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net.art Painters and Poets

net.art Painters and Poets
Group Exhibition
City Art Gallery, Ljubljana

19 June – 31 August 2014

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Curated by Vuk Ćosić and Alenka Gregorič

!MEDIENGRUPPE BITNIK, 0100101110101101.org, Cory Arcangel, Kim Asendorf, Mez Breeze, Cristophe Bruno, Heath Bunting, Shu Lea Cheang, Paolo Cirio, Vuk Ćosić, Constant Dullaart, Lisa Jevbratt, JODI, Justin Kemp, Olia Lialina, Alessandro Ludovico, Mouchette, Mark Napier, Evan Roth, ®TMark, Eryk Selvaggio, Alexei Shulgin, Teo Spiller, Igor Štromajer, Thomson & Craighead, Ubermorgen, Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Jaka Železnikar

“Why an exhibition of net.art at the Mestna galerija in Ljubljana? First and foremost, it is a matter of continuing an exhibition series that forms an important part of the program scheme: themed exhibitions that broach questions relating to how various media novelties affect the social, societal, and political paradigms of the world today.”

Igor Štromajer participating with: interno/inferno
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Thus, two years ago we focused on the phenomenon of the global spectacle called association football. The idea was to draw parallels between two spheres that seemed worlds apart, although, as became apparent during the process of staging the exhibition, they are in reality interconnected – football and art. Last year we tackled the subject of television, a medium that has left an indelible mark on society over the past fifty years; the question underpinning the show was the impact this one-way transmitter of images has on an individual’s perception of reality. Now, as a logical conclusion or perhaps a completely new issue, we are broaching the subject of the Internet and the art related to it. Of all the exhibitions mentioned, this one likely raises the highest expectations in terms of interpretations and examination of the effect the medium has on contemporary society (especially in view of the events of recent years, think WikiLeaks and E. Snowden), yet it is also the most formalistic of all three. Formalistic in the sense of its display and the selection and presentation of the works.

The other reason for staging an exhibition of net.art is that works presented are part of an art movement that did not occur with a delay in our country; on the contrary, artists from our geographical region actively co-created the crucial premises of this new domain in art. We need only mention a Slovenian artist pertaining to the very first generation, the so-called pioneers of net.art, Vuk Ćosić, who has also been invited to help us conceive and realize this exhibition project. A point to add is that net.art has been valued since its beginnings by the Western art world, which had in the past predominantly dictated art historical narratives.

The first floor of the gallery is homage to selected international exhibition projects, whether they were received as examples of good or bad practice. These were projects that, over time, tried out diverse approaches to presenting net.art in art institutions. This puts the underlying idea and the quintessence of such art – its distance from the established institutional art system – into a paradoxical position: it is absurd to show such art in gallery spaces. The second floor hosts works by younger-generation artists proposed by invited older-generation artists. Of course, the works produced by this generation of artists have originated in a different Internet environment than the works of their predecessors, and pertain, for the most part, to what theory has named post-Internet art or Internet-aware art.

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Masaža ega – Press

Izbrani medijski zapisi o razstavi Masaža ega v Projektnem prostoru Aksioma:

- Petra Tanko, Radio Slovenija, Program Ars, Razgledi in razmisleki, 5. junij 2014
“Pogovor z Igorjem Štromajerjem”

- Maša Levičnik, Televizija Slovenija, Kultura ob 22h, 15. maj 2014
“Igor Štromajer: Masaža ega”

- Jela Krečič, Delo, Kultura, 20. maj 2014
“Igor Štromajer masira svoj ego”

- Neža Mrevlje, SiOL, Kultura, 25. maj 2014
“Igor Štromajer: Kadar se toliko ukvarjaš sam s sabo in potiskaš vse na rob mogočega, je to vulgarno”

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- Bojan Stefanović, Radio Študent, 26. maj 2014 (od 28. minute naprej)
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Aksioma | Ego Massage

Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana,
presents:

Igor Štromajer
EGO MASSAGE
(Ceci n’est pas de l’art)
Solo Exhibition

Aksioma | Project Space
Komenskega 18, Ljubljana

14 May – 13 June 2014

Exhibition: www.aksioma.org/oo
Project: www.intima.org/oo

Exhibition opening and lecture by Constant Dullaart: 14 May 2014 at 8 pm

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At a time when the Internet has become, as it were, dead code on screen, because giant corporations have usurped and radically transformed its initial idea; when even philosophy, social theory and media studies indicate that a true, radical future exists outside the Internet (“The future is offline.” Cf. the studies of Steven Shaviro, Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, and Jussi Parikka, Professor at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton); when we live in a so-called post-media reality – at such a time, the questions of virality and self-virality, transposition, constant translation, emptiness and repetitiveness, representation and identity are the key questions. With the exhibition Ego Massage, we tackle these questions directly. Ego Massage raises complex topical questions of translation of the digital into the analogue; far from exploiting the popularity of the concept of Internet meme, it takes a step further, returning memes to the real world, back to its biological (genetic) context.

