Posts for October 2007

Audiatur 2007 Experimental and Sound Poetry Feast



[..] For four days at the end of September, it seemed that Bergen became the international capital of innovative poetry. The Audiatur Festival, in its third biennial iteration, featured a multilingual performance including many of the leading lights of the international sound and constrained poetry scenes. Christian BÃ�¶k opened the festival with an energetic performance of Kurt Schwitter’s Ursonate and closed the festival with a reading that included highlights of his works Crystallography, Eunoia, and The Cyborg Opera. The talented multicultural Caroline Bergvall was on hand to present cross-cultural prose and poems. I had the pleasure of sitting at a table with Jaques Robuad of the Oulipo who read several of his highly amusing prose works, poems, and a presentation on the work of the Oulipo. Finnish poet Leevi Lehto gave a great performance of a few Finnish classics along with his sound and procedural poetry. The performances of Japanese sound poet and musician Tomomi Adachi were another highlight of the festival. The majority of the performances were recorded, and are available for your listening pleasure. The festival organizers also produced a very impressive 800-page Katalog, which may be the most extensive anthology of contemporary experimental poetry I’ve seen in any language, and certainly in Norwegian.


Originally posted on Grand Text Auto by scott



ana otero:

a project by CAPSULA

eugene thacker
critical art ensemble

Saturday 20th of October 07 at Intermediea Matadero Madrid

4 pm. presentation of project Neurotica:bioII
4-7 pm. performance "The Body Proud" by Critical Art Ensemble
5.30 pm. presentation Critical Art Ensemble by Steve Kurtz & Lucia Sommer
7 pm. presentation "Extinction and Existence" by Eugene Thacker
+ open discussion moderated by Raquel Renno

neurotica:bioII is the second public manifestation of a research project that examines the anxieties of contemporary society, generated by the rapid advances made in science and technology. Neurotica:bio explores society's perception of advances in biotechnology and the hopes and fears associated with them.

Critical Art Ensemble is a collective of tactical media practitioners that explore the intersections between art, critical theory, technology and political activism.

The Body Proud is a live installation exploring the pathological impact of digital information and communication technology on the human body and mind. The visitors are invited to take a shiatsu session while while they are surrounded by monitors scrolling through the EU statistics on the explosive growth of psychiatric services in the time of digital ubiquity.

Eugene Thacker is the author of a number of books on the philosophy of science and technology, including 'Biomedia,' 'The Global Genome: Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture,' and 'The Exploit: A Theory of Networks' (co-authored with Alexander Galloway). He teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta (USA). Extinction and Existence will examine the theme of extinction and the way that is prompts us to reconsider the concept of life as a philosophical concept.

Raquel Renno holds a PhD on Communication and Semiotics ("Culture in Mediated Enviroments") by the Catholic University of Sao Paolo, she is researcher in the National Council of Technologycal and Scientific Research (CNPQ, Brasil) and ...


Originally posted on Raw by ana otero

Turbulence Commission: "Bonding Energy" by Douglas Repetto and LoVid


October 15, 2007 Turbulence Commission: "Bonding Energy" by Douglas Repetto and LoVid Requirement: Enable Java in your browser

"Bonding Energy" consists of a set of "Sunsmile" devices that collect and measure solar energy from seven geographically distributed sites around New York State: Columbia University, NYC; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy; University of Buffalo; Colgate University, Hamilton; free103point9's Wave Farm, Acra; Experimental Television Center, Owego; and The Redhouse Arts Center, Syracuse. The light energy reaching the Sunsmiles' solar panels fuels a collaborative real-time data visualization on

Part of the larger "Cross Current Resonance Transducer (CCRT)" project in which the artists are developing systems for monitoring, manipulating, and interpreting natural signals such as tidal patterns and wind, "Bonding Energy" is focused on solar energy. "Bonding Energy" is a model for distributed microenergy generation, inspired by "SETI@home" -- which harnesses the collective power of personal computers distributed worldwide -- and "microcredit", a loan system that supports poor or unemployed people in underdeveloped countries. Small contributions from many individuals can produce significant results.

"Bonding Energy" is a 2007 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. [More....]


