"Good Morning, Mr. Orwell"
January 29, 2008 – April 24, 2008
Streaming Museum launched simultaneously in public spaces on 7 continents on January 29, 2009 with Good Morning, Mr. Orwell by pioneer video artist Nam June Paik who in the 1970s envisioned the Internet, predicting an “information superhighway” as an open and free medium for imagination and exchange of cultures.
Good Morning Mr.Orwell is an edited version of Paik’s first international satellite “installation,” which was held on New Year’s Day 1984. Paik’s transcultural satellite extravaganzas link different countries, spaces, and times in often chaotic but entertaining collages of art and pop culture, the avant-garde and television. Good Morning Mr.Orwell, which Paik saw as a rebuttal to Orwell’s dystopian vision of 1984, linked France, Germany and the U.S. The event featured vibrant performances by Laurie Anderson, Merce Cunningham, Peter Gabriel and Allen Ginsberg, among many others. Paik coordinated the event and designed the TV graphics that connected the various live and pre-recorded segments. This project can be seen as a development of Paik’s thinking on the potential of satellite communication, as proposed in A Conversation, and realized with his typical pastiche of art, entertainment, and cross-cultural juxtapositions. (eai.org)
Video still, Good Morning Mr. Orwell 1984 by Nam June Paik
Art and Pop Culture in a Modern Mix for the Electronic Superhighway featuring 21 multi-media artists, was also exhibited on public screens internationally and was Streaming Museum’s first online exhibition at StreamingMuseum.org. This 45-minute exhibition was inspired by some of the predictions, ideas and creative influence of pioneer video artist Nam June Paik.
Visual and performing artists included: Graciela Taquini and Anabel Vanoni (Ar), Mark Amerika, Robert Wilson, davidjr.com, Andrea Ackerman (US), Jeremy Gardiner (UK), Marcia Grostein (Br), John Bruneau and James Morgan (US), Semi Ryu (Kr), Marty St. James (UK), Kurt Ralske, Roy Volkmann, Elisa Monte Dance Company, Joe Bergen (US), Isabelle O’Connell (Ir), Jacob Ter Veldhuis (Nl), Joan La Barbara, Bret Mosley (US), Iannis Xenakis (Gr)… and an entertaining mix of fashion and celebrity pop culture.
Video still, Sisifa, 2007 by Graciela Taquini
The exhibition opened with Sisifa by Graciela Taquini, one of South America’s leading new media curators and an award winning video artist, who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In a humorous performance, Argentine performance artist Anabel Vanoni, breaks the glass screen between the real and virtual world of TV into which she falls. Sisifa was presented at the 2007 FemLink video festival in Paris.
I used the term “information superhighway” in a study I wrote for the Rockefeller foundation in 1974. I thought: if you create a highway, then people are going to invent cars. That’s dialectics. If you create electronic highways, something has to happen. Nam June Paik __________________________________________________________________________________
Mark America, pioneer digital artist and experimental writer created Society of the Spectacle (A Digital Remix), with fellow members of DJRABBI, a digital art collective – The pHarmanaut (Trace Reddell) who produced the sound mixes, and Rick Silva aka Cuechamp created the visual remixes. SOS is a ten-minute DVD art-loop (3 minutes excerpt in this exhibition) that uses source material from the writing, images, recordings, and other psychogeographical wanderings of arch-Situationist and French philosopher Guy Debord. “[SOS] is a furious collage of black and white images (and sudden flarings of colour) and theory-saturated subtitles that you can only grasp at as they roll by, occasionally recognize, and go with the odd beauty of their flow. It’s appropriately playful, pulsing, pop-ish and engrossing-the hypertext crowd stoked on Godard. The rapid editing and churning information flow reflects the struggle to connect with global politics, the impossibility of slowing down, but at the same time conveys a manic playfulness, a creative resistance against considerable odds.” RealTime magazine __________________________________________________________________________________
Kurt Ralske’s Time Square Time Share, 2006, the first commissioned work by Streaming Museum, was created with Ralske’s custom software. This video of inverted movements was filmed in Times Square, New York City. Objects of motion (people walking, vehicles in motion) are still, and that which is normally still (buildings and streets) is in motion. The impulse to stop time is connected with sentimentality, nostalgia, and magical thinking. It is a common response to the universally human experience of loss and mortality.
