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Subject: RHIZOME DIGEST: 4.11.07
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 18:05:40 -0700

RHIZOME DIGEST: April 11, 2007


1. ana otero: *call for projects* - MEDIALAB MADRID
2. amc055 AT prague academy of fine arts job: new media art professor
3. Klaus Knoll: Transart Institute's Summer Residency MFA Program
4. Patrick Holbrook: Call for Papers: Net(works): Art and Pre-Existing Web Platforms

5. Drew Hemment: Futuresonic 2007 - festival programme
6. info AT Bio-Art Conference NYC - April 14th
7. Marisa Olson: ITP Spring Show 2007 - May 8 & 9
8. gallery AT Sabrina Raaf upcoming solo show
9. Ken Goldberg: atc AT ucb: doug aitken, mon 16 april, 7:30pm
10. Jo: Launch of Networked_Music_Review
11. Marisa Olson: Networked Nature at Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse, NY

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From: ana otero <4anaotero AT>
Date: Apr 4, 2007
Subject: *call for projects* - MEDIALAB MADRID

:: call for projects
:: Deadline: April 24

MEDIALAB MADRID issues a *call for projects* to be developed in a collaborative way during the new edition of *Interactivos?*, that this year tackles the relationship between *magic and technology*. The production workshop will be held by Daniel Canogar, Simone Jones and Zachary Lieberman.

*Interactivos? Magic and Technology*

"Any sufficiently-advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C. Clarke.

Magic and illusion have always gone hand in hand with technology; from mechanical illusions, optical and mirror tricks, through the incorporation of electricity and the filmed image, to digital technology: augmented reality, reactive objects, reality hacking and immersive spaces.

This new edition of Interactivos? in Medialab Madrid is inspired by the strategies of magic and illusion, in order to harness some of the old and new technological resources to collectively build software pieces and interactive installations which can propose a rethinking of the usual scenario in magic tricks, marked by a very clear separation between the wizard and the spectators.

More info>>

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From: amc055 AT <amc055 AT>
Date: Apr 5, 2007
Subject: prague academy of fine arts job: new media art professor

The New media department ( at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czech republic ( is seeking professor for at least one year, beginning October 2007.
The New media department seeks candidates with an interdisciplinary approach to the role played by new technologies in artistic, social, and political fields. Prior art teaching experience or knowledge of new media art practices and procedures is strongly preferred.
We invite applications from artists working in such areas as: video art, interactive art, data visualization, digital motion capture, web art, etc.

The school is situated very close to the city center, in a cubistic villa facing the biggest park in Prague. The New Media department was founded in 1991 as part of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague as one of the first schools of this kind in Eastern Europe. The Academy offers housing and a salary in accordance with the Academy of Fine Arts pay scales. Please send cover letters, works samples (catalogues, publications) and resumes to chisa AT
The deadline for the applications is June the 1st, 2007.

Academy of Fine Arts
New Media I
U akademie 4
17022 Praha 7
Czech republic

tel.: +420 220408201
e-mail: chisa AT

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From: Klaus Knoll <knoll AT>
Date: Apr 9, 2007
Subject: Transart Institute's Summer Residency MFA Program

Transart Institute today announced the workshops and seminars for this years' summer residency. Workshop topics range from "Language and Image" to "Archeology of Media", with seminars coming in flavors of "Software as Metaphor" and "Documenta XII User Guide", to name a few. The full program can be found at:

Applications to the low-residency MFA program are being accepted with rolling admissions until June 1, 2006. Five places are reserved for the final deadline to accommodate the European schedule.

Transart Institute's international MFA in New Media program is designed for working artists to develop a sustainable creative praxis in
— three summer residencies (17 days each) in Linz, Austria plus two optional winter residencies in New York
— and two school years of independent project work with supporting mentorships - wherever they work and live.

The innovative program focusses on content and context. Students work in the genres which best communicate their ideas including animation, architecture, curating, cyberart, digital and experimental media, film, gaming, graphic design, installation, painting, performance, photography, robotics, sculpture, sound, text, video, virtual reality.

