[NetBehaviour] Turbulence Artist's Studio: "Headlines" by Michael Takeo Magruder

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October 24, 2006
Turbulence Artist's Studio: "Headlines" by Michael Takeo Magruder
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"Headlines" examines the mediated histories generated by today's news
corporations and reflects upon our collective preoccupation with real-time
information generation, distribution and access. Given the developed world's
countless network structures and our current state of data saturation, has
news media evolved beyond mere information source and become a new form of
cultural stimulant?

"Headlines" was created for "OOG" (http://volkskrant.nl/oog/), a commentary
and opinion platform for the online edition of De Volkskrant
(http://www.volkskrant.nl/) a major Dutch daily national newspaper. "OOG"
began in September 2005 as a platform in which every week a different artist
working in sound and image is asked to respond to news and current affairs.
The selection of artists participating has grown into a varied group of
national and international artists working with very different forms of
expertise and approaches. In this way, artists are using their skills to
become commentators on events in a news environment. After each week, the
work is placed in the archive

The artists participating in "OOG" are a diverse and renowned group of
applied and autonomous artists both from inside and outside The Netherlands.
"OOG" is one of the most visited pages within the Volkskrant website with
weekly visits of 3,000-5,000.


Michael Takeo Magruder is an American artist based in the UK deploying New
and Technological Media within Fine Art contexts. He graduated from the
University of Virginia in 1996 receiving a BA (Hons) in Biological Science.
He is a long-standing member of King's Visualization Lab in the Centre for
Computing in Humanities, King's College London. Through this organization he
undertakes research, development and implementation of emerging
technologies; including motion capture, immersive space and virtual
environments, for use in contemporary creative and academic practice.

Takeo's artworks have been showcased in over 150 exhibitions and 25
countries, including venues such as the Courtauld Institute of Art, London,
EAST International 2005, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and
Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau. His works are regular inclusions in
international New Media festivals, such as Cybersonica, CYNETart, FILE,
Filmwinter, SeNef, Siggraph and Split. His artistic practice has been funded
directly by Arts Council England, The National Endowment for the Arts, USA
and numerous public galleries both within the UK and abroad. He is also
recognized for his on-line arts practice and has been commissioned by
leading portals for Internet Art such as Turbulence.org and Soundtoys.net.
As artist/curator, he has been responsible for the internationally-renowned
touring exhibitions, Net:Reality, the Cyber-Kitchen and Spectrum.

Artistically, his current interests concern the simultaneous utilization and
dissection of new technology as a means to explore the formal structures and
conceptual paradigms of the digital realm. He seeks to create artworks in
which there are no divisions between technologies, aesthetics, and concepts.

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