[NetBehaviour] New Reviews on Furtherfield 30/4/07.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Apr 30 17:42:00 CEST 2007

New Reviews on Furtherfield 30/4/07.


- Jess Lacetti interviews Chris Joseph (Babel):
Chris Joseph is Digital Writer in Residence at De Montfort University, 
Leicester, UK. He is a writer and artist who has produced solo and 
collaborative work since 2002 as babel. His past work includes Inanimate 
Alice, an award-winning series of multimedia stories produced with 
novelist Kate Pullinger; The Breathing Wall, a groundbreaking digital 
novel that responds to the reader's breathing rate (also with Kate 
Pullinger); and Animalamina, an A-Z of interactive multimedia poetry for 
children. He is editor of the post-dada magazine and network 391.org.

- Article on Yves Klein by Joseph Nechvatal.
- Long live the immaterial! Yves Klein,
The Chelsea Hotel Manifesto.
Yves Klein is for me, and many others, the most important French artist 
after Henri Matisse. This may sound somewhat appalling to some, as Klein 
enjoyed only a very concise, but invigorating, seven-year artistic 
career. But I will clarify this controversial judgment by pointing out 
his historic relevance to our era of digital culture. The emphasis here 
will be on Klein’s conceptual articulation of the spatial and the 
ephemeral/immaterial in relationship to our current actual state of 
virtuality. Indeed the subtitle of the exhibition, CORPS, COULEUR, 
IMMATÉRIEL (Body, Color, Immaterial), itself brings out the salient 
viractual aspects of Klein's art.

- What If We Played A War and Nobody Won?.
- Review by Natasha Chuk.
What If We Played A War and Nobody Won?: Critical Approaches to War in 
Videogame Art is a mouthful of a title that asks the big question that 
lingers in our contemporary culture’s collective mind and begs its 
audience to consider the possibility of deconstructing war through game 
metaphor. This online exhibition is comprised of six online games that 
tamper with the rules and styles of standardized games. Each explores an 
aspect of war -- from its gruesome realities to its philosophical 
blurriness – through play. What is being reinvented here is not the act 
of play and the skills required to “win”, rather the motivation behind 
play and how it relates to our perceptions of war.

- The Last Tag Show by Pash*.
- Review by Nathan Lovejoy.
The Last Tag Show cleverly took advantage of Last.FM's technical 
structure to pull off a 24 hour performance. As the allotted time 
progressed, viewers saw tracks and artists appear in succession on 
Last.FM user profile lasttagshow's profile page. These were no ordinary 
songs however, the artists instead altered the metadata of audio tracks 
such that when they were uploaded to the Last.FM servers they appeared 
as a multi-character dialogue. The principal personages in the 
performance include “Moderator,” “Hannah,” “Voiceover,” “Instructor,” 
“Marck,” “Zita Vass,” and “Gregg,” with occasional guest stars like Thom 

- The Postnational Foundation by Dan Phiffer.
- Review by Luis Silva.
Dan Phiffer, a computer hacker from California (now based in Brooklyn), 
interested in exploring the cultural dimension of inexpensive 
communications networks such as voice telephony and the Internet, 
created the Postnational Foundation, a website/series of public 
interventions, defined as “an ongoing series of brief, personal 
interventions, an open-ended question about personal agency and a 
starting point for doing something meaningful”. Each of these three 
goals contains a very important concept, contextualizing Phiffer’s 
practice (and discourse): interventive behaviour, personal agency and 
meaningfulness. In these three concepts we can anchor the importance of 
The Postnational Foundation, in the steps of Lyotard’s views of the 
contemporary world.

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