星期四, 12月 27, 2007


Athens Video Art Festival is the official Greek festival for video art. It aims to the support of digital culture and the promotion of this modern and innovative form of expression, giving the artists additional motives to create, and a platform to share their artistic vision with the public. Through its three very successful previous materializations, the festival has been endorsed by national factors and media and has gained the support of a big number of artists around the globe.

Athens Video Art Festival is held once a year in April and its call for entries is open from mid October to January.

Artists may participate with works of video art, installation art and performance art.

There is no entry fee.

No restrictions apply regarding the subject. In the case of submission of video art, the length of the video should not exceed 15 minutes. The video must be submitted in DVD (PAL) or mini dv format. Artists have the right to participate with more than one works, with a maximum of four. A separate entry form must be completed for each one.

The festival is open to both Greek and foreign artists alike.

Postmark deadline: 31th January 2008.

Please visit www.athensvideoartfestival.gr for instructions on how to participate.

星期三, 12月 19, 2007


Claude Gosselin, Executive and Artistic Director of the Centre international d'art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC), is delighted to announce the appointment of Scott Burnham (Montréal/London) as Creative Director of La Biennale de Montréal 2009. The Biennale will take place throughout Montréal during May 2009 as a collaborative redefinition of a biennial, working within Burnham's theme for 2009: "Open Culture". As Scott Burnham explains:

"We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in our relationship to art and culture. In the same way that the Open Source software movement has driven technological innovation, the tools and philosophies at the heart of remix and mashup culture, Creative Commons licensing, the Free Culture movement, and the drive for open access and contribution to creative, scientific and educational intellectual property is transforming culture itself. The line between audience and artist is blurring to the point of invisibility – in its place is a democratisation of the creative process and the demystification of the artist as shaman. The 2009 Biennale de Montréal: Open Culture will be the international focal point for the exploration of this shift in culture."

星期二, 12月 11, 2007

Another forum for young collectors

Panel Discussion

Aperture is pleased to present a special evening dedicated to the first steps of collecting photography. Moderated by esteemed collector and dealer, William Hunt from Hasted Hunt Gallery, this panel discussion represents a great opportunity to discuss the transition from being a photography lover, to making occasional purchases of prints, to defining oneself as a “collector”. The panelists will address the typical questions asked by a fledgling collector, such as: What are the joys and pitfalls of starting to build a collection? What do you need to know? At what stage does it matter?

An eclectic group of experienced and noted photography collectors will share their experiences on how to start collection, and answer audience questions. Panelists include: David Kronn and Gael Zafrany, from Charles Schwartz, Ltd., whose activity is to preserve and create collections for both museums and private individuals; Michael Hoeh, collector and author of the Modern Art Obsession’s blog on collecting; and internationally renowned designer, Todd Oldham.

Tuesday, December 11, 6:30 p.m.

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, NY
(212) 505-5555

星期日, 12月 09, 2007

Moveable type at NY Times Building

My all time favorite new media art work "Listening Post"(2002) has never been able to come to HK. Microwave presented only their photo documentation in 2004. I saw it finally last year at ISEA and get so moved that I almost broke out my tears.
The artist Ben Ruben and Mark H Hansen did a new project "Moveable Type" at the lobby of New York Times Building, using words from William Burrough.

星期六, 12月 01, 2007

Microwave Media Arts Festival on SCMP

The Microwave International New Media Arts Festival this year presents 'Luminous Echo', an exhibition which appeals to both visual and aural senses.

The theme of the festival stems from Hong Kong's obsession with light and sound, allowing users to explore a new relationship with these ubiquitous elements that have come to define our city.

The Hong Kong City Hall houses the main exhibit...
As the finale of the Microwave New Media Arts Festival, US group Graffiti Research Lab 'bombs' Hong Kong's iconic skyline with the L.A.S.E.R tag system.

Watch as a local graffiti artist attempts to paint over the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from across the harbour at 1,200 metres away.
**WARNING** Video contains possible triad-related symbols. Police may raid this video to confiscate possible gangsta material.

星期五, 11月 16, 2007

9 evenings- Experiment in Art and technology

Theater-Festival, Armory Hall, New York: In the 1960s, what would later lead to the founding of the organization Experiments in Art and Technology, was first put into practice on a large scale by ten New York artists as a unique festival for electronic as well as interactive performances and demonstrations. The idea of collaborating with technicians, not only initiated by Robert Rauschenberg and Billy Klüver but also organized and largely promoted by them, lead to the performances suggested by the festival title: Nine Evenings with performances by John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Merce Cunningham, Öyvind Fahlström, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor, and Robert Whitman. Billy Klüver was again the driving force. The main technical element of the performances was the electronic modulation system TEEM, composed of portable, electronic units which functioned without cables by remote control. Cage used this system to activate and deactivate loud speakers that consistently reacted to movement by way of photo-cells. For not always being technically and artistically successful, these performances exhausted for the first time the full range of the live-aspect of electronics, taking advantage of its artistic potential in all of its diversity. Seen in that light, the «9 Evenings» rank among the milestones of media art, even though today only a few filmed documents bear witness to the event.

星期四, 11月 15, 2007

From Spark to Pixel. Art + New Media

Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau
28 October 2007 to 14 January 2008

While I am doing Re:Place, I found this exhibition very interesting, some really inspiring works presented. There will be very little chance that this kind of work will be presented in Hong Kong, because of the scale and our venue management over-consideration on safety too.

The “From Spark to Pixel” exhibition will present developments in contemporary art involving the large-scale use of digital and interactive media. The technical possibilities in this field have given this area of art a more international dimension than that of almost any other. Thus the exhibition will feature works both by renowned and as yet unknown artists and groups of artists from all over the world. Works by pioneers and works that are being shown in Europe or Germany for the first time or have been specially developed for the Martin-Gropius-Bau, will enable visitors to discover spectacular forms of artistic expression and radical changes in perception in the relation between the observer and the moving image. Immersive and interactive approaches feature frequently in the artists’ strategies.

Extended reading : WMMNA pt1WMMNA pt 2

星期四, 11月 08, 2007

The opening of Ullen Centre in Beijing

Photos from Art Forum :Left: Artist Wang Qingsong, a friend, and Guy Ullens, cofounder of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Right: UCCA cofounder Myriam Ullens. (All photos: Mathieu Borysevicz)

You got to be inner circle artists or star curators to be invited to this new non- profit art centre in 798.

You want to see the fabulous building? no. You want to see art? no. You just want to see who is there? yes.... who is there? Read Article from Artforum

BTW :Tony Blaire showed up in Hong Kong on monday in a very expensive Hong Kong Business Summit Dinner giving a lame opinion on HK democracy development to the money world business people.

星期三, 11月 07, 2007

Addictive TV in Sportive for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

In anticipation of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Adidas - official sponsor of the Games - is celebrating the dynamic relationship between sport and art. The exhibition, starting in Shanghai this week, will visit Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shenyang and Chengdu, amongst others, arriving in Beijing next summer for the 2008 Games, before then going to Hong Kong.

Around 70 leading contemporary artists from around the world are participating in the project. Alongside European artists including Swiss photographer Hans Gissinger, audio/video artists Addictive TV and French designers Electronic Shadow are celebrated Chinese painters Wang Guangyi, Tang Zhigang, the Luo Brothers, Yue Minjun, Kong Weimeng and Zhong Biao as well as renowned Japanese animator Takeo Hatai.The installation Sportive by Addictive TV dynamically explores movement and sound in a wide range of sports, evolving the action of the fast and furious sporting forms being sampled, into shifting new musical patterns of rhythmic audio and video.

