Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rhizome Commission 2010

FreeWilliamsburg recently posted about the 2010 call for new commissions by Rhizome, the art and technology website, organization, etc.

Says Rhizome:
The goal of the Rhizome Commissions Program is to support emerging artists by providing grants for the creation of significant works of new media art. By new media art, we mean projects that creatively engage new and networked technologies to works that reflect on the impact of these tools and media in a variety of forms. Rhizome defines emerging artist as artists who exhibit great potential yet are not fully recognized within their field. Commissioned works can take the final form of online works, performance, video, installation or sound art. Projects can be made for the context of the gallery, the public, the web or networked devices.

We are now accepting applications. The deadline for submission is on midnight April 2, 2009.

In addition to alerting our attention to this excellent opportunity, FreeWilliamsburg also linked to this excellent article about the excellent Lucky Dragons, who were also recently featured here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A sad story of a banned shoe

A large bronze-coloured sculpture of a shoe, built by artist Laith al-Amiri and a group of children at an orphanage, was erected a week ago in Tikrit, Iraq, and ordered removed the next day. The artist and kids spent 15 days and around $5000 building the sculpture, which was on display in the orphanage complex and was made in of honor Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist currently in prison for throwing his shoe at George Bush during a press conference in December.

Video footage of the shoe sculpture and some very adorable and proud looking children can be viewed here.