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EVENT

MEDIA, MEMORY and the ARCHIVE // ARGOS // 06.10.07


Dates:
Sat Oct 06, 2007 00:00 - Thu Aug 09, 2007

Argos, Centre for Art & Media, and PACKED present:

Media, Memory and the Archive

CONFERENCE
ARGOS, Brussels
Sa 06.10.2007 11:00-19:00

How will generations after us look back on artistic production of the 20th and 21st centuries? Media formats, operating systems, software and hardware, browsers and the internet as we know it today will have evolved beyond recognition, both in shape and in use. What strategies might be used to transpose technology-based works, variable, hybrid and ephemeral by nature, to an unknown and unpredictable future? How can intent, context and experience be recorded and permanently interpreted? The archiving process does not merely represent an attempt to preserve some notions, it also implicates that others will be forgotten. What is relevant for preservation? What is the impact of used models, technical structures and tools on the construction of cultural memory? How does information travel through time, now that the world is being (re)presented and organised more and more as a database, dynamic and networked? How will museums and other memory institutions cope with these new paradigms and what is the role media artists and we ourselves might have in the structuring of public memory?

Speakers: Richard Rinehart, Steve Dietz, Josephine Bosma, Oliver Grau, Charlie Gere, Wolfgang Ernst, Jean-Francois Blanchette

Moderated by Marleen Wynants (CROSSTALKS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel - VUB)

www.packed.be
www.argosarts.org

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Media, Memory and the Archive is part of OPEN ARCHIVE#1, a series of programs and events in which Argos mines the archive, reflecting and presenting a range of responses to the argos collections as well as considering the nature of the contemporary archive, media and memory.

Please note: on Fr 05.10.2007, the day before ‘Media, Memory and the Archive’, Argos and INC are organizing the conference ‘Video Vortex: Responses to YouTube’ with Lev Manovich, Nora Barry, Keith Sanborn, Tomas Rawlings & Ana Kronschnabl, Simon Ruschmeyer, Peter Westenberg, Johan Grimonprez. Others tbc.

More info soon

argos
Werfstraat 13 rue du Chantier
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium
tel +32 2 229 00 03
fax +32 2 223 73 31

stoffel@argosarts.org


EVENT

VIDEO VORTEX conference Brussels // ARGOS // 05.10.07


Dates:
Fri Oct 05, 2007 00:00 - Thu Aug 09, 2007

Argos, Centre for Art & media, and The Institute of Network Cultures (INC) present:

Video Vortex: Responses to YouTube
CONFERENCE
ARGOS, Brussels
Fri 05.10.2007 11:00-19:00

Over the past years the moving image has claimed an increasingly prominent place on the internet. Thanks to a wide range of technologies and web applications it has become possible, not only to record and distribute video, but to edit and remix it on-line as well. With this world of possibilities within reach of a multitude of social actors, the potential of video as a personal means of expression has arrived at a totally new dimension. How is this potential being used? How do artists and activists react to the popularity of YouTube and other ‘user-generated-content’ websites? What is the impact of the availability of massive on-line images and sound databases on aesthetics and narrativity? How is Cinema, as an art form and experience, influenced by the development of widely spreading internet practices? What does YouTube tell us about the state of art in visual culture? And how does the participation culture of video-sharing and vlogging reach some degree of autonomy and diversity, escaping the laws of the mass media and the strong grip of media conglomerates?

This Video Vortex conference is the first in a series of international events, aimed at critical research and reflection surrounding the production and distribution of on-line video content, at the instigation of the Institute of Network Cultures (INC).

Speakers: Lev Manovich, Nora Barry, Keith Sanborn, Tomas Rawlings & Ana Kronschnabl, Simon Ruschmeyer, Peter Westenberg, Johan Grimonprez. Others tbc.

Moderated by Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures)

www.networkcultures.org
www.argosarts.org

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Video Vortex is part of OPEN ARCHIVE#1, a series of programs and events in which Argos mines the archive, reflecting and presenting a range of responses to the argos collections as well as considering the nature of the contemporary archive, media and memory.