With huge thanks to Adidas, Sportive was created using entirely the sounds and images of sports with only the addition of a human heartbeat. The installation is also available as a video piece on the Talents 'Art & Sport' DVD, produced by Talents - the Art Video Collection : www.talentsvideo.com/en/issues/talents_performances

2007 Aisan Arts Biennial: Have you eaten yet?


「吃飽了嗎?」是許多亞洲民族見面的第一句問候,就如西方「你好、哈囉」;也是開啟對話、溝通、互動的開場。國美館主辦的第一個「亞洲藝術雙年展」於 10 月 13 日開幕,將焦點聚集在亞洲當代藝術的面貌,並試圖由此建立一個開放的論壇場域,讓存在於亞洲的不同觀念、信仰、價值觀能夠在這個平台中進行溝通、交流與分享。

「食飽未?-2007亞洲藝術雙年展」以「城市夢工廠」、「生活的況味,是一種選擇」、「過去的現在的未來」、「你好嗎?」四個子題來呈現當代藝術家對亞洲社會的觀察與詮釋,邀請了來自亞太及歐洲地區的 38 組藝術家呈現 76 組件作品,並且納入不丹、俄羅斯、新加坡、泰國、台灣等 12 個國家的 30 部紀錄片進行參照比較。

參加的藝術家,如台灣旅居巴黎的吳宜樺,她的創作包括由身體動作或社會性的互動活動,創造與詮釋感性時間經驗的互動錄像裝置。林強等人以 2007 年作品「光種音子」跨平台影音媒體互動裝置展出。日本旅英的青年藝術家澤拓(Hiraki Sawa)的「找個地方坐下來」數位影像裝置。台灣青年藝術家姚仲涵的一件聲音裝置作品「不明」,創作者控制了大段落的節奏變化;細小緊湊的節奏,是藉由電腦開關日光燈的物理現象,隨機而不可預測。


Photo taken at Julian Schnabel's exhibition in China Millennium Monument on Sep 12 in Beijing. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.COM]Via
He is considered as one of the youngest contemporary artists in U.S. and Europe. His works have also been collected by almost all the major museums in the world. He is also associated with some of the most prestigious galleries in Europe and U.S, with his works collected by some of the most important collectors too. If you ask the art world to name the top 5 or 10 young artists in west, he is on the top of the list. But he is not just a painter or artist; he has just won the best director in the 60th International Cannes Film Festival for his French movie "Diving Bell And Butterfly." He is Julian Schnabel.

An exhibition covering Julian's best works since 1983 just opened in China Millennium Monument on Sep 12 in Beijing, the first stop for Schnabel's Asian tour before hitting Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul.

The exhibition brings the works that represent what Schnabel wants to show the world, particularly to China, says Howard Rutowski from Fortune Cookie Projects, who brought Julian's works to Beijing.Organized by David Tang and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, and curated by Fortune Cookie Project, an exceptional one-man exhibition by Julian Schnabel in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong exhibition is from 7-24 Nov, 2007. Opens from 10:30am to 7:30pm.
6/F West Warwick House, Taikoo Place
979 King's Road, Island East

星期六, 11月 03, 2007

"Vtap" to watch all video on the net in your iphone

via Ben Wilson over at iPhone Atlas (one of our CNET sister sites) wrote a post earlier today about how Veveo's vTap service for the iPhone is "possibly the best iPhone Web app yet," citing its on the fly-encoding and killer UI as worthy reasons to use it over the iPhone's built-in YouTube application. The service searches videos from all over the net and lets users watch them on the iPhone after converting them to an acceptable format on their own servers.

We checked out the Windows Mobile version of the app back in August, and since then the iPhone version seems to have been tightened up a bit. Loading videos is still unbearably slow over EDGE (which isn't vTap's problem), but if you're on a fast connection over Wifi it's really one of the best ways to view videos from all over the internet. Besides YouTube, you're getting videos from Google and MSN Video, Vimeo, the Weather Channel, Dailymotion, and a dozen of other sources.

There are two things which I think make the app really fantastic for iPhone owners. The first is that it will serve us abstracts from RSS feeds while you're waiting for a video to finish re-encoding. You can actually set up which feeds you want to see, including Newsvine, Yahoo Finance, Google News, or the latest publicly shared photos from Flickr. Clicking any of these feeds will take you right to the story or photo link while the video continues to encode. The second best part is that you can choose only to listen to the audio from a video clip, which means you can enjoy long, dialogue heavy clips with your phone's screen off and in your pocket--which is super handy for enjoying shared lecture videos.

Shared video is so omnipresence now. See also here for you tube UC Berkeley announcement.

星期五, 11月 02, 2007

News from China :New Media art in Aution House

Via 根据瓦西里·康定斯基(1866年-1944年)由来已久的阐释,艺术家是时代的宠儿。因此,新的艺术家一代适应当代的科学技术,以及时代精神与形象的需要,就再正常不过了。二十世纪六十年代电视的风行唤起了艺术家对新媒体形式的关注,并为美国和欧洲的影像艺术提供了可能性。近乎半个世纪以来,艺术家一直在探索视频技术的品质,以便更有利于处理艺术形象,展现叙述权利和时间概念等。

  影像艺术开始于沃尔夫·福斯特尔,他曾经的工作圈子并不属于媒体艺术,他曾是激流派的成员之一,而且像雷蒙·安斯、维尔格雷和弗兰克斯·杜弗尼一样都是早期的招贴画家。出生在德国的福斯特尔,有79%的交易量在那里实现。紧接着是美国和英国,还有法国和西班牙也分别有 12%和5%的交易产生。他的作品具有普遍的购买性,因为90%的作品成交价都在5200欧元以下。此类影像装置在拍卖会上的稀缺性逐年递增:2007年 5月,Requiem在佳士得(巴黎)将竞价抬升到17000欧元,由此也创下了该艺术家的价格记录。

  另外一位影像艺术的先驱白南准,他的盛名也为全球藏家所闻。他在美国和英国实现了40%的交易份额,另外45%的份额在法国、德国和瑞士完成。他于上世纪六十年代开始使用变形扭曲的形象进行艺术实验,并在1985年创作了带有监控的机器人。依据装置的体量和可监控功能,这些作品的平均落槌价在 2万欧元到10万欧元之间。2007年5月是影像艺术价格史上的一个节点,白南准早于福斯特尔四天实现了自己的最高卖价:在香港佳士得上拍的一件反映神、人同形同性的视频作品Baby Buddha,攀升至230万港币,约21.9万欧元。而另外一部分小型作品,如由摄像头和其它金属物件构成的机器人的拍卖价格为2654美元 (约合2180欧元,纽约菲利普斯拍卖会) 。

  虽然,白南准在影像艺术史上占据领衔地位,但是他的价格水品却在小他九岁的诺曼·布鲁斯Bruce Nauman之下。诺曼·布鲁斯在当代艺术舞台上是备受追捧的艺术家。不少富有的藏家都打算拿出几百万美元收藏他的装置,他的作品也不总是借用影像的形式。例如,1997年11月,苏富比以200万美元卖掉了他的巨大的装置《好男孩,坏男孩》(37.5 x 349.5 x 548.5 cm), 2007年5月,一位买家支付了约十分之一的价格就在纽约佳士得买下了与《好男孩,坏男孩》同名的影像作品。此件影像作品共发行了四十件,突破了4万至 6万美元的预估价而取得21万美元的成交高价。

  此外,在使用综合媒介的年轻一代艺术家中,虽然现在的市场仍然稀缺他们的作品,但诸如皮皮劳蒂·里斯特Papilotti Rist、盖瑞·希尔Gary Hill、托尼·奥斯勒Tony Oursler、皮耶尔·修贺贡扎雷斯-佛斯特比尔·维奥拉Bill Viola或者皮埃里克·索兰的作品收益仍然比较微薄。例如,索兰创作的两件装置作品曾经憾然流拍;盖瑞·希尔、皮耶尔·修贺和贡扎雷斯 —佛斯特,他们的作品迄今为止拍卖的交易量都不足10件;相形之下,比尔·维奥拉Bill Viola显得稍微成功一些,他的作品2002年6月27日初次在拍卖会中亮相,其中的作品《繁殖》卖至6.22万欧元。同年,影像装置作品《Going Forth By Day》(2002)在纽约古根海姆博物馆展出,由此证明当影像艺术被艺术机构展出后也可以卖到高价。然而,在他的个人展览之后,人们或许需要等上20年之久才会在市场中找到他的作品,由此也看得出影像艺术和装置要进入市场领域的难度。

