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HZ NET GALLERY #10: December 2007

 

PROJECT FOR THE AFFIRMATION OF THE NEW

SYLVIA GRACE BORDA

2006-2007

El Lissitzky began a body of work in the 1930s titled " Prouns" (an acronym for "Project for the Affirmation of the New" in Russian). These non-objective compositions drew from Malevich's Suprematist concepts that painting could spiritually transcend and blur the distinctions between real and abstract zones. I was curious to see if I could devise a schema where net art could follow Malevich's proposal and El Lissitsky's subsequent responses to this proclamation. Could abstract and real spaces be blended together so that their distinction in space and time dissipate? Could net art become the crux between virtual and tangible spaces where the function of the architecture (the computer) is complementary in concept to that of the picture frame (as in painting) ?

Sylvia Grace Borda is a Vancouver and UK based artist, and holds the positions of Associate Researcher in Digital Visual Arts at Emily Carr Institute, MA Lecturer in Photography, Film and Visual Arts at Queen's University Belfast and guest Lecturer in Media Arts at Krems University, Austria. Her interests cover new media, digital curation and photo-documentation, all of which share a focus on reinterpreting cultural symbols and creating compositions from historical sources. Sylvia's exhibition history spans over 8 years in Canada and abroad with solo and group shows of both her media and photo work. Recent artistic endeavours include the inauguration of the Virtual Museums of Canada net art portal with her project "Every Bus Stop in Surrey, BC" and the completion of new media portal of Scotland's first 'new town' of East Kilbride . Future projects include the development of a new media installation for 'Invisible Dynamics' at the Exploratorium: the museum of science, art and human perception in San Francisco and a media restaging of Muybridge's Animal Locomotion for the Naughton Gallery in Belfast.

 

WEB PIECE n°1

ASSUNTA RUOCCO

2007

This work's aim is to present a performative photographic research trhough a Baroque 'machine'. The structure itself is shaped by the idea of the labyrinth, a typical feature of the Baroque, as much as the folds that reoccur in the images, and the scale differences between extremely small tumbnails and blown up details. The imagerie evokes as much old paintings as erotic postcards. In front of the ambiguity of the images, between feelings of vague identification of the iconographic precedents, and simple curiosity, the user is left to himself, to the choice of how to approach the website, and of how to interpret its frustrating responses. The work could be looking at the way memory and desire shape our perception of our bodies, using Baroque theatricality to counteract a servitude to the spectacle of capitalistic consumerism of image and bodies.

Assunta Ruocco comes from Sorrento, a small town near Naples, in the South of Italy. After studying Art History at the University of Naples for three years, in 2005 she graduated in Fine Art in Belgium, at the ERG, Ecole de Recherche Graphique of Bruxelles, and in 2007 was awarded an MA in Contemporary Visual Arts at University College Falmouth in Cornwall, UK. For the last six years she has been using and interpreting a broad range of media, from painting and drawing to video and photography, in a collaborative, performative work with her family, her brother and sister and closest friends. She works with them on the boundaries of reality and fiction, on the way personal closeness and trust modifies our relationship to image, and on the influence of iconographic and cinematic models in the way we experience our bodies and we build our relationship to history.

 

THE SONIC MAP OF BATTERSEA PARK

GAYA GAJEWSKA

2007

The Sonic Map of Battersea Park is a Web based piece of audio art, created in search for new and innovative ways of using audio on the Web. It integrates the technology of Flash and a notion of soundscape navigable in a Web browser. It aims to transport an Internet user to the London park to experience its complexity, cosmopolitanism, vibrancy and sense of enjoyment, using sound clips and minimal graphics. It also challenges the user to explore new ways of navigating a web space, by using a sense of hearing instead of vision.

Gaya Gajewska is a post-graduate student of MA course in New Media at London South Bank University. She is interested in pushing the boundaries of Internet user's experience by playing with interface, users' browsing habits and sound using Flash as a tool. She works as a freelance web designer as bygaya.com.

 

THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACKBIRD

EDWARD PICOT

2007

"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" is a famous modernist poem by the American poet Wallace Stevens. It consists of thirteen short stanzas, each of which depicts a blackbird (or blackbirds) from a different point of view. My own version consists of thirteen very short Flash animations, each based on a stanza from the poem and containing the full text of that stanza. I have tried to remain true to the spirit of Stevens' original, whilst at the same time avoiding the temptation to offer literal-minded illustrations. The end result is very much my own personal interpretation of the poem, but I think it brings out the playfulness of the text and some of Williams' characteristic themes – perception, fragmentation, mortality, the relationship between internal and external worlds, and the relationship between art and raw experience."

"I have been self-publishing online since 2000. My personal website is at http://edwardpicot.com , and I also run a directory-and-review of electronic literature called The Hyperliterature Exchange. I have published articles about hyperliterature in The P N Review , trAce and Slope . On the creative side, I started by writing nonlinear fiction, and this is still one of my favourite forms (for example An Unimportant Story). I have gradually been drawn into other areas such as Flash animation, however, often in an attempt to produce work which will amuse my young daughter – such as Chicks and Frog-o-Mighty . What I produce next is always very dependent on what ideas happen to strike me, with the result that there's a lot of variety in my output."

 

I WANT TO SEE ALL OF THE NEWS FROM TODAY

MARTIN JOHN CALLANAN

2007

Aggregating - on a daily basis - the front pages of all newspapers from around the world into one place.

Martin John Callanan is a European researcher, and artist, exploring notions of citizenship within the globally connected world. Concerns include information, data, and knowledge. Currently Teaching Fellow in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.

 

HZ NET GALLERY is curated by SACHIKO HAYASHI

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