the foyer: Belgrade Tourist Info Point Installation by Vladimir Jerić (Vlidi). Art direction café: Mirko Stankovic (World Travellers’Club, Belgrade)
Our ticket box is opened from 17h00 till 21h00 during week days. In the weekends: an hour and a half prior to the start of a program.
Tickets can be reserved at: 020-5535100.
Laser 3.14 (1972, Amsterdam) The poet amongst the street artists, leaves poetic and philosophical statements in the streets of Amsterdam. Shouts out his heartfelt mission, using the city both as his canvas and megaphone.
(Practices in Contemporary Art)
25 November–16 December 2006
A series of lectures, presentations, discussions, and a publication on current articulations of the notion “producing knowledge” in contemporary art practices. Four different sessions take place every Saturday during the period from 25 November to 16 December 2006.
For more information, please visit our website:
Saturday 16 December 2006
Artists as (Public) Intellectuals considers how the definition of the term “intellectual” in a broader sense might be expanded by thinking of artists as “knowledge producers” and thus as a type of intellectual, and discusses the ethical, political, and social implications of defining artists in this way.
Lectures, with contributions by: Andrea Geyer, artist, New York; Georg Schöllhammer, art critic and editor, Vienna; Seçil Yersel, artist, Istanbul.
Screening of filmmaker and writer Trinh T. Minh-ha’s most recent film followed by a public reading of one of her texts.
Opening hours of the solo exhibition by Aernout Mik Raw Footage/Scapegoats:
1 October until 24 December 2006, Wednesday–Saturday 12.00–17.00 hrs and Sunday 13.00–17.00 hrs. The exhibition's opening hours are extended on Saturday 25 November, Saturday 2 December, Saturday 9 December and Saturday 16 December from 12.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs.
For the most recent information please contact:
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Lange Nieuwstraat 4, 3512 PH
Utrecht, the Netherlands
t: +31 (0)30 2316125
f: +31 (0)30 2300591
07 December 2006
Digifestival sponsors Ipse Digit, a competition reserved to digital audio-video productions.
If you’ve realized – only by digital – a videoclip, a Internet documentary, a mobile movie or a newsreel reportage, please send your work to: Coop. Tam Tam, Via Ugo Niutta 33, 80128 Napoli.
It can last from one minute to one hour.
The competion is from October 1st to December 31st 2006.
It will award 5 between the best works in each section (Digi Music, Fahrenheit Planet, Mobile Tales, By-Web-Movies).
Winners will be notified by February 15th, 2007. If you have not been contacted by this date, you may assume that your entry is not a finalist.
Winners entries will show during the second part of Festival (February 21st -25th 2007).
Giulio Gargia Art Director
Alberto Castellano Cine journalist, Il Mattino
Antonio Tricomi Performing Arts Journalist, Repubblica (Naples ediction)
Pietro Piemontese Writer and essayist
More info: email@example.com
M/C - Media and Culture http://www.media-culture.org.au/
is calling for contributors to the 2007 issues of
M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. M/C is a crossover journal between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed journal. In 2007, M/C Journal celebrates its tenth year in publication.
To see what M/C Journal is all about, check out our Website, which contains all the issues released so far, at <http://journal.media-culture.org.au/>.
To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit
Call for Papers
M/C Journal is now calling for contributions to its six issues scheduled for 2007. Articles should be up to 3000 words in length.
'mobile': article deadline 17 January 2007, release date 14 March 2007
edited by Larissa Hjorth and Olivia Khoo
'adapt': article deadline 9 March 2007, release date 2 May 2007
edited by Patrick West and Jeanette Delamoir
'complex': article deadline 4 May 2007, release date 27 June 2007
edited by Jayde Cahir and Sarah James
'home': article deadline 29 June 2007, release date 22 August 2007
edited by Andrew Gorman-Murray and Robyn Dowling
'error': article deadline 24 August 2007, release date 17 October 2007
edited by Mark Nunes
'vote': article deadline 19 October 2007, release date 12 December 2007
edited by Graham Meikle
For more information on these issues, please contact the editors, and see
M/C - Media and Culture is located at <http://www.media-culture.org.au/>.
M/C Journal is online at <http://journal.media-culture.org.au/>.
All past issues of M/C Journal on various topics are available there.
