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Site Update & "Sociial" text

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It took me a while but I finally managed to update my website with these ‘recent’ projects: China Channel, Jump’n Run Shanghai and Sociial. Nothing really new but now also featuring a full translation for the Sociial project.



Sociial is a 17-minute performance presented by four protagonists and an announcer in a stage-like situation. The four “dancers” play tennis on a Nintendo Wii game console while every 10 seconds the announcer reads out descriptions a selection of 100 Web 2.0 services. The Nintendo Wii game console, which came onto the market in 2006, has a new kind of user interface. In contrast to the usual couch potato playing modus, Wii players must exert themselves physically. A sensor can locate the position of up to four game controllers in the playing area…

… read on

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I had a great week in Bremen and the “Sociial” performance at Weserburg 5.12.2008 came out very well (pics).

Credits:

Thanks a lot to Ingo Clauss curator of Weserburg, to the team of Weserburg, to Christian Meier Kahrweg and Klaus Becker of Filmbüro Bremen and to Marikke Heinz-Hoek curator and head of the Video Award Bremen.

And many thanks to my team!
Speaker and microbutton design: Markus Angermeier a.k.a. Kosmar
Player: Clara Lena Schneider, Carlo Grabowski, Lea Kühn von Burgsdorff and Kai Stuch
and to Jan Freerk Heinz (who filmed and is editing right now)

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December 8th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

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"Sociial" Pictures

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All pictures of the “Sociial” performance 5.12.2008 at Weserburg Bremen on flickr. Movie documentation etc coming soon ….

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December 6th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

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On next friday I’ll be showing my new performance piece “Sociial” at Weserburg Art Museum Bremen, DE. There will be a a new microbutton t-shirt, wii action and Kosmar will ‘explain’ 100 Web2.0 services in 20 minutes.

17th Video Art Award Bremen

Aram Bartholl “Sociial” – Performance during the opening

Maximilian Moll “Keep the fire burning”
Stephane Leonard “The Bridge’s Song”

6.12.2008 – 4.1.2009
Opening 5.12.2008 7pm

Speakers:
Ingo Clauss / Curator of the Weserburg
Klaus W. Becker / Film-Office Bremen
Dr. Wulf Herzogenrath / Director of Kunstahalle Bremen
Anouncement of the Video Art Award winner of 2008
Guided tour through the exhibition by the Curator Marikke Heinz-Hoek on 7.12. 11:30 am.

The Videokunst Förderpreis Bremen has advanced to become an important art prize. It is not awarded to completed works, but to concepts that the prize money makes possible to be brought to fruition. This is extremely important in the area of video art, as works of video art are frequently elaborate productions that cannot be realized without financial support in the first place. Within the scope of the competition, high-quality works on video have been being produced on a regular basis since 1992. Due to the Filmbüro Bremen’s keen commitment, this success story can continue be written this year as well. The works by last year’s recipients of the prize—Aram Bartholl, Maximilian Moll, Stephane Leonard—are now being presented for the first time at a four-week exhibition
The exhibition will open with Aram Bartholl’s performance Sociial, which features the games console Wii that Nintendo introduced to the market two years ago. One of the device’s special features is a novel interface between player and computer. Players are required to exert their full physical effort. Sensors register their movements and communicate them directly to the computer game. The in part ridiculous movements are accompanied by a lecture that is no less grotesque—in an endless litany, it presents the countless merits of online services. Facebook, Myspace, studiVZ, and all the other “social networks” are lastingly changing our everyday lives. Yet how social can software be? And what impact do digital developments have on the way we coexist? Against this backdrop, the insane contortions the computer game exacts appear to be thoroughly dubious operations.
Fire is the constitutive element in Maximilian Moll’s video installation Keep the fire burning. The artist uses several projections to set fire to the exhibition space, playing with the various qualities and meanings of fire. Whether forest fire or campfire, candlelight or blaze, humankind’s relationship with fire has always been ambivalent. Fire represents warmth and light, yet it can also escalate into a destructive force. A space-consuming dramaturgy has developed out of this field of tension. However, the digitally generated, in part apparently abstract images do not follow simple narrative patterns. They create a multi-layered resonating space in which personal memories are stimulated and connect up to the images of fire to produce a special form of aesthetic experience.
Stephane Leonard works as an artist, musician, composer, and filmmaker. In his multi-part video installation The Bridge’s Song, these areas team up in a singular way. One sees New York’s Queensboro Bridge. The impressive dimensions of the bridge, its enormous pillars are transferred into the exhibition space by means of a large-format projection. It is flanked by further projections that show the urban environment, the thunderous road traffic, skyscrapers, but also a view from a gondola slowly passing by the bridge. In an interplay with the sound level, the images of the city develop striking intensity. A complex audiovisual composition evolves from the background noises of the metropolis, the rhythm of the road traffic, in which even a bridge can release its very own sound: The Bridge’s Song.