The program is intended to lift the boundaries between applied and fine arts, traditional and new media, artists and scholars. Students are free to pursue work in any media art-related genre and to create their own course of study. Detailed information is available on the institute's website: and through email from: info AT

Klaus Knoll, Dr. phil.
Director, Transart Institute

USA: (415) 367 3470 Fax: (508) 682 2853
Europe: +43 (699) 1169 0277 (July and August only)

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From: Patrick Holbrook <patrickholbrook AT>
Date: Apr 11, 2007
Subject: Call for Papers: Net(works): Art and Pre-Existing Web Platforms

Call for papers -

Net(works): Art and Pre-Existing Web Platforms
AT SECAC 2007 (Southeastern College Art Conference)

Beyond using the internet as a way to show representations of visual and performance work, artists have been using pre-existing dynamic content web sites as the actual site of the work. One of the first projects of this nature included Keith Obadike selling his blackness on eBay. More recently, Cary Peppermint’s Department of Networked Performance, an educational situation, uses MySpace as its host. The Gif Show also used MySpace, appropriately, as a parallel site for a curatorial project in real space about the aesthetics of low-bit production. A public art competition and gallery shows have suddenly been popping up in Second Life, a virtual world created by users and inhabited by their avatars, which interact with each other in real-time.
Some of the topics raised may include, but are not limited to: How are artists currently using these and similar spaces? Are these projects considered interventions, or otherwise? Are these spaces appropriate for undergraduate education projects? How do real curatorial spaces intersect with these virtual spaces? What do these spaces, with or without the art world, mean within visual culture contexts? Please propose your presentation as it pertains to any field - practice, history/theory/criticism, museum studies, and/or education.

Patrick Holbrook, Georgia College & State University

Email: patrick.holbrook AT
(Please let me know if you have any questions, if I can help you with anything, or even if you are just thinking about it)

Proposals are due May 1st, 2007. Conference is October 17-20, 2007 in Charleston, West Virginia.

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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: Drew Hemment <drew AT>
Date: Apr 5, 2007
Subject: Futuresonic 2007 - festival programme



The future is here...
Futuresonic 2007, the
urban festival of art, music
and ideas takes place
on 10-12 May 2007
in Manchester.

A sensational line-up of performances, exhibitions and events across Manchester city-centre featuring over 30 major events, and more than 100 acts and artists from around the world, crammed into 3 days of sounds, sights and delights.



The main live music programme of the festival. Expect stunning live performances in Manchester's main music venues, numerous diverse events across the city, and low-slung live music at the Futuresonic lounge. Artists include...

Thursday 10 May

Friday 11 May

Saturday 12 May



Futurevisual celebrates the 40th anniversary of seminal multi-media events that took place in the halcyon year of 1967. Futurevisual brings together legendary figures from the 1960s with some of the most cutting-edge AV artists working in the world today.

The famous 1960's club UFO, the focus of the 60's London multi-media scene, is reborn is reborn in a Futuresonic exclusive. A presentation by legendary underground activist Barry Miles is followed by a very special screening of iconic films and AV from the last 40 years, drawing a shimmering arc between '67 and '07, and highlighting how the creative ferment of the 60s has echoed through the subsequent decades, presented by Michael Connor.

Semiconductor and Telcosystems perform stunning live audio-visual sets. Screenings and installations can be found in the relaxed setting of the Futurevisual Lounge, with a special champagne cocktail bar for the discerning audio-visual voyager.



30 years after Brian Eno's Music For Airports, Futuresonic presents
Art For Shopping Centres, exhibition of major, world-premiere artworks,
after which you will never look at a shopping centre the same again.

Includes MediaShed with Methods of Movement presenting a freerunning
(parkour) installation created with the GEARBOX free-media video toolkit,
staged overnight the Manchester Arndale shopping centre, filmed using
only the in-house CCTV system, and screened in the shopping centre
as a part of the exhibition. Plus new commissioned artworks from
Katherine Moriwaki and Graham Harwood.

