Miklos Legrady
Since the beginning
miklos@sympatico.ca
Works in Toronto Canada

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BIO
Miklos Legrady is an artist working in media/time-based art,
painting, photography, holography, performance,
and critical text.

He received a B.Sc. from the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester,
N.Y, and an M.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal.

In 1995 he was co-founder of the New York performance group"
The Collective Unconscious", where he was co-director
and performing artist for 3 years.

He has taught web design at the Fine Arts Academy in Budapest, Hungary,
and pursued digital research at the c3 /Soros Foundation.
He created the Mikidot brand on his return
to Toronto in 1998.

His work in painting and photography
is represented in the www.ccca.ca archive.
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DISCUSSION

illegitimate complaints by unimportant artists, a history of artist-run centers.


Cultural Dialogue

It often seems that art history has a linearity
in which new movements arise in the exhaustion of
a ruling idea. Pop art following abstract
expressionism, itself a reaction to the popular
taste of an earlier generation. What's pertinent
is that new movements arise in cultural
blindspots, in places considered discredited.

Renee Baert wrote in 1978 of video as a media
which suffered "virtual exclusion from
established venues of presentation" (1). This and
similar protests by other video artists
eventually led to cultural organizations
accepting video as a credible media.

Yet at first, the curatorial network replied that
these were illegitimate complaints about an
unimpressive media by unimportant artists. Which
was true; little grainy b&w video on a monitor
lacked the legitimacy of large paintings, at a
time when video's narrative functions were not
yet appreciated.

But times have changed, and I personally see,
rightly or wrongly, a stiffness and rigidity in
our approach to selecting work according to the
defined and established standards of our time,
such the linearity of political or theoric
issues. The more rigid such definitions, the
more we are excluding the catalytic "other" which
is a necessary constant in revitalizing culture.

ML

(1) Renee Baert 1978 FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA:
Artist-initiated activity in Canada, 1939-1987
edited by AA Bronson with Rene Blouin, Peggy Gale and Glenn Lewis
The Power Plant, Toronto - June 26 - August 19, 1987
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Miklos Legrady
310 Bathurst st.
Toronto ON.
M5T 2S3
416-203-1846
647-292-1846
http://www.mikidot.com

DISCUSSION

Call for videos: image vs. music


Call for propsals
Deadline 1 July 2006

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VideoChannel
http://videochannel.newmediafest.org
videochannel@newmediafest.org

is looking for digital films/videos
dealing with the interaction of image & music/sound,
a theme which is referring to the character of the festival of sonic
art (KlangDrang)
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The films/videos VideoChannel is looking for
should give image & music an equal or music even a dominating status,
which may be worked out in most different ways, for instance--->
music as the theme of the story, films reflecting music through
images and viceversa, the visalization of music, and much more.
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There are no restricting categories, the submission of experimental
works is encouraged.
The call is inviting artists to submit up to three proposals.
The deadline is 1 July 2006
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The entry information can be found on
http://netex.nmartproject.net/index.php?blog=8&catT

but can be also downloaded as PDF
http://downloads.nmartproject.net/videoCHANNEL_call_image_vs_music.pdf
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Visit also the online collection of VideoChannel
http://videochannel.newmediafest.org

VideoChannel started recently a complete
reconstruction and will be relaunched in September 2006

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VideoChannel,
organiser of
1st Cologne Online Film Festival (CologneOFF)
http://coff.newmediafest.org
featuring film & videos on the theme "gender identity".

is now planning the
2nd Cologne Online Film Festival (CologneOFF)
to be launched in October 2006
in the framework of KlangDrang Festival Cologne (6-7 October 2006)
www.klangdrang.org
and to be screened in the framework of VideoChannel screenings during
the festival

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VideoChannel is a joint venture between
Cinematheque at MediaArtCentre
http://cinematheque.le-musee-divisioniste.org
and [R][R][F] 200X - global networking project
http://rrf200x.newmediafest.org
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Miklos Legrady
310 Bathurst st.
Toronto ON.
M5T 2S3
416-203-1846
647-292-1846
http://www.mikidot.com

DISCUSSION

Re: An open letter to artist-run centers


Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 14:31:05 -0400
From: EC
Reply-to: EC
To: miklos@sympatico.ca
Cc: events@instantcoffee.org, list@rhizome.org, info@flackattack.org
Subject: Re: An open letter to artist-run centers

Dear Miklos, maybe you should sit on a board of directors at one of
these artist
run centres that you feel "limit" you as an artist. Then you could have input
into the programming decisions (ie stand your ground as the governing body of
the ARC not to programme thematic shows) and also learn more about the lack of
funding but enormous expectations put on artist run centres by the councils,
and artists, curators, and the public--situations that perhaps, out of
necessity and financial restrictions result in thematic's (so more artists can
show in a fiscal year/so the ARC can bring together a diverse number of local,
regional, and international artists to show together. Perhaps this ARC received
special funding to do this show,which allows them to do more than their mandate
programming.
You should consider being a little more proactive in your community because I
think that can initiate change much more effectively than writing letters to
people like myself, who sit on ARC boards. Proactive disruption, rather than
distanced critism is, in my humble opinion, the reason canada has (some of the
only) tried and true artist run centres in the world.

Sincerely, EC

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Dear EC,

My open letter to artist run centers, not personally to any
individual, parallels issues raised by another RCA's thematic
submission request, the Western Front. Which calls for projects
questioning the role of institutional authority in establishing an
artist's and work's credibility and credentials... or denying them
the latter.

