Invisible Systems at Synch Festival
Curated by Alexandra Landré and Antonis Pittas
“Most of the times, we live our lives within these invisible systems, blissfully unaware of the artificial life, the intensely designed infrastructures that support them.” -Bruce Mau, Massive Change, 2004-
Invisible Systems presents artists and initiatives that interpret the incorporation of New Media strategies into other fields of culture and who reflect this in their concepts, content and form.
New Media Art has become a broad term describing all kinds of hybrid forms of cultural expression, ranging from academic disciplines, like art, music, theatre to design and architecture. But the artistic practice seems not to work exclusively along the boundaries of traditional disciplines anymore. Instead, fragmentation appears, creating new crossovers, dynamic collaborations and complex connections. New Media is not a genre anymore, but a toolkit.
Invisible Systems does not believe in a definite academic distinction or new media as a genre but sees that the language of new media is infiltrating all kinds of cultural production and creating new dialects.
Invisible Systems stages the symbiotic density of organic relations of different fields.
The mediation of invisible systems as such, is staged in the works of the participating artists. On a formalistic level there is the integration of new media strategies into their creative process and production. Using different techniques, the artists work for example with methods of mapping, remediation, organic mechanisms, sampling and representation. Therefore, they alienate the experiences of the viewer and represent it within a different structure of associations. The disposition into a different context intends to unfold the invisible dynamics and enable new structures to emerge.
Invisible Systems does not offer an isolated setting with immediate and exclusive interactive artworks. Here, it is not the individual viewer alone, but the presence of multiple individuals that create a networked pattern. The totality of the viewers, the audience, is an integral part of the exhibition that is offering encounters, which invite for further exploration.
Each appearance of a person or artwork is the unsustainable manifestation of interrelated rhizomatic organisms.
Invisible Systems intends to questions the power structures and underlying dynamics that want to remain unseen. Systems have the promise of providing structure and meaning to our everyday lives, but at the same time hold the potential for manipulation.
Our increased culture of visuality does not imply a culture of visibility. The invisible aspect removes our awareness of certain structures and it does not offer the possibility to protect yourself, to take a critical point of view or even to make your own choice.
The participants of Invisible Systems all show the tip if an iceberg , they dissect previously conditioned associations, offering fragments and enable you, the viewer to investigate into multiple cultural, social and economic structures.
Invisible Systems shows a spectrum of widely divergent artworks that investigate into different phenomena, translate them into components and synthesize these towards an embracing experience.
Invisible Systems will present the following projects:
Nathalie Bruys (NL)
Donna Conlon (PA)
Dimitris Foutris (GR)
.www.artwaveradio.net (artistic director)
Floris Kaayk (NL)
Metalosis Maligna (2006)
Order Electrus (2005)
The Last Baloon Show (2007)
www.mxHz.org, www.okno.be, www.societyofalgorithm.org
One Minutes Foundation (NL)
Daan Roosegaarde (NL)
Dune 4.1 (2007)
Andreas Templin (DE)
Top Ten (2007)
Sympathy For The Devil (2006)
Anna Tsouloufi (GR)
Nova Vestis Deae (2007)