OneSmallStep: a MySpace LuvStory

OneSmallStep: a MySpace LuvStory.
2006. Web-based Installation.

Launch OneSmallStep: a MySpace LuvStory

We are not ourselves. We cut and paste as we are cut and pasted. We are the remix of images and sounds that never existed outside of this mediated dream. And we are happy to exist this way.

OneSmallStep: a MySpace LuvStory is an unfolding automated jam – a conscious sampling and randomized regurgitation of MySpace.com media archeology wherein desire, fantasy and fetish form a composted feast for the withered and lonely senses in an eternally habitual loop of voyeuristic consumption, spectacular regurgitation, virtual intimacy and identity production/consumption.

With each launch, OneSmallStep runs continuously while randomly remixing content form from a database that is periodically updated. OneSmallStep is a conceptually interactive work, and also, a non-clickable work that is ideal for installation and performance contexts.

Important Technical Notes:
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Flash plugin installed. 
Speaker Volume up.

OneSmallStep: a MySpace LuvStory  is a project developed for Concept Trucking, an exhibition venue maintained by LeisureArts that uses MySpace as its platform. It hosts work that critiques, mimics, or otherwise utilizes the structural logic of social networking sites and other Web 2.0 phenomena.

spacer.gif{ART}

spacer.gif{ART}
2005

launch site

Obsolescence meets timelessness in a new Art form.

What is a “spacer.gif”?
The spacer.gif is a means, employed by web designers, of keeping table-based layouts from collapsing in on themselves. The spacer.gif was once a valuable tool in a net world governed by the interdependence of content and layout. However, to the contemporary high-efficiency web designer, who employs css formatting and layout capabilities, spacer gifs are largely an obsolete and unnecessary tool. The independence of content from layout has come, and spacer gifs, as a concept and as digital objects, are disappearing.

What is spacer.gif{ART}?
As the digital culture industry forges on to virtual territories yet unseen, spacer.gif{ART} hopes to salvage small pieces of the wreckage left behind. spacer.gif{ART} produces and distributes limited edition archival prints of spacer.gif image files downloaded directly from the web by our highly skilled team of curators and techno-conservators. Our portfolio collections represent a dying breed of often unknown artists who utilize(d) the tools of a rapidly fading past to create extraordinary table-based web design experiences. Our curatorial staff hand picks the most extraordinary examples of the spacer.gif to offer to you, our patron, as handsome limited edition archival prints.

More than a parody of http://www.softwareartspace.com, spacer.gif{ART} is simultaneously a functioning ecommerce art site (disabled 2007) and meditation on the projection of artistic value in early and late capitalist society – how, in the digital age (the age of the nonexistent original), art marketers are still relying on analog value systems (based on the the logic of original / copy). It seems we’ve entered the postmodern digital age with much of our modernist baggage still in tow.

Independent Media Series @ SMSU

Open site archive

The Independent Media Video Series @ SMSU was initiated at Missouri State University by mark cooley with sponsorship from the SMSU Film Society. The series ran from 2002 to 2004 in the aftermath of 9/11 with the goal of encouraging critical debate on the campus of SMSU (now MSU) and in surrounding communities. The series came at an important time and helped to bring together activists who soon after galvanized to form the Ozark Peace Network. 

Dissention Convention

Dissention Convention. 
2004
Networked performance and public projection

Live Mix Archive

Coinciding with the Republican Convention in New York, more than 20 international net artists and digital artists broadcast a new collaborative art-polemic with a focus on how Bush and the US Republicans negatively influence every locality around the world.

All multimedia performances were created live, online on Furtherfield’s VisitorsStudio. These were projected at Postmasters Gallery’s RNC NODE, a way-station, which served as a physical node of an ad hoc public broadcasting, a system of online, real-time protest performances and alternative news actions. All online streams were also output in local bars and projections from windows.

Participating Artists Included: Maya Kalogera, Marc Garrett and Patrick Lichty, Moport.org & Glowlab, Chris Webb, Concrete Myrth & Sim, Lewis Lacook & Alan Sondheim, Sheila Murphy, Helen Varley Jamieson, Karla Ptacek, Vicki Smith & Bea Gibson, Joseph and Donna McElroy, Neil Jenkins & Roger Mills, Digitofagia vs. Autolabs, Michael Szpakowski & Ruth Catlow, Ryan Griffis & Mark Cooley

warProductwar

Launch warProductwar | 2002 – 2004

warProductwar is a net project that re-presents a mash of media images and sounds drawing links between US war culture and economic interests.  The project makes use of the web’s reputation as an information source, by asking users to engage in extended research based tours of existing sites while engaging in a disorientating and nonlinear browsing experience with provocative juxtapositions of images and sounds. warProductwar is an ongoing meditation and as such remains in a constant state of flux.  Broken links and loose ends should be expected.  Additions, deletions and changes are frequently pondered and infrequently enacted.

Review – warProductWar. Marc Garrett. Furtherfield.org