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Oct 31, 2008

boo 08

posted at 12:53 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


t.whid update
This has absolutely nothing to do with Halloween, but here’s a review of Our Political Work on ‘…might be good.’

m.river update
Also, here’s a review (in french) of Annie Abrahams The Big Kiss at OTO on ‘Fluctart’ permanent link to this post

Oct 30, 2008

Rhizome membership drive Oct 29–Dec 31, 2008

posted at 19:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

rhiz logo

Scrape together your pennies and then give ‘em to Rhizome!
Rhizome’s annual membership drive will run from October 29 through midnight December 31st, 2008. Our goal is $30,000 — a figure that is completely vital to our success amidst a particularly difficult year in the arts.

Now is the time to support Rhizome, to make a contribution towards an organization with an open and innovative structure and singular mission to further internet and new media art. Contribute now and help us keep this field moving energetically forward, through commissioning, preservation, criticism and participatory programs, in 2009! permanent link to this post

Oct 29, 2008


posted at 12:29 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


m.river adds — I think t.whid posted a jpeg of a golf pencil last night to remind me to buy some at Staples this morning for our show. It was that or he really liked this pencil jpeg. Anyway, here is another pencil.

twhid adds
I really liked the pencil image (it’s invaded all parts of my FB account as well). Once posted, I realized it would be a good reminder for you too :-) permanent link to this post


posted at 00:50 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

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Oct 28, 2008

Opening Performance Lecture & Museum Hall Meeting

posted at 14:11 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

automatic for the people ( ) - mtaa

On view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) from November 8, 2008 through February 8, 2009, The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now presents an overview of the rich and varied history of participatory art practice during the past six decades, exploring strategies and situations in which the public has taken a collaborative role in the art-making process.

Organized by SFMOMA Curator of Media Arts Rudolf Frieling.

MTAA’s Opening Performance Lecture & Museum Hall Meeting
for the artwork Automatic For the People: ( )
Saturday Nov 8, 2008 @ 3PM

Artist in The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now:
Abramović/Ulay; Vito Acconci; Francis Alÿs; Chip Lord, Curtis Schreier and Bruce Tomb (former members of Ant Farm); John Baldessari; Joseph Beuys; Blank & Jeron and Gerrit Gohlke; George Brecht; Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Mike Bennett; John Cage; c a l c and Johannes Gees; Janet Cardiff; Lygia Clark; Minerva Cuevas; Maria Eichhorn; VALIE EXPORT; Harrell Fletcher and Jon Rubin; Fluxus Collective; Jochen Gerz; Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz; Matthias Gommel; Felix Gonzalez-Torres; Dan Graham; Hans Haacke; Lynn Hershman Leeson; Nam June Paik; Allan Kaprow; Henning Lohner and Van Carlson; Rafael Lozano-Hemmer; Tom Marioni; MTAA (M.River and T.Whid Art Associates); Antoni Muntadas; Yoko Ono; Dan Phiffer and Mushon Zer-Aviv; Raqs Media Collective; Robert Rauschenberg; Warren Sack; Mieko Shiomi; Torolab; Wolf Vostell; Andy Warhol; Stephen Willats; and Erwin Wurm.

more details on MTAA’s Automatic For the People: ( ) soon… permanent link to this post

Oct 27, 2008

Annie Abrahams - the Big Kiss at OTO on Vimeo

posted at 17:21 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

The Big Kiss from Annie Abrahams on Vimeo. permanent link to this post

Oct 24, 2008

MTAA at UC Berkely - Nov 7

posted at 13:24 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


The Name of This Band Lecture Is Talking Heads MTAA


Takeovers & Makeovers: Artistic Appropriation, Fair Use and Copyright in the Digital Age

Nov 7, 2008 UC Berkely 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

“We’d love for you to speak about your work, especially in regards to how it intersects with appropriation, participatory culture, the commons, and intellectual property. I am thinking of works like On Kawara Update, Vito Acconci Update, Pirate Movie, the Commons and Net art diagrams, and so on.” — Kris Paulsen

twhid adds
Check out the link above for the full schedule and line-up of the conference. Other speakers include Marisa Olson, Michael Mandiberg, Rick Prelinger, Richard Rinehart and lots more!

