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TOOLS OF DISTORTED CREATIVITY Transmediale 2013 BWPWAP Berlin/DE:29.01-03.02.2013

Transmediale 2013 BWPWAP Berlin/DE:29.01-03.02.2013

 

To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. – Mark TwainSoftware is mind control—get some. – i/o/d

Through a selection of 13 artists, Tools of Distorted Creativity questions the notion of creativity that has been instrumental to the development of the personal computer, from its first stationary instantiations in the 1980s to today’s mobile devices. Since its introduction, the personal computer has embodied the dream of the creative machine that allows the user to expand and explore her creative potential, rather than making her a slave of the machine. The personal computer itself is, however, only half of this story about machine-aided creativity. The other and equally important half of the story are the software tools at the user’s disposal within the machine environment. Each of these hundreds of thousands of tools presents certain forms of perception, ways of thinking and modes of acting, that in turn activate certain kinds of creativity. So rather than being a general notion, creativity needs to be recognized as a multiplicative and diverse form of practice. Creativity also needs recognition as the source of open potential for tools yet to be invented.

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transmediale 2012 Programme Overview

/ Tuesday 31 Jan 2012 – Opening Night

17:00
transmediale 2012 Exhibition Vernissage
Dark Drives. Uneasy Energies in technological Times curated by Jacob Lillemose

with artworks from Ant Farm, William S. Burroughs and Antony Balch, Art 404, Bjørn Erik Haugen, Bureau of Inverse Technology (B.I.T.), Chris Burden, Chris Cunningham/Aphex Twin, Constant Dullaart, Costanza Candeloro and Luca Libertini, Daniel García Andújar / Technologies To The People, Heath Bunting, Jack Caravanos (Blacksmith Institute), Vibek Raj Maurya, Jaromil, Jennifer Chan, JK Keller, JODI, jon.satrom, Junko & Mattin, Marcelina Wellmer, Matteo Giordano, Karla Grundick and Mistress Koyo, Paidia Institute, Peter Luining, Ruth White, SPK, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Sture Johannesson, Nikola Tesla, Jay Dahl, TR Kirstein, Tracy Cornish, UBERMORGEN.COM, VNS Matrix, [epidemiC], Franco Berardi, Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG

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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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Fri software på overfladen, bag skærmen og i et kulturelt kalejdoskop: X-Devian

[Essay] Jacob Lillemose fortæller i dette essay om Daniel Garcia Andújars installation X-Devian. The New Technologies To The People System og om baggrunden for dette værk
Af Jacob Lillemose
Foto: Århus Kunstbygning

Udstillingen X-Devian. The New Technologies To The People System blev vist i Århus Kunstbygning fra 12. maj til 10. juni 2007
www.aarhuskunstbygning.dk

 
Udstillingsbillede fra Århus Kunstbygning

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Free Software on the Surface, Behind the Screen and in a Cultural Kaleidoscope: X-Devian.

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By Jacob Lillemose

In 1999, when the art and technology festival Ars Electronica awarded The Golden Nica, first prize in the ”.net” category, to the programmer Linus Torvalds for his development of the Linux operating system, it was pointing in general to the relationship between free software and art, and more specifically to the affinity between free software and that part of contemporary art which is concerned with software’s constantly increasing influence on social, economic and political conditions. Like Linux, this part of contemporary art works against the proprietary software industry’s standardization, repression and rationalization of the software culture, and instead explores alternate possibilities for freeing the software culture through more open, expressive and speculative processes.
On a more indirect level, Ars Electronica’s choice of Linux also emphasized another relationship between free software and this contemporary art, i.e. the idea informing both that software is not just a question of programming, but of producing culture – of understanding and using technology as a means of engaging in a social context. According to the founder of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) Richard Stallman, free software is about ”practical material advantages” but also about ”what kind of society we want to live in, and what constitutes a good society”. 1 Stallman himself imagines an extremely collective and creative society founded on the freedom to ”use, study, copy, modify and redistribute software”. For him, the free software’s fundamental abolishment of intellectual property rights represents a chance to structurally and conceptually ”reprogram” society for the better, and this is an opinion he shares with much of contemporary art.

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X-devian

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  • X-Devian. The New Technologies To The People System
  • 2003-
  • Social event in public space: production, promotion and distribution of FLOSS software and advertising video x-devian.org
  • Presented with advertising video in the exhibition, and during the Irational Action Weekend in Dortmund Judging from the aesthetics x-devian looks like your standard commercial proprietary software. With its minimalistic »X« and slogan reading »With over 150 innovative new features, it’s like having an all-new computer«, the stylishly designed black-and-white cover effectively signals that this product means business — which it does. However, the content and not least the ethics of the product is explicitly opposed to the software culture promoted by neo-liberal corporations like Microsoft and Apple. As a bootable operating system (i. e. it does not need to be installed on your computer but can be run directly from the portable disk) based on GNU/Linux, x-devian is involved not in the business of capitalism but of free and shared culture. The system represents a comprehensive conceptual and practical reconfiguration of the economics of mainstream software culture. To use it, no investment in expensive software or hardware is necessary. Just insert the disk – which your can order for free at the X-Devian website – in your personal computer and you are ready to “go free”. Thus with X-Devian Technologies To The People invites the common user to experience and reflect upon the alternative wonders of Free and Libre Open Source Software, the true social and political »evolution of the species« in the computer age. (Jacob Lillemose)

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    TTTP Promotional video

    • 1998
    • DVD

    Presented on a monitor » Like every other company Technologies To The People (TTTP) is highly aware of (the value of) its public image and how this image is presented through different media. In this promotional video a number of international tech-economic experts praise the values and ethics of TTTP. However, originally the experts were not hired and paid by TTTP but by its market rivals — global corporations like Dell, Microsoft, and so forth. The promotional video strings together sequences hijacked from corporate PR videos and the abstract concepts they use to deliver ultra-positive descriptions of their companies’ imagined role in the world. Thus, it adopts the language and visuals of business to promote the rival notion of a human-centred and common culture, subtly and humorously confronting the viewer with the question of which of the two cultural economies one wants to define ›freedom‹, ›the future‹, and not least ›access to technology‹. (Jacob Lillemose)

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