"Media technology generally facilitates the suspension of disbelief; I’m trying to facilitate the resumption of disbelief."
Custom electronics, copper, privacy glass, silicone, hair
When one approaches Nothing (without you), they see a frosted glass and copper box. However, upon touching the box, the glass becomes transparent, revealing a moaning, moving, "self."
Emotional Machines is a series of reactive sculptures which playfully examine the way we ascribe emotion to inanimate technologies. Emotional Machines parallels current research in "affective computing," in which the capability of sensing and conveying emotion is built into computing devices. The work suggests that, though our machines may seem to be becoming more like us, the truth could be just the opposite.
Critical Space is the first comprehensive survey of Andrea Zittel's work to take place in the United States. Over the last fifteen years Zittel has used her own day-to-day living - her needs and fantasies relating to food, furniture, clothing, and shelter - as the impetus for her artwork. From designing clothing to be worn every day for six months, to devising diets based on dehydrated food, to producing furniture that changes one’s sense of hierarchies and space, there is no area of daily living, no matter how basic, that she has not been willing to examine.Born in 1965 in Southern California, Zittel moved to New York City around 1990. The contrast between the cleanliness of suburban California modernity and New York's gritty urbanism provided fodder for early works such as Repair Work (1991), a presentation of badly damaged objects that she collected off the street and on which she performed extremely rudimentary repairs.
Gary Hill is one of the most important contemporary artists investigating the relationships between words and electronic images. His inquiries into linguistics and consciousness offer resonant philosophical and poetic insights, as he explores the formal conjunctions of electronic visual and audio elements with the body and the self. With experimental rigor, conceptual precision and imaginative leaps of discovery, Hill's work in video is about, and is, a new form of writing.
Net art critics are short on time, and having them spend it doing interviews seems to have created a new Art Star System - a whole new Art World accidentally spawned as we were fleeing the old one! ...and look what it's wrought; overworked critics, unhappy net artists... no, no, this won't do....
At plagiarist.org, we propose a new approach, as part of the Plagiarist "New Millenium Disorder" project: The Interview Yourself, or IY-IY-IY-IY-IY Project. It's easy! Just interview yourself, and post your interview to the usual mailing lists (nettime, rhizome, syndicate, etc.); and of course, Plagiarist will gleefully mirror them here as well (use our handy Interview Submission form).This project was live from 2001-2003; now it's an archive!
Interview Yourself - Celebrity Interviews the way Warhol used to do 'em
- only cheaper.
*CALLOUT FOR FUTURESONIC EVNTS!*
Futuresonic 2006 International Festival
Announces EVNT Showcase and Competition
20-23 July, Manchester, UK
Deadlines-Competition: 10 May(*extended*); Showcase: 22 May!!!
Learn more and submit a proposal: http://10.futuresonic.com/evnt
Turbulence Spotlight: "Community of Words" by Silvia Laurentiz and Martha CC Gabriel
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The "Community of Words" is a 3D environment governed by the Theory of Emergence. Users are invited to add their own words to the system thereby becoming part of the community of words; they can interact with and navigate the environment, and observe the actions of other participants.
One of the system's main characteristics is the feedback phenomenon that happens while one navigates the 3D environment: the words already present in the space influence other participants, who may interact with them and create new texts in response to them. Participant characteristics such as language, slang, or culture form completely different communities of words and, subsequently, the words that emerge within them.
SILVIA LAURENTIZ: Professor in the department of Fine Arts at the School of Communication and Arts, University of São Paulo, Laurentiz holds a PhD in Communication and Semiotics and a Masters Degree in Multimedia. She is also a graphics and multimedia designer; an artist who works in virtual reality, multimedia and web art; an art and new technologies researcher; and a speaker at art and technology conferences.
MARTHA CARRER CRUZ GABRIEL: An engineer with postgraduate studies in Marketing and Graphic Design, Gabriel's Masters Degree in Art & Technology is in progress at the University of São Paulo. Web/MM artist, professor at the Business School and Digital Design Program of the Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, and director of technology at New Media Developers (NMD), Gabriel is the winner of 11 Internet Best Awards from 1998 to 2005 and a highly acclaimed speaker.
For more information about Turbulence, please visit http://turbulence.org