Archives for February, 2009

 Voyage en URLThis article is about Collectif 1.0.3 and their multimedia work called Voyage en URL. Voyage en URL invites us to a mental trip, “a peregrination into the flow of our navigation”, made by software’s downloading (available for windows and mac) picking up and archiving, as a dynamic process that traces our drifts from one URL address to another. Here there are no palpable maps or territories but a poetic vibration which represents a digital portrait of our wanders in the spiderweb, as a virtual representation of a train of thought by the web.

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Cinema

Cultural diversity has become a universal concept and it is frequently used in contemporary art and culture. However, it is doubtful whether there exists the orientation of diversity in the cultural policy between mainstream and fringe. We couldn’t help considering this problem reflecting on Screen Quota System and Cinematheque Operation System in Korea.

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Scale plan For Münster’s “Sculpture Projects” in 2007, Dominique Gonzales Foerster makes a Roman de Münster, which consists in scale-downs of emblematic projects realized for the former editions. What’s the plan?

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Komedya - Florian PugnaireThis third episode presents Komedya, a documented fiction realized by Florian Pugnaire, and analyzes its display in a group exhibition in la Maison, galerie singuliere in december 2008, in order to finally open on relations between Art, History and Media.

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Conversation Map - Warren Sack

As the third episode of Tactical Networks and Simulations, I would like to introduce an online interview I’ve done with Warren Sack through e-mail around his project titled Conversation Map.

Conversation Map is a graphical browser for very large-scale conversations (VLSCs) that is designed to make it easier for participants to understand and reflect on a wider network of social semantic relations by analyzing several thousands messages at a time belonging to large mailing-lists or busy Usenet newsgroups.

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Migration for Education - Student projectThe third part of Archive-Practice considers the Armenian Open University, Department of Fine Arts. Since the second part of the 1980s it was one of the spaces in Yerevan which was providing an alternative for the discussions, meetings and realization of different artistic projects, as well as focusing on Armenian contemporary art developments. In 1998 it transformed into a more official space, as Department of Fine Arts which continued to provide a unique type of art education.

Interview with Ruben Arevshatyan.

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Vue des collections permanentes - MAMAC, Nice.This post is composed of two parts:

The first one deals with the effects and influences of the image on the representation of ourselves. The theoretical part introduces Donald Woods Winicott, an English psychiatrist, who gives definitions about the construction and development of our “Self” (French translation is “notre Moi”). How can the online life modify our representation of ourselves?
I also introduce Sherry Turkle, an American psychologist and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. This center of research and reflection evolves connections between people and artifacts which come out in her analysis of the “subjective side” of people’s relationships with technology, especially computers.
The second part is my interview with Marianna Hovhannisyan, a young curator, concerning her personal research on the process of archiving. Her enquiry towards this topic has so far produced two interviews that are online, part of a planned sequence presenting the archives in relation with practices in the field of art.

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kh2Today’s art has become by degrees subjective with cultural diversity, on the other hand art makes convocations by itself. They are sometimes collected under the authority of notion of exhibition, sometimes represent by themselves on the artistic cooperation like a case of Koo and Harvey’s Collaborations.

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Over there/là-bas - Chantal Akcerman - 2006This second episode gathers two documentaries together realized one year apart in Israel. These documentaries, Over there by Chantal Ackerman and Avenge But One Of My Two Eyes by Avi Mograbi, are set in comparison to consider how they both deal with the different problematics we can find in the category of documentary.

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International Summer School of Art Curator, Yerevan, Armenia. 2007During my posts, I will develop this Archive-Practice research proposition by focusing on four experiences based in Armenia. Each offers a concrete situation made interesting by their particular problematic and history. The second episode considers the International Summer School for Art Curators in Yerevan, which since 2006 is organized yearly by AICA Armenia.

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Has straightened - Dmitry GutovThe Shiryaevo Biennial (Russia) is oriented to a concept of process, from the realization of artworks to their installation to their reception. Instead of relying on the model of the guides and docents touring the public through to understand the artworks, they started the Biennial concept with the guided tour as a format. Case study on two artists who used this inside their works in this framework, Dmitry Gutov and Peter Haury & Elke Hammelstein.

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Happy World - Kang Ik-JoongIn Singapore Art Museum at what was called the The Korean Contemporary Show, it requires consideration in relation to development of Korean contemporary painting from modernism to now. Also it represents these questions: how do they maintain their cultural identity? and how it can be transmitted to the next generation?

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Battle of Orgreave - June 1984This second episode introduces a link between collective identity and its history connected to traumatic historical events.
Jeremy Deller, a British artist has proposed a work The Re-enactment which had a deep impact on the collective identity of social history in England.

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The road to Bethlehem - Aleem MaqboolThe first simulation I would like to introduce is The road to Bethlehem, a project by BBC Middle East correspondent Aleem Maqbool.

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Chris Harrison - Internet Map: Connection DensityAn introduction to Tactical Networks and Simulations.

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I would like to focus my research on the relationships between art practice and collective identity. As the individual identity is structured by the different representations a subject has of themselves, I would like to open a discussion about the representations that are constructed for the collective identity. Art practice is a possibility of a collective experience through common identifications. I could as well question the notion of subjectivity through the collective experience.

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Cultural identity and representation, this subject comes from the question about how to interpret national specificity in contemporary art. I would like to consider this subject from two major angles such as historical context and current state of cultural identity focused on the case of Korean Contemporary art.

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The listener - Armine Hovhannisyan These weekly posts will set up a dialogue within certain concrete practices in contemporary art which are trying to develop an alternative process of archiving. They will consider the process of archiving related with the present underlining the importance of the concrete practices and initiatives in the specific art situations and contexts. One aim of the process of archiving is to have an input and responsibility in terms of an educational and pedagogical sense, which will be examined as a tactic against the gaps in history and as a bridge between generations.

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This first episode deals with the definition of borders from the general sense of the word to its specificity in art, and linked to the terminology used by Theodore Adorno in a conference held in the Berlin Arts Academy in 1966.

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This Season 18 section will deal with the narrative structures inside exhibition spaces. Over the episodes, I would approach this notion of “narrative” in the artists’ artworks / solo exhibitions and make it get wider to curators’ displays.
Why is the exhibition place somewhere special for the transmission of some story, witness or fact? Why do artists choose such a place for such a form? Is this a place for a rumor that could then grow?

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