[NetBehaviour] Raise Your Flag! The first Speed Show in Barcelona

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Wed Apr 13 18:48:59 CEST 2011

The Speed Show Exhibition Format - http://fffff.at/speed-show/

«Hit an Internet-cafe, rent all computers they have and run a show on 
them for one night. All art works of the participating artists need to 
be on-line (not necessarily public) and are shown in a typical browser 
with standard plug-ins. Performance and life pieces may also use 
pre-installed communication programs (instant messaging, VOIP, video 
chat etc). Custom software (except browser add-ons) or off-line files 
are not permitted. Any creative physical modification to Internet cafe 
itself is not allowed. The show is public and takes place during normal 
opening hours of the Internet cafe/shop. All visitors are welcome to 
join the opening, enjoy the art (and to check their email.)» SPEED SHOW 
Manifesto by Aram Bartholl 2010

Curated by Domenico Quaranta - http://domenicoquaranta.com/
for The Influencers 2011 - http://theinfluencers.org/
When: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Where: Bornet Cyber Café - C/ Barra de Ferro, 3 - 08003 Barcelona, Spain


Since the mid Nineties, the Internet proved to be a powerful platform 
for artists who wanted to bypass the traditional art system and bring 
their work directly to the spectator (more often a user, a collaborator 
or a prosumer), outside of any institutional framing.

After the first, pioneering years, for many artists the Internet stopped 
to be the only legitimate platform of activity, and most of them 
reconciled with the art world. However, today the Internet is still a 
radical environment, that is often chosen to make things and explore 
possibilities not available elsewhere. It is still the place where, in 
Björk's words, you can start your own currency, make your own stamp, 
protect your language, make your own flag and raise it. It is the 
studio, the exhibition place and the audience. It is the place where art 
happens without frames and labels, where it meets popular practices and 
occasionally becomes one thing with them. It is, as video was in the 
Seventies, “the vacancy of art”.

The art that happens there may sometimes migrate elsewhere, but while on 
the Internet, it often requires its own contexts and platforms. Some of 
them are started by artists, and often perceived as artistic projects 
themselves: relational platforms where art, in the best net.art 
tradition, happens in the dialogue, in the connection, in the exchange, 
in the collective manipulation of images, data, archives, myths.

Raise Your Flag! is, in a way, a tribute to the two frame projects it 
happens within: the Speed Show series, started by artist Aram Bartholl 
in 2010, which reclaims a public space - an Internet cafe - as an 
exhibition space; and the festival The Influencers. The show collects 
works that are, above all, platforms: places of gathering, discussion 
and organization of online and offline events; production platforms 
offering simple tools that may help you to join the never ending flow of 
works; curated or open content aggregators; group blogs; individual 
artworks that are, themselves, the starting point of an evolving 
creative process.

Our tip to the user is not only to look at them, explore and enjoy their 
contents; but also to get involved, contribute, create and share new 
contents and, when not possible, to steal the idea, upgrade it, start a 
new platform and raise your flag.

Domenico Quaranta & The Influencers, 2011


Ryder Ripps, Scott Ostler, Tim Baker & Stefan Moore (US)
Jon Rafman (CA), Parker Ito (US), Micah Schippa (US), Tabor Robak (CA) & 
John Transue (US)
Iocose (IT)
Ryan Trecartin & David Karp (US)
Oliver Laric (DE)
Aaron Meyers (US)
Aaron Koblin (US) & Daniel Massey (ME)
Spirit Surfers (US)
Johnatan Vingiano & Brad Troemel (US)


Domenico Quaranta

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

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