Uncrossing streams

A bit of housekeeping: After the requisite amount of entirely excessive hemming and hawing, I've decided to separate my writing about tech & code from my writing about other things, such as film, TV, life in NYC, or videos of cats. The better I get at hacking, startup life, etc, the less accessible that becomes to non-techie readers, so I'm making a move.

So, the new site is fhwang.me, and I've taken the liberty of moving the last year's worth of non-code writing there. If you want to keep hearing me talk about such things, you should add that site to your RSS reader / Tumblr dashboard / bookmarks to check when you're procrastinating at work. The hardcore nerd shit will stay here, as always.

Fictohedron: An alternate Ten-sided reader

Ten-sided continues: We’ve been writing for almost a month now, and in our more-than-50-entries we’ve been hinting at lost loves, past crimes, and strange inventions. Two more months to go …

why the lucky stiff, one of our ten illustrious writers, has just put together Fictohedron, an alternate to reading Ten-sided through the Turbulence site.

Fictohedron, an alternate 'Ten-sided' reader

Cool features include: Bayesian analysis to see what novel words are showing up with higher frequency in Ten-sided blogs, and when you click on those words they’re highlighted in entry text … A healthy sign of an easily remixable work, I’d like to think.

Ten-sided launches

Back in January, I sent out a call for nine fiction writers: Today, the nine selected writers and I are launching the resulting online artwork on Turbulence.org.

Turbulence Commission: Ten-sided by Francis Hwang, with Johannes Görannson, Jess Kilby, Tao Lin, Brendon Lloyd, Jessica Penrose, Glenis Stott, John Woods, Taren McCallan-Moore, and why the lucky stiff

Ten-sided is a textual performance in which ten authors collaboratively improvise on a single online narrative. For three months, each author will blog as a fictional character. All ten characters must somehow be connected, and all ten authors are responsible for ensuring that this connection is explored through the course of the story. However, authors are forbidden from coordinating the story beforehand. Instead, they can only take their cues from one another’s public entries. The resulting improvisation resembles a jazz performance or a session of exquisite corpse, but in a new form of creative practice that comments on and employs the multi-vocal nature of blogging communities.

One aspect I’m interested in here is having a piece that is inherently, not arbitrarly, time-based. That is, this is online art that you subscribe to over time, not just view through a browser once. I hope that you’ll all follow along—I have no idea where the story will go over the next few months, but I suspect the results will be quite remarkable.

Blogging and the Arts 2

On May 17, I’ll be hosting Rhizome’s second Blogging and the Arts panel. The last panel had a fantastic turnout and lots of spirited discussion, so if you’re a local and missed that panel, don’t miss this one!


Media contact
For more info contact:
Francis Hwang, Director of Technology

Listing—April 22, 2005

For immediate release

Rhizome.org to host second Blogging and the Arts panel

Public Program:
Blogging and the Arts
Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

New Museum of Contemporary Art / Chelsea
556 West 22nd Street

*** Rhizome.org Director of Technology Francis Hwang will lead a panel discussion on Blogging and the Arts. This panel, the second in a series hosted by Rhizome.org, includes painter and web-artist Chris Ashley, painter Joy Garnett, artist and programmer Patrick May, and writer Liza Sabater. The discussion will address issues such as ways that artists are using blogs to distribute their own work, and the influence of blogging culture on political issues of interest to those in the arts. ***

About Rhizome.org
Founded in 1996, Rhizome.org is an internet-based platform for the global new media arts community. Through programs such as publications, online discussion, art commissions, and archiving, it supports the creation, presentation, discussion, and preservation of contemporary art using new technologies. Since 2003, Rhizome.org has been affiliated with the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Blogging and the Arts is presented with the sponsorship of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and PubSub Concepts Inc., a free, real-time search subscription service spanning weblogs, newsgroups, wire services, and other information sources.


So maybe you want to follow along when I talk about Ruby, but could care less about my opinions in Iraq. Or maybe you think my observations about life in New York are interesting but you could do without my writing about the media ... Make sure to check out the syndicate page, where you can subscribe to feeds of blog posts by tag.

Re: Re: Re:

Starting tonight, I’m the guest reBlogger over on the Eyebeam ReBlog. ReBlog, if you don’t know, is a free-software blogging system produced by Eyebeam R&D that makes it super-easy to republish from other people’s feeds. So make sure to check it out for the next few weeks, especially if you want to watch me play memetic traffic cop …