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EVENT

Here we are - there we go!


Dates:
Sat May 09, 2009 00:00 - Wed Apr 29, 2009

Location:
Netherlands

8, 9 and 10 May 2009 - 30 years NIMk open house weekend

Symposium Friday 8 May from 9:00 - 18:00 hrs Trouwgebouw Amsterdam
Projection on the NIMk building by Jan van Nuenen Friday and Saturday starting at sunset
Open house Saturday 9 May 12:00 - 21:00 hrs
Party Saturday 9 May 21:00 - 03:00 hrs
Open huis Sunday 10 May 12:00 - 18:00 hrs

The Netherlands Media Art Institute is 30 years old! We're going to celebrate that with a long weekend full of discussions, visual art and technology. We raise a glass to the future, and invite everyone to join us in thinking about the art of tomorrow, about media art and digital culture in all shapes and varieties. What fundamental changes are heading our way as a result of technological innovation? What influence is the digital environment of tomorrow having on art and artists today? And what does all this mean for an institute like the Media Art Institute?

From May 8 through 10 there are presentations, performances, interventions, installations and projections in, on and around our building on the Keizersgracht.
Especially for the 30 years anniversary Jan van Nuenen has adapted his newest interactive installation Physics Distorter 1.1 to the architecture of the NIMk building on the Keizersgracht and will show this starting at sunset on Friday and Saturday. Marnix de Nijs shows his latest interactive installation Expoded views - Remapping Firenze. And there are installations by Lilia Perez Romero, Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand, Constant Dullaart, Adad Hannah and Niklas Roy.
There is a symposium in the Trouwgebouw, where we talk about the future of media art together with artists, people from the field of culture, thinkers and innovators, under the title 'Positions in flux'. We're holding an Open House the whole weekend: the public is invited to drop in for conversations with Erwin Olaf, Driessens & Verstappen, eddie d and Constant Dullaart in an open and relaxed atmosphere, to view the results from the Artlab, admire the designs for a new media art-mobile, see our newly refurbished mediatheque, the preservation and the video postproduction will give tours and of course there will be lots of media art to see and experience. During the 'Open Platform: Think Ahead!' artists can make their pitch for new projects, one of which will finally be honored with a grant toward realisation. In the online project 'How I fell in love with Media Art' everyone who wants to can upload a short film, text or audio fragment in which they testify to their love for media art. Tell us - and others - why media art is one of the great loves of your life! Finally, there is a PARTY with performances by feedbacksociety, TokTek vs MNK and Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand and the dj collective RedNoseDistrikt. On Sunday you can relax in the feedbacklounge with a videoprogram from the NIMk collection with works by eddie d, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Seoungho Cho, Elodie Pong, Thomas Mohr and Semiconductor.On Saturday and Sunday there will be workshops for young and old. From May 8 through 10 you can meet the past, present and future in the Netherlands Media Art Institute.

SYMPOSIUM
Positions in flux: artists and institutions in the networked society
Location: Trouwgebouw Amsterdam
The symposium will center on some of the major parameters for the current and future development of contemporary art. In particular it will reflect on the aspect of cultural sustainability of art projects, art and technology initiatives and art curating.
Entrance 15,- (students 10,-) More information and registration http://www.nimk.nl/en/index\_agenda.php?cat=l&id=297

Program subject to change more details: http://www.nimk.nl
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Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst
kleizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
http://www.nimk.nl
info@nimk.nl

mede mogelijk
gemaakt door / with the kind support of:
Mondriaan Stichting; het Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; powered by BeamSystems; Gemeente Amsterdam, CCCS, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; met medewerking van de Algemene Afvaardiging van Québec te Brussel.


EVENT

Positions in flux: symposium


Dates:
Fri May 08, 2009 00:00 - Wed Apr 29, 2009

Location:
Netherlands

The symposium 'Positions in flux: On the changing role of the artist and institution in the networked society' will center on some of the major parameters for the current and future development of contemporary art. In particular it will reflect on the aspect of cultural sustainability of art projects, art and technology initiatives and art curating.

'Positions in flux' will give floor to international artists, theoreticians, critics, cultural producers and aims to initiate a truly critical debate. The symposium is designed for a broad audience working in the field of contemporary culture and art, with a desire to understand what comes ahead and how to respond to these changes on an artistic or institutional level. 'Positions in flux' will provide a platform and “thinkspace” for artists, cultural workers, theoreticians and a broader public to envision the future in our field and to provide us with the necessary information to make choices for a meaningful and sustainable development of society and culture.

