[NetBehaviour] New Reviews at Furtherfield.org April 2008.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Apr 23 13:57:13 CEST 2008

New Reviews at Furtherfield.org April 2008.


Artwork by Willy LeMaitre & Eric Rosenzveig
Artwork Title - The Appearance Machine
Review by Natasha Chuk
Review Title - Trash Talk: A Review of The Appearance Machine by Willy 
Le Maitre and Eric Rosenzveig.
For nearly ten years, trash has been the focus of a massive project, an 
audiovisual work called The Appearance Machine, by artists Willy Le 
Maitre & Eric Rosenzveig. This is a project that deals firsthand with an 
overabundance of material that won't go away, and about seeing the 
beautiful possibilities of trash, giving the act of recycling a new 
context. The result is conflicting, producing in the viewer a sense of 
alienation and comfort, disbelief and wonder.

Artwork by Richard Wright
Artwork Title - The Internet Speaks
Review by Mark Hancock
The Internet Speaks: contemplating the nature of images on the net and 
how we read them without recourse to text and context.
There are two versions to this project. The gallery based piece that 
automatically selects random images and displays them on the gallery 
wall, and the Internet version that offers the viewer a next and back 
button with which to scroll through and reverse the sequence so that 
they can return and reconsider the images. The second, Internet-based 
work allows the viewer to cheat a little bit, giving them the 
opportunity to think through the sequence and rework the narrative as it 

Artwork by Kate Armstrong
Artwork Title - Why Some Dolls Are Bad
Review by Eliza Fernbach
Review Title - Dolls behaving truly madly, but not really badly...
Why Some Dolls are Bad invites the user to a collection of streamed 
images culled from the Internet, which take on random editorial 
positions in the frame of an original text written by Armstrong. The 
result- a bespoke book for the users of Facebook, an infinite 
precipitation of stirred structure. A ribald evolving commentary on our 
world of Good and Bad dolls. The same page never appears twice but the 
user can capture and save a favorite page. This is an intriguing 
re-enactment of the experience of reading a narrative book where 
particular passages haunt the imagination and are saved to our cognitive 
hard drive.

SwanQuake - the user manual
Artists - Igloo
Review by by Rob Myers
SwanQuake - the user manual, is a collection of essays regarding a major 
interactive virtual installation art project by igloo (Ruth Gibson & 
Bruno Martelli) and their collaborators. SwanQuake is, as its name 
suggests, a meeting of computer game technology and dance. It consists 
of a series of interactive virtual environments built using the Unreal 
Engine 3D game system and populated by characters animated using motion 
capture techniques. Edited by Scott deLahunta. Essays by Johannes 
Birringer, Helen Stuckey, Shiralee Saul, Bruno Martelli, Ruth Gibson, 
John McCormick, Katharine Neil, Alex Jevremovic, Adam Nash, Helen Sloan, 
Stephen Turk,
Marco Gillies, Harry Brenton & David Surman.

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