NINA JAN BEIER AND MARIE JAN LUND
You us or you me
Nina Jan Beier and Marie Jan Lund create situations with their own sets of rules and document the consequences that ensue for the people they get involved. They set tasks that focus on the space between the individual and group. Their work is not media-specific but is tied together by their personal fascination with group dynamics and a study of identity.
“The exhibition title ‘You us or you me’, refers to the situation where you aren’t sure if the ‘You’ includes only you or you and your partner/group. We are interested in this field where the individual ends and the group begins.”
The staged photographs and video clips show how Nina and Marie set up different abstract games for groups of people to play out. The artists are spending two weeks at SPACEX, initiating activities with people from the local area, which will be filmed and shown alongside their previous work. This will then tour internationally to Ljubljana and M+R Gallery, London.
‘Sing like we sing’ has been made during the artists’ stay. Nina and Marie worked with Songlines, a local choir, who were asked to follow the artists singing a song written specifically for them by the artists. The choir divided themselves into two groups and without rehearsal mimicked the two artists each tentatively singing their part in a harmony.
The exhibition showcases a newly commissioned series of photographs where the artists have asked the subjects to position themselves ‘in the order of who is most outstanding’. Each photograph is supported with a narrative of their experiences and an insight into the different ways that the groups reacted.
Nina and Marie have made a collection of ‘common objects’ for everyone to interact with. The objects, made in leather or ceramics, invite two people to use them together. They reference functional objects, but once taken into use they become dysfunctional. The objects initiate situations in the gallery space which create tension between the users.
Playing with social customs, the artists manipulate their subjects with the authority of the camera. The situations both lean against and detach themselves from everyday life and the artists let us observe instinctive human reactions and relations as they play out in the simplest forms.
Nina and Marie, both from Denmark, met studying at the Royal College of Art. They are founders of Janfamily, a collaborative artist’s group based in London. Janfamily is a platform for individual artists who take on the middle name ‘Jan’ to signal a relation. They have recently shown at Blackblock in Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Queensnailsannex, San Fransisco; and M+R Gallery London. Following the award of a Danish Arts Council ‘Talent Grant’, Nina and Marie will be launching a DVD publication at SPACEX. Further information is available at: www.ninajanbeier-mariejanlund.com.
This exhibition is supported by M+R Gallery, London and Habitat, 21-22 Queen St, Exeter, www.habitat.net
NINA JAN BEIER AND MARIE JAN LUND
Interview with GARRETT LYNCH
Initially I studied as a Visual Communicator in art to design, training to design for static media and then non-linear and interactive media. Subsequent to this I worked for a number of years as a designer and programmer, primarily in the web and CD-ROM industry in the late nineties and early part of the millennium, which allowed me focus my artistic work solely in new media and continue my studies to a postgraduate level.
My interest in media, whether it be for art or design, has always been of a visual nature but has evolved over time to be temporal, digital, non-linear, interactive and most importantly networked.
Post dot com boom I made the transition to teaching at universities in England which I continue to the present. My art work centers around ideas of networked art.
> Where you from?
I am Irish, lived in Cork, my home city, until the age of 18 when I moved to England for the first time to pursue my artistic career and research. For the last ten years I have been living in England or France.
> When do you create ?
There is no specific time for me to create. The act of creating, actually manifesting my work in a form for others to see / hear / touch / smell / taste (although I have yet to cover the last two senses here), happens when I have some spare time away from teaching however in many ways creating is not a choice I make and can not be switched on or off. It is as instinctual for me as eating or sleeping. In this regard I create continuously even though I may not manifest or document it. Paraphrasing text from Sol LeWitt's Paragraphs on Conceptual Art (1967), In ... art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of my work ... execution is a perfunctory affair.
> who inspires your work ?
Inspiration is key to my work and this was fundamental to my move into teaching allowing me to support my artistic career with research. Personal references come from all areas of, visual arts, sonic arts, literature. A shortlist in no particular order would include:
Edwin A. Abbott's Flatland, James Joyce, Jorge Luis Borges, George Berkeley's A Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, Vuk Cosic, Mark Napier, Michael Mandiberg, Stelarc, Orlan, Steve Mann, Art+Com, Paul Johnson, Luc Courchesne, Tony Ousler, Peter Wiebel work at the ZKM, Douglas Coupland's Microserfs, Mike Figgis' Timecode, Damien Hirst, Conceptual art - particularily Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt and John Baldessari, Sonic avant garde work - The Hafler Trio, Zoviet France, Nurse with Wound and Dead Voices on Air, Lev Manovichs new media writing, Henry Dreyfus' Symbol Sourcebook, Edward Tufte work on information visualisation, Joseph Weizenbaum, Theodor H. Nelson's Xanadu, the 1970 Software exhibition at the Jewish Museum, New York and the 1997 Mac Classics exhibition at the Postmasters Gallery, New York, the MIT media laboratory aesthetics + computation group, science fiction cinema, reality tv.