Fabrica in eArts Festival

More photos
展览 / FABRICA:睁开的双眼/蓬皮杜中心
策展人 / Marie-Laure Jousset
城市 / 上海
开幕 / 2007年10月19日
展览时间 / 2007-10-19 至 2007-11-11
地址 / 上海市南京西路325号
机构 / 上海美术馆
备注 / 主办:蓬皮杜中心、Fabrica S.p.a研究机构、上海美术馆、上海文化发展基金会

Nam June Paik in Beijing @ doArt China

展览 / 白南准个人作品展
策展人 /
艺术家 / 白南准
城市 / 北京
开幕 / 2007年10月27日
展览时间 / 2007-10-27 至 2007-12-02
地址 / 北京市朝阳区机场辅路草场地261
机构 / 都亚特画廊
来源/东方视觉 作者/都亚特中国
  白南准先生的名字包含了许多开启无限可能性的先锋时刻。1975年在接受Irmeline Lebeer的采访时,白南准先生指出,对向马塞尔·杜象塑造的庞大艺术房间入口处走来的现代美术学者来说,脱离马塞尔·杜象影响的唯一出口就是“视频艺术”(video art)。今天,让我们通过这个出口,进入白南准先生塑造的艺术花园看一看。这个小个子的亚洲音乐家在不停地寻找一种崭新的音乐形式,他在多种媒介中发掘新奇艺术表达形式的同时,也赢得了世界这个大舞台。今天,他被形容成一位独创音乐家,一位激进的行为艺术家和一位先驱视频艺术家。
  本次都亚特中国(doART CHINA)画廊的白南准个人作品展所展出的大部分是他的视频雕塑作品。这些作品体现了白先生“参与”和“交流”的艺术创作宗旨。无法触摸的影像和具有物质性的雕塑;人和与人类类似的机器人;锁在旧物体里的时间以及实时状态下显示器里的视频流,所有这些看似对立的内容在他的作品中相互衬托、彼此提升。他的作品并非单件的影像显示器,而是由对立要素组成的有机生命体。他的视频雕塑展示了一种新的“吸收视频”的方法。从第0秒开始,视频影像流不断地溶入雕塑本身,这种独创的艺术形式使时间这一抽象概念得以具体化。
  都亚特中国画廊主办的本次个展,主要展出白南准先生20世纪八十和九十年代的视频雕塑作品。其于20世纪六十年代制作的将电视画面通过视频信号转换器转换成新的影像的《电视试验》系列、20世纪七十年代与Charlotte Moorman (1963-1975) 共同制作的表演照片以及运用闭路电视系统的《Swiss Clock (1988)》也在本次展出作品之列。另外,视频雕塑作品《Newton (1991)》以及《Darwin (1991)》也将展出。这也是这两件作品在亚洲的首次亮相。
  活跃在中国现代艺术的舞台上的年轻艺术家们正在积极拓展想象力,进行不同的尝试。白南准先生的个展作为都亚特中国画廊的第二次展览具有重大的意义。白南准先生告诉我们顺应游戏规则可以获胜,改变游戏规则也可以获胜(Chosun 日记,8月15日,1992,韩国), 让我们在他构建的视频艺术的花园里,沿着这位才华横溢、永不言弃的艺术家的足迹去领略他与众不同的人生。

星期四, 11月 01, 2007

Your life is full of meaning in a powerpoint presentation.

A Film by Clemens Kogler together with Karo Szmit. Voice by Andre Tschinder.

Le Grand Content examines the omnipresent Powerpoint-culture in search for its philosophical potential. Intersections and diagrams are assembled to form a grand 'association-chain-massacre'. which challenges itself to answer all questions of the universe and some more. Of course, it totally fails this assignment, but in its failure it still manages to produce some magical nuance and shades between the great topics death, cable tv, emotions and hamsters.

For more Information:

The work is inspired by indexeda blog by Jessica Hagy. Her index cards are little marvels of wit and wisdom.
Here is an example The book of the same name will come up next year.
More Jessica Hagy in Freakonomics
interview of Jessica Hagy in Kottke.org

星期六, 10月 27, 2007

Pet Shop Boys include QR codes in new video

via Picturephoning.org
English synthpop duo, Pet Shop Boys just released their new video for “Integral” which includes embedded QR codes.

Viewers with a mobile phone and a small piece of software can take pictures of the codes, and then be transported to a website about personal freedom. [via Digital Experience]

“Integral” is a critique of the Big Brother surveillance state with the slogan “if you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear”. The QR codes are linked to websites containing info about issues of civil liberties. All the QR codes are available as downloads and people are asked to use them in their own videos, and upload them to a dedicated YouTube group."

Public art projects becomes commercial enterprise

Lumen Eclipse, a media art organization based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, champions the exhibition of the moving image in the public sphere--both on the street and online. Large outdoor video displays in Cambridge's bustling Harvard Square and on their website present a monthly series of original single channel works by artists, designers, and filmmakers. Drawing from the world of visual art, advertising, graphic art, cinema, and music, Lumen Eclipse offers viewers a wider picture of moving image culture than the art world often does. Their inclusion of work from the commercial sector reflects their own institutional make up. Not a 'non-profit' enterprise, Lumen Eclipse draws advertising revenues from their street installations and web sites and illustrates an interesting model for public art projects. And although their first year's roster included works by heavy weights Francis Alys, Michel Gondry, Brian Eno, and David Byrne (for the month of October they're profiling the work of animator/director Grant Orchard), their open submission policy and residency program promises to showcase a broad range of talents and genres.

More : Lumen Eclipse was awarded the 'Small Business of the Year' award by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce.

Ordering Big Mac by RFID

via Springwise
Working with SK Telecom, McDonald's in Korea is testing food ordering by RFID (radio-frequency identification). A pilot program in Seoul's Shinchon neighbourhood lets customers place an order by pointing their cell phone at the items they want. Actually, it's not quite that simple—they first need to download software to their phone and then, seated at their McDonald's table, plug an RFID reader into the phone and aim their handset at a menu with built-in RFID chips. Items are automatically charged to their cell phone bill. As soon an order is ready, a message is sent to the customer's cell phone, letting them know that they can pick up their tray at the counter.

According to SK Telecom, McDonald's "Touch Order" system is the first in the world that lets customers use RFID to place orders at a restaurant. Like GoMobo, the company that enables members to order food by text message at a growing number of US restaurants, Touch Order allows customers to avoid queues, making the buying process faster and more convenient for both the restaurant and its patrons. One to watch if you're in mobile commerce or the fast food business!

X|Media|Lab Beijing "Creative Economies: Digital and Virtual"

星期二, 10月 23, 2007


Lev MANOVICH, internationally renowned media and art theorist
Sean CUBITT, expert in film and media theory (Great Britain/Australia)

Cinema as a visual phenomenon has accelerated increasingly over the
last decades. Technical achievements at the material level like new
participatory models driven by the melting of Internet, Databases, TV
and Cinema are setting new standards and bringing a new dynamic to the
black-box of the movie theater.
Remixing, Coding, Remapping, and Recombination of visual manifestations
are revolutionizing the narrative form of film - new societal phenomena,
like the VJ scene, generate immersive viewing spaces and new forms of
moving image distribution. The domain of video, film, computer and
net-based installations stands on the threshold of a material
revolution: do they bring a new aesthetic?
Revolutionary possibilities in camera and projection techniques offer
increasingly faster development cycles that also allow for innovative
image languages. New historical perspectives of the cinematic revue
coalesce with innovative interpretations of our visual consumer culture
and foretell future developments. What can be expected ... what are the

* Introduction: Oliver GRAU, Director Department for Image Science,
Danube University *

Danube TeleLecture # 4 from the MUMOK, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna
Time: Thursday, Nov 8, 2007, 7:00pm CET (Start of Streaming)
which is

+ You can attend the event in MUMOK or in realtime over the www +

After the lectures the audience will have the possibility to ask the speakers questions.Internet users may join the discussion via e-mail.

