Collection: Howie Chen

Dream Feed

New in the Library Stack
9/13/16

Blueprint. Bodies. Tennis. Clock. Air. Surgery. Windmill. Accused. Ronin. Bread.

New in the Library Stack
9/28/16

Amboy / Fragments for a Screenplay

The film charts the journey of an artist–filmmaker who is led astray from her attempts to make a documentary in Los Angeles by the mysterious history of a deceased male artist named Amboy. Amboy’s storyline is expressed with a disorienting array of cinematic strategies taken from feature films,documentaries, B–movies, and home–video style recordings. The conflation of these approaches takes place in an exhibition environment: one that includes photographic prints and readymade objects taken from the actual site of Amboy, a ghost town in the Mojave desert that serves as the central location of the film.
Scholz, a painter and filmmaker, edited, …

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New in the Library Stack
9/8/16

Information Skies

Author(s) metahaven

Information skies is a poetic psychodrama about VR, written and directed by metahaven in 2016. A combination of live action and animation, the film is a sequel to metahaven’s film project “The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda)”. This new film, released online at informationskies.com, is overlaid with subtitles in different languages, and with interfacial ruins that are distinct for the online environment.

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New in the Library Stack
9/19/16

Webrecorder

Webrecorder is a free online tool that allows users to create their own high-fidelity archives of the dynamic web. All internet users are now invited to sign up for a free account with 5GB of archiving storage space at webrecorder.io. Most digital preservation solutions involve complex, automated processes that were designed for a web made up of relatively static documents. Webrecorder, in contrast, can capture social media and other dynamic content, such as embedded video and complex javascript, while putting the user at the center of the archiving process.
Webrecorder is built with open-source tools and is released under the Apache …

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New in the Library Stack
8/18/16

Platform

Artist(s) Holly Herndon
Cover Design Metahaven

Just as Holly Herndon’s debut album Movement had abundant layers in its title alone, its follow-up Platform is just as nuanced in how it combines political, technological, and structural and ideological concepts into a single word. She explores all of these ideas in thought-provoking and unsettling ways that expand on Movement’s fragmented, ethereal approach. On tracks such as “Chorus,” which was made from samples of Herndon’s Internet browsing; “Home,” a breathy piece of pop inspired by NSA surveillance, and the eerily erotic sketch “Lonely at the Top,” she blurs the line between intimacy and invasiveness, providing commentary on the way …

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New in the Library Stack
9/25/16

Wako Book 5

Artist(s) Wolfgang Tillmans

This is the fifth artist book by artist Wolfgang Tillmans produced in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Affinity’ at Wako Works of Art, Tokyo.

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New in the Library Stack
8/5/16

Digital Light

Digital Light brings together artists, curators, technologists and media archaeologists to study the historical evolution of digital light-based technologies. Digital Light provides a critical account of the capacities and limitations of contemporary digital light-based technologies and techniques by tracing their genealogies and comparing them with their predecessor media. As digital light remediates multiple historical forms (photography, print, film, video, projection, paint), the collection draws from all of these histories, connecting them to the digital present and placing them in dialogue with one another.

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New in the Library Stack
9/19/16

Smell Dating

Author(s) Tega Brain, Sam Lavigne

Smell Dating is a mail odor dating service where participants match based on smell. Smell is one of the most poignant and evocative experiences afforded by the human sensory apparatus. Also known as olfaction, it is our physical capacity for detecting and perceiving the molecules around us. It is mediated by specialized sensory cells of the nasal cavity, which can be considered analogous to sensory cells of the antennae of invertebrates. In humans, olfaction occurs when odorant molecules bind to specific sites in the olfactory receptors inside the nose. These come together at the glomerulus, a structure which transmits signals to …

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New in the Library Stack
7/29/16

Attuning One Book

Artist(s) Susanne Kriemann
Contributor(s) Cia Rinne

15 minutes, 51 seconds duration
Performed by the artist and Cia Rinne, with birdsong recordings from the Tierstimmenarchiv (Animal Sound Archive) at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin selected by Dr Karl-Heinz Frommolt
The analytical bibliographer charts the movements of books through time and space. Each copy of an edition makes its own journey, like a migrating bird. Only in the painstaking, scholarly work of bibliography is the homecoming of an entire edition possible.
A copy of ‘Vögel vor der Kamera’ — birds on camera — is disbound. Artist Susanne Kriemann overprints the loose pages with large letterpress type. The letters H, O, …

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New in the Library Stack
9/14/16

Digesting Recipes: The Art of Culinary Notation

Author(s) Susannah Worth

Digesting Recipes: The Art of Culinary Notation scrutinises the form of the recipe, using it as a means to explore a multitude of subjects in post-war Western art and culture, including industrial mass-production, consumerism, hidden labour, and art engaged with the everyday. Each chapter is presented as a dish in a nine-course meal, drawing on examples from published cookbooks and the work of artists such as Alison Knowles, Yoko Ono, Annette Messager, Martha Rosler, Barbara T. Smith, Bobby Baker and Mika Rottenberg. A recipe is an instruction, the imperative tone of the expert, but this constraint can offer its own …

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New in the Library Stack
12/26/15

Waiting for the Internet

This video observes patrons waiting to access the internet at the Central Public Library in downtown Atlanta. This Central Library, designed in 1969 and finally completed in 1980, was the last built project by Bauhaus-trained architect Marcel Breuer. On the morning of November 25, 2015, the wait for a free computer station at the Central Library was 40 minutes. This video documents that wait.

