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Artefact 2012 THE SOCIAL CONTRACT

14 > 23 February 2012
STUK arts centre Leuven

The theme of this eleventh edition of Artefact is The Social Contract. That term has been used in political and philosophical theories since the 17th century, but still emerges regularly today, in interviews with politicians, political party programs and debates. Even the early adopters of the social contract theory, such as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, used and interpreted the concept in different ways. The classic interpretation concerns the relation between the individual as a citizen and a political entity, in which the individual sacrifices part of his freedom and power in order for the state to offer safety and social and economic security to the citizen. But what is the position of the social contract in our current times of crisis in a globalized world?

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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF IRATIONAL.ORG: Tools, Techniques and Events 1996-2006 in Novi Sad

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF IRATIONAL.ORG: Tools, Techniques and Events 1996-2006

Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina
Dunavska 37, Novi Sad, Serbia

Curators: Inke Arns (Dortmund) and Jacob Lillemose (Kopenhagen)
Dates: 28. October – 27. November 2008. from 9-17h, during weekends from 9-14h; Museum is closed on Mondays.

Production:
New Media Center_kuda.org, Novi Sad, http://www.kuda.org
Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, http://www.hmkv.de

Co-producers of the show:
Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, http://www.msuv.org
Institute for Flexible Culture and Technologies – Napon, Novi Sad, http://www.napon.org

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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF IRATIONAL.ORG (Predivni svet irational.org-a)

Izložba čuvenih pionira net.arta

kustosi:Inke Arns, Jakob Lilemoze (Jacob Lillemose)

Muzej savremene umetnosti Vojvodine, Novi Sad

Dunavska 37, Novi Sad

28. Oktobar – 27. Novembar 2008.

Otvaranje izložbe: Utorak 28. Oktobar, u 20:00 časova

Producent izložbe:

Muzej savremene umetnosti Vojvodine, Novi Sad

Koproducenti izložbe :

Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund

Centar za nove medije_kuda.org, Novi Sad

Institut za fleksibilne kulture i tehnologije – Napon, Novi Sad

Irational je neformalna grupa šest internacionalnih net i medijskih umetnika koji su se svojevremeno okupili oko servera irational.org, kojeg je osnovao britanski net umetnik Heath Bunting 1996. Članovi Irational.org su: Daniel G. Andujar (Valensija/Španija), Rachel Baker (London/Velika Britanija), Kayle Brandon (Bristol/Velika Britanija), Heath Bunting (Bristol/Velika Britanija), Minerva Cuevas (Mexico City/Meksiko), Marcus Valentine (Bristol/Velika Britanija)

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La obra ‘Kournikova’ critica las leyes de propiedad intelectual

Anna Kournikova, la Sirenita y Mowgly son algunos de los personajes reinterpretados con técnicas de ‘sampleado’, copia, apropiación y plagio
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R. B. / S. C. 18/09/2008
Ciberpaís

Año 2067, los diarios anuncian la muerte de la ex tenista y modelo Anna Kournikova eliminada con un potente rayo láser enviado desde un satélite, por haber sido erróneamente confundida con una imitación de sí misma.

El terrible incidente ha sido posible porque, según elucubra el artista estadounidense David Rice, en el futuro las estrellas como Kournikova, patentarán su aspecto físico y se protegerán de las copias a través de un sistema vía satélite capaz de identificar y eliminar los parecidos no autorizados.

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Kunst im Zeitalter des geistigen Eigentums

Arbeit 2.0 Anna Kournikova Deleted By Memeright Trusted System

Die Ausstellung im Hartware MedienKunstVerein beschäftigt sich mit dem wandelnden Begriff der Arbeit in einer postindustriellen Gesellschaft. Vom 19. Juli bis zum 19. Oktober 2008 zeigen 25 Künstler und Künstlerinnen in Dortmund, was ihnen zum Thema Urheberrecht und Kunst eingefallen ist.


