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Introducing ImagePlot Software: explore patterns in large image collections

Image: 883 Manga series from the scanlation site
Total number of pages: 1,074,790

Lev Manovich and Jeremy Douglass, 2010.


ImagePlot is a free software tool that visualizes collections of images and video of any size. (The largest set we tried so was: 1,074,790 one megabyte images).


ImagePlot works on Mac, Windows, and Lunix.
Max visualization resolution: 2.5 GB (2,684,354,560 grayscale pixels, or 671,088,640 RGB pixels).

ImagePlot was developed by the Software Studies Initiative ( with support from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA).

Along with the program, we also distribute a number of articles by Lev Manovich, Jeremy Douglass and Tara Zepel that address methodologies for exploring large visual cultural data sets, and discuss our digital humanities projects which use ImagePlot. (The articles can be also downloaded directly from

Visualizations created with ImagePlot have been shown in science centers, art and design museums, and art galleries, including Graphic Design Museum (Breda, Netherlands), Gwangju Design Biennale (Korea), and The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.

ImagePlot software was developed as part of our Cultural Analytics research program.

Learn more about Imageplot at Software Studies.

Inaugura la exposición “Transductores. Pedagogías colectivas en red”


Del 01 de octubre al 28 de noviembre de 2010.

Taller: 16, 17, 23 y 25 de noviembre de 2010.

Dirección: Ramon Parramon. Coordinación. Maite Palomo.

El proyecto está producido por ACVic Centre d’Arts Contemporànies y dirigido por Antonio Collados y Javier Rodrigo. Archivo Móvil TRANSDUCTORES es un proyecto organizado y producido por el Centro José Guerrero.

TRANSDUCTORES pretende investigar y activar iniciativas en las que se articulen de manera flexible las prácticas artísticas, la intervención política y la educación, a partir de la acción de colectivos interdisciplinares.

TRANSDUCTORES se concreta en el despliegue de un archivo relacional con el que difundir, entrelazar y problematizar las prácticas arriba mencionadas a través del estudio de diversos casos, buscando su articulación directa en el contexto mediante la puesta en marcha de seminarios, talleres de formación y el trabajo en colaboración con agentes locales.

Los materiales compilados en el archivo visibilizan los procesos llevados a cabo por esos colectivos, o bien son los resultados formales de muchas de sus prácticas (publicaciones, carteles, diagramas, mapas, vídeos, etc.). Estas prácticas se presentan como modelos de pedagogías colectivas donde se abordan problemas sociales específicos (como por ejemplo el reciclaje, la salud, las basuras, las energías limpias, el concepto de ciudadanía, la regeneración urbana) mediante el desarrollo sostenible, la participación ciudadana o la cultura visual. Estas iniciativas incluyen el trabajo interdisciplinar de educadores, estudiantes, artistas, arquitectos, paisajistas o urbanistas, promoviendo el intercambio de habilidades y conocimientos, a la par que construyen un aprendizaje en colaboración e instituyendo espacios alternativos de educación y ciudadanía.

TRANSDUCTORES. Pedagogías colectivas en red pretende activar el trabajo de las prácticas y materiales presentados en el archivo relacional como un laboratorio pedagógico situado en ACVic Centre d’Arts Contemporànies. Para tal propósito TRANSDUCTORES. Pedagogías colectivas en red se articula en torno a tres ejes:

– La presentación de cuatro casos de estudio incluidos en el archivo relacional del proyecto.
– La creación de un centro de recursos donde se recogen los materiales complementarios de los otros estudios de caso investigados en TRANSDUCTORES, así como un conjunto de publicaciones de los referentes de las prácticas y una programación de vídeos a la carta.
– Un taller abierto titulado “Estrategias para trabajar en el territorio” cuyo objetivo es activar los contenidos del proyecto cultural TRANSDUCTORES en colaboración con diversas redes e iniciativas locales del entorno.

BOOK LAUNCH: REAL LIFE Magazine, Selected Writings and Projects 1979-1994

Sunday, September 23 at 4pm


Join the conversation with Thomas Lawson, Susan Morgan and Miriam Katzeff and make a toast to the changing art world of New York and Los Angeles in the 80s, the vitality of small, artist-based publications, and the always essential link between art and ideas.


*REAL LIFE Magazine: Selected Writings and Projects 1979-1994*
highlights a selection of writings and artists’ projects from REAL LIFE magazine, which was originally edited by artist, writer, and curator, Thomas Lawson and writer, Susan Morgan. Published in twenty-three issues from 1979-1994 as an intermittent black and white magazine, REAL LIFE featured artists and art historians writing on art, media and popular culture interspersed with pictorial contributions. The development of the magazine through its 15 year history, traces the influences, development and transitions of artists through the 80s.

The anthology features writings by and about Dara Birnbaum, Eric Bogosian, Rhys Chatham, Mark Dion, Jack Goldstein, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Kim Gordon, Dan Graham, Thomas Lawson, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Allan McCollum, John Miller, Dave Muller, Matt Mullican, Adrian Piper, Richard Prince, David Robbins, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Michael Smith, John Stezaker, Bernard Tschumi, Jeff Wall, Lawrence Weiner, and James Welling among others.

