17 November 2007

on archives, or just a random roundup

I somehow have five shows happening in March, so between now and then, I may not make too many posts. (Though you should definitely stay tuned for notes on Unmonumental!) But just a few random notes... Rachel Wolff kindly included me in her New York Magazine List of the Top 5 Art Videos online. You can click-through to all the videos from that link.

I'm trying to be more on the ball about archiving my own work. I just put up a bunch of scans of my Monitor Tracings drawings. (Shout out to my new studio assistant, Thomas Galloway, for doing the glam work of scanning these!)

Lastly, I just got back from Berlin, where I spoke at the Re:place conference about the relationship between artists, archivists, and communities, as it is effected by the evolution of technology. Consider this a placeholder--I'll come back and link-up the audio of the talk once they get it online. Meanwhile, thanks to the Boltzman Institute for bringing me out and the VVORK kids, the AIDS-3D kids, and all the other nice people who showed me a good time!

08 November 2007

B I T M A P: as good as new, at VertexList/Blip Fest


I'm in this show at Vertex (with a bunch of artists I really like) and will be showing new Monitor Tracings of 8-Bit related gear... The official description:

VertexList space and Blip Festival have the pleasure to present B I T M A P: as good as new - a group exhibition celebrating the history of the digital image, the aesthetics of early computing and early video-game consoles. Expect pixels, old monitors and 8 bit sounds! :: Reception: November 24, 2007; 7 - 10 pm :: Live 8 BIT music performance @ 8.30 pm :: until February 3, 2008 :: vertexList, Bayard St. (between Graham and Manhattan Avenues).

B I T M A P: as good as new will feature: Cory Arcangel, Chris Ashley, Mike Beradino, Mauro Ceolin, Petra Cortright, Paul Davis, DELAWARE, Notendo (Jeff Donaldson), Eteam, Dragan Espenschied, Christine Gedeon, Kimberly Hart, Daniel Iglesia, JODI,Olia Lialina, LoVid, Kristin Lucas, David Mauro, Jillian Mcdonald, Tom Moody, Aron Namenwirth, Mark Napier, Nullsleep, Marisa Olson, Will Papenheimer, Prize Budget for Boys, Jim Punk, Akiko Sakaizumi, Paul Slocum, Eddo Stern and CJ Yeh.

About Blip: The Blip Festival is a four-day international cultural event taking place in New York City this November into December, focusing on the 8-bit scene - musicians and artists who use low-bit videogame and computer hardware as their creative tools. The festival is the widest-reaching event in the history of the form, boasting a roster of over 40 international artists performing and exhibiting from places as diverse as Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Argentina, and across the United States.

Update: I just put a bunch of scans of the Monitor Tracings up here.

Update #2: The show's going to move on to Philadelphia's Drexel University, June 23 - July 25, 2008, and they're doing a catalogue, so I'll post more info on that when the time comes.

02 November 2007

Performed Listening at OTO

Next Friday, I'll have an installation at MTAA's OTO (Over the Opening) series, called "Performed Listening." I'm actually going to show a series of performance videos and ephemera from my series of the same name. Below is the description we worked out....

On Friday November 9th from 7pm to 10pm, Over The Opening is pleased to present "Performed Listening" by Marisa Olson

Marisa Olson's work often grows out of fan culture and her Performed Listening series explores the relationship between performer and spectator by underscoring the performativity of listening and watching. Began as a series of seemingly-silent performances in which Olson would listen to music on headphones, in a public context, the series has evolved into performances that sometimes incorporate other spectators and an expanded series of videos. In these tapes of Olson listening to music, the visual qualities are modified by the sonic elements of the music being listened to.

For her exhibition, Olson installs two previous works from the Performed Listening series: "Easy Listening" (2005) and "Black and White" (2006). Olson also debuts "Performed Listening: H" (2007). In this new work, video of the artist listening to the Velvet Underground's song, Heroin, is distorted by an analog "colorizer."

Marisa Olson's work (marisaolson.com) has recently been presented by the Whitney Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the 52nd Biennale di Venezia, the Pacific Film Archive, Postmasters Gallery, and the New York Underground Film Festival.


Incidentally, this studio is where I taped the Universal Acid videos, so it has special vibes for me... Thanks for inviting me, T&M.

Update: Mike Sarff took some photos, which I've re-posted here. Thanks, Mike! And thanks to everyone who came. The turnout was awesome!