Art For Shopping Centres is the centrepiece of Urban Play, continuing
Futuresonic's focus since 2004 on taking artworks out of the galleries
and into urban space.



The 'ideas strand' of the Futuresonic festival, the Social Technologies Summit, brings together leading figures to explore "a whole new way of doing things in the air".


A part of the Social Technologies Summit

There is today a grass roots open source movement that is sweeping across Brazil like wild fire and captivating the world's imagination. Claudio Prado is the leading figure in the Brazilian movement. A friend of Gilberto Gil and one of the original organisers of the first Glastonbury Festival in 1970, Claudio now works in a very new frontier in digital and open source culture. He is joined by Cristiano Scabello, a walking collision of Brazilian dub sound system and open source activist, plus James Wallbank from Access Space and Rob van Kranenberg from Bricolabs.

Followed by a Manchester Free Studio workshop, focusing on the initiation of a local Estudio Livre (Free Studio) in Manchester, based on the Brazilian model.


A part of the Social Technologies Summit

A man falls in slow motion from a high building. Upon impact the concrete paving gives way and ripples in concentric waves as it absorbs the energy of his fall. There is an idea out there that the world is not solid any more. Now that everyone can speak to anyone while on the move or open a web page from anywhere, the ground beneath our feet is no longer hard, but 'soft', as in 'software'.

We live in an age when the future of the next few hundred years is being written. Just as the printing press and the steam engine changed history, so the decisions made now about the design of the technologies we use will shape our lives tomorrow.

It is not just scientists who are engineering this future, but artists and DIY technologists also. Use Your Imagination is a one day event with the goal of 'open sourcing' some of the technologies and concepts that are reshaping our lives today.


A part of the Social Technologies Summit

Environment 2.0 is a new international initiative seeking to explore the sustainability of future arts and technologies. It is a part of a 3 year project by Futuresonic seeking to minimise the environmental impact of the Futuresonic festival and also to explore broader issues connecting Futuresonic's interest in mobile and social technologies with the new urgency surrounding climate change.

In Environment 2.0 two worlds collide. When the environment is mapped, tagged and digitised it becomes navigable, computable and manipulable. How can this approach to environment, one which is iconic for our times, be reconciled with the need to address climate change? Environment 2.0 will also explore Open Source Energy, looking at low cost and free ways that people can generate energy locally.

The Social Technologies Summit at Futuresonic 2007 will include a series of talks on culture and climate change, followed by a network meeting for Environment 2.0.



EVNTS is a strand of the Futuresonic festival which showcases the best new and ground breaking events from around the world. The EVNTS Competition winners in 2007 are Sex With Robots, Licktronica, Monatronic and Rare As A Green Dog.

EVNTS was launched in 2005, with more than thirty events over one weekend, with acts from as far afield as New York, Moscow, Berlin and Dallas. It has since grown into a community of people who each year return to give the festival an extra edge.

The EVNTS community is hosting a public meeting the ECAS European music festivals network, with Directors of 15 new music festivals attending on the first day of the Futuresonic 2007 festival.





Futuresonic has been commissioned by Manchester
International Festival to present Manchester : Peripheral
by Alastair Dant, Tom Davis & David Gunn (The Folk Songs
Project). An interactive SoundMap enables audience members
to be an 'urban sound jockey', remixing and replaying the
sounds of Manchester. An online version of the project was
launched during Futuresonic 2006 and can be found at The full large-scale
installation will be debuted at the inaugural Manchester
International Festival in summer 2007.



Futuresonic is presenting a series of events and gatherings across the UK, in association with MediaShed, Enter, Lovebytes and Access Space.

Enter Festival (25-29 April 2007, Cambridge)
The launch of MediaShed's GEARBOX free-media video toolkit, artist talks, and a national network meeting for people working in free-media.

Lovebytes Festival (13-20 May 2007, Sheffield)
A workshop with Access Space introducing free-media and "video sniffing", where signals are intercepted from wireless CCTV cameras in the city centre.



