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irational.org at CCA Glasgow, June 16 - July 21, 2007

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Inke Arns <[log in to unmask]>

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Inke Arns <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 14 Jun 2007 13:27:01 +0200

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IRATIONAL.ORG
Tools, techniques and events 1996-2006

Daniel G. Andujar (Valencia/E), Rachel Baker (London/GB),
Kayle Brandon (Bristol/GB), Heath Bunting (Bristol/GB),
Minerva Cuevas (Mexico City/MEX), Marcus Valentine (Bristol/GB)

curated by Inke Arns and Jacob Lillemose

A project by Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund
at CCA: The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow
June 16 - July 21, 2007
Opening: Friday, June 15, 2007, 7-9pm


Have you ever taken part in International Tree 
Climbing Day? Did you know that there is a 
genetically modified "superweed" resistant to 
current herbicides such as Roundup? How would you 
react to the statement "Remember, language is not 
free?" Have you ever heard of "Public Sculpture 
Climbing" or the "Tour de Fence"? All of these 
are projects that have taken form around the 
server irational.org in recent years.

From June 16 - July 21, 2007, CCA: The Centre for 
Contemporary Arts Glasgow shows “IRATIONAL.ORG 
Techniques, Tools and Events 1996 - 2006". The 
exhibition which was conceived in 2006 by 
Hartware MedienKunstVerein and exhibited in the 
2.200 sqm large PHOENIX Halle Dortmund unter the 
title “The Wonderful World of irational. Tools, 
Techniques and Events 1996-2006", has been 
adapted to the exhibition spaces of the CCA 
Glasgow. During the opening weekend from June 
15-17, 2007, there will be various activities by 
irational members in Glasgow.

irational
irational is a loose grouping of six 
international net and media artists who came 
together around the server irational.org, founded 
by the British net artist Heath Bunting in 1996, 
going on to make decisive contribution to early 
net art from the mid-1990s onward. They include 
Daniel Garcia Andújar / Technologies to the 
People (E), Rachel Baker (GB), Kayle Brandon 
(GB), Heath Bunting (GB), Minerva Cuevas / Mejor 
Vida Corporation (MEX) and Marcus Valentine (GB).

With dry humor and minimal aesthetics, irational 
commented the Internet hype of the mid-to-late 
1990s, competing with the 
commercialization-euphoria of the new market by 
developing its own pseudo-ventures. Net art was 
immediate during this period, neither needing nor 
enjoying the safety of a mediating space or 
instance. This is why irational often hit upon 
humorless trademark attorneys, who wanted to keep 
irational from using brand names such as 7-11, 
American Express, Sainsbury's and Tesco. These 
encounters, which the exhibition documents 
extensively, were little more than a prelude to 
more recent developments in the field of 
copyright, intellectual property, and brand 
protection. Heath Bunting was the first net 
artist to retire in 1997, putting an end to his 
exclusive work on the net and turning back to 
more intensive work in public space, which the 
Internet has become such an important part of 
today. If the activities of irational during its 
"net phase" were dedicated to calling virtual 
boundaries into question, its members now 
experiment with interrogating and overcoming 
economic, political, and social boundaries in 
real space, producing a great deal of comic 
relief, among other things.

IRATIONAL.ORG in Glasgow
Never before have so many complex and relevant 
artworks from around irational.org been shown in 
such a comprehensive exhibition. The goal of the 
exhibition is to use the media of a large-scale 
showing, various activities in the urban space of 
Glasgow, a panel discussion about “Sport Art", 
and a comprehensive publication to make these 
artistic-activist pieces more accessible to a 
general public.

We would like to thank the Ministerpräsident des 
Landes NRW for supporting the realisation of the 
show in Glasgow. We are very happy about the fact 
that with the CCA - Centre for Contemporary Arts 
Glasgow an important art institution is taking 
over the exhibition “Irational. Tools, Techniques 
and Events 1996-2006" and would like to thank 
Francis McKee and Kerri Moogan for their 
enthusiasm.

Inke Arns, Jacob Lillemose
Susanne Ackers, Francis Hunger



* * *

IRATIONAL.ORG
Tools, techniques and events 1996-2006

Daniel G. Andujar (Valencia/E), Rachel Baker (London/GB),
Kayle Brandon (Bristol/GB), Heath Bunting (Bristol/GB),
Minerva Cuevas (Mexico City/MEX), Marcus Valentine (Bristol/GB)
u.a.

A project by Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund
at CCA: The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow
June 16 - July 21, 2007
Opening: Friday, June 15, 2007, 7-9pm

Exhibition
curated by Inke Arns, Jacob Lillemose

CCA: The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow
Francis McKee, Artistic Director
Kerri Moogan, Programme Manager
Alan Kean, Gallery Manager
Kenny MacLeod, Production Manager
Louise Shelley, Office and Programme Assistance
Bec Carey-Grieve, General Manager

Catalogue
The second edition of “The Hartware Guide to 
irational" is published on the occasion of the 
taking over of the exhibition “irational. Tools, 
Techniques and Events 1996-2006" by the CCA: The 
Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow:
Susanne Ackers / Inke Arns / Francis Hunger / 
Jacob Lillemose (eds.), The Hartware Guide to 
irational.org, Revolver - Archiv fuer aktuelle 
Kunst, Frankfurt am Main 2006, ISBN 
3-86588-299-4, 18 Euro / 15 GBP

The exhibition at CCA Glasgow is supported by
The Scottish Arts Council
The Glasgow City Council
Der Ministerpraesident des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

CCA: The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow
350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD
http://www.cca-glasgow.com

Gallery Hours:
Tue - Sat: 11am - 6pm
Closed on Sun + Mon




-- 

Dr. Inke Arns
Künstlerische Leiterin / Artistic Director
Hartware MedienKunstVerein
Güntherstrasse 65 * D-44143 Dortmund
T ++49 (0) 231 - 823 106
F ++49 (0) 231 - 882 02 40
[log in to unmask]
www.inkearns.de

Don't miss these shows when travelling (to) Europe this summer:

/////// History Will Repeat Itself ////// Strategies of re-enactment
in contemporary (media) art and performance, HMKV at PHOENIX Halle
Dortmund/D, 9 June - 23 Sep 2007, www.hmkv.de

////// irational.org ////// Tools, Techniques and Events 1996-2006,
CCA Glasgow/GB, 16 June - 21 July 2007, www.cca-glasgow.com

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