My early project Obamads is featured in Bob Bicknell-Knight's excellent magazine isthisit. I'm in great company: the publication features works by Aaron McCarthy, Alan Butler, Alexandra Ehrlich Speiser, Anastasia Semenoff, Andy Nizinskyj, Aram Bartholl, Benjamin Warner, Bertie Irons, Brent Watanabe, Calum Bowden, Christina Smiros, Claire L. Evans, Dani Ploeger, David Blandy, David OReilly, Duncan Herd, Ellie Power, Emily Godden & Audit Chaos, Eva and Franco Mattes, Felix Treadwell, Fengyi Zhu, Gabriel Junqueira, Gabrielle Noel, Georgie Roxby Smith, Georgina Tyson, Gerhard Mantz, Harun Faroki, Henry Driver, Ian Cheng, Ian Malhotra, Isa Magalhaes, Jason Rohrer, Jon Haddock, Joscha Steffens, Joseph DeLappe, Kara Gut, Kasem Kydd, Katy Roseland, Klara Vincent-Novotna, Lawrence Lek, Lee Boötes, Liv Preston, Lucas Glenn, Marta Strazicic, Mathew Zefeldt, Max Colson, Mélanie Courtinat, Michael Pybus, Miyö Van Stenis, Ololade Adeniyi, Pete Jiadong Qiang, Petra Szemán, PucciSethCnxion, Raúl Berrueco, Roc Herms, Sandra Araújo, Second Front, Sian Fan, Silvia Dal Dosso, Stacey Davidson, Stefan Schwarzer, Tea Strazicic, Theo Triantafyllidis, Thomson and Craighead, Todd Deutsch, Tom Kobialka, Valentin Dommanget, Viktor Timofeev, Will Kendrick, Willem Weismann, fleuryfontaine, tissue.hunter, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Bob Bicknell-Knight, Olly Bharat, Oliver Payne, Elliott Burns, Kent Sheely, Frances Kelly, Mathias Jansson, Motsonian, Samuel Capps, Sid and Jim, Hannah Nussbaum, Nora Silva and Ped.
You can order isthisit #3 here.
A Google Streetview Car chasing another Google Streetview car in the Potrero district of San Francisco in November 2016 captured in Google Street View, creating a diabolical recursive loop.
Experience the thrill of a Google Streetview chase panopticon on a mini-circuit: 16th Street => Connecticut => 17th street => Arkansas Street.
When nine eyes are not enough, you get eighteen.
The project is ongoing.
This is related to COLL.EO's ongoing project A NEW AMERICAN DREAM.
I'm thrilled to announce the release of MACHINIMA. 32 conversazioni sull'arte del videogioco, a new book featuring interviews with international artists using video games to make art. MACHINIMA. 32 conversazioni sull'arte del videogioco expands, in print form, both the exhibition GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY, curated by Vincenzo Trione and I in 2016 at IULM University, in Milan, Italy, and the official catalog, released by Silvana Editoriale in June 2016. The vast majority of the conversations with the artists featured in the show were produced by the students enrolled in the M.A. in Arts, Cultural Heritage and Markets Program at IULM. As such MACHINIMA. 32 conversazioni sull'arte del videogioco is a collective, interdisciplinary project connecting art criticism, media studies, and new media. Topics discussed range from the practice of appropriating games for making art to the artists' approaches to the medium, providing scholars, critics, and artists a set of invaluable resources to better grasp the meaning and practice of machinima.
Published by Concrete Press, the book is available in Italian on Amazon US, Amazon Italy and Blurb.
