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Subject: RHIZOME DIGEST: 11.4.05
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 10:24:23 -0800

RHIZOME DIGEST: November 4, 2005


1. Franziska Schroeder: Call for Presentations - A new international
performance conference
2. YProductions: ISEA2006 Edgy Products call
3. Indi McCarthy (via Marisa Olson): Job Opportunity at the Beall Center
4. mez breeze: Fwd: Sidebrow: Update & Call for Submissions
5. Carol Ann Wald (via Marisa Olson): Call for Works: The ELO Electronic
Literature Collection

6. rich white: trace
7. Michael Szpakowski: fresco

8. //jonCates: criticalartware interviews Dan Sandin!
9. basak senova: The Upgrade!Istanbul
10. Carlo Zanni book distributed by Cornerhouse

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From: Franziska Schroeder <franziska AT>
Date: Oct 28, 2005 11:07 AM
Subject: Call for Presentations - A new international performance conference

Sorry for X posting.
It didn't seem to get to rhizome when I last posted it..??

Two Thousand + SIX
<<< A new international conference focusing on performance in
technology mediated environments >>>

This new conference will kick off as part of the 2006 Sonorities Festival
of Contemporary Music (, hosted at the Sonic Arts
Research Center, Queen=92s University Belfast ( The
festival is the longest-running new music festival in Ireland that
presents cutting-edge new music and features some of the most
thought-provoking and controversial musicians.

The "mini-conference" aims to reflect the innovative approach of the
festival and will, for the first time, bring together performance
practitioners (from music, dance, theatre and new media), composers, and
theorists in order to discuss a wide variety of topics on performances
that are informed by new technologies.

The "mini-conference" is planned for Saturday, the 29th of April 2006 at
SARC in Belfast. Paper sessions will take place in the morning and the
afternoon, with two keynote speakers, a lunchtime performance and an
evening concert.

Keynote Speakers
Susan Broadhurst Sue is a writer and practitioner in the creative arts.
She is currently Subject Leader of Drama Studies at Brunel University. She
is the author of " Liminal Acts: A Critical Overview of Contemporary
Performance and Theory" (1999); "Digital Practices: A Critical Overview
and Neuroesthetic Approach to Performance and Technology (forthcoming,
2005), and "Performance and Technology: Practices of Virtual Embodiment
and Interactivity (forthcoming, 2006). Sue is also co-editor of the Body,
Space & Technology online journal.

Ben Watson. Wire contributor, Trotskyist and Zappaphile, Watson has
written extensively on themes such as pop culture, situationism, punk,
Adorno, Frank Zappa and improvisation. He is the author of "The Negative
Dialectics of Poodle Play", Derek Bailey and the Story of Improvisation,
and Art, Class and Cleavage.

Call for papers/presentations:
For this one-day conference we invite proposals for papers that reflect on
performance and technology.
As this is a short event, a maximum of 16 papers of 20 minutes duration
(plus question time) will be accepted.
Abstracts (max. 350 words) are due by the 15th of December 2005.
Presenters of accepted papers/presentations will be informed by the 15th
of January 2006.
The registration for the one-day event will be A340 (A315 unwaged). This
includes free access to all Sonorities Festival events on the 29th April

All accepted papers will be published online.

Further information on the conference will be posted in December 2005 on
the SARC website:

Submissions and all queries should be directed to:
f r a n z i s k a s c h r o e d e r


f r a n z i s k a s c h r o e d e r
Initiatrice of "Two Thousand + SIX"
Performance Technology Conference

franziska AT

Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music

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From: YProductions <mediachef AT>
Date: Nov 1, 2005 3:05 PM
Subject: ISEA2006 Edgy Products call


This is an invitation by the ISEA2006 Symposium and ZeroOne San Jose: A
Global Festival of Art on the Edge to groups and individuals to submit
proposals for exhibition of interactive art work and projects reflecting
on the thematic of Edgy Products. This is the first and only call for
artworks in this category.

Proposals Due: December 15th, 2005
Final Decisions: Feb 10, 2006


The consumer electronic device has become the standard currency of
technology in contemporary global culture. The light bulb and the home
sewing machine have bred and multiplied to fill every part of our homes,
offices, pockets and purses. They have colonized industry after industry:
publishing, photography, music, film, communications, and entertainment.
Consumer electronics have gradually colonized publication and photography,
music and film, communications and entertainment. With the constant
promise of increased efficiency, these devices may be seen as improvements
over previous techniques. But for every measure of ease or efficiency
there are secondary effects, artifacts, and renegotiations. Far from
being neutral, consumer products are powerful arguments for norms and
lifestyles, suggesting and facilitating specific ways of acting and being
in the world. Made by researchers and marketers working for corporations,
they form a sort of culture industry. And as Theodor Adorno suggested,
their products serve the interests of this industry as much as they serve
their users.

