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Apr 24, 2009

Wikipedia Threatens Artists for Fair Use

posted at 15:03 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Can a noncommercial critical website use the trademark of the entity it critiques in its domain name? Surprisingly, it appears that the usually open-minded folks at Wikipedia think not.

Last February, a pair of artists, working with several collaborators, created a Wikipedia article and invited the general public to add to it, following Wikipedia’s standards of credibility and verifiability. The work was intended to comment on the nature of art and Wikipedia. But Wikipedia editors did not take kindly to the project, and it was shut down within fifteen hours for being insufficiently “encyclopaedic.”

Fast forward a couple of months. The artists, Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern, have created a noncommercial website that documents the project, called Wikipedia Art. The domain name for the project:

Yep, they used the term “wikipedia” in their domain name. “Wikipedia” is a trademark owned by the Wikimedia Foundation. And now the Foundation has demanded that the artists give up the domain name peaceably or it will attempt to take it by (legal) force.

read the entire article on + Slashdot coverage + coverage [one, two] when the project was first released (Feb 2009)… permanent link to this post

Apr 23, 2009


posted at 22:29 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


in the oto flickr set
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Apr 17, 2009


posted at 15:16 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Here is my proposal to the Rhizome Commission 2010.
Untitled Computer Typeface 2010 (UCT2010)
Enjoy. permanent link to this post

Apr 15, 2009

i’m the last splash

posted at 21:50 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

MTAA Splash page for Rhizome 2001 - 2002

Updated Version

Rhizome’s Splashback

AFC on Splash

i could go on but i think i’ll stop here permanent link to this post

Apr 14, 2009


posted at 14:04 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


On April 18, 2009 from 7pm-10pm, OTO is pleased to presents SOAP BOX OPERA WORKSHOP by Artists Meeting

SOAP BOX OPERA WORKSHOP is a project developed by the collective Artists Meeting. Honing in on the dramaturgy of theory, the group has adapted excerpts from a variety of scholarly and art-theory-based texts from different eras and genres to a “Soap Opera” filmic format whereby plots are reduced to one liners, drama is played out in an exaggerated manner and scenes rely on emotional turmoil and ambiguity to capture the distracted viewer.

More info…
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Apr 12, 2009

STAEHLE @ Postmasters

posted at 15:56 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The one and only Wolfgang Staehle opens a new show at Postmasters this Thursday April 16, 2009! From the release:
April 16 - May 16, 2009

A Matter of Time

Postmasters is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Wolfgang Staehle.

A Matter of Time is comprised of four real time projections of time-lapse photographic sequences and a premier video work of a Yanomami Village in the Brazilian rain forest. The show will be on view from April 16 until May 16, 2009. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, between 6 and 8 pm.

A Matter of Time draws upon mid-19th century painter Thomas Cole’s series The Course of Empire. Cole’s historically critical rumination views pastoralism as the ideal model for civilization, fearing that the ideal of Empire inevitably results in greed and decay. While A Matter of Time holds the mirror of this salient socio-political commentary up to our own time, it is one whose reflection is without indignation to the systems themselves. Perhaps, best encapsulated in the artist’s own 1989 work which avows, “Empires crumble, republics collapse, and idiots live on;” the posit follows that it is our own inordinate ability to destroy the sublimity of any civilization’s ideal that is put on the table.

However, Staehle’s work in no way relies upon homage to Cole’s series, a foray to pastoralism or political satire. Evident in his body of work, the form is always central; and previous works have underscored time-a one-to-one, linear time, a simulative “real time” or the contrivance of frozen time. In this exhibition, A Matter of Time broadly refers to the time lapse photographic sequences (approximately 15,000 photographs per day at 10 frames per minute) but presented here in real time-a rate so methodical that it denudes the image of its cinematographic aspect, while accentuating it pictorially. By allowing us to exact the machinations of nature, through figuratively arresting time, a perceptual shift is created that video does not pose, and thereby realigns our relationship with the real. Each contiguous moment pre-empts the prior, switching out the obsolete image for a perpetually updated “now.” Is it that the representation of an object’s stasis recalls the full force of its movement? Because ultimately, it is this indeterminate relation with time that drives our experience with these quietly unsettling works.
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Apr 10, 2009

crunch time for bunnies

posted at 14:12 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

greenpoint bunny

t.whid adds:
This image (sited on Boing Boing yesterday) seems apropos for the day…

(maybe that’s bunny in that paper…?) permanent link to this post

Apr 08, 2009

Mark Amerika in NYC tonight

posted at 15:05 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

OG net artist Mark Amerika’s Immobilité opens tonight at the Chelsea Art Museum. Amerika calls the work “[t]he world’s first feature-length mobile phone art film.”

More about the opening…

[…]solo exhibition of new work from artist Mark Amerika, opens Wednesday, April 8th, in The Project Room for New Media at Chelsea Art Museum and remains on view through May 9, 2009. […]

Amerika describes Immobilité as “a feature-length foreign film shot entirely on a mobile phone in Cornwall, UK.” The work includes an original soundtrack by renowned sound artist Chad Mossholder and introduces Camille Lacadee and Magda Tyzlik-Carver as on-screen personas that drift in and out of the film’s otherworldly landscapes and ghostly narrative sequences.

More about the film at the Immobilité website… permanent link to this post

Apr 06, 2009

“The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s ‘Amerika’”

posted at 17:06 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

kippenberger at moma

Martin Kippenberger, “The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s ‘Amerika’” (1994) at MOMA

The young European immigrant Karl Rossmann tries to get a job of which he need not be ashamed…He asked for nothing better; he wanted to find some way of at least beginning a decent life, and perhaps this was his chance. Even if all the extravagant statements in the placard were a lie, even if the great Theatre of Oklahoma were an insignificant traveling circus, it wanted to engage people, and that was enough. Karl did not read the whole placard over again, but once more singled out the sentence: “Everyone is welcome.” permanent link to this post

Apr 04, 2009

Experimental Deviations in Psychogeography

posted at 14:46 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

tiam jodi screen shot

This Is A Magazine
New cover by JODI
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