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EVENT

Brutal Realities. Art, Subjectivity and �The News�


Dates:
Mon Jun 25, 2007 00:00 - Tue Jun 26, 2007

COOL MEDIA HOT TALK SHOW
D.I.Y. talk show on art & media
http://www.coolmediahottalk.net/

features:

TOPIC: Brutal Realities. Art, Subjectivity and ‘The News’
SPEAKERS: Nanette Hoogslag about OOG and Florian Schneider about DICTIONARY OF WAR
QUESTIONS: ask-it-yourself now and during the show at http://www.coolmediahottalk.net/

Wednesday June 27, 20.30 CET
video stream and interface for online participation: http://www.coolmediahottalk.net/livepage.jsp
location: De Balie - Centre for Culture and Politics, Amsterdam http://www.debalie.nl (bring your laptops and mobiles)

EXTRA: music performance of Nanko http://www.laterax.com/nanko.htm

THE PRIZE for the best question asked during the show is......
.........Making Things Public. Atmospheres of Democracy. Edited by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel. MIT Press, 2005
more info about the publication: http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid595

ABOUT THE TOPIC:

Brutal Realities
Art, Subjectivity and ‘The News’
http://www.coolmediahottalk.net/cmobject.jsp?objecttype=topic&objectid773

“In the digital age you cannot stop information” - how many times did we hear this hollowed out cliche? Countless for sure. But exactly what kind of information? How to judge it? How to develop a personal relation to it?

‘The News’ is one of these information flows that in the era of digital media seems to become ever more pervasive, inescapable really. As it does so it seems to divide itself into a curious dichotomy: it (‘the news’) either becomes trivialised, or it reflects the perpetual miseries of the brutal realities that apparently surround us; disasters, war, famine, oppression, ecological devastation, family drama, and a general feeling of estrangement. In any case difficult to develop a personal relationship to it, be it trivia or conversely our daily portion of misery...

How does art and how do artists relate to this omnipresence of suffering in real-time? Can art help us to develop the distance, the silence, the space in-between that makes it possible to reflect ‘The News’? Can it point a way out of estrangement of the global anxiety machine? Can it rekindle our empathy for the pain of others?

And is social reality in any case coextensive with ‘the news’? Or should we rather develop and alternative relationship to social reality? And how then should this be done?

Can a project such as OOG in the web edition of the Dutch national daily newspaper De Volkskrant (www.volkskrant.nl/oog), where a different artist is invited every week to comment on the news in an on-line art work, help us to develop another (a more healthy?) subjective relationship to ‘the news’?

Can a project such as the Dictionary of War (http://dictionaryofwar.org) help us to establish an alternative critical relationship to social reality? How can it reach a broader audience without falling into the same trap of mass-mediation?

Or is the very idea of subjectivity towards ‘the news’ nothing but a regressive and reactionary gesture?

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Nanette Hoogslag (NL) is a visual artist and illustrator. She studied graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and did an MA in illustration at Royal College of Art in London in 1990. She established herself as an illustrator and designer in Amsterdam, working for design and editorial clients worldwide. She has been teaching illustration and design at various art colleges in The Netherlands, currently she teaches illustration and concept development at the Illustration Department at the school of Visual Arts, HKU in Utrecht.
In 2004 Nanette Hoogslag developed the idea for OOG ("eye" in Dutch), inviting artists to react to the news, their role, function and content, in an online environment, which became 'Oog' a weekly online page in one of the largest Dutch national newspapers the 'Volkskrant'. In 2006 the concept of Oog was presented in a live show 'Ooglive' in the Westergasfabriek and shown as part of Faith in Exposure in Montevideo 2007.
Oog: http://extra.volkskrant.nl/oog
Ooglive: www.ooglive.com
illustrations: www.hoogslag.nl

