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Hacklandscape

by Álvaro de los Ángeles, 2006

Arcades first appeared in Paris in the first third of the nineteenth century and became increasingly commonplace, as Walter Benjamin points out, with the growth of the textile trade, which marked the beginning of a hitherto unknown relationship between the inhabitant as a customer/buyer (user) and the city. Glass, iron, overhead light and artificial lighting -“The arcades were the setting for the first gas lighting,”‘ wrote Benjamin- covered entire blocks of buildings. This new architectural concept was in keeping with the period of change and the industrial revolution it formed part of. However, it also represented the ubiquity of a city inside a larger city, a clear attempt to create a “new” world inside a known one, while evoking the ideals of progress and well-being, albeit founded on a virtual idea, unreal or unattainable, that the physical and tangible world no longer seemed capable of generating or achieving.

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DE CAMALEONES Y CABALLOS DE TROYA

Selección de obras de Net art

Artistas: Minerva Cuevas (México), Daniel García Andujar (España), Mario García Torres (México), Guillermo Gómez-Peña (México), David Hinojosa Admann (México), Antonio Mendoza (EEUU-Cuba), Ze dos Bois (Portugal), Rafael Marchetti (Argentina) y Raquel Renno (Brasil). Selección: Gustavo Romano
por Gustavo Romano, 2006

Ciertos proyectos en la web pueden ser mejor apreciados si los entendemos no como obras cerradas, sino como intervenciones. Se trata por cierto de intervenciones en un nuevo espacio público, Internet, un espacio de intercambio, de reunión, ámbito de transacciones personales o comerciales.
Pero como toda intervención en un espacio público, la acción debe camuflarse con el entorno y evitar que se perciba su carácter de proyecto artístico. Es que pareciera ser que en el mismo momento en que aparece la palabra arte, la intervención es desenmascarada y pierde toda peligrosidad. La ficción debe agazaparse, mimetizarse con la realidad para mantener su intensidad y poder subvertirla.

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NET(art)WORKING


Selección de proyectos, eventos e iniciativas de Net Art

Proyectos: Borderhack (México), Burn Station, (España), Constitución (España), e-valencia.org (España), Fadaiat (España), Infomera (México), Medellín WIFI (Colombia), Re:combo (Brasil), Red Libre Red Visible (España).
Selección: Gustavo Romano

por Gustavo Romano

Podemos definir “networking” como la acción de promover la creación de redes y sacar provecho de las herramientas de comunicación bidireccional que las nuevas tecnologías nos ofrecen. Partiendo de esta perspectiva, vemos que no todo el net art se ubicaría en esta categoría, sino sólo aquellas propuestas en las que el arte deja de ser un “objeto (aún siendo virtual) hecho por artistas”, para ser una plataforma, un entorno, una máquina de sentido cuyas piezas se van acoplando constantemente en función de la participación que éstas generen.

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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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    Libertad versus seguridad

    por Daniel G Andújar
    Internet está ineludiblemente ligada a los procesos de cambio estructural y de transformación fundamental de nuestra sociedad que, sin duda, está modificando nuestra forma de pensar, consumir, producir, comerciar y, en definitiva, modificando cada una de la actividades que emprendemos. Nuestros miedos y deseos se proyectan de manera extraordinaria sobre Internet, convirtiéndose en un mítico espacio donde algunos ven reflejarse el futuro de nuestra sociedad. Pocos son conscientes de sus verdaderas capacidades y, sobre todo, de la extraordinaria lucha abierta para que estas capacidades continúen siendo explotadas desde el espacio público. Esto, unido a la controversia entorno a los nuevos límites a la libertad, es sin duda uno de los debates centrales de nuestro tiempo. Los Estados sienten que por medio de Internet se les escapa el control de la ciudadanía. Por otro lado, las grandes corporaciones ven necesario un control más efectivo para desarrollar planes como el del comercio electrónico. En nombre de la seguridad, los Estados diseñan estrategias de control que limitan la libertad de los ciudadanos e invaden derechos individuales fundamentales, como el derecho a la privacidad.

    El derecho a la privacidad es un derecho básico necesario para la persona, esto, es algo bastante comprensible; es el derecho a que le dejen a uno sólo con sus cosas; es lo que le salvaguarda de ataques contra su intimidad por parte de gobiernos, corporaciones o vecinos cotillas. La seguridad debe de encontrar sus límites precisamente en la inviolabilidad de este y otros derechos civiles. ¿Por qué entonces hay gobiernos empeñados en traspasar esos límites y en restringir nuestros derechos?

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    The Manfred and Wilhelm Beutel’s Photo Collection

    Daniel García Andújar, E, 1998
    CD-ROM, 50 gerahmte digitale Prints
    Koproduktion: Hartware MedienKunstVerein
    Reservate der Sehnsucht, Dortmunder U, 1998

    Im Rahmen der Ausstellung “Reservate der Sehnsucht” in der ehemaligen Union Brauerei wurde die von Daniel García Andùjar entdeckte Fotosammlung der einstigen Brauereiangestellten Wilhelm und Manfred Beutel präsentiert. Die Sammlung dokumentiert historische Ereignisse aus Dortmund, die im öffentlichen Bewusstsein der Stadt heute nur wenig präsent sind: die Jahre des deutschen Faschismus sowie die fast vollständige Zerstörung der Innenstadt während des Zweiten Weltkrieges.

    Der wesentliche Beitrag von Andújar bei der Präsentation der Sammlung bestand in einem eigens entwickelten geografischen Informationssystem, kurz GIS, mit dem sich von jedem einzelnen Bild der exakte Zeitpunkt der Aufnahme sowie der Standort des Fotografen ermitteln lässt.

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    The Manfred and Wilhelm Beutel Photo Collection

    Daniel García Andújar: The Manfred and Wilhelm Beutel Photo Collection, 1998

    Daniel García Andújar: The Manfred and Wilhelm Beutel Photo Collection, 1998
    CD-ROM, 50 framed digital prints
    Coproduction: Hartware MedienKunstVerein
    Reservate der Sehnsucht, Dortmunder U, 1998

    In the course of the “Reservate der Sehnsucht” exhibition in the former Union brewery, Daniel García Andùjar presented a photograph collection he discovered. Compiled by the former brewery workers Wilhelm and Manfred Beutel, the collection documents episodes in the history of Dortmund which scarcely figure in the city’s contemporary public awareness: the years during the Third Reich, and the almost total destruction of the inner city during World War II.

    Andújar’s main contribution to this presentation was a specially developed geographical information system (GIS) enabling the exact time of shooting, as well as the location of the photographer, to be determined for each picture.

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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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    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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