CONT3XT.NET
Since 2006
Works in Vienna Austria

BIO
CONT3XT.NET is a Vienna-based initiative founded in January 2006 by Sabine Hochrieser, Michael Kargl, Birgit Rinagl and Franz Thalmair. Programmatically, this group of artists, curators and authors—their different roles and functions sometimes regarded strictly, sometimes as a fluid continuum—work at the basis of contemporary visual, textual and networked practices. Starting from the idea of the context as the most indecisive and variable but relevant constraint of any situation, the collective reflects upon the spatial, temporal, discursive as well as the institutional framework that conceptual artistic practices (on the Internet and elsewhere) are rooted in today.
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DISCUSSION

Blackness for Sale (2001) - Keith Obadike


hi marc,

in fact, I think this is just the natural process a - more or less private and successful - initiative has to go through: -- founding at a time when nothing else is there -- becoming powerful with the contributions of many leaders -- cosolidation by commercialisation -- struggle for survival as "top dog" for reasons of stagnation -- and then?

what i am wondering about is that - apart from "exhibitions and events, commissioning, daily art news" - there is only a little "in-depth criticism" as described in the mission statement. net art, new media art, media art, media-affiliated art, internet-aware art needs more criticism - that's what I am trying to say, perhaps in a bit long-winded way ;)

best, fratha

DISCUSSION

Blackness for Sale (2001) - Keith Obadike


@ curt cloninger
I think that the emphasis on "form" is necessary in the visual arts field, but - and this might be the point - it is not the only category art can be classified under. What i am missing in the "content"-part of many of the arworks published at Rhizome - I do not want to say that there is no content, but, that the contextualisation in art history, technology, philosophy and society is missing - there is only a little criticism and too much affirmative writing about it. To me, this seems a bit like the discussions about "political art", where the problem develops the other way around: not the "form" but the "content" is the main emphasis, not the "how", but the "why" - only both of them - on the same level - can be taken into account when it comes to talk about art, no?

@ Michael Szpakowski
*less stuff* wouldn't make it better at all. I think Rhizome is doing a really good job by displaying and disseminating a lot of different works and artistic practices. But yet, if the only parameters of choice are "0" and "1", "including" and "excluding" and if there is only a little criticism, it will be(come) a kind of PR-machine. I think Rhizome should not be a blog-like, copy-pasting magazine, but, rather a critical tool for the - still missing - implementation of the so called new media in the traditional art world.

EVENT

TIMEBASED, IN PRINCIPLE


Dates:
Wed Jun 17, 2009 00:00 - Tue Jun 09, 2009

Location:
Austria

TIMEBASED, IN PRINCIPLE
Performance, screening and installations by:
+ Siegfried A. Fruhauf
+ Michael Kargl, aka carlos katastrofsky
+ Joerg Piringer

Location: http://fluc.at (Fluc am Praterstern)
Date: 06-17-2009, 9pm
Information: http://cont3xt.net/blog/?p=1356

The exhibition TIMEBASED, IN PRINCIPLE in the Viennese club Fluc presents three artists whose practice in the fields of film/video, visual arts and literature is immediately interwoven with the principle of time. Without remaining on a formalistic level Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Michael Kargl (aka carlos katastrofsky) and Joerg Piringer combine questions of material and form with the discursive dimensions of contemporary media art. Alongside the traces of time - created on its way from the past to the future - the artists reflect the momentariness and ephemerality of medial manifestations as well as the parameters of perception which are bound to it. As a moment in a continuum, as a continuity of a procedure, as a sequence of events: time is the starting point to go beyond the strings of existence of the different media, it does not grind the circuit of (self-)reflections to a halt.

Project powered by:
Cultural Department of the City of Vienna
Fluc am Praterstern


DISCUSSION

DISCUSSION

Internet-based Art in the Real Space


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TRANS.FORM.WORK | THREE CASE STUDIES OF INTERNET-BASED ART IN THE REAL SPACE
By Sabine Hochrieser, carlos katastrofsky (Michael Kargl), Franz Thalmair

http://cont3xt.net/blog/?p=1270

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"Translation is a mode." (Walter Benjamin) - Why is it still easier to get an entire museum collection on the Internet than to get a single work of Internet-based Art in a museum space? As with the nature of this question, both aspects have to be taken into account: the field of Internet-based Art with its media-specifics, as well as the mechanisms which allow institutions to continue to filter what the public at large understands to be art. Within this balancing act between independent/anti-institutional and institutional/commercial work, a transfer of artworks created in and for the Internet into a setting which is normally dedicated to the presentation of highly valued forms of art, can only be developed from case to case and according to what the typology of the actual artwork requires. Internet-based Art is in a constant shift between the daily news and its own history, between commercial/political interests and the activism against it, between technological innovation and the cultural context, technology is embedded in and finally it oscillates between an expanded field of artistic practices and its well defined precursors - many reasons why it is stuck in a home-made ghetto between "the two cultures". In this regard, the essay TRANS.FORM.WORK reflects upon strategies of how artistic creation on the Internet and the translational processes of its re-formulation in the real space can be combined to develop appropriate presentational modes, suitable for both sides and finally dissolving the still existing dichotomies in favour of interdisciplinary discourse.

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The essay was presented at the 3RD INCLUSIVA-NET MEETING: "NET.ART (SECOND EPOCH). The Evolution of Artistic Creation in the Net-system.", organised by Medialab-Prado Madrid and Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires. All presentations will be available online (English/Spanish) soon.

http://medialab-prado.es/inclusiva-net

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