The three panel discussions follow a clear thematic scheme and try to bring in as much expertise and viewpoints as possible. The panels are interlinked and designed to initiate an ongoing discussion among the participants.

The symposium will be streamed from the symposium venue, Trouw Amsterdam. Online audiences will have the opportunity to participate in the debate in online chat. The results of the debate and its main contributions are reviewed and published online on the new Media Art Platform. www.mediaartplatform.org.

The symposium is part of the 'Here we are - There we go' programme at the Netherlands Media Art Institute, May 8th - 10th, 2009 which takes place on the occasion of the Institute’s 30th anniversary. 'Here we are - There we go' celebrates the Institute’s achievements in these thirty years and plans for the future with an inspiring open house weekend of artist talks, performances, installations, tours and a party. More information:
http://www.nimk.nl/en/index\_agenda.php?cat=l&id=298

The conference language is English.
Please contact: jkamp@nimk.nl

ENTRANCE
15 euro (Students 10 euro). You can buy your ticket in advance at the reception of the NIMk (sale starts May 1th) or you can pay at the venue location until a half hour before the symposium starts.
Including tea, coffee, reception at the NIMk at the end of the day

Speakers and panels
Please note that speakers and times are subject to change.

9:00 - 10:00 Registration
9:45 Welcome by Heiner Holtappels, director of NIMk
10:00 On the changing role of the artist and institution in the networked society by Susanne Jaschko, curator of Positions in Flux and chief curator NIMk

10.30 - 12.30 Panel 1: Art goes politics
In this session we will discuss the potential of art to contribute to global and local problems such as religious conflicts, environmental or social crisis. Or is art constrained to raising awareness only? Should art become an agency for political and social affairs at all? How to successfully implement and conduct art projects in zones of crisis? How far do these projects benefit from the dubious attention of the mass media?

Wafaa Bilal, artist (IQ/US)
Bilal grew up under the repression and violence of the Baathist regime in Iraq and considers himself a political artist, dealing with war and oppression, and the Iraqi experience. Bilal's 2007 dynamic installation ‘Domestic Tension’ placed him on the receiving end of a paintball gun that was accessible online to a worldwide audience, 24 hours a day. Newsweek called the project “breathtaking” and the Chicago Tribune called the month-long piece 'one of the sharpest works of political art to be seen in a long time.' He is assistant professor at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
http://www.wafaabilal.com

Hans Bernhard (AT), artist, UBERMORGEN.COM
UBERMORGEN.COM is an artist duo created in Vienna, Austria, by Lizvlx and Hans Bernhard, a founder of etoy. UBERMORGEN.COM’s open circuit of conceptual art, drawing, software art, pixelpainting, computer installations, net.art, sculpture and digital activism (media hacking) transforms their brand into a hybrid Gesamtkunstwerk. The computer and the network are (ab)used to create art and combine its multiple forms. The permanent amalgamation of fact and fiction points toward an extremely expanded concept of one’s working materials, that for UBERMORGEN.COM also include (international) rights, democracy and global communication (input-feedback loops). Lately UBERMORGEN.COM generated a lot of media attention with their projects ‘The Sound of Ebay,’ ‘Amazon Noir - The Big Book Crime’ and ‘GWEI - Google Will Eat Itself.’
http://www.ubermorgen.com

Knowbotic Research, artist group (DE/CH), artist in residence at NIMk 2008/2009
While the earlier, network-based projects by Knowbotic Research had concentrated on structures important to virtual networks, their recent test cases emphasise the aspect of transcoding in real spaces. By 'transcoding', Knowbotic Research mean the translation of abstract social and political facts and conditions which are removed from the classical public sphere, into situations that can temporarily be observed and negotiated.
http://www.krcf.org

Moderated by Chris Keulemans, writer and journalist (NL)
‘Art After Crisis’ is a website by traveling writer Chris Keulemans. Ever since his first visit to wartime Sarajevo (BA), he has been fascinated by the way artists re-invent their work, their city and their life after a period of war or dictatorship. Their art often occupies empty spaces in a city struggling to recover. It finds a place for traumatic and violent memories, it mirrors the shaky present and it looks forward while others are still paralysed.
http://roadtrip.submarinechannel.com/content/view.jsp?mapid=5986&itemid=4897&menu=true

