art in public urban space+
by Michael Alstad
and Michelle Kasprzak
March 1 - 31, 2006:
29th minute: Myfanwy Ashmore
- 'Mario Trilogy'
59th minute: Kate Armstrong
+ Michael Tippet - 'Grafik Dynamo'
Year Zero One is pleased to present TRANSMEDIA :29:59,
a year long exhibition on the pedestrian level video
billboard at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.
Launched August 1st 2005, TRANSMEDIA :29:59 features
one minute video works 24/7 every half hour on the 29th
and 59th minutes.
Featured for the month of March is Myfanwy Ashmore's
'Mario Trilogy' and Kate Armstrong + Michael Tippet's
Myfanwy Ashmore's Mario
Trilogy is three hacked versions of the original
Super Mario Brothers video games dumped to single channel
video output for Transmedia :29:59. Mario Trilogy is
part of the 'CONTROLLER: Artists Crack the Game Code'
exhibition at InterAccess
Electronic Media Arts Centre from February 24- March
Myfanwy Ashmore would like to express her gratitude
to year01.com for their support and generosity since
the initial mario battle no.1 work was made in 2000
through providing space for the software
and dealing with intense hits to the server when it
was linked off places like joystiq.com and other RSS
Armstrong + Michael Tippet’s Grafik
Dynamo is a net.art work that loads live images
from blogs and news sources on the web into a live action
comic strip. The work is currently using a feed from
LiveJournal. The images are accompanied by narrative
fragments that are dynamically loaded into speech and
thought bubbles and randomly displayed. Animating the
comic strip using dynamic web content opens up the genre
in a new way: Together, the images and narrative serve
to create a strange, dislocated notion of sense and
expectation in the reader, as they are sometimes at
odds with each other, sometimes perfectly in sync, and
always moving and changing. The work takes an experimental
approach to open ended narrative, positing a new hybrid
between the flow of data animating the work and the
formal perameter that comprises its structure.
Grafik Dynamo is a 2005 commission of New Radio and
Performing Arts, Inc. (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence
web site. It was made possible with funding from the
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Ashmore graduated from the Sculpture-Installation
department at the Ontario College of Art in 1996, and
received her MFA from York University in 1998. She has
been the recipient of numerous grants as well as awards
from various councils and artist run centres. Most recently
she was nominated and short listed for the prestigious
2003 K.M. Hunter award through the Ontario Arts Council.
She has exhibited internationally in Amsterdam, Chicago,
Seoul and Philadelphia alongside Yoko Ono, Sol Lewitt,
Liam Gillick, Robert Gober, George Brecht, Oliver Wittchow,
lo-bat and COVOX.
is an artist and writer with interest in contemporary
practices with particular emphasis on new media art,
networks, distributed experience, and hybrid fields.
Her artwork centres around text and experimental narrative,
especially open forms that bring poetics and network
function together. In the past this has taken a variety
of forms including net art, psychogeographical work,
audio, mobile applications, and painting. She is currently
making pieces that use robotics to bring networked and
responsive information into tactile, sculptural space.
Armstrong also works collaboratively with bnode in the
field of public art and organizes Upgrade Vancouver,
monthly gatherings around art, technology and culture,
in conjunction with the international Upgrade network.
She has written for P.S 1/MoMA, the Palm Beach Institute
of Contemporary Art, TrAce, Year Zero One, and The Thing,
as well as for catalogue publications. Her first book,
Crisis & Repetition: Essays on Art and Culture,
was published in 2002.
has a decade of experience creating and managing technology
businesses. With expertise in design, namespace, distributed
& mobile media and wireless technology, Tippett's
media background is in pioneering new forms of networked
content. His newest venture, NowPublic.com, uses emerging
technologies like camera phones, digital cameras, blogging
tools and RSS standards to change the way news is created
and distributed. NowPublic lets people build their own
news - providing a hub for citizen reporting and for
viewing world events though the prism of an alternate,
distributed, real time media. ).
Zero One gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council,Yonge-Dundas
Square and Clearchannel for their support of Transmedia
February 2006: Shaan Syed,
January 2006: Donna Szoke,
December 2005: Gwen MacGregor,
November 2005: Cheryl Sourkes,
2005: Honeybyte, Risa Horowitz
2005: Pascual Sisto, Luke Lamborn
2005: Manu Luksch, Jillian Mcdonald