Here's a short preview and here's the book's teaser:
MACHINIMA. 32 Conversazioni sull’arte del videogioco
Edited by Matteo Bittanti
Release date: March 08, 2017
Features: Softcover, 158 pages, black and white
Format: 15×23 cm, 6×9 inches
Larry Achiampong, Rewell Altunaga, Hugo Arcier, Marta Azparren, Benjamin Bardou, Ashley Blackman, David Blandy, Josh Bricker, Joseph Delappe, Claire Evans, Harun Farocki, Foci + Loci, Anita Fontaine, Chris Howlett, Ip Yuk–Yiu, Hui Wai–Keung, Kent Lambert, Lawrence Lek, Les Riches Douaniers, Miltos Manetas, Marco Mendeni, Victor Morales, Oscar Nodal, Baden Pailthorpe, Paolo Pedercini, Tom Richardson, Philip Solomon, Kent Sheely, Georgie Roxby Smith, Palle Torsson, Michiel Van Der Zanden, Angela Washko, Brent Watanabe.
LINK: Concrete Press
I am delighted to announce that my new book, Flight Cancelled, is now available from Concrete Press.
Flight Cancelled is a collection of comments written by consumers who flew with Alitalia, Italy's flagship air carrier, between 2003 and 2016. These travel experiences were originally published online. They are reproduced in this book in unedited and unabridged form. These are stories of frustration and resistance. Loss and sorrow. Hope and resignation. Negligence and resilience. These are horror stories. These are cautionary tales.
Below is a teaser ...
And an excerpt...
HOW TO SPEAK ITALIAN is a series of educational videos for non-Italian speakers.
These free, short tutorials provide a selection of the most common phrases spoken today in Italy.
Learn how to speak Italian for everyday use! Improve your daily Italian conversation skills with audio lessons from native speakers!
By listening to this series of audio lessons, you will be able to hold a natural conversation with locals.
The first episode features useful sentences to be used in real-world contexts and different situations familiar to Italians of all ages and incomes:
Learn real Italian from a real Italian so you become a real Italian as well!
Additional information on how to park in Milan can be found here.
Part of the MAN IN A T-SHIRT series.
New project. An ongoing surveillance of Theodor W. Adorno's former residence in Los Angeles, California through Google Street View.
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GAME ARTHRITIS, developed in collaboration with IOCOSE, will be exhibited at the upcoming group show GAMES AS ARTS/ARTS AS GAMES at Falmouth University between October 12 - 22 2016 at University of Falmouth (UK) alongside works by Alan Meades, Amanita Design, David Blandy & Larry Achiampong, Ian Gouldstone, Oliver Sutherland, and State Of Play. GAMES AS ARTS/ARTS AS GAMES is curated by Tanya Krzywinska (The Games Academy) in collaboration with the MetaMakers. Check it out!
TRAVELOGUE is a survey of audiovisual artworks made with or inspired by video games. Using machinima and interactive installations, fifteen artists examine the virtual automobile as medium, message, technological commodity, status symbol, interface, and prosthetics. Created through a process of appropriation and remix, these works lie at the intersection of fiction and documentation, performance and simulation, video art and experimental cinema.
TRAVELOGUE takes the viewer for a ride through landscapes that are simultaneously familiar and uncanny, featuring dematerialized vehicles in autopilot mode; glitches, ghosts and algorithms; weapons of mass distraction and feedback loops; sudden acceleration, absolute speed, and endless stasis. Until the inevitable crash.
The exhibition is staged in the Cellars of Vincenzo I Gonzaga, a part of the Gonzaga Palace. Featuring an impressive structure with exposed brick walls and beamed vaulted and barrel ceilings, the space features several rooms covering an area of about eight hundred square meters located in a XV Century building.
Max Almy & Teri Yarbrow
+ Surprise artist
CRASH: GAME AESTHETICS AND CONTEMPORARY ART
Isabelle Arvers e Valentina Tanni in conversation. + SURPRISE SCREENING
Sunday September 11 at 11:30 AM
Cantine di Vincenzo, Piazza Santa Barbara, 46100, Mantua Italy
Admission: 6 euros
What is the difference between video games and game videos? What are the affinities and divergences between video games and video art? What role do electronic simulations play within the current visualscape? Isabelle Arvers and Valentina Tanni discuss the influence of game aesthetics on contemporary art. The conversation is moderated by Matteo Bittanti.
GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY
APRIL 4 – JULY 31, 2016
OPENING: APRIL 4, 2016 AT 6 PM
OPEN SPACE CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITION HALL, IULM
VIA CARLO BO 7, 20143 MILAN, ITALY
ARTISTS: ASHLEY BLACKMAN, LARRY ACHIAMPONG & DAVID BLANDY, BENJAMIN BARDOU, REWELL ALTUNAGA, HUGO ARCIER, MARTA AZPARREN, JOSH BRICKER, JOSEPH DELAPPE, CLAIRE EVANS, CHRIS HOWLETT, KEUNG WAI HUI, HARUN FAROCKI, FOCI + LOCI, ANITA FONTAINE, KENT LAMBERT, LAWRENCE LEK, LES RICHES DOUANIERS, MARCO MENDENI, MILTOS MANETAS, VICTOR MORALES, OSCAR NODAL, PAOLO PEDERCINI, BADEN PAILTHORPE, TOM RICHARDSON, KENT SHEELY, GEORGIE ROXBY SMITH, PALLE TORSSON, MICHIEL VAN DER ZANDEN, BILL VIOLA WITH USC GAME INNOVATION LAB, ANGELA WASHKO, IP YUK-YIU, BRENT WATANABE.
CURATED BY MATTEO BITTANTI AND VINCENZO TRIONE
An official event of the XX1T Triennale International Exhibition. 21 Century. Design After Design, GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY is the largest exhibition of game-based video installations ever staged in Italy. Transforming the spaces of IULM’s Contemporary Exhibition Hall into a visual landscape of made of pixels and polygons, GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY features approximately thirty international artists working with videogames. Also known as machinima, these video installations explore themes related to simulation and representation, replay and re-enactment, architecture and urbanism, sex and race, gender and politics.
GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY also showcases several canvases by Greek-born artist Miltos Manetas, who spearheaded the development of game-based video art with Miracle (1996), first shown at Joint Ventures, an exhibition curated by Nicolas Bourriaud at Basilico Gallery in New York, and included in GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY to inspire a new generation of video players.
Ranging from institutional critique to new media production, GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY emphasizes the visual nature of digital gaming and its potential for creative expression, rather than mere escapism. By bringing together gaming technologies, experimental filmmaking, video and performance art, GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY invites viewers to see a different side of play.
Although a recent development in contemporary art, machinima allows for a unique and differentiated experience from non-interactive media such as painting and sculpture. Moreover, machinima is, by definition, derivative and recombinant, suggesting a blurring of boundaries between content consumer and creator. Accordingly, the exhibition also explores issues related to copyright, creativity, appropriation, and resistance. Finally, the show title alludes to the concept of Game Art, that is, the use of gaming technologies and aesthetics to produce artistic experiences.
GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY is curated by Matteo Bittanti and Vincenzo Trione with the collaboration of students of the the 2nd Year Program in Arts, Markets, and Cultural Heritage at IULM under the guidance of Anna Luigia De Simone. An exhibition catalogue featuring critical contributions from art historians, critics, and scholars will be released in June 2016. Collateral events include screenings, panels, and performances, all taking place at IULM.
LINK: GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY
I am pleased to announce that The cure for homeless... Details are inside ;-), a digital video based on my latest book, How to get rid of homeless (CONCRETE PRESS, 2015) will be screened on Sunday May 31, 2015 during No One is an Island, a show curated by David Borgonjon as part of the 2015 LEVEL UP Festival in New York.
The cure for homeless... Details are inside ;-) is also currently installed at Incline gallery in San Francisco as part of The Dissidents, The Displaced, and The Outliers show curated by Dorothy Santos.
