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Virtual Residency Project 2.0: Levels of Undo

Wed Sep 09, 2009 00:00 - Thu Sep 03, 2009

United States of America


[size=18][b]Virtual Residency Project 2.0: "Levels of Undo"
New work by Jessica Curry, Ursula Endlicher, Narinda Reeders, and Ben Woodeson
September 9-October 31, 2009
Opening Reception September 9, 6-8pm[/size][/b]
[b][size=14]Free and open to the public
26 Greene Street NYC 10013
(between Canal and Grand)

Four artists from 4 different cities, who have never met—and were forbidden to do so during the three months of their "residency"—collaborate on a topic that they had no say in developing. Is this fair to the artists? Interesting? Were they even able to produce anything worthwhile under such arbitrarily stringent rules?

Come see the results of this virtual experiment at Location One, on Wednesday, September 9. Confessedly the rules weren't quite so harsh as they sound: there were no expectations or requirements to complete any finished artworks, in fact the entire project could conceivably have existed as a blog discussion (which can be [url]http://vres.location1.org[/url]). But the four artists (two teams of two) Ben Woodeson (UK) & Ursula Endlicher (US) (Team X), and Narinda Reeders (AU) & Jessica Curry (UK) (Team 7), who were given the topic "Levels of Undo" and precious little else, spent the last three months marinating in that theme and communicating via blog, skype, snail mail, telephone, IM-so long as it did not include meeting face to face-to create some exciting new works, including a few that are not at all virtual.

Location One is pleased to present the fruits of their marination, which include Facebook impersonation performances, Spy pen surveillance video, Morse code sonatas, and analog "Tweets". What are analog Tweets? Good question. Also making an appearance: a bottle of absinthe that may or may not burst into flames, and a live visitation from the "Old Internet" who tries to "friend" the "New Internet". How does all this relate to the topic "Levels of Undo"? Another good question. The artists were encouraged to interpret the theme however literally or broadly they saw fit; their interpretations led them to challenge both the idea of "Undoing" as well as the nature of collaboration itself. Two of the artists will be present at the opening to meet each other for the first time, the other two will teleport in via video chat.

Location One is grateful to the artists for accepting the challenge with such good humor and and grace, and enjoyed watching them so brilliantly do, undo, redo-and ultimately undo our own expectations of this odd experiment.

[size=14]Artist Bios:[/size]
[b]Jessica Curry[/b] (Brighton, UK) is a composer based in the UK who spends far too much time with her husband. Making a child and making work together has formed the basis of their collaborative experiments for the past eight years. A Wellcome Trust commission led on to several successful large-scale projects, including a series of experimental computer games. The latest of these, Dear Esther, was selected for Prix Ars Electronica 2008 and is a finalist in Los Angeles based festival, Indiecade 2009. Their Second Life funeral, The Second Death of Caspar Helendale has recently been selected by The Royal Opera House, UK to be performed there in November 2009. Jessica and her husband still, however, argue over whose turn it is to do the ironing. Location One offered Jessica the opportunity to commit collaborative infidelity with a mysterious Australian artist. The temptation proved too much for Jessica and the rest, as they say, is Levels Of Undo.

[b]Ursula Endlicher[/b] (New York, USA) is an Austrian artist living in New York. Her work bridges performance, installation, and the Internet. Using the Web since its days of inception she is interested in its inherent structures and languages - such as HTML - and translates them into visual formats, dance choreography, sound, and installations. Recent works such as the net art piece "html\_butoh" as well as the live/web-driven performance series "Website Impersonations" are based on the html-movement-library, a database of user-submitted movement directions based on HTML code. Recent shows include venues such as Lightindustry in Brooklyn, New York, Theater am Neumarkt in Zürich, Switzerland, and Woodstreet Galleries in Pittsburgh, PA. She received commissions by Turbulence, and by the Whitney Museum of American Art for artport's Gate Pages. For "Levels of Undo" she developed new works that reflect on: the peculiar exchanges with her virtual residency mate(s), the long and winding road of working online for one and a half decades, and the deep and mysterious experiences with Facebook.

[b]Narinda Reeders[/b] (Melbourne, Australia) is a media artist and a bona-fide nerd. She studied computer science in the dark ages, before hotmail had been invented and the HTML seemed revolutionary. She also obtained an honours degree in Photography from the Victorian College of the Arts. Her photographs and interactive installations have seen her exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently as part of Experimenta national touring exhibitions, and at the International Symposium for Electronic Art in Singapore, 2008. Narinda is also one half of the performance duo Hit&Miss, with Tai Snaith, although she wishes there were a better word than "performance" to describe the acts of creative mischief they get up to. Dressed identically in red and white, Hit&Miss have been practicing the art of painful stillness and many other absurd acts for the past 6 years. They have popped up unexpectedly in public spaces, exhibitions, parties, flights, shopping festivals and car club rallies in Australia, Scotland and the US.