Florian Schneider (DE) is a filmmaker, writer, and developer in the fields of new media, networking and open source technologies. In his work he focuses on bordercrossings between mainstream and independent media, art and activism, theory and technology.
As a filmmaker he directed several award-winning documentaries and made theme-evenings for the german-french tv station "arte" on the topics of migration and new global movements. He is one of the initiators of the KEIN MENSCH IST ILLEGAL campaign at documentaX and subsequent projects. He founded, designed and supported countless online-projects, such as the European internet platform D-A-S-H and the online-network KEIN.ORG. He is the director of the new media festivals MAKEWORLD (2001), NEURO (2004) and one of the co-organizers of the upcoming FADAIAT2 event in Tarifa/Tangiers, in June 2005. His publications include contributions in Der Spiegel and other renowned magazines and newspapers. From 2001, he has published Makeworlds paper 1-4, a newspaper magazine for theory, art and activism. For incommunicado 05, a special issue will be published as well.
DICTIONARY OF WAR, a collaborative platform for creating 100 concepts on the issue of war, invented, arranged and presented by scientists, artists, theorists and activists. The aim is to create key concepts that either play a significant role in current discussions of war, have so far been neglected, or have yet to be created.
Dictionary of War: http://dictionaryofwar.org
Summit of Non-Aligned Initiatives in Education and Culture: http://summit.kein.org
Kein.org: http://www.kein.org

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS & COMMENTS!
VOTE FOR THE PROPOSALS OF OTHERS!
JOIN THE DISCUSSION!
here & now: http://www.coolmediahottalk.net/

SPECIAL: ASK THE BEST QUESTION during the show & win the COOL MEDIA PRIZE!
the winner will be selected through direct and open voting

Tickets: 5 euro
Reservations by telephone: +31.20. 55 35 100 (during opening hours of the ticket office)
Or via the Balie website: http:// www.debalie.nl/agenda

De Balie - Centre for Culture and Politics,
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10
Amsterdam
http://www.debalie.nl


EVENT

Brutal Realities. Art, Subjectivity and aThe Newsa


Dates:
Mon Jun 25, 2007 00:00 - Thu Jun 21, 2007

COOL MEDIA HOT TALK SHOW
D.I.Y. talk show on art & media
http://www.coolmediahottalk.net/

features:

TOPIC: Brutal Realities. Art, Subjectivity and ‘The News’
SPEAKERS: Nanette Hoogslag about OOG and Florian Schneider about DICTIONARY OF WAR
QUESTIONS: ask-it-yourself now and during the show at http://www.coolmediahottalk.net/

Wednesday June 27, 20.30 CET
video stream and interface for online participation: http://www.coolmediahottalk.net/livepage.jsp
location: De Balie - Centre for Culture and Politics, Amsterdam http://www.debalie.nl

EXTRA: music performance of Nanko http://www.laterax.com/nanko.htm

ABOUT THE TOPIC:

Brutal Realities
Art, Subjectivity and ‘The News’

“In the digital age you cannot stop information” - how many times did we hear this hollowed out cliche? Countless for sure. But exactly what kind of information? How to judge it? How to develop a personal relation to it?

‘The News’ is one of these information flows that in the era of digital media seems to become ever more pervasive, inescapable really. As it does so it seems to divide itself into a curious dichotomy: it (‘the news’) either becomes trivialised, or it reflects the perpetual miseries of the brutal realities that apparently surround us; disasters, war, famine, oppression, ecological devastation, family drama, and a general feeling of estrangement. In any case difficult to develop a personal relationship to it, be it trivia or conversely our daily portion of misery...

How does art and how do artists relate to this omnipresence of suffering in real-time? Can art help us to develop the distance, the silence, the space in-between that makes it possible to reflect ‘The News’? Can it point a way out of estrangement of the global anxiety machine? Can it rekindle our empathy for the pain of others?

And is social reality in any case coextensive with ‘the news’? Or should we rather develop and alternative relationship to social reality? And how then should this be done?

Can a project such as OOG in the web edition of the Dutch national daily newspaper De Volkskrant (www.volkskrant.nl/oog), where a different artist is invited every week to comment on the news in an on-line art work, help us to develop another (a more healthy?) subjective relationship to ‘the news’?

