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Feb 28, 2006

MTAA in South Africa

posted at 16:17 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Well, we won’t actually be there in person, but we’ll be there via the mediation of Nathaniel Stern. He’ll be presenting our work at the Upgrade! Joburg.

Check out the cool poster:
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Feb 26, 2006

McCoy’s @ Postmasters 2006

posted at 15:23 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I don’t try to hide that the McCoys are one of my faves. Opening soon:
March 4 - April 8, 2006
“Directed Dreaming”

Postmasters Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Directed Dreaming, the third New York solo exhibition of Jennifer and Kevin McCoy. The show will open on March 4 and will be on view until April 8, 2006. The reception is planned for Saturday, March 4, between 6 and 8pm.

In Directed Dreaming, the McCoys present four new sculptures that use movement to explore anxiety. The title of the exhibit refers to practice of willing oneself to dream about specific situations in order to resolve conflicts in one’s waking life. The works in Directed Dreaming fuse cinematic, personal, and historical images to become visual records of those conflicts, with the question of resolution left open to the viewer.

The two major sculptures in this show expand on the McCoys’ 2004 installation Our Second Date by further exploring the artists personal history, fantasies, and memories. Second Date incorporated miniature models of Jennifer and Kevin intercut with views of a meticulously crafted miniature scene from Godard’s Weekend. The works in Directed Dreaming splinter the couple’s shared autobiography.

In Double Fantasy II (sex), the McCoys represent themselves as nine year olds, drawing on a child’s scant sexual understanding to generate fantasies of their adult selves. With this technique they each reach back to a time when their ideas about love and sex were created from an amalgam of observations from television, popular culture and playground gossip that was hopelessly far from reality. In that these sources provide only the broadest of gestures, Double Fantasy II is an autobiographical take on the importance of genre. Formally, the work is a two-sided sculpture containing miniature film sets that fragment and isolate bodies at once fetishized and romanticized. The images captured by the tiny cameras cut together quickly to form a stream of consciousness meditation on the elusive subject of nascent sexuality and childhood imagination.

In Dream Sequence, the McCoys examine how sleep becomes a filter through which objective reality becomes fantasy . The work consists of a two-sided, 3 feet in diameter revolving circle, each side corresponding to the dream world of one of the artists. Using an obsolete trick of early cinema, a partially reflective mirror superimposes the sleeping artists against mutating landscapes. The resulting double projection physicalizes the dream worlds of each artist’s psyche. Kevin sees a helicopter unloading soldiers in a bleak landscape. Jennifer dreams of floods that segue into suburban resort swimming pools. The artists abandon the cinematic idea of editing with its jarring ruptures and discontinuities and instead set in motion a fluid self-sustaining world in front of the camera and in front of the viewer.

Included in the show are two wall mounted sculptures from the Clouds series that explore the vocabulary of a unending one shot film. In Clouds 9 and Clouds 10, cameras are trained on moving cloud formations to create suggestions of unknowable and yet moving and possibly ominous events.
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Feb 23, 2006

Eathon G. Hall, Jr. 1965 - 2006

posted at 22:15 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Horrible, horrible news!

Eathon Hall 1965 - 2006

Received from Aljira where Eathon was the Program Director:
It is with deep sorrow that we must inform you of the passing of Eathon G. Hall, Jr., who died in a tragic accident on Friday, February 17, while on vacation in Brasil. Eathon returned to Newark last year as Program Director of Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art (from March 1996 through January 1999, he was Assistant Director of Education at the Newark Museum) following his tenure at the Bronx Museum of Art where he served as Curator of Education for five years.

On Thursday night, February 16, at a V.I.P. reception on the occasion of Aljira’s most recent installations—Sudan: The Land and The People; Children of Darfur: Gen Genocide; and Khalid Kodi—Eathon was publicly recognized by Aljira’s Board Chair Charles Russell and Executive Director Victor L. Davson for his innovation and for the engaging experiences in visual culture that were under his development at Aljira. Future collaborations he intitiated include Mexican Vogue with the Newark Museum, Planet Hip Hop with New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Do You Think I’m Disco?/B-Side with Longwood Arts Project.

His passing is a great loss to Aljira and to the larger cultural community, and we will all miss his spirit, commitment and leadership.

A memorial service for Eathon Hall will be held on Monday, February 27, 11 a.m. at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Harlem. It is located at 452 W. 147 St. between Convent and Amsterdam. Phone: 212 283-7973. Further information about the interrment and reception will be available at the church.

We got to know Eathon during the Aljira Emerge program. He was very dedicated, smart and organized and there was always a sense of joy about him.

This is just terrible. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends and to the staff at Aljira.

m.river adds -Very sad news. Eathon was a sweet man who was into helping artist live a better lives. Sympathies to all as well. permanent link to this post

new media, the low points

posted at 20:33 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

hahahhahahh… remember flash mobs? haaaaa ahaha. permanent link to this post

Feb 22, 2006

One of those why-I’m-not-posting posts

posted at 14:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I’m not posting here, I’m not posting there or there either.

There’s just to many places to post these days. And I’m busy.

Gotta get the thing done for Rhizome, gotta revise the budget for that grant, gotta cash that check, gotta buy a new studio computer (2 actually and a monitor), gotta call that place and get that information so I can revise that budget, gotta do something for my Mom’s birthday (already got most of that done Mom don’t worry), gotta call that other place, gotta print that thing, gotta figure out how we’re gonna show that piece at that fair, gotta get ready for the Ohio thing, gotta do my taxes, gotta book summer air fare, gotta gotta watch LOST and I’m probably forgetting stuff… permanent link to this post

Feb 18, 2006

Fuck the fucking fuckers

posted at 23:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

MTAA’s studio was burglarized the other night. We lost about $1600 worth of equipment: 2 computers, a monitor and a small PA speaker.

It really sucks.

I’ve been fearful of this happening, and now it has. Luckily our projector wasn’t there and nothing that was stolen isn’t replaceable; but laying out dough to replace it is going to be painful.

m.river adds -if you find on-line or on the street, someone trying to sell a mac mini with the case sprayed silver or one with KDM 100 software installed. Send us a line. Yeah, 1 to 1,000,000 chance but it could happen. Thanks permanent link to this post

Feb 17, 2006

posted at 20:01 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Does want to lay a bouquet on’ grave?

Similar name (the dot thing), similar service (social bookmarking), schmancier design (by zeldman’s Happy Cog) and you can import from Hmmmmmm.

I leave it to the you to decide… permanent link to this post

Feb 16, 2006

Found Art

posted at 13:29 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

R. Mutt’s Blog

twhid responds: so. fucking. funny! permanent link to this post

Feb 15, 2006

Found on Eyebeam’s reBlog today

posted at 14:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

sledgehammer-operated keyboard, 2005
silicone, wood, computer, projector

It actually looks more like a rubber-mallet operated keyboard, but why split hairs?

It also reminds me of Perry Hoberman’s Cathartic User Interface which was fun, fun, fun! permanent link to this post

Feb 14, 2006

If you’re reading this…

posted at 01:49 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

…then you’ve successfully found your way to the new home of the MTAA Reference Resource. Congratulations.

Be sure to update your bookmarks! The new URL is:

We had some issues with our other server where MTEWW.COM resolves. I didn’t really want to move everything (including the domain) over to this server, so I just moved the blog and fowarded it from the old domain to this domain.

Is this a big deal for MTAA? Not really. It’s just a pain in the ass.

If you see any problems, please let me know. permanent link to this post

MTAA report on’s TOYWAR and interview agent.NASDAQ
2000, originally published on

1. Background Story (as all good computer games need)

Once upon a time, 1994 to be exact, there was a European net art group called etoy spent its young years practicing cultural mischief. They modeled themselves as a hybrid of social art and corporate structure.

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Synopsis of MTAA’s Upgrade Presentation
2000, please see The Upgrade! documentation

Please visit The Upgrade! web site in order to read a fictionalized account of MTAA’s presentation to The Upgrade! group in June of 2000.

Beat Up by Grade School Girls in Drag, M.River’s Report on SissyFight 2000
2001, a shorter version of this text was originally published in Sandbox #9, Gender Play

A general confession: I wasted WAY to much time last summer hanging out on the playground of PS 666 dressed up in a catholic school girl’s uniform with my new punk rock hair style. I tried to get with the "cool crowd" by destroying the reps of little girls. I taunted and scratched them to no avail. In the end, I failed. I was deemed a bully and in general, "totally uncool". I am, in what passes as reality these days, a 33 year old male who spent to much time last summer enjoying the gender/social twisting online game SissyFight 2000.

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Non-Spectator Performance Art
2001, from Limited TIME!® Only

This genre of performance art isn’t solely Internet-based but was born on the Internet; initially identified by T.Whid in late 1997 or early 1998 after attending a chat-based performance in which the chat had been projected for the audience to follow along.

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Interview With Yael Kanarek
2000, originally published in Sandbox #8, BANG

Yael Kanarek’s World of Awe is the documentation of a fictional traveler exploring a magical landscape in search of a lost treasure. We encounter the traveler through an interface which is both magical and mundane. It looks suspiciously like a Mac or Windows desktop—there are icons on the desktop and pull-down menus at the top of the screen. But click an icon or choose a pull-down option and you’ll be instantly transported to the world of the traveler, The World of Awe.

Yael Kanarek builds World of Awe through images of desert landscape, descriptions of the traveler’s tools, pages from the traveler’s journal, and love letters that the traveler sends to a lover left behind. All these elements are seamlessly integrated through the interface, which is a wonderful technical use of dynamic HTML, much of it written by programmer Luis Perez.

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Defunct in Ohio
2003, by M.River, orginally published in the SMAC! zine

SMAC! co-founder/editor-in-chief Marisa S. Olson emails me from the warm future-perfect paradise that is California. She asks me to write an essay on obsolescence, the defunct, and, in general, the Technology of What Was. A thousand words by New Year’s.

Of course… umm… sure. I know all about the obsolete.

In a few days I will travel, as I do each year, from New York City to Ohio, for Christmas with my family. In Ohio, in Christmas, I will find the What Once Was.

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Conceptual Art in Relation to MTAA’s Net Art (formatted for chat)
2001, performed live via streaming video and chat during the "Warhol Hijack"

Lucy Lippard (noted art critic) describes conceptual art as "[artwork] in which the idea is paramount and the material form is secondary, lightweight, ephemeral, cheap, unpretentious and/or ‘dematerialized’".

Net art may be loosely defined as art which uses the internet as one of it’s primary components.

This art history lesson will begin with Marcel Duchamp, inventor of the ready made.

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Website Unseen
one hundred titles for art web sites that MTAA will build for $US 100.00 per web site

1999-2002, web sites, variable

We sometimes think that this piece is the best example of MTAA’s net art practice. It’s best to see the original offer then follow the links on the titles list. But we’ve included individual links to the projects below.

Website Unseen
This list is roughly in chronological order (earliest to latest). link to work |  permanent link to this post
(the 3mb annexation)

2000, web site, Yahoo!

Best explained by the original proposal:
MTAA propose to extend the exhibition space of star67 gallery, brooklyn, by the amount of 3 megabytes of disk space on the servers of was great fun while it lasted, but sadly the piece was lost when someone changed the password. link to work |  permanent link to this post

Visual—Text Art Venue (V-TAV)

1999, web site

What was this? Good question. It’s sort of exactly what it says it is. OK, it was an on-line gallery which had 3 or 4 shows. We suggest you go and check it out and find out for yourself. link to work |  permanent link to this post

Updates Series

2001-2004, web sites

We sometimes ‘update’ seminal process art from the 60s and 70s. We have three in the series thus far. link to work |  permanent link to this post


1997-2002, web sites, prints

This project is the very first net art work that MTAA ever made.

We actually created four versions of this work all linked below:

Buying Time: The Nostalgia-Free History Sale(1997)
Shudder. Did we really think that this was a web site?

TIME!® The Clearance Sale(1997)
Seems to be getting a little better…

This is the classic example archived at Rhizome’s ArtBase. It is also where The Simple Net Art Diagram made it’s first appearance.

Limited TIME!® Only(2002)
We did this version right after 9/11. It was nice simply having (basically) a design project which didn’t take much creativity. This version was included in the show Multiple Personalities at Haine’s Gallery in San Francisco curated by Amy Davilla. link to work |  permanent link to this post

The School of Conceptual Clay

1999, web site

The SOCC’s mission statement says it all:
The goal of the School of Conceptual Clay is to promote the study and practice of conceptual clay.

Conceptual Clay was invented by M.River & T.Whid as a metaphorical activity and an open-ended collaborative performance commenting on the digitization of former analog practices and techniques.
We’re not really running the school any longer. link to work |  permanent link to this post

99 Steps To Contemporary Art In Your Bedroom

1999, web site & commercially printed poster

Not strictly a net art project, this piece was originally created for a curated print publication called “9/9 Revue d’Art Pratique,” but M.River built a web version.

It’s a text-heavy piece to say the least. English with french translation by Stéphane Argillet. link to work |  permanent link to this post

Signature Series Canceled

1999, web site

MTAA described the Signature Series this way:
The MTAA Signature Series is an attempt to maximize mindshare in the online art market while maintaining the economics of scarcity on which the traditional art market depends.
Yes, but what is the Signature Series Canceled? link to work |  permanent link to this post

Manual Zoom Mirage (CC licensed image)

2003, bitmap and vector images

Technically not on-line art, this piece was created for a solo show at Rome Arts in Brooklyn, NY. The piece took the form of postcards and a large framed print installed in a custom standing frame.

We’ve placed creative commons-licensed images online in a variety of formats including Adobe Illustrator vector art (zip archive). link to work |  permanent link to this post

Five Small Videos About Interruption and Disappearing

2003, web site; Flash, HTML, Javascript

Five Small Videos About Interruption And Disappearing are inspired by early video-based performance art work. MTAA were intrigued by the repetitive gestures and everyday actions in early video art performances. These Five Small Videos are MTAA’s update of the forms and themes of this earlier video work.

Commissioned by The Alternative Museum, Five Small Videos About Interruption and Disappearing has proven to be very popular and has been included in the Seoul Net & Film Festival 2003 (in the Interactive/Web Art section); exhibited at <Pause> (an on-line group exhibition presented by; was featured in a net art article in Parachute #113; and is included in the net art section of VideoZone2 — The 2nd International Video Art Biennial in Israel (opening 11/17/04). link to work |  permanent link to this post

Direct To Your Home Art Projects

1997-1998, web site, e-mail, artifacts

DYHAP is really just documentation of a net art work which MTAA conducted via email and postal mail from November 1997 to November 1998 (13 months).

This piece worked like this: Each month a Direct to Your Home Art Project was sent out by email to listservs (Rhizome, Fluxlist and American Express) as well as to the DYHAP mailing list. Each email contained instructions on how to fabricate and install artwork in ones own living space. In exchange for documentation of the installed artwork each collector of a DYHAP received an official signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity. link to work |  permanent link to this post

1 year performance video (aka samHsiehUpdate)

2004, web site with Flash

1 year performance video thumb
link to higher resolution image

1 year performance video continues MTAA’s series of Updates. Our Updates resound seminal performance art from the 60s and 70s in part by replacing human processes with computer processes.

1 year performance video updates Sam Hsieh’s One Year Performance 1978-1979 (aka Cage Piece).

When a viewer enters the piece she is presented with side-by-side videos of the artists trapped in identical cell-like rooms. The artists go about the mundane activities possible within a cell: in the morning they wake and breakfast; at around 1PM and 7PM they eat; sometimes they exercise; sometimes they surf the net; sometimes they sit and stare at the wall; they piss; at around midnight, they go to bed.

The viewer is meant to watch this activity for one year.

But, in the work we only mimic endurance; the videos are pre-taped clips edited at runtime via a computer program so that each viewer sees a different sequence. The audience can just close the browser and walk away. No one needs to suffer on this one; failure is built-in at the front end.

1 year performance video (aka samHsiehUpdate) is a 2004 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation. link to work |  permanent link to this post

Win Our Friendship
2000, C-print, index cards, pen, wooden box
Me & My Friends, 57Hope, Brooklyn, NY, USA;
friendly fire, project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada;
(718): A Bridge To Brooklyn, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, US

A framed photograph announcing the opportunity to win the artists’ friendship for one month.

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permanent link to this post Gallery Interface
2000, large format inkjet print, computer, Yahoo!
Bi-Virtue, star67, Brooklyn, NY

Original Proposal:
MTAA proposes to extend the exhibition space of star67 gallery, brooklyn, by the amount of 3 megabytes of disk space on the servers of

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Happy Fun Summer Rebellion
2000, performance installation: wooden signs, customized police barricades, food, beer, certificates
A Day At The Beach, PS1 Art Center, Queens, NY

MTAA barricaded themselves into an area of the PS1 courtyard on a misty summer day.

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Pirated Movie - A Pirated Screening of The Pirates of The Caribbean
2003, DVD-Video documentation of a live performance
Postmasters, New York, NY

Pirated Movie was a screening of a pirated version of Disney’s Pirates of The Caribbean, The Curse of The Black Pearl. The pirated video was screened in black and white and silently while five of NYC’s most interesting artists, DJs, and musicians provided a completely new soundtrack live during the screening.

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2003, postcards, digital C-prints, custom plywood frame, digital images
Rome Arts, Brooklyn, NY

MTAA created a single, digital image for a solo show at Rome Arts.

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Contemporary Gargoyle—Black (Soap) Box
2002, plywood, telephones, C-print, recorded messages
The Omega Manual, Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn, NY

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Lo-Fi Message Board
2001, chalk board paint, chalk
Creative Time's Cell Lounge at The Meat Market Art Fair, New York, NY

Lo-Fi MB was a temporary site specific installation.

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In Preparation For The Reversal of Gravity (AKA Flying Buttress)
1995-2001, industrial springs, cement block, C-prints
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY; Tipping Point, White Columns, New York, NY

Originally a site specific installation by M.River (AKA Mike Sarff) at Socrates Sculpture Park,

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Endnode (AKA Printer Tree)
2002, plywood, inkjet printers, 8 1/2" x 11" office paper, cables, computer, email discussion lists
Beta Launch: Eyebeam Artists in Residence '02, Eyebeam Atelier, New York, NY

Endnode is a networked sculpture that literally and figuratively represents the branching of the Internet. Printers nested within the plywood branches of a large “tree” produce hard copies of emails that fall to the ground like leaves or apples, becoming “endnodes” in the worldwide information flow. The general aesthetic of the piece is home-made “Franken-tree.” The emails come from a list created for the project that is centered on art, technology, and communication. Online avatars M. River and T. Whid guide the project.

Visit for details, images, mailing list archive, and other information. permanent link to this post

Direct To Your Home Art Projects Museum Model
1999, custom table, architectural model, doll house furniture, ephemera
Our New Stealth Model of Careerism, Walden Gallery, NYC, NY; - the show, 31 Grand, Brooklyn, NY

This sculpture is documentation of MTAA’s famous Direct To Your Home Art Projects (DYHAP) which were conducted online and via the US mail from November 1997 through November 1998.

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Dig: A Search For Captain Paine’s Ill-Gotten Loot
1997, tourist brochure/map, record album, certificates
Convergence International Arts Festival, Providence, RI

A treasure hunt through downtown Providence, RI. MTAA distributed brochures throughout the city in hopes of luring the citizens into a mass treasure hunt.

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DC 9/11 - The Evildoers’ Remix
2004, digital video
RNC NODE, Postmasters, New York, NY; The Thing, New York, NY

A guerilla edit of the pro-Bush propaganda film DC 9/11 - A Time of Crisis. The video is a collaboration between new media art duo MTAA, video artist bodyatomic and musician/DJ tinydiva.

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Restless Crowd Control
2001, video installation, barricades, slide projections
Good Bad Art Collective, Brooklyn, NY

Restless Crowd Control was an environment created for a performance night.

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In Preparation For An Attack By Mobs Of Hideously Deformed Radioctive Mutants On 31 Grand (AKA Cage Match)
2003, chainlink fence, blue tarp, 2x4, flourescent light, digital C-print
Dealer's Choice, 31 Grand, Brooklyn, NY

Cage Match was a site specific installation at 31 Grand, a gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

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Art Film Slide Advertisements
1997-1999, 35mm slides
4 Walls Slide & Film Club, 4 Walls, Brooklyn, NY; miscellaneous other venues

The Art Film Slide Advertisements are shown before screenings of art films, lectures, panel discussions, or performances.

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In Preparation For The Over-Running Of White Columns By Hordes of Bloodthirsty Barbarians (AKA Bunker Flood)
2001, cinder blocks, sand bags, C-print
Tipping Point, White Columns, New York, NY

Bunker Flood was a site specific installation at White Columns in NYC.

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1 Year Performance Video (installation version)
2005, plywood, Homasote®, felt, stage, domestic goods, digital video and custom software
not yet exhibited publicly

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The “1 Year Performance Video (installation version)” recasts the set of 1 Year Performance Video as a sculptural tableau with the 1YPV vidoes projected on the rear wall.

Custom-built software runs two video channels independent of one another. Once the software is started it’s programmed to run for one year. The number of days the software has been running is displayed above the video.

The entire stage is rebuilt and encloses the piece. permanent link to this post

Feb 12, 2006

You, Motherfucker

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

We realized today that this is probably our best piece EVER!

“The You, Motherfucker Flag”

See the online version, The Webpage For Planned Self-Obsolescence (AKA Even In The Line To The NYC DMV, One May Think Of Art).

The flag was sold to someone in Canada. If it was you, please contact us. If you know who has it, please contact us. Thanks. permanent link to this post

Yet more MTAA hype

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Yes, this is MTAA’s blog and we’ll hype ourselves if we want to.

The other night at a small reception for Rhizome ArtBase 101 at the New Museum I got some very good news.

First, I learned that Rhizome had considered making 1YPV its first ever limited edition art work. For some reason it couldn’t work out. Sucks that it didn’t happen (yet), but it’s nice to know people are thinking about ya.

Second, Mark Tribe told me that he thought 1YPV was one of the best New Media artworks ever. No offense to Mark, but you just can’t tell an artist something like that. Our egos are big enough already :-)

Third (and the really, really good news), Mark said that he’s including MTAA in a book on New Media art that he’s writing with Reena Jana for Taschen. That rocks. permanent link to this post

Yet even more

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

On the RHIZOME_RAW list, Marisa Olson asks this question (re: this post),
I feel compelled to ask (of him or anyone here who cares) what comprises this “fine line” between the two extremes of “good Pop Art and a sickening psychophantical [sic] homage to the dominant media culture”..? And must all art that appropriates the form and/or content of popular media fall into one or the other of these extreme categories?
(As soon as I saw my words quoted back at me I thought, “Psychophantical? That’s not how you spell sycophantical.”)

Marisa goes on to say,
Where does parody fit in, because to me, for something to be truly successful, on a parodic level, it has to be highly imitative—and, hence, to some degree, reverent, even if only in the sense of (let’s say) what Jameson calls “nostalgia films,” which are not necessarily acting in praise… To me, it is this act of shadowing (miming, resulting directly from, yet in contrast and however shape-shifted) that best affords the opportunity for critique. Admittedly, it is sort of an act of relinquishing some of the sense of “value” implied in models of authority (read: authorship), in order to sort of free one’s speech, ie to protest.
What comprises the fine line? I don’t know, but I know it when I see it. Parody, it seems to me, is neither Pop Art or ‘sickening’ sycophancy. Good Pop Art doesn’t seem like straight-up parody to me as it’s critique isn’t as implicit. You’re not quite sure if Warhol is critiquing popular culture or celebrating it. His best pieces (and his life) seem to have a conceptual shimmer. One is unsure of his intentions. Nonetheless there always seems to be a critical text in there somewhere… it’s just hard to pin down sometimes.

I don’t think is intended to be a parody. Perhaps I’m wrong. It also doesn’t seem to be intended as Pop art. It just seems to be a regular ole reality TV show (which btw will air on the Zoom hi-definition satellite network) using reality TV conventions and grafting them onto the art world. This is only speculation, but there doesn’t seem to be a critical text or sub-text in sight.
But anyway. I also wonder how TWhid (& MRiver) would situate their 1 year performance project re: reality tv—and if they see similarities, then have they given us “good Pop Art [or] a sickening psychophantical homage to the dominant media culture”? ;)
1YPV doesn’t have anything to do with reality TV or Pop art IMO. Since reality TV is so heavily edited there isn’t really any formal connection. The closest thing it comes to is the 24/7 web-cams that Big Brother used to have online.

Thanks for the discussion Marisa :) permanent link to this post

Yes, this Williamsburg

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Talk about hopelessly clueless. Check it out: Williamsburg, Brooklyn is full of hipsters! Quite the scoop.
We bought a couple of Zywiec beers and some pirogi, then headed for the gilt-framed stage. Packed onto the honey-colored wood floor (polished by the polka?), hundreds of jeans-clad fans waited for the headlining act, Spoon. Touted as the next big thing for years, the Austin-based art rockers took the stage, all sharp drums and crisp guitar riffs, sounding like they’d finally arrived. This corner of Brooklyn felt like it had, too.

BTW, Cary Peppermint and I were the the forefront of the hipster Zyweic (pronounced something like jev-yitz) beer craze.

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Yahoo! APIs

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Yahoo! has released their Developer Network. The Developer Network provides documentation and an SDK to help folks get started using the new APIs they’ve released to access Yahoo! web services. The APIs allow anyone to get results for an image search, video search, web search and more. All query results are delivered in an open XML format:
The results returned by the service are in XML which varies per service.
There has been lots of net art which uses search queries or results as the basis of the project (Cory Arcangel’s Dooogle and Thompson & Craighead’s Beacon being two recent examples). And now Yahoo! is making it super easy to use dynamic, live results in any sort of web-based art work. They provide examples in the SDK in a number of languages including Javascript, PHP, Python and Perl.

One caveat however, you must have an application ID to identify your application to the system and they limit the frequency by which you can query the system.
These rate limits are imposed independently for each service and are typically in the thousands-per-day per user range. See each service’s documentation for the individual limits.
This might be a problem for web-based software. The rate is limited by IP#, so a web site would look like one user to the system. The Image Search is limited to 5000 queries per 24 hour period. That doesn’t seem to be a great deal of queries for a popular web site. permanent link to this post

The Yes Men’s hi-jinks

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The Yes Men bill themselves as “honest people [impersonating] big-time criminals in order to publicly humiliate them.”

Their latest prank was infiltrating a Heritage Foundation conference in Chicago and making fools of the fools. From the Yes Men web site:
At the Heritage Foundation’s annual Resource Bank meeting in Chicago last Friday, protesters masquerading as a right-wing think tank took the stage and announced that in light of Bush’s shortcomings, they were nominating former Reagan Attorney-General Ed Meese for president.

The audience applauded for nearly ten seconds.
Read all about it and see pix and video at the Yes Men’s web site. permanent link to this post

It Felt Sooooooo Good

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I called the evil XO this morning and canceled my account.

Baby. It felt soooooooo good.

Our loyal followers will remember that XO is the POS hosting company that has been robbing us (well, me) blind with their service fees. You can read all about it here.

This morning I finally —finally— escaped their grasp, this is how the call went:

them: Good morning, how can we help you this morning.

us: I want to cancel my account

[bunch of gibberish that isn’t interesting]

them: May we ask why you are canceling your account today?

us: Because you provide horrible service [pause] and it costs too much.

[bunch more gibberish of no interest]

I know, I know, he was just some schlub answering the phones, but it still felt soooooo good. They’ve cost me at least a few hundred dollars in overpayment over the years (compared to other hosting companies) and it felt nice to finally get away from them. permanent link to this post

What a bunch of losers!

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Wrapping crappy XP in an aqua-like look don’t make it a Mac.

Try the real thing why dontchya? Truly pathetic. permanent link to this post

XML translation of Dan Graham’s “Schema”

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Found An XML translation of Dan Graham’s “Schema” via the netoworked_performance blog.

Hardcore conceptual art of the 60s meets hardcore information geek technologies of the 00s.

Ya gotta love it!

See the original Schema at ubuweb. permanent link to this post

www.pulp.href - +(a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f) - #########0|\|E

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jimpunk rulez permanent link to this post

Work sample video

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Download the video here (03’28, 27.4MB, .MOV).

MTAA is applying to a ‘professional development’ program. They accept all sorts of artists, but they take only slides or video for documentation in the application.


So we whipped up a video showing samples of eight pieces of ours: The Simple Net Art Diagram, Endnode, 1 year performance video, The Drinkin’ & Drawin’ Championship, Pirated Movie, DC 9/11 EDR, Infinite Phil, and Five Small Videos.

Download the video here (03’28, 27.4MB, .MOV). permanent link to this post

Wordpress and DreamHost

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

M.River’s site,, was moved over to a new hosting service recently. It’s now being served by DreamHost.

DreamHost really rocks, I recommend them (tell them twhid referred you please). One of the many niceties they offer is one-click Wordpress installation.

I hadn’t played around with Wordpress before, but it is really nice. Makes me wonder if I should move this blog over to it. Right now we’re running on Blosxom, which I like very much, but it’s written in Perl, and I don’t know Perl very well. Wordpress, on the other hand, is written in PHP. I know PHP much better and could possibly hack it more easily than Blosxom.

Hmmmmmmm. permanent link to this post

Williamsburg + space elevator = bad

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Join the fight!

(Unashamedly reblogged from reBlog who reblogged it from BoingBoing who got it from somewhere else.) permanent link to this post

Wild speculation

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Is Eyebeam behind Arianna Huffington’s soon-to-be-released

According to (via a Business 2.0 article), will be,
[…]in the mold of Slate and Salon, with, get this, guest bloggers ranging from Sen. Jon Corzine, Larry David, Barry Diller, Tom Freston, David Geffen, Vernon Jordan, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Harry Evans and his wife, Tina Brown.

Her business partner is Ken Lerer, the head of AOL-TW’s corporate communications in the Bob Pittman era.

Along with the celebrity cred, these super-busy bloggers may not actually blog, but e-mail or phone in their posts: “We’re setting up a system wherein you’ll be able to e-mail or phone in your latest take, which our editorial team will fact-check and turn into a blog post.”

The site’s soft launch is apparently set for April.
Also, according to, is registered to none other than our favorite contagious media geek and Eyebeam R&D Director: Jonah Peretti! (confirmed through whois.)

This is probably a side project for Jonah and not an official Eyebeam deal. Jonah is a genius at getting things noticed online, perhaps the publisher of the site decided she needed some of the ‘ole contagious media mojo that he can provide? We shall see… permanent link to this post

Wide-angle will work? Yes it will.

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This post is for mriver, it won’t be very meaningful to anyone else.

I did some tests with the wide-angle lens I borrowed from Bill with good results. I posted a JPG that you can check out, follow this link. This is simply cropped from a still I took from the video camera. I didn’t capture any video and test it yet. The frame of reference in the still may be different than the video. But the wide-angle lens looks like the way to go. We can get a lot closer. There is a bit of fish-eye effect, but I don’t think it’s horrible.

update: I examined a still I grabbed from the video as well. It looks good as far as cropping it the way we want it (didn’t post this image, sorry). I’m going to experiment with the actual video next using the tools we’ll use for the final output. It’s looking pretty good. I’ll put a flash video version of it online when I’m done.

Let me know what you think. If you go to the studio, don’t move the tripod (or mark it before you do). permanent link to this post

Wichita State backs down

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Wichita State University has announced that the Emily Jacir exhibition scheduled to run January 20 - March 6, 2005, at the Ulrich Museum of Art will do so without any conditions.

Elizabeth King, Vice President for University Advancement, released the following statement late this afternoon:

“Wichita State University is aware of the discussion generated by the scheduled exhibition of work by artist Emily Jacir at the Ulrich Museum of Art. The University is committed to going forward with the exhibition without conditions or limitations that could be considered to compromise the integrity of Ms. Jacir’s work as an artist. The University appreciates the widespread interest in the artist and the exhibition.”

via: From the Floor: Emily Jacir Exhibition to Proceed without Conditions
It’s good to see that all involved came to their senses. permanent link to this post

Why show in a gallery?

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

In the comments of this post, an anonymous reader writes:
I’d be interested to know why you made the decision to try and show in galleries. Do you feel you are having to find ways to “shoehorn” your stuff into a format that fits.
Good question.

MTAA have always created physical work in conjunction with our on-line work. Our first net art work, TIME!®, used the web as a component of what was really a sort of relational art work. This piece was eventually shown in a physical permutation at a show we did in 2000 at Walden Gallery. Actually we made physical versions of a bunch of our stuff for that show, including the V-TAV and the DYHAP Museum Model. So it’s not really something new for us.

You can see a bunch of our off-line art work on this web site too. So, it’s nothing new for us really.

The difference is now, we’re really pushing to make some headway into the gallery world. This means a lot of things.

On the production side, it means conceptualizing projects in such a way that they work as net art and sculptural or physical objects too (like our printer tree). It means coming up with ideas that hold our interest in digital materials, but also make sense in a gallery context (ie, it can hang on a wall, sometimes without electricity). And it means producing art-like artifacts that are documents of networked or digital activities or collaborations.

As for why now? I’m copping-out today. It’s late on a Friday evening, I need to chill. permanent link to this post

White people are mutants

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This is pretty old, but I thought it was interesting and I haven’t posted much this week…
Scientists said yesterday that they have discovered a tiny genetic mutation that largely explains the first appearance of white skin in humans tens of thousands of years ago, a finding that helps solve one of biology’s most enduring mysteries and illuminates one of humanity’s greatest sources of strife.

The work suggests that the skin-whitening mutation occurred by chance in a single individual after the first human exodus from Africa, when all people were brown-skinned. That person’s offspring apparently thrived as humans moved northward into what is now Europe, helping to give rise to the lightest of the world’s races.

via - Scientists Find A DNA Change That Accounts For White Skin permanent link to this post

What is Karaoke Deathmatch 100?

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Artist collaborators MTAA (M.River and T.Whid) went head-to-head in a karaoke deathmatch over the weekend as they both performed 50 songs in a row while drinking heavily and gargling Chloraseptic®.

M.River’s drink of choice was a 12-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. T.Whid swilled sake from a champagne flute (he doesn’t recall the brand).

The video footage taken of the event will be assembled into an installation video as well as an online artwork.

Think of this as the trailer to the video: KDM100 - behind the scenes (quicktime 7 required (sorry Windows users), 37 seconds, 9.8MB) permanent link to this post

Which NYTimes Op-Ed Columnist Are You?

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Take the test here.

I’m embarrassed to say that I’m Maureen Dowd. I knew choosing the lottery numbers for the fortune cookie question and ‘The appalling machismo of the Bush administration’ for the last question would push me into Dowd-ism. I wanted to be Krugman of course.

Fun, but easy to game if you read the NYT Op-Ed page often. permanent link to this post

Welcome to t whid’s Homepage

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This is NOT t.whid’s home page.

Strange. permanent link to this post

Welcome to the police state

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Just heard on Air America that there will be random searches on the NYC subways.

Link to the NYTimes article

From the NYTimes article:
[MTA spokesman] Mr. Kelly acknowledged that the random searches were without precedent, but added that he hoped riders would not consider the actions an inconvenience.

No, not inconvenient; just flouting basic american liberties, no inconvenience at all, really. Would you like to look down my undies too? Grab that flashlight and those latex gloves, I want you to check my anal cavity too please.

I may have more ranting later, but this is COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT. We can only hope the ACLU is preparing some sort of legal action.

Guess I’ll have to start riding my bike to work. permanent link to this post

Welcome 2 my Artshow!!!!!!!!!

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Cory Arcangel at Team.

Opens January 13th, 2005. From the press release:
This exhibition, entitled Welcome to my Homepage Artshow, is the first solo show in New York by Arcangel, a founding member of the Beige Programming Ensemble. The show includes a number of new hacked Nintendo game cartridges - the work that Arcangel has become known for - and a number of new works in the medium of video. In the former group are a fully interactive Ipod® programmed for the Nintendo® system and an absurdly slowed down version of Tetris®. In the latter group are Sans Simon, a video of Simon and Garfunkel in which the artist uses his hand to hide Simon’s presence, and Geto Boys/Beach Boys in which videos by the two eponymous bands are played side by side creating an oddly harmonic synchronicity.


The show at Team […] marks the launch of, a search engine which only yields results about Doogie Howser, M.D. Also available is a new piece of software called T.A.C. (Total Asshole Compression), a program which increases the size of any file passed through it.
More at Team Gallery permanent link to this post

Weird NYT arts article

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

A group of established artists have been gathering for invitation-only figure drawing sessions, an exercise that had fallen out of fashion.


Only a few years ago, the idea of artists gathering to paint from a model would have seemed impossibly old-fashioned and hokey - and if the model was female and nude, sexist to boot. Yet for nearly three years now, a number of artists - not students putting charcoal to paper for the first time, but successful artists with established styles and audiences of their own - have flocked to Mr. Cotton’s weekly invitation-only sessions
via: Trendy Artists Pick Up an Old-Fashioned Habit

I’ve been trying to put my finger on why I find this article sort of strange. First though, congrats to everyone mentioned. It’s always good to get a mention in the NYTimes.

I was trying to figure out if the writer really believes that it’s unusual for painters to gather and sharpen their drawing skills or if this was just some sort of not-so-subtle PR plant. I’m leaning toward PR plant.

I just can’t believe anyone would think that this is some sort of new trend. If artists are interested in figuration — or drawing at all — one of the best ways to keep your skills at a high level is to draw the figure.

Don’t believe the hype, artists have for years gathered to share the expense of a figure model. It’s nothing new. permanent link to this post

Weather Data for the Masses

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this week began providing weather data in an open-access XML format, alleviating concerns that commercial providers would continue to play a dominant role in how weather data gets to the public.

via: Wired News: Weather Data for the Masses
Get your weather data here. It’s in a format called NDFD XML (National Digital Forecast Database XML)

This could portend some weather-oriented web/net projects.

And some better weather RSS feeds too :-) I currently use, but the current condition reports are always hours and hours old — not very current IMO. permanent link to this post

We’ve HAVE been making net art, but s.l.o.w.l.y

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

In September we’ll be releasing a new net art work (probably our only one of the year). We’ve been working on it on and off since early in 2004 and we finally got to do some test shooting today (it’s a video project; it will be flash video as the final).

