[NetBehaviour] Maxwell City - call for workshop participation.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Apr 11 12:19:50 CEST 2007

Maxwell City - call for workshop participation.

Maxwell City
an artistic investigation into the
electromagnetic urban environment.

Two consecutive workshops:
Workshop I Wednesday 9th of May - Saturday 12th of May
Workshop II Wednesday 30th of May - Saturday 2nd of June

Where: Atelier Nord Lakkegata 55D N-0817 Oslo
Directors: Erich Berger and Martin Howse
Guests: Armin Medosch, Honor Hager

Participation is free of charge
Application deadline Friday 13th of April
Send applications with CV and motivation to sense at anart.no
Further information: http://anart.no/projects/maxwell-city/


In 1864 the Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell presented
a set of mathematical equations to the Royal Society. These
equations which are now known as Maxwell.s equations describe
the behaviour of electric and magnetic fields and their interaction
with matter - electromagnetism. Maxwell showed that his equations
predict waves of oscillating electric and magnetic fields that
travel through empty space - electromagnetic waves.


Almost 150 years later, the practical applications of Maxwell's
mathematics are deeply and indispensably entwined with our everyday
lives. Radio, Television, Mobile phones or wireless networks, all are
based on wireless data and information transmission utilizing
electromagnetic radiation as a medium. Every wire, cable and electrical
device leaks electromagnetic waves during operation.
The electromagnetic spectrum which is the range of all possible
electromagnetic radiation is a hotly fought over private, commercial
and political territory.


Every city with its uncountable electric facilities, devices, senders
and receivers has an unknown and invisible man-made twin; the Maxwell
City. It is an alien kind of architecture and landscape composed from
the electromagnetic emissions of its substantial sibling; a truly
spectral double resonating across bodies, vehicles and an architecture
of embedded conduction.


Maxwell City is an artistic investigation into electromagnetic
substance within the city of Oslo and its surroundings. Naturally
these investigations will happen in the city itself, including
possible originating artworks, situations or interventions. Short
lectures, presentations and discussions within the group will provide
the workshops with the necessary theoretical and practical
background. Maxwell City is interested in both the theory and praxis
of electromagnetic waves, politics of technology and the
electromagnetic spectrum, electromagnetic waves as artistic material,
artistic strategies in the urban environment, invisible and alternate
realities and how to make these perceptible.


Participating artists do not need to have practical or
theoretical knowledge about the electromagnetic spectrum.
They need to bring a keen interest to work as a group with
unusual artistic material within the urban environment.
As the workshops build upon each other it is preferable to
participate in both workshops.

Further information about the workshop, the content,
the directors and guests is available at:
The new posting may be found at  

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