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PHYSICAL EXHIBITION AND CALL FOR ONLINE PARTICIPATION | CONT3XT.NET.NEWS #04.08

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PHYSICAL EXHIBITION AND CALL FOR ONLINE PARTICIPATION
CONT3XT.NET.NEWS #04.08

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YOU OWN ME NOW UNTIL YOU FORGET ABOUT ME.

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OPENING RECEPTION: 15 May 2008, 8 pm
EXHIBITION DURATION: 16 May - 22 June 2008
HOSTING INSTITUTION: Mala galerija - Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern
Art, Ljubljana
LOCATION: Slovenska cesta 35, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
WEBSITE: http://www.youownmenow.net
CURATORS: Birgit Rinagl, Franz Thalmair / CONT3XT.NET

WITH WORKS BY:

Mary-Anne Breeze (mez)
Codemanipulator(R)
Christina Goestl, clitoressa.net
Karl Heinz Jeron, Valie Djordjevic
carlos katastrofsky
Joerg Piringer
Marek Walczak, Martin Wattenberg

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ONLINE PARTICIPATION:

Besides general information and documentation about YOU OWN ME NOW UNTIL YOU
FORGET ABOUT ME. the website of the exhibition includes the possibility to
extend the concept as well as the list of selected works of art. Just go to
http://www.youownmenow.net, enter a link of your own choice plus short
link-description and submit your preferred work of art. Thank you for your
participation!

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EXHIBITION CONCEPT:

Speech and the faculty of meta-reflection about one's language are inherent
characteristics of human beings. All projects shown in the exhibition YOU
OWN ME NOW UNTIL YOU FORGET ABOUT ME. are originally Internet-based
artworks. The main common ground is their starting point in the exploration
of our language with its arbitrary systems and rules, its corresponding
functions within society, as well as with its absurdities and restrictions
for the individual. Rather than to focus on the isolated -
literary/literally - artwork, the exhibition highlights general artistic
tendencies leading to a discursive process, which originates from the
Internet and finds its way back to the "virtualities of our real life".

According to Ferdinand de Saussure's theses, human language can be divided
into three fundamental aspects: the biological preconditions for speaking
(langage), the fixed system of rules and signs (langue) and the act of
speaking itself (parole). The supposition that the language system - thought
as a collective institution of norms - and the speech act - thought as an
individual, coherent and meaningful utterance - are linked reciprocally and
that there is no backflow into the system without speaking, it becomes clear
that human language withdraws itself from an immediate observation. Language
can only be examined in the course of the reconstruction of the process of
its appearance, that is, its articulation. Considering this point of view of
our communication system, the question arises if, accordingly, language is
an exclusively virtual product, the existence of which begins and ends with
its realisation.

In parallel, digital artworks are predetermined by the binary (linguistic)
code, but do not become "real" (commonly comprehensible) until the code is
transformed into text, image, and/or sound (by opening the data file and
executing the commands). Both language and digital artworks are based on
processes, transformations, and a continuous fluidity. The creation of
digital artworks is built upon the active participation of the user just
like the existence of language is built upon a speaking person. Hence, word
and image are no longer integer parts of the artwork, or langue and langage
(as thought by Saussure) are no longer part of parole. The individual
elements of both are entangled in a performative act making interpretation
obsolete. The open work manifests itself by intermediation and is created
individually through every new reception. But what happens if the user
closes the data file, or if the speaking person stops talking?

"In the end there is nothing of an object here, just a process, a set of
rules that leads you to the point of questioning unicity, ownership, and the
object-like nature of digital art works and what you can own is nothing more
than the memory of it."

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This is a newsletter by CONT3XT.NET (ZVR: 999765999, Vienna/Austria). If you
do not want to receive information anymore please reply with "NO
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