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<nettime-ann> Turbulence Commission: "Without A Trace" by Jody Zellen

January 1, 2009
Turbulence Commission: "Without A Trace" by Jody Zellen

In July 2007, Jody Zellen began saving the daily online version of the comic
strip "Real Life Adventures", removing the text so that all that was left
were the empty thought bubbles. She has also been tracing the print version
of the New York Times every day, often combining the front and back of a
single page (by holding it up to a window). "Without A Trace" takes the idea
of this daily ritual as its point of departure.

Each day for a year, a comic image, a trace drawing, and three words from
the original comic strip will be randomly selected from an archive. These
will be juxtaposed with live text and image feeds from the New York Times

A trace is an action. A trace is what remains when almost everything else
disappears. "Without A Trace" draws from an archive of traces, presenting
them with ephemeral data to provide a fleeting memory, challenging the title
and the notion, without a trace.

"Without A Trace" is a 2008 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts,
Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with
funding from the Jerome Foundation. 


Jody Zellen works in many media simultaneously making photographs,
installations, net art, public art, as well as artists' books that explore
the subject of the urban environment. She employs media-generated
representations of contemporary and historic cities as raw material for
aesthetic and social investigations. Recent solo exhibitions include Fringe
Exhibitions, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, LAXArt, and Pace Digital Gallery (2005).
Her net art projects have shown in festivals and exhibitions such as
Stuttgarter Filmwinter, 9th Japan Media Art Festival, Arte Nuevo
Interactive, File, Recontres Internationales, and Net_Condition. Zellen is
currently a Visiting Artist at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts,

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