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Though he primarily makes sculpture and graphite works on paper, US-born, Berlin-based artist John von Bergen has organized a screening series of contemporary video work from his adopted country. Trans Video Express: Recent Video Art from Germany takes place during two evenings this month at New York's Sara Meltzer Gallery. The series brings video from 14 artists and collectives working in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Dresden, Leipzig, Stuttgart, and Karlsruhe to the States for the first time. The first installment, on October 18th, includes a work by the Dresden group Reinigungsgesellschaft, whose name, according to curator, ranges in meaning from "Cleaning Service" to "Purification Society." Their contribution shows the group changing the signage in a working-class neighborhood so that the banal wording comes to resemble roadside poetry. They then question pedestrians on the merits of the intervention, inevitably drawing up discussion of German political and social issues. The evening ends with a new work by Knut Klassen, who formerly collaborated with John Bock and Gelatin, that features unscripted monologues and performances by Berlin actors. On October 25th, the series continues with work by Pablo Wendel, who disguises himself as a "Terra Cotta Warrior" and attempts to hide among 7,000 others before being dragged off by puzzled security guards--the artist struggles to remain motionless throughout--and Wolfgang Oelze's homage to Hollywood suicide, 'Old Painful,' among others. While Germany may be better known stateside for its painters, the series will show that it is also a breeding ground for ambitious video--though in a statement on the show, the curator is quick to clarify that it is not a representative, biennial-style overview, but a selected demonstration of the range of work being made.


Rising in the East



In the early 1960s, exiled Lithuanian artist and Fluxus founder George Maciunas (according to legend) wrote to Nikita Khrushchev and proposed, among other things, a tour of Fluxus artists aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway. Although none of Maciunas's proposed collaborations with the Communist party were ever realized, his intention to spread the art and ideals of the Fluxus movement throughout the Eastern Bloc succeeded. Fluxus East, an exhibition now at Berlin's Kunstlerhaus Bethanien illuminates this previously under-documented history of Fluxus in Eastern Europe. Objects, photos, films, texts, and even police files compiled on their activities, commune the rich narrative of this prolific group which thrived during a period of oppressive state control. Over the next year the show will travel to historical hubs of Fluxus activities in the East, including Vilnius, Krakow, and Budapest, with simultaneous offshoot exhibitions throughout the area. As a result, 'Fluxus East' and its related program embodies not only Fluxus as an important movement, but as a continuing network of people, places and truly revolutionary ideals.

Image: George Maciunas: Spell Your Name with these Objects (1976).


Participatory Dissent: Debates in Performance



Western Front Performance Art is pleased to present Participatory Dissent: Debates in Performance (October 18-22, 2007, Vancouver), an encounter between traditional forms of performance art (endurance/duration) and new forms of social practice and intervention. Produced in conjunction with the LIVE Biennial of Performance Art, the program looks to the overlaps between practices, modes of thinking, and opinions about contemporary performance. Viewers are invited to participate, enjoy and intervene in four days of individual performance art, social intervention, and discussion surrounding performance art practices that forge new relationships between artists, site and community. Facilitating the creation of new work by artists from across Europe and North America, Participatory Dissent: Debates in Performance will consist of individual and collaborative works (situated at the Western Front, online, and in various outdoor locations in Vancouver), online discussions, a round-table discussion event at the Western Front and a panel discussion at Emily Carr Institute. Works will address public intervention, alternative economies, the limits of the body, and cultures of fear in the post 9/11 era. This series of events is organised by Western Front Performance Art. Guest Curator Natalie Loveless.

Participating artists include: Artur Tajber (Poland), Jeff Huckleberry (US), Kevin Hamilton (US), iKATUN (US and Montenegro), Marilyn Arsem (USA), Michael Morris (Canada), Naufus Figueroa (Canada), Paul Couillard (Canada), Roddy Hunter (UK), Sal Randolph (US), The National Bitter Melon Council (US and Japan), Vassya Vassileva (Bulgaria), and Vincent Trasov (US and Germany), as well as a co-curated online performance-intervention event produced with Jeremy Turner of The Second Front, Skawennati Tricia Fragnito (xox Voyager) and James Morgan of Ars Virtua. The Western Front will provide the physical home for screenings of online intervention performances: Second LIVE in Second Life.



Originally posted on networked_performance by jo



Friday October 12th was the big kick off for TRANSITIO_MX02, International Festival of Electronic Arts and Video taking place throughout Mexico City. Comprised of three curatorial projects - Free Synthesis, (dis)COMmunities and IM-POLIS, an open call competition, electronic music concerts, artist workshops and a conference, the festival is taking place at three locations: the National Center for the Arts (CENART), Laboratorio Arte-Alameda and Centro de la Imagen.

