Hereby we like to invite you cordially to the exhibition project
Opening: 2007, September 16., 11 am, at the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten,
Press conference: 2007, September 12., 10 am, at the Maerkisches Museum,
Jens Brand, Zentrum fur Internationale Lichtkunst Unna
Sascha Buettner, Stiftung Kunstlerdorf Schoeppingen
Richard Kriesche, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl
Mouchette, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Ilona Johanna Plattner, Museum der Stadt Gladbeck
Cornelia Sollfrank, Maerkisches Museum Witten
Carlo Zanni, Kunst-Museum Ahlen
Seven artists and seven exhibition places - they constitute the nodes of
the homonymous exhibition which will be shown in North Rhine-Westphalia
(NRW) from September 16th to November 11th. The project, initiated by
the registry of culture of NRW, Guetersloh, and conducted by art
historian Matthias Weiss from Leipzig, doesn't leave it at the
metaphorical use of the web, but will demonstrate seven international
positions dealing with the Internet both in the stricter and broadest
sense. In addition the positions will show the artistically use of the
Internet as a matter and as a medium.
The art works are interlinked by a critical examination of current
central subjects. MuseumShop, the work of Cornelia Sollfrank, affects
the function of the museum and its use as a depot in terms of public
property. In the "Maerkischen Museum Witten", Sollfrank will be
examining the problems of "intellectual property", licence and copyright
issues, that means also the commercialisation of images / paintings and
their patent utilization in times of the Internet.
Within his installation "Trashpavilion", to be located at "Stiftung
Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen", Sascha Buettner will be exploring the
artist's conditions of production. The visitor also can do his own
research within this installation.
Carlo Zanni, living in Italy and the USA, combines in a subtle manner
his experience as an artist with his experience of migration and
summarises them into a poetic audio-visual installation shown at
At "Staedtisches Museum Gladbeck, Schloss Wittringen", Ilona Johanna
Plattner is going to examine by means of interventions and performances
the conflicting priorities between actual (town-) history and the
representation of her alter ego as an artist - that means her part as a
female "mystic" in terms of three acts. In doing so, she picks out the
role of something fictional as a central theme related to the
potentiality of the world wide web.
"Kunstmuseum Siegen" will be the host for the 13-year old Mouchette,
someone who only exists in the Internet. Her examination of suicides,
committed by children, is based on reports of real existing people who
use Mouchette's website as a platform of communication.
By means of small doses of artifical intelligence little synaptic
engines will be generated into the "UNNA UNIT" created by Jens Brand.
This kind of web will be perceivable as a sculpture that responds to the
environment in different ways: Sometimes it grows stiff, sometimes it
forms patterns, or reminds itself of past states.
Last not least, Richard Kriesche collects data streams from Google and
transforms them into charts of the stock market by using a professional
stock market software in realtime. He will present his haul in form of
eight projections at "Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten" in Marl covering the
running exhibition of 25 masterpieces of the museum's collection. In
this way he criticises the established art term and negates its
overreaching concreteness, which is reflected at auctions of
contemporary art on the basis of incredible prices.
All these positions give evidence that you don't have to sit in front of
a tedious screen while being engaged in art with or within the world
wide web. Net art - a main concern of the exhibition "nodes" - has a
beneficial effect on contemporary art and doesn't "revoke the hassle" of festivals reaching from "transmediale" to "ars electronica".
All art works will be created for the exhibition exclusively and will
pass into the stock of the exhibition locations respectively after the
end of the show.
The exhibition takes place under the auspices of State Secretary for
Culture Mr Hans-Heinrich Grosse-Brockhoff.
The project is promoted by the foundation NRW, the County of North
Rhine-Westphalia and the registry of culture of NRW, Guetersloh.