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Subject: RHIZOME DIGEST: 9.17.04
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 12:21:21 -0700

RHIZOME DIGEST: September 17, 2004


2. Ryan Griffis: RHZ Radio: Amateur radio in LA
3. Reynald Drouhin: data/reference/art
4. Paula Poole: from paintersflat
5. Kevin McGarry: WPS1 - special on bio-art-terror / CAE

6. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: cfp Life 7.0 awards
7. Brian Goldfarb: Faculty positions at UCSD Communication Dept

8. Jess Loseby: jellynet (new work)
9. Jo-Anne Green: Turbulence Spotlight: "ASCII BUSH" by Yoshi Sodeoka
10. ust added to the Rhizome ArtBase: The Web is a Living
Organism by Mushon Zer-Aviv

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Date: 9.11.04
From: Eugene Thacker <eugene.thacker AT>

Locus+ invite you to celebrate the launch of


An on-line publication by Biotech Hobbyists

Sept. 15, 6-8pm
Artists Space
38 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013
Refreshments will be served.

Sept. 23, 6-8pm
Henry Wellcome Building for Neuroecology
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Framlington Place, NE2 4HH
Refreshments will be served.

September 2004

A limited edition Locus+ publication will be available at these launches.

For further info contact Jon Bewley, Jonty Tarbuck, or Matt Hearn at
locusplus AT

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Date: 9.12.04
From: ryan griffis <grifray AT>
Subject: RHZ Radio: Amateur radio in LA

The RHZ Amateur Radio Network is a participatory experiment aiming to
create the possibility of a legal, publicly owned and operated radio
that grows successively with each new participant.

Based on the FCC allowance for individuals to operate a 100 milliwatt
micro-radio station, RHZ uses the internet to share content between
micro-stations so they can broadcast the same content at the same time.
Anyone can have their own radio station, starting with a hobby kit as
low as $30!

RHZ is designed to follow the parameters of FCC regulation, abide by
copyright law, and use only free open source software to distribute
information, while simultaneously allowing the broadcast network to
grow to the size of the social network that creates it.

Blending amateur technological experimentation and social activism, RHZ
was designed as project for REBEL REBEL project series for Leefahsalung
at New China Town Barber Shop.

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Rhizome is now offering organizational subscriptions, memberships
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Date: 9.16.04
From: Reynald Drouhin <reynald AT>
Subject: data/reference/art

Databases, encyclopedias, indexes, dictionaries, and directories are not
merely devices of data organizing, but also mediums for building
hierarchical systems. Not only they convey topic specific information but
also propagate political and aesthetic ideologies, reflecting background and
interests of their producers. "The correct", "the necessary", "the
important" or "the secondary" for a user to know, to study, to invest - all
those messages embedded into systems of knowledge and sorted according to
hierarchy established by their editors. Methods of distribution, managing of
contents, the structure, lay a distinct track to control and design of
common knowledge, shaping thinking patterns.

The global network, providing a new space for distribution of traditional
data-collections, also grants a possibility of their deconstruction,
challenging their authority by making use of inherent practices of the Net:
decentralization and release of information, castingdoubtupon hierarchies
through the new form of data-organization, popularizing of canonical and
non-canonical materials, formalizing, aestheticizing and so on.

Current exhibition compiled of nine art projects, each presenting an
original approach to the theme, placing in doubt, rethinking the
signification, the function and the objectives of data collections on the

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Date: 9.16.04
From: Paula Poole <paularpoole AT>
Subject: from paintersflat

To those of you who are in or near the San Francisco
Bay Area:

Paula Poole and Brett Stalbaum
Will be exhibiting work in ?Faces of II?
A grand opening exhibit
Studio II Gallery
570 Soscol Ave. Napa, CA 94558

Gallery hours: Thurs ? Mon. 11:00am to 5:00pm or by
Reception September 18, 8:00 ? 10:00pm
Artists? Talk: October 10, 1:00pm

