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Published: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:48:45 GMT

 



Creativity and other fundamentalisms

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 06:10:00 GMT

The magic word these days is ‘creativity’. And not just for artists: managers and policy makers alike demand creativity. Even family therapists and mediators urge us to find more creative solutions. Nowadays, creativity is all about positive morality. We expect nothing but good from it. But what remains of the meaning of the word when just about everybody is using it to death? And where does this hunger for creativity come from? Isn’t it instead a sign of a creeping loss of true creativity?




Monitorial Citizen: the ordinary witness

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:57:17 GMT

James Bridle’s work explores the implications of technological acceleration and opacity for everyday life and the implications of algorithmic citizenship, deterritorialised nations and digital governments.




Open Community - Open Networks

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:29:20 GMT

Open Community – Open Networks was presented as part of the Respublika! project curated by Nico Carpentier. The exhibition, features the work of Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud who have been working together on participatory community projects since 2000. Their work centralises on critically examining the power of the existing networks and providing tools to resist it. These tools are seen as both a hack and a tool as they hack into the vulnerabilities of existing networks and provide toolsets for the creation of new ones. Starting from the idea that infrastructures create an economic and political divide, Wachter and Jud’s work, using low cost hardware (such as Raspberry Pis) and their own open source software, resists this divide by proposing new and independent networks which bypass the infrastructural violence which exists to militarily protect the national digital infrastructure and its use by the public (voicerepublic.com/talks/infrastructural-violence). The Internet is seen by many as an open, limitless and bordeless space for communication. This perceived openness is confirmed and substantiated by means of participation on so called free platforms like Blogs, Facebook and YouTube. At the same time the internet hosts and ISPs intervene in all areas of this communicative space – by censorship, control, exclusion, and surveillance. The artists use the possibilities of the accessible, open net to make those mechanisms of control and exclusion visible. Wachter & Jud, address these hidden and disguised forces by turning anonymous communications and mass surveillance into art, as Mathias Jud said: “We should start making our own connections, fighting for this idea of an equal and globally interconnected world… This is essential to overcome our speechlessness and the separation provoked by rival political forces.” The exhibition at the NeMe Arts Centre consisted of video documentation of previous works and equipment which demonstrated the power of their alternative networks. The work presented was strongly political as it featured aspects of the digital networks that affect us all personally: our privacy, freedoms, but also our imagination and our ability to understand our networks as an integral part of our society’s environment. By counteracting the medial and cultural hegemonies and political rules governing our communication structures and – by revealing the control mechanisms – open up new alternatives in the supranational fabric of the Internet. The tools exhibited are used by communities in the USA, Europe, Australia and activists in countries like Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, China, and North Korea. src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/243806698?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0" allowfullscreen> src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/249152559?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0" allowfullscreen> Artists statements about the specific works exhibited qaul.net In 2011, we launched qaul.net to explore our expression and communication options in the digital era. qaul.net is an independent open communications network and allows chat, voice calls, file sharing without Internet and mobile phones, directly in a spontaneous network of devices. qaul.net implements a redundant, open communication principle, in which wireless-enabled computers and mobile devices can directly form a spontaneous network. Chat, twitter functions and movie streaming is possible independent of internet and cellular networks. qaul.net can spread like a virus, and an Open Source Community can modify it freely. In a time of communication blackouts in places like Egypt, Burma, and Tibet, and given the large power outages often caused by natural disasters, qaul.net has taken on the challenge of critically examining existing communication pathways while simultaneously exploring new horizons. Silent Protest In September 2014, we received an email from a Chinese activist who wanted to organise an event in the public space in Beijing to which [...]



Unbuilding Citizenship

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:57:17 GMT

James Bridle’s work explores the implications of technological acceleration and opacity for everyday life and the implications of algorithmic citizenship, deterritorialised nations and digital governments.




Terra - Terror - Territory

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:14:26 GMT

When, on 7 December 1972, Blue Marble-the first clear photograph of the whole earth-was shown, we immediately understood its message: this is the territory. Although it had long since been proven that the Earth was round and finite, it took an image to really let especially that finiteness sink in with our collective consciousness. From then on the Earth was indeed understood as a territory: a well-defined and limited terrain and the only one to inhabit and to farm, at least for now. It is no coincidence that ecological movements rapidly gathered momentum in the early 1970s.




Phenomenological Lightworks

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:28:29 GMT

Over the past two decades photographers have witnessed major changes in imaging technologies. Digital cameras, computers & cell phones have allowed all people using these technologies to become ‘photographers.’ In addition, new imaging techniques now used in the sciences and social sciences have allowed both artists and scientists to make visible phenomena never seen before.




Improper Names

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:01:41 GMT

A name. Everybody has one. In the documentary, individuals, artists and academics from all over the world share their thoughts about the meaning and purpose of one’s name from both private and public perspectives. The problem of homonymy and other reasons for changing one’s name are explored as the film draws references from history, popular culture and individual experiences, leading us to the case of a name change that caused a stir in the small country of Slovenia and beyond.




Ambiguous bodies: timeless interpretations

Wed, 31 May 2017 04:47:04 GMT

Using texts by Diane Bolger (Beyond Male/Female: Recent Approaches to Gender in Cypriot Prehistory) as a starting point, NeMe invited curator, Areti Leopoulou, has proposed an exhibition and seminar which responds to the historical preconceptions of Cypriot Figurines from the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age. Leopoulou has made a selection of works by Cypriot and Greek artists which have inherent, although in many cases, oblique references to ancient gendered figurines whilst remaining clearly within a contemporary critical and interdisciplinary platform.




(b)orders

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:26:00 GMT

(b)orders was a one evening event which explored the relationship between the present shifting political geography instigated by countries constructing border fences and the migrants and refugees who now mainly live their lives suspended in demarcated zones in a precarious state of survival or even violently displaced within their own country.




Sublime/Internal/Subliminal

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:04:15 GMT

Over the last ten years, Australian video artists have developed a refreshed attention to the sublime and the subliminal in their creative practice. While media and communication technology has offered a change in the way artists create, archive, show and access their work – from affordable, higher quality cameras, and easily accessible file storage to the instantaneous distribution from social and digital media platforms – the tools of image making may have advanced, yet the poetic and conceptual enquiry behind such image production has remained constant. ​*Sublime/Internal/Subliminal* brings together a cross selection of emerging and established artists who reflect this constant.