Matthias Weiss on Sun, 9 Sep 2007 20:53:40 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> Nodes Exhbition - 7 Artist's works at 7 exhibition places in North Rhine-Westphalia

Dear all,

hereby we like to invite you cordially to the exhibition project "Knotenpunkte" ("Nodes").

Opening: 2007, September 16., 11 am, at the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl

Press conference: 2007, September 12., 10 am, at the Maerkisches Museum, Witten


Jens Brand, Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst Unna
Sascha Buettner, Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schoeppingen
Richard Kriesche, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl
Mouchette, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Ilona Johanna Plattner, Museum der Stadt Gladbeck
Cornelia Sollfrank, Maerkisches Museum Witten
Carlo Zanni, Kunst-Museum Ahlen

Seven artists and seven exhibition places - they constitute the nodes of the homonymous exhibition which will be shown in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) from September 16th to November 11th. The project, initiated by the registry of culture of NRW, Guetersloh, and conducted by art historian Matthias Weiss from Leipzig, doesn't leave it at the metaphorical use of the web, but will demonstrate seven international positions dealing with the Internet both in the stricter and broadest sense. In addition the positions will show the artistically use of the Internet as a matter and as a medium.

The art works are interlinked by a critical examination of current central subjects. MuseumShop, the work of Cornelia Sollfrank, affects the function of the museum and its use as a depot in terms of public property. In the "Maerkischen Museum Witten", Sollfrank will be examining the problems of "intellectual property", licence and copyright issues, that means also the commercialisation of images / paintings and their patent utilization in times of the Internet.

Within his installation "Trashpavilion", to be located at "Stiftung Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen", Sascha Buettner will be exploring the artist's conditions of production. The visitor also can do his own research within this installation.

Carlo Zanni, living in Italy and the USA, combines in a subtle manner his experience as an artist with his experience of migration and summarises them into a poetic audio-visual installation shown at "Kunstmuseum Ahlen".

At "Staedtisches Museum Gladbeck, Schloss Wittringen", Ilona Johanna Plattner is going to examine by means of interventions and performances the conflicting priorities between actual (town-) history and the representation of her alter ego as an artist - that means her part as a female "mystic" in terms of three acts. In doing so, she picks out the role of something fictional as a central theme related to the potentiality of the world wide web.

"Kunstmuseum Siegen" will be the host for the 13-year old Mouchette, someone who only exists in the Internet. Her examination of suicides, committed by children, is based on reports of real existing people who use Mouchette's website as a platform of communication.

By means of small doses of artifical intelligence little synaptic engines will be generated into the "UNNA UNIT" created by Jens Brand. This kind of web will be perceivable as a sculpture that responds to the environment in different ways: Sometimes it grows stiff, sometimes it forms patterns, or reminds itself of past states.

Last not least, Richard Kriesche collects data streams from Google and transforms them into charts of the stock market by using a professional stock market software in realtime. He will present his haul in form of eight projections at "Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten" in Marl covering the running exhibition of 25 masterpieces of the museum's collection. In this way he criticises the established art term and negates its overreaching concreteness, which is reflected at auctions of contemporary art on the basis of incredible prices.

All these positions give evidence that you don't have to sit in front of a tedious screen while being engaged in art with or within the world wide web. Net art - a main concern of the exhibition "nodes" - has a beneficial effect on contemporary art and doesn't revoke the hassle of festivals reaching from "transmediale" to "ars electronica".

All art works will be created for the exhibition exclusively and will pass into the stock of the exhibition locations respectively after the end of the show.

The exhibition takes place under the auspices of State Secretary for Culture Mr Hans-Heinrich Grosse-Brockhoff.

The project is promoted by the foundation NRW, the County of North Rhine-Westphalia and the registry of culture of NRW, Guetersloh.

All the best

Matthias Weiss
matthias weiss - computer art history
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