Ego Massage is an urban performance and an installation project that attempts to transpose virality, social networking, memes and other contemporary web phenomena from the online public space to the offline public space, and from there to the exhibition space.

A while ago, artist Igor Štromajer introduced as his profile picture in all his social networks his own portrait with two circles (one red and one white) around his eyes. The resulting image was stylised, clear and instantaneously recognisable: perfect for viral diffusion. The author edited this profile picture into several hundreds of other photographs available online using automated web logarithms, services that facilitate quick, instantaneous photomontage. Mimicking the forms of diffusion of popular online media, the artist generated an “artistic meme”, that brought about not only the viral circulation of his own images, but also the spontaneous imitation and variation of his signature practice, with people editing these circles into their own profile pictures. (www.intima.org/ego-massage)

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A meme is an idea, a form of behaviour or a style, which, within a certain cultural practice, spreads from one user to another. It works as a unit for the implementation of cultural ideas, symbols or practices that can be transmitted through writing, images, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitative phenomena. As a cultural phenomenon, a meme represents an analogy to human genes – it reproduces itself, it mutates and is therefore quick to respond to topical events. Although memes preexisted the Internet – some people say that memes are just the way our culture works – the Web has proven to be an extraordinary platform for the spreading of memes.

During the exhibition, the gallery will function as the headquarters of the public space intervention, and at the same time as the temporary folder where the idea is materialized and explained through hundreds of Štromajer’s selected and printed photomontages, where documentary material is collected and put on display, and where the awareness of the audience is enhanced with educational activities.

The opening of the exhibition will be accompanied by the presentation of Dutch intermedia artist Constant Dullaart, who also explores in depth the transitions from the Web into the real space and various forms of online and offline meme-performance.

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Production:

Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2014

Artistic Director: Janez Janša
Producer: Marcela Okretič
Executive Producer: Sonja Grdina
Public Relations: Mojca Zupanič
Technician: Valter Udovičić
Documentation: Adriana Aleksić

The programme of Aksioma Institute is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana.

Sponsor: Datacenter d.o.o.

CONTACT
Aksioma | Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

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Totalka

Totalka
večer intermedijskih umetnosti
Trubarjeva hiša literature, 13. maj 2014 ob 19h

Umetnici in umetnik umetno o umetnosti: Irena Tomažin, Leja Jurišić in Igor Štromajer o teoriji ljubezni, davčni zaroti in pregibni ekonomiji.

Resnica ni nikoli ena sama, resnice so (vsaj) tri. Besedni troboji s krmarko, s pridihom perfomativne improvizacije. Totalka, do dna, brez možnosti vračila – vsak zase, vendar vsi trije zelo skupaj. Pogovor bo vodila in usmerjala Semira Osmanagić iz Oddelka za kulturo MOL.

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Večer: Živim od norosti in ljubezni

Večer: Živim od norosti in ljubezni

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Katarina Šulek, Sobotna priloga, Večer, 3. maj 2014

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BOMB 2014

BOMB Magazine
NYC, April 21, 2014

Annie Abrahams, Gretta Louw and Igor Štromajer about Annie Abrahams, Gretta Louw and Igor Štromajer. A three-way conversation about performance art online.

