Miltos Manetas
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Works in London United States of America

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BIO
http://www.manetas.com
Manetas has produced oil paintings of wires, cables and computer hardware, created short looped fragments of video games such as "Tomb Raider," and exhibited computer-generated vibracolour prints among other things. But he was impatient with critics and curators who had yet to come up with a really good "-ism" for this new generation of creativity.After securing financial assistance from a nonprofit called the Art Production Fund, Manetas went out and hired Lexicon Branding, a California firm responsible for creating such product names as Powerbook, Pentium, Zima, Swiffer and Dasani. Lexicon's assignment was to create a name for this new movement.

In May 2000, during a packed press conference at the Gagosian Gallery in Manhattan - and a panel of people like Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker ready to provide analysis of the term -- Manetas unveiled a new word for an art movement. Actually, it was the squeaky, synthetic voice of a Sony Vaio that made the announcement. The word was "NEEN." (from the Salon.com article)
http://archive.salon.com/people/conv/2002/03/21/manetas/index.html
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DISCUSSION

WHITNEYBIENNIAL.COM : THE FINAL VERSION


Hi Rachel
This is Miltos. How are you ?
Will you publish this at the Net art news ?

JAN 11, starting at 7 pm
electronic orphanage
975 chung king road
los angeles, california 90012 (map)

tel: 917 2796372

WHITNEYBIENNIAL.COM : THE FINAL VERSION
THE FINAL VERSION OF THE CONTROVERSIAL SHOW WHITNEYBIENNIAL.COM, WILL BE PR=
ESENTED IN THE ELECTRONIC ORPHANAGE IN LOS ANGELES. ( www.electronicorphana=
ge.com) . AS MOLLY VON HACKER WRITES, " how do you "optimize" an experiment=
al show such as the Whitneybiennial.com ? This job, has been trusted to a g=
roup of "Neenstars". They have been asked to choose the very best of the pi=
eces, and to exclude anything that would not accommodate their taste. The s=
election was not democratic: any of the Neenstars, had the right to exclude=
all pieces he/she would not really like, even if somebody else would happe=
n to enjoy them. But if a Neenstar had a strong position for a piece, the o=
thers were obliged to accept it. Twenty artists made it to the final select=
ion. A year after it's opening, the Whitneybiennial.com, is finally complet=
ed but the question it poses to our times is still open: Contemporary art i=
s over. Next ..."

visit: www.manetas.com

EVENT

AFTERNEEN at CASCO, NL and at the ELECTRONICORPHANAGE in Los Angeles


Dates:
Sat Nov 16, 2002 00:00 - Tue Nov 12, 2002

AFTERNEEN at CASCO, NL and at the ELECTRONICORPHANAGE in Los Angeles

www.afterneen.com
www.neen.org

This exhibition will be the introduction of NEEN, the first art movement of the 21st century, to Europe.

PEOPLE INVOLVED
Jan Aman, http://www.janaman.com, Andreas Angelidakis, http://www.angelidakis.com, Tobias Bernstrup, http://www.bernstrup.com, Boy in static, http://www.boyinstatic.com, Buro Destruct,http://www.burodestruct.net, Carbonated Jazz, http://www.carbonatedjazz.com, Mike Calvert, http://www.mikecalvert.org, Larry Carlson , http://www.larrycarlson.com , Michael Cervieri and the Contemplative Physiologists, www.contemplativephysiology.com, Mauro Ceolin, http://www.rgbproject.com, Aaron Clinger, http://www.aaronclinger.com, Deconcept, http://www.deconcept.com, Future Farmers, www.futurefarmers.com, Joel Fox, http://www.magicrobot.org, Yvonne Force, http://www.yvonneforce.com, Roya Jakoby, http://www.girlfish.net, Miltos Manetas, http://www.manetas.com, Teizo Matsumoto, http://early-adapters.com/, Jon Krusell, http://www.jonkrusell.com, Angelo Plessas, http://www.angeloplessas.com, Rafael Rozendaal, http://www.whitetrash.nl, Sawako, http://homepage.mac.com/oto_s/, Nobukazu Takemura, http://www.childdisc.com, Trinasim, http://trinasim.cjb.net/, Aki Tsuyuko, http://www.childdisc.com, Nikola Tosic, http://www.nekada.com, Mark Tranmer ( Gnac), http://www.gnac.co.uk, Mai Ueda, http://www.maiueda.com, Yi Zhou, http://www.aboutyi.com .

