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Newstweek

Newstweek

By Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev

 

2011, Website

http://newstweek.com

"The very idea of news, as a socio-political ideal of being 'aware', has always been a target of modification: government lobbies, corporate lobbies, and political dispositions. Once lifted off paper into the network domain - once digital - it is truly up for modification. A device like Newstweek could be used for activism in this case, a means for citizens to 'fix back' the facts, to improve and/or correct the news, as it comes off the digital press."

"A strictly media-informed reality is a vulnerable reality."

 

Quotes by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev on the newstweek website

Live VLF Natural Radio: Abelian

Live VLF Natural Radio: Abelian

By Various

 

Unmediated live natural radio streams

http://abelian.org/vlf/

Abelian.org-Live VLF Natural Radio is a collection of live natural radio streams of the VLF band.  The stream selected for Electronic Village Galleries is from Cape Coral in Florida, USA .26.5556N,82.0252W.

Resonance104.4fm

Resonance104.4fm

By Various

 

From 2002, Art radio station

http://resonancefm.com/

Resonance104.4fm is the world’s first radio art station.  Established by London Musicians’ Collective, it started broadcasting on May 1st 2002.

Soundart Radio

Soundart Radio

By Various

 

Sound art radio station

http://www.soundartradio.org.uk

Soundart Radio 102.5 FM is the licensed community radio station for Totnes and surrounding villages in South Devon.
 

Weathergauge

Weathergauge

By Thomson and Craighead

 

2005, Web site which gathers data from elsewhere on the internet

http://www.weathergauge.net/

All over the world, strangers talk only about the weather.  You can be in the middle of nowhere, but be online. Chatting on Skype with relatives in Australia, we compare the sunshine or rain at that very moment.

In Weather Gauge, numerical weather data from dozens of places simultaneously forms an array of animated data which is strangely evocative. Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead make art using any technology necessary, from Google teatowels to connected pianos.

http://www.thomson-craighead.net/

Image: http://www.thomson-craighead.net/imgs/weather_03.jpg

Eclipse

Eclipse

By ecoarttech

 

2009, Web site which gathers data from elsewhere on the internet

http://turbulence.org/Works/eclipse/

Sometimes, pictures are worth a thousand bits of data. Eclipse uses ideas of landscape together with the ability of the web to connect images to bits of data, concerning, in this case, ecological systems.

If the user selects a national park in the USA, the software searches the photography site Flickr for images of that landscape, then uses live data on air pollution in that region to ‘corrupt’ the image. The higher the levels of pollution, the more visual glitches occur. The work of ecoarttech (Cary Peppermint and Leila Nadir) often deals with ecological or landscape issues, from urban hikes to odd videos of rural living.

http://ecoarttech.net/

Pico Mirador

Pico Mirador

By Rachel Reupke

 

2003, Web site responding to time of day (UK time)

http://picomirador.org/

Web-cams, with their clunky low-resolution and glacial ‘refresh-rate’ timing, might seem scant fodder for artists, but Rachel Reupke here revels in the beauty and narrative of the webcams provided by the fictional Pico Mirador National Park. Rachel Reupke’s work has dealt with the romantic conventions of film landscapes, including Hitchcock’s use of scenery as a story-telling device, loaded with psychological metaphor.

Harewood

Harewood

By Susan Collins

 

2008-2009, Website of archived images from webcam (additional archived images running from hard drive)
http://www.susan-collins.net/harewood

Landscape is often characterized as natural, ancient, and real-time, but Susan Collins’ recent webcam works question all of these things, and slowly, very slowly, produce odd and haunting images.