Please note: on Sa 06.10.2007, the day after 'Video Vortex', Argos organizes the conference ‘Media, Memory and the Archive’, with Richard Rinehart, Steve Dietz, Josephine Bosma, Oliver Grau, Charlie Gere, Wolfgang Ernst, Jean-Francois Blanchette

More info soon

argos
Werfstraat 13 rue du Chantier
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium
tel +32 2 229 00 03

stoffel@argosarts.org


EVENT

THURSDAYS@ARGOS // LECTURE Jon Ippolito: Art After Institutions // 17.05.07


Dates:
Thu May 17, 2007 00:00 - Thu May 03, 2007

argos, centre for art & media in Brussels, presents:

THURSDAYS@ARGOS
LECTURE

Jon Ippolito
Art After Institutions

17.05.07 // 20:30

Participatory media like Flickr and YouTube have given ordinary netizens a chance to shine as media creators, but this fact hasn't gone over well with "serious" artists and their curatorial counterparts. Seemingly bereft of the social status, economic privilege, and institutional recognition of mainstream art stars, some new media artists wonder what role, if any, remains for them to play in the the Web 2.0 age of peer-filtered creativity. As Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito argue in the 2006 book 'At the Edge of Art', new media art's dependence on institutions is indeed in crisis, but this is more of a loss for galleries and museums than for the artists themselves. For participatory media are on the verge of enabling creators to regain the power they once held before the era of commodity speculation and the art market: the ability to reconnect people in new forms of creative kinship, whereby artworks facilitate social transactions rather than financial ones. To accept this new role, however, artists, curators, and critics may have to renounce the pyramid scheme offered by the brick-and-mortar art world, replacing the monolithic canon of Great Artists with a dense network of creative participants.

The recipient of Tiffany, Lannan, and American Foundation awards, Jon Ippolito exhibited artwork with collaborative teammates Janet Cohen and Keith Frank at the Walker Art Center, ZKM/Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, and WNET's ReelNewYork Web site. As Associate Curator of Media Arts at the Guggenheim Museum, he curated Virtual Reality: An Emerging Medium and, with John G. Hanhardt, The Worlds of Nam June Paik. Ippolito's critical writing has appeared in periodicals ranging from Flash Art and the Art Journal to the Washington Post. At the Still Water lab co-founded with Joline Blais, Ippolito is at work on three projects--the Variable Media Network, the Open Art Network, and their 2006 book 'At the Edge of Art'--that aim to expand the art world beyond its traditional confines.

In cooperation with the International Visitors Program for Media Arts organised by Digitaal Platform IAK/IBK and Flanders Image.

www.argosarts.org

argos
Werfstraat 13 rue du Chantier
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium
tel +32 2 229 00 03
fax +32 2 223 73 31


OPPORTUNITY

art centre argos is looking for an ICT collaborator


Deadline:
Wed Apr 19, 2006 03:57

argos is looking for an ICT collaborator

As a centre for the arts with a focus on audiovisual media and visual culture, argos (based in Brussels) keeps close track of digital evolutions. Both our activities and communication are largely determined by the potential of new technologies: from online databases and CRM applications to RAID archiving and VoIP telecommunication. As audiovisual media are taking on new shapes, the production and distribution models evolve as well (e.g. High Definition formats, tapeless video-storage, IPTV, P2P and streaming), developments with repercussions on the various functions of argos.

argos is looking for a collaborator who can help to steer these developments in the right direction, both logistically, as with regards to infrastructure or content. This collaborator will assert him-/herself to translate the activities of argos efficiently into a digital environment, investigate the various possibilities, both receptively and proactively and follow up on the implementations, in collaboration with the communication team and/or external collaborators. He or she will make out the link between technology and content and from that perspective he will think along about the use and applications of ICT, with regards to communication, production, archiving, distribution and presentation.