M.River has been building the set and I’ve been lazing around waiting for him to finish. But now we’re almost there. Today we bought a Panasonic GS120 and did some test shooting.

I’m not going to describe the piece right now but I wanted to post this still as I’m excited with how it’s coming along. permanent link to this post

wappening #2! Get Rob an orange — QUICK!

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Lee Walton:
At this very moment, Rob Bohn is holding a red jacket in his hand and standing on the corner of 23rd and Broadway near the Flatiron Building.

He is excruciatingly cold for he cannot wear his jacket unless he is given an orange.

Simply find a way to get an orange to him and he will thankfully put on his red jacket.

He will be standing on the corner until the sun sets - wearing or not wearing his red jacket.

He is depending on you.

M.River adds - Yikes! It’s cold in nyc today. Lee, how could you?!

M.River Update - T.Whid to the rescue! I just got a call at work from T. He has left his office near Madison Square Garden, picked up an orange and is headed down to save that kid Lee has standing out in the cold. He said he’ll call when he gets there.

M.River Update #2 - T.Whid just called. He gave the kid the orange and he put his coat on. T.Whid reports that the kid seemed very happy to see him. The kid said he started standing at 12:15. Behold the power of the net and a slow Friday afternoon at work.

twhid update (also cross-posted to Rhizome_RAW):
I had a strange sort of elation when I exited the subway and saw him still standing there freezing and knowing that I had his salvation bulging in my coat pocket.

Lee’s pieces along this line are a weird sort of flash anti-mob where only a few ‘in-the-know’ even know there’s art happening. A sly statement on the ‘special’ knowledge some contend one needs to appreciate some forms of contemporary art?

Also we need to coin a phrase for this type of work (MTAA has also made work along these lines). “net.flux” anybody?

M. River adds - He told me once they are called “micro performances”. I forget who coined it. permanent link to this post

Villette Numerique

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Jonah Brucker-Cohen on coin-operated:
The Villette Numerique media arts festival opens tonite in Paris! Featured in this huge show includes “Listening Post” by Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen, “Bondage” by Atau Tanaka, an installation that turns still imagery into soundscapes, and “Unprepared Piano” by Thomson and Craighead - which presents a Yamaha MIDI grand piano connected to found mp3 files from across the web. Also, this show features the first ever install of “Carnivore” (by RSG) that includes all 16 clients installed in the same venue!
Jonah’s Carnivore client, “Police State,” is included as well as MTAA’s own client “The Gordon Matta-Clark Encryption Method.”

The art section of Villette Numerique was curated by Benjamin Weil the well-known new media curator. permanent link to this post

American Art Is Adrift for Biennale in Venice

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

American Art Is Adrift for Biennale in Venice
American representation at the prestigious arts festival is in turmoil as the State Department looks to find someone to run and help pay for the exhibit. [NYT: Arts]
Desperate to find a quick solution, late last month officials from the State Department approached the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which owns the pavilion, about organizing the American exhibition at the 2005 Biennale

The State Department’s decision to ask a museum to organize the pavilion rather than let a committee decide is viewed by many in the art world as undemocratic and scandalous.

“If the Guggenheim does it,” [Robert Gober] said, “it will become an arm of the museum.”
Hmmm, not all bad, maybe M.River will get a free trip to Venice… permanent link to this post

“The ‘Velvet-Strike’ underground,” article on Salon

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Why does so much writing on new media art wind up being written by tech writers whose knowledge of contemporary art is so sourly lacking?

This article in Salon (reg rqu) isn’t horrible (it does give a decent account of contemporary hacktivist-like uses of the game genre) but lacks any reference to other political or protest art.

I’ll go on the record. I don’t want a tech writer covering my work. I’m an artist first, a programmer second; MTAA’s work should be included in the discourse of contemporary art. We need new writers and critics who know BOTH digital culture and contemporary art instead of one or the other. permanent link to this post

Unmerry Prankster in NYTimes

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This is a strange story of a prank gone bad at a gallery opening in Williamsburg a few years ago. It involves 31Grand and it’s co-director Heather Stephens, an old friend of mine.
EVEN now, four years later, people who know Simon Curtis still can’t believe the odd series of events that led him to spend the last year in jail. And although Mr. Curtis readily admits that he was living recklessly, drinking too much, taking drugs and spraying graffiti on the Lower East Side, he didn’t exactly see a state prison in his future when he went to an art opening on the night of July 14, 2001.


A good-size crowd had turned out, and a loose, partylike atmosphere prevailed. As the evening wound down, Mr. Curtis, then 31, found himself nearly alone inside the gallery and eyeing his favorite photo, a self-portrait of Ms. Cortez that showed her topless and wearing ripped stockings. He was feeling contented and mischievous and also a little drunk. It suddenly occurred to him that it would be funny to show up with the photo at Max Fish, a Lower East Side bar where Ms. Cortez had gone with friends. As a group of people stood outside smoking cigarettes in the sticky air, he reached up, plucked the photo from the wall and shuffled out.

My fiance (girlfriend at the time) and I, along with our friends Bill and Dawn, were at the opening earlier that evening. We were just leaving dinner at Relish in Williamsburg when we saw a scuffle at the corner of Wythe and Metropolitan. I noticed that our friend Heather was involved in the fight so we went over to see what was going on.

We witnessed the entire fight. I eventually testified in front of the grand jury that indicted Sam Salganik. permanent link to this post

Ubuntu: a Linux noob’s story

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

What the hell is ‘Ubuntu’ you ask? According to Ubuntu Linux’s web site,
“Ubuntu” is an ancient African word, meaning “humanity to others”. Ubuntu also means “I am what I am because of who we all are”.
Very cool word.

I’ve decided to make Ubuntu Linux my gateway into the Linux world. It’s freshly installed on an old Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop of mine and I’m playing around with it. It’s been a medium-difficult (but fun) experience.

I decided to look into Linux for use in art installations. I figured build-your-own systems paired with Linux would be the cheapest way to go (this was before the introduction of the Mac mini). Plus, there is no way in hell I’m going to run my art work on top of Windows.

I’m coming from a Mac OS background.

Step 1: Distro delirium
The Linux live CDs are the easiest way to dip your toes into Linux and try different distros. The first one I successfully tested was Knoppix. Knoppix taught me that KDE is ugly as hell. I’ve since learned that you can make KDE look pretty cool. But the damage was done; I went in search of a live CD with Gnome as the default desktop environment which lead me to, what else? Gnoppix of course.

But a funny thing happened on the way to Gnoppix, their live CD happens to be Ubuntu Linux! After trying it out I was sold: it’s clean, simple, worked well with my hardware, and used ‘sudo’ to do system level commands very similar to Mac OS X. (I forgot to mention that I attempted SUSE in the meantime, but it wouldn’t install on my low RAM system.)

Step 2: Install the damn thing
This should be simple enough. I downloaded the installer from a Ubuntu download site, did a MD5 checksum, burned a disk (using Mac OS X’s disk utility), popped it in my PC and booted from the installer disk. From there it was a simple install process.

Let me back up a second. My install process was probably a tad easier then other users’ experience. What I mean is, is that because I simply reformatted the entire disk and installed fresh, I didn’t need to worry about partitioning my disk for dual-booting. If you are partitioning your disk to dual boot Linux and Windows then this might be a tougher job.

Step 3: Boot up your new system!
This is the easy part, just hit the continue button at the end of the install process.

Step 4: Remove hair violently
As soon as I booted up the problem was obvious. The entire screen was being drawn very weirdly: fuzziness, noise, a weird mirroring affect — not good. I’ll skip the details, but I tried and tried to fix it to no avail. I decided to install Mandrake Linux instead.

Step 5: Install the damn thing (2)
Again with the whole download-ISO-check-MD5-burn-CD bit (but with three CDs this time). But now comes the interesting part. Mandrake’s installer is much more user-friendly and mature than Ubuntu’s, so when I got to the part where one chooses their monitor resolution and color depth, the installer had a fancy little utility to TEST one’s video settings.

The installer chose default settings for my laptop monitor (based on the video card I assume) and I clicked the test button.


Blurriness, weird mirroring affect, everything! After fiddling around with it a bit I finally realized that it was the color depth setting causing the problem; everything worked fine at 16-bit, but not at 24. This left me with a decision to make: stick with Mandrake or go back to Ubuntu. I was sure the problem with Ubuntu’s screen drawing was the same issue.

Step 6: Go to Step 2
After looking over the Mandrake and Ubuntu support and community sites I decided I liked Ubuntu. My impression was that the community is very helpful and friendly (reminds me of the Mac community), there are lots of Linux noobs like me (more experienced users are patient with them) and it just has a good vibe. Back to installing Ubuntu.

Step 7: Enjoy
So now I have a bare bones Ubuntu system running on my laptop (I did have to edit the X11 config file by hand to get the system to default to 16-bit color, but it wasn’t a problem).

I’m excited to start playing around with it and see what Linux can do in the studio. My plan is to create some dynamic run-time videos (similar to MTAA’s own 1YPV or Manovich’s Soft Cinema), use it in conjunction with touch-screens for more viscerally interactive pieces (gallery version of Five Small Videos…), and whatever else we’ll need cheap PCs for in the future.

Of course I’m a bit worried by this color depth issue, but it can probably be overcome. permanent link to this post

U2 vs. Negativland vs. Apple

posted at 16:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Here goes nothing: The Unauthorized iPod U2 vs. Negativland Special Edition, removed from eBay last December due to Apple’s objections, is now available for auction here on my own site. Bidding is open until March 14, 2005. This auction period is quite a bit more than what would be offered on eBay, because bid handling will be much less automated. Get your bids in now!

Via: U2 vs. Negativland vs. Apple vs. eBay vs. me, take 2
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Reblogging this week

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Might be a little short on the posts to the MTAA-RR this week as I’ll be spending my blogging minutes over on Eyebeam’s Reblog.

I spent some time planning some mischief, but decided to play it straight. I was going to try to post more often during the day but the process sort of precludes that as one needs to rebuild the MT-powered Reblog every time one wishes to update the site. We probably would like to keep those rebuilds to a minimum; and it takes a while. permanent link to this post

Turbulence call for entries

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In my in-box today:
CALL FOR ENTRIES: Turbulence Juried International Net Art Competition

New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. is pleased to announce that with the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 5 net art projects will be commissioned for the Turbulence web site in a juried international (open to everyone) competition. Each commission will be $5,000 (US).

DEADLINE: March 31, 2005


JURORS: Wayne Ashley (US), Arcangel Constantini (Mexico), Sara Diamond (Canada), Melinda Rackham (Australia), and Helen Thorington (US).
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Tweedy and Lessig to Speak at NYPL

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Stolen from Newsgrist
On April 7, the New York Public Library and Wired Magazine will present musician, songwriter and author Jeff Tweedy and Stanford University law professor Lawrence Lessig in a discussion moderated by Wired Magazine contributing editor Steven Johnson. The engagement Who Owns Culture? will explore the artistic, commercial and legal issues that surround the Internet-enabled freeing of culture. It is part of the new series Live From the NYPL.
Read the entire release: Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig to Speak at New York Public Library on April 7.

DAMN! DAMN! DAMN! I’m going to be out of town that day. I saw Lessig speak at Eyebeam a while back and he gives good lecture, highly recommended. permanent link to this post

Turbulence and MTAA Need Your Help

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Please reBlog…
From Jo-Anne Green at
Despite the expansion of our projects and the acceleration of our support for net artists over the past two-and-a-half years, Turbulence has not seen a parallel increase in its operating support. The situation has become critical during the past month because two recently launched projects—ASCII BUSH and 1 Year Performance Video—have made greater demands on our server than ever before. Both projects have exceeded the limits of our monthly bandwidth; ASCII BUSH will re-launch soon after having been taken down for three weeks. [The piece had received close to 20,000 visits.] 1 Year Performance Video, by MTAA, is also a huge success. However, if we don’t find immediate support—either in the form of server co-hosts or financial contributions—this piece, too, will have to be taken down.

Please consider helping Turbulence keep 1 Year Performance Video alive! Send the artists an email ( if you can co-host the project, or go to and click on the PayPal button.
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Turbulence 2005 Fundraiser

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The great web site the commissioned MTAA’s own 1 Year Performance Video needs your support!
December 1, 2005 New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc./Turbulence Fundraiser

New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA) will be 25 years old in 2006; Turbulence will be 10 years old. Despite the expansion of our projects, the acceleration of our support for net artists, and the valuable resources we provide in our networked_performance blog and New American Radio archive, NRPA has seen a decline in its operating support. As a result, much of our hard work forgoes compensation. Of equal concern is the dual role our server is forced to perform: archiving work produced since 1996 and supporting new commissions that require cutting edge technologies and later versions of its current software. It s time for a new server.

We need your support. Please help us preserve our archives and support emerging artists and technologies. Numerous Turbulence artists have generously donated DVDs, CDs, archival prints, T-Shirts and more. Choose from this impressive array or simply make a donation today.

Art work donated by Cory Arcangel, Kate Armstrong, Andy Deck, Jason Freeman, Mariam Ghani, Peter Horvath, Yael Kanarek, Michael Takeo Magruder, Michael Mandiberg, MTAA, Yoshi Sodeoka, Helen Thorington and Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga

We’ve donated DVD-Video loops of our piece ‘Infinite Smile.’ permanent link to this post

Tsunami relief efforts

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Inspired by many other web sites I thought I’d do my small part in spreading the relief message.

Some links for giving:
American Red Cross
Sarvodaya permanent link to this post

Tom Moody does 1YPV

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Tom Moody (we’ll be on Rhizome’s Blogging and the Arts panel together this Tuesday; be there or be square) posted a few comments on MTAA’s 1 YEAR PERFORMANCE VIDEO.

I’ll quote bits, then comment (read the entire post here, I can’t figure out if it’s positive or negative, but it’s thoughtful and honest so you can’t ask for more than that).
Tom Moody:
Pieces that refer so specifically to known, past artworks, satirically or otherwise, are problematic—more on this below—but there’s much to think about here. Unlike the Globe and Mail, I’d discuss the work in terms of voyeurism, and artist recuperation of the part-guileless, part-sleazy home webcam phenomenon. In real (Internet) life, the only reason a surfer would stay with a site like this for hours was in the hope that the subjects might do something kinky. I know there are people watching this for art, but why? Perhaps the presence of white plastic buckets in the rooms creates some morbid curiosity about how the artists handle basic elimination needs, but frankly I didn’t stick around to find out.
Buckets: one’s dirty, one’s clean; they both get used at some point.

Seriously, we have people who have been running the piece for (as of today) 36 days. Obviously they haven’t been watching the piece the entire time, they simply let it run on an unused computer in their lab or studio. But on the other hand, one can’t prove they haven’t been watching it either ;-)

When we created the piece we understood that not many people would view it for more than a few minutes. But that’s OK. One doesn’t need to view it for more than a few minutes. Once one gets the idea and also understands how digital media and computer networks function then it’s enough to know that it is there, ready to be viewed for an indefinite period of time, anytime you wish. To me it becomes sublime at that point.
Like Penn and Teller explaining a magic trick, the artists reveal—on a related web page—quite a bit about the scripting and webserving mechanics behind their simulation. This geeks-only backstory actually makes for fairly fascinating reading. [snip]
He’s referring to this page. It was important to include that material for three reasons: (1) We back open source software initiatives especially in relation to technical arts and artworks (the The Open Art Network is doing great work and we hope to add what we can from 1YPV to it soon), (2) we didn’t want anyone to mistake the webcam for something real; it’s important to the piece that the viewer knows they’re watching canned clips and (3) I had a secret private hope (that I’m first sharing now) that someone would re-mix/re-purpose/re-use the video clips.
For sure the technology changes the Hsieh piece quite a bit, which did allow observers, but only at specified times, like a prison visit. Ultimately the MTAA work’s relationship to current tech-shaped behavior patterns and pop culture tropes feels more compelling than its parody of the Hsieh performance, which is almost by definition an art world in-joke, with a singular interpretation: that when computer-age art revisits the physically demanding, emotionally wrenching work of yesteryear, an insincere, fast-food facsimile inevitably results. Sorry to leach the humor out of it, but there it is.
We received the same criticism from Kevin McCoy (discussions with Kevin during the building of the piece were invaluable). The crit being that by making it simply an ‘update’ (or parody or satire) of Hsieh didn’t do justice to the piece. That it ‘stands on its own’, why quote Hsieh at all?

It’s great that it seems many people are looking beyond the initial hook and finding other cultural resonances in the piece like Tom describes. But I would argue with Tom’s ‘singular interpretation.’ I don’t think the update has a singular interpretation, Tom’s is one interpretation, but there can be others. First, it’s not insincere, we are paying tribute to Hsieh. Second, it’s not a facsimile; it’s an *update*. We’ve taken parts of the original which work and used them unmodified (a cell, a year), we’ve take other parts and modified them (who’s commitment?), and we’ve added totally new parts (top 5, top 10 lists). So it becomes a new thing, not a facsimile. It’s new but it’s in dialogue with the original.

My own interpretation is that when we take a Hsieh’s piece, automate it and at the same time transfer the onus of the commitment from the artist to the viewer, the viewer invariably will reject the commitment *or* automate the commitment themselves. This rejection/automation is interesting.

Hsieh challenged himself, we challenge the viewer. That is the crux of the update. permanent link to this post

Big news for Mac OS X users today

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Apple released a sneak preview of Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger (what a lame name) today at their World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

I have mixed feelings about some of the features, not because I don’t think they aren’t cool, but because it looks to put small 3rd-party Mac developers out of business.

Safari will contain a built-in RSS reader which looks to widen the RSS audience but at the same time force NetNewsWire and PulpFiction out of the market.

Dashboard looks cool; did Apple buy Konfabulator? Dashboard is a complete and utter rip-off of Konfabulator.

The changes to iChat AV look very exciting. It sports a new, very cool 3d interface for group video conferences. To bad there isn’t a way to use the power of the video conferencing abilities of this app as a 3rd-party developer. Imagine the possibilities for real-time streaming performances and etc which would be open to net artists…

There was a bunch of other stuff too, check it out.

WHOOPS. I missed some fairly big news. The server edition of 10.4 comes with a Weblog server “based on the popular open source project ‘Blojsom.’” Blojsom is written in Java but is based on Perl-powered Blosxom which this web site is built with.

update deux:
Looks like Apple didn’t buy Konfabulator, it’s developer calls Apple’s Dashboard ‘insulting’ (link to C-Net, which is notoriously anti-Apple). permanent link to this post

This week sucked

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I was supposed to be at the University of Maine today and through the weekend for the Conference on the Intellectual Commons. But instead I’m here in New York still recovering from a nasty cold or flu that had me down the entire week.

The conference sounded great and I was really looking forward to it. I was supposed to be on a panel tomorrow with Jon Ippolito (artist, curator, educator), Neeru Paharia (Assistant Director, Creative Commons) and other luminaries. We’re doing an iChat video conference so all is not lost I suppose.

We’re planning on re-scheduling my visit. I should be up there either in the next few weeks or after the first of the year.

Damn flu! Very disappointing. permanent link to this post

tehchingHsiehUpdate update

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Worked my ASS off over the weekend getting the Flash bit of our current project, tehchingHsiehUpdate, working correctly.

And I gotta say, Flash’s video format has got a looong way to go. My problem was that I needed to load a video right after one completed playing. But in my Flash videos (FLV) encoded using Macromedia’s FLV encoder 1.2 the videos would never officially ‘end’ so the media wrapper holding the video would never send the ‘complete’ event. In other words, the FLV encoder is broken and I had to figure out a workaround. I finally settled on using duration (accessed via onMetaData) and comparing it to the time the video has been playing to decide that the video has ended and load a new video.

Then I tackled loading the video playlist via an external XML file. That whole process is well-documented and the XML file is simple so that was pretty easy. Except that if the XML file had any breaks in it Flash would see those as extra nodes. The problem is easily fixed by making the XML one long line of text with no breaks.

Now we have a SWF that loads an external XML file, builds a playlist, and plays all the videos in it one after the other. When it reaches the end of the list, it reloads the XML file. This XML file will be dynamically generated so in the end we’ll have a year-long movie built from about 12 hours of video. permanent link to this post

This art is the bomb

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Via Gawker, It’s Art So Long As You Don’t Detonate It via NY Observer, The Transom
Continuing with our insistence that FEAR IS BACK, today’s Transom has a downright disturbing item about Brooklyn artist Chris Hackett […], who is constructing a fully-functional suitcase bomb. The piece is courtesy of the Madagascar Institute, a radical art organization which is organizing an exhibition to be shown at either Cooper Union or South Street Seaport the week of September 11. Here’s to the power of perfect timing:
[Hackett] said the strength of the bomb would be equivalent to “about four pounds of TNT. It doesn’t sound like much,” he allowed, “but it’s enough to kill everyone in the gallery.”
I cry BS or “conceptual hoax” as the Observer writer puts it. But at the same time I’m morbidly fascinated. Plus, it seems the artist has a bit of a violent streak. According to the Observer article:
Mr. Hackett was the victim of one of his own art works early last year. The graphic description in a New York Post story on Jan. 25, 2004, was that Mr. Hackett “blew up part of his face” while rigging a propane tank to fire a confetti cannon. Mr. Hackett’s jaw was broken in the explosion.

So, who knows? If it’s a real bomb, Mr. Hackett will find himself in prison. He’s currently out on bail from weapons charges stemming from the explosion in 2004. If the cops read the NY Observer I have a feeling he may not be able to finish his bomb.

For what it’s worth, I find Gregory Green’s nuclear devices and package bombs more interesting. permanent link to this post

Thingist discussion on Napier’s new stuff

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There’s some good discussion happening on Thingist around Napier’s new body of work now showing at Bitforms.

A note from Rob about finding the discussion:
[…] people have to login as guest then go to “threads” to find it.

See and hear Napier talk about his stuff this Thursday at the Upgrade! (NYC and area). permanent link to this post

The Year In The Internet 2005

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Michael Bell-Smith and Cory Arcangel compiled a list of what some folks thought was best about the Internet in 2005.

I’m proud to say that MTAA made Marisa Olson’s top 10:
MTAA’s 1 year performance video (aka samHsiehUpdate) One of the smartest, most interesting, art historically important works of internet art ever. Honestly.

Thanks for the mad props Marisa. permanent link to this post

The Yes Men movie

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The Yes Men movie opened yesterday in New York and Los Angeles.

It’s going to be opening in a bunch of other theaters around the country on October 1st too. Check out the dates and locations here.

Who are The Yes Men? According to their site:
Identity Theft:
Small-time criminals impersonate honest people in order to steal their money. Targets are ordinary folks whose ID numbers fell into the wrong hands.

Identity Correction:
Honest people impersonate big-time criminals in order to publicly humiliate them. Targets are leaders and big corporations who put profits ahead of everything else.

The Yes Men:
The Yes Men have impersonated some of the world’s most powerful criminals at conferences, on the web, and on television, in order to correct their identities. They currently have hundreds of thousands of job openings.
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The Shock of the New Entry Fee

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MoMA will raise the basic price of admission an eye-opening 67 percent, to $20, making the Modern the most expensive major art museum in the United States.

[ From: The Shock of the New Entry Fee :: The New York Times > Arts ]

Damn. That’s harsh. I haven’t even been to MoMA for a while to my embarrassment. (When is the construction supposed to be done anyway?) It’s best to go with M.River who can get in 4 people free as he works at another major NYC art museum.

Of course the Met is always good too: pay what you wish. And if you’re to embarrassed to wish to pay whatever change you may have in your pocket, it’s easy to find one of those buttons laying around on the steps outside. permanent link to this post

the Pool Featured on Wired

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The University of Maine’s Joline Blais and John Ippolito have created a project called the Pool which is, according to the article: a collaborative online environment for creating and sharing images, music, videos, programming code and texts I saw John Ippolito, Joline Blais and Lawrence Lessig speak at Eyebeam a few weeks back about their respective projects. Lessig is, of course, behind Creative Commons; Blais presented the Pool; and Ippolito presented his own project for encouraging artists to go one step farther and open source their project’s source or “mother” files.

I like Ippolito’s ideas about sharing these more valuable “working” files as I call them. It would mean making your .FLA, Final Cut source files, .PSDs, .AIs and so on available freely to the public. There is a problem however when it comes to bandwidth and storage for what could be massive working files (especially for any project which uses video).

So, one piece of the puzzle is to have *free* storage space on public servers for artists to store their working files along with a searchable database of all the stuff and where it is. I’ve been toying with the idea of taking up the cause… permanent link to this post

“The Scream” stolen

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Edvard Munch’s paintings “The Scream” and “Madonna” were stolen from an art museum Sunday while armed men threatened the staff at gunpoint.
[LINK to full story in NYTimes]

Holy shit! permanent link to this post

The Plaza protest

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There was an intervention on the side of The Plaza Hotel this morning. I haven’t seen this anywhere else in the media.

See the pix here.

From an eyewitness:
[…] two men hanging off the side of the building on ropes, with tons of police cars below. So I go into my building (which is directly across the street, the FAO Schwartz building) and up to the 10th floor where I work and tell everyone what is going on. We all run to the window and watch as these two men are dangling outside the Plaza trying to hang an anti-Bush sign. The cops were reaching out the window after them, it was quite a scene!
Thanks Marcia ;) permanent link to this post

The most blogged artist EVER!

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I follow a few art feeds and in the past week the amount of Cory Arcangel postings has been overwhelming. He’s definitely the art-blog superstar.

First, MTAA has posted at least five posts ourselves (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

James Wagner busted out a couple over the weekend: Cory Arcangel travels with sound and light and Paper Rad and Cory Arcangel.

Bloggy chimed in with Cory Arcangel at Team Gallery.

And Tom Moody has been all over it with 3 posts, Detail of Super Mario Movie Poster, Super Mario Movie, Super Heads of State and Notes on Arcangel Show.

So what do you all think? Is Cory the most blogged artist to date?

Oops, just found another at a blog called cheesedip: cory arcangel week

I should not have done the google search… one more, Cory Arcangel @ Team Gallery, NYC.

Feel free to send me more links if you like. permanent link to this post

The oh-so-lame-i-gotta-post-on-the-blog-cuz-i-got-a-blog blog post

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Well, it’s not that lame, we do have some news: we were invited to apply for a grant where we could score $35k.

Who the hell would even consider giving us $35k you ask?

This org. permanent link to this post

The Infectious Nature of Holiday Cheer

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Just in time for Xmas 2004! Starring yours truly in a big budget holiday extravaganza!

The Infectious Nature of Holiday Cheer

Download medium version (.mov, 320x240)
Quicktime required - get it here

Download large version (Divx, 640x480)
Quicktime required - get it here
Divx codec required - Mac | PC
Download the entire file to your hard drive and play in QuickTime player on a Mac or Divx Player on a PC. To Download, Mac: control-click the link and choose to save link or file; PC: right-click and choose to save the link, target or file.

A B&D Handmade production
Written & Directed by Bill Hallinan

The Players
T.Whid as John Q. Public
André Sala as Mr. Gift Boxes
Dawn Winchester as Fay Wray
Bill Hallinan as Pointer

The Crew
Photography by George Su
Prop Master, André Sala
Prop Support, Elece Blumberg permanent link to this post

The Huffington Post | Raw Feed!

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After a day and a half of subscribing to the Huffington Post | Raw Feed (xml link), I’m sort of drowning in information. But I’m a sucker for punishment. I’ve been a subscriber to Rhizome_RAW for years and that list could generate 30-40 emails a day!

Most of the Huffington Post posts are very good. But I have to admit, it’s the first time I scan the author in my aggregator (as well as headline) to decide if I would like to read a post.

I wonder if they’ll keep up the amount of and rate of posting or if it’s just that it’s a shiny new thing and everyone is excited by it. It is a group blog, so if it seems like they’re not getting the volume they’d like they can always just add more people.

Overall, a very good job with one small exception: why use Flash™ on the little animated logo? That could have easily been done with an animated GIF. permanent link to this post

The Contagious Festival

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Hosted on Huffpost, check out the new Contagious Festival.

From the site:
Do you enjoy Rumors on the Internets, Mr. Pibb + Red Vines, and brilliant political strategy? Do you have what it takes to create the next JibJab, Numa Numa Dance, Detroit Project or Black People Love Us?

The Huffington Post Contagious Festival is a unique opportunity for talented designers, political activists of any persuasion, filmmakers and comics to reach millions of people with creative, viral online work. The contestants that create the best projects get Internet fame and the chance to meet with friends of Huffington Post from the worlds of entertainment and politics to discuss future projects and opportunities.


The first round of entries will go live starting February 1, but you should Enter Now to reserve a spot on the official Contagious Festival server. You simply create an account, build your project on the server and launch your site. Then you can watch the live rankings to see if your entry is being forwarded, linked, and IMed around the Internet. At the end of the month, we award two prizes:

The People’s Choice Award for the contestant that creates the entry that gets the most total traffic during the month. The winner dines with Arianna Huffington and receives $2,500.

The Jury Prize for the favorite entry of our jury is a meeting with the judge most interested in their work and receives $2,500. Judges will vote based on creativity, originality and social commentary.
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The anti-Laguna Beach

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Watched Country Boys tonight on Frontline.

It would be interesting to watch 1/2 segments interspersed with Laguna Beach episodes. permanent link to this post


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note: m.river posted this already but I’m including the entire announcement for ease of linkage.


MTAA and Bar Matchless present:


GRAND PRIZE: $100 bar tab


A one-night only contest to crown the 2005 Drinkin’ & Drawin’ Champion!

Thursday, March 31, 2005 8PM - 11PM.

No pre-registration necessary; free drawing materials provided.

Bar Matchless, corner of Driggs and Manhattan Aves.,
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NYC (directions at the bottom)

Open to all professional and amateur artists, designers, architects, curators, craft-persons and barflies. No entry fee, all comers welcome.

Celebrity Judges?

Inka Essenhigh
The internationally exhibited painter and draftsperson (learn more at, is preparing for her upcoming show at Victoria Miro Gallery, but will take time out to judge your drinkin’ and drawin’ skills.

Steve Mumford
He put the graphic arts back on the media map with his Baghdad Journal, which will be published as a book in fall 2005 by Drawn & Quarterly in Montreal. He’s drawn under fire, let’s see what you can do!


It might be interesting if an art idea conceived in a bar could use a bar as a site and context for said art idea plus, it’s been a long hard winter.

Contestants are provided with sheets of 8.5x11 paper and a #2 pencil. Or BYOM (bring your own media, must be paper)

Pass this URL around:

Contact for more info.

For more info on the promoters, MTAA:

For more info on the venue: http://www.BARMATCHLESS.COM

Directions to Bar Matchless:

From Manhattan:
Take the L train to Bedford Ave. North on Driggs Ave. (past McCarren Park) to Manhattan Ave.

From Brooklyn or Queens:
Take G train to Nassau. Walk one block east on Manhattan Ave. to Driggs Ave.


Who will be the 2005 Drinkin’ & Drawin’ Champion? permanent link to this post

Th W bp g F r Pl nn d S lf- bs l sc nc

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A fun remix of MTAA’s Webpage For Planned Self-Obsolescence (AKA Even In The Line To The NYC DMV, One May Think Of Art) by the master of net remixing: jimpunk!

Th W bp g F r Pl nn d S lf- bs l sc nc ( v n n Th L n T Th N C DMV, n M Th nk () permanent link to this post

Tell us what to do

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MTAA’s “10 Pre-Rejected, Pre-Approved Performances” is a project that allows you, the dirty mob of the unwashed Internet public, to decide what performance we do for an upcoming show!

Break down the clean, white walls of the rarified New York gallery world by telling us, MTAA, the elitist NYC net art snobs, what to do (via a simple on-line form)!

It’s fun! Go there now and vote!

It’s easy! Go there now and vote!

It’s anti-establishment! Go there now and vote!

You get to pick from a selection of 10 titles and descriptions. Your choice is the performance we’ll complete! The curator of the show and gallery directors have already agreed! (Suckers.) The best part? All these ideas have already been rejected by other curators! Haha — suckers2!

MTAA’s “10 Pre-Rejected, Pre-Approved Performances” will be exhibited at Artists Space in a show entitled We Are All Together: Media(ted) Performance curated by Marisa Olson, which is in turn part of Empty Space With Exciting Events which is itself presented in partnership with Performa ‘05 The Performance Biennial. (Damn the NYC gallery world is complicated — it’s like a mystery wrapped in an enigma then slathered with special confusion sauce.)


Looks like Null And Void is barely holding onto the lead! Go vote. permanent link to this post

What we’re working on

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Here’s some more info on what MTAA is working on:


I’m going to remain coy and not explain the entire project.

[Related info here, here and here] permanent link to this post

Tax the rich!

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Jason Van Anden’s submission to the Huffington Post’s Contagious Festival:

>> Tax The Rich! <<
Tax the Rich is an online political campaign hosted by the The Huffington Post. It stars the adorable, animated “Baby Liberty”, an innocent talking head who dreams of a better future. Baby Liberty wants “Tax the Rich” to become part of our common vernacular, believing in her heart of hearts that this will positively change the world for rich and poor alike.

(Try to ignore the obnoxious AOL adverts.)

M. River adds:

Wow. No, I can not ignore those adverts. Props to Jason and all the Contagious Media site builders but - those fucking ads on the sites. Lame. Political net art 2.0, now with pop-ups. permanent link to this post

TAC Compression (Total A##hole Compression)

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(serial no. RSG-TAC-1)

From Beige and RSG:
Why make files smaller, when you can TAC them?™

TAC* is the best compression format available for the web today! By using revolutionary scientific methods, research teams at RSG and the Beige Programming ensemble were able to a compose a complex software tool that expels many of the myths that surround modern file compression techniques. The secret of TAC compression is not that it makes files smaller, but that it makes files bigger, much bigger.** This provides the end user with a compression tool to meet almost any need in today’s bandwidth and gig overloaded computing world.

Download the BETA for OsX permanent link to this post


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So… like…

Was that Janet Jackson’s breast? Did Justin Timberlake just rip her top off? permanent link to this post

Support Rhizome

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Rhizome has launched their membership drive (as of September 19th — would have posted about it sooner but I was busy marrying my love and kicking back in Europe with her).

They’ve got some great Thank You gifts, one of which is being donated by MTAA. For just 500 bucks (Rhizome calls it the Root level) you get to support this great new media org and you also get a copy of 1 Year Performance Video Art Data (read more about what 1YPV Art Data is). The only other way to get the 1YPV Art Data is to watch 1YPV for one year (or buy one of the gallery versions).

So, let’s do the math. For 500 USD, you get 1YPV Art Data OR you can watch it for a year and get it for “free.” Unless your time is worth less than 6 US cents an hour, this is a really, really good deal.

Go! Go now and give Rhizome some dough and get to be a collector of a piece of one-of-a-kind MTAA Art Data! permanent link to this post

Super Mario Movie

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Alex Galloway published the text below to the Rhizome list and I stole it to publish here.

The text will accompany the release of the source code for “Super Mario Movie.”
“The Mario Movie,” Deitch Projects, New York City, January 2005

Cory Arcangel (Beige) and Paper Rad

This is a group effort, so let me first introduce the principle actors. Paper Rad: Benjamin Jones, Jacob Ciocci, and Jessica Ciocci. Beige: Cory Arcangel, Paul B. Davis, Joe Bonn, and Joe Beuckman. They work in collectives for the same reason that punks play in bands: it’s funner that way, and it’s easier to make more noise. There is the Lennon/McCartney question of who is responsible for what, and I can’t make head nor tails of it. But from what I know Ben and the Paper Rad kids have a shameless affection for dirt-style, fan fiction comics about Garfield and Howard the Duck. And then there’s Paul who I am told once entered the DMC turntable competition under the DJ name “Spin Laden.” (He advanced through the opening heats, a challenge in itself, before being thrown off for scratching in the Notorious B.I.G. lyric “Time to get paid / blow up like the World Trade.”) The clothes that the Paper Rad kids wear they sew themselves. Cory wears them too, I think, when he’s not wearing pizza-shaped animal pullovers knit at home with his other chums. And on more than one occasion, I’ve been present when, sauntering past a stray guitar, in a Kmart aisle or friend’s house party it doesn’t matter which, Cory has spontaneously tapped out the full arpeggios of Eddie Van Halen’s “Eruption” with ten fingers at full frills. Then there was the music performance in Brooklyn when the Paper Rad three sat cross-legged on the floor performing a pretend recital on some Sony “My First Laptops,” while the music was droning on prerecorded throughout. I thought electronic music was the one thing you didn’t have to lip-sync? Oh well. Here’s how I understand it: I’ve done way more ecstasy than Beige and Paper Rad put together, but they’ve done way more acid. And that makes all the difference. As Ben scribbled in a comic once, “Can one be tanned at night by stars?”

But it gets weirder: “The Mario Movie,” Deitch Projects, New York City, January 2005. There is not much a rational person can say about a psychedelic rave fantasy, with messed up graphics, with castles floating on rainbow colored clouds, with dance parties and raves in underwater dungeons, all starring Mario the plumber who does little more than weep through the tumult. And the whole thing plays live off a hand-soldered video game cartridge. Gosh. But if I may observe one thing it would be merely the following: this is the real deal. Which is to say that it’s not the real deal. This is computer code. But what you see is not what you get. To watch the code itself would bore to distraction. Instead this code runs on a video game console that converts it into sound and image. The game console is the Nintendo Entertainment System, known affectionately as “the NES” to every youngster lucky enough to receive one for Christmas in 1985. (Raised by hippies in Oregon, we were not so fortunate.) The NES is a magical device, for given the proper code it can synthesize any sort of video signal from scratch. This is not the sort of video made with a camera and edited on a computer, mind you. How do we know? First, the compiled Mario Movie is 32 kilobytes in size, or about twice as long as the few paragraphs you are reading now. Even compressed, a ten minute video is roughly a thousand times larger. Second, the movie runs directly off the customized game cartridge pushed into the socket of the NES console—without, Cory is keen to observe, altering the factory-soldered graphics chip shipped on the original ’80s cartridges. “Yo sound the bells / school is in sucker,” MC Hammer would come to say a few years later. “U can’t touch this.” This is the real deal.

