Michael Szpakowski
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Re: Net Art News submission


Ivan
In the main I agree absolutely with you.
One of the reasons I wanted to make 'An Enemy of the
People' is precisely that I think in a way my father's
experience was actually a sort of 'everyman'
experience .( in fact he was originally sentenced to
20 years but was amnestied in '41 when Hitler turned
on Stalin)
What I don't share is your fatalism.
I believe we can and must learn from the past.
Not only do I think the piece about my Dad is relevant
to the question of unjust imprisonment today whether
it be in Guantanamo Bay or Beijing, I also think it's
relevant to the witch hunt against asylum seekers
going on in the UK currently.
When my father came to Britain as a refugee he was
welcomed with open arms ( as cheap labour I suspect)-
today the Sun calls Poles and Slovaks- 'The White
Trash of Europe'
That's why I took time off doing arty type things a
couple of weeks back to march for asylum seekers
rights ( 'they're welcome here!'- that's my kind of
slogan) and likewise on a number of occasions
recently to protest US and British imperialism im
Afghanistan.
I remain optimistic that it is worth struggling for a
world where one day these sorts of things will seem
like a bad dream.
Having said that- what do you think of the piece?
best
michael

--- Ivan Pope <ivan@ivanpope.com> wrote:
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Michael Szpakowski
>
>
> 'An Enemy of the People'
>
>
>
http://www.somedancersandmusicians.com/enemy/AnEnemyOfThePeople.html
>
> Arrested on a trumped up charge in 1939 by Joseph
> Stalin's secret police the NKVD, Lukasz Szpakowski
> spent the next two years as a slave labourer in the
> giant Russian system of penal camps, the Gulag.
> Two years ago, aged 87, he was interviewed at
> length by his son, the UK composer and net artist
> Michael Szpakowski.
>
> Ivan sez:
> Only two years, he was lucky.
> The US governmet has started placing people in its
> own gulag. Recently a US citizen was seized off a
> plane and condemned by the President and all his
> henchmen as a terrorist. Handed over to the US army,
> this individual has disappeared into an army camp.
> The people and the courts, fearful for all sorts of
> reasons, refuse to condemn this action or other
> similar actions How many years these people will
> spend in the US gulag, who knows. Hopefully, when
> they are 87 they will be interviewed by their own
> children and art will be made about their
> experiences. We won't learn from it, of course, as
> we never can.
>

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Re: Lee Marvin Toolbox


It's great -worth persisting with, even to the extent
of going to somebody else's place, comandeering their
computer and watching it there.
So frustrating when you've worked hard on a piece
,done all the right things and it doesn't run for some
deeply arcane reason on some particular machine.
But the piece itself- hard to say why it's great but
there's something deeply touching about it. The use of
the Lee Marvin thing is not just tedious chummy
postmodern club irony but transcends it completely.
And there's something about the way the various
windows pop up against the background of the cheesy
and yet rather beautiful song that again I have to say
is *moving*. So hard often to say exactly why one
thing feels like authentic art and another phony but
this piece definitely does it for me. They were right
to give it a prize.
persist!
best
michael
--- furtherfield <info@furtherfield.org> wrote:
> I couldn't get it to work on pc - I thought that it
> was an ironic piece so I
> laughed very quietly...
>
> marc
>
> > i couldn't get the mac download to work.... did
> anyone get this going?
> >
> >
> > On 7/3/02 5:32 PM, "Michael Szpakowski"
> <szpako@yahoo.com> wrote:
> >
> > > This piece is tremendous!
> > > The description-
> > >
> > > <...stylistically ascribed
> > > to the young British
> > > design-school, ....Navigation on the
> > > internet his subject...
> > > .....counters them in an ironical way ....>
> > >
> > > made me fear the worst.
> > > The work is great, like a sort of multimedia Ben
> > > Marcus.
> > > Wonderful stuff!
> > > Michael
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > --- "jorn.ebner@britishlibrary.net"
> > > <jorn.ebner@britishlibrary.net> wrote:
> > >> Lee Marvin Toolbox
> > >> by
> > >> Jorn Ebner
> > >>
> > >> is now available in English translation - at
> > >> www.leemarvintoolbox.net
> > >>
> > >> Lee Marvin Toolbox was awarded the Kunstpreis
> 2001
> > >> of Medienforum M?nchen.
> > >>
> > >> The jury - Monika Fleischmann (GMD, St.
> > >> Augustin/Bonn), Gerfried Stocker
> > >> (Ars Electronica Center Linz), Tjark Ihmels
> (award
> > >> holder 2000) as well KP
> > >> Ludwig John and Ulrich M?ller (both Medienforum
> > >> M?nchen) - decided
> > >> unanimously for the project LEE MARVIN TOOLBOX
> of
> > >> London based artist Jorn
> > >> Ebner.
> > >>
> > >> Lee Marvin Toolbox is a filigree and elliptical
> work
> > >> for the internet. With
> > >> Flash animations which can be stylistically
> ascribed
> > >> to the young British
> > >> design-school, Jorn Ebner makes Navigation on
> the
> > >> internet his subject
> > >> matter and counters them in an ironical way
> with the
> > >> famous cowboy song, "I
> > >> was born under a wanderin star".
> > >>
> > >> The work is best viewed with Internet Explorer
> 5.x
> > >> and higher, and requires
> > >> a Flash5Player Plugin.
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> for further information contact:
> > >> www.medienforum.org
> > >> info@medienforum.org
> > >> jorn.ebner@britishlibrary.net
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >
> > >
> > >
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Re: Lee Marvin Toolbox


