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Subject: RHIZOME DIGEST: 11.15.06
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 15:29:00 -0800

RHIZOME DIGEST: November 15, 2006


1. Scott Hall: Assistant/Associate Professor of Sculpture, UCF, Orlando, Florida USA
2. marije AT open call - netporn seminar
3. Marieke Istha: CALL: ARTIST in RESIDENCE [AiR] 2007
4. Juliet Davis: Tenure-Track Faculty Position - University of Tampa
5. propaganda AT MAKEART2007 - CALL FOR PROJECTS - performances, installations and lectures

6. tanja AT VJ Night at 911 Media Arts Center, Nov 16 AT 7:30pm
7. Luis Silva: Upgrade! Lisbon in November
8. G.H. Hovagimyan: Trauma, Performance and Documentary
9. Marisa Olson: 13 Most Beautiful Avatars

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10. Just opened: "net pedagogies?" curated by bob sweeny

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From: Scott Hall <shall AT>
Date: Nov 10, 2006
Subject: Assistant/Associate Professor of Sculpture, UCF, Orlando, Florida USA

The University of Central Florida Art Department seeks a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor of Sculpture. Successful applicant will have strong technical skills, maintain sculpture facilities and equipment, facilitate object making alongside contemporary issues and practices, and expedite collaborations. The Department offers BFA degrees in studio, graphic design, and animation, as well as BA degrees in studio and art history, and the MFA studio degree. The Department has twenty-five professionally active faculty members, 500 hundred art majors, and a fine arts press.

Candidates must hold a MFA degree and demonstrate a strong background in teaching. Duties will include research, service, and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Applicants must submit in hard copy a letter of application highlighting creative and research interests, teaching interests, and teaching philosophy; complete curriculum vitae; unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work; CDs, DVDs, and/or slides showing substantial representational samples of professional work; 20 reproductions of student work; and complete contact information for five professionals with current knowledge of the applicant's abilities as a teacher and/or colleague. Current written references and official transcripts will be required of finalists only. Completed applications should be postmarked no later than January 5, 2007.

Send materials to: Professor Brady Robinson, Search Committee Chair; Department of Art; University of Central Florida; P.O. Box 161342; Orlando, FL 32816-1342.

UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. UCF makes all selection procedures and application materials, including transcripts, available for public review upon request.

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From: marije AT <marije AT>
Date: Nov 13, 2006
Subject: open call - netporn seminar

Open Call for Contributions
( C ) lick Me
A manifestation about internet pornography

Dates: June 1 & 2 2007
Location: Paradiso, Amsterdam
Organized by: Paradiso and the Institute of Network Cultures in collaboration with Katrien Jacobs and Matteo Pasquinelli

Paradiso and the Institute of Network Cultures would like to invite you to send in your work for ( C ) lick Me, an international manifestation on internet pornography. This edition will focus on topics as commerce vs. individual, (gender) identity, social and ethnic minority groups, politics and censorship. ( C ) lick Me will take place in Amsterdam on June 1 & 2 in 2007. We are currently looking for people who are working on the subject of pornography and sexuality and would like to present their work to an international audience. If you are a theorist, artist, researcher, producer or in another way engaged in the field of netporn, we encourage you to send in an abstract of your work.

The event will take place on Friday June 1st and Saturday June 2nd. On both days opening lectures will be held by keynote speakers. After the keynote lectures, each day will be filled with clusters of presentations and lectures concerning one of the four themes. In the evening of the second day there will be an extensive artistic program with screenings, performances and installations.

Four main themes shall be used as focus points for the presentations:

- The revolution of alt pornography: in what way has alternative and do-it-yourself pornography democratized porn production? What are the reactions of the commercial industry? How does it influence our perception of porn?
- Porn niches and trans gender: stereotypical social divisions with groups like hetero, gay, transsexual and transgender seem to matter less and less. What new revolutionary identities are arising? Are old patterns making way for a larger network of sexual possibilities?
- Globalization of porn and the influence of ethnic minorities: this session wants to define the way various ethnical groups make use of the possibilities of porn. In what way do they they shape their own sexuality, making use of new technologies like the Internet?
- Politics of netporn; censorship, new rights and nightmares: Porn is subject of repression (censorship) as well as progression (emancipation, liberalization). Where do we draw the line? What are the newly acquired rights that we already got out of this still expanding subject?