A New Design for TV Chair 1973. How soon TV-chair will be available in most museums? How soon artists will have their own TV channels? How soon wall-to-wall TV for video art will be installed in most homes? -- Nam June Paik __________________________________________________________________________________
Robert Wilson, considered the world’s foremost vanguard theater artist (John Rockwell, New York Times), crosses into pop culture’s newest frontier – the Internet. Wilson reached millions of viewers and a pop culture demographic in this interview which was uploaded to YouTube. Interviewer/web videographer, David Bates, Jr., received “Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine First Annual Web Superstars Award …for Making People Talk”. _________________________________________________________________________________
Dutch avant pop composer JacobTV composed The Body of Your Dreams in 2003 for piano and taped voice. This performance by Irish pianist and new music advocate, Isabelle O’Connell, is interwoven with an on-the-scene video by davidjr.com featuring pop culture fashion and celebrities that underscores the humorous text in this fast paced piece about today’s obsession with looking good. The Body of Your Dreams is available on JacobTV’s Boombox Holland label. O’Connell’s concert performance was produced by Jessica Schmitz PKN Productions at Chelsea Art Museum in December 2007.
__________________________________________________________________________________ Skin has become inadequate in interfacing with reality. Technology has become the body’s new membrane of existence. Nam June Paik __________________________________________________________________________________
Andrea Ackerman’s Rose Breathing, a 3D computer animation of a synthetic rose that rhythmically opens and closes in human-like respiration. The viewer’s own breathing becomes entrained with the undulating rose. This animation creates a meditative experience and brings a new subtle slow, deep and complex emotionality to a 3D character. Ackerman’s work is created at the intersection of technology, nature, aesthetics, and ethics. She imbues objects with qualities not ordinarily occurring in nature, creating a synthetic nature.
__________________________________________________________________________________ Paik was influenced by the rituals of the shamans in his native Korea, who communicate with the spirits, bridging between the visible and invisible worlds. TV Garden, The Moon is the Oldest TV, TV Buddha, and many other works emerged in response to this. __________________________________________________________________________________ Joan La Barbara, new music composer, singer and pioneer of extended vocal techniques, has collaborated with leading contemporary composers including Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Robert Wilson, Morton Subotnick, and John Cage. Her composition Shaman Song 1998 (New World Records) for voices, percussion, cello, gender, electronic keyboard, music box, synthesizers and computer is presented in ensemble with Marcia Grostein’s haunting video, Being There 2006. Grostein’s art enters the realm of inner senses and states of consciousness, embodying the fragile balance of nature and the real world. Grostein’s video art together with La Barbara’s music emit shamanistic powers.
__________________________________________________________________________________ Our life is half natural and half technological. Half-and-half is good. You cannot deny that high-tech is progress. We need it for jobs. Yet is you make only high-tech, you make war. So we must have a strong human element to keep modesty and natural life. Nam June Paik _________________________________________________________________________________
John Bruneau (Joe Languis) and James Morgan (Rubaiyat Shatner), created Looks Very Tidy, which depicts avatar Rubaiyat Shatner engaged in the human housekeeping activity of vacuuming the interior of the Ars Virtua Gallery and New Media Center located in the virtual world, Second Life. A resident robot is also vacuuming haphazardly, and to no effect.
Paik juxtaposed the art and performances of traditional cultures with technology which symbolized his ideas about co-existence and global connectivity. _________________________________________________________________________________
Koktoo Gaksi, 1999 by Korean artist Semi Ryu, is an animated traditional Korean marionette performance. Ryu’s 3D animations and computer interactive performances connect digital technology with eastern philosophy. Her work focuses on the intimate relationship of human and computer by using the forms of traditional puppetry and shamanic ritual.
Paik made artworks in homage to his friends John Cage and Joseph Beuys with whom he collaborated in fluxus works that explored the notions of chance and an anti-art and anti-convention sensibility. __________________________________________________________________________________
Marty St. James, London-based international artist who works in performance art, video art and drawing, exploring the physical, the electric and the pencil. He is interested in a condition, which he calls “somewhere between the moving and the static.” Homage, 2006, is a fluxus-based performance video by St. James, in homage to all fedora hats, including his own, and those who wear them, including conceptual artist Joseph Beuys. To Beuys, the artist as a shaman is a point of contact with the spiritual roots that nourish human existence. Like a shaman, Beuys wore emblems of his role, most particularly a flat brimmed felt hat that became his most identifiable characteristic. Beuys’ hat met St. James’s on a number of occasions.
Moving across the screen in the realm of the electronic superhighway was a collage of word images by experimental writer and new media artist, Mark Amerika – Open Source. Timeless Time. Vision Links. Body Network. Bio Light. Image Currency. Memory Waves – underscored with an excerpt from Iannis Xenakis’ Rebonds (B) 1988 performed by Joe Bergen.