Free access to over 30 Futuresonic events
Food & drink discounts during your festival visit (see below)
Does not include access to CARBON which is a ticket-only event.

£45 (includes £30 Weekender Wristband)
Student Delegate Pass: £10
(20 day passes available each day on a Pay-What-You-Can basis).
The Delegate Pass gives you access to the Social Technologies Summit,
plus all Futuresonic Weekender Wristband events.
Conference places limited - advance booking essential.



Futuresonic is evaluating the Carbon Footprint of the festival in
a pioneering study in association with the Manchester-based
Tyndall Centre. If you are planning to travel to Manchester for
the festival please, please visit the website to tell us how.

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From: info AT <info AT>
Date: Apr 5, 2007
Subject: Bio-Art Conference NYC - April 14th:

Biology and Art: Two Worlds or One?
Conference organized by The New York Academy of Sciences

Apr 14, 2007 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
At the New York Academy of Sciences
New Location:
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor
New York, NY 10007-2157

Sponsored by:
The William A. Haseltine Foundation for Medical Sciences and the Arts

This conference will explore the nature of the science-art interface, the inspiration this interface provides to scientists and artists alike, and the impact of these interactions on art, research, and other human endeavors. More specifically, the conference will focus on how biological objects-whether viruses, animals, plants, cells, or organelles-become an inspiration for certain artists' work, and how scientists-ever so particular about accuracy and specificity-respond to such artistic representations.

The Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye, creator of the Cloaca Project, will give the keynote lecture. The rest of the day will be organized as a series of four conversations between artists and scientists. For each conversation, an artist will appear with a scientist who works with the biological objects that inspire that artist. Short talks and extensive discussions will provide a forum where ideas generated in these two very different spheres of creative endeavors-science and art-are expressed, elaborated and deliberated.


The Academy will be selecting artists to display their work via laptops at this event. If you would like to submit your work, please send an email with "Art Submission" in the subject line to artconf AT

Please include your full contact information, as well as attachments or links to your work. Submissions must be received by March 30th. You will be notified whether or not your work has been selected during the week of April 2nd. For more information, please contact 212 298-8621.

Preliminary Program
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM - - Registration

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM - Welcome & Meeting Overview
Ellis Rubinstein, President, The New York Academy of Sciences
William A. Haseltine, President, The William A. Haseltine Foundation for Medical Sciences and the Arts

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - - Keynote Address
Wim Delvoye (Belgium, Artist)

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM - - Coffee Break

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM - - Session I: Structural Biology
Mara G. Haseltine (New York, Sculptor)
Wayne A. Hendrickson, PhD (Columbia University, Biophysicist)

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - - Session II: Microbes
Laura Splan (MFA Sculpture; Member, Art Science Collaboration)
Rendering the Invisible
Jonathan A. King, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biologist)
Visual Representation and Biological Structure

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - - Lunch

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM - - Session III: Locomotion
Theo Jansen (Holland, Artist, Kinetic-Sculptor & Scientist)
Andrew A. Biewener, PhD, (Harvard University Concord Field Station)

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM - - Coffee Break

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM - - Session IV: TBD
Michael Joaquin Grey (BS Genetics, MFA Sculpture)
Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre, PhD (Neuroscientist and Founder, International Society for Haptics)
Touching Illusory Objects: Sculpting Human Perception through Virtual Reality

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM - - Concluding Remarks

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - - Reception & Exchange

Links to artist presenters & Registration Info:

Registration fees include: admission to all sessions, coffee breaks, Lunch, Reception, and Introductory NYAS membership for nonmembers.

