rhizome pillow clap


enlargement of GIF posted to dump.fm by KUM2ME (no, I'm not kidding)

Speaking of Rhizome, we're discussing Ben Davis' terrible essay about social media art over there, after it was pronounced "required reading" by the institution without any explanation of why it was so noteworthy.

Update: Never mind, the conversation is stillborn. Well, I tried.

Update 2: Another comment!

Update 3: The conversation died again.

Update 4: Rhizome staffer explains why the Davis essay was "required reading." I reply (by implication) that Rhizome has been covering social media art for at least six years and now seems awfully accepting of newbie scholarship that ignores or dismisses that history.

Update 5: Some people weighed in with interesting counterarguments to Davis' theses, plus scorn, sarcasm, posturing, neologisms, and coffee-spewing. Rhizome staffer acknowledges that the essay needed some context.

Update 6: The usual blowhards showed up late to the party to defend their vision of "net art" from 15 years ago. At least one of them is a certified nut case. Should have split; things went badly.

sink storm


another dump.fm mix
the sink is from a GIF Rising Tensions posted
sorry i forgot who posted the hurricane
maneuvering it into the sink like that was pure dumb luck since the Rising Tensions sink was spinning rapidly

polyfold (zoo animals)


rmx of material found on dump.fm
possibly the zoo animals were posted by grace
pretty sure j1p2m3 posted the polyfold
it was originally much longer (more frames)
and set against a black background
i removed the frame with the black
leaving the bare gold wire shape floating against a transparent background
then I removed about 3/4 of the frames
concentrating on frames where the gold wires were almost centered
(as opposed to bunching near corners)
so it floated evenly
then using an online "layering" utility I placed the gif over the zoo animals
i screen captured the overlay
and posted the results to dump.fm
later (this morning) i went back into the GIF and adjusted the timing
so each frame was 1/10th second in length