In Codework, 2005, Mark Amerika’s painterly video style and sounds created with Chad Mossholder, was developed from abstract motion image sequences of footage shot in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Hawaii, and the Australian Outback during a tour through Japan and Europe as a VJ in museums, universities, festivals, and techno-clubs. It tells the story of the Digital Thoughtographer, an artificial intelligence living in the digital afterlife. Curators and directors at the museum exhibitions of the work convey the same phenomenon: a rise in the number of visitors who never go to art venues but come from other parts of the youth culture, particularly club, DJ/VJ, and rave culture, and who are then introduced to other aspects of the host’s art collection. __________________________________________________________________________________
Jeremy Gardiner and Anthony Head created Purbeck Light Years, an interactive virtual environment, a mixture of both old and new, hybrid techniques that combine characteristics of drawing, painting, computer animation, immersive virtual reality and ambient sound. Inside this virtual space is re-imagined a whole world, a topographical landscape of Corfe Castle in Dorset. England. Gardiner and Head won the Peterborough Art prize in 2003 for Purbeck Light Years which they created in Imaginalis, the organization they founded to create work that converges technologies.
Paik’s impulse was that the art together with media could contribute to cultural understanding and tolerance. _________________________________________________________________________________
Robert Wilson spoke about the arts as a vehicle of peace: Politics and religion often divide men, but spirituality can bring men together. Wilson believes that spirituality can be found in a body of music that is highly appropriate and a much needed voice for today, and needs to be heard at the centers of conflict around the world…. the Negro Spiritual. __________________________________________________________________________________ Bret Mosley performed Amazing Grace (Woodstock Music Works 2007). The song has particular significance because in 1779 John Newton, the captain of a slave ship, heard this West African sorrow chant, and set his words to it. The photographs by Roy Volkmann accompanying this performance, capture the amazing grace in the dancers of the Elisa Monte Dance Company, New York.
THE ARTS IN CYBERSPACE AND PUBLIC PLACES
SIMULTANEOUS LAUNCH ON SEVEN CONTINENTS
JANUARY 29 THROUGH APRIL 24, 2008
New York, NY – Streaming Museum, real-time exhibitions in cyberspace and public space on seven continents, will launch on January 29, 2008. The Museum will present an ongoing program of multi-media exhibitions in collaboration with international curators and cultural institutions. Streaming Museum is conceived as a source of free cultural content and public service messaging on the environment, education and health, accessed via Internet and in high visibility public locations.
The opening exhibition is a 38-minute video work, Good Morning Mr. Orwell, by pioneer video artist Nam June Paik. This entertaining transcontinental musical extravaganza was broadcast by satellite on January 1 of the Orwellian year 1984. It interweaves fine art and pop culture icons including Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel, Merce Cunningham, Salvador Dali, Philip Glass, John Cage, pop singers Sapho and The Thompson Twins, and many others. Paik’s ideas in the 1970s about the “information superhighway” and global connectivity forecast the Internet. Consult location venues and www.StreamingMuseum.org/info for scheduled screenings of Good Morning Mr. Orwell and work by other contemporary, visual, performing, fashion and theater artists, beginning January 29 until April 24, 2008. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON THE ARTISTS
In addition to curated programming, visitors at each location are invited to a “Global Meetup” by uploading pictures via cell phone or email to www.StreamingMuseum.org/globalmeetup using an address displayed at the location. The images can be viewed on monitors at Streaming Museum venues around the world according to local schedules, and on the website through February 29.
The venues on seven continents networked for the launch are: The Premises Gallery, Johannesburg Civic Theater, Johannesburg, South Africa; Argentine Scientific Base, Jubany, Antarctica; Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea; Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia; Birkbeck University of London, London, England; Piazza Duomo, Milan, Italy; Victory Park, Dallas, Texas, USA; Centro Municipal de Exposiciones Subte, Montevideo, Uruguay; Ars Virtua Gallery and New Media Center, Second Life. The Streaming Museum launch will be celebrated during a three-month International Arts Festival at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia.
The project has been initiated by Nina Colosi, a New York-based Curator and Founder/Creative Director of Streaming Museum. She also founded The Project Room for New Media and Performing Arts (www.TheProjectRoom.org), an international arts and education program in 2003 at Chelsea Art Museum, New York City. Streaming Museum is a member of the International Urban Screens Association, whose President, Mirjam Struppek, serves as an advisor to Streaming Museum.
