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Terminal Welcomes New Site Contributors

Alan Bigelow, xtine burrough, Channel TWo, Curt Cloninger, Stephen Slappe, Jason Sloan, and Angela Washko (each a former participant in Terminal projects) has agreed to sign on as content contributors to Terminal. They will each be writing about and sharing things that excite them and that will add to the wider discourse surrounding digital art. I look forward to their contributions and to this new chapter in Terminal’s history.



Alan Bigelow writes digital stories for the web that use images, text, audio, video, and other components. These stories are created for viewing on the web, although they can be (and have been) shown as gallery installations.

Alan Bigelow was the 2011 winner of the BIPVAL international Prix de Poésie Média. His work, installations, and conversations concerning digital fiction and poetry have appeared in,, SFMOMA, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, 14th Japan Media Arts Festival (The National Art Center, Tokyo), FAD, VAD,, The Museum of New Art (MONA, Detroit), Art Tech Media 2010, FILE 2007-2012, Blackbird, Drunken Boat, IDEAS, New River Journal, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, and elsewhere.

Recently, in addition to teaching full-time at Medaille College, he was a visiting online lecturer in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University, UK.

xtine burrough is a media artist and educator. She is the editor of Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design (Routledge 2011) and co-author of Digital Foundations (New Riders/AIGA 2009).

Informed by the history of conceptual art, she uses social networking, databases, search engines, blogs, and applications in combination with popular sites like Facebook, YouTube, or Mechanical Turk, to create web communities promoting interpretation and autonomy.

xtine believes art shapes social experiences by mediating consumer culture with rebellious practices. As an associate professor of communication at CSUF, she bridges the gap between histories, theories, and production in design and new media education.

Channel TWo (CH2) involves Adam Trowbridge, Jessica Westbrook, and Oskar Westbridge. CH2 focuses on mixed reality, media, research, design, development, and distribution… authorized formats + unauthorized ideas… systems of control + radical togetherness. CH2 was awarded a Rhizome Commission in 2012, a Turbulence Commission in 2011, and a Terminal Commission in 2010.

Trowbridge and Westbrook have been collaborating since 1990, and have contributed to a number of publications, platforms, and programs including: reviews for (2012); the GLI.TC/H READER[ROR] ( (2011); Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus (2010); Plausible Artworlds, a project to collect and share knowledge about alternative models of creative practice (2010-2011); Art Work, A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics, Ed. Temporary Services (2009).

Curt Cloninger is an artist, writer, and designer living in western North Carolina. His art undermines language as a system of meaning in order to reveal it as an embodied force in the world. Cloninger is an Assistant Professor of Multimedia Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. His work has been featured in I.D. Magazine, The New York Times, ABC World News, and at festivals and galleries from Korea to Brazil. Exhibition venues include Digital Art Museum [DAM] Berlin, L’Instituto de México à Paris, and The Art Gallery of Knoxville. Cloninger also maintains , , and in order to facilitate a more lively remote dialogue with the Sundry Essences of Wonder.

Stephen Slappe (b. Charleston, WV) is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. Slappe’s work has exhibited and screened internationally in venues such as Centre Pompidou-Metz (France), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, The Horse Hospital (London), The Sarai Media Lab (New Delhi), Consolidated Works (Seattle), Centre for Contemporary Art (Glasgow), and Artists’ Television Access (San Francisco). His projects have been funded by multiple grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Slappe is an Assistant Professor and Chair of Video & Sound at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Jason Sloan is a new media & sound artist, electronic musician, composer and professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Sloan received his BFA from Edinboro University and his MFA from Towson University.  In addition to being the recipient of multiple Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Awards, Sloan’s performances, installations, and video works have been exhibited internationally including Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Kiev, Nagoya, Saint-Petersburg, Toulouse, Lisbon, Uden and Vienna. In addition to releasing over a dozen studio albums and E.P.’s over the last decade on various record labels, Sloan has played live all over the US, Canada and Europe including the influential Live Constructions radio program at Columbia University, STEIM in Amsterdam and Philadelphia’s The Gatheringsconcert series, one of the country’s oldest continuing ambient and electronic music series.