Current Publications: Projection: Vanishing and Becoming, in:
MediaArtHistories (2007); The Cinema Effect (2005); Aliens R Us: The
Other in Science Fiction Cinema (2002); Digital Aesthetics (1998);
Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture (1993).


Publications: Abstraction and Complexity in: MediaArtHistories (2007);
Black Box : White Cube (2005; Soft Cinema - Navigating the Database
(2003/5); The Language of New Media (2001)

The Department for Image Science at Danube University Krems created a new format of international lecture and debates on key questions of Image Science and Media Art with high-caliber experts - the DANUBE TELELECTURES. The discussion will be recorded by several cameras and transmitted live over the www. Online viewers can participate in the discussion via email. So far the debates have included: Machiko KUSAHARA, Sarat MAHARAJ, Gunalan NADARAJAN, Christiane PAUL, Paul SERMON, Jens HAUSER...

contact: Wendy Coones, M.Ed.
Tel: +43 (0)2732 893-2543

星期日, 10月 21, 2007

A new wikipedia...oops..uncyclopedia

Chinese (traditional)

X Ray Photography and Prints

I work everyday with these X ray images and did a dance video of a mechanical doll (that shut her eyes when you lay her flat) many many years ago. The video is somehow embedded in the sea of video 8. :-(
Here I found that someone had done a great job with these beautiful images.
The artist duo have written a statement of their works.:
Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand create sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. Current findings, particularly regarding wave phenomena, are employed by the artists to examine questions of perception and perpetuality. Such investigations are salient because the scientific picture of the world, which serves as the basis for contemporary thought, still cannot encompass the unrecordable workings of consciousness.

2007上海电子艺术节 Shanghai eARTS

Shanghai will host China's first – and the world's largest - eArts Festival this October.
The world's leading arts and media figures will gather in China's most dynamic city to showcase and share the best in digital arts, against the backdrop of Shanghai's vibrant cultural life.
Partners already confirmed include Centre Pompidou, MIT, Ars Electronica and ZKM.

Festival highlights include:

* New Vision E-concert (new commission in association with Ars Electronica, Shanghai Music Conservatory, China Academy of Arts, New Media Arts of Blue Phoenix and Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe)
* Interactive art installations across Shanghai
* Giant LED screens on the Bund
* International Opening Forum
* E-music concerts in partnership with ZKM (Centre for Art and Media Kahlsruhe)
* Ars Electronica exhibition at Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
* Fabrica:“Lex Yeux Ouverts”, Centre Pompidou at Shanghai Art Museum
* Open air screenings in Shanghai's parks, including winning films from the International Animated Film Festival in Annecy
* Group shows (in over 10 venues) including Shanghai MOCA Animamix Biennial in Central Shanghai
* Multi-disciplinary Media Lab symposium and exhibition, led by MIT's John Maeda
* "Shanghai - Paris" Animation - the Shanghai students creative program in collaboration with Gobelins film school and Supinfocom, Paris
* Graduate show with works from the New Media Department at the China Academy of Arts - showcasing China's first New Media Art graduates

星期六, 10月 20, 2007

A Breif History of Video & Media Art in China from 邱志杰Qiu Zhijie

1989 张培力在中国现代艺术展上展出《30x30cm》
1990 ,汉堡美院的MIJKA教授带着8小时长的录像带国,在浙江美院分两次讲座
2003年,中国美术学院成立新媒体系, 张培力任系主任
2003年9月, 张亚璇、曹恺等在南京策划“第一届中国独立影像年度展”。


胡昉 :


颜 磊《1500厘米》1994
王功新《玩蛋》 1997
阚萱《哎, 阚萱!》(地铁)1998
陈晓云《向夜晚延伸的若干个瞬间》12min 2003
杨福东《我并非强迫你》 1999
杨福东《后房,嘿,天亮了!》12min 2000
石青《黄角坪》30min 2002
周弘湘《红旗飘》20min 2002
The bold section is Qiu Zhijie explaining his personal and many others shift of practice/ interest of video art to multimedia or new media and therefore not included on the list.
I am wondering how can we interpret this history, and our history in Hong Kong, Taiwan.

Hong Kong's Body Brush is fallen out of art

In 2003, Young Hay presented Body Brush with Dancer Mui Cheuk Yin in Microwave Media Art Festival in Hong Kong and since then the work traveled to Ars Electronica and other festivals. The work initiated a swarm of discussions about how art and technology are intergrated but since then the project is shifting the paradigm from art to an therapeutic instrument.
From Positive Technology Journal:
An article recently appeared in Time magazine reports about Smart Ambience Therapy (SAT), a series of interactive technology programs designed by Horace Ho-Shing Ip to help children overcome the effects of abuse.
From the article:

Abused children are often withdrawn children. Ip had never considered using virtual reality to help them, but in 2002, he held a public exhibition of a virtual-paintbrush program he was working on and was surprised to see that emotionally closed kids took to it, using their bodies to create ebullient paintings. The kids' parents were shocked, but perhaps they shouldn't have been.

Since the 1990s, virtual reality has aided medicine by allowing victims of phobia or post-traumatic stress disorder to confront simulations of their fears: an oversize tarantula, a balcony on the 77th floor. Paint Splash was a natural outgrowth of those therapies.

Another program in the SAT product line helps abused kids confront aggressors by letting them shove away approaching grizzlies. A third teaches aggressive kids to reach out and touch virtual ribbons that dart away from jerky movements but glide toward smoother ones.

SAT has won a gold medal at Geneva's Salon International des Inventions, but Ip's success is evidenced best when kids come to use the lab. Many of them begin by covering the screen in black. "By the end," Ip says, "they're throwing blue. Art therapists will tell you, 'That's calm.'"

This website
provides more information about Smart Ambience Therapy, including a demonstration video:

The project Smart Ambientce Therapy aims to develop a new form of therapy treatment by integrating the existing art and drama therapy to the virtual environment through an innovative exploitation of the Body Brush technology.

1. To use the body as a brush in virtual reality space. Body Brush will be used as a tool for communication and a creative emotional outlet for young clients recovering from physical/ or emotional abuse.

2. The body, acting as a paintbrush, can be seen as a unique process of accessing one's internal world, as it can help a client get in touch with emotional material through kinesthetic movements.

3. The body brush medium will be integrated into the art therapy process to help address feelings around grief and depression, distrust, fear and anger and low self-esteem resulting from abuse. What can emerge from this creative outlet are new feelings of self worth, strength, hope and coping strategies to deal with changes.

4. Through using this technique, a sense of mastery in using computer can be achieved. The client can also 'get into' the image.

星期三, 10月 17, 2007

Skintile : Philips design again

Skintile, an electric jewelry, is partly affected by the mood of the wearer.

It happens many times, that we have feelings we can’t express. Why not let our jewelry express them for us? I don’t mean dressing in accordance of our mood. It’s the other way round.

Skintile was designed by Philips with the help of the European project, STELLA, for their ‘far-future’ research, Design Probes.

It surely looks beautiful, but do we really want our emotions to be - literally - out in the open?
Skintile the Electronic Sensing Jewelry further explores emotional and physiological sensing. It is a new genre of product; a generation of wireless, stick-on body sensors that re-define traditional body adornment. It explores a range of functionalities in new product forms that are playful, sensual, mood affected, bio activity stimulated, and arousal enhancing. It is a semi disposable, bio compatible, non-allergenic, breathable, mass customizable, self contained body worn accessory. (design.philips)

Hong Kong art Fair

Hong Kong Convention Centre
14-18 May 2008

...There will be dedicated section to Print Publishers work and, in 2008, ART HK 08 will inaugurate the first of its City Focus programs, this year focusing on the burgeoning art scene in Hong Kong. ...

Advisory Group

buchsenhausen.air 2008/2009 International Fellowship Programme For Visual And Media Arts

Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen invites visual and media artists, art critics
and theorists to apply for a fellowship in the winter semester 2008/2009
or the summer semester 2009.

Details regarding the programme and the application procedure can be
found on the homepage http://buchsenhausen.at.

