Real Time, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona

Real Time
Art en temps real
Exposició, Arts Santa Mònica
28.01 – 10.04.2016

Guillem Bayo, Clara Boj i Diego Díaz, Martin John Callanan, Grégory Chatonsky, Thierry Fournier, Varvara Guljajeva i Mar Canet, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Nicolas Maigret, Katie Paterson, Antoine Schmitt, Thomson and Craighead, Addie Wagenknecht, Carlo Zanni

real-time

In our society accelerated, time becomes a main concern as we try to keep abreast of major events taking place globally and react to events. We live in a state of permanent connection that leads to anxiety of being part of a present that is not his own, but describing the media and social networks.

The term real time (real time) refers to the ability to display, communicate or react to events when they occur. This term, which is commonly used in computer science, in the media and in all types of stories, denotes a process that occurs synchronously with time the viewer or user. This immediacy means, for example, the ability to interact with a virtual environment, reporting on current events or tell a story that develops over time naturally. This individual is connected with present external or shared driving part of this issue or present an answer. The “real time” is also linked to “be there” or Dasein in the interpretation of Martin Heidegger, which refers to the relationship between the individual and the environment, and indicates that we are all linked to the world we live in and in which we participate. The concept also leads us to question what is “real time” as we measure time and how this measure is relative, but determines our perception of reality.

In the art world, time is a crucial element in a fact often ignored: the length of contemplation of works of art by the viewer. As indicated by Boris Groys, while in traditional media the necessary time for contemplation is determined by the user, process-based temporary art (new media, video and performance) passes this control to work. Usually, the artworks are a special time or action bounded in time, but what happens when a work is developed in the “continuous present” constantly changing and subject to endless process?

“Real Time. Art Real time “presents a selection of contemporary art in which the concept of” real time “has a leading role, either by questioning the relativity of time, using data extracted in real time Internet or their intention to create a vision today, “realistic” and the ever-changing times in which we live. Some of the selected works are fed information that appears on the media, while others extract data from various sources, establish a production process in real time or propose a questioning of the way we measure time and to relate to the present. The technologies we use today in our everyday lives have a major role in these pieces, which brings reflections on time in an area very close to the audience, which in some cases can interact with the work and about others do not know. [Google Translate]

En la nostra societat accelerada, el temps es converteix en una preocupació principal a mesura que intentem mantenir-nos al dia dels grans esdeveniments que tenen lloc a escala global i reaccionar davant dels fets. Vivim en un estat de connexió permanent que ens porta a l’ansietat de formar part d’un present que no és el propi, sinó el que descriuen els mitjans de comunicació i les xarxes socials.

El terme real time (temps real) fa referència a la capacitat de mostrar, comunicar o reaccionar davant dels esdeveniments en el moment en què es produeixen. Aquest terme, que s’utilitza comunament en informàtica, en els mitjans de comunicació i en tot tipus de narracions, denota un procés que es dóna de manera sincronitzada amb el temps de l’espectador o usuari. Aquesta immediatesa es tradueix, per exemple, en la capacitat per interactuar amb un entorn virtual, informar sobre successos actuals o narrar una història en la qual el temps es desenvolupa de manera natural. El present individual es connecta amb un present extern o compartit, impulsant a formar part del dit present o a emetre una resposta. El «temps real» es vincula així amb «ser-aquí» o Dasein en la interpretació de Martin Heidegger, que fa referència a la relació entre l’individu i el seu entorn, i indica que tots estem lligats al món en què vivim i en què participem. El concepte també ens porta a qüestionar què és el «temps real», com mesurem el temps i de quina manera aquesta mesura és relativa, tot i que determina la nostra percepció de la realitat.

En el món de l’art, el temps és un element crucial en un fet sovint ignorat: la durada de la contemplació de l’obra d’art per part de l’espectador. Com indica Boris Groys, mentre que en els mitjans tradicionals el temps necessari per a la contemplació és determinat per l’usuari, l’art basat en processos temporals (nous mitjans, vídeo i performance) passa aquest control a l’obra. Habitualment, les obres d’art mostren un moment específic o una acció fitada en el temps, però què succeeix quan una obra es desenvolupa en el «present continu», en constant transformació i subjecta a un procés sense fi?