Angela Washko is a New York based artist and facilitator devoted to mobilizing communities and creating new forums for discussions of feminism where they do not exist. These forums are created through actions, interventions, videos, and performances- sometimes in video games! She recently founded the Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft. Fond of creating institutions with long names and lofty goals, she also founded The World of Warcraft Psychogeographical Association, another in-game organization which she plans to expand into an artist residency program inside the video game.

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Call For Proposals : 2013 – 2014 Terminal Awards

During the 2013 – 2014 academic year, Terminal will award four – $500 stipends to assist in the creation of new internet based art works.

The submission deadline is February 1, 2013
Submissions are open to anyone.

Terminal can provide webspace for completed projects, or the artists may elect to host the project themselves (with Terminal retaining a copy for archiving). We simply ask that Terminal be acknowledged with a link from the project and in all press resulting from the project.

In an e-mail to: include
1. Artist or Artists full name
2. Address
3. E-mail address
4. Short bio ( 100 words max )
5. Links to on-line projects ( 5 urls max )
6. Proposed project title and description ( 500 words max )
7. Documentation that supports the proposal (images, diagrams, prototypes, etc)

Please submit your proposal as a single pdf attached to the email.


The juror for this year’s Terminal Awards is Greg J. Smith.


Greg J. Smith is a Toronto-based designer and researcher with interests in media theory and digital culture. Extending from a background in architecture, his research considers how contemporary information paradigms affect representational and spatial systems. Greg is the Editor-in-Chief of the forthcoming digital arts magazine HOLO, a regular contributor at Creative Applications Network and a designer at Mission Specialist. Greg has presented work internationally at institutions including Resonate (Belgrade), Eyeo Festival (Minneapolis), Medialab-Prado (Madrid) and the Western Front (Vancouver) and he is an adjunct instructor in the CCIT program (U of T Mississauga/Sheridan College).

Evan Meaney, November 19 – 30, 2012

Evan Meaney, Terminal

Evan Meaney is an American-born researcher, teaching transmedia design at the University of Tennessee. His practices explore liminalities and glitches of all kinds; equating failing data to ghosts, seances, and archival hauntology. He has been an Iowa Arts Fellow, an artist in residence at the Experimental Television Center, and a founding member of GLI.TC/H. Currently, Evan works with the super computing team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on new projects made possible through generous funding from the National Science Foundation.

sample ceibas portrait b – evan meaney from glitchbot01 on Vimeo.

Jason Sloan, November 5 – 16, 2012

Jason Sloan, Terminal

Terminal is pleased to present Whiteout by Jason Sloan in the Physical Space


Whiteout is a new series of live FM transmission performances exploring and questioning the aesthetic of noise on the radio. These new textural works are created live and in the moment through the use of multiple analog electronic instru- ments and a 7-watt FM transmitter. Each work is recorded directly off the radio as it was potentially heard by the listener and take place in undisclosed locations in cities across the united states throughout the summer and fall of 2012. So far the Whiteout itinerary includes Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Austin and Los Angeles in addition to a residency at The Wave Farm at Free103point9, a New York State-based nonprofit arts organization defining and cultivating the genre Transmission Arts. A collected set of all the performances in the Whiteout series will be released as a deluxe limited edition, collectable vinyl box set available sometime in early 2013.

JASON.SLOAN LIVE WEB PERFORMANCE from jason.sloan on Vimeo.


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Terminal Award: Facebook Demetricator by Benjamin Grosser

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Terminal and the Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University are pleased to announce the launch of Facebook Demetricator by Benjamin Grosser. Grosser is the recipient of a 2012 – 2013 Terminal Award. The Terminal Award is granted annually to four artists to help in the creation of new internet based artworks.

