Monthly Archives: December 2008

I made some art today

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get up close, those are burn marks from the laser cutter. laser etched paper.

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Calls and Opps List < -- > CallsAndOpps.com ???

callsandopps.com

callsandopps.com

Marisa pointed out that the name of http://www.callsandopps.com is so familiar… Starting in 2001 I edited of The Calls and Opps List, www.TheRedProject.com/calls. It was a newsletter of Calls for Work, and artist opportunities. From 2001-2005 it was an email newsletter sent to 5000+ subscribers. In 2005 I closed it, looking for someone to take it over. In 2006-2007, it was published as a blog, but it got blown out of the water with spam. It has since been retired.

Being copied is one of the things that I have been trying to work harder at. When my brother would copy everything I did as a child, my father always told me that ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’ This was small consolation as a pre-tween struggling to establish my own ‘individual’ identity. But now, it really does ring true. Of course I wish they would cite the obvious precedent and inspiration, and maybe do a better job on their web design, but frankly, i just hope they can keep it going for a few years and keep the quality high. Good luck to them, and the community they are hopefully serving.

From my retirement letter:

At the end of one of their essays in one of their books Critical Art Ensemble offers their definition of the gift economy (from Lewis Hyde), which i remember as going something like this: at some points certain people have more time/labor or capital and can give it away to others who have less, which they do until they no longer have more time/labor/capital and then they cannot give it away, so they stop and someone else gives.

Deleuze (in one of his essays in one of his books) speaks of the idea of ‘becoming,’ and the way i always understood it was that an idea/person/etc should always be in the process of becoming something, as opposed to having become something. always evolving, changing, not staying still.

At this point i do not have the time/labor/capital to continue the calls and opps list. my service provider is making it difficult/impossible for me to run my own independent mail script (sendmail throttling, changing anti-spam verification rules, etc). i thought about possible methods of sustaining the project, (advertising, membership fee, etc) all of which turned the project into an institution. an institution is about as un-becoming as you can get, and also the last thing i want to be responsible for at this point. (smile.)

The thing i liked best about it was how un-institutional it was. I did it because it was easy to do, and made things easier: rather than sending out these list of calls by typing in all of my artist-friends’ emails, i could just set up mailing list and have them join. and then i and they could invite other people to join. and after four years, there would be over 5000 people subscribed worldwide.

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Flash Art on AfterSherrieLevine.com

They kinda get a few things off, but its still pretty cool that Raimar Stange wrote about ASL.com in Flash Art in the context of appropriation

The American artist Michael Mandiberg also relies on the Internet as a medium, for example, the Internet Mandiberg Shop, which sells items owned by the artist. Through his site (Mandiberg.com) the artist logically focuses this principle of acquisition on works of art, for example on Sherrie Levine’s series of photographs “After Walker Evans,” which Mandiberg posted on the Internet as free downloads at AfterSherrieLevine. com. So unlike traditional online art auction houses, Mandiberg continually exploits the opportunities the Internet offers to art (acquisition). As well as offering non-hierarchical access to all, and free access as well, both the artist and his medium negate any claim to authorship and originality. Instead, an unrequested genealogy of networked users becomes part of the aesthetic master plan. The chain extends from Evans to Levine, and from there to Mandiberg himself, and finally on to the art lover who downloads the image. Particularly in this work, the tension between fascination and contempt is clearly present, as Mandiberg appears fascinated by the opportunities the Internet gives for emancipation and freedom, but also clearly sets himself apart from the profit-oriented uses of this medium that exist, as demonstrated by auction houses, for example.

This one came in on the google alert. I always wonder why writers never contact me when they write about my work. It would avoid little errors like calling Shop Mandiberg “Internet Mandiberg Shop.” Though to be fair, this was translated from German, so it could be a translation issue.

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Rhizome Edition

liquor store bag

Its is a little late in the game, but you still have 5 days left to support Rhizome by buying some cool art, or just making a contribution. My understanding is that my “Liquor Store Bag,” 2008, Laser Cut Drawing, 5×8 inches on 6×9 archival printmaking paper is (maybe) sold out at $1000, but there are other cool things.

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Brooklyn Museum goes CC-NC

There is a fair amount of legalese, but it seems that the Brooklyn Museum is releasing images of all works in their collection with a CC-NC license.

As they say, there are some hiccups:

The Brooklyn Museum is currently researching works that are protected under copyright and contacting artists for permission to use their works. If you can provide contact information for the artist or his/her estate, please contact us.

See Rights and Reproductions for information on licensing text or images for reproduction.

While I am disappointed that they didn’t go full on CC-BY, I have to say I am impressed that the fees for the NC use are *really* clearly defined, and really reasonable in comparison to some of the other Museums we have interfaced with.

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My Department is Hiring an MFA and a PhD

Assistant Professor of Media Culture (Digital Cinema Studio)
Department of Media Culture

http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/mediaculture/index.html

The Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Digital Cinema Studio beginning September 2009. Required: MFA and teaching or professional experience in a live studio environment, film/video/multimedia production and post-production. Priority will be given to those with a record of artistic achievement and recognition, knowledge of the history and theory of the field, professional leadership, excellence in teaching, and technical innovation. The successful candidate will teach primarily in our new digital multi-camera studio. Additional teaching opportunities may include 16mm film/video workshops, documentary and experimental production seminars, and courses in critical studies. She/he will join our faculty and staff during an active stage of curriculum development, involving classes on both traditional production and new genres, and will contribute to a pedagogical vision of the convergence of digital cinema and broadcasting.