«Real Time. Art en temps real» presenta una selecció d’obres d’art contemporani en les quals el concepte de «temps real» té un paper principal, ja sigui pel qüestionament de la relativitat del temps, per l’ús de dades extretes en temps real d’Internet o per la seva intenció de crear una visió actual, «realista» i sempre canviant del temps en què vivim. Algunes de les obres seleccionades es nodreixen de la informació que apareix constantment en els mitjans de comunicació, mentre que altres extreuen dades de diverses fonts, estableixen un procés de producció en temps real o bé proposen un qüestionament de la nostra manera de mesurar el temps i de relacionar-nos amb el present. Les tecnologies que emprem actualment en la nostra vida quotidiana tenen un paper principal en aquestes peces, la qual cosa porta les reflexions sobre el temps a un àmbit molt proper a l’espectador, que en alguns casos pot interactuar amb l’obra i en uns altres ho fa sense saber-ho.

http://artssantamonica.gencat.cat/en/detall/Real-Time.-Art-en-temps-real

The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies

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The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies
Chapter 31, Of Re/appropriations, Gustavo Romano

Hardcover: 556 pages
Publisher: Routledge (26 Jan 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0415716253
Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 17.5 x 3.6 cm

Ole Miarte

Cuando, a mediados del siglo XVII, el filósofo y escritor Gilles Ménage criticó las traducciones del humanista Perrot Nicolas d’Ablancourt afirmando: “Elles me rappelent une femme que j’ai beacoup aimé à Tours, et qui était belle mais infidèle” (“me recuerdan a una mujer que amé muchísimo en Tours, y que era bella pero infiel”), dio lugar a una expresión que define un problema aún sin resolver: la fidelidad de toda traducción literaria. A principios del siglo XX, José Ortega y Gasset afronta esta cuestión señalando que la dificultad de la traducción radica en que intenta hallar equivalencias entre dos “cuadros mentales diferentes, de sistemas intelectuales dispares –en última instancia–, de filosofías divergentes”. El lingüista Georges Mounin indica que es en la persona del traductor donde se produce este encuentro entre dos (o más) lenguas, y por tanto el problema se halla en la forma en que cada individuo decide emplear estas dos estructuras de pensamiento y procura mantenerlas intactas. Para el poeta Octavio Paz, la constatación de que cada lengua constituye una visión del mundo y que el lenguaje es, en sí, una traducción, nos conduce a concluir que toda traducción no es sino una creación literaria independiente: “Cada traducción es, hasta cierto punto, una invención y así constituye un texto único”.

El proceso de traducción literaria pasa así de ser una mera operación de equivalencias, idealmente invisible, a un acto creativo de una persona que establece contactos entre dos realidades más o menos dispares. Notablemente, esta última afirmación se produce con más contundencia a finales del siglo XX, cuando las transformaciones políticas, sociales y culturales han dejado patente que el mundo no puede limitarse a una visión única, a una verdad última, sino que se disuelve en una multiplicidad de interpretaciones. Los artistas, por su parte, han dejado de ser meros traductores de la realidad sensible, valorados por su capacidad para reproducir fielmente lo que se ve. Introducen claramente los términos de su visión del mundo, la total subjetividad con la que la obra se erige en reflejo de la realidad contemporánea. No son, por tanto, como ese traductor apocado que describe Ortega, traduttore traditore, que atrapa la rebeldía del texto original en una forma regular y fácilmente comprensible para el lector. En la creación contemporánea, incluso cuando un artista emplea objetos, imágenes o referencias de la realidad que conocemos, incluso cuando la obra resulta indiscernible del objeto cotidiano, nos hallamos ante traducciones “bellas, pero infieles” de aquello a lo que hacen referencia. Esto no supone una apreciación negativa del arte contemporáneo, sino que, al contrario, lo pone en valor en cuanto las obras no son simples documentos del mundo en que vivimos, sino dispositivos que nos inducen a una reflexión.

Vasco Araújo Who Where, 2011

Vasco Araújo Who Where, 2011

Vasco Araújo (Lisboa, 1975) afirma en una conversación con Eloise Aquino que el objetivo principal de su obra es hacer que el espectador piense. Para ello, emplea recursos que llevan al observador a cuestionar lo que ve, a partir de un reconocimiento de los objetos que no conduce necesariamente a una comprensión inmediata. Araújo construye narrativas empleando otras narrativas: films, textos, imágenes que se acumulan y dialogan entre ellas, dejando espacio para múltiples lecturas y una constante construcción de significados. Una serie de fotografías se muestran junto a una narración en primera persona que nos habla de un destierro, una pérdida de la identidad y cultura propias, que inducen una lectura particular de las imágenes, ineludiblemente sujetas a la interpretación que les confiere la vecindad del texto. Ese destierro halla también una metáfora elocuente en los paisajes ingrávidos, arrancados de raíz, que crea Jorge Mayet (La Habana, 1962). El artista cubano expresa en estas reproducciones a escala de imaginarios trozos de tierra una experiencia personal de pérdida y esperanza, un recuerdo fragmentario y deshilachado de un espacio, tal vez añorado, que nunca existió. No hay aquí una reivindicación política ni surrealismo alguno, sino una realidad traducida a los términos que mejor comunican las emociones vividas. El paisaje deja de ser espacio de contemplación ociosa o escenario de ensoñaciones románticas y se convierte en lo que Mayet describe como “símbolo paisajístico”, una clave para leer su discurso. El paisaje es también un elemento recurrente en la obra de Montserrat Soto (Barcelona, 1961) quien emplea una imagen modificada, en el margen de lo posible, para ofrecer al espectador un lugar (o no-lugar) con el que establecer un vínculo. Si bien parece, de entrada, una simple instantánea de un espacio anodino, el fotomontaje y la inclusión de diversos elementos narrativos abren la puerta a un amplio terreno de interpretaciones, en los que se integra el interés de la artista por explorar el hábitat del ser humano.

