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biennale 2007

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we (julia staudach, peter scharmüller) arrived at biennale ’07. we are glad to work here, at the press room, where they provide us with free wifi and room to work, with desks and worksphere…

it is the first day of press previews, cameras everywhere. got a little video from youtube in german, where you can see the situation, which is interesting because one seldom sees a press

as journalistic n00bs we are excited to be let into the holy places, and prepare for the following day(s). julia staudach is studying the cataloge we got for a great discount of 50€.

welcome to the tagr coverage of biennale 07, stay tunded, get into arts together with us..


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Planet d. Pendler, originally uploaded by tagr_tv.


Contact, originally uploaded by tagr_tv.

netznetz flickrs…

ganz schnell




smile machines / unsmile machines – February 2nd

yesterday was the opening of transmediale.

it seems very common (at last it was the same @ ars electronica), that these kind of openings are just for lovely vips. but tada – we are lucky to be one of them (read: got an invatation).

sounds gread? hmm, the unlucky point was the timing… we were about 1o minutes late in the building and had to find out where to go – grabbing up the accreditation costs us another 10 min – then finaly: the entrance door! i tried to open the door, but there were some security guys, telling us that we are to late (…!) and there is a performance going on inside, so it’s not possible to get in… “oh no come on, we came all the way from vienna!”
but somehow he seemed to be an friendly person and after a bit of a mix of begging, wondering and argueing (like: please… what… come on!), he told us that it’s possible to get in when the performance is finished and the introduction lecture is starting.

at this time we where on a – well – but better then nothing level, so we went to the exhipition, to get a litte impression meanwhile.

here are some pics i was taking there:

Nam June Paik

Nam June Paik - QS-Psyom

Antoni Muntadas – Slogans 1987

Antoni Muntadas - Slogans 1987 – QS-Psyom

+ a video that originaly includes 30 or more ways to kill a cherry, here is one of them:

Download and play in your prefered Player: kirsche
Or Get Quicktime:

after that and meeting some people, we went back to hear the introduction from anne-marie duguet (curator). we want to get in… but the securitys guys were stopping us again.

“no, no its forbidden u can’t get in”

“no problem, look here here is oure invitation”

he didn’t look at it, but he got this very offical security-face and then he told us that it’s totally crowded inside and this is why we can’t go in…
just in this very second about 8 people were coming out…

“ok, good when all this people are leaving, there’s more space and we can go inside smile!”

“nonono, it will make to much brouhaha when people are going in…”

“u mean its making more razzmatazz when somebody’s going in, then when sombody is going out ?”

(what the hell?)

this was giving me a head hurly-burly


conference panel 2 – February 4th

@ studio
conference panel 2: media addicts 1
media addicts 1
left to right:crandall, jie, fuller, penny

starting with jordan crandall
the state of readiness
affect = readiness (it is changeable)
readiness is the way a body is preparing itself to get ready to use machines (like airplanes …) in our time… or the system you’re living in
coincidence is taking the place of communication (in our media world)
conclusion: he was often focusing on the crazy fact that we do things (for example movements) a fraction of second before we are concious about it.

second speaker: simon penny
he was talking about interactive media about basic form of machine presentation. “what are we learning when working with interactive systems and how can we manage and later express it”
skills that are trained in simulation are real skills (pilot – flight simulator) it’s more effective because it’s cheaper.
so playing computer games is also training
how can this learning be expressed outside of computer games.

now reading a report from a us army sociologist: this report compares the amount of hits between the police at the shooting range and kids running amok at school. One example given to us showed that the police had 18 hits with 40 shots and the kid had 8 hits with 8 shots (5 head shots and 3 torso) this doesn’t mean that a kid who plays computer games runs amok but if an amok running kid was trained on the computer it had a high amount of hits.

next speaker: lu jie
talking about long march project
he showed a video about a group of artist who climbed up the mount everest to cut off the peak!!!
great idea!

conference panel 2: transgression

started with:
katrien jacobs
talking about relationships between porn and art.
she defines 10 categories.

1-3 hentai – teenage love
4 bukakke and extreme cum
5 cyberdykes – seraf (women for women porn) dairy porn
6 artist work: body death and more…
7 suicide girls
8 dick girls
9 transexual men “tranny fags”
10 bears, buck angel, morphing bulls wear bear

if you want links… well then search for your self…
except this:

second speaker:
shu lea cheang
talking about her work

next appointment:

second day – February 4th

wow.. that day i was as ambitious as a neo nazi on speed…ta ta- ta ta ta… i was so on time that i had to wait a half an hour until the screening started

future garden – February 4th

@ studio

Download and play in your prefered Player: future_garden structur
Or Get Quicktime:

future garden structure… by HILARY KOOB-SASSEN
this film tries to explain social structures by comparing them with the relationship and the interaction between bacteria and organisms… if you have the chance to see this movie .. kill for it!!!

post transmediale – February 14th

i found a very interesting paper about transmediale:

good bye reality! how media art died but nobody noticed

wrote by armin medosch

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