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ANNOUNCEMENTS: June 4 & 5, 2005


The Thing is watching you

mukul from in London is sound artist-in-residence at The Thing for the next two weeks. Check out his collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto et al on chain music

Why rock?
Annie Abrahams together with Clément Charmet made the webshow "Why rock?" for The show presents sound works by net artists with real or supposed rock affinities. Alan Sondheim and Frédéric Madre both wrote a text for the show. They also made a special french version of the show for

9th international video festival v i d e o m e d e j a
september 30 - october 2 2005.
the museum of voivodina, novi sad
subject portapak: 40 years after

...thanks to the accessibility of the technique, the very idea of the video, being an autonomous form that quickly spreads the message and communicates in the way of modern man, was accepted in the broadest sense, so one inevitably tends to make a parallel with naive [primitive], folk or margin art [outsider art]... namely, documenting and recording is not only a thing that artists do: recognized as influential and efficient way of communication, video becomes a mighty weapon in the hands of the activists, political non conformists, disprivileged groups or simply the ones that fight for rights of consummers... and this is exactly where the sincere, vital strenght of this media lies and therefore proves that successful work of art can be rendered somewhere elsewhere of elitistic circles...more [pdf]


live visuals
interactive internet/cd/dvd project

all the works within festival categories produced in last 2 years could be nominated for the competitive selection which is curated by selection committee
all the applicants have to submit the entry form ...more information and entries.

aRt&D: Research and Development in Art

book launch, debate & live cinema performance
date: Saturday 4 June 2005, 17:00-20:00 CET
location: V2_, Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL Rotterdam (NL)
more information / live webcast:

We would like to ask your attention for the newest publication of V2_Publishing and NAi Publishers, aRt&D: Research and Development in Art.

aRt&D lays open a new investigative field of art that emerged in the last few decades as a result of media and technology influences. This book introduces the diversity of this new art domain to a broader audience. It is the first book that is entirely dedicated to artistic research and development.

In the past decades a new international trend has emerged within the arts, usually referred to as ‘electronic’, ‘digital’, or ‘interactive’ art. In the 1980s, artists mainly worked with radio and video, where in the last fifteen years digital media and network technologies have emerged as their instruments of choice. This new art domain is characterized by collaboration between artists, designers, engineers and scientists, who join forces in researching and experimenting with new opportunities for using technology for artistic ends.

aRt&D: Research and Development in Art not only provides a unique insight in the art practice through essays in which artists write about their personal experiences, it also develops a theoretical framework for these projects. The book contains contributions by the award-winning performance group Blast Theory, media artist Thecla Schiphorst, art critics Josephine Bosma and Rudolf Frieling, media theorist Andy Cameron, curators Mark Hansen and Inke Arns, philosopher Andrew Benjamin, and many others. Timothy Druckrey, expert in this field, evaluates the importance of artistic research and development so far. aRt&D positions itself as a pioneering work: it is the first book ever published that focuses in depth on interdisciplinary research and development from an artistic perspective.

Book launch celebration on Saturday 4 June 2005

On the occasion of the new book publication by V2_Publishing and NAi Publishers, aRt&D: Research and Development in Art, V2_ is hosting a public debate and live cinema performance on Saturday 4 June. You are welcome to join us on this book launch celebration.

The book launch presents an informal yet critical debate between Marga Bijvoet, Andy Cameron, Marnix de Nijs and Christa Sommerer, moderated by Sally Jane Norman, on how the art practice changed over the last few decades as a result of media and technology influences. The debate will be wrapped up with the live cinema performance Rotor by the Belgian multimedia artists Boris and Brecht Debackere. This program can also be followed via live streaming on the V2_ website.

date: Saturday 4 June 2005, 17:00-20:00 CET
location: V2_, Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
more information & live webcast:

Vital Signs
Summer Group Show
2 June-31 July 2005
Maya Stendhal Gallery
545 W 20th Street, Second Floor
New York, NY 10011

Maya Stendhal Gallery is proud to present Vital Signs: Summer 2005 Group Show, a multimedia exhibition to take place from 2 June – 31 July 2005. In a climate of political malapropism, in which cinematic tropes are deployed as though they were news, Vital Signs aims to investigate the language of visual culture by deconstructing dominant codes and unveiling unexpected grammars. The artists included in the exhibition are Michael Snow, Jeff Scher, Peter Rose, Takahiko Iimura, Barbara Hammer, Matthias Groebel, Seymour Chwast, and Nisi Jacobs.

If the language of Hollywood cinema has become ossified—too archetypal, employing codified juxtapositions for simplistic psychological effect—then it remains for artists to interrogate, subvert, or explode the way we receive and parse the images we live in. Language is a continual process of renovation: the progress of obsolescence and innovation can be both agonizing and imperceptible. The effects of cinema on cognition have been documented: it now becomes important to trace the marks of cinematic consciousness on fixed-image artmaking. How might this illuminate the way we understand political and media atrophies?

By presenting both moving and static pieces, the artists in this exhibition undertake an implicit examination of the limits and the possibilities of new technology on their practice. All technology promises some kind of formal innovation, but it also creates its own restrictions and harbors quirks, irregularities, and contingencies—just as language does. How do older modes of plastic artistic production interact with new media? What is the influence of tradition—the language of before—on media art—the culture of the now? Inspired by language and the act of speech, but not necessarily speaking verbally, the question of intelligibility—verbal, pictorial, aural, and other—is reinstated as a demand upon artmaking. What can form say? What can motion do that stasis cannot?

Vital Signs will open on June 2nd and will run through July 31st 2005.