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Turbulence Commission: “Playing Duchamp” by Scott Kildall

Turbulence Commission: Playing Duchamp by Scott Kildall:

I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists. — Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp is widely recognized for his contribution to conceptual art, but his lifelong obsession was the game of chess, in which he achieved the rank of Master. Working with the records of his chess matches, Kildall has created a computer program to play chess as if it were Marcel Duchamp. In a series of open challenges, he invites all artists, both skilled and unskilled at this classic game, to play against a Duchampian ghost. Continue reading

Nov 30, 07:30
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“Distance versus Desire” by Eric Kluitenberg

Distance versus Desire* by Eric Kluitenberg:

Clearing the ElectroSmog

The desire to transcend distance and separation has accompanied the history of media technology for many centuries. Various attempts to realise the demand for a presence from a distance have produced beautiful imaginaries such as those of telepresence and ubiquity, the electronic cottage and the reinvigoration of the oikos, and certainly not least among them the reduction of physical mobility in favour of an ecologically more sustainable connected life style. Continue reading

Nov 29, 18:12
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SIGGRAPH Art Gallery: Tracing Home [ca Vancouver]

SIGGRAPH 2011 Juried Art Exhibition: Tracing Home :: August 7-11, 2011 :: Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada :: Call to Artists — Submission Deadline: January 14, 2011.

In the era of networked technology, we appear to live in an integrated global community where human relations and perceptions are conceived through various manifestations of a non-physical world of connections. We collectively build and spontaneously find refuge in virtual communities whose inhabitants experience incongruity and fragmentation, along with conformity and wholeness. The interplay of physical and virtual within our lived experience opens up portals and wormholes enabling simultaneous and discontinuous realities at the touch of a button, echo of a voice, or nudge of a sensor. The new dynamics not only reconfigures our relations with ourselves and with one another, but most importantly, it reshapes our sense of identity, belonging, and place. Continue reading

Nov 29, 17:00
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[-empyre-] December Discussion: Gaming Subcultures

December Discussion on -empyre-: Gaming Subcultures :: Gabriel Menotti wrote: Dear all,

Welcome to an early December and another debate! This month, empyre is dedicated to the general universe of Gaming Subcultures – the different forms of “playing outside the console,” titles that explore such dynamics and, especially, the social practices built around them.

In spite of the many stories they might tell, videogames are first and foremost narratives of mastery over the system. Their particular drama is not situated on whatever turning points are shown on the screen, but between the player and the controls. This is easier to perceive in highly technical genres such as platformers and rhythm games. To play a game is to learn how to perform within it – how to take things into effect. Continue reading

Nov 29, 16:15
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Second Exhibition [tr Istanbul]

Second Exhibition :: until February 27, 2011 :: ARTER – space for art, Istiklal Caddesi No: 211, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey.

Second Exhibition departs from the lack so far of sufficient sustainable and institutional response to the urgent requirement for support towards artistic production in Turkey, and proposes a fresh look at the “institution” via new productions it has facilitated. The shared context of these new works is constructed around the concepts of the institution and institutionalisation in a wider framework with art at its centre. Through these new productions, Second Exhibition attempts to render visible the tensions and dynamics between the art institution, the artist, the work of art and the viewer from different perspectives. Continue reading

Nov 29, 13:25
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Live Stage: Perform! [nl Rotterdam + online]

Perform! An evening with Chris Salter and TeZ :: December 2, 2010; 8:00 – 11:00 pm (CET) :: V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam + streamed live :: Admission: free.

V2_ invited Chris Salter to become guest curator for a period of four months starting in December 2010. To kick off his main project, the Performative Ecologies expert meeting early next year, Salter will present his book Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance, and introduce the research topics he will focus on during his curatorship.

Performing arts traditions span thousands of years of human history, but today, the word “performative” seems to be gaining increasing traction Continue reading

Nov 29, 13:12
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Another Year of Turbulence!

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Nov 28, 11:07
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Lessons to Be Learned From Paulo Freire as Education Is Being Taken Over by the Mega Rich

[Via Trebor Scholz on iDC]: “…When we survey the current state of education in the United States, we see that most universities are … run by administrators who often lack a broader vision of education as a force for strengthening civic imagination and expanding democratic public life. One consequence is that a concern with excellence has been removed from matters of equity, while higher education — once conceptualized as a fundamental public good — has been reduced to a private good, now available almost exclusively to those with the financial means. Universities are increasingly defined through the corporate demand to provide the skills, knowledge and credentials in building a workforce that will enable the United States to compete against blockbuster growth in China and other southeast Asian markets, while maintaining its role as the major global economic and military power. Continue reading

Nov 27, 15:24
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A Resonant Tomb [se Gőteborg]

A Resonant Tomb by Barrie James Sutcliffe :: November 27 – December 12, 2010 :: Hey! It’s Enrico Pallazzo, Sockerbruket 20-22, 414 51 Gőteborg, Sweden.

A Resonant Tomb is a sound installation about distance, either through space, time, medium, or death. How does the shape of our longings persist over time? How does it change-would we be able to recognize it? Through the use of two opposing radio stations on the same frequency, A Resonant Tomb provides us room to contemplate the difficulty of communication and separating signal from noise. Moving through this space, we are aware of our own body’s affect on our surroundings and of the information passing through us. The old, not yet dead, media plays with our memories, crackling with the nostalgic resonating echoes of that which was, that which could be, and that which has been only a comfortable dream. Continue reading

Nov 27, 14:46
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Web Aesthetics: How Digital Media Affect Culture and Society

Web Aesthetics: How Digital Media Affect Culture and Society by Vito Campanelli:

We live in a world of rapidly evolving digital networks, but within the domain of media theory, which studies the influence of these cultural forms, the implications of aesthetical philosophy have been sorely neglected. Vito Campanelli explores network forms through the prism of aesthetics and thus presents an open invitation to transcend the inherent limitations of the current debate about digital culture.

The web is the medium that stands between the new media and society and, more than any other, is stimulating the worldwide dissemination of ideas and behaviour, framing aesthetic forms and moulding contemporary culture and society. Continue reading

Nov 27, 14:13
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