|Andreas Broeckmann on Sat, 30 Nov 1996 16:41:59 +0100|
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|V2_East/Syndicate Newsletter 96/11|
V2_East / Syndicate Newsletter 96/11 - Introduction - Dates of upcoming events - Update (Redundant Technology Initiative; Student Fund; Kaleidoscope; VP97 and ISEA98 initiative) - Institutions (Laznia, Gdansk/PL; E-L@b, Riga/LV) - General info about the Syndicate list - Subscription * Introduction * Dear Syndicalists, some of us were lucky to meet in Prague at the CoE conference on Culture, Communicatin and New Media, or at the opening festival of the E-L@b in Riga about which Alise sent a report the other day. The Prague conference was a very curious political event and nobody I have talked to since then could explain to me what it was actually about. What became clear for me is that there is quite a gap between the strategies and policies of the large European organisations and the kind of work that is happening at the level at which most of us are working. There was a lot of interest in this network initiative, but the kind of help that we would need seems far too small to be considered. Plus the fact that we mostly don't have the resources to put together the complex applications that are required by the European bureaucracies. As regards the content of the conference, I hope to get my own notes on paper in the next days and would be very happy to receive comments from other people as well. The 'art and technology' theme was certainly relevant to what we are doing, but the presentations and discussions seemed very much out of touch with the culture and the politics of our own day-to-day practice as artists, designers, writers and curators using digital media. (And then we are also curious to receive reports, for instance, from Novi Sad, Hamburg, Madrid, Japan, ...) Many of us are anxiously following the events in Belgrade, where Radio B92 and the rest of the opposition are under attack from the government that does not want to accept last weeks election victory of the opposition parties. After disruptions of the transmissions about the ongoing protests against the government, B92 is now putting radio nieuws onto the Net as RealAudio files. (Check: http://www.xs4all.nl/~opennet) It is another case that shows how art, technology and politics have become inseparable, and how we continuously have to be alert in all these fields. Please, continue using the list firstname.lastname@example.org for posting info that is of interest to the media art community in East and West Europe. And once again: Some of you have promised info about their institutions and activities, and I would like to encourage you to write a few sentences - there are a lot of curious people in this growing network who might be future partners for your projects. Also, I would like to ask you all to pass information that might be interesting for people who don't have e-mail on to those people. Wealth in information comes from exchanging it freely. Best wishes, and see you soon, Andreas Broeckmann (V2_East) * Dates of (some) upcoming events and exhibitions * (info below or in Newsletter 96/..) - 18 Oct. 1996 - 30 Sept. 1997: exh. Dawn of the Magicians, Prague/CZ (96/10b) - 28 November 1996 - 19 January 1997: exh. Discord: Sabotage of Reality, Hamburg/D (96/10b) - November 1996 - January 1997: exh. The Human and the Invisible, Barcelona/ES (96/10b) - 28 November - 1 December 1996: Circles of Confusion Film&Video Festival, Berlin/D - 3 - 5 December 1996: Media Arts: Intercultural Hope or Art without a Message? Prague/CZ - 20 - 21 December 1996: Videomedeja, Novi Sad/YU (96/10b) - 29 Jan - 9 Feb 1997: 26th International Film Festival Rotterdam/NL (96/10b) - 29 January - 1 February 1997: 'arte en la era electronica', Barcelona/ES - 10 -14 February 1997: WSCG'97, Plzen/CZ (96/02) - 13 - 23 February 1997: Berlinale Film Festival, Berlin/D - 19 - 21 February1997: Imagina, Monaco - March 1997: Crossing over Cultures II, Sofia/BG - 24 March - 27 April 1997: Lab (Media Art Exhibition), Warsaw/PL - 11 April - 18 May 1997: Video Positive 97, Liverpool & Manchester/UK - 30 April-4 May 1997: WRO 97, Wroclaw/PL (96/10b) - 27 - 29 June 1997: INTERACTIVE FRONTIERA, Romania - 27 - 29 June 1997: Digital World Fair - 8 -13 September 1997: Ars Electronica Festival, Linz/A - 24 October 1997: opening Multimediale 5, Karlsruhe/D * Media Arts: Intercultural Hope or Art without a Message? Goethe Institut, Prague 3rd - 5th December 1996 The sixth symposium in a series of annual international interdisciplinary meetings devoted to the legacy of VilÃ©m Flusser. The speakers are: Michael Bielicky, Lubor Benda, Bernhard Rathmayer, Misko Pandilovski, Marta Smolikova, Claudio Gallio, George Legrady, Christian Huebler, Karl Dudesek, Paul Sermon, Nan Hoover, Alexei Shulgin, Edith Flusser, Milena Slavicka, Miroslav Petricek, Wolfgang Welsch, Bazon Brock, Ehrhardt Cremers, Volker Grassmuck, Jaroslav Andel. For more information: Goethe Institute-Prague: Mr.Andreas Stroehl Masarykovo nabrezi 32 111 21 Prague 1 P.O.BOX 1118 tel: 00/42/2/24 91 57 25 fax: 00/42/2/29 94 21 * 'arte en la era electronica - perspectivas de una nueva estetica' 29 January - 1 February 1997 Casa de la Caritat, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona International Congress organised by the Goethe Institut, Barcelona, and the Cultural Division of the Diputacio de Barcelona. Includes artists' presentations, performances and lectures. Among the participants are: Juan Millares (Madrid), Mario Costa (Salerno), Edmond Couchot (Paris), Antoni Muntadas, Malcolm Le Grice (London), Josep M. Catala Domenech (Barcelona), Lynn Hershman (Davis), Jeffrey Shaw (Karlsruhe), Otto E. Roessler (Tuebingen), Peter Weibel (Wien), Jorge Wagenburg (Barcelona), Jose Jimenez (Madrid), Arlindo Machado (Sao Paulo), Siegfried Zielinski (Koeln), Holger van den Boom (Braunschweig). For further information: Goethe Institut di Barcelona tel. +34-93-317 3886 fax.