Early in the year 2000, Greek artist Miltos Manetas, with the assistance of ArtProduction Fund and Yvonne Force, commissioned California based branding company Lexicon to create a name for an art movement. Lexicon, (the creators of "Powerbook", "Embassy Suites" and "Pentium"), delivered more than one hundred terms. Manetas chose two : Telic and Neen. Telic, a name appropriated from linguistics, means "something directed or tending towards a goal or purpose; purposeful". For example "I am driving to Los Angeles" is a Telic statement. "I am driving" is not. Telos, in Greek, means "the end" or "the purpose". The word "Neen" was created by a computer program run by Lexicon. It is a palindrome (like Dada) and coincidentally, in old Greek, means "exactly now". Neen has been introduced in May 2000 in a performance at Gagosian Gallery in New York. This was the starting point for an international movement which grew by word of mouth and on the Internet. As Manetas declared in an interview for the internet magazine Salon: "Our times are Telic. But we want to see more Neen happen. "

After the Neen presentation at Gagosian, Miltos Manetas and Mai Ueda , moved to Los Angeles where they opened the Electronic Orphanage, a storefront space in the gallery district on Chung King Road. In March 2002 , EO , produced Whitneybiennial.com, an online exhibition which succeeded in stealing a great amount of attention from the Whitney show (The New York Times ran a story the day before the opening of the exhibition in New York, and most of it was dedicated to whitneybiennial.com).

AFTERNEEN, the new Electronic Orphanage exhibition which will open simultaneously at Casco in Utrecht, Holland and at The EO in Los Angeles, is based on the idea that today "real space is usually bad taste" and that the most interesting art of our times is happening on the web. The Internet will be super-imposed over the spaces of the exhibition. This is the Neen World which exists in Active Worlds.

In the NEEN WORLD computer avatars discuss the future. They walk around discussing ideas as the philosophers did in the ancient times. The World is private; you may enter by invitation only. You will have to know someone, or meet someone there (either a human or a "bot") who will bring you to different locations. Think of it as reflections of the subconscious of the different people involved with Neen, realized in the form of places by the Greek Norvegian architect Andreas Angelidakis.

"We like to live with one leg wherever we happen to be and the other in the Internet. We want to fuse the two and move between fiction and reality as if we were characters of a novel." All ideas are under construction and they will continue to be under construction during the show.

- check ( www.neen.org/neenworld ) to get the idea and contact us to get a password .

- see a sample of the installation at Casco, designed by Andreas Angelidakis : angelidakis.com/new2/neen/casco.htm

In the occasion of the After Neen , new Neen theories will be introduced such as the Contemplative Physiology by Michael Cervieri , the FourFortyFour theory and the EMINEM/ENIMEN theory .

- Neen : images, theories and situations that defeat the
categories of contemporary art, architecture, and design.

- We believe that web domains are the new art objects, that the screen is a
place to build homes and offices and we want to meet people who dress in a
brand new Avatar fashion. We want to listen music that is a loop and which
changes as we move around in the room, as it usually happens in a videogame .

- We want this music to open a new window in our perception and make a glass
of water appear on the table. We want something similar to a miracle : tech
that you don't need to know how to use and that in theory anybody could
manage but for some reason nobody does in the way we do .

Personal tech that is a product of coincidence and synchronicity.

In the past, poets have envision the encounter of an umbrella with a
sewing machine on a dissecting table : that is too banal today. We wish for
a new type of poets.

Or, we don't really care: we enjoy stay at home and look at the wall as
if it was a computer screen and as if soon, an important email will reach us through it.


EVENT

AFTER NEEN


Dates:
Sat Nov 16, 2002 00:00 - Wed Oct 16, 2002

AFTER NEEN , a POST CONTEMPORARY ART SHOW. Opening Nov 16, at CASCO , in Utrecht, HOLLAND

This show, will be the very first entrance of NEEN in Europe, a very significant event, because Neen is the first art movement of the 21st Century.

A number of Neen people have been invited to produce new works in the form of a website. These websites, will be the "artworks" of the AFTER NEEN show.
They will be visible exclusively online, because that's where you want to see websites.

The main idea, is that we don't want to use the real place of the exhibition as "real". A "second" space will be super-imposed over the space of the exhibition.