During this manifestation, we want to give an in-depth look and sharper focus, based on the four themes that are provided. The organisation aims to create an atmosphere where people from different backgrounds can meet and exchange views on the topics that are raised.

Significant dates
Deadline for submission abstract (250 words) and biography (100 words): 30 November 2006

Submit to: marije AT

Acceptance notification:
21 December 2006

Further enquiries: marije AT

Institute of Network Cultures
Katrien Jacobs
Matteo Pasquinelli

Paradiso Amsterdam

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From: Marieke Istha <istha AT>
Date: Nov 14, 2006
Subject: CALL: ARTIST in RESIDENCE [AiR] 2007



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in brief:
residency period 3 months
dates from March 2007
location Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Netherlands Media Art Institute is pleased to announce an open call for the Spring 2007 round of its Artist in Residence (AiR) program.

The AiR programme at the Netherlands Media Art Institute aims to support the exploration and development of new work in digital/interactive/network media and technology based arts practice. The residency provides time and resources to artists in a supportive environment to facilitate the creation of new work that is produced from an open source perspective. We encourage a cross disciplinary and experimental approach. This is a practice based residency designed to enable the development and completion of a new work.

Our focus for this open call is on open source interactive installation art, in which the following occurs:
- interaction between tools and/or software
- interaction between tools and artwork
- interaction between audience and artwork

The Netherlands Media Art Institute offers an open environment with technical assistance and an active advisory board which will give feedback and support in technical, conceptual and presentation issues. There is access to studio and exhibition equipment, technical support from the Institutes staff and production help from interns. The technical staff is specialized and has good contacts with programmers of the following software, a.o.: PD/PDP, Blender, Dynebolic, Linux. We expect the artist to have knowledge and insight in the technical realization of the concept.

It is integral to the mission of the AiR program that artists participate in presenting their work in a public form appropriate to their project. This can include gallery installations, demonstrations of research in progress, panel discussions, on-line projects, or multimedia performances, in addition to open studio events and workshops. For this reason we ask that artists include in their proposal possible examples of how they might like to present their work publicly.

At this moment the Netherlands Media Art Institute provides in travel costs. It doesnt provide accommodation for artists living outside of Amsterdam. However, we are willing to help the search but cannot guarantee a place for living.

Application using the application form can be send to:
Netherlands Media Art Institute
Artist in Residence
c/o Annet Dekker
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
the Netherlands

For more information about past residents and their projects, see our website at Research

Application Form can be found on our website // Research /// AiR

Netherlands Media Art Institute
Montevideo / Time Based Arts
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
T +31 (0)20 6237101
F +31 (0)20 6244423

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From: Juliet Davis <julietdavis AT>
Date: Nov 14, 2006
Subject: Tenure-Track Faculty Position - University of Tampa

The Communication Department at the University of Tampa invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in New Media, beginning fall 2007.

The ideal candidate will have an MFA or Ph.D. (or be near completion) with a background in critical theory in the humanities and be able to teach both theory and studio practice in new media, including courses in visual culture, Web and video production. The candidate should show promise in scholarship that includes exhibition and/or publication and be able to contribute to curriculum development in both the Department of Communication and the interdisciplinary Electronic Media Art & Technology (EMAT) program. A spirit of collaboration and openness to interdisciplinary work are vital for faculty working in these areas.

The University of Tampa is a top-tier school among private southern universities. Currently the largest and fastest-growing department at the university, the Communication Department is well equipped with media labs and features internationally known faculty in filmmaking, television, radio, and new media, as well as journalism, advertising, and public relations. The department collaborates in interdisciplinary programs with many other departments, including English, Art, and Information Technologies Management.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, CV, a one-page teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, a one-page statement about scholarship interests, contact information for three references, and documentation of past work samples (publications and/or exhibitions).

Applicants received after December 12, 2006, may not receive full consideration.

Mail to: The University of Tampa, Human Resources, c/o Com New Media Search, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606-1490 or apply on-line at

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tampa is an EOE/AA employer.

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From: propaganda AT
Date: Nov 14, 2006
Subject: MAKEART2007 - CALL FOR PROJECTS - performances, installations and lectures

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CALL FOR PROJECTS - performances, installations and lectures

Make Art is an international festival dedicated to the integration of free/libre and open source software in electronic arts.