Closing date for submissions: October 19, 2007 (postmark).
Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen
Weiherburggasse 13/12
6020 Innsbruck, Austria

phone +43 512 278627
fax +43 512 278627-11


星期二, 10月 16, 2007

Video is a media technology, how will you use it?

For those who want to watch some more video : http://www.wemix.tv/
HK's Wong Ka Wai made this 8 min video for Philips-- light is all we see, all men are light, memory on this side of the screen is fading only light coming from the other side. He is beautiful.

The Third Chinese Blogger Conference will be held November 3-4, 2007, in Beijing

The Third Chinese Blogger Conference will be held November 3-4, 2007, in Beijing, China.

Please visit the official blog of cnbloggrrcon, http://cnbloggercon.org/blog, or follow the twitter agent of cnbloggercon at, http://twitter.com/cnbloggercon
As always this is a semi secrete event- Venue not yet announced, but the registration fee is RMB $150, on line registration $120
1. 演讲者简介:Keso(洪波): Keso(洪波)五季咨询合伙人、咨询师 IT自由评论人 曾任八一电影制片厂纪录片部、中央电视台军事部编导 1996年参与IDG投资的.. http://tinyurl.com/2z6kcn
2. 潘海东: 潘海东 现任互动在线(北京)科技有限公司 首席执行官。曾任中国最大的办公用品电子商务网站”亚商在线”首席信息官。在美留学.. http://tinyurl.com/24g87c
3. Joichi Ito (伊藤穰一): 伊藤穰一先生是美籍日本人,目前居住于东京。他是“创作共用”(Creative Commons)组织的轮值主席,也是..

Joichi Ito (伊藤穰一 Itō Jōichi, born June 19, 1966), more commonly known as Joi Ito, is an American-educated Japanese activist, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist.

Ito is the chairman of the board of Creative Commons and the chairman of Six Apart Japan. He is on the board of Technorati, Digital Garage, WITNESS, Pia Corporation, Socialtext and iCommons. He is the founder and CEO of the venture capital firm Neoteny Co., Ltd. In October of 2004, he was named to the board of ICANN for a three-year term starting December 2004. In August of 2005, he joined the board of the Mozilla Foundation. He served on the board of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) from March 2005 until April 2007. He currently serves as a Board Emeritus for OSI.[1] He was a founding board member of Ex’pression College for Digital Arts[2] as well as the Zero One Art and Technology Network.[3]
From Wikipedia


4. 张利(vim) Title : 业余知识分子
Website : http://vim.growup.net.cn
5. 刘晓原,北京市忆通律师事务所律师、中国卫生法学会会员、北京市法学会会员、百度知识专家团法律专家、新浪网驻站律师
6. Alan Tien
Alan Tien is the China GM for Geni. Prior to Geni, Alan was the China Country Product Manager for PayPal, an eBay company. During his 5 years at PayPal, he launched PayPal China and PayPal’s first set of APIs. He graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Electrical Engineering.
Alan Tien是Geni中国区总经理 。在此之前,曾任Paypal中国产品经理,在为PayPal工作的5年中,推出了贝宝和PayPal的第一套API,Alan毕业于斯坦福大学并获电子工程学士学位

More :
More info :China Web 2.0 Review: Meet Us On Social Application Panel, http://tinyurl.com/2a3fns
Netvibes page on CNbloggerCon:http://www.netvibes.com/cnbloggercon

Emmanuel Mieville Live in Hong Kong

Date: 26 October 2007 (Fri)
Time: 8:00pm
Venue: Kapok
Address: G/F. 9 Dragon Road (behind Tin Hau temple), Tin Hau, Hong Kong
Price: $80
Supporting Act: Alok & No One Pulse
Co-Presented by Lona Records & Kapok
Supported by Para/Site
Enquiry: info@lona-records.com / info@ka-pok.com

EMMANUEL MIEVILLE is a Paris born French sound artist and experimental musician who studied at the world renowned GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) in the field of musique concrete. He also studied sound engineering and attended a cinema school. His aesthetic concern and direction as a composer originate from a desire to give the listener a shifting or blurred perception of soundscapes. Musical experiments with sound-field materials or objects and instruments are undertaken within the intuitive and dynamic stream of unconscious brain stimulations. Some of his collaborations or improvisations yielding patterns or structures, that express ideas but most of the time, the idea of musical flux lingers on his works.His tropism towards sound scapes, sound sculpting and gathering of spatials tools for composition, provides him with a better understanding and perception of sound, as a vector for social awareness and wisdom.

He played for two years with a Javanese gamelan orchestra, and is interested in merging ethnic instruments into electroacoustic music. Amongst other collaborations, he has worked with several dancers for Butoh performances, with French composer/performer Eric Cordier a for live concert (2005), and with Korean video performer, Heesok Yu, for a concert. He also contributes and participates with much constancy to Framework, on Resonance FM (London), which is a radio show dedicated to field recordings.

Emmanuel's myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/ongaka
For more infos and discography see: http://www.acousmafield.net

De.licio.us + Google Web History = Hooeey

Hooeey is a new bookmarking and tracking service for your browsing habits. You install a small toolbar in your browser, and it will quietly keep tabs on all your tabs, including which sites you're going to, how long you're staying at each one, and when you're doing it. At the same time, Hooeey adds a social networking layer, letting you share specific sites with others, both on the Hooeey network, and other, larger social bookmarking services like Del.icio.us and Reddit. The goal is to let you centralize your favorites, and make them easier to share with others, while combining some facets of other free tracking services like Google Web History to let you see which services you're visiting the most.


星期一, 10月 15, 2007

Oliver Laric, with versions of Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Berlin–based media artist Oliver Laric creates a new instrumental cover version and video of the Red Hot Chili Peppers song, composed entirely from video clips of amateur renditions found on video–sharing websites. The film reconstructs the song note by note, as an ever–multiplying audiovisual collage.

“The great thing is how many amateur versions of Under the Bridge exist. I found more than 50 just by doing a quick search on YouTube. Maybe that's a new measure of cultural significance, as opposed to sales and downloads.”

New series of new media art programme @ VAC

星期五, 10月 12, 2007

Yueh Hsiu Giffen Cheng: Online Collaborative Creations: Fortune Telling Practices in Taiwan

由黄专策划的“气韵(QI YUN)——中国抽象艺术国际巡回展”将于2007年6月1日至7月1日在中国深圳OCT当代艺术中心首次展出。同年8月和10月将继续移师北京、香港举行,08年将远赴美国展出。
Recently there seems to have some discussions about Qi Yun from recent abstract painting in recent art fair, artist commune and museum of art, thinking about Qi and net art, I found this :
Research Title: Online Collaborative Creations: Fortune Telling Practices in Taiwan

The research will be divided into two parts: the exegesis and the major creative project. Investigation of the developed circumstance of net art will be the main focus of the written section. The research on the modes of fortune telling in Taiwan will be served as the conceptual core for the major creative project. Thereafter, a series of net art projects will be created based on the research findings.

Net art has existed since the inception of the early World Wide Web in the 1990s, with several movements developing at the same time. In Europe, a core group of artists, among them Russian artist Olia Lialina(b.1971) and Alexei Shulgin(b. 1963), British artist and activist Heath Bunting, Slovenian Vuk Cosic, and the Barcelona- based team jodi (Joan Hemskeerk and Dirk Paesmans), who were connected through the online mailing list nettime- founded by media theorists and critics Geer Lovink and Pit Schultz and devoted to Internet culture and criticismdrew attention to the genre of art on the Net and formed the " net.art"( with a dot) movement. The term was officially used for the first when Vuk Cosic organized a small gathering- "net.art per se"- in Trieste in 1996(Christiane 2003, p. 112). Net art has become a broad umbrella for numerous forms of artistic articulation that often overlap(Christiane 2003, p. 109). In fact, Internet provides artists with the pleasant experience of combining virtual reality and the real world. Due to the feature of height - interactivity function and popularization of using Internet, I have decided to create projects using Internet as the medium. There are many kinds of art forms based on internet usage. Besides, attributing to the era of high technology, the art form found in the Internet still has many variations ongoing with. After more than one year of my research progress, I have decided to focus on the form of collaborative creation in the internet sphere.

