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Wealth of Nations at Spike Island

PRESS RELEASE 16.09.10 Autumn programme  at Spike Island

Gallery One
Wealth of Nations


Curated by Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies – NAPON (Kristian Lukic, Gordana Nikolic)
Preview: Friday 08 October, 6-9pm. Exhibition runs: 09 October to 28 November alongside Notes Part I, II & III, Charlie Tweed in Gallery Two. Gallery Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11am-5pm
WEALTH OF NATIONS – Daniel Andújar (Spain), Michael Aschauer (Austria), Slavko Bogdanovic (Serbia), Luchezar Boyadjiev (Bulgaria), Heath Bunting (UK), Bureau of Inverse Technology (Melbourne, San Francisco, Berlin), Shu Lea Cheang (France/ USA), Derivart (Spain),
Irational.org – Kayle Brandon (UK) & Heath Bunting (UK), IRWIN (Slovenia), Ola Pehrson (Sweden), Société Réaliste (France), Kate Rich (UK), Vladimir Todorović (Singapore / Serbia)
Curators: Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies – NAPON (Kristian Lukic, Gordana Nikolic)
Independent curators Kristian Lukic and Gordana Nikolic, who collaborate together under the banner of the ‘Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies – NAPON’, have been invited by Spike Island to re-stage their 2009 exhibition ‘Wealth of Nations’.
‘Wealth of Nations’ explores the influences that the economic and financial sectors have on society and consequently, on cultural production through a selection of works by international artists and collectives, some of whom have directly experienced the shift from socialist to liberal political and financial systems. The artists selected by the curators variously investigate the role of the market on the ‘true’ value of an artwork, illustrate stock exchange relations in choral form and parody the commoditisation of nature in new forms of currency. Others explore alternative economic systems from the social and cultural capital traded by artists to quasi-legal trading in real world identities and the historic moral propositions laid down in Islamic Banking.

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Wealth of Nations. Spike Island

Wealth of Nations

09 October – 28 November

Gallery One & Perimeter Gallery

The term “Wealth of Nations” is the title of the seminal book by the Scottish economist Adam Smith, in which he establishes and defends the basics of Liberal Economic Policy. Liberal Economics experienced its peak in the 1990s after the concept of Real Socialism had failed and the global free market had been established. This economy, however, has entered a period of deep crisis in past years and it affects the stability of societies.

This syntax Wealth of Nations is used, on the one hand, as a theme for today’s state of liberal economy and, on the other hand, raises serious questions:
What really constitutes value? Is it social interaction, beliefs and fears along with market indexes? To what extent is money nature or culture? Is money the equivalent of goods, labour, or is it self-referential?

In this group exhibition of international artists and art collectives the notions of (material and immaterial) value, money and debt within today’s society, as well as social practices reaching for alternative models of economy are explored.

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Daniel Andujar / Street access machine (Mašina za ulični pristup)

Programska selekcija: Wealth of Nations

Proizvodi koje nudi „Technologies To The People“ (TTTP), kompanija koju je osnovao Danijel G. Anduhar, idu od „the Street Access Machine®“ (mašine za pristup ulici), preko „the Recovery Card®“ (kartice za oporavak) i „Internet Street Access Machine®“ (internet mašine za pristup ulici), sve do „The Personal Folkcomputer®“ (ličnog narodnog računara). Svi ovi (izmišljeni) proizvodi i tehnologije za cilj imaju da omoguće onima na nižoj društvenoj lestvici da učestvuju u nastalom informatičkom društvu. Dok „Street Access Machine®“ obećava „pristup za svakog”, „Street Access Machine®“ i „Recovery Card®“ omogućavaju prosjacima da primaju uplate putem kreditne kartice. Ovaj projekat razotkriva uverenje koje propagiraju oni koji proizvode srodne produkte (i po kalifornijskoj „ideologiji”), da je potencijal demokratizacije neodvojiv od tehnologije. Svet prikazan kroz TTTP na njihovim posterima i lecima nije ništa pravedniji zahvaljujući upotrebi novih tehnologija, niti je dostupan svima – uprkos tvrdnjama provajdera telekomunikacionih aplikacija. Čak i ako koriste najnovije info-društvene alatke, prosjaci ostaju prosjaci, društveno marginalizovani ostaju društveno marginalizovani. Tehnologije naginju jačanju,više nego menjanju društvenih struktura. Kada je projekat 1996. godine prikazan u Hamburgu, dobili su (pravi) i-mejl od Apple-a, u kojem se iskazuje zainteresovanost te kompanije za (izmišljeni) spektar proizvoda TTTP-a.

