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[Nettime-nl] Pixels of Reality: What Do You Know, What Do You See? (Modified by Geert Lovink)


Public Space With A Roof would like to invite you
Exhibition opening: Thursday, May 18th, 7pm

For the duration of the months May/June (2006) Public Space With a Roof dedicates its program to the issues of Art, Politics, History and Documentary. In order to start a constructive discussion about the various approaches to these issues our project will consist of several layers: exhibition, lectures, public discussion, film screening, and a reader.

PIXELS OF REALITY:
What Do You Know, What Do You See?

May 18 – June 18 2006

In the last few decades, the digitalized image has become our main tool to perceive reality. When zoomed in on this image, it reveals its deceptive and fragmented nature – tiny squares in different colors – pixels of our reality. Hence, our perception of the surrounding world and current processes is based on the false uniformity and unity of a highly fragmented and complex entity. The aim of our project is to zoom in on this image and reveal its structure, so as to show the diversity and artificiality of such a mediated perception of the world.

Pixels of Reality is the starting phase of a project with which we want to open-up the discussion about the position of artists’ interventions in stimulating future social and political change. We want to re-examine the concepts ‘politics’ and ‘art’ in the overly used term ‘political art’, as well as the role of media in turning the aesthetics of our senses into anaesthetics. Or, as film director Peter Watkins has formulated it: we want to examine the role of the artist in “a world where ethics, morality, human collectivity, and commitment (except to opportunism) are considered ‘old fashioned’”.

We bring together artists and professionals from different fields who, through their work, discuss the questions of both ethics and aesthetics. We are interested in artists who engage in social and political issues, but who also develop their own language and push the limits of the medium in which they work. Our main question is: what is the responsibility of the artist in his/her practice and how does this differ from the responsibility of other public actors?

One of the layers of our project is a reader that will offer a collection of texts that allow us to define better the existing positions toward art, politics, history, memory, and social change. The reader is perceived as a meeting point of our questions, different statements from the project participants and diverse thinkers who inspired us.


We kindly invite you to the opening of the exhibition: Pixels of Reality: What Do You Know, What Do You See? Thursday, May 18th 7 pm



EXHIBITION (opening May 18, 7 pm): Christiaan Bastiaans, Banu Cennetoglu, Nicole Cousino & Chris Vecchio, Harun Farocki, Rainer Ganahl, Sagi Groner, Ivan Grubanov, Jon Kessler, Rinat Kotler, Carlos llavata, Fabian Marcaccio, Ahron Shabtai, Wael Shawky, Praneet Soi, Krzysztof Wegiel.


LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS (May 20, 21, 28): Thomas Elsaesser, Rainer Ganahl, Sagi Groner, Jon Kessler, Stefan Majakowski, Steve Rushton, Wael Shawky, Tjebbe van Tijen, REBOND.

FILM SCREENINGS (May 28): William Kentridge, Zelimir Zilnik.

Public discussion (May 21): moderator Noa Roei.



Pixels of Reality: What do you Know, What do You See? (18 May - 18 June 2006)
Project initiated by Adi Hollander, Tamuna Chabashvili and Vesna Madzoski


Location: Public Space With a Roof, Overtoom 301, 1054 HW Amsterdam.
For more information please check: www.pswar.org

The project is kindly supported by: VSB Fonds, Mondriaan Foundation



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Program:

ARTISTS PRESENTATIONS, FILMS, LECTURES AND DISCUSSIONS


SATURDAY, May 20, 2 – 8 pm:

Rainer Ganahl (artist talk)
Jon Kessler (artist talk)
(break)
Steve Rushton: Re-enactment and Substituted Bodies (lecture)
(break)
REBOND POUR LA COMMUNE: Discussion over the questions rose by the film "La Commune (Paris 1871)” (2000, directed by Peter Watkins)



SUNDAY, May 21, 2 – 8 pm

Tjebbe van Tijen: ART ACTION ACADEMIA 1960-2006: Social and Technical Context of Collective Creativity (lecture)
Sagi Groner (artist talk)
(break)
Thomas Elsaesser: The Future of "Art" and "Work" in the Age of Vision Machines
Wael Shawky (artist talk)
(break)
Open discussion: present artists and participants, moderator Noa Roei.




SUNDAY, May 28, 3 – 8 pm

William Kentridge: Felix in Exile: Geography of Memory (1994, 6 min, animation)
Zelimir Zilnik:   Kenedi, Goes Back Home (2003, 74 min, film)
Kenedi, Lost and Found (2005, 26 min, video)
(break)
Stefan Majakowski: Cinema and Allegory: Creating the Space of Human Time (lecture)





During the exhibition the project space is open Thursday to Sunday 3pm - 7pm or by appointment.


For further questions mail to pswar {AT} xs4all.nl or consult our website http://www.pswar.org

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Public Space With A Roof
Is a non-profit, artist-run project space
located in the old Film Academy, OT301
Overtoom 301,
1054 HW Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Email: pswar {AT} xs4all.nl
http://www.pswar.org

For an appointment you can reach us by email or call:
Tel: +31 (0) 611174239, Tel: +31 (0) 628128003
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