Steve Dietz on 9 Oct 2000 20:21:33 -0000

[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

[Nettime-bold] WAC new media commissions [announcement]


The Walker Art Center has awarded a second series of net-art
commissions to emerging artists through its program Emerging
Artists/Emergent Medium.2, made possible by generous support from the
Jerome Foundation. The artists, whose new works will premiere through
Gallery 9 on the Walker's Web site, are the artist collaborative, whose members remain anonymous;
Minneapolis-based artist Ochen K.; and Brooklyn-based artist Diane
Ludin. "life_sharing,"'s newest project,
premieres this month through Gallery 9. Diane Ludin's "Harvesting the
Net: Memory Flesh" will launch in November, and Ochen Kay's
"Community" at a later date to be announced at's "life_sharing"
Not concerned with artistic individuality, the activists hiding behind
the Web site do not share their real names,
their age, or other private information. The collaborative's instant
fame in the community came with its "theft" of the
gallery, which since it was downloaded has remained on its
site ever since. The Web site also contains the gallery
Art.Teleportacia by Olia Lialina, and "versions" or "remixes" of other
well-known sites.'s newest work continues
to challenge notions of artistic ownership. Like Napster and other
"peer-to-peer" software, from the moment "life_sharing" (an anagram of
file sharing) begins, every Internet user will have free 24-7 access
to's computer: all the artists' archives, current
projects, software, and even private e-mail will be available to the
public. In applying open source's general public license model to the
artists' own computer server, life_sharing radically challenges the
concept of privacy and explores the contradictions of intellectual
property in an open-source age. In a final phase of the project, users
will be able to become a part of the life_sharing network, sharing
their own computers with the Web. will present
their project at the Walker Art Center on February 15, 2001.

Diane Ludin's "Harvesting the Net: Memory Flesh"
On April 6, 2000, Celera Genomics announced its completion of the
human genome (a marketing date, not a scientific date). "Harvesting
the Net: Memory Flesh" marks this occasion by documenting, archiving,
and ultimately transforming the various routes that the rise of
genetic economics takes in our popular consciousness. Diane Ludin's
latest project uses search strings to seek out the latest information
on the Web about genetic developments and from the results creates an
artificial life form--a "Viroid." The Viroid will define itself via
the knowledge it gains in its seeking out specific information about
genetics, and through a series of transformative steps, this harvested
data will be used to create a series of visualizations as mirror
memories of our flesh in a time before all cells are for sale.

Ochen K.'s "Community"
It's often suggested that our hi-tech culture is contributing to the
erosion of communities--that as we become enamored of our
technological tools, we become isolated from humanity. To make their
case, theorists point to the declining participation in churches,
recreational clubs, the P.T.A., political parties, etc. Politicians,
eager to champion the cause, call for family values and a return to
the nuclear family. Ochen K. challenges these traditional notions in
his latest work, "Community," and offers thoughts toward an
alternative: presenting new ideas of community and communal
relationships, and encouraging community within ourselves-in solitude,
rather than loneliness.


Steve Dietz
Director, New Media Initiatives
Walker Art Center
subscribe Webwalker:

Nettime-bold mailing list