No One is an Island features video works by Matteo Bittanti, Joanna Lin, James T. Hong, MAP Office, Angela Washko and Yu Cheng-Ta. In short, a great archipelago of artists. As Borgonjon explains, the event "brings together three NYC communities that don't overlap often: the Sinophone, game design, and contemporary art communities." The curator adds that:
No One Is an Island expands on the conceptual and formal ideas engaged in by works in LEVEL UP. The game environment, whether that’s the board or the screen, always functions by rules similar to but not quite the same as the larger world. A kind of separate world within a world, the video game is a virtual island, separated from the continent of the real world by different rules. After all, the first commercially produced platform for machinima (cinematic works created entirely in game environments) was also set on an island: the award-winning Stunt Island (1993) centered on recording and editing airplane tricks, which you could even select from a ready-made menu. Just like that seminal game, this screening turns players into viewers. Whether looking away to the horizon on the sea, or down on the problems of a city, each of the works on view has a distance from “the real world,” what’s out there, the rest of the universe. (David Borgonjon)
David Borgonjon is Curatorial Fellow at Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx, NY. He recently co-founded Screen, a bilingual platform for media art commentary. In his independent curatorial and critical practice, he is currently at work on a series of professional development workshops based on learning board and video games as metaphors, which he will present at Rhode Island School of Design and continue to organize in New York.
LINK: No One is an Island
The rumors are true.
"From Saturday May 2nd to Friday, June 19th the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism in partnership with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Random Parts, and Incline Gallery will present The Dissidents, the Displaced, and the Outliers, a transbay visual art exhibition about housing security and digital privacy at Random Parts in Oakland and Incline Gallery in San Francisco. Curated by Dorothy R. Santos, the exhibition will feature work in both venues by Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Eliza Barrios,COLL.EO, Leslie Dreyer, Tom Loughlin, and Elizabeth Travelslight.
In The Dissidents, the Displaced, and the Outliers, Bay Area artists offer a collection of work about the convergence of privacy and gentrification unique to the Bay Area, in particular the impact of surveillance technology and the digital economy on housing security and how affluence secures both privacy and housing.
Exhibitions Dates and Locations
May 2 – June 5, 2015
1206 13th Avenue, Oakland, CA
Opening reception: Saturday, May 2 • 4-8pm
May 16 – June 19, 2015
766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA
Opening reception: Saturday, May 16 • 5-9pm
Public Events and Programs
Outdoor Film Salon
Saturday, May 9
7-9pm @ Random Parts
1206 13th Avenue, Oakland, CA
EFF Digital Privacy Workshop
Saturday, May 23
2-4pm @ Random Parts
1206 13th Avenue, Oakland, CA
Closing Panel Discussion
Sunday, June 14
4-6pm @ Incline Gallery
766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA
All events are free, all ages, and open to the public.
Historically, the artist has served as a figure who illuminates what is emblematic of the times serving as a luminary that provides the necessary historical, political, and cultural contexts that explains the significant shifts and changes within an environment. Since the emergence of dotcom businesses of the late 1990s, Bay Area residents have witnessed the rise and fall of the initial technology driven economy. The resurgence of online businesses and explosion of start-ups have resulted in exponential growth of the tech workforce across industry-leading companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
This two-city parallel exhibition aims to open conversation about these topics on both sides of the Bay and is supported by free, public programming, including an outdoor film salon, a panel discussion with organizational partners and artists, and a workshop on digital privacy. These free community events enable visitors to delve further into the exhibition themes and be in dialogue with artists and community leaders.
Bay Area Society for Art & Activism – The Bay Area Society for Art & Activism is a diverse and intergenerational community celebrating the way artists and activists engage with issues of social justice, hope, freedom, history, democracy, love, labor, class, the environment and more. Our goal is to cultivate art and activism as vital regional values and to return creative, cultural and monetary resources to Bay Area artists, curators and activists so that they can continue to create the incredible work that makes the Bay Area a beacon of subversive, socially-engaged art and visionary grassroots activism. Emboldened by the wave of evictions in 2013 and the threat to art and activist communities presented by skyrocketing housing costs, the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism is working with our fiscal sponsor, SOMArts Cultural Center, to expand the reach and scope of our offerings and to deepen the claim of art and activism as essential features of San Francisco’s cultural landscape.