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Aurora Picture Show (Houston,TX) announces their fourth annual Media Archeology Festival: Below-Fi. Get ready for three mindbending days of audiovisual kinesis featuring hackers, benders, builders, and overall enthusiasts of the analogue aesthetic. These artists invent their own instruments of sound and light, and find new uses for technologies of the past to create future-forward entertainment. Curated by Nick Hallett, Aurora's Media Archeology: Below-Fi takes over Houston for three nights from April 19-21 at three unique venues. Performances include Bruce McClure and Ray Sweeten (Thursday, April 19 at Aurora Picture Show, 800 Aurora St.); Dynasty Handbag and Nautical Almanac (Friday, April 20, 8:30pm at Domy Bookstore, 1709 Westheimer); Tristan Perich and Quintron and Miss Pussycat (Saturday, April 21, 8:30pm at The Orange Show, 2402 Munger St.) Lighting designed by Mighty Robot.

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From: Marisa Olson <marisa AT>
Date: Apr 6, 2007
Subject: ITP Spring Show 2007 - May 8 & 9

You are invited to attend ITP's end of the semester events!

ITP Spring Show 2007
May 8 and 9 from 5 to 9pm

A two-day festival of interactive sight, sound and technology from
the student artists and innovators at ITP.

An oversized Greenwich Village loft houses the computer labs, rotating exhibitions, and production workshops that are ITP -- the Interactive Telecommunications Program. Founded in 1979 as the first graduate education program in alternative media, ITP has grown into a living community of technologists, theorists, engineers, designers, and artists uniquely dedicated to pushing the boundaries of interactivity in the real and digital worlds. A hands-on approach to experimentation, production and risk-taking make this hi-tech fun house a creative home not only to its 230 students, but also to an extended network of the technology industry's most daring and prolific practitioners.

Interactive Telecommunications Program
Kanbar Institute of Film and Television
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University
721 Broadway, 4th Floor, South Elevators
New York NY 10003

Take the left elevators to the 4th Floor
This event is free and open to the public
No need to RSVP

For questions: 212-998-1880
email: itp.inquiries AT


A list of events are here:

Read on for information about other presentations and performances
from our Live Image Processing and Performance presentations, a video
and animation screening and the ITP Thesis Week live video webcast!

We look forward to seeing you!

Feel free to pass this message along far and wide.

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From: gallery AT <gallery AT>
Date: Apr 8, 2007
Subject: Sabrina Raaf upcoming solo show

Upcoming solo show "Sabrina Raaf" at LIMN Gallery, San Francisco
June 1st - July 15th, 2007

Sabrina Raaf will exhibit recent photographs, as well as mechanical and robotic installations. Raaf’s experimental art is often interactive and always metaphoric evoking a powerful sense of displacement.. Raaf isn’t just combining art and technology, she is working with data, monitoring the environment and creating art that gets us to think about our place in the world.
Her series of photographs “Tests People” comes from a future place in time where a capacity for flight (or controlled antigravity) has been developed in humans and the boundaries are being studied and tested. It becomes an awkward struggle between the subjects and the strictly gravity-based architecture of their domestic environments.

“With an ever-increasing amount of technology intended to "improve", "augment", and/or "add convenience" to our busy lives, there seems to be less of an emphasis on creating devices to reflect or comment on our natural or built environments. Taking this challenge as a starting point with her work, Chicago-based artist, Sabrina Raaf, examines the seemingly "invisible" elements of modernized and technologically equipped spaces by re-interpreting this covert data through mechanized objects that create feedback in the form of sound or other visual outputs. From exploring live data sets in the immediate gallery space with "Translator II: Grower", a robot that measures carbon dioxide levels and draws corresponding blades of grass on the wall, to exploring the tension between humans and adaptive or automated systems with "Dry Translator", Raaf's work exposes the unspoken conflicts between society's push for technological autonomy and the struggle to retain human emotion and sens!
ibility. Her most current work, "Icelandic Rift" comments on the almost "alien" nature of future forms of agriculture that could exist in zero-gravity environments. Gizmodo recently caught up with Raaf to discuss her unique and calculated artistic approach to creating work that not only challenges common perceptions of technological utopia, but also examines just how deeply we've become entrenched in high-tech fetishism.”