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 - 15.30 Panel 2: New territories and cultures of the digital
This panel will look at the geographical shift that media culture currently undergoes and that will shape the future of this field. In the past, Europe, North America and Japan were at the forefront of digital production, design, art and technological research. Now that digital technologies become available at lower prices and spread more widely on the globe, new digital communities flourish. This panel looks specifically at new initiatives and bottom-up organisations in other parts of the world such as East Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America, trying to understand what characterizes these initiatives. In how far do local and national cultures shape digital culture? Do these initiatives share common experiences and challenges, or is there no common ground to be found? Which kind of art arises from these new nodes on the digital map? How can we support the growth and establishment of these organisations?

Nat Muller, independent curator and critic (NL)
Muller is an independent curator and critic, based in Rotterdam with a specific focus on (new) media and art in the Middle East, media and politics and the intersections of aesthetics. She has held positions as project curator at V2\_, Institute for Unstable Media (Rotterdam) and De Balie, Centre for Culture and Politics (Amsterdam). She has taught at the Willem de Kooning Academy (NL), the Lebanese American University in Beirut (LB), ALBA (Beirut) and A.U.D (Dubai). Recently, she was curator-in-residence at The Townhouse Gallery in Cairo.

Bronac Ferran (UK), researcher, consultant and founding member of bricolabs
Ferran’s current projects include a cultural mapping of digital culture in Brazil for SICA in the Netherlands. The bricolabs initiative links individuals and grassroots organisations working with media technologies in a hands-on, DIY way, across the world. Bricolabs was heavily informed by developments in social technology settings in Brazil particularly work there with recycled materials and collaborative approaches to knowledge sharing, open source and free software. Ferran is also Senior Research Tutor at the Royal College of Art in London, for the Industrial Design Engineering Department.
http://www.boundaryobject.org

Marcus Neustetter, media artist, curator and co-founder of Trinity Session (ZA)
Neustetter is conducting research and developing projects in the field of new media art. In 2000 he launched sanman (Southern African New Media Art Network), a resource that promotes new media art and technology amongst audiences and artists in Southern Africa and networks companies, institutions and individuals that share similar interest in this field. In his role as facilitator, curator and cultural producer he is actively developing new projects that blur the boundaries of the traditional application of the creative idea. These processes involve both workshop programmes and development strategies of practitioners and audiences of digital and electronic art in a third world context, investigating the possibilities of sustainable relationships to the existing under-supported art structure and current development of corporate new media activity.
http://www.onair.co.za/thetrinitysession/index\_temp.html

Péter György, theoretician, advisor of Kitchen Budapest (HU)
Prof. György is the Head of the Film, Media and Cultural Studies Graduate Program at ELTE and is now involved in the establishment of a Curatorial Studies and a New Media Master program with the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and the University of Drama, Film and Television, Budapest respectively. György was strongly involved in setting up Kitchen Budepest together with Telekom, the medialab’s major partner. György will talk about the strategy behind this partnership, the politics of corporate relations and the values it creates for corporate partners.
http://www.kitchenbudapest.hu
http://emc.elte.hu/phd/mmi\_en/peter-gyoergy

Moderated by Rob van Kranenburg, thinker, networker and author (NL/BE)
Van Kranenburg has been teaching at various schools in the Netherlands (UvA, EMMA Interaction Design, Industrial Design). Currently he works as the Head of the Public Domain Program at Waag Society. He is author of ‘The Internet of Things.’

For this session we will ask initiatives and organisations around the world to come up with a short written or a 1 minute video statement about challenges they face in the future.

These contributions will be shown during the panel.

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 - 18.00 Panel 3: Open Source - A scheme for art production and curating?
This session deals with the concept of open source for art production and its presentation. The open source movement is driven by the idea of collective, process-based, sustainable production and improvement. In software development this strategy has already proven to be valid; however can this model be applied to other products such as artworks or even exhibitions? In how far does the open source model differ from other forms of artistic collaboration? Is there a new role model for both the artist and the curator in the future? Which (economic) value and impact has expertise in open source production? How could institutions and organisations respond to this trend? How could institutions and organisations respond to this trend and create public domains?

