Edward Picot reviews Michael Szpakowski's 12 Remixes, a series of 12 pieces mixing audio and sometimes video, that the artist submitted to a competition every month. Picot carefully analyses Szpakowski's creative method and shows how in almost every instance Szpakowski's remixes have a more resonant and spacious feel than the originals; the sounds are dirtier, fuzzier, more textured; and the rhythms are more complex.
On September 20, 2012, Chicago dirty new media artists jonCates and Jon Satrom each presented a performance as an intersection with the exhibition "Ex-Static: George Kagan's Radios" at Intuit, the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago, IL. Their performances serve as examples of new media employed as a tactic in support of art rather than "new media art" as a condition represented by infatuation with expensive, new devices.
Michael Szpakowski reviews the online collaboration between Danish architect and video maker Sam Renseiw and British artist and composer Philip Sanderson. Building on a format excavated from the pioneer years of cinema in the 19th century and repurposed for the 21st, Lumière and Son is packed with networked playfulness and wit and, perhaps unexpectedly for something that is so much fun, a profound humanity.
Patrick Lichty interviews Salvatore Iaconesi about his diagnosed brain cancer [glioma, a tumor] and his seeking of a cure. Iaconesi asks us all to create a video, an artwork, a map, a text, a poem, a game, or try to find a solution to his health problem. Artists, designers, hackers, scientists, doctors, videomakers, musicians, writers. By going beyond the walls of hospitals and physicians’ offices, Iaconesi challenges each of us to use his medical information plus imagination to create something of meaning in response to his diagnosis.
Marc Garrett interviews John Jordan and Gavin Grindon about their collaborative publication, 'A Users Guide to (Demanding) the Impossible'. "This guide is not a road map or instruction manual. It’s a match struck in the dark, a homemade multi-tool to help you carve out your own path through the ruins of the present, warmed by the stories and strategies of those who took Bertolt Brecht’s words to heart: “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”
Roberta Buiani writes about the young artist 'Luca Lo Coco', who found himself at the center of an attack initiated by the director of Flash Art, Giancarlo Politi himself. Lo Coco critiqued the commercial artworld circus, for lacking authenticity, social values and artistic integrity. He created a pesky doppelgänger of the Flash Art website at www.ashartonline.com, replacing the original content with is own artwork. The site also existed as a platform for others to share their own critiques and observations concerning the arts establishment. This ended with Lo Coco having to close the site down after 6 months, as well as losing all of his home furniture when he had no money to pay for the hefty fine imposed on him by the courts.
Pete Gomes reflects upon his experience at the four day event Signal : Noise, held at the new Showroom space in London (UK). An experimental cross-disciplinary research project exploring the influence of cybernetics and information theory on contemporary cultural life by testing out its central idiom, ‘feedback’, through debates, performances, and events with artists, theorists and historians.
Mark Hancock reviews Remixthebook by artist, author Mark Amerika and co-curator and artist Rick Silva, consisting of over 25 contributing international artists, poets, and critical theorists, all of them interdisciplinary in their own practice-based research, who sample from remixthebook and manipulate the selected source material through their own artistic and theoretical filters.
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