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Subject: RHIZOME DIGEST: 6.26.05
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2005 14:50:13 -0700

RHIZOME DIGEST: June 26, 2005


1. Lauren Cornell: Invitation to Rhizome ArtBase 101

2. Marius Watz: Announcing: Generator.x conference
3. Sofia Oliveira: Online Portuguese Netart 1997 | 2004

4. Ian Clothier: Call for proposals: SCANZ
5. Paul Modler: 3 Professorships open at State Academy of Design, Karlsruhe
6. kurt: Temporary Faculty Position Announcement

7. Annie Abrahams: bramtv

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8. Sara Greenberger: The Fantasy Life of Boys: A Magical Tactical Practical

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Date: 6.23.05
From: Lauren Cornell <laurencornell AT>
Subject: Invitation to Rhizome ArtBase 101


So - today Rhizome ArtBase 101, an exhibition featuring 40 selections from
the ArtBase, opens to the public at the New Museum in New York. The works
are organized around ten themes - such as E-Commerce, Software art or Net
Cinema. All the works are installed on computers, and some have additionally
been elaborated into installations in the gallery space.

All Rhizome Members receive half-price admission ($3) to the exhibition -
which runs through September 10th.

As our membership is constantly fluctuating, we plan to get an updated list
to the New Museum admission staff every Friday throughout the Summer.
Practically, this means if you become a Member on Tuesday of a certain week
- they wont have your name at the door until the following Monday morning.

Also - I am hoping to have an online version of the show up on the site by
Monday 6/27.

Information about the New Museum (address/ hours/ show info) can be found



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Date: 6.20.05
From: Marius Watz <marius AT>
Subject: Announcing: Generator.x conference

Announcing: Generator.x conference

23-24 September 2005, Atelier Nord, Oslo, Norway

Intrigued by the power of computation and the realization that all
digital media are in fact software, a new generation of artists and
designers are turning to code as a means of new expression and a way to
better control their medium. Software is not the transparent interface
it has traditionally been thought to be. Instead, it is a material that
both limits and permits personal expression.

True literacy means being able to both read and write. If to use
pre-existing software is to "read" digital media, then programming is
the equivalent to writing. The Generator.x project focuses on artists
and designers who embrace this new literacy not as a technical obstacle,
but as a way to redefine the tools and the media they work in.

Through a conference, an exhibition and a blog, Generator.x examines
the role of software and generative strategies in current digital art
and design. Subjects to be covered include:

* Generative aesthetics
* Computational design: Designing processes
* Performative software
* Software by creatives for creatives

The project is a co-production between Atelier Nord and the National
Touring exhibitions of Norway.

Confirmed speakers

Erich Berger (NO / AT)
Pablo Miranda Carranza (SE / SP)
Gisle Frøysland (NO)
Hans Christian Gilje (NO)
Susanne Jaschko (DE)
Golan Levin (US)
Sebastian Oschatz (DE)
Casey Reas (US)
Amanda Steggell (NO)
Marius Watz (NO)

The conference is hosted by Atelier Nord, and will be accompanied by the
opening of the Generator.x exhibition at the National Museum of Art,
Architecture of Design, as well as a club event with live performances.
For details about the exhibition, please see

Registration for the conference will be available soon, for more
information please visit or email
info AT

Credits and support

Generator.x is a co-production between Atelier Nord and Riksutstillinger
(the National Touring Exhibitions of Norway), as a result of an
initiative by Marius Watz. Generator.x is supported by the Norwegian
Cultural Council, PNEK, the Goethe-Institut Oslo and the Austrian
Embassy in Norway.

For more information, please visit

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Rhizome ArtBase Exhibitions

Visit the fourth ArtBase Exhibition "City/Observer," curated by
Yukie Kamiya of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and designed
by T.Whid of MTAA.

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Date: 6.24.05
From: Sofia Oliveira <sofiaoliveira AT>
Subject: Online Portuguese Netart 1997 | 2004

Online Portuguese Netart 1997 | 2004
An online exhibition at <>
curated by Luis Silva and produced by

Atmosferas, Digital Arts Center
Rua da Boavista, 102, 1200-069 Lisbon, Portugal
(+351) 21 321 30 40
(+351) 93 447 3003 <>

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Date: 6.20.05
From: Ian Clothier <i.clothier AT>
Subject: Call for proposals: SCANZ

Call for proposals: SCANZ (Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand)


Planned for July 2006, SCANZ follows in the tradition of Solar Circuit and
Polar Circuits. These events consisted of the gathering of diverse artists,
curators and producers involved in contemporary practice with projects and
activities intersecting the environment in some way.