That is the Neen World, which we are building in Active Worlds. We like to live with one leg wherever we happen to be and the other in the Internet. We want to fuse the two and move between fiction and reality as if we were characters of a novel. All ideas are under construction and they will continue to be under construction also during the show.

We don't want to put "art" in parade on this show. However, we want to suggest art and if possible make it visible. To realize this contradiction, some of us will be present in the show as humans and some will be there as avatars. The same thing will happen with our artworks.

In the NEEN WORLD, computer avatars discuss the future. They walk around as the philosophers were doing in the old times and they talk. The World is private, you can enter by invitation only. The people behind the computer avatars are the Neen people and their guests. The NEEN WORLD, will be projected in the space of the exhibition.places will not be evident
and easy to find : you will have to know somebody , or meet somebody there, a human or a bot, that will bring you to the different locations. It will be a private WORLD : people have to ask the password to enter. When you arrive there, what you see is a black forest. The architecture is by Andreas Angelidakis, as with Chelsea and the different Neen people can
have "places" in the world, places which represent their subconscious. The Neen World , is ultimately a collage of subconscious symbols and emblems of the different Neen people.
Some Neen people will hang around , wearing clothes similar to their avatar bodies . The public can watch what is happening and maybe, if the Neen people want to interact with the public, partecipate.

- check( http://www.electronicorphanage.com/neen/neenworld/ ) to get the idea and contact us to get a password .

- see a sample of the installation at Casco, designed by Andreas Angelidakis : http://www.angelidakis.com/new2/neen/casco.htm

Some very strange music, made for the occasion by Gnac, (Mark Tranmer), Trinasim, Boy in Static , Sawako, Nobukazu Takemura and Aki Tsuyuko , will be part of the show.

In the occasion of the After Neen , a few new Neen theories such as the Contemplative Physiology by Michael Cervieri , the FourFortyFour theory and the EMINEM theory , will be introduced.

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- Neen : images, theories and situations that defeat the
categories of contemporary art, architecture, and design.

- We believe that web domains are the new art objects, that the screen is a
place to build homes and offices and we want to meet people who dress in a
brand new Avatar fashion. We want to listen music that is a loop and which
changes as we move around in the room, as it usually happens in a videogame .

- We want this music to open a new window in our perception and make a glass
of water appear on the table. We want something similar to a miracle : tech
that you don't need to know how to use and that in theory anybody could
manage but for some reason nobody does in the way we do .

Personal tech that is a product of coincidence and synchronicity.

In the past, poets have envision the encounter of an umbrella with a
sewing machine on a dissecting table : that is too banal today. We wish for
a new type of poets.

Or, we don't really care: we enjoy stay at home and look at the wall as
if it was a computer screen and as if soon, an important email will reach us through it.

-----------------------------------------------------------PEOPLE INVOLVED

Jan Aman, http://www.janaman.com, Andreas Angelidakis, http://www.angelidakis.com, Tobias Bernstrup, http://www.bernstrup.com, Boy in static, http://www.boyinstatic.com, Carbonated Jazz, http://www.carbonatedjazz.com, Mike Calvert, http://www.mikecalvert.org, Michael Cervieri and the Contemplative Physiologists, www.contemplativephysiology.com, Mauro Ceolin, http://www.rgbproject.com, Aaron Clinger, http://www.aaronclinger.com, Deconcept, http://www.deconcept.com, Future Farmers, www.futurefarmers.com, Joel Fox, http://www.magicrobot.org, Yvonne Force, http://www.yvonneforce.com, Roya Jakoby, http://www.girlfish.net, Miltos Manetas, http://www.manetas.com, Teizo Matsumoto, http://early-adapters.com/, Jon Krusell, http://www.jonkrusell.com, Angelo Plessas, http://www.angeloplessas.com, Rafael Rozendaal, http://www.whitetrash.nl, Sawako, http://homepage.mac.com/oto_s/, Nobukazu Takemura, http://www.childdisc.com, Trinasim, http://trinasim.cjb.net/, Aki Tsuyuko, http://www.childdisc.com, Nikola Tosic, http://www.nekada.com, Mark Tranmer ( Gnac), http://www.gnac.co.uk, Mai Ueda, http://www.maiueda.com, Yi Zhou, http://www.aboutyi.com

Sticker for the AfterNeen Show (made by Nicola Tosic ) :
http://www.electronicorphanage.com/neen/graphics/sticker_15x15.pdf