27 October 2006

Mix Festival and ETC Residency

Hi, there. Happy Fall. It's getting cold! I'm sure I'm about to be even colder, as I'm headed upstate to Owego, for another residency at the Experimental Television Center. I can't wait! When I get back, a video I made last time I was at ETC (Dark Stars) will be screening at the 2006 Mix Festival, in a program called Video Burnout. The screening, curated by Joshua Thorson, is on Friday 11/10, at 8pm (3LD Theatre, 80 Greenwich @ Rector), and includes work by Peter Brinson, Paul Bush, Donigan Cumming, Dale Hoyt, Seth Kirby, John Knecht, Les LeVeque, Sarah McKiel, Frederic Moffat, and two 'anonymous' artists that I really like.... Check it out, if you can!

05 October 2006

Creative Commons talk - NY - Oct 13

On Friday, 10/13, I'll be giving a low key artist talk at a Creative Commons salon. Paul Slocum will also be presenting. He's in town from Dallas, where he also runs the And/Or Gallery, but I should really say he's in town from The World, which he tours as one half of the very awesome Treewave duo. He's setting up his solo show at Vertex List (from whence the above image comes--it opens 10/14, as mentioned below), and will be making a star appearance at the premiere of the 8 Bit documentary, this Saturday, at MOMA.

He's awesome, and so is Creative Commons! They are a nonprofit aiding and inspiring creativity through the events, tools, and licenses related to copyright alternatives and remix cutlure. I'm sure they describe themselves better, so check them out. Their salons are lots of fun. I spoke at one in San Francisco, this summer, and had a great time. This one is at Nublu, in the East Village, It will be really low key and there will be drinking before, during, and after--so no panel discussion leg cramps at this one. It starts at 8pm, leaving you plenty of time for Friday the 13th festivities, afterwards. Stay tuned for more info on this one. It would be fun to see you. More here.

Update: Please note the updated time. This starts at 8pm, rather than 6pm, leaving you time to get there after work, since I know all my friends work late on Fridays.

2nd Update: Evan Harper, of Eyebeam is going to join the lineup! Cool!

Also, a shout-out to Fred Benenson, who put the event together and is, among other noble things, a maker of awesome halloween costumes.

02 October 2006

Calendar Items

There's currently a lot happening, new media-wise, in New York. Cory Arcangel's show at Team Gallery just opened and On and Off, a survey of important net art, curated by Caitlin Jones, opens this week (10/5). Also upcoming (10/14) is Paul Slocum's show, at Vertex List. And the list goes on and on.......... But I'd especially like to point your attention to two upcoming events. The first, at The Kitchen, is curated by my colleague, Lauren Cornell, and I'm really looking forward to it. The second, at The Guggenheim, was curated by moi. Both are a part of Rhizome's 10th Anniversary festival.

Tomorrow (10/3), 8pm
The Kitchen, 512 W.19th, NY
This evening of live performances and video screenings explores forms of expression, desire and anxiety prevalent in a culture increasingly influenced by the Internet. Doo Man Group (made of Ben Jones, Jessica Ciocci, and Jacob Ciocci of Paper Rad) interweaves live percussion with a dense collage of web-based visual emphemera. Jona Bechtolt (of Yacht) and Claire L. Evans combine music, dance and Powerpoint to explore the possibilities and fallacies embedded in online communities. In addition, videos by Michael Bell-Smith, JODI, Shana Moulton, Takeshi Murata, and humorist Ze Frank investigate how the Internet amplifies and exxagerates life offline.

Tuesday, October 17, 6:30pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Ave @ 89th, NY
Box office (212) 423-3587 ($10/7)
Artists Tara Mateik and the Yes Men present performative lectures as subversive as they are witty.

In his words, Tara Mateik's work “stategizes to overthrow institutions of compulsory gender… through performance, video, and intervention.” In "Putting the Balls Away," he will reenact a legendary "Battle of the Sexes:" Billie Jean King's 1973 defeat of the former Wimbledon men's champion, Bobby Riggs. By playing both roles in a video version of the match, and reviving remarks by sports commentators Howard Cosell and Rosie Casals, Mateik recalls the controversy sparked by the most watched televised sporting event of the era.

The Yes Men will present the first public demonstration of their SurvivaBall, an advanced new technology designed to keep corporate managers safe, even when climate change makes life as we know it impossible. Recently unveiled at a corporate conference by Yes Men masquerading as Halliburton executives, the SurvivaBall is “designed to protect the corporate manager no matter what Mother Nature throws his or her way,"

I hope you can join us!

Update: The Village Voice just ran a nice piece on Show & Tell:

Yes Men & Tara Mateik
In 1999, culture-jamming activists the Yes Men set up gwbush.com, which spoofed W.’s real website and pointed out his hypocrisies. When asked about the prank, Bush delivered the unforgettable response, “There ought to be limits to freedom.” Tonight, the notorious duo (most recently using the aliases of Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) demonstrate their disinformation techniques by giving a talk and assuming different guises. (Those unfamiliar with the Yes Men’s antics should rent their self-titled 2003 documentary, in which they pass themselves off as spokespersons for the World Trade Organization, among other feats.) They’re joined by fellow pot-stirrer Tara Mateik, who discusses his current project “Putting the Balls Away,” an exploration of gender via a re-enactment of the famous “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Part of the new-media arts organization Rhizome.org’s 10th Anniversary Festival. (Switzer)
Tue 6:30pm, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Ave New York, NY 10128 Upper East Side (212) 423-3587 www.guggenheim.org, $7–$10