PRO & CONTRA
Curators: Marat Guelman, Olga
Art projects selected for the exhibition present a wide spectrum of work
by famous contemporary art creators using the Internet technology. Each
work might be considered continuation of a story or a myth that had been
constructed by an artist long before he(she) started working with the new
technology. This exhibition is the first, as well as provocative and
controversial, attempt to present Net-art in a Moscow gallery. On the one
hand it is an experiment of traditional exhibiting, on the other, an
attempt to ‘decompose’ Net-art for components accenting various
positions of an artists in regards to technology:
Net-art as an image;
Net-art as a game;
Net-art as a conceptual form;
Net-art as projection of the offline;
Net-art as overcoming the problem of author’s death’
Net-art as a common apartment.
Discussion on Net-art in Russia is slowly though steady revolutionizing.
Works by Russian Net-artists is an object of fixed attention of the
Western press. They debate on theoretical aspects of cultural differences,
problems of authenticity on the Net, succession of traditional and digital
art, peculiarities of Russian Net-art. The very appearance of the Internet
is often associated with prophecy made by Serguei Eisenstein in his ‘montage
theory’, (succeeded by browser frames).
In one of the first animations produced in 1912 by Russian film director
Starevich, cinema was reflecting about itself for the first time. Today it’s
time for the art to reflect on the problem of its own existence. Web space
ideally imitates and parodies the real art situation.
You’ll get many surprises at the opening:
JODI presents the latest work, Igor Stromayer shows a mini-performance,
‘Oppera Teorettikka Internettikka’, etc.
Artists and projects:
Mindaugas Gapsevicius, Lithuania - Boring
JODI - Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans, Belgium-Holland - Untitled
INTIMA - Igor Stromayer, Slovenia - ZVRST.3;
Alexei Isaev - Trash-art;
Namniyas Ashuratova - System of an
Gohr Chakhal - Love.