Proposed dates and call for proposals:

The dates for the residency and workshop are 3 July - 16 July 2006. The
submission process for projects is a two stage process. Stage one is a call
for registration of interest, due Monday 18th July 2005. Stage two is a call
for developed projects.

Registration of interest
Artists, curators and producers are invited to submit proposals for possible
projects during the two-week workshop and residency. We are seeking projects
that enhance a sense of community and/or identity by either:

a) being collaborative projects across hemispheres, between nations or


b) referencing environmental response - to Taranaki, Aotearoa, New Zealand
and Pacific Ocean in terms of human, natural and technological environment.

Download the registration of interest rtf from the web page given above.
Fill out the form and email it to: scanz AT

The registration of interest proposal should include a short general
description of the project only (half page preferred, maximum one A4 page).
Project specifics can be resolved in the second call. The registration of
interest file should be saved and sent as an rtf file.

A CV should also be submitted, which provides information relevant to the
proposal. The CV should also be saved as an rtf and include all contact
details and urls.

Up to three web suitable images (jpg or gif) can be submitted with the
registration of interest, and video files up to 4Mb. This material should be
related to the specific proposal rather than be samples of previous work.

Three themes are central to SCANZ:

1. Fostering a sense of community and translocal media environment by
enhancing links between northern and southern hemisphere practitioners.

2. Providing time, space and a unique environment for media artists to
workshop, research and collaborate on creative methodologies.

3. To create an opportunity for artists to work together over a given period
of time to develop new artistic content exploring the relationship between
media and practitioner's response to an environmentally unique location -
Taranaki, Aotearoa New Zealand, South Pacific. Environment here refers to
human, natural and technological environments and the integration of these
into diverse creative forms.

Taranaki is significant in terms of human environment - it was the site for
a peaceful protest movement under the guidance of Te Whiti, and important
colonial events and clashes; home to Chew Chong who played an important role
in business development regionally and nationally; and is the location of
the mountain - Taranaki, part of Maori mythology and the second highest
mountain peak in the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.

For further information, go to the web page.

Ian Clothier
Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
New Plymouth
New Zealand Aotearoa

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The Rhizome Commissioning Program makes financial support available to
artists for the creation of innovative new media art work via panel-awarded

For the 2005-2006 Rhizome Commissions, eleven artists/groups were selected
to create original works of net art.

The Rhizome Commissions Program is made possible by support from the
Jerome Foundation in celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial, the
Greenwall Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and
the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support has
been provided by members of the Rhizome community.

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Date: 6.20.05
From: Paul Modler <pmodler AT>
Subject: 3 Professorships open at State Academy of Design, Karlsruhe
Staatliche Hochschule
für Gestaltung Karlsruhe

At the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (State Academy of
Design Karlsruhe, Germany), the following professorships are available for a
duration of up to six years (in accordance with § 49 Paragraph 2 of the
University Act of Baden-Württemberg):

Professor for Digital Media Design
(W3 salary group)

The appointment shall be made as a limited duration career public servant, a limited duration non-tariff civil service position in the public
sector for the duration of up to six years.

General statement of purpose

The Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (State Academy of Design) in
Karlsruhe seeks to unify artistic practice with the potential of digital
technologies and to confront traditional art forms with the continuing
developments of expression in the media arts.


An internationally recognized artist is being sought who is capable of
fulfilling the demands of the field in both theory and practice.
The candidate will be expected to be capable of communicating the wide range
of artistic applications of digital technology in the area of audiovisual

This includes net-based art, interactivity, virtual reality, and game
creation, as well as the artistic integration of topics such as data
architecture, content management systems and sensor systems.
It is also expected that the candidate be able to address digital image
creation in the areas of 2D, 3D and animation technologies.

The candidate shall also be expected to communicate technical programming
requirements necessary to produce works of digital art.
It will also be necessary for the candidate to be able to acquire
third-party funds and to manage ongoing projects supported by third-party

Professor of Scenography
(W 3 salary group)

The appointment shall be made as a limited duration career public servant, a limited duration non-tariff civil service position in the public
sector for the duration of up to six years


- Instruction and assistance of students enrolled in the scenography program
- In this context, scenography refers to the general concept of set-related
spatial design for theater, exhibitions, architecture and film.
- Beyond duties related to instruction, the candidate should be prepared to
work together with other national and international specialists and guest
professors within the framework of interdisciplinary projects involving
research and development

For a period of three years (in accordance with § 49 Paragraph 2 of the
University Act of Baden-Württemberg), the following position is to be
filled as a non-tariff civil service position in the public sector with
compensation commensurate with W3 salary group.