+34-93-301 0630 * Berlinale Film Festival, Berlin/D 13.-23.2.1997 [re: Videofest - according to my latest information, the Videofest TransMedia, which normally takes place during the Berlinale, will be shifted to May in 1997; during the Berlinale, the Videofest team will probably be organising a number of screenings and smaller events. This info is, however, as yet unconfirmed.] * Lab (Media Art Exhibition), Warsaw/PL 24 March -27 April 1997 Further info will be available at http://sunsite.icm.edu.pl/culture/csw/ * VIDEO POSITIVE 97: ESCAPING GRAVITY Liverpool & Manchester April 11 - May 18, 1997. The UK's major international festival of art and creative technology is evolving. After four highly successful festivals the VIDEO POSITIVE biennale now sets out to explore the changing landscape of electronic media within which much of the most interesting contemporary art is being made. The festival will take a critical position in relation to many of the claims made about technologies, using the theme of escaping gravity as a starting point for a journey from the material to the virtual. ESCAPING GRAVITY looks at new ideas through the lens of desire and reality. An accelerating shift from the material to the virtual has become a defining feature of culture and society as we exit the twentieth century. Certainty is difficult to grasp and the fleeting images from film, television and other visual media become clues to comprehend this fast-changing world. Utilising a large number of venues in both Liverpool and Manchester, its near though entirely different neighbour. A large number of conventional [and unconventional] exhibition and performance spaces will be utilised in both cities. Alongside the exhibition programme, Video positive 97; Escaping Gravity will feature continuous and special screenings, symposia, on-line and networked projects, performances, collaboration programme, projects and a major student conference. Please contact Rebecca Owen on +44 (0)151 709 2663 or e-mail <email@example.com> * INTERACTIVE FRONTIERA: art on the edge of the future an international colloquium proposed to take place in Romania 27-29 June 1997 The object of the meeting would be to increase understanding of current practice and theory in the field of art and advanced technology, as it is developing in both Romania and other parts of the world, and would seek to develop proposals which would advance communication and collaboration between Romanian artists and those in the field internationally. The relationship of research to art practice would also receive attention, as would the impact of new developments in science on artistic and cultural strategies. For further info please contact: Joseph NECHVATAL (firstname.lastname@example.org) * Update * * Redundant Technology Initiative I have had questions from several people regarding the possibility of finding and re-using computers and other equipment, which are being trashed by companies, for arts projects and initiatives. There seems to be a lot of demand for such an initiative, the main problem being that somebody will have to do the work of making all those phone-calls to companies and arrange the transport and customs logistics, plus acquisition of further sponsorship of software, etc. It would be great if anybody had an idea for actually getting this started. I guess we would either need to formulate this as a project proposal and try to find some structural support, or we need to find a volunteer who can invest the necessary time. Suggestions would be very welcome. Please, get in touch with email@example.com. * Student Fund Eric Kluitenberg and Andreas Broeckmann have started drawing up a proposal for a European fund for postgraduate studies in digital media in Western Europe, for students from Central and Eastern Europe. We are now approaching schools and training centres that are offering such study courses and that would be interested in supporting this initiative. If we can establish it, the fund will be open for applications from students, but it would be important to have institutional backing that shows that there is a commitment on the part of the training institutions. For more information, and if you have suggestions for institutions we should get in touch with, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. * Kaleidoscope etc. The deadline for applications to the Kaleidoscope 1997 programme is 15 January 1997. Check the URLs, or, if you don't have www access, I can send you the complete document. The money is available, the tough bit is to get the applications in on time, and complete. Good luck to us all. -a http://europa.eu.int/en/comm/dg10/dg10.html http://europa.eu.int/en/comm/dg10/culture/index-en.html * VP97 and ISEA98 initiative Iliyana Nedkova from Sofia/BG writes: I would like to break the good news that I am shortly moving for a three month training period (25.11.