Karsten Asshauer on Thu, 12 Sep 2002 12:45:07 +0200 (CEST)

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[rohrpost] International Seminar ON SOMNOLENCY

13-14/09 2002  13:00 Forum Stadtpark Graz
International Seminar
ON SOMNOLENCY: Symptoms and Tendencies in Contemporary Art and Culture

The seminar "ON SOMNOLENCY: Symptoms and Tendencies in Contemporary Art and Culture" is a part of continuous art project of three artists-in-residence Irma Stanaityte, Jurgita Remeikyte and Alma Skersyte (Vilnius, Lithuania). The subject of the seminar is to question one of contemporary phenomenon that links to the aspects of tiredness, boredom, somnambulism, lost feel of the real, etc. It can be traced in everyday life as well as in the field of arts. There are invited artists, art critics, curators, writers, etc. with their various lectures, presentations and comments on the proposed subject, while situating it in the extended context of current theories and debates on contemporary art and culture.

"Boredom in the City and Art"
Agne Narusyte, art critic from Lithuania, will refer to the subject with demonstration of visual material from Lithuanian photography and art as well as world art "cases".

"Tired of Art, Bored by Communication, Lost in Plurality, Scared of Redundancy"
Jozef Cseres (Slovakia)

"The Privilege of Being Passive- the Luxury of Being a Victim"
Dorinel Marc, artist and editor from Sweden, will analyze a political situation in general with the starting point in the video D.I.E by the Swedish contemporary artist Annika Larsson.

"Never Wake up the Sleeping Curator, or: Why Young Artists Tend to Choose the Pretentious Lethargic Position of Being Non Critical to Become Successful"
Karin Pernegger, curator and art critic from Austria, will point to the relationship between curator and artist.

"Fitness Center"
Katarina Sevic, art student from Hungary, will present the PPgroup's (Katarina Sevic and Zita Majoros) art work, the result of a two year long exploration of phenomena/problem of communication between artwork and spectator.

"Electronic Dreams"
Martin Conrads, freelance author from Germany, will present the Berlin-based group "test bed" (Florian Clausz, Martin Conards, Ulrich Gutmair, Anja Heilmann, Kito Nedo, Kathrin Roggla, Stefan Schreck, Vera Tollmann, Stephanie Wurster) that has been setting up the
first German-speaking dream database and thus has been conducting dream research using digital technologies.

"Contents in Recently Produced Commercial and Non Commercial Visual Art"
Mindaugas Gapsevicius, media artist from Lithuania/Germany, will try to explain and to show the most explored examples of Internet and software based art as well as keep an eye on projects of physical space, by making the distinction between commercial and non commercial art. Commercial festivals and exhibitions choose the art which is closer to conciousness of masses. The content becomes more and more passive, visually related to what one can see around. The underground culture chooses the copy&paste tools for experiments.
Rena Rädle, artist from Germany, will introduce Karsten Asshauer's project various-euro.com.

13/09  21:00 Forum Stadtpark
Audio / visual live performance
"The Disconnection Machine" Instrumental Version 1.0

Bernhard Loibner, composer, musician and media artist from Austria, will perform an instrumental version of "The Disconnection Machine", 60-minute audio-visual performance piece integrating moving image by Tom Sherman (U.S./Canada) and sound/music by Bernhard Loibner.
This "instrumental version" combines the central video track of the original piece with a live performance of the electronic sound track. The video is composed entirely of images captured from publicly accessible private web-cams. The music drives the listeners/viewers
through a social landscape populated by physically dislocated individuals glued to their computer screens.

14/09  20:00 Forum Stadtpark
"Contents in Recently Produced Commercial and Non Commercial Visual Art. Part III.
Illbient-Chill-Out party"

Mindaugas Gapsevicius, together with Martin Conrads and Rena Rädle, will make a party with special electronic sounds and live-visuals containing in itself symptoms and tendencies of contemporary culture.

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