The initial opening and concert was at CENART which is housing the exhibition of finalists from the open call for the TRANSITIO prize. Many of the finalists were represented by video documentation such as Usman Haque’s “Open Burble.” There was a beautifully shot three panel video projection by Erik Olofsen titled “Drives”. Below are a few projects installed in the Art Center’s gallery.

My favorite project which is visually striking, conceptually intriguing and offers free packaged Mexican dirt is “Tierra y Libertad” (Earth and Liberty) (2007) by Ivan Puig based in Mexico. Puig has constructed a machine that deposits dirt taken from the base of CENARTS into red plastic cups that are then deposited into plastic bags that are sealed and stamped for the visitors to take.

SARoskop (2007) by Karin Lingnau and Martin Hesselmeier based in Cologne visualizes the electromagnetic waves in the immediate area. If one uses their cell phone near the grid-like installation SARoskop, the objects come alive, moving horizontally on a rail that each component is mounted on and displaying the frequency of the call.



Originally posted on Structural Patterns by ricardo

xxxboîte launch



If I was in Montreal tomorrow, I would certainly be going to this launch! It’s an event to celebrate the release of xxxboîte, a collection of critical writing and a DVD compilation of works celebrating the last 10 years of Montreal’s own new media and network arts centre for women.

First, the details:
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Gallery Yergeau, 2060 Joly, (one block west of St. Denis, just up from Ontario) Montreal, QC

Kick off the 2007 festival HTMlles with a toast to the community that made it all happen. New texts from one of the four founding mothers, Kim Sawchuk, as well as extraordinary artists, Anna Friz, J.R.Carpenter, Michelle Kasprzak, and Marie-Christine Mathieu, and a DVD compilation that is part humurous, part touching, and all guerilla girl action - a true portrait of Studio XX!



Originally posted on The Hive by MK

Transmitting California


One of the most politically engaged works currently on view at the Istanbul Biennial is Rene Green's 2004-06 'Code: Survey,' commissioned by the California Department of Transportation. The starting point of the project is the fact that 'California is a specific and an imaginary location that can be perceived as a giant transmitter. It consists of dream factories, many modes of transport and a constant transmission of electronic signals.' However, as Green asks, 'amidst this production and diffusion, what else occurs?' In order to address this problem, Green has developed a powerful examination of today's global flux of people and goods by bringing together diverse documentary sources on geography in general, and contemporary individual and collective uses of the territory in particular. In Los Angeles, at the California Department of Transportation District 7 Headquarters Building, Green has installed 168 one-foot-square glass panels containing photographic, graphic, and typographic materials related to this theme. In Istanbul, prominence is given to the online installment of the piece, with a set of computers allowing the viewer to explore a variety of visual and textual information--divided into images, codes, and keywords--that further consider this issue. As someone once put it, 'what emerges from this engagement with data, space, and time allows one to... question utopian claims of freedom associated with mobility.' Green thus continues her investigation into the gaps and shifts existing between the public and the private spheres and how these construct the prevailing visions of the world. - Miguel Amado


Shikego Kubota



"Behind every great man..." is perhaps a phrase more identified with 1970s feminism than the current state of gender relations, but in an art world which appears to offer greater opportunity to the male sex (for example see Jerry Saltz's illuminating Village Voice article), perhaps this axiom is still more a reality than a tired cliche. Such is the case of Shikego Kubota, artist and wife of the late Nam June Paik whose current show at Maya Stendhal Gallery, in New York City, at long last celebrates her own illustrious career. Perhaps best known for her iconic feminist work 'Vagina Painting' (1965), Kubota was a major player in the international Fluxus movement and an early adopter of video. Generating and distorting video signals and creating video sculpture (techniques so supremely associated with Paik), Kubota's works explore links between the technological, the personal, and the natural. The humorous and extremely moving exhibition My Life with Nam June Paik (which closes on October 20th), is an homage not only to her life partner who passed away in 2006 but also a remarkable display of her own artistic gifts. Showing both older video sculptures and two new sculptural portraits of her late husband, the title of this exhibition brings to light some highly nuanced issues of gender, collaboration and influence, and recognition.