 

Montserrat Soto Invasion-Sucesion 23. 2011

Montserrat Soto Invasion-Sucesion 23. 2011

Representar el mundo por medio de una serie de imágenes implica una síntesis que necesariamente genera ficciones y nuevas formas de paisaje. Martin John Callanan (Birmingham, 1982) busca su lugar como individuo en un mundo dominado por sistemas (económicos, sociales, informáticos, naturales) a través de obras que, irónicamente, buscan alcanzar una totalidad imposible. Un programa recoge cada día las portadas de más de 600 periódicos de todo el mundo y las dispone en una página web. Las noticias, que son en sí interpretaciones de la realidad actual, se presentan en un formato que impide su lectura y alcanza un total saturación de información. El artista, notablemente, no necesita realizar esta traducción diariamente puesto que se produce de forma automática, a través de un intercambio de datos entre máquinas. Lo cotidiano y lo global se expresan de una forma muy distinta en la obra de Joana Vasconcelos (París, 1971), quien emplea objetos cotidianos y elementos de la cultura popular, particularmente vinculados a las artes decorativas en Portugal, para cuestionar tanto su adscripción a una tradición concreta como su significado en un contexto internacional. Ya sea en las piezas de cerámica de Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, que cubre con una segunda piel de crochet, o en las exuberantes Valquirias, las obras de Vasconcelos juegan con las interpretaciones asociadas a los elementos que las componen. La artista se apropia de estos significados, a partir de los cuales genera una ambigüedad que necesariamente conduce a una reflexión acerca de los estereotipos sobre las artes populares, el ámbito doméstico y la feminidad. De manera similar, Susy Gómez (Palma, 1964) crea una obra que, a la vez que se nutre de elementos de la cotidianidad, se resiste a una interpretación superficial. Cuestionamientos acerca de la identidad y la espiritualidad penetran en piezas que emplean clichés vinculados a lo femenino: vestidos convertidos en corazas o contenedores vacíos, imágenes apropiadas del mundo de la moda, neutralizadas y monumentalizadas, articulan un trabajo compuesto por capas de traducciones, tanto a nivel simbólico como de los materiales empleados. Pese a su serena elegancia, subyace en estas obras una violencia latente, que también encontramos en la obra de Alejandro Vidal(Palma, 1972). El artista manipula con habilidad los mensajes de la cultura mediática para ofrecer una reflexión acerca de los conflictos y la relaciones de poder, en la manera en que estos se presentan al público. Dejando espacio para la incertidumbre, nos ofrece la imagen de la luna delantera de un coche, totalmente destrozada, invocando las asociaciones que ésta genera con la violencia, los conflictos y la inseguridad gracias al adiestramiento a que nos someten los medios de comunicación. En el trabajo deAlícia Framis (Barcelona, 1967), el conflicto está a menudo latente en acciones e instalaciones cuya sobriedad contrasta con la sólida crítica de sus contenidos. Pero también se trata de una posibilidad de relación e intercambio, que enlaza con el concepto de estética relacional, al que la artista adscribe su obra. El trabajo en el espacio público y el contacto directo con los transeúntes, no mediatizado por el contexto del mundo del arte, es una constante en la obra de Framis, como también lo es en las acciones de Aníbal López (Guatemala, 1964). Conocido por su número de identidad (A-153167), López plantea una mirada crítica hacia la realidad socio-política de Guatemala por medio de intervenciones urbanas y otras acciones con las que propone recuperar el arte como herramienta para el cambio social. Una obra sobre papel presenta una composición que recuerda a una obra de expresionismo abstracto, pero ha sido realizada con sangre: el artista sugiere así una traducción del significado de un tipo de expresión artística alejado de toda connotación externa, en el que introduce una posible lectura política.

