[NetBehaviour] FUNWARE EXHIBITION 12 Nov 2010–16 Jan 2011 & FUNWARE CONFERENCE 27 Nov 2010 in Eindhoven

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Mon Nov 8 14:50:33 CET 2010

2010 in Eindhoven

FUNWARE EXHIBITION 12 November 2010 – 16 January 2011
& FUNWARE CONFERENCE 27 November 2010
Eindhoven (NL)

FUNWARE _playing with software
MU, Eindhoven (NL)
12 November 2010 – 16 January 2011

OPENING: Friday, 12 November at 20:00 hrs
with live performances by Alexei Shulgin, Jon Satrom / Ben Syverson and 
Amy Alexander.
DJ Emile Zile.

Adrian Ward, Amy Alexander, Annina Ruest, Bob Zimbinski, Carmen 
Weisskopf / Domagoj Smoljo / Roger Wigger, Christoph Haag / Franziska 
Windisch / Ludwig Zeller / Martin Rumori, Colin Green / Matthew Fuller / 
Simon Pope, Dave Griffiths, Dave Griffiths / Aymeric Mansoux / Marloes 
de Valk, David Link, Electroboutique, Gazira Babeli, Joan Leandre, JODI, 
Jon Satrom / Ben Syverson, RTmark, Runme.org

Making and using software can be experimental, humorous and 
aesthetically rich. Alongside today’s rather dull omnipresence of 
databases and content management systems, elements of fun have actually 
informed and guided the development of software from its beginnings. Fun 
is the energy of curiosity and inappropriateness, exploring what is not 
yet known in art, culture, computer science, design, math and the site 
of their encounter: software. Here, software art, a joke of a 
mathematical genius and amateur tinkering of software stand side by side.

The exhibition Funware questions, tangles and experiments with the 
materiality of software, the backbone of contemporary society. Letting 
us deal with the glitchy nature of human-machine ensembles, it offers a 
way of understanding something that is normally hidden and serious. Fun 
is far from detaching software from political or social interrogability, 
it is rather a force and a method that works on complicating the normal, 
the serious and the dominant.


In 2011 the exhibition will travel to HartwareMedienKunstVerein in Dortmund!

27 November 2010, 10:00-15:30 hrs (during STRP Festival)
at Baltan Laboratories, Eindhoven

Wendy Chun, Matthew Fuller, Andrew Goffey, Wilfried Hou Je Bek, Andrew 
Lison, Adrian Mackenzie, Michael Murtaugh and Simon Yuill.
Introduction & moderation: Olga Goriunova

Contrary to the belief that software is a very serious issue, a 
battlefield of big business interest and freedom fighters, and a field 
guided by rationality and formalisation, it is actually an area of 
practice and thinking that often advances through random acts, absurd 
use, jokes and curiosity.
International speakers will argue that art, and in particular software 
art, can play a crucial role in the production of the world, undermining 
the seeming solidity of the infrastructural backbone of our society and 
opening it up for intervention and reinvention. The symposium will also 
explore the issue of fun and the potential of the humour in software 
art. What is humour after all? It is in fact an artistic and critical 
attitude to reality?


Curator: Olga Goriunova
Executive producers: aaaan.net
Co-organisers: BALTAN Laboratories & MU
Supported by: VSBfonds, SNS Reaal, London Metropolitan University & STRP 

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