Whether it is the East or the West, fortune telling has always been an interesting phenomenon. In Taiwan, fortune telling is linked to the icons and symbols of a lifetime from palm reading, facial features or even the interpretation of a mole on one’s body. The so-called Five Elements Performance within the nature, is represented by the term “Qi” which could also be explained closely in the relation to the word “Fate”. The ritual that is generated from the process of seeking for the unknown future destiny is all being demonstrated in an interesting symbolic form. The flourishing zodiac in the west is also an iconic sign for fate. Interpretation of the meanings and patterns from the icons, cards or Tarot can also be represented through a series of meaningful signs. From collecting, sorting, and analyzing the symbols, rituals and significance of the events that related to fortune telling, these meaningful signs could be categorized systematically and then utilized as the conceptual core for the creation project.

Although originating from the ancient times, fortune telling is a popular tool for divination which has been carried out continuously in the modern hi-tech society. Accordingly, the idea of creating fortune telling service has brought about an interactive behavior, which has become an indispensable basic element to engage with people. While appreciating the process to seek divination, one is also experiencing at the same time an alternative form of combined ancient and technical kinds of fortune telling. This kind of philosophy thought will be the paradigm for this research.
The entire research of this project incorporates the theme of Taiwanese traditional fortune telling practices, with the function of collaborative creation based on internet medium. Due to the execution of this collaborative creation project, it will require public involvement. Thus, stimulating and enticing user to participate and contribute to the project is a top priority of concern for this creative project.

In the sense of collaborative creation through Internet, the outcome of the image or totem will keep changing itself by the increased number of participant. In other words, each participant has an effect on the creation of the art work. However, the participants cannot predict the changes in the next step of the work. Similarly, based on the assumption of fortune telling in China, it is deemed that everything in the world is impacted by each other(Zhou jian nan 2005). For example, a person who somehow being connected with “some people”, every thing that he or she has done will become potential elements impacting “that some people” in some ways. The destiny between the person and with ‘that some people’ are said to be having involvement with each other. In short, both the collaborative creation and people’s destiny are in the same way based on the perception of an outcome which keeps changing itself by having people’s participation.

When exploring the originality of art, it can be categorized into three doctrines from the sociological point of view which are: Theory of Decoration, Theory of Labory, and Theory of Religion. It can be said that religious belief and art are in fact deeply connected from their originality. The fact that our forefathers were unable to decipher the mystery and metamorphosis of the mother nature, and the creation and birth of various rituals including Nature Worship, Animal and Plant Worship, Totemism, Fetish Worship, Idolatry and Man Worship, and Ghost Worship and Ancestors Worship. In the times that followed, additional objects of worship were also added such as the roles of wizard and sciomancy medium (using ghost or some kinds of sprite that common people cannot see or communicate with). Based on the theories of origin of art, it could be attributed to the ritual form through various religions in the ancient time, and the development of fortune telling is on the basis of such religious beliefs. Thus the idea of combination between art and fortune telling is built on this concept.

In addition, the theme of fortune telling encompassed in this creative project attempts to motivate and stimulate end user to contribute to this project. According to my field studies that I have done till now, majority of people will pay their attention when some people indicate that they have the ability to predict people's fortune. From this simple point of view, I believe that user will be very keen to participate in this kind of creative work with fortune telling as the theme.

From http://www.hss.uts.edu.au/research/research_students/yueh_hsiu_giffen_cheng.html
Yueh Hsiu Giffen Cheng will also write in this book 'Circulating Contexts--CURATING MEDIA/NET/ART,' by Cont3xt.net that will be launched at Vienna's Depot next Monday.
Here is his blog.

Tsang Kinwah @ New York

Always like about this young man who worked at Videotage and Visual Art Centre when he was a fresh graduate from Chinese University back in 2001.
Check out this video on his solo show at Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York.

Cyberbullying public service announcement

Presented by Sony Creative Software, the National Crime Prevention Council, and the Ad Council.

Cyberbullying is a growing problem among children and teenagers on the Internet. The anonymity and ease of communication the Internet provides can create a vehicle for bullying, harassment, and defamation, harmful actions that can make the Internet a hostile and dangerous place. Cyberbullying is a problem that must be addressed and solved.

Help end cyberbullying by creating a Public Service Announcement on the issue. Sony Creative Software is seeking entries from independent producers and academic institutions. The top submissions will be eligible for national broadcast, and their producers or sponsoring organizations will receive a complete multimedia editing suite for their facility or school (prize package valued up to $20,000).

Entries will be judged by: Barry Sonnenfeld, director/producer (Men in Black, Addams Family, and others); Steve Oedekerk, producer/writer (Bruce Almighty, Barnyard, and others); Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., noted authority on social networking and cyberbullying; and members of the Ad Council's campaign review committee.

For more information, rules, and submission guidelines visit www.sonycreativesoftware.com/cyber

星期四, 10月 11, 2007

Dead Language

From 18th to 22th October @ICA London:

Platoons of the latest replicas of Banksy roam the landscape, led by General Clone Banksy, a talentless nobody who once found a sample of Banksy DNA on an empty spray can. A rowdy gang of Tracey Emins wrestle half a dozen dazed Andy Warhols to the ground. It is the future and all forms of art are free, perfect replicas exist of every masterpiece ever created, copyright and ownership are meaningless, ideas are cheap and replicated ad infinitum. Artists have realised that their own identity is the only thing they can own or control, so fans become clones of artists in order to spread their art/identity. One final piece of uncorrupted art remains, yet to be copied: a living story told by Neonate Muses. Come and experience the living story and see how the world died with FoolishPeople's immersive, evolving performance in the ICA theatre. On the Saturday afternoon, a workshop with writer and director John Harrigan will give participants a chance to examine the core concepts of Dead Language: open-source myth, weaponised art and the future of intellectual rights within a dead culture.

"There's a layer to art and entertainment now that's stopping us thinking, it's coming between us and common sense": read Loma-Ann Bonner's interview with Foolish People's John Harrigan in Open Magazine.


Interesting !!

New face of New Museum @NY opens on 1st Dec

Design for New Museum of Contemporary Art. Design + Visualization: Sejima + Nishizawa / SANAA. Site Photography: Christopher Dawson.

On December 1st, the New Museum will open the doors to our brand new building at 235 Bowery (at Prince Street). The new New Museum will be the destination for contemporary art in New York and beyond.

Click here to see a complete calendar of opening events.

星期一, 10月 08, 2007

B3 and Mediamatic present the Moving Image Lab.

A unique hands-on approach to enable you to develop new media projects across a range of media platforms including podcasting, streaming media and participatory web 2.0 to mobile phones.

This programme is aimed at media artists such as directors, producers,filmmakers, designers and musicians. We aim to create a cross-pollination of creativity and ideas; where the emphasis will be on the art of storytelling through multimedia technology.

B3 has a limited number of FREE places are available for the Moving Image Lab.

Please email your application (download from www.b3media.net/lab) and biog/CV to caroline[at]b3media.net

The deadline for applications is 15th October 2007

Dates: The workshop will be held in the B3 Studios, Brixton, London.
Sunday 28th October to Friday 2nd November 2007.

Cost: The cost of the workshop is 294pounds (420euros)The workshop
includes lunch, equipment and technical assistance.

For more information and selection criteria go to www.b3media.net/lab

星期五, 10月 05, 2007

re:place 2007

The Second International Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science and Technology
Berlin, 15 - 18 November 2007

re:place 2007, the Second International Conference on the Historiesof Media, Art, Science and Technology, will take place in Berlin from 15 - 18 November 2007 as a project of Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt. This conference is a sequel to 'Refresh!', the first in this series, chaired by Oliver Grau and produced by the Database of Virtual Art, Leonardo, and Banff New Media Institute, and held at the Banff Center in Canada in September 2005, which brought together several hundred artists, scientists, researchers, curators and theoreticians of different disciplines.

re:place 2007 will be an international forum for the presentation and the discussion of exemplary approaches to the rapport between art, media, science and technology. With the title, 're:place', we propose a thematic focus on locatedness and the migration of knowledge and knowledge production in the interdisciplinary contexts of art, historiography, science and technology.