Joana Vasconcelos Concha, 2013

Joana Vasconcelos Concha, 2013

La pintura es un elemento presente en la obra de Carles Congost (Olot, 1970), pero no en cuanto a técnica, sino como una manera de parodiar la diferenciación entre alta y baja cultura. Inspirado por innumerables referencias de la cultura popular, el cine de terror y el mundo adolescente, el artista elabora una ácida crítica al mundo del arte por medio de una joven pintora (heredera, tal vez, de Basil Hallward y el maestro Frenhofer) y una pintura que cobra vida gracias a un recurso de Synchro-Vox. Congost elabora una obra que incorpora su propia crítica, como en cierta manera lo hace Girbent(Sòller, 1969) con dos obras en las que la pintura se expande más allá del marco gracias a su relación con una serie de textos críticos que ofrecen lecturas alternativas a la imagen presentada. Pese a su dominio de la representación, el artista no se pliega a una traducción servil sino que introduce, sutilmente, una concepción de la obra como texto a la vez que como imagen. La obra escapa así a la condición de objeto para ser contemplado, mientras que el texto adquiere una nueva dimensión, al situarse al mismo nivel de la pintura. La obra de Girbent ejemplifica así el juego de significados que se puede establecer en la obra entendida como traducción: una traducción que no se acaba en la obra en sí sino que prosigue en la lectura que hace de la misma cada espectador, cada crítico, o este mismo texto que ahora concluye.

Carles Congost Easy Katz/ Bad Painting Series, 2013

Carles Congost Easy Katz/ Bad Painting Series, 2013

Exposición: Hasta el 1 de junio de 2014

Galeria Horrach Moya
Oratorio de Sant Feliu
Plaça Drassanes 15
07012 Palma de Mallorca
Tlf. 971 73 12 40 | Fax 971 22 13 25
www.horrachmoya.com

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Reivindicando intenciones

Georgina Sas Les belles infidèles Galería Horrach Moyà Plaça Drassanes, 15. Palma. Hasta el 1 de junio.

Durante la edad de oro de la literatura francesa traducían à sa manière los textos clásicos, que en muchas ocasiones dejaban irreconocibles los textos originales, de ahí la expresión “la fidelidad sin resolver de toda traducción literaria”. El proceso de traducción pasa por ser una operación de equivalencias, igual que la que puede ofrecer el arte. Cada espectador establece contactos diferentes con la obra que tiene ante él; su grado de cultura, su situación en la sociedad e incluso el pensamiento político, pueden variar la lectura de esa realidad sensible. El autor ha reproducido según su propia visión del mundo, pero el espectador se refleja en su propia realidad. Si para Aristóteles el concepto estético de la Mímesis era la imitación de la naturaleza como fin esencial del arte, para los creadores del siglo XXI les conviene erigir en conciencia y en coherencia. Creaciones que, por su heterogeneidad y diversidad han asumido la vocación de perturbar conscientemente nuestra percepción de lo real; luego la fragilidad y variabilidad de los juicios formulados sobre las obras pueden ser todos distintos y, sin embargo, todos poseer la misma legitimidad. De todo esto trata esta colectiva: once artistas con piezas que van de la escultura, a la pintura, a la fotografía o al vídeo; repartidas por las distintas salas, con un diálogo entrecruzado.

Me siento fascinada ante las obras de Girbent, con sus escenas crípticas, en las que entremezcla el sentimiento y la experiencia. También por Montserrat Soto, con una pieza fotográfica que provoca una percepción en un marco realmente desconcertante. Martin John Callanan, con una propuesta conceptual que investiga al individuo dentro de su propio sistema. Carles Congost con un vídeo de lenguaje depurado y sutil, con una indagación visual, una condición extraña y evanescente que permite ver lo invisible. Vasco Araújo con una alegoría de la infructuosa búsqueda de la humanidad para la comprensión, fruto de su contacto con Samuel Beckett; Susy Gómez, siempre audaz con sus vestidos convertidos en corazas y el simbolismo de cotidianidad; Alejandro Vidal con su fotografía refinada pero a la vez violenta; Joana Vasconcelos con una pieza cerámica enfundada de crochet o Aníbal López con una composición pictórica hecha a partir de su propia sangre.

Una selección reflexiva y gratificante que permite relacionar y seguir un recorrido singular y coherente. El artista no tiene más intención que recoger la realidad, no revelar la verdad, porque nunca lo verdadero se ha convertido en falso.