[b]Ben Woodeson[/b]'s (London, UK) practice revolves around absurd and quietly confrontational sculptures. His works set out to challenge the viewer and the exhibiting institution in a playful kind of art chicken. Since December 2008 he has been working on a new series of "deliberately dangerous" works entitled "The Health and Safety Violations", to date these have included 30,000 ball bearings for the audience to walk on, an electric fence which the audience had no choice but to climb over if they wished to enter the gallery and a motion activated vacuum pump which set about extracting the atmosphere from a sealed gallery every time a viewer was present. In June he was selected for a prize by the artist Mark Wallinger when he exhibited a corridor full of randomly activated trip wires at this year's Creekside Open exhibition in London. The works sound overtly dangerous… but are they really? For the virtual residency he has been collaborating with Ursula Endlicher, the two have never met. He has shown throughout Europe, Canada, and America and he has an upcoming solo show at Electrohype in Malmo, Sweden. Trained in Glasgow, Scotland he now lives in London, England with his wife the artist Andrea Jespersen and their dog Mia who is deeply unimpressed by his studio that unsurprisingly is full of dangerous shit and things that go "bang".


Location One Virtual Residency Program

Wed Apr 15, 2009 00:00

United States of America

Virtual Residency Program
Call for Submissions
Application Deadline: midnight, April 15, 2009
Dates of Residency: May 15-August 15, 2009
Theme: “Levels of Undo”

Invitation to Participate
Call for submissions for Location One’s “Virtual Residency Project 2.0″. Please send your URL or submit electronic materials to virtualresidency@location1.org.

Location One presents its second Virtual Residency Project in the form of a call to artists and other creative individuals with the purpose of fostering collaboration and creativity across geographical expanses and areas of expertise. The goal of this residency is to find 2 participants who are not physically proximate but who are willing to work with someone they’ve most likely never met before using some form of non-F2F (face to face) interface such as webcams, email, chat, video, blogs, telerobotic prostheses, Second Life, MIDI, skype, social networks, walkie-talkie, snail mail, mental telepathy, radio, networked video gaming, POTS (plain old telephone service), tin cans on string, or any other means of collaboration to develop a project that will be presented at Location One in the Fall of 2009, either on our web space or in our exhibition space. The theme of this project is “Levels of Undo”.

The two participants will also use a blog set up expressly for the Virtual Residency Project to discuss ideas, possible projects and to track the progress of the work. The conversation will be public and open for public comments and will be considered an intrinsic part of the Virtual Residency.

International applicants are encouraged to apply but knowledge of English (to communicate with Location One’s Virtual Residency liason) is necessary. The theme can be interpreted as broadly or as literally as the participants would like, the project will be developed collaboratively by the 2 individuals chosen for this residency project, in conversation with a curatorial advisor at Location One (to ensure the feasibility of the project and and help with practical and technical questions, not to influence or reject project ideas).

for more information and FAQ, please see http://location1.org/virtual-residency-project


Virtual Residency Project: Mission Accomplished

Wed Sep 10, 2008 00:00 - Tue Sep 09, 2008

Mission Accomplished, the culmination of Location One's Virtual Residency Project, is on view from September 10-November 8, 2008.

below is the press release:

A satirist from Berlin…
   … a metaverse scholar from Tokyo…
      … and an artist from New York…
      … create joint work - without meeting in person

They can. They have. Location One presents “Mission Accomplished,” a virtual-residency collaboration of Hidenori Watanave (Tokyo), Susanne Berkenheger (Berlin), and Andy Deck (New York). Their work, prepared without ever meeting face-to-face, uses Google Earth, Second Life, wikis and blog technologies - not to mention old-fashioned hand-printed Agitprop posters - to address the forthcoming U.S. Presidential election.

“Mission Accomplished” will be on view at Location One’s project gallery, September 10 to November 8, 2008. The opening is 6 to 8 p.m. September 10. Virtual audiences will be able to view and participate in the work at http://location1.org/missionaccomplished.

“The tools of tele-collaboration have become incredible rich and powerful in the ten years of our
existence,” said Location One executive director Claire Montgomery. “We were founded on the
themes of collaboration, technological experimentation and social consciousness. When we found
that three talents this interesting were willing to take on the elections together, how could we resist?
You have to see what they did.”