-- Function content --
Specifically the ICT collaborator will be responsible for the following aspects:

+ Management of the network / System Administrator
+ Following up on and implementing broadband technologies, according to needs and ambitions (e.g. streaming)
+ Support to users with regards to hard and software
+ Following up on the evolutions concerning data control and management (databases and digital archiving through SAN and backup systems, VoIP ...)
+ Management and structural development of the web environment of argos (hosting, CMS, site, mailing...)
+ Offering ICT support during productions and exhibition project
+ Support the translation of conceptual ambitions into projects and financing.
+ Reflect proactively on trends and innovations in ICT, web-based communication, audiovisual media and knowledge policy

-- Function requirements --

+ We are looking for an independent and creative team player with cultural-technological awareness and a proactive attitude
+ Experience with the design of web environments and Content Management Systems
+ Experience with setting up and managing networks
+ Affinities with the domains of


EVENT

argosfestival 2005


Dates:
Sat Sep 24, 2005 00:00 - Fri Sep 23, 2005

argosfestival
13.10.2005 - 22.10.2005
BRUSSELS

www.argosarts.org

As in previous years the fifth edition of the argosfestival provides a free port for a wide range of audiovisual art forms. It’s a wide work area that is in constant evolution, subject to societal and technological developments. The festival programme reflects this
variability, going beyond the traditional delineations between disciplines and media, and offering a valuable perspective on numerous in-between spaces - in cinema, television, media art and visual art. Film, video, audio, installation and means of performance nestle together in a wide variety of both Belgian and international work.

The products of several generations, historical and new work, all complement each other, creating breathing space for a multitude of trajectories. Beyond the origin, language and context in which they were realized, clear connections can be made in regards to formand content. The search for new narrative environments and relations between (the experience of) space and time; a resistance to conventional audiovisual forms and (mass)media and the immaterial stream of images that overrun us on both television and industrial cinema; a craving for adventure in expression and perception, learning how to see and hear (all over again): these are just some of the lines of flight which the programme traverses.

CURATED PROGRAMS
Four themed programmes form the backbone of the festival. In the exhibition Multipistes Jean-Christophe Royoux focuses on a generation of young French artists who propose post-cinematographic forms, deconstructions or alterations of the familiar notions of projection and identification. The works in the programme Black & White-outs also question the basic conditions of cinema, by making radical choices for monochrome images and exploring the physiological relationship between hearing and seeing. Challenging and destabilizing the dominant position of the image constitutes a directional guideline in the film and video programme of Tanya Leighton, In the Poem About Love You Don’t Write the Word Love, as well as in Inner & Outer Worlds curated by Herman Asselberghs, which offers a selection of Belgian audiovisual essays.

ARTISTS IN FOCUS
A contrary and wayward attitude also applies to the work of two ‘artists in focus’. The digital preservation of the work of the Belgian audiovisual artist Joelle Tuerlinckx indirectly led to an appraisal which, spread out over a myriad of spaces and programmes, will be presented throughout the festival in various forms for your eyes and ears. A number of recent landscape portraits by the American filmmaker James Benning are shown, in which he goes on the lookout for the effects of duration on the perception of space.

EVENTS
The adhesion of sound and image, hearing and seeing, is also explored in real-time. Mikko Hynninen will make use of the inherent sound image of the Kaaitheaterstudio’s as a resource for an in-situ performance, in which the environment itself is considered
as a virtual instrument. During the closing night of this festival edition the collective of MIMEO and video maker Kjell Bjørgeengen are on the lookout for colourful dialogue, amongst musicians, between image and sound, analogue and digital, control and coincidence. Furthermore, an international symposium on presenting media art and the role of the curator in respect to that , co-organised by the ‘Digital Platform’ (IAK/IBK, support centres for the Visual and audiovisual arts), will take place during the festival.

BELGIAN FOCUS
This wealth of approaches and use of media is also reflected in the Belgian Focus segment, traditionally offering a selective outline of recent domestic audiovisual artistic production. These are the cross-pollinations and connections that are the elementary particles of the argosfestival: stimulating a circulation of experiences and ideas, creating a virtual network of ex- and impressions, physically unfolding as well, over several locations in Brussels.

For further information please visit
www.argosarts.org

or contact
stoffel@argosarts.org