Sunday, August 06, 2006


(Updates Below)

OK, so I'll be going to ISEA 2006 after all. The New York Times just wrote about it today:
“Of course we react to a painting when we look at it, but it can’t react back,” said Steve Dietz, the director of ZeroOne. “A lot of digital media, though, is about a kind of feedback loop. The piece behaves differently according to different inputs.”
Steve Dietz has been a great proponent of new media art for close to a decade now. His work at the Walker Arts Center's Gallery 9 was instrumental in raising the international visibility of early Internet art. But why, after all of these years and hard work, and the mainstreaming of digital art, do we still read this in the Times article:
When it comes to the question of whether all of this activity, not to mention the inevitable technical challenges, is better suited for a science fair than an art exhibition, the ZeroOne participants land squarely on the side of art.
I thought we were already beyond that. No?

The ZeroOne participants I know enjoy art and lifestyle practices that are indistinguishable from each other. This is what really makes new media and network artists so hard to pin down. They are nomadic, performative, techno-geekish, underground, overground, academic-theoretical, comedic, activist, international, and generally on fire with the potential to shake up status quo consumer culture the way the lefty blogosphere is starting to shake up democratic politics in America.

Unfortunately, I'll only be able to catch a few days of the action. For example, since I'll be going to London at the end of this week, I'll be missing this and this.

My bad.

UPDATE: The last link above and previous posts pointing to the VJ remix of Tulse Luper by Peter Greenaway seem to have been premature. I cannot find his gig anywhere on the ZeroOne site, although in its place on Friday night appears to be Mike Figgis' remix of Time Code which I blogged in relation to Greenaway, FILMTEXT, and interactive cinema here. I'm glad I'm not the only one remixing source material from over five years ago :)

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