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Subject: RHIZOME DIGEST: 9.2.05
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2005 15:56:30 -0700

RHIZOME DIGEST: September 2, 2005


1. Francis Hwang: Director of Technology's report, August 2005

2. mac AT Media Art Conference 2006 Call for Papers
3. Nanette Wylde: cfp:
4. Charlotte Frost: MELT: up to £50k R&D awards for creative media
5. bob sweeny: call for artwork that deals with censorship

6. Jason Van Anden: you can adopt ascii chewy

7. Soil Media Suite: Exhibition Announcement; Transduction

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From: Francis Hwang <francis AT>
Date: Sep 1, 2005 3:13 PM
Subject: Director of Technology's report, August 2005

Hi all,

Here's my monthly roundup of big technical things that happened on the
site in the last month:

1. Location by City
We've rolled out selecting location by City. This is selected based on
current populations of Rhizome Members who have opted in to the Location
feature on the country level, and have entered a city as well. Right now
there are cities that can be selected for:

+ Australia
+ Canada
+ France
+ Germany
+ Italy
+ The Netherlands
+ Spain
+ United Kingdom
+ United States

We're planning on reviewing these regularly, to add more cities as they
become necessary.

See the full list at

If you're a Member, you can set your location by going to .

And, of course, if you're not a Member, you can become one at .

2. Front page RSS

If you want to follow the front page in an RSS reader, you can do that here:

3. Optimizations

Our web traffic has started to climb steadily since we changed our
Membership policy in May, and some of you may have noticed the site
getting a little slower. I'm keeping close tabs on it, making frequent
tweaks to many different pages to speed the site up.

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome

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From: mac AT <mac AT>
Date: Aug 27, 2005 10:32 AM
Subject: Media Art Conference 2006 Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Do we have an Image Problem?
Performance and Media Art caught between Art History and Visual Culture

The first Media Art Conference in Osnabrück will take place from the 15th
to the 17th of May 2006 as a three-day specialist symposium at the
University of Osnabrück and is sponsored by Department of Kultur- und
Geowissenschaften. It will be held immediately following the 19th European
Media Art Festival (EMAF, 10th to 14th May 2006), one of the largest media
art events in Europe.

The conference will focus on the growing affinity between art forms
produced, experienced and distributed by the media on the one hand and the
highly debated iconic or pictorial turn on the other. One of the central
issues will be to question whether the recently developed aesthetic
terminology can sufficiently deal with the time- and action-oriented art
forms of performance and media art.

In addition to a number of distinguished experts invited to present
papers, the speakers will include young scholars as well as contributors
selected on the basis of the abstracts they submitted to this call for

Enclosed you will find further information concerning the background and
objectives of the conference. Please do not hesitate to ask us questions
at any time.

We would be very pleased to include you among the speakers or authors for
our planned publication.

Topics for Talks and Articles

1. Performance and media art in the context of the contemporary
debate between art history and Visual Culture Studies and where art
history is positioning itself in relation to Visual Culture Studies, Media
Studies and Cultural History.
2. Media art, art history?s cultural orientation and the scientific
modus operandi given the wide range of methodologies and the overlap of
3. Examples of art historical and media studies descriptions and
analysis of performance and media art.

In addition to a description of content, the abstracts for papers (c. 400
words) should clearly demonstrate both their relevance to the theme of the
conference and their originality.

A publication of the conference findings is planned. All contributions
will be considered.

