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<nettime-ann> Exhibition at HTTP by Doron Golan and Michael Szpakowski - Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent...

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Exhibition at HTTP by Doron Golan and Michael Szpakowski - Whereof one 
cannot speak, thereof one must be silent...




HTTP Gallery
16 January-1 March 2009
Open Friday-Sunday 12-5
Private View: 16 January 7-9pm and HTTP Gallery are pleased to publish a new essay by 
critic and historian Edward Picot about Golan and Szpakowski’s work on 
the occasion of the exhibition, available at

Collaboration is working together. Can two people work together without 
ever having met?

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent, at HTTP Gallery 
demonstrates that they can. The exhibition takes its title from 
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by the philosopher of language Ludwig 
Wittgenstein. It explores a collaboration between two artists across 
distance through the ineffable language of image. Israeli video artist 
and film-maker Doron Golan and British artist, composer and educator 
Michael Szpakowski both make digital films, which they share through 
websites and email lists, exploring the mystery of everyday life and of 
being a human in this place and this time. Over the years, the two 
artists have developed a dialogue and friendship through the exchange of 
their work. Since 2005 they have collaborated to found and curate, a ground-breaking early platform for art films on the 
Internet. And yet they've never met face to face .

HTTP Gallery in North London is pleased to host the first meeting 
between Golan and Szpakowski and their art, in real space. Making their 
online collaborative process physical, the central installation has 
three elements: a new silent film by each of the artists with a new 
musical composition by Szpakowski. Bearing their shared sympathies in 
mind, the artists have independently determined the length and subjects 
of their films. As a result, the correspondences and resonances between 
the works are as yet unknown, and will change constantly. The 
collaborative installation will be accompanied by elements of their 
independent practices, including a new installation by Szpakowski 
utilising video and silver birch branches and a selection of Golan's 
recent videos, engaging with elements of life in the Middle East and his 
native Israel, to which he has returned after many years in New York City.

Doron Golan lives and works in and Tel Aviv. He works primarily with 
digital video and computer animation. Golan has shown extensively 
internationally, including recently at the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel, 
ART BASEL - Miami Beach, USA, Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, 
Brasil, and The Academy of Electronic Arts, New Delhi, India. He is 
founder of, an online collection of Internet art. 
Christiane Paul of the Whitney Museum of American Art wrote that "the 
'holdings' of the Computer Fine Arts collection are a microcosm of Net 
art that perfectly illustrates the breadth of artistic practice on the Web."

Michael Szpakowski has exhibited in galleries in Europe, the US and 
Australia and his short videos have been screened all over the world. 
His music has been performed in Russia, the United States and the UK, at 
venues including the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank and Birmingham 
Symphony Hall, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and the World 
Service. Szpakowski’s work in diverse educational and community contexts 
helps participants to engage with human and social content though tools, 
techniques and processes of media arts, often resulting in accessible 
and genuinely enjoyable works co-created by all participants.

For more information about the artists please visit:
Doron Golan: ,
Michael Szpakowski:
both run


Lauren Wright, HTTP Gallery
HTTP Gallery
Unit A2, Arena Design Centre,
71 Ashfield Rd, London N4 1NY.

HTTP Gallery is’s dedicated space for media art. provides platforms for creating, viewing, discussing 
and learning about experimental practices in art and technology. and HTTP Gallery are supported by Arts Council England, 
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