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Call for Performances/presentations

WATERWHEEL will be launched on 22 August, in Brisbane (Australia) AND will take place live online on the TAP at 6.30pm – find your time here – Media release attached.

The TAP is an online, real-time venue and forum, workshop and stage for live networked performance and presentation. Here you can create and collaborate, rehearse and remix, present and exchange, participate and communicate—privately as a crew or publicly with an audience. The Tap provides tools for live networking and real-time media mixing.

This is a call for proposals for performances/presentations (of 5 minutes each maximum) for the launch of WATERWHEEL – with a deadline for proposals of 12 August 2011. The entire performance/presentation program will be no longer than 30-45min.  Below some info on how to use WATERWHEEL. Do not hesitate in contacting us for more details or a guided tour of the TAP.

Suzon Fuks
Australia Council for the Arts Fellow
skype: suzonfuks
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A new online platform exploring ‘water’ as a topic and metaphor. Here is a short video presentation about it – check our vimeo account for a new video coming soon showing the TAP in its latest development!  See also media release attached and info below.
All you need is a computer with internet access and a web browser with the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. To contribute and collaborate via the Tap, you might also need a webcam and headset depending on your performance/presentation.
* sign up, you will receive an email with a link
* Activate the link, you can create your TAP (please give it a title) and upload on the WHEEL (check also your junk/spam box, maybe email goes there)
For details, please download pdf document about upload requirements & how to use the TAP.

Video tutorial here.
You can upload: Image (JPG, PNG)  | Video (MP4) | Animation/Slideshow (SWF) | Audio (MP3) | Document (RTF, PDF, DOC, XLS) : all media about ‘water’ as a topic or metaphor

* once you signed up and activated the link received by email
* you can create your TAP (please give it a title) and upload on the WHEEL (check also your junk/spam box, maybe email goes there)
* If you want to invite someone on your TAP, add that user in your crew
* user will receive an invitation by email with a link
* link has to be activated
* user will log in
* then click on ‘My Taps’ & on the table, there will be ‘superD’ TAP or another titled TAP you’ve been invited to
* On the right side of the table, you have a link ‘ENTER’. Click on it.
* the TAP will load on your webpage (patience, it might take a few minutes – you might be asked to update your flash player to new version, that doesn’t take much time. Just follow the prompt. But you might need to re-log-in)
* You can go with or without webcam. You will need to go on the top menu and select a tab (webcam, visuals, audio) and within each tab, an icon that you will drag onto the stage below. If you want to type chat, go on the write side at the bottom, there is an entry for public and crew. And in the middle on the right, there is another entry for a crew private chat (not seen by audience).
* if you click on a media (once it is dragged on the white page), you will see a palette of tools – first row from top: keep your mouse down when you select one of the tools, second row: resetting tools, third row: just a click on the tool you need, volume icon: keep your mouse down and go down to diminish the volume.

This project is initiated by Suzon Fuks as part of a Fellowship assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; in collaboration with INKAHOOTS and IGNEOUS, supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council, the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts, Ausdance Queensland, Youth Arts Queensland & iMAL. Creative Sparks is a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. People collaborating so far on the project are from NZ, Australia, Indonesia, India, Serbia, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, UK, Canada & USA.

| blog | vimeo | flickr | twitter | WATERWHEEL site

PUBLIC ARTS FUNDING UPDATE from Createquity blog

state of art

photo by simon cox

Aboriginal artists online


Boomalli has a new website

so raise your vessel and consider the site unofficially launched


what else?

* tune into Awaye this saturday and the following monday to hear an interview about cyberTribe online Indigenous Art Gallery:
(or revisit and listen online after that)

* theres an exhibition on in Western Sydney at the moment:

* the Melbourne Art Fair is on in early august:

* colourise will screen Indigenous Films in Brisbane for most of August!/event.php?eid=136530426371904&ref=ts

IndyArts: Journalism Innovations III

Journalism Innovations III * April 30-May 2, 2010 ?Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco (Parker x Golden Gate Google map)? ?Produced by the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism, Independent Arts & Media, Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California, University of San Francisco.

