Archive for January, 2008

Andreas Stoiber and >Certain Extremists<

Andreas Stoiber, alias ‘Krach der Roboter’, will not wear his cardboard box dress today. He is going to promote a completely under-represented art of dead media DJing and will scratch and process lots of kids audio tapes like fairy tales and science fiction stories over a high quality layer of finest Viennese Free Jazz improvisation.

Go there! Now!

Monday, January 28th, 21.00 at “rhiz”

>Certain Extremists<: A musical evening with strangers.
Enjoy the confusion and relax!

Martina Cizek: Lyricon, Saxophone; Paul Skrepek: Percussion, Drums; Stefan Fraunberger: Doublebass; Andreas Stoiber: Audio Tapes.
DJ: Golda

Who’s the Censor Now? FPÖ Attacks Artist in City Council

On Dezember 22nd I attended a Slum TV presentation by Alexander Nikolic given at Galerie 35 in Berlin, presented by Tanja Ostojic, David Rych and Dmytri Kleiner on behalf of the Art & Economics Group.

The Art & Economics group investigates the intersection of art and political economy and this was the last in a series of four discussions held in 2007. Topics included political economy as a theme in art, the economics of art production and economic activity as an action based art practice. Tanja Ostojić herself became known throughout Europe overnight in late December 2005 as a result of the “EU Panties” poster, a satire of Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du monde. Ostojić’s version displayed her own crotch, photographed by David Rych, but clothed in blue underwear complete with EU stars. The image is meant as an ironic suggestion that foreign women are only welcome in Europe when they drop their underwear. Along with other works, this poster was selected from an ongoing art exhibition to publicly promote Austria’s presidency of the European Union. Vienna’s Kronen Zeitung newspaper turned this into something of a scandal, expressing its outrage over state-funded pornography and its concern for Austria’s world image.

The discussion of the evening started with an introduction of the recent project Slum TV by the guest of the evening, Alexander Nikolic, dealing with the art of empowerment projects, as much as with micro-economies of representation in cross-cultural exchange. He explained that Slum TV wants to document the lives of the people in the slum of Mathare and to reevaluate these lives through the camera, because a camera always attracts attention: „Our partners from the slum film and document the life in Mathare.” The small movies are then shown in public places in Mathare, like a newsreel. In Mathare, there exist a variety of self-established cinemas. Mostly American and African films and European football is shown there. Analogous to weekly news-shows in the early age of television our partners want to show their contributions in these cinemas, and maybe to charge a small entree fee
in order to finance videotapes and other material. Copies of the videos are sent to Vienna. From the proceeds the manufacturers in the slums benefit again.

A couple of days later war brakes out in Kenia. Pictures of men hacked to death, churches burnt to the ground, thousands of people on the move, men dressed as policemen pulling out AK- 47s and firing into the crowd were beamed across the word. BBC and The Independent report that „Slum TV presents the other half of the Kenyan story.” [*] Ironically, Vienna’s tabloid Heute soon picked up the story, turned the whole argument around and now accused Slum TV of sugarpainting Kenya’s political situation. (Heute’s publisher is Eva Dichand, dauther-in-law of Hans Dichand, himself publisher of Kronen Zeitung.) Best of all, the next day Austria’s extrem right wing party FPÖ themselves accused Slum TV and Stadtrat Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, Vienna Executive City Councilor for Culture and Sciene, of censorship and the City of Vienna and the Austrian Development Agency were accused that they finance such a “again communist notion” propagandist project and attacked Slum TV in Vienna City Council on 24th of January.

So, who’s the censor now?

References

[*] Steve Bloomfield, Slum TV presents the other half of the Kenyan story. The Independent (London) Jan 9, 2008; http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20080109/ai_n21187573

Slum TV Website: www.slum-tv.info

theSCREEN.tv makes a first step

Welcome to Vienna’s new alternative web tv station theSCREEN.tv, an electronic space for communication: analysing, challenging, irritating current issues.

theSCREEN.tv is “an internet streaming platform for arts, performance, discourse and public discussion. It is set up as a network of co-operation and contributing partners: individual film, video and media producers, art associations, networks, or collectives who share the interests to publish and visualize contemporary video and media works beyond the parameters of re/presentation in music-, art- and media-industries.” (Thomas J. Jelinek, LABfactory)

the SCREEN.tv project derives from konTEXTlab, a series of public events developed within a permanent transdisciplinary laboratory, directed discourse dealing with contemporary issues in culture, arts and politics, and their contexts.

Beside various public forums of discussion, communication and performance presented in open LABs, the series konTEXTlab is putting the current artworks and developing process into the context of its present, at the same time being a contemporary form of theatrical performance.

The current project theSCREEN.tv is broadening the communication space into a electronic, world wide network.

http://nualart.com/labfactory/stream

Tip:

21-02-2007, 8 pm @ LABfactory

konTEXTlab 21
pan!c-room : hysteria 08

http://labfactory.at

Call for Application: Artist in Residence 2008

I’m in Orlando…

…for a couple of days, metroblogging there.

Fellow Vienna metbloggers, take over!

Campfire at Will… Vienna!

Hack the urban context!

Preparation, documentation and how-to of “Campfire at Will” is online. Full length on our server, a slightly shortened version on Boing Boing TV.

Link (Boing Boing TV)
Link (monochrom uncut)

sound:frame Festival 2008 – Visualizing Electronic Music

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Once again, Vienna will become the capital of audio-vision in January and February 2008. For one month, major locations here are going to dedicate themselves to PROJECTION, SOUNDS and AUDIO-VISUAL CULTURE.

sound:frame, the festival for visualizing electronic music presents in various forms artworks, performances and theories of the crème-de-la-crème of international and local visualists, video-artists and sound-artists.

sound:frame the exhibition presents installations, projections and video-art-works of selected artists at Wiener Künstlerhaus from 18th January to 9th February.

In addition, on weekends you can once again enjoy the interplay of sound and projections at different live events.

You are cordially invited to attend several special audio-visual evening performances. International and local A/V artists are going to enchant you with their sound- and video-performances.

The sound:frame conference will be an important contribution to the international discourse. International experts, theoreticians, organizers et al. will present and debate their ideas every Saturday.
I must thank curator Eva Fischer for inviting me to discuss Frederic Baker’s new book – The Art of Projectionism – on Sat, 26th Jan 4:30 pm.

And to finish it all off, sound:frame offers many additional workshops for visualists, sound-artists and fans in cooperation with the faculty of architecture (TU Vienna).

The opening will take place next week on Friday 18th at 7 pm – don’t miss & cu there!

19.01. – 10.02.2008

Künstlerhaus k/haus
Karlsplatz 5
1010 Vienna

Webtip: sound:frame

Falco stairs!

You were thinking about monochrom’s last Boing Boing tv episode? Scott Blake? Falco? Memorial? What the heck! Well… now the puzzle unsolves! A tribute to Falco and stairs, featuring Sean Bonner!

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Falco, barcodes and a stencil

We at monochrom are the new European correspondents for Boing Boing tv. And first we’d like to introduce you to Scott Blake, renowned bar code artist. We observe Scott wandering the streets of Vienna collecting bar codes to properly memorialize the late Austrian pop star, Falco. He’s a very big deal here in Vienna.

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