The re:place 2007 conference will be devoted to examining the manifold connections between art, science and technology, connections which have come into view more sharply through the growing attention to media art and its histories over the past years. It will address historical contexts and artistic explorations of new technologies as well as the historical and contemporary research into the mutual influences between artistic work, scientific research and technological developments. This research concerns such diverse fields as cybernetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, nano-technology, and bio-technology, as well as investigations in the
humanities including art history, visual culture, musicology, comparative literature, media archaeology, media theory, science studies, and sociology.

Abstracts and CV of participants

星期四, 10月 04, 2007

5th DaDao Live Art Festival

In 2007, On the Move will host the Da Dao Live Art Event in Hong Kong. DaDao Live Art Festival is the only annual live art international festival in China since 2004. The 5th DaDao Live Art Festival will be held in October 2007 in 6 Chinese cities: Beijing, Hong Kong, Macao, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Xiamen.

Start Time:
Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 4:00pm
End Time:
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 9:30pm
opening @Kwun Tong Osage, Outdoor event @ Previous Queen's Pier, Workshop @FM Theatre Power Studio

On the Move Da Dao Live Art Event 2007 will present 25 overseas and Hong Kong performance artists in a 2-day gathering. Some of these renowned artists will make their first appearance in Hong Kong with new site specific performance. The opening performance is supported by the Osage Art Foundation and will be held at Osage Open Kwun Tong. The Outdoor performance will be held at the City Hall Plaza, Edinburgh Place, Central. The details of the event are as follows:

13 Oct 2007 Opening Performance


Boris Nieslony (Germany)
Michael Klien (Austria), Lin Yuan Shang (France), Elena Giannotti (Italy)
Fearghus O'Conchuir (Ireland)
Tamar Raban (Isarel)
Giacomo Calabrese (Italy)
Man Yu(Beijing)
Shu Yang(Beijing)
Ng Fang Zhou(Macau)
Zhou Bin(Chen Du)
Chen Shi Shen(Hong Kong)
Mok Chiu Yu (Hong Kong)
Ricky Tse (Hong Kong)
Frog King (Hong Kong)
Kith Tsang Tak Ping (Hong Kong)

Venue: Osage Open

4/f Union Hing Yip Factory Building,
20 Hing Yip Street Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Time: 4-9pm Ticket: HK$85

Patchingzone from V2

General introduction
Welcome to The Patchingzone newsletter. The Patchingzone is initiated by V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media. V2_ is a widely acknowledged centre for art and media technology, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Patchingzone works closely with V2_ and builds on the knowledge and expertise gained in the V2_Lab; the research and development department of V2_ and the PhD research ‘Processpatching’, Defining New Methods in aRt&D by Anne Nigten. www.patchingzone.net www.processpatching.net
The Patchingzone starts pilot project: Cultuur Lokaal

The Patchingzone is excited to announce its first pilot-project: Cultuur Lokaal.
Cultuur Lokaal is a collaboration between the Waterwolf laboratories (Haagse Hogeschool lectoraat Society and ICT by Dick Rijken and three cultural institutions in Gouda: Public Library Gouda, Regional archive Central-Holland, Museum GoudA) and The Patchingzone. The Sia-RAAK public programme funds Cultuur Lokaal. Working with professionals in the three cultural institutions we will investigate new opportunities for collaborations with (in)formal local networks. Other parties involved in the realisation of the project are VPRO, Brekend Vaatwerk, Erfgoed Nederland and Syntens. The physical location for the project workspace will be in Gouda. The execution of the project will be supported both financially and technologically.

As this project will serve as a pilot for future Patchingzone projects there will be no subscription or entry fee for students to this project! www.patchingzone.net www.waterwolflab.nl

Call for proposals : Cultuur Lokaal
For the Cultuur Lokaal project we are looking for a small group of dedicated and prolific Master / PhD students to work together for 6 months on the theme of ‘local identity and the connection between the physical and virtual environment’. We would like the result to be a well researched and documented, interactive urban experience. We will have the opportunity and the technological backup to work creatively with high-tech materials, digital media and information technology but use of technology is not a requirement in itself. It is what you do with it that counts. The final project will be presented during a special public summer event in Gouda in July or August 2008, and there will be an opportunity to present papers or documentation of the research in a professional symposium in the early summer of 2008. Extended deadline for applications November 1st, 2007, download the application form www.patchingzone.net

The Patchingzone information event: October 24th, 2007 @V2
On Wednesday October 24th, The Patchingzone organizes an informal information event for Master and PhD students, professionals, educators, industry and all who are interested, as potential participants, collaborators or partners, in The Patchingzone philosophy and the ‘processpatching’ method. The a Rt&D triangle a support tool for collaborators with different backgrounds will be launched and demonstrated by its makers. The Patchingzone team hosts a discussion and Q&A session. Wednesday October 24th, 2007, 19:30 at V2_ Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012XL Rotterdam, free admission. www.v2.nl www.patchingzone.net

Hong Kong International Contemporary Art Fair 2007

6-9 October 2007 11am - 7pm
HK Exhibition Centre
Wan Chai

星期三, 10月 03, 2007

The Death of the Critic

In an age of book clubs, celebrity endorsements and a blogosphere staffed with thousands of amateur critics, what role is there for the professional critic as an arbiter of artistic value? Is cultural value just a matter of personal taste, with one opinion as good as any other? What function does professional criticism fulfil now, and should we lament the passing of the authority which previous generations of critics enjoyed?

Come and find out, as the ICA has assembled a line-up of expert speakers for this unique and unmissable event:

John Sutherland (author The Boy Who Loved Books)

Michael Coveney (whatsonstage.com)

Rachel Bowlby (author Carried Away)

Adrian Searle (The Guardian)

Chair: Ronan McDonald (author The Death of the Critic)

The ICA is located on The Mall, London SW1.
Open Monday 12pm-11pm, Tues-Sat 12pm-1am, Sunday 12pm-10.30pm
Galleries open daily 12pm-7.30pm during exhibitions

Extended Reading :

The Death of the Critic
Ronan McDonald
Due for release on 27/09/2007

The critic has long been a reviled figure, at best the mere handmaiden of the 'creative' arts, at worst a parasite upon them. For Brendan Behan, critics are like eunuchs in a harem. They know how it is done. They have seen it done every day. But they are unable to do it themselves. In an age of book clubs, celebrity endorsements and internet bloggers, what role is there now for the professional critic as an arbiter of artistic value? Are literature and the arts only a question of personal taste? Is one opinion 'as good as another'?Ronan McDonald's "The Death of the Critic" seeks to defend the role of the public critic. McDonald argues against recent claims that all artistic value is simply relative and subjective. This forceful, accessible and eloquent book considers why high-profile, public critics, such as William Empson, F.R.Leavis or Lionel Trilling, become much rarer in the later twentieth century. A key reason for the 'death of the critic', he believes, is the turn away from value judgements and the very notion of artistic quality amongst academics and scholars. Alert to the cultural and academic climate of both the USA and the UK, this controversial and timely intervention will engage scholars, students, critics and anyone concerned with the role of literary and artistic culture in the public sphere.

New Media Art @ Osage

10.10 to 18.11 with Kaola Yip (City SCM) Chris Lau (Emergency Lab), Samson Young (musician) and John Wong (Zuni), plus two overseas artists.

星期二, 10月 02, 2007

Leonardo Art & Climate project:

The Leonardo Lovely Weather Art and Climate Project and Leonardo Publications are inviting papers, special issue proposals and book proposals that deal with artistic approaches to weather, climate and their modifications.

As a result of massive urbanization and the development of the modern lifestyle, it has been possible to observe a deterioration of sensitivity to meteorology and climate. The existence of weather and climate is similar to that of landscape which does not exist in nature without the mind to perceive it as such. The perception of weather and climate, as well as that of landscape is the perception of anarrangement, a configuration of the real. Weather and climate are thus multidimensional phenomenons that include the combined contributions of nature, culture, history and geography, but also the imaginary and the symbolic. Art could help us to question our perceptions and relationships to weather, climate and their changes.

