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The Challenges of Curating Net Art
Summary of the Mobile Studio The Challenges of Curating Net Art Web Conference, May 26, 2006: After several attempts to connect all four parties with the festoon video conferencing system, which seemed to run quite unstable as a beta version, we switched over to the skype audio conferencing module.
Helen Thorington from Turbulence.org in Boston opened the discussion with a quote by Steve Dietz: "Internet art projects are art projects for which the net is both a sufficient and necessary condition of viewing/ expressing/ participating." This brought the talk immediately into the question of what net art actually is, versus new media versus contemporary art and what it means to all of us to work with this terminology.
Studio 27, a micro-cinema showcasing experimental media in the San Francisco Bay Area, is looking for recent short videos and films. Our next screening, in July, takes its title and theme from the book State of Exception by Georgio Agamben. Agamben describes a political condition that has a compelling contemporary resonance in the United States. In states of siege or war, governmental institutions have justified the suspension of civil law, arguing that the higher law of sustaining the state��'��"�s well-being requires that certain civil liberties be withheld. We are interested in showing documentary and experimental media that responds to this condition, or that opens a dialogue for discussing the necessity or consequences of the current administration��'��"�s direction. We welcome work from all sides of the political spectrum.
Possible themes might include: human rights and responsibilities, conditions of crisis that are under-represented, the impact of terrorism on everyday life, subversive action and celebration, the degradation of basic civil liberties, the resurgence of racism and discrimination, nationalism and xenophobia, $ymbols for a better tomorrow, new techniques for keeping the public anxious or apathetic, how enhanced surveillance technologies are eroding our privacy, immigration and alienation, and incarceration without due process.
For more information on our ongoing quarterly series visit www.studio27.org
We will accept work under 30 minutes in length on data DVDs (as a Quicktime movie file, especially for digital animations), playable DVDs (all region), or MiniDVs (ntsc).
Submission Deadline (received by): June 30, 2006
Include with your submission a brief written description of the work, and a short filmmaker bio. Also include a SASE if you would like your materials returned to you (only U.S. mail will be returned).
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Today, the field of distributed aesthetics is falsely associated with exaggerated rumors of net art's demise. The entire landscape is severely under-studied. In Berlin, last week, a small group of people met for an intensive workshop to respond to this situation. Just returned back to New York what follows is an academic/journalistic quick-response and a follow-up on some strings of the discussion that branched out like a tree.