Debates & Credits Book and DVD Released

Posted by Eric | Thu Nov 20th 2003 6:45 p.m.

Debates & Credits
Media / Art / Public Domain

Book and DVD Released

As the final part of the Dutch Russian art and
media project Debates & Credits, a book and DVD
documenting the project and reflecting on the
outcomes have recently been published by De Balie
in Amsterdam. The texts are written in both
English and Russian.

Debates & Credits explored the poetics and
politics of public space in Amsterdam, Moscow,
and Ekaterinburg, through a series media art
actions specifically designed for the urban
landscape. The book provides a full documentation
of the art and media projects that were executed
in the frame of Debates & Credits in these cities
in the Fall of 2002. The book includes a
full-colour print section, as well as video
documentations on the accompanying DVD.

After the execution of the actions, which were
documented in a web journal, we asked a number of
distinguished colleagues to reflect critically on
the outcomes and the issues raised by the
project. This has resulted in a number of
challenging essays, as well as an artist
contribution by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, who had
been working in the same period on highly similar
projects engaging the interface of media and
urban space. His work is introduced in the book
by art and media theorist Timothy Druckrey.


Essays were contributed by:

- Viktor Voronkov, sociologist, director of the
Center for Independent Social Research, Saint
- Oliver Marchart, political and cultural
theorist, works at the Media Studies Department,
University of Basel
- Max Bruinsma, freelance critic, lecturer,
curator, and independent consultant editorial
design, Amsterdam
and by the curators of Debates & Credits:
- Tatiana Goryucheva, art theorist, historian of media art and curator, Moscow
- Eric Kluitenberg, media theorist, writer and
organiser on culture and technology, Amsterdam


Artists participating in Debates & Credits:

Archeopteryx (.ru) / Arno Coenen (.nl) / Oleg
Kireev & the Getto collective (.ru) / MACHINE
(.nl) / Galina Myznikova & Sergei Provorov (.ru)
/ Leonard van Munster (.nl) / Arseni Sergeev
(.ru) / park tv (.nl)


Overview of Content:

Essay No.1: Eric Kluitenberg, "Virtualite, adieu
mon amour. What happens when 'our' media
encounter the 'real' world?"

Essay No.2: Tatiana Goryucheva, "Minima
Sententia. Instrumentalisation of the Image and
Simulation of Public Communication"

Photo Essay: "Moscow Brands: Who speaks for the Public?"

Reports about the art projects of Debates & Credits (word and image)

Commentary: Timothy Druckrey, "Relational
Architecture: the work of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer"

"Legal / Illegal" - Declaration and Report from
the Moscow Open Net Parliament, Oleg Kireev & the
Getto collective

Essay No.3: Oliver Marchart, "Media Darkness.
Reflections on Public Space, Light and Conflict"

Essay No.4: Viktor Voronkov, "Life and Death of
the Public Sphere in the Soviet Union"

Essay No.5: Max Bruinsma, "Just Use It!"

Frequently Asked Questions about the Public Domain



Web Journal:

More materials, reports, images and videos can be
found on-line in the web journal of Debates &


You can order the Book/DVD on-line via Nijhof &
Lee International Booksellers at:


Publication details:

"Debates & Credits - Media / Art / Public Domain"
Tatiana Goryucheva & Eric Kluitenberg (ed.)
Publisher: Uitgeverij De Balie, Amsterdam
Year of publication: 2003
pp. 144
Includes DVD
ISBN: 90-6617-298-3


De Balie
Centre for Culture and Politics
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