*New Reviews & Articles on Furtherfield - July 2004.*
You can access all new reviews, articles and interviews from our
homepage http://www.furtherfield.org - or access them separately via
introductory paragraphs below.
The Works of George W. Bush - Review by Dyske Suematsu.*
George W. Bush is arguably the most influential and controversial
performance artist in the history of Western art. Born as the son of
George HW Bush senior, he learned early on how politics works. After
studying at Yale and Harvard, he chose politics as his medium for art.
In the 80s, like many other artists of the time, he was influenced by
the French postmodern theorist Jean Baudrillard. He was particularly
interested in the following passage in the book "Simulacra and Simulation".
*The free, visible network - Review by Pau Waelder.*
The wireless network is to become visible in the art project Free
Network Visible Network by artists Clara Boj and Diego Díaz. The
project advocates the need of free, public access WiFi networks by
making them visible, thus demonstrating how they are part of a
community. Users will be able to easily locate the area which is
covered by the wireless network, and to actually see the data flow from
their computers to the nearest node. This is made possible with the use
of AR technology and a customised carnivore PE client.
*Revisiting Cory Arcangel's Data Diaries - Review by Marc Garrett.*
He likes to use obsolete computers and hacks into computer games,
re-appropriating their purpose and use. In his work Data Diaries,
commissioned by the seemingly ever progressive Turbulence.org in
February 2003, with a mixture of computer geek and abstraction, he
pushes aside (social) narrative, creating an object d'arte. Attention
to detail is given in respect of changing the notion and idea of what
an object is, shifting its behaviour and use, into an art context.
*Communicating Corporeal Experience = Theatre & Bio-terrorism?
Review by Nancy Mauro-Flude.*
The work of CAE is only the beginning of imaginatively, challenging the
mechanisms of domination, not only in the US, but their work liberates
ways of engaging with science-up to new definitions and possibilities
for acessing information with their public theatre models. The Queen of
communicating through deeply poetic and visceral language Kathy Acker
writes that "culture is one way by which a community attempts to bring
its past up out of senselessness and to find in dream and imagination
possibilities for action. When culture isn't this, there's something
wrong in the community, the society".
bzzzpeek - Agathe Jacquillat & Tomi Vollauschek.
Review by Kristen Palana *(net.swap with http://www.netartreview.net)
Bzzzpeek, by Agatha Jacquillat and Tomi Vollauschek, is an online
project that is truly about THE WORLD. In this project, we are able to
click on an animal or vehicle. We are then presented with up to
seventeen representations of our choice, made different by the various
flags representing their language or country. So, by clicking on a
police car, for example, we hear that the English one makes a "woo
woo," the German car goes "ta tu tah tah,ta tu tah tah," the South
Korean car says "bee bo bee bo," and the Pakistani car goes "nee no nee
Furtherfield is an online platform for the creation, promotion,
criticism and archiving of adventurous digital/net artwork for public
viewing, experience and interaction.
Furtherfield creates imaginative strategies that actively communicate
ideas and issues in a range of digital & terrestrial media contexts;
featuring works online and organising global, contributory projects,
simultaneously on the Internet, the streets and public venues.
Furtherfield focuses on network related projects that explore new
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