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Art : Interview / BOMB — Artists in Conversation

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Delo: Najsrečnejši umetnik na svetu

Jelka Šutelj Adamič, Delo, Kultura, 2. april 2014

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EatingMy#Self[ie]

Ajda Tomazin & Igor Štromajer: EatingMy#Self[ie]
– public space video (17′ 48″ / loop)
Frankfurt, 2014

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Artist Talk

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Artist Talk / Public Lecture Presentation by Igor Štromajer

Centre for Creative Arts
School of Communication, Arts & Critical Enquiry
La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Thursday, March 20th 2014

Make Love Not Art

Renowned media artist Igor Štromajer to talk at La Trobe

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NET.ARTography, Group Exhibition

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NET.ARTography, Group Exhibition
Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany
7 March – 21 April 2014
Curated by Gustavo Romano

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Artists:

0100101110101101.org (Eva & Franco Mattes); Ivan Abreu; Amy Alexander; Marcel·lí Antúnez; Kim Asendorf; Lucas Bambozzi; Ryan Barone; Giselle Beiguelman; Amy Berk; Luther Blissett; Natalie Bookchin; Christophe Bruno; Maite Cajaraville; Martin John Callanan; Azahara Cerezo; Paolo Cirio; Arcángel Constantini; Vuk Cosic; Andy Cox; Critical Art Ensemble; Minerva Cuevas; Young-Hae Chang; Santiago Echeverry; Vadim Epstein; Evru; Fiambrera Obrera; Gonzalo Frasca; Belén Gache; Dora García; Daniel García Andújar; Gazira Babeli; Emilio Gomáriz; Ethan Ham; Luis Hernández Galván; Robin Hewlett; Steev Hise; Ricardo Iglesias; Daniel Jacoby; Sergi Jordá; Scott Kildall; Ben Kinsley; La Société Anonyme (José Luis Brea); Joan Leandre; Les Liens Invisibles; Olia Lialina; Rogelio López Cuenca; Iván Lozano; Alessandro Ludovico; Peter Luining; Fernando Llanos; Brian Mackern; Miltos Manetas; Rafael Marchetti; Iván Marino; Antonio Mendoza; Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga; Antoni Muntadas; Mark Napier; Eduardo Navas; Santiago Ortiz; Christian Oyarzún; Paolo Pedercini (Molleindustria); Raquel Rennó; Ricardo Barreto & Paula Perissinotto; Gustavo Romano; Benjamin Rosenbaum; Mario Santamaría; Santo_File (David Casacuberta & Marco Bellinzoni); Mark Shepard; Alexei Shulgin; Mark Skwarek; Darren Solomon; Stanza; Nathaniel Stern; Igor Štromajer; Taller d’Intangibles (Jaume Ferrer & David Gómez); Philipp W. Teister; The Electronic Disturbance Theater; The Yes Men; Thomson & Craighead; Eugenio Tisselli; Ubermorgen; Sander Veenhof; Elo Vega; Angie Waller.

The works shown in this exhibition of the internationally most relevant net artists belong to the collection of NETescopio, iniciated in 2008 and since then constantly developed by the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art of Extremadura and Latin America – MEIAC, Badajoz. With NETescopio, the MEIAC is a pioneer in the availability of an Internet accessible art collection beyond the physical presence of the actual Museum. A selection of 120, partly no longer accessible, key works covers the panorama of net art production from the 1990s until today. This exhibition is in this sense a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the net art tendencies and their aesthetics. The main objective of the NETescopio archive, which makes also a historical classification of the collected works, is the preservation of the works, characterized by the incorporation of a large numbers of Spanish and Latin American net artists.

The curator Gustavo Romano has distinguished three strategies of artistic appropriation of the Internet with their various formats:

Disassemblings

During the web´s early years the artists started to experiment with the new medium and dealt with the possibilities of interactivity, the use of interfaces and alternative browsers. It is in the first years of web art, which can be seen in this category, that show a greater radicalism with a stress on experimentation and the deconstruction of the medium.

Re/appropriations

The reuse of symbolic materials and artistic reactions to existing content play a key role in this work. In digital media information can be reproduced and manipulated, developing constant mutation. This poses in discourses to copy, original and authorship, as well as to owner and collector of net art. The artist’s role on the web is of a “redirector” of information.

Intrusion

These works refer to artistic intervention in a new public space, the “Internet”, which involve commonly used sites such as Wikipedia or Google Maps, which parody or subvert private pages, in order to undermine them through artistic contexts. Stealthily infiltration of the user’s computer or other computer systems is discussed here. The artist slips here into the role of spies, intruders and solitary flaneurs.

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Igor Štromajer participating with:
re:volution
online project, 1997 – 2011

Characterised by aesthetics which evoke a post-Cold War era in which the side-effects of that war continue to be present on the Internet, re:volution offers itself to us as a machine, a platform for the public to use to comfortably drive the revolution. This is a revolution which, according to the words of our guide, a child named GTA (Great Teacher and Astronaut), has still not been successful, and for which we must keep fighting, armed with out powerful new weapon of war: e-mail.
The project is full of media and consumer icons, political icons from a nostalgic modern era today transformed into clip art, which circulate like devalued information on the Internet. The re-combination of these materials seems to reveal the decadence of power to us: far from those grand speeches and monumental events, they are reduced to tiny 8-bit files.