Artists and designers have tried to refigure the product, with varied
results: Modernist painters, for instance, often incorporated coffee
grinders or industrial aesthetics; Warhol even ran a factory. Electronic
artists, though, are in a unique position to develop functional
alternatives. Dunne and Raby have theorized a darker, more complicated
"design noir," comparing traditional products to the banality of Hollywood
film. Others have moved towards turning Consumer Off The Shelf (COTS)
tools into weapons for activism and non-violent political dissent. Such
projects acknowledge the importance of products to shape our lives, and
then use the idiom of an "edgy" product to offer alternatives, stage
critiques, or subvert market interests.

Edgy Products is a call for work by artists and designers who are
manipulating, hacking, subverting, queering, hijacking, recombining, or
reformulating the notion of product. We are looking for projects large
and small, for gallery installation or public intervention, for showing,
selling, or gifting.

Susan Joyce, Co-Chair
Chris Csikszentmihalyi, Co-Chair

Kelly Dobson
Anthony Dunne
Nathan Martin
Eddo Stern




If you have questions contact edgyproducts AT

Steve Dietz
Director, ZeroOne: The Network
Director, ISEA2006 Symposium +
ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge : August 7-13, 2006

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From: Marisa Olson <marisa AT>
Date: Nov 1, 2005 3:10 PM
Subject: Job Opportunity at the Beall Center

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Indi McCarthy <indi AT>
Date: Oct 31, 2005 4:28 PM
Subject: [BeallCenter] Job Opportunity at the Beall Center
To: beallcenter AT

The Beall Center for Art and Technology at UC Irvine seeks an energetic
individual with project management and computer/AV experience to fill the
position of Assistant Director. The Beall Assistant Director implements
all programming (exhibitions, residencies, and events) for the Beall
Center, is responsible for operations management of the Beall facility,
and oversees the financial and hiring transactions for the Center.

The mission of the Beall Center is to support research and exhibitions
that explore new relationships between the arts, sciences, and
engineering, and thus, promote new forms of creation and expression using
digital technologies. More information about the Center and its
programming can be found at

UCI offers excellent benefits including a minimum of 3 weeks vacation per
year. To be considered for this position, apply directly on-line at, click on Job Listings and Find Job. No. 2005-1203.
UCI is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to
excellence through diversity.

BeallCenter mailing list
BeallCenter AT

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From: mez breeze <netwurker AT>
Date: Nov 3, 2005 3:57 PM
Subject: Fwd: Sidebrow: Update & Call for Submissions

>Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2005 08:52:41 -0800 (PST)
>From: Sidebrow Editors <sidebrow AT>
>Subject: Sidebrow: Update & Call for Submissions
>To: sidebrow AT
>Sidebrow ( ? an online & print
>journal dedicated to innovation & collaboration ?
>seeks fiction, poetry, art, essay, ephemera, found
>text, & academia for its inaugural issue, as well as
>creative response to current posts and ongoing
>The first month of Sidebrow finds resonance among
>pieces by Jason Snyder & Chris Tysh; collaboration
>between Brett Evans & Chris Stroffolino; the
>inauguration of the Letters Project
>( under the
>guise of epistolary fiction from John Cleary & the
>poetry of Ed Skoog; as well as dub fiction from
>Lawrence Braithwaite & code poetry by Mez Breeze.
>Forthcoming will be caged narratives by Greg Mulcahy &
>Derek White, as kicked off by Ed Skoog's paean to "The
>World-Famous Topeka Zoo."
>As an online journal evolving toward print, Sidebrow
>provides a forum for exploring the collective & the
>singular in the literary arts. By taking an open-ended
>approach to its construction, Sidebrow expands on the
>traditional literary journal model, showcasing
>communally derived literary pieces alongside
>individual works.
>Sidebrow evaluates submissions both as stand-alone set
>pieces & as points of departure for collaboration with
>editors & fellow contributors. Writers whose
>submissions resonate with other pieces under
>evaluation will be contacted to participate in
>communal constructions based on their work. To open
>the assembly of each issue of Sidebrow, editors will
>post pieces periodically in hopes of stirring creative
>response. Submissions that re-imagine, depart from, or
>explore the interstices between posted pieces are
>highly encouraged. As a way of stimulating such
>submissions, editors will annotate potential fodder
>for response ( for
>most posted pieces.
>Given its desire to unlock what is common to disparate
>literary, artistic, & cultural pursuits, Sidebrow
>encourages the submission of both partial excerpts and
>fully formed works.