For over a year, a camera overlooked Harewood House’s landscape, carefully crafted by ‘Capability’ Brown to appear ‘natural’. The webcam recorded and transmitted live images, at the rate of a pixel a second so that a whole image represents the previous 21.33 hours. Each image spans dark, dawn and dusk in horizontal bands, stretching the time horizon, and inviting meditation in a world where technology is most often associated with breakneck speed. This web site presents archived images from the 2008/9 project, but see the artists’ site for more live projects.

http://www.susan-collins.net

Web 2.0 Suicide Machine

Web 2.0 Suicide Machine

By Moddr

 

2009,  Website, Video: 3m 34sec

http://suicidemachine.org/

The Web2.0 Suicide Machine lets you effectively delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your web2.0 alterego. Services currently run with Facebook.com, Myspace.com and LinkedIn.com; simply enter your username and password for the required service, and our machine will systematically login to your account, change your profile picture, and then one by one delete all of your friends. Once you hand over your log-in details and click

Commit, the program will methodically delete your info - much like users could do manually. What remains is a brittle cyberskeleton: a profile with no data. Testimonials range from joyous farewells - "Goodbye, cruel world!" - to good-riddance denouements ("Thank you, microblogging. You are, in fact, totally useless").

Urinal

Urinal

By Rob Myers

 

2011,  3D model, Digital Image, A4 Print out of the Creative Commons licence

http://robmyers.org/art/urinal/

Urinal is a computer model of a urinal under a free-as-in-freedom licence.  Anyone can create their own physical instance of the virtual object using a 3D printer, and many people already have.  It can be used as a cup or to decorate model railway restrooms but it is often used as art. This piece references  the history and production of conceptual art and the economic model of the contemporary artworld.

Commissioned by Rob Myers, model by Chris Webber, Creative Commons Attibution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported.

http://robmyers.org/weblog/assets_c/2011/02/IMG_20110215_135403-88.html

 

Credits: 3D Model by Chris Webber Copyright 2011 CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported,

Commissioned by Rob Myers.

Being Multiple

Being Multiple

By Karen Blissett

 

2010, 3 videos, 40sec, 24sec, 1m13sec, A1 poster, business cards

karen.blissettATgooglemail.com

BIO
Karen Blissett was originally born on the 3rd of May 1991 at exactly the same time that the first successful double head-heart transplant was being carried out in a hospital in London. 

Her parents are the neoist artists, Karen Eliot and Luther Blissett.  They are only interested in art and politics not in how Karen spends her days on the Internet.


MISSIVE
Dear Friends.

Please join me.

Literally.

I want to become more open and free, with a more distributed identity.

So if you would like to take a break from yourself and speak and act
as me instead, please drop me a personal email.

If I trust you I will send you my password and you can start expressing me.

Can't wait!

Karen Blissett

--
Open, Free, Public and Distributed at last.

karen.blissett@googlemail.com

REACTION
"When Karen made her statement about opening up her email address, my first reaction was distress. My next reaction was sheer pleasure that something had shocked me so much. And then curiosity set in as to why."

 

If emailing Karen, please replace AT with @

[V]ote-­auction

[V]ote-­auction

By UBERMORGEN.COM

 

2000-2006, Action and Website    

http://www.vote-auction.net/

ARTIST STATEMENT:
[V]ote-auction was a website which offered US citizens the opportunity to sell their presidential vote to the highest bidder during the Presidential Elections 2000, Al Gore vs. G.W Bush.

The website was conceived by the student James Baumgartner and then sold to the Austrian business-artists Hans Bernhard (founder of etoy) and Lizvlx from UBERMORGEN.COM in Austria and (V)ote-auction Inc. in Sofia/Bulgaria (a subsidiary of the UBERMORGEN.COM group) for an undisclosed sum.  Voteauction was UBERMORGEN.COM's feature Media Hacking performance in the year 2000.  Several US States (Missouri, Wisconsin, Chicago, Arizona, Nevada, California, Massachusetts, New York) issued temporary restraining orders or injunctions for alleged illegal vote trading.  This led to the shutdown of 2 domains (voteauction.com and vote-auction.com).  Federal Attorney Janet Reno, the FBI and the NSA were investigating the case to ensure the integrity of the voting process on November 7th 2000.

Over 2500 global and national News features in online media, print, television and radio have been reported (including a 27 min. CNN exclusive "Burden of Proof").

