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EL TEATRO DEL ARTE. Colección “la Caixa”. Arte Contemporáneo

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Language (property), 1997
Website with trademarked sentences linked with URLs
www.irational.org/tttp/TM/trademark.html
Presented as wall installation

Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos
3 de octubre – 12 enero 2014

El teatro del arte es una exposición que reúne diecisiete obras realizadas por algunos de los autores más relevantes de la Colección de Arte Contemporáneo Fundación “la Caixa”, las cuales configuran un auténtico panóptico sobre algunas de las principales tendencias estéticas desde principios de los ochenta hasta la actualidad.

Instalaciones emblemáticas para la historia del arte, como las de Paul McCarthy, Juan Muñoz, Bruce Nauman o Allan McCollum, conviven junto a piezas de reputados artistas del panorama nacional e internacional, entre los cuales se encuentran Muntadas, Esther Ferrer y Hans-Peter Feldmann. Verdaderos clásicos de los años ochenta y noventa, por ejemplo Carlos Pazos, Katharina Fritsch y Stefan Hablützel, comparten espacio con trabajos muy representativos de la última década, según manifiestan las propuestas de Roni Horn, Jordi Colomer y Jessica Stockholder.

Finalmente, merece destacarse la presencia de artistas cuyas trayectorias empiezan a ser validadas por diversos museos de todo el mundo, como Sharon Lockhart y Daniel García Andújar, quienes muestran sus proyectos al lado de Robin Rhode e Ignacio Uriarte, autores muy jóvenes pero que, sin embargo, se hallan en plena efervescencia creativa.

El proyecto

El arte contemporáneo parece haber radicalizado esa idea, típica del Barroco, según la cual el mundo constituye un enorme teatro donde comedia y tragedia se dan la mano. No obstante, frente al fatalismo que entiende la vida como un monólogo escrito de antemano y, por tanto, irrebatible, numerosos artistas prefirieron elaborar sus propias representaciones, utilizando el museo a la manera de un escenario expandido, donde el espectador es empujado a abandonar su rol de figurante para tomar parte –y arte– de la actuación.

Y es que “The Show Must Go On”, es decir, la ceremonia debe continuar independientemente de cuál será su desenlace, ya venga mediante un lamento apesadumbrado o, por el contrario, después de una sonora carcajada.

Así, la presente exposición intenta rastrear los puntos de encuentro entre la teatralidad y la creación artística contemporánea, las maneras por las cuales los artistas fueron modulando escenografías, declamaciones y ejercicios coreográficos, convirtiendo los espacios expositivos en vastas plateas, insuflándole vida al teatro y teatro al arte.

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Language (property)

Language (property)

Daniel García Andújar – the Spanish media artist better known by his company name Technologies To The People — almost ten years ago created with Language (property) a work addressing the increasing privatization and commodification of language. A plain HTML page presents a list of sentences that have become registered trademarks and thus the property of their corporate owners. Examples include »Where do you want to go today?™« (Microsoft), »A better return on information ™« (SAP), »Moving at the speed of business™« (UPS), »What you never thought possible™« (Motorola). By giving his project the title Remember, language is not free™, Andújar anticipated the disputes surrounding ›intellectual property‹ in the following years (and increasingly evident in the second half of the 1990s with the ruthless scramble for domain names in the World Wide Web). While on the website the individual sentences are linked to the copyright notices of the relevant companies, a large-format, almost ›immersive‹, wall Presented has been chosen for the exhibition.(Inke Arns)

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Short Cuts ? Anschlüsse an den Körper

 

 

Frieze Issue 37 November-December 1997

DASA, Dortmund, Germany

DASA, or the Deutsche Arbeitsschutzausstellung (The German Health and Safety at Work Exhibition) to give it its full title, is a museum in which you can put on a pair of hygienically padded headphones and take a guided tour of the history of work. Behind this is the serious point that working people – whether typing at computers or tapping blast furnaces – are exposed to danger. Ear muffs, goggles and back exercises were all invented to protect the body during the production process. If the mind responsible for that body is to understand how vulnerable it is and how it works, clear images are needed. ‘Short Cuts – Anschlüsse an den Körper. Ein Cross-Over durch Kunst, Wissenschaft und Körperbilder’ (Short Cuts: connections to the body. A criss-cross tour of art, science and images of the body) is the wordy title of an exhibition that provides just that. The 17 artists involved use photography, video, installation and interactive computers. Curators Iris Dressler (art historian) and Hans D. Christ (artist) state that in organising the show they were interested in ‘surfaces’ and not in ‘physical feelings’.

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Short Cuts ? Anschlüsse an den Körper

Martin Pesch

Frieze Issue 37 November-December 1997

DASA, Dortmund, Germany

DASA, or the Deutsche Arbeitsschutzausstellung (The German Health and Safety at Work Exhibition) to give it its full title, is a museum in which you can put on a pair of hygienically padded headphones and take a guided tour of the history of work. Behind this is the serious point that working people – whether typing at computers or tapping blast furnaces – are exposed to danger. Ear muffs, goggles and back exercises were all invented to protect the body during the production process. If the mind responsible for that body is to understand how vulnerable it is and how it works, clear images are needed. ‘Short Cuts – Anschlüsse an den Körper. Ein Cross-Over durch Kunst, Wissenschaft und Körperbilder’ (Short Cuts: connections to the body. A criss-cross tour of art, science and images of the body) is the wordy title of an exhibition that provides just that. The 17 artists involved use photography, video, installation and interactive computers. Curators Iris Dressler (art historian) and Hans D. Christ (artist) state that in organising the show they were interested in ‘surfaces’ and not in ‘physical feelings’.

