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When computers kill us off, what will it look like?

I’m hosting a CYBERNETIC REVOLT-themed movie night at Rock Bar in SF next Thursday. COME!


"Knowing when to stop, knowing when to say no…all these rules that aren’t written down for you, and you have to figure it out yourself through trial and error—and I’m learning as I go." —Jacolby Satterwhite

New in Art21’s New York Close Up series: Artist Jacolby Satterwhite works down to the wire on his latest animation, Reifying Desire 6 (2014), leading into its premiere at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. The artist is shown at work at Recess, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

WATCH: Jacolby Satterwhite Is Going Public

IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 New York Close Up episode, Jacolby Satterwhite Is Going Public. © Art21, Inc. 2014. Artwork courtesy OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles and Mallorca Landings Gallery, Spain.

God I love Jacolby’s art… so good.


Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, The Killing Machine, 2007

Partly inspired by Franz Kafka’s ‘In the Penal Colony’ and partly by the American system of capital punishment as well as the current political situation, the piece is an ironic approach to killing and torture machines. A moving megaphone speaker encircles an electric dental chair. The chair is covered in pink fun fur with leather straps and spikes. In the installation are two robotic arms that hover and move- sometimes like a ballet, and sometimes attacking the invisible prisoner in the chair with pneumonic pistons. A disco ball turns above the mechanism reflecting an array of coloured lights while a guitar hit by a robotic wand wails and a wall of old TV’s turns on and off creating an eerie glow. (video of installation)

Artists of the day: Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller

"Within this system, there is an inherent disconnect between the information transmitted to the viewer, and the material in which that information takes shape. The material is actually non-atomic; it is simply the arbitrary code of the computational machine. In “The Condition of Virtuality,” Katherine Hayles notes that “information conceived as pattern and divorced from a material medium is information free to travel across time and space.” This is true in the practical sense of the Internet, as well as in the theoretical sense. Information conceived as pattern creates a certain dialectic."

- The Chicago School of Media Theory defines digital art—>


The video is a free download for people to remix and use as they see fit”