Contents:??1) UPDATED & printable schedule online?2) UNCONFERENCE: RemakeCamp joins Ji3 May 2!?3) SIGN UP for speed-career counseling!?4) EXHIBIT your media service, site, project
1) Ji3 Event Schedule, April 30-May 2?Ji3 offers a panoply of discussion and speakers. PANELS: “Fasten Your Sealtbelts! New Journalism Takes Off,” “Doing Hyperlocal,” “Arts Journalism 2.0,” “Tax Issues for Freelancers,” “The Art of Access,” Data to Diamonds,” “International News in the 21st Century,” “News Co-ops, New Networks & New Public Media,” and many more. PRESENTERS: Davey D, Joan Walsh (, Robert Rosenthal (Center for Investigative Reporting), Michael Stoll (SF Public Press, SF Panorama), David Cohn (Spot.Us), Juan Gonzales (El Tecolote), Brant Houston (Investigative News Network) and many more.
2) UNCONFERENCE: ReMake Camp follows Ji3 at 1pm May 2?RemakeCamp: an Unconference on future of journalism and online media, happens May 2, 2010, 1pm – 6pm, University of San Francisco, on the heels of Ji3. RemakeCamp brings together professional journalists and technologists to share insider knowledge. The event is free and will consist of 5-minute talks and an interactive panel discussion (everyone in audience is answering the same questions in real time). Over 80 people currently registered represent Stanford, Berkeley, SFGate,, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, SF Public Press,, AllThingsD, GigaOm network, ShareThis, PBWorks,, Meehive and more.
3) Speed Career Coaching May 1?Speed Coaching Sessions with professional Career Counselors are 15-20 minutes long. Sessions are free on a first come, first served basis — pre-registration is required! Bring your resume and be sure to get your actual appointment time when you register on Saturday morning.
4) Exhibit Your Project or Service @ Ji3?Journalism Innovations is the West Coast’s premiere showcase for groundbreaking journalism ideas, media innovation, reportorial practice and community networking.??Do you run an innovative media project, offer a technology or support service, or need partners or clients? Tables range from $50-$500, based on budget, and will be in the main entrance area for the conference, (Fromm Hall, USF campus) between the registration table and the plenary conference rooms — a high-traffic setting putting you in direct contact with a wide variety of journalists, academics, advocates, citizens and students.??There are only 14 exhibitor tables total. Register today!

NMF will be taking a break until the New Year

Come back after the new year. Happy holidays.

Stadtstaat. A Scenario for Merging Cities

A Project by Metahaven
26 September–15 November 2009
Opening: Friday 25 September, 17.00-20.00
Symposium ‘Networked Cities: Governance, Trust, Design’
Sunday 15 November 2009, 13.00-18.00
‘Stadtstaat. A Scenario for Merging Cities’ is a project by Metahaven in two episodes, co-produced and presented by Casco and Ku?nstlerhaus Stuttgart. Following episode 1 on view until 12 September at Ku?nstlerhaus Stuttgart, the opening of episode 2 takes place on 25 September at Casco where the story of ‘Stadtstaat’ evolves.

Metahaven is a design studio that explores the ruptures in the fields of design, research and geopolitics. They operate with strategies of fiction and allegory to revise and mobilize the role of corporate identity and aesthetics in projections of political and economic power. They stage their speculative inquiries in highly visual and conceptually dense assemblages, which can take shape on the printed page, as a client brief, in ephemera like stamps, brochures and posters or take on the form of exhibitions, lectures and debates. Metahaven consists of Daniel van der Velden, Vinca Kruk, and Gon Zifroni. Much of their work, since their founding in 2004, is gathered in the forthcoming book ‘Uncorporate Identity’, which also features a host of contextual and allusive texts by architects, novelists and political scientists.

‘Stadtstaat. A Scenario for Merging Cities’ projects a mise-en-scene of an urban experiment, not city twinning but city merging. Going beyond the conjectural scenarios of place-branding that have inflected their recent work, Metahaven invents models for a regional ‘city-state.’ With a programmatic reflection on the homogeneity that might befall European ‘unification,’ we are invited to imagine a policy decision by two mid-level Northern European cities that bid to weather the economic downturn and enhance their networking capacities by becoming one – Utrecht and Stuttgart. With a nod to the EU’s primary purpose as a trading bloc, these two enterprising cities try to become more competitive by joining forces, and pursuing the dream of unlimited network power. Departing from Metahaven’s forays into encryption and the space-structuring effects of new information technologies, ‘Stadtstaat’ is managed via an information architecture called ‘Trust,’ a social networking platform that governs through participation.

‘Stadtstaat. A Scenario for Merging Cities’ generates forms that render the role of design in a managed and technocratic European reality more tangible and debatable. The graphic surface becomes a platform that turns communication into political interaction. This is done through the production and distribution of ephemera like letterheads, models, tapes and posters as well as ‘tag clouds’ and ‘chats’, which embody the emerging communal netspace of the formerly distinct cities.

‘Stadtstaat. A Scenario for Merging Cities’ is supported by Mondriaan Foundation, Gemeente Utrecht and Utrecht Consortium/Sia Raak.

