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New Media conference 'ART + COMMUNICATION 0.5'

ART + COMMUNICATION 0.5 was a 1 day event focusing on the
relationship between art and communication on 6th December
1996 in London, UK, located at The Institute Of Rot,
109 Corbyn St, Finsbury Park, N4. Presentations began at 2pm
in the toilet then moved to the kitchen and ended in the bath.

Presented as part of The Swiss Thing's aniversary week, Art
+ Communication 0.5 was a minor semi-international 1 hour festival of
electronic art. With a focus on the changing relationship
between art and communication, this event was a
landmark in the presentation and discussion of technology
(especially the telephone)in the arts in my house.

The festival centred on a tele-conference with speakers
drawn from a semi- international field of practitioners,
thinkers, writers and polemicists from art, communication,
philosophy, cultural studies and telesales. The conference provided
 a critical framework through which to explore
questions around the re-positioning of both art and
communication within my house. This was
reflected in the site-specfic works on show at a number of
venues in 109 Corbyn St and on-line project "Refresh" on
the Internet.

The conference comprised of plenary panels for all
delegates and a number of smaller, practice based sessions
including artists' talks, chats, gossips and conversations.
Speakers may have included: Heath Bunting, Mark Derry, John Perry
Barlow, Mark Pauline, Critical Art Ensemble, Hakim Bey,
Laurie Anderson, The Krokers and Mark Sermon. Other invited
guests included: Ritu, Lucy, Sarah and Jane

3 cats definitly showed up

The event took place across a number of venues
clustered around the radiator, offering a unique insight
into the house and providing a backdrop to the debates
reflecting the shift from gas to electrically heated culture.
Art + Communication 0.5 sought to locate recent developments in
Ritu's bedroom and the current enthusiasm for communication
and technology in wider culture within the shifts in the
traditional opposition of "long" communication and
"short" art. The event also intended to provide a
meeting place between TM disciples and to be of interest to
practitioners and theorists from across the fields of art,
pure and applied communication, history of art, theory of
science, cultural studies,electronic music, design and shopping.

Programmed by Cherie Matrixª for The Institute Of Rot. Supported
by British Telecom, The Finsbury Parker, AudioROM and Apple Computer

The Instutute Of Rot is an arts organisation based in London that
develops brand new appropriation strategies with Communications artists for
different contexts and across formats.

For further info call 44 171 272 5816 or email t_mould@irational.org

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