Electronic Frontier Foundation – The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. Even in the fledgling days of the Internet, EFF understood that protecting access to developing technology was central to advancing freedom for all. In the years that followed, EFF used our fiercely independent voice to clear the way for open source software, encryption, security research, file sharing tools, and a world of emerging technologies. Today, EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies.
Random Parts – Random Parts is an artist–run project space based in a small storefront in the Eastlake neighborhood of Oakland, California. Our vision is to give international, national and local multidisciplinary artists a platform without distinctions among well-known, self-taught and underexposed. We believe that these value judgments are a product of the commercial and educational art systems which emphasize career strategies rather than the complexities of a sustained art practice. By leveling the playing field, we see Random Parts as an equalizer – aiming to showcase provocative and challenging art in an approachable environment in hopes of engaging the public and promoting critical thinking, dialogue, and risk taking.
Incline Gallery – Incline Gallery is an alternative art space that fosters relationships between community and artists. We create opportunities for emerging as well as established artists to exhibit in a non-cube format that challenges and encourages experimentation in exhibition design. Our role continues to expand by facilitating outside curators, international exchanges and partnerships within a community-based organization.
Bay Area Society for Art & Activism – Dorothy R. Santos, email@example.com and Elizabeth Travelslight, firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic Frontier Foundation – Nadia Kayyali, email@example.com
Random Parts – Colleen Flaherty and Juan Carlos Quintana, firstname.lastname@example.org
Incline Gallery – Christo Oropeza, email@example.com
Blank Arcade: Games Out of a Joint
May 14 - 17, 2015
curated by Lindsay Grace and Paolo Ruffino
Leuphana Centre for Digital Cultures
I'm pleased to announce that COLL.EO (Colleen Flaherty and I) is among the artists selected for the upcoming exhibition Blank Arcade: Games Out of a Joint, curated by Lindsay Grace and Paolo Ruffino. The show takes place between May 14 - 17, 2015 at the Leuphana Centre for Digital Cultures, in Lüneburg, Germany, which hosts the 2015 edition of the Digital Game Researchers Association (DIGRA) conferene, subtitled Diversity of Play. The conference was made possible by the curatorial staff of the Gamification Lab:
How to talk about art is a sound installation composed of filler speech uttered by writer Sarah Thornton during a conversation with artist Grayson Perry at Tate Modern, in London, titled "What makes an Artist?". The event took place on Thursday, October 2, 2014 between six thirty and eight pm. The original conversation is available here.
How to talk about art is played in a very dimly lit room built inside an art gallery, called The Inner Sanctum. Upon entering this space-within-a-space, the visitor is given the opportunity to sit on a rug and meditate as How to talk about art plays in loop. Thornton’s speech fillers, mumbles, and stutters are diffused by a surround sound system. They are played in sequence, i.e. as they were uttered during the conversation with Perry at Tate Modern. They are not repeated or electronically manipulated. Fillers are parts of speech which are not generally recognized as purposeful or containing formal meaning, usually expressed as pauses such as "uh", "like", "you know", and "er". The audio piece operates as a mantra. It is, in effect, Sarah’s mantrah (sic). Isolated from their original source, the fillers produce an almost melodic chant that may or may not have psychological, neurological, and even spiritual effects over the listener, modulating her or his consciousness in powerful, yet unpredictable, ways. A wittgensteinian exploration of language and meaning, How to talk about art requires close listening.
How to laugh about art is a sound installation composed of laughters uttered by writer Sarah Thornton during a conversation with artist Grayson Perry at Tate Modern, in London, titled "What makes an Artist?". The event took place on Thursday, October 2, 2014 between six thirty and eight pm. The original conversation is available here .
