Essays about Net Culture
Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut: Preface
Tallinn as a European Cultural Capital 2011 provides the Goethe-Institut a platform to offer its competence in international exchange, and to make a contribution together with local partners. The artistic involvement with electronic media makes up a significant part of the work of the Goethe-Institut. The exhibition gateways_Kunst und vernetzte Kultur spotlights experimental art by a young generation that makes use of a spectrum of medial formats, utilises electronic networks creatively and actively involves their audience.
Anu Liivak, Director of the Kumu Art Museum: Preface
The exhibition gateways_Kunst und vernetzte Kultur represents a unique opportunity to obtain a glimpse of the latest motifs and issues of digital age art, whereby the focus of the exhibition is on interactive media art. Here, the artist’s approach to technology differs from that of a programmer or engineer. In his work, he expresses his own position relative to it.
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Anu Liivak: Vorwort (PDF, 106 KB)
Anu Liivak: Preface (PDF, 104 KB)
Inke Arns: Translocal Alliances of the 1990’s
In Eastern Europe’s transition phase during the 1990’s, three platforms take an interest in their Eastern European neighbours, thereby enabling a communication between East and West - and also between East and East. The Soros Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA) supports the opening of these respective cultural landscapes. The mailing list Syndicate enables an interest-based translocal network. Last but not least, the video art festival OSTranenie kindles interest in the shared history. Seen from today’s perspective, all three projects have fulfilled their purpose completely.
Sirje Helme: In the Fast Lane: On Estonian Digital Culture of the 1990’s
In Estonia, the leap into the digital world was not only technological in nature, but above all a change in mind-set. The country’s disentanglement from 50 years of occupation was so radical that an entirely new platform was needed for this new beginning, one which promised unlimited freedom of expression and participation. During the 1990’s, societal and cultural processes developed parallel to each other. The development of a digital culture was powerfully accelerated through the efforts of the Soros Centers for Contemporary Art. Here, although Estonian artists were not acting in isolation in the new technological environment, the tradition of video art had not been available to them.
Sabine Himmelsbach: gateways_Kunst und vernetzte Kultur
The Internet provides an electronic inter-linkage of all areas of life; society is transforming itself into a modern network society. Art is not only an accompaniment to these processes of transformation, but forms and contours it as well. How are we to deal with this increasing inter-linkage? How shall we make use of the potential of these global networks? The exhibition gateways_Kunst und vernetzte Kultur seeks answers to these questions. It activates and occupies hybrid geographic and social spaces.
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Sabine Himmelsbach: gateways_Kunst und vernetzte Kultur (PDF, 162 KB)