Interview/Article by Jonah Brucker-Cohen

Name: Sabrina Raaf
Education: MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Art and Technology, 1999
Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Electronic Visualization, School of Art and Design, UIC, Chicago, IL, USA

Exhibitions: Sabrina Raaf is a Chicago-based artist working in experimental sculptural media and photography. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in 2005-6 at the Wendy Cooper Gallery (Chicago), Mejan Labs (Stockholm), Espace Landowski (Paris), Ars Electronica (Linz), Opel Villas Foundation Art Center (R sselsheim), Artbots 2005 (Dublin), Stefan Stux Gallery (NYC), San Jose Museum of Art, and the Museum Tinguely (Basel). She is the recipient of a Creative Capital Grant in Emerging Fields (2002) and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (2005 & 2001). Reviews of her work have appeared in Art in America, Contemporary. or

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From: Ken Goldberg <goldberg AT>
Date: Apr 9, 2007
Subject: atc AT ucb: doug aitken, mon 16 april, 7:30pm

thanks to all speakers, organizers, sponsors, attendees, and hecklers who participated in the ATC series this year. photos of our 10th anniversary party with matmos are online at:

please note that our last talk of the season, with doug aitken, will be next monday 16 april, not 23 april as listed on the poster. our F07-S08 program will be announced in august....

The Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium of UC Berkeley's Center
for New Media announces:

Can You Say...2007 ?
Doug Aitken, Artist, LA

Monday, April 16, 7:30-9:00 *** NOTE DATE!
Location: 105 Northgate Hall **
ATC Lectures are free and open to the public

Abstract: let's make it, break it, and make it new again.
Doug Aitken is an American multimedia artist. He was born in Redondo Beach, California in 1968 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Aitken has exhibited large scale video installations internationally at the Whitney Museum, PS1, ICA London, Pompidou, MACBA (Barcelona), Kiasma (Helsinki), Sydney Biennial, MOCA (LA), Nagoya, and most recently at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

readings, interviews with doug aitken:

ATC Primary Sponsors: UC Berkeley Center for New Media (CNM), Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), College of Engineering Interdisciplinary Studies Program (IDS), and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

Additional Sponsors: Intel Research, BAM/PFA, Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the Berkeley Consortium for the Arts.

ATC Director: Ken Goldberg
ATC Associate Director: Greg Niemeyer
ATC Graduate Associate: Irene Chien
Curated with ATC Advisory Board

* ATC's new archival website with info on all 99 speakers and
* history, joinable mailing list, images, videos, and podcasts:

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From: Jo <jo AT>
Date: Apr 10, 2007
Subject: Launch of Networked_Music_Review

New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc./ is pleased to announce
the launch of Networked_Music_Review (N_M_R):

N_M_R is a research blog focused on emerging networked musical explorations made possible by computers, the Internet, and mobile technologies. N_M_R gathers data about projects, performances, composers, musicians, software and hardware. It includes interviews, articles, papers and reviews. N_M_R also provides up-to-date information on conferences, workshops, competitions, and festivals. Readers may comment on each of the blog entries and converse with interviewees. N_M_R Features:

LIVE STAGE: Online and offline events are spotlighted in real-time.

INTERVIEWS: Interviewees are available for discussion via the comments. We begin with Jason Freeman
( Please join the conversation beginning right now and ending on May 20.

NETWORKED_MUSIC_WEEKLY (N_M_W): selected projects, artists, or events sent to subscribers weekly.

NETWORKED_MUSIC_NEWSLETTER (N_M_N): a monthly newsletter sent to subscribers.