How to laugh about art is played in a very dimly lit room inside an art gallery, called The Inner Sanctum. Upon entering this space-within-a-space, the visitor can sit on a rug and meditate, as How to laugh about art plays in loop. Diffused by hidden surround speakers in the room, Thornton’s laughs are played in sequence, i.e. as they were uttered during the conversation with Perry at Tate Modern. Moreover, they are not repeated or electronically manipulated. Thornton’s irresistible, spontaneous, infectious, and contagious guffawing produces powerful effects on the listener’s consciousness. According to several scientific studies, laughter can trigger positive and healthy physical changes in the body, enhancing the immune system and reducing stress. Laugher can release endorphins which in turn promote an overall sense of well-being and temporarily relieve pain. The Inner Sanctum is an immersive acoustic space that allows the listener to fully experience Thornton’s genuine, liberating, exhilarating chuckle, while developing a profound understanding of the Artworld. This is a track of laughs. Effectively, a laugh track.
Sarah Thornton is the author of two books on art: 33 Artists in 3 Acts (Granta, 2014) and Seven Days in the Art World (Granta, 2009), both international bestsellers. Thornton was the chief writer on contemporary art for The Economist and has written about the art market and art world for several publications including The Art Newspaper, Artforum.com, The New Yorker, The Telegraph, and The Guardian. Thornton holds a BA in Art History and a PhD in the Sociology of Culture. Her academic posts have included a full time lecturing position at the University of Sussex, and a period as Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London.
LINK: How to talk about art and How to laugh about art.
On January 8, 2015 CONCRETE PRESS released my new book(s): How to get rid of homeless.
A 600-page epic split in two volumes documenting the so-called “homeless scandal” that affected the newly released game SimCity (Maxis/Electronic Arts, 2013), How to get rid of homeless reproduces dozens of threads concerning “homelessness” that appeared in Electronic Arts’ online forum between 2012 and 2013.
I have collected, selected, and transcribed thousands of messages exchanged by the forum members who first experienced, and then tried to “eradicate”, the phenomenon of homelessness that “plagued” SimCity. From surprise to despair, from shock to resignation, these posts highlight the pitfalls of simulation, the not-so-subtle effects of ideology on game design, and the interplay between play and society, politics and entertainment.
Decontextualized from their original source and reproduced on paper sans the majority of online communication hallmarks (e.g. author’s signatures, side banners, avatar pictures etc.), these textual exchanges create a peculiar narrative. Some of the dialogues’ absurdist tones evoke Ionesco’s plays. Others reveal racist and classist biases, and forcefully introduce - or, rather, reintroduce - a highly political vision that the alleged “neutral” algorithms were supposed to overcome.
So what is How to get rid of homeless, exactly?
It is an act of defamiliarization: the original content is reproduced in a different context. Thus, the forum has been deterritorialized. It is a gesture of reblogging/retweeting/reposting digital content in a physical space.
How to get rid of homeless confers materiality (and thus “weight”) to the ephemerality of online conversations, where editing is a fluid, ongoing activity and can be performed almost in “real-time”. Print adheres to different temporalities and protocols.
How to get rid of homeless is an act of reframing: it gives the original text new shape and meaning by virtue of a novel context. Reproduced on paper, these posts challenge some of the fundamental assumptions about the form and content of the book.
As an edited reproduction of an archive, How to get rid of homeless clearly communicates its self-referential character. As an archive of an archive, How to get rid of homeless is a collection of previously assembled data. The book format is assertive: it attributes value and relevance to content normally deemed trivial and irrelevant.
As How to get rid of homeless appropriates and re-presents a collection of presences (the authors’ statements), but also of absences (e.g. missing images that have disappeared from their respective online archives), the book can be read as a meditation on the writing process itself in the age of digital media.
How to get rid of homeless is available on Amazon in a limited edition of 99.
Here is the full table of contents in ADD-friendly format (that is, video).
And a critical "text" that provides contextual information (also in ADD-friendly format).