Because of this, computer art is more like sculpture than like painting or video. In making the work computer artists actually fabricate the substrate of the medium, they don’t apply things to surfaces or use prefab tools to move images on a screen. The code is the medium. So in writing code, and running it, the computer artist builds the work from the ground up. It’s all math and electricity. To engineer the soundtrack, Cory pokes the audio registers on the NES’s chip in specific frequencies. When he does they chirp. To get the video, he writes hundreds of lines of code, code like “lda $2002” (translation: load the value from memory position 2002 into the “a” register in the processor), or like “jsr vwait” (translation: jump ahead to the subroutine called “vwait” to stall for a few milliseconds while the television’s electron beam repositions itself). What appears on the screen is the image of pure data. It is, in a manner of speaking, what numbers look like (if they could). Translation: this is not video art. Maybe call it math art, geek art, whatever. The Mario Movie makes tedium profound, and the other way around.

They say everything becomes interesting in the long run. Super Mario Bros might be nostalgia to you. But it’s not to them. All media is dead media, that’s what Paper Rad and Cory understand. It’s all garbage from the beginning—so don’t yearn for a time when it was otherwise. When you understand media as trash then there is no nostalgia. If there is any shred of longing that remains in the work, it’s not for our childhood friend Mario. It’s for an acid high, for a simulated hiatus in a far off land that no one has ever been to. It’s for watching a cartoon schmuck trip rather than you. It’s nostalgia for raves sucked from the fevered brains of raver-haters. Everything is as new as it is old. Everything is as sucky as it is good. This is the movie.

— Alex Galloway, January 12, 2005 3:08:50 PM EST
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Subway images

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I came across this piece on the NYTime’s website this morning (reg requ). It’s an interview and slide show (flash) with the photographer Bruce Davidson regarding his late 70s/early 80s photographs of and in the NYC subway system.

It reminded me of David Crawford’s ‘Stop Motion Studies’ series.

As some may know, MTAA is interested in ‘updates’ of older art work and it’s interesting to read Crawford’s work as an update of Davidson (though I’m certain that Crawford didn’t intend it to be).

If you compare Davidson’s photos to Crawford’s animations both formally (still photo as opposed to sorta-still) and you compare how the subject has changed over the intervening years, you will see a greater narrative develop which neither of the two projects could achieve on their own.

Don’t misunderstand, both projects are brilliantly executed on their own, but the comparison creates a historical arc that adds another fascinating layer. permanent link to this post

Suggestions for Rhizome

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First a disclaimer: I’ve been a Rhizome member for years (since ‘97), have personal friendships with all the main people who manage it (both past and present), and have recently done paid work for them. These suggestions are in the spirit of dialogue and openness and are not intended to demean or diminish the challenges the directors face in keeping Rhizome afloat and relevant.

Rhizome should adopt a shareware model as opposed to a publication model. With their new policy, Rhizome has adopted what we’ll call the NYTimes model: new content is free, older content is behind a fee firewall. This is a reasonable model for a publication that commissions original writing and art. For the most part, Rhizome doesn’t commission writing (except Net Art News). So the NYTimes model isn’t a reasonable model for Rhizome, below I’ll outline more of a shareware model that I think would make the constituency happy as well as bring some revenue into Rhizome.

This idea centers on giving people more and easier ways to access Rhizome content while always leaving a base level of free content outside of any firewall. We add value by applying filters and enhancements for a fee.

First, we need to define a reasonable free service. Access to all text and artbase entries should be free forever. I think the membership would agree with this as a base service. This would include access to the Rhizome_RAW email list, the RARE feed with excerpts, the art + text sections of the web site and newer Net Art News items. It would be free to submit text and art.

After a member becomes a paying member they receive a few enhancements and services:
1. Access to Rhizome_RARE mailing list.
2. A full RARE RSS Feed, this would allow one to read all of RARE without visiting
3. Advanced search capabilities: search by year, artist, region. Search only the artbase or search only text, etc.
4. Members are allowed to curate online exhibitions.
5. Enhanced text handling on the site. Currently there are some really funky text handling (since most text comes in via email), making this smarter for paying users would be a great enhancement.
6. Provide bare-bone discussion spaces (blogs).
7. Access to Net Art News archives.

This isn’t supposed to be an exhaustive list, it’s sort of off-the-top-of-my-head. But if the policy were “all content is free, but you pay to get the content in more convenient ways,” then I think it would serve the community better. permanent link to this post

Studio update

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Now to the post…

In this post’s comments, Kevin asks “Where are you at with the idea of an off-line, gallery version of [1YPV]?”

(I’m not sure who this Kevin is. I believe it’s Kevin McC of “Jennifer and” but it could be Kevin McG of Rhizome.)

Anyway, where are we? We’re done ;-) We have two versions of the gallery version: the software and the entire installation (set, props, software). The software is a Mac OS X application (written by Alex Galloway) that displays two channels of MPEG4 video on one display.

We need a place to show it. We’ve been invited to show at FILE 2005 so we’re hoping that the software version will be shown there. But we’ve yet to find a place to show the installation version, but we’re working on it.

It’s currently installed in our studio and we show it to people who come over. We still have a few loose ends to clean up. We need to shoot the “last” shot (what folks see when they reach a year’s worth of viewing). We need to do this soon because we’re going to need to uninstall it to shoot a new piece at the end of this month. More on that later.

We’re also working on some other stuff. M.River has been working on some drawings having to do with Drinkin’ & Drawin’. I’m supposed to work on that too. And I’m attempting to make something out of this idea we’ve had for while now called AbEx Auto-Trace.

The idea behind AbEx Auto-Trace is to complete the promise of automatic drawing. What goes beyond automatic drawing? Automatic tracing of course! We use a computer program to automatically trace abstract expressionist paintings.

The plan was to display a print (sized as the original) of this auto-traced painting or drawing alongside a print (same size) of computer code that describes the image (we chose SVG since it describes vector art and is human-readable). But I’m working on the first one (taken from Pollack’s Full Fathom Five) and have run into a problem. This painting is about 51 inches high by 30 inches wide. The SVG code requires 27 sheets of paper at that size to display it all (typeset in 6pt Monaco, 8 columns per page)! In BBEdit the code is 19,049 lines long (one tag per line) and takes up 6.4MB of disk space. We need to rethink this idea a bit… permanent link to this post

Stuff I found while ego-surfing

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Recently, while I was rooting through the 1YPV database, I noticed lots of login email addresses with .cz at the end — near the bottom of the list of users.

“Hmmmmm,” I thought, “This must mean there was recently an article on a Czech language web site.”

So this morning I fired up Google and started searching the Czech language web for any mention of “1 year performance video.”

Sadly, I found jack. But I did find some other fun stuff and I’ve listed it below.

1. Nathaniel Stern’s blog
Nathaniel Stern is a South African artist, poet, and educator who has been around the net art scene for quiet some time. His blog is a good read. Plus he loves MTAA so I figure I needed to give some of the love back :)

2. The GalleryDriver art blog page
I remember a while back being asked if the MTAA-RR could be included on this page and evidently I said yes.

According to their site GalleryDriver is “Headquartered in Albany, New York, GalleryDriver markets and provides a web presence for Art Galleries and Artists.”

And they seem pretty smart about it by providing this round-up of art-related RSS feeds all on one page. It includes many of the art blogs I read (NEWSgrist, James Wagner, Bloggy and and some other interesting blogs I didn’t know about, like Megan and Murray McMillan.

3. Something about 1YPV in italian

4. Newish blog on new-ish media: See Art, Make Art
It’s a group blog that looks to be only four months old. It’s culling together a bunch of different sources of online new media art info in a pleasing design. Pros: A post about MTAA; Cons: They didn’t put that post in the ‘supercool’ category.

5. Something about 1YPV in french

6. Something about 1YPV in japanese
Double Hmmmm. And filed under “Strange” too!

OK kids, that’s it: Stuff I found while ego-surfing “1 year performance video.” Off to clean the bathroom. permanent link to this post

Artists’ Seek Studio

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You’re beloved MTAA (for those not in-the-know: the people who run this website) are looking for a STUDIO.


If you know of a space in Brooklyn or (dare I say it?) Manhattan please let us know the vital info including: price, square footage, location (incl subway stop if you can), and contact.

We have two scenarios we’re looking into:

1) MTAA sharing with our friend Alex Kim. We could afford $800 total and the space would need to be a minimum of 600 sq ft.

2)MTAA by themselves. We could afford $400 ($450 max) and the space would need to be a minimum of 300 sq ft.

We would need broadband availability, privacy, security, and un-stinkiness.

Please let us know, we would like to take a space by Feb 1st. permanent link to this post

Sounds like a good party

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey pulled the permit on an art exhibit at Kennedy Airport after an opening-night party left a landmark terminal strewn with cigarette butts, broken glass and empty liquor bottles.

The exhibit in the 42-year-old former TWA terminal, designed by Eero Saarinen, featured the work of 20 contemporary artists, including Kendell Geers, Jenny Holzer and Tom Sachs.

Port Authority spokesman Pasquale DiFulco said guests at Friday’s opening-night party had been illegally smoking inside the terminal, and that liquor had been sold without a permit. He said a door had been broken, walls were covered with graffiti and vomit was found on the floor.
[ link: - AP Regional ]

Kidding aside… this doesn’t help the reputation of contemporary arts in NYC, especially since it’s being exploited by the tabloids.

The organizers really should be ashamed of the themselves but the Port Authority sounds like they simply freaked. Obviously the exhibition could have gone on. A really unfortunate incident. permanent link to this post

Open-source artwork

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With the release of Paperrad’s Tux Dog, I was inspired to post a reminder that MTAA’s historic Simple Net Art Diagram is free (as in speech), not as open-source, but under a very liberal Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license. Easily editable vector art available for download :-)

After thinking this over briefly, I’ve decided to change the Simple Net Art Diagram license to the CC Attribution 2.0 license. This provides the most liberal use of the image. The change is reflected above. permanent link to this post

Sleep late, avoid bombs

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Starting back to work after my week-long vacation, as I was waiting for my subway to arrive, the London bombing came to mind. “Hey,” I thought, “I could get blown up this morning.” The NYC subway system is an obvious terrorist target, so the thought crossed my mind, then I dismissed it and went back to my book (Sex, Drugs, and Cocoapuffs — it’s great).

That evening on my way home, another thought crossed my mind “Hey,” I thought, “I don’t have to worry about getting blown up today — they always bomb in the morning.” Which led me to wonder, if one was to do a study of terrorist attacks in Europe and the USA, what time did most of the victims get up that morning?

I bet they all got up before 9AM.

If you use mass transit to commute in a major metropolitan area, I suggest you start getting to work no earlier than 10 or 10:30AM. Sleeping in should ensure your safety more than any bomb-sniffing dogs or automatic rifle-packing para-military will. permanent link to this post

Settling In

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

From my little corner of the internet is now being pointed to it’s new server. And if you’re reading this, then you too are seeing the new server.

If you are an avid reader of the MTAA-RR (MTAA Reference Resource) news section there are a few things that you might like to know:

First, the URL has now settled down. If you would like to bookmark the homepage do not be afraid to bookmark it now:

The RSS feed’s URL has changed, this is it: permanent link to this post

Senate Bill Lets Artists Claim Price for Gifts

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Finally, the gov’t seems to be doing something good for the arts. Schumer is one of the senators that introduced the bill.
Living writers, musicians, artists and scholars who donate their work to a museum or other charitable cause would earn a tax deduction based on full fair market value under a bill just passed by the Senate.

via: Senate Bill Lets Artists Claim Price for Gifts - New York Times
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Senate Bill: Artists Can Claim Full Deduction for Gifts

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This important message is to make you aware of an opportunity you have to influence the way your art is treated in the tax code.  There is a bill just passed in the Senate that would expand the deductible amount of donated artwork to its full value.  Currently the only allowed deduction is cost of materials.  However, THIS BILL HAS NOT PASSED THE HOUSE.  That’s where you come in.  The bill will be hashed out in a House/Senate committee that begins to meet soon.  Here’s how you can help:
Go to NEWSgrist - where spin is art: Senate Bill: Artists Can Claim Full Deduction for Gifts to find out what you can do. permanent link to this post

Schedule conflict

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Damn. Two things happening this Thursday and I want to go to both!

There is the Upgrade! with Michael Mandiberg at Eyebeam (organized by Yael Kanarek) and there is also the Low Level All Stars at Dietch (organized by Cory Arcangel and Alex Galloway).

Man! What is a new media/net art scenester to do? We really need to coordinate this stuff :) permanent link to this post

Searches in NYC subway

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I have yet to be approached by the police and asked to be searched. But, I have to say, I’m now much more stressed when I commute. I wonder what I’ll do if they ask to search my bag? Will I stand on principle, refuse, and maybe have a walk to work? Will I refuse and walk to the next station and try there? (According to the NYCLU, if you refuse a search and try to enter anyway you can be arrested.) Or do I knuckle under for convenience and act cowardly?

It’s stressful. Much more stressful than worrying about random bombings…

Know Your Rights: Stops and Searches On The MTA (from the New York Civil Liberties Union) permanent link to this post

Robot train to ferry hipsters

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Automated trains will run this month on a 22-mile line that intersects Manhattan and Brooklyn. L-line trains with no conductors will move at preordained speeds and stop at preset stations, but some worry about safety.

via: NYC Subway Gets Computer Facelift
The L is the line that goes to Williamsburg, Brooklyn — also known as hipster ground zero. It must be hip, it’s where MTAA has our studio :)

Don’t you love my headline? permanent link to this post

Rudy’s Cakewalk

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Not sure if this is new, but 8-Bit Construction Set has a track included as part of a new net art show called “Why rock?

The track is titled Rudy’s Cakewalk (MP3, 4.8MB) and it’s pretty snazzy (better than Beck’s 8-bit effort that’s for sure). permanent link to this post

RNC protest march

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

And a good time was had by all, except those fucking republicans.

I took some photos, but they mostly suck.

Good luck to Joshua Kinberg, hope he gets his bike back. permanent link to this post

RNC NODE at postmasters

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Postmasters gallery
459 W. 19th St. (at 10th Ave.)
New York, NY 10011

postmasters gallery will serve as a physical node of an ad-hock public broadcasting system of online, real time protest performances, alternative news actions, a transatlatic, multimedia protest jam during the Republican National Convention, from August 29 to September 2

the gallery will be coordinate and disseminate a program of online events for re-presenting in public spaces

BE A PART OF THE NETWORK! go to: for instructions.

the gallery will be open to the public, visitors will see the many channels and can interact with various groups and initiate their own channels

PARTICIPATE! bring your laptop, phone, camera phone, camera, be part of the dialog

the gallery will host performances,screenings, presentation

SHOW UP! August 29 - September 2 4-11pm

some of the programs (look for updates on the site):

“DC 9/11 - The Evildoers’ Remix” by MTAA, bodyatomic & tinydiva
Screening of the video with live audio accompaniment.
Duration: 1’10”
Remixed by: MTAA, bodyatomic, tinydiva
Audio by: tinydiva (Margaret Jameson)
Description: Fight propaganda with propaganda.
August 30 8pm

Post-performance Talk, Anne-Marie Schleiner with Collaborators
The Upgrade hosted by Eyebeam,
Postmasters Gallery
Sept 2, 2004, 7:30

one of the programs for broadcasting:
us- uk dialog every day 4pm-11pm

DissensionConvention-  Programme
Sunday 29th August
4-7pm NY (9-12pm BST)     Maya Kalogera & Marc Garrett
7-10pm NY (12-3am BST)     Moport & Glowlab

Monday 30th August
4-7pm NY (9-12pm BST)      Chris Webb & Sim (
7-10pm NY (12-3am BST)       Patrick Lichty (tbc) & Lewis Lacook

Tuesday 31st August
4-7pm NY (9-12pm BST)      Helen Varley & other Avatar Body Colliders
7-10pm NY (12-3am BST)    Joseph and Donna McElroy

Wednesday 1st September
4-7pm NY (9-12pm BST)      Neil Jenkins & Roger Mills
7-10pm NY (12-3am BST)    Digitofagia vs. Autolabs

Thursday 2nd September
4-7pm NY (9-12pm BST)      Michael Szpakowski & Ruth Catlow
7-10pm NY (12-3am BST)      Ryan Griffis & Mark Cooley permanent link to this post

Rhizome redesign

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Rhizome’s got a fresh, new look just in time for the holidays.

There’s a couple of changes and new features too. Rhizome’s Director Lauren Cornell outlined them:
First, we changed the title of ‘Superusers’ (those who filter messages from RAW onto the front page and to the mailing list RARE) to ‘Site Editors.’ This decision came out of a conversation with (those formerly known as) the Superusers in which we decided that the title Site Editor more accurately and clearly described the work they do.

We also changed the ‘Community Directory’ to the ‘Member Directory’. Under the new membership policy, Rhizome’s community — defined here as people who participate in email discussions and our various programs — is now made up of Members and non-Members. So, again, we thought Member Directory was more accurate.

We also introduced the idea of RhizPaper which refers to the background image on the site. We’d like to turn this image over periodically with a new image by a different artist. The starting image is a rendition of root by our designer, Sarah. I should credit Marisa here: She came up with this idea as a way to have artists participate in the design..

Also, we didn’t switch over the title for Net Art News as we are still mulling over feedback and there are a couple of related technical issues we need to address that that got laid to the wayside as we headed towards the launch. So, stay tuned for that.

Go check it out permanent link to this post

Right-wing nut may be on to something

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This winger, for instance, wants the US to expell the Blue States:

Yet, there are 38 states today that may be inclined to adopt, let us call it, a “Declaration of Expulsion,” that is, a specific constitutional amendment to kick out the systemically troublesome states and those trending rapidly toward anti-American, if not outright subversive, behavior. The 12 states that must go: California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, and Delaware. Only the remaining 38 states would retain the name, “United States of America.” The 12 expelled mobs could call themselves the “Dirty Dozen,” or individually keep their identity and go their separate ways, probably straight to Hell
[ via: DailyKos: Wingnut wants to secede ]

HaHa, what a fool! I say let’s go and we’ll take all our money, culture, and brains with us.

(Sorry Mom, Ohio doesn’t make the cut, you’ll have to move ot NYC) permanent link to this post

Rhizome reBlogs

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Yesterday, Rhizome changed the way their front-page is built. The site now uses “a heavily-modified version of Eyebeam’s ReBlog software” to publish content to the front page of the site. It’s unclear whether or not the published content goes into their Rhizome RARE email list.

Director of Technology, Francis Hwang, wrote this about the change:
The goal is for the front page to become a quick, easy filter for the entire field of new media arts online—both for our current Rhizome users and Members, and for anybody else who might be interested in the field but not know where to start looking.

Site readers won’t see much of a change, except that the thumbnails that accompanied each post are no longer present.

My reaction is mixed. It’s nice that Rhizome is extending itself into the networks of RSS and blogs out there. But now that it’s gone, I sort of miss Rhizome’s own quirky way of publishing. Rhizome had it’s own way of doing things by getting all it’s content from user-submitted email. With the change, it just seems like another blog — which isn’t necessarily bad. Blog-like publishing is becoming more and more standardized and the change will enable Rhizome to aggregate important content faster, but it partially loses it’s individuality in the process. permanent link to this post

Rhizome net art commissions CFP

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Rhizome announced the call for proposals for their 2005 net art commissions.

Read more about it.

The deadline is March 23rd, 2005 and there is no required theme this year (good).

Prizes range from $1500 - $3500 (hint: just put all that booze under “bandwidth” in your budget) and they will commission 8 - 10 new pieces.

There is (sort of) a fee to apply; you must be a Rhizome member which costs all of 5 bucks.

The jury is Rachel Greene and Francis Hwang of Rhizome; Eduardo Kac, Art Institute of Chicago; Melinda Rackham, Sydney-based writer and curator; and Jemima Rellie, curator at Tate Online. Plus, the Rhizome community will play a part in the decision process. permanent link to this post

Rhizome looking for tech director

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Looks like Francis is leaving Rhizome; I received this in my in-box today:, a non-profit organization focused on new media art, is currently seeking a Director of Technology.

One of Rhizome’s goals is to connect the worlds of contemporary art and online discourse. The Director of Technology plays a major role in meeting this goal, by taking part in the organization’s strategic decision-making and implementing the technology behind new initiatives. The position also involves helping manage partnerships with other arts and technical organizations, and may include curatorial, critical, and artistic opportunities.

The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, highly organized individual with strong technical, analytical, and communication skills. Familiarity with both social software trends and the field of new media arts is vital.

This salaried position with benefits is approximately 30 hours/week.

* Set strategy for overall technology development
* Support current web site features and services, which are written using Ruby, PHP, and Perl on MySQL, Apache, and Linux.
* Develop new web site features and services.
* Manage technical interns, vendors, and software consultants.

* Experience in software engineering, particularly with object-oriented design, agile methodologies, and dynamic languages.
* Demonstrated interest in new media art.
* Experience with Linux system administration.

February 1, 2006

Chelsea, New York City

Commensurate with experience

Please email a detailed cover letter and resume to Lauren Cornell, Executive Director, at The deadline for application is January 1, 2006.

Established in 1996, is an online platform for the global new media arts community. We support this community through a number of programs, including: online discussions, publications, an events calendar, opportunity listings, archiving of new media art, commissioning of new artwork, and offline and online exhibits. Since 2003, we have been affiliated with the New Museum of Contemporary Art.
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Rhizome commissions 05-06 voting

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The voting for the Rhizome ‘05-‘06 Net Art Commissions is underway.

You can look at all the proposals here. You have to be a Rhizome member to vote on the proposals.

There’s already been a bit of discussion on Rhizome_Raw regarding the proposals. From Jess Loseby:
just gone through the submissions for this years commissions. I would be interested to know what proportion of the submissions people approve….??

I must have approved about 6

does that make me discerning or arch-bitch - (rhetorical - I know:).

I tried to look at as much and be as fair as possible but I admit after the first 15 anything with the word “mapping” or whose abstract looked like it had been written by curt’s “market-o-matic” went into auto-no. *yawn*
Backed up by Annie Abrahams:
I ‘saw’ them all too and had the same kind of reaction

finally said ‘yes’ to 6 propositions , same as you.
I must admit to be underwhelmed by the proposals as well. This doesn’t mean that many of the projects couldn’t or wouldn’t be good. It’s just that for one reason or another the proposal isn’t interesting. Maybe the author simply doesn’t know how to talk about their work? Maybe the proposal just doesn’t transfer well into a description?

Whatever the reason, I’m curious to hear from any artists, curators, or critics who have sat on juries. Is the signal to noise ratio any different in these Rhizome proposals then you normally see?

For the record, here is MTAA’s proposal. permanent link to this post

Rhizome drops membership fee — sort of

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

It’s not perfect, but it’s an improvement. is down right now as they update the site to take into account the new membership policy. But the new director, Lauren Cornell, posted the plan for the new policy to the email list this morning. Here’s the summary:
Under our new policy, anyone, regardless of whether they have donated to Rhizome or not, will be able to post or access Rhizome content from the last year simply by signing up. It’s completely free to sign up - all you have to do is register an email address and password.

Artworks and texts that are *more than one year old* will reside in the Rhizome Archives. Only Rhizome Members will be able to access the Archives. Members will also be able to maintain a Member Page in the Community Directory, create Member-Curated Exhibits, and use special features such as Advanced Search. In the coming months, we will roll out innovative features to keep our membership program dynamic and worthwhile.

All current Members will retain their membership status under the new policy. When your membership expires, you will still be able to subscribe to Rhizome lists and browse the site. But, in order to retain member benefits, you will be asked to renew your membership at an annual level of $25. I hope you will consider continuing your membership at this level. Rhizome is just as reliant on our base of Members for financial support now as ever before.
It’s not clear if things fall into the archive automatically after they are a year old or if everything added before May 23, 2004 goes into the archive and everything after is out. I assume the former. So there will be a moving archive deadline I’m assuming.

I was pro-fee when it was proposed, but later changed my mind and became anti-fee. At first I felt that if Rhizome needed the money, then a Rhizome behind a fee firewall is better than no Rhizome at all. But then I realized that the firewall was slowly strangling Rhizome and urged them to ditch it. Which they’ve now done. Good!

A small bit of criticism: I don’t like the archive idea. It’s my opinion that the text and art archives should be open forever. Rhizome needs to figure out other services/features that people will pay a membership fee for, but they shouldn’t restrict access to the artbase or text archives.

Putting my criticism aside, I’ll say congrats to all the Rhizome staff for getting the new policy in place. I’m sure it was a lot of work. And now that we’ve got a fairly substantial hole in the firewall, perhaps we can tear it down entirely someday :-) permanent link to this post

Rhizome ArtBase 101 opening 6/22

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The opening of Rhizome ArtBase 101 at the New Museum of Contemporary Art will be next Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005 starting at 6:30PM.

MTAA is included in the show with our piece entitled 1 Year Performance Video.

Be there or be a rhombus. permanent link to this post

Rhizome ArtBase 101 NY1 video

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I’m back from Ohio just in time to do some own-horn-tootin’ for MTAA.

I’ve posted a quicktime version of the NY1 report on the Rhizome Artbase 101 exhibition at The New Museum.

Download it here (quicktime, 02’33, 8.2MB)

And my name isn’t Tom! permanent link to this post

Rhizome ArtBase 101

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Received the official press release for the Rhizome ArtBase 101 show that will be opening at the New Museum on the 22nd of June and which MTAA is included.

It’s long, so I’m linking to a PDF, but I’m posting the facts and some tasty bits below.

Rhizome_ArtBase_Release.pdf (108KB, this was updated on 6/6/05)

Here’s a list of all the artists, ARTBASE_ARTISTS.pdf

Rhizome ArtBase 101

Forty Selections From Rhizome ArtBase Demonstrate Scope of a Decade of New Media

June 23 - September 10, 2005


The Rhizome ArtBase is a respected online archive of new media art containing some 1,500 works. Founded in 1999, the ArtBase is unique because of the wide variety of new media art forms that it includes, such as software art, games and moving image, and also for its international scope. The 40 works selected for the New Museum exhibition are outstanding examples culled from the ArtBase and grouped by ten unifying themes: Dirt Style, Net Cinema, Games, E-Commerce, Data Visualization and Databases, Online Celebrity, Public Space, Software Art, Cyberfeminism and Early Net.Art. Rhizome ArtBase 101 includes seminal pieces by early practitioners such as Alexei Shulgin’s Desktop Is (1997) and Heath Bunting’s _readme (1998), as well as projects by more of the most pioneering emerging talents working in the field today, such as Marisa Olson, Cory Arcangel and Paper Rad.


Data Visualization and Databases create unexpected relationships between informational entities. Mark Dagget’s Carnivore Is Sorry (2001), for example, uses RSG’s network surveillance program Carnivore (2001-2003) to track individual users as they navigate the web. The resulting web data is compressed into a jpeg resembling an abstract artwork, and then e-mailed to the user to offer them an alternative look at the information that recently passed along their browser. One Year Performance Video (akasamhsiehupdate) (2004) sources prerecorded clips of Brooklyn-based collaborative MTAA into a streaming video diptych that simulates a fictional narrative of the artists living in adjacent, identical white cells for the duration of a year.
Download the PDF to read more! permanent link to this post

Rhizome 2005 commissions announced

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Download the PDF to read the entire release:

Rhiz_Commissions_05.pdf (56KB)

I’m happy to report that MTAA received one for “To Be Listened To…

Here’s the first graf of the release:
Monday June 6, 2005

Lauren Cornell,
Phone: 212.219.1288 X208

NEW YORK, NY - is pleased to announce that eleven artists/groups have been awarded commissions to assist them in creating original works of net art. Each will receive awards ranging from $2000 - $900. The selected artists for the 2005-2006 commissioning cycle are Hans Bernhard, Annie Brissenden, Dave Burns, Jason Corace, Andy Deck, Victoria Fang, Jason Freeman, Ethan Ham, Peter Horvath, Sean Kerr, Thomas Laureyssens, Alessandro Ludovico, MTAA (M.River & T.Whid Art Associates), Tony Muilenburg, Adriaan Stellingwerff, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young.
permanent link to this post Announces Winners of 2004 Net Art Commissioning Program

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(The following has been edited from a press release).

NEW YORK, NY— is pleased to announce that seven artists/groups have been awarded commissions to assist them in creating original works of net art through its Commissioning Program. Paul Catanese, Warren Sack, Jason van Anden, Luis Hernandez Galvan and Carlo Zanni will receive awards of $2,500-2,900 each. Commissions of $1,750 will be awarded to Kabir Carter and C-Level.

A panel of jurors—independent curator Yukiko Shikata, Francis Hwang of, Natalie Bookchin of The Art Center, and Rachel Greene of—selected six winners and one Honorable Mention from a pool of about fifty proposals that were received by the March 7, 2004 deadline. Members of the community participated in the evaluation process through secure web-based ballots, selecting a proposal by artist Carlo Zanni to win a commission.

The chosen projects will be publicly exhibited on the web site at starting in November 2004. They will also be preserved in the Rhizome ArtBase archive, and presented at a public event in New York City.

+ + + is an online platform for the global new media art community. Our programs support the creation, presentation, discussion and preservation of contemporary art that engages new technologies in significant ways. We foster innovation and inclusiveness in everything we do. is a not-for-profit organization.

+ + +

$2900 Awards:

by Paul Catanese (San Francisco/CA/US)

by Luis Hernandez Galvan with support from Gabriel Acevedo (Mexico City/MX)

by Jason van Anden(New York/NY/US)

by Carlo Zanni (New York/US and Milano/Italy)

$2,500 Awards:

by Warren Sack

$1,750 Awards:

by C-level (Los Angeles/CA and New York/NY/US)

LISTENING (Working Title)
by Kabir Carter (New York/NY/US)

Honorable Mention:
by Kerstin Guenther permanent link to this post

Review of Internet Art by Rachel Greene

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Eduardo Navas has posted a review of Rachel Greene’s “Internet Art” on his net_art_review web site.
[…] the book does have a specific position worth deconstructing. To begin, it imposes a post-conceptual narrative on many of the works discussed, as Greene states, “I relate the ways in which internet art is indebted to conceptual art through its emphasis on audience interaction, transfer of information and use of networks, simultaneously by passing the autonomous status traditionally ascribed to art objects.” (10) This can mean one of two things, either that all the artists who make internet art have an implicit relation to conceptual art or that only those artists who have such connection are included in the book. The problem behind this statement goes further if we consider the possibility that some of the artists included in the book may not actually have any relation to conceptual art; this would mean that an ideological imposition is at work.
More at… permanent link to this post

Review of “Five Small Videos…”

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Recently UK artist Michael Szpakowski posted a review of MTAA’s “Five Small Videos…” to the Rhizome RAW list. He has graciously allowed it to be republished here.
I meant to post awhile back to say how much I’d liked the MTAA “Five Small Videos About Interruption and Disappearing.”

Like them very much I do; but they also intrigue me. The blurb says they are inspired by early performance videos - a genre and a period which I enjoy a lot. There was a marvellous exhibition at the ICA here about a year ago of single channel video works - lots of Acconci, Baldessari and also early Nauman -wonderful stuff.

One thing that occurs to me about the MTAA response is firstly how *elegant* it is - & this is a quality of all their work - elegance and thoroughness, or perhaps elegance due to thoroughness - one could never accuse them of a lack of craft. This is in stark contrast to the sheer edginess and sense of ( often literal!) danger in much of that early video work. Doing my sums I can’t put this down to the newness of video as a medium - actually I suspect that the technologies used by MTAA are newer relative to them.

There’s a temptation to see this piece ( and others such as the one year performance piece) as a sort of conceptual post modernist whimsy, beautifully made but essentially a clever formal exercise.

I think this would be wrong - actually there seems to me to be a feel of “classicism” about this work - the elegance seems not a symptom or a bolt on but a very much integral part of the work.

I see this happening quite a lot -its as if in the shadow of high modernism it wasn’t quite respectable to use the methods and the language of the past without being *ironic* or having a high concept. Now all those barriers have long been broken we can simply move on to using a good move no matter when or where we saw it.

SO specifically here it’s as if the artists of the seventies having blazed a trail, created edgy stuff in a kind of white heat, MTAA are examining the language and the practice with the benefit of a couple of decades of hindsight and appropriating *what fits*, *what works* into their own practice.

And the resultant work for me isn’t simply clever or knowing but actually quite touching - I’m quite moved by these two characters in the videos ( and there are longer backward shadows cast here - Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, the *comic film duo* , spring to mind).

Certainly the piece feels to me to have many resonances that go beyond the intellectual, the clever, the knowing and enter the world of the affective.
Read the rest of the RAW thread here (1st page free, members-only after that). permanent link to this post

Review of 1YPV

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Eduardo Navasse has posted a review of MTAA’s 1 year performance video on his excellent site,

Here’s a bit:
[…] the strain of the performance is on the viewer now, not the artist; but this strain is a virtual one, one that is no longer concerned with the body but with the dematerialization of such into a new type of action—a meta-action— in art making, and art viewing. In a way, this not only updates the passive demand that a work of art has always had on the viewer: that it be completed by the viewer’s gaze, but it also makes obvious the interactive demand of any art object since minimal art emerged.
Read the entire article here. permanent link to this post

Reverend Billy featured in NYTime’s Magazine today

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Reverend Billy is a street performer/guerilla theater actor whose anti-consumerist message is delivered in the style of a street preacher.

NYTimes article | Visit Rev. Billy’s website

If you’re in the art scene in NYC you’ve run into Rev. Billy at least a few times over the last few years.

My favorite memory of Rev. Billy — and it may be the first time I encountered him— was at the Brooklyn Museum rally in support of the ‘Sensation’ exhibition.

You’ll remember that then-mayor Giuliani had whipped up some controversy by complaining that a certain painting in the show was anti-catholic and was threatening the museum with funding cuts &c. At the rally there was a small space cordoned off by the cops for a counter demonstration by catholics. Rev. Billy jumped on their side of the barricade (there were perhaps 10 people in the counter-demonstration) and entertained the pro-art crowd for a few minutes until the cops figured out he was on the wrong side and asked him to leave. permanent link to this post

MTAA-RR redesign

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Hell Yeah!

Look! It’s all redesigned! If you’re reading this from a news reader, go here to check it out. And speaking of feeds, this one still works but that is just for the news and comment section. There is also a BRAND NEW FEED that covers the entire MTAA-RR. Which means, if you subscribe to this new feed, you’ll also get up-dated when we add new documentation to the off-line art and on-line art sections as well as other sections.

So, please, visit the web site and poke around a bit and let us know if there is anything acting funky or not looking right because, ya know, we do it all for you. (Wasn’t that a McDonald’s slogan?) permanent link to this post

Respect Kimmelman

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Fairly scathing article by Michael Kimmelman in today’s NYTimes basically saying that the Chanel show at the Met is below a review. He just rips into the whole ‘sponsored’ exhibition thing that major NYC museum’s have been doing for a while.
Now comes the Met with its current Chanel-sponsored Chanel show, a fawning trifle that resembles a fancy showroom. Sparsely outfitted with white cube display boxes and a bare minimum of meaningful text, this absurdly uncritical exhibition puts Coco’s designs alongside work by the current monarch of the House of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld.

via: Art, Money and Power
I found this interesting:
The Chanel show avoids mentioning her activities during the war, when she maintained a life in Paris as the lover of an SS officer and, according to her biographer, Janet Wallach, tried to exploit Nazi laws to wrest control of her perfume business from her Jewish partners.
I have to admit having an apologist steak for museum’s that need to do this. It’s usually obvious when an exhibition’s been bought and paid for. When it’s a pay-off, you don’t expect to see art, you expect to see an ad. Hopefully they only need to this once every few years. The rest of the time they hang shows with integrity.

This balance needs to tip heavily in the direction of art and curatorial integrity however. If the ratio btw integrity and whorishness is 6:1, we’re OK. If it tips more to 3:1 or 1:1, then museums are in serious trouble. permanent link to this post

Get more from your MTAA-RR

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

If you append “?recent=n” (where n is a whole positvie number) to the base URL of this site ( you can see entries with comments from the last n days. Try it here for the last five days. If you want to do this sort of thing a lot, just bookmark that link. permanent link to this post

Re: Gunplay, as art

posted at 16:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

re: this situation

Q: How many performance artists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: I don’t know — I left before it was over! permanent link to this post

Random Links

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Douglas Rushkoff (yes, the writer, Douglas Rushkoff) is a member of Psychic TV (now called PTV3).

Anyone who attended art school anywhere in the late 80s/early 90s will know who Psychic TV is/was. Genesis P-Orridge was somewhat unique in those days in realizing the value of networks and set-up a little club around PTV called.. what was it called? All my roommates in college were members.. Psychic Friends Network? No. OH YEAH! The Temple of Psychic Youth or as Google points out, Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth. But maybe I or my college roommates are/were confused and there is no connection between PTV and TOPY.


—————- is a new web site on art and the art world. Looks to be pretty well put together with forums dedicated to big museum shows in NYC and Boston (not much action yet), a couple of articles and a section about artists in their studios.


Scott Rosenberg has an interesting article in Salon regarding RSS (free registration required if not a subscriber).

He compares RSS in 2003 to HTML in 1994 suggesting that it is just as important. It seems to me that a tech writer would have jumped on RSS longer ago. Though it’s an article for newbies (as he points out in his blog) he makes some interesting points.

His blog is good and I recommend it. permanent link to this post


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I’m reversing my earlier ambivalence regarding the idea of I hate it.

How low can the art world stoop? answers that question by aping reality television. That is pretty fucking low. I’m actually a fan of reality TV, so, nothing against reality TV. I just think of art as being different from entertainment (perhaps naively).

There is a fine line between good Pop Art and a sickening psychophantical homage to the dominant media culture. Perhaps will stay on the the right side of that line. Perhaps it will be a brilliant critique of the reality TV phenomenon. Perhaps it will subtly explore the nuances of the life of a working artist in NYC or the nuances of different artists’ creative processes.

