links for 2009-07-07   07.07.09

Can artists save the world? (The Guardian)
"The last five years have seen an unprecedented flowering of eco-awareness and activism throughout the arts, at home and abroad. From giant multiplexes to 50-seat fringe venues, from sweaty stadiums to intimate galleries, artist are talking " and singing, and writing, and painting " about the planet's inexorable drift towards disaster."

Use Their Work Free? Artists Say No to Google (
"When Google representatives recently invited dozens of prominent artists to contribute work to be featured on its new Web browser, the company enthusiastically sold the idea as an opportunity to have artwork shown to millions."
(tags: google artist.fee exposure)

Its About Time (Frieze Foundation | Talks)
Chaired by Jennifer Allen (Writer and Critic), this discussion explored the recent emphasis on temporality in art exhibitions. While considering historical and philosophical precedents, the panel looked at how and why time has become a tool for curators, and questioned the political implications of such an approach "
(tags: audio art.theory Jennifer.Allen Carsten.Höller Elena.Filipovic Peter.Osborne temporality exhibitions exhibition.theory)

artistcommunitiesresearch's Bookmarks on Delicious
Many, many links to artist residencies, alternative schools and platforms, and funding sources.
(tags: artist.residency artist.funding arts.funding)

What Jerry Saltz v. MoMA means for art in America (Modern Art Notes)
"When the ghetto is interested in talking with only the ghetto, how and why should anyone with a less specific interest in culture care about what we think is important? When art lovers talk only to those already in their circle, the circle will shrink."
(tags: audience art.criticism JErry.Saltz Tyler.Green MOMA Ann.Temkin gender.bias)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

links for 2009-07-05   07.05.09

Images of Fires on the Cuyahoga (CSU Press Collection)
Images of fires on the Cuyahoga River from 1949, 1951, 1952 and 1961.

Cuyahoga River fire galvanized clean water and the environment as a public issue (
"'The fire did contribute a huge amount to the new environmental movement and it put the issue in front of everyone else, too,' said Jonathan Adler, environmental historian and law professor at Case Western Reserve University. 'Water pollution became a tangible, vivid thing -- like it had never been on a national level. 'There was a sense of crisis at that point. It was: "Oh, my God -- rivers are catching on fire."'"
(tags: Cuyahoga Cleveland Ohio Cuyahoga.River EPA)

Cuyahoga River Fire - Ohio History Central (Ohio Historical Society)
"Some River! Chocolate-brown, oily, bubbling with subsurface gases, it oozes rather than flows. "Anyone who falls into the Cuyahoga does not drown," Cleveland's citizens joke grimly. "He decays". . . The Federal Water Pollution Control Administration dryly notes: "The lower Cuyahoga has no visible signs of life, not even low forms such as leeches and sludge worms that usually thrive on wastes." It is also -- literally -- a fire hazard."
(tags: Cuyahoga.River Ohio Cleveland Cuyahoga)

Ohio's Burning River In Better Health 40 Years Later (NPR)
"Forty years ago Monday, a train crossing a low bridge over the Cuyahoga River sparked, igniting oil-soaked debris in the water. It wasn't the first time there was a fire on that heavily polluted waterway, which flows through the cities of northeast Ohio. Nor was it the biggest. But it was 1969, and the environmental movement was looking for a symbol. The fire was just that."
(tags: Cuyahoga.River Cleveland EPA Ohio)

A New Take on the Lake: 40th Anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire (
"The river fire helped spur the environmental movement and led to the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972. Well talk to people who worked on river before and after the fire, those who pushed for the clean-up, and local officials who are working on sustaining the worlds largest single freshwater resource, the Great Lakes."
(tags: Dan.Moulthrop Sound.of.Ideas Cuyahoga.River EPA Cleveland Ohio)

Letters: Cuyahoga River (NPR)
"A rest to the controversy over the pronunciation of Northeast Ohio's Cuyahoga River. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails."
(tags: Cuyahoga Cleveland Ohio Cuyahoga.River)

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links for 2009-07-02   07.02.09

The Question of Freedom at the Open Video Conference (Rhizome)
The mission statement for the conference reads, Open Video is a movement to promote free expression and innovation in online video." The conference and its affiliates aimed to respond to outdated copyright law in an attempt to open the limits on the circulation and distribution of copyrighted material.

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

links for 2009-07-01   07.01.09

Sunday Soup
"Soup grants provide funding for small to medium sized projects. The grants are completely unrestrisricted and will be awarded at the discretion of the jury of Sunday Soup Subscribers. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. At the end of each month, grant applications and proposals are collected and distributed via e-mail to the Sunday Soup subscribers. Each subscriber then casts one vote as to which project they would like to fund. The application with the most support will be awarded the Sunday Soup Grant the first week of the following month. (i.e. applications collect in November will be awarded the first week in December.)"

Portland Stock
"Stock is a monthly public dinner event and presentation series, which funds small to medium-sized artist projects. Hosted at Gallery Homeland in Portland, Oregon, diners pay a modest $10 for a dinner of homemade soup and other local delicacies and the chance to take part in deciding which artist proposal will receive the evening's proceeds."
(tags: community.project Portland Gallery.Homeland)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

links for 2009-06-30   06.30.09

Review: Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson (The Observer)
Free stuff is spreading because of one fundamental difference between the bricks-and-mortar world (which Anderson calls the world of atoms) and the digital world (which Anderson calls the world of bits). In the world of atoms, each item is expensive to produce and distribute; in the world of bits, it costs close to nothing. This has all sorts of consequences. Pricing models become infinitely variable. Copying costs almost nothing, so piracy mushrooms. People can create stories, songs and movies and distribute them to other people, gratis.

Priced to Sell: Malcolm Gladwell reviews Free by Chris Anderson (The New Yorker)
"Free is just another price, and prices are set by individual actors, in accordance with the aggregated particulars of marketplace power. 'Information wants to be free,' Anderson tells us, 'in the same way that life wants to spread and water wants to run downhill.' But information cant actually want anything, can it?"
(tags: Malcolm.Gladwell Chris.Anderson copyright market capitalism)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
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