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Subject: RHIZOME DIGEST: 6.11.04
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 16:06:18 -0700

RHIZOME DIGEST: June 11, 2004


1. carol es: Distance ÷ 3
2. ryan griffis: FWD: Autonomedia CAE fund raiser event

3. Rachel Greene: Cory Arcangel Summer Show Invite
4. david f: bit banger\\\'s ball w32 one night festival nyc/us/august
5. Ido: The Kitchen Calls for Artists
6. Marisa S. Olson: Employment Opp (SF)

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7. Matthias Weiß: ?Public Library? - An exhibition project by Inke Arns
Florian Cramer (Wizards of OS 3)

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Date: 6.07.04
From: carol es <carol AT>
Subject: Distance ÷ 3

I-5 Gallery at the Brewery Presents:

Distance ÷ 3

Carol Es
Elizabeth Hoffman
Midge Lynn

July 3 - July 25, 2004,

I-5 Gallery at The Brewery
2100 North Main Street #A9
Los Angeles, Ca. 90031
(323) 342-0717

SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2004, 6:00-9:00 PM
Closing Party/Anniversary Benefit for Gallery 825: Thursday, July 22,
6:00-8:00 PM

This exhibit operates on both personal and universal levels, addressing
issues of intimacy, commitment and the individual strength that results
collective experience. Distance ÷ 3 evokes a layering of the sweet
and the sense of loss and sadness that occur when friends are separated.
Artists, Carol Es, Elizabeth Hoffman, and Midge Lynn, have shared a
bond for many years, supporting each other as fellow artists and
Last year Elizabeth Hoffman moved to Pennsylvania, leaving the trio to
struggle to sustain the closeness they previously shared. The process of
producing this exhibit, which includes both collaborative and singular
has been an inspiring experience for these three, embracing the sharing
ideas via email, conference calls and shared materials mailed over 3000

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Date: 6.07.04
From: ryan griffis <grifray AT>
Subject: FWD: Autonomedia CAE fund raiser event

for those not on the other list: ++++++++++++++++++++++

Gary Indiana contacted Autonomedia over the weekend to suggest a
for the defense fund, which he is willing to organize as part of his
RAF series at the Passerby Gallery in NYC; we confirmed it with him this
morning. The event will be on June 22, mostly consisting of video work
MC'd by Gary, who'll also talk about the case and give a big money
Autonomedia will have a book display in the gallery with CAEs work
available, with all sales going to the defense fund. The videos will

Laura Cottingham and Leslie Singer: The Anita Pallenberg Story, 2000
Bag: Demo Reel/Coven Services, 2004 Gary Indiana: Soap, 2004 Michel
My Last Bag of Heroin (For Real), 1986

These were all previously-selected titles. Hopefully we'll be showing
CAE video work as well.

If there are any other events planned in a similar vein, please post
here, and perhaps an "events" link could be added to the defense fund

bests, Ben Meyers Autonomedia

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Date: 6.07.04
From: Rachel Greene <rachel AT>
Subject: Cory Arcangel Summer Show Invite

From: cory arcangel
Date: June 5, 2004 11:11:09 PM EDT
To: Rachel Greene
Subject: Re: <no subject>

Here is my summer show invite:


feel free to pass it along!





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Date: 6.08.04
From: david f < AT>
Subject: bit banger\\\'s ball w32 one night festival nyc/us/august

hey there -

i'm trying to start a nyc programming festival - i'm calling it the "bit
banger's ball" intro-demo-all-in-one 256K/XP86 compo-festival. it will
be in august.

the basic idea is you've got 4 minutes and 256k to make a narrative
piece with programming, graphics and sound. if your entry is one of the
25 accepted, it will be shown as part of a 100 minute festival at a
local nyc venue. there will be 5 voted festival prizes.

please consider making an entry either alone or in a team. so far the
entries are all solo, and thats great too. any x86 compiled stuff is
great, as are flash, java and proce55ing programs. we will also try to
accomodate any other runtimes that are freely available and easily
installed on the festival host (X86/WinXP).

for more information, take a look at:

the page includes some more details about the groundrules, etc.

also, feel free to forward this announcement and encourage other
aesthetically aware programmers, students or mailing lists to submit

best & thanks, david

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Date: 6/08/04
From: Ido <idofluk2000 AT>
Subject: The Kitchen Calls for Artists


The Kitchen seeks artists to participate in its 6th Annual Neighborhood
Street Fair on September 18, 2004 from 2-5pmâ?? hosted by Julie Atlas
with free performances, activities, art displays and local cuisine. We
looking for contemporary art activities for kids and families (along the
lines of experimental carnival sideshows/booths, face painting, petting
zoos, fortune telling, button making, etc.) to take place throughout the
afternoon on the street. Electrical power is limited, sound elements
be minimal (if any). Small honoraria available.