SPONSORS Streaming Museum is sponsored by ONSSI On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc., NRDC National Resources Defense Council, SK Telecom, and FJC – a Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, La Dirección Nacional del Antártico and Programa Antártico Argentino. Good Morning Mr. Orwell is presented courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix, New York, and Paik Studios, New York.
For information contact: Nina Colosi, Founder / Creative Director firstname.lastname@example.org 212-867-0883
LANZAMIENTO SIMULTÁNEO DE LAS ARTES
A TRAVES DEL INTERNET Y EN LUGARES PUBLICOS
EN SIETE CONTINENTES 29 DE ENERO DEL 2008
Nueva York, Nueva York,- Streaming Museum lanzará simultáneamente exhibiciones de arte a través del internet y en lugares públicos de siete continentes; su inauguración será el 29 de enero del presente año. Streaming Museum presentará exhibiciones a través de un programa moderno de multi-media en colaboración con curadores internacionales de arte e instituciones culturales. Streaming Museum fue concebido como un servicio público gratuito de acceso no solo al mundo del arte sino a todo lo relacionado con el medio ambiente, la educación y la salud, a través de internet y en lugares públicos alrededor del mundo.
La exhibición inicial será un video de 38 minutos de duración titulado Good Morning Mr. Orwell (Buenos días Señor Orwell), creado por el pionero de los videos de arte Nam June Paik. Este espectáculo musical considerado de enorme fastuosidad fue emitido vía satélite el primero de enero de 1984 conocido como “el año de Orwell”. En él se mezcla algunos iconos del arte y de la cultura popular incluyendo a: Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel, Merce Cunningham, Salvador Dalí, Phillip Glass, John Cage y cantantes de música pop como Sapho y The Thompson Twins y muchos otros. Las ideas de Paik en los años 70 acerca de la información acelerada (Information Superhighway) y de la conexión global pronosticaron la llegada del internet. Consulten en la página de internet www.StreamingMuseum.org/info para obtener el horario de la presentación en su localidad tanto de Good Morning Mr. Orwell como la de otros artistas a partir del 29 de enero y hasta el 24 de abril del 2008.
Como complemento a la mencionada programación, los espectadores del evento en cada lugar del mundo donde se realice podrán enviar sus fotografías a través de sus teléfonos móviles o correos electrónicos a la página www.StreamingMuseum.org/globalmeetup utilizando la dirección exhibida en cada localidad. Las imagines se podrán ver en los monitores instalados por Streaming Museum en cada localidad alrededor del mundo y de acuerdo a las programaciones locales y también en la red hasta el 29 de febrero.
Los lugares interconectados en los siete continentes para el lanzamiento son:
The premises Gallery, y el Johannesburg Civic Theater en Johannesburgo, Suráfrica; Base Científica de Argentina, en Jubany, Antartica; Art Center Nabi, Seúl, Korea; Federation Square, en Melbourne, Australia; Birckbeck University of London, en Londres, Inglaterra; Piazza Duomo, en Milano, Italia; Victory Park, en Dallas, Texas, Estados Unidos; Centro Municipal de Exposiciones Subte, en Montevideo, Uruguay; Ars Virtual Galley y New Media Center, Second Life. El lanzamiento del Streaming Museum se celebrará durante el festival internacional de las artes en el Federation Square, en Melbourne, Australia cuya duración es de tres meses.
Streaming Museum ha sido ideada por Nina Colosi, curadora de arte, radicada en Nueva York, quien también fundó en el 2003 TheProjectRoom.com, un programa internacional de las artes y la educación en el museo de arte de Chelsea en la ciudad de Nueva York. Streaming Museum hace parte de la Asociación Internacional Urbana de Proyecciones (IUSA) siglas en ingles, cuyo presidente Mirjam Struppek, colabora como consejero del programa.
PATROCINADORES Streaming Museum es patrocinado por ONSSI On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc., NRDC National Resources Defense Council, SK Telecom, FJC, una fundación de fondos filantrópicos, La Dirección Nacional del Antártico y el Programa Antártico Argentino. La presentación de Good Morning Mr. Orwell es cortesía de Electronic Arts Intermix, New York y Paik Studios, New York.