I doubt it.

It will be just a bunch of desperate artists doing their best to suck-up to the art world honchos as they watch their dignity being stabbed out like a stale cigarette. permanent link to this post

Queer for Cory

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Cory Arcangel and T.Whid at Team for the opening of “Welcome 2 My Homepage Artshow!!!!!!!!!” permanent link to this post

Public appearance by t.whid

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If you’ve ever wanted to throw rotten vegetables at me, this is your chance!

I’ll be making a rare public appearance at the New Museum for Rhizome’s “Blogging and the Arts” panel. Official Rhizome press release below:
Public Program:
Blogging and the Arts
Tuesday, November 23, 6:30PM - 8:00PM

New Museum of Contemporary Art / Chelsea
556 West 22nd Street Director of Technology Francis Hwang will lead a panel discussion entitled Blogging and the Arts. The panel includes artist Kabir Carter, photoblogger and journalist David Gallagher, artist and critic Tom Moody, and artist T.Whid. The discussion will address questions such as whether blogs will change the nature of discourse in the fine arts field, and ways that artists and critics are integrating this new form of communications into their own work.

Founded in 1996, is an internet-based platform for the global new media arts community. Through programs such as publications, online discussion, art commissions, and archiving, it supports the creation, presentation, discussion, and preservation of contemporary art using new technologies. Since 2003, has been affiliated with the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Blogging and the Arts is presented with the sponsorship of PubSub Concepts Inc., a free, real-time search subscription service spanning weblogs, newsgroups, wire services, and other information sources.
Can someone leave some ideas about what to say in the comments of this post please? I’m clueless. permanent link to this post

NYTimes does “public.exe”

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Nice overview of the exhibition “public.exe: Public Execution” on the today (unfortunately as of 5PM the exhibition is mistakenly referred to as “public.ex” … guess the reviewer doesn’t use Windows) in an article entitled “Politics That Makes Peace With the Beauty of Objects.”

Here’s the pertinent section:
Speaking of extremes, “public.ex: Public Execution” at Exit Art represents one of them, at least in terms of format. The show is all but invisible in the gallery, where another, long-running exhibition takes up most of the space.

In fact, “public.ex” has just two works on the premises. One, by Siebren Veersteeg, is a screen with a live feed of Associated Press news scrolling across a Coca-Cola logo to demonstrate the pervasiveness of American monoculture. The other, titled “What an Art Gallery Should Actually Look Like (Large Glass),” by the Turkish artist Serkan Ozkaya, is made up of thousands of slides of artworks submitted in response to an open call on the Internet. Deliberately abnegating curatorial control, Mr. Ozkaya displays all the submissions edge to edge, in random order, across several of Exit Art’s windows.

There’s also art in the form of handouts. The collective called Paper Rad contributes a funky cartoon newspaper with a cool, righteous election-year editorial. And Kelley Walker, one of the more promising young artists around, offers a CD of a poster he has designed. For $10 you can have the disk and as many copies of the poster as you care to print. So much for the sanctity of the art object.

The rest of the show is made up of Web sites (for the collective, for example); screenings of videos (by the hacker activist collectives BEIGE and Radical Software Group); and live events. Will Kwan is organizing flash mobs to protest the city’s plans to build a stadium near Hell’s Kitchen. Brendan and Patrick FitzGerald, brothers, will lead walking tours of misused public and private urban space. Ricardo Miranda Zuniga will push a shopping cart equipped with radio broadcast hardware through the streets, inviting passers-by to program their own on-air shows.

All of this will be archived on Exit Art’s Web site, further dematerializing an exhibition composed of ephemera, gestures and pixels. And such a disembodied show is precisely what the curators — Anne Ellegood and Michele Thursz, with Defne Ayas — are after: one that as far as possible sidesteps the authority of the art institution, with its conventions of display and critical categories. Instead “public.ex” is dispersed into the everyday world, where art and life, silly and serious, seem to interact on the random, nonlinear model of the Internet, that most potent and exasperating of cultural resources.
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Proof: I’m not a hipster

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I got 0, that’s ZERO, on this quiz.

Finally! Hard proof that I’m no hipster. permanent link to this post

PS1’s website redesign sucks

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

How does PS1’s web site bite? Let me count the ways… rudely.

1. Splash page (need I say more?)

2. Cheese ball flash animation announcing GNY2005

3. Evil pop-up from cheese ball flash animation announcing GNY2005

4. The artist list in the stupid pop-up from the cheese ball flash animation doesn’t do anything! Yes you can rollover an artist’s name and it lights up, but a click does… nothing!

5. The exhibition section just has the stinking press release? How about some friendly copy (and larger text). PLUS, the navigation of stinking press release is too small and too confusing (the page you’re on should be highlighted not the page you’re not on, duh!).

6. Why is there a ‘press’ section when the exhibition section already has the press release? Oh, I see, so you could put a really big dumb graphic that says ‘Press, Greater New York 2005’, which clicks off to MOMA’s site.

7. At least make the friggin’ top-left logo clickable back to the homepage for chrissakes! This has been web-site navigation convention from before the turn of the century!

8. It don’t validate. (snigger, snigger) And it’s so f’d up, it would be hard to figure out where to start.

9. Change your meta-tags now! NOW! NOW! NOW! (It’s a shame to see the free and open-source Mambo put to such wicked uses.)

Ahhhh. That felt good.

See PS1, I AM smarter than you! Hahahahaha.

(Even though you didn’t put me in GNY2005 damnit!)

Though my criticisms of PS1’s website are valid, the rude tone is meant as a bit of a joke or parody. See, I’m left out of the show, so my only recourse is this nerdy and nasty little crit of their website. It’s as much a put-down of myself as it is of PS1’s website. permanent link to this post

Programming and digital art

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Recently Tom Moody wrote (in part):
Does one have to write code to make art or music with digital tools? Two proponents of code are designer/MIT Media Lab professor John Maeda (on the hi-fi end of the digital spectrum) and the BEIGE crew […snip]

The beef about using consumer software is that an engineer makes aesthetic choices for you.[…snip]

[…] An analogy I’ve used is the purist artist who thinks you have to grind your own pigment to paint, either because store bought colors aren’t good enough or out of some strict truth-to-materials dictate. I think that applies to John Maeda—his “if you aren’t programming you aren’t using the computer” rap has a whiff of the purist ascetic about it.[…snip]
(See posts here and here for the entire quote.)

I find myself on both sides of this issue.

On one hand, I don’t think it’s necessary to be able to program a computer to make digital art*. Especially as the tools to create digital art get better and better. And besides, what is the difference between Windows APIs and the the interface of Photoshop? They both present you with tools to make things happen on a computer.

On the other, I think having programming knowledge is very important (but not necessary) for one to be a digital artist. I would argue that instead of Tom’s analogy of a painter grinding his own paint, a better analogy is that a painter must understand how color and 2d form work. For those are the building blocks of a painting really, not the paint. It’s a mistake to confuse a computer for a canvas, to think of it simply as a means to a visual end. A computer does much more than display images on it’s display. With much new media art the how of image creation is just as important as the images themselves.

*Of course you get into a whole other argument if you do agree: is writing in a scripting language programming? How low-level is the code you program? Is programming in C++ somehow ‘better’ than programming in Java? etc, etc. permanent link to this post

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Got this email today:


subject: loves you


I almost wrote if off as spam but noticed that is was sent to only M.River and I. So I went to and what I found was good.

Of course I’m partial to art duos making net art ;-) permanent link to this post

Prix Ars competition

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The jury is about to deliberate over the submissions to this year’s Prix Ars Electronica and M.River is pessimistic about 1YPV’s chances. We submitted 1YPV in the Net Vision category.

I’m also pessimistic, but with over 7600 logins and super-users who have logged over 170 days running the piece I think it’s clear that we’ve defined a novel (if not new) way for people to interact with an online artwork. We deserve serious consideration.

(Jonah, if you’re reading this, my friend *Mr. Franklin* would like to help you deliberate (j/k of course).)

Something like will probably win the grand prize. Or maybe they’ll give it to Neal Stephenson or Linus Torvalds again. permanent link to this post

Prix Ars Electronica 2005

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The results

no mtaa :-( permanent link to this post

Worst case scenario…

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

…don’t think we’ll need it, but its always wise to have a contingency plan.
Canada offers protection to people in Canada who are afraid of returning to their home country. A claim for protection can be made at a port of entry or at a Canada Immigration Centre (CIC) office in Canada. Once a CIC officer decides that a refugee protection claimant is eligible to be referred, the claim is sent to the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) for a decision on the risk on return.
More info here: CIC Canada | Refugee Protection in Canada permanent link to this post

Pompous gallerist makes NYT

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This story was first broken by art blogger James Wagner 6 days ago and linked to from this humble web site 5 days ago. It’s fun to scoop the Times so decisively :-)
Eric Doeringer […] has been selling his copies of works by contemporary artists for four years on West 24th Street in Manhattan. Last Saturday, the police asked him to stop.

via: Little Artist Versus Big Dealer in Sidewalk Showdown
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What the fuckity-fuck-fuck-fuck?

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Am I overreacting? No, I don’t think I am. With this administration’s track record of lies, abuses of power, power grabs, belligerent war mongering and trashing of civil liberties I don’t think it’s overreacting to cry out, “WHAT THE FUCKITY-FUCK-FUCK-FUCK!?”

Officials discuss how to delay Election Day

Kerry needs to come out hard and NOW denouncing any talk of this whatsoever! (So should Bush but we all know the chimp won’t.) permanent link to this post


posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

I’ve been following this thread on Wonkette. And I must say, it’s hilarious!

bush is evil

As the Wonkette explains in this post regarding Bush’s Sloganator:
The brilliant strategists at Bush-Cheney HQ allow you to customize a campaign poster with a slogan of your choosing. And, yes, we tried the obvious ones but someone thought to block those. You can’t make a poster that says “Penis,” or “Poo-Poo,” or “Prince of Darkness.”
Some choice slogans:

These Guys Be Fellatin’ Goats
Christians for purification of the Mid East
Because SATAN is coming to eat your kid

update: Looks like all our fun with the Bush Slogan-maker has had an affect, the sloganator is dead. permanent link to this post

Weapons Rules Eased At Dulles and National

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People soon will be able to carry guns and other dangerous weapons onto the grounds and parking lots of Reagan National and Dulles International airports, after officials yesterday eased what they said were overly restrictive rules.

Without debate, the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority unanimously agreed to permit passengers and other airport visitors to carry guns, knives and other weapons as long as they keep them out of terminals and other buildings that access airfields. Passengers who are taking guns with them on flights still will be allowed to carry them into the terminal but are supposed to make arrangements with airlines in advance, officials said.

The action comes after pressure from an increasingly high-profile Virginia gun rights group whose members have taken to wearing firearms on their hips in public places to make their case.
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It’s becoming harder and harder for me to believe that I haven’t been somehow transported into a satirical novel about America instead of living in the real thing. permanent link to this post

What do Goya and Zell Miller have in common?

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

It’s nice to see my two passions — art and politics — come together.

Atrios compares the now infamous still of Zell Miller from last night’s RNC to Goya’s ‘Saturn.’

Fun, fun, fun.

From the comments: Abe Linkoln’s Zell vs. Goya:
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UK politician rips US Senator a new hole

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

But why? Why does it take a UK politician to come here in order for the truth to be spoken in the US Senate? Why!?

Our press is weak and under attack and our politicians are cowards.

Download the MP3 (1.1MB) of UK Parliament member Galloway telling the truth.

While you’re at it, you may want to download this speech by Bill Moyers (MP3, 27MB) too.
In his first public address since leaving PBS six months ago, journalist Bill Moyers responds to charges by Kenneth Tomlinson - the chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting - of liberal bias and revelations that Tomlinson hired a consultant to monitor the political content of Moyers’ PBS show “Now.”
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posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Ahhhhhhhh, it felt so good.

It’s a shame (I mean that: a real shame) that every locality isn’t as easy to vote in as NYC. The poll workers were very cheerful and knowledgeable and I had no line to wait in at all (though there were long lines for other districts, I guess I got lucky).

(note: I’m going to use this post to add my thoughts throughout the day.)

It brings a tear to my eye knowing that even the drug dealers are voting in my homestate. From Clevelend, via Salon:
“Most people here from what I’m hearing have never voted before in their lives,” says Michael Bonner, a 34-year-old police officer who was waiting for a friend in the hallway of Harry David Jr. High School, a polling place in a predominantly black section of the city full of boarded-up buildings and vacant lots.

“Even the drug dealers came out and voted today!” says Dan Lawson, a hulking 27-year-old electrician. An older man standing nearby nodded in agreement, saying, “That’s right. Even the drug men.”

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Lawson says, “and I may never see anything like this again.”
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Joe Trippi’s new blog

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

The former campaign manager of Howard Dean, Joe Trippi, has started his own blog called Change For

For those of you under a rock, Trippi was the poster child for the ‘new’ political campaign defined as using the Internet for a campaign’s centerpiece in fund-raising and grassroots organizing.

And it seemed to work marvelously until the polls actually opened. It’s a shame that Dean is dropping but his and Trippi’s cutting-edge use of the web for political organizing will be remembered for being very influential IMO. permanent link to this post

I Hate George Bush

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

And this post on is hilarious.

You might want to read Reuter’s piece in the NYTimes for some context (it’s linked from the TPM article above too).

These people in the White House know no shame and it seems like the general public just doesn’t seem to care either.

If Dean wins the presidency I’ve decided that not only am I literally going to dance in the street but I’m going to dance in Dean St. in Brooklyn. See you there! permanent link to this post

The Well Armed Voter

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Shaula Evans, over at Tsure Dzure Gusa has a horde of links and information to help make sure you get your vote out. Intimidation stands no chance against the well armed voter.
Know your rights. If you’re an eligible voter, you have the following rights:

If your name is not on the official voter list but you believe you are eligible to vote in that precinct, even if an election official challenges your vote, you have the right to cast a “provisional ballot.”

If you’re in line when the polls close, you should stay in line because you’re entitled to vote.

In many states, your employer must allow you time to vote at some point during the day. You can’t be fired for being late due to long polling lines.

You have the right to vote without being intimidated by anyone. (opens .pdf) has a cut out wallet card as well.
[ via:, The Well Armed Voter ]

You should also bring photo ID and proof of residence (utility bill, etc). These items are not necessary, but if you are challenged at the polls it will help to establish who you are and where you live. To repeat, it’s good to have these items, but not required; all you need is your signature. DON’T BE INTIMIDATED! permanent link to this post

Tanks at LA anti-war protest

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Why did two tanks show up at an anti-war protest in LA?

Were they just passing by? Are tanks often on this strip in LA? They circled the block twice according to this article.

Very curious.

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Terror threat: real or partisan tool?

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Goddamn-it, I’m ANGRY!

Why am I so angry? Because of our lying President. You can’t trust anything that comes from the government! And we need to trust the government now more than ever.

From the AP via the Yahoo! News:
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a U.S. official called the threat “serious” and “credible” and said it involves threats to financial institutions in New York and elsewhere.

New intelligence that the al-Qaida terrorist network plans to attack financial or international institutions in New York has led police to urge extra security precautions at various city buildings.
So, (1) is this threat for real? Or (2) is it just a way for Bush to suppress turn-out at RNC protests by scaring people and create an excuse for even higher security around the RNC which will further neutralize the protesters’ voices?

It’s sad and frightening that option 2 is even in the realm of possibility. But that’s what happens when you have a lying executive who has politicized the entire response to 9/11 and the threat of international terrorism. permanent link to this post

Scary shit

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

The radical right’s cynical pitch to the Jews: “My friends, there is no Palestinian-Israeli conflict. There is only the global war on terrorism.” Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Aug. 30, 2004, New York City.

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posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

As George W. Bush moves to the podium in New York City, we will send him a message about his bid for reelection: we will yell, “fuggedaboudit!”
Go here for all the details. permanent link to this post

Rumsfeld: Iraq Just Like US

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Rumsfeld yesterday:
We had something like 200 or 300 or 400 people killed in many of the major cities of America last year. Is it perfectly peaceful? No. What’s the difference? We just didn’t see each homicide in every major city in the United States on television every night. It happens here in this city, in every major city in the world. Across Europe, across the Middle East, people are being killed. People do bad things to each other.
What a fucking asshole. permanent link to this post

Partisan tool it is!

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Looks like our skepticism was well-founded:

NYTimes: Reports That Led to Terror Alert Were Years Old, Officials Say:
Much of the information that led the authorities to raise the terror alert at several large financial institutions in the New York City and Washington areas was three or four years old, intelligence and law enforcement officials said on Monday. They reported that they had not yet found concrete evidence that a terror plot or preparatory surveillance operations were still under way.
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Open Source Media™ isn’t

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

The right-wing bloggers behind Open Source Media™ (love how it’s trademarked — assholes) really don’t seem to understand open source. It really pisses me off that these dickweeds are abusing the term.

Read why I’m griping here.

Daily Kos has a post too. permanent link to this post

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Don’t know where to vote?

MoveOn PAC is suggesting using a web site called to find out where your polling place is. All you need is your address and zip code to find your polling place.

Spread this URL around! permanent link to this post

NYC: 80% for Kerry

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

I’m proud to say that NYC voted 80% for Kerry. Red America (especially one’s that voted Bush out of terrorism concerns) should think about why the city that suffered the most from 9/11 voted overwhelmingly for Kerry.

The NYTimes on how NYCers feel:
A Blue City (Disconsolate, Even) Bewildered by a Red America

M. River adds:

Although the really sad thing is that most people did not rate "terrorism" or "the economy" very high in why they voted for Bush. They voted on "family values".

So, in order to try to understand, I went to the American Family Association’s web site.

Yup, just as I suspected. It looks like "family values" is a euphemism for fundamentalist bigotry. Thanks Heartland.

Oh, sorry. Is "euphemism" an example of East cost liberal intellectual big words? Okay, how about I just use a Fox news favorite formula? "Some people might say that voting based on "Family Values" shows that you’re just another racist, homophomic, women hating, asshole.” permanent link to this post

Mmmmm, poodle burgers

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

This has got to be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard…
An animal rights group has called on one of the largest aquariums in the United States to stop serving fish to its visitors, likening the practice to grilling up “poodle burgers at a dog show.”

“It’s easy to think of fish as swimming vegetables but of all the places in the country where fish should get a fair shake it’s an aquarium,” said Karin Robertson, manager of the Fish Empathy Project for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

via: Activists Say Aquarium Sends Bad Message By Cooking Fish For Lunch…

I’ve always been a bit bewildered by the whole “off-limit meats” mores in societies. Fry me up some dog or cat, I’ll eat it :-) permanent link to this post

Juan Cole tells it

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Guantanamo Prison should be closed because it was conceived as the beginning of the end of the American Republic.

via: Quran Splashed with Urine at Guantanamo
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What has gone wrong with our country that allows this president to get away with such things?

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

That’s what Krugman asks as the end of his column today after detailing the disastourous lack of accountability in Bush’s administration.

Krugman list three examples of how grave mistakes are made by Bush administration officials but no one is held accountable. This is the most disgusting one in my opinion: …an important story that has largely evaded public attention: the effort to prevent oversight of Iraq spending. Government agencies normally have independent, strictly nonpartisan inspectors general, with broad powers to investigate questionable spending. But the new inspector general’s office in Iraq operates under unique rules that greatly limit both its powers and its independence. I agree with Krugman’s assessment: These people politicize everything, from military planning to scientific assessments. If you’re with them, you pay no penalty for being wrong. If you don’t tell them what they want to hear, you’re an enemy Is Kerry the one to save us from this monstrosous administration? permanent link to this post

It’s madness to put up with King George

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

It’s time. I was never on the impeach Bush bandwagon, but I’ve just climbed aboard.

It seemed like a very bad idea to impeach two presidents in a row, but this one deserves it more than any other; more than Nixon and certainly more than Clinton.

Admitting that he believes he’s above the law, Bush should have signed his own impeachment papers (impeachment papers… are there impeachment papers?), but the spineless republicans currently in control of congress will most likely just continue to vigorously lick his boot heels. Or maybe not.


Some editorials (cribbed from HuffPost):

NY Times Editorial: Bush “Secretly And Recklessly Expanded The Govt.’s Powers In Dangerous And Unnecessary Ways”…

Wash. Post Editorial: “The Tools Of Foreign Intelligence Are Not Consistent With A Democratic Society”…

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette : “Unacceptable Actions Of A Police State”…

Kansas City Star: “The Struggle With Foreign Enemies Does Not Simply Give Him A Blank Check”…

Denver Post Editorial: “Adm. Has Lost Its Sense Of Balance Between Essential Anti-Terrorism Tools And Encroachment On Liberties”…

St. Petersburg Times Editorial: “So Dangerously Ill-Conceived And Contrary To This Nation’s Guiding Principles”…

LA Times Editorial: “Stunning,” “One Of The More Egregious Cases Of Governmental Overreach”…


And, from Senator Russ Feingold’s response:
The President’s shocking admission that he authorized the National Security Agency to spy on American citizens, without going to a court and in violation of the Constitution and laws passed by Congress, further demonstrates the urgent need for these protections. The President believes that he has the power to override the laws that Congress has passed. This is not how our democratic system of government works. The President does not get to pick and choose which laws he wants to follow. He is a president, not a king.” (emphasis mine)
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Jon Stewart on Crossfire

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

John Stewart once again proves why he deserves to be my hero.
TUCKER CARLSON: OK, up next, Jon Stewart goes one on one with his fans…


STEWART: You know what’s interesting, though? You’re as big a dick on your show as you are on any show.


CARLSON: Now, you’re getting into it. I like that

via: Media Matters for America

Read the entire thing, it’s great. There are vids to download too :-)

After watching the video I was really struck by the fact that the so-called ‘debaters’ on Crossfire lost so miserably to Stewart. These so-called debaters just couldn’t answer his accusation that they aren’t fulfilling their obligations as journalists. permanent link to this post

It’s fun to shoot some people

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

According to an audio recording, [Lt. Gen. James Mattis] had said, “Actually, it’s a lot of fun to fight. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot. … It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right upfront with you, I like brawling.”

He added, “You go into Afghanistan (news - web sites), you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.”

via: Yahoo! News - Marine General Counseled Over Comments
Spreading freedom and democracy…

And while I’m at it… Perhaps with the Republicans celebrating the Iraqi elections they’ll realize that they should allow free elections here in the States too. permanent link to this post

If America were Iraq, What would it be Like?

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Juan Cole does a serious slap-down of Bush’s BS “optimism.”
President Bush said Tuesday that the Iraqis are refuting the pessimists and implied that things are improving in that country.

What would America look like if it were in Iraq’s current situation? The population of the US is over 11 times that of Iraq, so a lot of statistics would have to be multiplied by that number.


What if the Air Force routinely (I mean daily or weekly) bombed Billings, Montana, Flint, Michigan, Watts in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Anacostia in Washington, DC, and other urban areas, attempting to target “safe houses” of “criminal gangs”, but inevitably killing a lot of children and little old ladies?

What if, from time to time, the US Army besieged Virginia Beach, killing hundreds of armed members of the Christian Soldiers? What if entire platoons of the Christian Soldiers militia holed up in Arlington National Cemetery, and were bombarded by US Air Force warplanes daily, destroying thousands of graves and pulverizing the Vietnam Memorial? What if the National Council of Churches had to call for a popular march of thousands of believers to converge on the National Cathedral to stop the US Army from demolishing it to get at a rogue band of the Timothy McVeigh Memorial Brigades?

Read the entire post at Informed Comment. permanent link to this post

I heart Krugman

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

But worst of all from the right’s point of view, Al Qaqaa has disrupted the campaign’s media strategy. Karl Rove clearly planned to turn the final days of the campaign into a series of “global test” moments - taking something Mr. Kerry said and distorting its meaning, then generating pseudo-controversies that dominate the airwaves. Instead, the news media have spent the last few days discussing substance. And that’s very bad news for Mr. Bush.
[ via: The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: It’s Not Just Al Qaqaa ] permanent link to this post

I ♥ Dean

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

I know this is everywhere else, but ya gotta love Howard Dean for saying it:
My view is FOX News is a propaganda outlet for the Republican Party and I don’t comment on FOX News […]
In response to Cheney calling Howard Dean “over the top” on Fox News on Sunday. permanent link to this post

Haven’t posted on politics in a while…

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

So yeah. I haven’t posted on politics in a while, but then this question came to mind:

If the pope and Terri Schiavo both die on Easter, is it the beginning of Armageddon?

I’m pretty sure it is. permanent link to this post

Go Kerry!

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

This is the response we need!
The Vice President called me unfit for office last night. Well, I’ll leave it up to the voters to decide whether five deferments makes someone more qualified to defend this nation than two tours of duty.

Let me tell you what I think makes someone unfit for duty. Misleading our nation into war in Iraq makes you unfit to lead this nation. Doing nothing while this nation loses millions of jobs makes you unfit to lead this nation. Letting 45 million Americans go without healthcare makes you unfit to lead this nation. Letting the Saudi Royal Family control our energy costs makes you unfit. Handing out billions of government contracts to Halliburton while you’re still on their payroll makes you unfit. That’s the record of George Bush and Dick Cheney.  And that only scratches the surface.
— John Kerry, Springfield, OH, 09/02/04

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Fucking liars

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Haven’t posted on politics in a while…


I saw this a few days ago, but the lack of press coverage here in the U.S. has made it my obligation to do my little part to spread the facts. I think I read it originally via Political Animal by Kevin Drum. Here’s the link to the Drum post (which he got via the Times of London printing of a secret British government memo); here’s the important part (emphasis added):
C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime’s record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.
“C” is a spook working for British intelligence.

How does one “fix” facts? This is confirmation that Bush was, at the very least, lying by omission. That is, hiding facts that didn’t support his push for an Iraq invasion. Of course it’s my opinion that his administration was just outright lying in order to exploit public fear to gain popular acceptance for this bullshit Iraq war. permanent link to this post

Get ready to rumble

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Karl Rove said today that the president views a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage as essential to a “decent” society.
via: NYTimes

Bush & Rove know ‘decency?’ What a fucking joke.

Let’s hope that ACT, MoveOn, Downtown for Democracy, Democracy for America, &c are ready to fight these bastards tooth & nail.

The Dems need to go on the offensive, but I’m not an expert… does this stand a chance in hell of going anywhere? permanent link to this post

Fucking hell

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

This sucks. (I know, I know, I guess it’s not officially over, but shit, it’s not looking good.) Kerry has conceded. Shit.

Americans have proven themselves to be nothing but a bunch of scared peasants voting for their idiot king.

You Bush voters, your american citizenship is officially revoked for not identifying and dismissing the creeping authoritarianism that is the GWB administration. If it’s not obvious enough now, over the next four years it will become abundantly clear how big a mistake you have made. We’ll hope our democratic institutions are still in place so that you may fix your horrible error.

If a president this corrupt (Halliburton) and incompetent (Iraq) can’t be beat what sort of country have we become?

Don’t despair folks, just start thinking about what we can do over the next 4 years to make the chimp wish he had lost. permanent link to this post

FEMA isn’t free

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Walking to lunch today, I noticed a truck with a window sticker featuring the American flag and the little platitude “Freedom Isn’t Free,” a lightly veiled code for Iraq war support.

It’s time for a new slogan for the left and others who see the Bush administration for the disaster that it is:

FEMA Isn’t Free

background reading:

FEMA predicts New Orleans disaster

FEMA gutted for Homeland Security

timeline that outlines the fate of both FEMA and flood control projects in New Orleans under the Bush administration


If you use Amazon, you can 1-click give to the Red Cross, or visit their web site. permanent link to this post

To be believed? I doubt it.

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

CNN today:
“Cues from chatter” gathered around the world are raising concerns that terrorists might try to attack the domestic food and drug supply, particularly illegally imported prescription drugs…
And of course it’s a coincidence that just yesterday (from NYT):
Hitting hard on an issue of deep concern to older voters, Senator John Kerry on Wednesday promised an overhaul of the Medicare prescription drug law, saying President Bush had personally “stood in the way” of importing drugs from Canada…
How fucking stupid do these fucking fuckers think we are? Evidently, mighty fucking stupid. permanent link to this post

Is it possible…

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

…for me to get any MORE enraged by the Bush Administration?

Yes, it seems like it is: Fahrenheit 9/11 Opens June 25.

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TPM: perjury charge for Clarke?

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

JM Marshall writes in this post that the Republicans are considering bringing perjury charges against Dick Clarke (no that Dick Clark, this Dick Clarke).

The first step in this little adventure is to declassify testimony Clarke gave congress in 2002.

It really sounds like they want to totally destroy this guy. Not discredit him, not debate with him, not to object to him; they want to put him in jail. And why? For telling the truth.

It’s doubtful that he’ll ever be charged with perjury because most of his points are corroborated by other people, that is, they’re true. The only people who don’t understand this are Republicans who have been blinded by their partisanship to the deep, deep flaws and lies of Bush. permanent link to this post

Dancing in the Streets: Revolution with a Smile

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

John Perry Barlow suggests spontaneous explosions of dancing in the streets of NYC during the RNC as a form of happy protesting.

Liza Sabater heartily agrees.

And so do I :-) Don’t know if I’m up to organizing, but I could definitely do some participating. permanent link to this post

Carlson calls it for Kerry

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

…haven’t seen this elsewhere so I’d thought I’d mention it.

On The Chris Matthews Show this morning, conservative guest Tucker Carlson called the election for Kerry. He said something like,
We will know who the next president is on election day, and though I’m not happy about it — it’s reality — it will be Kerry by 2 points. It’s not good for the nation that Kerry wins, but it will be good that there is a clear winner.
Again, not verbatim, but something very similar.

There is no transcript available yet. When it’s available I’ll post the real quote.

The transcript now available; it’s at the bottom:
Mr. CARLSON: […] I think there’s going to be a definitive win by two points. I have to say I think it’s going to be Kerry. I’m not for that, but I think that’s—I think that’s reality.
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Calpundit: very good political blog">Calpundit: very good political blog

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Yes, sometimes I post about politics here on our little art blog and this is one of those posts: Calpundit rocks.

This post in particular is very insanely good. It succinctly describes exactly why Bush and his Republican handlers are so damn evil: After 9/11 George Bush had a chance to build a bipartisan consensus about terrorism and how to respond to it. But he didn’t just fail to do that, he deliberately tried to prevent it, and by transparently treating terrorism as little more than a chance to boost the prospects of his own party he has convinced everyone who’s not a Republican that it’s not really a serious threat. After all, if he quite obviously treats it as simply a political opportunity, it’s hardly reasonable to expect anyone else to take it seriously either. The comments section of Calpundit is very good too, lots of lively debate by well-informed posters. permanent link to this post

Bush to World

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Download the video
(1MB QuickTime .MOV)

via Eschaton

More at Daily KOS. permanent link to this post

Bush is insane

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

As simple as that.

According to the BBC via Huffpost:
President Bush said to all of us: ‘I’m driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, “George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.” And I did, and then God would tell me, “George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …” And I did. And now, again, I feel God’s words coming to me, “Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.” And by God I’m gonna do it.’
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Bush: “Happy Holidays”

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

Another notorious liberal human-secularist trying to destroy Christmas: President George W. Bush.

Listening to Bush’s press conference today on WNYC (I know, I’m a sucker for punishment), Bush closed the conference by wishing the reporters “Happy Holidays.” Faux News carries the transcript here (at the bottom of page).

Why is this a big deal? It’s not, unless you listen and believe right-winger propaganda bullshit. See these posts (here, here, here and here) from the blogosphere for background (and this Tom Tomorrow cartoon).

UPDATE: I missed the beginning, but according to this, Bush also greeted everyone with the dreaded and disgustingly politically-correct phrase “Happy Holidays!”

Plus, Lou Dobbs is a fucking idiot.

From Media Matters for America:
ROMANS: Lou, Macy’s is adamant it’s not trying to offend anyone, just the opposite. It’s doing just what other businesses do, retail and otherwise. It’s trying very hard not to exclude anyone. That’s why “Season’s Greetings, Happy Holidays” is better.

DOBBS: Well, they’ve just excluded everyone who is celebrating Christmas, which is, after all, the foundation of the so-called season in which they make most of their profits.

ROMANS: Moving definitely toward not offending anyone.

DOBBS: You know, when you think about it, “Happy Holidays” — what other holidays are we celebrating right now? We’re celebrating Christmas, right?

ROMANS: And they say Hanukkah, Kwanzaa —

DOBBS: Kwanzaa?

ROMANS: — also the end of Ramadan and a host of other holidays between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

DOBBS: But as we celebrate each one of those — and each of us in this very diverse society does celebrate — my Jewish friends say to me “Happy Hanukkah,” I say to them “Merry Christmas,” none of us is offended. I don’t understand the reluctance to use Christmas.

ROMANS: They say “Happy Holidays” covers it all.

DOBBS: They do? Well, they’re wrong. And merry Christmas. Thanks, Christine.
And, hmmm, let’s see, IS there any other holiday that almost everyone is celebrating soon… golly it’s a tough one. Oh yeah! That’s right.

What about NEW YEAR’S DAY you fucking idiots! permanent link to this post

Sorry, need to post about politics today

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

As always, Talking Points Memo is good:
From the White House’s advocates we hear logic puzzles about appeasement in which the fall-out from the president’s screw ups become the prime argument for continuing to support them.
[Bush] has no plan. And will without policy just equals death.
Josh Marshall also quotes this line from the Washington Post:
The only unequivocally good policy option before the American people is to dump the president who got us into this mess, who had no trouble sending our young people to Iraq but who cannot steel himself to face the Sept. 11 commission alone.
And that’s it. As Iraq seems to be falling apart before our eyes, what do we get from Bush? More vacant rhetoric and more stonewalling. He is undoubtably the worst President the USA has ever had. permanent link to this post

Pokia - Retro phones of the future

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Hi-Larry-Us permanent link to this post


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We’re participating in this show, should be fun!

Official press release follows.


December 9, 2005 - January 17, 2005
Opening Reception:
December 9, 2005, 7 to 9pm.

Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9am. to 5pm.
Fine Art in Space
10-47 48th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 392-7766

Press contact: Heather Stephens at

Fine Art in Space is pleased to present in collaboration with 31GRAND, the first group exhibition of video art intended to be viewed and sold solely on the iPod. Apple, the computer of choice by much of the art world is the inspiration for our new exhibition.

This curatorial exploration was inspired by the introduction of the latest iPod, which now plays video. In recent years, Video art has been growing rapidly in popularity. Their ongoing introduction of more technologically advanced products has resulted in the acceptance and accessibility of this media. Apple’s latest achievements with the iPod have garnered this art form even more portability.

Artists featured in PodART will include the work of: Gogol Bordello, Jason Clay Lewis, Nelson Loskamp, MTAA, Marisa Olson, Eugenio Percossi, Jean Pigozzi, Adam Stennett, Lee Walton, and Jeff Wyckoff.

MTAA is an art duo working on and off-line and are known for their conceptual and often humorous art projects. Past exhibitions have been at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Getty Research Institute, and Postmasters gallery.

Based in San Francisco, Marisa Olson’s work has been commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art and she has most recently performed or exhibited at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Side Cinema-Newcastle, New Langton Arts, Southern Exposure, Foxy Productions, Debs & Co, Galapagos, Flux Factory, 667 Shotwell, Pond, the international Futuresonic, Electrofringe, Cinemascope-London, Machinista, Scope, and VIPER festivals, and elsewhere. She has held residencies and fellowships at Goldsmiths, the New School, Northwestern University, the Technical University-Dresden, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She participated in an exhibition which Artforum highlighted among their “Best of 2004” and while Wired has called her both funny and humorous,the New York Times has called her work “anything but stupid.”

Jeff Wyckoff is an artist and scientist whose video work includes intravital imaging, cancer research and often music. Mr. Wyckoff has an upcoming lecture at MIT in February and exhibitions in Belgrade, Antwerp, and is currently working with the Art and Genome Center in Amsterdam.

Each video object is a limited edition and is sold in iPod format with the player.

For more information about the artists please contact us at 718.388.2858 or

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Please stop GNY

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Joy Garnett needs to stop posting all this stuff about Greater New York because my heart’s been scraped as clean as the inside of a Ben & Jerry’s pint container and I can’t take it anymore!

nasty sour grapes following:
Someone in-the-know let drop on me that the organization of the show is a complete shambles. Unless I misheard my source, it seems that some artists are being asked to submit their work without it being guaranteed that it will actually be hung in the show!
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MTAA are non-sexual art partners

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This has been a problem lately so I’m just going to lay it right out on the line:

M.River and T.Whid are not gay lovers, we’re non-sexual art partners.

This is only a problem because we sometimes get invites to parties, openings, and other social events where the invite only comes to one of us. It’s our worry that people think if they invite one they’ve invited the other, but that’s just not true. We both need to be invited.

Recently, I was invited to an opening at the Guggenheim, but M.River received no invite. Conversely, M.River received an invite to a party in honor of a mutual friend, but I received no invite. M.River isn’t going to bring my along like I’m his ‘old lady’ or something. We both lead separate lives! We’re not joined at the hip.

So please, in the future, if you want to invite us to something, just because you e-mail me doesn’t mean I’m going to bring M.River along. He’s not my boyfriend, we don’t go everywhere together. And of course the inverse is true.

and mriver adds:

Yeah, I do love Twhid, but not like that. Ya know? Oh, one more important thing, even though Twhid and I are straight white guys…WE THINK YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO LEGALLY MARRY WHOMEVER YOU FUCKING DAM WELL PLEASE! This is America remember…created equal not separate but equal.

MTAA, non-sexul art partners for gay marriage. (N.S.A.P.F.G.M.). Nuff said. permanent link to this post

Multiple vulnerabilities in ‘pizza_party’

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I can’t decide if this list-serv posting is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek or not:
Either would allow for individuals other than the owner of the Dominos Pizza account to order arbitrary pizzas (with random toppings even) via the DominosQuikOrder web server and have them delivered — resulting in chaos, anarchy and confusion.
I also wonder how Cory’s site handled the /.ing?

