Eric Kluitenberg on Wed, 8 Sep 1999 18:30:12 +0100

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Syndicate: Permanent Flux Rom - The Launch!

Official Launch of the CD ROM  Permanent Flux -
past, present and future of multimedia art

De Balie, Amsterdam,
Friday September 17, 1999

In the CD-ROM Permanent Flux four multimedia insiders (Laurie Anderson,
Siegfried, Paul Garrin and Frans Evers) render their perspective on past,
present and future of multimedia art. A favourite and crucial episode from
the history of multimedia art is the starting point for each presentation.
Their lectures, originally spoken in front of a live audience, are
supported by audio fragments, radio broadcasts, absolute film, technotrance
clips and many other examples and highlights. The texts are accessible as
linear text, but also as a semantic architecture in which a lecturer picks
up a subject where the other one has left it. From the musical and
theatrical innovations between 1850 and 1917 to experimental film and radio
during the twenties, from Fluxus, video and synthesisers from the sixties
and seventies to Laurie Anderson talking about her performances and
computer art in the nineties, Permanent Flux offers a wide range of
perspectives on the various explorations of multimedia artists during the
last century. It shows what has remained the same and what links for
example Wagners Gesamtkunstwerk to the VJ's of our days: the desire for new
worlds, new ways of expression and experience.
Among the examples from the history of multimedia that are presented on
Permanent Flux are works by Nam June Paik, Knowbotic Research, Andrej
Skriabin, Luis Bunuel, Fernand Leger, Oskar Fischinger, Man Ray, Marcel
Duchamp, Dziga Vertov and Richard Wagner.

The CD-ROM Permanent Flux is, however, much more than a mere documentation
of the lectures and the historical materials, presented here in image and
sound. Permanent Flux is above all an investigation into the dynamics of
multimedia-interfaces. The design team explored four different trajectories
of how the information flow contained within the CD-ROM can be navigated.

On Friday September 17th the CD-ROM will be launched with a special public
program at De Balie in Amsterdam. During the evening a series of multimedia
reviews of Permanent Flux will illustrate the opinions of Jaap Drupsteen,
Heiner Holtappels, Ine Poppe, Edwin van der Heide, Willem de Ridder, Willem
Velthoven, and others, about this production.

Permanent Flux was made for De Balie by: Yariv AlterFin, Bastiaan Lips,
Marjolijn Ruyg, Jaap Verdenius,  Nirit Peled, Dave Hemminga, Alfred
Rademakers, Nobby van Grinsbergen, Peter Kroon and many others.

About our protagonists:

Laurie Anderson: multimedia artist
Siegfried Zielinski: media-archaeologist and founding rector of the Academy
for Media Art in Cologne
Paul Garrin: media artist & activist, and former assistant of Nam June Paik
Frans Evers: professor at the Royal Music Academy in The Hague

Permanent Flux, past, present and future of multimedia art
Laurie Anderson, Siegfried Zielinski , Paul Garrin , Frans Evers
ISBN 90 6617 220 7
NUGI 912
Cd-rom (Mac & Windows)
Price: DFL 39,95

Tickets and reservations for the Launch:

By phone: 020 - 5535100.
Mo till Thu v14.00 - 20.00 hrs., Fri. 14.00 - 22.30 hrs
and Sat 17.00 - 22.30 hrs.
Ticket-price: ?12,50 (? 10,00 CJP/PAS65/Stadspas/Collegekaart)

De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam.


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