Diario de Mallorca, Sociedad y Cultura

Les Belles Infidèles, Galeria Horrach Moya, 5 April – 1 June, 2014

Horrach Moya

Horrach Moya

Galeria Horrach Moya, 5 April – 1 June, 2014

Girbent
The poetess or if one prefers… The aroma and the rumor II. 2013
Oil on canvas
235 x 160 cm

Joana Vasconcelos
Concha, 2013
Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro faience painted with ceramic
glaze, handmade cotton crochet
31 x 115 x 90 cm

Susy Gómez
Untitled. 265, 2006
Mixed media on printed image and
photographically enlarged on wood
240 x 180 cm

Montserrat Soto
Invasion-Sucesion 23. 2011
Photograph
220 x 235 cm

Carles Congost
Easy Katz/ Bad Painting Series, 2013
Vídeo HD
6 min 22 sec

Vasco Araújo
Who Where, 2011
Instalation : Digital Photographs
140x140cm; 65x65cm; 20x140cm

A-153167 (Aníbal López)
Fluidos corporales. , 2012
Blood on watercolor paper.
56 x 76 cm

Alejandro Vidal
Tension and Release, 2013
Giclée print
160 x 120 cm

Martin John Callanan
I Wanted To See All The News From Today, 2013
Web based program collecting
front covers of newspapers from around the world. Digital Print.
22 x 220 cm

Susy Gómez
Tu Tienes Prioridad, 2010
Result of the action of melting an original
dress in lost wax technique. Aluminium.
Real dimensions. 150 x 60 x 70 cm

Look into the Net

Edith Russ Haus for Media Art
NET.ARTography
7 March – 21 April 2014

Opening: 06 March 2014, 19:00
Presstalk: 05 March 2014, 11:00

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 Stromajer; 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.

Edith Russ Haus

Art and the Internet, Joanne McNeill and Domenico Quaranta

art and internet

Location of I and I Wanted to See All the News From Today featured in the forthcoming book Art and the Internet by Joanne McNeill and Domenico Quaranta.

Art and the Internet is a much-needed visual survey of art influenced by, situated on and taking the subject of the internet over the last two and a half decades. From the early 1990s the internet has had multiple roles in art, not least in defining several new genres of practitioners, from early networked art to new forms of interactive and participatory works, but also because it is the great aggregator of all art, past and present. Art and the Internet examines the legacy of the internet on art, and, importantly, illuminates how artists and institutions are using it and why.

Black Dog Publishing, January 2014
Paperback, 240 pages, 300 b/w and colour ills, 280 x 230 mm
ISBN 9781907317989

News of the world

Luke McKernan writes:

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News is not an absolute. Though we talk about world news, what is news to one person is to necessarily news to another. News is a report of an event of specific interest to a particular audience. So it is that online news services such as Google News or Yahoo News offer means to tailor the world’s news streams to your particular interests. Sign up to the BBC news app, and it will shape the news to your location. Publishers deliver, but it is readers and viewers to ultimately construct the news around what interest them, around their world.

Nevertheless the idea remains of an absolute world of news. It’s more a concept for an artist than a journalist, and I have been fascinated by Martin John Callanan‘s online installation, I Wanted to See All of the News From Today. Created for an exhibition held earlier this year by the Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art, it persists online. What he has done is generated feeds for all (?) of the world’s newspaper websites where they make their front pages available on a daily basis. This he then ingeniously publishes on a single webpage, allowing you to scroll through hundreds of newspaper pages from every land and language imaginable – and with every concern under the sun. And as a new page is published, so the website changes. The screengrab above is for a small part of the news pages for 30 August 2013, a heady day for news indeed.

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Callanan’s artwork makes one ponder the nature of news and community. It shows how we all thirst after news, but how different our concerns are. It shows how news separates us, how different we all are, even if the same kinds of story persist wherever we are (celebrities, murder, scandal, sport, animals). it is the world’s news, but also no one’s news in this form.

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There have been other attempts to pull together the world’s news in one place, for journalistic rather than artistic reasons. Mostly based around maps and Google News feeds, these efforts have come and gone. The standout effort, which is superb as a news source quite as much as an ingenious piece of programming, is design engineer Marcos Weskamp‘s site Newsmap.

Newsmap visualises data from the Google News aggregator on a continual basis, displaying the world’s news with headlines taken from news websites (which link to those sites) displayed according to priority, territory, theme and time. So one can see all the world’s news, algorithmnically ordered according to its significance in relation to other news stories. The newsmap can be tailored to different countries or groups of countries, and is classifiable by themes such as Business, Technology and Sport, which are colour-coded for easy reference. The colour then comes in different shades according to how recent the news is. It is a brilliant realisation of a solution to the information problem Weskamp identifies on his personal site:

Currently, the internet presents a highly disorganized collage of information. Many of us are working in an information-soaked world. There is too much of everything. We are subject everywhere to a sensory overload of images, bombarded with information; in magazines and advertisements, on TV, radio, in the cityscape. The internet is a wonderful communication tool, but day after day we find ourselves constantly dealing with information overload. Today, the internet presents a new challenge, the wide and unregulated distribution of information requires new visual paradigms to organize, simplify and analyze large amounts of data. New user interface challenges are arising to deal with all that overwhelming quantity of information.