If you’re not in the know, we’re talking about Cory Arcangel’s Pizza Party, a command-line program which allows one to order pizzas. permanent link to this post


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WOO-HOO! Just scored two tix to the Saturday 18th show at the Hammerstein Ballroom!

Saw the Pixies back in… what year was it? ‘91? ‘92? At The Newport in Columbus, OH on their Trompe Le Monde tour. Which ain’t that cool considering that M.River saw ‘em at Staches a couple years earlier. (Nirvana also played at Staches but I missed that show too.) permanent link to this post

Pixies Tour

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OK, this is sort of old news but, The Pixies are touring. and it’s not some bogus Pixies made up of only two members, it’s THE PIXIES: Frank Black, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal, and David Lovering. So far they’ve booked dates for a ‘warm-up’ tour which is mostly in Canada and the Northwest. According to Billboard there will be real tour to follow. I hope they plan on playing about 50 dates in NYC.

I saw The Pixies in — damn — must have been in 1991. They were touring in support of “Trompe Le Monde” which was released that year. It was at The Newport in Columbus, Ohio.

But M.River, who was much cooler than me in college (and still is I guess), saw them at Stache’s much earlier.

Dave Grohl (who has been to Stache’s) has this to say about it in the NYTime’s today:
Face it, the quiet/loud dynamic that’s dominated alternative radio for the last 14 years can be attributed to one and only one band, the Pixies. Undoubtedly one of the most influential groups of the new rock generation, they are back on tour to reclaim their status as the coolest American band since, well, possibly ever. In the 12 years since the band broke up, we’ve been blessed with some incredible solo albums from the singer and guitarist Frank Black; the bassist Kim Deal has graced us with the Breeders and the Amps; the drummer David Lovering has become a magician; and the guitarist Joey Santiago, he’s just bad (as in good). There is a new greatest-hits CD, a two-and-a-half-hour DVD (both on 4AD) and an 11-city tour kicking off next month. Not to be missed, the Pixies are a live band like no other. Be prepared for an over-capacity sing-along, night after night.
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piss poor? No… Piss pour!

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Czech artist David Cerny’s new sculpture, “Piss,” installed in Prague.

The best part? You can SMS the sculpture and the guys will spell out your message!

send an SMS to +428 724 370 770

more info here, including more photos and flash animations. permanent link to this post

Pirated Movie on iPod

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For the PodART show we’ll also being showing Pirated Movie. Check it out:

Pirated Movie on iPod
MTAA’s “Pirated Movie” on an iPod permanent link to this post

Pirated Movie DVD release

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MTAA’s Pirated Movie (more info here, here and here) is to be released very soon.

We’ve created an edition of 10 DVD-Videos (with 10 APs). This is a large number of APs but we wanted to give copies to all the people who donated their time and other resources to help make it happen. We’ll have more info on how you can obtain your copy shortly, stay tuned.

Super-special-ultra thanks to Devin Clark for editing and all the participating artists and musicians too! permanent link to this post

One thing about the debate

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Is it me, or did Bush seem to keep pausing and waiting for applause? Could he be that out of it?

Also, the media says about Bush that his strength is that he can stay relentlessly “on message.” This is a total, big, steaming pile of bullshit. “Stay on message” means repeats himself over and over because all he has are talking points coached into him by his handlers and he’s run out but needs to fill his time. He had to struggle to fill the tiny amount of allotted time half the time! What a pathetic ass.

And from
Every president gets tucked away into a cocoon to some degree. But President Bush does notoriously few press conferences or serious interviews. His townhall meetings are screened so that only supporters show up. And, of course, he hasn’t debated anyone since almost exactly four years ago.

Frankly, I think it showed. It irked him to have to stand there and be criticized and not be able to repeat his talking points without contradiction.
I had the same impression and loved it. permanent link to this post

Photos of 1YPV at NuMu

posted at 16:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/photos

I took some pix of 1 Year Performance Video installed at the New Museum. A little sneak peek for our faithful blog readers :-)

The photos are fairly lame (flash, fish-eyed, yeck), but it gives you an idea of what it looks like installed. You can see the Mac mini mounted to the wall under the 60” screen.

Click the images below for larger images if you are so inclined.

1ypv_install_numu_01_small.jpg 1ypv_install_numu_02_small.jpg

Thanks to everyone at Rhizome and the New Museum, the installation looks great. permanent link to this post


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Luke Butler!

You may be able to make out his drawing, it’s to the left of the monkey with a gun drawing next to his head.

See all photos from The Drinkin’ and Drawin’ Championship 2005. permanent link to this post

Drinkin’ & Drawin’ Championship photos

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We’ve posted some pix of the event, click the thumb below to go to the photo gallery.

Also, an honorable mention goes to Neil Jenkins who sent this drawing all the way from the UK under the influence of large amounts of vodka (click for a larger image):

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DADC 2005 - 2nd Runner Up

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Justin Waldstein!

Visit Justin’s web site.

He was the honorable mention, but the 2nd runner up had left, so the title went to him. Unfortunately, we had put the other person’s name on the certificate already. Sorry dude!

See all photos from The Drinkin’ and Drawin’ Championship 2005. permanent link to this post

DADC 2005 - 1st Runner Up

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Michael Cambre!


He successfully defended his 1st Runner Up title from last year!

See all photos from The Drinkin’ and Drawin’ Championship 2005. permanent link to this post

Casa de MTAA

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Back from <PAUSE>

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Yes. Back home. Had a great couple of days in Montreal for the <PAUSE> exhibition.

Thanks again to Valerie Lamontagne and Brad Todd of MobileGaze for inviting us to participate in the exhibition and inviting us to Montreal to present our work.

I’ve posted some photos, mostly of the artist presentations. Follow the link here or click the thumbnail below.

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Interview on petiteMort

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We’re very pleased to announce that petiteMort interviews MTAA in their second issue entitled ‘Begins & Ends.’

petiteMort is a new-ish on-line journal published by Antonio Serna and Peggy Tan which covers a wide-range of cultural issues including music, art, writing and science.

While you’re there, don’t miss the interview with Cory Arcangel in issue 01. permanent link to this post

Peretti on WNYC

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Jonah Peretti, organizer of The Contagious Media Showdown at Eyebeam, was interviewed on The Brian Lehrer Show today about the showdown

The archive and podcast (RSS link) should be up shortly. Jonah’s bit was the last 20 minutes or so of the first hour.

Unfortunately, I missed the awards ceremony and, boy, am I sorry.

I should have mentioned that MTAA and collaborators’ submission,, ended up in the 24th position with 7509 hits (officially) and 136 technorati links (we cheated). permanent link to this post

People I’ve called asshole on this site

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unknown Verizon employee

James Childs (artist)

Donald Rumsfeld

some right-wing commenter (in comments)

John Currin (artist)

Senate Republicans (in comments)

George Pataki & company

Focus on the Family and American Family Association (dumbasses actually; close enough)

Anish Kapoor (posed the question of whether he is a dumbass; later retracted)

the Bush Administration (of course!)


This post was inspired by the asshole commenting on this post. permanent link to this post

Paris underground cinema — literally

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This is too fucking cool; it’s blowing my mind. (full story here.)
After entering the network through a drain next to the Trocadero, the officers came across a tarpaulin marked: Building site, No access.

Behind that, a tunnel held a desk and a closed-circuit TV camera set to automatically record images of anyone passing. The mechanism also triggered a tape of dogs barking, “clearly designed to frighten people off,” the spokesman said.

Further along, the tunnel opened into a vast 400 sq metre cave some 18m underground, “like an underground amphitheatre, with terraces cut into the rock and chairs”.

There the police found a full-sized cinema screen, projection equipment, and tapes of a wide variety of films, including 1950s film noir classics and more recent thrillers. None of the films were banned or even offensive, the spokesman said.

A smaller cave next door had been turned into an informal restaurant and bar. “There were bottles of whisky and other spirits behind a bar, tables and chairs, a pressure-cooker for making couscous,” the spokesman said.

“The whole thing ran off a professionally installed electricity system and there were at least three phone lines down there.”

Three days later, when the police returned accompanied by experts from the French electricity board to see where the power was coming from, the phone and electricity lines had been cut and a note was lying in the middle of the floor: “Do not,” it said, “try to find us.”
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MTAA included in Parachute #113

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The current issue (#113, Digital Screens) of Canadian art magazine Parachute describes some of MTAA’s work in an article by Valérie Lamontagne called The Screen of Other artists discussed in the article are Peter Horvath, Grégory Chatonsky, Brad Todd, Entropy8Zuper, and jimpunk.

There is also an article devoted to’s founder and artist Wolfgang Stahle.

This could be construed as a vanity post I suppose (hell, this entire blog could be considered a vanity project), but it’s good to see an international art magazine devoting an entire issue to the impact of digital processes of creation and presentation on contemporary art. Having net art as one of the main themes of the magazine confirms my feeling that the editors are serious about documenting and analyzing contemporary digital art practices. permanent link to this post

Paper view technology

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Cheap, paper-thin TV screens that can be used in newspapers and magazines have been unveiled by German electronics giant Siemens. The firm says the low production costs could see the

via: | Media | Paper view technology

This could be huge. I’ve been saying for years that this sort of development will usher in a new era in interactive/digital media — like the web did in ‘95.

I’ll believe it when I see it of course. permanent link to this post

Pace digital artist talks

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I missed the debate last night but I did go to a talk at Pace University by two very different digital artists.

José Carlos Casado and Michael Mandiberg couldn’t be more different in their approaches to new media art.

Casado showed and discussed his Pandora’s Box (revisited)*, a two-channel video installation. It’s a lush fantastical tableau evoking themes of love, reproduction, sex, and intimate human relationships. Often lyrical and goofy in an endearing way, the video’s playful quality is very refreshing.

Also playful are Mandiberg’s mostly conceptual pieces. Steeped in Marxist theory, his work criticizes the art object, e-commerce and identity in a hip and witty way. See and Shop Mandiberg.

Casado was the weaker speaker. His talk was long-winded and — frankly —boring. Mandiberg, perhaps because his work is based more in the verbal or because he lectures for a living at university, was a much more engaging speaker and explained his work in a much more lucid way. To be fair to Casado, his work doesn’t need much explanation, it’s lyrical, aesthetic work which most people know how to respond too without any context or explanation. He should understand this and not bore us with long-winded histories of the piece and let it speak for itself.

*I would link directly to his on-line documentation, but his Flash interface stops me — just go to his site (linked from his name above) and choose “art works”. permanent link to this post launches

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I’ve been keeping an on this site for a bit…

The site seems like it’s getting slammed, it’s kinda slow. But that’s OK when you just launch. From their welcome message:
We’ll store your video, podcasts or digital photo collection for free — forever. No catches.
Sounds great! permanent link to this post

Our new logo

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MTAA open studio June 18th

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When: Friday, June 18th, 6-9PM
coinciding with WGA extended gallery hours

Where: 60 N. 6th St. 2nd floor, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(directions: next door to this place)

Yes, MTAA have a studio and it’s going to be open to the public.

Come see the set for our new net art work commissioned by Turbulence. The set will be fully dressed by our set dresser M.River.

Come see the first public screening of Pirated Movie (to be officially released at Postmasters summer show opening June 19th (more here) so, if you do the math, this means that YOU can see it ONE WHOLE DAY early).

Come see paintings! Yes, paintings! by M.River. (Solid pigment is suspended in a liquid vehicle (like linseed oil or an artificial polymer) and smeared on a canvas stretched over a wood frame.)

Come see other things able to be hung on walls.

We’ll also provide guided tours of permanent link to this post

Oops 01-29-05

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I thought about pretending that this post (which is on the front page today) is a new feature where we highlight older projects on the front of the MTAA-RR, but it isn’t. I just edited the post this morning, and one of the peculiarities of this site is that it puts the most recently edited posts on the front page.

Regardless, I’m glad it’s here on the front page today and perhaps we will institute a feature where we highlight older projects… seems like a good idea. permanent link to this post

ONVI Archives Project

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MTAA has been asked by the ONVI Archives Project (scroll down for English) in Barcelona, Spain to submit DC 9/11 - The Evildoers’ Remix.

According to the ONVI Archives web site:
The works in these archives have been selected around various themes and a single purpose: to encourage a Critique of Contemporary Culture (in the language which best represents it) using different strategies such as video art, independent documentaries, and mass media archaeology, among other…
Does anyone have any more info about ONVI (Observatori de Vídeo No Identificat)? I’ve never heard of them before but they look legit and they said they’d lay some euros on us for including DC 9/11 - EDR. Which is cool as I consider it in the public domain.

Which brings me to something I’ve been thinking about regarding DC 9/11 - EDR. Originally I wanted to release it under a creative commons license but since a good majority of the video is footage which isn’t technically mine to give rights too I didn’t know what to do. So I left it without a creative commons license; which is wrong I think. It’s my understanding that under US law, a copyright is slapped on it unless the rights holder specifically rescinds those rights.

So I guess I should slap a creative commons license on it, otherwise people have to assume it’s copyrighted, which it isn’t. permanent link to this post

New Museum of Contemporary Art Presents One Block Radius

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This looks like an interesting project:

From the press release:
Since January 2004, artists Christina Ray and Dave Mandl — known collectively as Glowlab — have been examining the block on which the New Museum’s new building will rise (Bowery to Chrystie Streets on the East-West axis and Stanton to Rivington Streets on the North-South axis).
AND, there’s a walking tour too! Fun:

Saturday, May 15, 2004
2-3:45 PM

Participant, Inc.
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On James Wagner & Barry Hoggard

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I’ve been meaning to post about James Wagner and Barry Hoggard for a while and a fun coincidence gives me a good excuse.

James Wagner’s blog,, along with his boyfriend Barry Hoggard’s blog,, are delightful looks into the lives of two art collectors.

I don’t know much about James or Barry (I’ve met them briefly twice), but they don’t seem like blue-chip collector types. They seem like they’re of moderate means (this is relative to what I imagine is the ‘average’ art collector, that is, they’re not out investing in million-dollar paintings) and are REAL, LIVE art lovers! Almost every weekend they seem to be in Williamsburg or Chelsea checking out galleries and posting quick photos and summaries of exhibitions to their blogs (James seems a bit more prolific).

I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see someone loving contemporary art and artists.

Now to the coincidence. Yesterday, James posted a photo of a strange collage he found on a door in Williamsburg. And funnily enough, the cartoon at the top, partially hidden by the frame, was done by yours truly. I painted it on my front door at the time along with some other decorations to highlight our door and buzzer for a party we were having. It’s lasted on that door for probably about 10 years (it’s been enhanced by folks over the years of course).

I’ve been wanting to make it onto James’ blog — now I have! permanent link to this post

Olson new Editor and Curator at Large for Rhizome

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid Announces Marisa S. Olson as Editor and Curator at Large

via: Rhizome Announces Marisa S. Olson as Editor and Curator at Large
Congrats Marisa! permanent link to this post

Olia Lialina’s ‘A Vernacular Web’

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So what was this culture? What do we mean by the web of the mid 90’s and when did it end?

To be blunt it was bright, rich, personal, slow and under construction. It was a web of sudden connections and personal links. Pages were built on the edge of tomorrow, full of hope for a faster connection and a more powerful computer. One could say it was the web of the indigenous…or the barbarians. In any case, it was a web of amateurs soon to be washed away by ambitions, professional authoring tools and guidelines designed by usability experts.
Read the entire article at permanent link to this post


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Old Art Idea of The Day (oaiotd? OK, OK, the acronyms are starting to get out of hand).

While browsing the archives of ye old MTAA-RR (April 03 to be exact) I found this little gem (from almost exactly 2 years ago):
Liberty, Fraternity, Community
A series of historical paintings in the neo-classical style depicting great moments in Smurf history. These ‘paintings’ could be done in oil or as digital images.
And I still think it’s a good idea! I’ll probably never do it, so I encourage anyone to take the idea and run with it! Please, I’m beggin’ you. permanent link to this post

In Ohio for holiday

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M.River, the lazy bass-tard, hasn’t updated the blog while I’m out of town and mostly offline so here I am at Borders in Westlake, OH working it from a ye olde iBook.

The Borders has a T-Mobile hotspot ($6/h), so while my gal, my mom and I drink coffee and hot chocolate I’m writing this little blog post.

Maybe M.River will get out of the studio long enough to write a synopsis of the blogging panel at the New Museum earlier in the week?

Back in NYC on Tuesday. permanent link to this post

Out of town and off-line

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M.River is going to need to carry the load on our little blog here for the next few days as I’m going to be out of town and off-line.

My gal and I will be relaxing with family on the shores of the Great Lake Erie until the 4th of July.

Also planning on taking my mom and grandmother to Fahrenheit 9/11 this Saturday.

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Off to Ohio

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My soon-to-be wife and I are off to the land of the stolen election, the land of my birth, to sit and stare on the shores of the Great Lake Erie for (almost) a full week. We’re bringing my fiancé’s Mom and Dad with us; both native New Yorkers. We’ll see how they do in the Mid-west.

We’ve been looking forward to this get-away for a long time and I can’t wait to see my nieces and nephews, my mom, my grandmother, my brothers and sister-in-laws. Relaxing with the family will do me good.

I’m bringing no computer — and there is no internet access in the little cottage on the beach my mom has rented anyway — so I won’t be posting here for a few days (yes all 12 of our readers will be quietly disappointed I’m sure).

M.River will hold down the fort and he’s thinking of turning this into a bit of a photoblog. We’ll see what happens. permanent link to this post

Off to Maine

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MTAA is off to the University of Maine for a few days of artist visits and conferencing and paneling and whatnot.

Read all about it here: New Media at the University of Maine (the site is in beta and may be a bit rough around the edges).

Taking this chance to thank the New Media Program at the university for hosting the 1YPV video clips. Thanks! permanent link to this post

NYTimes does videoblogging (again)

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…and goes down with great gusto on videoblogging’s big, fat boner.
Until now, both the television and film industries have been built on a model that requires producers to appeal to millions of people or be considered failures. If Amanda Congdon at one end of the spectrum and Charlene Rule at the other continue to add viewers at the rate they’re going, they and the best of the other vloggers might just provide a viable alternative to that lowest-common-denominator business model.

In other words, the revolution may just be vloggerized.

I actually believe that videoblogging is worth all the hype and that the NYT actually got it right with this article.

via: TV Stardom on $20 a Day - New York Times permanent link to this post

NYTimes does Steve Mumford

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Steve Mumford is profiled in the NYTime’s today in a story entitled Sketches From the Front: An Artist’s Dispatches, Rendered in Ink and Paint:
A New York painter, Steve Mumford, has been embedded with military units in Iraq on and off since April 2003.
I’ve written about Steve a few times. His Baghdad Journal is on permanent link to this post

NYTimes does the Pixies

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The NYTimes arts section is a very worthy read today :-)
It was a relief to hear that the Pixies still sounded utterly and gloriously like themselves on Saturday at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

via: Once Upon a Time, There Was This Really Loud Band
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NYTimes does podcasts and parody Gates

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I’ve become a fan of podcasts recently. This NYTimes article turned me on to a new one: Grape Radio.


The NYTimes also has an article about a parody of Christo/J.C.’s “The Gates” called “The Somerville Gates.” It’s kinda funny. permanent link to this post

NYTimes does PacMondrian

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An online game fusing Pac-Man with Mondrian's painting "Broadway Boogie Woogie" has caught the attention of Internet gamers and even some art critics.

via: Chomp if You Like Art
The reporter also mentions Rhizome, Metafilter and Eyebeam in the process. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the article is that it deeplinks to Mondrian’s “Broadway Boogie-Woogie” on the MOMA web site. The simple fact that the article included bunches of pertinent links at the end of the article surprised me. In my surfing, it seems the NYT is always overlooking that essential element of online reportage, but the deeplink — wow! permanent link to this post

NYT on Greater New York

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For the show “Greater New York,” museum directors and curators will choose the work of 175 artists who they say best capture the city’s contemporary art scene.

via: Talent Call: Hot New Artists Wanted
I didn’t want to link to this because I’m seething with jealousy that it appears MTAA won’t be in the show. permanent link to this post

NYTimes does Artstar

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Deitch Projects, a gallery in Soho, is bringing reality television to the art world with a show called “Artstar.”
Read it: Reality (on TV) Reaches Art World

With copious quotes from yours truly (I guess people really do read this thing).

BTW, here is an index of most of our rantings and ravings.

(thx Jason) permanent link to this post

NYC = secular Hong Kong

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Perhaps Great Moral Leader will allow some city-states to survive as secular Hong Kongs around the country. I’m thinking New York, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, (why not?) Cleveland, &c.

Perhaps Great Moral Leader will see the wisdom of allowing small islands of creative thinking, tolerance, sexual freedom, religious freedom, scientific experimentation, free speech, and free assembly to survive around the country.

Perhaps Great Moral Leader will understand that he must do this in order to avoid the coming American Dark Age. permanent link to this post

NYT defends Drawing Center

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But because the Drawing Center has been chosen to be part of the projected International Freedom Center at ground zero, it has come under some critical scrutiny. The Daily News reported yesterday that the gallery has, since 2001, shown political art critical of the current Bush administration. How much political art? Four pieces, including one on view now, is what The Daily News came up with, out of many dozens, maybe hundreds of works the Drawing Center has exhibited in the last four years.

via New York Times
bob linked to the truly disgusting Daily News editorial that this Times piece references on permanent link to this post

NY1 does ArtBase 101

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NY1 (a cable news station in NYC) came by the New Museum last Friday and interviewed Lauren Cornell and me about Rhizome ArtBase 101 as part of their technology coverage. The reporter said the spot, which will be about 2 minutes long, will air on Monday (July 4, 2005) and Tuesday (July 5, 2005).

Evidently it will be available via Real streaming on the NY1 website too. If anyone finds it, please post specific instructions in the comments. permanent link to this post

NYC helicopters…

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…are dropping like flies, two in the last 4 days!

#1 and #2

What gives? permanent link to this post

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid looks pretty cool. The site allows bloggers to post photo assignments which are searchable so that photogs can take the assignments. The images are then searchable/postable/feedable for anyone.

Cool as is; but also ripe for an artistic intervention ;) permanent link to this post

Note on T.Whid’s email

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For the past, oh I don’t know, few days — perhaps a week — any mail sent to me at my twhid[@{no spammy}]mteww[dot]com account probably didn’t get read. It didn’t get deleted and I can get to it, but if it’s pressing you might want to send it again. permanent link to this post

Not tehchingHsiehUpdate

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I’m not sure, but we may be changing the name of the project we’ve been calling tehchingHsiehUpdate.

We thinking of changing the name to 1 Year Performance Video.

Kevin McCoy thinks that we shouldn’t tie ourselves too closely to another artist’s work and he makes a good argument. Plus, we always do whatever Kevin tells us to do ;-)

Anyway, does anyone have an opinion?

Otherwise, it’s coming along pretty well. We need to tighten up a few things in the code that creates the video playlist (make it a little smarter), create the login functionality (don’t want to lose your time) and put the window dressing on it (context, short description, etc). But the core of the thing is essentially finished. It will be released September 30th on the Turbulence web site. permanent link to this post

New York New Media Round-up

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Busy week in New York new media art, this is what’s happening:

December 11, 2003

Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Eunjung Hwang and Reynold Reynolds speak at Eyebeam
7PM - 8:30PM as part of the exhibition Beta Launch ‘03: Artists in Residence.

Killer Instinct opening at the New Museum
Reception from 6:30 - 8PM. From the NuMu website, “Games come off the screen and to life in this exhibition including sculpture, video, painting, and, of course, Ataris and computers. Besides experimental hacks of commercial games, Killer Instinct features artists who use game hardware and software for social commentary as well as in the development of musical and filmic projects.”

December 12, 2003

Digital Culture Evening: Killer Instinct
6:30 - 8PM, A panel moderated by Alex Galloway, includes a gaggle of artists from the show.

Mark Napier’s “Sacred Code” opening at Bitforms
Reception 6-8PM. Show runs through January 17th.

Radio Party @ The Thing, The Thing’s end of the year Party. Starts at 9PM, could go later than 11:45PM…

One would have to spread themselves pretty thin to make all that stuff. Good thing there are two of MTAA ;-) permanent link to this post

Profit v non-profit in the US

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It’s interesting to note that the two for-profit new media art-friendly spaces in NYC: The Thing (with Screensavers and their giving hosting support to us too) & Postmasters are both supporting RNC protest art during the upcoming convention.

Other art establishments are forced to sit idly by because their not-for-profit status exempts them from political action (yes, I’m talking about Eyebeam and Rhizome).

Not criticizing… But it should make art orgs think twice before accepting the not-for-profit status.

Wolfgang Staehle, founder and owner of and founder of The Thing, Inc., clarifies the many forms of this thing: communications LLC is a partnership that runs the hosting and dial up business.

THE THING, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit arts organization and runs the arts program and the BBS.

Two different entities with different missions. sometimes supports THE THING by providing free tech support and inkind donations like paying the rent when TT is broke or donating a used server. This arrangement gives us the flexibility to survive in an increasingly hostile climate. The support provided to MTAA is coming from THE THING and the videos will be hosted on THE THING servers.

Hope this explains the setup.

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New MTAA logo

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We paid a super-famous designer piles and piles of money to come up with a new MTAA logo to help brand our international art product.

The thing I like about it the most is it’s originality. permanent link to this post

New feed URL

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We’ve added a new feed format. It’s a feedburner feed. Same stuff, but allows us to view our subscriber stats easily.

Considering switching over to this feed if you feel like it :)

This is the link to the new MTAA Reference Resource feed! permanent link to this post

New digs

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Our astute readers may notice that the MTAA Reference Resource (yes that is the official name of this web log) has a brand new URL on the new-ish domain.

Since you are reading this blog I must assume that you are OBSESSED with MTAA almost as much as we ourselves are, so that leads me to assume that you are burning with desire to know WHY?! Why OH! Why did we need to move the MTAA-RR all the way over to this new domain and do all the script re-jiggering required and what not. I’ll tell you why:


Every couple of months they try to shake us down for more money. It’s ridiculous! I hate them!

I’m moving the entire domain to this new server soon too, so this blog will eventually return to it’s original URL so..


So, I’m using these guys in Florida now called Lunarpages (maybe it’s a front for a Satanic cult or something, that would be cool). They are very good and provide lots of bandwidth, disk space and other advanced features (php, mysql, etc) for really cheap. They have been very reliable in up-time and have very good customer service. Sorry Rhizome, your host couldn’t come close to the price of these guys otherwise I would be there. permanent link to this post

New Art Dirt Redux

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Just listened to the new Art Dirt Redux where Robin Murphy and G.H. Hovagimyan tour the all the Chelsea openings last Thursday.

It was great. I really love the way G.H. layers the audio. The technique worked perfectly for this content; it made you feel like you were at the openings.

Check it out permanent link to this post

NetNewsWire 2.0, MarsEdit betas

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Ranchero Software has released a public beta version of NetNewsWire 2.0, a major update to its popular RSS newsreader application… [MacMinute]

WooHoo! permanent link to this post


posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid has launched a new blog described as “networked_performance: an open forum to discuss network-enabled performance for an international conference in 2006.”

The site and conference is being supported by New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (’s parent), Emerson College in Boston and the State University of California Monterey Bay.

Not lots happening on the blog just yet, but I’m sure there is lots more to come. MTAA is releasing a new net art work in September (funded by which I think of as a performance piece so I’m hoping it will add something to the discussion. permanent link to this post


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From Rob Murphy’s blog…

Mark Tribe has called it in the press release for inSite_05:
Although artists continue to work online in ever greater numbers, net art as a movement is now over. But to say that the net is just another medium along with video, painting, installation, etc. would be misleading. The net is both a medium and a platform, a set of tools for art-making and a distribution channel for reaching people. The net can still enable artists to reach a global audience without the assistance of art world institutions. Equally important, it can enable artists to reach audiences that never set foot in a gallery, museum or performance space.
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Nauman videos on-line

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The Video Data Bank has lots of previews of experimental artists videos on their web site.

I like the Nauman videos.

What do you get when you combine Bruce Nauman and simple on-line Flash games? MTAA’s ‘Five Small Videos About Interruption and Disappearing’ of course :-) permanent link to this post

Need to know more about MTAA?

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Need to know EVEN more about MTAA? Well, it’s your lucky day!

Read an in-depth interview with the art associates on Rhizome’s site:

An Interview with MTAA by Lauren Cornell


In the interview I mention that I did comics before joining up with M. This got me thinking about my old comics days.

The image below is from a one-off I did called “Diet Coke.” It was just a 3-page little thing. It ran in a ‘zine I self-published with some friends in December 1996 (this was right before M. and I started doing net/digital stuff). The ‘zine was called “Burger” but we did a small issue on a small budget between “Burger #1” and “Burger #2” (#2 being the last I believe) which we called “BGR: The Abbreviated Burger.”

Download a larger JPG (apx 300KB) permanent link to this post

Natalie Jeremijenko - MAKE audiozine podcast

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From blog:
A MAKER profile of Natalie Jeremijenko, building toxic sensing robot dogs from discarded toys, as read by Dale Dougherty, MAKE publisher. This is an enhanced podcast, it will play audio -and- show the actual pages of MAKE Magazine from volume 02 when you click on them. We hope to do more of these, please let us know what you think. iTunes: Click this link and click SUBSCRIBE.
You can also download the vanilla MP3.

If you don’t know who Natalie Jeremijenko is, check out Google. According to her bio, she’s a design engineer and technoartist who teaches at Yale. permanent link to this post

Nauman updated

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video art ? permanent link to this post

Nam Jun Paik dead

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Looking for confirmation, but got an email via RHIZOME_RAW that Nam Jun Paik passed away yesterday evening.

Will link to reliable sources when I find them. According to this web site (which says it’s the official Paik web site); it’s true.

Shit. The world has lost a great and influential artist.

There’s an article on MSNBC too.

Below, the entire NYT obit by Roberta Smith.
Nam June Paik, 73, Dies; Pioneer of Video Art Whose Work Broke Cultural Barriers

Published: January 31, 2006

Nam June Paik, an avant-garde composer, performer and artist widely considered the inventor of video art, died Sunday at his winter home in Miami Beach. He was 73 and also lived in Manhattan.

Nam June Paik in 2004 with one of his installations at the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum in Berlin.

Mr. Paik suffered a stroke in 1996 and had been in declining health for some time, said his nephew, Ken Paik Hakuta, who manages his uncle’s studio in New York.

Mr. Paik’s career spanned half a century, three continents and several art mediums, ranging through music, theater and found-object art. He once built his own robot. But his chief means of expression was television, which he approached with a winning combination of visionary wildness, technological savvy and high entertainment values. His work could be kitschy, visually dazzling and profound, sometimes all at once, and was often irresistibly funny and high-spirited.

At his best, Mr. Paik exaggerated and subverted accepted notions about both the culture and the technology of television while immersing viewers in its visual beauty and exposing something deeply irrational at its center. He presciently coined the term “electronic superhighway” in 1974, grasping the essence of global communications and seeing the possibilities of technologies that were barely born. He usually did this while managing to be both palatable and subversive. In recent years, Mr. Paik’s enormous American flags, made from dozens of sleek monitors whose synchronized patterns mixed everything from pinups to apple pie at high, almost subliminal velocity, could be found in museums and corporate lobbies.

Mr. Paik was affiliated in the 1960’s with the anti-art movement Fluxus, and also deserves to be seen as an aesthetic innovator on a par with the choreographer Merce Cunningham and the composer John Cage. Yet in many ways he was simply the most Pop of the Pop artists. His work borrowed directly from the culture at large, reworked its most pervasive medium and gave back something that was both familiar and otherworldly.

He was a shy yet fearless man who combined manic productivity and incessant tinkering with Zen-like equanimity. A lifelong Buddhist, Mr. Paik never smoked or drank and also never drove a car. He always seemed amused by himself and his surroundings, which could be overwhelming: a writer once compared his New York studio to a television repair shop three months behind schedule.

Mr. Paik is survived by his wife, the video artist Shigeko Kubota.

Mr. Paik got to television by way of avant-garde music. He was born in 1932 in Seoul, Korea, into a wealthy manufacturing family. Growing up, he studied classical piano and musical composition and was drawn to 20th-century music; he once said it took him three years to find an Arnold Schoenberg record in Korea. In 1949, with the Korean War threatening, the family fled to Hong Kong, and then settled in Tokyo. Mr. Paik attended the University of Tokyo, earning a degree in aesthetics and the history of music in 1956 with a thesis on Schoenberg’s work.

He then studied music at the University of Munich and the Academy of Music in Freiburg and threw himself into the avant-garde music scene swirling around Cologne. He also met John Cage, whose emphasis on chance and randomness dovetailed with Mr. Paik’s sensibility.

Over the next few years, Mr. Paik arrived at an early version of performance art, combining cryptic musical elements — usually spliced audiotapes of music, screams, radio news and sound effects — with startling events. In an unusually Oedipal act during a 1960 performance in Cologne, Mr. Paik jumped from the stage and cut off Cage’s necktie, an event that prompted George Maciunas, a founder of Fluxus, to invite Mr. Paik to join the movement. At the 1962 Fluxus International Festival for Very New Music in Wiesbaden, Germany, Mr. Paik performed “Zen for Head,” which involved dipping his head, hair and hands in a mixture of ink and tomato juice and dragging them over a scroll-like sheet of paper to create a dark, jagged streak.

In 1963, seeking a visual equivalent for electronic music and inspired by Cage’s performances on prepared pianos, Mr. Paik bought 13 used television sets in Cologne and reworked them until their screens jumped with strong optical patterns. In 1963, he exhibited the first art known to involve television sets at the Galerie Parnass in Wuppertal, Germany.

In 1965 he made his New York debut at the New School for Social Research: Charlotte Moorman, a cellist who became his longtime collaborator, played his “Cello Sonata No. 1 for Adults Only,” performing bared to the waist. A similar work performed in 1967 at the Filmmakers Cinematheque in Manhattan resulted in the brief arrest of Ms. Moorman and Mr. Paik. Mr. Paik retaliated with his iconic “TV Bra for Living Sculpture,” two tiny television screens that covered Ms. Moorman’s breasts.

Mr. Paik bought one of the first portable video cameras on the market, in 1965, and the same year he exhibited the first installation involving a video recorder, at the Galeria Bonino in New York. Although he continued to perform, his interests shifted increasingly to the sculptural, technological and environmental possibilities of video.

In 1969, Mr. Paik started showing pieces using multiple monitors. He created bulky wood robotlike figures using old monitors and retrofitted consoles, and constructed archways, spirals and towers, including one 60-feet tall that used 1,003 monitors. By the 1980’s he was working with lasers, mixing colors and forms in space, without the silvery cathode-ray screen.

For his 2000 retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, Mr. Paik arranged monitors faceup on the rotunda’s floor, creating a pondlike effect of light and images. Overhead, one of the artist’s most opulent laser pieces cascaded from the dome in lightninglike zigzags — an apt metaphor for a career that never stopped surging forward.
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Napier and Hovagimyan

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Two shows happening now or soon in NYC involving established NYC digital artists.

First, Mark Napier is having an opening at Bitforms this weekend:
Show dates: october 22 - november 26 2005
Opening reception: saturday october 22, 6-8 pm

Bitforms Gallery
529 W 20th St, NY, NY

Napier will also be presenting at the Upgrade! next week.
Thursday, October 27, 7:30 PM
540-548 west 21st street (bet 10 & 11 Ave)

Also, received this email from GH Hovagimyan about a show he’s currently in at Sara Tecchia Gallery:
I’m pleased to announce that my latest work in High Definition videos are on display at Sara Tecchia Gallery (529 west 20th street, 2nd floor) in Chelsea. The videos are random select from an HDV database that are played one after another in a seamless playlist. This is a preview for a larger installation of 3 flat screens at Sara Tecchia’s in March. Come by and have a look and let me know what you think.

So get your ass out there and see some digital art damnit! permanent link to this post

My day job: TVTonic

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Last week my company released a new version of our software, called TVTonic.

What is TVTonic? Well, according to me (I wrote the web site copy):
TVTonic allows you to subscribe to most video podcasts on the web.

Download RSS 2.0 video enclosures in the background.

And that’s what it let’s you do. It’s basically a video aggregator that let’s you subscribe, manage and watch video delivered via RSS 2.0 feeds (podcasts). It supports Windows Media and QuickTime formats presently, but we’re planning on adding support for more formats as we work through this public beta.

We’ve focused on creating an interface that supports the ‘10 foot experience,’ meaning that it’s designed to be navigated with a remote control from across the room while you’re chillin’ on your sofa.

Currently, it’s available to Windows XP users and you need Internet Explorer 6 or higher too. It works great within Windows Media Center or within Internet Explorer.

Feel free to check it out and leave any comments, complaints, constructive criticisms, etc on the forums at permanent link to this post

New music biz model

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Magnatune is a record label with an entirely new and clued-in business model.

They really seem to ‘get’ it: they publish their music in a variety of formats from which you can choose, CD-Quality WAV files to MP3s; they use a shareware model which lets you listen to entire albums before you buy; they use a sliding scale for home purchases ($5-$18 I can’t imagine why one would pay more than the min); the artists get 50% of sales; and they have a unique automatic licensing system for folks who need to license music for commercial use (you can even get the tunes for free for non-commercial uses).

So what’s the downside? They don’t publish any artists you’ve ever heard of.

I’ve been browsing their catalog for the past couple of days and haven’t heard anything I consider buying. Which is unfortunate as I would really like to support them. There is plenty of stuff I would consider licensing for commercial projects (because it’s cheap), but most of it seems to be B or C grade material. permanent link to this post

Murphy’s law in full effect

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Holy shit.

Could more have gone wrong today? Yes (we’ll get back to that in the epilogue). But not much.

Where do we start? Hmmm, let me see. Let’s start on a NJ Transit train to Newark (starts out bad and just gets worse).

M.River and I traveled to Newark on this snowy day to interview for a ‘professional development’ program at an arts organization in Newark called Aljira. The program is called Emerge, and you can read all about it here.

The wind and snow was fierce as we trudged from Newark Penn Station to Aljira (normally probably a short and pleasant walk — not today).

