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News from #11

[August 25th 2005]

NEWS FROM ARTIFICIAL.DK #11, Thursday, August 25th, 2005
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This month we bring you four articles, which is Artificial's record for a newsletter! We cover two exhibitions at major institutions in both Europe and the US, and we continue our quest to find out more about the Nordic scene for digital arts, this time with Swede Nils Claesson.

When working with promoting the digital arts, a big question is always whether you want to exhibit it on its own in a closed circuit or if you want it to be part of the more tangible and traditional art world. The latter being the one with the big audience. It's not a given and both have advantages and disadvantages. Soeren Pold and Emil Bach Soerensen both went to a place dedicated to the digital arena: Zentrum für Kunst und Medietechnologie (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany. They both saw the exhibition The Algorithmic Revolution. Soeren gives us a thorough insight into the digital strategies and doesn't fail to mention the poor state of things here in DK: “If you think digital art is a new thing – which would be easy to think from the highly sporadic treatment of the subject by Danish museums – then visiting the ZKM and the Zuse Z22 is a good idea.” Emil comments on a few of the artworks, one of them telling us with a sticker to ‘please touch the screen'!

Torben Olander went to a more traditional museum, however, one that is know to put some emphasis on digital arts. At San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Torben saw Jeremy Blake's ‘The Winchester Trilogy' and talked to the artist.

Both shows are still on, so if you are getting close to Karlsruhe or San Francisco this fall you should go check them out.

Right now we are getting ready to go to a place definitely dedicated to the digital world. Ars Electronica is on next week and we will be there Wed through Sat. if you would like to meet up, we can be reached at +45 2048 2585 (Thomas) and +45 2819 8374 (Kristine).



The German Centre for Art and Media (ZKM) is currently showing the exhibition The Algorithmic Revolution. Soeren Pold takes his point of departure in Konrad Zuses Z22 computer from 1957 and gives us his take on the historical digital art strategies from the exhibition.

The German Centre for Art and Media (ZKM) is currently showing the exhibition The Algorithmic Revolution. Emil Bach Soerensen visited the exhibition and gives a brief comment on two digital artworks to give us a reminder of the significance of the active human participant.

Here is the next chapter in our unpredictable interview series with Nordic artists. Norwegian artist Trine Eidsmo chose to pass the questions to Swedish artist Nils Claesson .

During the last five years Jeremy Blake has established himself on the international art scene with his fusion of abstract paintings, film footage, sound and animation. He is currently showing his Winchester Trilogy at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Artificial's Torben Olander met with him.


Readme has just announced the artists chosen for the Readme 100 - Temporary Software Art Factory. Among them is one of Artificial's favorites Christophe Bruno. Read Me takes place in Dortmund, Germany on Nov 4-5.

Nordic Net art festival Live Herring to be held in Jyväskylä, Finland on Nov 17-20 2005.

Check out this blog listing calls for a bunch of fields related to media, art and theory:

This is our catalogue of computer based art we can recommend. You'll find net art, software art, classics, and a continuously updated list of new pieces. This time we have one recommendation:

Obviously, you have always been able to scream at your computer but with Amy Alexander's software art piece, Scream, the computer actually hears it - and responds. You install the scream feature on your computer and using a microphone you get to yell at the computer. It complicates working and listening to online radio but try to play it a song and it will create an interesting, real time desktop music video.


When spending time by the computer, you sometimes need to do some constructive time wasting. We have a few suggestions.

The first thing is pretty snazzy. The Mapbuilder lets you create a map to put on your website, which is all very nice, but that is not why we love it. No, what we like is that you can find a location, you can zoom very close and then change the mode to satellite and see everything from above. Also, you can combine the two and see the satellite photo with major highways drawn on it.

Another good time waster is this blog. And it's funny too. The Generator Blog is an ever growing list of various generators available on the net. They all generate necessities such as the Bullshit Job Title Generator. Can't live without it.


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