Inspiration such as these can come through in my work very apparently, such as in the recent work Grimace and its evident referencing of Tony Ousler's work, or in more obtuse ways, such as the work The irrepairable damage of self-realisation communicated to another and it's reference to the titles of Damien Hirst's works or System for multiple compositions on a theme and its reference to the 1960's work of John Baldessari.
> What is art ?
Art is very much what you make of it and not necessarily what you make for it.
> Have you ever exhibited in Italy ?
The exhibition of my work on the First Independent Free Internet Art Gallery this year has been the first time I have exhibited with an online gallery which considers itself associated with Italy. Since my work primarily concerns networks and as a part of that focuses on the internet as one form of particular networ,k which is all at once the works inspiration, means and site for artistic initiation, creation and discourse, I consider the majority of my work to not have been exhibited in any one country, not be associated with any one nationality (and this includes my own) but instead to be exhibited without recourse to borders, any one institution, culture or belief system.
> How do you image your works in a city_space ?
Cities are where I have lived the majority of my live and urban life is implied in the nature of my work, the necessity of networks of communication, the electricity to run them and the users to navigate them.
> tell me more about your work-
My latest works include:
Live Feed - http://www.asquare.org/project/livefeed/
06:32:00 Recombined - http://www.asquare.org/project/063200_recombined/
full texts can be viewed on their respective sites. Recent work in collaboration with Frederique Santune includes:
Grimace - http://www.asquare.org/project/grimace/
Grimace is a studio based performance employing three digital video cameras networked to a multiple camera security system. The two faces displayed are a reconstruction of artist Garrett Lynch's face. Two camera video his eyes while the third camera videos his mouth. The live feed of each of the eyes are then used eight times with a set of four right eyes on the left of the screen and a set of four left eyes on the right of the screen. Two identical live feeds of the mouth are displayed below each set of eyes. The resulting composition is of two faces bearing a close resemblance yet differing slightly, reacting, grimacing, to some unseen event or in response to each other
> If you have more references please add it
This is my main online reference:
this has some of my art work (not all) and is currently under construction for a full website listing works, publications etc.
But there is also:
http://www.bannerart.org/ (a collaborative work)
http://www.netartreview.net/ (not active any more but I was a reviewer for about three years)
http://www.netartreview.net/weeklyFeatures/nocopyright.html (article of interest)
http://www.isea-web.org/inl/inl99.html (a short article on Google and art)
http://rhizome.org/member.rhiz?user_id=1000113 (I no longer support Rhizome in any shape or form since their paid subscription policy was implemented however I have an old profile there with a collaborative art work listed in the Artbase)
Garret also joined gallery2006
Come hear and see the students of the Brooklyn College Center for Computer Music and the Program in Performance and Interactive Media Arts at SHARE this Sunday, 5/21 performing new interactive electronic music and multimedia works.
SHARE is located at bar Mundial: 505 E. 12th st. at Ave A in Manhattan
Zach Seldess with Yoni Niv & Nick Lesley
Jenny Seastone Stern
8:10-9:00 open jam -- all are welcome!
9:45 until late: open jam -- all are welcome!
Share is an open jam, not just for digirati, but for all new culture lovers. Participants bring their portable equipment, plug into our system, improvise on each others' signal and perform live audio and video. We furnish the amplification and projection. Share happens every Sunday in New York City at bar Mundial (505 E 12th St between Ave A and B) from 7 pm to 1am
for more information: http://www.share.dj
john j.a. jannone
associate professor, brooklyn college, cuny director, program in performance and interactive media arts
> What is your background ? Where you from?
I am from Estonia but I lived 7 years in Asia..Thailand and South Korea I did my Mastares in Fine arts
> When do you create ?
When I have good feeling inside me..Sometimes I go to trance during creation so its like shaman ritual for me..
> who inspires your work?
> What is art ?
