Opening Friday, 27 November, 5:00 p.m.
From 28-11-2009 until 06-02-2010
Harm van den Dorpel, Constant Dullaart, F.A.T.Lab, Martijn Hendriks, JoDi, Oliver Laric, NastyNets, Theodore Watson
During the opening Constant Dullaart will be spinning his collection of 50 cent 'In Da Club' remixes.
The exhibition 'Versions' deals with the ‘comment culture’: commentary as a medium. With the popularity of social networks and blog sites on the internet, such as Flickr, Facebook, Hyves, YouTube, Blogger, etc., commenting on each other has taken on a new dimension. In his publication Zero Comments (2007) the Dutch network theoretician Geert Lovink describes this phenomenon as a nihilistic impulse and an erosion of mainstream media. 'Versions' shows artists' practices and an aesthetic related to this comment culture.
The Netherlands Media Art Institute invited a number of artists for whom reacting to one another influences their own work process. For these artists the internet is the place par excellence to quickly launch ideas, react to one another, or adapt existing work and reuse it. Through this process photos, animations or videos rapidly grow into more complex and aesthetic artworks. Sharing and commenting on each other's work leads to questions about the position and perception of the work in the context of the internet and beyond it. To what extent can one speak of uniqueness and originality of the works? Who determines what can or can not be done, and what happens to individual identity within the group process? How does this process translate into the physical, static space of a gallery? Questions about the significance of appropriation, authenticity and agency in the era of 'comment culture' run like a thread through the exhibition.
A number of the works in the exhibition are a direct reflection of this online comment culture. In an extremely short time, through simple means an elementary concept or image is adapted by different people, constantly creating new versions of the same idea, as in the work of Oliver Laric. A number of artists did new works for the exhibition, which make a translation from the transient internet to the static space of the gallery (Constant Dullaart, JoDi, Martijn Hendriks, Harm van den Dorpel and Theodore Watson).
Netherlands Media Art Institute
1016 EV Amsterdam
Tue t/m Fri from 11.00 - 18.00 hrs Sat and each first
Sunday of the month Sunday 1300 - 1800 hrs.
Entrance 4,50 (2,50 with discount). Museumkaart free
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