Can a project such as the Dictionary of War (http://dictionaryofwar.org) help us to establish an alternative critical relationship to social reality? How can it reach a broader audience without falling into the same trap of mass-mediation?

Or is the very idea of subjectivity towards ‘the news’ nothing but a regressive and reactionary gesture?

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Nanette Hoogslag (NL) is a visual artist and illustrator. She studied graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and did an MA in illustration at Royal College of Art in London in 1990. She established herself as an illustrator and designer in Amsterdam, working for design and editorial clients worldwide. She has been teaching illustration and design at various art colleges in The Netherlands, currently she teaches illustration and concept development at the Illustration Department at the school of Visual Arts, HKU in Utrecht.
In 2004 Nanette Hoogslag developed the idea for OOG ("eye" in Dutch), inviting artists to react to the news, their role, function and content, in an online environment, which became 'Oog' a weekly online page in one of the largest Dutch national newspapers the 'Volkskrant'. In 2006 the concept of Oog was presented in a live show 'Ooglive' in the Westergasfabriek and shown as part of Faith in Exposure in Montevideo 2007.
Oog: http://extra.volkskrant.nl/oog
Ooglive: www.ooglive.com
illustrations: www.hoogslag.nl

Florian Schneider (DE) is a filmmaker, writer, and developer in the fields of new media, networking and open source technologies. In his work he focuses on bordercrossings between mainstream and independent media, art and activism, theory and technology.
As a filmmaker he directed several award-winning documentaries and made theme-evenings for the german-french tv station "arte" on the topics of migration and new global movements. He is one of the initiators of the KEIN MENSCH IST ILLEGAL campaign at documentaX and subsequent projects. He founded, designed and supported countless online-projects, such as the European internet platform D-A-S-H and the online-network KEIN.ORG. He is the director of the new media festivals MAKEWORLD (2001), NEURO (2004) and one of the co-organizers of the upcoming FADAIAT2 event in Tarifa/Tangiers, in June 2005. His publications include contributions in Der Spiegel and other renowned magazines and newspapers. From 2001, he has published Makeworlds paper 1-4, a newspaper magazine for theory, art and activism. For incommunicado 05, a special issue will be published as well.
DICTIONARY OF WAR, a collaborative platform for creating 100 concepts on the issue of war, invented, arranged and presented by scientists, artists, theorists and activists. The aim is to create key concepts that either play a significant role in current discussions of war, have so far been neglected, or have yet to be created.
Dictionary of War: http://dictionaryofwar.org
Summit of Non-Aligned Initiatives in Education and Culture: http://summit.kein.org
Kein.org: http://www.kein.org

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS & COMMENTS!
VOTE FOR THE PROPOSALS OF OTHERS!
JOIN THE DISCUSSION!
here & now: http://www.coolmediahottalk.net/

SPECIAL: ASK THE BEST QUESTION & win the COOL MEDIA PRIZE!
the winner will be selected through direct and open voting

Tickets: 5 euro
Reservations by telephone: +31.20. 55 35 100 (during opening hours of the ticket office)
Or via the Balie website: http:// www.debalie.nl/agenda

De Balie - Centre for Culture and Politics,
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10
Amsterdam
http://www.debalie.nl


EVENT

New Media Art Mythologies | CMHTS | June, 5


Dates:
Sat Jun 02, 2007 00:00 - Fri Jun 01, 2007

COOL MEDIA HOT TALK SHOW
D.I.Y. talk show on art & media
http://www.coolmediahottalk.net/

features:

TOPIC: New Media Art Mythologies
SPEAKERS: Geert Lovink and Armin Medosch
QUESTIONS: ask-it-yourself now and during the show at http://www.coolmediahottalk.net/

Tuesday June 5, 20.30 CET
live video stream and interface for online participation: http://www.coolmediahottalk.net/livepage.jsp
location: De Balie, Amsterdam http://www.debalie.nl (bring your laptops and mobiles)

EXTRA: music performance of Remus (humanworkshop records) http://www.humanworkshop.com

ABOUT THE TOPIC:

New Media Art Mythologies.
..to be questioned...