I find that Newsmap is not just an inspired attempt at making the information overload manageable; it makes knowing more about the world desirable. While I Wanted to See All of the News From Today shows how divided we are all, and how mutual understanding is a fantasy, Newsmap demonstrates that our news is anyone’s news. The one cannot contain the world’s news on a screen and can only let us scroll endlessly through page after page. The other distills, condenses, classifies and makes clear. It is news for the world.

Newsmap has been running since 2004, and Weskamp’s last blog entry about the site was in 2010. I do hope it will continue to be supported. It’s one of those key sites that tells you what the Internet is for, and how it has changed us – for the better.

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MARTIN JOHN CALLANAN: Martin John Callanan, Horrach Moyà, Palma de Mallorca










MARTIN JOHN CALLANAN: Martin John Callanan
Horrach Moyà, Palma de Mallorca
29 November 2012 – 17 January 17 February 2013 (extended one month)
Opening, 8pm, 29 November 2012

On May 16, 2008, Martin John Callanan changed his name to Martin John Callanan, by Deed Poll, sworn and sealed at the City of London Magistrate’s Court. On July 5, 2012, Martin John Callanan assumed the name of Martin John Callanan by Deed Poll, sworn and sealed by a Comissioner for Oath, and enrolled in the Supreme Court of Judicature. Through this action, at once absurd and totally in keeping with the laws of the United Kingdom, the artist Martin John Callanan (formerly Martin John Callanan) turns an administrative process into a reflexion on his own identity and the systems that validate the laws and institutions that govern our society.

We live in a multitude of systems: natural systems that affect our environment, social systems that define the possible actions in the framework of an established community, computer systems that enable and control the transmission and storage of data with which we create our memory and the image of our world. They shape our everyday reality, but we tend to ignore their existence or assume it as an indisputable fact: as the clouds floating overhead, these systems respond to a logic that is largely out of reach of the average citizen.

Through methodical and precise processes, Martin John Callanan explores the notion of citizenship in a globally connected world. The relationship between the individual and the systems that surround and affect our lives take shape in a series of works in which both the structures and the fragility of these systems are shown, sometimes by resorting to the absurd and the excess of information. The atworks in this exhibition at Horrach Moyà Gallery venture into the dynamics of natural, economic, administrative and mass media systems by means of an observation both on the cosmic and the microscopic level.

Inspired by the forms of scientific data visualization, the artist made in A Planetary Order (Terrestrial Cloud Globe) a globe that only shows the position of the clouds during a second in February 2, 2009. This ephemeral map, made from hundreds of photographs from NASA satellites, is embodied in a sculpture created with a 3D printer and shown as an unattended object, an ignored finding, a fragile piece containing an unusual vision of our environment .

The economic system, which has raised to such notorious prominence in recent years because of its obvious impact on our lives, is a complex structure whose functioning is increasingly necessary to understand and, as much as possible, to predict or even control. In this sense, and in response to the dominance of macroeconomics in the discourse of the media, the artist chooses a microscopic view of the world economy. The Fundamental Units, a series that begins with the works produced by Horrach Moyà Gallery for this exhibition, is an exploration of the lowest denomination coins from the world’s currencies using an infinite focus 3D optical microscope at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington (UK). The images obtained with the microscope have been combined to form an extremely detailed large scale reproduction of the least valuable coins from Australia, Chile, the Euro, Myanmar and the Kingdom of Swaziland. In these images the humble metal acquires a planetary dimension and is displayed as the atoms that shape the global economy.

The reality shown by the media consists in turn of its own units, the news covering the front pages of newspapers and circulated by television and radio, websites, blogs and social networks. The speed and density of the information flow that is generated in every corner of the planet and invades all communication channels exposes us to a saturation that paradoxically makes data illegible. I Wanted to See All of the News From Today deals with this excess of information by means of a web site that automatically collects the front pages of hundreds of newspapers around the world and displays them in a grid. From these data, the artist has produced a series of prints in which the pages of newspapers form a totemic picture of everyday life in the information society.

Martin John Callanan completes this exhibition with Deed Poll, which is both the action taken in the process of change (or recovery) of his name on July 5, 2012 and the legal documents, canceled passport, letters and responses, official notice in the newspaper and other items related to this administrative procedure. Callanan thus adds to his analysis of the systems that determine the conditions of life in the societies and the planet we inhabit an action on a personal level, as an individual and citizen that participates (voluntarily and involuntarily) in the dynamics generated by these systems.

Pau Waelder, Curator

Texto en español (PDF)

Reviews in El Mundo, Diario de Mallorca and Ultima Hora: PDF (Spanish)

Global, solo exhibition at Casal Solleric, March – June 2012


A solo exhibition across six spaces at Casal Solleric, the city of Palma’s contemporary art gallery and archive, including two new works.