“Aren’t you cool, you can scribble illegibly on toilet walls”
..it is important to recognise that there is an element of authorial intent to address. It may be argued that the design of the tag is not intended to be accessible to those outside of the subculture, or unknowledgeable of the (sub)cultural aesthetics.
...Regardless of whether the tag was designed to be accessible, the aggressive delivery of it as a text – its placement on a public surface – renders it a public work to some extent, and to an extent it demands an engagement or response from the public to which it is presented.
...The tag on the toilet door aggressively exposes the gap between representation and the represented. But there is a further gap, a second level or derivative gap, in this text also. The tag is representative of the presence of the tagger (the tag necessarily recalls the persistence and resistance of the tagger). The tag represents artistic freedom, rebellion, anti-censorship, style, transgression of surveillance, and transgressive use of public space among other things.
ceci n'est pas un mot
..However, where are we left when a particular style of painting continually produces text, and the style or genre of painting is comprised of text that ‘we’ cannot read? Does the relation between the painting and its title collapse in graffiti when the untitled painting can be considered the title itself?
...Finally, it might be important to consider further the element of re-iteration that is central to the phenomenon of tagging. There is an element to tagging in which the tagger seeks maximum exposure by marking surfaces as prolifically as possible, tagging as frequently as possible within particular geographic and spatial zones. The self-similarity of the re-iterations of a particular tag could make it recognisable or readable to readers of the artist’s work although it is first read as ‘illegible’. This can be the case even if the reader never manages to decipher the word that is the formal subject of the art.
06 December 2006
MAAP - Multimedia Art Asia Pacific 2006 - out of the internet - Brisbane
1 December 2006 - 25 January 2007
'out of the internet' is the theme for this year's MAAP festival based in Brisbane. plug into the latest research examining the position of online artwork and the implications of the internet in fine art culture and community crossovers in Australia, Asia and internationally.
With a core exhibition in the State Library of Queensland, events will take place in a range of locations from elite museums, galleries, libraries, karaoke clubs, noodle shops, bubble tea cafés and a cascade of other places.
State Library of Queensland.
By David Garrett
Currently, a number of French ministries and government bureaus run Linux, but only on servers. France's Senate and National Assembly will be the first to use Linux on workstations, although neither one has announced which flavor of Linux it plans to use instead of Microsoft's software next year.
The French parliament has said au revoir to Microsoft. Starting in June of next year, French deputies will use desktops and servers running Linux, Mozilla's Firefox Web browser, and OpenOffice.org, a free open-source alternative to Microsoft's Office software.
For day-to-day documents, French members of parliament and their staff will use OpenOffice.org, currently in version 2.0.4 and designed to compete directly with Microsoft's Office System.
With versions available in languages from Arabic to Welsh, OpenOffice.org includes several modules to compete with Microsoft Office: Writer, a word processor; Calc, a spreadsheet program; Impress, a presentation package; and Draw, a software package for designing graphics. OpenOffice.org also includes Base, a database tool that competes with Microsoft's Access.
Why the change? The French parliament, composed of an upper chamber (le Senat, or Senate) and a lower chamber (l'Assemblee Nationale, or National Assembly), believes it can save money using open-source software, despite the near-term costs of switching from Microsoft systems and retraining all employees.
But that is a matter of some debate...
OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute. To help build the community, join us.
Pescara Electronic Artists Meeting 2k6
6 - 10 December 2006
Pescara, Ecoteca, Via Caboto 19
The fourth edition of the Pescara Electronic Artists Meeting, amongst the most important events concerning contemporary electronic/digital based arts, will take place from the 6th to the 10th of December.
Organized by the Artificialia network, the P.E.A.M. is conceived to be an international meeting and confrontation point for those artists, intellectuals, experts, and others who work in an electronic context or make use of electronics as a basic means of expression. This edition will showcase a large and refined selection of visual artists, performers, musicians amongst the most innovative of the field. The leit-motiv of the whole event will be "the Diamond", an attempt to gather artists and experts coming from as many disciplines as possible (sculpture, dance, theater, literature, music, visual arts, etc.), all with a marked high-tech approach, and to extraordinarily have them converge to the stimulating location of Ecoteca, in Pescara.