V)ote-Auction is one of the most risky and paradoxically successful projects by UBERMORGEN.COM: it is "the only platform in the world that provides the final consumer an effective role in the American election industry".  A true interchange system that finally "brings capitalism and democracy closer together".

UBERMORGEN.COM received an Award of Distinction from Prix Ars Electronica 2005 for the project.

Extensive documentation of the project can be found at http://www.vote-auction.net/

UBERMORGEN.COM is an artist duo created in Vienna, Austria, by Lizvlx and Hans Bernhard.

http://www.ubermorgen.com

What Is Democracy?  

What Is Democracy?  

By Oliver Ressler

 

2009, single channel video (118 min), run off DVD, alson available online

http://www.ressler.at/what_is_democracy_film/

ARTIST STATEMENT:
"What is democracy?" is in fact a double question.  On the one hand, the question relates to the current condition of the parliamentary representative democracies that are critically scrutinized by this project.  On the other hand, the question traces different approaches to what a more democratic system might look like and which organizational forms it may require. 

The project addressed numerous activists and political analysts in 18 cities around the world - Amsterdam, Berkeley, Berlin, Bern, Budapest, Copenhagen, London, Melbourne, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rostock, San Francisco, Sydney, Taipai, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki and Warsaw - one question: "What is democracy?"

The video interviews have been recorded since January 2007.

Even though all subjects were asked the same questions, the result was a multiplicity of different perspectives and viewpoints of people living in states that are usually labelled as “democracies”.  This pool of interviews builds the starting point for eight videos, which are presented in an 8-channel video installation.  The installation (re)presents a kind of global analysis of the deep political crises of the Western democratic model.

http://www.ressler.at/what_is_democracy_film/ ">Detailed description at http://www.ressler.at/what_is_democracy_film/    

Oliver Ressler is an artist who lives and works in Vienna, and carries out projects on various socio-political themes.

http://www.ressler.at/biography/

Repetitionr.com

Repetitionr.com

By Les Liens Invisibles

 

2010, Online petition platform

http://www.repetitionr.com/

In the post-idealist era the success of a campaign is increasingly reliant on instantaneous statistical surveys promoted to shift opinion towards defined positions.  Repetitionr.com is the ultimate social petition platform that grants the success of every campaign proposed, offering the most advanced internet technologies to make participatory democracy a truely user-centred experience.  Just a click and Repetitionr will fill you petitions with millions of self-generated fake signatures indistinguishable from the real ones.  Repetitionr needs just a few clicks to demonstrate its magic:  just create your petition by writing down the title and statement, choose the number of signatures your want and from which countries they come from, then simply sit down and enjoy the power of data hallucination working on your behalf.  Dont' be afraid to exaggerate: Repetitionr will produce up to 1,000,000 signatures!  You are no longer alone in your opinions.  Make a Re-Petition and announce to the world that thousands and thousands of people can't be wrong!

Repetitionr was commissioned by Arnolfini.

More information at http://www.repetitionr.com/about.php

Les Liens Invisibles is an imaginary art-group from Italy, comprised of media artists Clemente Pestelli and Gionatan Quintini.

http://www.lesliensinvisibles.org

Beam Me Up #1

Beam Me Up #1

By Alan Sondheim

 

2009, 34.3MB, 1:50 min

http://dvblog.org/movies/03_2009/sondheimSL/beammeup1.mov

unique blah blah blah genius blah blah blah nonpareil blah
inimitable blah matchless blah blah sui generis blah blah
nonesuch blah peerless blah blah blah sondheim

http://www.alansondheim.org/

Night Impromptu

Night Impromptu

By Robert Croma

 

2009, 50.9 MB, 5:19 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/10_2009/nightimpromptu.mov

Despite being a very fine still photographer there's something paradoxically counter-photographic about Robert Croma's video work. Of course, as one would expect from a photographer, he's extremely sensitive to finish and the care which is lavished on the working over of each of his movies is humbling and astonishing but what struck me, getting this post ready, is how difficult it is to extract a poster image from these that really prepares us for the coming movie as movie. (Believe me – mostly this is not so hard, so many people semaphore from every frame) Then it further struck me that this a mark of the most profound cinematic thinking, that despite the pieces’ great visual beauties they are conceived austerely, with the greatest economy & most of all holistically; that is, entirely at the level of the final moving image. Of course here, as so often with Croma, finally it’s also a very moving image. 