Ten years in the making, and shown here for the fist time, Grounds, an archive of thousands of photographs of the ground in locations important to society. A set of 200 displayed across three slide projectors.



Wars During My Life Time, a new work for this exhibition, a newspaper listing – in Catalan – all wars fought during my lifetime.


I Wanted to See All of the News From Today, amasses from across the internet, the front pages of over 960 newspapers from around the world and displays these images within the space of a single scrolling display.

Text Trends, an animation which takes the content generated by search queries and reduces this process to its essential elements: search terms vs. frequency searched for over time, presented in the form of a line graph.

Gallery information sheet in English, Catalan and Castellano [PDF]

Curated by Pau Waelder and Fernando Gómez as part of (HIPER)vincles

NO ANSWERS? (2011)

NO ANSWERS? (2011)
Rhizome Curated Exhibition by lmvargas

As users of technology, we are constantly bombarded with information… with more information, more complex questions are raised… with more complex and contentious questions, it becomes harder and harder to come up with answers. Ironically, the mass availability of information has led us to infinite answers… in other words, no answers at all. Instead of posing a question which challenges the general perspective, these projects reveal that in the era of information-overload… meanings, truths, social norms, and answers are only getting more complicated and warped. Definitive answers to philosophical, social queries are getting more and more difficult to produce. In this technological “baby-boom” of ten-point-oh and rising, such answers remain at a one-point-oh and declining. These five projects de-familiarize the “normal” and subtly force viewers to re-consider perspectives on an array of social and philosophical matters. “Because Why” is a hypertext that consists of two pages with words “because” and “why.” Clicking on one word hyperlinks to the other word on the other page. It simply goes back and forth between “because” and “why.” This project forces the “clicker” to contemplate the simple logic behind Q&A. The clicking is endless; the answer is never attained. Similar to the “chicken and egg” conundrum, this interactive project suggests the indeterminacy of meaning. “Deconstructing Gender” is a self-explanatory, interactive quiz that has the viewer answer questions about gender; “What exactly is gender?” Instead of producing a final “result” of some sort, the quiz bombards the player with indefinite questions that in no way helps the reader determine the gender of the “interactive person” in question. In the end, there is no true answer, and forces the viewer to consider the social constructs that “form” gender in society. This project reveals the undefinable nature of gender. “Irrepairable Damage” defamiliarizes time and asks “what is time, what is age?” The passage of time is shown bluntly with a computer ticking-clock, revealing a cold, stern perspective of aging. This forces the viewer to examine his/her conception of time; the ticking seconds almost sarcastically suggest that age cannot possibly be determined by growing numbers. Complex questions surrounding age, wisdom, and the meaning of life are far beyond the reach of plain numbers counting up to death. “I Wanted to See All of the News From Today” reveals how the viewer digests current events and information through media. The page shows thumbnail-frontpages of newspapers from all over the world… begging the question “What is information, what is the right information?” The exaggerated layout of hundreds of newspapers portrays the unlimited array of information made available on a daily, minutely basis. There are so many options to choose from… so many perspectives… so many opinions, so many different types of information, that the one, true answer is impossible to reach. “Survey of Common Sense” is a sarcastic, interactive quiz that asks people complicated “yes or no” questions about society: “What is common sense?” However, there is absolutely nothing “common” about this “sense” of social issues. This project presents infinite possible back-and-forth, “yes AND no” answers to the questions. The viewer is forced to consider the infinite perspectives within social issues.

Information Distribution Via Digital Media (2011)

Information Distribution Via Digital Media (2011)
Rhizome Curated Exhibition by Joanna Duran

This exhibition presents new media through world news. New innovative ways of communication are infiltrating the lives of people all over the world. We no longer have to wait for the morning paper to hear about current news and world issues now that new digital media brings light to new ways of disbursing information in seconds. These particular artworks retrieve current news by pioneering the use of digital computation and visualization. The Oracle of Elsewhere by Ian Wojtowicz presents us with a 3D generator that exhibits a rotating model of earth. This visualized globe not only conveys current live news around the world, but does so in a way that is extremely innovative with today’s technology by allowing the viewer to geographically choose the current news as it fluctuates through Google’s database. Similar to this oracle the rest of the artworks demonstrate world news as it happens. The artwork created by Martin John Callanan provides a web page that displays single images of hundreds of newspapers from all over the world. As we continue evolving into this new day of age that is the world of technology Callanan and Wojtowicz, as well as others, are able to make latest news available to millions with creative ways of streaming communication.