The interview process consisted of 5 artists (MTAA counts as 1) showing and talking about their work in front of a panel of arts professionals (there were reps from Creative Capital, eyewash, The Brooklyn Museum and Aljira).

During preliminary introductions, we ran into our first problem. “Oh! We don’t do collaboratives,” Aljira’s program director said, “There was a question mark there.”

That’s OK, M.River and I figured, we’ll win them over.

We had submitted a DVD-video of work samples. The other artists had all submitted slides and for reasons to do with the format, presented their work before us. Finally, it was our turn.

Bad disk. Let’s try again. Bad disk. Let’s try another disk. Bad disk. Let’s try a computer in the other room. All of the computers only have CD drives. I had brought along a few prints of the installation version of 1YPV and gamely passed them around to the jury panel, but was seething inside.

M.River bravely attempted to describe our work without the help of any visuals of our visual art as I stewed in my own juices and fought back urges to crack that goddamn DVD in half and fling it across the room.

Eventually, I couldn’t take it anymore. “You know. I feel like an idiot trying to explain the work with no reference images,” I interrupted, “I’m just kind of sitting over here and being angry.” That was pretty much the end of our interview.

What are our chances of being accepted to this program? Considering they don’t take collaboratives and couldn’t really see any of our work, we’re optimistic.

It’s around 7:30PM on 7th Avenue in Manhattan and it’s snowing like hell. M.River is wondering if he’ll be able to catch a cab home. I’m thinking, no way in hell, when a cab comes cruising up and stops right in front of him. He gets in and a guy half-way down the block starts screaming and cursing at him. He runs over and makes like he’s going to punch the passenger window but thinks better of it. Evidently, he thinks M.River stole his cab. He keeps calling M.River, “asshole!” and “motherfucker!” He’s stomping his feet and venting his spleen. I casually watch him.

Ahhhhh. Sweet, sweet schadenfreude. permanent link to this post

Museums Sell Out

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NYTime’s Kimmelman again takes museums to task for selling out to private interests. Another column of his was mentioned by yours truly on this post.
Museums are putting everything up for sale, from their artwork to their authority. And it’s going cheap.

via: What Price Love? Museums Sell Out

A key section:
With faith goes the delicate ecosystem of charitable contributions and tax-free privileges. Why, the public will ask, do institutions like these reap the benefits of nonprofit status if they service private interests who shape the content of what’s on view and/or reap cash rewards?

Indeed. These new trends could fuel right-wing attacks on non-profit art institution’s tax exemption. There have already been a few shots across the bow on the subject (can’t find the info, but I remember some legislator trying to take away the Met Museum’s exemption due to their museum stores having an unfair advantage due to the exemption).

What sucks (hard) is that the right can attack museums and other non-profit orgs that support traditionally liberal constituencies (artists) with practically no political down-side. While a left attack on their tax-exempt support base (churches) would be political suicide for any democrat. We’re not in a good position on this one. permanent link to this post

Mumford’s Baghdad Journal on-line

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You can read the journal and view some JPEGs of his sketches and watercolors at permanent link to this post

New installment of Steve Mumford’s Baghdad Journal on-line

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I received an email from Steve a few days back but didn’t get around to posting this until now.

Read Steve Mumford’s Baghdad Journal.

I’ve posted about Steve’s project from time to time (one, two, three), I have mixed feelings on the entire thing but it’s an interesting read and look regardless. permanent link to this post

Mumford’s new Baghdad Journal online

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Steve Mumford has a new Baghdad Journal online at

Steve is a New York City-based artist who, for the past year or so, has been visiting Iraq and creating watercolor and ink-wash sketches of the people and places he finds.

He sent this note around: Due to a screw-up on my part the last illustrated story posted, “Ramadi”, was actually my notes for the story, not the final essay. I’m sorry for the mix up not least because it was in no way intended for publication. The correct version is now up and I hope you’ll take a look. Basically, if you read an earlier version it looks as if it wasn’t intended for publication.

I’ve been mildly critical of Steve’s work in various forums (thingist). I felt the work was glorifying militarism and empire. But this current crop of sketches has a different tone, especially the portraits of the different soldiers. These sketches seem to capture a weariness and exhaustion that must be creeping into the soldiers. The general tone is less that of macho excitement and more reflective. permanent link to this post

MTAA @ Sala1 Galleria

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We’re in a show in Rome called ‘Netizens II (la libertà del post-mediale)’ curated by Yael Kanarek and Sylvie Parent. The exhibiting artists are:

Peter Horvath
David Crawford
Evann Siebens & Yael Kanarek
Yan Breuleux

I have to admit, I’m sort of confused about what’s going on with it. The space has a web site, but there is no mention of the show there. Yael sent us a press release, but it’s in italian so I can’t really read it (the google translation is not much help).

I think it’s the same exact group that was in videozone2 video biennial in Israel. Yael sent us a catalogue from that show that featured a nice color reproduction still from “Five Small Videos…,” thanks Yael.

If you’re in Rome, check it out and let us know how it looks:) It’s up through January 28th (I think).

Found the official site explaining everything :-) permanent link to this post


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Finally! some actual news (as opposed to the usual rants), big news in fact. MTAA has received a Creative Capital grant this year. It’s for a project we’re doing in collaboration with RSG.

Here’s a description of the project:
Want – A six-channel video installation using Internet peer-to-peer networks and actors portraying the obsessive desires of six types of common Internet users.

You can read the entire press release on the Creative Capital web site.

Congrats to all the other recipients as well! permanent link to this post

MTAA-RR birthday today

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As M. noted in the post below, today is the 3rd birthday of the MTAA-RR (the official name of this blog/documentation station is the M.River & T.Whid Art Associates Reference Resource — we have a gift for creating long-winded and hard to remember names).

Go here to read the first post.

After that, I encourage you to peruse the archive. You should be asking yourslef, “what was MTAA doing in x month of n year?” For example: what was MTAA doing in August of ‘03? They were watching TV, camping on the beach, enjoying the SUMMEr oF HTML, preparing to pirate a movie and surviving the blackout. permanent link to this post

MTAA-RR new comment policy

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Some posts on this site, for whatever reason, get spammed over and over. From now on, when a post gets spammed, I’m going to close comments on it. Hopefully it won’t effect the discussion that takes place on this site. permanent link to this post

MTAA naming

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This post is intended to be the definitive guide on how to refer to MTAA and their web sites.

MTAA (M.River & T.Whid Art Associates)
The name of the art collaborative is MTAA (M.River & T.Whid Art Associates). We prefer the entire name be used in any press releases and other widely circulated documents like announcements as well as in title cards for gallery pieces or in any publications describing MTAA’s art work or creative practice. If your space is restricted in some way using simply MTAA is acceptable.

M.River AKA Mark River
M.River prefers to be referred to by his web alias, M.River, in any publications, announcements, lists, postcards, and etc attending an exhibition of MTAA’s work or in any publication describing MTAA’s work or creative practice. If, for whatever reason, one needs to use his ‘real’ name, it’s Mark River (though that’s not his real name). But he asks that efforts be made to use his web alias: M.River. In person he likes to be called Mike.

T.Whid AKA Tim Whidden
T.Whid prefers to be referred to as T.Whid (his web alias) in any publications, announcements, lists, postcards, and etc attending an exhibition of MTAA’s work or in any publication describing MTAA’s work or creative practice. His real name is Tim Whidden. In person he likes to be called Tim.

MT Enterprises WorldWide
The name of the art duo MTAA’s web site is MT Enterprises WorldWide and the web address is

MTAA Reference Resource
There is a section of MT Enterprises WorldWide called the MTAA Reference Resource, or MTAA-RR for short. This section of the web site contains background material, biographical info, documentation, texts and a blog. permanent link to this post

MTAA not in the top 100

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I know, I know! It’s unfair and totally bizarre; I totally agree.

MTAA should definitely be in the top 100. permanent link to this post

MTAA: one of 27 finalists

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

It’s good to see that we made it into the 2nd round of the Rhizome ‘05-‘06 Net Art Commission process.

See all the finalists.

And you should vote (you must be a Rhizome member to vote). Remember: you should vote MTAA #1, the title of our proposed project is “To Be Listened To…” You can read the proposal. It’s a pretty simple project. permanent link to this post

MTAA included in Rhizome ArtBase 101

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Actual MTAA news — not just random ranting and ravings! Read on…

Rhizome, along with the New Museum of Contemporary Art, will be presenting a gallery show of selections from Rhizome’s ArtBase called Rhizome ArtBase 101. The show will be hung in one of the New Museum’s galleries at their temporary space in Chelsea.

I’m very happy to report that MTAA will be represented in the show with our piece 1 Year Performance Video. PLUS! We’re going to be showing the gallery version of 1YPV. This will be the first public presentation of the gallery version. The gallery version differs from the online version in numerous ways — most importantly — it uses much higher quality video that is more appropriate for gallery viewing.

I’ll post the entire press release when it’s available.

We also have some other news, but we’ll need to wait a bit to post it here. permanent link to this post

MT gets the beat down on Slashdot

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

dJ phuturecybersonique writes “Netcraft reports that ‘Comment spam attacks on Movable Type weblogs are straining servers at web hosting companies, leading some providers to disable comments on the popular blogging tool. The issues are caused by bugs in MT, forcing publisher Six Apart to recommend configuration changes while it prepares fixes.’ More…

via: Comment Spams Straining Servers Running MT
Presently, the consensus is that everyone should move to Wordpress.

I recommend Blosxom of course! permanent link to this post

MTAA as academic fodder?

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Received this yesterday from a arts educator/artist/curator/writer friend of ours.
Just wanted to tell you that I showed a few of your works in class, today, and my students loved it. You’re one of the very few artists/ collectives to actually make them laugh, this semester, and I think that’s a high compliment. They especially enjoyed the 5 small videos and we had a very long conversation about 1YPV, in light of the ideas of Karl Marx, Walter Benjamin, Fredric Jameson, WJT Mitchell, and Roland Barthes.

Oh, and we also talked about “real life.” It was nice!

I can’t wait for all those MTAA PhD dissertations to come out—starting with Avi Rosen, of course… :)

MTAA as academic fodder? What is the world coming to? ;) permanent link to this post moving hosts

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I’m moving the MTEWW.COM domain to another host because XO SUCKS! XO is the current host and they suck so I reallly had no choice.

So, anyway, in the process of writing this post I ran into broken links already as I’ve changed the default directory for this blog from mtaaRR/ to mtaaRR/news/. I guess I gotta try to fix that because all the google links are going to break. ERRRR.

Anyway, this should be it for a while I hope. No more moving stuff around, fixing broken scripts and etc after this weekend I hope.

One cool thing is that I installed a method to post from the web to this blog. That’s cool :-) But you need to know the password to do it so don’t get any bright ideas ;-) permanent link to this post

Correction re: Rhizome

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I was incorrect in stating in an earlier post that one cannot link to articles on Rhizome.

My only complaint now is that they make it very hard to link to articles if you are a member and nearly impossible if you are not. My main point still stands, Rhizome is going to slowly suffocate behind the fee wall as long as they make it hard to freely link and browse their content.

I make similar points in a post to Rhizome from today. permanent link to this post

Morning activities

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I need to make a list of daily activities but am having a hard time motivating myself to do it. Since posting to this blog is categorized in my mind as ‘goof-off’ behavior, it’s easier to make these notes as a blog entry. PLUS, if any of our faithful readers would like to add to the list, please do so in the comments. I also need to make a list of afternoon activities, evening activities and night activities.

Note: these are all activities that would take place in one room, as if one was confined to a cell. Also, these activities don’t need to be exclusive to the morning.

morning activities (in no particular order)
7:30 - 7:40: wake up
get dressed
brush teeth
breakfast (coffee)
lay on bed; stare into space
pace the floor
sit on stool; stare into space

M.River adds:

Just so people know what this list is about, we are writing a “script of activities” for an internet artwork that we will film in July (see this, twhid). Please add any action one can do when one is alone. We have the day broken into 4 sections: Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Night. Here are some additional acts that one might do in the morning.

make bed, comb hair, get dressed, clip nails, rub eyes, turn on light, lay in bed starring at the ceiling. wash breakfast dishes. clean room. turn off alarm clock permanent link to this post

More on Cloud Gate copyright issues

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The Slashdot geeks are chewing over the copyright issues surrounding Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” (aka “The Bean”). “Cloud Gate” is installed in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Public Park Designated Copyrighted Space (You get one guess as to where the open-source crowd stands on the issue.)

I don’t have much more to say on it, except…

I wonder if Christo and Jeanne-Claude have security guards keeping professional photographers away from “The Gates”? I would really be interested to know their official stand on the copyright of images of “The Gates,” especially since they make all their money from images of the sculptures as opposed to the sculptures themselves (which many times cost them money). Part of this answer is at the bottom of this page. The artists say that they “have donated all merchandising rights” [emphasis theirs] to a charity and Central Park.

Granted, the two situations are totally different in terms of politics needed to be navigated in order to realize the piece. (Perhaps Christo and Jeanne-Claude had their arms twisted to donate the merchandising rights.) But in terms of copyright issues I don’t see that there would be much of a difference. permanent link to this post

More NYT Rhizome ArtBase review

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Marisa Olson has a very thoughtful response to the review at Rhizome.

In this quote she responds to Pall Thayer’s remarks.
Now I don’t want to personally attack Sarah Boxer (though she is very much worth taking the time to Google!), but I know that she has a background in psychoanalytic theory and I find it unfortunate that her reading in a science of interpretation has not parlayed into interpretations of art. As is true of her other articles recently discussed here, I think that this was, ultimately, a missive rather than a review. (Again, Palli said it all.) She doesn’t adequately discuss the experience of the pieces, though the intended experiences were, in many senses, constitutive of the works. She says, simply, that she doesn’t have time for them.

It’s a good review of the review and I encourage everyone to read the entire thing. permanent link to this post

More “Lazy Sunday”

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I finally got around to making an MP3; download it.

And the NYTimes does a story with some interesting details about the production (cheap and fast):
On the evening of Dec. 12, the four wrote a song about “two guys rapping about very lame, sensitive stuff,” as Mr. Samberg described it. They recorded it the following night in the office Mr. Samberg shares with Mr. Schaffer and Mr. Taccone at “SNL,” using a laptop computer that Mr. Taccone bought on Craigslist.

Then, while their colleagues were rehearsing and rewriting that Saturday’s show, the group spent the morning of Dec. 15 shooting their video with a borrowed camera, using the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Chelsea to stand in for a multiplex cinema and Mr. Taccone’s girlfriend’s sister to play a convenience-store clerk. Mr. Schaffer spent the next night - and morning - editing the video and working with technicians to bring it up to broadcast standards. Finally, at about 11 p.m. on Dec. 17, the four learned from Lorne Michaels, the executive producer of “SNL,” that “Lazy Sunday” would be shown on that night’s show.

NYTimes: Nerds in the Hood, Stars on the Web. permanent link to this post

More KDM100 (iPod Edition)…

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

31Grand will be previewing a couple of the videos in the PodART show at scopeMIAMI December 1 - 4th. One of them is MTAA’s own KDM100 (iPod Edition).

If you’re down there, check it out. 31Grand will be in RM203 in the TOWNHOUSE (150 20th St. at Collins Ave., Miami Beach). permanent link to this post

More blast from MTAA’s past

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

While rooting around for the image in this post, I found an old photo of M.River and me in our V-TAV gallery.

mtaa_in_VTAV.jpg permanent link to this post

More from Baghdad

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Steve Mumford responds to the consternation in my last post (near the bottom).

To summarize, Steve recounts how his Iraqi friends see things as getting better and I ask “Better than what?” — things must have been pretty shitty if the current conditions in Iraq are better.

Steve’s response cut and pasted below (with a wee amount of formatting):
Hi Tim,
You ask: things now in Iraq are better than what - all-out war and constant bombings?

It’s a fair question, and highlights the psychological divide between Americans and Iraqis. I think it’s very difficult for us to really understand what life under Saddam was like. The problem is made more difficult because it’s impossible to frame without a political subtext, ie., if you say things were worse under Saddam you can sound like a propagandist for Bush, with his hall-of-mirrors justifications for going to war. When I say that things were indescribably worse under Saddam, I’m not justifying our going to war in Iraq, just explaining how it’s possible for an Iraqi to be more hopeful for their future now than in the last 30 years.

When you get to know Iraqis well and personally you begin to see the scars from Saddam. It’s not enough to catalog the bizarre and horrific crimes, the Caligula-like escapades through Baghdad, the arbitrary arrests and beatings, the sense of complete irrationality and injustice that marked these years. It’s the feeling of residual fear, frustration and hopelessness that I sometimes see in my friends. It’s a country suffering from post-traumatic stress, where ambition and courage are thwarted and even the lives of the living have, in a sense, been lost.

My friend Esam Pasha told me about a conversation he had with Naseer Hasan, the poet, back in the 90s. He was describing his anger at the Baathist regime, his having to live in fear, not being able to talk openly in public about anything related to politics (almost everything, you had to talk in kind of bland code), the abuses of his military service. Naseer is 15 years older. As a communist party member, he spent 5 years on the run, hiding with relatives, after a colleague was captured and he feared that under torture he’d give his name up.

Naseer said, “Look, you can’t think of it like that. You can’t wish for things to get better, because you’ll become obsessed. You must think of the regime as an unwelcome house guest that you can never ask to leave; instead you have to get used to them in your house, and all your daily life things are just done knowing that they are around you.” Esam says this helped him a lot.

Naseer feels he lost the best years of his life to this regime, the years we take for granted in the West, when you’re young, energetic, and the world seems new.

Another artist, one of Baghdad’s bright lights in painting, often suffers from depression. He says his military service still haunts him. And he wasn’t in any wars - just having to serve in an army where cruelty and arbitrariness marked each day. He often stood up to the abusive officers, yet he’s haunted by his failures, and the fear of those days which are often vividly recalled in his dreams.

Perhaps I can’t convince you that this is worse than war - but it is. I’ve seen a little of the war out here, though not much. I’ve found that I’m not greatly affected, on a psychological level, because these events are over relatively quickly and I have a relatively healthy ego. But imagine a trauma which is not as great, but goes on for years, with no end in sight, each hope dashed, each avenue of escape cut off, each slip of the tongue a cause for paranoia. This, your life since birth.

The only analogy that I can come up with for this is Stalinist Russia. In this sense the Bush administration got it wrong: they imagined that they were liberating the French from the Nazis. It’s obviously more complicated when we invade a country with a homegrown tyranny, and we’ve compounded the problem with inadequate resources and bad decisions. But even so, I think that many Iraqis feel they are better off now, and most look to the future as having real potential for positive change.
Steve’s words could be used to bolster the right-wing radical agenda of Bush and Co. but that would be a misuse. We Americans were sold the war on national security fears (many never bought of course). The WMDs do not exist so the Bush administration and its apologists fall back on the excuse of freeing Iraqis from Hussein’s tyranny. Would the majority of Americans have supported this war if it was to be fought only to free Iraqis? Of course not.

And, as the current administration continues to use fear-mongering and lies to bolster their political position, one must ask: are we buying Iraqi ‘freedom’ at the price of our own? permanent link to this post


posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

In the comments on this post, Christopher Fahey says (quoting me):
It will be just a bunch of desperate artists doing their best to suck-up to the art world honchos as they watch their dignity being stabbed out like a stale cigarette.
And how is that different from the real art world? I mean on the Deitch plane of existence, of course.
Yes. It’s not. But at least for those willing to lose their dignity off-camera they can attempt to keep it a secret. Whoring oneself proudly in front of a camera is much sadder than whoring oneself in private. [Not that I have any experience with either ;-)]
I think the show is brilliant, and I very much look forward to it. It’s obviously not targeted at artists with dignity, so you shouldn’t try to imagine yourself as a contestant on the show. Instead, you should think about the great entertainment that will result from watching all of the art world “types” that you probably hate humiliate themselves on television. Savor it.
Yet another sad aspect of this soon-to-be fiasco: it probably won’t even make it to regular TV! Fashion designers are a billion times more popular (by my estimation) than artists in the mainstream culture, yet, Project Runway is on Bravo — which, seriously, is barely on TV. A show focusing on artists will be lucky if it makes it to cable access. If it’s extremely successful: PBS! Yet they’ll find more more-than-willing artists to exploit and degrade themselves than they know what to do with.

Reality TV is built on the audience savoring others’ misery and humiliation — but this one is just hitting to close to home. permanent link to this post

Mini mine

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Pictured with an iPod and a Kerry/Edwards t-shirt. permanent link to this post

Millenium Park in Chicago

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

A good story in the NYTime’s about the opening of Chicago’s Millenium Park which the Times dubs “a sculpture garden on steroids.” To me it looks more like a theme park with a brain.

Don’t miss the slideshow. permanent link to this post

Midnight In The Deli

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

10 Pre-Rejected, Pre-Approved Performances: Midnight In The Deli

…we call him Frank.

You can see larger sizes on Flickr (you may need an account). permanent link to this post

Meta-post: 1/17/05

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This web site has gone through some problems the last few days.

First, M.River decided to pull-down a post of his because the discussion in the comments seemed to get a bit — how shall we say it? Well, let’s just say that it probably wasn’t fun for anyone. We hope no one got chased away permanently, no one’s feelings were hurt, and no one felt under attack.

Second, for some currently unknown reason, some of this blog’s posts were re-ordered. I’m not sure why.

Happy Martin Luther King Day (I’m lounging at home). permanent link to this post

Microsoft does blogs

posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

But they’re called Spaces and the design is ugly as hell. Well, as ugly as the rest of MSN anyway.

And the HTML is not even close to being valid of course. At least the RSS feed seems to be valid. That’s weird. Why care about the RSS and not the HTML? Makes no sense. permanent link to this post

meta-post 04-24-05

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I updated the MTAA-RR a bit today.

The front page now shows 20 posts by default instead of 10.

And the search should work better. You can now get up to 999 returns on the search page. It was a bit broke before and you would only get 10 search results no matter how many matches were found.

Some day I’ll fix the comments too :-) permanent link to this post

Meta-post 01

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This is a meta-post, a post about the workings of this site.

You may have noticed that I posted about DC 9/11 - EDR yet again. This is because it was officially added to the ‘off-line art’ section of the web site. Things added to the ‘off-line art’ and ‘on-line art’ sections of the web site also appear on the front page.

Perhaps the process isn’t the best. As new work is created and released, I’ll hype it by posting it to the ‘news’ section of the blog. Then, when I get around to it, I’ll post the official addition to the appropriate sub-section of the art archives. Sometimes this can get repetitive, my apologies. permanent link to this post

Merry X-Mas 2005…

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

…and Happy Holidays and etc.

The Infectious Nature of Holiday Cheer (2004, .MOV, 10.9MB, 3:31 min.)

A B&D Handmade production
Written & Directed by Bill Hallinan

The Players
T.Whid as John Q. Public
Andre Sala as Mr. Gift Boxes
Dawn Winchester as Fay Wray
Bill Hallinan as Pointer

The Crew
Photography by George Su
Prop Master, Andre Sala
Prop Support, Elece Blumberg

(Perhaps we’ll get something new next year.) permanent link to this post

McCoys featured in NYTimes review

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The McCoys are featured in Roberta Smith’s review of “CUT/Film as Found Object in Contemporary Video” in the NYTimes today.

The online version of the review features 2 images of the McCoys’ work: “Horror Chase” and “Learning From Las Vegas.” There’s also a slide show. If you want to see lots and lots of the McCoys great work, check out their flickr site.

Artists and work in the show: Soliloquy Trilogy (2002) by Candice Breitz | Video Quartet (2002) and Telephone (1995) by Christian Marclay | Ellipse (1998) by Pierre Huyghe | 24 Hour Psycho (1993) and Black and White (Babylon) (1996) by Douglas Gordon | Horror Chase (2002) and Learning from Las Vegas (2003) by Jennifer and Kevin McCoy | The Long Count (Rumble in the Jungle) (2001); The Long Count (I Shook up the World) (2001); The Long Count (Thrilla in Manila) (2001); and Live Evil (2002) by Paul Pfeiffer | CNN Concatenated (2002) by Omer Fast | The Blink (2000-2001) by Michael Joaquin Grey

The show is on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum through September 11, 2005 (yoinks!). permanent link to this post

McCoys win Wired Rave award

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Brooklyn’s own tech-art wizards, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy win the Wired Rave award for art!

Read all about it here.

Yo Kev, did you two go to the award ceremony? Did you run into Adam Curry?

Congrats! permanent link to this post


posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

On the comments of this post, Dan of points out that is being produced for Gallery HD, The Arts & Museum Channel which is broadcast on the VOOM hi-def satellite TV service.

Or, maybe not: Cablevision Shuts Down Voom Service.

(note: I mistakenly labeled the satellite service as ZOOM on a previous post.) permanent link to this post

McCoy’s new stuff = hot

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I’m subscribed to the McCoys’ Flickr RSS feed and they’ve been posting new images like crazy today.

The new stuff looks great! Start here to check out the new images. The new stuff is in the ‘Clouds’ sets.

The McCoys are having a show of new works at Postmasters opening on the 4th of March, 2006. permanent link to this post

Marking Time @ Getty Center LA

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

MTAA’s 1YPV will be included in the Marking Time video screening at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
This ninety-minute screening surveys sixteen artist who incorporate the experience, memory, or anticipation of time’s passage into their single-channel video works. This screening is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Marking Time, currently on view at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE).

The screening and exhibition is organized by Glenn R. Phillips, research associate and consulting curator, Department of Contemporary Programs and Research at the Getty Research Institute, in association with the Getty Research Institute’s 2004-2005 research theme “Duration.”
It’s tomorrow night at 7:30PM. You can get more info and make reservations on the Getty’s web site. It’s free, but they charge you $7 to park.

And no, they won’t make you sit through n minutes of the 1YPV. They’ll be screening it prior to the more linear screenings for a half hour or so as people take their seats. Evidently we’re gracing the cover of the brochure too.

I’m not entirely sure (they may screen the web version), but this might be the first public screening of the 1YPV (installation version). The installation version differs from the web version in that it uses higher quality, full frame-rate video (among other differences). Note that this is a screening of the video only, not an installation of the entire sculptural tableau (I know, I know, it’s confusing). permanent link to this post

Christian Marclay @ Eyebeam tonight

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

From Eyebeam’s e-mail:
Wednesday evening artist Christian Marclay will screen and discuss his work as part of the Focal Point lecture series from Eyebeam’s Moving Image Studios. Marclay’s talk will include the seminal pieces Telephones and Record Players as well as his more recent work including The Bell and the Glass.
It’s from 8:00PM - 10:00PM tonight and is *FREE* (with a suggested donation).

I can’t make it unfortunately. M.River and I need to go to the studio and eat lobster dinners in our cell. permanent link to this post

Mac mini!!!!

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Just announced by the Jobs Himself at Macworld Expo SF 2005:

Mac mini

This machine is super-tiny and is perfect to be used in art installations. Can’t wait to get my hands on one but the store seems to be taking a beating right now.

Bought one :) permanent link to this post


posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

A copy-and-paster from Rhiz:
Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: LOW LEVEL ALL STARS—Weds and Thurs at Deitch Projects
Date: February 21, 2005 9:17:41 PM EST



Deitch Projects is please to present a two-night music and video event, LOW LEVEL ALL STARS, in conjunction with the New York Underground Film Festival. Cory Arcangel of the BEIGE programming ensemble and the Radical Software Group have put together two nights celebrating the best in contemporary home hobbyist hacker aesthetics. Featuring musical performances each night by:

BODENSTANDIG 2000- who released Maxi German Rave Blast Hits 3 on Aphex Twins label Rephlex, definitively a CULT LEGEND ALBUM, made the first chip tune record out of old Ataris. FIRST NYC APPEARANCE!

TREEWAVE- Atari supergenius Paul Slocum and Laura Grey will be performing as Treewave, using hacked home electronics, dot-matrix printers and more to make music and videos.

NULLSLEEP- 8bitpeoples member and Nintendo uber-nerd will be performing music and showing demo videos all programmed in assembly for the NES. Awesome!!!!!

Videos and other performances (including NES demos, ASCII movies, Atari break movies, C64 intros + more!!) will be featured, as well as interactive and explanatory portions familiarizing the audience with whats going on…in Corys words: THESE GUYS ARE THE REAL DEAL
permanent link to this post

Lucasfilms Nixes Star Wars Live Screening

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The Seattle PI has an article about Lucasfilms sending a cease and desist letter to a local Seattle-based theater company. The company had been planning to do a live parody of Star Wars in which they would turn off the sound and redub it live. This brings up the question are parodies fair use? And if so, should copyright holders be allowed to order people not to parody their work?

[ Lucasfilms Nixes Star Wars Live Screening, Slashdot ] permanent link to this post

Letter to Wichita

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Mr. David Butler,

I’m writing to express my outrage that you are allowing a special interest group to post brochures and a sign in the gallery to express their views on Middle Eastern politics in conjunction with Ms. Jacir’s exhibition “Where We Come From.”

I agree with Ms. Jacir:

“This is a complete infringement on my right to free speech, not to mention an insult to me as an artist. It is intolerable that I have to go through this just because of my background. I am sure no other artist would accept to work under such conditions. They are placing a huge unnecessary burden on my exhibit with the presence of the brochures which are intended to silence or censor my work. I am shocked that they would place such conditions in a the space of a museum.”

You are treading on a very slippery slope. If you were to exhibit work of a gay artist would you allow right-wing christians to display brochures and posters beside the exhibition explaining how gays are abominations? If it was an exhibition of Jewish artists would you allow neo-nazis or the KKK to express their views? These may sound like ridiculous speculations, but that is where this twisted logic leads.

I urge you to resist this pressure and allow artists’ voices to be heard in a neutral context. Do not allow special interest groups to take over your museum in their wrong-headed pursuit of “balance.”
Read all about this ridiculousness at NEWSgrist. permanent link to this post

Lazy Sunday SNL rap

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

You must download and watch this video because it’s really, really funny.

Lazy Sunday (QuickTime, .mov, 29.7MB, 02’22) permanent link to this post

Let’s all get stoopid

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Man I can’t wait ‘til the American Dark Age! It’s going to be a blast! Your civil rights will be privatized by corporate feudalism, scientific fact will be just another opinion, and Great Moral Leader (appointed by Gawd™) will rule in benevolence until the end of days. What a bright and shining moment in our history!

It’s on the way, wooohooo!
A suburban American school board found itself in court Monday after it tried to placate Christian fundamentalist parents by placing a sticker on its science textbooks saying evolution was “a theory, not a fact.”

Atlanta’s Cobb County School Board, the second largest board in Georgia, added the sticker two years ago after a 2,300-strong petition attacked the presentation of “Darwinism unchallenged.” Some parents wanted creationism — the theory that God created humans as related in the Bible — to be taught alongside evolution.
via: Salon permanent link to this post

Kuspit on digital art

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I’ve only read the first two grafs. I totally agree with this:
The status and significance of the image changes in postmodern digital art: the image becomes a secondary manifestation — a material epiphenomen, as it were — of the abstract code, which becomes the primary vehicle of creativity. Before, the creation of material images was the primary goal of visual art, and the immaterial code that guided the process was regarded as secondary. Now, the creation of the code — more broadly, the concept — becomes the primary creative act. The image no longer exists in its own right, but now exists only to make the invisible code visible, whatever the material medium. It makes no difference to the code whether it appears as a two-dimensional or three-dimensional image.
The Matrix of Sensations

from via Murphy on thingist. permanent link to this post


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Sentimentality or vulgar, often pretentious bad taste, especially in the arts: “When money tries to buy beauty it tends to purchase a kind of courteous kitsch” (William H. Gass).

Of, being, or characterized by kitsch: “The kitsch kitchen… has aqua-and-white gingham curtains and rubber duck-yellow walls painted in a fried-egg motif” (Suzanne Cassidy).
Does anyone out there on the old WWW think that any of MTAA’s art work could be: a) classified as kitsh; or b) understood as commenting on kitsch?

M.River adds:
Just to be less clear, T.Whid and I are doing some R and D. Yes, we know. The subject of Kitsch in art is a bit…well, Kitschy. We’re just thinking out loud on this. Does that make any sense? Yes? No? Let me put it this way – I’m not sure if it’s all or none. permanent link to this post

Kerry rocks

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This image is blatantly being lifted from :-) permanent link to this post

Kill Monty

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This is a pretty simple game, just kill everything that moves: Kill Monty.

I guess “everything that moves” is named Monty? I dunno.

BTW, screw you Windows users, it’s Mac-only. Hah! permanent link to this post

KDM 100 stills

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KDM100 — rockin’ the new iPod

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KDM100’s ‘album art’ for the iPod and iTunes

MTAA was asked to show a couple of pieces in a video exhibition to be shown exclusively on iPods. It’s being curated by Heather Stephens of 31Grand. We’ll have more details or the press release when we get them, but the show is coming up quick; the opening is December 9.

Of course we’re showing a special ‘iPod edition’ of the Karaoke DeathMatch 100 (coming soon to an Internet near you).

I’m very impressed with the new iPod (I picked up two 30 Gb models from the gallery yesterday). It’s super-thin, the screen is larger, it charged up quickly and transfered about 1.75 Gb of KDM100 video in a snap. The video looks and sounds great. Apple really did a good job and it makes me salivate that I don’t have a 5G model (yet). permanent link to this post

KDM100 preview TODAY!

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We’ll be showing a preview version of our new piece, Karaoke DeathMatch 100, at our studio today.

The location is 60 N. 6th St., in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This coincides with the closing reception for the summer group show, There’s A City In My Mind, at Southfirst gallery (more info).

Get there between 2 and 6 PM to check it out. permanent link to this post

Katrina and New Orleans

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Reading the press about the aftermath of Katrina is sure to enrage any person that isn’t a total partisan zombie. Bush, FEMA, Homeland Security — disgraces all. But the governor of LA and the mayor of New Orleans probably have some answering to do as well. I think it was Wednesday, my fiance and I were watching a press conference with the governor and she was practically incoherent, almost raving. Think what you want about Guiliani (I hate the bastard), he did provide comfort and leadership in those dark days immediately following 9/11.

But I think the Feds deserve the majority of blame for the New Orleans disaster. Bush’s “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees” is one of the most disgusting things ever said on national television. He’s either criminally stupid, criminally incompetent or criminally negligent — take your pick.

Also see CNN’s comparison of the Bushie’s rhetoric opposed to reality. It’s simple to extrapolate to Iraq where we don’t have a free (english) press operating to get the reality. permanent link to this post

KDM100 = done!

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Last night I finally finished Karaoke Deathmatch 100. WooHoo! It comes to about 18GB of video.

Now, we just need to load it up on our new Mac mini, pack it into a crate (along with M.River) and accost the town of Leonding, Austria with our caterwauling for Leonart ‘05 (german). permanent link to this post

Karaoke DeathMatch shooting complete

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We spent all day yesterday (which I heard was a nice day in NYC) drinking and singing karaoke and shooting it all on video.

M.River has some behind the scenes pics on his tinjail blog (start here and work back).

Super big thanks to Bill Hallinan, André Sala and George Su for donating their time, equipment and talent so generously. permanent link to this post

Karaoke Deathmatch! [coming soon]

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This Wired News article describes a new installation by Eduardo Kac at the Exploratorium in San Francisco: DNA Spirals Into Artists’ Medium.

Short description of the piece, Move 36: A genetically-modified tomato plant planted on a chess board with a couple of video projections.

Personally, I don’t see how his work is interesting and evidently the art world doesn’t either as he’s showing at a science museum. Remember kids, we don’t want New Media art showing up in science museums!

Then there is this strange section of the article: Kac said the plant is rooted in the square where Deep Blue made the move that flummoxed Kasparov, but it’s actually on a different square, and the board is not oriented correctly. The article doesn’t explain if these are mistakes by the artist or somehow related to the content of the piece. permanent link to this post

Karaoke Deathmatch 100 stuff

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MTAA are working on a piece called Karaoke Deathmatch 100. You can find earlier posts about it here and here.

I want to re-title it to Karaoke Deathmatch 100 AKA Self-portrait With Karaoke but M and I haven’t come to a consensus. Regardless, we’re considering doing a few different versions of it.

The first is a pretty straight-forward video using custom-built OSX software to present the 100 clips. Alex Galloway is doing the programming and I just got the first version last night and it’s hot. It probably could have been done as a DVD-Video, but having it run off a computer hard drive allows the hours of footage to loop with no muss or fuss for the gallery. Also, it plays back in a random order which would have been impossible with a DVD-Video. This version is going to be shown at an arts festival in Leonding, Austria in September.

To coincide with the closing BBQ of Southfirst’s summer show, we’re going to show a special preview in our studio this Sunday (our studio is right above Southfirst). More info here.

Another version we’re considering is a limited-time videoblog of all the footage. Each day, 1 round of the deathmatch would be posted and people would be asked to vote for the best by commenting on the blog post of the video they liked best. Not sure if we’ll do this.

And the final version, which may be called simply Self-portrait with Karaoke, would be a dual-channel Flash application that allows people to choose a song, then both M and I perform the exact same song at the exact same time. permanent link to this post

Joywar in intelligent agent vol. 4 no. 2

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Painter and blogger Joy Garnett gives a first-person account of her small copyright skirmish (Joywar) over a 25-year-old photograph she transformed into a contemporary painting in Steal This Look available now in intelligent agent’s new issue.

She gives me credit for coming up with the name Joywar but it wasn’t me (wish it was). I did post the first mirror to the image in question and it’s still on-line here. permanent link to this post

Jump to Gmail

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The other night, during Cory Arcangel’s presentation at Jihui, I noticed he used Gmail as his mail client. “Hmm,” I thought, “if someone as smart as Cory is using it, perhaps I should check it out again.”

So I embarked on what I pompously called my “Grand Email Unification Experiment.” It seems to be working. I forwarded my two most-used email addresses to the Gmail account and started using it as my single access point.

