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Continuing Postmasters Gallery interest in new media and Internet art we will present exhibitions/events timed and intended as complimentary to the net.art inclusion in the Whitney Biennial April 1 - April 22, 2000 (reception Saturday, April 1 6 - 8 pm) "Behind the Firewall" an exhibition of four new media installations prototypes by Sawad Brooks Welcome to the World of VinylVideo by VinylVideo Text Rain by Camille Utterback and Romy Achituv skinonskinonskin by Entropy8Zuper! Postmasters Gallery, located in Chelsea at 459 West 19th Street (corner of 10th Avenue), is open Tuesday through Saturday to 6 pm. Please contact Magdalena Sawon with any questions. e-mail: postmasters@thing.net or magda@thing.net www.postmastersart.com prototypes by Sawad Brooks Between the artwork and the product it is possible to think about something called a prototype that also emerges from a creative process. The prototype is often as close as we are allowed to the post-industrial or information-age product before distance is infinitely distorted by mass reproduction, made recuperable only through fetishization. The lamp prototypes in this show investigate our relationship to the future. Light is often employed as a means of signaling warnings. Warnings, like prototypes, announce something before it arrives. These objects are designed with the capability to assess the viewer's distance from them, and react accordingly. They incorporate small computers, and respond to one's proximity, displaying a variety of responses by turning on and off their micro bulbs. Constructed in large part from corrugated cardboard, they employ material often used for packing and protecting something -- a product -- more valuable than itself. Welcome to the World of Vinyl Video by VinylVideo This will be the first New York exhibition of the VinylVideo and the first time the records and "Home Kit" (the translation device) are available. VynilVideo is an ongoing project, where members of the Austrian group regularly invite Artists to produce new work for the VinylVideo system .There are 20 records produced up to date, the last one by Kristin Lucas has just been released. VinylVideoTM - an invention by Gebhard Sengmčller, in cooperation with Gčnter Erhart, Martin Diamant and Best Before - is a new, wondrous and fascinating development in the realm of audio-visual media. For the first time in the history of technological invention, VinylVideoTM makes possible the storage of video (moving image and sound) on analog LP records. Playback from the VinylVideoTM picture disk is made possible with the VinylVideoTM unit which consists of a standard turntable, a special conversion box and a television set. In it's combination of analog and digital elements VinylVideoTM is a relic of fake media archeology. At the same time, VinylVideoTM is a vision of new live video mixing possibilities. By simply placing the tone arm at different points on the record, VinylVideoTM makes possible a random access manipulation of the time axis. With the extremely reduced picture and sound quality, a new mode of audio-visual perception evolves. In this way, VinylVideoTM reconstructs a home movie medium as a missing link in the history of recorded moving images while simultaneously encompassing contemporary forms of DJ-ing and VJ-ing. Text Rain by Camille Utterback and Romy Achituv Text Rain is a playful interactive installation that blurs the boundary between the familiar and the magical. Participants in the Text Rain installation use the familiar instrument of their bodies, to do what seems magical - to lift and play with falling letters that do not really exist. In the Text Rain installation participants stand or move in front of a large projection screen. On the screen they see a mirrored video projection of themselves in black and white, combined with a color animation of falling text. Like rain or snow, the text appears to land on participants' heads and arms. The text responds to the participants' motions and can be caught, lifted, and then let fall again. The falling text will 'land' on anything darker than a certain threshold, and 'fall' whenever that obstacle is removed. If a participant accumulates enough letters along their outstretched arms, or along the silhouette of any dark object, they can sometimes catch an entire word, or even a phrase. The falling letters are not random, but lines of a poem about bodies and language. As letters from one line of the poem fall towards the ground they begin to fade, and differently colored letters from the next line replace them from above. 'Reading' the poem in the Text Rain installation, if one can do so at all, becomes a physical rather than cerebral endeavor. skinonskinonskin by Auriea Harvey (entropy8) and Michael Samyn (zuper!) e-love, cyberlove, the web goes multysensory the underlying emotions 'forced' the development of a media rich language that is developed continuously through a series of dialogues. skinonskinonskin is the first of these exchanges. skinonskinonskin has been developed while both of the artists were members the creative net group 'hell.com' and been made available through ICA London as the first pay-per-view web piece. http://www.entropy8zuper.org/skinonskinonskin artist statement: how does one and one become one? two net.entities roaming around through the wires unexpectedly connect in a place that turns out to be hell in so many ways. communicating in the only way they can, through visions, transmitting emotions through the files. a stream of electricity carrying bits back and forth. an ongoing dialog which forms a bond between them. a two way river becomes an ocean flowing through the data. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- an ocean of desire, an ocean of lust, an ocean of selfishness. reciprocal to the point of ecstasy. recognizing the other as the one they were looking for. all they've known, all they've done, all they've felt, was leading to this. two bodies in the network: longing, desiring, missing, caressed in the code, hurt by the sharp edges of pixels, floating on dhtml. desperation, deprivation, ecstasy. skin, on skin, on skin. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- if ( 1 + 1 == 1 ) { e8z = true; };