Recent discussions about (new) media art concerned a wide range of issues: starting from the validity of the term itself and ending with questioning the very premises of the modes of distinction through which the (new) media art field constitutes itself as a form of art, cultural practice, social context, institutional domain, and discourse. The feeling of a certain Rubicon, provoking self-introspective reflections, was expressed by many. The coming edition of Cool Media Hot Talk Show on the topic "New Media Art Mythologies" will welcome persistent critical voices of the media art scene - Geert Lovink and Armin Medosch. They will present their judgements and arguments regarding the current critical stage in the development of new media art. The debates will address socio-cultural position of new media art in a historical perspective, which both speakers are discussing extensively in their writings.
Preliminary suggested focal points are:

- The marginalised position of new media art within the broader cultural context.
- New media art vis-A


EVENT

Cool Media Hot Talk Show on RADIO 2.0.


Dates:
Wed May 02, 2007 00:00 - Tue Apr 24, 2007

COOL MEDIA HOT TALK SHOW
D.I.Y. talk show on art & media
www.coolmediahottalk.net

features:

TOPIC: Radio 2.0. The Art of Radio in the Age of the Internet
SPEAKERS: Adam Hyde and Arie Altena
QUESTIONS: Ask-It-Yourself NOW and during the show at www.coolmediahottalk.net

Wednesday May 2, 20.30 CET
video stream and interface for online participation: www.coolmediahottalk.net
location: De Balie, Amsterdam www.debalie.nl (bring your laptops and mobiles)

ABOUT THE TOPIC:

Radio 2.0

Questioning the relevance of radio in the internet age

Internet radio or net.radio is now so much part of the daily practice and experience of the internet that it has become alsmost ‘vernacular’, i.e it is almost impossible to perceive it for what it is (audio on-line), and more importantly to see it as something that could be imagined differently. The adoption of the metaphor in such mainstream software packages as iTunes strengthens the adherence to the old and accustomed model of ‘radio’ with a critical mass of internet users. In a sense, most befitting to a show about media hot and cool, it expresses beautifully the idea of McLuhan that “the content of any new medium is an old medium” and that we are thus “moving into the future looking backwards”…

We want to question what the relevance of radio is (as an artistic form and as a medium) in the internet age. Why stick to the notion of ‘radio’ when the ways of handling and experiencing audio in an on-line environment (on the internet) can be so much more versatile? Is not a concept like net.radio, popular in internet-art circles such as the Xchange network, already a reactionary move towards the past?

If artists want to explore, continue or reinvigorate the legacy of ‘Radio Art’, why connect this with an internet related practice? Looking back at the history of radio as a medium and the artists involvement it is important to remember that already in the late 1920s Bertold Brecht famously explored the idea of radio as a distributed interactive communication space consciously as an artistic and a social / political tool. Technically also traditional radio has the capacity of transforming every receiver into a transmitter, thus enabling a communication structure pretty similar to the internet. However, it was not technology but regulation and legislation that killed this transformative potential of the radio medium.

Looking at this today two ideas present themselves: First that we need to be aware of this history in order not to make the same mistakes vis-a-vis the internet (allowing it to be closed down by regulation and legislation). Secondly, now that a mass of users has become accustomed to the open media of the internet, would it not be a more productive and interesting idea to take the internet to radio, rather than the other way around? Why not try to open up the traditional radio space in a way similar to the internet, taking the internet-attitude of the youtube generation to radio?

This is also important locally in Amsterdam, where after all this show is physically staged, which had a huge tradition in open media and free radio, but where the radio space has recently been forcefully closed down by new regulation, legislation and enforcement!