On the 15th of November, the last day of ‘Stadtstaat’, a public forum is being organised under the title of ‘Networked Cities: Governance, Trust, Design’. International thinkers and practitioners will participate in this symposium in order to discuss the issue of urban governance and politics in the light of network power and the thrust of participation. Speakers include: Pier Vittorio Aureli, architect and author of the book ‘The Project of Autonomy’, Rotterdam; Theo Deutinger, architect and infographic designer, Rotterdam; Matthias Görlich, designer, researcher and coinitiator of the ‘Civic City’ programme, Zurich; Ingo Niermann, writer and editor of the Solution series (Sternberg Press), Berlin; Marina Vishmidt, critic and co-editor of ‘Uncorporate Identity’, London; and Metahaven.

11 November 2009, 18.00-20.00: Public presentation of proposal for HKU new identity. In the light of ‘Stadtstaat’ and under the guidance of Casco, a group of students from the Creative Lab of Utrecht School of Art (HKU) teams up and develops a proposal throughout an entire semester for a HKU new identity. The public presentation of the proposal takes place on 11 November 2009.

September–October 2009: Workshops with MaHKU
Metahaven is invited to have a series of workshops with the students from the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design in Utrecht (MaHKU) around the methods and issues in the ‘Stadtstaat’. The workshops are developed in the framework of Utrecht Consortium, a collaboration amongst several Utrecht-based contemporary art institutions and MaHKU.

5–20 September 2009 ‘Grammar of the World-Based on Operational Play’
At this moment, Casco presents an exhibition of artist Hwayeon Nam. The exhibition evolved from the collaborative performance ‘Operational Play’ which took place in public areas of both Seoul and Utrecht. Participants in the performance had been asked to give their interpretation of a military operation while wearing a simple mask. The documentations of these group performances show different forms of group interaction and individualities against urban surroundings.

12-13 September 2009 ‘Utrecht Uitfeest’
Casco participates in the ‘Utrecht Uitfeest’, the yearly opening festival of the cultural season within the city of Utrecht.

2-4 October 2009 ‘NY Art Book Fair’
Casco will be present at the NY Art Book Fair. This fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, and independent artist/publishers presenting a diverse range of the best in contemporary art publications.

4-11 October 2009 ‘User’s Manual: The Grand Domestic Revolution’ Casco will host the opening week of this one-year-long group project which deals with the evolutionary process of exploring and constructing a social space in the domestic realm. This project is developed by Casco, in the framework of Utrecht Manifest, a biennial for social design.

Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory, established in 1990 in Utrecht, is committed to the production and presentation of interdisciplinary projects and participatory activities initiated with artists and designers. Its primary focus is on the areas where art, design and theory intersect to form critical, imaginative and collaborative inquiries into our social and physical environment.

For further information about ‘Stadtstaat. A Scenario for Merging Cities’, the symposium of 15 November 2009 and other projects by Casco, you can check our website and/or contact Jaring Du?rst Britt (e-mail:, telephone: +31 (0)30 231 9995).

Fire Short Film Competition

Calling all fanatical and passionate film producers, flamboyant cultivators of the moving image! Five Minutes of Fire challenges you to create and submit short films around the theme of Desire. Part of ‘The Compass of Desire Festival’, Five Minutes of Fire will bring together film-makers from far and wide to exhibit their work here in Bristol.

We are exploring the realms of desire in the broadest possible sense. From sex, lust and love to commodity obsession and a deep nostalgia for the past. Judged by a panel of industry experts, awards will be for Best Film, Audience Award, Local Film- maker and Youth Award.

Entries must be no longer then five minutes in length. Submissions will be accepted in the following formats: DVD, Mini DV or as full quality DV QuickTime files. Submission to be accompanied by the Entry Form, and sent to: Five Minutes of Fire, Compass Film CIC, 10 Ashley Road, St Pauls, Bristol, BS6 5NP – no later than Monday
3rd August 2009.
For application pack email:

newmediaFIX Takes a Few Days Off

Please visit on April 27, 2009.

FEATURE: Splashback: Rhizome’s Splash Pages, 1998-2002

Rhizome is pleased to announce the launch of “ Splashback: Rhizome’s Splash Pages, 1998-2002,” an online exhibition featuring the 39 splash pages commissioned over a four-year period. “Splashback” offers a brief overview of online art and design practices from ten years ago through a nearly obsolete medium, the splash page.


Splash art originated in the 1940s in comics, where the term referred to a full page of visuals at the front of a book. Pages were designed to engage the reader’s imagination along the lines of the comic’s broader concept, while standing independent from the narrative. In the late 1990s, when the widespread use of the application Flash opened up new possibilities for animation and interactive media, the idea of the splash page migrated to web design. Online splash art brought visual excitement to a web page when low modem speeds made it impractical to post large or moving images amid a site’s textual content.