Please submit a proposal (activity description and past work sample) by
Friday July 9th 2004 to:

Ido Fluk / Street Fair Committee
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
NY NY 10011

ido AT
212.255.5793 Ext. 10

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Date: 6.10.04
From: "Marisa S. Olson" <marisa AT>
Subject: Employment Opp (SF)

SF Camerawork is seeking a Gallery Manager to begin in the last week
of July. The announcement is below. Please forward to appropriate
candidates. (Do not reply to this address.)

Gallery Manager for a nonprofit photography organization. Provide
administrative assistance to the Executive Director, oversee facility
needs; manage membership program, bookstore, visitor reception, book
keeping and outside vendors; assist with fundraising; and oversee the
activities of interns and volunteers. Must have Macintosh experience,
knowledge of photography and good communication skills. Full time,
27.5 k+benefits. Send letter & resume to: San Francisco Camerawork/
Gallery Manager's Position/ 1246 Folsom St./ S.F., CA 94103 or email
to: sfcamera AT (no attachments, please cut and paste
resume into the body of the email) by June 26. No calls.
Marisa S. Olson
Associate Director
SF Camerawork
1246 Folsom Street
SF, CA 94103

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Date: 6/13/04
From: Matthias Weiß <mkazz AT>
Subject: ?Public Library? - An exhibition project by Inke Arns and

The Wizards of OS 3
?Public Library?
An exhibition project by Inke Arns and Florian Cramer

"We tried to find artwork and projects which show as explicitly as
the intention of an anti-copyright concept", Florian Cramer, co-curator
the exhibition "Public Library", explained, "and we tried to catch the
nerds." It is the opening day of the third "Wizards of OS" conference in
Berlin, Germany. The "The Future of the Digital Commons" is the subject
the next three days. Computer scientists, lawyers, sociologists as well
media artists meet in this event, which in general deals with the ideal
openness and freedom for society, based on the ideas of the
movement. And for the first time, artists were invited to take part in
exhibition for the three days of the conference. The small show is the
result of a cooperation between the German philologist Cramer and the
Berlin-based cultural researcher, Inke Arns. Main topic: Anti Copyright
as a
means and subject matter of media art.

A panel with four of the eight contributing artists accompanied the
exhibition. An illustrious mix: the well-known heroine of the Old Boys
Network, Cornelia Sollfrank, as well as Prague-based artist Lloyd Dunn,
the recently incriminated Sebastian Lütgert, founder of, who
to be the digital heir of Ad Reinhardt. It was Lütgert's statement "Art
to care about art, as artists have to" which brought to mind that he
couldn't care less about copyrights at all. Besides this powerful
the discussion was a weak mixture of complaints and cries for help
lawsuits against the use of copyrighted material. The opening
statements by
Arns, Cramer and the artists were followed by public questions, though
topics remained untouched, because of the lack of consciousness for
artistic sensibility, for digital or analogue materials. For instance,
questioning of the identity or the performative part of the rejection
of the
copyright. Or to make clear which means are appropriate for a high level

The exhibition made a much more lucid point. Metal bookshelves, instead
white cube display cases, signaled a reincarnation of Joseph Beuys?
masterpiece ?Wirtschaftswerte? (1980) in the digital age, but without
chicken wire preventing direct access to the contents of the shelves.
like the exhibition title suggests, it was a public library containing
of printed out texts and publications, such as the Situationist
International -- it was a kingdom of public domain. All the digitalized
materials were free for copying and free to burn on CD-ROM to take
away. In
total, 450 Megabytes of texts, pdf?s, sounds and videos.