Ingo Clauß

The Videokunst Förderpreis awarded by the Filmbüro Bremen is made possible by the Senator of Art, the Bremische Landesmedienanstalt, Radio Bremen, and the artists association GEDOK. The names of the new award winners will be announced on the evening of the opening, December 5, at 7:00 p.m.

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December 1st, 2008 at 4:08 pm

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Invitation to my upcoming project. More details coming soon.
[wow, the jpg algorithm has quite some problems with that color]

Wir laden Sie herzlich ein zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung am
Freitag, dem 05. Dezember 2008, um 19 Uhr.

Es sprechen
Ingo Clauß | Kurator der Weserburg
Klaus W. Becker | Geschäftsführer des Filmbüros
Dr. Wulf Herzogenrath | Direktor der Kunsthalle

Im Anschluss werden die neuen Preisträger des
Videokunst Förderpreis Bremen bekannt gegeben.

Die Kuratorin Marikke Heinz-Hoek führt am Sonntag,
dem 07. Dezember um 11:30 Uhr durch die Ausstellung.

Filmbüro Bremen e.V. | Die Kulturelle Filmförderung
Plantage 13, 28215 Bremen, Telefon (0421) 708 48 91
www.fi lmbuero-bremen.de, vkp@fi lmbuero-bremen.de

Videokunst Förderpreis | Kuratorin: Marikke Heinz-Hoek,
Organisation: Christian Meier-Kahrweg

Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst
Teerhof 20, 28199 Bremen, www.weserburg.de
Öffnungszeiten: Dienstag, Mittwoch und Freitag 10 – 18 Uhr,
Donnerstag 10 – 21 Uhr, Samstag und Sonntag 11 – 18 Uhr, Montag geschlossen

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November 19th, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Consumer Media Art

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The success of Nintendo Wii shows very well how classic Media Art of the last 20 years has arrived in everyday consumer products. I am curious how the connection of physical body and digital space will evolve in day to day life in the future. This Wii Fit Parody is quite funny. Sure, you better would go out to play real soccer but the way Nintendo integrates the body as a game interface is for most people new and a striking experience. Next step is then to emancipate from the screen and to go for the physical interaction again. ;-)

The concept for the performance piece “Sociial” which won me the Video Award Bremen last year also involves physical Wii action. It’ll be shown in December 2008 in Bremen. Hmm, should I try to include the Wii Fit balance now?

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May 9th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

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Video Art Award – Bremen

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I am pleased to anounce that I won a first price for a concept I proposed to the 17th video art award Bremen. Planned by Filmbuero Bremen e.V and curated by Marikke Heinz-Hoek. The opening of the exhibition of last year winners took place on 9.12.07.

More details comming soon.

Pic by Marius Watz

Udate:
#17 video award Bremen

Jury:
Astrid Nippoldt
Christian Katti
Sönke Magnus Müller

Awarded concepts:

- Aram Bartholl “Sociial”
- Maximilaian Moll “Keep the fire burning”
- Stephane Leonard “New York Street Ensemble”

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December 12th, 2007 at 4:00 pm

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