*REAL LIFE Magazine: Selected Writings and Projects 1979-1994* Edited by Miriam Katzeff, Thomas Lawson, and Susan Morgan. Introductions by Matthew Higgs, Thomas Lawson, and Susan Morgan.
Published by Primary Information Distributed by D.A.P. ISBN 10 Digits:
0-9788697-0-2 ISBN 13 Digits: 978-0-9788697-0-0 Softcover.
320 pages. Black and white $30, more information:

“…the book is filled with artist interviews (such as a seminal 1986 session with David Hammons by Kellie Jones); writings (including imporant early texts by Richard Prince, one written under the nome de plume “Fulton Ryder,” and several pop-culture-analyses by Barbara Kruger): and projects, such as a 1985 Mark Dion piece on the economics of art restoration. One gets a real sense of artists talking to one another…” Michael Lobel, Modern Painters

“…an excellent, if sometimes impenetrable look into the world of serious art writing in the ’80s and onward.” Byron Coley and Thurston Moore, Arthurmag“Critical without falling into the jargon of academia, hip without being hipster, dealing directly with culture in a manner both incisive and informed, /REALLIFE Magazine/ renews our sense of the vitality of a particular time, and underscores its relevance to ours.” Andrew Berardini, ArtReview

“This tempting tangle of material allows the reader a beguiling glimpse of work at the point of its production.” Belinda Bowring, Frieze

Clara Kim
Acting Director & Curator
Gallery at REDCAT
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Spawn of the Surreal – The blog

“We are all at the mercy of dream, and in the waking ours we have to
suffer its power”. La Révolution surréaliste, Issue 1, December 1924

Domenico Quaranta is pleased to announce “SPAWN OF THE SURREAL” (, his Second Life alter-ego’s blog.

“SPAWN OF THE SURREAL. Travel notes of an art critic lost in the dumpster of the imaginary” will feature the considerations of an imaginary art critic who tries to make art in Second Life make sense to him and to the contemporary art audience. The idea came out from the fact that there are a lot of accounts about art in Second Life, but a little criticism; and that there isn’t enough space for this subject on contemporary art magazine. Obviously, every comment and discussion will be welcome!

“Traveling without keeping memories of the travel is frustrating. I pile up pictures on my hard disk, but when I go back to them I don’t remember what they are picturing, and when and where I shot them. I entered Second Life some months ago, and for the first time I have more things to say than what I can usually pour in articles, reviews and exibitions. So, I came up with the idea of a blog – an idea always thrown away to the folder of the “NOT TO DO” things. At least till now… But Spawn of the Surreal – the title coming from a celebrated performance by Second Front – doesn’t want to keep just memories of my travels in Second Life. Lots of people are doing it, probably better then me. I’n not a reporter, I’m an art critic. I want to understand what art is, and what does it means to make art in a virtual world. Sisiphus, come with me. You have lots of experience to share about impossible jobs… ART. Every time I go to an ART gallery, an ART museum; every time I meet a wannabe ART work, or a self-declared ARTIST in Second Life, I have to ask to myself: what’s ART for me? In real life, we can accept everything with an art label as art. In Second Life, it’s totally different. Out there the art spell is broken, victim of another spell. The aura breaks into fragments: shattered not by the collapse of the mystique of the artifact, but by the rise of a new mystique: that of the virtual world. How shall we rebuild it? Make your own bet! I have my own idea about art in Second Life. For me, SL artists are the spawn of the surreal. What does it mean? That’s my own bet: try to make it make sense…”

New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc./ is pleased to announce the launch of Networked_Music_Review (N_M_R)

N_M_R is a research blog focused on emerging networked musical explorations made possible by computers, the Internet, and mobile technologies. N_M_R gathers data about projects, performances, composers, musicians, software and hardware. It includes interviews, articles, papers and reviews. N_M_R also provides up-to-date information on conferences, workshops, competitions, and festivals. Readers may comment on each of the blog entries and converse with interviewees. N_M_R Features:

LIVE STAGE: Online and offline events are spotlighted in real-time.

INTERVIEWS: Interviewees are available for discussion via the comments. We begin with Jason Freeman.

NETWORKED_MUSIC_WEEKLY (N_M_W): selected projects, artists, or events sent to subscribers weekly.

NETWORKED_MUSIC_NEWSLETTER (N_M_N): a monthly newsletter sent to subscribers.

GUEST BLOGGERS: Ryan Sciano is our first Guest Blogger. If you would like to be a guest blogger, please contact us at: newradio at turbulence dot org

RSS FEEDS are available for: Main page – all the posts; Live Stage; Interviews; and Net_Music_Weekly. Subscribe now:

N_M_R is supported by the New York State Music Fund established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. It was designed by Shual ( and built by Dan Phiffer (

We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Helen and Jo

The New American Dictionary Book Launch Party

Thurs, Apr 26
6:30pm -8:30pm

The New American Dictionary

Book Launch Party for the New American Dictionary: Interactive Fear/Security Edition Presented by The Institute for Infinitely Small Things

Join the Institute for Infinitely Small Things for their book launch!