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un-frieden. sabotage von wirklichkeiten

kunstforum
Band 136, Februar – Mai 1997, Seite 363, AUSSTELLUNGEN

HAMBURG
Jens Rönnau
un-frieden. sabotage von wirklichkeiten

Kunstverein und Kunsthaus in Hamburg, 30.11.1996 – 19.1.1997

540 Künstler aus 31 Ländern der Welt waren 1996 dem Aufruf gefolgt, Konzepte zum Thema “un-frieden. sabotage von wirklichkeiten” einzureichen. Per weltweitem Internet hatten die Ausstellungskuratorinnen Ute Vorkoeper und Inke Arns für eine Beteiligung an diesem Projekt geworben, das im Rahmen der Hamburger Woche der Bildenden Kunst 1996 präsentiert wurde. Nur 34 Projekte davon wählte die Jury für jene Schau in den Räumen von Kunstverein und Kunsthaus Hamburg. Allerdings waren fast alle anderen eingereichten Konzepte den Ausstellungsbesuchern ebenfalls zugänglich: 26 in einem speziellen Konzeptraum, die übrigen in einem Archiv – “ein Ort für Entdeckungen und Vernetzungen”, so die Ausstellungsmacherinnen.

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Research department

Presented as large-format wallpaper installation » The Research Department of Technologies To The People devotes itself to statistically recording and presenting core areas of contemporary life. In regard to levels of technology ownership in the USA, the department tells us that 77.3 % of the population possesses a microwave, but only (only?) 55 % a supermarket price scanner. Another statistic reveals that Washington and California are the federal states in which UFOs are most frequently spotted (New York trails far behind at the other end of the scale). We are also given percentages for the distribution of religions over the continents, beverage consumption in selected countries, the frequency with which types of passwords are cracked, the primary online activities of women, and the distribution of employment in the USA (with data supplied by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U. S. Department of Labor). In the exhibition the statistics are presented as large-format printouts covering the walls of the room dedicated to irational’s Collecting data all over the net project. The collection of all kinds of data (via surveys, for instance, or loyalty cards) combined with the personalization facilitated by increasing linkage with databases has now become a powerful tool for consumer control. With its own requests for sensitive or wholly irrelevant information, irational began from an early date to confront the increasingly apparent mania for collecting data. (Inke Arns)

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Preliminary Basic Application

Presented as online website Daniel G. Andújar’s company Technologies To The People (TTTP) invites interested parties to submit an application to the grants programme of the fictitious Technologies To The People Foundation. A click on the hyperlink takes potential applications to the Preliminary Basic Application, a serious-looking questionnaire which reveals the subtle mechanisms used to collect marketing-relevant data. A notice advises that a fee is payable — by credit card only — prior to submitting an application, and requests for sensitive information are underscored by ironic notices flickering across the screen: »We would appreciate! Strictly confidential!« The form asks for the applicant’s social insurance number and credit card details as well as financially useful data (age group, gender, marital status, occupation), and rounds off the profile by asking for details of religion and race. (Darija Simunovic)

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Awards and Acknowledgements

A long list of awards conceivably and inconceivably bestowed on the Technologies To The People website which, as its makers would have us believe, is »one of the most popular art sites on the internet «. Framed in silver like a collection of especially valuable postage stamps, the some 30 distinctions presented in the original thumbnail format include »Browser Watch — Net Fame!«, »An Internet cool site of the day«, »Magellan Star Site«, »Prescribed by Dr. Webster’s Web Site of the Day«, »Art Dirt« — »Your Webscout Way Cool Site«, and »Orchid Award for Page Excellence«. (Inke Arns)

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Awards and Acknowledgements

A long list of awards conceivably and inconceivably bestowed on the Technologies To The People website which, as its makers would have us believe, is »one of the most popular art sites on the internet «. Framed in silver like a collection of especially valuable postage stamps, the some 30 distinctions presented in the original thumbnail format include »Browser Watch — Net Fame!«, »An Internet cool site of the day«, »Magellan Star Site«, »Prescribed by Dr. Webster’s Web Site of the Day«, »Art Dirt« — »Your Webscout Way Cool Site«, and »Orchid Award for Page Excellence«. (Inke Arns)

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The Body Research Machine

Installation, 1997
Koproduktion: Hartware MedienKunstVerein
Courtesy: Technologies To The People
Seit 2000 in modifizierter Form in der ständigen Sammlung der Deutschen Arbeitsschutzausstellung, Dortmund
Shortcuts. Anschlüsse an den Körper, 1997

“THE BODY RESEARCH MACHINE© nutzt neuartige Technologien, die auf hochentwickelten biometrischen Technologien basieren, um komplexe Daten über den menschlichen Körper zu erfassen. Die Maschine sendet Ultraschall-Wellen durch den Körper, die in Phasen-Daten aufgespaltet werden. Sie sucht dabei jede Sektion des Körpers nach interessanten Informationen ab und überträgt sämtliche Eingangssignale in eine spezielle Computerdatenbank.

Das Datenbanksystem, das von TECHNOLOGIES TO THE PEOPLE© eigens entwickelt wurde, beruht auf dem Aufbau verschiedener Atommodelle und kann individuelle Aminosäurestrukturen Atom für Atom nachbauen. Diese und andere Daten werden in unserer Zentraldatenbank gespeichert. Die gewonnenen Daten können schließlich mit den DNA-Ketten einer GenBank verglichen werden.

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