Paper Rad - Matt Barton

From the press release for the exhibition RHIZOME ArtBase 101* ( at the New Museum, June 23 - September 10, 2005): "In extreme animalz: the movie: part 1 (2005) by U.S.-based collective Paper Rad and Pittsburgh-based artist Matt Barton, .GIF files of animals, sourced through Google's Image Search, are woven into a digital tapestry that is mirrored by a surrounding cluster of mechanized stuffed animals." [And taxidermied road kill (see detail below). The blurriness in the above photo is from the animals spinning and bobbing on cams and rotors like a carnival booth in the late stages of amphetamine psychosis. The aforementioned .GIFs are on video screens mingled in among the animals. --tm]

Paper Rad - Matt Barton - Detail

More from the press release: "In Dot Matrix Synth (2003), American artist Paul Slocum reprogrammed a dot matrix printer so that it plays electronic notes in accordance with different printing frequencies." [Couldn't hear this over the opening crowd noise, but it was printing away when I walked up. Yes, it makes music and still prints. --tm]

Paul Slocum - New Museum

*Update, 2011: The Rhizome link has been changed to

- tom moody 6-23-2005 8:52 am

wow. I was just chatting nostalgically with a fellow artist about the "old" days (ie: 90s) when artists were maxing out the kitsch-factor by gluing masses of toys all over everything. The digital element is a new twist.
- sally mckay 6-23-2005 6:06 pm

thanks for the pic, tom! yeah, it's never loud enough at the opening. I should put a mic on it next time!
- paul (guest) 6-23-2005 6:35 pm

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