Posts for November 2004

Mir not Mur

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In 2001, Vito Pace began collecting images from artists that expressed their ideas about 'Kontora Mir' (office of peace) and publishing them on the web. Started in Russia, today the site contains more than 100 images from all over the world. Now, Pace hopes to raise awareness about the Palestinian struggle for independence by linking the Kontora Mir project to Electronic Intifada, a site publishing news, commentary, analysis, and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from a Palestinian perspective. The arts section of this site includes a review of the award-winning film 'Mur' (Wall), documenting Israel's construction of a concrete dividing wall on Palestinian land. In another creative protest against the wall, three muralists from Mexico are working with local and international artists to deface and decorate it. As it says on the site, history has shown us that building walls rarely solves conflicts. We need mir, not more mur. - Helen Varley Jamieson

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Something to Look Forward to

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In case you haven't noticed, drawing's back. Amsterdam's Geert Dekkers capitalizes on its quiet renaissance by using webspace to disseminate art to an unlimited viewership. Nznl.com is a New Zealand-based weblog and 'a drawing a day' has been programmed to generate a new drawing daily at exactly 00:00 CET since May 2002. Dekkers explains that 'The drawings, even if they are not strictly drawings (but web pages or flash movies) are, in essence, plans, and I see them as the most basic form of an artistic idea. Which is of course why most of the content is in some way related to planning some event in the future.' The drawing a day project dovetails out of Dekkers' ongoing preoccupation with the concept of future, the basis for other threads such as 'One Day,' a series that 'takes a wish or desire and throws it forward into some unspecified future.' - Peggy MacKinnon

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