Ben Grosser, Terminal

Project Statement:

The Facebook interface is filled with numbers. These numbers, or metrics, measure and present our social value and activity, enumerating friends, likes, comments, and more. Facebook Demetricator is a web browser addon that hides these metrics. No longer is the focus on how many friends you have or on how much they like your status, but on who they are and what they said. Friend counts disappear. ’16 people like this’ becomes ‘people like this’. Through changes like these, Demetricator invites Facebook’s users to try the system without the numbers, to see how their experience is changed by their absence. With this work I aim to disrupt the prescribed sociality these metrics produce, enabling a network society that isn’t dependent on quantification.

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Jillian Mcdonald, October 1 – November 2, 2012

Jillian Mcdonald, Terminal Physical Space

Terminal will present the work of Jillian Mcdonald from October 1 – November 2, 2012 in its physical space in the APSU Woodward Library.

“I incorporate performance into videos, installations, and participatory artworks. My work examines popular film genres such as romance or horror in relation to their effect on audiences and devotees. Whereas earlier works deal with “celebrity” and the misplaced intimacy fans imagine with their silver screen idols, recent works focus on American horror films. Unlike contemporary horror film directors, I avoid extreme gore and violence in favour of stripped down narrative and archetypes. Research plays an important role in my work, and to that end my process includes reading film theory, watching popular films, and exploring fan culture.”

Hunger (2012) by Jillian Mcdonald from kate armstrong on Vimeo.

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Horror Stories by Jillian Mcdonald

Horror Stories by Jillian Mcdonald - Terminal

Launch Horror Stories

Horror Stories is a web-based artwork that enables an interactive and collaborative film-making experience. The work is not a film per se, it is a contemporary update and visual equivalent to ghost stories told around a campfire. That everyone wants to shoot a horror film might be an exaggeration, but the genre’s signature low budgets, repetitive motifs, and minimal narratives make the feat possible for many amateurs and fans. In Horror Stories the viewer’s experience depends on his or her own expectations of horror films. Programming by Julie Gill.

SoyaBall by the WRMC Collaborative

Soya Ball, WRMC Collaborative, Terminal

Launch SoyaBall

SoyaBall is an online fortune telling and fortune gathering site. Inspired by the popular Magic 8 Ball and Google’s auto-complete function, we seek to create a seemingly all-knowing device. Rooted in Dada and Surrealist games like the exquisite corpse and borrowing from notions of Oulipo poetry, SoyaBall juxtaposes two seemingly incongruous ideas through an extraction and recombination of data. The site takes gathered fortunes input by previous users and pairs them with questions asked by other users. SoyaBall questions the acquisition and distribution of how we find the answers to life’s questions. The site consists of two sections: one where participants ask a question and receive what the software perceives to be the best answer from the pool of available fortunes, the second section takes questions asked by previous users and asks new users to provide an answer. The two sections feed each other, as they have a cyclical relationship in generating content. Questions asked in one are answered in the other. SoyaBall is set up as a double-blind experiment in that the users are unaware that their questions and answers are feeding the disconnected databases.Users are limited to inquiry once a day to foster thoughtful questions and answers, as opposed to simply being a dumping ground for life’s less-challenging questions. SoyaBall puts technology, and specifically the internet, in the role of psychic figure as it offers the best answer based on the pool of information it has. Given the desire for most to simply jump online to find an answer, SoyaBall critiques the ways that we seek knowledge. SoyaBall lives online, but in our quest to blur the line between digital and physical space, the second phase of the project will involve constructing a portable device to take SoyaBall into public space. To spread knowledge of and access to SoyaBall, we will create and distribute QR codes that direct those with SmartPhones to a mobile version of the site. Users empower SoyaBall to give them definitive answers. SoyaBall playfully subverts our desire to find definitive answers and quench our uncertainty simply by taking any answer and labeling it as definitive.