Project Description:

In "Five Views of the Gray Knoll from Primary and
other Bergblicks", (2003) Paula and Brett started with
the UTM coordinates of a piece of land called
"Bergblick" in Iron County, Utah. Using software
authored by Brett as part of his collaboration with C5
(, they identified a group of other
locations in the Escalante Valley with similar
topographical characteristics to Bergblick, and
visited the locations to evaluate their qualities as
potential sites (or views) from which to implement
landscape paintings. Surprisingly, all of the
locations with topographic characteristics most
similar to the input "Bergblick" site converged around
a small hill called the Gray Knoll. Paula painted the
Gray Knoll from the perspective of the original input
(or "Bergblick") site, as well as from four of the
"Other Bergblick" sites that were chosen by the
software. In this project, it was data processing that
chose the Gray Knoll as a subject for painting, as
well as choosing the perspectives from which it was

In the "Primary Bergblick" painting (Z: 12 E: 251 N:
4192), the Gray Knoll was painted from the perspective
of the Bergblick campsite. The Gray Knoll is distant
and barely visible from this location. However, the
sites of topographical similarity to the Primary
Bergblick all converged near the Gray Knoll, falling
in a cluster between 8 and 13 kilometers to the south,
in a fairly tight configuration surrounding the Gray
Knoll. This is in spite of the fact that the entire,
large Escalante Valley was searched. We are not sure
what the meaning of this is, but the unexpected
outcome became the conceptual basis for painting the
Gray Knoll. The data seemed to demand it.

For more information about the project, please see:

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Date: 9.17.04
From: Kevin McGarry <Kevin AT>
Subject: WPS1 - special on bio-art-terror / CAE

------ Forwarded Message
From: Suzanne Anker <s.anker AT>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 11:00:09 -0400
Subject: WPS1

The Bio-Blurb Show

The subject of the Bio-Blurb Show centers around aspects of the growing
trend between art and science, and most particularly the biological and
genetic sciences. Hosted by Suzanne Anker, the show features a roundtable
discussion of the social issues that are affected by genetic engineering,
forensics, new reproductive technologies, the patenting of life forms and
related "Art-Sci" subjects.

The following shows are archived on

Edition #3 - "Bio-Art or Bio-Terror?" In this most important program, host
Suzanne Anker <> asks her
guests, former Whitney Museum director David Ross,
<> art journalist
07846> Steven Henry Madoff <> (onetime editor
of ARTNews), and filmmaker Virgil Wong <>
about the federal government's against the activist artist Steve Kurtz
<> and the Critical Art Ensemble.
<> How much of this is fact, how much fiction?
Why have no politicians come forward with a response? This many years after
the Culture Wars, has the government succeeded in criminalizing artists?
Should artists be making work with life-forms? The answers are just as
provocative as the questions!

Edition #1 - In the first of this stimulating new series considering a new
definition of "nature," Suzanne Anker
<> , author of The Molecular
Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age, hosts a discussion of the quickly falling
boundaries between art and science, especially in regard to genetics --
think the Matthews (Barney and Richie) and Andy Goldsworthy -- with
forceful contributions from artist Steve Miller
<> and writers Thyrza Nichols Goodeve
1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-7805605-1983911?v=glance&amp;s=books> and Mark Dery
<> .

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Date: 9.13.04
From: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer <errafael AT>
Subject: cfp Life 7.0 awards

LIFE 7.0 International Competition - Call for Participation

Announcing the sixth edition of the competition on "art and artificial life"
sponsored by the Telefonica Foundation in Madrid. We are looking for
outstanding electronic art projects employing techniques such as digital
genetics, autonomous robotics, recursive chaotic algorithms, knowbots,
computer viruses, wetware, embodied artificial intelligence, avatars,
evolving behaviours and virtual ecosystems.