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From: Marisa Olson <marisa AT>
Date: Nov 4, 2005 8:39 AM
Subject: Fwd: Call for Works: The ELO Electronic Literature Collection

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Carol Ann Wald <wald AT>
Date: Nov 3, 2005 1:00 PM
Subject: Call for Works: The ELO Electronic Literature Collection


The Electronic Literature Organization <> seeks
submissions for the first Electronic Literature Collection. We invite the
submission of literary works that take advantage of the capabilities and
contexts provided by the computer. Works will be accepted until January
31, 2006. Up to three works per author will be considered.

The Electronic Literature Collection will be an annual publication of
current and older electronic literature in a form suitable for individual,
public library, and classroom use. The publication will be made available
both online, where it will be available for download for free, and as a
packaged, cross-platform CD-ROM, in a case appropriate for library
processing, marking, and distribution. The contents of the Collection will
be offered under a Creative Commons license so that libraries and
educational institutions will be allowed to
duplicate and install works and individuals will be free to share the disc
with others.

The editorial collective for the first volume of the Electronic Literature
Collection, to be published in 2006, is:

N. Katherine Hayles
Nick Montfort
Scott Rettberg
Stephanie Strickland

This collective will review the submitted work and select pieces for the

The editorial collectives for each volume will be chosen by the Electronic
Literature Organization's board of directors. The tentative editorial
collective for the second Collection, to be published in 2007, includes
Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Marjorie C. Luesebrink, and Noah Wardrip-Fruin.

Literary quality will be the chief criterion for selection of works. Other
aspects considered will include innovative use of electronic techniques,
quality and navigability of interface, and adequate representation of the
diverse forms of electronic literature in the collection as a whole.

For the first Collection, the collective will consider works up to 50 MB
in size, uncompressed. Works submitted should function on both Macintosh
OS X (10.4) and Windows XP. Works should function without requiring users
to purchase or install additional software. Submissions may require
software that is typically pre-installed on contemporary computers, such
as a web browser, and are allowed to use the current versions of the most
common plugins.

To have a work considered, all the authors of the work must agree that if
their work is published in the Collection, they will license it under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License
<>, which will permit
others to copy and freely redistribute the work, provided the work is
attributed to its authors, that it is redistributed non- commercially, and
that it is not used in the creation of derivative works. No other
limitation is made regarding the author's use of any work submitted or

To submit a work:

1) Prepare a plain text file with the following information:
a) The title of the work.
b) The names and email addresses of all authors and contributors of
the work.
c) The URL where you are going to make your .zip file available for us
to download. The editorial collective will not publish the address of
this file.
d) A short description of the work -- less than 200 words in length.
f) Any instructions required to operate the work.
g) The date the work was first distributed or published, or
"unpublished" if it has not yet been made available to the public.

2) Prepare a .zip archive including the work in its entirety. Include the
text file from step (1) at the top level of this archive, and name it

3) Upload the .zip file to a web server so that it is available at the
specified location.

4) Place all of the text in the "submisson.txt" file in the body of an
email and send it to collection AT with the name of the piece
being submitted included in the subject line.

The Electronic Literature Collection is supported by institutional
partners including the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (CPCW)
at the University of Pennsylvania, ELINOR: Electronic Literature in the
Nordic Countries, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
(MITH) at the University of Maryland, The Richard Stockton College of New
Jersey, and The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the
University of Minnesota.

Please forward this call to appropriate mailing lists and to individuals
who might be interested in submitting their work.

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From: rich white <rich AT>
Date: Nov 3, 2005 3:14 AM
Subject: trace

interactive flash movie made in response to michael szpakowski's motion
works best on firefox.

rich white

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From: Michael Szpakowski <szpako AT>
Date: Nov 3, 2005 5:47 PM
Subject: fresco

'fresco' - a generative movie

*allow pop ups
*sound on
* 2.5 Mb - most of that sound..