Jaromil, dyne.org and researcher at NIMk
Denis 'Jaromil' Roio is the main author of the GNU/Linux Live CD Dyne:bolic as well as of a number of audiovisual tools. He is also an artist who has been part of international exhibitions such as CODeDOC II by the Whitney Museum Artport and speaker on conferences such as Ars Electronica. Inspired by Richard Stallman's 'free as in free speech' approach as well as liberatory politics, Jaromil seeks to transgress borders between art and code, social activism and research and development.
http://jaromil.dyne.org/journal/

Femke Snelting (NL) and Renée Turner (US)
De Geuzen is a foundation for multi-visual research and the collaborative identity of Riek Sijbring, Femke Snelting and Renée Turner. Since 1996 they have employed a variety of tactics to explore female identity, narratives of the archive and media image ecologies. Their work has been featured in events, publications and spaces such as Manifesta 2, Mute, NIMK, Peacock Visual Arts and Furtherfield.org. Exhibitions, workshops and online projects operate as thematic framing devices where the group investigates and tests ideas collectively with different publics. Characterising what they do as research, their work is open-ended, values processes of exchange and promotes critical interrogation.
http://www.geuzen.org

Marcos Garcia, director of Interactivos, Medialab Prado (ES)
Medialab-Prado is aimed at the production, research, and dissemination of digital culture and operates at the intersection of art, science, technology, and society. Its primary objective is to create a structure where both research and production are processes permeable to user participation. It has developed a unique workshop model for collaborative art production and knowledge transfer.
http://www.medialab-prado.es

Joasia Krysa, curator, founder of KURATOR (PL/UK)
KURATOR is a cultural organisation operating as a curatorial agency and research platform at the intersection of art and technology. It has a particular interest in an emerging discourse and practice that links curating with software and networks. Krysa’s recent curatorial projects include openKURATOR, an open submission and presentation platform developed by KURATOR. She is the editor of ‘Curating Immateriality’ (Autonomedia, New York 2006) and lecturer/researcher at the AZTEC (Art Science Technology Consortium at the University of Plymouth.)
http://www.kurator.org

Moderated by Josephine Bosma, theoretician and critic (nl)
For more than 15 years Bosma’s focus has been on media art and media theory. She has published numerous interviews and essays in book collections and in magazines including Mute (UK), Telepolis (D), UHK (NO), and Switch (USA). She played a key part in organizing the radio part of the Next 5 Minutes 2 and Next 5 Minutes 3 festivals, and has edited the streaming media sections of the nettime book, ReadMe and the N5M3 workbook.
http://laudanum.net/bosma

19.30h. Drinks at Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keizersgracht 264
Amsterdam
http://www.nimk.nl


OPPORTUNITY

Invitation for media initiatives


Deadline:
Wed May 06, 2009 00:00

Location:
Netherlands

On May 8, 2009, the Netherlands Media Art Institute will hold the symposium ‘Positions in flux: On the changing role of the artist and the institution’ in Amsterdam. Please find the symposium’s programme attached to this email.

The second panel is dedicated to the ‘new nodes in the digital map’, i.e. new media (art) initiatives and organisations such as yours. We would like to get a better understanding of the local situation in which these new initiatives and groups establish themselves and which artistic practices derives from it. What are the challenges that you have to face and how do you envision the future of your initiative?

You can participate in our debate not only by watching the live stream of the symposium. We will also enable an online live chat which will be visible at the symposium’s venue. So-called ‘chat agents’ and the moderators will pick up questions and comments from that live chat and include them in the debate. The links to the chat and the stream will to be found on our website www.nimk.nl .We are hoping for your participation in the debate.

In addition to this you could also send us a 2 minutes max video (or the link to it) in which you explain your situation, artistic practices and vision. We would screen these contributions during the symposium, during or before the second panel. Moreover we would publish the videos or links on the media art platform http://www.mediaartplatform.org.
This gives you the chance to promote your activities and inform the symposium’s attendees about your work which will hopefully result in new connections and collaborations.

Please send us your material before May 6, 2009 to elena@nimk.nl
We are looking forward to hearing from you.

