Andreas Broeckmann on Wed, 13 Oct 1999 14:29:34 +0200

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Syndicate: Wiretap 5.10 - Interfacing Publics

Wiretap 5.10 - Interfacing Publics
Strategies for the New Public Domain

Date: Sunday 24 October, 14.00 - 17.00hrs (doors open 13.00hrs)
Location: V2_Organisatie, Eendrachtsstr.10, Rotterdam
Fee: fl. 7,50

Guests: Lina Russell (UK), De Geuzen / Renee Turner & Femke Snelting (NL),
Söke Dinkla (D)

Wiretap 5.10 - Interfacing Publics features presentations by artists and
curators who address the transformation of the public domain and the role
that artists can play in this process.

The public domain is traditionally made up of urban social spaces - the
market place, theatres, cafés, etc., - where ideas and practical concerns
of society can be voiced and discussed in an open dialogue. Yet, the notion
of what is 'public' is currently undergoing a deep transformation which is
brought about by a cocktail of geographical, economic, geo-political,
technological technological and discursive drivers of social change. The
public domain, and the way in which individuals and groups participate in
it is taking on a whole different set of meanings, compared with the
classical forms of the public that emerged in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Most importantly, it seems to be impossible today to speak of only one
public domain, but we have to think of the public domain as a
heterogeneous, at times hybrid, at times fragmented dispersion of physical
and virtual spaces populated by different types of 'publics'.

The public domain is a composite of many stages and layers, open and closed
physical spaces, media channels, forms of communication and cultural
expression. The city is still a prime site of experimenting with the new
public domain. The city can be seen as both an interface to, and the
generator of new interfaces to the different publics. At the same time, the
changing media sphere (telecommunication, broadcasting, WWW, etc.) is
creating a translocal topology of the public domain which reaches beyond
the urban territory. Artists and art institutions are reflecting on the
emerging public domain, and they develop new tools and environments for
people to participate in it.


Söke Dinkla is an art historian who works as a curator and critic in the
fields of art, architecture, design and new media. In 1997 she organised
the exhibition 'InterAct!' in Duisburg (D) and published 'Pioniere
Interaktiver Kunst von 1970 bis heute'. Since 1998 she has been working as
a researcher at the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg where, in 1999 she
curated 'Connected Cities - Processes of Art in the Urban Network', a
multilocal, networked event between eight cities in the Ruhr Area.
Connected Cities dealt with the potentials of interactive media art and
cultural networks in a transforming pan-urban environment.

Lina Dzuverovic-Russell is a cultural event organiser and artist working
with new media, video and animation. She has worked for the Institute of
Contemporary Arts, the Lux Centre in London and curated programmes and
events for international festivals as well as the series 'Interference'
with The Wire  Magazine, and Luxsquat with She is currently
working with  the web company OVEN Digital UK, teaching Digital Video at
the Lux Centre and developing the NoArtHere initiative under the NoAltGirls
umbrella. Her projects strive to bridge the gap between artist and audience
and to encourage a high level of participation from both in the hope of
creating a space for interaction and a springboard for collaborative
projects. In her talk, she will address the different roles arts centres
can and should play for artists and audiences.

De Geuzen is a foundation for multi-visual research which was established
in Amsterdam in 1996 out of the necessity to create a forum in the
Netherlands for critical inquiry, reflection and production with regards to
visual culture. De Geuzen has three core initiators, Riek Sijbring, Femke
Snelting and Renée Turner who operate as a collaborative art and design
team which creates context specific projects. Its intention is to promote
an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue and to initiate situations
where visual practices are viewed and understood as an integrated social
process. Recent projects include educational projects, 'The Walk-in Reader'
at De Appel Amsterdam, and an ongoing collaboration with the Rode Draad.
The aim of 'social interfacing' is pursued through tailored tactics of
assuming a plurality of guises, or strategic role playing, in order to
reach different audiences and construct new publics.


LUX Centre London -
Luxsquat Residency -
ICA London -
NoAltGirls -
Connected Cities exhibition -
Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg -
DataWolk Hoeksche Waard -
Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie -

Wiretap 5.10 - Interfacing Publics coincides with the opening (24 Oct.,
17.00hrs) of the interactive installation 'Memory' by German artists David
and Ulrike Gabriel in the V2_Building. This exhibition is part of Kunst
NRW.NL - A cultural exchange project between Nordrhein-Westfalen and the
Netherlands (24 October - 7 November). V2_'s entire programme in the
context of NRW.NL is described in a separate folder and on the website

The Wiretap series is supported by the Rotterdam Art Foundation and the
Dutch Ministry of Culture. V2_Organisation is supported by the City of
Rotterdam, by the Dutch Ministry of Culture and Luna Internet.

Eendrachtsstraat 10 - 3012 XL Rotterdam
tel: 31.(0)10.206.7272
fax: 31.(0)10.206.7271

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