22.08. - 28.08.2005
Kresija Gallery, Ljubljana; interactive sound installations - Hribarjevo Nabrezje, Ljubljana, electronic LED display "Subiceva", Ljubljana, Slovenia
Production: Automata, 2005
The project was realized with the help of the Town Hall of Ljubljana; the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia; the Video Data Bank, Chicago, USA; Gorenje, Ogled.
Appendix2 is an alternative state of urban landscape. It constitutes the in-between spaces of symbolic discourses that question the distributive net of the physical and immaterial, the diffusion of ideas and environments, and contemporary art practices in intensive communication with the urban residues of media, public, and net spaces.
Appendix2 is a continuation of the 2004 Appendix project, where we presented multimedia artworks in the public landscape.
Appendix2 consists of short video works and interactive, computer based works that will be displayed in the gallery and interventions in the soundscape of the city center. Small scale mechanisms (automata), made of sensors that will react to movement and small broadcasting units, will be hidden at several locations in the center of the town. Sounds will be activated by passers-by and therefore they will intervene into the structure of the town soundscape.
The artists presented: Eric Dyer (USA), Rick Fisher & Don Rice (Canada), Philippe Hamelin (Canada), Nicolas Provost (Belgium), Tanja Vujinovic & Zvonka Simcic (Slovenia), Irina Birger (Netherlands - Israel), Judith Nothnagel and Hubert Baumann (Germany), Jaka _eleznikar (Slovenia), Jernej Lunder (Slovenia), Karl Jen_ac and Helmut Schäfer (Austria).
Appendix2 will additionally present Euroscreen21 2005, a compilation of short video works by various European artists, curated by Judith Nothnagel and Hubert Baumann. They conceived the Euroscreen21 projects in 2002 as a flexible media platform for European artists and cultural institutions. The DVD compilation consists of numerous video works and will be featured in approximately twenty galleries and museums in Europe and beyond. This compilation of video works will be projected from the 22nd until the 28th of August 2005 in the front window of Kresija Gallery in Ljubljana. You can obtain more information regarding this project at www.euroscreen21projects.de
Part of the Automata Public 2005 projects are interactive sound interventions installed at several locations within the town center. The sounds were created by various authors (Karl Jen_ac, Helmut Schäfer, Tanja Vujinovi_ and Zvonka Sim_i_, Jernej Lunder...) who deal with experimental and computer-generated sound. Sonic interventions test relations towards the media, capital, and identity through the implantation of art-gestures into everyday, working circulation.
4x4, 2005, interactive animation
"Growing up in Russia during the "cold war", my biggest fear as a child was that Mr. Reagan had a button in his office which he could press one day, releasing nuclear weapons which would kill us all. In my works I try to create an imaginary bridge between drawing and modern technologies, not only as a sentimental connection between my childhood, (where the grade of one's drawing technique was the basic condition for being accepted into art school), and the world I now live in. The advantages and disadvantages of modern technology are making our life miserable, as well as extremely comfortable. Every day, without paying attention, we touch buttons: in elevators, mobile phones, cash machines, computers, and other technological devices. With every touch we create a small miracle: changing speed, getting money, talking to someone on the other side of the planet. We are all part of one huge societial system and we act between ourselves by pressing each other's "buttons" to get what we want. Meeting a new person, we often automatically put him/her in a certain category and press their buttons, depending on our purpose. Nowadays we have become accustomed to getting everything in the fastest way possible, including pleasure and entertainment. Using drugs has become the quickest and cheapest way to escape from everyday reality. An investigation of the consequences of the drug and computer revolutions, together with the multicultural identity I have experienced, is one of the major points of my work."
Rick Fisher & Don Rice
2004, Video, 3'40''
(Color, stereo), in collaboration with the Video Pool Media Arts Center http://www.videopool.org
The architect of ideology attempts to design a rationale to exist within the ambiguous territory located between "is" and "ought", and discovers that he has encountered an irresolvable dilemma.
2003, video, 2'45''
"Through a process that converts mass into time, "Kinetic Sandwich" explores the secret beauty of an everyday object.
In my process, a three-dimensional object is sliced. The slices are photographed and played in sequence. Therefore, two dimensions of the object, length and height, are presented as the video image. The object's third dimension, width, is converted into time. I call the resultant animation an object's temporal portrait.
At the dawn of the motion picture era, Eadweard Muybridge photographed motion and laid the sequential stills out on the page. Those deconstructions revealed to humankind the secrets of movement. Muybridge exposed the stillness hidden in motion.
Over a century later, this concept is inverted. Temporal portraits expose the motion hidden in stillness."
"Changer", a toolbar extension for the Firefox browser enables the manipulation of the language and visual content of web pages in real time. Web pages and interventions can be chosen by the user or by Changes autonomously (in this case web pages are searched through a combination of a significant number of key-words and the Google search engine.)
"Changer" uses the Slovene language (which is the mother-tongue of the author), English (being the unofficial official language of the internet), and Chinese, which is the language with the highest number of speakers.
The main reason for using different languages lies in the transposition and juxtaposition of unpredictable contexts (besides on the visual level) on the level of language content, as well.
Foremost this project is aimed at encouraging critical thinking through the manipulation of chosen web pages, and therefore establishing a socially critical, thinking subject, and providing him/her with a tool for critically reading unmodified web pages.
Such subject, instead of immersing him/herself in the pleasures and information of the web content offered daily, will be capable of an analytical and critical reading and in-depth understanding of how web pages are constructed, how they manage their impact and how they fulfill their tasks within social power relations.
