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TW1TT3Rart marks a leap forward in posting imagery on Twitter. While tweeting traditional jpgs this is not, TW1TT3Rart serves as a repository for the numerous efforts made by aspiring Twitter artists from across the web. Described as a way of “Tweeting abstraction with glyphs and symbols”, (tagged #twitterart, #140art, #ASCIIart, #TwitClipArt), the Twitter profile displays how one can utilize an established technology for a much different purpose than may have been intended.

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Here’s more fuel to vaccine skeptics who claim that bugs introduced intravenously don’t engage the immune system in the deeper way of bugs introduced via the skin.

The Slashdot comments touch on another revelation of recent research: that autoimmune disorders such as Lupus tend to appear in societies that have artificially blocked their citizens’ natural exposure to germs.

From Slashdot:

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child’s skin too clean impaired the skin’s ability to heal itself. From the article: “‘These germs are actually good for us,’ said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are ‘good bacteria’ when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation.”

Video artist Gary Hill once responded to the question of how his work should be displayed when CRTs became obsolete with the suggestion that his video should be projected on his viewers’ bodies from inside their skin.

When Hill was participating in the TechArcheology workshops a decade ago, this suggestion sounded flippant (and was perhaps meant to be). But now mainstream science has caught up with this nutty vision, and it looks like the porn industry won’t be far behind.

So what happens when your LED tattoo goes obsolete? Microsoft customers had better be diligent about downloading the latest “patches,” or they’ll end up sporting the Blue Skin of Death.

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Still Water lab, 4th floor, Chadbourne Hall

Monday 30 November 4-5:30pm

Italian curator Laura Barreca contrasts the long view of traditional art history and conservation with the brief lifespan of contemporary artistic media, asking how works in ephemeral media should be preserved for the future in the light of controversies such as the restoration of the Sistine Chapel. All are welcome to attend this informal discussion for all or part of the allotted time.

Currently an Italian Academy Fellow at Columbia University, Laura Barreca has taught at the Faculty of Architecture, University “La Sapienza”, Rome, as professor of the Course of History of Contemporary Art, in 2009. She is Assistant Professor of the Chair of History of Contemporary Art, Faculty of Conservation of Cultural and Artistic Heritage, University of Viterbo. She works as external consultant for the Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali, for the Land Art project “Sensi Contemporanei” (Basilicata 2009). For the MAXXI-Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo she is curator of the project “Committenze contemporanee”, in collaboration with UniCredit Group and Galleria Borghese. Since 2007, she worked as Junior Curator at PAN| Palazzo delle Arti Napoli. Since the completion of her Ph.D., she has been writing articles and papers, and has been invited to present lectures in several conferences (Madrid 2007; Montreal 2008; Rome 2008-2009) about “Conservation and Documentation of New Media Art”.

This discussion is sponsored by the U-Me New Media Department, The Intermedia MFA Program and the Cultural Affairs Distinguished Lecture Series Fund.

Conservation programs of museums are far removed from the “proliferative preservation” of digital creators.

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