The second edition of Make Art will take place in Poitiers (FR), from the 2nd to the 8th of April 2007.

Make Art offers performances, exhibitions, lectures and workshops, focused on the blurred line between art and software programming. The event is dedicated to artists who create their own tools, and apply the same rules to art as to free software development.

We're currently seeking new, innovative FLOSS based works and projects: performances, lectures, software presentations, installations...

Our focus is on works that involve innovative tools for artists, artificial intelligence/life, open hardware myths and realities and human machine interaction.

Please copy/paste the application form ( in your favorite email client, fill it and send it to us with attached documents at: makeart2007 -at- goto10 -dot- org

DEADLINE : Saturday 9th of December 2006

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From: tanja AT
Date: Nov 13, 2006
Subject: VJ Night at 911 Media Arts Center, Nov 16 AT 7:30pm

Hosted by VJ scobot
Musical Direction by Hyasynth

Every 3rd Thursday of every Month

Kick off night: Thu, Nov 16, 7:30-10:30pm

Come join us for our first VJ Night at 911 Media Arts Center with special guest KillingFrenzy. Half social, half showcase the VJ Night is both a regular meeting point for VJs, DJs, and everyone who is fascinated by this highly artistic medium as well as a showcase of some of the best work of local talents. VJing as an emerging art form has yet to find a home in Seattle (in the US as a matter of fact) outside of the regular club scene and we have set out to change that. Every month we invite local artists to share their work and talk about their craftwhat they do, why they do it and how they do it. We are excited to provide a forum for audiovisual creatives to meet, share, and enjoy the art of VJing.

For more information, please contact VJ scobot (alias Scott Bennett) at vjnight AT

About VJ scobot:
VJ scobot is currently the resident VJ at the See Sound Lounge (Belltown) where he performs every Friday and Saturday night alongside some of the top DJs on the West Cost. He also produces content and performances for corporate events including such clients as: The Pacific NW Ballet, Microsoft, Midway, CoCA and Nordstrom.
His style can best be described as "visual jazz", for its live, improvisational spirit. "My goal is to manifest the music - visually - not just where the beat begins and ends, but to express the spaces between the beats, using the motion within the motion of the video clip to capture the visceral feel of the music. It is an organic reaction to the music - how the music moves me, is what I try to express on the screen." For more information about VJ scobot and to check out clips of his work, please visit: or

About Hyasynth:
Hyasynth (alias Karen Baskett) is a resident with De La Crme Soundsystem, and is working hard to keep the electronic music scene alive in Seattle. A recent transplant from NYC, Hyasynth has been a DJ for 5 years and experiments with various genres of music. Her specialty is club-style house music, but her collection is quite diverse. Currently she holds residencies at Merchants Caf and Docs Lounge, and is working on the release of her fifth live mix.
As a former professional dancer & figure skater, Karen understands the impact of the right song at the right time with a live audience. She enjoys playing with VJs because of the magic that happens when technology meets improvisation, and is excited to help bring more recognition to this art form here in the US. For more info about Hyasynth please visit

About KillingFrenzy:
Leo Mayberry, based in Seattle, has been coordinating and performing live video for the last six years. Projects have varied from mod nights to explorations with improvisational conquistadors Steve Fisk and Greg Gilmore. Developing custom applications in Max/MSP/Jitter and amassing an eclectic catalog of sources to draw from has allowed the flexibility to thrive in environments from gothic ambience to breakcore

What is a VJ?
A VJ is a performance artist who manipulates video imagery, LIVE, on large displays and projections, often at concerts, nightclubs and music festivals. A VJ uses video in much the same way that a DJ mixes records. The techniques and equipment vary but the basic principles remain the same (e.g. selecting, cross fading, scratching, cutting and sampling). Some VJs concentrate on just visuals, mixing and manipulating video or film in tandem with a DJ, others incorporate audio with their visuals to create stunning, multilayered audio visual experiences.