-25.02.97) to the Foundation of Art and Creative Technology, FACT, Liverpool, UK after applying successfully to the Council of Europe - Marcel Hicter Fund, British Council and FACT. FACT is the UK's leading development agency for video and electronic media art (formerly known as Moviola). I will be mainly concerned with promoting East-European multi-media artists to a wider international context through working for the Video Positive 97 Biennial of electronic arts and the International Symposium of Electronic Arts - ISEA 98 that are both organised by FACT. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHETHER I CAN BE OF ANY ASSISTANCE TO YOU DURING MY FACT TRAINING. tel +44 (0) 151 709 2663 fax +44 (0) 151 707 2150 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org * Institutions * *Laznia Multimedia Center, Gdansk/Poland "We are conducting a project 'Laznia' through the process of creating a system of open ateliers of multimedia with a meaningful incorporation of modern forms and ways of shaping artistic opinions. Open ateliers should be backed by: a gallery that would also play the role of a concert and performance hall, a discussion and presentation room, editorial room, office of the foundation, new culture library, philosophy room, a place to keep artistic objects, and in a further perspective, music studios, photographic atelier, computer and video studios. The 'openness' of the studio is understood twofold: as a way of presenting art and as an invitation of other artists to cooperate. We would like to form a basis for artistic exchange on a large scale, internationally if possible. The 'Laznia' has a chance to become a place of creative emerging values, a place where the gap where artists existed until now will be bridged through a holistic activity. Where essence will meet existence. The historic former City Baths in Gdansk at 1 Jaskolcza Str. is located next to the Island of Granaries. The building area is 1500 sq. metres, and a volume of 10.000 cu. metres. Many various styles of its character can be observed inside the building. Since 1992, thanks to the Municipality Authorities, the building is being utilized by artists." Laznia Multimedia Center Fundacja Wyspa Progress Grzegorz Klaman Chlebnicka 13/16 80 830 Gdansk Poland tel&fax +48-58-312816 * E-L@b, Riga/Latvia "ART + COMMUNICATION" - First electronic media art conference/festival in Riga, Latvia <http://www.parks.lv/home/E-LAB/events/fest.html> Latvia recently has got wired - more and more creative people are getting used to Internet and other new media facilities. During this year Electronic Media and Art Centre E-L@B was founded, considering the rising interest about electronic media. Now, in November 22-23 we - E-L@B organised the first electronic media art conference/festival in Latvia "Art + Communication", and officially opened our E-L@B centre. e-l@b homepage: <http://www.parks.lv/home/E-LAB> contact: <email@example.com> , <firstname.lastname@example.org> , <email@example.com) address: 11.Novembra Krastmala 35-94, LV-1050, Riga, Latvia. tel. +371-7210297 * General Info * V2_East is an initiative of V2_Organisation Rotterdam, which is aimed at creating a network of people and institutions who are involved with or interested in media art in Eastern Europe and which wants to create an infrastructure that facilitates cooperations between partners in East and West. With its 'Syndicate' mailing list, website <http://www.v2.nl/east> and regular meetings, V2_East is becoming an important tool for fostering ties within the media art community in Europe which makes it increasingly obsolete to think in term of 'East' and 'West', and which will eventually make the V2_East initiative itself redundant. The V2_East/Syndicate is a no-budget network initiative rather than an institution. <syndicate@AEC.at> is the address of a mailing list which is dedicated to an exchange of information and ideas relating to the situation and future development of electronic and media art in Eastern Europe. The list members include more than 80 artists, curators, networkers, writers, festival organisers, etc., from East as well as West European countries and beyond, who, through the 'Syndicate', are trying to improve the communication and cooperation between artists and organisations in East and West. The list was first installed following the initial meeting of the V2_East initiative at V2_Organisation in Rotterdam on January 21, 1996, at the end of the second Next 5 Minutes conference. During the DEAF96 festival in September, we held a V2_East Meeting in which around 30 people from 12 different countries participated. * Subscription * To subscribe to the syndicate list, please, send a message to <firstname.lastname@example.org> with the following text in the body of the message: 'subscribe [email-address]' For more information about the Syndicate, please, contact <email@example.com> (Andreas Broeckmann). *Please, send information that you feel should appear in the next edition of this newsletter (deadline: 28 December 96) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.