The Temporary Travel Office produces a variety of services relating to tourism and technology aimed at exploring the non-rational connections existing between public and private spaces. The Travel Office has operated in a variety of locations, including Missouri, Chicago, Southern California and Norway.
Every woman needs a black dress. Or so the glamour magazines repeatedly remind us. Too often, though, these dresses are worn only once for a special occasion and then end up unused and unwanted. This idea has inspired performance artist Dawn to create a piece centered on commodification in contemporary society. Dawn has sewn together a monument to the little black dress and all it represents: she has collected over 800 images of women modeling their dresses on eBay and turned them into an elegant yet monumental dress that borrows from former notions of courtly grandeur and femininity. Check out the eBay auction and the live feed from her performance debuting the dress on Saturday, April 22, 2006 from 7 to 9 p.m. EDT. Go to ebay.com and check out item # 930632853.
DISAPPEARED is a project by the Visible Collective/Naeem Mohaiemen that uses films, installations, Assoc. Editor of Alt.Muslim. Naeem works with Bangladeshi media activists, including Drishtipat and Drik Photo. His research on ethnic cleansing of Buddhist Tribal Minorities in Chittagong Hill Tracts was published in the ASK Annual Report, which is used by Amnesty International.
The video shows a slightly edited recording of the conversation between the theorist Irit Rogoff and the artist Kutlug Ataman. It was held at the occasion of the opening of the exhibition curated by Rogoff "De-regulation with the work of Kutlug Ataman" which is shown in MUHKA Antwerp, from March 16 till May 28 2006.
The exhibition project brings together a body of work by the contemporary Istanbul/London based Turkish artist, Kutlug Ataman including 7 multiple and single screen installations by Ataman: Never My Soul, Vicious Circle, Twelve, 1 + 1 = 1, TV Room, Martin is Asleep, and Women Who Wear Wigs. This is the first time a range of works by this innovative artist have been assembled together in continental Europe.
The exhibition created an open field which collates many materials; a visual essay by the German artist and theorist Stefan Roemer, Istanbul based theorist Nermin Saybasili has gathered together an archive of wedding culture among the many different ethnic groups in the city, while London based academic and conceptualiser of the exhibition Irit Rogoff has assembled film posters from Turkey�
Currently, there is much advocacy for cultural practices that demand a particular involvement on the part of the audience, creating situations in which art projects are co-produced. People interact with networked computer systems and artifacts evolve out of experimental relationships between several people. The media art curator is not exclusively the "middle person" between artists and museums or galleries anymore. Curators do not merely organise exhibitions and edit, filter and arrange museum collections. Now, her practice includes facilitating events, screenings, temporary discursive situations, writing/publishing, symposia, conferences, talks, research, the creation of open archives, and mailing lists. Curators become meta-artists. They set up contexts for artists who provide contexts. The model of the curated website has become a useful recognition mechanism. In media art many cultural context providers function in various registers including that of the curator. However, the once clear line between curator, artist and theorist is now blurred.
Networked Publics, the research group that I've been leading, together with Mimi Ito, will be holding an end of the academic year conference this April as a milestone toward the production of a collaboratively written book on the topic.
This two-day event will bring together new media scholars and practitioners to exhibit and discuss the roles of audiences, activists, and producers in maturing networked media ecologies. The event is organized by the Networked Publics fellowship program (netpublics.annenberg.edu) at the University of Southern California