Rhizome introduced splash pages to its web site in 1998 in order to display artwork with greater immediacy. Splash art occupied the entire browser window, and the works were not indexed by prefaces, links, and thumbnails as art usually was on Rhizome and other sites. When the artwork appeared, the only clue to its authorship was in an extension of Rhizome’s URL, a structural necessity that also served a community-building function. Not only did the splash project create a more direct platform for showcasing work, it also defined a circle of artists by connecting their name to Rhizome’s in the location bar and forging a direct bond between their art and Rhizome’s home page.

Rhizome discontinued the use of splash pages 2002. As the staff implemented a new design for the site, they decided the splash pages were an unnecessary obstacle to reaching the home page—a choice in tune with the zeitgeist as pop-up functionality plagued the web. But the recent move to organize and present this piece of Rhizome’s past in “Splashback” was made with the awareness that the original reason behind the splash project—the desire to put the art up front—is an impulse that continues to shape Rhizome’s presence online today.

Artists include: Annie Abrahams, Daniel Garcia Andujar, Ben Benjamin, heath bunting, Gregory Chatonsky, Shu Lea Cheang, Andrew Childs, Curt Cloninger, David Crawford, Mark Daggett, Joshua Davis, entropy8zuper, Andrew Forbes, Valery Grancher, Matthew Hoessli, Olia Lialina, David Lindeman, jimpunk, JODI, Yael Kanarek, Lucas Kuzma, Antonio Mendoza, Mouchette, MTAA, Robbin Murphy, Nettmedia, Scott Paterson, Pavu, Waldemar Pranckiewicz, Reinis, Satellite01, Sigma6, Starry Night, Eugene Thacker, Jake Tilson, Maciej Wisniewski, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

“Splashback” is organized by Brian Droitcour, Rhizome Curatorial Fellow.
Site built by Elise Roedenbeck, Technology Assistant.

About Rhizome
Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. 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.

Rhizome’s public programs are supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and The Rockefeller Foundation’s NYC Cultural Innovation Fund.

ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe presents Extended

ZKM | Center forArt and Media Karlsruhe

Tobias Rehberger84 Jahre, 2001Copyright Marc Domage/Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2003

Collection Landesbank

An exhibition at the ZKM |
Museum of Contemporary Art
May 21 – October 18, 2009

ZKM | Center for
Art and Media Karlsruhe
Lorenzstraße 19
76135 Karlsruhe, Germany
phone: + 49-(0)721-8100-1200

Opening: Wed, 20.05. at 7 p.m. in the ZKM_Foyer

About the Exhibition:

The Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) has been a partner of the ZKM | Karlsruhe for many years. As an expansion of this partnership, the Collection Landesbank Baden-Württemberg has, additionally, collaborated with the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art since 2005. In the context of this cooperation, the collection will be honored with a major exhibition on the ground floor of the museum.

With a focus on contemporary German art since the early 1980s, the exhibition will show primarily the collection’s latest developments. In this, very spezial consideration is given to continually expanding or, in part, also entirely newly acquired work groups from seminal contemporary artists rather than to outstanding individual acquisitions. For this reason, the exhibition does not make the claim of offering a representative overview of the collection, but rather, allows a closer look at the collection’s more recent history.

Positions of meanwhile internationally renowned artists such as Franz Ackermann, Thomas Demand, Georg Herold, Christian Jankowski, Martin Kippenberger, Michel Majerus, Albert Oehlen, Tobias Rehberger, and Wolfgang Tillmanns, along with those of more controversially discussed artists, such as André Butzer, Josephine Meckseper, Julika Rudelius, Corinne Wasmuht, and Ina Weber form important focuses within the collection’s broad spectrum.

Curated by Lutz Casper and Gregor Jansen.
In collaboration with Andreas Beitin and Isabel Meixner.

Artists in Exhibition:

Franz Ackermann, Werner Büttner, André Butzer, Thomas Demand, Günther Förg, Thomas Grünfeld, Georg Herold, Christian Jankowski, Martin Kippenberger, Thomas Locher, Michel Majerus, Josephine Meckseper, Albert Oehlen, Tobias Rehberger, Julika Rudelius, Wolfgang Tillmanns, Corinne Wasmuht, Ina Weber, Peter Zimmermann

ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Opening hours:
Wed – Fri 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Sat, Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mon, Tue closed

Guided tours:
Sat, 2 p. m.

Press Contact:
Friederike Walter
Phone: +49-(0)721-8100-1220
Fax: +49-(0)721-8100-1139