The department strongly values its interdisciplinary approach, combining theory and practice in all its teaching, research and creative pursuits. It offers three degrees: BA in Cinema Studies, BS in Communications and MA in Cinema and Media Studies. Our Masters program offers faculty opportunities for seminar teaching and working with students on research and/or production theses.

The position is open until filled with review of applicants to begin February 1, 2009. Salary range: $55,938 – $71,974 commensurate with experience. Send a cover letter, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, work samples, sample syllabi and, if available, teaching evaluations to: Professor Cynthia Chris, Chair, Digital Cinema Studio Search, Department of Media Culture, College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd., Room 1P-226, Staten Island, NY 10314. The College of Staten Island is an EEO/AA/IRCA/ADA Employer.

Assistant Professor of Media Culture (Multiplatform Journalism)
Department of Media Culture

http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/mediaculture/index.html

The Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the area of Multiplatform Journalism beginning September 2009. Required: PhD in a relevant field. Candidates’ research interests may include all aspects of the history, theory and practice of journalism. The ideal candidate will demonstrate practical journalistic skills and an active scholarly research agenda. Experience in broadcast and/or digital journalism, and expertise in ethnic or global journalism, are desirable. Priority will be given to those with a record of excellence in teaching, and achievement in combining research with the practice of journalism in innovative ways. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and develop both theoretical and applied courses in journalism, one of the four areas of specialization in the communications major. She/he will help guide the department toward a curriculum that will prepare students for 21st-century journalism, focusing on the delivery of news in an era of media convergence and multimedia production.

The department strongly values its interdisciplinary approach, combining theory and practice in all its pedagogical, research and creative pursuits. It offers three degrees: BA in Cinema Studies, BS in Communications and MA in Cinema and Media Studies. Teaching opportunities include histories and theories of journalism, web/television news production, and a wide range of media writing courses. Our Masters program offers faculty opportunities for seminar teaching and working with students on research and/or production theses.

The position is open until filled with review of applicants to begin February 1, 2009. Salary range: $55,938 – $71,974 commensurate with experience. Send a cover letter, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, sample syllabi and, if available, teaching evaluations to Professor Cindy Wong, Chair, Multiplatform Journalism Search, Department of Media Culture, College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd., Room 1P-226, Staten Island, NY 10314. The College of Staten Island is an EEO/AA/IRCA/ADA Employer.

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Digital Foundations Blogage and Rankage!

Digital Foundations is hitting the blogs:

BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow gives Digital Foundations some Copyfight love.

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Creative Commons’ Cameron Parkins covered the book on the Creative Commons blog.

Our Amazon rank jumped from the low 100,000′s to 38,000, to 11,000(!). It dropped back to 19,000, but has stabilized around 15,000, in the good company of such greats as Dreamweaver CS4 for Dummies, Action Script 3.0 Classroom in a Book, and Adobe Flash CS4 Professional How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques.

We are also #35 in the Software Engineering > Information Systems, which seems an unlikely category for a book on design, which I guess shows you what you get when you turn everything over to Algorhythm Intelligence. Doesn’t Computers > Graphic Design make more sense?

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Digital Foundations is IN PRINT!

Digital Foundations In Print

Digital Foundations: An Intro to Media Arts with the Adobe Creative Suite is officially in print. Amazon has switched their Pre-Order status to In Stock!

Digital Foundations (http://digital-foundations.net/) takes the formal principles and exercises of the Bauhaus and uses them to teach hands on design software exercises. These are supplemented with historical visual examples from the public domain and contemporary creative commons licensed work. As Media Arts professors my co-author xtine burrough and I were tired of design software books that left out aesthetics, and history.  Or worse: gave terrible examples complete with author’s vacation photographs, drop shadows, and the watercolor filter!

We are thrilled to have the book in print… with a Creative Commons license!  This is a first for AIGA Design Press, New Riders, and Peachpit, and the result of 9 months of negotiation. The whole book was written on a wiki (http://wiki.digital-foundations.net) and that is all available for use under a CC license.

We are reaping the fruit of that license already: February 6-8 Adam Hyde and his FLOSSmanuals.net crew are going to come to Eyebeam in NYC to translate the book from Adobe to FLOSS applications.

I was sent my advance copy last week, and it is gorgeous.  The design came out better than we thought.

Digital Foundations In Print!

Digital Foundations In Print!

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Bright Bike Workshop & Instructable

instructables

This weekend we had a Bright Bike workshop at Eyebeam.  We wrapped about 15 bikes, and an additional 20 people took home materials to wrap their bikes at home based on the Bright Bike Instructable. It ended with a short critically-visible-mass ride around Chelsea.

Smashing success.

Here are pictures. Video coming soon.

Bright Bikes at the Eyebeam Hackshop

Bright Bikes at the Eyebeam Hackshop

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Digital Foundations In Print!

I have a copy! Its soooo real! And it looks more beautiful than I thought it would.

Buy your own copy here. Or here

Order an instructor review copy here

I think it will be shipping shortly.

Digital Foundations In Print

Digital Foundations In Print!

Digital Foundations In Print!

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