Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Week 11 Electronic Art and The Network

Choose two electronic artists from the lecture and find some information about them online (– are your sources reliable?) Write a post for each artist with a short introduction to their practice and add images/moving image as necessary.

The yes men are very entertaining and ballsy...

This off their site and they say:

Take what you want! We live in the Creative Commons. So I have.

THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD (dir. Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr, 2009) is a screwball true story that follows a couple of gonzo political activists as they infiltrate the world of big business and pull off outrageous pranks that highlight the ways that corporate greed is destroying the planet. Along the way the duo discover the culprits behind the cult of greed, and in a wildly uplifting ending, they find a way for everyone to defeat the cult and save civilization from its own worst excesses.

Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are two guys who just can't take "no" for an answer. They have an unusual hobby: posing as top executives of corporations they hate. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits, they lie their way into business conferences and parody their corporate nemeses in ever more extreme ways - basically doing everything that they can to wake up their audiences to the danger of letting greed run our world.

Thompson and Craighead

I googled them and found their website which crashed on me everytime I selected an image or video artwork to view. Strange. Managed to restore the site and watch:


Telephony allows gallery visitors to dial into a wall based grid of 42 Siemens mobile telephones, which in turn begin to call each other and create a piece of 'music.' Each phone has been individually programmed with a different ringtone, which played en-masse, create various harmonic layers all of which are based in some way on the popular and prevalent, NokiaTune.


It was actually quite tuneful and interesting.

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