[NetBehaviour] EXPANDED BOX

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Wed Feb 10 12:33:16 CET 2010


Madrid, Feria de Madrid / IFEMA, Pavillion 8
February 17 - 21, 2010
Curated by: Domenico Quaranta
Galleries and artists: [DAM]Berlin, Berlin / BOREDOMRESEARCH; Alma 
Gallery, Riga / GINTS GABRANS;  Art Claims Impulse, Berlin / JULIUS VON 
Galerie, Berlin / MARIANA VASSILEVA; Fabio Paris Art Gallery, Brescia / 
EVA AND FRANCO MATTES AKA 0100101110101101.ORG; Gentili Apri, Berlin / 
JODI; Haunch of Venison, London / RAPHAEL LOZANO-HEMMER.

Press Images (zip folder, 72 MB): 

More infos on the fair: http://www.ifema.es/web/ferias/arco/default_i.html

Official press release:

Once again, ARCOmadrid is opening up its own particular “black box” to 
provide room for renowned international artists using new media in their 
works. The use of new technologies and digital tools in art creation is 
no longer viewed as anything strange or exceptional, and in fact a large 
number of artists have already added it to their everyday practise 
without further ado. This new addition of electronics to art is 
reflected in the eight spaces at EXPANDED BOX, in a programme 
coordinated by the Italian critic and curator Domenico Quaranta, a 
specialist in digital and net art.

“The idea that new technologies, new media, new ways of addressing vital 
questions, as well as how cultures have contextualised these 
technological changes, is constantly modifying not only the way in which 
we live, but also the way in which we make art and even the very notion 
of art itself”, the curator explains. The evolution has been so fast and 
digital media have irrupted into our lives with such force that they are 
transforming absolutely all fields of culture.

This means a true revolution in terms of cultural production, with a 
rise of techniques such as photography, film and animation. “Some 
artists have embraced new media enthusiastically, while others are being 
forced to reconsider the way in which they work with conventional media 
like painting and sculpture; and yet others have done both things” and, 
as Quaranta says, “art has changed beyond all recognition”.

With over a decade under its belt already, the EXPANDED BOX programme 
has been instrumental in this process and, in this upcoming edition, it 
will take another step further in order to showcase an art that is 
looking beyond the creative world, “an art that is growing on Internet, 
that is made in research centres and laboratories and that has the 
potential to change our current accepted idea of art”, the curator tells 
us. The public will find a programme that “will try to make collectors 
and art lovers lose their fear of these changes”, while at once 
demonstrating that “in the information society, works of art have as 
much to say as always”.

The reconstruction of art

To give us a rounded perspective, Domenico Quaranta has selected eight 
projects “capable of clearing showing the diverse facets of this strange 
diamond we currently know as ‘New Media Art’” or, in any case, those 
that the curator considered the most interesting “in terms of cultural 
urgency”, within a field “whose leadership and reputation has seen an 
exponential growth over recent years”.

This is the case of the Italian collective comprising Eva & Franco 
Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG. In the space of the FABIO PARIS ART 
GALLERY, they are presenting a complete cycle of their “Synthetic 
Performances”, in which they reconstruct legendary performances from the 
history of art through avatars from virtual worlds like Second Life.

Particularly representative of latest trends in this genre is JODI, a 
duo of artists and one of the hottest names in Net Art since its 
inception. They will be showing their work in the space of the Berlin 
gallery GENTILI APRI. At ARCOmadrid this collective from Holland are 
presenting one of their latest and most subversive works, which revolves 
around amateur technology and participative media, rewriting folklore in 
a particular anthropology through the net.

Also from Berlin, the ART CLAIMS IMPULSE gallery is representing the 
German collective comprising Julius Von Bismarck & Benjamin Maus. The 
public will have a chance to catch their latest creation, “Perpetual 
Storytelling Apparatus”, a machine that translates the words from a text 
into drawings on continuous paper. Like a 21st century “exquisite 
corpse”, the result reveals a re-contextualization of ideas and 
fragments, opening the way to a new narrative, creating fascinating 
stories and intriguing visual metaphors.