Leonardo seeks to document the works of artists, researchers, and scholars involved in the exploration of weather and climate, and is soliciting texts for Leonardo, Leonardo Transactions, special issue proposals for the Leonardo Electronic Almanac and book proposals for the Leonardo Book Series.


The following sub-themes have been defined (not restrictive):

- Environments: weather and climate works enabling new
experiences of environments

- Meteorological and climate sciences: artworks
questioning and linking to these sciences

- Weather and climate technologies: artworks
questioning and linking to these technologies

- Social and political action: weather and climate
works which may spur new thinking for action on environments

- Sustainability: artworks engaged in alternative
energy resources or climate memories for example

- Weather and climate perceptions and/or narratives:
poetical and/or political perceptions; narratives of weather
and climate phenomena

The "Lovely Weather" Editorial group on Art & Climate is: John Cunningham, Annick Bureaud, Ramon Guardans, Drew Hemment, Julien Knebusch (coordinator), Roger Malina, Jacques Mandelbrojt, Andrea Polli and Janine Randerson.

A discussion on the topic, moderated by Janine Randerson is being held on the YASMIN network:

星期四, 9月 27, 2007

The Microwave television

From Gizmag (click title for link to this news)
September 4, 2007 One of the first kitchen appliances to have an integrated LCD was LG’s much celebrated refrigerator which began show appearances seven years ago and though it was a star in its day and is still around in a subsequent design, it still strikes us as something for people with more money than tech savvy. At IFA in Berlin, the Holland Electro Wave TV made its first appearance. The Wave is the work of a dutch designer Marcel Wanders who has designed a whole range of kitchen appliances for the Dutch consumer electronics company. While the product in the press handouts looks impressive, HE showed what appeared to be a prototype at IFA and quite frankly, they shouldn’t have because it looked like exactly what it is – two different consumer electronics products bolted together. Convergence is happening, but the only problem with fusing two quite different CE products together is that you’ll find one of them out of date before the other. Whatsmore, for EUR500 (US$680) you can buy two different products that aren’t joined at the hip and do the same jobs – and you’ll be able to take your portable media player a whole bunch of places other than the kitchen.

星期二, 9月 25, 2007

A romance in lower mathethics

I, the squibble, am left untouchable,helpless and imperfect all long.

A world without advertisement


The Department for Image Science is pleased to announce two scholarships

covering half-tuition for the course starting in Nov. 2007!

Goettweig Scholarship for MediaArtArchiving:
This scholarship supports artists and scientists, who are interested in
the field of media art history. Especially welcome are applicants, who want to deal with aesthetic and documentary aspects in relation with the phenomenon of interaction and its connection to media art and its history.

Closing date for submission: Oct 10th, 2007.

Rudolf Arnheim Scholarship:
The Department for Image Science considers this scholarship as possibility to deal as regards content with the scientific work of the recently deceased art historian and cognition psychologist Rudolf Arnheim and his meaning for Image Science.

Closing date for submission: Oct 10th, 2007.

Further Information:


(Low residency; English language)
The postgraduate program MediaArtHistories conveys the most important developments of contemporary art through a network of renowned international theorists, artists and curators like: Steve DIETZ, Erkki HUHTAMO, Lev MANOVICH, Christiane PAUL, Paul SERMON, Edward SHANKEN, Gerfried STOCKER, Jens HAUSER, Oliver GRAU and many others.

Artists and programmers give new insights into the latest and most controversial software, interface developments and their interdisciplinary and intercultural praxis. Keywords are: Strategies of Interaction & Interface Design, Social Software, Immersion & Emotion and Artistic Invention. Using online databases and other modern aids,knowledge of computer animation, net art, interactive, telematic and genetic art as well as the most recent reflections on nano art, CAVE installations, augmented reality and wearables are introduced.

Historical derivations that go far back into art and media history are tied in intriguing ways to digital art. Important approaches and methods from Image Science, Media Archaeology and the History of Science & Technology will be discussed.

=> DANUBE UNIVERSITY KREMS “ located in the UNESCO world heritage Wachau is the first public university in Europe which specializes in advanced continuing education offering low-residency degree programs for working professionals and lifelong learners.

With its new modular courses the DEPARTMENT FOR IMAGE SCIENCE at Danube University Krems offers an educational program unique in Europe. Without interrupting the career students have the opportunity to learn through direct, hands-on experience, social learning in small groups and contacts with labs and industry. They gain key qualifications for the contemporary art and media marketplace.

The Center in Monastery Göttweig, where most MediaArtHistories courses take place, is housed in a 14th century building, remodeled to fit the needs of modern research in singular surroundings. International experts analyze the image worlds of art, science, politics and economy and elucidate how they originated, became established and how they have stood the test of time. The innovative approach at the Department for Image Science is reinforced by praxis-oriented study.

Sabine Lindner
Department for Image Science
Danube University Krems
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Str. 30, A-3500 Krems
Tel: +43(0)2732 893-2569

HKPU Grad Show opens this friday


The book just launched. It is a visual account of examples of Urban Space as a laboratory for observing and experiencing the density of signs and their multiple frameworks : Signage, Giant Screens, signboards,Flags, Poster Displays, Architectural advertisements, surveillance Technologies, Tracking Devices etc.

星期一, 9月 24, 2007

Archives at Argos and you tube video selcted by INC

image taken from one of Ken Jacobs' Nervous Magic Lantern Performances

With the first edition of the bi-annual event OPEN ARCHIVE #1, Argos opens its collections, revealing the multiple correlations latent in the numerous audio-visual works comprising its archive. A series of curated programmes and specially grouped thematic sections highlight the new acquisitions and works selected by an international jury. A lively, diverse series of conferences, lectures, performances and screenings completes the project aiming to activate some of the key issues in audiovisual culture today. The long list of international guests includes Tony Conrad, Ken Jacobs, Eliane Radigue, Lev Manovich, Laura Mulvey, Keith Sanborn, Charles Curtis, David Toop, Steve Reinke, Philippe-Alain Michaud, among many others.

Parallely to OPEN ARCHIVE #1, Argos will continue its extra muros activities with a series of international events featuring works and artists from the Argos collections. In October and November the Ecran d'Art series at Cinéma Arenberg will bring to Brussels the work of Japanese artist Naomi Kawase and British avant-garde filmmaker John Smith. Another legendary avant-garde filmmaker, Kenneth Anger, will be the subject of a full retrospective programme and international seminar taking place in November at the Film Museum.

Fri 05.10.2007 11:00 - 19:00

Over the past years the moving image has claimed an increasingly prominent place on the Internet. Thanks to a wide range of technologies and web applications it has become possible, not only to record and distribute video, but to edit and remix it on-line as well. With this world of possibilities within reach of a multitude of social actors, the potential of video as a personal means of expression has arrived at a totally new dimension. How is this potential being used? How do artists and activists react to the popularity of YouTube and other 'user-generated-content' websites? What is the impact of the availability of massive on-line images and sound databases on aesthetics and narrativity? How is Cinema, as an art form and experience, influenced by the development of widely spreading internet practices? What does YouTube tell us about the state of art in visual culture? And how does the participation culture of video-sharing and vlogging reach some degree of autonomy and diversity, escaping the laws of the mass media and the strong grip of media conglomerates?

This Video Vortex conference is the first in a series of international events, aimed at critical research and reflection surrounding the production and distribution of on-line video content, at the instigation of the Institute of Network Cultures (INC).

Johan Grimonprez, Peter Horvath, Lev Manovich, Ana Kronschnabl & Tomas Rawlings, Adrian Miles, Simon Ruschmeyer, Keith Sanborn, Peter Westenberg

moderated by Geert Lovink
Co-production with Institute of Network Cultures

20:30 VIDEO VORTEX screenings: the Conference will be followed by a selection of exceptional, witty and provoking Internet videos, compiled for the occassion by international and local guests.