Mapping Intervention

A Network for Art and Theory working with issues and social and politcal importance in public spaces. The network is for anyone with an interest in the field: individual artists or artists collaborating in a team; individuals working in related areas; scientists; theoreticians; initiatives or working groups. The aim is to strengthen the exchange between the people working within the field, and to reveal an art practice that usually is "invisible".

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Art|Net|Work. Oct. 25th. 2006 in Aarhus, Denmark

The seminar Art|Net|Work deals with two important changes in our culture. On one side, the network has become essential in the latest technological development. The Internet has entered a new phase, Web 2.0, including the occurrence of as ‘Wiki’s’, ‘Peer-2-Peer’ distribution, user controlled taxonomies (‘Folksonomy’) and ‘Weblogs’. Also, platforms, programming and software are today very often created in open communities – as seen in the ‘Free/Open Source’ movement. On the other side, following the technological development, the network also has become essential in the art sphere. Artists focus on the ‘network’ itself as a phenomenon and are often using technological networks as a mean of production and distribution. This changes the artistic practice and the distribution channels of art works – and the traditional notions of ‘work’, ‘origin’ and ‘rights’ are increasingly perceived as limiting the praxis of the artist. We see different kinds of interventions and activism (including ‘hacktivism’) using the network as a way of questioning the invisible rules that govern public and semi-public spaces. Who ‘owns’ them? What kind of social relationships do they generate? On what principle is the community based? What kind of behaviour do these spaces cherish? Who does the community include – and who does it exclude? The creation of alternative, user controlled, open networks is in many cases the aspiration of art. With a list of speakers who have hands-on experience in creating social networks Art|Net|Work wishes to focus on and discuss the interface between artwork and network. The key question will be how the network technology has become a primary distribution channel for this ‘network art’: Technological networks not only distribute text, images, video and audio – but also the network itself. How does this production (creation of a work) take place? How do you actually create open networks? What does the network’s user interface look like? Does the technological network replace/support a physical presence? When does the network conflict with other networks controlled by other mechanisms (the capital e.g.)? Is network art the fore post of a new economy? What pitfalls are there – in relation to the democratic viewpoints and processes the artwork is founded in? Are we speaking of a genuine need or is the network created to correspond with idealistic notions of exchange and community?

Speakers til the seminar Art|Net|Work

Speakers: • Olga Goriunova (Moscow) – http://runme.org Artist, curator and media theorist. Co-founder of the read_me festivals for software art and of runme.org – repository for software art. • Saul Albert (London) – http://theps.net/ Artist and (amongst other things) co-founder of Dorkbot (dorkbot.org) • Rasmus Fleisher (Stockholm) http://www.piratbyran.org/ + http://thepiratebay.org/ Co-founder of Piratbyrån (‘The Pirate Agency’), running the online ‘Pirate Bay’ – the world’s largest ’bit torrent tracker’ – much debated because of police investigations in Sweeden and allegations of assisting the distribution of copyrighted material. • Bjarke Nielsen (Glesborg) – http://www.djurslands.net/ Co-founder of DjurslandS.net – the world’s largest user controlled network. DjurdslandS.net facilitate broadband, local news and computer workshops for the citizens af Djurdsland – an area of Denmark. • Carlos Motta/PS122 (New York) – Editor of http://artwurl.org, a non-profit webzine-project of PS122 Gallery, New York- that aims to provide a space for conversation, practice and research of contemporary critical, conceptual and political art. Art|Net|Work is arranged by the network project ’Mapping Intervention’ (Hanne Lindstrøm), the research project ‘The Aesthetics of Interface Culture’ and Digital Aesthetics Research Centre. The seminar is funded by ‘The Aesthetics of Interface Culture’ and IT-vest.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Contributions to network

MI wants to establish a professionel network for people who mainly work with art in public or semi-public spaces with issues of social and political importance, because it will provide the possibility of making them visible to partners and other artists around the world with the same interest. A network with a virtual appearance is a suitable solution. The advantage of using a virtual platform is the accessibility for all, regardless of time or place. In this way the network can be much wider than the physical – or personal – network and create an opportunity for exchange across geographical, as well as cultural, differences. The network will work as a specialised browser where everyone can find partnerships, project presentations, exchange of experiences etc. and, of course, be informed about what happens within the milieu locally and globally. Are you interested – or do you know anyone who works with art in a social and political context and would be able to contribute to the network in any way – as a collaborator, artist or something else? Please e-mail us and give us your suggestions. Our intention is to create a network in as democratic a way as possible – hence this proposal.

Events

Mapping Intervention has arranged a walking tour in coorporation with Gaaastand. The tour will take place on thursday 29th. of June 2006. You can meet us at the Metro Station Vestamager in Copenhagen at 8.30 PM. Read more about Gaaafstand at http://gaaafstand.blogspot.com/