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New in the Library Stack
8/5/16

bioswop.net

Contributor(s) Natascha Sadr Haghighian

bioswop is a cv-exchange plattform. The idea is to provide curriculum vitaes, bios, resumes for mutual utilisation and borrowing as well as basic elements of cvs for assembly. People can provide their cv for this purpose.In the case of use, the person can be informed that their CV or parts of it is borrowed by someone. For institutions the idea is, to provide the name of the institution for utilisation and maybe even the programm. With a list of several Institutions the assembly of a cv is possible without utilising existing CV’s.The assembled or borrowed cv can be downloaded as …

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New in the Library Stack
12/21/15

Deceptionista

Artist(s) Aaron David Ross

Deceptionista is a new audio-visual work by composer and artist Aaron David Ross (ADR). Realized as both an album and a fully immersive virtual ecosystem, Deceptionista unpacks and further mystifies the spiralling inconsistenciesthat permeate our globally networked lifestyles.

Released through PAN via digital and a limited edition SD card as well as a series of live performances, Deceptionista combines the relentless unknowability of the real-time internet with ADR’s distinct compositional approach. As a classically trained musician with a propensity towards contemporary art & technology practices, ADR’s work has distinguished itself through its formal deliriousness and playful tenor. Deceptionista seeks to accelerate …

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New in the Library Stack
8/31/16

Headless

Author(s) K.D.

Headless, an exhilarating murder-mystery by the elusive K. D., probes the sordid secrets and sinister deeds of powerful financiers who use Caribbean firms to conceal their fortunes. The novel begins with workaday author John Barlow agreeing to ghostwrite a novel about secretive tax havens. Barlow assumes the job will be a no-brainer. But then his eccentric employers, Swedish artist duo Goldin+Senneby, ask him to investigate Headless Ltd., a shadowy company with possible links to the philosopher Georges Bataille, known for his obsession with human sacrifice. Barlow travels to Nassau, Bahamas, the glitzy mecca of offshore finance, and begins to uncover …

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New in the Library Stack
12/23/15

Commentary Project – Nina Katchadourian

The YouTube Commentary Project invites artist to reflect on existing videos
NY based artists Nina Katchadourian comments on a freehand drawing of a perfect circle

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New in the Library Stack
6/5/16

Shadow, Glare

Artist(s) Erin Sherif

Artist Erin Shirreff’s motivation for developing Shadow, Glare, the first work she’s designed for a digital environment, stems from those moments when the screen’s material presence becomes impossible to ignore, when dust accumulations, errant smudges, and the movement of shadows and glares disturb the illusion of transparency. “In my living room the light will shift,” Shirreff explains, “and suddenly I’ll be looking at all the dust on my computer screen, or the splotches of light. That will really jar me back into my chair.”
Originally from the article Shadow, Glare.

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New in the Library Stack
11/17/15

Dawn of Midi — Dysnomia

Author(s) Dawn of Midi

Dawn of Midi is a Brooklyn-based acoustic ensemble made up of Aakaash Israni from India on double bass, Amino Belyamani from Morocco on piano and Qasim Naqvi from Pakistan on drums. Formed in 2007, the band name was happened upon after Naqvi casually uttered the phrase by chance as a non sequitur for the improvised music the trio was making at the time. With Dysnomia, Dawn of Midi abandon improvisation in favour of composition, utilising sophisticated rhythmic structures from North and West African folk traditions to weave a sonic tapestry of trance-inducing grooves. From close up one may see only dots, …

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New in the Library Stack
8/19/16

Glass Bead Site 0: Castalia, the Game of Ends and Means

The first issue of this journal, as well as Glass Bead’s project at large, is directed towards rethinking art as a mode of rational thought. It starts from the assumption that any claim concerning the efficacy of art—its capacity, beyond either its representational function or its affectivity, to make changes in the way we think of the world and act on it—first demands a renewed understanding of reason itself.
The site on which this issue focuses is Castalia, the fictional province imagined by Hermann Hesse in The Glass Bead Game (1943). Set in Central Europe some five hundred years in the future, …

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New in the Library Stack
12/7/15

One Island Dreams Another

Stephen Vitiello + Steve Roden – One Island Dreams Another from ROOM40 on Vimeo.
Recorded as part of their joint residency on Governor’s Island in New York, this edition documents their installation work created for the unique acoustics of the Cornelius Chapel. Like many of the recordings that populate their solo discographies, The Spaces Contained In Each, dwells in a zone of rich textural soundscapes.
Distant bells toll at the edges of perception, field recordings flutter amid bursts of modular synth and other electronics. The sound field is constantly evolving and unfolding as layer upon layer of sound draws you deeper into …

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New in the Library Stack
3/13/16

AGNES

Artist(s) Cécile B. Evans

What is AGNES?
AGNES is a digital commission by Cécile B. Evans, the first in a series of digital commissions that coincided with the launch of the new Serpentine website and the opening of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. AGNES introduces herself in stages: like a person, she cannot be experienced in totality through a single encounter.
Who is AGNES?
AGNES lives on the website. She wants to share things with you and learn about your thoughts and feelings. The more you give back, the further AGNES will accompany you on your digital encounter with the Serpentine Galleries. She will introduce you to the …

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New in the Library Stack
11/15/15

Call to Wait

Author(s) Aaron Arntz

Call to Wait is a super-long-term project by Aaron Arntz. It’s a phone line that puts callers on hold for seven years. The system tracks callers’ progress, allowing users to hang up and call again without losing their time on hold. After seven years, something happens. Call to Wait is a super-long-term project by Aaron Arntz. On telephoning the number +1 (206) 456-0748, callers will be placed on hold for seven years. Holding callers are subject to listening experiments, until they hang up. On next phoning Call to Wait, callers will be re-identified, and before they are reconnected to the …

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