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Social Networks as Platforms for Media Art

Social Networks as Platforms for Media Art
– Media Art and Digital Culture Workshop with Igor Štromajer / Masterclass

Centre for Creative Arts
School of Communication, Arts & Critical Enquiry
La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday March 18th 2014

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DE.fragmentation/GRO

DE.fragmentation/GRO

GRO Gallery
FB: GRO galleri, Campus Allegro
Jakobstad, Finland

Exhibition
14 March – 13 April 2014

Artists: Florian Grond, Stefano Marotta, Roberto Russo, Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman, Arjan Pregl, Marcin Ramocki, Christian Rupp, Owen Smith, Igor Štromajer, Joakim Hansson, Tom Kerševan, Jurij Pavlica, Sendi Mango.

Igor Štromajer‘s 0§n–3¦é×F= Miᆠexhibited at the GRO Gallery, Finland.
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Defragmentation is a term which comes from technology. More specifically, it is related to the computer data storage system and concerns the process of rearranging data in order to speed up data retrieval. Upon reflection, this type of optimization simply means a more efficient use of the potential of such a device. Potential is not just something that is planned as part of the product design, it has a maximum, finite value. It is based on specific parameters, and determined only by existing needs and inventiveness/creativity. By rearranging data on the computer disk, thereby taking into consideration the device’s environment and record history, we create new electrical states, which mean a better device and progress in relation to the previous state.

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The time and space which contemporary art occupies and in which it manifests itself also has potential of its own. The artist applies his or her creativity to rearrange it into different abstract and material structures. It draws upon a limited space and time for the sole reason of causing change in a given and opportune moment. This change is not irrelevant because it signifies progress. In the context of the showcased artworks and artists, defragmentation is therefore a word which highlights the process as something which necessarily improves on the previous state, an invention, art.

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Beyond (spectacle) – Episode II

21 February 2014
7.45 PM

Beyond (spectacle) – Episode II
Annie Abrahams and Igor Štromajer

Streaming: Ivan Chabanaud Mosaika.tv
Technical assistance: Jan de Weille
Reader: Laurie Bellanca

Les anormales
Festival Tropisme
La Panacée, Montpellier, France + online

Live stream at www.gaite-lyrique.net

An exercise in collective writing. A performance.

Marionettes / Scripting Reality / On Manipulation / Txt Theater / Public Collaboration Dynamics

+ more details: Beyond (spectacle) & Episode II

+ Flickr Photo Set (27 Screenshots)
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Bad Art Project

My name is Igor Štromajer. I am a bad artist.

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MoTa’s Kitchen

MoTa Museum of Transitory Art
14 February 2014, 8 PM
MoTa Valentine’s Kitchen

– dinner with the artist: Igor Štromajer, Make Love Not Art, projection

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Pixxelpoint 2013

Pixxelpoint Festival 2013
De.fragmentation

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Nova Gorica, 29 November – 6 December 2013

Igor Štromajer‘s 0§n–3¦é×F= Miᆠexhibited at the Nova Gorica City Gallery.

Pixxelpoint 2013 Artists:
Primož Bizjak, Mark Durkan & Eilis McDonald, Florian Grond, Kensuke Koike, Marotta & Russo, Anja Medved, Jani Osojnik, Project59 (Irina Danilova, Hiram Levy, Dan Tuvlosky), Marcin Ramocki, Martin Romeo, Christian Rupp, Lena Lieselotte Schuster, Sašo Sedlaček, Owen F. Smith, Maja Smrekar, Igor Štromajer, Miha Turšič, Špela Petrič, Maja Murnik, Visoka šola za umetnost Univerze v Novi Gorici, Workshops with Pamela Barberi

+ PDF Catalog (Eng/Slo)

Selection:
BridA / Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica

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Since 1989, Igor Štromajer aka Intima has shown his artistic work at more than a 120 exhibitions in  60 countries and received a number of international awards. His works are included  in the permanent  collections of  the Centre Pompidou, Paris;  the MNCA Reina Sofía, Madrid;  Moderna galerija, LJ; Computerfinearts, NY;  Maribor Art Gallery.















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