The New American Dictionary: Interactive Security/Fear Edition is a new book by the Boston performance group, the Institute for Infinitely Small Things. The dictionary, a 144-page paperback, catalogs 68 fear and security terms that are either new or recently redefined. Terms in the dictionary include: Islamofascist, Freedom Fries, Friendly Fire, Preparedness, Regime Change, Smart Bomb, Surge, Torture, Waterboarding and 60 more…

The New American Dictionary is a provocative book that calls for readers to pay attention to the ways in which terminology of fear, security, and war have permeated American English post-9/11. Emphasizing the mutable way that these words enter our language, the New American Dictionary is an “interactive” workbook— there are 58 terms that are left undefined for the reader to pencil in their own definition.

Books will be on sale for 25% off the retail price at the party and are also available at,, and the Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA.

For more information please visit:

This event is presented in conjunction with the Boston Cyberarts Festival.

Art Interactive
130 Bishop Allen Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: 617.498.0100
Fax: 617.498.0019

New Media Art Wiki by Mark Tribe and Reena Jana

This is an open-source wiki book: You are encouraged to add to it, to update it, and to correct inaccurate facts. Please try to observe and maintain the book’s format and naming conventions!

This open-source wiki book is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 License. It is based on the manuscript of New Media Art, a book written by Mark Tribe and Reena Jana and published by Taschen in 2006. The Taschen book is available in French, German, Italian and Spanish in addition to English. This wiki book is not intended as a substitute or replacement for the Taschen book, but rather as an expandable educational resource to which artists, curators, students and others may contribute.

Net Art Project (NAP) Launch

NAP (Net Art Project) is a biannual contest created by artists and intended for artists. NAP is exclusively interested in specific art forms for the web (net art, web art, new media art, etc.)
NAP plans on submitting the winning projects to a specialized public in order to promote its diffusion.
For further information on NAP, please visit our website:

The winning project of the 1st edition of the Net Art project entitled “Artificial life and Death in Contemporary Age”
Author: Ars-Mendax
Country: Rome/Italy


The Digital Art Weeks of ETH Zurich and the Stereolith Speaker System Company, Switzerland, would like to invite audio artists to submit soundscape works. The works will be chosen on their ability to “evoke” the presence of things or beings in space and to the extent in which the work “immerses” the listener into a completely imaginary sonic environment. Each work must be in stereo of around 10 minutes in length.

Stereolith is an innovative reproduction system for the re-creation of recordings made to playback in stereo. Unlike traditional loudspeaker configurations, the Stereolith is a single construction in which both the “left” and the “right” channels have been incorporated. In this way, the system can be installed at any point within the listening space allowing the listener to experience a true stereo effect of each work from any point within the space as if it was a live event.


Please submit all works in .aiff format on a CD. Please include in digital form the title of the work, a short description of it (no more than 100 words) and a short biography of the author of the work (no more than 50 words). Selected works will be presented on the Stereolith Systems over a period of 3 days from the 12th to the 14th of July 2007 during the Digital Art Weeks Festival.

Information about each audio artist, soundscape work and the time it can be heard will be announced in the events program. This years prize for the best work in the contest is a Stereolith 232 Monitor. The prize is sponsored by Klangpur Zurich, the exclusive licensing partner of the Stereolith company worldwide. For more information about the Stereolith 232 Monitor and other Stereolith designs, please visit the Klangpur webpage at:

Friday, 16 March 2007._Notification of acceptance of proposals will be sent out on or before Monday, 16th April 2007.
For more information regarding the call please write to: daw-perfs@inf.ethz.ch_For more on the Digital Art Weeks 07, please see: technical information on the Stereolith, please see:

Send to:

Arthur Clay, Project Coordinator
ETH Zuerich
Institut für Computersysteme
Clausiusstrasse 59,
ETH-Zentrum, RZ H 22.
8092 Zürich

Tel: 044 632 84 14

Failure! Experiments in Aesthetic and Social Practices, Published by the Joaap Press

Edited by Nicole Antebi, Colin Dickey, and Robby Herbst

An odd wonderful book, the first from the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press. While the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest may be constituted as a standard bearer for the “possibilities” for “futures” driven by art and activist practices, this collection of essays and interviews looks squarely at the implications of the percieved personal, public and ideological wreckages that ceaselessly pile up, hurl at our feet and choke our wings (to paraphrase Walter Benjamin).

Contents include a look at the afterlife of Valerie Solanas and her Scum Manifesto, an exploration of the Digger inspired Morningstar Commune in Northern California which was deeded to God, a look at the monuments that remember forgotten mine wars in Southern Illinois, A consideration of the finality of death and its implication for AIDS activism, and a series of interviews with contemporary artists.

Contributors include: Catherine Lord, Doug Harvey, Sam Green, Sam Durant, Yoshua Okón, Eduardo Abaroa, William Pope.L, Temporary Services, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Catherine Hollander, Zoe Trodd, David Schafer, Richard Dedomenici, Alex Juhasz, Sarah Kanouse, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Sarah Lewison, John Conley, and Tommy Williford.