http://robertcroma.com/

Snow Factory

Snow Factory

By Steven Ball

 

2006, 6.41MB, 53 secs

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/11_2007/stevenball/snowfactory1.mov

Lyrical whimsy, which sounds lightweight, but isn’t. It’s beautifully made by Steven Ball and has a strange gravity not unreminiscent of the less dread-saturated (I hesitate to say “more playful”) end of Kafka…or Ben Marcus, perhaps…

http://www.steven-ball.net/

Moves and Shadows

Moves and Shadows

By Sam Renseiw

 

2008, 17.5MB, 3:17 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/06_2010/whatsahead.mov

 

3:17 min of visual enchantment from the genius Dane in this utterly ravishing dance vid.


http://patalab02.blogspot.com/

Anarchy in the UK

Anarchy in the UK

By Rupert Howe

 

2007, 45.4MB, 4:44 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/06_2007/TwittervlogRupertAnarchy.mov

Anarchy In The UK has been a bit of a theme of late here on dvblog. Now, from the indispensable Rupert Howe comes this breathtaking version. Not only is it extremely funny, with an off the meter chutzpah quotient, (witness the animal terror in the eyes of the guys on the tube towards the end) but like a lot of Rupert’s work it’s a kind of contemporary London travelogue (of the best sort: hard edged, eyes wide open truthful & hence beautiful) too.

http://twittervlog.tv/

itown

itown

By Nathaniel Stern



2001-4, 14.6MB, 2:32 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/01_2006/nathaniel_stern/itown.mov

One of six pieces originally shown as a gallery installation. Says their creator, the artist Nathaniel Stern : ‘The odys series consists of six short digital video poems / monologues for small screen viewing in an intimate gallery space. By stuttering between odys actions and words, listeners construct his person. As he attempts to re-member, bringing the past back to his body and calling it his own, listeners attempt to piece together a story for themselves. Viewers are encouraged to re-visit and jump over juxtaposed media, and create a shifting collage of, and in response to, his person.’ This is work of huge ambition both aesthetically & technically & it’s brave and it’s edgy, sometimes to the point of being uncomfortable to watch. Neither does Stern fear engaging with complex & difficult ideas. Definitely worth more than one viewing.

http://nathanielstern.com

Girl Space

Girl Space

By Morrisa Maltz

 

2010, 22MB, 3:45

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/03_2010/dial_up_final.mov

Another great piece from Morrisa Maltz, whom we first showed here last week. This puts me in mind, stylistically, of another DVblogfavourite, Donna Kuhn. I mean that entirely positively – the content & tone are clearly different but there’s something of the same dynamism and confidence in working with very diverse materials in both artists.

http://morrisamaltz.net/home.html

Skyway

Skyway

By Millie Niss

 

2009, 39 MB, 1:53 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/07_2010/skyway.mov


A couple of months before her untimely death last year Millie Niss sent me this video -

‘I have been working for a long time on and off (mostly off) these days on a video showing industrial ruins on the outskirts of Buffalo, shot from an elevated highway which is scheduled to be torn down…’

I remember thinking how beautiful and evocative it was and I assumed Millie would publish it on the Sporkworld Blog in due course. Sadly this never happened. The other day I came across it & asked Millie’s mother and collaborator, Martha Deed, for permission to post it here, which she gave, so it’s a pleasure tinged with sadness to do so.