Susanne Berkenheger (Berlin) is an author and journalist, who writes for "SPAM", the satirical
section of German magazine Der Spiegel. She has been involved in projects in Second Life and
"Chat Theatre". http://spiegel.de/spam

Hidenori Watanave (Tokyo) is Associate Professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University, and is
researching 3Di (Second Life) and 3DGIS (Google Earth). He is interested in collaborative work in
the realms of Architecture and Environmental Design in tele-existence and the metaverse.

Andy Deck (NYC) is an artist specializing in Internet media. His work addresses the politics and
aesthetics of collaboration, interactivity, software, and independent media. Deck combines code,
text, sound, and image, demonstrating new patterns of participation and control that distinguish
online presence and representation from previous artistic practices.

“The works in this virtual residency demonstrate ways in which presence and participation can be
abstract and conceptual. From different points of view, they represent how Internet media and tele-
presence have expanded the scope of the 2008 U.S. presidential election to global proportions.” -
Andy Deck

The three artists all speak English, and all are fluent in Internet media. They were given no restrictions other than not meeting in person, and no directions other than the topic of the forthcoming Presidential election. Heather Wagner, director of online exhibitions, coordinated the project for Location One.

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 10, 2008 6-8PM
(open to the public)

EXHIBITION DATES: September 10-November 8, 2008
HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday 12-6PM

for more information or hi-res images, please email heather@location1.org


Jean Shin Artist Talk at Location One

Wed Jul 16, 2008 00:00 - Wed Jul 09, 2008

A Conversation with Jean Shin and Nathalie Anglès on The Topic of Her Exhibition And we move
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 7pm
Free admission, Open to the public
at Location One 26 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

Jean Shin's current exhibition at Location One And we move is an installation that explores the nature of music and musical production by analyzing some of its fundamental structures: the score, the conductor, the magnetic tape on which is it is recorded. A site-specific work developed during her residency at Location One, "And we move" incorporates large-scale inkjet prints, magnetic tape, and a video projection depicting just the back of a conductor's shirt as he leads an orchestra, the folds undulating with each of his movements. We don't see his arms or the musicians, but the quiet passages and dramatic swells of the music (Ma Vlast (My Country), by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana, and Ibert’s Flute Concerto) are expressed in the rippling shadows and folds of the fabric. The exhibition is on view at Location One through July 26, 2008.

Artist Jean Shin will talk about her work with Director of Location One's International Residency Program, Nathalie Anglès on Wednesday, July 16 at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Virtual Residency at Location One ~ deadline extended to 5/15/08

Thu May 15, 2008 00:00

United States Minor Outlying Islands

Location One Virtual Residency Project
***Deadline extended to May 15, 2008!***

Call for Participation
Submissions Deadline: May 15, 2008
Dates of Residency: June 1-November 4, 2008

Location One presents its first ever "Virtual Residency Project" in the form of a call to artists and other creative individuals with the express purpose of fostering collaboration and creativity across geographical expanses and areas of expertise around the topic of the 2008 US Presidential Election. The goal of this residency is to find 3 participants who are not necessarily physically proximate but who are willing to collaborate with other artists, engineers, scientists, writers, musicians, poets, and activists to develop a project using such non-F2F (face to face) interfaces such as webcams, email, chat, video, blogs, Second Life, MIDI, skype, walkie-talkie, snail mail, radio or POTS (plain old telephone service), tin cans on string, or any other means of collaboration to develop a project that will be presented at Location One in the fall of 2008, in advance of the US Presidential election.

The theme can be interpreted as broadly or as literally as the participants would like, and the project will be developed collaboratively by the 3 individuals chosen for this residency project. Yes, they will mostly likely be three strangers who have never collaborated with each other before.

Location One will provide an area on its website where the project can develop publically through blogging, video, audio or other means.

Acceptable forms of Submission:
Please send CV, url or any materials to virtualresidency@location1.org by midnight May 15, 2008. Please include a few lines describing why you are interested in a collaborative virtual residency. Proposals for specific projects are not necessary.

What kind of work should it be?
The project will be developed wholly by the participants. Location One can provide curatorial and technical assistance, but the final work will be created "offsite" or online. Online performance, remote music jam, streaming video, blogs, flash animations, radio transmissions, podcasts, Second Life theatre, iChat panel discussions, remote-controlled MIDI robot kittens acting out the debates are all examples of acceptable forms that the project may take. We are leaving the parameters intentionally broad in the hopes that it will elicit deeply creative responses to this topic.