Tanja Vujinovic and Zvonka Simcic
Video sound installations, objects, digital prints, web portal
Author of software programs used for digital sound and image manipulation: Victor Khaschanskiy
Plasma 2005 is a digital repository which will be presented in the year 2005 as a web portal, a sound-video installation, and a series of digital prints. The creation process for these pieces overwhelms different aspects of the perception and cognition of physical phenomena in the quest for the transcendental. Plasma 2005 consists of objects for instant transgression. They have been prepared to successfully function in new, corporate, and global scenarios. In accordance with this, multifunctional Plasma "products" are efficient as tools - catalysts for achieving transcendence.
Plasma 2005 comprises cryptic and deciphered messages and visual and sound data captured from them, resulting in sensual and physical spaces with newly formed paths leading to the discovery of the sensed with the help of smell, taste, touch, and an "intimate" sensual experience of the space.
2001, 2', Montreal, Canada
"At a time when athletes have increasingly become robots performing a show, 10 compares the new technologies offered by video with the conservative discipline of figure skating. Only with the help of video can a man, who in reality is barely able to stand on skates, figure skate his way to a perfect mark. The artificiality of skating figures is parallel to digital video's own figures: editing and special effects. 10 presents a digital performance that synchronizes the past with the present; classical music with new technologies."
Judith Nothnagel & Hubert Baumann
Trans_fer, 2004, video work
The video work Trans_Fer by Judith Nothnagel and Hubert Baumann is a critical reflection on political-contemporary time and space infrastructures.It is made of elements of modern transportation nets.The concept of alienation that characterizes their video works generates sequences accompanied by foreign auditory worlds that seem both real and unreal.
The spectator is hypnotically absorbed into the visionary event by a blend of video game and real world scenarios. Perceptual shifts create ruptures; intersections are being developed between the simulated virtual world and real experience.
Judith Nothnagel and Hubert Baumann conceived Euroscreen21projects in 2002 as a flexible media platform for European artists and cultural institutions. In 2005 the euroscreen21projects DVD compilation of the video works of numerous artists will be presented in more than twenty galleries and museums in Europe and beyond.
For further information visit the project website: www.euroscreen21projects.de
Papillon d'amour (Butterfly of Love)
2003, DigiBeta, DVD, 4'
Nicolas Provost uses a simple procedure to transform brilliantly visual fragments from Kurosawa's film "Rashomon" into a pure, metaphysical meditation upon Love, its lyrical monstrosities, and wounded act of disappearance. Nicolas Provost's short film "Papillon d'Amour" received an Honorable Mention from the Shorts Jury at the Sundance Film Festival.
The work of Nicolas Provost walks the fine line between dualities, balancing fiction and fine arts, the grotesque and the moving, the beautiful and the cruel. His phantasmagorias provoke both recognition and alienation, and succeed in pulling audience expectations into an unraveling game of mystery and abstraction. In some videos, filmic memory is stimulated through the use of short fragments from classic films by Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Alain Resnais, or Russ Meyers, but Provost is as likely to utilize obscure B-films, contemporary cinema or thematic platitudes. Time and form are manipulated, cinematographic and narrative language is analyzed, accents are shifted and new stories are told. The extraordinary is elucidated in order to reveal the global. In addition to the use of film and visual language, sound is a constant factor in Provost's body of work, as a rhythmical spine or an emotional guideline.
"My field of interest is to analyze and question the phenomenon of cinema, its various elements, its influence, and conventional rules. My work is a reflection on the grammar of cinema and the relation between visual art and the cinematic experience. That said, it's all about love."
Throwaway, interactive sound installation
Helmut Schäfer has worked on numerous individual and collective projects, such as: Room - a sound performance with Ernst Zettel / Virtual String at the Touch festival in Steim, Amsterdam, and a second performance at ESC, Graz; Jazz Meets D&B, a performance together with Graham Haynes, NYC; festival deLéau, Burkina Faso, West Africa; solo performances as a part of the 7Hz Europe Tour (rhiz, Vienna; gallery Kapelica, Ljubljana; Munich); solo performances in Osaka (Bears), Kobe (CAVE Studio/Cap House), and Tokyo (Winds Gallery); Global String live remix, ARS Electronica Festival, Linz, together with Atau Tanaka and Kasper Töplitz.
Released CDs: Disruptor, in collaboration with Zbigniew Karkowski on the label OR, UK; Don't Touch Me I Am Electric, on the sampler END ID from the label Digital Nacis, Tokyo; CD release for the third compilation of Alienation / Osaka - "reflected architecture" by Elisabeth Gmeiner, violin, and Helmut Schäfer, live electronics; Release on a compilation by Palsecam, Poland.
Holy Ghost, interactive sound installation
Karl Jensac was born in 1966 in Globasnitz, Austria. Studied chemistry from 1984 till 1990 in Graz, Austria.
From 1996 until 1997 he worked in the Austrian Embassy in Ljubljana in the culture department. Conceived and organized numerous festivals and events, such as the Spiegelungen festival in Graz in 1998. During 1999 and 2000 worked on Radio Agora in Celovec on a weekly show Digitalisierung des Volsbewusstsein. Performed a number of concerts together with Helmut Shaefer, with whom he released "Transformed View for Alienation, Osaka, Japan"; concerts in Klub Gromki - Lubljana, Kapelica Gallery - Ljubljana, Forum Stadtpark, 7Hz-Europatour; Palais Thienfeld - Graz, Ritz - Vienna, Fluc - Vienna.
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