Online Art Experiment ‘Sonic Chatroulette’ Evokes Dystopian Paranoia, NSA Voyeurism

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Artwork inspired by digital communication often feels intrinsically cold and inhuman, but it’s not often that a digital art installation manages to impart both void-like isolation, and a creeping sense of being watched. Recording artist Holly Herndon’s latest collaboration with artists Adam Harvey and Simone Niquille, on display digitally with the New Museum, does just that.

Ms. Herndon’s work is available online this month as part of New Museum’s “First Look: New Art Online,” a series of digital art pieces curated by Lauren Cornell. The piece is inspired partly by NSA surveillance, and partly by people’s online surveillance of each other. Read More


Selfless Portraits: Strangers Draw Each Other’s Facebook Profile Pics, For Better or Worse

This reporter did not go into an art profession for very obvious reasons.

Your Facebook profile photo is one of the first things that people notice when they browse your profile. Whether it’s a meme or a picture of a cat or an actual photo of yourself, what you put in that little square space supposedly says volumes about who you are online.

Jeff Greenspan, an ex-Facebook employee who now works as BuzzFeed’s chief creative officer, wanted to find a way that people could connect with each other through the visual information they offer on their profiles in a clever and creative way. Along with his co-creator Ivan Cash and Rally Interactive, the two devised a plan to “let users celebrate each other” with a site called Selfless Portraits. Read More


Attention, Artistic Types: There Is Now an Open Table for Performance Spaces

Mr. Huttler (Photo: Twitter)

Despite all the New Tech City buzz and the thousands of practice and performance spaces scattered across the five boroughs, it appears no one had thought to develop a centralized platform allowing your scruffy downstairs neighbor to book a performance space somewhere in Bushwick next Tuesday. Not anymore, however. Behold, the most stereotypically New York of new platforms: NYC Performing Arts Spaces, a site wholly devoted to helping artists find and book practice and performance space.

An earlier version of  the site, which has been around for nigh on a decade, allowed users to search venues and their capabilities. But it served as more of a directory–you still had to pick up the phone to check availability. The new online booking system makes booking and paying online for one of 2,300 venues infinitely easier, thereby maximizing the amount of time your aforementioned neighbor can spend working shifts at Cafe Grumpy. Read More


The Coolest Art-Tech Event in New York Is Tomorrow

Ben Cerveny and Liz Magic Laser presenting a surrealist card game that "explored the tension between responsive architecture and people" at last year's Seven on Seven.

Since most hackathons end up producing artistically interesting but unprofitable projects, Rhizome’s Seven on Seven event is not so unique. Still, the art hackathon, which pairs seven artists with seven technologists for a one-day burst of interactive creativity, has the express purpose of creating artistically interesting and provocative tech projects—and it always draws quality participants and an engaged crowd.

Last year, the one-day art hackathon produced, a site that generates a supercut of supercuts, which are abruptly-cut montages from movie and television scenes. It also produced a surrealist card game and a digitally-enhanced sculpture that projected video of people talking about their families and loved ones onto 3D-printed models of the speakers’ faces using facial tracking feedback from an XBox Kinect camera. Read More