GUEST BLOGGERS: Ryan Sciano is our first Guest Blogger
( If you would like to be a guest blogger, please contact us at: newradio at turbulence dot org

RSS Feeds are available for: Main page - all the posts; Live Stage; Interviews; and Net_Music_Weekly. Subscribe now:

N_M_R is supported by the New York State Music Fund established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. It was designed by Shual ( and built by Dan Phiffer (

We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Helen and Jo

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.:
New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856
Networked_Performance Blog:
Upgrade! Boston:
New American Radio:

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From: Marisa Olson <marisa AT>
Date: Apr 11, 2007
Subject: Networked Nature at Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse, NY

17 April-14 July 2007
The Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse, New York
press AT

*New exhibition uses innovative technology to combine art, science and politics*
Artists : C5, Futurefarmers, Shih Chieh Huang, Philip Ross, Stephen Vitiello, Gail Wight
Lecture : 18 April, Wed 5:30–7:30pm.
Marisa Olson, Curator + Lauren Cornell, Executive Director, Rhizome
AT Kittredge Auditorium, HBC, Syracuse University

Bits + Bytes Reception : 19 April, Thu 5-8pm
AT THE WAREHOUSE GALLERY, 350 W. Fayette St. Syracuse, NY 13202

The Warehouse Gallery presents Networked Nature, a group exhibition that inventively explores the meaning and representation of 'nature,' from the perspective of networked culture. The featured works employ various scientific processes and locative media, such as global positioning systems (GPS) and robotics, and take the form of installations, video, and sound art. Together, they make new contributions to the discourses of extant genres, such as sculpture, earth works, and landscape imagery, while also demonstrating the scientific beauty and complexity of electronic and digital art.

* In their work Perfect View, San Jose-based collective C5 reached out to the subculture of recreational GPS users, or geo-cachers, asking them for recommendations of 'sublime locales.' The submitted latitudes and longitudes provided the guide points for a 33-state, 13,000-mile motorcycle expedition by a collective member who photographed the terrain at the given coordinates. The results, presented in triptychs, smartly subvert traditional representations of landscape and notions of the sublime.

• San Francisco-based collective Futurefarmers' Photosynthesis Robot is a three-dimensional model of a possible perpetual motion machine driven by phototropism—the movement of plants toward the sun. The collective’s proposal, that a group of plants will very slowly propel a four wheel vehicle, is a witty take on the pressing search for new forms of energy.

• New York artist Shih Chieh Huang's active sound and light sculptures, RTI, are inspired by everyday household electronic devices and his studies of physical computing and robotics. In these ingenious explorations of organic systems, he creates a dynamic circulation of electricity and air: a living micro-environment.

• Junior Return, by San Francisco-based Philip Ross, is a self-contained survival capsule for one living plant. Blown glass enclosures provide a controlled hydroponic environment, where the plant's roots are submerged in nutrient-infused water, while LED lights supply the necessary illumination. The artist has drawn on two culturally divergent traditions--Chinese scholars' objects and Victorian glass conservatories--that share the belief that nature is best understood when seen through the lens of human artifice.

• Virginia-based artist Stephen Vitiello's Hedera (BBB) is a sprawling vine installation in which small speakers hidden between branches quietly broadcast percussive sounds woven from the speeches and private conversations of George W. Bush and Tony Blair. The work unsettles and denaturalizes our assumptions of what an appropriate soundtrack may be.

• Creep, by Oakland-based Gail Wight, is a hypnotic time-lapse, three screen video of the growth of fluorescent dyed slime mold. In her aetheticizing of the normally repellent, Wight creates an ode to the beauty of the color and natural growth patterns inherent in nature.

Networked Nature, organized by Marisa Olson, editor and curator for Rhizome, premiered at Foxy Production in New York City and was expanded for The Warehouse Gallery in Syracuse.

The fourth exhibition programmed by director Astria Suparak for The Warehouse Gallery’s first year, Networked Nature is the final part in a series referencing the natural world and encouraging environmental consciousness.

The accompanying lecture on April 18 is presented by the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University.

About Rhizome: Rhizome is a leading new media organization affiliated with the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Our programs support the creation, presentation, discussion and preservation of contemporary art that uses new technologies in significant ways.

About The Warehouse Gallery: The Warehouse Gallery is a new contemporary art space exhibiting and commissioning work by international artists in a variety of media. The Warehouse Gallery's mission is to engage the community in a dialogue regarding the role the arts can play in illuminating the critical issues of our times. It is a member of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC), a unit of Syracuse University.

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