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Subject: RHIZOME DIGEST: 12.16.05
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 11:43:35 -0800

RHIZOME DIGEST: December 16, 2005


1. Amy Alexander: UC San Diego - Temporary Lecturer Positions

2. Eric Dymond: The Doorway Google Earth

3. Kate Armstrong: Upgrade Vancouver//with Jeremy Isao Speier
4. Marisa Olson: We Are All Together AT Artists Space
5. rick silva: 24 Hour Count: "a blog jam"
6. Gabriella Giannachi: Performing Presence: from the live to the simulated
7. shawn brixey: DXARTS Ph.D. Program, Applications Due Feb 3, 2006
8. 0100101110101101.ORG: United We Stand

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From: Amy Alexander <plagiari AT>
Date: Dec 10, 2005 6:30 PM
Subject: UC San Diego - Temporary Lecturer Positions

VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT, University of California, San Diego

We anticipate openings for temporary Lecturer positions in art
history/criticism (Western and Non-western), photo history, film history,
studio art (painting, sculpture, drawing, and hybrid practices), computing
in the arts, digital editing, film, video, photography, performance.
Appointments will likely be part-time, possibly full-time, from one
quarter up to one year, with the possibility of renewal. Positions
available beginning the 2006/2007 academic year contingent upon funding.
MFA and PhD preferred, but ABDs considered. The successful candidate will
demonstrate excellence in teaching and scholarship and/or professional
recognition. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and
based on published UC pay scales.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, names of three references
(do not send letters of recommendation and/or placement files), and
evidence of work in the field. This evidence may be in the form of slides,
tapes, publications and/or public lectures and should be accompanied by
return mailer and postage. Applications should be received by February 15,
2006 and addressed to:

Search Committee (POOL-S-06/07)
Department of Visual Arts (0327)
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0327

Please reference position number POOL-S-06/07 on all correspondence.
UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong
institutional commitment to the achievement and diversity among its
faculty and staff. Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S.
employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and
Control Act of 1986).

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From: Eric Dymond <dymond AT>
Date: Dec 14, 2005 10:16 PM
Subject: The Doorway Google Earth

The doorway earthwork can be seen via Google Earth at
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<kml xmlns="";>
<name>The Doorway</name>
<description>The physical location of the web art work, the doorway.</description>
you can download the kmz file from:
(requires the Google Earth plugin)
The earthwork is zoomable and still intact.
Eric Dymond
Dec 13, 2005

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From: Kate Armstrong <kate AT>
Date: Dec 11, 2005 6:58 AM
Subject: Upgrade Vancouver//with Jeremy Isao Speier

It's that time again!

At the Upgrade on Wednesday, December 14th at 8pm we will be hearing from
Jeremy Isao Speier. After the talk we'll adjourn to the Whip Gallery [209
east 6th avenue] for a little holiday drink. Join us for the last Upgrade
of 2005!

In his work Isao Speier manufactures objects using obsolete technologies,
creating new art forms and visual models. Isao Speier will talk about his
kinetic sculptures, which work with rudimentary technology and explore the
science of motion, space and time, and about the process of working with
electro - mechanical bodies of motion. He will also talk about his
background in film and painting, and show work from his installation,

Jeremy Isao Speier is a graduate of The Emily Carr College of Art &
Design. A Japanese-Canadian, Speier is an interdisciplinary artist who
works in film/video, new media, kinetic sculpture and sound, painting and
assemblage and installation. He is a Vancouver based artist and his work
has been exhibited in Canada in various group or solo exhibitions,
including at: The Red Head Gallery, Latitude 53, Access Artist Run Centre,
Vancouver New Music, p | m Gallery, Helen Pitt ARC, The Ministry of Casual
Living, Gallery 101, The Western Front.

When: Wednesday, December 14th at 8pm
Where: Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver, Canada
FREE! Everyone welcome.


On NowPublic:

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From: Marisa Olson <marisa AT>
Date: Dec 12, 2005 11:43 AM
Subject: We Are All Together AT Artists Space

Dear New York-area Rhizome readers,

I'd like to invite you to a show I've curated at Artists Space
(, called "We Are All Together: Media(ted) Performance,"
as part of their Empty Space with Exciting Events, in conjunction with the
Performa 05 biennial. (Yes, it's a mouthfull...)

The artists are Sabrina Gschwandtner + Cat Mazza, MTAA, Kate Pocrass,
Chris Sollars, and Lee Walton, and they are each showing work that
involves some sort of mediation--with viewers, computers, etc. The 'band
night' -slash- opening is this Weds (12/14) and Släang (aka Hector Ducci)
will give an a/v performance 7-9ish...

While most of the works involve internet-based collaboration, others
involve offline mediation within social networks. Thinking about the
similarities and differences within these two modes of production has been
an interesting process. I know that, on this list, we've been discussing
the ever-so-slightly increasing popularity/acceptance of new media; yet,
it's interesting to consider how the discourses of networks, platforms,
codes, protocols, and interfaces have carried themselves over to (or
perhaps been imported from, if not reciprocated) offline

Anyway, Artists Space is in Soho at 38 Greene, at Grand. It would be great
to see you there!


