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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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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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Rebelión a bordo (o Disidencia en la Red):Llegan los hacktivistas.

Laura G. De Rivera.

La mercantilización de Internet y los abusos de poder están en la diana de los hacktivistas. La Red deja de ser sólo un medio de comunicación para convertirse en el campo y objetivo mismo de la contienda. Sus acciones reúnen a personas de todo el mundo a través de Internet. “Las redes ayudan a construir redes. Esto sucede rápidamente a través del correo electrónico, que es nuestro método principal de trabajo”. Así lo afirma Ricardo Domínguez, fundador del movimiento de Desobediencia Civil Electrónica y uno de los primeros hacktivistas de la historia, que saltó a Internet al calor del zapatismo digital a comienzos de 1998. “Con la nueva tecnología de redes colectivas, los militares y los estados no serán las únicas comunidades capaces de acceder a la distribución de la información. Los civiles también podrán”, añade.

Para muchos, el hacktivismo es una forma de delincuencia encubierta que amenza el orden establecido. Para otros, se trata más bien de trasladar los medios de acción política desde la calle a Internet. Entre los primeros están, cómo no, el gobierno de EE UU, que tras el 11 de septiembre se sintió con más derecho a extremar las restricciones en la privacidad de las comunicaciones en el ciberespacio. Ya lo hacía antes con la sofisticada maquinaria de vigilancia absoluta Echelon que tiene capacidad para espiar todas nuestros comunicaciones comunicaciones electrónicas, estemos o no bajo su jurisdicción legal.

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Rebelión a bordo (o Disidencia en la Red): Llegan los hacktivistas.

Hack

Por: Laura G. De Rivera.

La mercantilización de Internet y los abusos de poder están en la diana de los hacktivistas. La Red deja de ser sólo un medio de comunicación para convertirse en el campo y objetivo mismo de la contienda. Sus acciones  reúnen a personas de todo el mundo a través de Internet. “Las redes ayudan a construir redes. Esto sucede rápidamente a través del correo electrónico, que es nuestro método principal de trabajo”. Así lo afirma Ricardo Domínguez, fundador del movimiento de Desobediencia Civil Electrónica y uno de los primeros hacktivistas de la historia, que saltó a Internet al calor del zapatismo digital a comienzos de 1998. “Con la nueva tecnología de redes colectivas, los militares y los estados no serán las únicas comunidades capaces de acceder a la distribución de la información. Los civiles también podrán”, añade.

Para muchos, el hacktivismo es una forma de delincuencia encubierta que amenza el orden establecido. Para otros, se trata más bien de trasladar los medios de acción política desde la calle a Internet. Entre los primeros están, cómo no, el gobierno de EE UU, que tras el 11 de septiembre se sintió con más derecho a extremar las restricciones en la privacidad de las comunicaciones en el ciberespacio. Ya lo hacía antes con la sofisticada maquinaria de vigilancia absoluta Echelon que tiene capacidad para espiar todas nuestros comunicaciones comunicaciones electrónicas, estemos o no bajo su jurisdicción legal.

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Technologies to the People® – Our Sponsor, or: How we got the attention of both Apple™ and the left German art critique

by Inke Arns, Berlin, June 2000 <inke@snafu.de>

written for Technologies to the People [d.i. Daniel Garcia Andujar], La sociedad informacional, catalogue, to be published in August 2000 [English / Spanish]

„I am not fond of manipulation, and I think you should not use it for political aims.” (1)
(Left-wing squatter in Berlin, April 2000)
In 1996-1997 together with Ute Vorkoeper we organized and curated the international exhibition project discord. sabotage of realities (2) which took place in the Kunstverein and the Kunsthaus in Hamburg. The exhibition was part of the Hamburg Week of Visual Arts 1996, partly funded by the city’s Cultural Office. Artists worldwide were invited to submit artistic concepts dealing with today’s more and more un-peaceful political and social realities. The organizers received more than 500 concepts from 31 countries. The actual exibition discord was divided into six thematic zones focussing on control (security/insecurity), news services (disinformation), everyday (alienation), border politics (walking the tightrope), state machineries (law, discipline, repression), science fiction & economy (the administration of the future) and included an international selection of 34 artistic works most of which were premiered in the exhibition, and 26 additional artistic concepts from 18 countries.

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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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Street Access Machine®

isam press

Presented with original posters » Products offered by Technologies To The People (TTTP), the company founded by Daniel G. Andújar, range from the Street Access Machine® over the Recovery Card® and Internet Street Access Machine® to the Personal Folkcomputer®. All of these (fictitious) products and technologies aim to allow the socially underprivileged to participate in the emergent information society. While the Internet Street Access Machine® promises »access for all«, the Street Access Machine® and Recovery Card® enables beggars to accept payment by credit card. The project unmasks the belief, propagated by those who manufacture the associated products (and by »Californian ideology«*), that a democratizing potential is inherent to technology. The world shown by TTTP on its posters and leaflets is neither more just thanks to the deployment of these new technologies, nor is it accessible to all — despite the claims made by providers of telecommunications applications. Even if they use the latest info-society tools, beggars remain beggars, the socially marginalized remain socially marginalized. Technologies tend to reinforce, rather than alter, social structures. When the project was presented in Hamburg in 1996, a (bona fide) mail was received from Apple, announcing the company’s interest in the (fictitious) product range of TTTP.** (Inke Arns)

  • See Richard Barbrook & Andy Cameron: Die kalifornische Ideologie, in: Telepolis, 5 February 1997, www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel1/1007/1.html
    • un-frieden. sabotage von wirklichkeiten — discord.sabotage of realities, Kunstverein and Kunsthaus Hamburg, 1996, curated by Inke Arns and Ute Vorkoeper, see www.projects.v2.nl/~arns/Archiv/Discord/. In regard to the participation of Technologies To The People, see also Inke Arns: Technologies to the People® — Our Sponsor, or: How we got the attention of both AppleTM and the left German art critique. In: Technologies to the People®. Annual Report 2000 [i. e. Daniel G. Andujar], Alicante 2001, www.projects.v2.nl/~arns/Texts/tp.html
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