Please submit your abstracts by 30 October 2005 to the EMAC office:

Media Art Conference Osnabrück
Universität Osnabrück
Fachbereich Kultur- und Geowissenschaften
Katharinenstraße 5
49069 Osnabrück

Juniorprofessor Dr. Slavko Kacunko (Organisation)
skacunko AT

Priv. Doz. Dr. Habil. Dawn Leach (Organisation)
dr.leach AT

Björn Brüggemann (Büro)
bjbruegg AT

Phone: +49 (0)541 969-6041
Fax: +49 (0)541 969-4103


The first Media Art Conference in Osnabrück will direct attention to
timely questions confronting art history, in particular the multimedia
aspects concerning the production, critical appraisal and dissemination of
performance and media art. Thus the following aspects will be addressed:

· art history?s repositioning itself in relation to Visual Culture
Studies, Media Studies and Cultural history

· the development of a modus operandi which takes into consideration
a wide range of methodologies and the interpenetration of different genres

· the description and analysis of media art in the face of the
instable status of the work concept in Media Art, and art in general

The key issues to be addressed by the first Media Art Conference in
Osnabrück can be summarised by the following question:
Given the increasingly complex demands which the wide range of visual,
media, critical, performance, cultural and gender studies exert on the
teaching and research environment, how can the history of art maintain its
ability to deal aptly with representations, new media and art and
simultaneously incorporate interdisciplinary strategies?

By focussing on time- and action-oriented art forms, the traditional
discourse will be broadened to include the following questions: Can an
(inter)active beholder play an integral role in the making of a work of
art without jeopardising its intrinsic artistic value or reducing the
?autonomy of the work of art? to a mere attribute? Where exactly do
performance and media art fit into the already inflated body of
terminology for denoting images?

A glance at the large number of university graduates dealing with art and
visual culture (Berlin, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, Basel) documents the current
popularity of the image-discourse. Similarly, the flood of specialist
literature in recent years as well as related conferences (e.g. Art
Historians Day, Bonn 2005) confirm this trend.

If we take a look at the origins of performance and media art in the 1960s
and 1970s and the subsequent development of the iconic/pictorial turns,
the suspicion arises that recent efforts to expand the boundaries of art
history to absorb current visual culture occurred in part to circumvent
the challenges posed by these new art forms.

By investigating art forms which defy traditional definition while
exploring the definitions themselves, this conference will attempt to
graft these two ambivalent discourses. At the same time it will lay the
foundations for a reinterpretation of the relevant academic fields. An
impressive series of arguments presented by artists, art historians and
experts in media studies address the need to conjoin these conflicting
fields of study.

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From: Nanette Wylde <nanl AT>
Date: Aug 29, 2005 11:07 AM
Subject: cfp:
Annual Exhibition of Net.Art
call for participation

The Electronic Arts Program at California State University Chico will hold
its annual virtual exhibition of in December 2005.

We are looking for recent, interesting and excellent time-based and
interactive art projects created for the Internet arena.

Interactive, non-static, engaging, provocative & stimulating
projects made 2004 or later. Open theme.

No commercial, design, portfolio or traditional media sites please.

Submission Deadline: September 25, 2005
Email project URL, brief description/statement, creators to:
chicoartnet2 AT

Selected projects will be expected to maintain their accessibility &
location through May 2006.

Launch date: December 1, 2005 2004 featured works by Lionello Borean + Chiara Grandesso,
Katie Bush, David Crawford, Carla Diana, Robert J. Krawczyk, Geoffrey
Thomas, and Jody Zellen.

Produced by The Electronic Arts Program, California State University Chico
Department of Art & Art History

Apologies for any cross postings.

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For the 2005-2006 Rhizome Commissions, eleven artists/groups were selected
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The Rhizome Commissions Program is made possible by support from the
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From: Charlotte Frost <charlotte AT>
Date: Sep 1, 2005 3:24 PM
Subject: MELT: up to £50k R&D awards for creative media innovation.

MELT: up to £50k R&D awards for creative media innovation.

Emerging media platforms and communication forms are generating a
phenomenaldemand for innovative creative programming. But where is this
content going to come from? MELT is a new £1m programme which gives annual
R&D individual grants of up to £50k to leading media, artistic and
technical talent to explore the creative and economic possibilities of new
and emerging media platforms ? for example iTV, broadband, wireless,
wearable, mobile and locative media.