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Rhizome ArtBase Exhibitions

Visit "Net Art's Cyborg[feminist]s, Punks, and Manifestos", an exhibition
on the politics of internet appearances, guest-curated by Marina Grzinic
from the Rhizome ArtBase.

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From: rick silva <rick AT>
Date: Dec 14, 2005 4:40 AM
Subject: 24 Hour Count: "a blog jam"


"a blog jam"

The 24 Hour Count is a multi-media blog band made up of Colorado artists
Mark Amerika, Rick Silva, and Nathaniel Wojtalik. For this newly
commissioned 24-hour online blog performance, the artists will use a
variety of media including the Internet, mobile phones, digital video and
photo cameras, mini-disk recorders, musical instruments, and many computer
software programs to improvisationally remix, interpret, and respond to
current events while filtering their "digital readings" through the prism
of Count Lautréamont's "Songsof Maldoror," a classic French text written
in the 19th century and whom the Surrealists adopted as the progenitor of
their significant 20th century movement.

Sponsored by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Alt-X Online
Network, and the TECHNE lab at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the
artists performing this distributed multi-media blog performance will be
located in three different locations: Sydney, Australia, Boulder,
Colorado, and Scottsdale, Arizona. The event starts at

December 17th
14:00 MST/Arizona
16:00 EST
21:00 London
22:00 Berlin

December 18th
08:00 Sydney

For 24 hours straight, the three distributed artists will use the same
blogging website as the virtual location for their ongoing multi-media jam
session. The performance will coincide with the opening of the show in Scottsdale, and a living archive of the blog
jam site will remain online both in the gallery through May 14, 2006, and
on the web throughout the duration of the exhibition and beyond.

For more project info:

For more exhibition info:

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For the 2005-2006 Rhizome Commissions, eleven artists/groups were selected
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been provided by members of the Rhizome community.

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From: Gabriella Giannachi <g.giannachi AT>
Date: Dec 14, 2005 9:15 AM
Subject: Performing Presence: from the live to the simulated

Performing Presence: from the live to the simulated

A major AHRC-funded project managed by Nick Kaye (Exeter), Gabriella
Giannachi (Exeter), Michael Shanks (Stanford), Mel Slater (UCL).

Advance notice of public performance workshops

Performing Presence is a major, AHRC-funded international collaborative
research project running for four years from 1st September 2005.

The project brings together leading researchers from Drama, Archaeology,
and Computer Science, in collaboration with internationally known
performers and artists, to advance an understanding of the performer's
presence in live, electronically mediated and simulated performance.

Integral to the Performing Presence project is the Presence Project
Collaboratory, a state-of-the-art collaboratively authored web environment
hosted by Stanford University at
Our Exeter project website is at

Between February and June 2006, the Centre for Intermedia in the
Department of Drama at Exeter University we will be hosting six public
one-day practice-research workshops for a public audience conducted by
leading theatre and performance artists.

The workshop series will explore theatrical practices that engage with
performer-presence and range across multi-media performance, storytelling,
intercultural performer practice, performance art, site-specific theatre
and psychophysical performance.
All our workshops are free and open to a public audience.

Tim Etchells: 15 February 2006, 12.30-4.30.
Tim Etchells is Artistic Director of Forced Entertainment, one of the UK's
most influential companies working across performance, installation and

Phillip Zarrilli and Klaus Seewald: 1st March 2006, 12.30-4.30.
Phillip Zarrilli is internationally recognised for training actors using a
psychophysical process combining yoga, especially Hatha Yoga, and the
Asian martial arts Kalarippayattu and Tai Chi Ch'uan. He is professor of
Performance Practice at Exeter.
Phillip Zarrilli will conduct this workshop in collaboration with Klaus
Seewald of Theatre ASOU, Graz, Austria, whose work has been shown widely
across Europe and South America.

Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes: 8 March 2006, 12.30-4.30.
In a series of performances since 1999, Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes have
explored and studio-based practice as a mediation and transposition of
specific sites and events.

Vayu Naidu: 22 March 2006, 12.30-4.30.
With Vayu Naidu Company, Vayu Naidu's work explores and articulates the
presence of the narrative storyteller, transposing RASA, 'the essence of
performance,' toward the creation of performer presence

Details of how to reserve a place are available from

Further workshop dates and details of individual workshops will be
announced in the New Year.

Performing Presence also receives support from Exeter University, Stanford
University and University College London.

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From: shawn brixey <shawnx AT>
Date: Dec 14, 2005 4:35 AM
Subject: DXARTS Ph.D. Program, Applications Due Feb 3, 2006

Ph.D. Program in Digital Arts and Experimental Media

University of Washington

The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the
University of Washington in Seattle is seeking strong applications for its
new path-breaking Ph.D. program. DXARTS is an autonomous degree granting
Center in the College of Arts and Sciences at the UW. The new Ph.D.
program embraces an expansive range of digital and experimental arts
practice and research across multiple disciplines. Faculty and students in
DXARTS work both in established areas of experimental arts such as Digital
Video, Physical Computing, Mechatronics, Computer Music and Sound Art,
Computer Animation, Telematics, etc., as well as pursue innovative areas
of arts research and creative context that have no media allegiance or
historical precedent. Creative work underway in DXARTS draws from all
combination of arts and sciences, and actively seeks the invention of
completely new domains of arts practice.

