last summer I made an #interactive #executable #demoscene #www video for a Yung Pharaoh track ( uh la la ) for Forage Press, which has now officially been released on the wwweb ^___^. Forage Press is an online publication which “invites creatives across the globe to produce original and exclusive artwork that is inspired by a musical subject matter of their choosing.” Check out the Forage Press release + the piece here.
Helena Acosta, Miyo Van Stenis & Michaël Borras ( Systaime ) curated another rad iteration of spamm (one of my most fav net art wwweb gallery endeavors) + including an IRL exhibition at the Museo De Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas, Venezuela. >>> http://dulce.spamm.fr/ <<< my piece A New Ecology for the Citizen of a Digital Age is in it ++ documentation below:
DR: I can read your work as a network of attempts to intervene in the course of things (for better or worse; with aesthetic, technical and/or social results). But the role of human intent in that disruption is trickier to determine. You motivate subjects to empower themselves through instigated complexities or stumbled upon accidents”  that are by definition beyond their control. How do you deal with this contradiction? Is there a “glitch politics”? And if so, is it more about human intervention or the intervention of the glitches themselves?
NB: [ the perceived contradiction ]: can encouraging a digital practice like glitch art which compromises control still grant folks digital agency? Absolutely (we’re only compromising partial control afterall). Databending101 (a la stAllio!) for example: pick the pic you wanna hack (choice) + where && by which means (choice), then see what happens (chance); while the details w/in the composition of artifacts are usually beyond our control, it’s in peaking under the hood + the realizations/perspective that comes w/it that as practitioners/users/netizens we gain agency… not in the production of objects/artifacts.
I like this “network of attempts to intervene,” I think definitely the majority of my better projects are nodes in an “intervention network” >> I’m thinking my artwarez,tutorialz, installations (virtual+physical), courses && organizational efforts >> worx/efforts which require participation. Personally, I’m less interested in aesthetic functionalism—in producing an object/artifact which is itself an end meant to be “experienced” or contemplated for its own sake. I’m interested in adding nodes to a larger network >> participating in specific conversations [ internet culture, digital rights, intellectual property, media && digital literacy, human>computer interface/relationships, etc ]; I do this by contributing projects that are often literally meant to be “used,” usually as a way to introduce/enable others to a convo + share my point/poke on/in/at a convo. Again, this is why I’m so interested in tutorials as a form, it can be a utility and an essay simultaneously.
in re:to “glitch politi[x]” + human/glitch: I think glitches are human artifacts more so than digital ones. Computers don’t make mistakes, People do; programmers leave memory leaks, users input bad data… the computer will “bug” out in the same predictable way given the same bad data, we only call that moment a “glitch” when it catches us off guard. That moment can then become political when we leverage it as a tactic for political use: to call out the influence of predominantly invisible systems.
Rosa Menkman (friend/collaborator/influence) + co-curator of a show I was recently in (ᴳ̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̇̐litch) Art Genealogies (co-curated w/Daniel Franke && John McKiernan ) at LEAP Gallery in Berlin, recently shared lots of great documentation from the show ++ including this great feature from arte
from the exhibition program:
exhibition @LEAP BERLIN | Facebook Event | 19.03.2113 – 23.03.2113__
Glitch Moment/ums also includes an IRL exhibition of worx submitted to the 0p3nr3p0 (organized by myself && Joseph ‘Yolk’ Chiocchi) during the time of the exhibition (138 worx and counting!). Those submissions are still open + you can also viewww all the worx on display on 0p3nr3p0.net
some of this is a little old… but, here’s some documentation from a couple recent shows. I had a video in this show Digital Texture, along side some other great net art folks, organized by Matthieu Delourme. The shows online at http://www.monaddigital.net/ and had an IRL opening at the Nomade Gallery, Hangzhou, CHINA >> pix below:
…ok, haven’t blogged in a while, it’s been a kind of intense semester… but the summer is finally here (windows open, cool breeze in כhitown) and so in the interest of posterity… here’s the last couple months re:cap >>>
exactly two months ago, Jason Soliday + Jeff Kolar + myself hosted the first NO-MEDIA event (at Tritriangle) (or technically the second NO-MEDIA event… the ‘pilot’ was organized by Jason at the last GLI.TC/H 2112) The premise is this: artists w/any kind of performative discipline (realtime A/V, jazz, dance, expanded cinema, noise, comedy, spoken word, etc) sign up. They get randomly paired w/two other performers at a random point in the evening (no one knows when or who until their names show up on the screen). They perform for 10mins. You’re not allowed to prepare any material (bring what tools/gear/props you want but there’s NO time set aside for preparation) and there’s NO documentation.
Meredith Kooi wrote and article about the event for Bad At Sports. The third NO-MEDIA was held last week at Defibrillator + we’re planning another one for mid summer, so keep your eyes on the tumblr if you’re interested in signing up for one, or just coming to watch! ++ visit the tumblr for full list of past performers.
Shortly after that first/second NO-MEDIA the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago held it’s last Internet Superheroes event for the season: Glitch Art 0P3NR3P0.NET Share Fest, which was an IRL installation of the 0p3nr3p0 (another GLI.TC/H spin-off project I’ve continued working on with Joseph Yolk Chiocchi) >> 0p3nr3p0.net is an open/public repository of glitch art worx; a modular art/archive project serving multiple goals + still undergoing some development. You can check out all the worx shared at the MCA here: http://0p3nr3p0.net/mca_archive.html ++ here’s some video documentation of the event that found its way to youtube:
0p3nr3p0‘s next venture will be yet another IRL installment, this time at Furtherfield Gallery in London. That’ll be on June 8th, but we’ve already started accepting (open) submissions, so hit up the repo if you’ve got glitch worx to share or if you just want to check out the worx thus far: the growing lineup for the furtherfield show can be found here: http://0p3nr3p0.net/furtherfield.html
In early April I traveled to Savannah Georgia for the FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) Conference + gave a talk on Social Media && Digital Ecology… by which I mean looking at social media not simply as a tool or communications platform but also as an environment + how understanding these systems grant us agency w/in them + how I take this perspective/position when teaching wwweb histories, theories && tech in my Wired: Creative Code + Advanced Web course in the Contemporary Practices department (SAIC’s foundations department). I don’t think there’s any documentation from the talk, but my presentation notes are available here: http://nickbriz.com/other/fate/
…and speaking of Wired + Contemporary Practices, on April 12th we held ArtBash, our end of the year exhibition of first year student worx and it was fux’n amazing!!! ++this year we held a speed show style event to exhibit wwweb worx made in our Wired classes, you can check those out here: http://wwwired.net/speedshow/ (site design by Wired student Paula Nacif )
The following week I went to Notacon (with nearly the entire SAIC New Media department, faculty && students) which is a super rad hacker conference held out in Cleveland Ohio. There’s a long story behind why I think this event is so amazing (…part of that story is documented in a video I made the last time I attended Notacon in 2010)… but this is perhaps beyond the scope of this already very long blog post. I will say it was awsum, and that I debuted lots of new work as SkeumorFX; a purist skeuomorphic design democrew (jon.satrom + myself), artifacts from this project should be finding its way onto the internetz soon…
I should mention one more thing re:Notacon… there was talk of this being the last (after 10years)… which neadless to say made me very sad, but there is hope that it will continue!!! However, they need some help/support in order to make that happen. Notacon is also home to PixelJam, the only (that I know of) midwest demoparty (the demoscene being an extremely rad/important fringe digital art scene) >>> Please help keep it alive: http://www.notacon.org/1674/notacon-going-forward/
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