(/’fu:bar) expo in Zagreb

In Zagreb, Croatia, Siva Galerija recently presented (/’fu:bar), an exhibition of international and local artists involved with glitch art.  Works were collected via email and exhibited either as projections or as prints created on site. Here is the complete list of exhibiting artists. Several of my works were exhibited, including Situation Room, which was printed out for the occasion.

Situation Room at (/’fu:bar) 2015, Zagreb, Croatia

Situation Room (Paul Hertz, 2014) digital image based on “Obama and Biden await updates on bin Laden,” May 1, 2011, official White House photo by Pete Souza. Exhibition photo, at Siva Galerija, 2015, Zagreb, Croatia

This is clearly a new way of doing exhibitions, using digital materials that can be exhibited as media or as hard copy, with practically no intervention by the artist save for submitting work or giving permission. Where works are tagged with one of the various FLOSS licenses, even permission may be superfluous. You could be putting up your own show of FLOSS right now and totally ignoring the artists and it would be entirely legal (to the extent that FLOSS licenses are legal contracts). It is worth noting that the organizers of (/’fu:bar), though occasionally slow to send out notices, seem to have contacted all the artists and sent them exhibition photos. This courtesy of notifying the artist about exhibition and publication of their work and providing documentation where possible is a critical part of the Open Source ethic, it seems to me, and deserves to be mentioned in the various licenses. It may currently be an unwritten rule that not everyone cares to observe—or it may just be wishful thinking. More on that later. Meanwhile, I am pleased to have been included in this exhibition, and doubly so to have received documentation back.

SPAMM Cupcake

SPAMM Cupcake is an online show of new media art curated by Ellectra Radikal and Systaime Alias Michaël Borras that was streamed live for the week of Feb. 28–Mar 5, 2013, to a storefront at the corner of Bowery and Kenmare streets in Manhattan, at the invitation of Mark Brown. Ellectra instigated a few months of conversation on FaceBook and eventually some 50 artists participated. The video for my work Snapper is shown here (thanks to Steve Stoppert for the videos, and to Dafna Ganani for making them available on FB). You can find the original animated GIF on the SPAMM Cupcake site, of course, and in my portfolio page of GIFs. Snapper is a work in my recent series on glitch and social memory. Some still images can be viewed on my Glitch Nation page. SPAMM Cupcake has several sites on Facebook, including its group page, the New York City event page and a new page documenting Cupcake.

The events and documents and chats have been flowing so furiously I have barely had time to check out all the works at SPAMM Cupcake. I’m posting this as a way of gathering the documentation and declaring my intention to be a less involved with FB commentary about the show and more involved in experiencing the work in the show.