At the same time, nowhere do I get personal and say that I feel
limited as an artist by the submission theme I reacted to, of
internationalism, in fact I will be applying to that gallery with my
spam project, it being within the theme. Nor do I think a personal
attack demeaning the character of any person raising questions is a
just way to further a cultural dialogue. Or believe that
administrative convenience, or the pressure of enormous expectations,
which I agree they are, should be the motivation by which we decide
our cultural future.

Having served on the board at Optica and on Canadian and
international juries in the last 30 years, I believe the point raised
is valid, and so do other email responses, one from an OCAD student,
one from the curator of a major Ontario museum, and a third from an
upcoming local curator, in that order;

email1-

"You used the words personal vision!
That's awesome, OCAD people make fun of me for using it, they're all cynics.

Artist run centers are supposed to be more open, that's the whole point."

RT

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email2-

Thanks for circulating that!! You are right on. Since when do artists
illustrate curatorial concerns???!!! Good for you.

ML

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email3-

Funny, after reading an Akimbo today, I shared the same thoughts, a
similar flag.
As an artist who is also a (small c) curator, a theme based show
only works if it a curatorial thesis - an exploration of an idea and
an invitation to artists already working with this idea or somewhere
around it to come along, to draw a connection. there is a flaw in
open calls for submissions. although i believe in a call in
principle, in reality I invite artists into the shows I am curating.

A whole year of predetermined themes? Someone ( a person not an
institution) needs to claim a strong vision, a thesis, an
investigation into something really, really important that takes an
entire year to explore, that is connected to an idea beyond that of a
'season'.

JR

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To return to my email, curatorial and administrative decisions can
determine cultural production, if only from the Darwinian effect that
projects and artists which receive support and venues will prosper,
while those whose interests differ from the cultural canon will
suffer the consequences, as any social oganisation must eject those
who do not support it.

What needs questioning here is the shift in power. Robert Storr, 10
years ago, spoke of the time when "art moved from the Cedar Bar to
the seminar room". Is art now moving from the artists' studio to the
curatorial chair, where one person or group, in unconscious agreement
and in contact with similar groups nationwide, decides what work
shall be done...

There is a danger when creative and conceptual decisions move to any
nationwide institution, considering how much influence and power is
already located within them. In a possible gentil future,
sophisticated artists may not even question their conceptual premise,
which was chosen for them in committee. Something worth being on
guard against, or at least discussing.

Sincerely,

Mik

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>Quoting miklos@sympatico.ca:
>
>> An open letter to artist-run centers
>>
>> I received another thematic submission request for the coming season
>> from a Candian artist-run center and this one rang alarm bells,
>> so I would like to ask your patience in considering the following issue;
>>
>> As more artist-run centers determine a theme and subject
>> for their yearly programming, it is creating a trend
> > whereby artists illustrate predetermined curatorial concepts.
>>
>> The growing creative restrictions imposed
>> may limit diversity and the emergence of personal vision.
> >
>>
>
>
>

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Miklos Legrady
310 Bathurst st.
Toronto ON.
M5T 2S3
416-203-1846
647-292-1846
http://www.mikidot.com

DISCUSSION

An open letter to artist-run centers


An open letter to artist-run centers

I received another thematic submission request for the coming season
from a Candian artist-run center and this one rang alarm bells,
so I would like to ask your patience in considering the following issue;

As more artist-run centers determine a theme and subject
for their yearly programming, it is creating a trend
whereby artists illustrate predetermined curatorial concepts.

The growing creative restrictions imposed
may limit diversity and the emergence of personal vision.

Sincerely,

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Miklos Legrady
310 Bathurst st.
Toronto ON.
M5T 2S3
416-203-1846
647-292-1846
http://www.mikidot.com

DISCUSSION

OCAD Scholarship Benefit


An Exhibition of Football Art -Jogo Bonito Gitoni:

May 12 to June 16, 2006
Public Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 2006, 7 to 11 pm

In the lead up to the thrilling Soccer World Cup, three OCAD alumni
(Miklos Legrady '91; Paul Aloisi '03 and Eva Lewarne '84) are among
eight Canadian artists invited by Nike to create a portrait of
soccer culture. The artists, representing each of the Nike 8 World
Cup Qualifying National Teams, used as top-rated Gitoni tables to
tell a selected soccer team's story in the discipline of Joga Bonito
(Beautiful Play).

Transforming the Gitoni tables, the eight installation artists,
employing disciplines as wide-ranging as visual installation arts,
mixed media, computer and digital art, photography, fibre arts, metal
arts and sculpture, have created pieces of art that still retain the
functionality of the table. When these fabulous Gitoni tables are
publicly auctioned, all proceeds will be donated to the Ontario
College of Art & Design to create the Joga Bonito Bursary for
students. The artists and their teams are:

Miklos Legrady (Croatia)
Paul Aloisi (USA)
Eva Lewarne (Australia)
Pablo Mazo (Netherlands)
ethany Davidson (Korea)
Carl Cassell (Brasil)
Lukas Geronimas/Niall McClelland (Portugal)
Gregory Robins (Mexico)

The art, the game, the thrilling excitement of Nike 8 World Cup
is on public exhibition sat.

619 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Info: Wednesday to Friday, 2 to 8 pm; Saturday to Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm
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Miklos Legrady
310 Bathurst st.
Toronto ON.
M5T 2S3
416-203-1846
647-292-1846
http://www.mikidot.com