Be sure to read ALL the lyrics. Featuring: Myspace, Gmail, iPhone, Youtube and much more!!! Oh, and yes, “download” is a metaphor…
“Three o’clock in the morning we be online
Others send friend requests but they get denied
He type I miss you
I type back to let him know the feeling’s mutual
It’s just Myspace love but it’s beautiful
He love to watch my videos on YouTube
Hey, it’s like everytime I log on I get so turned on
Computer love playin’ in the back”
Marble sculpture by Sebastian Martorana…
I dont’ usually do that. I mean, I don’t re-post things from my own blogs, but I’ll make an exception for this:
Ethereal self is a net art work by dutch artist Harm van den Dorpel. Landing on the project’s page activates the visitor’s webcam, trasforming the browser into a diamond-shape mirror. So far, the work is quite fun and thought provoking, but it really gets exciting when you find out (mostly by chance, since it’s not linked on the artist’s website) the second part of the project: the Ethereal Others website. Here, all the screenshots from the webcam activity are constantly archived, on a non-stop refreshing page. Hundreds of people looking in the computer’s screen, which is both a mirror and a window…
[via random magazine]
“The works displayed on mybiennialisbetterthanyours.com are not subversive because they are trying to deconstruct established systems of dot.capitalism. They are subversive because they are referring to these systems through the use of amateur “original” content production standards set up by meta-producers of online containers, which are radical in their mass popularity and ease of use.”
Amusing Ourselves to Death is a great book written by Neil Postman in 1985. A very effective summary is provided by this comic. Are we gonna be killed by our “infinite appetite for distractions”? Postman basically referred to television, but what about the Web, paradise of non-stop and always available distractions?
“…the Kiosk of Piracy is proud to announce the launch of “The Pirate Kiosk”! From last night own, a copy of the infamous Pirate Bay is available to the public, but – here comes the catch – offline-only. Yes, offline, the Kiosk is not connected to the Internet in any way, but the interested public is invited to use the service in a wifi-radius around it.”
“5 Phenomenal Examples of Fan-Made Transformative Storytelling”. On Lift Drift…
Simple, plain, light and witty photographs by Gustav Gustafsson…
“A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country’s biggest web firm, Telkom. Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles – in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.”
“I thought it was a mirage the first time I saw it. I was driving through the wastes of the Mojave Desert, two hours from anywhere, when off in the shimmering distance appeared the silhouettes of a hundred parked jetliners. I pulled off and tried to get closer to them, but a mean-looking perimeter fence keeps onlookers far away. All I could do was stand and stare, wondering what the hell this massive armada of airplanes was doing here, silently baking in the 110 degree heat. For years afterward I’d ask people what they knew about it, and I kept hearing the same thing: the place has been on lockdown since 9/11, and they won’t let civilians anywhere near the boneyard.”
This is how Google Japan explains Street View…
Electronic reliquaries by Tim Tate…
“Experience the censored Chinese internet at home!
The Firefox add-on China Channel (by Aram Bartholl, Evan Roth and Tobias Leingruber) offers internet users outside China to surf the web as if they were in China. Take an unforgetable virtual trip to China and experience the technical expertise of the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry (supported by western companies). It’s open source, free and easy.”
The Tree (2006), is an artwork by Sebastian Errazuriz:
“A 10-meter high, real magnolia tree planted in the center of Chile’s National Stadium where dictator Pinochet tortured political prisoners 30 years ago. For a week the stadium was open to the public as a park. A soccer match played before 15,000 people, with the tree in the middle, was the closure of the piece.”
Surprising installations and sculptural works by canadian artist Michel de Broin...
“Imagine this: You have to deliver a PowerPoint presentation about an unfamiliar topic, with slides you’ve never seen, to an audience eager to heckle and laugh at you. If you’re in your underwear, you’re having a nightmare. If you’re clothed, it’s called PowerPoint Karaoke…”
Common Task is a project by Pawel Althamer.
“Common Task is a documented group activity, a social sculpture, realised within the science – fiction formula. The artistic project is a combination of an activity performed in public spaces with the social aspects such as exclusion related to the systemic transformation process, self-organisation and bottom-up initiatives which may change the world and shape the future. In broader terms, the Project alludes to the ideals of freedom and solidarity.”
[via new art]
Archinect.com launched a design competion for a monument dedicated to Michael Jackson. Entries are available on the website from today. In the picture above you can see one of them: The Freedom Tower by Harrison & White, “a 1km high gold statue of him with anti-terrorist laser scanning/disintegration rays from his eyes”. LOL