Melt is for any British or International Creative Media Company or
Individual working with Creative South Yorkshire partners. For information
about Melt please contact Lucy Wurstlin and Andi Stamp:
melt AT

To find out how to make an irresistible Melt proposal please go to:

Charlotte L.Frost

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From: bob sweeny <bob AT>
Date: Sep 1, 2005 3:27 PM
Subject: call for artwork that deals with censorship

Looking for artwork that deals with the topic of censorship, for a show to
be held on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus in January 2006.
Will accept any media. Please send images of completed work, or plans for
installation/performance pieces. Particular interest in work dealing with
recent images from Abu Ghraib, the Iraq War, and contemporary mass-media
in general.

Images should either be slides/transparencies or digital, preferably JPEG
format on CD-ROM. Send minimum of three images, CV, brief statement, and
return envelope with postage to:

Dr. Robert Sweeny
115 Sprowls Hall
470 S. Eleventh St.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15705-1087

Submission will also be accepted via email (preferred). Send to:
sweeny AT Deadline is November 15th, 2005. Accepted work will be due
no later than December 15th, 2005.

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From: Jason Van Anden <jason AT>
Date: Aug 31, 2005 6:19 AM
Subject: you can adopt ascii chewy

Hi Again,

I am not sure if its ascii fatigue or what but I did not get much of a
response from my posting about my new piece: ascii chewy. Perhaps I did
not describe it well enough - so I will take another shot:

"ascii chewy" is an ascii based emotive life form and improvisational
comic strip that dwells within your browser.

Its written entirely in javascript. It is intended to be adopted and
hosted via iframes on OPS (other people's sites). Chewy's behavior will
become more articulate and interesting as I have the time to add to his
re-pet-oire. I am offering him to non-commercial websites for free via a
Creative Commons license.

Everything you need to know about this can be found here:

ascii chewy does not require powerpoint.

Which one of you early adopters would like to be the earliest?

Jason Van Anden

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From: Soil Media Suite <ngsoil1 AT>
Date: Aug 27, 2005 10:24 AM
Subject: Exhibition Announcement; Transduction

Marc Fournel

Soil Digital Media Suite
Cache-Cachet Series

August 27th - September 24th, 2005
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 27th at 8:00 pm
Artist will be in attendance

1856 Scarth Street, Regina, Sask., Canada
Neutral Ground

Transduction is an immersive environment that makes use of small spherical
electronic interfaces in an audio installation. Within the installation,
the interfaces lie spread about here and there on the floor, awaiting
interaction. By manipulating the spheres, users trigger the creation and
the distribution of sounds. The characteristics of the sounds (frequency,
tonality, and pitch) are modulated by the position of each sphere and by
the spatial relationship between the interfaces.

Transduction uses the new local positioning system (LPS) prototype
developed by Ubisense, (Cambridge, England). This LPS continuously
transmits the spatial position (X,Y,Z) of each sphere. The system that
integrates this LPS is also able to give a reading of the spin of each
ball and it position relative to the other spheres. The sound architecture
is programmed with Pure Data. The work takes as its starting point the
desire for physical and psychological transference, where actions are
guided by a constant permutation of states into real or imagined spaces.
Existing in a world where finding our references is an obligation,
Transduction places itself in a state of constant instability.

For the last five years, Montréal-based artist, Marc Fournel, has
developed new, interactive audio-video installations. His installations
generally offer the possibility to create or generate video and audio
content by analyzing the position and the movement in space.

The artist gratefully acknowledges funding support from La Fondation
Daniel Langlois pour l'Art, la Science et la Technologie, le Conseil des
Arts et des Lettres du Québec, The Canada Council for the Arts, le CIAM,
and the Media Arts Commissioning Program of the Canada Council for the
Arts through Oboro. The artist would like to thank Christina Oltmann,
Thomas-Ouellette Fredericks, Laure Ottman, Serge Provencher, Ubisense and
Vitamin Bezeihungen.

Soil acknowledges funding support from the Canada Council for the Arts,
the Department of Canadian Heritage, Cultural Spaces Program & Arts
Presentation Canada, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the City of Regina Arts
Commission, Sask Lotteries Trust, and SMPIA.

Brenda Cleniuk, Director/Curator

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