We’re also going to be making another public appearance on Nov 8 @ SFMOMA — stay tuned for more info on that! permanent link to this post

Oct 22, 2008

Pixish closing

posted at 20:07 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Dumb web site designed to fleece desperate suckers out of free creative work, Pixish, is shutting down. I’ve discussed this site before here.

Derek Powazek, the guy that started the site, seems like an honest and smart person. Not sure why he thought this was a good idea. Luckily, there aren’t enough chumps out there to keep it going.

Usually I’m sorry to see indy web sites shut down. Not this time! Good riddance. permanent link to this post

Oct 18, 2008

The Reason Campaign redux

posted at 15:09 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

A 19 year old college student from Pennsylvania, Megan comes from a household of Independents. This being her first election, she has been trying to pay attention to the conventions and the debates in order to make the most informed decision possible.

I posted about this before but wanted to remind everyone about this great web site/video series.

It’s called The Reason Campaign and it was started by the extremely talented Sorrel Ahlfeld. From the site:
You’ve heard a lot about this election from both the campaigns and the media. Now you can hear from your fellow citizens. Watch below as Republicans, Independents and conservatives explain their reasons for supporting Barack Obama.

The videos are extremely well produced and very engaging. Check it out!

There’s a podcast too! permanent link to this post

Oct 14, 2008

TV panels on easels? ‘Scuse me while I barf

posted at 14:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The same fool that would buy pre-paint-spattered jeans from J.Crew would think this cool:


Of course, all things art-lite and/or art-like are loved by Boing Boing, so they link approvingly.

More of this nonsense here. permanent link to this post

Oct 11, 2008

The Big Kiss - Annie Abrahams at OTO

posted at 13:49 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Abrahams at OTO

Photos from last nights OTO with Annie Abrahams now up at OTO’s Flickr Set permanent link to this post

Oct 07, 2008

3K USD for a chapter on networked art

posted at 15:10 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Check it out!



Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art)
A Juried International Competition
Call for Proposals

Deadline: December 15, 2008

Five writers will be commissioned to develop chapters for a networked book about networked art. The chapters will be open for revision, commentary, and translation by online collaborators. Each commissioned writer will receive $3,000 (US).

Networked Committee:
Steve Dietz (Northern Lights, MN) :: Martha CC Gabriel (net artist, Brazil) :: Geert Lovink (Institute for Network Cultures, The Netherlands) :: Nick Montfort (Massachusetts Institute for Technology, MA) :: Anne Bray (LA Freewaves, LA) :: Sean Dockray (Telic Arts Exchange, LA) :: Jo-Anne Green (NRPA, MA) :: Eduardo Navas (newmediaFIX) :: Helen Thorington (NRPA, NY)

More here: permanent link to this post

Oct 01, 2008

Annie Abrahams - The Big Kiss at OTO Oct 10

posted at 22:36 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Annie Abrahams - The Big Kiss

Image from the performance “One the puppet of the other” with NicolasFrespech, May 26th 2007, Centre Pompidou Paris.

On October 10, from 7pm to 10 pm, Over The Opening is pleased to present The Big Kiss, a performance installation by Annie Abrahams.

What’s contact in a machine mediated world? What’s the power of the image? How does it feel to kiss without touching? Does the act change because we see it? What does it mean to construct an image with your tongue? And is there still desire? Does the act provoke it? What’s contact in a machine mediated world?

You are invited to participate in the creation of a communal kiss at OTO

Annie Abrahams is a Dutch artist living in France. Abrahams work is featured on her site “Being Human / Etant Humain”: a big interlinked universe that concentrates on the possibilities and limitations of communication as well as at

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