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small universe model


animated GIF, 500 x 500 pixels

This is the non-tumblrized version of my GIF in The Limited Collection, presented by La Scatola Gallery and described earlier. I believe the entire collection (which has been appearing one GIF per day) is now posted on Tumblr. Soon (not sure when) it will be taken down and become the lower-case-limited-edition, documentation version.

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September 30th, 2014 at 5:44 am

Posted in animations - tm

thomas disch -- credit where it's due?

Reading the Livejournal of the late science fiction author/poet/critic/children's story writer Thomas M. Disch, came across the nugget that he wrote a script for Disney, King of the Kalahari, which became The Lion King.
He says between the collusion/skullduggery of Disney and various agents he was screwed out of credit and royalties. The manuscript was offered for sale as a one-off original literary property at the time of the Livejournal. The seller, James Cummins, no longer offers it -- would be curious to know who has it and how much was paid.
Disch's book The Brave Little Toaster became a "cult," early CGI film that launched the careers of various Pixar hacks. (Haven't seen it.) He got credit for that one, at least.

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September 29th, 2014 at 9:36 am

Posted in books

surge molecule 3 animated (2)


cubist uncertainty principle version
(unplanned collaboration with Jules Laplace)

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September 26th, 2014 at 9:46 am

PC Music -- the label -- update

About a year ago the PC Music label was covered, here, on this blahg. It's taken that much time for it to get the full-blown Pitchfork treatment.
It was blaringly obviously interesting on first listen but apparently the dancecrit neckbeards had to debate it.
Simon Reynolds, who is showing disturbing fogey-ish tendencies for such a young dude, made some sneering comments on his blog.

...whether you should even go deep with something so determinedly shallow as the PC Music aesthetic is debatable. But then these sort of operations are never content to just be blank, are they? They can't resist showing how thought-through and conceptual the whole thing is. Pointing out the references, the precursors, the intent.... Just like the art world.

Reynolds had done such a wonderful job explaining '90s dance music but since the mid-'00s he's been on a "there's nothing new under the sun" kick, with his semi-depressing book Retromania. If PC Music were actually something new/fresh/challenging he'd have to deny it because it blows his thesis out of the water. In any case, he can't hear the quality, and that's kind of sad.

- tom moody

September 25th, 2014 at 10:33 am

Posted in general

attack of the clones: finger bondage


One image is by a semi-famous artist and appeared in an international art magazine. The other is by "a dude from tumblr."
Which is which? Which is better? Are both "art"?

- tom moody

September 25th, 2014 at 7:29 am

surge molecule 3 animated

Have mostly lost interest in painting-on-canvas but can still make a case for collage of printed-out materials.
You could say the unique object is problematic because it creates "artificial scarcity" (a favorite bugbear of new media) but that assumes the object is permanent.
We have no idea how long a paper work using 10 year old ink jet prints and even older photocopies is going to be around once it is framed and hung on a wall -- that's scarcity all right, but not necessarily lucrative.
Economics aside, a case can be made for "devolution" of media, not so we can live in the past but as an examination of present assumptions.
Images that start out "cyber" have a brief life as a hand-made object that can be eventually folded back into cyberspace via jpegs and (as here) GIF animation.
I feel like the same thing is happening in my recent music. Slickly produced percussive sounds are downsampled, saved to SD cards, played on an old-fashioned modular synth, and then reclaimed for "higher end" production.
These comments were written a few days after the GIF below was posted. --TM


original size 528 x 508

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September 23rd, 2014 at 7:33 am

Posted in animations - tm

around the web

Three "long-form" posts that give you something to mull over:

Netherlands-based cyber-thinker Geert Lovink considers the state of theory after the Sn0wd3n m0m3nt. (Caution: arty not-safe-for-work photo from e-flux also graces the page.) This essay from April 2014 makes a nice (though more opaque) bookend to the talk by cybersecurity expert Dan Geer about opting-out. Lovink isn't saying we should opt out, precisely, but acknowledges a "God is dead" situation for new media types: after the years of accelerated transparency and sharing that were going to change everything we suddenly realized we had compiled a dossier on ourselves. So, now what?

Matt Stoller's piece on the censored 28 pages in the government's 9/11 report that possibly tell us about the involvement of U.S. "allies" in the attacks. If this information had been known years of pointless violence might have been avoided, etc. Stoller posted this on Medium, another startup content-suck.

Richard Prince reminisces about his days hanging out with Jeff Koons in late-'70s NYC. The item is dated 9/17/2014 and can currently be found at the top on this large wad of non-permalinked writing on Prince's personal website. Prince makes a good case for Koons' art, woven into a rambling autobiography. (hat tip sdb)

- tom moody

September 22nd, 2014 at 7:06 am

Posted in around the web, theory

Small Universe Model in The Limited Collection

My GIF Small Universe Model appears today on Tumblr for the online portion of the The Limited Collection exhibit, organized by La Scatola Gallery (based in London, Berlin, and the internet). See previous post about the show.
This is the anti-aliased Tumblr conversion remix -- the original is 1000 x 1000 pixels and much sharper, pixel-wise. Presumably that will go in the limited edition version but the gallery hasn't restricted the artists from posting on their own pages so I will put it up eventually.

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September 19th, 2014 at 9:22 am

Posted in general

Surge Molecule (Inverted)


ink jet prints, photocopies, linen tape
13 x 13 inches

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September 18th, 2014 at 8:44 am

art-pizza connection belabored


Yesterday (Sept 16)'s ephemero-blog "Rhizome Today" quoted a post of mine (thanks!) but the link appears to have been broken; 'twas my documentation of a Double Happiness exhibit at VertexList gallery in 2008.

A laptop "eating" a slice of pizza, slightly visible in that post, was featured more prominently in a Rhizome post on the same show a couple of years after mine. Rhizome's photo became the "hero image" this week for a trendspotting article in The Hairpin about the so-called "snackwave" phenomenon.

Rhizome Today listed a few net art-pizza precedents and asked if it was missing any. Hey, this is important! OK, a "surf blog" that was running contemporaneously with Dubhap, called Loshadka, posted Thomas Galloway's Enter Tha Pizza Palace in 2007 (in case you get a malware warning here is the GIF by itself). I liked it so much I linked to it from Nasty Nets (note the trackback "right now" in comments -- that was from NN -- the NN post itself inexplicably disappeared). has been all over crap food since 2010. See foot's ramen stunt driving GIF from the hall of fame. Pizza-specific posts include melipone's click for pizza screenshot (also above), illalli's Lindsay Lohan's pizza party, GucciSoFlosy's post-pizza, timb's pizza sirens, thekraken's pizza face IDGI guy, UAE's so pizza, and hundreds of others (there may be some tumblr overlap here).

Since Double Happiness touched this off, it should be noted that Jeff Sisson of that group rules the snack food beat -- in 2009 he and Bennett Williamson (also Dubhap) took a group of lucky individuals on a tour of C-Town, which included extensive consideration of junk food packaging, shelf placement, etc.

- tom moody

September 17th, 2014 at 11:22 am

Posted in general