Inke Arns on Sat, 4 Jul 1998 20:26:00 +0100

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Syndicate: Travelling MoMA / Russia

<this is a mail to the V2_East/Syndicate mailing list, which I am
forwarding also to other people who are not subscribed to the list until
now... best, Inke>

Dear Syndicate,

for those of you in St. Petersburg (Irina! Alla! Dima! Andrej!) , Moscow
(Aleksej! Olia!), Kiev (The Revolutionary Media Lab!), Odessa, Novobirsk
(Andrej!) and Tomsk - here is some news for you! Watch out for Barbara
London, associate video and film curator of the MoMA, New York, who is
planning to visit all these places.....

Check these URLs, the project should be soon available online (haven't
found it yet):
<>  or  <>.

And have a look at the "body of the message" exhibition, which successfully
started last night with a large crowd of people attending the opening

Best wishes,




>From Siberia to Cyberia
by Steve Silberman

4:00am  3.Jul.98.PDT

                            Plenty of museums are putting thumbnail
galleries of their
                            collections on the Net, but New York's Museum
of Modern
                            Art is using the Web to do something else: Open
up the
                            curatorial process.

                            For the museum's latest online exhibit, coyly
                            InterNyet, MoMA video and film curator Barbara
London is
                            venturing to Russia and the Ukraine -- digital
                            DAT recorder, and ThinkPad in hand -- to meet and
                            document a new generation of Soviet artists who
are eagerly
                            embracing digital technology and the Net.

                            London's images, interviews, and commentary
will be
                            posted to the MoMA site, giving visitors a
nearly real-time
                            glimpse of the ways that new voices are
discovered in art.
                            Designer and collaborator Vivian Selbo -- the
                            interface designer of ädaweb -- will add pages
to the site
                            daily from files emailed by London. She will
post her first
                            dispatch from St. Petersburg on Monday, and
will travel on
                            to Moscow, Kiev, Odessa, and the Siberian
cities of
                            Novobirsk and Tomsk.

                            "From going to a foreign country with an
open-ended list of
                            names, to networking, to visiting studios,
we'll offer a look
                            at the process of being a curator from the very
                            says Selbo, who also collaborated with London
on Stir-Fry,
                            a similar journey of discovery that London took
to China in
                            September 1997.

                            Interviews with the artists and London's
footage of their
                            work will be available on the site in RealAudio
                            RealVideo. MoMA video curator Sally Berger says
that the
                            multimedia format of an online exhibition will
allow London
                            to explore the "culture, language, and friends
that influence
                            the work. Barbara is someone who's always
thinking about
                            the situation that surrounds the art."

                            Berger adds that artists often work in
isolation and feel they
                            don't have access to discussion of their work
in a larger
                            context. Visitors to the site can participate
in an online
                            forum on the art and the issues raised by the
new technology.

                            Interestingly, the emergence in the last year
of centralized
                            free email services, such as Hotmail, has made
it easier to
                            create on-the-road exhibits like InterNyet.
London makes
                            multiple copies of her files and forwards them
to various
                            online destinations accessible via Web, telnet,
and FTP -- a
                            necessary kind of flexibility in countries
where resources
                            for getting online are still hard to come by.

                            London founded the museum's video exhibition
program in
                            1974, showcasing artists such as Laurie
Anderson, Nam
                            June Paik, Bill Viola, and Ed Emshwiller. The
trip is being
                            underwritten by the museum's international
council and the
                            Trust for Mutual Understanding, a private
                            organization that gives out roughly US$2
million a year for
                            cultural and environmental projects.

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