POP or not to POP
At first I used it to connect via POP and download to my client but I realized that this was destroying the purpose of having it in one place. The real power would come from the filtering and the labeling features in Gmail so that I could get my email exactly how I like it anywhere with a web browser handy. So now I’ve just decided to use the POP feature to download the email once in a while (essentially a back-up for when the ‘net goes down and I need to find some essential info).

Gmail’s spam filtering seems very good. After a few days I’ve only gotten 2 or 3 false negatives (it was spam but wasn’t marked as such) and no false positives. I was using a 3rd-party service to filter spam, but Gmail catches more. By forwarding one’s email to Gmail, then connecting via POP to download one could use Gmail as a free spam filter. You won’t download the spam and would just need to check Gmail once in a while to check for false positives.

No one needs to know
The feature that allows one to add accounts to Gmail means that no one needs to know that I’m using Gmail. I can send email from any of my other addresses.

One gripe
Gmail doesn’t work as well with Safari as it does with Firefox. I prefer Safari for browsing and Firefox for Gmail. I wish there was a way to set the Gmail Notifier app to open any browser, not the default browser set in Safari preferences. permanent link to this post

iTunes now supports video

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You can drop a video into iTunes 4.8 and it will be added to the library. There is a new button on the bottom of iTunes (where the ‘add playlist’, etc buttons are). Once you start playing the video, click it to watch the video fullscreen.

Some videos open in fullscreen automatically… at least a trailer I downloaded from Apple did, while a video I created myself (in After Effects) did not.

Hmmmmmmmmm. permanent link to this post

Jacir resolution

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It’s very good news that Wichita State University and the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation came to their senses and are allowing Ms. Jacir’s exhibition to continue with no strings attached.

According to the MKJF their excuse is — basically — that they’re clueless. Judith Press, Executive Director of MKJF,
We made a request to the University, and we are under the impression at this point that this was not an appropriate request […] We did not realize that this was considered inappropriate or infringing on the artist’s rights. We need to not ask for that if it is not appropriate.
The University should have known it was inappropriate, and if not, they should have consulted with the professionals running the museum in order to determine the appropriateness of the “request” from the MKJF. But according to a commenter on NEWSgrist posting under the name Debbie Gordon (with a email address), “the lead donor in a major building project on campus. Someone the news got to her about the exhibit, and she threatened to pull her donation.” So we see what sort of “request” this was — one that is very hard to refuse.

What is somewhat bizarre to me regarding this whole affair is that there are plenty of ways to encourage dialogue around the exhibition which would have been sensitive to everyone’s needs and expectations. Public panels, symposia, gallery talks and etc probably would have been acceptable to the artist, but the University simply took some ham-handed approach to the situation and compounded the stupidity with lack of communication between all involved.

It’s important to remember that the outcry against the MKJF’s “request” to place brochures and signage outside the gallery wasn’t an outcry against dialogue in the white box of the contemporary museum gallery. It was an outcry against springing a forced dialogue on a particular artist that would have pitted Jacir’s aesthetics against the MKJF’s polemics and propaganda without consulting with the artist.


In response to these posts on NEWSgrist:
Art Intolerance, Part 3: Jacir Exhibition Moves Forward
Art Intolerance, Part 2: Emily Jacir/Ulrich
Arts Intolerance: Emily Jacir/Ulrich Museum, Wichita permanent link to this post

It’s a cartoon for crying out loud

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I’m with James Wagner on this one:
It’s time for all newspapers, and all nations, everyone who has a media outlet, to make themselves a common target of those who would threaten the freedoms which support liberal societies.

To be clear: I don’t agree with the stereotypes conveyed via the caricature above. In fact, I think they are dangerous and those who hold them I usually find disgusting. But I also believe very strongly in free speech and freedom of expression. Religious fundamentalists have no right to try to censor this image no matter how hateful or blasphemous they perceive it to be.

Please read Juan Cole on this issue:
Muslims are not, as you will be told, the only community that is touchy about attacks on its holy figures or even just ordinary heros. Thousands of Muslims were killed in the early 1990s by enraged Hindus in India over the Ayodhya Mosque, which Hindus insisted was built on the site of a shrine to a Hindu holy figure. No one accuses Hindus in general of being unusually narrowminded and aggressive as a result. Or, the Likudniks in Israel protested the withdrawal from Gaza, and there were dark mutterings about what happened to Rabin recurring in the case of Sharon. The “sacred” principle at stake there is just not one most people in the outsider world would agree with the Likudniks about.
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It wasn’t just drunk talk!

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A WELSH rugby fan cut off his own testicles to celebrate his team’s defeat of old enemy England in Cardiff on Saturday.

Geoff Huish, 26, was so convinced England would win the Six Nations opener that he told fellow drinkers at a social club, “If Wales win I’ll cut my balls off”, it was reported yesterday.

via: Rugby fan carries out threat to cut off testicles after Wales win
Don’t really know why I’m linking to this… permanent link to this post

Is Anish Kapoor a dumb ass?

posted at 16:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

It certainly sounds like it. [More info here and here]

I don’t agree with Cory Doctorow that Chicagoans should ‘melt the thing down for slag.’ It’s a very beautiful sculpture and there is never a good reason to destroy art no matter how ignorant or greedy the creator is perceived.

Whenever I hear anyone advocating the destruction of art it really makes me get queasy in the gut. It’s an extremely ugly thing to advocate.

What would probably be more helpful is to contact the artist’s representatives and urge them politely to council the artist to adopt a non-commercial creative commons license for this public art work.

He’s represented by Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York and Lisson Gallery, London.

This is the email I sent to Ivy Crewdson, director of Barbara Gladstone Gallery. I urge others to contact the gallery as well.
Subject: Cloud Gate copyright
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2005 13:50:05 -0500

Hello Ivy Crewdson,

I’m writing to urge you to council Anish Kapoor to consider adopting a less restrictive copyright concerning his work ‘Cloud Gate’ in Chicago.

Non-commercial images of this art work should be allowed to be taken by the general public. I’m sure you would agree that the public good is served by allowing citizens to take photos and video of this beautiful art work. The piece is destined to become one of the major landmarks of Chicago but only if the public is allowed to enjoy it fully.

Perhaps using a Creative Commons [] license would help you solve this matter. I suggest using a license entitled the “Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License”. This license protects the work from commercial uses and derivative works.

There is a bit of online direct protest happening regarding this matter. See this web site for more information:¬
update the 2nd:
I changed the links at the top of the page to pages that provide more information. permanent link to this post

On ISP censorship

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As part of a recent research project, [Christian Ahlert] posted a section of Mill’s On Liberty on the internet (which is clearly in the public domain), then issued unfounded copyright complaints against it (1). One internet service provider (ISP) removed the chapter almost immediately. This illustrates the problem with self-censorship procedures, which rely on hidden judgements being made by unaccountable bodies. [spiked-online] permanent link to this post

Ippolito rebutted

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Philip Galanter offers a rebuttal to Jon Ippolito’s Internet2: Orchestrating the End of the Internet? on this thread at Rhizome.

To be completely honest, I have no idea who’s right. They both sound right. I’ve never known Jon to be wrong about much. Let’s hope for a reply to this rebuttal from him.

(I mentioned Jon’s essay in this post.) permanent link to this post

Ippolito rebuts

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Still following the discussion started by Jon Ippolito…

Philip Galanter rebutted Ippolito’s original assertions via Rhizome. And now Ippolito is back with a reply. permanent link to this post

Interview with Olia Lialina

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Check out an interview with one of the original net.artists (note the dot) at The Thing:

Online Newspapers by Olia Lialina
Interview with the veteran by James Allan permanent link to this post

Ippolito: MPAA looking to break Internet2

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The technology behind Internet2 *breaks* anything remotely resembling a broadcast business model, which is why the MPAA will do its best to disarm the technology by installing Digital Rights Management directly in its routers to stop interesting content from ever getting into the pipeline.
Read the entire essay: Internet2: Orchestrating the End of the Internet? permanent link to this post

Interesting new work

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Today, Peter Horvath and Turbulence released Peter’s new web art work, Intervals.

From the web site:
Intervals explores a series of characters whose investigation of self and identity unfold and elide through a sequence of cinematic interludes.


Horvath’s innovative use of pop-up windows create a virtual collage that posit identity as a series of random ‘memory acts’ but whose inquiry accumulate into a slowly revealing narrative of the human condition.
You need to make sure you have a broadband connection and a fairly healthy computer to view the work and QuickTime is required as well. permanent link to this post

How to get into the popular sushi place in your neighborhood

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This is a hot NYC tip!

It turns out it’s really simple to get into the hot sushi restaurant in your neighborhood, here’s the secret:

go during the 4th of July fireworks display :-) permanent link to this post

In the studio

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twhid_w_mccoy.jpg permanent link to this post

The Infinite Fill Show opening tonight 6:00 - 8:30PM

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The Infinite Fill Show is opening this evening at Foxy Production in NYC. The show is curated by new media/dirt-style superstar Cory Arcangel and his sister Jamie Arcangel and includes too many artists to name here. Go here for a list of the artists.

Too many artists to name here except for one of course: MTAA is proud to take part with a new piece completed just for the show entitled ‘Infinite Phil (Hartman/Donahue)’ (8MB .mov).

The gallery is tiny. If you’re planning on seeing anything I suggest you get there as early as possible (5:59PM). permanent link to this post

Infinite Phil (Hartman/Donahue)

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[8MB .mov]

Infinite Fill permanent link to this post

Images from

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[click thumbs to see larger images] is a project by Nathaniel Stern and Marcus Neustetter which “commissioned local sign-makers in Johannesburg to ‘re-mix’ five websites, by painting stylized versions of each image on their main pages.” The project has a lot more than that going on with it and I urge everyone to check it out. (who commissioned the project) was one of the web sites re-mixed in this way and MTAA’s thumbnail for 1YPV was caught in the process resulting in the images above.

Read the net art news blurb about permanent link to this post


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For those of us are getting a bit older and find ourselves giving into the ‘nesting’ impulse this guide is a must read:


This link was forwarded to me by M.River (whom I never thought would nest, but there you go). We’ve recently rented a studio and that, I suppose, is a form of nesting for net artists who are used to our computers being our studios. permanent link to this post

If you are reading this…

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…please post a comment.

If you are reading this via an RSS news reader, this is the link to the web site where you can post a comment.

This is just sort of a very casual survey of who’s reading our little blog here.

Thanks. permanent link to this post

I’m now a proponent of ID

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OK, OK, I’m now a proponent of ID — Incompetent Design!
The only reason you stand erect is because of this incredible sharp bend at the base of your spine, which is either evolution’s way of modifying something or else it’s just a design that would flunk a first-year engineering student.

via Daily Kos by the way of Kottke permanent link to this post

Idiot of The Day

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The state’s school superintendent, Kathy Cox, has proposed striking the word evolution from Georgia’s science curriculum and replacing it with the phrase “biological changes over time.”

I hate ignorant people. I hate ignorant people who attempt to force their ignorance on others even more. So I don’t like this person. permanent link to this post

How To Hack Copyright for Fun and Profit

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Yo! Reminder! Tonight!
Columbia University School of the Arts
A Lecture by Jon Ippolito:

“How To Hack Copyright for Fun and Profit”
Thursday, December 2
6:00 PM
702 Hamilton Hall
Columbia University
116th and Broadway
New York City

Jon Ippolito is an artist, a curator at the Guggenheim museum, and co-founder of the Still Water program for network art and culture at the University of Maine where he is an Assistant Professor of new media.

Mr. Ippolito’s lecture, “How to Hack Copyright for Fun and Profit,” will examine alternative approaches to intellectual property and creativity.

Here’s Jon’s abstract:
Now that the music labels have sued 6,000 college kids and universities are spending more on anti-plagiarism software than on student art exhibitions, you’d think young people would finally grok the message that sharing is bad. But as this presentation aims to demonstrate, a cadre of dedicated artists, musicians, and activists are offering digital creators an end-run around broadcast flags and RIAA summonses—from tools for embedding open licenses in music files to an online environment for sharing art and code to a semantic search engine for remixable art and video. In conclusion, this presentation will examine the question of whether such innovations are sufficient to prevent the lockdown of creative culture.

[ via: How To Hack Copyright for Fun and Profit ] permanent link to this post

How do you spell loozer?

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You would think that with all the art festivals, openings, fairs, parties, carnivals, feasts, festivities, performances, installations, exhibitions, jubilees, and shows going on in NYC this week MTAA would be in one or have been invited to at least one.

Wouldn’t you?

Well, I would.

Find the whole list here.

For the past few years I haven’t really paid any attention to this stuff because I guess I didn’t really care. But now that M.River and I have made our decision to start doing some gallery work (not just on-line hijinks), I find it a tad troubling just how outside the whole art world thing we actually are. Bah!

Good luck everybody! Send me some free passes!

(PS, please commiserate in the comments if you’re feeling left out too.) permanent link to this post

Hot shit

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Massive Manure Fire Burns Into Third Month (AP)

Makes me proud to be a carnivore — oy! permanent link to this post

Homeland Insecurity Advisory System

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Today, in conjunction with the US Department of Art & Technology, Jonah Brucker-Cohen launched his newest project, the Homeland Insecurity Advisory System. The Homeland Insecurity Advisory System (HIAS) is a public rating system that allows people from across the globe to determine the US Government’s Threat Level by collectively rating RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) feeds from major US news sources.

link: Homeland Insecurity Advisory System permanent link to this post

Help: 1 year performance video

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MTAA’s web art project 1 year performance video is a victim of it’s own success.

The piece lives on and it’s causing bandwidth overages.

It’s a commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. They are a not-for-profit arts organization that has been commissioning web and net art projects since the early days of the medium and they simply can’t afford the overage charges.

If you have resources to help us continue to serve this piece on the web please contact T.Whid using the email link on (near bottom of the left nav).

If you are considering helping out, check out the piece: 1 year performance video.

mriver adds:

Please, please, please. We’ll behave for once AND we’ll give you a real live MTAA drawing. (9 x 12, ink on Arches watercolor paper) Ooo- la-la. permanent link to this post

Heavy duty postcards - film at 11!

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Roberta Smith in the NYT:
Lifted your mail lately? Counted the number of ostentatious announcement cards printed on stock that approaches, and sometimes exceeds, the thickness of cardboard?
uuummm. no?
It is one more sign that some New York art galleries of the contemporary kind have more money than they know what to do with, and that the competition for attention-getting frivolities in the overpopulated art scene is on the rise.

Each day’s mail seems to deliver a series of challenges and counter-challenges from the galleries that consider themselves in the upper echelon of the upper echelon.

via Art Promoted Heavily (Even in Your Mailbox)

I’m trying to figure out who exactly this article was written for. It seems so supremely naval-gazing that it really should have been put on a blog somewhere (NYT art reviewer with a blog? Is it raining toads?).

Roberta, get a clue, the vast majority of your readers don’t receive the high-end invites from the gallery blue-chips.

Whatev. My whole interest in this article is simply a ruse to link to an old art work of MTAA’s that exalted the lowly flimsy postcard invite of the more low-lying echelon’s of the New York art world.


Oh yeah, I almost forgot… Go Vote! permanent link to this post

Has Google become evil?

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Check out this story over on eWeek

This is pretty funked up I must say, from the article: When Oceana challenged the ban, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google responded with an e-mail advising the group that it doesn’t accept ads with “language that advocates against Royal Caribbean.” That sounds like an incredibly amateurish sort of thing to say, no? Did they have an intern write it or something? Anyway, it’s sad. I’m used to thinking of Google on the side of the Good&trade, but it’s looking more and more like the power has gone to their heads. permanent link to this post

Hang on to your hats…

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The Contagious Media Showdown has been slashdotted! permanent link to this post

Happy Thanksgiving

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A giant balloon at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade snagged a street light near Times Square and caused part of it to fall into the crowd, injuring two people, according to police and eyewitness accounts.

via: Balloon Injures Two at Macy’s Parade - Yahoo! News

Abe Linkoln says Happy Thanksgiving too! permanent link to this post

Greater New York gender equality

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Via Newsgrist
Though PS1 positions itself as a venue for cutting edge work, it clearly has not overcome historical prejudices that privilege men over women. The system is still broken, and the efforts made by the PS1 staff to examine work from a wide range of artists were severely flawed.

On Monday, March 7th, the press office at PS1 released the following numbers about the gender balance of the show:

100 men > 50 women

in other words

33% < acceptable
I know nothing about this other than what was found at this website:

Could be totally made-up for all I know. All they have is a screen shot of an email sent from PS1’s press contact (easy to fake). No links to any official acknowledgment or announcement from PS1 (yet). permanent link to this post

Hair Metal Redux

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It’s Music Video Week on the MTAA-RR!

Well, not really, but this song is so funny, but at the same time very catchy, that I had to post it. It’s from a band called The Darkness and they are a shiny new version of the hair metal bands of yore. They’re even from the UK, just like Def Leppard. Watch the video, it could almost be 1983 all over again: spandex, hair, operatic metal vocals, and guitars!

Link to high bandwidth real media version of “Keep Your Hands Off My Woman (Motherfucker)”!

Go to The Darkness’ official site for more video options.

My question: Is it ironic or not? permanent link to this post

Google video upload sucks

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Good news: Google has launched their Video Upload Program.

Bad new: appears to be Windows only! WTF?!

And the weird thing is, they don’t even have a system requirements section! There’s a weird little instruction page that assumes that everyone has a Windows machine. You would think that with the popularity of video on the Mac (no matter how you cut it, video is one of the Mac’s strongest points), they would have figured out a way to let Mac users upload video!

So I say, screw you Google! (until you allow Mac and Linux users to upload video, then I will love you again.) permanent link to this post

Google goes Van Gogh

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Is it Van Gogh’s birthday or something? I guess it is. I didn’t know our birthdays were so close, mine is tomororow :)

Clicking the logo on Google’s site takes you to their results for ‘vincent van gogh.’ permanent link to this post

Getting our asses spammed off

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Just a note. I might be closing comments on this site until I find a solution to the spam issue we’re dealing with.

Most readers probably don’t see a problem, but, trust me, it’s there.

really pisses me off


In other news, M.River is throwing me a bachelor’s party tonight. It will be pretty tame. We’re going to Peter Luger Steak House for dinner (best steaks in NYC), then off to a private speakeasy for some poker. permanent link to this post

Get Behind Me Satan

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

(OK, OK, I know I’m entering onto thin ice here with my little music review. M intimately knows a real, live professional music writer. Please be kind to my amateurish peckings.)

I’ve been a pretty big White Stripes fan for a while. M and I even did an artwork involving them. Their new album, “Get Behind Me Satan (iTMS link),” is pretty damn good. The garage-y rock stuff like “Blue Orchid” and “Instinct Blues” really… well, those songs really rock. Jack and Meg know how to use older blues or roots genres while updating them in a way so that they seem fresh.

Take “The Nurse” for example. It starts with piano and vibraphone but interspersed through the beat is some great heavy drum and guitar noise that takes it beyond the average rock-band-gonna-experiment toss-away tunes that bands like The Hives use as filler.

The White Stripes are musically fresh, not lyrically fresh. What bugs me about the album is embodied in the title: “Get Behind Me Satan.” WTF? Jack, man, you’re a white boy from Detroit who grew up in the 80s & 90s. You’re not a black man from the 30s Mississippi delta. Please drop this tired lyrical nostalgia and sing about what you know, not what you wish you knew.

And so ends my nickel review of The White Stripes, “Get Behind Me Satan.” permanent link to this post

Get yer net art on 2007

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Rhizome has an open call for net art commissions. You could score between US$1k and US$3K to MAKE SOME GODDAMN NET ART FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!

Deadline is April 2, 2007 and that ain’t no joke.

Get on over there and find out how to submit a proposal for chrissakes! permanent link to this post

wURLdBook Research

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

wURLdBook’s mission is to help people stay connected to information on the Web. wURLdBook is a free web based information aggregator. wURLdBook offers you a new way to unobtrusively navigate, collect, categorize, annotate, clip, archive, find, publish RSS (including enclosures) and share information with others that is important to you on the web.
wURLdBook Research

This sounds pretty cool and very Mac-friendly too. permanent link to this post

Cleaning out my closet

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Actually, I was cleaning up my bookmarks and I found lots of very cool bits of info that most web/graphic/visual designers would find useful so I list them below, have fun.

logotypes - company logos in vector formats

NS4 compatible 3 column CSS layout

PNG behavior - get your alpha on in MSIE

Javascript & Iframes - a good breakdown

Zeldman’s good CSS links

Mezzoblue’s css crib sheet

Lipsum generator - all the gibberish that’s fit to print

CSS2 reference - I use this on a weekly basis

Perhaps I’ll keep adding to this list… let me know if you find it helpful. permanent link to this post

Webmonkey closes

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Is it the end of an era? Or just an error? Webmonkey closes.

I learned much from Webmonkey back in the day. But Webmonkey, along with their non-standards supporting interface, has simply been left behind. permanent link to this post

Speaking of enhancing the MTAA-RR

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

On my way to the deli I wondered if there is a plist parser written in PHP. Why would one want such a thing and what the hell is a plist you ask?

To answer the second question first, a plist (property list) is an XML format (created by Apple I believe) that is used “to store, organize and access standard data types” (definition from Apple’s site). Generally, it’s used in Mac OS X to store user preferences and other info that an application might need. If you use Mac OS X, look in ~/Library/Preferences to see examples.

But why would we want a PHP parser for this stuff? So you can parse plists anywhere that’s why. Why would you want to parse plists anywhere? I have one very specific application in mind. I want to parse my NetNewsWire sync data and display it somewhere on this blog.

When you sync NetNewsWire 2.0 via FTP it stores the state of your feed reading in plist format on your server. If I had a PHP parser I could share my real feeds in a sort-of blogroll deal. I’m suspicious that some people who have HUGE blogrolls don’t really read them all. If I used NetNewsWire’s sync data I could share my REAL daily feed reading habits.

I found one written in Python, but no PHP. permanent link to this post

Quicktime 7 released

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

The new Quicktime 7 is pretty cool. Only for Mac OS (both panther and tiger) for now. Haha PC users!

I’ve already upgraded to Pro. The scaling to fullscreen is definitely very eye-candiful. Worked great on my G4 1.25 with a 64MB ATI video card (running two monitors).

They’re boasting an awful lot about the this new H.264 (there’s a catchy name) format, but I can’t find any damn content on Apple’s site to watch. Anybody know where any is? Somebody point me to some of the HD quality stuff, please!

There are a bunch of new features in QTPro. You can capture audio and video right in QT (don’t have to fire up FCP or iMovie anymore, yeah!); more editing controls (easier to create in- and out-points); export concurrently; the interface is redone and cooler; and this new H.264 (damn marketing must have gotten to that name) codec of course (where is any? where? where? I’ll do some tests; maybe post them later).

Definitely a solid upgrade and it’s nice to get some Tiger tech without upgrading the OS.

Update: I should have added this, from Apple:
Installation of QuickTime 7 will disable the QuickTime Pro functionality in prior versions of QuickTime. If you proceed with this installation, you must purchase a new QuickTime 7 Pro key to regain QuickTime Pro functionality.
update the 2nd: Finally found some of the HD .movs using h.264, here ‘tis.

update the 3rd: The system recommendations for the HD content are fairly high. My system doesn’t meet the requirements for the true HD content (1920x1080 (1080p)). Running the 1080p stuff I could only get about 12-13 FPS. And my monitor isn’t big enough to fit it at it’s native resolution anyway :-( (maybe it’s time to upgrade…? yeah… upgrade…) permanent link to this post

RSS: Really Stupid Syndication?

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Or, does RSS = DoS?

Is RSS too stupid to behave properly on the Internet? CmdrTaco over on Slashdot seems to think so:
We’ve seen similiar problems over the years. RSS (or as it should be called, “Speedfeed”) is such a useful thing, it’s unfortunate that it’s ultimately just very stupid.
I’m not sure what he means by stupid. Is the tech stupid? There is a tag for ‘last updated’ in RSS but not all readers and aggregators pay attention to it I guess.

More here, and here. permanent link to this post

PodART makes Digg’s front page (sorta)

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

OK, OK — I know it was a dupe; I know it was totally self-serving since it led to a blog post that also mentioned PodART and a link to MTAA, but on my second post ever submitted to Digg, I made the front page (sitting pretty at 524 diggs currently — oops, make that 526. They just roll in so fast!). permanent link to this post

powered by Blosxom

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

After reading all about the new Movable Type 3 licensing scheme, I can’t think of a recent situation that better illustrates the huge chasm between open-source software (OSS) and the proprietary kind.

Hundreds of people who have poured their imagination and time into creating websites based on MT will now have to deal with the developer’s new license plan which, IMO, restricts the creative use of the software. (See this post on the Eyebeam reBlog for more.) To be clear, I wish the developers of Movable Type the best of luck; this whole situation seems to simply be growing pains. But to put it simply, these licenses underline this simple fact: with proprietary software, it’s not OUR software, it’s THEIR software.

Luckily for Blosxom users, our blogging software is released under the MIT license which is almost absurdly non-restrictive. We’ll never need to post in outrage because our toy is about to be taken away, or rail at Rael. We’re all as much owners and developers of Blosxom as is our main developer and that is the beauty of OSS. permanent link to this post

OS X 10.4 Tiger upgrade

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

I upgraded to Tiger last night. The installation went extremely smoothly. I’m using a single 1.8GHz G5 with 2GB of RAM.

Digression 1: I still think it’s funny that the entire contents of my 1st Mac’s hard disk could fit into memory on my current Mac. Digression 2: Yes, I am a loser for being home on a Friday night upgrading my operating system.

INSTALLATION This is all I did: backed-up all my data to an external firewire drive, after I was sure it was safely backed-up, I stuck in the Tiger DVD, chose upgrade and an hour later I was done. Simple. Don’t believe the geek-hype: you don’t need to erase the disk and install clean. Of course, it’s good idea to keep things running smoothly. I just didn’t have time to deal with re-installing all my apps, preferences, etc, etc.

DASHBOARD Dashboard is phat. P.H.A.T. Look for an MTAA widget of some sort soon. Not sure what, but it’s gotta be art. Since I use a 3 button mouse, I set the 3rd button to launch the Dashboard.

SPOTLIGHT I’m kinda torn about Spotlight. I’ve used Quicksilver for a while and like it very much. Spotlight is similar. I guess they can live together happily, but I would like to use one or the other for simplicity. One thing that bums me big time about Spotlight is that it doesn’t seem to index iTunes playlists. It indexes song files, but not playlists. Which sucks. What doesn’t suck is that it indexes text inside email, PDFs and other documents — which I don’t think Quicksilver can do. Maybe I will need to use both…

SAFARI Safari RSS hasn’t done much for me, I use NetNewsWire and will continue :-) One nice thing is that you can set the default app for RSS feeds within Safari, so one click can subscribe you within NetNewsWire.

MAIL I wish you could configure which side the sidebar appears on. I hated the drawer (hopefully the whole drawer idea will die, it’s always been extremely dumb) as much as anybody, but I got used to it being on the right. Now the sidebar is on the left. Also, I don’t think it’s as clear as the old drawer design. It’s not as easy to see which mailboxes have new mail since they aren’t bold. Overall it’s a plus IMO, the design is cleaner and clearer.

FONTS My fonts have been funky for a while. Weird stuff where the wrong font gets activated and renders all crazy in Safari. This doesn’t seem to be a problem anymore.

MISC So far the only problem I’ve had is that I needed to configure Apache to use PHP (the Apache config file got overwritten by the default install). That took all of 1 minute. I did have to install the latest version of my mouse driver. Also, I’ve upgraded other apps like BBEdit and Transmit to the newest versions too. Most of my apps are working flawlessly.

Overall a great update! permanent link to this post

NYTimes does RSS

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

The New York Times finally has its own RSS Feeds, get ‘em while they’re hot.

Sure, for a long time you could get NYTimes RSS feeds via UserLand but now the Times has its very own feeds.

Maybe Rhizome can get some feeds now? I mean — damn — the old grey lady’s got feeds, you would think a progressive contemporary art site focused on new media could embrace some (not so) new tech. Wouldn’t you? permanent link to this post

NetNewsWire Pro demo expiration

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

NetNewsWire Lite (NNW) introduced me to the wonderful world of RSS (XML) feeds some time ago. RSS-enabled websites and an excellent aggregator like NNW make an info-junky’s wet dreams come true. RSS is crack to HTML’s cocaine.

After using NNW Lite for a long, long time I’m thinking of upgrading to the Pro version and using it’s Weblog Editor to post to this site. To make the editor useful for me I wrote a little applescript that uploads a post to my website when I save it (via NNW’s ‘post’ command) to a specific folder on my hard drive.

But when I downloaded the Pro version I couldn’t use it. The demo had expired. Darn. I must have demo’d the Pro version long ago and forgotten about it. What is an aspiring geek to do? Attempt a hack of course.

But listen up first! Ranchero, the makers of NetNewsWire Pro, seem to be extremely cool Mac OS X developers so don’t use this tip to rip them off! Use this tip only if you’re seriously considering an upgrade and find yourself with an expired demo. It would be extremely UNCOOL to steal from small Mac developers putting out great software like NNW.

And now to the little hack:

It’s ridiculously easy to get the demo working again. This tip is for Panther users and you need to have Xcode installed too. Go to your ~/Library/Preferences folder and find this file: com.ranchero.NetNewsWire.plist (ah yes, the .plist, where all good mac hacks start ;-)

Xcode comes with a little app called the Property List Editor. If you double-click NNW’s .plist file it will open in that app. Next, click the arrow next to “Root”, scoll down to the entry “FirstRun” and double-click on it’s value so it’s editable and change it to something that isn’t more than 30 days ago, like today. And that’s it, NNW Pro should work fine for the next 30 days.

Of course .plist files are simply XML files that can be edited in any text editor so you don’t NEED the Property List Editor, its just a tad easier. permanent link to this post

Microsoft to introduce PDF competitor

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Computerworld reports that Microsoft will be including a new document format called ‘Metro’ with Longhorn. Apparently, Metro is intended to be a competitor to Adobe’s PDF and Postscript formats. The format will be open and available for royalty-free licensing, and will be based on XML.

via: Microsoft to Introduce PDF competitor ‘Metro’ (The /. commentary is actually not that bad on this one. )
This sorta puts the whole Adobe aquiring Macromedia deal into a new light.

Original article permanent link to this post

Is a Mac OS X RSS aggregator *SMACKDOWN* brewing?

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

It certainly looks that way:

The reigning champ, NetNewsWire, is heading for a BIG upgrade.

But a feisty contender, PulpFiction, is on the horizon.

Looks like it could get interesting…. permanent link to this post


posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Dual 2.5GHz G5 features liquid cooling

As briefly noted earlier today, Apple’s top-of-the-line dual 2.5GHz Power Mac G5 features a new liquid cooling system that is supposed to be more efficient than a traditional heat sink… [] permanent link to this post

iTunes playlists and Spotlight

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

I was a Quicksilver user before I upgraded to Mac OS X 10.4.

Spotlight steals the command-spacebar key combo that launches Quicksilver and the functionality is similar so I decided to see if Spotlight could be used as a replacement.

One thing I really liked about Quicksilver was that it could find an iTunes playlist and let you navigate to items inside it. I use this for one and one thing only — launching my WNYC MP3 streams.

For some reason, Spotlight wasn’t indexing the playlist that I keep the streams in. So I created a little Automator action to launch the stream for WNYC AM 820. It was super-easy (much easier than AppleScript) and only took two actions: “Find Songs in iTunes” and “Start iTunes Playing.” Saved as, I can now type command-spacebar, then type wnyc and launch my stream. Easy-peasy :-) permanent link to this post

Handy reference

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

This is an extremely handy reference for graphic/web designers:

300 images from 1800 sites, from the site:
I visited only Fortune 1000 company sites, major online retailers, well known blogs, top advertising, publishing, and design agencies, technology and software industy leaders, and the very largest online news publishers.
permanent link to this post

Illustrator CS2 woes

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

The new Adobe Illustrator CS2 has some great features, most notably to us here at MTAA, the new auto-trace capabilities. It’s a vast improvement over the old auto-tracing in Illustrator.

But I’ve been having a nasty font issue that won’t even allow me to launch it. Reading a thread on the support forum and a technical article, I narrowed it down to the font issue — and man — it’s an issue. My /Library/Font folder is so fucked up it’s choking the Mac Finder! No wonder AI couldn’t deal. I guess I’ll have to go in there via the Terminal and delete some stuff… don’t know what to delete though.

Wish me luck :-o

WooHoo! Fixed it. It was indeed bad fonts or font-like files. Transmit’s ability to browse local files graphically came in very handy in identifying the bad files that needed to be removed from the /Library/Fonts folder. Since the Finder would choke when I tried to open the folder, I used Transmit to browse the folder and see which files didn’t seem to be recognized by OS X as a good font. permanent link to this post

Ho. Lee. Shit.

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Apple Computer plans to announce Monday that it’s scrapping its partnership with IBM and switching its computers to Intel’s microprocessors, CNET has learned. Apple has used IBM’s PowerPC processors since 1994, but will begin a phased transition to Intel’s chips, sources familiar with the situation said. Apple plans to move lower-end computers such as the Mac Mini to Intel chips in mid-2006 and higher-end models such as the Power Mac in mid-2007, sources said. The announcement is expected Monday at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, at which Chief Executive Steve

via: Apple to ditch IBM, switch to Intel chips | Tech News on ZDNet
There’s some decent chatter on Slashdot and MacSlash (and elsewhere) that puts this whole thing into perspective. Basically, people are speculating that Intel could manufacture PowerPC chips since the original C|Net article didn’t say that Apple would be using x86 (Pentium) chips.

We shall see on Monday. permanent link to this post

I love the Paparazzi!

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

You Mac OS X web developer geeks out there will be excited by this little app called Paparazzi (I know I am). You just feed it a URL and the little app takes a screenshot of the web page in PNG format. The cool thing is it takes a screenshot of the entire page, not just the part that would show up in your browser. No more editing screenshots to get the whole damn page.

It looks to be a GUI wrapper for this command line tool: webkit2png. permanent link to this post


posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Googlex: mad props to OS X!

Google is really doing some amazing interface stuff these days. The cool thing is, much of what they do is very simple, but just works great… like googlex.

Google Suggest and Google Maps also rock.

Sadly, it seems Googlex is no more :(

update 2:
Happily, some nice geek mirrored it :) permanent link to this post

GIF: pronounced “gif” or “jif” ?

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

I pronounce GIF like it’s spelled, with a hard “G.”

This page makes a good argument that the creators of the format wanted folks to pronounce it “jif” (soft “G”).

It does seem like the creators wanted people to say “jif.” My question is: who cares? If the majority of english speakers see the acronym GIF and say “gif,” then that’s how it’s pronounced. It doesn’t matter what the geek who created the format thinks, he’s been outvoted! permanent link to this post

Firefox now builds with SVG

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Firefox nightly builds now have SVG support. (Look for builds with the string -svg- in them.) Currently Linux is not build with SVG; both the Mac and Win32 are.

If you are using an older version of Windows it might be that you get a warning message. Also note that native SVG support is disabled by default. To enable it you need to follow some steps.

Have fun! You can try your build with some nice SVG samples or you can run it through the W3C SVG test suite.

Although in the current nightlies SVG is disabled it might be that native SVG support in Firefox 1.1 will be enabled by default. Another update: it appears the patch attached to this bug has been checked in; Firefox now builds with SVG and has support for it enabled by default. This seems like a good thing with the only downside that authors might think to ‘know’ how SVG works, while it actually is a bug. (For example, try width:200 in Internet Explorer
from: Firefox nightlies now build with SVG - Anne’s Weblog about Markup & Style


Hopefully this will light a fire under Microsoft’s ass. They’ve been adding improved standards and native alpha support for PNG to MSIE lately — seemingly because of Firefox’s competition. Will they follow this lead as well? Let’s hope. permanent link to this post

Free Apache software odyssey

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

This weekend I’ve been on a little geek odyssey.

It all started with a possible job redesigning a site that currently uses coldfusion. So, I thought to myself, I need to learn some coldfusion.

To install coldfusion on a Mac OS X, you need to have Tomcat installed. So I installed it.

Then, I saw a posting on Zeldman’s site about a CMS from Apache called Lenya. It can be installed under Tomcat too (tho I never got it to work that way). But I did get it to work as a standalone servlet. Of course Lenya led me to Cocoon which I had to install and give a whirl.

Finally, after all of that, I remembered that I was supposed to be installing coldfusion. I followed the directions on Macromedia’s site, but for some reason it’s not deploying on my Tomcat set-up at home. I did get it to work on my machine at work though. permanent link to this post

Microsoft awarded patent on double-clicking

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

And I’m not making it up. It’s true!

Here’s a nice understatement from the article:
“These are symptoms of the fact that the patent system is not well-adapted to being applied to software,” says Jonas Maebe, of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure
permanent link to this post

Dreamhost servers run Debian Linux

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

It took me a while to track this info down, so I thought I’d share it here with what I think are the keywords that someone might use in Google when trying to track down the same.

Dreamhost servers run the Debian Linux operating system. As of Sept 7, 2005 the are currently using the “Woody” version. All according to their wiki.

Dreamhost, Linux, operating system, version, distro, distribution permanent link to this post

CSS podGuide

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

I would be completely remiss in my Mac/web-dev geekitude if I didn’t post a link to Westciv’s CSS podGuide, from their site:
The Style Master CSS podGuide is an iPod ready edition of our renowned Complete CSS Guide. Featuring a handy overview of CSS concepts, and in-depth information for every selector, property and @rule of CSS 2.1, the CSS podGuide is a must have for any web developer with an iPod
I downloaded it to my iPod and I must say it’s pretty cool. It takes a minute to load up the first time but after that you’ll have a handy CSS reference handy at all times. Cool. permanent link to this post

Create 2 feeds for different media formats in Wordpress 1.5 (quick and dirty)

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

When linking to media files in WP 1.5.2 the default behavior is to create 2 enclosures for that particular item in the RSS 2.0 feed. My quick and dirty little hack allows me to generate 2 separate feeds for two different media formats. It’s not a plugin for Wordpress and isn’t easily extended without some knowledge of PHP.

