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PANORAMA CD-roms and websites

2 October 2001
— 7 October 2001

The cd-roms and. websites can be viewed in the museum’s mediatheque. Diverse artists from this program will give a presentation in the couch club.

Namniyas Ashuratova – The Interactive Lexicon of Juxta

The interactive Lexicon of Juxta is an empty lexicographical system that users can fill in online with new items, images, and definitions. Naminyas Ashurotova’s source of inspiration was Andrey Velikanov’s essay “Virtual body of Juxta”.  Velikanov considers information to be the ultimate creative subject, a new kind of contemporary junta. Ashuratova’s lexicon. can be seen as a virtual embodiment of this ubiquitous information system.

Michael Brynntrup – Netc.Etera

“NETC.ETERA” (der Film zum Film)” is an interactive visit to the studio of filmmaker Michael Brynntrup. Brynntrup sends the visitors on a quest through his absurdist Wunderkammer, his “personal internet”. The work is a private archive that consists of film fragments, interviews, and other characteristic documents of his ego.

D & S (Gustav Deutsch & Hanna Schimek) – Odyssey Today

“Odyssey Today” presents various visions of the phenomenon of “being in motion”. The project comments on developments such as refugee movement, the tourist industry, economic globalisation, and the “New Nomad Generation”: the Internet generation. The authors let the audience choose an identity as a refugee, tourist, migrant, politician, or adventure traveler, after which an interactive dialogue with work begins.

Michel François – Actions, la plante en nous

The CD-Rom presents this video fragmented into 120 video clips. The spontaneously created images, presented in full-screen, and varying from portraits to home-videos or (urban) landscapes, all provide for a kaleidoscopic viewing experience.

Aleksandra Globokar – Cybervilla

Aleksandra Globokar designed a home for avatars who until then she had considered homeless. “Cybervilla” is a three-dimensional, interactive, multi-user environment. This villa consists not only of the standard functional rooms like kitchens and bedrooms, but also offers a home for the avatar’s emotions.

Michiel Knaven – Soundboxes/ Handmirror, Conversations with Francesca

A selection of Internet projects by Michiel Knaven. “Soundboxes” consists of a small, sometimes interactive interfaces in which sound forms the point of departure for the navigation. In “The Handmirror”, information such as youth, memory recollection, and family history are used in eight scenes. “Conversations with Francesca” consists of interpretations of the work of Italian Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca, in which Knaven has the characters enter into a contemporary dialogue.

Mia Mäkelä – Passenger

For “Passenger”, Mia Mäkelä  interviewed various people in Brussels and Helsinki about their thoughts and actions of that day. On the basis of a Mao that combined two cities, as well as their reproduction in time and space, she designed a “psychogeographic” map of fictiive city. The audience can travel through this constructed city by using audio navigation based on the interviews. In so doing, a new trajectory through the city is consistently being created that connects the separate locations and experiences.

Miroslav Nicic & Borjana Ventislavova – Iuis, I think

“Luis, I think” is a road trip through the former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria, the birth countries of Miroslav Nicic & Borjana Ventislavova, to Austria, their current home, then back again. Nicic & Ventislavova investigate the experience of travelling, or, as they call it, “side-switching”. The duo translates the confrontation with the unpredictable, the grind of passing through the border crossings, and the longing for the experience of “the real world” into the non-linear sequences of fictive, but also seemingly realistic situations. 

Mouchette – Lullaby for a dead fly

http://mouchette.or/fly/flies.html

7 interactive songs

The virtual death of a fly, the symbol of the Net persona Mouchette, was the basis of “Lullaby for a Dead Fly”. The website presents the funny, curious, empathetic, and sometimes even cynical reactions of the fly-killers, written on the occasion of the suicide she stages. In “7 interactive songs”, Mouchette has the audience undergo an intimate, minimalist audio-visual experience.

Debra Petrovitch – Uncle Bill

Uncle Bill is the rather obscure story of a young girl who grows up in a mining town in a post-war Australia. Debra Petrovitch creates the suffocating atmosphere of this unpolished, violent environment using black and white photos. Via flashbacks and sound fragments, the audience experiences the girl’s secret history.

Stanza – The Central City

The Central City presents the city as an organic whole composed of information networks and social networks. The project is a dynamic reservoir of text, computer graphics, stills, videos, and sampled sounds that represent urban neighbourhoods, but also states of mind. In so doing, Stanza offers a suggestion for a new urban consciousness in a society where information technology. seems to be indispensable.

Melinda Rackham – carrier

In the Internet project “carrier”, Melinda Rackham creates a love story between the audience and the hepatitis C virus. With this project, Rackham investigates the phenomena of viral symbiosis in the biological and virtual domains. She surprisingly combines visions from scientific and molecular-biological research with the audience’s personal experience, She and “intelligent viral agent”, guides the visitor through the website.

Squid s o u p – altzero

http://www.altzero.com

“altzero” is a three-dimensional interactive environment in which the audience members can communicate with each another via music and chat. The sounds made by the various users manipulate the image in real-time, which creates a three-dimensional, navigable landscape. The result is a dynamic “immersive environment”, constantly changing setting in which the audience directs the audio-visual experience.

Igor Stromajer – ‘what was he thinking about? Berlin?

praha? ljubljana? skopje? (emotional virtual environment – intimate spectacle

An Internet project about four “emotional atmospheres” in Berlin, Prage, Ljubljana, and Skopje. Igor Stromajer challenges his audience to freely associate based on quotes, links, and video fragments from the mass media and (cinema) history. And typically for him, he doesn’t address the meaning of his work, but instead gives way to the fantasy of the audience.

Florian Thalfofer – small world

‘[small world]’ is about Florian Thalfofer’s birth village of Schwandorf in Bavaria’s Oberpfalz. Thalhofer presents this hamlet via photos of places from his childhood memories, interviews with friends, anecdotes told by locals, and music played by the underground bands from his teenage years. Thalhofer has the audience experience the oppressive atmosphere of Schwandorf in all of its facets, and easily makes the onlookers part of his (former) longing for the “big world”.


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