Winners of Turbulence’s Comp_04
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of Comp_04:
1. Kate Armstrong and Michael Tippett
2. Andy Deck with featured poster graphics from contributors Sonja Smith, Jørn Jøntvedt, Bina Altera, Verónica Perales, Fred Adam, jimpunk, Paul Garrin, Laurent Fetis, Fran Duncan, and John Schettino. 3. Nick Montfort, Dan Shiovitz, and Emily Short 4. Martine Neddam, with BlueScreen and students from Shanghai University, China.
5. Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga, with collaborators in the US and Nicaragua (to be announced)
Each team will receive $5,000. The commissioned works will be launched in spring 2005. Eighty-seven collaborative applications involving several hundred individuals were received, many of which were highly competitive.
Comp_04 was made possible by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Turbulence will run a second international and hopefully multilingual competition in 2005.
by Kate Armstrong and Michael Tippett
Grafik Dynamo will use XML and RSS feeds to load live images from blogs and news sources on the web into a live action comic strip. The images will be accompanied by narrative fragments that are dynamically loaded into speech and thought bubbles and randomly displayed. The strip will run indefinitely, fed forever by events in the world. The only interactive function allowed to the user is a single button, “POW”, which, when pressed, takes a snapshot of Grafik Dynamo at that exact moment. The user may have this image emailed as keepsake of a moment in narrative time that has passed.
by Andy Deck, with featured poster graphics from contributors Sonja Smith, Jørn Jøntvedt, Bina Altera, Verónica Perales, Fred Adam, jimpunk, Paul Garrin, Laurent Fetis, and Fran Duncan.
Imprimatur… is a free, easy-to-use tool for producing posters. Users contribute, in real time, to a poster layout. Creativity becomes a shared process, as unpredictable as the people who are passing through. The artist, rather than providing images, provides a system intended to activate the viewer’s thought and expressiveness. Against the backdrop of a mass media culture that promotes conformity and passivity, Imprimatur… encourages “viewers” to choose themes and produce their own messages. It propels on-line expression out of the ink jet and into the streets.
by Martine Neddam, with BlueScreen and students from Shanghai University, China.
This team will create an online identity who will embody specific aspects of Chinese culture and society. The public will not only be able to communicate with this character by all possible online means, but will be able to adopt and make use of his/her personality to express themselves online and to the world. Custom-designed software specifically created for this website will allow for the collective sharing of this virtual character by any registered user, who will remain anonymous and therefore able to express their opinions freely.
Mystery House Taken Over
by Nick Montfort, Dan Shiovitz, Emily Short
The artists will reverse engineer Mystery House, the first graphical adventure game; reimplement it in a modern, free language for interactive fiction development; and make a kit freely available to the public so that others may modify Mystery House Taken Over as they see fit. The artists will create their own modified versions and commission ten such games from the interactive fiction community and from other creators of net.art and electronic literature. Thus, the project will also introduce several novel games, all with identical structure, which will be artistic contributions themselves.
by Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga, with collaborators in the US and Nicaragua (to be announced)
Nica Truck is an on-screen wrestling match that employs the history between Nicaragua and the United States to define the match, a history of intervention and resistance, dating back to the mid-19th century. The game will offer at least four characters for the player to choose from; each character will be modeled after specific physical stereotypes from Nicaragua and the U.S. and each character will feature moves/abilities pertaining to the history of that stereotype. Although the game will simulate a wrestling match, it will alternate between free-style wrestling and gift giving, depending on the choices made by the user and the capabilities programmed into the game’s characters. Players will be able to chat with one another and if possible view one another via web cams.
JURORS: Luci Eyers, Marc Garrett, Eduardo Navas, Norie Neumark, and Helen Thorington.
Luci Eyers is an artist based in London, UK. She works mainly on collaborative media arts projects and was one of the editors of Everything Magazine. She initiated and is a member of low-fi art collective, an online art/curatorial project focusing on net art. Her latest work, “Cyberskiving” was recently commissioned by New Media Scotland and exhibited at The Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre. low-fi.org cyberskiving.co.uk
Marc Garrett is a net artist, writer, activist, curator, and musician. He is also co-founder & co-director of Furtherfield.org. Furtherfield is an online platform for the creation, promotion, criticism and archiving of adventurous digital/net art work for public viewing, experience and interaction. furtherfield.org
Eduardo Navas is an artist and writer whose work has been featured in several online exhibitions. He is founder, contributing editor, and webmaster of Net Art Review and is currently a Cota Robles Graduate Fellow in the Art History, Theory, and Criticism Ph.D. program at the University of Califorina in San Diego. netartreview.net – navasse.net
Norie Neumark is a sound/new media artist who is also a professor of Media Arts and Production at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. She makes radiophonic, net.art and installation work, as well as having made the internationally acclaimed and award winning CD-Rom, “Shock in the Ear” (1998). She works in collaboration with Maria Miranda as “out-of-sync.” Neumark was a juror for Thaw 2000, has given papers and published articles on sound and new media, and is co-editor of “At a Distance: Precursors to Internet Art and Activism” (forthcoming, MIT Press). out-of-sync.com
Helen Thorington is a writer, sound composer, and media artist. Her documentary, dramatic, and sound art compositions have been aired nationally and internationally for the past twenty-two years. She has created compositions for film and installation that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, the Whitney Biennial, and the Whitney Museum’s annual Performance series. Thorington recently performed her own compositions with the Bill. T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at The Kitchen, New York City. Her 9_11_Scapes won two international radio awards in 2003. Thorington is both founder and executive director of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc (1981-present), New American Radio and Turbulence. new-radio.org/helen – somewhere.org