Professor of Artistic Photography

Requirements of the candidate

An artist is being sought who is capable of communicating the pictorial and
sculptural potential of artistic photography to students in the Media Arts
Besides exploring traditional applications, digital technologies should be
the most preferred alternate approach. Special value is placed on
cooperation with other departments, as well as with the partner institution
ZKM (Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe).
Along with providing instruction within the context of project studies, the
candidate should also be able to teach about public presentation of works,
in particular in the form of exhibitions and other presentations.

Candidates should be able to prove knowledge and experience in a wide range
of artistic photographic approaches. Prove of exhibition shall also be


Prerequisites for employment for all 3 Positions

- Completion of the appropriate course of university studies
- Proof of exceptional artistic aptitude
- Experience with digital media, light and projection technologies, as well
as with performance-related technologies (Prof. for Scenography)
- Engagement in additional artistic practices
- Suitability for work as an instructor

Alternately, applications may be considered if the candidate possesses:

- outstanding performance in artistic practices related to artistic
photography, and
- suitability for work as an instructor.

Additional tasks related to this position are covered in § 46
Landeshochschulgesetz Baden-Württemberg (§ 46 of the University Act of

Participation in self-governing committees will also be required.

Candidates should be prepared to cooperate with other departments in the

The scope of instructional duties is governed by the instructional
responsibilities ordinance, which, at full teaching load, currently
translates to 20 semester periods per week.

The Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (State Academy of Design
Karlsruhe) strives to increase the number of female instructors and
therefore strongly encourages women artists to apply.

Seriously disabled candidates who are equally suitable shall be preferred.

Applications, including curriculum vitae and photo, and all appropriate
documents necessary to establish the artist's artistic and academic
standing, are requested to be sent not later than 18. July 2005 to
Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Rektorat, Lorenzstr. 15,
76135 Karlsruhe, Germany.
contact: schrempp AT

The university shall fill the position in agreement with the Ministerium
für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg (Ministry of
Science, Research and the Arts).

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Date: 6.21.05
From: kurt <kurt AT>
Subject: Temporary Faculty Position Announcement


POSITION: TIME ARTS, one-year temporary appointment.

RANK: Visiting Assistant Professor, entry-level salary.

QUALIFICATIONS: M.F.A. with an emphasis in Video Art. College level
teaching experience preferred. Emerging exhibition record and/or evidence
of professional practice and client base.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach video art and new-media courses ranging from
beginning through graduate level that incorporate video and interactive
techniques and methods. Must be able to work effectively with students and
share responsibility for all aspects of the Time Arts program. Maintenance
of personal research and professional activities expected.

STARTING DATE August 16, 2005

DEADLINE Applications accepted until position filled.

APPLICATION Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, artist
statement, teaching philosophy, DVD-Video portfolio containing examples of
your own work and student work, (CDs and/or URLs can be added), three
current letters of reference and SASE for return of media to:

Time Arts Search
Design and Media Arts Division
School of Art, VAB 216
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115-2883
fbutler AT

Northern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer. Minority candidates and women are encouraged to apply.

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Date: 6.24.05
From: Annie Abrahams <aabrahams AT>
Subject: bramtv

:: BramTv ::

flâneuse, glâneuse, étalage, display, collection, collage
retrospective, portrait

php javascript by Clément Charmet (
project by Annie Abrahams (
best with sound on, realvideo, flash and quicktime plugin

watch the tele for a while and play with the collection button
to see and hear the result of your data-dandy behavior

:: mise a nu ::

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Date: 6.26.05
From: Sara Greenberger <saraspar AT>
Subject: The Fantasy Life of Boys: A Magical Tactical Practical

The Fantasy Life of Boys: A Magical Tactical Practical

The Center for Tactical Magic is a San Francisco-based collective
operating in the realm of performance (art) and action. Highly
trained in the principles of magic, ninja-ism, art, investigation, and
critical theory, the Center's actions represent a novel combination of
serious political thought and social gathering. Presenting a model of
art-making as collaborative, relational, and political, CTM has
pseudo-military cousins in groups like Basekamp (Philadelphia) and
Atelier van Lieshout (Rotterdam, The Netherlands).

Like artists, magicians and ninjas synthesize technical ability with
tricky showmanship, competition, and illusion. The artist-as-magician
illuminates the aspect of art presentation that works on the tiered
levels of the public, the curator, and the fellow practitioner. CTM is
able to entertain local children while foregrounding political
statements and acts, rather than merely clowning. This works on the
level of the public- and the artist-viewer, while entertaining and
educating both.