Was hat der sich wandelnde Begriff der Arbeit mit „geistigem Eigentum“ zu tun? In einer postindustriellen Gesellschaft werden nicht mehr allein materielle Güter (wie Stahl, Kohle etc.) produziert, sondern zunehmend mehr immaterielle Güter. Es gibt jedoch einen signifikanten Unterschied: Immaterialgüter wie Wissen und Informationen lassen sich verlustfrei reproduzieren. Um in einer Wertschöpfungskette funktionieren zu können, müssen diese Immaterialgüter daher in ihrer Verbreitung eingeschränkt werden – und zwar mit Hilfe des Patent-, des Urheber- und des Markenschutzrechts. All dies sind Formen „geistigen Eigentums“.

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Anna Kournikova Deleted By Memeright Trusted System

Art in the Age of Intellectual Property
PHOENIX Halle Dortmund, July 19 – October 19, 2008


‘You can’t use it without my permission … I’m gonna sue your ass!’ shouts Disney’s Little Mermaid with the angry voice of a copyright lawyer in the video Gimme the Mermaid (4:49 min., 2000).

The video by Negativland and Tim Maloney, situated at the exhibition entrance, is only one of more than twenty works included in ‘Anna Kournikova Deleted By Memeright Trusted System: Art in the Age of Intellectual Property’, an exhibition presented by Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) It is part of Arbeit 2.0 – copyright and creative work in the digital age, one of thirteen projects in Germany funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation focusing on ‘The Future of Labour.’ In the framework of Arbeit 2.0, HMKV – together with the Berlin-based collaborative partner iRights.info/mikro e.V. – explores the relationships between creative work, intellectual property law, and technology (www.iRights.info).

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Armed citizen

Armed citizen

Presented in the exhibition as an upgrade of almost 100 images, the internet project Armed Citizen shows a series of 17 small arms. No information is given on their origins. Who owns them? Are they being used as criminal evidence? Are they perhaps murder weapons? Who does the ›armed citizen‹ of the title refer to — the police? Or a citizens’ defence group that has taken up arms? Is there some allusion to the liberal firearms laws in the United States, to bloody incidents like the amok shootings that took place in Columbine High School, Colorado, in 1999, or in the Gutenberg Gymnasium in Erfurt in 2002? Armed Citizen is difficult to pin down. But it is safe to assert that it deals with an indeterminate feeling of fear and menace, and, by association, with the growing longing for security in a world felt to be increasingly less safe. The exhibition deliberately groups Armed Citizen in a kind of »security zone« together with Heath Bunting’s CCTV and Rachel Baker and Heath Bunting’s CCTV Sabotag — further irational works pointing to the essential futility of technology — or weapons based protective measures. (Inke Arns)

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Irational’s Finest, or The Art of Movement Through Space

by Inke Arns

Hardly a day goes by without some news item about the discovery of a carefully concealed crop of genetically modified maize, about liquid explosives in airplanes and bombs inside suitcases on trains, about calls for blanket video surveillance, about the global spread of avian ’flu. We wonder when the virus will reach our own part of the world, have long begun to feel the pinch of economic cutbacks in Germany, to notice the effects of climate change, and cannot help but think: Life’s harder than it used to be.

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On the Contemporaneity of Media Arts

by Inke Arns (published in: Nam June Paik Award 2006, Frankfurt am Main 2006)
Almost ten years ago with Language (property), Spanish media artist Daniel Garcia Andujar, better known under his company name Technologies to the People, developed a work which addressed the increasing privatisation and commodification of language. On a simple HTML page he listed phrases which have been registered as trademarks, and with that, had become the property of their respective owners, for example, “Where do you want to go today?TM” (Microsoft), “A better return on informationTM” (SAP), “Moving at the speed of businessTM” (UPS), “What you never thought possibleTM” (Motorola). By entitling this project “Remember, language is not freeTM” Andujar anticipated the disputes concerning “intellectual property”, which emerged in the following years (visible as early as the second half of the 1990s in the fierce battles for the allocation of domain names on the world wide web).

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