In every culture there seems to be something deep and wordless, something that escapes language and confinement. My art is for everyone anywhere, who is able to go beyond words. I am looking for the answer by searching for meaning through color and shapes. I hope that my innerworld, which has been expanded by various media and techniques, may form a global
language that can bridge cultural differences ,promote greater understanding and tolerance, which will help to make the world a better place. The more you become aware of your unknown self, the more you realize that all there is, is inseparably connected with everything else that is. The artist as a magician has visions about exsistence and my personal experience as an artist has led me to know, that the creation involved in colors, shapes and motions in space, is a highly powerful and Scared Way. The process is a dynamic condition of balanced movement, that brings along the need for peace in the world, love in relationships, harmony in the universe and complete freedom in artistic expression.
> Have you ever exhibited in Italy ?
I never been in Italy but I have italian friends I met in Barzil
> How do you image your work in a city_space ?
Fun place where people can hang out and children can climb on mu sculptures
> tell me more about your work-
I am freelance artist and I participated 18 international Sculpture Symposiums
> more references
TOOMAS ALTNURME is also online on gallery2006
NOLOGO FESTIVAL – I edizione
rassegna concorso sulla comunicazione sociale.
L’iniziativa intende esplorare nuovi modi di comunicare e promuovere tematiche differenti attraverso opere audiovisive che utilizzino in forma sperimentale il “linguaggio” pubblicitario.
Per i partecipanti sono previste due diverse sezioni: NOLOGO SPERIMENTA e HUMAN CLIPS. In entrambe l’obiettivo degli autori sarà quello di produrre uno spot della durata massima di 60 secondi.
NOLOGO SPERIMENTA è la sezione aperta a tutti i videomakers che intendono sperimentare un nuovo modo di fare comunicazione sviluppando il linguaggio audiovisivo pubblicitario in una dimensione non commerciale. Questa sezione privilegia le opere dai contenuti più innovativi nelle quali la creatività propria dell’audiovisivo viene sviluppata insieme alla creatività dei messaggi da veicolare nella massima libertà di scelta delle tematiche e delle modalità espressive.
HUMAN CLIPS nasce da un progetto di collaborazione con l’Università degli Studi di Torino ed è la sezione riservata agli studenti universitari degli atenei torinesi.Tale iniziativa ha come scopo quello di stimolare la creatività giovanile e di portare all'attenzione del mondo universitario temi di rilevanza sociale. I temi scelti per l'edizione 2006 sono i seguenti: a) Incontro/scontro fra culture; b) Nuovi tipi di famiglie e rapporti infragenerazionali; c) Diritto all'accesso alla cultura e all’ informazione.
La rassegna si svolgerà a Torino nell’autunno del 2006
Tutti i partecipanti potranno scaricare on line (www.cafeliber.it/liberevisioni.htm) la scheda di iscrizione.
Al medesimo indirizzo web (www.cafeliber.it/liberevisioni.htm) è visionabile e stampabile (formato PDF) il Bando ufficiale.
Per essere considerate in concorso, le copie dei VIDEO della durata massima di 60” (accompagnate dalla relativa liberatoria compilata) dovranno essere inviate al seguente indirizzo: Associazione LIBEReVISIONI c.so Vercelli, 2 – 10152 - Torino, entro il 10/09/06
Si richiedono n.2 copie in formato DVD che non saranno restituite.
Tra tutte le opere pervenute entro i termini stabiliti, la commissione selezionatrice del designerà le opere che parteciperanno al concorso, e che saranno conseguentemente proiettate nei giorni della manifestazione
E’ previsto un premio per l’opera reputata migliore da una giuria qualificata di 500 euro in denaro.
In response to many requests for an extension, we are pleased to extend the entry deadline for the upcoming CIMATICS Festival to June 15, 2006.
So it is not too late to submit your work !
The festival will be held between 16th and 19th November 2006 at different venues.
In general, the festival aims to promote innovative and outstanding productions in the field of audiovisual performance, vj'ing and interactive installation, as well as to gather recent artistic and technical developments in order to present it to a general public.
CIMATICS.06 focuses on live audiovisual performance and vj'ing, because both — with different traditions but founded in the same audiovisual culture — offer opportunities for an unrelenting experimental approach of not only the audiovisual language but also performance concepts.
With it's annual festival, CIMATICS wants to perform action by introducing the selected projects into the public mind and encourages entries that are aiming at the same goal.
We wish to stimulate specific experimental explorations on this field. Therefore the festival will invite different artists to collaborate in some well-defined projects.
Co-directors / Cimatics festival