What I did is fairly simple and specific to my needs. First, in wp-rss2.php I check for a query string with the media format I want in the feed:
if ( isset($_GET['format']) ) {
	$enc_format = 1;
} else {
	$enc_format = 0;

Note: This needs to go after the if (empty($feed)) { etc } bit.

Then later in the same file I decide whether I should pass the format to the rss_enclosure() function. If there is a format specified we pass it to the function, if there isn’t, we just pass false:
if ( $enc_format ) { 
} else { 

The official WP version of rss_enclosure() doesn’t take an argument, I edited that a bit so that it would take an argument. It is in the file wp-includes/feed-functions.php:
function rss_enclosure($input)
global $id, $post;
if (!empty($post->post_password) &&¬
($_COOKIE['wp-postpass_'.COOKIEHASH] ¬
!= $post->post_password)) return;

if( is_array( $custom_fields ) ) 
while( list( $key, $val ) = each( $custom_fields ) ) { 
if( $key == 'enclosure' ) {
if (is_array($val)) {
foreach($val as $enc) {
$enclosure = split( "\n", $enc );
if ( $input ) 
if ( $input == "wmv" && trim( $enclosure[ 2 ] ) ¬
== "video/x-ms-wmv" ) {
print "<enclosure url='".trim¬
( htmlspecialchars($enclosure[ 0 ])¬
 )."' length='".trim( $enclosure[ 1 ] )."' ¬
type='".trim( $enclosure[ 2 ] )."'/>\n";
if ( $input == "m4v" && trim( $enclosure[ 2 ] ) ¬
== "video/quicktime" ) {
print "<enclosure url='".trim¬
( htmlspecialchars($enclosure[ 0 ])¬
)."' length='".trim( $enclosure[ 1 ] )."' ¬
type='".trim( $enclosure[ 2 ] )."'/>\n";
print "<enclosure url='".trim¬
( htmlspecialchars($enclosure[ 0 ])¬
)."' length='".trim( $enclosure[ 1 ] )."' ¬
type='".trim( $enclosure[ 2 ] )."'/>\n";

You can see that I only check for WMV or M4V, eg, if ( $input == "m4v" etc. Those are the two formats I will be using in my project. It works like this: if I’m asking for a WMV file and the enclosure is of that type, it writes the enclosure line. The same for M4V. If there is no format specified both enclosure tags are written. If the format isn’t recognized, no enclosure tag is written.

Now I can construct a URL like this and get a feed for the specified file format:

That’s all fine and good but I wanted nicer URLs. A little bit of work in my .htaccess file:

RewriteRule ^wp/feed/?(.*$) /wp/index.php?feed=rss2&format=$1 [QSA,L]

And now a URL like this works:


This was a quick and dirty hack for my specific purposes. There’s definitely smarter and more extensible ways to do this. I wish I had time to make a plugin or something to help out more people, but this is what I have presently.

Sorry for the funky formatting of some of the code above. You’ll probably need to cut and paste into your text editor to make any sense out of it. permanent link to this post

Apocalypse (maybe) now

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Apple Developing Two Button Mouse


Microsoft support of PNG alpha-transparency

My world is being turned upside-down! permanent link to this post

Ajax, Shmajax. Read about the future of HTML

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

HTML isn’t a very good language for making Web pages. However, it has been a very good language for making the Web.

via IBM The future of HTML, Part 1: WHATWG permanent link to this post

Adobe to acquire Macromedia

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Holy shit!
Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion.
via: About Adobe - Adobe to acquire Macromedia

My thoughts and hopes for what’s going to happen because of this:

1. GoLive will GoAway. (will anyone care?)

2. Hopefully they’ll take Illustrator’s tools and interface and slap Flash’s timeline and actionscript onto it. At the very least, we’ll get beefed-up interoperability between Illustrator and Flash and PDF (which would be extremely helpful).

3. Since Adobe was pushing SVG as an alternative to Flash, I wonder if they’ll keep promoting it? Not that they were doing a particularly good job.

4. Fireworks will go away. (will anyone care?) This application has always suffered because of Photoshop’s dominance.

5. Wonder if they’ll build any bridges between After Effects and Director? Imagine including an After Effects project as a ‘live object’ within Director, that could be cool.

6. Nothing will happen to InDesign.

7. Hopefully they’ll build better font support into Flash. Flash’s font handling sucks hard.

8. Import Flash animations into After Effects? Holy shit! That would be great. permanent link to this post

new iPod info leaked

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Newsweek inadvertently leaked an article about the new 4G iPod to be officially announced this week. The article has been taken down (you can check if it’s back at this link) but you can read the text below.

July 26 issue - Veteran Podsters understand that at least once a year Apple performs a feat that at once infuses them with dread and delight: an iPod upgrade. The delight comes from a new look and new capabilities. The dread comes from the realization that you’re a step behind the cutting edge and must consider whether to buy your way back on it.

And here it goes again. The considerably tweaked fourth-generation iPod will roll out this week, and NEWSWEEK got an advance peek. It looks a bit different, operates more efficiently, has a few more features and costs less. Here are the highlights.

The click wheel. The iPod keeps getting slimmer and more streamlined. While the initial version had a relatively boxy feel, subsequent versions have been curvier and smaller. This one is about a millimeter thinner and, more significantly, eliminates the control buttons that sat under the display screen. Instead, it uses a “click wheel,” where the controls are placed on the compass points of the circular touchpad that lets you scroll through menus. This is an innovation carried over from the diminutive iPod Mini. “It was developed out of necessity for the Mini, because there wasn’t enough room [for the buttons],” says Steve Jobs. “But the minute we experienced it we just thought, ‘My God, why didn’t we think of this sooner?’ ”

New features. You can create multiple on-the-go playlists and delete songs from those ad hoc mixes. And audiobooks are not only easier to find, you can listen to them at normal speed, slower or 25 percent faster, without its sounding like a Munchkin.

Longer play. Coast-to-coasters rejoice: the new iPods are rated for 12 hours of rockin’ between chargesÑa 50 percent boost in battery life. This is accomplished, Apple says, not by a heavier battery but diligent conservation of power.

Lower price. The top-of-the-line iPod, holding 10,000 songs (40 gigs, as geeks will tell you), now costs $399. The lower-capacity model, with room for 5,000 songs (20 gigs), costs $299. That’s a $100 price reduction for each. (There’s no more 15-gig model.)

Color. Fuggedaboutit. Despite rumors to the contrary, the wide-bodies are still as pure as the driven snow.

Bottom line: If you have yet to jump on the iPod bandwagon, it’s cheaper and more attractive to do so. If you’re already plugged in, the question is whether you should engage in the “iPod Bump,” where you snap up the spiffy new version and pass Old Reliable to a grateful friend or family member (or the highest eBay bidder). If your music collection has exceeded your iPod’s storage space, or your listening binges exceed your current iPod’s battery lifeÑor if you want to hear Bill Clinton’s abridged book in 4-1/2 hours rather than sixÑconsider the Bump this time around. Of course, if your heart went aflutter at the very sight of this year’s model, you’re probably in line at the Apple Store already. permanent link to this post

Gallery hopping on Sat

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

After visiting my accountant this past Saturday (taxes, ugh). I popped over to Chelsea to see some art.

First stop was Pace Wildenstein for Logical Conclusions: 40 Years of Rule-Based Art which featured lots of big art stars and RSG. RSG was sharing a room with Paul Pfeiffer. The curator was trying to draw some progression through time so I guess video games follow video. But that stuff is always a curatorial construct with no basis in reality.

After that it was one big blur of crap. I remember thinking two things over and over, “Why do I hate so much art if I’m an artist?”, and the words “fucking painting” kept going through my head.

Finally I stumbled into Postmasters who were showing Guy Ben-Ner who’s work is witty and fun and put me back into a good mood. permanent link to this post

Gallerist busts artist

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

via: Bloggy

On Saturday, Mike Weiss called the police on Eric [Doeringer]. James has the story. This is my favorite part:
He packed up his work and confronted Mr. Weiss, who admitted he had called the police. He said that he didn’t like “seeing people walking around with tiny paintings,” while he was paying high rent for his gallery and, “trying to sell $30,000 paintings.” When Doeringer told him he was certainly going to let everyone he knew in the art world hear about what he had done, Weiss said, “If that’s the way you want to play it, I’ll call the police whenever I see you anywhere.”


Eric has posted his account on his website.

What a dork. Seriously, someone goes to Weiss for a painting retailing for thousands of dollars but decides to plunk down 100 bucks for a small ‘bootleg’ instead? Bullshit.

Moody’s got some comments about this as well as some images of Doeringer’s ‘bootlegs.’ permanent link to this post

Gallery unveils interactive tree

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A Christmas tree that can receive text messages has been unveiled at London’s Tate Britain art gallery.

[ via: Gallery unveils interactive tree ]
One word: Endnode. permanent link to this post

Fuck The South

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I had to link to this because it’s so damn funny.

Fuck The South
The next dickwad who says, “It’s your money, not the government’s money” is gonna get their ass kicked. Nine of the ten states that get the most federal fucking dollars and pay the least… can you guess? Go on, guess. That’s right, motherfucker, they’re red states. And eight of the ten states that receive the least and pay the most? It’s too easy, asshole, they’re blue states. It’s not your money, assholes, it’s fucking our money. What was that Real American Value you were spouting a minute ago? Self reliance? Try this for self reliance: buy your own fucking stop signs, assholes.
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Fuck Pataki redux

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Serious rant, be forwarned…

More on the Drawing Center/Freedom Center/WTC memorial/Pataki’s an ass/Bloomberg’s a hedging technocrat brouhaha at the NYTimes.

(First mentioned on this site here, check out Kevin’s letter to the Daily News in the comments.)

Concise commentary on too.

NYC art institutions have to step up, throw down, grow some balls, whatever you want to call it and tell these pandering politicians that if government censors are part of the deal, then NO NYC art institution is going to play ball!

Artists too! Who’ll join me in boycotting (both exhibiting or visiting) any art museum or gallery that plays ball with the goon Pataki and his art police? Who’s coming with me? Who’s coming with me?

It’s just so fucking new America to apply censorship to a museum called the Freedom Center and say you’re protecting freedom from ‘denigration’ by making the institution a free speech-free zone.

Aaaarrrggghhhhh! permanent link to this post

Fuck Pataki

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Pataki, via the NY Daily News:
We will not tolerate anything on that site that denigrates America, denigrates New York or freedom or denigrates the sacrifice and courage that the heroes showed on Sept. 11.

What a fucking dumbass. What “denigrates New York or freedom” is the NY Gov’s seeming intolerance of free expression.

Evidently the ‘freedom’ in Freedom Tower doesn’t cover free speech.

What a bunch of fucking assholes. permanent link to this post

From The Floor review of ArtBase 101

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Practical Jokes, Mechanical GIFs, and Art Data

MTAA’s favorite part:
Far from showcasing tech art by tech artists that can only be appreciated by other techies, this show presents an emerging body of art that sparks thought about new uses for a technology that is mostly deployed for commercial ends. Anyone interested in artistic practice today (Luddites included) will appreciate the current state of the art as shown here
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fuck ___ ______

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This is the entire N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton album edited down into just the “explicit” content.
via: |:ni9e:|:destruction:|:production:|

Listen to it here. permanent link to this post

Rhizome needs to drop its membership fee and free its content

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

During the debate regarding Rhizome’s membership fee I was very vocal in my support of the idea. The argument went like this: an obligatory membership fee for Rhizome is better than no Rhizome at all. I was sure that if the fee wasn’t implemented then Rhizome as we know it would cease to exist. There would be no more lists, no more ArtBase, and no more web site.

But what I failed to understand is that the fee basically caused Rhizome to cease to exist. As the founders and current directors of Rhizome know well, to exist on the network you need to be linked. I am hyper-referenced therefor I am. Rhizome’s membership fee effectively shuts down links to articles and artwork on Rhizome’s web site.

I know, it’s free on friday. But if I want to link to a Rhizome post or artwork, am I to attach a disclaimer? “This link only functions on Fridays.”

I know, first time’s free. But what if I have visitors to my site who follow the links to Rhizome regularly? They get shut out.

Why should Rhizome care? Since I can’t trust links will resolve to the article or the artwork they point too, I simply don’t link to Rhizome. I didn’t mean this to happen, it just started happening. I can’t help but think that other people must feel the same way.

These days newer on-line publishing technologies like weblogs, (RSS, RDF, Atom) feeds, and link aggregators (like are connecting people to information in very exciting ways but I have a feeling that Rhizome is being left out and left behind. How many blogs link to Rhizome articles and artworks? Probably not many, blog authors know the value of freely linking across the web; Rhizome stops them at the door.

Being locked up behind the membership fee leads to a degradation in the content on Rhizome. We could argue whether it’s happening or not — I’m not sure it’s happening myself — but I’m sure it’s going to happen and I’ll tell you why. Folks don’t want to post to closed forums. If they want their articles read or their artwork looked at they want to be linked far and wide. Sure they might drop a post on Rhizome (if they’re a member) and a few other places. If the other places are free, guess where the links will go? Not to Rhizome. So at best you’ll get duplicate content on Rhizome which is harder to find. Since not as many people are finding Rhizome, membership might start to drop. Since membership is dropping even fewer articles are posted; a very bad downward cycle could start.

Rhizome needs to drop the fee, find new ways to connect with new audiences — an XML feed of the Rhiz list posts would be a good start — and then work on ways to get these new audiences to donate voluntarily.

Perhaps it was an emergency at the time the fee curtain came down. I hope it’s over and Rhizome finds a way to free their content.

I really want to link Rhizome. permanent link to this post

Free quality crates!!

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

At some point in our career, two large crates took up residence in our studio. It’s time to evict them!

If you want two (2) professionally built crates for shipping or storage, contact MTAA (our email addresses are on our web site). These are the highest quality wooden crates!

Apx two foot square interior measurement

Yes, you would need to pick them up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.

pass the word
Please pass the word! We want to find someone who would really need the crates. permanent link to this post

My Blog Has Fleas

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

UPDATE! Yes, there is an update to this post. Can you believe it? My Blog Has Fleas permanent link to this post

Flickr coincidence

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This is cool.

(Reblogged from reBlog which was reblogged from somewhere else.) permanent link to this post

Five Small Videos: Macromedia Site of The Day

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MTAA’s Five Small Videos About Interruption And Disappearing has been selected as Macromedia’s Site of The Day for October 21, 2004. permanent link to this post

First iPod film festival

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The Flux Announces the iPod Video Film Festival
Coming soon to a small screen near you: The iPod Video Film Festival. The Flux announced today the opening of The Flux iPod Film Festival, an online film festival/competition of content formatted for the iPod. Visitors to the site can download the films for playback on their computers or iPod video, then vote for their favorite video. Prizes will be awarded in four categories: student film, indie film, family clip, and best music video. “The iPod video has people yearning for fun, portable video content, and our festival will give people access to free content, while exposing independent filmmakers and bands to an exciting new audience,” said Flux producer Ryan Ritchey. Submissions must be less than ten minutes, and formatted for the iPod. Flux partner site R Cubed Productions will offer conversion services to properly format films for iPod playback for a small fee. Submission deadline is January 25th. The Flux was founded in March 2005 to be the single stop for the creators and viewers of short films, including movie reviews, how-to tips, movie hosting, and resources for filmmakers.

Entry fee is 15USD. Bah, entry fees suck, but it’s normal in film festivals I guess. But they don’t tell you what the prizes are! from this page:
The top three films in each category will be given awarded prizes, to be determined.

I’m not sure I would pay to compete in a contest that makes it unclear if it’s worth the dough. I would wait until after January 15th when they announce the prizes. permanent link to this post

Senate: Toss Film Pirates in Jail

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

People who secretly videotape movies when they are shown in theaters could go to prison for up to three years under a bill approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate on Friday.

Hackers and industry insiders who distribute music, movies or other copyright works before their official release date would also face stiffened penalties under the bill…

A House subcommittee approved a similar bill in March.

[full article in Wired News]
3 - 10 YEARS! For copying a movie? Damn. You can kill somebody and get less time than that.

I guess this means that in the future, projects like Pirated Movie (more info, & more info, & even more) or the work of Jon Routson will go from commentary on our culture to acts of civil disobedience. permanent link to this post

Finger food

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

What a dick! From CNN:
[…] Clarence Stowers still has the digit, refusing to return the evidence so it could be reattached. And now it’s too late for doctors to do anything for 23-year-old Brandon Fizer.


“The man who lost the finger has the superior claim,” said Paul Lombardo, who teaches at the University of Virginia’s law school. “It’s his finger and he might be able to use it.”
Well yeah, I suppose the guy could use it. Sheesh! permanent link to this post

FDA Approves Use of Chip in Patients

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

AP - Medical milestone or privacy invasion? A tiny computer chip approved Wednesday for implantation in a patient’s arm can speed vital information about a patient’s medical history to doctors and hospitals. But critics warn that it could open new ways to imperil the confidentiality of medical records.
[ via: Yahoo (AP) ]

ZOINKS! permanent link to this post

Fake movie hits the streets

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0100101110101101.ORG’s “United We Stand

Read the press release on Rhizome. permanent link to this post

Face the fact

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If you don’t have an RSS feed, you’re nobody. permanent link to this post


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MTAA leave tomorrow for the opening of <PAUSE> in Montreal, Quebec. This is a on-line art exhibition curated by MobileGaze. From the press release:
<PAUSE> addresses the notion of time as experienced in art and through technology. The exhibition aims at intercepting this stream of information in order to provide a disruption within this endless expanse of data — by providing the viewer with a vantage point, a moment of reflection and a slowing down in his/her interactive viewing habits.
The opening is at Oboru. There will be presentations by artists and some performances too, here’s the schedule:

Artist talks - 3:00PM - 4:30PM; MTAA is going last so you don’t have to get there too early ;-)

Cocktails - 5:00PM - 7:00PM; get loaded.

Performances 7:00PM - 8:00PM (apx)


Liverpool’s FACT (Film, Art & Creative Technology) seems to be having some interesting things happening. We have it on good sources that every curator’s favorite DEMO artist, Cory Arcangel, is going to be doing a project with them this coming fall. There is also talk of a show including american digital artists with discussions going on with some folks in the new york net art scene including yours truly. Everything is tentative at the moment, we’ll let you know when we know more… permanent link to this post

Extremely grumpy

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I might start blogging elsewhere, the constraints here are starting to get to me.

The MTAA-RR will continue in order give official MTAA news and announcements, but I need a place to post my own personal stuff with no constraints.

Maybe I’ll start one at… permanent link to this post

Eyebeam reBlog

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Eyebeam’s reBlog should provide a way to look at archived posts from individual reBloggers. One of the things I like most about reBlog is how the flavor of the site changes with each new reBlogger.

Plus, I want to go back and re-live my own time as a reBlogger. permanent link to this post

Email from Baghdad

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Steve Mumford is an artist who has been making trips to Iraq for the past year (read my first post re: him). He publishes his thoughts and sketches in his Baghdad Journal on A recent email sent to friends was, I thought, interesting so I’m posting below with his permission.
Hi Everyone,

Yeah I’m back in Baghdad, hanging out with my Iraqi friends here. It’s awesome what different opinions they have about the situation from some of the journalists here, who are aghast when I ask them how they think things are going - that is, the journalists assume I share their view that the sky is falling. In contrast, my Iraqi friends (both Sunni and Shia) regard the Najaf episode as a triumph, both for Sistani and the Iraqi gov - and by association, the US - Sadr was essentially humiliated, resulting in a big loss of popularity in favor of moderate Sistani. The destruction of Najaf was grave, but reconstruction money is already flowing from the government, with most people apparently blaming Sadr, more than the US, for the damage.

Even in Falluja, my friends maintain, the majority want peace and stability and are willing to join the government, but for the time being are scared into silence by the jihadists. However, talks are going on between Allawi and the tribes of Falluja. They’re optimistic that this will all be reflected in the coming elections.

So, who knows - I can say that I feel some journalists I’ve met are so blinded by their hatred for Bush and recent US foreign policy that they clearly want this to become a massive failure. It’s certainly hard to find Iraqis who will openly compliment the US at this point, for a variety of understandable reasons. But crucially, this doesn’t mean that they are lending their support to the insurgents. In fact, my friends maintain, just the opposite.

As usual, Baghdad is surreal in it’s normalcy amid explosions - you hear them almost everyday, yet the Iraqis barely turn their heads and go about their business. I use caution traveling about, generally with my friends, but I’m not holed up in my hotel either. The local art world continues apace, with the usual salons held every Monday at the Hewar Gallery and the Shebander Tea House, internet cafes filled, the streets bustling, everyone eagerly anticipating the cooler days of Fall.

I was saddened to find that Nezar, a haircutter on old Rashid Street, who gave me 2 haircuts, was killed along with his nephew by a car bomb parked right outside his shop, about 3 weeks ago. He was a sweet guy who wouldn’t take my money the first time, and was a friend of my friend the artist Ahmed al Safi. His blackened, ruined store is still there, with traditional Shia obituary flags draped over the storefront.

Baqubah remained relatively peaceful for the remainder of the time I was there. Rumors of an impending insurgency keep circulating but have yet to materialize. The police and Iraqi National Guard are gaining strength and confidence with better training, heavier weapons and flack vests. In spite of recent conspicuous failures, they’re getting better. They’re starting - in baby steps - to stand up to insurgent attacks. You see them everywhere in Baqubah and Baghdad, whizzing around in new cars and SUVs with the Iraqi Police insignia on the side. I can’t overstate the importance of this to Iraqis. You can’t have a democracy or even an economy without security.

I’ll remain here a bit longer, replenish art supplies, and try for another embedding for a couple of weeks, then return home.

Please, everyone, try to keep an open mind about things over here - Muqtada Sadr is NOT Che Guevara! Bremmer fucked some things up very badly, but somehow, Iraqis are optimistic that the situation is improving.

Love, Steve
I’ve been critical of Steve’s project in the past (but always giving respect). Reading some actual on-the-ground info from a friend is interesting but I have to ask: If his Iraqi friends think things are getting better, better than what? All out war? Normalcy and explosions? Your barber got killed in a car bombing! What is this better than?

And now the news today…. permanent link to this post

“Echoes of Art” Emulation Symposium May 8 at Guggenheim

posted at 16:38 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This symposium looks interesting and I’m thinking of attending the “Emulation Performance” by jodi and the afternoon session. Get the details here (click symposium once you arrive).

The symposium accompanies the exhibition “Seeing Double,” which is very successful IMO. According to the press release:
This exhibition tests the promise of an experimental treatment—emulation—for rescuing new media art from the ravages of time.
The art work seems to have been “rescued.” The exhibition does more than just that however. By exposing ‘how’ you emulate new media art the curators also illustrate the ‘material’ of new media art.

That’s to say, most people go to a museum and look at a moving image on a screen of some sort and it’s not always self-evident what the material of the image is. Is it simply a video? Or is it a computational piece which is getting real-time data from the Internet or running a software algorithm to auto-generate visuals or what have you. It’s not always obvious.

But in “Seeing Double” the materials become obvious through the process and exploration of emulation and that does new media art and the art public a real service. permanent link to this post

Easter eggs

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Yes there are easter eggs in 1 Year Performance Video, so glad you asked.

Check ‘em out: STEAL THIS VIDEO: 1YPV easter eggs.

Download interesting stuff regarding 1YPV here (more on this later).

To expand on this easter egg thing: we consider the videos in “STEAL THIS VIDEO: 1YPV easter eggs” to be easter eggs because they don’t follow the overall narrative of being locked in a cell 24/7. For example, we address the camera and do other things that don’t follow the narrative logic of 1YPV in these easter egg videos. Normally you would only see them if you happen to be watching 1YPV between 4AM and 5AM and you get lucky :) permanent link to this post

Dvorak’s ignorant blather

posted at 16:38 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I posted this to Rhizome too: John Dvorak trashes creative commons. It was a big mistake. I’m a proponent of Creative Commons so when I saw the link on Slashdot I figured that it would be good to link to it and get another side of the story.

But the article is so full of ignorant statements and falsehoods that it wasn’t really worth a link. Some examples?
If you are unfamiliar with this thing, be sure to go to the Web site and see if you can figure it out. Creative Commons actually seems to be a dangerous system with almost zero benefits to the public, copyright holders, or those of us who would like a return to a shorter-length copyright law.

What is he? Stupid? It’s not hard to figure out what it’s for. Right now copyright law is very complicated, so Lessig created these licenses to help individuals publish and share without having the need of a lawyer. Simple as that.
This means that others have certain rights to reuse the material under a variety of provisos, mostly as long as the reuse is not for commercial purposes. Why not commercial purposes?

Creative Commons allows you to share your work for commercial purposes. And he knows it too because he writes ‘mostly.’ He’s intentionally trying to misrepresent what CC is about.

I apologize for linking to this garbage. permanent link to this post

Dude ransoms rabbit online

posted at 16:38 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

A fairly humorous attempt at Internet blackmail.

This guy says he’s going to eat his rabbit unless he gets $50K from suckers on the web. Are there enough gullible animal-lovers out there to pay the ransom? So far he’s made around $14K.

Goddamn, I wish I had thought of this first. permanent link to this post

Duchamp’s “Fountain” most influential

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A porcelain urinal is the most influential work of modern art, according to a survey released Wednesday.
More here: Urinal Named As Most Influencial Art (AP). permanent link to this post

Duct Tape Festival

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Not only am I posting a link to the web site for the INAUGURAL AVON HERITAGE DUCT TAPE FESTIVAL, but AVON, OHIO is practically my hometown. It’s the town where my mother and grandmother live.

It really isn’t my hometown, Elyria, OH has that glorious distinction, but it’s pretty damn close.

I never thought I’d ever type this — but — thanks for the link Mom! permanent link to this post

Dubya the Defender

posted at 16:38 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The perversly talented director, Final Cut ninja, and After Effects master Sorrel Ahlfeld (more here) is entering this very funny and well produced video into MoveOn’s Bush in 30 Seconds Contest. According to Sorrel his intention is, “to poke fun at, and educate people about, the Bush administration’s outrageous hypocrisy.” Seems to work on all counts brilliantly IMO.

Dubya The Defender (quicktime 3.8MB, right- or control-click to download.)


Written and Directed by Sorrel Ahlfeld
Production Design: Devin Clark and Verena Weisendanger
Production Assistance: Amos Katz
Music: Jim Morgan, David Driver, Connie Petruk
Starring: Emily & Dubya The Defender! permanent link to this post

Drinkin’ & Drawin’ Championship TONIGHT!

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All the info is here: MTAA’s Drinkin’ & Drawin’.

See this earlier post for more info: Drinkin’ & Drawin’.

See you there :-) permanent link to this post

Drinkin’ & Drawin’

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First noted on this web site by M.River in this post, the 1st Annual Drinkin’ & Drawin’ Championship is happening!

Go HERE for all the details. But we’ll let our loyal followers (like you because you’re reading this blog) in on a few details.

M.River and I aren’t quite sure how to handle what becomes of the drawings at the end of the night. We need to keep the drawings to create documentation of the project, but we don’t want to scare away any artists who don’t want to give drawings away. Our plan is to inform competitors that we’ll need to keep the drawings for a time of up to 6 months in order to get hi-res scans of them. We’ll also need non-exclusive rights to publish the drawings. Does this seem reasonable? Please leave a comment if you have an opinion.

Other mechanics of the evening: Each contestant will need to sign-in. They’ll be given an ID number (which will be associated with their name and contact info), paper, and pencil. The paper will be stamped with a small rubber stamp so that the contestant can label the drawing with their ID number and the list the drinks consumed while making the drawing.

We don’t want the drawings to have names on them as that may influence the judges. That’s why were going to label them with a number. permanent link to this post

Drinkin’ and Drawin’ Champion

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The Drinkin’ and Drawin’ Champion for 2005 is:

Luke Butler!!

More info to come…

Check out M.River’s pics permanent link to this post

Drinkin’ and Drawin’ TONIGHT!!!!

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Get yer ass out to BKLYN and win yer ass a 100 BUCK BAR TAB at BAR MATCHLESS.

And while you’re at it, buy T.Whid a drink for his birthday.

More info here:

and here:


Time: 8-11PM

Location: Bar Matchless
Corner of Driggs and Manhattan Aves, Greenpoint, BKLYN

From Manhattan: L train to Bedford Ave.
Walk North on Bedford Ave. (past the park) to Manhattan Ave. Take a right, one block down on the corner.

From Brooklyn or Queens: G train to Nassau
Walk one block east on Manhattan Ave. to Driggs Ave.

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Dreamland Artists Club in NYTimes

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…in the summer of 2003, when the artist Steve Powers became simultaneously obsessed with Coney Island and the dying art of sign painting, he had a tough time convincing many of the wary and con-wise business owners that he wanted to give them - free, really - brand-new hand-painted signs for their aging bumper-car palaces and clam bars.


But Mr. Powers, a former graffiti artist who has had scrapes with the law and lots of experience dealing with suspicious authority, was persistent. And now his personal mission has become a sprawling public art project that blurs the line between art and commerce in a way that perhaps could happen only on Coney Island.

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If you live in or near NYC or are coming to visit this summer you must go to Coney Island.

The Mermaid Parade is next weekend, June 25th! permanent link to this post

Dreams DO come true!

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If you wish hard enough and pray to the baby Jesus every night before you go to bed then…

Your dreams can come true too!

(See comments in the first link and see ‘prepared piano’ description in the second link for this post to make any sense; M.River noticed this coincidence.) permanent link to this post

Double awesome

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Yahoo! Creative Commons search!

Obligatory MTAA narcism:

MTAA (we come up number 1)

simple net art (number 1 again)

net art (number 13, bah!)

It’s funny when you search too, it’s like you know everybody on the results page. Haha! permanent link to this post

Drawing Center may quit WTC

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Amid a storm of controversy over plans for the Ground Zero cultural centers, the Drawing Center says it has put the entire planning process for its move downtown on hold and is considering whether it should pull out of the site.

via: Crain’s New York Business
Good. They should. To paraphrase NWA, fuck The art police!

Found the link via permanent link to this post

“Doomsday Weapon” slide show @ THE THING

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Check out the slide show of Jakob Boeskov’s “Doomsday Weapon.” We mentioned this art project in this post on this web site.

Sorry Wolfgang, I linked right to the slide show — bypassing THE THING log-in. But, check out the benefit auction while your over at THE THING. permanent link to this post

MY DOOMSDAY WEAPON: An exhibition by Jakob S. Boeskov @ The Thing

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This sounds fascinating, from the press release:
Weapons that shoot microchips into the bodies of innocent civilians. An artist smuggling blueprints for fake technology inside China’s first international weapons fair. Laughing arms traders drinking 30-year-old Chivas Regal among teenage models advertising new weapons. No, it’s not a chilling sci-fi movie; it’s reality, and a project by Danish artist Jakob S. Boeskov.
» Dates, times and more information on The Thing’s web site.

» And more here permanent link to this post

Don’t tell anybody…

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…but we never really finished 1YPV. There are two things that need to be done in order for it to be finished:

1) figure out the how the ‘art data’ will be distributed

2) shoot the last “scene.”

We’re shooting the last scene this weekend :-) permanent link to this post

Don’t hassle the Hoff

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This is a very funny video from David Hasselhoff.

My wife and I are debating whether or not he knows he’s being super-cheesy. My position is that he’s playing both sides. He’s trying to be sexy for his actual fans, but he’s trying to be cheesy for those that love to hate him. It’s a strategy invented and perfected by Shatner.

I’ve gained more respect for the Hoff if he truly is working the irony angle.

(BTW, I got the title of this post from the comments on this post: David Hasselhoff is hooked on a feeling.) permanent link to this post

This makes me feel safe?

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Received from the building management at One Penn Plaza (directly across 33rd street from MSG and Penn Station):
Canine Teams Walking Corridors

Please be advised that Canine Teams will periodically be touring the corridors of the building. There is no cause for alarm as this is soley a preventative measure. Thank you for your cooperation.

Aug 27, 2004 12:07p
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Cory Doctorow on piracy and DRM

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Could it be better timing?

On the eve of the release of Pirated Movie (more on Pirated Movie here) the text of Cory Doctorow’s talk to a group of Microsoft employees concerning DRM (Digital Rights Management) is posted to the web.

Needless to say, Doctorow describes the problems with DRM and the entertainment industry’s branding of consumers as ‘pirates’ much better then I can. Pirated Movie was created in part to poke fun and expose the hypocrisy of this whole mess. Doctorow’s talk touches on the technology behind DRM (and why it fails), dangers of branding large portions of society criminals, why it’s bad for business, and why it’s bad for creators.

AND he uses Pirates of The Caribbean as an example in his talk (which is also the subject of MTAA’s Pirated Movie).

The full text Cory Doctorow’s June 17th Microsoft Research DRM talk

There is slashdot discussion here. permanent link to this post

Dipshit attacks urinal

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Isn’t this whole physically-attacking-art-as-your-art thing a tad tired?
PARIS, Jan. 6 - The Dada movement made its name in the early 20th century by trying to destroy the conventional notion of art. Taking literal inspiration from their exploits this week, a latter-day neo-Dadaist took a small hammer to Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain,” the factory-made urinal that is considered the cornerstone of Conceptual Art.

From the NYT. permanent link to this post

Dirt style masterpiece

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~The Dream Girls~ is a true dirt style masterpiece. Make sure you have .GIF animations turned ON or you’ll miss out.

It seems the dream girls are prolific too. permanent link to this post


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Recently, I called a commenter on this site a ‘dimwit’ (see the comments on this post for the sordid details).

It wasn’t very nice of me to call someone names, but the commenter had done two things which I felt gave me reasonable cause: 1) anonymously insulted my work and 2) anonymously made a smarmy personal insult. Both of the… we’ll call them critiques… weren’t very bothersome and I would have been happy to engage in polite debate on whether or not our work is hamfisted and whether or not Aljira’s Emerge program is akin to Tony Robbins’ motivational tapes but the comment was intended to belittle. It was also done in a very cowardly way behind the anonymity that we generously provide on this web site. So I felt calling the person a dimwit was well within what one would consider a reasonable response. Plus I was really hung-over from my bachelor party (thanks M.River :-)).

The commenter really did not like being called a dimwit and in a subsequent comment used all sorts of personal information found on this blog for an ad hominem attack on yours truly. This was truly cowardly; hiding behind anonymity while using personal attacks on another is extremely low net etiquette. Dimwit has truly earned the title. If you read Dimwit’s little schread, you’ll see that Dimwit also feels the fourth amendment is for pussies. What a fool.

But originally I thought of Dimwit as a dimwit because the dimwit doesn’t realize that the break between analog and digital materials is a real, live paradigm shift. The difference between a photo and a JPEG is much greater than the difference between a photo and an oil painting. This is the fact at the crux of the Kuspit graf I posted. If one fails to understand this simple truth of contemporary image-making then one is truly a dimwit.

And since Dimwit has proven to be annoying, stupid, ignorant, insulting and simple-minded I’ve decided to close comments on this post. You see Dimwit, this is my web site; I do what I want. permanent link to this post

Digital Negative (DNG)

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The public, archival format for digital camera raw data Raw file formats are becoming extremely popular in digital photography workflows because they offer creative professionals greater creative control. However, cameras can use many different raw formats — the specifications for which are not publicly available — which means that not every raw file can be read by a variety of software applications. As a result, the use of these proprietary raw files as a long-term archival solution carries risk, and sharing these files across complex workflows is even more challenging.

The solution to this growing problem? The Digital Negative (DNG), a new, publicly available archival format for the raw files generated by digital cameras. By addressing the lack of an open standard for the raw files created by individual camera models, DNG helps ensure that photographers will be able to access their files in the future.
[ via: Adobe: Digital Negative (DNG) ]

I’ve grown a bit suspicious of Adobe of late, but this seems to be a good thing. I wonder when/if/how the camera manufacturers are going to support this? Obviously the workflow benefits are killed if you need to transcode all your photos to the new format, it will only be really beneficial once most cameras support it as the RAW format. permanent link to this post

Howard Dean or Not Howard Dean

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Dean Copter

According to the article Dean: Ninja Power? in Salon today (free day pass required) Howard Dean may or may not have had a bit role in a cheesy 1984 low-budget Ninja flick called “Ninja III: The Domination.”

I’ll let you judge for yourself: Link to quicktime file (1.2 MB, 00’21)

My thoughts? It sounds exactly like him, and I mean EXACTLY. The small quicktime linked above makes it hard to see if it LOOKS like him however. It is listed as a credit when you search ‘Howard Dean’ on the IMDB but our beloved M.D. has denied it according to the Salon article.

I would be very interested in hearing anyone else’s thoughts, please comment. permanent link to this post

Dead Reagans

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Ronald Reagan is dead. Good. We have one entry on this web site that has anything to do with Reagan. Here it is. permanent link to this post

DC 9/11 - EDR screening TOMORROW

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We’ll be screening DC 9/11 - The Evildoers’ Remix tomorrow night.

Fischerspooner Excellent Workshop Salon
110 N. 1st St. (btw Berry and Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Wednesday October 13, 2004

This screening includes a new re-mastered soundtrack with added material.

Screening of the 3rd and final presidential debate to follow!

George W. Bush is a MORON! permanent link to this post

DC 9/11 EDR new web version

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We’ve posted a new QuickTime version of DC 9/11 - The Evildoers’ Remix (follow the link).

Direct link to video (1 hour 10 minutes, 224 MB, .MOV).

This new version has much better audio. Tinydiva added lots of new stuff and re-mastered the entire track using higher-quality original audio so the speech is much crisper and clearer.

We were hoping this video would have become a curiosity from those dark days of the W administration before Americans had come to their senses. Unfortunately it hasn’t. permanent link to this post

DC - 9/11 The Evildoers’ Remix *TONIGHT*

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DC 9/11 - The Evildoers’ Remix today!

The screening is at Postmasters gallery, 459 W19th St., NYC @ 8PM
More info here.

The download will be available later today at this URL:

The quicktime is available. Download from this link (222MB!).

update 2:
The RealPlayer version is available, go here for details and link. This version might be best for some folks as you can seek through the video without downloading the entire thing. permanent link to this post