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New Media Art resources

March 29th, 2011 by Andrew Taylor

Just thought I’d share two interesting New Media Art resources I saw at the VRA/ARLIS conference last week.  Aspect Magazine, a DVD “Chronicle” of new work, seems relevant to this group.  One of our professors ordered the Aspect issue listed below as she is interested in collaboration between the medical and art communities and art therapy.
Andrew Taylor, VRC Associate Curator, agt2@rice.edu

Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art ($25 for back issues)
ASPECT Magazine meets a unique need in current arts publications by publishing in a multimedia format that allows artists’ original works to be seen by other students and artists working in new media art around the world. The audio commentary accompanying each track heightens the magazine’s educational value by providing a catalyst for discussion and interaction with the works. In this way, ASPECT provides those working in media art with access to their contemporaries’ work and a critical take on the work to help contextualize it within the art world as a whole. Each issue highlights 5-10 artists working in new or experimental media, whose works are best documented in video or sound. The works can be viewed with or without an additional commentator audio track.
The Tipping Point
Health narratives from artists living in the South End neighborhood of Boston become content for building an interactive sculptural installation. The complex relationships between body, health, self, and community are examined from a combined anthropological and artistic perspective. This project pivots around the general assumption that a series of seemingly small changes can, over time, have a significant impact on the lives of individuals. This interdisciplinary team has worked to discern what small events (tipping points) in the lives of artists have changed their understanding of self, health and body. From this research an interactive robotic sculpture was designed to respond to these individual narratives.

Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Through open platforms for exchange and collaboration, our website serves to encourage and expand the communities around these practices. Our programs, many of which happen online, include commissions, exhibitions, events, discussion, archives and portfolios. We support artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media. Our organizational voice draws attention to artists, their work, their perspectives and the complex interrelationships between technology, art and culture.

  • Non-paying users of the Rhizome website can view all of the work in Rhizome?s ArtBase collection for free. They can also sign up to receive our weekly newsletter, Rhizome News; create a portfolio page or profile, and submit work to the ArtBase.
  • Rhizome Members have advanced access to the website and the ability to use a variety of tools. They can view the full record of individual artworks; annotate and comment on works; curate online exhibitions, and vote in our commissions program.
  • Organizational subscriptions are available to institutions, such as universities, art schools, art centers, libraries, clubs, through our Organizational Subscriptions program. These Subscriptions allow staff, faculty, students to gain access to all of Rhizome.org’s features and services for free. Contact nick.hasty{at}rhizome.org for more information. For schools and organizations in poor or excluded areas, Rhizome has different organizational access program: contact info{at}rhizome.org for details.

Questions Inspired by Engelbart and Nelson

February 28th, 2011 by lspiro

Reading selections from Doug Engelbart’s Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework and Ted Nelson’s Computer Lib opened up several questions:

  • What vision of the human is presented in these readings?
  • How do the ideas of Bush, Engelbart and Nelson (BEN?) compare to each other?
  • According to BEN, how can computers aid in the construction of knowledge?
  • What do we make of the style used by BEN?


February 18th, 2011 by lspiro

Inspired by Gardner Campbell’s “Networked Faculty Development Seminar” called Awakening the Digital Imagination, a group of librarians and educational technologists at Rice are discussing selections from the  ‘The New Media Reader.”  We welcome new members to join us!  Contact Lisa Spiro if you are interested.