This piece is tremendous!
The description-

<...stylistically ascribed
to the young British
design-school, ....Navigation on the
internet his subject...
.....counters them in an ironical way ....>

made me fear the worst.
The work is great, like a sort of multimedia Ben
Marcus.
Wonderful stuff!
Michael

--- "jorn.ebner@britishlibrary.net"
<jorn.ebner@britishlibrary.net> wrote:
> Lee Marvin Toolbox
> by
> Jorn Ebner
>
> is now available in English translation - at
> www.leemarvintoolbox.net
>
> Lee Marvin Toolbox was awarded the Kunstpreis 2001
> of Medienforum Munchen.
>
> The jury - Monika Fleischmann (GMD, St.
> Augustin/Bonn), Gerfried Stocker
> (Ars Electronica Center Linz), Tjark Ihmels (award
> holder 2000) as well KP
> Ludwig John and Ulrich Muller (both Medienforum
> Munchen) - decided
> unanimously for the project LEE MARVIN TOOLBOX of
> London based artist Jorn
> Ebner.
>
> Lee Marvin Toolbox is a filigree and elliptical work
> for the internet. With
> Flash animations which can be stylistically ascribed
> to the young British
> design-school, Jorn Ebner makes Navigation on the
> internet his subject
> matter and counters them in an ironical way with the
> famous cowboy song, "I
> was born under a wanderin star".
>
> The work is best viewed with Internet Explorer 5.x
> and higher, and requires
> a Flash5Player Plugin.
>
>
> for further information contact:
> www.medienforum.org
> info@medienforum.org
> jorn.ebner@britishlibrary.net
>
>
>
>

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An Enemy of the People


'An Enemy of the People'

http://www.somedancersandmusicians.com/enemy/AnEnemyOfThePeople.html

Arrested on a trumped up charge in 1939 by Joseph Stalin's secret police the NKVD, Lukasz Szpakowski spent the next two years as a slave labourer in the giant Russian system of penal camps, the Gulag.
Two years ago, aged 87, he was interviewed at length by his son, the UK composer and net artist Michael Szpakowski.
From those interviews, from images of his father and the camps, from fragments of Ukrainian folk music integrated into an original musical score,Michael Szpakowski has made a piece for the net which almost entirely lacks those qualities which have come to define Net Art.
No interactivity, self referentiality or irony but simply a gripping story, straightforwardly told -
an ordinary person's moving testimony of 'midnight in the twentieth century'.

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new work - 'An Enemy of the People'


'An Enemy of the People'

A kind of documentary with music based on interviews
with Lukasz Szpakowski, a survivor of Stalin's gulag.

http://www.somedancersandmusicians.com/enemy/AnEnemyOfThePeople.html

make sure your sound is on.

michael

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