An international jury -- Chris Csikszentmihalyi (US), Daniel Garcia Andujar
(Spain), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexico/Canada), Jose-Carlos Mariategui
(Peru), Fiona Raby (UK) and Nell Tenhaaf (Canada)-- will grant four cash
awards totaling 20,000 Euros.

The competition's website at has the guidelines,
application form, and information on the previous award-winners, including
texts, videos, images and links.

Deadline: Wednesday, November 3, 2004.

For further information, please visit
For questions concerning eligibility of entries: Nell Tenhaaf, Artistic
Director <tenhaaf AT>

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Date: 9.14.04
From: Brian Goldfarb <bgoldfarb AT>
Subject: Faculty positions at UCSD Communication Dept

The Department of Communication at the University California, San Diego
( seeks to fill four positions to begin July
1, 2005. Two positions are in the area of communication technologies;
two positions are in media studies and studies of expressive
culture/performance. Rank of each position within the areas will be
determined by skills and qualifications.

1. Digital Media Production and Theory. The Department seeks a
professor, strongly preferred at the assistant or early associate level,
who is a creative producer/scholar in digital media arts with a strong
background in critical studies and who can work with a faculty that
spans the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Specialization
areas may include but are not limited to: net art, net radio, electronic
performance, interactive installation, electronic curating, computer
music, digital sound, robotics, architectural design; conceptual or
public media art, and transitions between old and new media forms. We
seek applicants who are engaged with digital media scholarship and who
are qualified to teach at the graduate level and in areas of the
curriculum beyond production. Candidates should hold a PhD, MFA or
equivalent qualifications and have a strong exhibition record and
demonstrated potential for teaching excellence. (Additional sites that
may be of interest:;,,

2. Critical Studies of Communication Technologies. The Department seeks
a professor, strongly preferred at the associate or full level, with a
national and international reputation in research and demonstrated
graduate and undergraduate teaching strengths. Research and teaching
areas may include but are not limited to the study of human-technology
interfaces; technologies of information, communication, cognition, body,
and language; and technologically supported networks in institutions,
workplaces, environments, or social movements. We seek applicants whose
work considers one or more of the following: gender, race, cultural
identity, ability, globalization, and development. The appointee may be
affiliated with UCSD's graduate Science Studies Program
( (Additional site that may be of interest:

3. Media Studies. The Department seeks a professor, strongly preferred
at the assistant or early associate level, in media studies. Research
and teaching areas may include the analysis of media culture, history,
industries and production processes and/or audiences, especially but not
necessarily limited to a focus on television and film.

4. Expressive Culture and Performance. The Department seeks a professor,
strongly preferred at the assistant or early associate level, who works
on various forms of expressive culture and/or performance. Particular
foci might include discourse, language and social interaction; everyday
forms of communal expression and citizenship; drama in a dramatized
society; rituals, festivals, and commemorations; cultural tourism and
transnational networks; performances of identities/identifications; and
resistance/domination through ritual/art/performance.

Send vita, statement of research and teaching interests, one work sample
(a single publication or media work), home page URL, and contact
information for three references by October 30, 2004 (late applications
will be accepted).
For positions 1 and 2, send to Professor Lisa Cartwright.
For positions 3 and 4, send to Professor Dan Hallin.
Department of Communication (0503)
University of California at San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla CA 92093-0503

Salaries are in accordance with UC pay scales. UCSD is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through
diversity. Applicants are invited to preview campus diversity resources
and programs at the campus website for Diversity
( To assist applicants who may have an
interest in employment opportunities for spouses/partners, consult the
UCSD Academic Job Opportunities Bulletin
(, the Staff
Employment Opportunity Bulletin ( or our links
to employment opportunities at other education and research institutions
in San Diego (

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Date: 9.14.04
From: Jess Loseby <jess AT>
Subject: jellynet (new work)

found myself with some time to add a new one to the 'without permission'


animation by 'rubarb & custard' (brit joke) o

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Date: 9.16.04
From: Jo-Anne Green <jo AT>
Subject: Turbulence Spotlight: "ASCII BUSH" by Yoshi Sodeoka

