Thursday, November 18, 2010


Here are the results of the voice experiment that Mike Bryant did with his "Sex and Death" course cluster class--for a word from Mike about the results, check the comments section of the earlier entry titled "Sex and Death Voice Experiment".

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The 3rd I

from James Wiltgen, who found this in the NYT's ArtsBeat section:

NOVEMBER 16, 2010, 2:09 PM
Art that Looks Backward

A New York University photography professor will have a camera surgically implanted in the back of his head for several months as part of an art project commissioned by the government of Qatar, The Wall Street Journal reported. The project, called “The 3rd I” and organized by a new Qatari museum called Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, will involve the camera taking pictures at one-minute intervals with the images being streamed to a computer database and then appearing in different sequences, some in real time, on monitors in an exhibition space in Doha between December and May.

According to The Journal, the professor, Wafaa Bilal, has offered to cover the camera with a lens cap when he is on the N.Y.U. campus, out of respect for students’ privacy, but the university may require him to turn the camera off. In a statement on Tuesday the university said it was in discussions with Mr. Bilal about to how to ensure that his camera would not take pictures in N.Y.U. buildings. Mr. Bilal, who was born in Iraq, has provoked controversy with earlier projects, including one in 2008 called “Virtual Jihadi,” in which he altered a video game to insert an avatar of himself as a suicide-bomber targeting George W. Bush.

More brain stuff

Brain house, a collaboration between MA in Aesthetics and Politics student Drew Denny and Critical Studies faculty member Norman Klein for Tom Leeser's

Brainwave music, by David Rosenboom:


time to start preparing your project for this:


Thursday, December 9th, 7:30-9:30pm, Gallery A116.

Opening reception for the bioart gallery show (Friday, December 3rd-Friday, December 10th) featuring work from students enrolled in at least one of the cluster courses.

Pizza and soda will be provided.

Phil Ross' Juggernaut (2004):

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


here's another one from the NYT:


this just in from James Wiltgen--it's a fascinating article from the NYT about cinema and biology. the video on the page is particularly interesting.

here's "the inner life of a cell":

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


this link will take you to the experiment that mike bryant is performing with the students in his sex and death class:

here's the introduction to the experiment:

Thank you for logging into the” CSSM265 Sex and Death” voice experiment

Your voluntary participation is appreciated! The people who have provided their voice samples are volunteers and know what this experiment is about. Your answers are anonymous and the voice volunteers will never know how you responded to their voice. They will not even know in aggregate.

Please answer the questions honestly. You may leave questions blank if you do not want to answer them.
Please do not participate in this experiment if you are under 18 years old!
Click on "Take our Experiment" to continue. Instructions for participating in the experiment can be found on the next page.

Monday, November 8, 2010


Biology, Technology, and the Arts

A symposium presented by
The Fall 2010 Interdisciplinary Course Cluster “On Bio-Art”
At the California Institute of the Arts



Afternoon Speakers

4:30pm: Michael Bryant, School of Critical Studies, CalArts

4:35pm: Martie Haselton, Communication Studies and Psychology, UCLA

4:50pm: Philip Ross, Founding Director of CRITTER

5:05pm: Robert Mitchell, Department of English, Duke

5:20pm: Michael Pisaro, School of Music, CalArts

5:35pm: Anne Marie Oliver, Intermedia and Contemporary Theory, PNCA

5:50-6:20pm: Discussion with the audience

6:20-7:30pm: Break

Evening Lecture

7:30pm: Arne De Boever, School of Critical Studies/MA in Aesthetics and Politics, CalArts

7:35pm: Catherine Malabou, Université Paris-X Nanterre and SUNY Buffalo

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Facebook page for Malabou lecture and Bioart Conference

Jayson Lantz set up a facebook page for Tuesday's events. This link should take you there:

Miriam Nourí sent on this work, by Julianne Swartz:

For more info, click here.

Friday, November 5, 2010


hi everyone,

those of you who would like to catch a ride to MOCA on tuesday, november 9th to attend the afternoon conference on "biology, technology, and the arts" as well as the evening lecture by catherine malabou should gather on the steps at the main calarts entrance (in front of the blue wall) at 2pm OR at 3:30pm. several cars will be leaving at 2pm, and you might want to catch a ride with the early ones just to make sure you have a spot. most of the cars will be leaving at 3:30pm. please be punctual so that our drivers do not have to wait around.

if you have any questions about this, please contact the course cluster TA, justine de penning.

hope to see many of you there!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Enormous Microscopic Evening, with Phil Ross

This just in from Phil Ross:

Admission: Free!
Come down to the Hammer Museum on November 6th from 4-7 PM and get small in a big way at Enormous Microscopic Evening! This free event will celebrate and demonstrate the range of equipment people are using to explore the invisible, from state of the art futuristic equipment to home made one-of-a-kind technologies.

Observe mesmerizing and sublime live images created by experts, amateurs, and hobbyists who will share how they practice their craft. Live music will accompany your journey into the enormously microscopic, where you can see dancing DNA, view miniature life through the eye of an IMAX camera, and take home a portrait of your own cheek cell to hang on your fridge. What might a world with over a billion connected microscopes look like? Enormous Microscopic Evening will be demonstrating the possibilities of using cheap and powerful networked microscopes. Learn how “social microscopy” is being used in medicine, mapping and environmental safety, and changing the way we look at the whole world in the process.

Monday, November 1, 2010


Big week coming up for those involved in our course cluster:

On Monday, November 8th, Phil Ross and Rich Pell are speaking in Tom Leeser's "Conversations on Technology, Culture, and Practice" course. Time: 7pm. Location: A116. This event is open to ALL students participating in the cluster--and I'm sure you won't be turned away if you're not taking any of the cluster classes. This is a unique opportunity to find out about these artists' practices in the informal context of a class. Be there!

On Tuesday, November 9th, your afternoon and evening are already booked: you'll be traveling to the Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand Avenue, to attend a symposium on the crossover of biology, technology, and the arts today. Scientists, philosophers, and artists will gather to discuss topics relevant to the course cluster topic: bioart. Participants will include Phil Ross (CRITTER salon), Martie Haselton (UCLA), Robert Mitchell (Duke--author of a recent book titled Bioart and the Vitality of Media, which is featured on this blog), Anne Marie Oliver (PNCA), and others. In the evening, French philosopher Catherine Malabou will be giving a lecture titled "Plasticity: New Political Modes of Being." Professor Malabou is one of the major voices working in continental philosophy today--this is really an event that's not to be missed.

There will be vans going from CalArts to MOCA on Tuesday afternoon, so you do not have to worry about transport. More info about the vans will be posted here, so check in later this week for more information.