About the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse at UIO
Here is some conspiracy theory about my own avatar lurking around in Amsterdam while I was fully occupied by trying to solve the connection problem….
However it was great that the Orchestra could play in the end. Unfortunately, problem solving took so long that we could not discuss Second Life as a public space which was my intention. One nice thing about the performance besides the quality of the concert was that there were other avatars lingering around in virtual Amsterdam who did not have a clue what was going on. Lovely how the playing avatars were animated, jumping and flying around creating these swirls.
Banal? Some interim conclusions….
Public art is not necessarily about public space. Now public space is hybrid space.
It’s about art which reaches a public without asking for permission.
It’s about interference, but at the same time demands the artist’s responsibility for the public.
Interventionist art sometimes follows too easily the current design trend to create drama and event.
Curators and artists should be given a lot of money and time for public art.
Public art should not give politicians the chance to shift their responsibility to artists.
Public art should operate under the radar.
The artist has to reveal the ‘underground’, the ‘infrastructure.’
Public art is a process in society.
The deployment of public art for the sake of urban regeneration is doubtful.
Both artists and curators must be aware of their pimps.
A party is not public art.
The Head sees Jan Inge Reilstad presenting at UIO conference
Open Forum Presentations
Through the open call for the Open Forum we received a number of very interesting projects which will be presented and discussed on Saturday, 15 September between 14:45 and 16:00.
VISITOR beta by Silver & Hanne Rivrud
IKKELYD (NO-SOUND) and MASSELYD (ALL-SOUND) by NODE
TILGIVELSE by Aase-Hilde Brekke
ORCHESTRAL INVESTIGATIONS OF SECOND LIFE by Avatar Orchestra Metaverse
Preview of new site-specific work in Drammen
At the end of the first UIO conference day, Emil Martin Krudøl will give an exclusive preview of the three new works commissioned for the motorway bridge in Drammen, Norway. Krudøl was a consultant to the project.
AND ALSO THE OTHER PART SHOULD BE HEARD by Marit G. Arnekleiv
TEMPERATURE TIMEPROJECT by Gunnar H. Gundersen
LISTEN by Istvan Lisztes
Vil du presentere ditt prosjekt på konferansen «The Porous City»?
Fredag 14. og lørdag 15. september arrangerer Atelier Nord en konferanse om kunst i byrom som særlig problematiserer forholdet mellom det offentlige og det private. Konferansen har tittelen «The Porous City: Art claiming the urban void» og arrangeres på Fabrikken, Nedregate 7, Oslo.
Under konferansen skal det være et åpent forum. Vi inviterer kunstnere til å presentere prosjekter som tematiserer offentlig rom eller foregår i offentlig rom.
Hvis du er interessert må du skrive til firstname.lastname@example.org innen onsdag 5. september. Dette må være med:
Presentasjonene må foregå på engelsk. Hvis det blir stor pågang vil ikke alle få anledning til å delta. Vi bekrefter at du skal presentere senest fredag 7. september. Spørsmål kan rettes til email@example.com eller på 23060880.
Konferansen er knyttet til utstillingen urban interface | oslo som er i bydelene Grünerløkka, Tøyen og Grønland fra 14. september til 7. oktober.
The Porous City: Art claiming the urban void
Exhibition 14 September – 7 October 2007 Conference 14 + 15 September 2007
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Conference The Porous City: Art claiming the urban void
Today’s city is a porous and dynamic terrain; the physical world constantly interfaces with the immaterial sphere of electronic and digital data which can easily and unobtrusively cross physical borders. At the same time, the complexity of the city and the widely undefined boundaries between private and public space create a variety of urban voids and grey areas calling for occupation and definition.
The Porous City is a two-day conference on contemporary art practices responding to the multivalent porousness of the urban environment. Artists, theoreticians and curators will discuss the constraints and potential of the urban voids and loopholes, contributing to a contemporary conception of art in public space.
The first day of the conference will focus on the impact of electronic, digital and mobile media on the city. The ubiquitous use of digital, networked and mobile technologies raises new questions about conditions of both private and public spaces. Imperceptible surveillance systems and spy bots, the semi-private on-line forums, the use of the cell phone in public space, easy-to-tap-in wireless data transmission in general – they all have a strong impact on our understanding of private and public space – demanding precise definitions and demarcations of these spaces.
Particularly the 70’s and 80’s celebrated the idea of new technology supporting an open, democratic and networked society. Although these optimistic expectations were not fulfilled, the potential of intercultural and intersocial communication still inhere in new media.
When it comes to public art, new media is capable of occupying physical, virtual and hybrid spaces, offering multiple points of access. In addition, the processual and audiovisual nature of new media results in multifaceted and time-based perception of this type of public art.
Building on the technology centred discourse of the first day, the second day will try to localise interventionist and process-based art within the public art field, the art market and art funding. We will look closely at how these works push the boundaries of the public art genre for its own good and the effect this has on the understanding of urban culture. Emphasis will be laid on the analysis of artistic strategies which invite the audience to interact, contribute to and become active voices in the public sphere.
On both days, the artists who created works forwill introduce the audience to their artworks, thus illuminating practical and conceptual issues related to public art production and the specific terrain of Oslo’s public space.
In addition, the Open Forum on day two will provide a platform for artists and designers to present current, upcoming and past projects to the conference’s audience and speakers. The Open Forum aims to provide an interactive exchange of knowledge and perspectives on the topic of public art. It gives its presenters the opportunity to draw attention to their individual art practice and to benefit from responses by the target audience.
More to come.