Tradition and innovation

Domenico Quaranta’s selection also includes various projects combining 
new technology with more conventional media or which use these 
technologies towards classical ends. The latter is the case of the 
wonderful installation by the Bulgarian artist Mariana Vassileva, 
presented by the German DNA GALLERY. The artist, concerned with issues 
cutting across violence, gender, family and social hierarchies, uses the 
human being in her work as a source of energy and light, exploring 
themes of human desires like communication, interpersonal relations, 
personal introspection and solitude.

The Latvian gallery ALMA GALLERY is exhibiting photonic paintings 
created by the multimedia artist Gints Gabrāns using a laser ray and 
then registering them on photographic paper. From a profound concern for 
aesthetics, this artist’s works are a clear instance of how conventional 
media can be reinterpreted and adapted to new technologies and languages.

On a similar tack, we find the work by the young artist Jakub Nepraš 
presented by the Portuguese gallery ARTHOBLER. This Czech artist brings 
three of his video projects together in one single installation. Through 
the use of assemblage and the layering of individual sequences, the 
artist creates movement along various axes, generating dynamic and 
pictorial rhythms in a temporal loop.

The public can also see an evocative work by the UK collective 
Boredomresearch, comprising Vicky Isley and Paul Smith, who use new 
media to portray and recreate artificial life. The new series of 
informatic objects by this duo who work with software art to fuse 
aesthetics and biology is on view at the space of [DAM] BERLIN.

Finally, the Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is also making a 
contribution to this summary overview of e-art and new technologies 
applied to creation. The London gallery HAUNCH OF VENISON is showing one 
of his latest installations, Reaction Diffusion, which consists of a 
series of computer-controlled light boxes showing animated images from 
some of the world’s frontier regions with the greatest migratory traffic 
and the greatest economic inequality. The social dynamics are, in this 
case, the object study and reflection for this artist, who uses new 
media to speak of pressing problems of the moment.

The “black box” at ARCOmadrid_2010 is, as such, “an attempt to rethink 
more traditional media –photography, video, performance and even 
painting and sculpture – through the optic of the digital era and to 
facilitate a mutual dialogue”, and as Domenico Quaranta claims, one of 
the founding mandates of his selection for EXPANDED BOX.


EXPANDING THE FIELD. Or, 8 good reasons to talk about new media (in an 
art fair)

Director: Domenico Quaranta
Lecturers: UBERMORGEN.COM, Marius Watz, Trevor Paglen, Oron Catts, 
Auriea Harvey & Michael Samyn, Paul D. Miller / DJ Spooky
ARCO Art Fair, Forum Auditorium 2, Hall 6.
February 18, 2010, from 12.30 to 2.30 p.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m.

Download the complete program: 

Something is happening in the field of art. Postmodernism seems to have 
been replaced, but nobody is really able to say by what. Art critics 
such as Nicolas Bourriaud and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev explained this 
change looking backwards to Modernism, but Modernism itself is many 
things, and it’s still not clear if this new modern, or Altermodern, is 
rooted in a new utopianism, as argued by Christov-Bakargiev, or in 
creolisation, globalisation and travelling, as suggested by Bourriaud.

What is clear to both is that new technologies, in the broader meaning 
of the term, are having a central role in this change. Starting from 
here, and appropriating Ippolito and Blais’ idea that the change will 
come from artists operating “at the edge of art” – Expanding the Field 
will involve artists and researchers that address, with different 
approaches, various new technologies – from the Internet to videogames 
and biotechnology – and issues and practices of the digital culture, 
from media hacking to data mining and surveillance. Some of them 
developed groundbreaking tools now used worldwide by artists operating 
in different fields; others – such as Tale of Tales – dropped out from 
the traditional art world in order to bring their idea of art to a 
different, possibly wider audience. Some feel more comfortable in labs 
than in museums, and most of them are strongly connected to online 
communities. Along the panel, they will be invited to introduce their 
work, addressing their relationship with technology and digital culture, 
and explaining how the fields they explore are affecting our culture and 
our concept of art.


Domenico Quaranta

web. http://domenicoquaranta.com/
email. info at domenicoquaranta.com
mob. +39 340 2392478
skype. dom_40

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