With kind regards,
Susanne Jaschko
Chief curator Netherlands Media Art Institute

Please see the programme of the symposium at http://www.nimk.nl/en/index\_agenda.php?cat=l&id=297

The symposium is part of the 'Here we are - There we go' programme at the Netherlands Media Art Institute, May 8th - 10th, 2009 which takes place on the occasion of the Institute’s 30th anniversary. 'Here we are - There we go' celebrates the Institute’s achievements in these thirty years and plans for the future with an inspiring open house weekend of artist talks, performances, installations, tours and a party. More information:
http://www.nimk.nl/en/index\_agenda.php?cat=l&id=298

Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
http://www.nimk.nl


EVENT

In Search of the Unknown


Dates:
Fri Feb 13, 2009 00:00 - Thu Feb 05, 2009

NIMk exhibition

IN SEARCH OF THE UNKNOWN
February 14 2009 - April 25, 2009
opening 13 February 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

During the opening performance by foamlab and installation by Antoine Schmitt

Neïl Beloufa (FR), Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács (NL), Heman Chong (MY), Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone (UK), Johannes Heldén (SE), Sebastian Diaz Morales (AR/NL), Ann Lislegaard (NO), r a d i o q u a l i a (NZ), Semiconductor (UK), Mark Aerial Waller (UK)

In Search of the Unknown is situated in a strange place, at an unfamiliar time, in the midst of visions of the future that pursue the present and the nightmare of there being no future at all. In the first exhibition of 2009, at a moment when the -financial- prospects for the world are most uncertain, the search for the unknown and unimaginable and the friction between past, present and future is central. The science fiction author J.G. Ballard even writes that 'the present has annexed the future'. According to him 'we learn to live thinking that everything happens at the same time.'

This friction between the past, the present and the undreamed-of is the starting point for In Search of the Unknown. In the works shown documentary, science, fantasy and (science)fiction rub elbows or even flow into one another. Works by Neil Beloufa, Mark Aerial Waller, Johannes Heldén, Ann Lislegaard, Heman Chong and Graham Ellarde & Stephen Johnstone uncover the tension between the future and the past in the present. Sebastian Diaz Morales shows images which, as a continuum of the present, could stand as signs of the future - in reaction to Ballard's words above. Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukacs and Semiconductor take 'scientific' research into the still unknowable or inconceivable as their point of departure, and with 'Radio Astronomy' r a d i o q u a l i a lets us hear unfamiliar sounds from the cosmos.

Science fiction functions as one of the artistic instruments for the artists in the exhibition In Search of the Unknown. Science fiction in fact uses the means of the present to sketch a possible future - precisely a process which paradoxically makes that future into the present. At the same time, as a matter of course science fiction stories about the future are overtaken by time and end up in the past (as has happened with Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey).

Extra Programme at the opening night February 13th

Hard Landing
When astronauts, after their umpteenth mission in space, re-enter the earth's ionosphere, edge their way through the endless layers of space debris and set foot on the planet, who still welcomes them? Who is there waiting for them? http://fo.am/
Foamlab presents: Johannes Sterk and Elias Tieleman after their return to earth.
Arrival: Friday February 13th at 18:00 h.

Antoine Schmitt with light installation TIME SLIP
On the screen, a news ticker constantly displays scrolling textual news, but these news are conjugated at the future tense: "the NASDAQ will drop 4.3 points today", "A plane crash in Madrid will kill 153 people", "The Giants will crush the RedSocks 10 to 3".. Apart from the tense of the verbs, all the news are completely true...
It is as if he was projected in the past of a few hours and that someone told him the future. Or for someone who would not already know the news, it would be like if an oracle would tell her the future in advance. It is a work that introduces a crack in the flow of time. All the more because it uses graphic codes and display contexts usually attached to real news.
TIME SLIP is a programmed generative artwork based on a custom software that feeds from the official news agencies and changes the tense of selected news from past or present to future tense. www.gratin.org/timeslip

List of works:

Neïl Beloufa, Kempinski, 2007, 13'58'' min. Collection NIMk

Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, Manifest Destiny, 2009, HD, 17' min.
Made possible by the Netherlands Film Fund and the Rijksakademie.

Heman Chong, Kryptonite, 2008, from the series "Surfacing", Courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space

Heman Chong, Until The End Of The World (Paused), 2009

Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone, Proposal, for an unmade film (set in the future), 2007, 21' min.