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From: //jonCates <joncates AT>
Date: Oct 31, 2005 5:06 PM
Subject: criticalartware interviews Dan Sandin!

criticalartware [application/platform/concern]


since the late 1960's Dan Sandin has developed artware systems integrating
digitial + analog computers, customized circuits,
home{brewed|built}-hardware, video games + virtualReality.

Sandin, a professor AT the University of Illinois at Chicago, founded the
Electronic Visualization Lab (EVL), created the Sandin Image Processor
(I.P.), developed the CAVE virtual reality (VR) system + various other
[artware systems/technologies/projects/pieces]. Dan Sandin's Image
Processor (built from 1971 - 1973) offered artists unprecedented abilities
to [create/control/affect/transform] video + audio data, enabling live
audio video performances that literally set the stage for current realtime
audio video art praxis. to facilitate
the open release of the plans for the Image Processor as an
[artware/system/toolset], Sandin + Phil Morton created the Distribution
Religion. as a predecessor to the open source movement in the tradition of
free software, this approach allowed artists to engage with these hardware
systems + continues to [interest/inspire] [artisits/developers]. in order
to honor the innovative {recent futures|parallel hystories} of the Image
Processor + the Distribution Religion, criticalartware has converted the
deadTree Distribution Religion into a single PDF file + a web-based
version, for release to the {criticalartware} community.

criticalartware interviews Dan Sandin, [discussing/illuminating] the
community + development of the early moments of video art in Chicago,
artware, performing live audio video, virtual reality, open source,
righteous NTSC outputs, the video revolution + the changes + similarities
that [bridge/differentiate] then && now. criticalartware freely offers
this interview as {text|audio|video} data to be downloaded via the
interweb + exchanged as shared cultural resources.

art.hystoricalUpdate now available:

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From: basak senova <basaksenova AT>
Date: Nov 1, 2005 3:17 PM
Subject: The Upgrade!Istanbul



The Upgrade!Istanbul, curated by Basak Senova, organized by NOMAD launches
on 24th of November at 17:00, santralistanbul.

The Upgrade! is a network of international monthly meetings in the field
of art and technology. Since 1999, The Upgrade! exists as forums for
artists, designers, critics, curators and educators who form the
communities in different cities to discuss and share knowledge. Current
nodes include Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Munich, NYC, Oklahoma City,
Scotland, Seoul, Sofia, Tel-Aviv, Istanbul, Vancouver and Toronto. Host
organisations include Eyebeam,, New Media Scotland, Art
Centre Nabi, The Western Front, The Society for Arts and Technology (SAT),
InterSpace, I-camp, DCA, CCA,, Art Interactive,
santralistanbul, and TUBE.

The Upgrade!Istanbul will be monthly gatherings of new media artists,
curators and other actors of digital culture in Istanbul.


24th of November 17:00- Introduction of Upgrade! Network and Upgrade!
Istanbul by Basak Senova, NOMAD
24th of November 17:30- A discussion on "interaction and performance" with
Aylin Kalem of TECHNE, Ilyas Odman and Irmak Arkman of KargART and Cetin
Sarikartal. Ilyas Odman and Irmak Arkman will present their latest
performance along with some documentaries from Skopje, Macedonia.

17:00 AT santralistanbul
silahtaraga - halic - istanbul



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From: <cz AT>
Date: Nov 3, 2005 9:35 AM
Subject: Carlo Zanni book distributed by Cornerhouse

Carlo Zanni's book is now on sale and world wide distributed by Cornerhouse

-VITALOGY a Study Of A Contemporary Presence-

ISBN 1900300494

Published on the occasion of Italian born Carlo Zanni's first solo show in
England at ICA, London (6 October ? 6 November 2005) this title features
Zanni's digital works (in many cases works aesthetically determined by a
data flux gathered in real time from the Internet). It takes the form of a
'project book', rather than a
catalogue and the main idea is to start a series of 35 volumes following
the historic "Enciclopedie" of Diderot and D'Alembert (probably the first
example of rhizomatic publication). This first volume, numbered VIII G
(read G8), is a light anthology of six Internet works done by the artist
in the past five years.

Contains six texts by Italian new media scholar Carlo Giordano where he
writes about the pieces, covering both technical and semiotic issues. Also
includes an introduction by ICA Director of Performing Arts and Digital
Media, Vivienne Gaskin.

English, Italian and Chinese text.

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