Therefore, the idea is to let many intellectuals (critics and curators) converge and present one (inimitable) or two (dichotomy) artists in a single place (the diamond), and, as a consequence, the whole Peam2006 edition will be centered onto unicity and dichotomy - such as war and peace, big and small, good and bad, love and hate, cleverness and stupidity, beauty and ugliness, close and far away, fear and comfort, real and virtual, and so on - and onto their sense of existence. In other words, the meaning itself of the concept of opposites, defining different representations of an unique symbolic system, will be put to a test, artistically.
Press Conference: Tuesday, 5 December 2006, 11.30 AM, Sala dei Marmi,
Provincia di Pescara, Piazza Italia 30 - Pescara
In this context, curator and critic *Domenico Quaranta* (www.domenicoquaranta.com/english.html) will introduce the work of Gazira Babeli and Damiano Colacito, two artists who, in pretty different ways, declare the reality of our experience of virtual worlds.
Born in Second Life on 31st March 2006, *Gazira Babeli*
(http://www.gazirababeli.com/) is an artist who turns the performativity of the code into performance itself. Weedy and flexuous in her long black dress which covers fashionably her polygonal haunches, Gazira radiates a strange charm that makes her somebody in between a Voodoo witch and an X-men heroine. Her charm that becomes even more evident during her masterful performances, in which she activates scripts as if they were spells, makes earthquakes happens, provokes natural fatalities and invasions of pop icons (in the place of the biblical locusts). Gazira Babeli is NOT the project of an artist who works in Second Life. She IS an artist, who makes, records and signs performances based on code. She is real, like you and me, even if her action platform is a world of bits.
Born in Atri (TE) in 1973, *Damiano Colacito*
(http://www.videoludica.com/news.php?news=434) focuses his work on the basic elements of the contemporary media landscape and the complex relationship between the virtual and the real. In the last few years he devoted himself to the creation of wooden sculptures that portray objects coming from the FPS, such as med-kits, power-ups, weapons, and etc. The Scotchprint skins he puts on the sculptures allows the author to work on details so to obtain a pretty refined reproduction of the texture of those virtual objects, and the use of sound effects, every now and then, makes the realism of the reproduction even finer. As a Pino Pascali of the Doom generation, Colacito creates conceptual sculptures that result to be amazing for both the gamer and the people who don't play videogames: the former comes across familiar objects in the wrong context,while the second has to deal with unfamiliar objects seemingly coming from another world and culture. Somehow, Colacito orchestrates a kind of mental teletransport, and materializes the insubstantial nature of the electric energy.
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*AT HOME IN EUROPE *
ISIS Arts (UK) and it’s international project partners BEK (Norway), InterSpace (Bulgaria) and RIXC (Latvia) are curating a new screening programme around the theme of European Identity for the Big M, ISIS Art’s inflatable touring space.
Daily, more and more European people decide to live in other European countries. With a shifting concept of nationality it becomes increasingly important to consider what it means to be European. Is there such a thing as European Identity and how does it relate to national identity?
For this programme we invite submissions of films or video works on this theme from artists of any nationality.
Selected works will become part of the new screening programme which will tour to the four partnering countries between May 2007 and September 2007.
Work will be selected through open submission. In order to be considered individual works must:
* Have a running time of 5 minutes or less
* Be single channel and non interactive
* Address the project theme
Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of € 300 (The Big M is not a commercial venture and admission is free). Copyright remains solely with the artist.
The Big M is a highly stylised inflatable structure that functions as a temporary and mobile venue for the presentation of video and digital media. Unique in both design and function, the Big M provides an alternative to the conventional gallery setting and exhibits work by emerging and established artists to diverse audiences.
To submit pieces for consideration please send work on DVD, CD Rom (720x 576 dpi QuickTime movie) or mini DV, titled and with a synopsis of 50 words maximum, a CV and a stamped addressed envelope (if you want your materials returned) to:
C Sundtsg 55
*Deadline for receipt of submissions is the 3^rd of February 2007*
Further enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further project information can be found on _www.athomeineurope.eu
madonna vs wacko jacko
Stephen King vs JK Rowling
Paul Hogan vs. Mel Gibson
Ozzy Osbourne vs. Elton John
01 December 2006
Australia's Comedy Inc produces another great Ernest the Engine sketch. In this clip he takes on google.
Ernest gets busted
nine mins of Ernest