— New RSShole

I wrote an essay for the current show at little berlin on net art collectives.  You can view the digital catalog here: digital catalog.  You can also view the works in the exhibition online here: distributedcollectives.net.

I will be hosting some sort of talk/discussion/panel for the closing reception  on Saturday, August 27th from 6-10pm.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to talk that whole time.  There will also be beer, bbq, and performances in the courtyard.

I am very curious to hear feedback about this essay and some of the ideas I present in it.  I welcome commentary and a continued discussion, either through the comments on this blog or by emailing me: anewasshole [at] excite [dot] com

A teacher once told me that I should never apologize for anything.  I have a very hard time believing that, but I’ll give it a try.  My absence from this blog?  Yes.  I’m not sorry.

As some know, I have been burying my ostrich head deep into the warm sand of net art for the current show at little berlin.  I will be posting my essay for the catalog shortly.  For today’s Wallflower Wednesday I wanted to post some essays and articles related to the practice of making art on the internet.

Manifest.AR at little berlin

The Territory of Versions in Kaleidoscope On Olivier Laric.  A thoughtful analysis, though it falls prey to that internet-eradicates-hierarchy trap which I wholly contest.  There are a lot of keywords here.

The Web is not a Gadget in Seed Magazine A review of Jaron Lanier’s manifesto, You are not a Gadget, which suggests that the internet is the death of creativity.  I disagree.  The reviewer also disagrees, but suggests that a “human-centrism” needs to be brought back to the web.  I disagree, because that doesn’t mean anything.

Hidden Bits: A Survey of Techniques for Digital Watermaking by Chris Shoemaker Precisely as the name suggests.  A great independent study project from Union College.

Separation Anxiety in Stanford Magazine Method Man said “Let me know it’s real son, if it’s really real”  I think the author Joan Hamilton, ’83, would like that lyric.  She only used the idea of the real vs. virtual 18 times in her essay.

New Productive Systems in 491 Brad Troemel’s oft-linked essay on critical frameworks and contemporary practices.

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30 Episodes of Art Criticism & Writing Lectures from SVA’s MFA Program

The MFA program in Art Criticism & Writing is one of the only graduate writing programs in the world that focuses specifically on criticism. This program is not involved in “discourse production” or the prevarications of curatorial rhetoric, but rather in the practice of criticism writ large, aspiring to literature.  Includes video lectures from T. J. Clark, Dave Hickey, Avital Ronell, Boris Groys, Arthur Danto, Johanna Drucker, and many more.

Thanks, Damon.

I know it’s not Wednesday.  Okay?  Whatever, I’ve been at the beach all week.  I’m still at the beach.  I don’t care.  This is island time.

Beach art is pretty spectacular, but I think I will save that for a different post.  Today I’m thinking about images and two-dimensionality beacause what could be more two-dimensional than a life not at the beach??????

“In Defense of the Poor Image” on e-flux This is actually smart.  And about reality.

“That Was Then: The Art of the Before-After Photograph” in The Smart Set: “On the web the before-and-photo flourishes in its ideal state, as stripped down and essential a form of storytelling as a Henny Youngman joke…In the super-efficient world of the web, it’s just set-up, punchline, set-up, punchline, with the trudge of “and then” disappearing like Faith Hill’s eye-bags and back fat after the Photoshop wizards in Redbook’s art department have had their way with her.”

“Image and Consumption” in Key Ideas: This is more wandering blog post than anything else.  The comments are pretty good.