Save the Dates:
Thu, Dec 21
Thu, Jan 18
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From: Luis Silva <silva.luis AT>
Date: Nov 14, 2006
Subject: Upgrade! Lisbon in November

16.11.06: Herwig Turk, Paulo Pereira and Gunter Stoger

19:00 AT Lisboa20 Arte Contemporanea
Rua Tenente Ferreira Durao 18B (Campo de Ourique)

Blindspot is an interdisciplinary research project about perception, developed by Herwig Turk, Dr. Paulo Pereira and Gnter Stger in cooperation with Beatriz Cantinho, Brbel Buck, Patrcia Almeida, and Dr. Miguel Castelo Branco. The project aims at investigating perception in a broader context as well as its circumstances, its determinants and its contingencies. The proceedings in the research laboratories in vision sciences are translated into different settings, thereby creating a meta-language that crosses traditional boundaries between science and art. At the same time, a new heterotopic space for experimentation is created where objects, gestures and language separated from their supporting context gain new dimensions. The approach used by the authors adopts the formal structure of a research project, starting with the hypothesis that Science represents an imperfect means whereby perception is used as a privileged means o assess reality (an improved means to an unimproved!
end, Thoreau)

The overall approach of Blindspot is based on a long-term interchange of knowledge methods and proceedings of sciences and arts. Perception is the process whereby sensory stimulation is translated into organized experience, Encyclopaedia Britannica). Vision sciences tend to focus on the process of sensory stimulation: from the eye to the brain or from the photon to the image. The anatomical, physiological, neurological and biochemical research can convey the means to gather a great amount of information that agglomerates in large volumes and treaties. However precise, a vast amount of information is neglected or is actively translocated to a place outside of the laboratory by the application of the scientific methods and procedures. What remains, are contaminations from the outside world and are largely the subject-matter of this interdisciplinary project. Within the project perception is defined as a proposition that includes the organized experience within and among various human and non-human elements. These elements connect and communicate through incidents and create a reality that can only be understood in a very limited timeframe.

The method used by the research team relies on a strong interaction and interference between the organic elements and the instances that contextualize the received information. One cannot say where the Organ ends and the processing starts! (Oswald Wiener).

These interactions are highly variable and strongly depend on individual dispositions and environmental factors. Thus, a real world exists just as a helpful construction to interpret ephemeral individual perceptions.

Individual perception cannot be observed or interpreted as isolated, but rather as something that is distributed within group structures (persons, objects, environments). Each individual perceives himself and his daily environment through the reflections and reactions of others. Every single person is connected to a floating system of information and a clear line cannot be draw to separate individuals from others nor from their own surroundings.

Science aims at a universal language supported by inertia referential. The scientific language is highly coded and the associations between words, concepts and the corresponding entities in the real world are often blurred by the complex system of references used. The scientific systems of references include necessarily established conventions comparable to GMT (Greenwich mean time) or the null meridian, in an attempt to identify standards that make measurements possible and universal.

A main goal in this project is to identify calibration standards and reference points that are critical in influencing individual perception. Once such points of reference are identified they can be easily manipulated by deconstructing its own fundaments and by displacing them into a different context/setting. This approach questions the fallibility of the scientific conventions and highlights the importance and contribution of social and individual constructions (constellations) to what is perceived as a scientific through or a scientific fact. More importantly, the founding elements and corner stones of the scientific method are man-made and became less abstract as the project emphasizes and brings to center-stage those structural elements that are both invisible and thought of as - infallible in daily scientific routines.

This goal can be accomplished by a variety of procedures, including the dislocation of both observer and object of observation to different scenarios where common references are no longer obvious and where the elements that support perception are often absent. Experimentally, this approach creates the field where different categories of knowledge meet and reveals the interdisciplinary nature of the project.

A monthly gathering of new media artists, curators and interested people, curated by Luis Silva and held in Lisbon, at Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporanea.
If youre interested in presenting, please email me at silva.luis AT

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From: G.H. Hovagimyan <ghh AT>
Date: Nov 15, 2006
Subject: Trauma, Performance and Documentary

Disaster images become pornography almost by default, anyway theres no honest way to approach the place of trauma without being implicated in it somehow. This feeling of being implicated in the disaster and its aftermath has to do with the appearance of the diagram. The strange thing is that the diagram rears its strange head in a field its not supposed to be in, the predictable graphic software space. In an awareness that is already assuming (consuming) everything as an apparition or phantom effect; the pictorial sensational catastrophe is overridden, overwritten by something else, or something less. Christina McPhee