The deadline for receipt of complete applications for the Ph.D. program is
February 3rd, for Fall 2006 admission. Though DXARTS highly encourages
applications from all interdisciplinary fields of experimental arts
practice, special attention will be focused this application cycle to
artists whose backgrounds include instrests and strong skill sets in,
computer programming, data acquisition, 3-D modeling, cnc machining, rapid
prototyping, mechatronics, robotics and networked environments.
International students should apply as soon as possible due to the extra
administrative time needed to process these applications.

For more information about DXARTS including a complete description of the
Ph.D. program, instructions for application, funding, and other
particulars, see:

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From: 0100101110101101.ORG <Propaganda AT>
Date: Dec 15, 2005 10:24 AM
Subject: United We Stand


United We Stand
0100101110101101.ORG's fake movie hits the streets of your city ...and
your mind

"United We Stand. Europe has a mission" is the punchy title of the
non-existent, fully EU-produced Hollywood-style blockbuster: "A brilliant
mix of espionage and sci-fi political stereotypes in which Europe, not the
USA, saves the world from impending doom". The project that consists in
the invention and promotion of this nonexistent movie is hitting public
and media space all over the world through city-scale urban installations
and viral communication tactics.

Isn't there something odd about this poster?

The streets of Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, Bangalore and New York have
been plastered with thousands of posters of this fake movie, in the first
stage of a long-term communication strategy that began in late 2005 and
will gradually cover the whole media spectrum from blogs to magazines and
TV. Full page United We Stand ads have been spotted all over Europe, in
magazines devoted to art, youth culture and life styles. More are to come.
"I'd heard about this new project - comments Spanish art critic Nilo
Casares - but it was only when I saw the poster at the entrance of the
European Parliament that I understood what 0100101110101101.ORG meant"

"United We Stand" the movie

It is the year 2020. With the excuse of halting North Korea's nuclear arms
proliferation, the USA has declared war on China - a development long
expected by international analysts.
"We have a problem. Make that two: America and China", with these words,
the European president calls for the intervention of a special Task Force:
an undercover emergency team composed of five highly trained individuals
only known as the English, the French, the German, the Italian and the
Spanish agents. Their mission: to work behind the scenes to resolve the
international crisis before it's too late and disarm the two superpowers
without resorting to brute force.
"The power of the United States is a thing of the past - claims the French
Task Force agent - How can you go around like John Wayne in a globalized
world, where anything you do affects everything and everyone? In the
networked world that we live in, the European model is fated to win".
Through international espionage, hi-tech sabotage and after many ups and
downs, the Task Force comes close to achieving its aim. But when victory
is within their sight, the mission apparently fails. How will Europe
resolve the international crisis?

The European Dream. Propaganda for the 21st century?

United We Stand touches on themes of subliminal art, cultural propaganda
and European identity, clashing against expectations and exploding
cultural stereotypes. "Everyone remembers Peter Fonda in Easy Rider - says
0100101110101101.ORG's Eva Mattes - nobody is surprised by a leather
jacket with an American flag, while the same jacket with a European flag
would only make you laugh". Why is the patriotic iconography of the USA
commonly accepted, while when it is applied to Europe it completely
changes its meaning and actually becomes ludicrous?
Like Mattes' previous large-scale work Nike Ground, United We Stand
provokes an unexpected wave of collective hallucination where
over-identification, falsehood and consequent disclosure are key elements
that foster critical thinking and provoke discussion around a topic.
"How do people perceive recent geo-political developments in Europe? -
asks Nilo Casares - Is the European Dream the human and social project we
will have to comply with? The issue is not whether or not people would
like to see United We Stand; whether real or fake, this movie is a
brilliant representation of the 'zeitgeist'"

Public disclosure

Since December 10th, Postmasters Gallery in New York has been the first of
a series of art venues to host the disclosed side of the United We Stand
project. The exhibition will run parallel to the ongoing communication
strategy. "We are working simultaneously on this double track, the
"fictional" and the "real" - explains Franco Mattes - in this sense,
spectators in the gallery who are aware of the multiple layers are passive
voyeurs, while the unaware "spectator", or passerby, is actually part of
the artwork".

About the authors

Eva and Franco Mattes - internationally known as 0100101110101101.ORG -
are a couple of restless European con-artists who use non-conventional
communication tactics to obtain the largest visibility with the minimum
effort. Past works include inventing and promoting a nonexistent artist;
spreading a computer virus as a work of art; challenging and defeating
Nike Corporation in a legal battle for a fake advertising campaign.


To contact Eva and Franco Mattes: Contact AT 0100101110101101.ORG


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