March 2012, Time-Lapse

I Wanted to See All the News from Today included in March 2012, an 0nline exhibition presented as part of Time-Lapse

In 1969, Seth Siegelaub, pioneering supporter of conceptual art, organized March 1969 a.k.a One Month, an exhibition that existed only in catalogue form. Siegelaub invited thirty-one artists to contribute a work; one for each day of the month. Time-Lapse curators Irene Hofmann and Janet Dees have conceived of a project that is an homage to Siegelaub’s ground-breaking “exhibition,” updated for today’s virtual, technological world. March 2012 will be hosted on the homepage of SITE’s website. Each day during March one work by a different artist will be featured. The participating artists are an international and intergenerational group currently working with conceptual, time-based and media-oriented practices.

Artists include:
Axle Contemporary, Daniel Bejar, Martin John Callanan, Beth Coleman + Howard Goldkrand, Ron Cooper, Matthew Cusick, Faith Denham, Brent Green, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Jennie C. Jones, Tellervo Kalleinen + Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, susan pui san lok, Conor McGarrigle,  Linda Montano, neuroTransmitter, Huong Ngo (in collaboration with George Monteleone and Or Zubalsky), Paul Notzold, Geof Oppenheimer, Ben Patterson, Dawit L. Petros, Adrian Piper, Liliana Porter, Postcommodity, Mark Tribe, Claudia X. Valdes, and Donald Woodman.

The Achive of Digital Art (Database of Virtual Art)

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Five works accessioned to The Achive of Digital Art (Database of Virtual Art) documents the rapidly evolving field of digital installation art. This complex, research-oriented overview of immersive, interactive, telematic and genetic art has been developed in cooperation with established media artists, researchers and institutions. The web-based, cost-free instrument – appropriate to the needs of process art – allows individuals to post material themselves. Compiling video documentation, technical data, interfaces, displays, and literature offers a unique answer to the needs of the field. All works can be linked with exhibiting institutions, events and bibliographical references. Over time the richly interlinked data will also serve as a predecessor for the crucial systematic preservation of this art of our time.

Finalist in Screengrab 2010 award for New Media Arts

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On Friday night (15.10.10) at James Cook University’s eMerge Media Space the 2010 winner of the Screengrab New Media Arts Award was announced ~ Italian artists, Juliana Gotilla and Izabel Rainer Harbach.The $2000 prize which is sponsored by the School of Creative Arts represents the Media Space’s premier exhibition for the calendar year and attracts a global roster of artists working within the fields of screen based media and electronic arts.

The Italian duo’s video art piece, Fluid Network, captured the judge’s attention with its intriguing execution and quirky interpretation of this year’s theme – the Network.A strangely nostalgic construction, Fluid Network torments the viewer with the familiar sounds of network communication software – Skype, Instant Messenger apps, modems and ICQ chat alerts – as pools of liquid with an uncanny similarity to a map of the earth is slowly flooded by drops of water.It has to be seen – and heard – to be believed.

Judges, Bernadette Ashley, Jak Henson and Dr Steven Campbell awarded this year’s prize to Gotilla and Harbach after a lengthy deliberation, considering the 17 works selected for display.

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Finalists:
Alan Bigelow[USA] “What They Said”
Derek Larson [USA] “Closed System Media I-IV”
Juliana Gotilla & Izabel Rainer Harbach [Italy] “Fluid Network”
Osvaldo Cibils [Italy] “Multimedia Head”
Vladimir Todorovic [Singapore] SILICA-ESC
Ali Miharbi [USA] “Movie Mirrors”
Martin John Callanan [UK] “I Wanted to See all the News from Today”
Anders Weberg [Sweden] “P2P Art – The Aesthetics of Ephemerality”
Myriam Thyes [Germany] “Global Vulva”
Marco Donnarumma [UK] “Golden Shield Music”
Marco Donnarumma [UK] “The Invisible Suns Project”
Benjamin Ducroz [Australia] “PRESS +”
Boris Eldagsen [Germany] “Spam : The Musical”
Benjamin Forster [Australia] “Premise: Etching Flow = Definition, 2009”
Jason Nelson [Australia] “Sydney’s Siberia”
Olle Corneer [Sweden] “Public Epidemic No 1”
Tom Corby [UK] “The Southern Ocean Studies”

As Mitch Goodwin, Creative Arts lecturer and one of Screengrab’s curators notes, “The cultural diversity of the works on show is indicative of the Screengrab exhibition’s primary goal, which is to critique screen culture via the very medium which makes the exhibition possible.Publicity for the award, the selection of the media works and the acquisition of the shortlisted entries is all conducted exclusively from screen to screen via digital media networks around the world.”

The Screengrab exhibition will be on show at the School of Creative Art’s eMerge Media Space at James Cook University until Friday 19th November.Entry is free.

For more information please contact gallery@jcu.edu.au or phone 4781 3142
http://www.jcu.edu.au/soca/JCU_085131.html

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