Tanya Gorioutcheva on Thu, 1 Apr 1999 01:59:24 +0300

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Syndicate: Trash-Art Festival

Dear friends,

On Friday, 26 March, Moscow MediArtLab of the Soros Center for
Contemporary Art held presentation
and press-conference of two festivals happen in the Internet:
- Da-Da-Net - the festival of Russian cultural and art resources
http://www.da-da-net.ru (in Russian)
- Trash-Art - the international net festival of art projects: net.art,
web.art, media art http://www.da-da-net.ru/TrashArt/ (in English)

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During the presentation everybody could listen to B92 and examine its site
http://www.b92.net .


At the Syndicate meeting during N5M3 I announced the site of Trash-Art
would be opened by 18-20 March, but sorry, there was delay for some
technical problems.  It has become accessible just today.

Everybody who'd like to take part in the Trash-Art festival as author of art
project, or participant of discussion on cultural and art trash, or
to offer own variant of Trash-Art collection - and all all all -  are welcome!

(within the frame of  "Da-Da-Net" Festival)

Trash - crash of machine (computer) logic

Trash - crash of user logic

Trash - failure of image creating

Trash - as fashion, style, freedom

Trash - cracked art - isn't to be identified,
is unexpected by society, critics, doesn't conform to the demands,
wishes, logic

key words:
style, fashion, millennium, art, links, anti-critics, video-art, net-art,
mail-art, conceptualism, texts, music, message, data-trash


Network art in the Internet demonstrates the new democratic
and progressive form of communication. Today it is necessary
to revive the original radicalism of the media-technologies.

This is not the problem of technology, but the problem of
philosophy and ideology. We are interested in projects,
that revolt against the technology itself.

Why do we need new technologies, if they can not express new ideas?

New technologies are first of all new tasks.
Today the concepts of  "trash" & "trash-art" have rather broad meanings.
Our task is to confine them to the categories that would conform to the
new tendencies in ideology and culture. For us "trash" stands for the
positive radicalism in art,technology and forms of communication.
Our festival is the search for materials and criteria. The interaction
of art and technology frames the conception, within which the festival
is working. Communication within this frame can be represented as a
form of art  as well as a form of technology.

"Trash-art" Festival aims at searching for the alternative form of art.
Within this context "trash" is not  the negative definition of the present
situation in art, but a word that expresses our optimism and confidence that
not all art resources have been discovered for the culture. The festival
appeals to the entire cultural situation.

The project has an open structure and an discursive open field. Every
participant can register his art work him/herself.
The members of the Jury are free to select the "artworks" from
the Internet trash according to their taste and understanding of
the present situation in contemporary culture. 

It is possible that "trash-art" as a new ideology and a new technology
can perform much wider tasks in the general context of contemporary art.
For us it is evident, that today it is exactly in the Internet where
one can find most radical projects and dialogues, whose experience
the culture has to adopt. 

Nominations or ideological classification of art projects.

1. Ecological Project .
 In this category the projects have to present effective strategies
 of utilization of cultural trash. The artists are supposed to explain
 and justify their idea of "cultural trash" as well as utility of the
 proposed "recycling techniques".
2. Anarchistic Project
 The projects are to be directed at the destruction of common stereotypes
 and logic of presentation of images, symbols, ideas, theories, propaganda,
 manuals, documents, etc. We welcome everything that is opposed to
 expediency, constructiveness, social benefit, economic profit,
 power/political responsibility, common pragmatismâ??
3. Radical Conformist Project
Communicability, interactivity, openness, transparency are to be both
the goals and strategies of the projects. Their authors have to be concerned
with assimilation of certain environment, social context or resources.
The ideology of their activity is to be determined by the search for
the most efficient and witty ways of interaction with the audience,
other artists, power. It is a kind of navigation through trash.

Working language of the Festival - English


Rasa and Raitis Smits  <Latvia> http://re-lab.net
Rachel Baker <Great Britain> www.irational.org
Janos Sugar <Hungary> http://www.c3.hu/butterf/Sugar/project.html
Kathy Rae Huffman <USA> http://www.arts.rpi.edu/
Olga Lialina <Russia> http://www.teleportacia.org
Vuk Cosic <Slovenia> http://www.vuk.org
Joachim Blank and Karl Heinz Jeron <Germany> http://www.sero.org
Tetsuo Kogawa <Japan> http://anarchy.k2.tku.ac.jp
Alla Mitrofanova <Russia> http://www.spb.cityline.ru/~tac


26 March - official opening of the Festival and press-conference (SCCA, Moscow)
29 March - 5 May  - registration of applications for participation in the Festival
from 29 March -  on-line conference
9 April, 23 April, 7 May  -  seminars (SCCA)
5-15 May - the work of the International Juries
20 of May  -  the winners reward at "Anigraph" Festival
August -September - publication of the catalogue and CD-ROM.
 CD-ROM will present the research on the subject of "trash-art",
 that will bring together all art-projects, interviews, discussions
 and the texts.

Concept - Alexey Isayev newart@aha.ru
Curator - Olga Shishko  shishko@transts.ru
Co-curator and coordinator - Tatyana Goryucheva tangor@redline.ru
Organizer - MediaArtLab (SCCA, Moscow) http://www.sccamoscow.ru/gif/lab
ul. Chernyakhovskogo 4A
125319 Moscow
tel.: 7 095 151 8706
tel./fax: 7 095 151 8816

 SCCA http://www.sccamoscow.ru

 Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow supports the development of new media art
since 1993:
 In 1994 SCCA organized the New Media Art Lab for young Russian artists, an
International symposium "NewMediaLogia", which brought together the specialists in
cinema, computer industry, philosophy, criticism and visual arts and an exhibition
"NewMediaTopia", which presented a lot of video/media-installations by the leading
Russian media-artists. 
 1995-1997 - multimedia studio "Cross-media" (organized by SCCA, Moscow in
collaboration with "Thermen" Center). A lot of video-artists had the possibility to
use video-equipment, participate in the workshops and attend the lectures.   
 From 1996 - SCCA, Moscow presents the Russian artists in the Internet 
 1997-98 - SCCA, Moscow was the organizer of the first festival of the Russian art
resources in the Internet "Da-Da-Net". The Festival aimed at bringing to light the
work of artists interested in contemporary art. It gave them the possibility to
present their art works in the single thematic context and participate in
discussions, devoted to the culture of the electronic community. 87 projects from
Novosibirsk, St.Petersburg, Moscow, Perejaslavl-Zalessky, Kazan, Altai, Ufa, Odessa,
Jaroslavl and other cities were examined by the festival jury.

 Tanya Goryucheva