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Jihui Digital Salon
September 30, 2005 - June 2006 @ 6pm

The monthly Jihui Digital Salon, founded in 2000, features discussions and
presentations by new media artists as a gateway to digital art, furthering
the dynamic dialogue between the academic and the art world. The digital
salon is aimed at promoting understanding of new media arts, supporting
emerging artists, and exploring the rapid paradigm shifts brought about by
digital technologies. All discussions are recorded and subsequently archived
at the project website.

agent.netart is a collaboration on public programs organized by the Netart
Initiative and Intelligent Agent. agent.netart is made possible by generous
support from the Digital Design Department and Parsons Design Lab of Parsons
School of Design and from the Rockefeller Foundation. Presented by
Christiane Paul and Zhang Ga. (

jihui - Digital Salon
Chelsea Art Museum
556 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

Shu Lea Cheang

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Shu Lea Cheang will discuss "BabyLove," the second installment of her
"Locker Baby Project," in the context of her work. "BabyLove," currently on
view at the Chelsea Art Museum, is a mobile wifi installation that consists
of 6 large size teacups -- auto-mobile units modeled after teacup rides
found on old-time playgrounds -- with 6 "clone babies." The clone babies,
inspired by Ryu Murakami's novel Coin Locker Babies, are each adorned with a
locker key, an LED display with a random locker number and wifi connection.
Love songs uploaded by the public via the Web are coded as "memory and
emotion" (ME) data for the clone babies and can be retrieved and jumbled by
museum visitors who take a teacup ride with the baby clones. Navigating the
teacup, visitors shuffle and rearrange the love songs in the baby engine
through their choice of direction and the variation of speed. Mixing
nostalgia for a seemingly simpler age with network technologies, "BabyLove"
explores the Internet's impact on cultural practices.

Ken Feingold

Ken Feingold will discuss his recent works involving computer-generated
performances, including new works not yet shown in New York. These pieces,
which the artist refers to as "cinematic sculptures," often include
extremely realistic, speaking animatronic human heads that talk and respond
to viewers. The listening and speaking figures - digitally and pneumatically
activated silicone portraits - explore the unpredictability and complexity
that language and mind create between people.

Scott Snibbe
"Body, Space and Cinema"

Scott Snibbe presents recent works that explore interaction between
cinematic projections and viewers' bodies along with his most recent work,
"Blow Up," which amplifies human breath as a large field of wind. He
discusses the philosophical divide between language and visceral perception
that motivates his creation of interactive media art. Working with
technologies at the forefront of contemporary research including computer
vision and synthetic touch, Snibbe explores how a minimal intrusion of
technology can provide insight into the nature of observer's minds and their
sense of self. Works shown will range from large-scale body-centric physical
installations to interactive sculpture and screen- and web-based interactive
graphics. (

Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel will be discussing his recent works and collaborations, as
well as future projects, including the music group Van Led, a self-produced
version of MTV cribz, and various assorted computer hacks. His presentation
will include topics as varied as Simon and Garfunkel, google, Biggie Smalls,
AOL IM, and homemade video games.

Interactive Cinema
Julia Heyward
Toni Dove

Julia Heyward and Toni Dove will present and discuss issues surrounding
their interactive movies. Heyward is currently working on two interactive
works that form a triptych with her previous interactive DVD "Miracles in
Reverse," entitled "Nothing Random Access Memory." The work collectively
explores subjective and collective memory with a focus on trauma. Toni Dove
will examine how characteristics of consciousness can inform responsive and
narrative structures through analysis of her current work in progress
"Spectropia," a time travel drama that uses the metaphor of supernatural
possession to investigate subject, memory, history.

Joachim Sauter

Joachim Sauter will discuss the groundbreaking work that he has developed as
part of the art collective and company Art+COM (, one
of the leaders in the field of interactive applications. Founded in 1988 by
a group of artists, designers, scientists, and technicians, Art+Com has been
committed to the future of new media and realizes ambitious, custom-tailored
applications in the field of information and communication technologies.