Ok, I am finally getting around to documenting some work. This is the work that will be going into the show this week and _ Quarterly. It's a continuation of my previous work with text cut up, this time using news feeds from major news sources as the source, capturing and recontextualizing the contemporary zeitgeist.
Lots going on behind the scenes here. Graduation and moving. Starting up a lot of new projects.
One of the completed projects (the word for which I should really document here) is a show in conjunction with the publication of the work in _ Quarterly. The opening/release party is this Saturday, June 6 at the Box Factory (865 Florida St, San Francisco)
And I promise to document the work soon as I get set up down south.
Here is a little project that I did recently. It is a Processing sketch that draws a map based on how often a country is mentioned in major media outlets (Such as the New York Times, Guardian UK, Al Jazeera, Reuters, AP). The brighter the country, the more mentions in the media.
A note about the applet, click the 'approve' button that will pop up (I have to sign the applet for security reasons) and give it a moment to do it's thing, it's doing a lot behind the scenes!
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who came out and contributed to the opening of the Locality show, and made it such a success!!! Seriously, the level of work and the number of people that came out to support was better than any of us could have hoped for. Â I am hoping to have pictures from the opening up soon. And if you missed out on the opening, or want more of the greatness, come to the closing party, on April 16th, 8pm - 11pm.
So, next week is the opening of the big show that I have been working on for the past few months. Â This was my baby, and I am curating/organizing/artist wrangling this one with a number of amazing people, most notably my co-conspiratorÂ on this Taylor Tschider.
For the show, we wanted to focus on the idea of the local. What does it mean to be from, and to live in, a particular place? What does it mean to interact with the world as an individual, an artist, and a citizen in this time of â€œthe world is flatâ€ globalization. Â Over 30 artists have worked cross-media and created work that address these issues around the local.
April 2-16 Opening April 2nd, 8pm - 11pm Closing April 16th, 8pm - 11pm
Sub Mission Art Space 2183 Mission St. San Francisco, CA
A day late and a dollar short and all of that.... But things have been busy, and I haven't had time to update this as much as I would like to. Â At any rate, I have some work (specifically a sound piece) up at Kicker Studio here in SF.Â It's a great show headed up by my friend Jody Medich.
More info can be found here.
So, my show was last week.Â Here is some documentation of the work.
The work that I did for the show are three different texts that were generated from a Processing sketch that I wrote. I was interested in William Burrough'scut-up technique and using that as a starting point. So the sketch that I wrote does a web search on a term, returning the entire text from the top ten site related to that search term. Those texts are then broken into sentences, brought together, and reassembled at random into new texts. For this show, I chose to only assemble paragraphs. I choose related search terms for this -- "free market," "drunkenness," and "decadence" -- with each work representing a different term.
Hit me up if you are interested in the source code (its a bit loose to send out into the world at the moment).
Below are details of the work. Click on them for a close up.
I should have posted this earlier, but part of the reason things have been so quiet on the blog front is that I have been working on some new work for a show that is up this week. I am really happy with the work up, and the show in general. If you are in SF, you should check it out!
Love in the Age of Craigslist 2.8.09 - 2.14.09 Diego Rivera Gallery 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, CA
For one of my classes, I wrote a Processing sketch that does an web image search for keywords from the class, such as "California Ideology", "canon", "code", "commons", "mass culture","media", "privacy", "public good","reductionism","representative","retro-futurism","secrecy" and "sousveillance". It then takes takes the images, and weaves the pixels together, sort of like a tapestry. The code is here.
So, it's been awhile since I have posted. But that is for good reason; I have just recently gotten back from China and Korea, where I went with a class for the Gwangju Biennale, Busan Biennale, Seoul New Media Biennale and Shanghai Biennale. Our dean, Okwui Enwezor, was the Artistic Director of this year's Gwangju Biennale, so he took it as an opportunity to lead a class in exploring the bourgeoning contemporary art landscape in Asia, with a special focus on spectacle and the incredible number of biennales taking place there. It was a great trip, much more cultural than the last one I went on with him, and we even found time to go to Beijing and view the aftermath of the Olympics.
More photos after the jump. Click to enlarge!
Infinite loop of two desktops, both running screen sharing.
On Monday, there will be a panel discussion at my school, the San Francisco Art Institute, happening that I worked in producing, entitled "From Cinema to Machinema" with Lynn Hershman Leeson, Chair of SFAI's Film department, and Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art moderating and panel participants Henrik Bennetsen, Char Davies, Scott Kildall and Second Front, Howard Rheingold (via Second Life), Scott Snibbe, and Camille Utterback. To take from the PR material:
A panel discussion and virtual performance event, From Cinema to Machinima-Software, Database, and the Moving Image will explore the many ways in which the digital medium has reconfigured, even transformed, the moving image and thereby redefined concepts of cinema. Whether through software processes or interaction by the viewer, image sequences have become discrete units that can be remixed in new constellations; indeed, once digital interactivity became connected to databases, the possibility of assembling and reconfiguring media elements from a compilation of image sequences opened the way to a host of new cinematic forms.
These emerging cinematic forms include database cinema, interactive narrative or non-narrative films, and machinimaÃ¢â‚¬â€filmmaking within computer games or 3D virtual worlds, such as Second Life, in which characters and events can be controlled either by humans, scripts, or artificial intelligence.
The discussion will be followed by a short performance event in Second Life, which will be broadcast in the Lecture Hall. The panel and Q&A with the audience will be streamed live in Second Life.
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall 800 chestnut street campus 7:30-9:30pm free and open to the public