Here's the trajectory or morphology of one aspect of my work, performance art. In the 1970's I did performance art. Performance art moved the location of the art act to the body rather than the art object. I did "punk" performances for video. The video space was a different location. Recently I've been re-visiting the video-performance but this time the location is on a video blog on the networks. I perform solely for what I can do in post-production digital editing. I sample myself and turn myself into a digital object/copy. This takes the site and location of the art and the body and digitizes it. In some sense it is both closer and more physical and at the same time more ephemeral. G.H. Hovagimyan

To understand this language of sites is to appreciate the metaphor between the syntactical construct and the complex of ideas, letting the former function as a three dimensional picture which doesn't look like a picture. "Expressive art" avoids the problem of logic; therefore it is not truly abstract. A logical intuition can develop in an entirely "new sense of metaphor" free of natural or realistic expressive content ... Everything between the two sites could become physical metaphorical material devoid of natural meanings and realistic assumptions. Let us say that one goes on a fictitious trip if one decides to go to the site of the Non-Site. The "trip" becomes invented, devised, artificial; therefore, one might call it a non-trip to a site from a Non-site Robert Smithson

Trauma, Performance and Documentary: Christina McPhee in conversation
with G. H. Hovagimyan
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 to 8pm

Multimedia artist Christina McPhee talks with G.H. Hovagimyan on performance, site, and 'bare life' in new media documentary. Now on view, McPhee's "La Conchita mon amour" is a study of debris flow and its aftermath, in photography, audio-video installation, drawing and interactive net. G. H. Hovagimyan's video performances update the punk rant aesthetic into live and networked media.

Co-sponsored by ,

Endorsed by [PAM] 100%


Live webcast (to be opened in Quicktime Player), 6:30 to 8pm:

Podcast will be available at artredux on Monday, November 20, 2006:

Sara Tecchia Roma New York
The 529 Arts Building
529 West 20th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011

tel: 212 741 2900
fax: 212 741 3181

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From: Marisa Olson <marisa AT>
Date: Nov 15, 2006
Subject: 13 Most Beautiful Avatars

Rhizome is pleased to announce the opening of "13 Most Beautiful Avatars," a Second Life avatar portrait series by Eva and Franco Mattes (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG), exhibited at Second Life's Ars Virtua Gallery. This is our third online exhibition in the Time Shares series.

More info can be found below and online. There will be an in-world opening reception, tonight, from 6-8pm SLT/9-11pm EST. Perhaps we'll see you there. Many thanks to James Morgan, founder and director of Ars Virtua.


This exhibition, in Second Life's Ars Virtua gallery (Nov. 15 - Dec. 29) captures the most visually dynamic and celebrated "stars" of Second Life. The Matteses have been living in the virtual world, Second Life, for over a year, exploring its terrain and interacting with its peculiar inhabitants. The result of their "video-game flanerie" is this series of portraits. The 13 Most Beautiful Avatars images will be exhibited, in the real-world, at the Italian Academy (v) at New York's Columbia University. For the Ars Virtua show, in Second Life, a 3D replica of this physical exhibition space has been recreated for presentation of an exhibition identical to the "real" one.

Organized by Rhizome and co-presented by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Time Shares is a series of online exhibitions dedicated to exploring the diversity of contemporary art based on the Internet. Every six weeks, Rhizome and invited curators will launch a new exhibition featuring an international group of artists. The series is a component of Rhizome's Tenth Anniversary Festival of Art & Technology

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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 commissions.

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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From: <webmaster AT>
Date: Nov 13, 2006
Subject: Just opened: "net pedagogies?" curated by bob sweeny

Just opened ...

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what are current (actual and potential) new media pedagogies? if 'new,' aren't new forms of critique and creative methodologies required? where are these pedagogies being practiced? the atelier? the Department of Computer Generated Imagery? the Sprint store? do these varied practices fall under Peter Lunenfeld's notion of a 'hyperaesthetics'? should they even be considered aesthetic, with all of the modernist baggage attached to the term?

this 'exhibit' is loosely defined by networked artworks that point to intriguing pedagogical possibilities. each work will be studied in a course that i am currently teaching -- ARED 281: Art Education and Visual Culture -- at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

responses to these works will come in the form of new works created by students, which they will add to the network. new networks (newtworks?)

this is *rhizome*, for pete's sake.

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