Johannes Heldén, The Prime Directive, 2006, internet piece (Flash), Originally published by Afsnit

Ann Lislegaard, SCIENCE FICTION\_3112 (after 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick), 2007 , 8'30'' min. loop, Courtesy Galerie Paul Andriesse

Sebastian Diaz Morales, Oracle, 2007, 11' min. , Produced by HERMÈS

r a d i o q u a l i a (Adam Hyde & Honor Harger), Radio Astronomy, 2004 - 2009
Sound Installation

Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman & Joe Gerhardt), Do You Think Science..., 2006, 12'15'' min.
Collection NIMk

Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman & Joe Gerhardt), Magnetic Movie, 2007, 4'56'' min.
Collection NIMk

Mark Aerial Waller, Superpower - Dakar Chapter, 2004, 14' min.
Courtesy of the artist and Rodeo, Istanbul

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Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday and the first Sunday of the month (March 1, April 5) from 1300 - 1800. Entrance 4,50 (2,50 with discount). With Museumkaart free entrance

Thanks to BeamSystems, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and National Arts Council of Singapore.

For more information / Images: Marieke Istha, Communication istha@nimk.nl

Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
http://www.nimk.nl


EVENT

Speaking Out Loud


Dates:
Sat Nov 15, 2008 00:00 - Mon Oct 06, 2008

Speaking Out Loud
15 November 2008 - 17 January 2009
Opening 14 November 5:00 p.m.

Artists participating: Tim Etchells (UK) and Vlatka Horvat (CRO), Mukul Patel (UK) and Manu Luksch (AT), Charles Sandison (UK), Christoph Keller (DE), Jaromil (IT) and Jodi (NL), Linda Hilfling (DEN), KH Jeron (DE), Tudor Bratu (RO) and Istvan Ist Huzjan (SLO), Michael Höpfel (DE), Trikoton (DE), Evan Roth (US)

Intervention at the opening by Omer Krieger (IL) and performance at the opening by Bas Boettcher (DE)

Curator: Susanne Jaschko
Kindly supported by the Goethe Institute Amsterdam, BeamSystems and Jacot Audiovisueel

Speaking Out Loud centers on the processes of both “thinking out loud” and “speaking out.” Thinking out loud describes the associative, dynamic and rather uncontrolled process of simultaneously thinking and speaking about a particular topic. We think out loud to make a suggestion, to put forward an idea or a thought rather than to make a claim. Speaking Out Loud advocates this free and creative process of thinking out loud through artworks that enable a playful and surprising experience of language. This happens in the form of what could be summarised as experimental language exercises or canny transformations and alternations of language.

Meanwhile the act of speaking out demonstrates resistance and the existence of alternative concepts and views. As a democratic act it constitutes a cornerstone of democratic society. In that sense, the exhibition promotes the idea of controversy, dissent and debate as a relevant society shaping strategy. In the light of representative democracies, low voter participation and increasingly levelled concepts of life, Speaking Out Loud attempts to call for taking an active role in the debate. Moreover it explores the subversive power of spoken or written text but also unmasks the inflationary and culturally connoted use of words and phrases.

The artworks in the exhibition deal with the act of speaking, reading and writing. They particularly reflect on and emphasise the performative qualities of language and thus reveal the strong and inseparable connection between words' meaning and their performance/performer.
Renowned novelist Paul Auster captured the act of speaking as “When words come out, fly into the air, live for a moment, and die. Strange, is it not?” It is this fluidity and dynamics of language and its meaning that the exhibition centers on, observes and reflects.

In this fluid state, words fly and dance, thus enabling a mental dialogue between the artwork and its viewer/listener, and opening up to continuous interpretation.
The exhibition mainly presents works of Dutch and English language. Thereby it also reflects on a world in which vast distances are bridged with relative facility but where language remains a system of cultural “multivalence.”

List of works:
Insults and Praises by Tim Etchells (UK) and Vlatka Horvat (CRO)
A New and Exciting Experience by Mukul Patel (UK) and Manu Luksch (AT)
Good and Evil by Charles Sandison (UK)
Interpreters by Christoph Keller (DE)
Time Based Text by Jaromil (IT) and Jodi (NL)
Gate peepin' and Misspelling Generator by Linda Hilfling (DEN)
Horde by KH Jeron (DE)
A Speech Organ by Tudor Bratu (RO) and Istvan Ist Huzjan (SLO)
Text and Semiotic Collider by Michael Höpfel (DE)
Gelsomina by Trikoton (DE)
Explicit Content Only by Evan Roth (US)

Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
http://www.nimk.nl
info@nimk.nl