But what kind of art is it? a new genre? not really. However, in the
of the wizards talking and thinking about the issues of the free
movement, to present this collection of artwork at a conference with
Moglen, Larry Lessig, and many heroes of the Creative Commons was to
consider the tradition and historical trajectory and changes of
critical art since the 1960?s. Among the shelves there were several
different appearances of the DeCSS code displayed in the ?Gallery of CSS
descramblers? (since 2000) by David S. Touretzky e. a., which consists
of a
computer algorithm to decrypt DVD?s for GNU/Linux without a license. The
documentary of the ?Freedom of Expression? trademark, owned by Kembrew
MacLeod since 1998, shows his proceedings against AT & T for their
Or the ?Injunction Generator? (2001) by, which generates
injunctions completely automatically.

As Sollfrank stated in her 45 minute video, "authorship is disrupted
legally while artists always question it from the very beginning". New
definitions of laws are now able to reach into anonymous pieces
generated by
software programs such as her net-art generator. Is it just a twisted
intervention from the business world, protecting the author?s rights
there is no author? Summing up, Sollfrank stated that her misuse of Andy
Warhol?s images still violates copyrights. ?It doesn?t matter?, she
?in the art world nobody cares?. "Really?", one might ask. Sollfrank
sits in
a library, reading her text like an anchorperson on television, but
that elegant rhetoric. She is interrupted only by displaying the main
topics in big letters and by some strange sounds. Nearby you can study
signed digital prints. All her work circles around the question of
?Sometimes it?s good to use your name as a brand.? This indication of
indifference adds the tension that other pieces are lacking.

There is, for instance, a link to the Internet in one of the terminals,
all the traffic is routed through a specific proxy server, written by
Freude and Dragan Espenschied as their thesis at the Merz Academy in
Stuttgart. In the strongest version it replaces many different words:
Bush for Osama Bin Ladin and vice versa. ?The ?insert coin? piece was
set up at their academy. Meanwhile it seems to be a classic piece of an
activist critique on censorship in the Internet. But its not much more
a witty gag that gained so much attention. The artistic means are as
weak as
the purpose. It?s too superficial, or explicit, as Cramer would have

On the other hand, there are the jewels of Lloyd Dunn?s many magazines,
which the ?Photostatic? archive on the net gives free access. The
digitalized materials of the photocopy stuff show how art could be done
remixing, recombining and by professional ?plagiarism?. Founded in
1983, the
magazine continued until 1998. ?In this culture of property where ideas
be owned, theft is all that is the case?, a nice comic strip shows the
problem of this movement. On the Friday evening panel, Lawrence Lessig
showed the audience what the main goal of the business is: Apple?s and
Pepsi?s ads, absolutely perverting the sense of a culture of remixing
limiting the creativity of youth by stating that buying the products
legalizes free download of music; this is today?s state of things:
being a
coach potato, consuming few2many-prefab trash on TV and the Internet.
there?s a long tradition of changing the original or copying it. High
culture from the Marcantonio Raimondi?s admiring woodcuts after Rafael
indirectly to Berio?s Sinfonia from the late 60?s, which combined 15
different works by different composers and writers such as Gustav
Mahler and
Samuel Beckett. It?s one of culture?s main characteristics of artistic
creativity. Besides, appropriation is not only an artistic tactic, but
the main road to learning. And it?s the core of the work by Dunn and the
other artists in the exhibition, although the different levels of
are marked. But it is a pleasure to observe the artistic boldness of
Lütgerts ?", which resembles an electronic bookshop, but
grants the
opportunity to download many copyrighted texts free of charge. One
particular Adorno triggered a lawsuit. This is the outer limit of having
fun, beyond which the stupidity of ignorant, money-sucking editors and
lawyers rears its real face. And this is a cautionary example -- how
sensibly the state of freedom is changing into a society of big
brothers. -
Matthias Weiss Old Boys Network (C. Sollfrank) Net art Generator (C. Sollfrank) Sebastian Luetgert (since 2001) Alvar Freude, Dragan Espenschied
(2000/2001) Llyod Dunn (1983-2004) Kembrew MacLeod (1998) Situationist International Library
(1958-1969) David S. Touretzky (since
2000) Injunction Generator (2001)

Matthias Weiss
Huygensstrasse 21
D-04159 Leipzig
mkazz AT

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