We're going to take a summer break now. We'll be back on September 20th but in the meantime we'll leave you with this memorial to a fine artist & a fine human being.

http://www.sporkworld.org/

Snow Haiku

Snow Haiku

By Martha Deed

 

2011, 28MB 1:22 min, silent

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/02_2011/snowhaiku.mov


Oh this is beautiful!
Martha Deed‘s work is unique, beholden to no-one; lyrical and tough at the same time.
It's the work of someone who has seen a great deal of life, of sadness and wickedness both and yet who still dares to hope and to dream and to find that life wonderful.

http://sporkworld.tumblr.com/

Borders

Borders

By Liz Sterry

 

2010, 201 MB, 3:59 min, silent

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/01_2010/borders.mov

Worth every second of the download for this extraordinary piece from young UK artist Liz Sterry.

It’s an astonishingly assured bit of conceptual gorgeousness.  I’m particularly taken with..what’s the word.. the ..um..rightness of judgement with which it was shot and assembled – on the surface thrown together but everything combining so easily & elegantly to create something oflogic, power and great beauty.

http://lizsterry.com/

Applause

Applause

By Kerry Baldry

 

2010, 104MB, 1:02 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/05_2010/kerry_baldry/applause.mov

Last week we showed some of Kerry Baldry’s curatorial work, now here’s one of her own pieces.

Says Kerry:

“Applause is a piece of work made on 16mm film. Using superimposition and coloured gels Applause has been edited in camera …”& its a smart & winning piece which punches above its weight.  It looks great & there’s something about the way the visuals work that really illuminates the sound – the..er..um..applause-ness - of the applause & this in turn directs us back, carefully, to the visuals(& both make us ponder it as a social phenomenon).  The piece made me listen attentively, mindfully, & then look & listen & think & then do all three again.

http://kerrybaldry.com/

 

T®1p±Ⓨ..

T®1p±Ⓨ..

By Jim Punk


2010, 12MB, 2:37 min.

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/02_2010/jimpunk/Tr1pt1ch201001291.mov

By JimPunk, master of the remix & the ma$h-ups.
 

http://www.jimpunk.com/.net/

British Beach Hut Miscellany

British Beach Hut Miscellany

By Giles Perkins



2006, 5.2MB, 1:36 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/06_2006/beachhutfast.mov

Made by Giles Perkins. Shot on Super 8 & digitally edited. English pastoral loveliness with a conceptual/formalist twist, which resolves to… English pastoral loveliness. Lovely!

http://www.gilesperkins.com/

whats ahead

whats ahead

By Eddie Whelan

 

2010, 53 MB, 2:35 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/06_2010/whatsahead.mov

Whilst many predicted that datamoshing would quickly become a tired & routine cliché who’d ever have thought someone might rather classicize it: make of it something measured, understated, controlled & with it yield such delicate & rarefied loveliness as does Eddie Whelan in this music vid for The Meanest Boys. Simply great.

http://www.eddiethewheel.com/

 

Please Don’t Look Like A Pear

Please Don’t Look Like A Pear

By Donna Kuhn

 

2010, 10 MB, 3:22 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/06_2010/plsdontlooklikeapear.mov

I love Donna Kuhn’s work. I’ve rhapsodised about it here before, so I’ll just note, first, that she continues to develop in the most thoughtful & interesting of ways & second that this video is very funny, poetic & scarier than most horror movies. (Donna: ‘people don’t believe that these are completely unembellished craigslist personals ads’). To do all three – a coup!
More soon please Donna!

http://digitalaardvarks.blogspot.com/

Beam Me Up #3

Beam Me Up #3

By Alan Sondheim

 

2009, 12.4MB, 25 secs

http://dvblog.org/movies/03_2009/sondheimSL/beammeup3.mov

unique blah blah blah genius blah blah blah nonpareil blah
inimitable blah matchless blah blah sui generis blah blah
nonesuch blah peerless blah blah blah sondheim

http://www.alansondheim.org/

Beam Me Up #2

Beam Me Up #2

By Alan Sondheim

 

2009, 9.5MB, 31 secs

http://dvblog.org/movies/03_2009/sondheimSL/beammeup2.mov

unique blah blah blah genius blah blah blah nonpareil blah
inimitable blah matchless blah blah sui generis blah blah
nonesuch blah peerless blah blah blah sondheim

http://www.alansondheim.org/

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