Matthias Weiss on Wed, 20 Feb 2002 21:53:16 +0100 (CET)

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[rohrpost] hartware, dortmund shows ::::> control panels. programming as an artistic

Dear listmembers,

we will kindly invite you to the following exhibition:


Programmieren als künstlerische Praxis

control panels. programming as an artistic practice

5 April to 5 May 2002

Scott Draves, (USA)
IO Dencies, Simon Pope, Colin Green, Matthew Fuller, (Great Britain)
Thomas Kamphusmann, (Germany)
LAN -Local Area Network (Switzerland)
Joan Leandre, (Spain)
Simon Schießl, (Germany)
Antoine Schmitt, (France)
Peter Traub, (USA)
Adrian Ward, (Great Britain)

hartware medien kunst verein, Dortmund, Germany
Tues - Fri: 4 – 10 p.m.; Sat, Sun and public holidays: 1 – 10 p.m.

A project in cooperation with transmediale in Berlin und

Curators: Andreas Broeckmann and Matthias Weiß

"Kontrollfelder - Programmieren als künstlerische Praxis," presented by
hartware medien kunst verein, is the first national exhibition of
international software.

"Kontrollfelder" was developed in cooperation with the Berlin media art
festival, "transmediale," and is comprised of ten current software art
productions. The exhibition will be displayed at hartware medien kunst
verein as well as in parts on the net art platform 
"," which went online in 2001. The exhibition is 
curated by Andreas Broeckmann (the director of transmediale) and 
Matthias Weiß (hartware).

Software artists develop computer programs that exceed the boundaries 
and possibilities of conventional software or reduce their functions to
absurdity. The focus is not on the perfect and optimal function of the
programs, but rather on the programs' "dis.functionality" and momentum,
which is presented as a playful experience. However, the artists do not
see the software as a tool, but rather view the code as fundamental
aesthetic material for their artistic creations.

While most PC users accept the possibilities and above all the 
limitations of commercial software as a given, on the other hand 
software artists demonstrate all the active and creative possibilities 
by developing their own independent programs. "Do it yourself!," the 
motto of the 2001 transmediale, has become the slogan that artists 
present to the appropriate software monopolies.

The "Kontrollfelder. Programmieren als künstlerische Praxis" exhibition
presents software art whose individuality and resistance the visitors 
can put to the test.

Thank you for your attention.

Matthias Weiss
hartware medien kunst verein
Matthias Weiss
Guentherstrasse 65
D-44143 Dortmund
++49(0)231-88 20 240

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