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Stelarc Keynote

late but still there are 2 edited videos showing the highlights of stelarcs presentation and lecture, due a lack of organisation the last 5 min are missing – to be completed…

Hochgeladen von nrsz

Born Again Ideology: Considerations

At least one week to think about what Arthur Kroker said at the conference in Transmediale the 2th of february. Soon the book “Born against ideologies” will be pubblished, meanwhile some excerpts from that speech.

The canadian researcher point out that after the capitalism it was free to became global, it became an intensive capitalism with no barrier on his multiples trajectories.
But this complex world needs other answers: against the technology and his power structure rise the escatological society.

The escatological society born from the failure of reason. After 500 years dominated by the reason and the technology both the biosphere and the memesphere reacts to the promises not rewarded.
If 20th century was a struggle between the ideologic assolutism and the technological assolutism, the 21th century is about the research of the god killed in the century before. God never died thanx to the failures of reason and technology. Tecnocracy rivitalize faith, science is all about faith, and once it failed, it merged into religion.

The rise of a ideologic compromise between the privatization of religion and the collettivization of science. U.S.A. Represents a unique fusion of the language of technology and the speech of religion: the reason has failed so the technology needs a new light.
The language of will became the fire for the technological research and development. Technology and religion intersects eachother as terrorists and “civilized world” do.

In the era of speed of light the quantic phisycs describe the contemporary politics: oppositions are “galactic singularities” that lives at the same time in the same place. The capitalism became global and the terrorists find a parassistic way of integrating into it.
Are we born again ideology?

transmediale07//exhibition

video by julia staudach. check her youtube channel
now something very controverse. we all know that transmediale moved to akademie der künste because of the whole lot more of exhibition space thats offered there. now, its rather absurd that the space is not used, but reduced to less than half, as seen at the past festival. i dont want to criticise the selection of works being showed, since its the jury’s personal descision. but just see for yourself…
also this video only shows a small exzerpt of only some of the exhibited works.

navinki home video

this is the story of a bunch of funny and brave people who do their thing in belarus. they are involved with indymedia and report mostly from demonstrations, but do some real funny videos, too. they started with a newspaper they had to stop publishing in 2003, due to charges for insulting the belarus president. thinking of the political landscape in this young democracy, they do a very dangerous job. its good to see that the indymedia spirit continous in baltic countries, since in countries like austria people do not pay too much attention to it anymore. tactical media as a concept sounds good to me, if the content is funny and well edited, like navinki home videos’, watching gives you a political correct feeling and is a lot of fun…

check indymedia belarus

bilgi university istanbul

the istanbul bilgi university is located in the center of istanbul and offers beside a ecological and a law department also a faculty for communication that offers miscellaneous under- and postgraduate art studies.
the university is part of the erasmus programme since 2 years now.

they are about to build some kind of media arts center in a former powerplant from the 20ies. it’s supposed to house the fact. f. communication feat. a campus, a library, ateliers and a museum of modern art.

looks like a great projekt to me, opening is supposed to be sept. 2007

http://www.ibun.edu.tr/

friedrich kittler – endlichkeit der algorithmen

hq-video vom vortrag (danke an rainer kohlberger)

friedrich kittler, professor für ästhetik und geschichte der medien auf der humboldt universität in berlin, spricht über die endlichkeit der algorithmen, ja sogar der logik. diese – mit wortwitz und charme gespickte keynote, behandelt den werdegang des algorithmus’, von den abakusrechnern der antike bis hin zu den clusterrechnern der heutigen zeit.

vor allem die endlichkeit von unendlichen prozessen wie der endlosschleife, die aufgrund von äusserlichen einflüssen plötzlich stoppt, verdient seine besondere aufmerksamkeit.

der charmante und lebendige vortrag dieses bedeutenden deutschen philosophen wirft, vor allem für die medienkunst, fragen auf die nicht nur an der oberfläche kratzen sondern bis tief zu den wurzeln vordringen. medienkunst in der heutigen zeit braucht die ‘computerei’ wie die maler den pinsel, der algorithmus als seele des rechners ist als grundbedingung dieser kunstform anzusehen…

arthur kroker – born again ideologies


der vortrag von arthur kroker beschreibt den gegenwärtigen zustand unserer welt, die er als post humanistisch beschreibt. diesen eindruck verstärkt er mit der beschreibung von den ‘clashes of absolut idiologies’, die sich mit religion untermauern. diese politik der “born again ideology” manifestiert sich nicht nur in der legislative sondern auch in den medien, militär und wirtschaft. religiöse überzeugung stellt sich an die stelle von ‘wirklichen’ ideologien, und verhindert eine konsensuale entwicklung von den diversen konflikten. verbunden mit dem historischen projekt der technologisierung der welt führt dies zu lebensverneinendem verhalten …

performance rebekah wilson

the fittest survive….

ein film von oliver ressler. der österreichische filmemacher hat sich in seinem film ‘the fittest survive’ einer nicht alltäglichen thematik angenommen. in dem 23min video dokumentiert er einen survival kurs, der von ehemaligen elitesoldaten für manager abgehalten wird, um sie auf businessreisen in den irak vorzubereiten.

sehr sachlich und ohne aufs auge zu drücken, führt er den betrachter in die thematik ein, und zeigt wie lebensfeindlich ein gefechtsfeld sein kann. die kursteilnehmer erleben eine chaotische situation nach der anderen, und erkennen sehr schnell, dass sie in realistischen kriegssituationen von einem augenblick auf den anderen sterben können.

solcherart vorbereitet können sie dann auf wirtschaftliche selbstmordeinsätze geschickt werden, um im immer schneller werdenden wettbewerb auch die gefährlichen geschäftsabschlüsse an land ziehen zu können. im untergehenden turbokapitalismus scheint ja die arbeit an krisenherden immer lukrativer zu werden…

first impressions+resonante memory traces

Now, just arrived at Transmediale and, like last year, it’s quit hard to choose what to see and what not…There are the Studio, the StudioII, the Salon, the exhibition and about four or even more outside locations…!
Plus: You always meet interesting people you want to spent a lot of time with. If you are in media art, this place feels like after a bath and all the foam is finally melting (just before is going down the drain ;)
Anyway, sometimes after many talks and meet and greetz, surprisingly, I had the chance to attend a performance. In this case by The Austrian Institute for Media Archaeology, who were presenting themselves with four different performances.

Here are some impressions of them:



turntable improvisation
von ushi reiter
live-visuals: julia starsky

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