CTM encompasses a levity of approach which reflects its roots in
fantasy careers like magician, ninja, private investigator, and
philosopher. Many artists have taken on professional personae in order
to document subcultures and social truths. The hybrid practice of CTM
uses a schoolboy's list of professions as a tactical launching pad to
pursue meaningful interaction and effective action.

In the case of CTM, the various training in the ways of stealth
reconnaissance, mind-and-body bending, and customer service, has
yielded a powers-for-good scenario. The commitment to models of
political action and literacy set this group apart from your average
roving gang of fighter- trickster-private dicks. The CTM continues to
take its message and methods to the streets, and to regional art
centers and universities around the US.

Always up to something, I asked The Center to take a moment to offer a
list of recommended readings to Rhizome Digest readers in lieu of a
formal interview, and they provided the following five readings and
five real-world exercises in their brand of Tactical Magic.

-Sara Greenberger


READ-BETWEEN-THE-LINES READINGS: (in no particular order of preference)

1) Magick in Theory and Practice - Aleister Crowley (especially
Crowley's preface/intro) and/or Magick Without Tears

2) Essence of Ninjutsu - Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi

3) Magic & Showmanship - Henning Nelms

4) Guerrilla Warfare & Special Forces Operations (FM 31-21) - Dept. of the

5) The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism -
Hakim Bey


1) Plant three seeds of a vegetable plant of your choosing. Label
each container respectively: positive, negative & control. Provide
each plant with equal amounts of water, soil, and sun. Dedicate at
least 6 minutes of each day (3 minutes per plant - positive & negative
only) to focused positive & negative thoughts. Record your results
and enjoy the fruits (vegetables) of your labor.

*This is an exercise in developing your telepathic abilities,
exploring modes of unregulated communication, collaborating with
non-humans, and bringing your thoughts and desires to fruition.

2) Write your own survey to elicit responses from other members of the
general public. You may decide to pose questions, ask opinions, or
provoke thought. Then, conduct the survey for at least 3 hours in a
public space of your choosing, or until the "authorities" inform you
that you are trespassing on public property.

*This is an exercise in activating public space, determining the
limits of public space, and generating a non-commercial exchange of
ideas among strangers. Most people are happy to express their
opinions when asked, especially when they are informed that there
participation does not involve a sales pitch, future mailings,
religious conversion, or product development.

3) Get a rope (at least 30ft) and a friend (or a friendly stranger).
Take turns tying each other up and escaping.

*This is an exercise that explores restriction, control, and
self-liberation. You'll be amazed to find how easily one can liberate

4) Get a group of friends together at night and find a public space to
beautify as you see fit. Consider your site beforehand and plan
your action thoroughly (but don't bring along any evidence of your
Your materials should not be cumbersome, or they should be
well-disguised. While some friends are in the act of beautifying,
others should be posted on the lookout for "authorities" since they
might not have the same sense of aesthetic appreciation as you and
your friends. (Hey! If they don't like it, they can make their own
art!) If you decide to document your actions, it's best to do it at a
later time, and be sure that none of your friends faces are visible.

*This is an exercise in collaborative acts of meditation, willful
engagement, and material transformation. You can do this in the
daytime too, but nocturnal operations tend to be more mirthful and
help induce perceptual shifts (both spatially and experientially).

5) Create a disguise for yourself that allows you to navigate everyday
life without drawing much attention. This should be different from
your normal attire. Spend the day in disguise performing leisurely or
mildly adventuresome activities. Possibilities include:

a) Choose someone at random and follow them from a distance for at
least fifteen minutes. Then follow someone else. When you grow tired
of following people, find someone who looks lost and try leading them
to their destination.

b) Visit a factory or place of industry and ask for a tour. Ask lots
of provocative questions, then ask for a job. Tell them you can't do
much, but you're interested in something at the executive level.

c) Go to at least three different places of worship. Check out the
interior design. Explore a little. If someone is in attendance,
strike up a conversation about the "afterlife" or "special religious

d) Go to a bank with your video camera and ask the security guard or
branch manager if you can record there. When s/he says "no" then ask
how many security cameras they have installed. If they ask "why?"
tell them you're "just doing research" or "conducting a survey of
banks" or "interested in security."

*This is an exercise in shape shifting, personal transformation, and
casting illusions as well as observing how "authorities" respond to
subtle challenges beyond the status quo. The disguise will help
empower you to act "out of character;" besides, if you can't change
yourself how do you expect to change the reality around you?

-Center for Tactical Magic

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