SITE NET ART PROJECT 2007-10
2 Curated Net Art Exhibitions for 2007-2010 stock-site.org.au project initiated by CAST Tasmania. (nd)SITE

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Self/System

2007

Mez

Andrew Bucksbarg

Andy Deck & Andrej Tisma

Curated by Scot Cotterell

This exhibition may contain material of a sensitive nature

Works -

Mez : XOR

Andrew Bucksbarg : Consumertopia

Andy Deck & Andrej Tisma : Playout

Article: Scot Cotterell 2007

site was conceived as a multi-function online exhibition space, with the aim to increase and add to CAST Gallery's exhibition program and complement the realm of the actual gallery space. Its intention is to support emerging and established practitioners working in .net based art and other electronic forms. Marvellous works, with limited physical manifestations, exist dotted throughout the Internet and are constantly being produced by artists exploring new modes of interaction and action and it is these works that site aims to promote. site is also a space for curatorial experiments, conversations and experiments. The intention is to invite guest curators, both established and emerging, to broaden the scope of the exhibition program.

The works in site's current exhibition Self/System take on critical approaches to the relationship of self to media and the systems that contain and control it. Invariably, because of the works' method of production and presentation these concerns are hard to escape, but what is interesting is that the interfaces differ - our encounter with it as viewers and as users.

Andy Deck and Andrej Tisma's Playout promises to combine the thrill of Internet gambling and pornography with the seriousness of war. A minimal, low-resolution grid greets us on the screen and as we click on various sections, juxtapositions of exploitative imagery occur and unfold selling us products for an imagined highly violent future or present. The irony is deep but avoids hilarity, the dark streak maintains its strength as advertising slogans give insight into our consumption of imagery and flesh; the pornographic content of propaganda and the violent content of pornography.

Andrew Bucksbarg's Consumertopia takes as its starting point a similar level of media-overload, but presents the work as an highly interactive surface upon which all our mouse movements generate non-linear combinations of words, images and events. A generative composition of sorts, we make an awkward music of bleeps, slowed vocals and simultaneously meaningful and meaningless junctures of language. The single-screen interface, through which we never progress, acts as an attention-span monitor testing our ability to deal with non-narrative structures. While similarly dystopian, Consumertopia veils this initially through its slick interface, 'cut-out' effect imagery and playful interface.

Mez's work XOR presents a cinematic, scrolling visual experience; there is no user 'input', but rather, an overly 'designed' looking space showcasing fleshy conglomerations of abstract bodily imagery merging in genetic formations that scroll left to right in a slow loop. Mez's trademark code language 'mezangelle' is interspersed throughout the imagery and offers snippets of potentially autobiographical text formed from a disconcerting mixture of 'real' language, code, textual anomalies and abbreviations. The imagery takes on the softened, soul-less edges of the most over-designed corporate identities merged with a kaleidoscope effect image of a singular eyed creature, Cyclopian, anal and fractured, yet, balanced.

Presenting an array of dynamic approaches to the operation of net-based work and through an honest, fearless approach to the construction and validity of new media artworks, Mez, Andrew Bucksbarg, Andy Deck & Andrej Tisma hack and reflect a ubiquitous dynamic global network, and present these for our consideration.

Artist Biographies:

Mez:

"Mez does for code poetry as jodi and Vuk Cosic have done for ASCII Art:
Turning a great, but naively executed concept into something brilliant,
paving the ground for a whole generation of digital artists." (Florian
Cramer). The impact of her unique code/net.wurks [constructed via her
pioneering net.language _mezangelle_]
has been compared to Shakespeare, James Joyce, Emily Dickinson, and Larry
Wall. Mez has exhibited extensively eg Wollongong World Women Online 1995,
ISEA 1997 Chicago USA, ARS Electronica 1997, SIGGRAPH 1999 & 2000,
_Under_Score_ @ The Brooklyn Music Academy USA 2001, +playengines+ Melbourne
Australia 2003, p0es1s Berlin Germany 2004 , Arte Nuevo InteractivA Yucatan
Mexico 2005 + in Radical Software @ Turin Italy 2006. Her awards include the
*2001 VIF Prize [Germany]*, the *JavaMuseum Artist Of The Year 2001
[Germany]*, *2002 Newcastle New Media Poetry Prize [Australia], *winner of
the* 2006 Site Specific Competition [Italy] *+ *2006 Artifical
A.GenderCompetition [Australia].

Andrew Bucksbarg:

Andrew Bucksbarg is a techno-media artist, experimental interaction designer, audio-visual performer and a professor in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University. Bucksbarg’s work and interests reverberate in the space of creative new media practices,
technology and theory. As an experimental interaction artist, Bucksbarg concerns himself with technologies and social systems that support tactics of ambiguous, autonomous social creativity and
exchange. Bucksbarg’s work appears physically and digitally around the globe, including the Rhizome.org Artbase; Stunned.org; Soundtoys.net; Trampoline Media Festival, Nottingham, UK; dLux Media Arts Festival, Sydney, Australia; and The International Media Festival: Art in the
Age of New Technologies, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Armenia. He co-produces a monthly, live A/V program, Videacy (Videacy.net) in Bloomington, Indiana and recently co-curated Mediatopia.2 fresh!, a net.art exhibition (Mediatopia.net) and is the director of Perform.Media (PerformTheMedia.net), a media arts festival and symposium at Indiana University.