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Wealth of Nations

Wealth of Nations Wealth of Nations
Exhibition (6–14th June, Trg Slobode, Novi Sad)
Conference (7th and 8th June, SNP, kamerna scena)

Wealth of Nations is a part of the Cinema City festival and consists of an exhibition and a conference. The term ‘Wealth of Nations’ is the title of the seminal book by the Scottish economist Adam Smith, in which he establishes and defends the basics of Liberal Economic Policy. Liberal Economics experienced its peak in the 1990s after the concept of Real Socialism had failed and the global free market had been established. This economy, however, has entered a period of deep crisis in the past few months and it might, for a shorter or longer period, affect the stability of societies all over the planet. The topic of ‘Wealth of Nations’ this year will delve into the influences that the Economic and Financial sectors have on society and consequently, on cultural production.

The aim of both the exhibition and the conference ‘Wealth of Nations’ is to bring together Art, Theory, Social Sciences and Economics, Cultural Studies and Finance in order to discuss the phenomenon of money within different social and historical contexts and meanings. According to its definition money is : a) a measure of value b) a medium of exchange and c) a medium of capital accumulation. The fact is that money is never solely money as a measure of economic value. It is a measure of value that participates in the constitution, and the control and regulation of both the material and nonmaterial (irrational or imaginary) social body/subject and its relations. From such a position, money can be viewed as the basis of social power, as the main element or measure of value, or as a symbolic or numerical abstraction.
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Bulimia tehnologica

cotdianul.ro
19 Iul 2007 Miron Ghiu

Sau despre cum esti inundat, chiar la tine acasa, de toate adaosurile tehnologice de care nu stiai ca o sa ai nevoie.

De ce calculatorul, telefonul mobil, iPod-ul sau orice alta trusa foarte inteligenta isi doresc, din proprie initiativa, sa incarce si sa iti descarce pe cap noutati. Toate acele add-on-uri care iti populeaza lista de programe. Si la care daca te uiti cu atentie scrie: folosit foarte rar!

Daca intri pe net cu cele mai lucioase browsere, mult mai performante decit clasicele Netscape sau IE, ai sa vezi cum noul iti bate in geam.

Fie ca e vorba de teme grafice sau de noi abilitati de prelucrare a informatiei, Mozilla/Firefox iti ofera, la virful degetelor, o gramada de install-uri lipicioase. De fiecare data cind dai restart ai sa vezi ca de fapt nu e destul ce ai avut pina acum. Tot timpul iti lipseste cite ceva: fie o bara de status care sa te anunte cum stai cu download-urile, fie extensii care sa-ti permita sa trimiti linkuri in contul de del.icio.us fara sa parasesti fereastra browser-ului. Iar daca esti un metablogger respectabil ai nevoie neaparat de ScribeFire – un editor integrat care te lasa sa postezi de cite ori salivezi la vreun www gasit la intimplare.

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Technologies To The People Annual Report 2000

Posted by Rhizomer on February 26, 2001 12:00 am

To our shareholders

Technologies To The People had another remarkable year in 2000. We made major advances in all our key businesses. The demand for great software that helps people work, communicate, and learn is stronger than ever. Our products are doing well because they deliver on these needs.

iStreet Access Machine (iSAM) is proving a great success. Customers appreciate its ability to work better, while its robustness means that iSAM is generating less than half the customer calls of its predecessor (SAM). Integrated with the latest Internet technology, iSAM helps our customers leverage the interactivity of the Internet with the intelligence of the PC. iSAM is making deeper inroads onto the streets, based on its productivity, reliability, and lower total cost of ownership. And iStreet, a compact version of the Street operating system designed for a wide range of intelligent devices, is finding its way into everything from interactive televisions to hand-held computers.

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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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Technologies To The People

Technologies To The People

by Iris Dressler,
«Technologies To The People» In 1996, Daniel García Andújar founded the concern «Technologies To The People,» which brought the «Street Access Machine» on the market the same year: a combination system made up of reading device, special credit card, and public online access, which allows the homeless and other fringe groups to enter the world of plastic money and E-commerce. The trademark-protected «Street Access Machine,» whose design announced the i-Mac Generation in 1996, is perfectly marketed with a corporate identity and comprehensive advertising campaign—flyers, posters, and merchandising materials. Nothing is missing except the corresponding product. Andújar is not concerned with virtual capital for all, but more so with naming the structures of exclusion so gladly denied during the course of the omnipresent cyber-euphoria.[…]

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