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June 21, 2007



Brutal Realities - Art, Subjectivity and The News

COOL MEDIA HOT TALK SHOW: D.I.Y. talk show on art & media :: TOPIC: Brutal Realities - Art, Subjectivity and The News :: SPEAKERS: Nanette Hoogslag / OOG and Florian Schneider / DICTIONARY OF WAR :: QUESTIONS: ask-it-yourself now and during the show :: June 27, 20.30 CET :: Video stream and interface for online participation :: Location: De Balie - Centre for Culture and Politics, Amsterdam (bring your laptops and mobiles) :: EXTRA: music performance of Nanko.

ABOUT THE TOPIC: Brutal Realities - Art, Subjectivity and The News :: In the digital age you cannot stop information - how many times did we hear this hollowed out clichi? Countless for sure. But exactly what kind of information? How to judge it? How to develop a personal relation to it?

The News is one of these information flows that in the era of digital media seems to become ever more pervasive, inescapable really. As it does so it seems to divide itself into a curious dichotomy: it ( the news ) either becomes trivialised, or it reflects the perpetual miseries of the brutal realities that apparently surround us; disasters, war, famine, oppression, ecological devastation, family drama, and a general feeling of estrangement. In any case difficult to develop a personal relationship to it, be it trivia or conversely our daily portion of misery...

How does art and how do artists relate to this omnipresence of suffering in real-time? Can art help us to develop the distance, the silence, the space in-between that makes it possible to reflect The News ? Can it point a way out of estrangement of the global anxiety machine? Can it rekindle our empathy for the pain of others?

And is social reality in any case coextensive with the news ? Or should we rather develop and alternative relationship to social reality? And how then should this be done?

Can a project such as OOG in the web edition of the Dutch national daily newspaper De Volkskrant, where a different artist is invited every two weeks to comment on the news in an on-line art work every two weeks, help us to develop another (a more healthy?) subjective relationship to the news ?

Can a project such as the Dictionary of War help us to establish an alternative critical relationship to social reality? How can it reach a broader audience without falling into the same trap of mass-mediation?

Or is the very idea of subjectivity towards the news nothing but a regressive and reactionary gesture?


Nanette Hoogslag (NL) is a visual artist and illustrator. She studied graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and did an MA in illustration at Royal College of Art in London in 1990. She established herself as an illustrator and designer in Amsterdam, working for design and editorial clients worldwide. She has been teaching illustration and design at various art colleges in The Netherlands, currently she teaches illustration and concept development at the Illustration Department at the school of Visual Arts, HKU in Utrecht.

In 2005 Nanette Hoogslag developed the idea for OOG ("eye" in Dutch), inviting artists to react to the news, their role, function and content, in an online environment, which became 'Oog' a weekly online page in one of the largest Dutch national newspapers the 'Volkskrant'. In 2006 the concept of Oog was presented in a live show 'Ooglive' in the Westergasfabriek and shown as part of Faith in Exposure in Montevideo 2007. Oog: http://extra.volkskrant.nl/oog; Ooglive: www.ooglive.com; illustrations: www.hoogslag.nl

Florian Schneider (DE) is a filmmaker, writer, and developer in the fields of new media, networking and open source technologies. In his work he focuses on bordercrossings between mainstream and independent media, art and activism, theory and technology. As a filmmaker he directed several award-winning documentaries and made theme-evenings for the german-french tv station "arte" on the topics of migration and new global movements. He is one of the initiators of the KEIN MENSCH IST ILLEGAL campaign at documentaX and subsequent projects. He founded, designed and supported countless online-projects, such as the European internet platform D-A-S-H and the online-network KEIN.ORG. He is the director of the new media festivals MAKEWORLD (2001), NEURO (2004) and one of the co-organizers of the upcoming FADAIAT2 event in Tarifa / Tangiers, in June 2005. His publications include contributions in Der Spiegel and other renowned magazines and newspapers. From 2001, he has published Makeworlds paper 1-4, a newspaper magazine for theory, art and activism. For incommunicado 05, a special issue will be published as well.

DICTIONARY OF WAR, a collaborative platform for creating 100 concepts on the issue of war, invented, arranged and presented by scientists, artists, theorists and activists. The aim is to create key concepts that either play a significant role in current discussions of war, have so far been neglected, or have yet to be created.

Dictionary of War
Summit of Non-Aligned Initiatives in Education and Culture

here & now: http://www.coolmediahottalk.net/

SPECIAL: ASK THE BEST QUESTION & win the COOL MEDIA PRIZE! the winner will be selected through direct and open voting.

Tickets: 5 euro :: Reservations by telephone: +31.20. 55 35 100 (during opening hours of the ticket office) Or via the Balie website: http:// www.debalie.nl/agenda.

De Balie - Centre for Culture and Politics, Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10 Amsterdam.

Posted by jo at June 21, 2007 10:44 AM