PARA INFORMACION DEBE CONTACTAR A: Andrea Juan, Curadora email@example.com (54) 11 – 4362 1794 Base Científica de Argentina, en Jubany, Antartica
Santiago Tavella, Artista y Curador firstname.lastname@example.org Centro Municipal de Exposiciones Subte, en Montevideo, Uruguay
Nina Colosi, Fundadora y Directora Creativa email@example.com New York 1(212)867-0883
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스트리밍 뮤지엄 사이버 공간과 공적 공간을 넘나드는 예술
7개 대륙에서의 동시 개관 2008년 1월 29일부터 4월 24일 뉴욕 – 2008년 1월 29일, 7개 대륙에서 사이버 공간과 공적 공간을 넘나드는 실시간 전시인 스트리밍 뮤지엄이 개관합니다. 이 프로젝트는 국제적인 큐레이터들과 문화기관들의 협력에 의해 진행중인 멀티미디어 전시들을 보여줄 것입니다. 스트리밍 뮤지엄은 환경, 교육 그리고 건강에 대한 메시지를 전하는 무료 문화 컨텐츠와 공공서비스입니다. 그리고 이것은 인터넷과 공적 공간의 높은 가시성을 통해 이루어질 것 입니다. 개관 작품으로는 비디오 아트의 선구자, 백남준의 38분의 비디오 작품, Good Morning Mr. Orwell이 상연됩니다. 이 흥미로운 대륙을 넘나드는 음악 광상곡은 오웰의 해인 1984년 1월 1일 위성을 통해서 방송되었습니다. 이것은 로리 앤더슨, 피터 가브리엘, 머스 커닝햄, 살바도르 달리, 필립 글래스, 존 케이지, 그리고 팝가수인 사포와 톰슨 트윈스와 그 외의 많은 예술과들과 함께하면서 순수미술과 팝 문화의 아이콘들을 섞어 놓았습니다. 이러한 1970년 대의 백남준의 “초고속 정보 통신망”과 전 지구적 연결성에 대한 아이디어는 인터넷의 전조가 되었습니다. 2008년 1월 29일부터 4월 28일까지 계속되는 Good Morning Mr. Orwell 과, 다른 많은 동시대의 시각, 퍼포먼스, 패션 그리고 연극 예술인들의 작품의 상연 스케쥴과 전시 장소들은 www.StreamingMuseum.org/info 를 참고하십시오. 작가들의 정보를 보기 위해서는 여기를 클릭하십시오. 기획된 프로그램 이외에도, 전시가 이루어지는 각 장소를 방문한 사람들은 “글로벌 만남”에 초대됩니다. 휴대폰이나 이메일을 통해 www.StreamingMuseum.org/globalmeetup에 업로드된 이미지들이 그 장소들에 전시됩니다. 그 이미지들은 지역 스케쥴에 따라 스트리밍 뮤지엄이 진행되는 세계 곳곳의 장소들의 모니터와 웹사이트를 통해서 2월 29일까지 보여집니다. 전시를 위해서 네트워크된 7개 대륙의 장소들은 다음과 같습니다: The Premises Gallery, Johannesburg Civic Theater, Johannesburg, South Africa; Argentine Scientific Base, Jubany, Antarctica; Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea; Janet Oh Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia; Birkbeck University of London, London, England; Piazza Duomo, Milan, Italy; Victory Park, Dallas, Texas, USA; Centro Municipal de Exposiciones Subte, Montevideo, Uruguay; Ars Virtua Gallery and New Media Center, Second Life. The Streaming Museum launch will be celebrated during a three-month International Arts Festival at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia. 이 프로젝트는 뉴욕을 기반으로 활동하며, 스트리밍 뮤지엄의 설립자이자 크리에이티브 디렉터인니나 콜로시(Nina Colosi)에 의해서 출범되었습니다. 니나 콜로시는 또한 뉴욕에 위치한 첼시 아트 뮤지엄의 국제 미술 교육 프로그램인 www.TheProjectRoom.org 설립하였습니다. 스트리밍 뮤지엄은 현재 이 프로젝트의 어드바이저로도 활동하는 몰잠 스트루펙(Mirjam Struppeck)이 대표로 있는 국제 도시 상연 협회(International Urban Screens Association)의 일원입니다. 후원 스트리밍 뮤지엄은 ONSSI On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc., NRDC National Resources Defense Council, SK Telecom, FJC – a Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, La Dirección Nacional del Antártico, 그리고 Programa Antártico Argentino에 의해서 후원되며, Good Morning Mr. Orwell은 Electronic Arts Intermix, New York 과 Paik Studios, New York의 협조로 상연됩니다. 더 많은 정보를 위해서는 니나 콜로시에게 연락하십시오. Nina Colosi firstname.lastname@example.org New York 1(212)867-0883