September 16, 2004
Turbulence Spotlight: "ASCII BUSH" by Yoshi Sodeoka

ASCII BUSH is an ascii video rendition of two State of the Union
addresses--one delivered by George W. Bush on January 12, 2003 (just before
the Iraq war); the other by his father, George H.W. Bush, on March 6, 1991
(right after Operation Desert Storm). The goal of the project is to "find
some artistic meaning in the dreadful and painfully long US presidents'
speeches, and to investigate the idea of recycling and making art out of the
debris of our culture."


Yoshi Sodeoka is a New York based artist and musician who has been producing
both art and commercial projects for over a decade. His interactive digital
artwork has been featured on numerous CD-ROMs and Web sites and in
exhibitions at the San Francisco MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art,
Design Museum, Germany and Art & Design Museum Brazil. In addition, Sodeoka
has lectured widely on the topic of digital art and design, and has juried
design awards for Art Director's Club, New York and the One Club. He was a
contributing writer for Artbyte magazine for which he wrote a bi-monthly
column about underground digital culture. Prior to that, he was the founding
art director of, one of the Web's oldest and most influential
e-zines, which launched in 1995.

For more information about Turbulence, please visit

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Date: 9.17.04
From: <artbase AT>
Subject: Just added to the Rhizome ArtBase: The Web is a Living Organism by
Mushon Zer-Aviv

Just added to the Rhizome ArtBase ...

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The project is a installation in both hyper and
physical space.
It is trying to examine the relationship between internet users, information
and the internet itself in the same way we look at the relationship between
blood cells, Oxygen and the body itself. By this equation comes a great
opportunity of discovering a new model for politics- based on the idea of
Symbiotic Relationships.
The interactive composition is an examination of microscopic activity inside
an internet tissue.

The participants/users are invited to take part in the installation's game
[1] Each participant/user types in a search string he would like to discuss.
[2] When stepping into the interactive stage, he is joined by a microbe. The
microbe is a digitally-crafted animated avatar based on the aesthetics of
microbiology. Each microbe projects a unique sound and has a unique style of
movement. The microbe is powered by a search engine (at this stage we have
integrated Google, Altavista and Lycos).
[3] In physical space, the interactive stage serves as a screen for a
projector that beams from its top. The Microbe is projected upon the user
and follows his movements. The search string is projected on the floor right
after being submitted.
[4] Stepping on text on the floor with the microbe sends the text to the
microbe's search engine and returns the title of the first search result.
The new text replaces the old ones and become new triggers for a search. The
composition creates a conversation between users using search engines
combined with a live interactive music score.
[5] The work will be available online (controlled by the users
mouse&keyboard) constantly like any other net art work but will reach it's
full potential in the form of realspace installation that interacts both
online users, activating their microbes through the use of the mouse, and
physical participants, moving their microbes by the movement of their

[see online interactive demo for a better grasp of the composition]

The project deals with issues within the discourse of net-ethics, but tries
to use the artistic method to create an experience which is theoretically
challenging on one hand and pure fun on the other. It is using a physical
computed tracking system conjunct with live internet search-engine activity,
interactive visuals and sounds and a game system to deliver the concept.

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My name is Mushon Zer-Aviv, I was born in Israel in 1976. Moving from
collecting stamps to bird-watching then to comics followed by educating,
then to graphic design and from there finally to the new media. I founded
Shual together with Guy in order to house all these diversities.

In the past you could have found me in:
Penguin's Perversions magazine - writing & comicsing
Bezalel Academy - studying,
Ars Electronca, Offf and other venues - doing my thing

Today you can find me at:
Shenkar college - where I teach
Concept Magazine - curating the BD4D events,
Maarav Magazine - writing,
Pixelsurgeon Magazine - contributing,
and (too rarely) at home - with Galia and Shnushnin.

more info: /

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