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Arie Altena (.nl), is a writer and theorist who lectures and writes about new media, art, internet-culture, media-theory &c. for various magazines and publications. Currently he also works as editor/researcher for V2_ in Rotterdam. His weblog is at: http://ariealt.net/blog/

Adam Hyde (.nz), is an artist, educator, tactical media practitioner, streaming media consultant, and sometime curator. He is involved in numerous projects that fuse (sound-) art, radio, and the internet, a.o. r a d i o q u a l i a, Radio Astronomy, and Polar Radio. http://www.radioqualia.net/ http://www.xs4all.nl/~adam/

STATEMENT OF ADAM HYDE:

Radio is not as it seems. It has never been live. It has always been a rather fast method for delivering an archive. It is now time to confront the great pretender and investigate the nuances of the reigning principle of radio - delay.

Radio is the best archival media there is. Copy your digital files into sound, broadcast them into space, - they will exist forever. Retreiving them does require some work still as the speed of light remains a barrier for indexing and retrieving radio waves, but given time science cures even the most anxious archivists worries. Archive now, let science take care of the rest later.

But is radio really an archival medium? Or is it live? Are radio waves themselves a guarantee of liveness or do they simply deliver archival material really quickly? What does 'live' actually mean and does it even matter? Further, what role does the internet have in this debate, is it possible to say that a downloaded mp3 file is live radio?

Adam will talk about various projects he has worked on including r a d i o q u a l i a s Radio Astronomy (http://www.radio-astronomy.net) and Wifio ( by Simpel - http://www.simpel.cc). Radio Astronomy is a live online radio station broadcasting sounds from space. Wifio is a radio tuner that allows you to listen to the internet. It captures data traffic on open wireless connections and translates emails, webpages, voip and irc to speech. With wifio you too can listen to the internet in your neighbourhood....

STATEMENT OF ARIE ALTENA:

What is radio? Maybe the only way of explaining what radio nowadays signifies, is by taking radio as a sort of mock-latin for "I am beaming", or "I am sending". In the West we are getting quite far removed from 'radio' as a specific way of transmitting signals through the air, or a format where someone in a studio makes a programme for us to listen to. The word radio is grifted upon many of our media-uses. We can even conceptualize of every carrier of an iPod or laptop with an open internet-connection and iTunes (or another sound-programme running) as radio-stations, stations that others can tune into. Radio then is - like the commercial channels - an operation upon an archive (selected play lists from a huge database of sound files), possibly remixed.

I like this re-use of the word radio - taking all those stations streaming sound as radio. Most of that is utterly uninteresting to most (even when I sit down in places like De Balie or V2_ and proceed to check on the shared iTunes-'radio stations' in my immediate environment, I hardly ever see anything I'd like to listen to, and I imagine the same will be true of people checking on my archive.) If we have something like radio, it is radically personalized (more personalized than Last.fm).

This is the perspective of the listener who in some sense, involuntary, becomes a radio station himself, by carrying around networked equipment. It's a technology-effect, it has not much to do with a (conscious) decision to start sending.

What then does the same technological change signify for someone who takes the conscious decision to send? To become a disembodied voice? To represent - what?

I am always a bit disappointed when alternative radio - say artists taking up radio - uses the formats of classic, mainstream radio from the twentieth century, from the high times of 'radio stations', with talk shows, jingles, announcements, phone-ins, and a deejay who talks in between records that he spins. Of course, that was a strong genre.

A note: all the radio programmes that I have fond memories of were held together by a distinctive human voice (like that of Michiel de Ruyter).

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS & COMMENTS!
VOTE FOR THE PROPOSALS OF OTHERS!
JOIN THE DISCUSSION!
here & now: www.coolmediahottalk.net

SPECIAL: ASK THE BEST QUESTION & win the COOL MEDIA PRIZE!
the winner will be selected through direct and open voting

Tickets: 5 euro
Reservations by telephone: +31.20. 55 35 100 (during opening hours of the ticket office)
Or via the Balie website: www.debalie.nl/agenda

De Balie - Centre for Culture and Politics,
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10
Amsterdam
www.debalie.nl