Thursday, May 29, 2008


Non-player character (Wikipedia entry)

"When an in game character talks about how to use the controller, it rhetorically befriends us, not just as in-game characters, but also as real-world players. The breakdown of fiction levels is a positive emotional experience," (Juul, 183).

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Shawn Feeney and Oliver Laric

"BFF," by Shawn Feeney, 2008

"Geisterschloss," by Oliver Laric, 2006

Strange Dialogs

found on boing boing


The description “My name is Jesper Juul, and I am a ludologist” is supposed to sound like Alcoholics Anonymous. I liked the idea that it would be something you would be somewhat embarrassed to admit to being, but also something you could never quite escape from.


Work Time Fun.
I may have blogged about this before, but I was just thinking about it, so I am going to do it again.
Out of all of the games that I have played (or have seen played), WTF is probably the most true to life. It uses a maximum of two buttons to play a giant series of mini-games. The mini-games are usually mindless factory style jobs that the Job Demon assigns. Even though the rules are super simple and the game is not open ended at all and the graphics are horrible, it provides a very convincing simulation of real life.

The actions taken while pressing the buttons of the controller are in themselves mundane.

"By completing these minigames, you earn money which can be used at a gashapon machine to randomly receive a new minigame, prizes for your gallery, or even a gadget that you can use in real life, such as a clock."

Well played sir.

Marko Lehanka

There are dead flies in the splatter part.

"Corridor Painting No. 1," by Marko Lehanka, 2008

Alejandro Almanza Pereda

Strange and dangerous structures made by Alejandro Almanza Pereda.
Both Untitled, 2005.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Embedding disabled by request

Its strange to me that this video, the Weezer, Happy Days video, that was distributed with every copy of Windows 95, would have the embedding disabled because of Universal.

Youtube is not so great anymore
and thank you harrison 73 :-PP

Two things.

1. Tom Waits is on tour!!

2. I bought a jacket from Elie Tahari the other day, and I have worn it twice only and one of the buttons fell off on the train a few minutes ago. Not the kind of quality I normally look for when spending 450US on a jacket. I am returning it. Don't buy this brand.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Stereo Total and Christine Pilzer

Stereo Total

Christine Pilzer

László Moholy-Nagy

"Light-Space Modulator," 1922

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Links Contact and Experiments Work

Sean Aguirre de Cárcer Buckley, site is still under construction.

Guthrie Lonergan

The first of nine short music videos.
found from Club Internet

iGoogle Decorations

I didnt really like alot of these.

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's is cool because he uses Legos.

and PPaper's:

and Philippe Starck's:

The Jeff Koons one was a bit disappointing.


"Clock," by Rachel Winterton, 2007

"My attempt at creating a clock with Dain's head. Each position of the head is the hour."

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008

Vulva O'Keefe Versus Angry Goldsworthy

image by Tyler Britt

Saturday May 24th 7-10PM
@ Deadtech

DEADTECH is located at: 3321 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago IL 60647 (just between Kedzie and Kimball Ave's)

Works by:
Kimberly Baker
Tyler Britt
Matt Davis
Taylor Hokanson
George Monteleone
Huong Ngo
Josh Rosenstock
Justing Schhaefer
Matthew Steinke
Davey Bell
Salem Collo-Julin
Chris Hammes
Maximillian Lawrence
Flo McGarrell
Andrew Roche
Chris Santiago
Edra Soto

I can has a new camera

Pablo's cat named Strange
Cats are the reason that everyone should have an SLR.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Man with a 30 Second Memory

Pablo showed me this. It reminds me a few websites I've been into lately.

Paul DeMarinis and Cai Guo-Qiang

Some of my all time favorites!

"A Light Rain," Paul DeMarinis, 2004

"Clear Sky Black Cloud," Cai Guo-Qiang, 2006 (video)

Namaiki and Hyperlush

Namaiki, 2007

Hyperlush, 2006

Nathan Sawaya and Andreas Angelidakis

"Tree and Shadow," Nathan Sawaya, 2007

"Books and Tickets," Andreas Angelidakis, 2007

Tamahome, 2005

A house built after a Tamagotchi with Richard Serra's Tilted Arc and some legs.

All of the files for this are lost now.

Strange Icons

"New Museum," Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA with Gensler, 2007

"A Sort of Loss," Matthew Brannon, 2006

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Here is my first article for Whitehot Magazine.
It's a review of Art Chicago and Next Fair. Mostly about Julian Opie and Magdalena Fernandez.

All photo credits are to Pablo Gaviria.

Construction sites

Here are some photos from Roberta Fallon's Flickr page of an affair inside a building that is being remodeled to become the Please Touch Museum.

This is relevant to my interests!


At the Frank Gary Auditorium.

Liz and me afterwards.

Jeff Koons and Jerry Saltz spoke.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Eduardo Kac and Will Wright

"The Eighth Day," by Eduardo Kac, 2001

Creature Creator for Spore, by Will Wright, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Homaro Cantu and Felix Gonzalez- Torres

Homaru Cantu with his inkjet printed sushi

Untitled, (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), by Felix Gonzalez- Torres, 1991

Monday, May 12, 2008

Cute Cat Theory

"Do Robotic Cats Dream of Electric Fish?" by France Cadet, 2007

Saturday, May 10, 2008

IX, by H3X3N,

Tonight Dain and I are going to see Jon Cates' show at Dead Tech. Maybe Dan Roe will come along too.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Gold Farmers

Gold Farmers is a documentary about gold farmers, by Ge Jin. It is part of the HOMO LUDENS LUDENS exhibition at LABoral, in Gijon.

Here is an interview with Ge Jin @

"LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial presents HOMO LUDENS LUDENS, an international exhibition and conference examining play as a principal element of today’ s world, and highlighting its necessity for our contemporary societies."

Sarah Oppenheimer's Folding Catalog

@ the Berlin based DUVE Gallery, Next Fair Chicago, 2008
photo by Pablo Gaviria,
artist's website.

Sara Oppenheimer displays catalogs of different ways which she has observed people folding their newspapers. When the information meets, one side of the paper to the next, new articles are formulated. It is a brief meeting of information, and each new article is secret. If the fold is undone, the new text is destroyed. There is no way to read the remix. All we can tell of the text is the way it was created.


Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Ara araraura


Mobile Painting, "Ara araraura," by Magdalena Fernandez, 2008
a short video clip

Poster for the Internet and Google Street View Painting

"Poster for the Internet," Grumbacher watercolor, graphite and ball-point pen on Arches, 23 by 31cm, 2007

"The Void," a glitch in Google Maps, Street View, Grumbacher watercolor and graphite, on Canson, 15 by 20 in, 2007
inspired by the web paintings of Valery Grancher

Jens Haaning and Miltos Manetas

Unfinished homepage address on Certificate. On the certificate the following text is written:
Jens Haaning
To see the internet only as a extension of the possibility of communication is an extreme oversimplification, seen from an Existential point of view the internet gives the possibility to be alone with other people, 1999"

Found at: real normal

Take away posters by Miltos Manetas, from his site, 2007- 2008

Image from Blow de la Barra

i.Mirror, by China Tracey, 2007

Monday, May 05, 2008

Manetas in SL

I found, on Miltos Manetas' site, a slurl link to his place in Second Life called "Desert". He has a new text too, which is always fun and out there. I guess I missed all of the events though..

"Desert", 2008

"Sad Tree", 1995

After quick Google of "desert existentialism":

"Desert of the Real", still from "The Matrix", 1999