Andy Deck:

Andy Deck is an American artist specializing in Internet art. His work
addresses the politics and aesthetics of collaboration, interactivity, software, and
independent media. Using the site ARTCONTEXT.NET, Deck combines code, text, and images to demonstrate new patterns of participation and control that distinguish online presence and representation from previous artistic practices. His aesthetic program delves into the myth of technological progress, issues surrounding collective authorship, and the cultural context of political passivity. Visitors to Artcontext encounter online production processes that suggest both the potential and limits of systematized creativity. In addition to the anonymous collaboration fostered by his websites, Deck has worked with arts collectives such as Turbulence, Personal Cinema, and Furtherfield, which mounted a retrospective of his work in 2004. In 1999 Deck co-founded the environmental art organization Transnational Temps, which has produced a series of terranodes (TERRANODE.ORG) -- earth art projects for the new century. In 2006 Deck opened a commission named Screening Circle on the websites of the Whitney Museum and the Tate Modern. He participated in the Node.L cultural events series and exhibited his work in London at the HTTP Gallery. Other 2006 exhibitions include Stockholm, Sweden; Como, Italy; Castilla-La
Mancha, Spain; Bodrum, Turkey; and New York City, U.S.A. The artist currently lives and works in New York.

Andrej Tisma:

Andrej Tisma is a Novi Sad (Serbia) based artist, art critic and curator. Since 1996 concerned with computer graphics and web.art, as well as writing on those media. Since the early '70s mail-artist and networker. Founder of The Institute for the Spreading of Love (1991) and Embargo Art campaign (1992).Andrej Tisma was born 1952 in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. Graduated fromAcademy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1976. Since early'70s Tisma was concerned with many fields of art : concrete poetry,mail-art, photography, xerox, performance art and video art. Soloexhibitions since 1972 (Novi Sad, Belgrade, New York, Milan, Seoul,Munich, Naples, San Francisco, London) and since 1969 took part in some 500 collective exhibitions in about 40 countries all over the world.

Tisma's web art works are included in the Net Art Idea Line, Whitney
Museum Of American Art, New York, USA; Rhizome Artbase, New
York, USA; Net Art Guide, Stuttgart, Germany. He took part in the Ars
Electronica festival, Linz, Austria. Tisma lives in Novi Sad, Serbia

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Hunter Gatherer 2007.

J. R Carpenter

Robert Spahr

Jason Nelson


Curated by Scot Cotterell

This exhibition may contain material of a sensitive nature


Works -

J.R. Carpenter - The Cape

Robert Spahr - Cruft

Jason Nelson - Death Spin

Artist Biographies:

J.R.Carpenter

J. R. Carpenter is an award-winning author of poetry, fiction and
electronic literature. Born on a farm in Nova Scotia, Canada, she
has been based in Montreal since 1990. She studied Life Drawing
& Anatomy at the Art Students’ League of New York and Fibres &
Sculpture at Concordia University in Montreal. She is a two-time
winner of the CBC Québec Short Story Competition and a Web Art Finalist
in the Drunken Boat Panliterary Awards 2006. Her electronic
literature has been presented internationally at the Musée des beaux-arts
(Montréal) and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto) and has
been included in the Electronic Literature Collection Volume One, the
Rhizome ArtBase and the Web Biennial 2007 (Istanbul). Her short
fiction has been broadcast on CBC Radio, translated into French and
anthologized in Le livre de chevet (Quartanier, Montréal),
Short Stuff, Lust for Life and In Other Words (Véhicule,
Montréal), and has appeared in journals including Geist, The New
Quarterly, Blood & Aphorisims and Matrix. She has
been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, Ucross and the Banff New Media
Institute, and grants in literature and in new media from the Canada
Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du
Québec. She presently serves as President of the Board of Directors
of OBORO New Media Lab in Montréal. More information about her
fiction and electronic literature can be found online at:
http://luckysoap.com

Robert Spahr

Robert Spahr is a visual artist and educator, who produces generative art
programs, digital and analog images, objects, live art and time-based media.
He lives in New York City. International exhibits: Computer Art Congress 2008, CAC.2, Mexico City
and Toluca City, Mexico, 2008; Media Exchange 2, VT Art Salon, as part
of the ACIA, Taipei, Taiwan 2008; Generative Art Conference, Milan,
Italy 2007; Online Gallery D-ART 2006, London, England and the CGIV 2006, Sydney,
Australia; Trampoline Event #19, Nottingham, United Kingdom; Hz Journal, Stockholm,
Sweden; 6th International Salon of Digital Art, Havana, Cuba.
Nationally his work can be seen in the online digital media/art/video exhibition, "ubuntu.kuqala" curated by Dale Hudson & Sharon Lin Tay, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca College, 31 March–06 April 2008. National past exhibits: "Adding Insult to Imagery?
Artistic Responses to Censorship and Media" at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
which then traveled to Central Missouri State University; recent edition of the refereed
on-line journal DrainMag.com; Solo show 'CRUFT' at Manifest Gallery; festival and symposium "2006 Perform.Media" hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington.
Teaching experience includes the University of the Arts, Hartford Art School, Dowling College
and the State University of New York, Purchase College. He has been a visiting artist at the
Art Academy of Cincinnati, and Xavier University.
http://www.robertspahr.com

Jason Nelson

interactive biography :
www.secrettechnology.com/jasonbio.html