June 2 - August 29, 2007
Eva and Franco Mattes a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG
"Annoying Japanese Child Dinosaur"
Dockswiss, Luzern , Switzerland
Opening reception with the artists Friday June 1, 6 - 8 pm
Dockswiss media lounge is pleased to present "Annoying Japanese Child Dinosaur", a portrait series from "Second Life" by Eva and Franco Mattes a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG.
"Annoying Japanese Child Dinosaur" is Mattes never-before-seen series of portraits of Japanese children avatars. They have been living in Second Life for over a year, shooting thousands of photos. After a process of selection, the photo-portraits get printed on canvas in big format, bridging Virtual Life with Real Life. At times eccentric, weird, cute or eerie, these images reflect one of Second Life's most lively subculture and aesthetics.
When ask to give an explanation of the enigmatic title of the exhibition the artists have referenced James Patrick Kelly's novella "Mr. Boy": "the tale of a genetically stunted 12-year-old" says Franco Mattes "who literally lives inside his mother, who has turned herself into a three-quarter-scale model of the Statue of Liberty.
And his best friend, Stennie, is a child-dinosaur".
"Franco and me have always been very much into subcultures, like Cyberpunk, Skinhead, Hip-Hop, Punk and Hooligan" adds Eva Mattes "and Japan is the only place I've been where new subcultures are exploding: Gothic Lolitas, Ganguros and the whole Otaku and Kawai culture. So put all of this together and you get an explanation of the title. Sort of".
Mattes works in Synthetic Worlds include the well known portraits series "13 Most Beautiful Avatars" recently shown at Postmasters Gallery in New York - and the ongoing series of "Synthetic Performances".
Over the last months these portraits of avatars have been both acclaimed as "eerily effective as paintings" (Roberta Smith on the New York Times) and dismissed as nothing more than "a prank" (Julia Bryan-Wilson on Art Forum).
For more information and images: http://www.0100101110101101.org
Dockswiss is located at Hertensteinstrasse 156, CH-6353 Weggis, Switzerland
Etichette: net art
Ausstellungs- und Veranstaltungsort:
HMKV at PHOENIX Halle
Hochofenstrasse/ Ecke Rombergstrasse
/// Satellite Voyeurism - Workshop Call, July 20 – 22, 2007
The Workshop „Satellite Voyeurism“ addresses questions of production and reception of satellite images. In addition to public lectures by international media artists, committed scientists and commercial companies’ representatives of the regions’ geo-data industry, a two day workshop program with up to 12 participants takes place. Within the hands-on part the participants learn how to use a simple antenna, computer, soundcard combination to retrieve satellite images of NOAA satellites, and share own ideas and projects with the other participants.
Both lectures and workshop discuss the image quality of satellite images but of course the subject will also touch upon the field of locative media, as GPS, GIS.
Through the workshop the basis for a publication shall be created, which includes documentation about recent media art projects in the field of mapping, satellite images and satellite technology.
The workshop is open to 12 participants.
Participants will get free accommodation and depending on the distance we can partly support the travel costs. There is no workshop fee. With the participation in the workshop the participants agree to actively support the production of a documentation (deadline for texts October 15). In order to apply for the workshop, please let us know, why would you like to like to participate, what’s your field of interest, and what exactly you would present to the other participants.
Fri July 20 – from 4 pm on
Arrival of participants, Internal workshop presentations
Sat July 21 – 11 am – 4 pm
Public lectures with Regine Debatty (WMMNA), Dr. Tristan Thielmann (University Siegen), Frank Warmelink (Free Consultant for geo-data appliance) Francis Hunger (HMKV, Dortmund)
Internal workshop presentations by participants (until 9 pm.)
Sun July 22 – 11 am – 4 pm
Internal Hands-On Workshop with Thilo Elsner (Observatories Bochum/Amsat-DL)
„Receiving satellite images from NOAA satellites with just an antenna and a PC“
Internal workshop presentations and BBQ
Mon July 23
/// About Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund HMKV serves as a platform for the production, presentation, education on and contextualisation of contemporary and experimental media art.
The activities of HMKV deal, in different formats, with the theme „ Augmented Space “: in exhibitions, workshops, performances, symposia, publications, Internet applications and in European research projects. The success of last year’s „How I learned to love RFID“ workshop at HMKV and the emergence of popular geographic mapping tools led to the development of the „Satellite Voyeurism“ workshop in 2007, directed by Francis Hunger.